IAAF-BEN 2018 Golf challenge concludes at The Abbey, Redditch

The second round of this year’s IAAF-BEN Company Team Golf Challenge was held this week at a new venue for the event – The Abbey near Redditch, with a record-breaking number of teams taking part.

Joe Richardson, event organiser on behalf of the IAAF and ably supported by his wife Chris, was delighted with the way the day went and the weather held long enough for the players to enjoy a fantastic day of golf, albeit a little windy at times.

The new venue presented some tough challenges for participants and congratulations go to the eventual winners, a team put together on the day consisting of players from Boswells Aftermarket, Osram and The Turbo Guy. The runners up were the team from MAHLE Aftermarket.

The winning team made up of players from Boswell Aftermarket, Osram and The Turbo Guy – players are left to right Ben Philips (Boswell), Mike Ford (Osram), Graham Crawford (The Turbo Guy) and Nick Barrett (Boswell)

The overall winners of the IAAF-BEN golf challenge for 2018 will be the team with the best score from the two events and they will be invited to the Awards Dinner in December to receive their prize.



The runners-up from MAHLE Aftermarket – left to right with Joe Richardson and Wendy Williamson are Jonathan Walker, Nick Pye, Tristan Seal and Richard Small


The prizes were presented after the meal in the Club House; in addition to the winners and runners-up trophies, there were prizes for ‘Longest Drive’, which went to Gavin White from the Autotech Recruit team, and this year there were two ‘Nearest the Pin’ holes which was won by Peter Flynn from the Bosch team and Tristan Seal playing on the MAHLE team. There was a tie for best score of the day Mark Kendall playing on the RRD team and Steve Dunn from Exol.


Tristan Seal, playing for Mahle, who was nearest the Pin on the tenth hole






Peter Flynn , playing for Bosch who was Nearest the Pin at the second hole






Gavin White from Autotech Recruit who achieved the Longest Drive






Joint top scorer Steve Dunn from Exol Lubricants











The new venue offered the chance to introduce a new feature for the event in the form of a Putting Competition.  Players were able to enter this mini competition and the winner on the day was Jack Hiscock, playing for Elcome.

A record amount of money was raised on the day for Ben, the total was £410 plus a further £78 from the putting competition.


The event sponsors for the day were:

Nearest the Pin:  Impression Communications (Hole 10) and PDP Group (Hole 2)
Longest Drive:  The Turbo Guy
Light Refreshments:  Automechanika
Golf Balls & Tees:  Elcome Ltd.
Golf Umbrellas:  Automechanika

Congratulations to all the teams and a big thankyou to all our supporters and sponsors.

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One month to go until Automechanika Frankfurt

Automechanika Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair for the automotive service industry. In 2018 the biennial trade fair will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a host of new themes and REIFEN as a co-located show.

Automechanika Frankfurt is the most important trade fair for the automotive aftermarket and has been organised by Messe Frankfurt since 1971. Approx. 133,000 trade visitors from 170 countries came to the last event to see the latest developments on offer from 4,843 exhibitors.

The trade fair takes place every two years, alternating with the IAA, and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. The 25th Automechanika Frankfurt takes place 11-15 September 2018.

Industry meeting place: Automechanika brings industry, retail and workshops together in one place. The last event drew 133,000 trade visitors from 170 countries.
At the heart of the action: The City of Frankfurt enjoys excellent transport connections by road, rail and air, and Messe Frankfurt is centrally located in the heart of Frankfurt.
Large yet accessible: More than 4,800 exhibitors come here to showcase their latest developments. Thanks to the exhibition grounds’ clear structure and visitor guidance systems, you’ll have no trouble finding what you’re looking for.
Two trade fairs – one date: REIFEN, previously held in Essen, will be taking place alongside Automechanika Frankfurt on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds for the first time.
Globally networked: Automechanika is an international hit that now takes place in 15 countries. Take advantage of Automechanika’s international network and benefit from new contacts and markets.

The new Hall 12 comes onstream this year and will host REIFEN, Classic Cars and the new area: Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning. The popular Mechanic Games will be held each day of the show, with a chance for people to have a go at bull-riding, car racing, test your strength and piston lifting.

