Parts, Equipment, Components and Networks

Key figures*

% of the value of a new car is supplied by automotive system and parts suppliers.

*Source: FIEV
Billion euros: total sales in the spare parts market in France
Billion euros: outlook for 2030

The spare parts market: resilient in spite of electrification

In 2023, 85% of the value of a new car is provided by the automotive systems and equipment manufacturers who create, develop and integrate innovation on behalf of their clients, the car manufacturers. The major equipment manufacturers and suppliers on the French market are brought together within the FIEV (Federation  of Vehicle Equipment Industries), the joint shareholder and organiser of  EQUIP AUTO.  They produce both components and systems for original equipment (OE)  and for the aftermarket (OES, Original Equipment Sales and IAM,  Independent Aftermarket).
For the aftermarket, time-to-market is becoming shorter for many product categories, which explains EQUIP AUTO's ambition to welcome equipment manufacturers who will be exhibiting their OE innovations, prefiguring future spare parts ranges.

We estimate that the spare parts market for maintenance and repair will be worth around €16.2 billion (including VAT) in 2022

On a constant parts perimeter basis, the market will be more or less impacted by 2030, depending on whether the rate of spread of electric vehicles is slow or rapid.

Sector talking points

Captive parts and competitive parts
In  this spare parts market, estimated at €16 billion excluding VAT, two  categories of parts stand out: so-called captive parts, which account  for around 19% of the total, and competitive parts, which account for  81% (i.e. around €13 billion excluding VAT, source Feda). There are two  types of captive parts: engines and chassis, which are captive by  nature, and bodywork parts.
Competitive  parts make up one of the biggest exhibition sectors at EQUIP AUTO. They  include all replacement components for the mechanical and electronic  functions of vehicles: tyres, steering, suspension and braking,  transmission, lighting and signalling, filtration and oil change,  heating and air conditioning, safety (ADAS, airbags), starting,  charging, ignition and injection, pollution control and engine  equipment.
Liberalisation of visible parts on 1 January 2023
With  regard to visible parts, bodywork parts, rear-view mirrors, lights and  auto glass, long described as captive parts - having remained for more  than 60 years under the yoke of the 1957 law on the intellectual  property of designs and models; and specificities relating to copyright -  have experienced a historic development. Since 1 January 2023 (under  the French Climate & Resilience Act of July 2021, confirmed by the  French Constitutional Court on 19 August 2021) :
-  Auto glass may be sold by all manufacturers through all sales channels,  and in particular to distributors of car parts and services. This  constitutes the complete liberalisation of this market.
-  Bodywork parts, mirrors and headlights, if manufactured by original  equipment manufacturers, can be marketed by them as independent  aftermarket products, i.e. to automotive parts and service distributors.  Once again, the market has been liberalised.
Spare parts sellers
Several spare parts marketing channels share the sizeable aftermarket: firstly all-make distributor networks, which supply small repair shops (all-make repairers, dealers, body shops, second-hand specialists), fast-fitter outlets and the automotive distribution sector for their after-sales and all-make second-hand activities. The main players are PHE-Autodistribution and Alliance Automotive Group (AAG). Secondly, manufacturer networks,  which sell parts branded with the vehicle make (made by the original  equipment manufacturers) to their networks, but also to independent  garages. For some years now, French manufacturers Stellantis and the  Renault group have been developing a multi-make approach, on the one  hand with complete collections of parts from OEMs, and on the other with their own brands, Motrio and Distrigo. Thirdly, logistics centres of auto centres, fast-fitter outlets, tyre fitters and supermarket chains. And fourthly, web-based spare parts sellers: some of these are now being bought up and run by parts distributors (e.g., Oscaro bought by PHE - Autodistribution).

Classification des produits du secteur

Construction, fabrication, conception et matériaux
Contrôle, essais, qualité
Équipements et accessoires du pilote
Ingénierie de service
Matières premières
Préparation de véhicules de compétition
Technologie et équipements pour la compétition
Pièces et équipements
Éléments d’assemblage (mécanique)
Équipements de chauffage et de climatisation
Équipements de démarrage, de charge et d’allumage
Équipements de transmission
Équipements électriques, électroniques et accessoires
Équipements et accessoires d’alimentation et d’échappement
Équipements et accessoires d’éclairage – de signalisation
Équipements et accessoires direction, suspension, freinage
Équipements et accessoires pour l’habitacle
Équipements pour le moteur

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