Based on its recent analysis of the European commercial vehicle wiper blades aftermarket, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Valeo with the 2021 European New Product Innovation Award.
Valeo, under the SWF brand, is the first and only Original Equipment supplier to offer a uniquely designed wiper blade for the Mercedes-Benz Actros MP5 in the independent aftermarket.
Its patented connectors address the wiper blade’s fitting needs, while its design is distinct from the OE versions to prevent counterfeiting. Indeed, Valeo patented its wiper blade connector to maintain exclusivity in the independent aftermarket, while ensuring OE-level quality.
An aftermarket wiper blade exactly matching the original equipment
Valeo's product exactly matches the OE version’s fit, form, and function except for the Mercedes-Benz patented connector. As Valeo also supplies the OE version of the same wiper blade, customers can be rest assured that the product meets all OE specifications.
The entire wiper blade structure is metal-based combined with enduring rubber, ensuring the product's durability and robustness.
Valeo also performs several rigorous tests during the development to produce high-quality wiper blades. It conducts factory bench tests consistently for several weeks under difficult or varying conditions, such as with saltwater, at freezing temperatures using ice, at extremely high temperatures using dust, and in harsh monsoon conditions.
A yearly award recognizing innovative product technologies
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased return on investment (ROI) it gives customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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