IAAF supplier members exhibiting at the show include:

Delphi Technologies
National Auto Parts
Roadlink International
SMP Europe
ZF Aftermarket

For full details and to register for the event CLICK HERE.

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Lumileds wins jury verdict of liability for intellectual property theft

On 10 August 2018, a US jury of six men and six women rendered a verdict in favour of one the world’s leading LED companies, Lumileds LLC, based in San Jose, finding that a Chinese competitor stole trade secrets related to Lumileds core technology for making high power LEDs used in flash phones, automotive headlights, and general illumination. The case, Lumileds LLC v. Elec-Tech International Co., Ltd., Donglei “Tony” Wang, and Gangyi Chen, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara, found the defendants liable for damages in intellectual property theft. The jury awarded Lumileds $66 million.

The jury concluded that ETI, Wang and Chen misappropriated Lumileds trade secrets, took them to China, and used them to develop ETI’s LED technology. The award of $66 million is the amount of research and development costs that the jury concluded ETI saved by using Lumileds trade secrets rather than engaging in its own development.

“At Lumileds, we invest heavily in innovation to support our customers,” said Mark Adams, Lumileds chief executive officer. “We will continue to work with the judiciary, law enforcement, and appropriate government agencies, to defend and protect our valuable intellectual property rights.”

The circumstances of the trade secret theft involved ETI’s CEO, defendant Wang, and a former scientist employed by Lumileds, defendant Chen. Wang authorized a substantial payment to be made to Chen four months before he left Lumileds to go to work for ETI in China, effectively putting him on the payroll of ETI while he was working daily with Lumileds most confidential trade secret technology.

Lumileds was represented in the matter by senior vice president, General Counsel, Cheree McAlpine and outside lead counsel Brian Roche, partner, Reed Smith LLP.

“We are pleased that the jurors recognized the clear intellectual property theft by Chen, Wang and ETI, and the extent of the damages caused by this misconduct,” said Cheree McAlpine. “The precedent set by today’s verdict sends a clear message to the industry that intellectual property will be guarded and enforced to safeguard the health of our business.”

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The IPO Intelligence Hub – Taking the fight to the counterfeiters…

In a busy part of Newport, south Wales sits the modern and welcoming offices of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office. As well as the rights registration teams, there is a small team who have a worldwide reach. The IPO’s Intelligence Hub is identified within the Home Office Serious and Organised Crime Strategy as playing a pivotal part in the exchange of intelligence not just in the UK, but overseas as well. Part of the Copyright and Enforcement Directorate, the Hub has a team of twelve, with trained researchers, intelligence officers, analysts and financial investigators with one aim in mind – to disrupt and dismantle the criminal trade in counterfeiting and piracy.

The team – despite having no enforcement powers as enjoyed by police and trading standards focussed on intelligence. “We help put the right information in the hands of the right people at the right time” says Head of Intelligence Huw Watkins, formerly a senior detective in Wales, he now casts his attention much wider. “The trade in counterfeits is a worldwide one – we need to ensure that we are working to understand what that threat looks like to the UK. Not just to businesses, but also to the economy of the UK.”

The Hub was created to provide the link between the rights holders and the various law enforcement agencies, something it does with pride. “My role is to take information from industry and investigative partners and ensure that it is properly researched, developed and analysed to maximise the opportunity for enforcement by one of our partners.” said Emma Jones, Deputy Head of Intelligence and a former intelligence analyst. “We are able to call on the support of our international partners, often co-ordinated by Europol – we don’t just work nationally – the trade is huge, we need to have a long reach.” The information to be converted to intelligence can come in many forms, from details of cease and desist warnings, to monitored activity undertaken by or on behalf of brands and even up to surveillance and covert images from investigations. Hub staff often deploy in support of enforcement, as their expert knowledge of shipping documents and the wider trade in counterfeits has been invaluable on occasions.

