Bangers 4 BEN blog

Aftermarket reaches Maranello
Published:  10 October, 2011

"We've arrived in Maranello following a drive though Mont Blanc.

Mitsubishi joins Motor Codes

VM signs dealers to industry watchdog
Published:  07 October, 2011

Vehicle Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors UK has signed up all of it's UK dealerships to self-appointed industry watchdog Motor Codes.

Breaking News: ECP sold in £225m deal

US bodyshop supplier acquires Euro Car Parts
Published:  04 October, 2011

Component supplier Euro Car Parts has been sold to a US bodyshop supplier in a deal worth £225m

Unipart Automotive sale complete

Ink dries on deal to sell 50.1% of firm to H2 Equity Partners
Published:  03 October, 2011

Unipart Group and H2 Equity Partners have announced the completion of their deal for H2 to acquire a controlling stake in Unipart Automotive, one of the UK's largest independent suppliers of car parts, workshop consumables and garage equipment.

What colour used car?

Survey reveals that some customers buy cars in colours with an eye on depreciation
Published:  03 October, 2011

Nearly 60% of motorists are driving cars in colours they don't like according to a recent survey by an auction company. Black was clearly the preferred colour with 31% of men and 30% of women respondents claiming it to be their favourite colour but interestingly only 14% of men and 12% of women actually drove a black car.

Speed increase concerns

Safety fears over planned speed limit increase
Published:  30 September, 2011

Transport Minister Philip Hammond plans to increase the national speed limit to 80mph. He was quoted on Radio 4's Today programme saying: "When the speed limit was introduced, my family had an Anglia and the speedometer only went up to 70. Today's cars are capable of much greater speeds"

Innovation prize nominations

OE firms vie for prize to be awarded at EquipAuto
Published:  29 September, 2011

A prize to reward the most innovative new product or service will be given out at this year's EquipAuto show.

TT12 kicks off

Search for UK's Top Technician is on
Published:  27 September, 2011

THIS YEAR there's even more reason to enter the annual contest to find the best workshop technician

Electric car sales flat

Little interest in battery vehicles, despite subsidies
Published:  26 September, 2011

NEW RESEARCH shows that despite a variety of subsidy programmes, electric vehicle sales across Europe continue to flatline

Double celebration for independent garage

Corsham garage gets special prize just at it reaches it's 30th year in business
Published:  23 September, 2011

Independent garage S&K Autos, has just celebrated 30 years in business - just as it discovered it was consumer site, Which?'s, most recommended garage. As a result, garage owner, Ade King, was recently interviewed by the consumer title for its feature providing top tips on DIY car maintenance.

Happy Birthday Robert Bosch

Company founder hits milestone birthday... but won't be able to enjoy it
Published:  23 September, 2011


Mutton dressed as lamb

£2.9 million makeover
Published:  21 September, 2011

One of the cheapest production cars in the world has been given a £2.9 million makeover

Jaguar Land-Rover to expand engine plant

£355m deal at Frankfurt secures Midlands jobs
Published:  20 September, 2011

Following a 'successful' Frankfurt International Motor Show and recent discussions between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and UK Government ministers, the firm has confirmed a £355 million investment in a new facility to manufacture all-new, advanced technology, low-emission engines in the UK.

Unipart Automotive sold

Equity firm takes controlling share, with plans to expand range
Published:  14 September, 2011

The controlling share of component giant Unipart Automotive been sold to private equity group H2 Equity Partners in a deal for an undisclosed sum. Unipart Group, headed by John Neill, will retain 49.9%

Training offers

ATA discount
Published:  14 September, 2011

Thatcham's Automotive Academy is offering technicians who have an NVQ the opportunity to upgrade to Automotive Technician Accreditation at a 25% discount.

Demonstration model

Environmental body hits VW franchised dealers across UK
Published:  13 September, 2011

Environmental group Greenpeace held protests at various VW dealerships in Europe over the weekend, including six in the UK.

Smoke meter 'scrappage'

Firm extends trade-in offer on anylisers
Published:  12 September, 2011

Diagnostic and MOT equipment maker Crypton has announced that it will be extending it's 'scrappage' scheme for gas analysers and smoke machines.

