Inspirational: IAAF’s Williamson recognised and re-elected

Published:  05 July, 2018

Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has been re-elected to the Board and made Treasurer of FIGIEFA, and was also recently named in the shortlist for the 2018 Autocar 100 Great British Women awards, which recognise the most influential British women in the global car industry.


BM Catalysts welcome DPF decision

Published:  02 July, 2018

BM Catalysts has welcomed the Department for Transport (DfT) decision to reiterate the strict requirements for selling catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) into the UK. The firm believes it will help reduce the number of non-compliant products being sold and subsequently fitted in the UK market.The DfT also advises that DPFs cannot be sold for Euro 5 vehicles without the required homologation to meet European standards.


Go ‘behind the scenes’ with Autoelectro

Published:  02 July, 2018

Autoelectro has released a ‘behind the scenes’ video, filmed at its Bradford HQ.
 
The two-and-a-half-minute video offers a comprehensive guide to the remanufacturing process, from stripping down the old core all the way through to packaging and distributing the remanufactured component in Autoelectro’s bright red box.
 
Managing Director, Tony Bhogal provides insightful commentary and is the man in-front of the camera. He explains how the business has developed over three decades, which includes an emphasis on product development, technical information and recruiting expert auto-electricians and fuel injection engineers. He also clears up any confusion between remanufacturing and reconditioning.
 
Tony said: “I was proud to let in the cameras into our home and showcase a warehouse that continues to expand and homes some of the best remanufacturing and testing equipment. Our family of staff members buy into our business philosophy of ‘fit and forget’, which allows us to produce and distribute quality products and fulfil a 100% order rate.
 
“Our recent ISO standard reaccreditation strengthens our position in the marketplace, and our doors are always open to those that want to visit a professional and efficient company on top of its game.”
 
The video can be found on Autoelectro’s website: http://www.autoelectro.co.uk/autoelectro-behind-scenes


Pro-Align announces new aftersales commitment

Published:  27 June, 2018

With a growing number of workshops becoming increasingly reliant on their Hunter wheel servicing equipment for profit maximisation, equipment supplier Pro-Align has launched a new, industry leading aftersales response commitment.


TRICO triumphs against media all-stars in inaugural TRICO Cup

Published:  27 June, 2018

TRICO won a dramatic penalty shootout to win The TRICO Cup at The TRICO Stadium, despite the media opposition staging a magnificent second-half comeback.   Aftermarket Editor Alex Wells played in defence for the media squad, which included members of the trade press, consumer press and regional press, playing as a team for the first time.


Fore! NGK golf day

Published:  27 June, 2018

NGK distributors in Scotland have been competing in the ignition specialist’s 2018 golf day which was held this year in Perthshire.


Automechanika Birmingham 2018: 10,000 and counting

Published:  27 June, 2018

More than 10,000 people visited Automechanika Birmingham 2018, as the event looks forward to 2019 and beyond.


UK automotive industry urges Brexit rethink

Published:  26 June, 2018

The SMMT today (Tuesday 26 June)  called for swifter progress on Brexit and a deal that, as a minimum, maintains customs union membership and delivers single market benefits.


WAI reaches national agreement with Marathon Warehouse Distribution

Published:  11 June, 2018

WAIglobal has reached a national distribution agreement with Marathon Warehouse Distribution to supply a full range of WAI branded products to motor factors on a same day delivery service through Marathon’s expanding distribution centre network. As part of the agreement, Marathon’s 14 branch network will stock WAI’s 2,500 starter motors and alternators, clutch pulleys, 400+ ignition coils,121 MAF sensors, 56 wiper motors and 2,800 window regulators.


Pro-Align launches updated logo

Published:  04 June, 2018

Pro-Align has launched a new logo designed to reflect a number of changes and enhancements being made throughout the business.


NGK names Salesman of the Year 2018

Published:  01 June, 2018

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has named Mark Peacock its Salesman of the Year 2018.



Countdown to Automechanika Birmingham 2018

Published:  01 June, 2018

Automechanika Birmingham 2018  is now less than a week away and the anticipation is palpable as the clock ticks towards the opening on Tuesday (5 June).


The Garage Inspector - Training dates

Published:  31 May, 2018

The Garage Inspector a.k.a industry consultant Andy Savva has announced a number of one-day business training course dates.


Top Garage 2018 - Finalists named

Published:  23 May, 2018

 Top Garage 2018’s finalists have been named.