The work of the Hub is not just about pursuing criminals, it is also able to send out preventive messaging which in turn can bring in new intelligence. “My team of researchers enjoy identifying a risk to the public, then sending out intelligence bulletins to our partners in law enforcement and industry” said Lee Deakin, one of the two Financial Intelligence Managers in the Hub, “often we get feedback very quickly, adding to our understanding – the team enjoy great relationships with our partners”. Financial intelligence has been used by police, trading standards and HMRC to recover assets from IP criminals.

“We get very positive feedback from industry about the support they have received from the Hub. I am delighted that this works for so many. We are fully committed to our enforcement strategy – we are a world leader in IP enforcement and want that to continue…” said Matt Cope, Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement at the IPO. The Hub also allows the policy teams to be fully aware of trends and threats – it’s a big investment but it pays off.”

Delivering a high quality service for customers is an IPO value – very much part of the Hub’s goal. If you would like to know more about the work of the Hub, and opportunities to protect your business while adding to the UK’s intelligence picture on IP crime, e mail ipintel@ipo.gsi.gov.uk and a member of the Hub will contact you.

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NGK employees’ charity cycle success

Two determined NGK employees have braved the summer heatwave to complete a gruelling near 425-mile cycling marathon to raise funds for charity.

Marko Wowczyna and Stuart Bayne undertook the challenge to raise more than £13,500 for the National Autistic Society and the Downs Syndrome Association respectively.

Setting off from south London to Dover, they crossed the Channel and then cycled into Paris down the Champs Elysee, the day before the Tour De France arrived in the French capital.

After a quick celebration under the Eiffel Tower, they then crossed Paris to catch the Eurostar to return to London in time to compete in the London Ride 100 the following day, a combined distance of just under 425 miles.

Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was very tough on the bikes because of the extreme heat. Stuart and I were riding in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Centigrade in open countryside in France, but fortunately we managed to achieve our goal relatively unscathed.

“We would both like to thank NGK and the customers and friends who have donated to our two charities.”

Earlier this year, Stuart, who is Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, took part in the London Marathon, his fourth charity money-making endeavour for the DSA, having previously raised funds by taking part in last year’s London 100 Cycle ride as well as completing sponsored rides in Europe and New Zealand.

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“Brake relining buoyant” says Roadlink

Brake shoe relining is currently enjoying a buoyant period, according to commercial vehicle brake specialist Roadlink International.

Due to a number of defining factors, including the growth in drum brakes used on new trailers and cost pressures on transport operators, Roadlink’s continued investment in brake shoe relining has propelled the company forward as the ‘go-to expert’ in this area.

Having established its position over a number of years in the CV brake shoe market, Roadlink has one of the largest ranges in Europe covering more than 200 references. Brake shoes come complete with OE brake linings to suit all types of truck, trailer and PCV applications.

Roadlink’s state of the art brake shoe reline operation is approved to ISO9001:2015 quality & ISO14001:2015 environmental standards. Roadlink adheres to a 15-stage production process for relining brake shoes. This involves rollers being checked where applicable and shoe platforms treated with an anti-corrosion long lasting water-based paint, unique to Roadlink.

An inspection is undertaken after each stage and shoes come supplied with a full warranty. Every Roadlink exchange brake shoe carries a unique serial number that allows for total product traceability.

The company’s brake shoe reline operation was the first in the UK to achieve the coveted Brake Assured status. The “Brake Assured” symbol guarantees that brake shoes are fully remanufactured to the highest product quality and safety standards possible.

Keith Sedgley, Roadlink joint managing director, said: “We’ve maintained a level of investment in brake relining and we’ve grown the business as a result. There’s often no need to throw away a brake shoe and it’s encouraging to see the message of effective remanufacturing – offering safe, high quality products – being embraced by the CV industry.”

Remanufacturing in the UK currently contributes approximately £4.3billion to the UK economy with this figure expected to grow dramatically thanks to further investment. Remanufacturing is not only good for the environment through the reduction of CO2 emissions but reduces raw material and energy consumption.

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EU Rapid Alert System

The Rapid Alert System is the weekly EU system for all dangerous consumer products, with the exception of food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The report includes detailed information on the products concerned, the risks, the notifying Member State, and the measures adopted in response.

