The progressive community at Equip Auto Paris 2017

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NEXUS Automotive International (N!) proudly announces its full exhibition debut at Equip Auto in Paris. NEXUS has had a presence at a number of international events since it was launched in 2014, now it will be the first direct participation in a trade show to showcase its aftermarket concepts. 
Equip Auto takes place at the Paris Porte de Versailles, 17th to 21st October, and NEXUS will be on stand J 020 in Hall 1. The booth will be shared with three French N! members: ID Rechange, Aniel and Apprau
NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “This is very exciting for us and we look forward to the show with great anticipation. We will be highlighting two special NEXUS projects, our fast growing garage concept NEXUSAUTO and our popular service brand DR!VE+
“Both were developed to provide N! members with new opportunities to grow their businesses. NEXUSAUTO has been successfully launched in Europe, quickly making a big impact in France and Poland, while the DR!VE+ range of aftermarket products has been extended. 
“I’m delighted we will be sharing the stand with three of France’s leading autoparts distributors, who are all N! members. It’s a fine example of the co-operation and togetherness that exists within the N! Community."

About the N! Members co-sharing the booth:  
With its headquarters in Nimes, ID Rechange has positioned itself as ‘the independent alternative’ in the aftermarket, meeting the needs of wholesalers seeking a dynamic structure that retains the human touch (210 members, 8 storage platforms in France).
ID Rechange has embraced the NEXUSAUTO concept, introducing it at more than 80 workshops all over France. 
Aniel is a national platform based in Toulon and specialises in the distribution of automotive body parts for premium brands. Its success is based on two factors: innovation and quality. Aniel provides original parts and premium alternatives mainly through a dedicated e-commerce B2B, representing 85% of total sales. 
Created in 2006, Apprau is composed of companies that pooled their strengths to meet a common goal: customer satisfaction. It offers a network of regional relays for automotive parts, with centres in Nantes, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Paris.

Shanghai Connecting Days underline global reach of NEXUS

“Being truly global makes N! an unrivalled growth accelerator for progressive companies in the automotive industry." NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe.

“Being truly global makes N! an unrivalled growth accelerator for progressive companies in the automotive industry." NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe.

NEXUS Automotive International (N!) staged its latest N! Connecting Days in Shanghai, China, underlining the global reach of the progressive aftermarket alliance and its growing strength in the Asia Pacific region.

The Shanghai ‘mini-summit’, at which 14 N! member companies discussed potential business opportunities with a selection of N! contracted suppliers, followed similar events this year in Moscow, San Paulo, Dubai and Atlanta.

It took place at the Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao hotel on Wednesday and Thursday, 12th and 13th July, and featured, on the second afternoon, workshops on ‘Counterfeit automotive parts’ and ‘Diagnostics’. The three sessions, delivered under the N! Academy School training initiative, were presented by suppliers Bosch, Valeo and ZF.

Just two weeks ago NEXUS achieved its goal of being ‘the only truly global progressive aftermarket alliance’ after the leading autoparts distributor in Australia and New Zealand, Bapcor, joined as a member, giving it a presence across six continents.Another new member was the Shanghai headquartered G-Part, one of China’s leading aftermarket distributors.

NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “Being truly global makes N! an unrivalled growth accelerator for progressive companies in the automotive industry. Wherever in the world you run your aftermarket business N! is there to support you.”

NEXUS 'truly global' as progressive alliance extends reach to Australia and New Zealand

NEXUS Automotive International (N!) is ‘the only truly global’ progressive aftermarket alliance after the leading autoparts distributor in Australia and New Zealand became the latest to join the network. It means N! now has a presence across six continents, a strategic objective declared just three years ago.

More than ever, wherever its members or suppliers are running their business, N! is there to support them. The new member is Australian Stock Exchange-listed Bapcor, whose group operations support a workforce of 5,600 worldwide.

Bapcor is Australasia’s leading provider of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, automotive equipment and services and can trace its roots back to 1971. The group’s core automotive business segment covers trade, retail, service and specialist wholesale, via over 900 locations in Australia and New Zealand.

