Au­tomechanika Frank­furt 2018 presents fu­ture range of after­mar­ket tech­nolo­gies

presents fu­ture range of after­mar­ket tech­nolo­gies

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The 25th edi­tion of Au­tomechanika Frank­furt brought to­gether the mega­trends of the au­to­mo­tive after­mar­ket and di­rected the spot­light on tech­no­log­i­cal progress, knowl­edge trans­fer and new al­liances. What was sup­posed to be a hur­ried sub­sti­tute for In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show (IAA) in 1971, Messe Frank­furt’s Au­tomechanika, has turned out to be the lead­ing plat­form of the au­to­mo­tive after­mar­ket. Its lat­est edi­tion, which con­cluded on Septem­ber 15, 2018, had par­tic­i­pa­tion by a record num­ber of ex­hibitors, and 136, 000 trade vis­i­tors from 181 coun­tries, in­di­cat­ing the un­abated growth in the au­to­mo­tive after­mar­ket.

While “It has been the best week of the year,” for Michael Söd­ing, CEO Au­to­mo­tive After­mar­ket at Scha­ef­fler AG, Man­fred Baden, Pres­i­dent of the Au­to­mo­tive After­mar­ket Di­vi­sion, Bosch GmbH, found the trade fair as a huge suc­cess. He said, “Au­tomechanika con­tin­ues to be the most im­por­tant trade fair for the after­mar­ket world­wide.” With much sat­is­fac­tion, Robert Heis­mann, Direc­tor of Af­ter­sales Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Porsche AG, said, “We were able to present our in­no­va­tions in the fields of elec­tro-mo­bil­ity and digi­ti­sa­tion to the world.” Porsche AG was ex­hibit­ing at the Au­tomechanika for the first time.

“The 25th Au­tomechanika Frank­furt was the big­gest and most in­ter­na­tional event in its his­tory,” Detlef Braun, Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of Messe Frank­furt, said. “The feed­back from our cus­tomers has been un­mis­tak­able: Never be­fore has the Au­tomechanika Frank­furt fair been so fo­cused on the fu­ture. All ar­eas of the au­to­mo­tive after­mar­ket – in­dus­try, re­tail and work­shops – have re­sponded to mega­trends that in­clude con­nected cars, net­worked work­shops and clean ve­hi­cles, of­fer­ing an amaz­ing range of in­no­va­tions for the in­ter­na­tional group of pro­fes­sion­als in at­ten­dance these past few days. In all 23 ex­hi­bi­tion hall lev­els and in the out­door ex­hi­bi­tion area, things were re­ally hum­ming,” he said.

In re­sponse to the huge in­ter­est in clas­sic and col­lectible cars, the new Clas­sic Cars ex­hi­bi­tion area en­joyed an im­pres­sive de­but at the trade fair. As a coun­ter­point to the em­pha­sis on the dig­i­tal world, the Clas­sic Car area in­cluded parts man­u­fac­tur­ers, paint mak­ers, start-ups and as­so­ci­a­tions.

Jörn Sch­wieger, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor for Volk­swa­gen Clas­sic Parts, lauded the ef­forts of Messe Frank­furt and said, “With the in­te­gra­tion of a Clas­sic Car area, Messe Frank­furt has found a fit­ting re­sponse to cater to the clas­sic and col­lectible cars seg­ment. With our stand at Au­tomechanika, we were able to reach po­ten­tial cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers from around the world – just as we had hoped to.”

For many years, the Bosch busi­ness di­vi­sion Bosch Clas­sic has also been com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing his­toric ve­hi­cles. “At Bosch, we share the en­thu­si­asm of clas­sic-car fans. Af­ter all, the his­tory of au­to­mo­biles is also

part of our com­pany’s his­tory,” Man­fred Baden, pres­i­dent of Bosch Au­to­mo­tive After­mar­ket, said.

Olaf Hen­ning, Mem­ber of the MAHLE Group Ex­ec­u­tive Board and Head of the After­mar­ket Busi­ness Di­vi­sion, said: “The 25th an­niver­sary of Au­tomechanika is a spe­cial year for us at MAHLE, too. Along with the thir­ti­eth an­niver­sary of our air­con­di­tion­ing ser­vice, our cus­tomers and other vis­i­tors to the fair were able to dis­cover fur­ther new prod­ucts in our port­fo­lio. This year, un­der the motto: ‘Fu­ture So­lu­tions. For your Suc­cess’, we have shown on two stands how we are mak­ing work­shops fit for fu­ture chal­lenges. With the takeover of BRAIN BEE and the adop­tion of thermo-man­age­ment prod­ucts by Behr Hella Ser­vice, we are grow­ing steadily as a so­lu­tion provider and will be­come an ever more im­por­tant part­ner for our cus­tomers.”

