Business, Equipment

Shortages, Economy Top Concerns in Aftermarket Sector

John Blodgett John Blodgett by Transport Topics

Shortages of technicians and drivers, and general economic growth topped the list of concerns in the aftermarket sector, an industry analyst said Jan. 26.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 27, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets Manage Parts in Multiple Ways

HDAW panelists Scott Reed (from left), Tanya Morrow, Bob Phipps and Keshav Sondhi speak at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Fleets have found various ways to handle the need for parts: expanding inventory levels, not substituting cheaper but less reliable ones for critical parts, doing some warranty work themselves, keeping the average age of trucks low or turning to electric trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 29, 2020
Business, Equipment

Dealers Tackle Parts Shortage

A Bosselman's parts shop A Bosselman's shop. if an item has been on back order, Bosselman's changes its ordering requirements. (Bosselman Enterprises)

Dealerships and fleets are changing stocking patterns for replacement parts and adding inventory as they work to minimize truck downtime amid widespread shortages of some truck parts.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Keeping an Eye on Truck Parts and Safety

The new year has arrived, and so has this first-quarter 2019 issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update. The two cover stories of this E&MU reflect in-depth features on timely issues and news developments that likely are to be of interest to those operating in the realm of trucking equipment and maintenance.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Truck OEMs, Suppliers Look to Online Growth, 3D Printing

A technician works on a part that was made using a 3D printer. A technician works on a part that was made using a 3D printer. (Daimler)

Equipment and component manufacturers in the trucking industry are looking to expand their online presence and also see potential in 3D printing, both of which could help them reach more customers, they said.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Parts Demand Is Surging

Meritor products on a sales floor Meritor products on a sales floor. Strong sales of new trucks is among the factors that have boosted demand for components and parts. (

A growing economy and strong new truck sales have increased demand for aftermarket parts, creating supply chal­lenges. Truck manufacturers and component ­suppliers said they’re working to alleviate pressure on the industry by expanding offerings, ­improving distribution channels and using predictive forecasting tools to get ahead of demand.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Business, Equipment

Motorcar Parts of America Acquires Dixie Electric

Motorcar Parts of America Inc., a remanufacturer, manufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts, has acquired heavy-duty rotating electrical products company Dixie Electric, according to a Jan. 10 press release.

January 14, 2019
Business, Equipment

DTNA Adds Mascot to Detroit Reman Unit

Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing has acquired Mascot Truck Parts, a one-time subsidiary of Meritor Inc., to expand its capacity for heavy- and medium-duty remanufacturing of driveline components.

August 24, 2017

FinditParts Offers Express Shipments on 50,000 Items


Online parts supplier FinditParts launched an expedited shipping program to guarantee second-day delivery on select heavy-duty truck and trailer parts.

November 1, 2016

Vipar Acquires Power Heavy Duty

Aftermarket truck-parts chain Vipar Heavy Duty Inc. said it has purchased the Power Heavy Duty network of parts stores.

January 7, 2014