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

Each week, an update of the latest alerts sent by Member States is published on the website. This message service allows subscribers to be informed on these Alerts on a weekly basis.

To see the latest report CLICK HERE.

To subscribe to receive the Report CLICK HERE.

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Settlement Scheme for EU migrants: employer toolkit

Our colleagues at Xecutive Search have drawn our attention to an announcement from the Home Office about its settlement scheme for EU migrants and their family members living in the UK. A statement of changes to immigration rules provides details of the scheme which delivers on the citizens’ rights agreement with the EU reached in March this year and guarantees the rights of UK nationals living in the EU. The settlement scheme, which will open using a phased approach from later this year, will be fully operational by 30 March 2019.

Applicants will need to follow three simple steps:

  1. confirm their identity
  2. demonstrate that they live in the UK
  3. declare that they have no serious criminal convictions.

The deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. It will cost £65 per adult and £32.50 per child. For those individuals who already have a valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation, they will be able to exchange it for settled status for free.

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Euro Car Parts calls for Type Approval regulation for exhausts

Euro Car Parts is calling for tighter regulation around sales of exhaust systems as the Department for Transport (DfT) looks to reduce the number of non-compliant products being sold and fitted in the UK market.

While the motor factor has welcomed the DfT’s recent announcement reiterating strict requirements for selling catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) into the UK, it believes exhausts should also be covered. The company is working closely with its global manufacturer network to ensure that all exhausts it sells comply with relevant approval laws.

Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, explained: “While it is a legal requirement in the UK for all catalytic converters to meet Type Approval standards, we have no such stipulation regarding exhaust systems. Such a standard will ensure that all repairers are fitting exhausts manufactured to the same quality as original equipment (OE) equivalents and extensively tested for fitment ease, noise and back pressure.”

Type Approved-exhaust systems are already a legal requirement in Ireland and other European countries, but not for the rest of the UK. Euro Car Parts has been lobbying the UK government to change this. According to Martin Gray, Type Approved exhausts are essential now more than ever.

Gray continued: “The introduction of Real Driving Emissons (RDE) testing for all new cars this September brings the topic of Type Approval to the fore. We must ensure the independent aftermarket both has access to, and is encouraged to fit, Type Approved products. These will continue to provide a true representation of ‘real-world’ fuel consumption and air pollution from vehicle emissions. By introducing mandatory Type Approval for exhaust systems in addition to DPFs and catalytic converters, this can be achieved, keeping the independent aftermarket competitive for new vehicle servicing.”

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Autoelectro MD heads 2018 Bradford Classic judging panel

Autoelectro Managing Director, Tony Bhogal, said he was “honoured” after leading the judging panel in the 2018 Bradford Classic on Saturday.

Tony, along with classic car journalist, Richard Barnett and racing driver, Laura Harris, assessed more than 130 cars on-display, watched by more than 13,000 spectators on a warm summer’s afternoon in Bradford City Centre.

Alec Edwards, owner of a 1957 coral pink Ford Zephyr, won the grand prize of Winner of Best in Show. Meanwhile, Geoff Stanley with his 1973 Fiat 500, Flossie, won the runners-up prize, and Andy Harrison, with his 1968 BMC 1800 London to Sydney rally car, was highly commended.

On being invited to be head judge, Tony said: “I was honoured to be asked by event organiser, Mike Cowlam, especially after being involved in this wonderful event previously. It was a great way to give our home city, Bradford, something back and be involved in something that is personal to me.

“In terms of visitors and exhibitors, the turnout was amazing. There was such an array of cars, which made judging very difficult, but the winners deserved their accolades. The glorious weather made it an even more enjoyable occasion.

“On behalf of Autoelectro, I look forward to continuing our involvement in the annual event, which is becoming an integral part of Bradford’s calendar, and I am sure it will become an important part of the classic car one as well.”

As part of the programme, there was a rare exhibition of photographs, showing the Jowett factory, its Le Mans-winning cars and production prototypes. Also on display was a collection of historic competition cars, including Barry Williams’s 1968 Cooper S, which won the Mini Cooper’s maiden international rally title.

Plans are already underway for an extended Bradford Classic in 2019.

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