New alliance will support competitiveness of aftermarket companies in Central Europe

A new alliance, NEXUS Automotive Central Europe (N!ACE), that will aid the competitiveness of companies operating in the region’s automotive aftermarket has been established.

N!ACE is the regional representative of global alliance NEXUS Automotive International (N!), now present in 113 countries.

The new group has been formed by Auto Land Polska, Autos, Inter Land and Inter Parts. They are all based in Poland and are leading partners active in passenger car and heavy duty parts distribution.

N!ACE is a fully transparent and well organized structure that has been created to provide better value and business opportunities to N! key stakeholders in a highly competitive market.

New members are expected to join in the near future, which will enable N!ACE to become the leading partner for domestic distributors in Central Europe.

Waldermar Baclawski, owner of Inter Parts, who heads up N!ACE, said: “The main purpose of N!ACE is to create value and opportunities for our members from both the sourcing of automotive parts and through the supply chain side.

“In addition, the group will put a strong emphasis on supporting N! strategic initiatives in the Central Europe region, including the NEXUSAuto and NEXUSTruck workshop concepts, the newly-created DR!VE+ brand and the training platform N! Academy School, and through these we will better concentrate purchasing volumes towards NEXUS suppliers.

“Overall, this enhanced co-operation between members and suppliers will provide unique opportunities for development and improve the competitiveness of all participants in the project.”

Gael Escribe, CEO of N!, welcomed the formation of N!ACE. He said: “I congratulate the members of N!ACE who have come together to create this new regional organisation and I and the N! team look forward to working with them.

“We spoke recently at one of our N! Connecting Days of our stategy of developing regional platforms and very quickly N!ACE has been incorporated. It is a fine example of ‘words to deeds’.”

N!, which has its headquarters in Geneva, was founded in 2014, since when it has enjoyed intense geographic expansion. This year alone 47 new members have joined, bringing the total to 108, plus two other regional groups have been formed, NEXUS Automotive Algeria and NEXUS North America, with another, NEXUS Automotive Brazil, about to be launched.

Three years intense geographic expansion closes with integration of Nordic Forum

"Its our ambition Montreux .... will be recognised around the globe as the leadership platform for the aftermarket," Gael Escribe, CEO NEXUS.

Three years of intense geographic expansion for NEXUS Automotive International (N!) are drawing to a close with top 10 European wholesaler group The Nordic Forum among the latest members to join.

The Nordic Forum was among six new members in December, bringing the total to a record 105, some 47 of which were recruited during 2016. The Nordic Forum consists of FTZ of Denmark, Inter-Team of Poland and Hellanor of Norway. As well as traditional wholesale, it is active in e-commerce through its companies Iparts and Ucando.

N! CEO Gael Escribe said: “It has been a truly amazing year, with powerful growth giving us a presence in 113 countries. Two new regional organisations were also created, NEXUS Automotive Algeria and NEXUS North America, and two additional ones, NEXUS Automotive Brazil and NEXUS Automotive Central Europe, are about to be launched.

"Our first three years were devoted to the development of the N! network and to a very intense geographic expansion, with the objective to be a growth accelerator for progressive companies in the automotive industryAt our 2017 N! Business Forum in Montreux new priorities will be disclosed for the next three years in direct response to what is a fast-evolving, ever more demanding and consolidated automotive aftermarket.

They will include education, which began with the launch of the N! Academy School aimed at helping managers within N! member companies to be much better prepared for future market trends. The first School took place in Geneva (28th Nov to 1st Dec) and saw purchasing managers from 60 companies from around the globe discussing and updating their knowledge on safety and environmental issues.

Hosted by the European Institute of Purchasing Management, it included presentations from six N! strategic suppliers - BOSCH, SKF, ZF/TRW, EXIDE, MANN+HUMMEL and VALEO. It also provided the opportunity for delegates to exchange best practice and further develop relationships between members and suppliers.

Gael said the 2017 N! Business Forum (21st to 23rd Feb) will be ‘even more original and interactive’ than the previous two, with leading experts discussing major industry topics and high level workshops providing greater involvement for delegates, as well as the normal speed-date business networking.

He concluded: “It is our ambition that Montreux, within three years, will be recognised around the globe as the leadership platform for the Automotive Aftermarket, a date on the calendar that our industry looks to for insight, innovation and inspiration.”