Automechanika Birmingham, 6-8 June 2017, is set to deliver a bigger and better offering for workshops owners and technicians at the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain. New for 2017, the organisers, in partnership with Garage Wire, have launched a Garage of the Year competition with a cash prize of £1000.
Valeo has acquired all of the outstanding shares of gestigon, a German start-up specialized in developing 3D image processing software for the vehicle cabin.
Accomplished racing driver Rebecca Jackson will join DENSO at Automechanika Birmingham
Delphi has hit the road visiting The Parts Alliance’s garage customers as part of the Dream Drive promotion
Automechanika Birmingham 2017, the UK's biggest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain takes place 6-8 June 2017.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has successfully hosted its first Industry Briefing of the year at sales–i in Solihull on Thursday 16th March. Sales-i were extremely supportive of the event, offering excellent facilities to all those who attended.
GROUPAUTO member ECC Motor Factors has announced that it will celebrate its 40th trading anniversary by driving forward its association with Banner Batteries – a European manufacturer of batteries and battery accessories.
Renault Trucks has introduced Urban Lab 2 - its distribution concept vehicle - at this year’s Pollutec at Lyon’s Eurexpo exhibition centre until December 2nd 2016. Developed with six partners under the collaborative Efficient Distribution Truck (EDIT) project, the vehicle combines innovative technology in aerodynamics, hybridisation of the engine, tyres and vehicle-infrastructure communication to achieve potential fuel savings of up to 13%.
Comline Auto Parts (Comline), the award-winning distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement parts, has once again bolstered its stellar range and further strengthened its excellent vehicle parc coverage with an impressive list of new filter references
Roadlink International is now offering a three-year warranty on its wide range of AL-KO shock absorbers providing both trust and quality as it continues to support customers in all areas of business
Ring, the leading supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electric and car accessories supplier to the automotive aftermarket, has appointed Paul Gorton as the company’s first Technical Sales Engineer, to further enhance the customer experience and provide a more in-depth after sales support service.
Motaquip has cemented its position as one of the most competitive and fastest-growing suppliers of steering and suspension products in Europe after it released a comprehensive update of new-to-range part numbers
NGK-sponsored M-Sport World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured their third consecutive podium at the Rally Mexico to regain the lead in the drivers’ standings
The extension adds an additional 95 OE part numbers which cover an extensive list of makes and applications.
ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT), formally Manbat, is making it two in a row in Birmingham as the company again exhibits at Automechanika, the UK’s premier aftermarket event, although this time under its full pan-European EBT identification
Having identified young Polish driver Piotr Parys Jr (17) as an exceptional motor-racing talent, Ring, the leading supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electric and car accessories to the automotive aftermarket, is delighted to announce that it will continue its sponsorship agreement and support him in his next stage of development.
Automechanika Birmingham 2017, the UK's biggest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain takes place 6-8 June 2017.
Technical Seminar Again Takes Centre Stage
Light commercial vehicle fleets can expect to cut operating costs following the launch by vGroup International of a new polypropylene lining panel set to transform the sector.
It’s been another phenomenal year for the INA brand which has been expanded to cater for the requirements of millions more vehicles on the UK and Ireland’s roads.
Brake Engineering has added 10 new brake calipers to its ever-expanding range, all offering excellent European vehicle coverage.
Valeo UK is proud to announce that it has been officially certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings for the fourth year in a row after being awarded the exclusive Top Employers Europe 2017 Certification
The IAAF is running a series of 7 Industry Briefing Meetings around the UK during 2017 and is extremely pleased with the interest in the first of these which is to be held at Sales-i in Solihull on Thursday 16th March. This is now fully booked.
Wiltshire based technology company Elcome, has re-affirmed its partnership with Kentico Software, the Web Content and Customer Experience Management provider
The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have announced longer opening hours for 2017
Delphi’s newly extended range of fully coated brake discs offers improved protection and aesthetics, all while saving garages time and money
Developers of market leading business management software announce attendance at eight UK trade shows
Roadlink International is celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of its brand new commercial vehicle (CV) caliper remanufacturing facility, revealing a significant increase in demand
Euro Car Parts, the UK’s leading distributor of car and LCV parts, has launched its first specialist tool catalogue following increased demand from repairers and professional technicians across the UK and Ireland.
OE quality, entry-level range provides broad European car parc coverage from only 13 part references
Car audio specialist, Celsus UK Limited, is inviting its retailers from across the UK to join them for an exclusive training roadshow, updating them on latest products and innovations from JL Audio
Enthusiasm for the Valeo Innovation Challenge is as strong as ever in the contest's fourth year, with a new participation record. Nearly 5,000 students from around the world have signed up to participate. In all, 1,628 teams (21% more than the previous edition) hailing from 80 countries and 748 universities have submitted their application in one of the two available categories. Some of the world's most prestigious universities are represented, including MIT, Berkeley, HEC, Supelec Tokyo University, British Columbia.
PSA Group has confirmed that it will acquire Vauxhall/Opel from General Motors for €1.3 billion (£1.13bn)
Dingbro to provide their network of 1,000 garage workshops with access to the latest video software and technology
Comline Auto Parts (Comline) is currently making a splash at home and abroad and heads to Automechanika Birmingham determined to demonstrate exactly why it is one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in Europe.
Ring, the workshop lighting and professional battery care specialist, has agreed to sponsor Top Technician for a second year. The leading motor industry competition brings more than 700 competitors together to find the best technician in the UK.
Servicesure Autocentres, The Parts Alliance garage programme, has announced a new partnership with Slicker Recycling aimed at streamlining waste collection for its garage members.
Although the TecDoc automotive and commercial vehicle (CV) replacement parts identification system might be the most prominent brand with the TecAlliance portfolio, it is just one element of an organisation that is daily helping businesses increase their connectivity with their customers at all levels of the automotive aftermarket. When it comes to examples of how businesses can incorporate its multiple resources to increase their aftermarket reach, Parker Hannifin, with its Racor Filter brand, is especially interesting.
