NEXUS unveils reshaped and expanded N! Academy with training on four continents

NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has revealed details of its reshaped and much expanded N! Academy, with training programmes to be delivered across four continents.

The ambitious roll-out by the progressive global community is aimed at supporting leading autoparts distributors, who are NEXUS members, to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow and operate successfully in highly competitive markets.

The enhanced N! Academy programme leverages the expertise and technical knowledge of members and N! strategic suppliers for the betterment of the whole N! Community. It now covers four pillars:

  • Executive Seminar: covering best practice for topics such as category management and telematics
  • Middle Management: developing professionalism in key business functions
  • Train the Trainers: building the knowledge of N! technical representatives to enable them to forge strong relationships with workshops and more easily identify business opportunities, and
  • Workshop Tutorial: cutting edge training on product lines to guarantee continual growth.

Under the new programme there will be eight Train the Trainers technical sessions between September and December, in China, France, Latin America, Spain, South Africa, Slovenia, and the UAE. There will also be two NEXUS School initiatives for middle managers, the first in India in October, the second in Latin America in December.

NEXUS CFO Thierry Mugnier, who is leading the project, said: “This is a truly exciting initiative. With the enthusiastic support of the N! Community, we are able to call upon the resources and expertise of some of the biggest players in the aftermarket, who are backing our strategy of using education and training to unlock the potential in fast growing emerging markets. In this way, NEXUS members are not just riding the wave, they are creating it!”

Another big step forward will be the opening of a training centre in India, which is being set up under the N! Academy umbrella by NEXUS member TVS Automobile Solutions.

Thierry Mugnier added: “To have such a prestigious company involved in our programme is a big vote of confidence in the NEXUS strategy. I’m delighted to say it doesn’t end there, for other N! members have indicated they wish to open similar affiliated training centres in their regions, details of which we will announce as they come to fruition.”

NEXUS launches two new projects in China

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NEXUS Automotive International (N!) is increasing its activity in China as it accelerates its strategy of supporting emerging markets with potential for rapid growth.

The progressive automotive community has already invested heavily in establishing a team of eight to help N! members access new business in what is the largest automotive industry in the world.

Now it has launched two important new projects into the region, the N! Academy training programme and its NEXUSAUTO workshop concept.

The initiatives were unveiled to 17 of China’s premier automotive distributors, all N! Members, who were brought together with N! Strategic suppliers for the N! Connecting Days event in Shanghai.

The N! Academy workshop training has been launched in partnership with CASCA, the Chinese aftermarket association that is connected to over 6,000 workshops. NEXUS is a strategic member of CASCA and has a position on its executive committee.

The N! Academy will offer face-to-face dedicated technical workshop training in more than eight different cities in China, including online education and an interactive Wechat platform for online broadcasting of training, sharing best practice, technical skills and daily experiences of those connected to N! E-Academy.

The NEXUSAUTO workshop concept has been introduced successfully in several countries in Europe including France, where NEXUSAUTO garages were judged to be among ‘The Best in France’ in a nationwide poll of motorists. It provides access to innovative NEXUSAUTO services as well as ensuring garages operate to high standards applied globally. In China the launch of this concept is effective and already several workshops have been opened in the region, thanks to the combined leadership of NEXUS and N! Member G-Part. 

James Zhang, China Business Developer for NEXUS, said: “Following extensive groundwork in China, we have really pressed the accelerator on the services and support we offer the N! Community there. The country’s aftermarket is undergoing dynamic change driven by disruptive technologies, in particular the increasing adoption of online channels."

NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “The passionate support we are receiving from the N! China group, and the progress being made, underlines to us that our strategy of focusing on emerging markets with potential for rapid growth is the right one. It has encouraged us to follow the Shanghai gathering with a broader Asia Pacific N! Connecting Days event in October involving other countries from this area of the world.”

NEXUS accelerates growth in Brazil

NEXUS Automotive International has accelerated its program of activity in Brazil having identified the Latin American country as one of its core markets with potential for rapid growth.

