5 minutes with… Neil Bailey, Schaeffler (UK) strategic regional sales manager – CV automotive aftermarket
How did you start your career in the CV industry?
I originally started out relining CV brake shoes for a local motor factor and have worked in various roles within the sector since. The bulk of my career was spent with one of the UK’s largest CV distributors, Fleet Factors, where I worked for over 20 years.
What trend/development in commercial vehicles are you most excited about?
Electric motors featuring wave winding technology for heavy duty applications. Schaeffler created a business division dedicated to electric mobility in 2018 and has recently secured a volume production order to supply electric motors to a key commercial vehicle manufacturer from 2023.
Rod wave winding technology has the potential to ease the motor installation process and increase power density – our 800V motor can be used in pairs and delivers a continuous output of 180kW and maximum torque of 950Nm.
It’s a hugely exciting time for the CV sector as we learn about – and integrate – advanced, emissions reducing powertrain technologies.
Best thing about working in the CV sector
Everyone knows each other – in a good way! I’ve worked across various areas from refinishing to heavy truck and fleet, and everybody enjoys working in the sector and dealing with the same people for a long time. Once you’re in CV you’re in for life!
What advice would you give to your younger self starting out in their career?
To study Electronic Engineering as the future is digital. Whether you’re working in parts identification, production, engineering; everything is going digital and knowledge in this area is vital. For anyone starting out, it’s no longer a case of being a mechanic with manual tools, but understanding electronic tech and plugging in to investigate EVs or the latest electronic controls.
Neil Bailey, Schaeffler (UK) strategic regional sales manager – CV automotive aftermarket