The annual increases to compensation limits and minimum awards that are payable under employment legislation have just been announced, and will take effect from 6 April 2017
Expanded European Graduate Program provides top graduates with the chance to develop careers in multiple sectors
A new promotion from Delphi and The Parts Alliance will see six lucky garage customers enjoy the road trip of a lifetime, along America’s iconic Route 66.
The new IAAF service provider member has announced a Motor Trade Open Evening which they are holding in conjunction with Coventry City College on the 15th March 2017, when the IAAF's Membership Development Manager, Mike Smallbone, will be presenting.
MAM Software has renewed its partnership with leading Irish aftermarket buying group FG7. MAM will continue its long-standing relationship by providing group members and the central FG7 warehouse with innovative software solutions and comprehensive support.
With HELLA enjoying a period of rapid growth, its workforce has had to increase to accommodate for the new business won. Bryan Knott and Mark Adams have both had extensive and varied careers in the aftermarket and bring a wealth of knowledge with them that will benefit HELLA as they join the team.
TTC is pleased to announce an exiting new partnership with leading Automotive Aftermarket brand, Bosch©. This new partnership will see TTC offering the full Bosch automotive product range to the CV aftermarket, through its global distribution centre in Oxford, ensuring great availability, next day delivery service and competitive pricing.
HELLA’s paint brand, Sonne®, the ideal ‘free to choose’ solution in the refinish market and a flexible alternative for distributors and bodyshops, is now boosted further by the introduction of an accelerated thinner for clearcoat, which saves time, costs and dramatically increases bodyshop productivity.
Fast Parts Wales, a leading automotive motor factor in Wales, has revealed its plans to raise more than £30,000 through its Fast Parts Grand Rainbow Tour for Welsh children’s hospice, Ty Hafan, as part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Autoparts UK has introduced a brand new battery station, supporting garages in the promotion of free battery checks.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed many of the amendments approved by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee (IMCO), as part of the forthcoming type approval legislation.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings LLC, has released its new Champion® Easyvision™ wiper blade catalogue. It features both direct and retro-fit Champion Easyvision flat blades and standard wipers, providing class-leading coverage of the light vehicle market.
Four-time World Speedway champion Greg Hancock is once again being supported by NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd as he bids for a fifth title.
MAM Software is pleased to report the results of its annual customer satisfaction survey. After being asked questions regarding staff professionalism, knowledge and response times, the results show that a high percentage of MAM customers are satisfied with the service that they receive.
The Parts Alliance has been named CAT magazine’s ‘Factor Chain of the Year’. The Award came on Friday 10th February at a prestigious industry awards ceremony at Manchester’s renowned Lowry Hotel.
Crucial to the sales of car parts is the accuracy of the cataloguing and First Line Ltd are 100% committed to ensuring that the cataloguing of all products is leading in terms of accuracy.
GSF Car Parts’ long-serving Poole Branch Manager Paul Snook has been stepping up his training ahead of the London Marathon on 23rd April, after opting to enter the gruelling race to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
Leading transmission supplier, Shaftec, has announced its latest range extension of 190 references covering approximately 360 vehicle applications.
With an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (8DT) as a basis, ZF and Porsche have collaborated to develop a modular hybrid transmission kit for sports vehicles, catering for current and future drive trends.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, has announced the winner of its 2016 Experience of a lifetime prize draw promotion.
Wendy Williamson, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) chief executive, has received the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) Awards 2017.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, has called on government to implement his new proposals for a national ‘dirty’ diesel scrappage scheme.
Software firm FleetCheck is launching its new automated fleet policy writer at the CV Show 2017.
The Parts Alliance member BBC Superfactors has added five new Nissan NV200 vans to their growing fleet, helping support their ‘one hour’ order delivery target for garage customers.
The IAAF will be running a series of 7 Industry Briefing Meetings around the UK during 2017
Celsus, distributor of JL Audio, Dynamat, KICKER and Calearo products, has promoted Mike Keenan to the newly-created role of Director of Sales to help accommodate the company’s ambitious expansion plans for 2017 and beyond.
Charity cyclist Stuart Bayne raised more than £30,000 on his marathon ride through New Zealand.
ZF is a global automotive leader in driveline and chassis technology, as well as active and passive safety technology.
Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components has just announced the latest range extension for its towbars, meaning even more choice for its aftermarket customers and end users
Randstad Ltd has launched a brand new diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning service including collection, testing, complete cleaning and return of the product, offering the additional benefit of removing stubborn ash from the DPF.
TM Factors, Hereford, has seen a considerable surge in business since switching their brake caliper supply to Brake Engineering earlier this year.
Original equipment (OE) manufacturer and systems supplier, MAHLE is continually growing its product offering and has therefore recently introduced more passenger car, light commercial vehicle (LCV) and heavy duty components into its comprehensive filtration range.
Valeo has announced that 32,383,612 Ichikoh shares have been tendered to its offer, which ran from November 24, 2016 to January 12, 2017, at price of JPY 408 per share.
Department for Transport and the DVSA have finally issued the consultation document seeking views on whether the age a vehicle gets its first MOT should be increased from 3 to 4 years
Automechanika Birmingham has made some new and exciting changes for 2017 and is set to deliver the UK’s biggest automotive event once again from 6th-8th June 2017, NEC Birmingham.
Comline Auto Parts (Comline) is proud to unveil its all-new, dynamic corporate video, providing a unique behind-the-scenes tour of one of the fastest-growing companies in the European automotive aftermarket.
Thanks to the accelerated integration of TRW, lasting only about 14 months, ZF moves forward as a cohesive Aftermarket business, supplying global customers and partners with products in OE Quality and services from its expansive portfolio of premium product brands Sachs, Lemförder, TRW, Boge, and Openmatics.
