NEXUS Automotive International (N!), the global automotive community, established in five continents, is strengthening the support it provides for N! partners seeking to develop business opportunities in promising markets.
China and the wider Asia Pacific is one of these markets, where N! is leading a number of initiatives providing advice, services and other help to its members and suppliers.
Underlining its commitment to support the N! Community wherever it is in the world, the NEXUS leadership team held its latest Board of Directors (BoD) meeting in Shanghai. It was the first time the high-level gathering had been staged outside the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
The meeting was also an opportunity to gather together more than 120 N! members and suppliers who were participating in the Automechanika exhibition in Shanghai.
At the meeting, NEXUS’s projects development were unveiled, and the event ended with a special ceremony in which N! was appointed a member of CAAM, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, represented by Assistant Secretary General Mr. Xu Haidong.
N! Chief Executive Gael Escribe said: “Holding our first BoD in China is more than just a symbol. It is a tangible sign of our commitment to the very promising Chinese market and the tremendous opportunities it will provide for the next 10 years for N! suppliers and partners.
“To fulfil our role as an accelerator for the N! community it is essential the NEXUS leadership is close to the field and fully aware of the major growth dynamics around the world.
“With our strong presence in Shanghai and the support we are providing for local associations we are already becoming part of the country’s aftermarket establishment’.”
The global community has opened an office in Shanghai, manned by a staff of four, and appointed a second Business Development Manager for the region, all focused on providing support for N! members and suppliers.
Bas Donders, N! Business Development Director for the Asia region, said: “It was particularly pleasing that the progressive spirit we see among N! members around the world was equally present in Shanghai and that the value-adding initiatives we bring to the table are as relevant and popular here as they have been elsewhere.
“This is proven by the fact that in the very near future Asia will become the leading region for our innovative NEXUSAUTO workshop concept, which has been fully embraced by the N! membership.”
The alliance’s membership in China has been boosted with the recruitment of the Harson Group, the largest luxury car repair chain in China. Parent group of the N! member G-Part, Harson Group’s turnover reaches 1’500 m RMB through several business units in China covering both luxury car repair chain stores and middle-class car repair chain stores. Harson Group is also developing specialized workshops dedicated to paint, spray, car washing and tyres.
NEXUS’s worldwide programme of N! Connecting Days will be repeated in 2018, including a gathering in Singapore to address other developments in the Asia-Pacific region.