As it nears a decade as an organization, NEXUS Automotive International recently held the ninth edition of the NEXUS Business Forum in Montreal, Canada, with more than 550 leaders from the global automotive aftermarket, including 70 global suppliers and more than 150 members. This occasion provided the platform for Gaël Escribe, CEO of NEXUS, to detail his strategy deployment roadmap and update the NEXUS community about the international trade group’s good health and leadership and to anticipate and outline the automotive aftermarket revolution in the context of transformation.
During the plenary, Gaël Escribe undertook an open discussion with three journalists: Jim Merle from USA, Mohamed Aredjal from Europe and Warwick Robinson from South Africa.
During this, he outlined the deployment of the N! strategy for the coming years ahead through dedicated teams with focused objectives:
- A community priority to intensively feed N! partners’ growth plans and increase of the compliance ratio on a global level;
- Creation of a NEXUS investment activities department, including Mobilion fundraising, start-ups incubation, Sparker development and regional consolidation projects to come; and
- Launch of transactional activities with a dedicated management to purpose more easily opportunities for suppliers, benefits for members and in fine, a positive impact on the compliance ratio (to be launched in the coming months).
Hundreds of speed date business meetings were organized to connect the community and accelerate business opportunities (and workshops), which addressed key topics and enabled free discussion between members of the N! Community and experts.
All the guests enjoyed a hockey game between the Canadians vs. Tampa Bay Lighting at Center Bell on Tuesday evening offered by NEXUS and Delphi Technologies. The NEXUS Gala dinner and awards ceremony took place at Windsor Train Station on Wednesday, sponsored by Total Energies. Valeo Services was awarded Supplier of the Year, Interland as Member of the Year, Europart as HD Member of the Year and TMD as HD Supplier of the Year.
A first NEXUS Climate Day to answer the climate emergency
For the very first time, NEXUS organized a Climate Day, reuniting sustainable experts and committed companies to draw a concrete and common roadmap in terms of sustainability with the active support of key suppliers. These included founding partners: Bosch, Delphi, Mahle, Mann & Hummel, Meyle, SKF, TotalEnergies and Valeo with the support of Bilstein, Brembo, Elring, KYB, NTN and NRF.
The outcome of the first Climate Day was a call for action to build the common roadmap to make the NEXUS supply chain sustainable, based on the NEXUS sustainability hexagonal model (pictured below).
The next step forward will be a digital edition of the Climate Day, which will be released after the United Nations Climate Day next fall; and the onboarding of new players to define NEXUS sustainable standards. This will take place, before the next physical edition every year during NEXUS Business Forum 2024.
Escribe commented, “It was such a pleasure to welcome all N! community here, in North America, for the very first time. The aim of our Climate Day is to make us stronger together by putting sustainability at the fore front of our priorities. This is a very operational and active initiative.”