Consequently, N! organized its second Connecting Days event for Thursday (14th June), during which 12 of the country’s leading independent distributors, members of NEXUS Brazil, will ‘speed date’ N! contracted suppliers to explore how they can achieve more and better business between them.

This event is one of the most popular NEXUS initiatives around the world, enabling more in-depth interaction between N! members and N! suppliers with their local support team. The 12 N! members, who specialise in automotive parts for passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles, have a consolidated turnover of some 1B€.

NEXUS supports the regional group with a range of innovative and value-adding services, including its successful NEXUS Academy training, believing as it does that the human factor is key to success.

NEXUS Brazil members have already undertaken training dedicated to their sales teams. Later this year there will be a course developed for purchasing teams, with a focus on ‘industry 4.0’ and the impact of the autonomous vehicle.

N! Regional Business Developer George Garcia said: “While the Latin American aftermarket has been relatively weak, due to social and fiscal reasons, the collective entrepreneurial spirit of NEXUS Brazil members is very strong. Among this group of distributors there is an openness and eagerness to work together, to share concepts and exchange best practice that will increase their business opportunities and presence in the Brazilian aftermarket.”

NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “From the outset the NEXUS strategy has been to focus on emerging markets, which is achieving success in regions such as China and Africa. After a period of consolidation, I’m delighted to see NEXUS Brazil is ‘on the move’. I welcome the enthusiasm the members have shown and pledge to do all we can to help them achieve their ambitions.”

The 12 N! members in Brazil are Auto America, Barros, Millano, Comdip, Bezzerra Oliviera, Cyro Cavalcanti, Uniao, Scherer, Odapel, PMZ pemaza, Comando and SK Automotive.

NEXUSAuto workshops 'the best in France'

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Independent garages in the NEXUSAUTO network are among the most recommended in France, according to leading customer review website AlloGarage. Fourteen NEXUSAUTO workshops feature in the newly-published 2018 ‘Best Garages in France’ listing, as voted for by the country’s motorists.

To win a place each garage had to achieve at least 10 published and verified reviews from customers, score an average rating of more than 4 out of 5 and have fewer than 5% negative comments.

AlloGarage.fr has been publishing customer reviews since 2007 and lists over 25,000 garages from all over France. The NEXUSAUTO workshop concept was developed and is managed by NEXUS Automotive International (N!), the progressive automotive community.

Claudie Cahart, member of NEXUS and NEXUSAUTO co-ordinator said: “This is a fantastic achievement by each of the garages listed. They have been chosen to be the best of the best by the people that really matter – their customers. It is also a proud moment for the network as a whole, for more than 10% of those judged to be the 2018 Best Garages in France are NEXUSAUTO workshops. As a relative newcomer we have done well to disrupt the market in such a positive way.”

Claudie explained that partnering with AlloGarage was at the heart of NEXUS’s digital strategy for the NEXUSAUTO network.

Garages had for many years delighted customers with their skills and additional services such as courtesy cars, financing and valeting. But they had failed to communicate it. Giving motorists the chance to comment on their experience not only highlighted best practice but also encouraged workshops to do even better, she said.

By joining the network independent garages are able to be listed by AlloGarage, providing the opportunity to raise their Google ranking, as well as gain access to many other NEXUSAUTO services.

The NEXUSAUTO workshops in the 2018 Best Garages in France listing are: Automobile Pneumatique Entretien, in Tomblaine; SAS Aubert Auto, of Ménil-la-Horgne; LD Mecanique Automobile, Montsoué; MaxiMeca, Livron-sur-Drôme; Garage du Nord, Peyrins; Mecabul, Les Angles; Nicolas Rojas, Corbère-les-Cabanes; Garage Martinez, Perpignan; Garage Vsmecapro, Thuir; Auto Moto Services, Osséja; Garage Filloux, Pontpoint; My-Cars, Antibes; FC Auto, Rognonas; and Garage Guyot Autos, of Bédarrides.