The Parts Alliance’s South West region has been nominated for a prestigious national CAT magazine Award.
Having received the prestigious IAAF (Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation) CV Supplier of Excellence award in 2015, Banner Batteries – a globally recognised manufacturer of batteries and battery accessories – has secured another of the Federation’s top accolades this time round.
Sukhpal Ahluwalia, founder of Euro Car Parts and Badri Baldawa, founder of Seeba Group of Companies, have jointly and equally invested in EcoCentric Management Private Limited (EcoCentric), one of India’s fastest growing companies providing e-waste management solutions. Both Sukhpal and Badri will sit on the board of the company.
The Supplier Qualitas Convention ceremony of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was held at the Auditorium of the Lingotto Center in Turin on December 14. MANN+HUMMEL won the award in the chassis and engine systems category. The filtration expert was awarded by FCA for a second time in this year.
Euro Car Parts has opened its first Republic of Ireland branch in Dublin.
Super cyclist Stuart Bayne has completed his marathon charity ride through New Zealand.
As Messrs. Clarkson, Hammond and May battled it out on screen to take the honours, it was HELLA that took central stage in the first The Grand Tour Christmas special, which this year featured the iconic Beach Buggy as the star vehicle in which the three had to undertake their infamous challenges.
TRW Aftermarket has been awarded ‘Communication Director’ magazine’s coveted European Excellence Award 2016 in the website category; for the relaunch and redesign of www.trwaftermarket.com.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Annual Awards & Dinner 2016 once again welcomed key aftermarket professionals to celebrate another successful year of business, growth and innovation.
Andy Savva has been appointed the new Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) vice-president supporting president, Lawrence Bleasdale and chief executive, Wendy Williamson, before taking over as president in 2017.
Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) successfully hosted its best Annual Conference to date on 15 December with the high turnout of members benefitting from numerous discussions exploring IAAF’s key theme, ‘How to survive and thrive – post Brexit’.
In November, MANN+HUMMEL opened an office in Johannesburg and therefore for the first time has its own business premises on the continent of Africa. The filtration specialist with headquarters in Ludwigsburg, Germany founded a sales office in August that will conduct its business from the South African metropole of Johannesburg.
WAIglobal has been awarded runner up in the category of ‘Car Supplier of the Year 2016’ for the third year running at the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Annual Awards Ceremony, which took place on 15 December.
Having invited thousands of independent garages to participate in its biggest ever customer incentive giveaway, GSF Car Parts has announced that ASG Garages is its final ‘Cars and Stars’ winner, taking home a brand-new Peugeot 108.
Roadlink International has become an approved supplier to GROUPAUTO / UAN commercial vehicle trading groups.
The CAT-501S Automatic Transmission Cleaner & Fluid Exchanger from Launch UK has been crowned a ‘Top Product’ award winner in Professional Motor Mechanic Magazine’s 2016 reader poll.
The Lighting Systems Technical Handbook from Valeo Service UK has been crowned a ‘Top Product’ award winner in Professional Motor Mechanic Magazine’s 2016 reader poll.
As one of the most momentous years in recent history for the UK aftermarket draws to a close, TRW Aftermarket is taking the opportunity to thank its customers for their loyalty, reiterate its market achievements and product developments and set the scene for an equally positive and successful 2017.
“To remain competitive and able to react to the challenges presented by the broad range of vehicles they are faced with, independent workshops need access to reliable and accurate technical data,” explains Shaun Greasley, commercial director of TecAlliance UK & Ireland
As one of Europe’s leading original equipment (OE) manufacturers and system suppliers for the passenger car, commercial vehicle (CV) and agricultural industries, HELLA also offers a huge range of aftermarket products that naturally reflect the quality implicit in a major OE manufacturer.
Charity cyclist Stuart Bayne has had to re-plan his marathon ride through New Zealand following devastating earthquakes that have hit the country’s South Island.
Automotive parts distributor, Fast Parts Wales, has announced the date of its second ‘Fast Parts Wales, Tŷ Hafan, Rainbow Family Rally’ in aid of local children’s hospice Tŷ Hafan, with the event set to take place from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May 2017
FPS was highly commended in the Logistics and Distribution category of the Supply Chain Excellence Awards
Autosupplies (Chesterfield) Ltd, has launched its brand new 40-page brochure including a wide range of features such as the latest updates from the motor factor, as well as exclusive information from its leading OE-quality suppliers.
Valeo's Cruise4U autonomous vehicle has completed 24 hours on the Paris beltway.
Valeo Service has introduced a new warranty scheme for its extensive range of commercial vehicle clutch products, reinforcing its leading position in the sector.
Non-original remanufactured and copy turbos can be 40% down on performance with higher emissions, compared to OE remanufactured units.
France, UK and Benelux covered by over 1300 part references
TTC have teamed up with leading hub seal brand, Corteco to ensure it can satisfy much of its customers’ requirements on Original Equipment (OE) quality wheel hub maintenance. Corteco’s most popular hub seal applications are now all available through TTC and their network of independent distributors.
Servicesure Autocentres, the garage network run by The Parts Alliance, has welcomed the launch of The Motor Ombudsman.
UK fast fit Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services has renewed its supplier agreement with The Parts Alliance for a third term.
Euro Car Parts, the UK’s leading distributor of car and LCV parts, is to shine a spotlight on local heroes as part of it’s first-ever television advertising campaign. The commercial will feature a real mechanic from an independent motor trader (IMT) in Glasgow, which is a customer of Euro Car Parts.
Autosupplies (Chesterfield), is adding a 7,600 square foot extension to its Bolsover site, making it one of the largest single branch motor factors in the UK.
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Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) members will be offered the opportunity to win a full corporate day for 12 people on Yacht Drum worth £2500, courtesy of its IAAF Annual Conference sponsor, Autoparts UK.