Career in motor industry given fresh boost by new tech says IMI

Published:  22 May, 2018

The future is bright for the automotive sector thanks to emerging technologies  according to The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).


#TeamTextar looking for “teammates”

Published:  22 May, 2018

As the UK looks forward to this summer’s major sporting event, TMD Friction is putting together an international “Team Textar,” and participants can win prizes as well as have fun.


Top Technician 2018 - Finalists named

Published:  11 May, 2018

Top Technician 2018’s finalists have been named following the Top Technician 2018 semi final,  held at the RMI Academy of Skills in Southam yesterday (Thursday 10 May).


MOT changes deadline approaches

Published:  01 May, 2018

With the updated MOT test due to go live from 20 May,  up to 4,000 garages may still be waiting for a new diesel smoke meter (DSM) or software update needed to conform to the new rules.


Servicesure garage named ‘Best Newcomer’ with Car Leasing Bargains

Published:  01 May, 2018

Braidwood Auto Services, a South Lanarkshire-based Servicesure Autocentre, has been awarded Car Leasing Bargain’s ‘Best Newcomer Award’, just five months after joining the network.


IAAF appoints new Vice President

Published:  27 April, 2018

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Terry Knox as its new Vice President.


Top speakers, top night: Top Technician–Top Garage Gala Dinner 2018

Published:  25 April, 2018

John Batten from Auto iQ and Dave Massey from ADS Automotive will be setting the bar high as headline speakers for the Top Technician-Top Garage Gala Dinner, taking place on Saturday 23 June at Brampton Heath Golf Centre in Northamptonshire


Reasons to be cheerful- Positive start to 2018 saluted at GEA Annual Dinner

Published:  25 April, 2018

The automotive aftermarket is in a good position as it moves into mid 2018 according to Garage Equipment Association (GEA) Chief Executive Dave Garratt, speaking at the GEA Annual Dinner 2018 last night (24 April).


IGA publishes report investigating garage work providers

Published:  23 April, 2018

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has published a study of consumer facing websites that provide work to independent garages for a fee.


Stay lubricated: Reminder on regular fluid and filter changes

Published:  23 April, 2018

Launch UK is reminding technicians of the importance of carrying out regular fluid and filter changes at 75,000 miles, or 50,000 miles for vehicles used in arduous conditions.


New brands from ELTA on 25th anniversary

Published:  23 April, 2018

ELTA Automotive Ltd is launching two new brands,  VISIONPRO and VXPRO, at Automechanika Birmingham in June as the centrepiece of its 25th anniversary celebrations.


100 year old garage among first ‘City Brakes’ winners

Published:  27 March, 2018

The Parts Alliance’s ‘City Brakes’ promotion, which runs until the end of April,  has found some of the 25 garages set to win luxury trips to top European cities.


Industry urged to 'brace for change' at latest IAAF briefing

Published:  27 March, 2018

'Sweeping change’ was the focus at the most recent Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) industry briefing, held at Phocas Business Intelligence Software in Coventry on 15 March.


Top Technician/Top Garage Gala Dinner 2018 – Tickets now on sale

Published:  23 March, 2018

Tickets are now available for the Top Technician/Top Garage Gala Dinner 2018 being held at the Brampton Heath Golf Centre, Northamptonshire on Saturday 23 June.


Obituary - Alec Morgan

Published:  23 March, 2018

Colleagues, friends and associates are paying tribute to the life and career of one of the UK aftermarket’s most colourful characters, Alec Morgan, following his untimely death recently.  


Autoinform LIVE returns to Scotland

Published:  20 March, 2018

Autoinform LIVE is back in Scotland over  the weekend of 14-15 April. 


TPS expands network

Published:  20 March, 2018

Pro-Align receives award at IMI Annual Dinner

Published:  20 March, 2018

Kathryn Beaurain, marketing director of Pro-Align was recently recognised by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) for her ongoing support of the IMI Skill Auto competitions. Receiving one of just five awards presented at the IMI’s Annual Dinner on 7 March, Kathryn received the award for her Contribution to the Work of the IMI, having supported the industry’s Skill Auto competitions for the last six years.


Servicesure garage named ‘Best Newcomer’ with Car Leasing Bargains

Published:  19 March, 2018

Braidwood Auto Services, a South Lanarkshire-based Servicesure Autocentre, has been awarded Car Leasing Bargain’s ‘Best Newcomer Award’, just five months after joining the network.


The right "Guy" for the job

Published:  05 March, 2018

Morris Lubricants have named Guy Martin as its official brand ambassador for 2018.
 