Fa­cil­i­tat­ing one-of-its-kind ex­pe­ri­ence

for work­shop own­ers and em­ploy­ees, Fed­eral As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Im­porters of Au­to­mo­bile Ser­vice Equip­ment of­fered live pre­sen­ta­tions on pro­fes­sional tyre re­pairs. Bring­ing to­gether tyre and au­to­mo­tive ser­vices can be chal­leng­ing, high­light­ing upon the same, Olaf Mußhoff, Direc­tor of Au­tomechanika Frank­furt, linked the syn­er­gies be­tween work­shop ser­vices and tyres. “For many work­shops, bring­ing tyre and au­to­mo­tive ser­vices to­gether in one place and deal­ing with the as­so­ci­ated tech­ni­cal changes pose a huge chal­lenge. That is why we will con­tinue to in­vest in this area,” he said.

Pe­ter Wag­ner, Head of the In­de­pen­dent After­mar­ket Di­vi­sion, Con­ti­nen­tal said: “In keep­ing with the 25th an­niver­sary, this Au­tomechanika was one of the best we have ex­pe­ri­enced. Our ex­hi­bi­tion stand was full un­til the last day. Trade vis­i­tors showed great in­ter­est in our prod­ucts, as well as in our dig­i­tal ser­vices and so­lu­tions. All in all, it was an out­stand­ing event for show­ing how

we can make deal­ers and work­shops fit for the fu­ture.”

In­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies

Sev­eral world lead­ers of au­to­mo­tive after­mar­ket prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies pre­sented their fu­ture range of in­no­va­tions at Au­tomechaanika Frank­furt 2018.

ZF After­mar­ket:

Tak­ing an im­por­tant step to­wards zero-emis­sion pub­lic trans­port in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas, ZF After­mar­ket and en­gi­neer­ing com­pany has formed a strate­gic part­ner­ship in or­der to re­duce sig­nif­i­cantly green­house emis­sions in cities. It is fo­cussing on con­vert­ing buses within the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem from con­ven­tional to en­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly elec­tric drives. The Mu­nich-based tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist has devel­oped an in­no­va­tive bridge tech­nol­ogy called ‘e-troFit’ that en­ables an ef­fi­cient switch from the cur­rent diesel en­gines to the smart and sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s After­mar­ket Di­vi­sion also pre­sented its fleet man­age­ment tool ZF Car Con­nect as well as ZF Smart Ser­vice, a “dig­i­tal screw­driver” for in­de­pen­dent work­shops.

To ad­dress to the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion in the au­to­mo­tive after­mar­ket, ZF After­mar­ket has come up with a dig­i­tal ecosys­tem that will not only al­low cus­tomers to dig­i­tal­ize their own pro­cesses, but also to of­fer dig­i­tal ser­vices of their own, with added value.

NGK Spark Plug Europe:

Ig­ni­tion and sen­sor man­u­fac­turer, NGK Spark Plug Europe launched the after­mar­ket’s most ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of pre­mium en­gine speed and po­si­tion sen­sors at Au­tomechanika Frank­furt, mak­ing its NTK Ve­hi­cle Elec­tron­ics brand a com­plete, one-stop-shop for re­place­ment sen­sors.

David Loy, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor EMEA, NGK Spark Plug Europe, said, “These sen­sors are fun­da­men­tal to keep­ing ev­ery en­gine run­ning smoothly, so not sur­pris­ingly, after­mar­ket de­mand for OE equiv­a­lent re­place­ments is grow­ing. We are there­fore es­pe­cially pleased to launch such a pre­ci­sion-en­gi­neered range at Au­tomechanika and of­fer new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for whole­salers, dis­trib­u­tors and work­shops.”

Fed­eral-Mogul Mo­tor­parts:

The steer­ing and sus­pen­sion brand from Fed­er­alMogul Mo­tor­parts, un­veiled an up­dated brand iden­tity un­der MOOG. A new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Spain will ini­ti­ate pro­duc­tion of the brand’s main prod­ucts, fea­tur­ing the com­pany’s new Hy­brid Core Tech­nol­ogy. This new in­no­va­tion fo­cuses on en­hanc­ing safety, im­prov­ing dura­bil­ity, and of­fer­ing higher qual­ity through the use of car­bon-fi­bre re­in­force­ment and in­duc­tion heat treat­ment.