TRICO is aiming to lure technicians to its stand at MECHANEX: Sandown Park by incentivising visitors with a special, exhibition-only offer of its Flex garage packs
Cycling is increasingly popular in the UK, and cars fitted with bike racks are a common sight. While these are a cost-effective and convenient way to transport bicycles, their use can have a negative and potentially costly impact on a car’s gas springs.
Comline Auto Parts (Comline) is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for Large Business of the Year in the inaugural Bedfordshire Business Awards 2016.
Midlands-based Exol Lubricants, the UK’s largest independently owned oil blender, has been shortlisted in the categories of ‘Car Supplier of the Year 2016’ and ‘CV Supplier of the Year 2016’ at the respected IAAF Annual Award Ceremony with the winners set to be revealed on 15 December at the ICC in Birmingham.
Quality, reliability and customer safety: these are the three promises guaranteed by Motaquip when describing its steering and suspension range.
NGK-sponsored Speedway star Greg Hancock is celebrating winning his fourth World title – a feat which takes him into the ranks of the sport’s greatest ever riders.
Unipart Autoparts is delighted to announce that is has raised a total of £25,570 for Ben, which offers support for life to the automotive industry, with its annual Bangers4Ben fundraising event.
Luton-based Comline Auto Parts Ltd (Comline) is delighted to announce that it has won the A1 Motor Stores Component Supplier of the Year award.
TRW Aftermarket has today launched the next chapter in its True Original story; this time explaining how its premium quality programmes of braking parts and accessories for motorcycles and scooters, which are taken to market under the TRW-Lucas brand, are the choice of riders across the globe, for safety, performance and reliability.
Original equipment supplier to the Ferrari Formula 1 team, MAHLE, has recently launched an Instagram page for its motorsport division. The popular website is the perfect medium for interacting with variety of audiences, not only in the motoring industry, but also motorsport enthusiasts.
Following the launch of its latest ‘True Originals’ product campaign, TRW Aftermarket explains how through innovation and R&D, a first to market approach and an unrivalled understanding of the market, the business retains its position at the top of the table for brake discs.
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd has made two new important staff appointments
Tenneco, one of the world’s largest suppliers of original equipment and replacement exhaust silencers and pipes, catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters and other emissions control components, has extended its Walker® Emissions Control product warranty coverage from two to three years for customers throughout Europe.
Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has held its 25th Northern Ireland Golf Day with 24 players competing at the Royal Belfast Golf Club.
Groupauto have released the photograph from the 2016 Trade Show and Gala Dinner held in Liverpool at the ECL on 7th October 2016.
The provider of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs, and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors was presented with A1 Motor Stores’ (AIMS) Component Product of the Year award.
Euro Car Parts has unveiled its Euro Academy, a unique and innovative technical resource designed specifically to support the independent garage. Boasting IMI-certified training, the membership initiative also encompasses a dedicated technical phone helpline and an online diagnostics database that includes a reference library of previous faults.
Theresa May has appointed Matthew Taylor, a former key adviser to Tony Blair, to lead a major review into zero-hours contracts, the rights of the self-employed and people who work for new technology platforms, like the Uber ride-hailing service.
Haymarket Media Group has agreed to sell its motorsport brands and related events activity to Motorsport Network, the specialist online US motor racing content and events company.
Mechanex 2016 is taking place at Donington Park Race Circuit on 11th and 12th October. All the latest products from most major parts suppliers will be on show, as well as what’s new in diagnostic, air and hand tools plus hundreds of special offers only available at the show.
Ben has now unveiled its new brand identity and website, which support its vision to be an integral partner to the automotive industry. The fresh new look reflects Ben's vision and purpose to provide support for life, together with the ambitions and key activities of Ben. The changes reflect its mission to remain a valuable, relevant service for the industry.
Comline Auto Parts (Comline) is an independent, family-run company that is proud of its British heritage yet a trusted supplier to customers right across Europe. Based in Luton, United Kingdom, Comline is celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary.
Using Automechanika Frankfurt as the venue, TecAlliance has launched its new brand identity, bringing its renowned services, expertise, products and solutions from TecDoc, TecRMI, TecCom and Headline completely under the TecAlliance umbrella, enabling it to further push the boundaries and help its customers shape their future.
Replacement for cast iron blocks extends the useable service life of more than 400,000 freight wagons in Europe
Ring Automotive, the leading lighting and auto electrical supplier to the aftermarket and vehicle conversion sector, has today announced the acquisition of Carnation Designs, the market leading supplier of power management and equipment control systems for the special purpose vehicle market.
Leading towbar specialist Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components is delighted to further expand its already extensive range, with the addition of a vehicle application for the new VW Tiguan Mk2 2016.
LKQ Corporation today announced that its United Kingdom subsidiary, Euro Car Parts, has acquired substantially all the business assets of Andrew Page Limited, a distributor of automotive parts in the United Kingdom. As part of the transaction, Euro Car Parts will acquire 102 Andrew Page branch locations, its national distribution centre and corporate office.
WAI, a leading manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution company of rotating electrical, ignition, window regulator, and engine management products, announced its most successful Automechanika Frankfurt exhibition to date, with the brand cementing its place among some of the industry’s leading component suppliers.
More light, greater range, longer guarantee Osram presented Night Breaker Laser, Ultra Life and Xenarc Ultra Life at Automechanika – three headlight bulbs that offer even better performance and longer life With its new Night Breaker Laser halogen upgrade bulbs
TRW Aftermarket has announced that it now offers a full and complete Original Equipment (OE) quality remanufactured programme of Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) Air Brake calipers under the TRW Proequip brand.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts continues its series of giveaways, providing the chance to win gadgets and an experience of a lifetime
Car audio specialist, Celsus UK Limited, will be inviting its retailers to an exclusive training roadshow, introducing them to the KICKER Audio brand and its Livin’ Loud philosophy.
