Welcome to the latest issue of Vital News.
As we approach the final quarter of 2017, many of us find that we have no time for retrospection as planning for 2018 is underway.
Whilst industry players are looking at ways to maintain growth and stability in the business for 2018, futureproofing the aftermarket for the long run remains as top priority. With plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, to vehicle manufacturers surging towards their plans for 100% connected vehicles by 2025, industry players within the UK independent aftermarket have to continually innovate ways to safeguard the security of this sector.
Chargemaster UK has projected that UK roads will see more than 1,000,000 electric cars by 2022. The shift of interest in how we power our vehicles has seen a number of grand debates about environmental sustainability and impact on carbon footprint. Whilst electric vehicles still have a lot of catching up to do, the infancy of the technology still presents huge potential for growth. Until then, motorists have the power of choice in what cars they choose and how they maintain them.
The aftermarket serves motorists by providing them the flexibility to fix their vehicles, as they see fit. This is why, campaigns like Right2Choose are important in ensuring that the aftermarket continues to thrive. It is more than the £13.5 billion industry that provides more than 250,000 jobs in the UK, it is about allowing UK motorists to upkeep their vehicles – on their terms.
This issue’s cover story is from Nissens as Vital News explores the fundamentals of quality heaters and ensuring best installation practices to keep UK motorists safe and comfortable over the colder months. Read more about this on page 4. We also explore the latest additions to FPS’ 360° programme to ensure that motor factors are ever ready to cater for application gaps and niche products. Also in this issue, we get insight from our other suppliers, Bosch, Federal-Mogul, Cambiare, GS Batteries, First Line, Gates, Boge, Mahle, BGA, Braymann and Remy.
As always, we look forward to your feedback on how to provide you with excellent services to make the business better. Meanwhile, happy reading!
Thank you and happy reading!
Managing Director, FPS.