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Denso expanding on PowerEdge

LAS VEGAS, NV – Denso Products and Services Americas is building on its PowerEdge Diesel Aftertreatment Program, expanding the coverage for its Diesel Particulate Filters. By this spring it will also offer full coverage of Diesel Oxidation Catalysts. “We recognized the need for an all-new program as costs associated with core management rise and core fallout increases,” says Joe Mejaly, senior vice president. “In addition, we are employing cutting edge technology to improve both the quality and performance of our product offering.”

Group looks for common parts language

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Brockville, Ontario, business is playing a leading role in a North American initiative that hopes to bring order to the chaos of describing truck parts. The Autocare Association’s HDDA Heavy Duty arm is working with suppliers to adopt common ways to describe the different components, leveraging the expertise of Canada’s Pricdex Software. The advantage is that distributors and their customers would more easily be able to compare one offering to the next.

Stable economic growth to continue in U.S.

LAS VEGAS, NV – The U.S. government itself shut down over the weekend, but the overall economy of Canada’s largest trading partner seems to be in good shape. The country’s Gross Domestic Product expanded by 2.3% over the past year. “This is, all in all, a decent number but not an impressive number,” said Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor with the Chicago Federal Reserve. Annual growth experienced in the 1990s was closer to 3-4%. But steady growth like this can be good news, easing the concern about a market correction, he told a crowd at the Heavy Duty Dialogue in Las Vegas. The country is in the midst of its third-longest expansion in history, now in its ninth year.

Canada’s heavy-duty aftermarket worth $4.2 billion

LAS VEGAS, NV – Repairing trucks and trailers is big business in Canada, and it’s getting bigger. The nation’s aftermarket serving Class 6-8 trucks and trailers was worth $4.2 billion in 2017, and is projected to reach $4.4 billion this year, according to analysts at MacKay and Company. Parts prices are expected to rise 3.7% because of factors including the Canada-U.S. exchange rate. “Everything looks fairly positive,” says John Blodgett, vice president - sales and marketing, referring to growth in oil activity, the Gross Domestic Product, and international trade. “Obviously if the U.S. screws up NAFTA and provides some issues there … that could potentially have a negative impact. Hopefully level heads will figure that out and we won’t have too much impact from that.” Like most other analysts, the team at MacKay and Company was surprised by the 2017 market for equipment sales. In a good way.

Canada key to Meritor aftermarket strategy

LAS VEGAS, NV – Mississauga, Ontario, will get a new distribution center this April as Meritor refines its North American aftermarket strategy. And it’s not the only way Canada is playing a key role in the company’s broader plans. “The aftermarket team has worked tirelessly this year to improve our delivery accuracy and speed,” says Brett Penzkofer, vice president – North American aftermarket. “Now we ship to customers on a daily basis, wherever they may be.” It’s come a long way.

Aftermarket increasingly global, online

LAS VEGAS, NV – The business of selling truck parts has become increasingly global, introducing a series of new brands along the way. But the source of the parts is only one thing to change, as the industry is further transformed by the tools of e-commerce. “It’s amazing to see what’s happened in the last 10 to 15 years,” said Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association president Tim Kraus, referring to the global alliances of Volvo and Mack, Paccar and DAF, Navistar and Volkswagen, and equipment made under the Daimler umbrella.