One of the UK’s largest single site motor factors, Autosupplies Chesterfield, has become the latest UK distributor to stock Mahle Aftermarket products, by adding its OE quality filters to its extensive product range. The award-winning motor factor has added Mahle in order to meet increasing demand from independent garages. With the business growing year on year, Autosupplies now employs over 100 members of staff and more than 60 vans and is now one of the largest single branch motor factors in the UK.
Mahle Aftermarket has introduced a new packaging design across seven of its leading brands. The new-style packaging will feature bold colours, concise information and a clearer design, all aimed at facilitating handling in motor factors and workshops. It will be available from 1 January 2019, with the current packaging to be used in the interim before being gradually phased out.
In addition to his current role as managing director for Mahle Aftermarket in the UK & Ireland, Jonathan Walker has been appointed the company’s Western Europe general manager for Aftermarket. He takes over from Georges Mourad, takes on the position of global director of operations within the Aftermarket business unit.
Mahle Aftermarket has appointed Richard Clarke as its new head of technical, product marketing & customer services and regional sales manager, bringing an impressive track record and a wealth of experience from within both Mahle and the automotive sector to the team.
Mahle Aftermarket’s technical training at Automechanika Birmingham proved to be a huge success as large crowds visited the stand to gather information on all of its product groups. The training was delivered by a team of Mahle experts and included key tips on working with Mahle products, as well as outlining the many benefits of each range.
Mahle Aftermarket has launched its new CareMetix cabin filter, featuring a five layer cabin filter specially designed to improve passenger health and wellbeing by removing nasty odours and harmful contaminants from vehicle cabins.
To ensure even greater access to its range of original equipment components for the UK aftermarket, Mahle Aftermarket UK has signed its first distribution agreement with FPS Distribution. This partnership takes effect immediately and includes Mahle Original engine components and Victor Reinz sealing products; both of these brands will be available on a same-day delivery basis.
Mahle has been awarded the 2016 “RetroClassicsCultur” award. Professor Pfeiffer, head of a 20 member jury, presented the company with the award for special services to the preservation of automotive cultural heritage.
Mahle grew its sales to 11.5 billion euros in 2015, almost 16 per cent year on year. Employment rates are also at a high in multiple locations worldwide. CEO and chairman, Wolf Henning Scheider said the company “has entered a new dimension. In terms of variety and depth of range, our company is now, more than ever, one of the influential suppliers in the automotive industry.”
Mahle Aftermarket has added a 350sqm extension to its existing 70,000sqm warehouse in Bilston, West Midlands. The UK subsidiary of the German Mahle Group says the extension has helped to create no less than 1,300 new locations to provide more space for its core automotive filtration range as well as new product offerings such as replacement turbochargers, electronic thermostats and HVAC service equipment.
Mahle Aftermarket has added experienced aftermarket professional, Andrew Waite has to its staff as regional sales manager for the south of England. Waite has a strong aftermarket résumé, most recently with a second spell at Delco Remy, but also with Motaquip, XL Components and his original marketing executive position with Havant-based Autostart, which began back in 1996.