IAAF promises lively post-Brexit flavour to Conference

The IAAF will adopt a post-Brexit theme at its Annual Conference next month, with a host of influential key speakers from across the automotive industry taking centre stage to discuss important issues involving ‘tomorrow’s’ aftermarket and future technology.

The Conference – sponsored by Autoparts UK – will be held on 7 December at DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes and aims to examine current issues from both the UK and Europe, highlighting the many changes that are taking place across the industry from a technical, legislative, market and Brexit perspective.

Wendy Williamson speaking at the 2016 Conference in Birmingham

The theme – ‘Facing a post Brexit world in the automotive aftermarket’ aims to address all these issues and produce a lively debate for conference guests.

The Conference will be facilitated by Johnny Herbert, widely recognised as one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in the history of motorsport.

An array of speakers will be invited to engage the audience of around 100 attendees, most of whom will include parts suppliers, distributors, garages, as well as representatives from the industry and aftermarket trade press.

Dr Julia Saini, Vice President Consulting of Frost & Sullivan will be addressing the Conference on the importance of the UK aftermarket to the UK economy and Brexit’s impact on the sector, followed by Quentin Le-Hetet, General Manager of GIPA discussing how global influences are impacting on the distribution structure of the UK aftermarket. Alistair Preston, Co-Founder of Whocanfixmycar will be tackling the rise of online service providers & the impact on the UK aftermarket and Caroline Lake, Founder of Caroline’s Cars will be talking about life running a garage in 2017 and the main challenges for the future.

As the Conference heads into the afternoon session, technology will be very much the focus as Olaf Henning, Corporate Executive Vice President of MAHLE Aftermarket speaks on how F1 technology is being used to drive developments in the automotive parts aftermarket. The audience will also get to hear about future technologies and their impact on the aftermarket from Steve Nash, Chief Executive of IMI and Neil Pattemore, Technical Director of Figiefa will follow, sharing his view on the latest technical threats emerging from the UK and Europe, before the Conference draws to a close with President of the IAAF, Lawrence Bleasdale.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “This year’s Conference is anticipated to be a lively one and we hope shall provide some valuable, fresh insight to our members, as we cap off a roller-coaster year for the industry and UK economy in general. We have a fantastic mix of talks lined up from some excellent speakers, and no doubt Johnny’s presence will only heighten the sense of anticipation. The audience can expect a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable day.”

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TecAlliance RMI data now available on the Caruso digital data marketplace

TecAlliance GmbH, alongside telematics service providers such as Bosch, Continental and ZF, and car manufacturers including BMW, is one of the first companies to make its data available on Caruso. Caruso, the open, neutral and secure data marketplace for the automotive aftermarket, officially went live on 16 November and allows data users to connect data from different providers to optimise their business models or develop new ones. As a first step, TecAlliance is now offering its repair and maintenance information (RMI) via Caruso. In the future, it will also be possible to acquire individual data points via the Caruso marketplace using TecAlliance vehicle IDs, making the information easy to access, even for smaller businesses.

As a forerunner in providing its RMI data (which includes information from technical manuals and leaflets, adjustment data, circuit diagrams and diagnostic information, for example), TecAlliance is enabling innovative businesses to develop entirely new services and apps in the networked automotive aftermarket. For providers of telematics services, fleet managers, leasing companies, workshops or parts dealers, this data offers a great deal of added value: as Caruso brings together data from a wide range of providers. The more providers there are on the marketplace, the wider the range of opportunities for users. Data consumers can choose between different providers, offerings or combinations of the two to obtain the optimum data for their requirements. For example, a fleet manager might obtain data for the entire vehicle fleet without needing to commit to a single provider. As an initial example of how the marketplace is used, the mileage of a vehicle can be read out at predetermined maintenance intervals, allowing all necessary maintenance information to be determined and forwarded automatically to all authorised parties via the Caruso platform. One might be the workshop, which then sets a maintenance date and at the same time orders the specific parts from the parts dealer. In future, insurers might also be able to process any comprehensive insurance claims that are identified during the inspection directly with the workshop, with the driver’s consent. In addition to this flexibility, Caruso users also benefit from the availability of TecAlliance data in a standardised and harmonised form that considers country-specific characteristics and OEM regulations.

By working with Caruso, TecAlliance is making use of the opportunities of an additional sales channel for its data and services, which are being continuously expanded. The first users of this RMI data are the Scandinavian telematics service provider ABAX and the workshop software provider WERBAS. TecAlliance will be adding to the data it provides through Caruso on an ongoing basis. As a next step, it intends to integrate the querying of service details such as part numbers, price recommendations and labour times.

“With Caruso we have the opportunity as a shareholder to help guide the digital transformation in the automotive aftermarket and take part in shaping an emerging industry standard. We also benefit from interactions with partners from all sectors of the automotive market and other industries in a diverse shareholder market,” said Jürgen Mehlis, EVP of Solution & Platform Management at TecAlliance, at the go-live event.
“We are convinced that the digital aftermarket requires an open and neutral industry solution for the sale and exchange of data across different manufacturers and sectors. The Caruso digital data marketplace gives us the chance to direct our business model towards new market demands and new forms of value creation,” adds TecAlliance’s Managing Director Jürgen Buchert.

