Ecco Safety Group makes two new appointments

ECCO Safety Group EMEA appoints Olivier Michard as Business Director

ECCO Safety Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Olivier Michard into the position of Business Director EMEA with effect from 27th August 2018.

Olivier has held numerous senior Sales roles and joins ECCO Safety Group from Iveco Bus where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. His nearly 20 years’ experience within the automotive industry makes him an industry expert.

Olivier has a Mechanical Engineering degree and also obtained a Master degree from the IAE School of Management in France.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Olivier as the wealth of experience he brings with him, will take ESG EMEA to the next level of growth and he further strengthens the Leadership team at ESG EMEA. He will lead the sales function for the EMEA region and will be based in our Lyon office in France.” – says Enrico Vassallo, Managing Director of ECCO Safety Group EMEA.

“The challenge this role represents motivated me the most when accepting it after 20 years in the same world-leading automotive group. There is a huge opportunity in front of ESG and I had the good feeling that the passion and the challenges will drive this group to achieve great results and I am happy to be part of it. ” – added Olivier Michard.


ECCO Safety Group EMEA has announced the appointment of a new Business Development Manager for Southern Europe, Pierluigi Lucchini

ECCO Safety Group has appointed Pierluigi Lucchini as the new Business Development Manager for Southern Europe with effect from 20th August 2018.

Pierluigi will look after ESG EMEA’s customer base in Southern Europe with a special focus on Italy, Spain, Turkey and the surrounding areas. Based locally in Italy, Pierluigi will spend most of his time on the road. He has held numerous senior sales roles and joins ECCO Safety Group from Iveco Bus, where he was responsible for all sales activities on the Italian market.

“We are confident that Pierluigi will take ESG into the next level of growth and will move both our brands, ECCO and Code 3 – forward with the speed required to capitalise on the opportunities in front of us”, states Enrico Vassallo, Managing Director at ESG EMEA.

“I am excited to join ESG which will be a new challenging experience in an area, where I believe, there are significant possibilities to grow and develop our customer base. I look forward to being part of the ESG family”, – added Pierluigi Lucchini.

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Truck cartel claim could reach £5bn

Commercial fleet operators who overpaid for trucks from firms that colluded in a price-fixing cartel could receive a combined total of £5 billion in compensation.

In July 2016, DAF, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Iveco, MAN and Volvo/Renault all admitted to having participated in a 14-year illegal price-fixing cartel, between 1997 and 2011.

Scania initially denied any wrongdoing but, following an investigation by the European Commission, was also found to have participated in the cartel.

Collectively, the truck manufacturers were fined more than €3.8 billion (£3.4bn) – the largest ever penalty imposed by the European Commission in this type of case.

In its next step towards getting compensation for thousands of UK truck operators who paid over the odds for trucks, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has now submitted its application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal to pursue its claim against the manufacturers.

If successful, the RHA says that UK operators could be reimbursed more than £6,000 for every vehicle of six tonnes and above they bought or leased between 1997 and 2011.

Operators are entitled to claim for the difference between what they paid for their trucks (new, second-hand or leased) and what they would have paid had the cartel not existed.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “We estimate the truck cartel will have impacted upon the buyers of 600,000 trucks that were bought in the UK between 1997 and 2011, amounting to a potential compensation claim of more than £5bn.

“On the same basis, we estimate operators in the rest of Europe bought 3.4 million trucks and could also be due compensation in excess of £25bn.”

The European Commission decision revealed that discussions between the companies in the cartel focused on two main topics.

Firstly, the truck producers discussed the “gross price list” increases they were planning for medium and heavy trucks and coordinated these with each other. These figures are the basis for pricing in the truck industry. The final price paid by buyers was then based on further adjustments, done at national and local level, to these gross list prices.

Secondly, they also discussed their response to increasingly strict European emissions standards, which have been progressively tightened over the years, reducing the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions from trucks.

The truck producers coordinated both on the pricing for the new technologies that were needed to meet the stricter standards and on when to introduce new technologies.

MAN revealed the cartel, and so received immunity from fines. Volvo/Renault, Daimler and Iveco also cooperated by providing evidence and so had their fines reduced.

Scania, the sixth and final manufacturer implicated in the price-fixing scandal, was fined more than €880 million (£790m) for its participation in the truck cartel.

Volvo/Renault, Daimler (Mercedes), Iveco and DAF – were collectively fined €2.93bn (£2.63bn) after admitting wrongdoing. Daimler was fined €1.08bn (£1bn), DAF €752m (£674m), Iveco €494m (£443m), and Volvo/Renault €670m (£600m).

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Electric goods vehicles now need an MOT

From 1 September 2018, electric vans will no longer be exempt from the MOT if they:

  • have a gross weight not exceeding 3,500kg
  • were first registered on or after 1 March 2015

These vehicles will need their first MOT on the third anniversary of when they were registered.

If a vehicle is no longer exempt and the third anniversary has already passed, it will need a current MOT to be legally driven and taxed with immediate effect.