In or­der to in­crease en­gine ef­fi­ciency, the tech­nol­ogy com­pany Con­ti­nen­tal is ex­pand­ing its after­mar­ket prod­uct port­fo­lio to in­clude com­po­nents for bet­ter tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion in modern en­gines. An in­crease in en­gine ef­fi­ciency can in turn re­duce en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing emis­sions and ex­tend the en­gine’s life­time. The com­pany is there­fore re­leas­ing two new kits and adding 23 new types to its range of stand­alone wa­ter pumps. These are par­tic­u­larly in­tended for use in the an­cil­lary drives of modern ve­hi­cles, in which the wa­ter pump is driven via the multi V-belt.


In the heavy duty and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle seg­ment, DENSO Europe pre­sented starter mo­tors. Shap­ing the mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture, Alexey Bar­ta­she­vich, Se­nior Man­ager

AM Prod­ucts, DENSO Europe, out­lined DENSO’s lat­est in­no­va­tions and said, “In or­der to make our cus­tomers fa­mil­iar with DENSO tech­nol­ogy, we have dis­played sev­eral key OEM prod­ucts for hy­brid and elec­tric cars. This will be the one of the fu­ture direc­tions for our after­mar­ket range ex­ten­sions.”

One such in­no­va­tion was launched at Au­tomechanika this year: e-Vi­dens, a user-friendly, com­pre­hen­sive ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion tool. Nico Carucci, Re­gional Man­ager AM Sales Ger­many, de­scribed the ben­e­fits of the new tool: “e-Vi­dens in­creases work­shop abil­ity to gen­er­ate new busi­ness by scan­ning en­gine sys­tems for er­ror codes and per­form­ing an in­no­va­tive health check, unique to DENSO, via cloud tech­nol­ogy to iden­tify prob­lems and pre-empt fu­ture is­sues.” The tool em­pow­ers garages to of­fer a pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance plan for their cus­tomers and cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties, and clearly re­ports on the ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion, pro­vid­ing to­tal trans­parency and strength­en­ing the client-work­shop re­la­tion­ship. e-Vi­dens is al­ready avail­able in English and Au­tomechanika saw the launch of the Pol­ish, Ger­man and French ver­sions. It will be launched in an­other 15 lan­guages in 2019.


Fil­tra­tion ex­pert MANN+HUMMEL show­cased an im­proved and com­pre­hen­sive fil­tra­tion tech­nol­ogy called Fre­ciousPlus 2 that en­sures op­ti­mal air qual­ity in­side the ve­hi­cle, as well as pro­tec­tion of the oc­cu­pants. The MANN-FIL­TER Fre­ciousPlus 2 will be avail­able for se­lected pas­sen­ger car ap­pli­ca­tions on the in­de­pen­dent after­mar­ket from early 2019. The ex­ist­ing range will be grad­u­ally re­placed by the new gen­er­a­tion fil­ters. The newly devel­oped Brake Dust Par­ti­cle Fil­ter from MANN+HUMMEL re­duces the brake dust emis­sions of ve­hi­cles so that fewer brake dust par­ti­cles es­cape into the en­vi­ron­ment. The fil­ter is adapt­able to the ex­ist­ing in­stal­la­tion spa­ces around disk brakes. The Brake Dust Par­ti­cle Fil­ter can be used for any type of drive, from elec­tric ve­hi­cles and hy­brid ve­hi­cles to clas­si­cal gaso­line or diesel ve­hi­cles.

UFI Fil­ters:

To en­sure in­creased fil­tra­tion per­for­mance and greater en­gine power in a re­duced space, UFI Fil­ters pre­sented an en­gine air fil­tra­tion tech­nol­ogy: UFI MULTITUBE. This patented sys­tem stands out for its tubu­lar struc­ture, which re­places the tra­di­tional panel fil­ter. UFI MULTITUBE in­tro­duces a cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy into the orig­i­nal equip­ment mar­ket, firstly for Porsche GT2RS and soon for other high-vol­ume ap­pli­ca­tions, both Ital­ian and in­ter­na­tional. The tech­nol­ogy is set to spread rapidly through­out the OEM mar­ket, fol­lowed by the after­mar­ket.

