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Banner secures €60m North American battery order

Date: Wednesday 03 March 2021

Banner – Europe’s leading manufacturer of batteries and battery accessories – has entered 2021 on a high having secured a lucrative order that will see the company supply 1.5 million lead acid batteri…

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Government confirms introdcution of E10 petrol in September

Date: Wednesday 03 March 2021

The DfT has confirmed that, following the consultation carried out into E10 petrol, the fuel will be introduced into UK forecourts with effect from September 2021. The DfT received 208 responses to th…

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Autotech Recruit drives up efficiency amongst contractors with technical data app

Date: Wednesday 03 March 2021

Autotech Recruit has invested in technology which will equip its contractor network of temporary vehicle technicians and MOT testers with vital data on every vehicle on the road - at the touch of a bu…

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ECOBAT’s Steve Sheppard retires

Date: Friday 26 February 2021

After more than 20 years with ECOBAT Battery Technologies (ECOBAT), Managing Director (MD), Steve Sheppard, has stepped down from his position, six years after his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Steve joined …

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Search begins for Williamson successor

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

With the news that IAAF Chief Executive, Wendy Williamson, is retiring this year, the search has begun for her successor. The role of the IAAF chief executive is an extremely varied one and the succes…

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BEIS update on free flow of data between the EU and the UK

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

The UK government has welcomed the European Commission's draft data adequacy decision which recognises the UK’s high data protections standards and set out that the UK’s standards are ‘adequate’. Posi…

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Ben: Support for life - depression

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

Ben has recently seen a rise in the number of people looking for help with depression, which isn’t surprising as it’s been reported that the number of adults experiencing depression has almost doubled…

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HR Updates

LKQ Euro Car Parts launches campaign to help garages maximise revenue generation through SMR

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

As part of its ongoing support programme for the independent aftermarket, LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched a new campaign to help garages enhance their service, maintenance and repair (SMR) offering an…

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New EV-dismantling facility helps SYNETIQ to enhance sustainable motoring solutions

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

A multimillion-pound investment by SYNETIQ, Britain’s largest integrated salvage and recycling company, will ready its Winsford site into the UK’s first facility with dedicated EV and Hybrid dismantli…

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EV charging strategy for Wales

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

A Welsh Government Consultation seeking to gather views on the draft strategy for electric vehicle charging in Wales has been responded to by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) lobbying on behalf …

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LIQUI MOLY sponsors 2021 European Athletics Championship

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

LIQUI MOLY is expanding its commitment to top-level sport with its sponsorship of the European Athletics Championship. The 36th European Athletics Indoor Championship will take place in Toruń, Poland,…

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UK government review of Block Exemption Regulation

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy has announced a review on the functioning of European Block Exemption Regulations in the UK via the Competition and Markets Authority (C…

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IAAF to explore digital aftermarket opportunities in Industry Briefing Bitesize session

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced the first Industry Briefing Bitesize session for 2021, ‘The Digitalisation of the Automotive Aftermarket in 2021 and beyond’, whi…

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Prestige Fleet Servicing joins IAAF

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed its newest member, Prestige Fleet Servicing Ltd. Prestige works with both business and consumer customers across the UK, and suppo…

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The Turbo Guy charges in to help out

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

When the Managing Director of The Turbo Guy, Allan Mitchell, found out that a neighbouring business, McMillan Office Supplies, was helping out the local community, he decided to help out too. McMillan…

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Ford Europe Goes All-In on EVs on Road to Sustainable Profitability; Cologne Site Begins $1 Billion Transformation

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

Ford is taking a significant step forward in its European transformation with a commitment to go all-in on its electric passenger vehicles and to substantially grow and electrify its leading commercia…

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Retro Rallycross Championship Target with Lucas Oil

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

Lucas Oil has confirmed its support for Wigan-based driver Tony Lynch, who will challenge for the Retro Rallycross Championship during the 2021 season. This will be his third attempt to win it driving…

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British Gas makes largest UK commercial EV order with Vauxhall and commits to accelerating the electrification of its fleet

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

British Gas has announced that it is ordering 2,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall and has introduced plans to never purchase another combustion engine vehicle. As part of its commitment…

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LKQ Europe tops second half 2020 segment EBITDA margin outlook

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

LKQ Corporation reported fourth quarter and full year 2020 results on February 18, 2021 that reflect continued improvement in operational and balance sheet productivity and further debt reduction, des…

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Brexit Transition: Sources of help and guidance

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021

Below can be found a list of sources of information which may be of interest to businesses who import and/or export goods to and from the UK.  This list is not exhaustive and new information will be a…

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Ivanov fails to retain World Ice Speedway title

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021

NGK-sponsored Daniil Ivanov narrowly failed to make the podium at the 2021 FIM Ice Speedway World Championship finals in his Russian homeland. Ivanov, the defending and four-time champion, finished fo…

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LIQUI MOLY reports a slump in profits of 50 percent

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021

The lubricant specialist LIQUI MOLY was also not spared from the pandemic. Sales rose by 7.1 percent to a new record level. In the United Kingdom, the upsurge was particularly large at 117 percent. Ea…

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Capital Markets Day 2021: HELLA confirms medium term growth and profitability targets

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021

HELLA, the global automotive supplier is sticking to its medium-term targets despite the increasingly challenging market environment. The company confirmed this during its virtual Capital Markets Day,…

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SMP Europe launches new streamlined website

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021

SMP Europe has launched an improved website to reflect its new branding, engineering expertise and product focus. The new site also features an easy search function and quick access to ‘help and suppo…

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NGK - supporting drag racing