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Ultra Low Emission Zone – Euro 6 vehicles to be classed as low emission

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is an area of London within which most vehicles will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel.

The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ), and comes into force on 8 April 2019.

The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements.

The vehicles affected by ULEZ include motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles, quadricycles, cars, small vans, large vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups, ambulances, motorcaravans , minibuses, lorries, breakdown & recovery vehicles, snow ploughs, gritters, refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, concrete mixers, fire engines, tippers, removals lorries, buses and coaches.

It has now been announced that diesel Euro 6 cars have been classified as low emission for the purposes of the London ULEZ and so drivers of these vehicles will be free to enter the ULEZ without charge

To check whether your vehicle will be exempt from the charge, CLICK HERE.

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New Car CO2 Report 2017 heralds UK as largest EV market in Europe

Since 2002, SMMT has produced its annual CO2 report, to give the industry an open and transparent approach to communicating the UK performance on new car CO2 emissions. The reporting uses CO2 figures from the official New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) laboratory test, which is required by law and witnessed by a government appointed agency.

2016 was another positive year for the UK automotive industry, with record low average new car and van CO2 emissions, record high registration volumes, the best car production figures in 17 years and the largest market in Europe for zero-emission capable (pure EV and plug-in hybrid) and hybrid vehicles. However, it also underscored the environmental challenges the industry faces, with a slowing rate of progress in average new car CO2 emissions and continuing concerns about urban air quality.

Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) registrations rose by 22.2% in 2016 to 88,919 units. AFVs typically emit 40% lower CO2 than the market average.

The average new car emitted 120.1g/km CO2 in 2016, down 1.1% on 2015’s performance and 33.6% below that of 2000.

To download the full SMMT CO2 Report, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (Part 3)

Subject access requests

Businesses should update their procedures and plan how to handle requests to take account of the new rules:

  • In most cases a business will not be able to charge for complying with a request.
  • Businesses will have a month to comply, rather than the current 40 days.
  • A business can refuse or charge for requests that are manifestly unfounded or excessive.
  • If a business refuses a request, they must tell the individual why and that they have the right to complain to the supervisory authority and to a judicial remedy. This must be done this without undue delay and at the latest, within one month.

If a business handles a large number of access requests, they should consider the logistical implications of having to deal with requests more quickly. Consideration could be given as to whether it is feasible or desirable to develop systems that allow individuals to access their information easily online.

Lawful basis for processing personal data

A business should identify the lawful basis for it processing activity in the GDPR, document it and update its privacy notice with the explanation.

Many organisations will not have thought about their lawful basis for processing personal data. Under the current law this does not have many practical implications. However, it will be different under the GDPR as some individuals’ rights will be modified depending on the lawful basis for processing personal data. The most obvious example is that people will have a stronger right to have their data deleted where consent is used as the lawful basis for processing.

A business will also have to explain its lawful basis for processing personal data in its privacy notice and when answering a subject access request. The lawful bases in the GDPR are broadly the same as the conditions for processing in the DPA. It should be possible to review the types of processing activities carried out and to identify the lawful basis for doing so. The business should document its lawful bases in order to assist with compliance with the GDPR’s ‘accountability’ requirements.


The business should review how consent is sought, recorded and managed and whether any changes are necessary. Existing consents should be refreshed now if they don’t meet the GDPR standard.

Every business should read the detailed guidance the ICO has published on consent under the GDPR, and use the consent checklist to review practices. Consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous. There must be a positive opt-in – consent cannot be inferred from silence, pre-checked boxes or inactivity. It must also be separate from other terms and conditions, and there needs to be simple ways for people to withdraw consent. Public authorities and employers will need to take particular care. Consent has to be verifiable and individuals generally have more rights where consent is relied upon to process their data.

A business is not required to automatically ‘re-paper’ or refresh all existing DPA consents in preparation for the GDPR.  But if it relies on individuals’ consent to process their data, the business must make sure it will meet the GDPR standard on being specific, granular, clear, prominent, opt-in, properly documented and easily withdrawn. If not, the consent mechanisms should be altered and fresh GDPR-compliant consent sought, or an alternative to consent found.

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New Appointment at Ring

Ring is pleased to welcome Jason Smith to the role of Key Accounts Manager within its UK Trade Division.

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive aftermarket industry, previously working as a Sales Executive at Denso UK, and more recently as a Key Account Manager at Tetrosyl Ltd.

Jason Smith

Jason will be managing UK trading groups and obtaining group approvals exciting new products in-line with the company strategy.

On joining the company, Jason says, ‘Ring has a family feel about it; from the moment I joined, I felt like part of the team. The enthusiasm of the management was like a breath of fresh air.’

He added that it was Ring’s vision, aggressive growth plan, and good customer feedback that brought him to the company.

