The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, which employs over 92,000 people worldwide, proposes to reorganise its UK business activities as part of its excellence programme “Agenda 4 plus One”. This programme includes a global footprint initiative that is examining the strategic and economic competitiveness and long-term sustainability of all Schaeffler locations worldwide. As part of this initiative the Executive Board has decided to reorganise its activities in the UK.
The Schaeffler Group, best known to us as major shareholder (through holding company IHO Group) in tyre and automotive systems manufacturer Continental, has announced its intention to close two of its three plants in the UK. And Brexit, in part at least, is to blame.
Repxpert Alistair Mason recently piloted one of Schaeffler’s technical support vehicles to Oldfields Garage in Leominster, a workshop that has been fitting Schaeffler products successfully for a number of years, in order to provide some training to its dedicated team of technicians.
Automechanika Birmingham will return to the NEC from 4 to 6 June 2019, with many major industry players signed up to exhibit. The show organisers say the 2019 edition looks likely to increase in size ahead of the event’s move to a biennial format starting in 2021.
Schaeffler has launched a new packaging design. The reworked design is being introduced step-by-step at all Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket production sites around the world. To highlight component quality, the boxes now feature high-resolution product photos, and the Schaeffler brand logo has been added in a more prominent position. The packaging retains familiar LuK, INA and FAG colour scheme and logos.
Andy Savva – ‘The Garage Inspector’ – has become Schaeffler’s first UK brand ambassador. Savva has been supporting Schaeffler’s Repxpert team by presenting at various trade fairs and training events over recent months, sharing his expertise on building up a workshop brand and profile, while also offering tips and best practice techniques on how to make a business profitable.
The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) has delivered its latest Autoinform Live workshop training event. Held at the GTG Academy in Wolverhampton last weekend, more than 200 industry professionals attended the UK’s biggest workshop training event, with sessions delivered by OE suppliers and well-respected industry figures.
Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) was proud to join fellow members of the automotive industry in raising money for the automotive charity, BEN – by wearing hats to work to promote awareness about the growing potential for mental health issues to affect industry colleagues both at work and at home.
Schaeffler AG has announced that its automotive aftermarket business will be upgraded to full divisional status following a prolonged period of growth.
Effective from the 1 January 2018, the Schaeffler Group will be comprised of three separate divisions – Automotive OEM, Industrial and the newly-created Automotive Aftermarket (AAM) – which will be run autonomously within Schaeffler from its headquarters in Langen, Germany.