Scrap and Donate for BEN

Charity partners with web portal to make money from scrap
Published:  09 September, 2011

Motor industry charity BEN has teamed up with an organisation named Cartakeback and launched 'scrap and donate' - a plan where car owners can dispose of unwanted vehicles and donate money to the charity at the same time.

Denso's Euro seminar

OE giant to hold corporate seminar in The Hague on Sept. 23rd
Published:  07 September, 2011

Component firm Denso are to hold a European aftermarket seminar, and interested parties are being urged to book their place now as the high demand for attendance has meant that there is now only a limited number of places left.  Taking place on the 23rd September 2011 in the Hague's Louwman Museum - which is a large collection of vintage cars, worth a visit in itself -the seminar will give attendees an insight into Denso's corporate aftermarket future.

Garage owner fights demolition plan

Long-established MOT garage vows to stay put, despite planning granted to developer
Published:  07 September, 2011

A garage owner in Northamptonshire is furious after Kettering Borough Council approved speculative planning permission to build a new hotel on the site of his workshop - without consulting him.

Used car market 'challenging'

Difficult times ahead, say industry chiefs
Published:  06 September, 2011

The car auction industry expects market conditions to remain 'challenging' in the coming weeks.  Data from members of the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) confirm that every year volumes start to increase from around the second or third week in September and peak in the first half of October just as consumer demand traditionally weakens. However the group has suggested that this year the situation is likely to be made worse as demand may be affected by the pressure on consumer disposable income.

Bodyshop plea

RMI assoc. calls for 'write off' rules to be tightened up
Published:  01 September, 2011

The UK's network of bodyshops have appealed for the laws surrounding the aquisition of vehicles that have been written off to be tightened up.

Workshop website

Workshops bid for new business
Published:  30 August, 2011

A WEBSITE has been launched where garages can bid online for work

MOT under fire

Another consumer magazine report reveals 'disparities'
Published:  26 August, 2011

Consumer magazine What Car?'s MOT mystery shoppers have uncovered what it describes as 'alarming disparities' between testing centres up and down the country, with several missing potentially dangerous faults.

4-2-2: RMI adds to What Car? findings

Trade body sees annual testing as 'imperative' in light of investigation
Published:  25 August, 2011

A director of the RMI has added his comments on the findings of a 'mystery shop' exercise by a consumer magazine.

MOT fiddle

Man sentenced after VOSA found him guilty of issuing fake certificates
Published:  24 August, 2011

4-2-2: Firm has 'fleet dilemma'

MOT changes to cause 'risk management' woes according to firm
Published:  23 August, 2011

Proposals to change the current MOT regime being considered by the Government could create a 'risk management dilemma for fleets' according to a contract hire and consultancy firm.

BEN hits 'Tarka Trail'

Pull the otter one! Charity on riverside fund raising ride
Published:  22 August, 2011

Join BEN the automotive industry charity on Saturday 17 September 2011 as they cycle the route of the Tarka Trail.  This follows the travels of Tarka the Otter in Henry Williamson's famous book written in 1927.

Hot air

Trade bodies wade into waste oil heater row
Published:  19 August, 2011

Following the announcement that the department for food and rural affairs (DEFRA) are to review the way that small waste oil burning heaters (SWOBs) are classified, motoring bodies have lined up to slam the practice which will effectively render the heaters obsolete.

NGK signs deal with UAN

Buying group to use Jap firm as sole plug supplier
Published:  18 August, 2011

Automotive buying group, United Aftermarket Network Ltd (UAN) has appointed NGK Spark Plugs (UK) as the sole supplier of spark and glow plugs.

1link deal for Autoglass

Vehicle glass supplier eyes fleet work
Published:  17 August, 2011

Replacement vehicle glass company Autoglass has signed up to fleet booking service 1link.

EquipAuto return

Paris show comes back in October
Published:  17 August, 2011

France's largest aftermarket trade show is back between October 11-15 and show organisers promise it to be bigger than ever - despite having a tighter schedule than in previous years.

Welding in the classroom

Welding supplies firm supports local college
Published:  17 August, 2011

Welding supplies firm Weldability-Sif has joined a local initiave to teach young people key skills - in this case, welding.

