Sixteen million more
It is a year of celebrated volume regarding cars and light trucks manufactured. The 2014 volume, in the 16-million range, is expected to challenge 17 million in 2015. The sales surge helps define the end of the resultant sweet spot of repair from pre-2009 and the beginning of the next spot. The past becomes defined by comparison of the new technological future. The gap widens between vehicle technologies past, present and future.
Transition position 2015
Coming into a new year, fresh from the industry perspectives at the yearend Industry Week, views from above see mostly a bright, new, technological future for the vehicle makers, the suppliers, and the aftermarket distribution and service industry.
Industry’s well-being on display
Once again, trade show and convention attendees from all the various segments of the automotive parts and service industry as well as enthusiasts of all stripes came to Las Vegas, and what happened didn’t have to stay in Vegas.
Manufacturers and service industry strive to increase cooperation
Amidst consolidations and leaner budgets, efforts continue to inform shop owners and technicians of new tools and equipment, parts and procedures, and new technology necessary to provide professional service. While manufacturers reach out to produce, provide, and support the needed information, service shop owners, individually and collectively, step up their efforts to receive and integrate the information to better shop performance and profitability.
In-market presence: roots and boots on the ground
Education and training drive industry event attendance
Amidst the quantum-like leaps in vehicle technology and new materials, the need for new equipment and technician training continues at a similar pace. Training offerings at the national and regional levels are taking on additional importance, as well as the trade shows.
NACE bounces back
Tomorrow is here and the past isn’t coming back
Of all the current, conversational comments heard while attending shows and events in this industry around the country, the phrase “it ain’t coming back,” was one often expressed.
Yes, welcome to the future! And we are glad you made it. But, for those hesitating or searching for their keys, reminders were often made that the past is not coming back, at least in some regards not soon enough for a business model to remain stagnant and expect to flourish.
Preserving a balanced industry infrastructure
For 30 years, Parts & People has viewed the distribution channel as the infrastructure that connects manufacturers and remanufacturers with the independent service industry delivering the right part, on time, at the right cost and, just as importantly, collectively helps define each local and regional market with supplier value-added services and adaptable marketing models.
Suppliers and channel partners face value-added choices
Distributors and jobbers have historically partnered with suppliers to provide the best combination of parts coverage, quality, delivery, and catalog information possible. Many distributors are identified by the suppliers with whom they partner, be they the key product lines sold or niche product lines that fill local market needs. Often, a distributor’s primary product suppliers are also the key factor in determining the value-added services a distributor or jobber is able to provide.
Auto Care Association
On April 24, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) rebranded to the Auto Care Association.
Changes in our industry and the society in which it works offer the opportunity to strengthen the image and better communicate our value. When communicating outside of the industry to motorists, agencies, and legislatures, the representation of the industry must be clear and understandable.
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