Nick Racklyeft, General Manager of the Aftermarket at Ring says, ‘It is great to have Jason as part of the team. I’m confident his long standing experience in the aftermarket and well-established relationships with motor factors, distributors, and buying groups will help to deliver continued success for Ring.’

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Bus and coach market decline continues in Q3

Registrations of new buses and coaches fell -14.2% in the third quarter of 2017, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand in the market declined for the third time this year, with 1,996 units registered in the period.

Double-deck demand fell by -24.4% between July and September after a prolonged period of double-digit growth.1 Meanwhile, minibuses and single-decks also experienced declines, down -11.1% and -13.6% respectively.

Year-to-date figures show overall registrations of buses and coaches in the first nine months of 2017 were down -11.7%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said “After a sustained period of significant spending by UK bus and coach fleets, the market is now experiencing considerable decline. To encourage future long-term investment, operators must have both economic and regulatory certainty. This is especially important given the need to encourage the uptake of low emission Euro VI diesels, hybrids and zero emission electric buses, which represent the fastest way to improve air quality in our towns and cities.”

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NGK announces winner of BoxClever promotion

Garage owner Peter Mackenzie will always remember his 26th anniversary in business as it coincided with him winning a fantastic new tool kit cabinet worth £10,000.

The 60-year-old Scotsman was the lucky winner of a monster 1000-piece Teng Tools kit cabinet, courtesy of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.

The prize was on offer to members of NGK’s BoxClever garage loyalty scheme when following the purchase of NGK spark plugs, glow plugs, NTK sensors and ignition coils, workshops are encouraged to collect the single boxes that the products come supplied in and return them in exchange for prize points.

Peter Mackenzie receiving his “monster” toolkit cabinet

Every time a member banked boxes during the three-month promotion they received an entry into the prize draw, with a free bonus entry for every NTK Lambda box banked, and when the promotion ended Peter was pronounced the lucky winner.

He said: “It was a fantastic surprise. When I heard I had won I thought it was a wind-up to begin with. You read about people winning prizes, but they always seem to be in other parts of the country.

“It is an amazing piece of kit. It’s packed with every tool you could possibly want including torque tools. It will be extremely useful. My own tools have become rather scattered about, so it is great to have everything in one place. To have won such a prize has made my work anniversary even more special.”

Peter, who runs Peter Mackenzie Auto Services at Unit 4, Harbour Road, Inverness, was presented with the Teng Tools cabinet by his local NGK Sales Representative John Catterson.

He said: “I’ve been a BoxClever member for many years. My late Dad, also called Peter, used to collect the boxes for me which got me into the habit of saving them. I’ve always fitted NGK spark plugs, glow plugs and Lambda and other sensors and I’ve always found that if it says they fit the car I’m working on, they always do.”

Peter’s business is an all-makes service and repair garage and he also carries out MoT preparation work. He says he picks up a lot of repeat business from a wide cross-section of the local community and carries out work on vehicles owned by different generations of the same families, sourcing components primarily from local distributors Highland Motor Factors and Dingbro.

He has been involved in the motor industry since leaving school, working at local VW and Chrysler Talbot dealerships before setting up his own business where he is assisted by technician Martin Watson (34).

Outside of work, Peter, who is married to Helen and has two sons, Mark and Neil, enjoys supporting Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC and, when the opportunity arises, holidaying.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We are delighted that Peter has won this fantastic prize. The Teng Tools kit really has everything a technician needs. It comes with a superb range of tools and is housed in an attractive cabinet that can be easily moved around the workshop.

“Our BoxClever garage loyalty scheme is open to workshops from all over the UK and it is fantastic that one of our workshop customers from the far north of Scotland is the recipient of such a great prize.”

NGK has been offering a series of great BoxClever prizes throughout this year. In August Surrey-based garage owners Toby and Claire Spencer were the winners of a new £7000 Suzuki Celerio five-door hatchback city car. The latest promotion, which runs until the end of December 2017, sees it offering three lucky BoxClever members the chance to win 100,000 points each.

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BMW recalls 1 million-plus vehicles in USA for fire risk and says to park outside

BMW is recalling more than 1 million cars and SUVs in two US recalls, due to the risk of fires under the bonnet, and it is also recommending that those vehicles be parked outdoors until they are repaired.

A spokesman for the German carmaker said that the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but that the vehicles should say outside “in an abundance of caution.” In both recalls, repairs are expected to start on 18th December.

The larger of the two recalls covers more than 740,000 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles from 2007-2011. Also included is the 2008-2011 128i. All have six-cylinder engines.

Documents posted Friday by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use. No injuries have been reported. Dealers will replace the heater.

The other recall covers nearly 673,000 cars including the 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3 from the 2006-2011 model years. Also covered are the 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is, and the 2009-2011 335d.

Wiring for the heating and air conditioning system can overheat and cause connectors to melt, also increasing the fire risk, even when vehicles are unattended. Four drivers reported injuries.

Dealers will replace the wiring and connectors.

Some vehicles are included in both recalls, BMW said.

In the UK, the DVSA is investigating with BMW whether there will be any implications for UK car owners.

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