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. 

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).

The sector's product categories

Construction, manufacture, design and materials
Driver equipment and accessories
Inspection - Testing - Quality Control
Racing car performance tuning
Raw Materials
Service engineering
Technology and equipment for competition

Parts and equipment
Engine equipment
Electrical - Electronic equipment and accessories
Fuel supply and exhaust equipment and accessories
HVAC equipment
Interior equipment and accessories
Lighting - Signalling equipment and accessories
Starting and ignition equipment
Steering, suspension and braking equipment and accessories
Transmission systems

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