NEXUS unveils reshaped and expanded N! Academy with training on four continents

NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has revealed details of its reshaped and much expanded N! Academy, with training programmes to be delivered across four continents.

The ambitious roll-out by the progressive global community is aimed at supporting leading autoparts distributors, who are NEXUS members, to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow and operate successfully in highly competitive markets.

The enhanced N! Academy programme leverages the expertise and technical knowledge of members and N! strategic suppliers for the betterment of the whole N! Community. It now covers four pillars:

  • Executive Seminar: covering best practice for topics such as category management and telematics
  • Middle Management: developing professionalism in key business functions
  • Train the Trainers: building the knowledge of N! technical representatives to enable them to forge strong relationships with workshops and more easily identify business opportunities, and
  • Workshop Tutorial: cutting edge training on product lines to guarantee continual growth.

Under the new programme there will be eight Train the Trainers technical sessions between September and December, in China, France, Latin America, Spain, South Africa, Slovenia, and the UAE. There will also be two NEXUS School initiatives for middle managers, the first in India in October, the second in Latin America in December.

NEXUS CFO Thierry Mugnier, who is leading the project, said: “This is a truly exciting initiative. With the enthusiastic support of the N! Community, we are able to call upon the resources and expertise of some of the biggest players in the aftermarket, who are backing our strategy of using education and training to unlock the potential in fast growing emerging markets. In this way, NEXUS members are not just riding the wave, they are creating it!”

Another big step forward will be the opening of a training centre in India, which is being set up under the N! Academy umbrella by NEXUS member TVS Automobile Solutions.

Thierry Mugnier added: “To have such a prestigious company involved in our programme is a big vote of confidence in the NEXUS strategy. I’m delighted to say it doesn’t end there, for other N! members have indicated they wish to open similar affiliated training centres in their regions, details of which we will announce as they come to fruition.”

Sao Paulo in Brazil plays host to NEXUS Connecting Day

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

"And so the NEXUS success story rolls on from country to country, continent to 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.”

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.”