Following Mahle Aftermarket’s acquisition of all outstanding shares of Behr Hella Service (BHS), all existing activities of BHS will be integrated into Mahle Aftermarket on Jan. 1. The move will give Mahle customers access to a variety of thermal management products for passenger cars and trucks, as well as agricultural vehicles and construction machinery.
“As an OEM, Mahle has enormous expertise in the area of thermal management,” Jon Douglas, president of Mahle Aftermarket North America, said in an announcement dated Sept. 5. “And now, our customers in the aftermarket will benefit from this extensive product line. Also, the increasing numbers of electric vehicles on the road will be presenting challenges and opportunities to the automotive aftermarket. Mahle can now help our customers serve this growing market with expert support, quality replacement components and technical training.”
Current BHS customers can order products using existing part numbers, even after Jan. 1. Part numbers will remain in place throughout a transition period, while Mahle part numbers are implemented in parallel. In the future, products will be offered under the Behr sales brand, and new products will be introduced on an ongoing basis, according to Mahle.