4-2-2: HiQ joins campaign

Hard franchise network to compose 'chamber of horrors'
Published:  11 August, 2011

The HiQ fast fit network has slammed the Government over controversial plans to relax its laws on MOT testing, declaring: "The pockets of motorists will be hit harder than ever."

Mileage advert 'degrading'

ASA rapps 'mileage correction' firm over gratuitous billboard
Published:  10 August, 2011

Consumer watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority have found that a so-called 'mileage correction' firm has produced a billboard advert considered to be degrading to women.

Bandvulc blaze

Published:  10 August, 2011

A blaze tore through a tyre plant on Friday.

Top young techs

Five young technicians from across the UK emerge as among the best in their respective trades
Published:  05 August, 2011

FIVE young technicians from across the UK have emerged as among the best in their respective trades, winning gold medals in the national automotive skills competition, SkillAuto

Senna sale

Ayrton Senna's McLaren goes under the hammer
Published:  05 August, 2011

A HUGE Airfix sculpture of Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/6, from his last season as World Champion, goes under the auctioneer's hammer at the Nurburgring sale in Germany on August 13.

Changing Suits

People moving in the industry this month
Published:  29 July, 2011

Nick Thomas has recently joined Denso, where he picks up the mantle of European Product Manager. Thomas previously worked at Ferrari's Piston Services and more recently was a manager at First Line.

MOT test certificates 'to change'

New-look VT20 may include previous mileage readings
Published:  29 July, 2011

MOT test certificates are set to change according to transport minister Mike Penning.

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Published:  24 July, 2011

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Tech centre opens in Shoreham

Ribbon cut at 'green' supercar engine plant
Published:  20 July, 2011

A 'high performance' assembly facility has been opened at the Shoreham Technical Centre,  by local Member of Parliament Tim Loughton. The owners say that the brand-new facility provides a 'near clean room production environment' in which each and every process is carried out with a ‘no faults forward’ culture.

Manchester says 'yes' to employment scheme

New scheme to raise awareness of modern apprenticeships
Published:  15 July, 2011

A new scheme has been launched in the North West of England to combat a 'lack of awareness' surrounding modern apprenticeships.

How we roll

Tyre chiefs pleased at industry green progress
Published:  15 July, 2011

The UK tyre industry has been praised for meeting tough targets at a recent industry event.

Project Alfa gets underway

We've bought a dead Alfa for a BEN charity run... but just what have we bought?
Published:  12 July, 2011

For those of you that haven't heard, we have decided to take part in a charity run down to Modena in Italy. The jaunt, entitled Bangers4BEN will see a number of teams from across the motor industry drive in cars they have picked up for around £200 and raising money on the way.

£20m deal for UK aftermarket firms

Contract signed between Parts Alliance and Kwik-Fit good for two years
Published:  08 July, 2011

The Parts Alliance has been awarded a two year supply contract for all braking products to the Kwik-Fit network in a deal worth more than £20m.

'Virtually standard' common rail at Nurburgring

Diesel car triumphs at 'green hell' German track
Published:  08 July, 2011

A virtually standard Delphi diesel fuel injection system powered the class-winning Peugeot RCZ at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hours race. Competing in a field of 201 vehicles the RCZ 2.0 litre HDi diesel coupé displayed consistent speed and reliability to dominate its class.

CV Show back for 2012

CV and Workshop show to return to the NEC next April
Published:  08 July, 2011

Following the success of the CV and Workshop Show earlier this year, the organisers have confirmed that the event will run again from the 24 to 26 of April 2012.

Report examines ATA value

New study looks at the worth of ATA training
Published:  06 July, 2011

A report has been published that assesses the impact of the IMI's skills accreditation programme, known as Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA). The research covered accreditation programmes for a number of disciplines, from parts advisors to light vehicle technicians and customer service advisors.

Young tech joins Team UK

Honda tech to represent UK at WorldSkills contest
Published:  01 July, 2011

Newly-qualified technician, John Couldridge, has secured a much-coveted place on Team UK at WorldSkills London 2011 where he will compete within the 'Automobile Technology' skills category against contemporaries from more than 50 other countries/regions in what is the largest global skills competition in the world.


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