NEXUS unveils ambitious blueprint to grow as aftermarket champion

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NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has unveiled an ambitious ‘blueprint’ for the future, targeting double-digit growth and becoming a leader in digitalisation of the aftermarket.

Speaking at the 4th annual N! Business Forum, leaders of the global alliance also pledged to ramp up training through its successful N! Academy, helping unlock significant business potential in fast growing markets.

CEO Gael Escribe said NEXUS was working to a model whereby challenges facing the N! Community would be resolved by, and with support, from the community itself.

He said: “Over the past four years NEXUS has grown hugely as we have brought together like-minded people and businesses who share our dynamic vision for the aftermarket. Now is the time to leverage that collective strength, expert knowledge and drive to maximise all the opportunities before us, for both members and suppliers.”

In a bold pledge to the more than 420 delegates attending the Forum in Abu Dhabi, Gael said NEXUS would be aiming to achieve double-digit business growth in 2018.

He also announced the launch of Marketparts.com, a global B2B e-commerce platform for automotive distributors and suppliers. Initially for NEXUS members in Europe, it will be extended to other regions in the future.

Gael added: “It is our aspiration to be a leader in B2B digital transformation within the aftermarket, to be a benchmark of best practice for consolidation, and the absolute champion for fast growing markets, where education is the key to make that happen.

“We want to lead change and not be affected by it. All this shows we live by our expression ‘wherever you run your aftermarket business in the world, NEXUS is there to support you’.”

The Forum also saw the presentation of five awards. The Worldwide Automotive Group (WAG) of South Africa was named NEXUS Member of the Year, while MANN-FILTER was elected as NEXUS Supplier of the Year.  NEXUS Awards of Honour were made to INTERLAND, of Poland, and SK Automotive, of Brazil, for their remarkable progress and work as NEXUS Members. A NEXUS Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Fergus Reid, from the UK’s The Parts Alliance, who is retiring after 40 years’ service to the aftermarket. The award also recognised his contribution as a founding partner and Board Member of NEXUS.

NEXUS members recognised for their dynamic approach to the aftermarket

Two members of NEXUS Automotive International (N!) have been recognised in prestigious national awards for their dynamic approach to the aftermarket.

Viacar, of Greece, emerged as one of the top 200 most dynamic businesses in the annual Growth Awards, organised by Eurobank and Grant Thornton.

The awards highlight Greek companies that combine strong economic performance with a successful modern business story, contributing to shaping a new landscape of entrepreneurship and work culture in the country.

Companies are evaluated using a Grant Thornton ‘Financial Growth / Health Matrix’ and Viacar distinguished itself among around 8,000 enterprises considered for the award.

The company’s achievement was announced at Athens Concert Hall on Tuesday, 6th February, before an audience of more than 2,000 guests.

The 17-member prize committee was co-chaired by Nikolaos Karamouzis, Chairman of Eurobank, and Vasilis Kazas, Managing Director of Grant Thornton, and also included leading figures from Greece’s business and academic communities.

Partboyz Autoparts, of Nigeria, has been selected to join the inaugural cohort of the Masschallenge Texas Accelerator in Austin Texas, USA, an accelerator program for start-up companies that provides mentoring, training and free workspace.

Founded in a single kiosk in July 2015, the aftermarket retailer has grown quickly into five retail shops with 20 staff members and has ambitions to ‘bring the car parts business in Africa into the 21st Century’.

More than 500 start-up businesses from around the world applied to join the Accelerator program, with 280 chosen to pitch and just 84, including Partboyz, making the final cut.

Masschallenge Texas is a non-profit organisation. The 84 successful start-ups will take part in a four-month program from April to August at the end of which the best will be invited to pitch for $500,00 in equity-free grants.

NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “On behalf of NEXUS I offer big congratulations to both Viacar and Partboyz Autoparts whose successes show that entrepreneurial spirit burns brightly in the heart of the progressive N! Community. I am sure we will hear of more success for these two dynamic businesses in the future.”

NEXUS strengthens leadership team to focus on strategic priorities

NEXUS Automotive International (N!) is strengthening its leadership team with an increased focus on key strategic priorities and building even closer ties with the N! Community around the globe.

