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Canada Transportation Industry Sector

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The Canadian Transportation sector is one of the most modern and highly developed transportation infrastructures in the
world. It opens markets to natural resources, agricultural products, and manufactured goods. The transportation sector
consists of rail, truck, air, and marine. According to Transport Canada, the Commercial Transportation sector in 2004
accounted for US$34.7 billion (C$43.3 billion) or 4.1 percent of GDP and employs approximately 843,000 Canadians.
Trucking is the most important industry at US$11.5 billion (C$14.4 billion) of total output. The air and rail transportation
industries accounted for US$3.0 billion (C$3.8 billion) and US$4.4 billion (C$5.5 billion) respectively, while urban transit
accounted for US$2.6 billion (C$3.3 billion). This analysis deals solely with Commercial transportation in Canada. (See
Table 1 below.)

 

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Canada Anti-Theft Systems

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Federal Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre announced on March 9, 2005, that anti-theft immobilizing systems will be mandatory in all new cars, vans and light trucks, including SUVs. The systems will assist in preventing the unauthorized use of vehicle by preventing its engine from starting. The amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations will come into effect on September 1, 2007, and apply to vehicles built after that date.

 

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Canada Automotive Aftermarket Parts, Accessories, and Service Equipment

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The Automotive Aftermarket sector is the largest retail sector in Canada ahead of clothing, food, furniture, and pharmaceuticals. The automotive aftermarket encompasses production, re-manufacturing, distribution and retailing of replacement parts, tools, equipment, accessories, chemicals and services used to repair and replace automotive parts and components after their initial production. Using the NAICS codes, Statistics Canada estimates the retail value of the automotive aftermarket at C$23.1 billion (US$18.5 billion) in 2004. The Automotive Aftermarket market will experience an average annual real growth rate of 3-4 percent forecast for 2004 onward through 2007.

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Brazil Automotive Parts Automakers Accelerate Parts Imports

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Water pumps, fuel tanks and tires being brought in from abroad. General Motors do Brasil (GMB) is accelerating the pace of imported auto parts in order to take advantage of the cheapening of imports due to the weakening of the dollar in relation to the real. "Last year, 10% of the components used in Brazilian vehicles were imported from Europe, Mexico and Asia, and this year the strategy is to increase that percentage," said the president of the subsidiary, Ray Young, who cited as an example of what was being brought in from abroad water pumps, fuel tanks and tires. This latter item could be imported from China.

 

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Belgium Garage Equipment

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The Belgian automotive market has three strong components: auto assembly, Belgium has the highest auto production per capita ratio in the world; customizing, a niche market that has been growing exponentially over the past five years; and garage equipment. This report covers garage equipment used by: repair and maintenance garages, service stations, customizing shops, technical inspection centers, tire specialists, body shops, and machine shops. Demand for garage equipment has dipped over the past year but this is likely to be temporary and should be followed up by new and increased demand for OBDII devices, geometry alignment hardware and software, and multi-brand vehicle diagnostic and calibration equipment. U.S. garage equipment represents only 7% of the garage equipment market share. However, American garage
equipment is viewed as being of the highest quality. Belgian buyers expect to pay higher prices U.S. garage equipment, but they also expect lifetime guarantees on the hardware.

 

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The Belgian Market for Machine Shop Equipment and Engine Part Components

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The Belgian market for machine shop and engine components is fairly small and fragmented. However, there are niche market opportunities that are not being fully targeted within this specialized sub-sector. The Belgian market is similar to
other countries in Europe, like Germany and Italy, with machine shops rebuilding two types of engines: car and van (60 percent) and small motor/machinery (40 percent).

 

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Barbados Automotive Parts and Accessories

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The thriving automotive parts and accessories market in Barbados is fuelled by the country’s growing importation of new and reconditioned vehicles. Barbados imported 5,860 motorcars in 2004 with a CIF value of US$39.9 Million. Based on the high vehicle imports, there is a growing demand for maintenance and collision parts along with accessories. United States manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive sector are perfectly positioned to satisfy this growing demand.

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Austria Automotive and Heavy-Duty Engine Parts

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The Austrian market for automotive and heavy-duty engine parts has two sectors: the aftermarket, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The aftermarket is characterized by 1) a redominance of diesel-powered vehicles: around 50% of the passenger vehicles and 100% of the heavy-duty vehicles run on diesel engines, and 2) the insignificant market share of U.S. vehicles: only 1.3% of registered vehicles are made in the USA.

 

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Austria Automotive Parts and Equipment Market Brief

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This report provides statistical information estimated by the author of this report, based on incomplete or conflicting official figures. All figures in US$ millions, Euro exchange rate used is 2004: $1=EUR 0.80.

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Austria Automotive Accessories - Performance and Customization Parts

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With over 4.1 million passenger cars registered in Austria and a parts and accessories market worth over EUR 2.3 billion ($2.9 billion) in 2004, the market for performance and customization products in Austria is expected to turn over around EUR 56 million ($69 million) this year, with a growth rate steady at 2 to 3% per annum. The single most popular product in this sector is the aluminum wheel, which has long been a part of the mainstream. Niche markets also exist for interior neon lighting products, hi-fi and entertainment systems, and window foils. Entering the Austrian market will require a careful selection of the right product mix and working with a prospective distributor to acquire all the necessary safety testing certifications.

 

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