Mahle Aftermarket has announced that the integration of Behr Hella Service (BHS) is proceeding on schedule and the transition will be completed on January 1, 2020.
The transfer enables BHS customers to order the complete catalog of Mahle Aftermarket components, and will give Mahle customers access to a broad portfolio of thermal management products for passenger cars and trucks, as well as agricultural vehicles and construction machines.
Going forward, products will be offered under the Behr sales brand and new products will be introduced on an ongoing basis.
“The response we received from customers at AAPEX was extremely positive,” said Jon Douglas, president of Mahle Aftermarket North America. “They appreciate that they will have access to a broad, continuously growing thermal management product line for conventional and electrically powered vehicles.”
The acquisition also enables Mahle to provide its customers with strategic support for the increasingly important market of e-mobility. Thermal management is a critical requisite for the reliable operation of electrically powered vehicles as it significantly influences efficiency and thus supports CO2 reduction and cleanliness. Mahle Aftermarket provides the right spare parts, diagnostic systems, training, and repair and maintenance information, boosting its profile as a systems provider.
“We are meeting with our aftermarket partners to communicate the integration and what it means for them,” said Douglas. “With the increasing numbers of electric vehicles on the road, there will be challenges and opportunities for the automotive aftermarket. MAHLE can now help our customers serve this growing market with expert support, quality replacement components, and technical training.”
Current customers of BHS can order the products using existing part numbers, even after Jan. 1, 2020. The part numbers will remain in place throughout a transition period, while Mahle part numbers are implemented in parallel.