After four years of rapid growth, the global aftermarket alliance is reshaping to concentrate on a number of initiatives, each led by a regional dedicated business development specialist backed by expert support teams.

Full details will be unveiled at the forthcoming annual N! Business Forum, which has moved from its former location in Montreux to Abu Dhabi and will take place from the 13th to 16th March.

The new management team and their areas of focus are:

  • Gael Escribe: Chief Executive Officer
  • Thierry Mugnier: Chief Finance Officer
  • Philippe Guyot: Executive Director, Global Supplier Management
  • Bas Donders: Director B&C (Operational), Director N! Key Accounts (new), with responsibility to further develop the N! Network and enhance the interface with all N! Members
  • Emmanuel Voguet: Director B&C (Strategic), to further improve N! B&C activities and initiative new, innovative projects
  • Nicolas Russ: Director Sourcing, responsible for optimizing supply chain models around the world, with a focus on the ‘growth accelerator’ commitment taken with N! contracted suppliers and partners
  • Christophe Riberolle: Chief Digital Officer, will address digital opportunities and corresponding plans
  • M&A: a specific taskforce has been created under the supervision of Thierry Mugnier, which will address all opportunities in the consolidating landscape.

A specific telematics business practice will also be launched to address all the challenges of ‘the connected vehicle’.

NEXUS is now present on five continents and its 109 members with over 1.400 affiliates in 121 countries have a consolidated turnover of more than 15.5 billion euros. It has established itself as the only truly global network in the independent aftermarket and has agreements with 60 leading international suppliers.

Gael Escribe said: “The aftermarket continues to be a dynamic place in constant motion, with exciting opportunities presenting themselves alongside major challenges. This strategic restructuring will give us added strength for the future and enable us to focus on the services and issues that are of vital importance to our members and suppliers. Also, with even closer integration with the N! Community, together we can be an even more powerful force that will shape our industry’s future.”

NEXUS and Alternative Autoparts announce partnership

 “We are confident this partnership with  NEXUS  will be a real growth accelerator ..." Fabrice Godefroy, MD of Alternative Autoparts

“We are confident this partnership with NEXUS will be a real growth accelerator ..." Fabrice Godefroy, MD of Alternative Autoparts

NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has announced a partnership with Alternative Autoparts, a leading group of independent French car dealers.

Alternative Autoparts was created 18 months ago and has 28 members, distributors of automotive spare parts, 67 points of sale, 13 technical relays specialised in engine management and 70 garages under the Technicar Services network.

The Alternative Autoparts group has a national platform La Plateforme de Fresnes in the Paris region, 4 regional logistics warehouses located in the main French cities, and a consolidated turnover of over 250 million euros.

Gael Escribe, CEO of NEXUS, said Alternative Autoparts' entrepreneurial philosophy echoes that of NEXUS, in that it is necessary to have a global vision of the market and therefore be able to join forces to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The expertise and know-how of Alternative Autoparts will also add value to NEXUS Academy, the innovative training program that helps NEXUS members stay up-to-date with the latest technological advances in after-sales.

Gael said: "We are more than happy to announce this partnership in the growing NEXUS community. There is much in common in how we approach the opportunities and obstacles of an ever-changing after-sales world. We are also delighted that Alternative Autoparts, through its Fresnes Platform, will be able tomorrow to strengthen the offer and availability of technical parts for all NEXUS members in France and abroad.”

Alternative Autoparts will also provide the NEXUS community with its in-house training programs on Maintenance and Repair of the Future, a technical hotline specializing in diesel, gasoline, hybrid and, in general, all engines and innovative concepts in the field of engine pollution control for light vehicles, trucks and buses (EcoRévision, EcoRévision VI).

Fabrice Godefroy, Managing Director of Alternative Autoparts said: “We are confident that this partnership with NEXUS will be a real growth accelerator that will offer our members solutions that will enable them to become the major players of tomorrow.”

