Latin America. The 22-4th edition of Aftermarket International, the last of 2023, is now available in Spanish and English. This issue focuses on the future of auto parts within the electronic transition that is already underway in the region, and which will be the subject of future editions.
"What are we going to sell?" is one of the concerns of the auto parts sector highlighted at the forum "Challenges of sustainable mobility for the aftermarket segment", organized by the Association of the Automotive Sector and its Parts (Asopartes), in which we were present.
There they talked about self-driving and digitalization and how Latin America is preparing for it. However, one of the common conclusions of the invited experts is that there is a lag compared to other regions of the world, and there is a particular lack of training.
"For us to sell aftermarket spare parts for hybrid and electric vehicles, we have to have training and training," said Héctor Jaime Alvarado, head of diagnostic and electromobility products at Innovateq – Grupo Emasa, one of the invited experts, who stressed that the main shortcoming identified in workshops in a country like Colombia is the lack of knowledge about electricity. electronics and software, which is also the case in other markets.
In another of the articles in this edition, we address those solutions that mark the path towards electromobility. This is the case with start-stop technology, powered by cyclic lead-acid batteries that not only reduces emissions, but also wastes fuel from idling engines.
Lead-acid batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the U.S., with a nearly 100% recycling rate that keeps 160 million batteries out of landfills in the U.S. each year.
Next, the consultant Carlos Panzieri develops the second part of his text on the electric power steering (EPS) of the pumps of the A-Class model of the first generation Mercedes Benz (the W-168). In it, he delves into the details about the rotor and gears, replacing the electronic board, and how to close it.
Finally, in an interview with Inaise Balestero, Chemours' regional account manager for the automotive sector in Latin America, we explained the transition to more sustainable refrigerants for automotive air conditioning based on this industry's explorations of molecules with lower global warming potential to reduce the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).