Like putty in your hand

Frank predicts putty approval trend
Published:  02 July, 2010

Spies Hecker has developed the Raderal Special Putty Set 2011 designed to cover welds, gaps and rivets on steel substrates.

Kit is the whole package

Febi pushes ProKit all-in-one repair solution
Published:  02 July, 2010

Parts firm Febi has upgraded its offer to workshops with the ProKit package - an all-in-one product packaging option designed to make repairs easier.

Tool to take advantage

Vantage PRO from Snap-on Tools
Published:  02 July, 2010

The family of hand-held diagnostic tools celebrates a new addition to its brood in the form of the Vantage PRO enhanced component test meter and scope.

Jack it all in with Sealey

Trolley Jacks from Sealey
Published:  02 July, 2010

rong>If it’s incredibly low minimum access you require from your trolley jack then take a look at the new line of Viking trolley jacks from Sealey.

Campaign victory

Right To Repair campaign disbands after claiming victory
Published:  02 July, 2010

THE RIGHT To Repair campaign (R2RC) has disbanded after claiming victory in its mission to create a fairer and freer aftermarket industry.

Tool time

Snap-on boss urges garages to get the best from pricing
Published:  01 July, 2010

SNAP-ON Tools' new boss says the company's sales are up 11% on the same time last year.

Brake support

Euro Car Parts unveils Pagid fleet offering brake repair support
Published:  30 June, 2010

EURO Car Parts (ECP) has launched a fleet of vehicles to provide specialist brake-related advice and support to its customers.

Young talent

18-year-old Sussex technician claims top spot in Skillauto contest
Published:  29 June, 2010


Braking boss

Former Bosal man Rob Sweetnam takes over at TMD Friction
Published:  28 June, 2010

BRAKING firm TMD Friction has appointed Rob Sweetnam as Managing Director of its UK division.

Software update release

Software version 36 from Texa
Published:  25 June, 2010

Texa has just released version 36 of its IDC3 software for cars, which includes new wiring diagrams for various marques including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, Peugeot, Seat, Volkswagen and VW.

ECP brings you to a halt

Pagid brake calipers from Euro Car Parts
Published:  25 June, 2010

rong>A comprehensive range of remanufactured Pagid brake calipers featuring brand new pistons and sliders are now supplied by Euro Car Parts. 

Compliant cats out of the bag

Fuel Parts maintains aggressive cat policy
Published:  25 June, 2010

As part of an aggressive expansion policy, Fuel Parts UK claims it is the only company offering a fully-approved Euro 4-compliant range of catalytic converters. The latest additions to its range include cats for the Fiat Bravo and Scudo from 2007 onwards together with the Volkswagen Eos from 2006 onwards.

Easier mountain your bike

Compact cycle carrier from Bosal
Published:  25 June, 2010

A few months ago, Aftermarket reported on the booming market for towbar installation work. Now, towbar manufacturer Bosal has come up with another potential aftermarket sales opportunity with its Compact bicycle carrier. The company claims there has been an explosion (not literally we hope, Ed) in the leisure cycling market. That means more people looking for ways to strap mountain bikes to their cars without breaking the law.

So let's get this straight

Ayce Systems offers alloy straightening solution
Published:  25 June, 2010

It looks like a horrible torture device but the latest product to roll out of Ayce Systems' headquarters is an alloy wheel-straightening machine. The number of scuffed and damaged alloys on the roads shows that wheels take a pounding on a daily basis (not helped by some people's inability to park without hitting the kerb). This product aims to correct the most severe cases of damage.

Budget reaction

Pinewood boss Neville Briggs says dealers will shoulder burden of VAT rise
Published:  23 June, 2010

NEVILLE Briggs, managing director of dealer management system provider Pinewood, says the planned hike in VAT will affect both business and consumer confidence.

Budget support

Forum of Private Business says 20% VAT budget may benefit small businesses
Published:  22 June, 2010

VAT will rise from 17.5% to 20% in January, chancellor George Osborne has announced as part of a huge package of tax increases and spending cuts.

