Volvo Car UK opens £6m training and development centre

Published:  15 December, 2017

Volvo Car UK has opened a new £6m training and development centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire.



Snap-on sign up as 2018 Top Technician/Top Garage sponsor

Published:  24 November, 2017

Snap-on has put its full weight behind Top Technician and Top Garage, signing up again to sponsor the twin competitions for their 2018 run.


Volkswagen trusts in Getac's robust hardware

Published:  23 November, 2017

Getac has announced Volkswagen AG as the latest customer for its mobile computers. Working closely with Volkswagen, Getac has developed two robust computers for use in international group-wide vehicle diagnostics and other production applications for the VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands as well as for the VW utility vehicles. The VAS 6150E notebook is based on the Getac S410. Meanwhile, the VAS 6160E tablet is based on the new Getac A140. The new device combines already integrated components, such as the offboard diagnostic information system service and the diagnostic interface.  “We are proud to have set another automotive milestone through the intensive cooperation with Volkswagen,” said Rick Hwang, president of the rugged business unit at Getac Technology Corporation. “Our teams worked hand in hand in order to create an optimal solution for Volkswagen in terms of functionality, reliability and supply chain processes.”


“The future is electric” - IMI submits final evidence on technician licencing for Bill

Published:  20 November, 2017

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has submitted its closing evidence for Parliament’s consideration regarding a Licence to Practice for vehicle technicians working on the high-voltage systems of electric and hybrid vehicles.


Andy Savva announced as Autowork Online brand ambassador

Published:  08 November, 2017

Industry expert Andy Savva as has been named by MAM Software as brand ambassador for Autowork Online, its garage management application.


Mechanics sentenced and fined for issuing dodgy MOT certificates

Published:  06 November, 2017

Four mechanics have been given suspended sentences of up to eight months and will have to pay nearly £20,000 in fines, after a DVSA investigation found they were issuing fraudulent MOT certificates.


Bangers4Ben 2017 'Alpine Special' raises £56,000

Published:  03 November, 2017


HELLA to expand company HQ

Published:  31 October, 2017

HELLA has invested in its Lippstadt base with a new visitor, administrative and exhibition centre under construction next door to the company’s historic headquarters that will transform it into a high-tech location. At the same time, an urban planning competition is scheduled for the future use of the former Steinstrasse company premises.


CMA decides on ECP/Andrew Page merger

Published:  31 October, 2017

Euro Car Parts’ acquisition of Andrew Page has been approved by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), subject to the sale of  nine depots.


IMI report highlights case for technician licensing

Published:  31 October, 2017

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has presented MPs and peers from the House of Lords with a new report that underlines the case for regulation around those working on electric and hybrid vehicles.


Top Technician/Top Garage 2018 launches

Published:  26 October, 2017

Top Technician is coming back for 2018, and is bringing a new competition with it; Top Garage. This all-new related contest will enable whole businesses to compete to find out who is the ‘Top.’


Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket upgraded

Published:  26 October, 2017

Schaeffler’s automotive aftermarket business is to be upgraded to full divisional status following a prolonged period of growth.   Fom 1 January 2018, the Schaeffler Group will comprise of three separate divisions – Automotive OEM, Industrial and the newly-created Automotive Aftermarket (AAM) – which will be run autonomously within Schaeffler from its headquarters in Langen, Germany.   The move has led to the internal appointment of Michael Söding to the board of managing directors, who has been the president of the Automotive Aftermarket business unit since 2009.   As an autonomous division within Schaeffler, AAM will be given more momentum to proceed with necessary improvements and changes faster and more effectively – for the benefit of its customers, including those in the UK.   Schaeffler UK Managing Director, Nigel Morgan, explained why the British AAM organisation will benefit: “We will remain an ambitious and reliable partner to the UK Aftermarket, but this improved position within the Schaeffler group will allow us to become more efficient at developing and delivering our fantastic range of LuK, INA, FAG and Ruville repair solutions, all backed-up by the unrivalled levels of service that our customers have come to expect.”