Goods vehicles powered by electricity and registered before 1 March 2015 will still be exempted from needing an MOT.

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Delphi donate parts to Car SOS programme

Filming is now under way for series 7 of Car SOS, and Delphi Technologies is delighted to have been able to help out by donating braking and steering parts to the popular TV show.

“We are big fans of the show and the fantastic work that it does so we are delighted that we have been able to contribute towards it,” said Nigel Duffield, UK Country Director.

Each episode of the show sees presenters Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restoring a cherished car that has seen better days with an owner that needs a helping hand. They whisk the wheels away to a well-equipped workshop before surprising the unsuspecting owner with their newly restored classic.

“Our show is all about helping out those in need,” commented Fuzz Townshend. “We always want to do them proud and so using quality parts from a supplier like Delphi Technologies is a perfect fit for us.”

Series 7 of Car SOS will air on National Geographic in February 2019 and on Channel 4 later in the year.

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Dayco unveils its new corporate branding

Dayco will use the world stage afforded by Automechanika Frankfurt to present its new corporate branding to a global audience of the industry’s most influential people. These include the many valued technicians who rely on Dayco’s premium quality replacement components during their day-to-day working lives.

The new branding is consistent across both the company’s original equipment (OE) and aftermarket products. This delivers a continuous message of quality and dependability, using modern graphics that support the company’s business ethos and core strengths.

For more than a century Dayco has been recognized for its technological prowess and manufacturing abilities, which has made Dayco the partner of choice for vehicle manufacturers around the world. Specializing in power transmission components has enabled Dayco to develop an unparalleled depth of knowledge and to apply it to become a renowned full system supplier to both OEMs and the independent aftermarket alike.

The ability to apply technical knowledge to design and develop solutions, and then cultivate those solutions to full series production through large-scale manufacturing facilities, are hallmarks of a well-run and efficient operation. These skills are inherent throughout the Dayco organization.

Demonstrating all of these attributes through its corporate branding is a challenge, but the outcome of the exercise has brought a uniformity across the company, from its values of responsiveness, ingenuity, integrity, foresight and collaboration to its desire to MOVE FORWARD. ALWAYS.TM

The bold, yet unpretentious branding is emblazoned across the Dayco stand (A71 in Hall 3.0), and is also featured on the new packaging for its many products, whether individual components or kits, including its water pump and heavy duty ranges. Packaging is only one element as the corporate message is also portrayed through all of the Dayco’s marketing material, technical information and via the company’s new corporate – www.dayco.com – and aftermarket – www.daycoaftermarket.com – websites.

Commenting on the introduction, Global Marketing & Communications Manager, Franca Pierobon said: “Dayco has built its reputation on its ability to solve the technical challenges brought about by OEMs pushing the boundaries of engine design to produce cleaner, more efficient and smaller power units”.

“Our solutions, which are manufactured to the same exceptional standards for both our OE and aftermarket production, are supplied globally, so naturally must portray the same clear and concise message in all markets, reflecting our core values and demonstrating the consistency that we maintain throughout our product portfolio, through our branding, packaging, marketing and support material. The final result reflects this message and we believe it will contribute to generate even wider awareness of the Dayco brand and the quality of our products, which are underpinned with our technical competences, to ensure the continued growth of the business.”

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Dyson investing in EV testing

Dyson has outlined plans to invest £200m in a vehicle testing campus as it continues with plans to launch an electric vehicle in 2020.

Dyson announced in 2017 that it had started work on a battery for EVs due by 2020.

Details on the electric vehicle itself have not been revealed, but Dyson announced last year that it had organised a team of more than 400 people on the project. This project combined Dyson engineers with individuals from the automotive industry at Hullavington Airfield.

Dyson said it will submit a planning request to continue building work at Hullavington, growing the total site investment up to £200m.

More than 10 miles of vehicle test tracks for vehicle development and verification, including a fast road route and off-road route are included in the planning application.

The campaign also discuss 45,000 sqm of new development space, which could accommodate over 2,000 people as well as a café, sports centre, recreation space and supporting technical facilities.

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VAG customers face long delays as half its cars fail to meet new emissions standards

Volkswagen has failed to meet new emissions standards in time for the September 1 deadline.

Volkswagen customers may have to wait until February to take delivery of their new car after just half of the firm’s new models met new emissions standards, Autocar has reported.

Under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), all new cars sold from September 1 are required to fulfil tough new regulations.

The Golf is among the cars that don’t have full approval.

Thomas Zahn, VW’s head of sales and marketing for Germany, said: “The new tests are more cumbersome and take two to three times longer than in the past.

“Even limited edition models need to be tested separately.

“The coming months will be challenging for us.”

Other Volkswagen Group manufacturers have also been affected by the delay.

According to Audi’s website, the A1, A6 saloon and Avant and the A7 sportback all have certain engines approved under WLTP, while the majority of their models are waiting to be certified.

Seat and Skoda said they are restricted from releasing the names of models facing delays, while Porsche has suspended orders for its entire engine range.

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