Nexus Automotive International unveils key initiatives to take it from aftermarket challenger to global leader


NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has unveiled the details of five initiatives that will help drive the aftermarket challenger towards its target of being a global leader.

Already established in 84 countries, the major autoparts distributor is looking to do more than just extend its global reach in 2016; its aim is to help member companies and suppliers maximise the business opportunities created. To achieve this N! has:

  • Launched the N! Academy, a certified aftermarket programme offering a wide range of training, including management, technical and sales skills
  • Added a host of new products to its successful DR!VE+ private label service brand
  • Introduced N! Slow Mover, a tool that enables slow moving stock to be promoted into wider markets via the N! community
  • Built a sophisticated intranet, called CON!NECT, which will bring members and suppliers closer together, encouraging more business, and
  • Introduced an IT reporting tool enabling in-depth analysis to help drive performance and growth in the N! community.

Details were given at the second annual NEXUS Business Forum, held in Montreux, Switzerland, (3rd to 5th February), which included two days of business ‘speed dating’ between suppliers and N! members.

More than 300 delegates attended, representing around 70 nationalities, clear evidence that NEXUS Automotive International is now global, said Chairman Gael Escribe.

Reaffirming the organisation’s ambition to increase the total consolidated turnover of its membership from today’s €7.25 billion to more than €9 billion by the end of 2016, Gael said N! saw aftermarket potential in a further around 100 countries.

“Our vision is one aftermarket and for NEXUS to be a leader, no more a challenger,” he said, reminding the audience N! had, in just two years, already achieved 59 supplier contracts of which 50 are global.

This year will see the United States, through NEXUS Automotive North America, become the biggest region for N! with Western Europe close behind. However, the focus will continue to be worldwide with developments in other places, including China ‘a region that is really starting to consume autoparts’, said Gael. 

The organisation was also pleased to have welcomed its first member from Iran, ALBORZ YADAK TRADING, creating ‘a huge opportunity’ for it to be the first Iranian company to ‘go multi-national’.

As well as outlining the key initiatives and progress to date, the Forum also addressed the issue of Connected Cars, with a round table examining the threats and opportunities this new technology will have on the aftermarket.

Nexus reveals winners of the Innovative Supplier of the Year awards 2016

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.”