Hella wins for "The Art of Light"

Published:  26 October, 2017

"The Art of Light" film by HELLA received two silver OttoCar awards at the AutoVision International Automotive Film and Multimedia Festival, in the categories "Product films: Suppliers" and "Research & Development, Environmental Protection, CSR".
AutoVision is an international festival for industry films, commercials, websites and interactive applications in the automotive industry. The competition is an initiative of Filmservice International and is supported by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The OttoCar awards are presented every other year.
In its film, HELLA introduces its liquid crystal HD headlamp technology. HELLA plans to serialise the LCD headlamp and gradually expand the number of pixels it projects onto the road from the current 30,000 to approximately 50,000 pixels.
The OttoCar awards were presented on 14 September, during IAA 2017 in Frankfurt.


Advanex to open new factory in Czech Republic

Published:  26 October, 2017

Springs manufacturer Advanex will be opening a new factory in the Czech Republic next year. The new purpose built 8,500m2 factory will open in August 2018 at CT Park, Prague Airport and will employ up to 60 staff.


London T-Charge launches

Published:  23 October, 2017

London’s new T-Charge came into force today (Monday 23 October 2017).


RMI calls on government to engage with industry

Published:  20 October, 2017

Government must work to provide a stable environment for growth according to RMI chairman Peter Johnson, speaking at the RMI Annual Dinner in London last night (Thursday 19 October).


Be a calendar star with Hella Workshop Calendar Competition

Published:  13 October, 2017

HELLA is looking for workshops that have ‘something special’ to feature in the company’s 2019 “Experts At Work” calendar to celebrate the dedication and commitment that technicians make to the industry.


Formula Brembo announces Monza winners

Published:  09 October, 2017

Three lucky players of the Brembo promotion, Formula Brembo, won flights, accommodation and tickets to watch all the action at Monza in early September. Will Gibson, Jonathan Stafford and Stephen Feasey all won flights, accommodation and tickets to one of the most popular rounds of the world’s biggest motorsport race.


Hats at the ready! New tools available

Published:  06 October, 2017


GSF Car Parts to reintroduce Bendix to UK

Published:  04 October, 2017

The Parts Alliance, GSF’s parent company, has secured a long-term exclusive Western European distribution agreement to sell the Bendix brand of braking products. The company will initially focus on friction material products.


Independents take top spot in servicing satisafaction survey

Published:  29 September, 2017

Independent garages are ahead of franchised dealers when it comes to winning customer hearts and minds according to a new survey.
The What Car? Servicing Satisfaction Survey 2017 heard from 8,300 new car customers, and found independents beat franchised dealers when it comes to value for money across servicing work, with an average customer satisfaction score of 89.8% compared to 79.4%.
On newer cars, customers gave independents 84.1% for satisfaction and 91.4% for value. In comparison, franchised outlets, who serviced the majority of younger cars in the survey, attained a customer satisfaction score of 80.9%.
On customer experience, independents scored 94.2% on average for attitude and politeness of staff compared to 91.1% for franchised dealers. Franchised workshops also scored less for the quality of work, with 88.5% of customers satisfied compared to 92.7% of those who used independents.


40-year old classic vehicles exempted from MOT

Published:  29 September, 2017

From May next year, vehicles over 40 years old will no longer need to receive an MOT inspection.


Successful evening at The TRICO Stadium

Published:  28 September, 2017

Redditch United Football Club played host to a successful evening of networking, food and football, as sponsors TRICO and Comline invited dozens of guests to watch the home game against Slough Town on Tuesday night (26 September).


Don't touch that dial: Halfords Autocentres enter DAB conversion market

Published:  26 September, 2017

Halfords Autocentres are  entering the digital radio car conversion market via a new fitting service.


Ben4Business: new business package launched

Published:  22 September, 2017

Ben has launched a new package for businesses, called Ben4Business.


VLS receives landmark 50th product complaint

Published:  20 September, 2017

The Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS)  has opened a landmark 50th case after receiving a new product complaint on 6 September 2017. The complaint concerns an automotive engine oil and is currently being investigated by the Technical Review Panel, in accordance with VLS procedures.


Top Technician 2017 winner named – Karl Weaver

Published:  16 September, 2017


Garage wins game-changing makeover through Pagid Workshop Winners

Published:  05 September, 2017

Pagid has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its Workshop Winners campaign, which took place this summer.


Workshop Quarter at Automechanika Birmingham 2018

Published:  05 September, 2017

A dedicated Workshop Quarter will be among the enhancements to be found at Automechanika Birmingham 2018, taking place next June.


