Articles by Richard Mezadurian

Chile enjoys a vibrant car culture that has been gaining momentum over the past 30 years.
One factor cited for the declining sales of U.S. exported automotive parts in Switzerland is the declining share of American vehicles in the Swiss market.
The primary driver of this turnaround has been economic growth. As a sub-region, Central America was expected to grow 4 percent in 2016, as opposed to a .5 percent economic contraction in Latin America.
The most important distribution segment in Russia is an amalgam of the wholesale distributor channel with the e-tailing channel. These distributors, both independent and members of European buying groups, rely on e-tailing to cover the great variety of vehicles in Russia.
There are few nations that have as close a relationship with the United States as Israel. However, political alliances don’t necessarily translate into aftermarket sales opportunities for automotive parts and accessories.
In 2015, Japan imported $535 million worth of auto parts from the U.S. while its exports totaled nearly $45 billion. Most of that parts trade was original equipment parts used on production vehicles.
The automotive industry has been among the industries to have prospered during these boom times in South Africa. The industry employs about 100,000 people in original equipment (OE) assembly and parts manufacturing, and an additional 200,000 people in the aftermarket and retail segments.
From an aftermarket perspective, this growing Colombian economy offers many opportunities for auto parts manufacturers in both the light-duty and heavy-duty segments. Colombia is the fourth largest economy in South America, behind Brazil, Argentina and Chile.