One minute he may be under a truck, the next racing around a road circuit on a superbike or taking part in another challenge for TV, but in his new role Guy Martin will be putting his talents to work promoting both Morris Lubricants and its products.
 
“I like the fact they’re British, have a range of everything you could need and are good honest folk,” he says. “They sent me a load of samples, and I didn’t know how many products they had and it's all good stuff. Whether it’s on the trucks, cars or bikes, even my tractor, the quality is spot on.”
 
Working with Morris Lubricants also gives Guy plenty of different opportunities, including the possibility of ‘brewing’ his own oil. “I'd be up for that, I’m not an expert on oil, but I'd be keen on learning!”


Launch UK awarded Best Business 2017 by Launch Europe

Published:  05 March, 2018

Launch UK has been awarded the “Best Launch Business 2017” accolade by the brand’s European division.The award is in recognition of its customer service and its commitment to supporting customers in all areas of business.


Support helps Sussex garage survive £36,000 robbery

Published:  05 March, 2018

An East Sussex garage had £36,000 of tooling stolen during a recent break-in, but is getting back on track thanks to support from other businesses and the community.


The Parts Alliance announce 25 ‘City Brakes’ holidays to be won by April

Published:  26 February, 2018

The Parts Alliance will be sending 25 garages on luxury mini-breaks to a host of top European cities in its biggest ever promotion.
 
Campaign scratch cards will be included with all sets of Delphi and Bendix brake pads supplied during March and April.
 
City Brakes will run across all branches of The Parts Alliance, so it’s available from Allparts, BBC Superfactors, BMS Superfactors, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, CES, Dingbro, GMF, GSF, Parts Alliance (South West), Qualvecom, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors, and Waterloo.
 
The city holidays include three nights’ accommodation with flights and transfers for two people to a choice of ten leading city destinations.
 
Further prizes include essential gadgets such as smart speakers, fitness trackers, tablets, DAB radios and power banks along with a merchandise pool of mugs, tins of sweets, snack packs, torches and USB chargers all there to be claimed.
 
Garages can find out more simply by visiting www.delphicitybrakes.com and www.bendixcitybrakes.com
 


Morris Lubricants appoints Rebecca Jackson as racing ambassador

Published:  23 February, 2018

 Morris Lubricants has appointed Rebecca Jackson as its first ever female racing ambassador.


Automechanika to tackle major issues affecting aftermarket

Published:  23 February, 2018

 Automechanika Birmingham 2018 is set tackle all the major issues affecting businesses in the automotive aftermarket, according to event director Simon Albert.


ECP says prepare for Euro 6 now and profit later

Published:  21 February, 2018

Euro Car Parts is advising repairers that carry out MOT testing to make sure their emissions analysers comply when new emissions standards come in later this year.


Pro-Align becomes sponsor of Top Technician/Top Garage 2018

Published:  21 February, 2018

Pro-Align has signed up as a sponsor for Top Technician and Top Garage 2018.


Pico becomes sponsor for Top Technician/Top Garage 2018

Published:  14 February, 2018

Pico Technology has become a sponsor of Top Technician and Top Garage 2018.


Ring return as Top Technician/Top Garage sponsor for 2018

Published:  14 February, 2018

Ring Automotive has returned as a sponsor for Top Technician and Top Garage 2018. The lighting and auto-electrical leader was a main sponsor for Top Technician in 2017, as well as being long-term supporter of the competition.


‘Grassroots insight’ plays influential role in crucial Type-Approval legislation vote

Published:  07 February, 2018

The European Parliament’s IMCO committee have approved several key amendments to Vehicle Type-Approval legislation proposals, which include the aftermarket maintaining in-vehicle data access via the OBD port.


Autofirst Network partners with WhoCanFixMyCar.com

Published:  05 February, 2018

Autofirst Network has agreed a deal with WhoCanFixMyCar.com that offers every member the opportunity to have its own profile on the platform for 12 months.


Head to the top – Businesses sign up for Top Garage

Published:  05 February, 2018

The best garage businesses in the industry are signing up to see how they measure up against their peers in the brand new Top Garage competition. Have you signed up yet?



Bendix reintroduction “ahead of schedule”

Published:  25 January, 2018

GSF Car Parts says their programme to reintroduce Bendix brakes to the UK aftermarket is running ahead of schedule.


MOT 4-1-1 scrapped by government

Published:  18 January, 2018

Proposed changes to the frequency of the MOT test have been called off by government, following strong opposition expressed in the MOT consultation. 


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