Indian manufacturers’ association ACMA joins digitization and standardization offensive

Ismaning, Germany June 4, 2020 – TecAlliance, one of the world’s leading data specialists in the Independent Automotive Aftermarket (IAM), and Hella India Lighting Ltd., one of the first TecAlliance data suppliers in India, are working together to prepare the Indian TecDoc Catalogue to promote the digitization of the Indian automotive aftermarket. The Indian Automotive Component Manufacturer Association (ACMA) is supporting this important activity to face the challenges in the value chain of the Indian automotive aftermarket.

The ACMA has always pursued the goal of standardizing and digitizing the Indian automotive aftermarket. To achieve this, spare parts must be identified and vehicle tables created. This has been one of TecAlliance’s core competencies for over 25 years. The data specialist records vehicle data, spare parts data and repair and maintenance information worldwide for all manufacturers. It then prepares them in accordance with the TecDoc standard to be accessed by market participants using the TecDoc Catalogue. This way spare parts can be clearly identified for ordering and professional installation by the workshops.

Hella India Lighting Ltd., ACMA and the TecAlliance team in India are working on a joint database solution, a local version of the TecDoc Catalogue, to advance the digitization of the Indian automotive aftermarket.

Rama Shankar Pandey, Managing Director Hella India Lighting Ltd.

We are confident that traders as well as young mechanics and workshop owners will benefit from this,” says Rama Shankar Pandey, Managing Director Hella India Lighting Ltd. and Chairman of ACMA. “When new vehicles come onto the market, there will be an increasing number of parts and equipment variants, and they will contain much more electronics. What challenges will companies face in this highly developed digital landscape? In the next ten to twenty years, electric vehicles, connected cars and Internet commerce, among other things, may lead to a redistribution of aftermarket profits along the value chain and change the industry landscape,” he adds. “This is where the future lies in the Indian aftermarket.”

The variety of technical data from vehicle manufacturers in the areas of diagnosis, repair, mechanics and maintenance is enormous. A common database solution can make this data accessible to the market. “But it is just as important to know how to install and repair spare parts,” emphasizes Rama Shankar Pandey. “Every parts manufacturer that becomes part of this platform and ecosystem helps to create an organized, standardized and digitized aftermarket.”