Sustainability is by far the most important trend in the Automotive segment. Van Leeuwen from the drawing board stage onwards contributes ideas to come up with the best solutions in this segment. Customization is a high priority in this respect.

The international CO2 emission reduction targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement have a major impact on the Automotive segment. Gas and diesel engines in passenger cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles are making way for batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and hybrid engines. Furthermore, manufacturers in the Automotive segment are increasingly opting for light-weight high-strength steel for the production of their vehicles. Because lighter vehicles not only perform better, they are also less polluting.

Increasingly more software

A striking consequence of making the Automotive segment sustainable is that various new car and car parts manufacturers are entering the market. Furthermore, software is playing an increasingly bigger role in cars. The driver of the future not only wants to drive more sustainably, but also wants the car to be increasingly high-tech. That also includes self-driving cars, for example. 

The key challenges for the Automotive segment are, and for the time being will continue to be, the rapidly changing market and the high quality and efficiency requirements. The OEMs with which Van Leeuwen does business are counting on us to deliver the required materials and components just-in-time so that they can immediately be inserted into the production process. Dick Lewander, Global Key Account Manager at Van Leeuwen’s company Heléns in Sweden: ‘This requires very close cooperation with the customer. In many cases we are involved at the drawing board stage and work together at different levels for the purpose of being able to supply the best parts and semi-finished products, and to provide optimal logistics solutions.’

The very best quality

Through means of partnerships with customers and suppliers, Van Leeuwen is able to meet virtually any demand. If a product is not available in the specific version the customer has in mind, Van Leeuwen will make the necessary arrangements for a supplier to custom make it. Furthermore, Van Leeuwen is able to provide any conceivable pipe and tube treatment. Uwe Groß, General Sales Manager Automotive at Van Leeuwen Germany: ‘We do all we can to supply custom work. For example, through close cooperation with the customer and manufacturer and by making use of the latest technologies we are able to have parts manufactured with an extremely low tolerance diameter. This way the customer receives the very best quality.’

Knowledge of the customer and market developments is decisive in the Automotive segment. This is why different Van Leeuwen branches constantly exchange knowledge and expertise and work together to guarantee the best prices for customers. Michal PastirĨák, Regional Sales Manager Automotive at Van Leeuwen Czech Republic: ‘In this segment you always have to stay two to three years ahead of developments. Close contact with customers, closely monitoring trends, seeing opportunities and making the right investment decisions just in time is what it’s all about.’

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