Automechanika Birmingham 2018: Build-up begins

Published:  04 September, 2017

Businesses in the sector are already looking towards Automechanika Birmingham 2018, as the organisers  begin announcing plans for the show from tomorrow (5 September).


The Parts Alliance announce new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion

Published:  30 August, 2017

The Parts Alliance has teamed up with Delphi for the second time in 2017 to run their new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion.


TRICO launches centenary video on YouTube

Published:  30 August, 2017

TRICO has launched a special video called ‘100 Years of TRICO’ to coincide with their centenary year, which it has uploaded onto its YouTube channel.    


Gold against the cold: Ring launches autumn-winter promotion

Published:  24 August, 2017

From September onwards, Ring will be hiding hundreds of golden tickets inside their H7 headlight bulb boxes, giving technicians the chance to win a selection of prizes, including workshop equipment, dash cameras and branded clothing.


TRICO launches own beer

Published:  24 August, 2017


Live and direct - Top Tech Live draws near

Published:  21 August, 2017

Top Technician 2017 has been another fantastic year for the competition, and with the finals behind us, all eyes are now turning towards Top Tech Live, taking place on Saturday 16 September at the Henry Ford Academy in Daventry.


Ben’s 'Hats on 4 Mental Health Day' fundraiser returns

Published:  18 August, 2017

This year's Hats on 4 Mental Health Day, organised by Ben is taking place on 13 October, during the week of World Mental Health Day.


First UK garage signs up with Euro Repar Car Service

Published:  11 October, 2017

Nicholson’s Stalham Engineering, based in Norfolk , has become the first British business to become a  Euro Repar Car Service Centre.


Mike Brewer becomes first Ben Celebrity Ambassador

Published:  15 August, 2017

Ben has announced that Mike Brewer has become its first ever Ben Celebrity Ambassador. Mike Brewer is renowned in the industry for his role as presenter of Wheeler Dealers, and he is also a journalist, producer, campaigner and motoring enthusiast.


Uni-Select completes acquisition of The Parts Alliance

Published:  08 August, 2017

The sale of The Parts Alliance to its new Canadian owner Uni-Select Inc. has been completed. Its new owner paid £205m to buy the group.


Top Technician 2017 winner to be announced at Top Tech Live

Published:  19 July, 2017

Top Technician 2017 reached the final last week, and all eyes now turn towards Top Tech Live, where the winner will be announced in September.


ECP Autofirst Network reaches milestone

Published:  19 July, 2017

ECP Autofirst network reaches milestone


Trico Twitter competition extended

Published:  18 July, 2017

Trico’s competition enabling garages and motor factors to win a power bank has been extended until the end of July.


Hybrid and electric power threatened by underinvestment warns IMI

Published:  12 July, 2017

More UK motorists than ever are choosing electric and hybrid vehicles but the trend could be threatened if infrastructure investment does not keep pace, the IMI has warned.


Roger Griggs hands over to Prashant Chopra

NTDA appoints first ever chairman from the aftermarket

Published:  26 June, 2017

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has appointed the first ever national chairman to come from the aftermarket since the organisation’s inception in 1930.


UK spends more on car parts online than groceries

Published:  26 June, 2017

Last year, UK consumers bought a higher percentage of automotive parts, accessories and services online than they did cosmetics and groceries according to research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) from independent consultancy Frost & Sullivan.


NGK unveils Teng Tools kit cabinet competition

Published:  26 June, 2017

Members of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s BoxClever garage loyalty scheme could soon win a monster 1000-piece Teng Tools kit cabinet worth £10,000 thanks to a new three-month promotion starting on 1 July.


Right2Choose returns as ‘Your Car, Your Choice’

Published:  26 June, 2017

‘Your Car, Your Choice’ is the new rallying cry for the sector, as the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) relaunches Right2Choose for today’s world.


Here comes the sun

Published:  25 June, 2017

A Suffolk garage proprietor has gone totally over to solar power, just in time for summer. Mark Bradley, owner of Spot On Tuning in Denham is running his business entirely via solar panels. He used 240-volt arrays from his other business, a mobile solar power hire firm called Solar Decker he has run since 2007.


Pagid offers £10,000 workshop upgrade with ‘Workshop Winners’ promotion

Published:  12 June, 2017

Braking brand Pagid, part of TMD Friction, is to give a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade via its Workshop Winners campaign, taking place this summer.



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