MAHLE Aftermarket’s Olaf Henning addressed the media Wednesday, saying while the company has faced challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, both its OEM and aftermarket supply chains remained intact and at full capacity.
Henning also gave insight into where MAHLE is headed in response to emerging technologies and powertrain developments. Henning is corporate executive vice president and general manager for MAHLE Aftermarket.
Speaking from Germany during the company’s MAHLE Aftermarket Press Day 2020, Henning and his colleagues presented “One Century of Aftermarket Experience — Fit for the Aftermarket of Tomorrow.” MAHLE is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2020.
“At MAHLE, we responded very quickly to this crisis in order to protect our workforce,” Henning said. “As a result, we have been able to keep the infection rate at MAHLE locations worldwide at a low level. The pandemic has presented us with some enormous challenges as a company. In addition to protecting the health of our employees, we also focused on maintaining our supply capacity in every phase — with success. We were able to sustain our supply chains in the OEM segment, as well as ensuring full supply capacity in the aftermarket at all times.”
Despite challenges in 2019 presented by Brexit, geopolitical unpredictability and transformations in mobility, Henning said, “MAHLE Aftermarket recorded further growth.” The company’s sales increased from EUR 928 million in 2018 to around EUR 950 million in 2019. He added that the proportion of aftermarket sales in relation to group sales rose slightly.
“In the current crisis, the aftermarket takes on a special role,” Henning said. “System-relevant vehicles, such as medical emergency vehicles and fire trucks, and parts of the logistics fleets need to be kept operational at all times. However, individual transport also plays an important role, particularly when the use of public transport entails increased risks, as is the case right now.”
MAHLE Aftermarket opened a new production and development office in Parma, Italy, and a new sales office in Panama, serving customers in South America that are outside Brazil and Argentina.
Henning said MAHLE recognizes the pressures felt by many repair shops around the world in light of the pandemic. He added that customers of MAHLE Service Solutions are benefiting from the company’s “Startklar” campaign. “Since May, workshops have been able to acquire a service equipment of their choice and only begin to pay installments from the seventh month after purchase,” Henning said.
Looking to the future of the aftermarket, Henning said new technologies and diversified powertrains will present new challenges for repair shops, but also create new opportunities.
“Due to the significantly higher complexity of thermal management in vehicles with alternative drives, this topic will become increasingly important for workshops,” Henning said. “This business segment already makes up around 20 percent of MAHLE Aftermarket’s sales. With so many drive technologies on the market, the number of spare parts required will grow dramatically. This also affects workshop equipment, particularly service equipment.”
In 10 years, MAHLE expects the share of hybrid vehicles in the passenger car sector will have risen from around 3 percent today to roughly one fifth. “For battery-powered electric vehicles, we anticipate an increase from around one percent at present to approximately 16 percent. In the commercial vehicle sector, battery-powered electric and hybrid drives will account for about 14 percent in 2030,” Henning said. “The combustion engine will therefore play a leading role for much longer in this market segment.”
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