JXTG Nip­pon Oil & En­ergy:

JXTG Nip­pon Oil & En­ergy, a global oil and en­ergy com­pany, an­nounced plans to ex­pand the Euro­pean dis­trib­u­tor- net­work of its ENEOS branded Au­to­mo­tive lu­bri­cants. ENEOS is the prod­uct brand of the Ja­panese Gi­ant. Highly pop­u­lar among car deal­er­ships, me­chan­ics, garages and fleet-own­ers, ENEOS is present in more than 20 Euro­pean coun­tries.

has devel­oped NARVA Range Power LED bulbs with crisp, white light and vi­brant colours to trans­form cars from stan­dard to stylish. The brighter lights will en­hance both the vi­sion and safety quo­tients. In the car pu­ri­fier seg­ment, Lumileds has devel­oped Philips GoPure 7101 with pow­er­ful and fast-act­ing air fil­tra­tion tech­nol­ogy, this de­vice re­moves harm­ful par­ti­cles, toxic gaseous chem­i­cals and al­ler­gens in just a few min­utes. With smart fea­tures, such as au­to­mat­i­cally speed­ing up fil­tra­tion if pol­lu­tion lev­els rise, the GoPure 7101 en­sures car travel with only clean and healthy air. This de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally pu­ri­fies the air in­side ve­hi­cles from up to 125 dif­fer­ent pol­lu­tants and al­ler­gens.

In­stead of re­ly­ing on con­flict­ing opin­ions, driv­ers can record their jour­ney and col­lect ob­jec­tive ev­i­dence with the Philips GoSure ADR820, devel­oped by Lumileds. It is a pre­mium mod­u­lar dash cam that lets users eas­ily add GPS and Full HD rear cam­era func­tions. Now driv­ers can cap­ture their jour­ney in sharp and vivid de­tail. Con­nected via Wi-Fi, this dash cam can be fully con­trolled from a smart­phone. An Ad­vanced Driver As­sis­tance Sys­tem (ADAS) adds safety fea­tures.

With an ac­cu­racy of 0.1 bar, driv­ers can see the pre­cise pres­sure of all four car tyres on the new Philips GoSure TS60i tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. Ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ments en­sure op­ti­mal wheel align­ment to en­joy a smooth drive, im­proved car con­trol, and in­creased fuel ef­fi­ciency and tire life­time.

The 3 new Philips pro­fes­sional LED work­shop lamps (the Philips RCH5S, RCH25 and PJH10), devel­oped by Lumileds, fea­tured a unique dim­ming func­tion for en­hanced com­fort while work­ing. With im­proved im­pact and wa­ter re­sis­tance, these pow­er­ful lights

are ready for the most de­mand­ing au­to­mo­tive work­shop con­di­tions.

The new Philips WhiteVi­sion ul­tra halo­gen car head­lights pre­sented the lat­est coat­ing for­mula, these bulbs de­liver a stun­ning 4 200 Kelvin. As the whitest road-le­gal halo­gen lights in the Philips au­to­mo­tive port­fo­lio, they are the per­fect choice for a cool, stylish up­grade.

The ex­cit­ing new Philips X-tremeUlti­non LED gen2 range, launched by Lumileds, pushes the bound­aries of light once again, per­form­ing at au­to­mo­tive OEM level. Equipped with ex­clu­sive Lumileds LUXEON Altilon LED chips, oth­er­wise only avail­able to car­mak­ers, these lights have op­ti­mized con­sis­tency, per­for­mance up to +250% brighter and a cool white light to pro­vide sharper vis­i­bil­ity.

Driv­ers can see farther, re­act faster and drive safer with Philips X-tremeVi­sion G-force car bulbs. Among the bright­est that the driv­ers can buy, they out­shine most other car lamps with up to 130% more bright­ness. The su­pe­rior beam length and up to 10 G vi­bra­tion re­sis­tance help safer drive.