N! Business Development Director Martin Hendriksen said: “Bapcor is a market leader in their sector, and we look forward to providing them with the innovative and value-creating support that NEXUS is gaining a reputation for.

"The Australian and New Zealand markets offer exciting opportunities which we will develop working with Bapcor and N! suppliers. The Asia Pacific region is a dynamic one, where our entrepreneurial approach is likely to yield positive results and we look forward to a great adventure with our new N! Community member.”

Also joining the Asia Pacific group is G-Part Automotive, one of China’s leading aftermarket distributors. The company is headquartered in Shanghai, ‘the automotive city’, and specialises in the distribution of German car parts.

NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “The entrance of G-Part is an important pillar for the further development of the China aftermarket structure. With its help, we will be able to implement our innovative and ambitious N! programmes, such as the N! Academy / School, DR!VE+ and N!Auto.

"For most aftermarket players Asia Pacific is the market of the future. But for NEXUS, with our new important members in Australia, New Zealand and China, Asia Pacific is already a market of today.

"In a remarkable three years we have achieved our stated objective of developing a worldwide network, and are confident we can now rightly claim to be the only progressive, truly global alliance in the automotive aftermarket. Being truly global makes N! an unrivalled growth accelerator for progressive companies in the automotive industry.”

The Parts Alliance Group acquired by new investor Uni-Select Inc

"This new investment into the UK by a Canadian company underlines the increasingly global nature of the market the progressive N! Community operates in." Gael Escribe, NEXUS CEO

"This new investment into the UK by a Canadian company underlines the increasingly global nature of the market the progressive N! Community operates in."

Gael Escribe, NEXUS CEO

The Parts Alliance Group, one of the leading autoparts distributors in the UK, has been acquired from its private equity owner HgCapital by Uni-Select Inc., a Canadian publicly listed North American automotive aftermarket distributor. 
 
New owners Uni-Select operate as a market leader in the USA and Canada, distributing automotive aftermarket parts, equipment and refinish products through a network of 14 distribution centres, 270 corporate stores and over 1,100 independent wholesalers with 3,000 employees generating sales of $1.2 billion USD per annum. 
 
The Parts Alliance, a founder member of NEXUS Automotive International SA, has grown quickly to be No. 2 in the UK market through a series of 10 acquisitions since 2012. The Group employs 2,900 colleagues. 
 
NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “We congratulate The Parts Alliance on its new investor. The aftermarket continues to consolidate, and this new investment into the UK by a Canadian company underlines the increasingly global nature of the market the progressive N! Community operates in.”

Atlanta the venue for N! North America Connecting Days

Leading autoparts distributors who are members of N! North America, the United States representative of global aftermarket alliance NEXUS Automotive International (N!), gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for two days of networking at which potential business opportunities were discussed with N! suppliers.

The N! Connecting Days event took place at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur hotel on Monday and Tuesday, 22nd and 23rd May.

North America was confirmed as the number one region within the global N! Community in March last year, when initial member AUTOMOTIVE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK (The NETWORK) was joined by AUTOMOTIVE PARTS ASSOCIATES (APA) and VIPAR Heavy Duty.

As the N! North America team, the three core members held nearly 20 productive one-hour meetings with individual suppliers over the two Connecting Days, explaining the aims of the new organisation, sharing ideas, knowledge and strategies, and exploring how they could work together for mutual benefit.

Gary Martin, APA Group President and CEO, said: “The NEXUS Automotive International community continues to expand, growing in both distributors and key supplier relationships, and we’re proud to support the community through Connecting Days. This event helps further those global alliances while maintaining a North American focus.”

Inaugural N! North America supplier and technology awards were announced at the event. The Supplier Partner of the Year Award went to Bosch, while WHI Solutions Inc. was named Technology Partner of the Year.David Prater, President of The Network, said: “The success of N! North America is based on the free exchange of ideas between the partners and our suppliers. This has led to opportunities to collaborate in many areas. We appreciate the input and support of all of our partners, but it is gratifying to recognize these two companies who have gone above and beyond in their support of NEXUS.”