Date: Monday 22 February 2021

NGK has been renowned for its support of motorsport over many decades and is now in the news through its involvement with drag racing. The company was highlighted in an article in Race Engine Technolo…

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Chief Executive Wendy Williamson to retire in 2021

Date: Friday 19 February 2021

Heading up the Federation for more than seven years, Williamson has successfully led the IAAF through a number of changes, ensuring it remains at the forefront of the industry and as an umbrella for w…

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Virtual AGM for IAAF

Date: Friday 19 February 2021

Just like most other networking events at present, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) took to ‘Zoom’ recently to hold its first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM), which s…

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Schaeffler REPXPERT ‘Tea-break training’ adds value and can save money

Date: Friday 19 February 2021

There is no question that during these socially distanced times, Schaeffler’s REPXPERT ‘Tea-break training’ concept has captured the attention of the workshop community, with more than 200 workshops a…

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Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to support small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, an…

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DVSA releases February 2021 MOT testing forecasts

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Following on from previous forecast figures, the DVSA has now produced the latest figures for February 2021 and a forecast for March 2021, broken down by postcode, to help understand how demand will v…

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Fueltone are delighted to announce the appointment of Malcolm Rosher and Mark Greenwood as advisors to the Board

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Fueltone is strengthening its Board to include two individuals who are very experienced and well regarded in the automotive aftermarket. They are Mark Greenwood and Malcolm Rosher (pictured), and they…

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TecAlliance launches data quality offensive

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Access to correct and up-to-date vehicle and product information is essential for success in the automotive aftermarket. TecAlliance, one of the world's leading data specialists for the digital automo…

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Bosch Car Service celebrates 100 years

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Max Eisenmann & Co, an automotive repair workshop in Hamburg, became the first official Robert Bosch AG installation and repair workshop in 1921, marking the birth of Bosch services and the first …

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Precious metal prices remain volatile, says BM Catalysts

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Prices of precious metals used in the manufacturing of catalytic converters continue to fluctuate rapidly, prompting BM Catalysts to revert to a short term buying strategy to remain competitive. Over …

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HELLA onboard with OESAA’s ‘We’ve got you covered’ Covid-19 workshop support packs

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Alongside other OESAA members, HELLA has reaffirmed its ongoing support to help workshops with the advice they need and the equipment required to keep their premises safe and operating normally. The i…

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Glen Callum further enhances recruitment process

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Automotive aftermarket recruitment specialist Glen Callum Associates (GCA) has bolstered its services to clients even further as it looks to aid industry recruitment during the pandemic and ensure bus…

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TechMan ‘the one stable’ in a whirlwind year, says multi-site independent garage

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

In a world of anxiety and inconsistency the TechMan garage management system has been praised by one of the UK’s largest Bosch Car Service Centres for being a ‘stable constant’ during the on-going pan…

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IAAF appoints Richard Welland as President

Date: Friday 12 February 2021

IAAF has appointed WAI UK managing director Richard Welland as its new president, taking over from Terry Knox who stepped down at IAAF’s AGM on 11 February. Richard Welland is the managing director of…

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DENSO helping technicians through the winter

Date: Friday 12 February 2021

To make life easier in the workshop this winter, DENSO is offering technicians the opportunity to receive a branded beanie hat or mechanics gloves when they purchase glow plugs from a participating di…

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LKQ strengthens its European logistics and customer centricity with a central distribution centre in the Netherlands

Date: Friday 12 February 2021

After a construction time of just one year, contractor Heembouw handed over the building to LKQ Fource at the end of 2020. The modern, 50,000 m2 warehouse will play an important role as a part of LKQ’…

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Rules of Origin for trading with the EU: A short explainer for SMEs

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

What are Rules of Origin? Rules of Origin determine the economic nationality of a good under a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Businesses need to know about them because the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Ag…

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HMRC guidance: Value Added Tax EU Exit Transitional Provisions

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

HMRC has provided guidance relating to the VAT treatment of transactions or movements of goods which span the end of the transition period. This guidance covers goods, fulfilment houses, services, cal…

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Legal Updates

Government powers up electric vehicle revolution with £20 million chargepoints boost

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of a £20 million cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in towns and cities across the UK. In a letter to cou…

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Brexit has changed rules and procedures on chemicals

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

Some regulations have changed as the UK has established independent regulatory regimes for the effective and safe management of chemicals following the departure from the EU. Classification, labelling…

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New car registrations fall -39.5% as showroom closures stifle demand

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

The UK new car market fell -39.5% in January with 59,030 fewer registrations compared to the same month last year, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMM…

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Van market starts new year with a boost, up 2.0% in January

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market enjoyed growth in the first month of the year, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Regis…

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Shaftec business drives positive changes within commercial team

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

As part of its 2021 strategic business plan, Shaftec has announced some major changes to its commercial team structure, to better equip the business as it enters the next stage of its development. Mar…

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Autotech Academy - helping newly qualified technicians get onto the automotive career ladder

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

The theme of the 2021 National Apprenticeship Week, ‘Build The Future’ is a fitting narrative for the latest innovative launch by The Autotech Group. The award-winning company’s new division Autotech …

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Bosch introduces updated online training programme

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

In 2020 Bosch launched a ‘Blended Learning’ version of their popular Fast-Track Hybrid and Electric Vehicles qualification (IMI Levels 2 & 3 combined). This proved very successful across a number …

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Automotive employers need to urgently re-engage with apprenticeship schemes to ‘Build the Future’

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

As National Apprenticeship Week started with its theme of ‘Build the Future’, the automotive sector professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has urged employers to re-engage with …

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