Solid deal

Japanese parts firm Solid Auto reports success of UAN deal
Published:  21 June, 2010

JAPANESE and Korean parts supplier Solid Auto has experienced an "encouraging response" after joining forces with the United Aftermarket Network (UAN) buying group.

Reman revisions

Remanufacturing standard to end refurbishment and recycling confusion
Published:  21 June, 2010

PLANS for national remanufacturing standards could end the confusion between refurbished, recycled and reconditioned products says Brian Ludford, secretary of the UK's Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER).

People news

Ian Hughes joins ranks at Universal Automotive to boost business
Published:  21 June, 2010

PARTS distributor Universal Automotive has appointed Ian Hughes as its business development manager for the south west of England.

Cat expansion

BM Catalysts splashes £6m on second manufacturing plant
Published:  21 June, 2010

BM CATALYSTS has announced a £6m expansion plan and the start of a second UK manufacturing plant.

Werthers give EGS a lift

Euro Garage Solutions secures Werther lifting deal
Published:  18 June, 2010

Euro Garage Solutions (EGS) - the workshop equipment division of Euro Car Parts - has become the sole UK distributor of the Werther range of lifting equipment.

Cracking seal solution

Crack sealer offers exhaust system fix
Published:  18 June, 2010

rong>With motorists everywhere keen to save pennies, Agriemach has released an Exhaust System Joint & Crack Sealer to help cut repair costs.

Renewed paint partners

Spies Hecker strengthens GM partnership
Published:  18 June, 2010

General Motors has renewed its approval of paint company Spies Hecker's products for repair and refinish of its vehicles.

A lorra lorra lambda

Denso boss predicts sensor surge
Published:  18 June, 2010

STRICTER emissions controls will mean a rapidly-expanding market for lambda sensors, with added opportunities for garages and factors, says Denso aftermarket sales boss Paul Payne.

On course for fault skills

Oscilloscope training from Pico Technology
Published:  18 June, 2010

Pico Technology has announced more training dates to help repairers get the latest knowledge of scope-based fault-finding. The Pico courses are designed to take the fear out of oscilloscope diagnostics, guiding delegates through from the basic understanding of a scope, to the software interface and kit contents and then into the workshop to see the scope in action.

Phone help

Good Garage Scheme adds accident management helpline to member benefits
Published:  18 June, 2010

AN ACCIDENT helpline has been launched by the Good Garage Scheme in a bid to speed up the insurance claims process for its members and their customers.

Prize haul

Golden Garages winner Keith Kingham collects Snap-on prizes
Published:  17 June, 2010

GARAGE boss Keith Kingham has got his hands on a Snap-on SOLUS PRO diagnostic tool and more after taking top spot in Motor Codes' Golden Garages competition.

Happy birthday

ATA scheme marks fifth anniversary with 23,000 members
Published:  16 June, 2010

The Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme has celebrated its fifth birthday.

Bigger picture

Business analysts predict aftermarket closures with car parc growth
Published:  15 June, 2010

MORE than 15,000 car aftermarket businesses across Europe will be forced to close by 2013, according to business analysis service Datamonitor.

People news

Mike Stringer takes on commercial director role at Unipart
Published:  14 June, 2010

MIKE Stringer has been appointed commercial director of Unipart Automotive.

Frost tester gets plugged

Auto Current Tester from Frost
Published:  10 June, 2010

It looks like a calorie counter or pedometer but the Auto Current Tester from Frost is actually the latest gadget for making electrical checks on cars in your workshop.

Game for weld domination

GYS scoops award for welding game
Published:  10 June, 2010

Aftermarket couldn't resist the unusualness of the latest news from welding and battery charging company GYS. The company's online website game Master of Welding has been awarded the 2010 Prix Coup de Coeur marketing trophy. The award was presented at the French e-marketing awards for the best innovations in the field of digital marketing.

Tyre dumping

Workshops face fines or worse if they fail to recycle tyres correctly
Published:  10 June, 2010

THE TYRE Recovery Association (TRA) has issued a warning to garages and tyre dealers following the prosecution of nine people who were fined nearly £75,000 for the illegal dumping of tyres.