N! North America members have collaborated on a variety of projects, including a B2B platform to provide an e-commerce solution for end-user customers as well as national accounts with vehicle ranges from class 1 up to class 8. Chris Baer, President and CEO or VIPAR Heavy Duty said: “The work among the members of our group on this technology project is precisely the type of collaboration we envisioned when we formed NEXUS North America. We anticipate more projects like this that help us better serve our customers.”

NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “In recent months, the NEXUS team has travelled the globe facilitating hundreds of meetings between members and suppliers, bringing them together to build on existing relationships and develop new ones. Nowhere was enthusiasm to be part of the progressive N! community greater than in North America. It was a huge pleasure to bring our successful N! Connecting Days forum to the United States, our number one region.”

The N! North America event followed N! Connecting Days in Moscow, Sao Paulo and Dubai.

Future of aftermarket focus of round table debate at NEXUS Connecting Day in Dubai

The Future of the Aftermarket’ was the central topic of a round table discussion hosted by global aftermarket alliance NEXUS Automotive International as part of its latest N! Connecting Day held in Dubai.

The event (Wednesday, 10th May) took place at the city’s Waldorf Hotel on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah. Following an introductory plenary session, some 24 N! members and around 20 N! global suppliers met for a series of organised business speed-dating sessions.

In between, NEXUS Executive Director Philippe Guyot led the round table debate with four N! suppliers, with NEXUS CFO Thierry Mugnier acting as moderator. Also present were N! Business Development Directors Martin Hendriksen, responsible for English speaking sub-Saharan countries, Australia and New Zealand, and Saman Rashidi, responsible for the Middle East.

The Dubai event followed N! Connecting Days in Moscow and Sao Paulo and took place before the next N! Connecting Day in North America. NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “We were delighted to bring our successful N! Connecting Days forum to the United Arab Emirates. It provided an excellent platform for the progressive N! community to meet and create new business opportunities.”

Sao Paulo in Brazil plays host to NEXUS Connecting Day

"And so the NEXUS success story rolls on from country to country, continent to continent....as a growth accelerator." NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe

"And so the NEXUS success story rolls on from country to country, continent to continent....as a growth accelerator." NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe

The city of Sao Paulo in Brazil played host to the latest N! Connecting Day, which saw the Latin America members of global aftermarket alliance NEXUS Automotive International (N!) meet strategic and preferred N! suppliers to explore potential business opportunities.

The Connecting Day was held to coincide with the Automec international trade fair at the Sao Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre. More than 15 N! members and more than 20 N! global suppliers took part in a day of business speed-dating sessions and attended a presentation on developments in telematics in the automotive aftermarket given by Mr. Delfim Calixto, President of Bosch Latin America.

The Brazil N! Connecting Day came after a similar event in Moscow earlier this month and before others in Dubai and the USA. NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe said: “And so the NEXUS success story rolls on from country to country, continent to continent. Once again, as a growth accelerator, it demonstrates that wherever you run your aftermarket business around the world, NEXUS is there to support you.”

Moscow the venue for first N! Connecting Days in Russia

"Wherever you run your aftermarket business in the world, NEXUS is there to support you.” Gael Escribe, NEXUS CEO

"Wherever you run your aftermarket business in the world, NEXUS is there to support you.” Gael Escribe, NEXUS CEO

Leading autoparts distributors who are members of NEXUS Automotive Russia, the regional representative of global aftermarket alliance NEXUS Automotive International (N!), will meet N! Suppliers in Moscow to explore potential business opportunities.

The two-day gathering, on Wednesday and Thursday, 5th and 6th of April, will be the first N! Connecting Days to be held in Russia and will take place at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski.

Senior representatives from N! Automotive Russia and N! will host the event which, as well as acting as a catalyst for new business, will underline the many benefits of belonging to the wider NEXUS Community – from sharing best practice to providing support for entrepreneurial initiatives.

The core partners within N! Russia are four autoparts distribution companies - UNIQOM, AUTOSPUTNIK, IXORA and EURO AUTO.

