World-leading ignition and sensor specialist NGK SPARK PLUG has reinforced its commitment to the independent Aftermarket by becoming a shareholder of TecAlliance, the leading global provider of data, integrated process solutions and consulting services in the automotive aftermarket.
As an enabler and driver of digitalisation, TecAlliance’s portfolio includes up-to-date international vehicle and product data, repair and maintenance information, the TecDoc catalogue and solutions for order-to-invoice management, fleet management, effective data management and analytics as well as consultancy services and implementation.
The move positions NGK SPARK PLUG as a key supporter of the advanced data and information services that TecAlliance supplies to parts traders and workshops worldwide.
Damien Germès, Senior Vice President EMEA at NGK SPARK PLUG Europe GmbH confirmed: “To become a shareholder of TecAlliance is a strategic decision and investment for NGK SPARK PLUG. We fully understand how essential it is for Aftermarket distributors and workshops to have high-quality, instant data in a fast-changing market where digital solutions are becoming of vital importance. This investment is another demonstration of our commitment to continuously serving and supporting the independent Aftermarket. As a shareholder we are now ideally placed to support TecAlliance in delivering future digital excellence to the Aftermarket.”
“We are pleased to welcome as a new shareholder such an important player from the field of vehicle electronics”, emphasised Jürgen Buchert, Managing Director of TecAlliance. “This is another step towards our continuous goal to optimise and deepen the quality of our data and tailor-made solutions for a digital automotive aftermarket.”
NGK SPARK PLUG’s shareholding in TecAlliance provides an additional platform for the company to further develop its leadership in the ignition and vehicle electronics Aftermarkets, not only across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but also globally given TecAlliance’s expansion all over the world.
NGK SPARK PLUG has already expanded its product offering in recent years, adding ignition coils, exhaust gas temperature sensors, MAP and MAF sensors to its existing line-up of NGK spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition leads and NTK lambda sensors.
NGK SPARK PLUG has also increased its strategic capabilities across the region. In 2017 the company took over responsibility for parts sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A further investment also saw NGK SPARK PLUG significantly strengthen its logistics provision with the opening of a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Duisburg, Germany. The highly automated centre supplies customers in 44 countries with fast, reliable parts deliveries.
“NGK SPARK PLUG’s TecAlliance shareholding, our continually expanding product portfolio and high volume central supply chain are all key milestones in NGK SPARK PLUG’s vision for servicing the Independent Aftermarket,” added Mr Germès. “With continued investments like these, both we, and our customers, will be able to meet the challenges of the future.”
For over 20 years, TecAlliance has been one of the world’s leading data specialists for networked collaboration in the digital automotive aftermarket. The portfolio includes services in the field of data management (the collection of vehicle fleet data, spare parts data and repair and maintenance information across different manufacturers), the preparation of data for a wide range of market players according to specific target groups in line with the established TecAlliance standard, and the development of innovative solutions for efficient and transparent collaboration in the networked digital aftermarket.
TecAlliance has been setting market standards for years in spare parts information and vehicle descriptions. The range is completed by services in the field of process optimisation, the implementation of solutions into existing business processes, and a timely support service. Market players worldwide all benefit from the extensive data basis of the TecAlliance platforms on which all the supply, demand and approval processes can be integrated and efficiently carried out. In this way, TecAlliance improves the digital business processes between business partners in the automotive aftermarket in a sustainable and lasting way.
Today there are over 550 qualified TecAlliance employees from 26 nations working around the world, using their profound technical and industry knowledge of the automotive aftermarket to make data and processes more efficient.
TecAlliance – the international driving force for standardised data, processes and integrated solutions in the automotive aftermarket.
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About NGK SPARK PLUG: Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany. For more information please visit: www.ngk-europe.com
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