The business of selling truck parts is, well, a big business by every measure. The aftermarket that cares for Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks, trailers and container chassis was worth an estimated $4.06 billion last year, according to analysts at MacKay and Company. And the mergers and acquisitions among component suppliers are underway at a breakneck pace.
ATLANTA, GA – Meritor has introduced a value-priced product line for the aftermarket that will be branded as Mach.
Initial offerings will include brakes, drivelines, drive axles, suspensions, transmissions and springs, but there are plans to expand as well.
“Mach is a global aftermarket value brand that we’re launching today for North America, but we’re going to introduce it here and all over the world,” said Rob Speed, president – aftermarket and trailer and Chief Procurement Officer, during an unveiling at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.
“The time is right, we believe, to launch a value lineup brand for aftermarket parts. In North America and around the world we’re seeing a rise in low-cost competitors and brands that don’t necessarily have the same quality focus as Meritor.”
Buyers are rolling the dice when they buy products from companies they don’t know, he said. In contrast, Meritor is a proven company. “We’re not offering parts that won’t fit or won’t work well. Mach is different.”
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Engineers working for Daimler’s European truck brand, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, have successfully used a 3D printer to create a metal thermostat cover – proving a process that could reshape the way spare metal parts are produced and distributed.
With the potential of decentralizing production, 3D printing could improve parts availability, shorten delivery times, and reduce warehousing and distribution costs, the company notes. Daimler’s brands in North America include Freightliner and Western Star.
“With the introduction of 3D metal printing technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is reasserting its pioneering role among global commercial vehicle manufacturers,” said Andreas Deuschle, head of marketing and operations – customer services and parts with Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “We ensure the same functionality, reliability, durability and cost-effectiveness with 3D metal parts as we do with conventionally produced parts.”
MANHASSET, NY – Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting’s (CMVC) commercial vehicle Parts Aftermarket Leading Indicator (PLI) has improved for the fourth month in a row, suggesting that fleet business conditions are recovering and will result in more aftermarket parts sales. But there are limits in the medium term.