The GKN After­mar­ket or­gan­i­sa­tion, sup­ported by GKN Sin­ter Met­als and Mo­tor­sport, pre­sented at this year’s Au­tomechanika in Frank­furt, the glimpses of the breadth of ex­per­tise within the GKN Group. The pri­mary theme was the “One Brand” strat­egy within the in­ter­na­tional after­mar­ket, which now unites the es­tab­lished brands glob­ally un­der the um­brella of GKN Driv­e­line. “There is no bet­ter plat­form for OEM and after­mar­ket busi­ness,” Frank Hürter, Com­mer­cial Direc­tor Au­to­mo­tive After­mar­ket, said. “Pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing at a rapid pace right now. And with so many in­no­va­tions in its OEM busi­ness, GKN is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to that change. GKN is de­vel­op­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing lead­ing-edge tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

A For­mula E-rac­ing car was one of the high­lights on the stand. GKN is work­ing closely with Pana­sonic Jaguar Rac­ing to make the I-TYPE 2 faster. Thanks to GKN’s com­pre­hen­sive ex­per­tise, not just in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try but also in avi­a­tion, the drive­shafts, dif­fer­en­tial, light­weight pump sys­tem and trans­mis­sion have all been de­signed to be even more ef­fi­cient.

GKN Niche Cus­tomers, Mo­tor­sport and After­mar­ket (NMA) has launched the new ball­spline sideshaft, which pairs ex­cel­lent off-road char­ac­ter­is­tics with safe han­dling on the road. Lin­early ar­ranged ball bear­ings de­liver pre­vi­ously unattained plunge for out­stand­ing sus­pen­sion per­for­mance.

Most sport util­ity ve­hi­cles (SUVs) are rarely used off-road. What SUV driv­ers ex­pect is the same level of dy­namic on­road han­dling and com­fort as a saloon car. Be­cause these weighty ve­hi­cles have an in­her­ently large ground clear­ance and thus a higher cen­tre of grav­ity, they present ma­jor chal­lenges when it comes to de­sign­ing their run­ning gear and they are de­pen­dent upon long sus­pen­sion travel.

In­no­va­tion Awards

In or­der to hon­our the break­through in­no­va­tions of the ex­hibitors, this year Messe Frank­furt pub­li­cised all 58 nom­i­nees, 36 fi­nal­ists and the 10 win­ners at the Au­tomechanika In­no­va­tion Awards. Mov­ing for­ward with ‘digi­ti­sa­tion’ be­ing the high­light, the im­pres­sion could be seen in ev­ery­thing from eCall ser­vices, re­mote con­trols, smart bat­ter­ies, cloud-based ex­pert sys­tems, new IT sys­tems, com­po­nents and vir­tual re­al­ity. Par­tic­u­larly Proud of the Au­tomechanika In­no­va­tion Award, Louise Eriks­son, Global Head of Sales Mar­ket­ing AM, OSRAM said, “As the in­ter­na­tional flag­ship fair for the after­mar­ket, Au­tomechanika of­fers us the per­fect plat­form on which to present our prod­uct high­lights and in­no­va­tions to a wide au­di­ence.” The com­pany won the award for the first LED Head­light for retrofitting to the VW Golf VII.

Au­tomechanika In­no­va­tion Award in the “Re­pair and Main­te­nance” cat­e­gory was bagged by MEYLE for HD slot bush­ing kits. Bosch was hon­oured with the In­no­va­tion Award in the “Al­ter­na­tive Drive Sys­tems & Dig­i­tal So­lu­tions” cat­e­gory for ap­ply­ing Aug­mented Re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy at its ser­vice train­ings. “We are very happy about this award. It en­cour­ages us to keep push­ing on with the de­vel­op­ment of Aug­mented Re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy for the ad­vanced train­ing of work­shop staff and for its ef­fi­cient use in ev­ery­day work­shop life,” Man­fred Baden, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of Bosch Au­to­mo­tive After­mar­ket, said.

In 16 coun­tries

Au­tomechanika which has devel­oped into a lead­ing plat­form for in­dus­try, work­shops and re­tail takes place in 16 coun­tries at 17 lo­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the In­sti­tute for Re­search in Re­tail­ing (IFH Köln), the sec­tors rel­e­vant for Au­tomechanika ac­counted for ap­prox. 1.61 tril­lion eu­ros in turnover in the EU 27. At the in­dus­try sup­ply level, these in­clude car parts, ac­ces­sories and tyres, as well as var­i­ous re­tail­ing and deal­er­ship busi­nesses at the distri­bu­tion level, ve­hi­cle main­te­nance and re­pairs. The 1,610.1 bil­lion eu­ros in turnover in 2017 cor­re­spond to an in­crease of 5.2% over the pre­vi­ous year. The sec­tor that ac­counts for the largest por­tion of this turnover is ve­hi­cle sales at 988.3 bil­lion eu­ros. The next Au­tomechanika Frank­furt is sched­uled to take place from Septem­ber 8 to 12, 2020.

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