TTC is pleased to announce the release of its new Body Panel parts catalogue, featuring the whole of its extensive new body panel range.
Gary Ponsford, East Kent Components managing director, has said that suppliers must work closely with motor factor staff to ensure they can put across a brand’s messages, but also fuel development and skills in motor factoring.
WAI, a leading manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution company of rotating electrical, ignition, window regulator, and engine management products, has opened a new corporate headquarters in Miramar, Florida.
The British brand headed to Frankfurt in buoyant mood following the prestigious presentation of ‘The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016’ and a landmark ranking in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table
Although ECOBAT Battery Technologies, formally Manbat has several long standing relationships with battery manufacturers and therefore represents a number of premium quality brands, Automechanika Frankfurt was the perfect platform for it to announce the elevation of Lucas to become the company’s ‘signature brand’ across the European markets that it already serves and in the process, endorse the truly pan-European nature of the new organisation.
MAHLE Aftermarket’s theme of ‘powered by your needs’ at Automechanika Frankfurt certainly impressed visitors, with many of them exploring the stand. However, this was not the only thing attracting visitors: the launch of the odour eliminating cabin filter, CareMetix® was a massive hit at the renowned show.
TRW Aftermarket has extended its first to market, boxed steering gear aftermarket programme which is taken to market under its heavy commercial vehicle brand, TRW Proequip.
MECHANEX, the UK’s only dedicated aftermarket regional trade show, is returning for its third installment of the year when it arrives at Donington Park on 11th & 12th October 2016.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts continues partnership with BorgWarner, maintains its position as a preferred one-stop-supplier for ignition products
Sweltering temperatures in Frankfurt didn’t deter guests, as TRICO cooled down its customers with ice-cold bubbly at its 100th anniversary party during this year’s Automechanika.
Using its vast experience of designing and manufacturing emissions systems for commercial vehicles, Eminox Limited is introducing a large range of direct-fit replacement DPFs to the European aftermarket.
In light of the discussions in Brussels on "connected and automated cars" , FIGIEFA, together with other major associations representing the motorist, the European leasing & rentals industry as well as the automotive aftermarket, has launched a “European Manifesto for Fair Access to the Vehicle in a Digital Single Market”.
Wheel bearing kits are the latest addition to the diverse Comline Auto Parts portfolio, launched to complement its existing range of hub assembly kits.
Following its overwhelming debut in June 2016, Automechanika Birmingham is shaping up to be another huge success in 2017.The exhibition will not only double in size but offers an improved hall format whilst co-locating with REIFEN, the premier global fair for the tyre sector in 2017.
Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components has just extended its range of towbars to include six new part numbers, offering its aftermarket customers and end users an even wider choice from one of its many OE quality and fully type approved parts programmes.
Bosal Automotive and Industrial Components has announced details of the latest expansion of its OE quality, type-approved Exhaust Systems range, ensuring customers can now benefit further from its highly respected programme.
The BBC’s Fake Britain programme will, on Wednesday September 7th at 09.15, be highlighting the issue of the increasing availability on the market of counterfeit automotive lighting products and HID Xenon headlamps in particular.
Growing number of suppliers now provide catalogue data in v8 format to improve lookup accuracy
HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS (HGS), a joint venture company with renowned original equipment (OE) component and systems supplier, HELLA, is highly regarded for its dedicated range of diagnostic equipment. It is also the leading provider for the camera and radar calibration tools that are needed to service today’s vehicles. HGS is not only committed to providing the tools to the aftermarket, but also educating and assisting other companies on the challenges that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) present.
In addition to its top Automechanika Birmingham prize of a Mega Macs 56, HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS (HGS) also offered a runner up prize of a CTEK Professional Trolley and MXS25 Battery Support Unit.
Ewan Murray, managing director at Automotive Parts Distribution Ltd says the biggest challenge facing motor factors is to ensure they actively engage with garages on component supply and quality.
HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., a globally leading supplier of lighting technology and electronic products for the automotive industry, increased Group sales by 8.9 per cent to about EUR 6.4 billion in fiscal year 2015/2016 ending on 31 May 2016 (previous year: EUR 5.8 billion).
According to recent data analysed by JD Power and Associates, there were more than 51 million recalls issued by vehicle manufacturers during 2015 and as if these figures were not shocking enough, more than 45 million vehicles recalled between 2013 and 2015 remain unresolved.
MAHLE has been awarded the 2016 “RetroClassicsCultur” award by Professor Pfeiffer, head of the 20 member jury of Retro Classics meets Barock the deciders of the winner, for special services to the preservation of the historical automotive cultural heritage.
The second round of this year’s IAAF-BEN Company Team Golf Challenge was held at The Forest of Arden near Birmingham.
The UK’s leading sales intelligence software provider, sales-i, has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).
Federal-Mogul Motorparts has launched Ferodo® ‘Snack Time’, its latest incentive as part of its ongoing 2016 promotional campaign. Customers purchasing Ferodo products, from participating distributors during September and October will receive a selection of appetising snacks in limited edition tins.
British sports car manufacturer, Zenos and one of the country’s most reputable aftermarket suppliers, First Line Ltd, have solidified their business relationship, making First Line and its associated brands one of the manufacturer’s original equipment (OE) supply partners.
Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) has entered into an agreement to acquire the Parts Division of Lookers PLC, for £120m.
Bognor Regis, England, 9 August 2016: WAIglobal is continuing to extend its wide range of coils and leads, with its coil programme now reaching 225 part numbers and ignition leads references growing to more than 750.
Preston-based supplier Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components Ltd has become the latest supplier member to join IAAF, further underlining its position as one of the industry’s key players in the UK aftermarket.
Luton Town have been backed to triumph in their glamorous EFL Cup first-round tie with five-time League Cup winners Aston Villa by Comline Auto Parts Ltd (Comline), a proud supporter of the club.
