The Original Equipment Suppliers Automotive Association (OESAA) announces that GKN has joined the campaign, becoming the group’s 14th member.
GKN plc is a global engineering business with operations in 30 countries, engaging 38,500 employees. GKN Service International supplies the global aftermarket under the Spidan and Löbro brands. Ranges include sideshafts, CV joints, propshafts, boot kits and wheel bearings, with an extensive steering and coil spring suspension programme too.
“As these cars reach the aftermarket there’s clear and increasing benefit in using OE parts to maintain the original performance of the vehicle.
“We’re already seeing a strong trend away from ‘cheap’ parts back towards genuine OE replacements in all markets where technicians understand the true benefits.”
The addition comes as OESAA’s preparations continue for an unprecedented programme of activity in 2016. This begins in earnest with a substantial commitment to June’s eagerly awaited Automechanika, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 7th to 9th June.
OESAA’s drive to ensure motor factors and garages are fully aware of the engineering excellence of OE components, as well as the risks with ‘matching quality’ alternatives, seems set to gain a significant boost from the involvement of the global driveline technology leader.
“We’re delighted to welcome GKN into OESAA,” said Nigel Morgan, OESAA Chairman. “GKN is a global engineering business that works with vehicle manufacturers to develop cutting-edge technologies, so we’re certain their expertise can only strengthen our persuasive message to garages.”
OESAA says its aim is simply to ensure that all garages understand the growing technology differences between many OE parts and their ‘matching quality equivalents’, along with the impact these differences have on safety and performance, so they can make more informed choices on what they decide to install.