Patrice Godefroy, President of Alternative Autoparts, said: " NEXUS is undoubtedly the international group to favour. We are looking forward to strengthening our role in France and gaining an international dimension and to bringing our know-how and added value to a global group that is now shaping the future automotive aftermarket.”

NEXUS strengthens support for its partners in the 'very promising' Chinese market

NEXUS Automotive International (N!), the global automotive community, established in five continents, is strengthening the support it provides for N! partners seeking to develop business opportunities in promising markets.

China and the wider Asia Pacific is one of these markets, where N! is leading a number of initiatives providing advice, services and other help to its members and suppliers.

Underlining its commitment to support the N! Community wherever it is in the world, the NEXUS leadership team held its latest Board of Directors (BoD) meeting in Shanghai. It was the first time the high-level gathering had been staged outside the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

The meeting was also an opportunity to gather together more than 120 N! members and suppliers who were participating in the Automechanika exhibition in Shanghai.

At the meeting, NEXUS’s projects development were unveiled, and the event ended with a special ceremony in which N! was appointed a member of CAAM, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, represented by Assistant Secretary General Mr. Xu Haidong.

N! Chief Executive Gael Escribe said: “Holding our first BoD in China is more than just a symbol. It is a tangible sign of our commitment to the very promising Chinese market and the tremendous opportunities it will provide for the next 10 years for N! suppliers and partners.

“To fulfill our role as an accelerator for the N! Community it is essential the NEXUS leadership is close to the field and fully aware of the major growth dynamics around the world. With our strong presence in Shanghai and the support we are providing for local associations we are already becoming part of the country’s aftermarket establishment’.”

The global community has opened an office in Shanghai, manned by a staff of four, and appointed a second Business Development Manager for the region, all focused on providing support for N! members and suppliers.

Bas Donders, N! Business Development Director for the Asia region, said: “It was particularly pleasing that the progressive spirit we see among N! members around the world was equally present in Shanghai and that the value-adding initiatives we bring to the table are as relevant and popular here as they have been elsewhere.

“This is proven by the fact that in the very near future Asia will become the leading region for our innovative NEXUSAUTO workshop concept, which has been fully embraced by the N! membership.”

The alliance’s membership in China has been boosted with the recruitment of the Harson Group, the largest luxury car repair chain in China. Parent group of the N! member G-Part, Harson Group’s turnover reaches 1’500 m RMB through several business units in China covering both luxury car repair chain stores and middle-class car repair chain stores. Harson Group is also developing specialized workshops dedicated to paint, spray, car washing and tyres.

NEXUS’s worldwide programme of N! Connecting Days will be repeated in 2018, including a gathering in Singapore to address other developments in the Asia-Pacific region.

NEXUS enjoys successful 'debut' at Equip Auto

 "It was a real pleasure to be at Equip Auto with our French partners," NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe

"It was a real pleasure to be at Equip Auto with our French partners," NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe

The first direct participation in a major trade show by NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has been hailed a success. NEXUS’s stand at Equip Auto in Paris (17th to 21st October) proved highly popular with visitors who showed a keen interest in the progressive community and the aftermarket concepts it was demonstrating.


Around 100,000 automotive professionals attended the exhibition, which took place from 17th to 21st October at the Paris Porte de Versailles and featured more than 1,200 exhibitors. 
NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “It was all we hoped for from our first show; five intense days of business during which we showcased the benefits and strengths of the N! Community in a changing aftermarket.”


Sharing the stand with NEXUS were three of France’s leading autoparts distributors, ID Rechange, Aniel and Apprau, all members of N!  Gael added: “It was a real pleasure to be at Equip Auto with our French partners. It underlines the close relationship we have with our members and they with us. We were equally delighted to welcome many other international N! members, coming primarily from the European and the African continents, who visited our booth. As well we are enthusiastic about all the interaction we had with many leaders of the N! suppliers."


NEXUS’s presence at the show ended in spectacular style with ID Rechange staging an impressive and eye-catching NEXUSAUTO workshop for visitors, demonstrating the garage concept that it has introduced into 80 workshops in France.