Ring, the leading supplier of lighting and accessories for the automotive aftermarket, will feature its latest developments including workshop equipment, tyre care and battery charging products when it exhibits at Automechanika in Frankfurt.
Ignition specialist NGK will celebrate its 80th anniversary at next month’s Automechanika Show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, supplied its latest FERODO® and Champion® products to a world record-breaking car voyage, which covered over 15,000km across the entire Eurasian continent between the city of Magadan, Russia and the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
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Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components is delighted to announce its latest addition to the company, further investing in its dedicated sales team and reflecting increased growth for one of the world’s major suppliers of complete exhaust systems.
Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components has added five new towbars to its range, meaning aftermarket customers and end users can now further benefit from one of its many OE quality and fully type approved parts programmes.
A formidable European market offering and aftermarket excellence will be the key themes of MANNOL UK’s presence at Automechanika, Frankfurt this September (Hall 6.0, Stand B25).
LKQ Euro Ltd., best known in the UK as Euro Car Parts Ltd, has announced the acquisition of leisure specialist Arleigh Group – which operates under the trading names of Arleigh International, Nova Leisure and Midland Chandlers.
Highlights include product launches, program developments and a second stand
The first six months of 2016 has proved to be a significant and positive period for Comline Auto Parts. Now into the second half of the year, the Luton-based distributor delivers a product update.
BEN has just launched its new ‘Physical Health & Wellbeing’ campaign - the last in a series of four campaigns focusing on the biggest issues facing those working in the automotive industry.
Automechanika Birmingham competition to win a nega macs 56
As a mark of its continuing strength in the export market, First Line Ltd has again featured in the latest Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 ranking, making it three appearances in the last four years and the company by far the most consistent aftermarket supplier in the study!
Global technology giant Schaeffler is promising visitors a unique and unforgettable experience on its stand at the forthcoming Automechanika show in Germany.
TRW Aftermarket has launched the next phase of its ‘True Originals’ multi-media Global marketing campaign; the product group in the spotlight this time is its market leading brake disc programme.
Champagne corks will be flying, as TRICO will be aiming to celebrate 100 years of ‘seeing you through’ in style by hosting a party during Automechanika Frankfurt.
The comprehensive range continues to grow
Comline Auto Parts travels to Frankfurt riding the crest of a wave following one of the most exciting periods in its 25-year history, highlighted by the prestigious giving of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
Delphi is pleased to announce the availability of its new 2016 / 2017 Friction, Discs and Drums catalogue
Accolade for IAAF Chief Executive
A chance to have your say on the use of advanced driver assistance systems and ‘self-driving’ technologies in cars on British roads
Plans have been revealed to improve road safety and give consumers a better service when they take their vehicle for its MOT.
Brake Engineering is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Original Aftermarket initiative stating it has already changed perceptions in the automotive industry.
TecAlliance has been investing in the next generation and providing a user package for its renowned TecDoc CATALOG system and TecRMI technical service & repair data to Ashington High School in Northumberland
Bromsgrove-based, full-service PR and marketing agency, Impression Communications Ltd, has raised £240 for local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, in a sweepstake carried out for the European Championships taking place this summer.
Autoelectro has released its latest batch of starter motors and alternators for a variety of models.
Over 12000 high quality visitors attended, to see 600 market leading exhibitors
With a reported increase in the number of people considering a holiday closer to home, and many choosing to drive rather than fly, retailers of automotive accessories can add a handy European Travel Kit from Ring, the vehicle lighting and car accessory supplier, to their range this summer.
Confusion reigns amongst garages and motor factors when they’re faced with hybrid wiper blades, according to global manufacturer Trico
The IAAF has revealed that renowned journalist, John Sergeant, will be hosting its 2016 annual conference and awards dinner.
In a bid to further support the independent aftermarket’s (IAM’s) access to free technical information, which in turn will help protect the integrity of the sector,
The distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement parts has been recognised as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies for international sales
This was a controversial decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is possibly ripe for further challenge in the not too distant future.
It is very unlikely that the exit from the EU will cause widespread changes to employment law quickly; the majority of the employment law we have that comes from the EU will still form part of UK law unless and until it was amended or repealed.
Despite the inclement weather resulting in a delay to the main race of more than three hours, UK visitors to TRW Aftermarket’s annual racing event at the world famous Nurburgring, Germany, declared the two day affair a total success and ‘truly original’ experience.
The annual BEN cricket match, co-sponsored by FPS and Comma, successfully took place Thursday 23 June at Dorridge Cricket club near Solihull, raising money for those in need within the independent aftermarket.
Paris doesn’t want dirty old cars polluting its streets anymore, so starting on 1 July, Paris will ban cars registered before 1997 from entering the city centre on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
HaynesPro is part of the Haynes Publishing Group, renowned worldwide for their automotive manuals. Since our launch in 1995, HaynesPro has served the automotive market with the latest technical data for cars, trucks and light commercial vehicles. We are committed to providing independent workshops with easily accessible data to enable them to maximise efficiency and profitability.
Euro Car Parts (ECP) has published a new 84-page Corrosion Repair Guide showcasing its industry-leading range of replacement parts for vehicles suffering from rust.
MAHLE has an abundance of technical knowledge in regards to filtration systems for all sorts of vehicles, after decades of being an original equipment (OE) manufacturer of these components. It is this expertise that allows MAHLE to recognise the issues and assist technicians to overcome potential installation difficulties. A prime example, because of their similarity, is confusion over the MAHLE Original and Knecht Filter OX 404 and OX 813/1 filter elements.
Midwest Motor Factors has launched a series of promotions focusing on a football-based theme with the major 2016 summer tournament in mind, rewarding its customers with spend incentives, big brand offers in preparation for the warmer weather and an exclusive, weekly competition.
