A range of zero and low-copper brake pads and a smartphone app that makes life easier for engineers and distributors have won the companies that developed them a prestigious international award for innovation.
FEDERAL-MOGUL, headquartered in Germany, and NTN-SNR of France, were declared winners of the first NEXUS Automotive International ‘Innovative Supplier of the Year Awards’ announced in Switzerland at a three day conference involving many of the leading players in the global automotive aftermarket.
FEDERAL-MOGUL was recognised as the supplier with the most innovative product, its Eco-friction range, while NTN-SNR’s TechScaN’R saw it acclaimed the supplier with the most innovative new service.
These were the inaugural innovation awards run by NEXUS Automotive International (N!), the major autoparts distribution group that has established a global footprint in just two years.
N! Chairman Akram Shahrour, who presented the awards alongside N! Executive Director Philippe Guyot, said: “We firmly believe that innovation is key if a business is to thrive in today’s ever changing, highly competitive world.
“Both companies have shown tremendous ingenuity, technical capability and entrepreneurial spirit in addressing hugely important product and service issues.
“The quality of entries for these inaugural awards was very high, and we thank all those who took part, but FEDERAL-MOGUL and NTN-SNR stood out above the rest.”
FEDERAL-MOGUL used an innovative new tribological fingerprinting process to create its Eco-friction range of zero and low-copper brake pad formulations, developed to meet new government environmental regulations.
NTN-SNR’s TechScaN’R works on smartphones and tablets and enables users to access technical information more easily. The user scans the part number and receives the information without the need for a QR code or to run searches on an overloaded website.
Some 300 delegates attended the conference, the second annual NEXUS Business Forum, held in Montreux (3rd to 5th February), at which suppliers and N! members engaged in two days of business ‘speed dating’, exploring opportunities to conduct business with each other.
As well as announcing the Innovative Supplier of the Year Awards, Akram Shahrour also revealed that DINAMIK OTOMOTIV, of Turkey, had been selected as the NEXUS Automotive International ‘Member of the Year’.
He said: “DINAMIK OTOMOTIV has consistently demonstrated it is completely in line with NEXUS’s values and principles of taking a global approach to the aftermarket and creating value through innovation and international co-operation.”