According to David Lewis, Mark Water Pumps Limited has always promoted OEM quality across its product range, and he considers the ’ProFlow’ range of automotive water pumps no exception. Mark Water Pumps acts as supplier to leading OEM manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Volvo; plant manager Lewis believes ProFlow products provide this “OEM quality and performance for the aftermarket.”
Automotive parts manufacturer Federal-Mogul is changing hands for US$5.4 billion. The new owner is vehicle ride performance and clean air products manufacturer Tenneco Inc., which yesterday signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business from Icahn Enterprises L.P. The acquisition is to be funded through cash, Tenneco equity and assumption of debt and is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions.
WAI has recently added two new starter motors to its extensive product range. Covering more than seven applications, the new starter motors highlight WAI’s investment in product development and adapting its range to the benefit of its customers, which is highlighted in the recent launch of its new corporate identity, reflected in all areas of the business, including product packaging.
Carbon Zapp’s new decarbonising machine has been introduced, designed to answer the concerns of UK garages about the damage caused by trying to remove and repair petrol and diesel engine injectors. This can result in the units seizing, breaking or other damage.
AirREX’s has released transformable air-suspension kit for almost all variants of the Volkswagen Passat. The supplier has different kits to fit all engine types from the launch spec to the present day, offering a near ‘plug and play’ fitment. The kit should appeal to enthusiasts that want the look and convenience of a fully adjustable air-ride kit, but without the usual hassles of fitting that go with custom installs, AirREX states.
Bilstein has launched its Clubsport coilover suspension for the Porsche 911 GT3 (991 Series). The suspension underwent meticulous tuning and adjustment work during a two-week field test on the test and trial circuit in Papenburg (Emsland). Bilstein technicians tuned the high-end coilover suspension to the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus in the GT3.
Borg & Beck’s range of starters, alternators and freewheeling pulleys has grown rapidly since its UK launch and now stands at more than 1,700 part numbers, making it one of the largest surcharge-free rotating electrics programme in the country. Available on an outright purchase basis, the range has been designed for convenience; without the surcharge arrangement applied to the price there is no requirement to return the old ‘core’ unit, meaning workshops can benefit from any scrap value themselves.
A downpipe-back Klarius exhaust system sourced through Euro Car Parts’ online number plate look-up system has allowed father and son team John and David Baxter to get their 1978 Mercedes 350SL convertible on the road, having impulse-bought the car on eBay. Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, commented: “I love it when things like this happen; we advertise Euro Car Parts as able to supply ‘any part for any car’ when someone challenges us by looking up a really obscure part on our website and we can supply it, it just proves we can walk-the-walk…”
WAI is giving customers the chance to really get to grips with the new WAI branding by exhibiting at this year’s Equip Auto exhibition. The event, held at the Paris Nord Exhibition centre, will be the first mainland European show that will display the company’s new corporate imagery and branding alongside its product ranges of starter motors, alternators, window regulators, wiper motors, ignition leads and coils.
Brake Engineering is building on its Original Aftermarket approach by adding a number of new products to its entire braking range, focusing not just on first to market parts, but on developing “aftermarket” ranges that are relevant to the vehicles in independent garages.
Solid Auto (UK) Ltd has become an official UK distributor for Denso aftermarket products. The West Midlands business is rapidly expanding its supply portfolio and states that the addition of the Denso brand will further complement the company’s specialism in the supply of Japanese and Korean car parts. The manufacturer’s spark plugs will initially be available from Solid Auto UK with more product groups likely to be added in the future.
New products from 2014 launched wheel brand 7Twenty are now with customers across Europe, as it aims to “overhaul cars across the drift [and] JDM scenes”. The range features a selection of designs evolved from traditional styles made popular by the JDM and Drift scene in extreme widths, low offsets and eye catching finishes.
Solid Auto UK has renewed its supply agreement with Groupauto, marking a 10 year partnership for the Japanese and Korean specialist and buying group. The agreement covers all product groups including filters, brake pads and discs, clutches, cooling, steering and suspension, engine components and electrical. Groupauto members will also have access to the company’s new ranges of ABS Sensors and EGR Valves.
Bremen, Germany automotive parts distributor Schmettau & Fuchs has been working with Klarius for the last 12 months to supply its emissions products across the north west of Germany. The German aftermarket’s requirements acknowledge the country’s reputation for high quality automotive production, making it an attractive proposition for the British manufacturer as a supplier of a wide range of high quality exhausts and emissions parts.