Diagnostic specialist, Launch UK, has introduced the real-time, vehicle monitoring system, Golo (“Go Online Live Online”)
The leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors has opened a new production facility in Komaki, Japan.
The reputable original equipment manufacturer and systems supplier to vehicle manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket, MAHLE Aftermarket has been a success at Automechanika Birmingham
HELLA UK was a huge success at Automechanika Birmingham in every aspect the company took part in, from the Aftermarket seminar programme to the ‘Workshop of the Future’ feature area
TRW Aftermarket has been awarded ‘Supplier of the Year 2015’ by TEMOT International, one of the Independent Aftermarket’s (IAMs) largest international buying groups
TRW Aftermarket has added a series of interactive videos, with step-by-step technical tutorials to its FREE, online technical resource, ‘Tech Corner’
If a member of staff has been signed off from work for a number of weeks with an injury but wishes to return back to work before, what should you do?
TRW Aftermarket has published two new catalogues to support its market leading braking programmes across Europe
ZF TRW, the active and passive safety division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has announced that it will start production of its innovative heated steering wheel technology (Conductor Insert Heating System, or CIHS) with a major European vehicle manufacturer in 2017.
TTC is pleased to announce the new generation of its long established Susie® brand of Air and Electrical coils.
Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) has entered into an agreement to acquire Busch GmbH, a distributor of light vehicle spare parts operating in Baden-Wuerttemburg
The success of Automechanika Birmingham is undeniable, with more than 12,000 trade visitors in the three days. Moreover, the vast majority of 2016 exhibitors have rebooked, along with new tier one manufacturers committing to 2017. Automechanika Birmingham has established itself as the annual automotive event uniting the UK automotive trade industry.
Automechanika Birmingham has continued to flourish in its second day at the NEC, with more visitors coming to view the first UK automotive supply chain and aftermarket focused trade event of its kind.
GT Automotive has been active in the automotive industry for over 20 years with attentions focused on the OE manufacturing of several engine components, so has remained relatively anonymous outside of their specialist fields. They are now excited to be announcing their new broadened range of products and updated brand to the wider aftermarket.
WAIglobal has led suppliers in congratulating Direct Autoparts in reaching 25 years in business, sponsoring a go-karting event on Saturday 7 May with more than 50 customers and personnel in attendance to mark the occasion.
The IAAF will be focusing on cybercrime awareness during its next Breakfast Network Meeting at Ring Automotive, Leeds on 7 July, as well as offering up-to-date information from within the federation.
As well as Automechanika Birmingham providing more than 550 high quality exhibitors and three seminar theatres with industry leaders presenting profitable and thought provoking ideas, the exhibition is also providing a ‘New Product Showcase’, ‘Innovation Trail’ and a ‘Workshop of the Future’ feature area to demonstrate to visitors the latest developments in the automotive industry and supply chain.
The Insurance Act 2015 (the ‘Act’) received Royal Assent on the 12th February 2015 and will come into force on the 12th August 2016.
Osram have been the leading OE bulb brand and automotive lighting manufacturer for many years and on average at least 50% of the cars in the UK have Osram bulbs fitted. This year the Osram brand celebrates 110 years since it was registered as a trademark for “electrical incandescent and arc lamps” back in 1906.
First Line Ltd has announced a new level of sales management to further strengthen its position as a leading global supplier of vehicle parts.
Among the Hella supplies are rotating electrics, a product group that remains a very important profit opportunity for all sectors of the trade and HELLA’s comprehensive rotating programme provides the most appropriate replacement for each and every requirement, whether for commercial vehicle or passenger car application.
Automechanika Birmingham will be the home to more than 550 high calibre businesses over the course of three days, from the 7th to the 9th June 2016. As an important part of the visitor experience, the organisers have arranged a series of informative seminars that will examine a wide range of important issues facing both the aftermarket and supply chain.
Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
The demands on global vehicle manufacturers (VMs) to reduce vehicle weight, cost and hydrocarbon emissions are omnipresent. In turn, this places more and more pressure on parts and systems manufacturers to develop new fuel-saving technologies or to improve existing ones.
Launch UK has introduced a new automatic transmission cleaner and fluid exchanger
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd is inviting members of its online workshop resource portal ‘REPXPERT’ to register for a free VIP Experience at Automechanika UK
Independent garages are rushing to take advantage of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s fantastic NTK Lambda sensors promotion
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has honoured NGK with the group’s Collaboration Award 2015, the latest in a long line of accolades the vehicle manufacturer has given the ignition specialist
Euro Car Parts has launched a new range of Lithium Ion motorcycle batteries
MAHLE is one of the world’s largest component manufacturers and vehicle systems suppliers, with considerable expertise in thermal management. Incorporating this extensive knowledge, the company’s ArticPRO range of air conditioning (A/C) service units, which are distributed here by MAHLE Aftermarket UK, offer workshops an array of benefits that fulfil all their A/C service requirements.
The inaugural Automechanika Birmingham exhibition, to be staged at the NEC from the 7th to the 9th June, has become a truly international automotive event
Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced it will once again be holding its Team Golf Challenge, which will take place on 6 July at Worsley Park, Nr Manchester, and 11 August at Forest of Arden in Meriden, Warwickshire in aid of automotive trade charity, BEN.
Automotive parts distributor, Fast Parts Wales, has now reached the halfway mark of its £10,958 target for Ty Hafan’s ‘Pay for a Day’ initiative with all places for the ‘Fast Parts Wales, Ty Hafan, Rainbow Family Rally’ now full and ready to take place from 1 to 2 May
When empty, a valve located at the bottom of the MAHLE Original and Knecht Filter KC195 filter, which is fitted to numerous diesel powered Alfa Romeo, FIAT, PSA and LDV vehicles is free to move up and down within a cage.