N! Connecting Days have been held in major cities around the globe, from Brazil to Shanghai, and, according to NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe, provide a highly successful local forum for members and suppliers to reinforce existing business relationships and develop new ones. He said: “Our N! Connecting Days are just one way we generate value for our members and suppliers and I am delighted we have been able to bring this to Moscow. Wherever you run your aftermarket business in the world, NEXUS is there to support you.”

Community, innovation and entrepreneurship celebrated at 3rd Nexus Business Forum

CEO Gael Escribe addresses the 350 delegates from 62 countries who attended the 3rd NEXUS Business Forum in Montreux, Switzerland.

CEO Gael Escribe addresses the 350 delegates from 62 countries who attended the 3rd NEXUS Business Forum in Montreux, Switzerland.

Community, innovation and entrepreneurship were celebrated at the 3rd annual NEXUS Business Forum which saw leaders from the global automotive aftermarket gather to discuss key issues facing the industry.

The three-day ‘summit’, hosted in Montreux, Switzerland, by the global alliance NEXUS Automotive International (N!), attracted 350 participants from 62 countries.

As well as hearing from 15 experts who are leaders in their field, from manufacturers to e-commerce entrepreneurs, they took part in 4,360 speed business meetings between N! members and approved suppliers.

Welcoming delegates from as far as Brazil, the United States, China and Japan, NEXUS CEO Gael Escribe revealed the consolidated turnover of the N! membership had hit €12.8 billion - a huge increase on the €7.2 billion announced in 2016.

However, while N! would continue to grow, Gael said N! will further develop its role as ‘an independent aftermarket activist’ built around its core values of Community, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

This had already begun with the evolution of the Business Forum into a ‘think tank’ event, as well as providing fantastic opportunities for participants to cement relationships and do business.

Gael said: “The automotive aftermarket is ever-changing and the only certain thing is there will be more consolidation. But we are not going to be passive observers. As a dynamic organisation, N! moves quickly, developing value-creating propositions for our members and suppliers but also responding to the fast-evolving market.”

Describing the N! Community of members and suppliers as ‘a platinum asset’, he pledged to continue to increase year-on-year the amount of business contracted between them.

The achievements of high performers within the N! Community were also recognised. The N! Member of the Year was autoparts distributor VIACAR, from Greece, for achieving 38% growth in the past year. The trophy was presented by Gael Escribe and N! board member Fergus Reid to Kostas Daskarolis, VicePresident of VIACAR.

The N! Supplier of the Year was Continental for its innovative five-year guarantee on aftermarket drive products. The award was presented by N! Chairman Akram Shahrour to Christian Pfiz, General Manager Export Sales Automotive Aftermarket ContiTech.

Global aftermarket leaders to meet in Montreux at Nexus Business Forum

Leading players in the global automotive aftermarket are to meet in Switzerland next week to discuss key issues that are shaping the future of the industry.

More than 350 delegates from 65 countries will attend the third annual NEXUS Business Forum being held in Montreux from Tuesday to Thursday (21st to 23rd February).

Those attending are members of NEXUS Automotive International (N!), the global alliance of autoparts distributors, and N! approved suppliers.

Over the three days they will hear from 15 guest speakers who will present the latest insights on major topics, including the threats and opportunities around telematics and connected cars. They will also take part in a total of 4,500 N! member-supplier speed date business meetings as well as several interactive workshops.

Gaël Escribe, NEXUS Automotive International CEO, said: “The past year has been extremely positive for the NEXUS Community with progress being achieved at an unprecedented pace around the world and N! now having a presence in 114 countries.

“Within this context, Montreux and the NEXUS Business Forum are more than ever the ideal place for developing relationships, addressing business opportunities, sharing all kinds of developments and being part of a connected, cohesive group that is shaping tomorrow’s aftermarket.

“We look forward to welcoming senior management teams from many of the world’s leading distributors and suppliers to the Forum, which is growing in stature to become a real aftermarket ‘think tank’, where new products, new trends and new players are introduced, where key issues are debated and sometimes challenged.

“Decisions taken in Montreux next week will play an important part in influencing the future direction of the aftermarket, underlining N!s stated aim to be a growth accelerator for progressive companies in the automotive industry.”