automotive aftermarket

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 '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.”

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.