Members of the public are being sought to take part in a new study by the University of Southampton to understand people’s perceptions of automated vehicles
The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have released initial details of the extensive seminar programme to be staged at the inaugural event
NGK, the world’s leading spark plug manufacturer is partnering the legendary Italian race team for the 2016 season to continue a 21-year relationship
The NGK-sparked Honda Civic World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) team made a flying start in the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Championship.
Volvo has recently recalled more than 7,000 of their UK models, due to faults with their software and Volvo is not on its own as the news follows the announcement that Renault has had to recall 15,000 vehicles fitted with their 1.5-litre dCi engines, due to recalibration of the engine control unit.
Aluminium Or Steel To Match OE
With spring here, most drivers will pay a visit to a garage in the next few months to have their car serviced before their holiday, so it’s the perfect time to boost wiper sales, and to support this, TRICO can provide a wiper diagnostics chart, attractive new display stands, merchandise and special promotions.
The inaugural Automechanika Birmingham exhibition, to be held at the NEC, will be supporting BEN, the not-for-profit, charity organisation dedicated to supporting the UK automotive industry. The event organisers will provide BEN with stand space, totally free of charge, and will support the organisation’s fund raising and awareness-building efforts with additional related facilities throughout the show.
Univar Specialty Consumables, a UK-based distributor of specialty products and lubricants, will be presenting its full range of specialty chemicals and filters on stand 9D59 at Automechanika Birmingham 2016, from June 7 – 9 at NEC Birmingham.
Brake Engineering has reported an increased demand in remanufacturing, as the braking brand continues to gain success with its Original Aftermarket campaign.
Delivered by leading industry experts the seminar programme will present the latest industry developments and showcase technical expertise in 3 dedicated theatres. Visitors can expect a comprehensive programme covering key themes.
Since Letrika became part of the MAHLE family following the acquisition of a majority stake in the business in late 2014, the MAHLE Group has been assimilating the products into its respective aftermarket divisions.
Euro Car Parts, the UK’s No.1 distributor of car parts, now stocks the same professional standard RoadHawk dashboard cameras it uses on its own fleet of delivery vehicles.
TRICO will be exhibiting all their ranges at Automechanika including their unique ‘Force’ range – a premium quality multi-fit wiper blade, engineered to handle the harshest wind and rain conditions, as well as the hugely successful Exact Fit and Flex ranges.
Exhibiting at what is set to be the UK’s leading aftermarket exhibition, HELLA will be present at Automechanika Birmingham, where it will be displaying its wide range of original equipment (OE) components, as well as those from their joint venture companies BEHR HELLA SERVICE and Hella Gutmann Solutions.
Intent on demonstrating how it can help all sectors of the UK aftermarket, TecAlliance will have a sizable presence at the inaugural Automechanika Birmingham trade expo as it will bring together the three core businesses - TecDoc, TecRMI and TecCom – that make up the TecAlliance triumvirate for the first time in the UK.
In addition to having the opportunity of exploring the products and services of more than 550 market leading exhibitors, Automechanika Birmingham, to be staged at the NEC from the 7th to the 9th June, is arranging an extensive series of seminars, staged across three theatres. There will be presentations from industry experts, addressing many of the important issues faced by both the automotive aftermarket and supply chain.
Andrew Page is aiming to become Britain’s leading distributor of Japanese and Korean car parts after acquiring specialist rival Solid Auto (UK) and recording £192 million turnover.
The commercial vehicle section of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Exol Lubricants sales director Steve Dunn as its new Committee Chairman.
TRW Aftermarket’s leading remanufacturing facility in Frydlant, Czech Republic, has received a Volvo Cars Quality Excellence (VQE) award, 2015. Presented for outstanding achievements in safety, quality processes, customer focus and environmental integrity, this news supports TRW Aftermarket’s position as a leading supplier of Corner Module (braking, steering & suspension) parts and systems to a global aftermarket.
Randstad Ltd’s engine decarbonising service, TerraClean, has seen a substantial rise in customers visiting its network of national service centres following a period of increased national media advertising.
Chesterfield-based Autosupplies has found great success at local awards ceremony, Elastic FM Community Awards, with managing director, David Clarke, securing 'Entrepreneur of the Year’ and Autosupplies coming runner up in both the ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Customer Service business of the Year’ awards.
Trico are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Ballinger to AM Sales Director – Europe.
Following its expansion into the thermal management market, MAHLE Aftermarket has issued some timely tips for workshops carrying out coolant circuit repairs.
HELLA Ltd is geared to provide the automotive aftermarket with a class leading service allowing factors to manage cash flow more effectively by carrying a smaller stock profile of common references and ordering more units with no MOQ (minimum order quantity) should the temperatures drop sharply causing increased demand.
BBC Superfactors, the leading car parts distributor in Lancashire, is to open a branch in Preston on 14th March, creating 15 new jobs.
GT Automotive has signed up to attend Automechanika Birmingham 2016 to exhibit its full, specialist, product range on stand 9H50, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 7 – 9 June.
Dayco Releases High-Efficiency Aftermarket Water Pumps in the UK
The Parts Alliance strengthens its position as an aftermarket leader as SAS Autoparts joins the Group
Three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal, who is also known for being a director of leading British wheel-maker Rimstock Wheels, is being sponsored by Delphi Product and Service Solutions and The Parts Alliance.
On 15th February 2016 the European Commission launched a new platform to help consumers and traders solve online disputes over purchases made online.
TRW Aftermarket has launched a new and improved version of its website: www.trwaftermarket.com, following in-depth market consultation to improve user experience.
Some parts of the UK have recently been affected by flooding as a result of the battering received by the country from storm Imogen and the other December/January storms. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been quick to state that although they do not intend to visit premises which have been hit by flooding, employers should not overlook the health and safety issues when looking at how to get their businesses up and running again.
Breakfast network meeting attracts largest audience to date
Alliance Automotive Group has secured the supply and distribution of some key products after one of its suppliers went into administration late last year (2015).