Block Exemption

New Block Exemption rules for the independent aftermarket
Published:  10 June, 2010

IMPROVED access to technical information needed for repairs is one way the European Commission hopes the new Block Exemption rules will increase competition in the independent aftermarket.

Repair fair

German trade fair Automechanika celebrates its 21st birthday by adding a new Hall
Published:  10 June, 2010

THE MASSIVE German aftermarket exhibition turns 21 this year and to celebrate, it has brought body repair and paintwork segments together in a brand new hall.

Bhp boost - torque to me!

Unichip offers power boost on Nissan 350Z
Published:  09 June, 2010

rong>Tuning firm Unichip Europe has unveiled a U-connect Unichip ECU for the Nissan 350Z. The plug-and-play device aims to boost power by 20 bhp and raise peak output from 264 to 284 bhp.

You know it makes sensor

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  08 June, 2010

With an eye on engine management, Bosch is reminding garages about the good margins to be made on lambda sensor replacement.

Diagnostic change

Neil Pattemore examines the impact of Euro 5 legislation on access to technical information
Published:  08 June, 2010

AUTOMOTIVE business expert Neil Pattemore says the latest EU legislation will change the way garages access technical information. Here, he takes a look at the impact of Euro 5:

Triplewax works valet well!

Triplewax cooks up fresh car shampoo formula
Published:  07 June, 2010

Triplewax Car Shampoo has been revised and improved with a new formula. The company claims the result is a richer cleansing agent that offers "outstanding results" against modern day pollutants.

Fleet chance

RMI claims more than half of fleet work will go to independents
Published:  07 June, 2010

A survey released recently showed that independent garages have an increasingly important role to play in servicing feet cars.

Wheely one-of-a-kind

Unique MAK Wheel from Yokohama
Published:  04 June, 2010

The Unique seen here, is the latest addition to the Italian-made MAK Wheels range, distributed in the UK by Yokohama HPT.

Bumpers, bars and bonnets

Classi Mini parts from Xpart
Published:  04 June, 2010

Parts firm XPart is launching a range of front and rear bumpers and bonnet bars for the classic Mini with what it claims is a more superior finish than ever.

Cool cat. parts are a breeze

2010 cooling catalogue from Gates
Published:  04 June, 2010

rong>The 2010 cooling catalogue from Gates includes everything from hoses to cooling accessories and provides for passengers cars to light commercials.

Tuning upgrade Discovery

Power upgrade option for Land Rover Discovery TDV6 from Superchips
Published:  04 June, 2010

Electronic tuning firm Superchips has released a so-called 'plug-and-go' remap for the popular 2.7 litre Land Rover Discovery TDV6.

Shock alert

Steering firm TRW says shock check should become standard service item
Published:  04 June, 2010

STEERING and suspension firm TRW is lobbying the EU to reclassify shock absorbers as safety critical parts.

Scrap deal

Euro Car Parts offers air con service unit scrappage deal
Published:  03 June, 2010

EURO Car Parts is offering special deals on old air con units and the chance of free F-gas training.

Lift safety

Garage Equipment Association boss highlights hidden dangers of lifts
Published:  01 June, 2010

Dave Garratt, chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), has spoken out with potentially life-saving advice on the correct operation of lifts in the workshop.

Plug award

NGK wins UAN buying group Supplier of the Year award
Published:  31 May, 2010

NGK SPARK Plugs has won the Supplier of the Year award in the single product category from the United Aftermarket Network (UAN) buying group.

Good fit

Andy Fountain wins first round of hunt for UK's best windscreen fitter
Published:  31 May, 2010

WINDSCREEN fitter Andy Fountain has won the first round of a competition to find the UK's best automotive glazing fitter.

Paint app. covers everything

Standox goes mobile with smart phone info
Published:  28 May, 2010

The full range of body shop and refinish information available on the website can now be accessed via mobile smart phone.


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