Join the premier league with the IAAF

The IAAF is holding its fourth Industry Briefing Session of 2018 at Vicarage Road, home of Premiership side Watford, on 15 November. The session is being jointly organised by the IAAF and Johnson Controls Batteries.

The session will feature two main speakers; Steve Carter from Train4Auto Consultancy will update members on Hybrid, PHEV and Hydrogen Fuel Celled vehicles and Julian Lloyd of ProVQ will explain how members can exploit a recent change in government policy to financially encourage companies of all sizes to focus on the skills, knowledge and competencies of their staff. In addition, Joel Combes of Lawgistics will be on hand to answer questions about HR Manager Lite, which is being launched as an additional benefit of membership for IAAF members.

The timings for the session are:

9.00     Coffee and networking
10.00    IAAF Industry Briefing Session
13.00    Lunch

As always, places at IAAF Industry Briefing Sessions are limited so members are encourage to book as soon as possible. To register on the session, please
email [email protected].

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Linings & Hoses: 50th Year Anniversary – Brian Smedley: 70 years in the Motor Trade

Linings & Hoses has announced that the company’s founder Brian Smedley will celebrate 50 years in business this November.

Brian was one of the Directors who founded L&H Brakes & Hoses in Stoke-on-Trent in 1968.

He opened several companies in Cheshire and Derbyshire during the 70s and 80s with acquaintances in the motor trade. These businesses were all driven by his contagious enthusiasm for the Motor Trade.

These companies were eventually amalgamated into Linings & Hoses. In 2006, following a company demerger, Brian continued to work with the new Linings & Hoses company with depots in Congleton, Stoke and Stafford.

The Linings & Hoses business is now run by Brian’s two sons Stuart and Neil and fellow Director Steven Kempa. Brian is currently training his Grandson Matthew to follow in his footsteps in the family business, as the salesman that Brian has always been. His Granddaughters, Hollie and Nina, also spend time working with him.

Brian has always considered his staff his most important asset and he has always tried to give them the chance to thrive and grow with the business. There are many long serving members of staff at Linings & Hoses, this reflects his loyalty and support to his staff, and them to him.

Brian will be 85 on the 1st of November and still works a couple of days of the week. He left school at 15 and started work at Ferodo in Chapel-en-le-Frith so November will see him entering his 70th year in the Motor Trade, a fantastic effort by anyone’s standards.

Brian spent his early work days at Ferodo, which gave him a good early understanding of the Motor Trade, this was divided into two spells due to doing National Service in the RAF.

In the mid-fifties Brian moved South and worked for Rival Lamps, before moving on to work for Small & Parkes as Sales Manager for London and the South East selling Don Brake Linings. He really enjoyed his time in London but in the mid-sixties he returned with his family to his native North-West continuing to work for Small & Parkes up until 1968 when he established L&H in Stoke-on-Trent. Which was, in his own words, “the best decision I ever made”.

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GS Yuasa’s lithium-ion cells are delivered to the International Space Station for the second time

GS Yuasa lithium-ion cells have been installed on the International Space Station (ISS) for the second time. The cells were delivered into space by the ISS’s H-11 Transfer Vehicle, which was launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on 23rd September from the Tanegashima Space Centre. This was the second of four batches of GS Yuasa lithium-ion batteries to be delivered to the ISS – the first delivery being back in December 2016.

The GS Yuasa lithium-ion cells will replace older nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) cells currently installed on board the ISS. Just 24 of the new lithium-ion cells will deliver the same performance provided by 48 nickel-meltal hydride batteries. This means only half the number of GS Yuasa cells are needed to provide the same capacity and high energy density, therefore contributing to a reduction in transport costs.

GS Yuasa’s lithium-ion cells have high energy density and long life plus boast a track record of being installed on numerous spacecraft and rockets, both in Japan and abroad. First adopted on board the ISS in 2012, the cells have a design optimised for space operations, which require highly efficient charge-discharge.

All energy on board the ISS is produced by solar panels and stored in the space craft’s batteries. This stored energy is then used to power onboard systems during nocturnal periods – of which there are 16 every 24 hours due to the ISS’s orbit around the earth.

The replacement of the batteries will be carried out by astronauts during space walks outside the space station, scheduled to take place in October. Going forward, GS Yuasa will continue to contribute to space development projects through the development and manufacturing of high performance lithium-ion batteries.

GS Yuasa leads the world with innovative power solutions ranging from the manned research submersible “the Shinkai6500”, to high-performance batteries used in automobiles, motorcycles, marine, rail and aviation applications including the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Specifications of the lithium-ion cells for ISS

Nominal voltage (V) 3.7
Nominal capacity (Ah) 148
Dimensions*2 (mm) W130xD50xH263
Mass (g) 3,530

*2 H does not include stud bolt parts

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KYB recognised with Toyota award

KYB Corporation has received an award from Toyota Motor Corporation, to recognise original technology development.

The award was presented at a ceremony in June, for the shock absorbers KYB has developed for the new model of the Toyota Corolla Sport. Toyota recognised that the original KYB technology had made a great contribution to the improvement of the capabilities of the new vehicle and KYB was awarded a certificate of commendation.

The new Corolla Sport has initially been launched in Japan. The suspension uses MacPherson Struts for the front and double wishbone suspension for the rear. This is the first Toyota front wheel drive model using a linear-solenoid Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system. AVS adjusts the damping force for each wheel according to the road surface and driving conditions, in order to provide a comfortable drive on any road surface.

The KYB shock absorbers optimise the damping force at low speeds, responding quickly from the start, as well as providing excellent handling and ride comfort at faster speeds. By reducing body roll during cornering, the steering and emergency avoidance ability has been enhanced. By controlling the damping force independently for each wheel, AVS maintains the posture of the vehicle. There is an additional sports mode on the vehicle, where the damping force is switched to be suitable for sports driving.

The new shock absorbers had 600 separate tests, using various combinations of oils and components, before the final selection was made to achieve a comfortable drive with responsive steering.

New GSF Andover branch opens to show trade ‘what good looks like’

The Parts Alliance has opened GSF Car Parts Andover on 8th October 2018. The group’s programme has so far seen eleven branch openings since the start of the year.

The site, located on the north side of the Hampshire town, will build on the existing M3 corridor trade coverage offered by Basingstoke and Southampton North, extending it westwards along the A303.

At over 9,000 square feet, GSF Car Parts Andover adds capacity to significantly boost and extend The Parts Alliance’s capability, ensuring its product offering is easily accessible to more local independent garages and key accounts.

The new branch is sited within modern surrounds on Glenmore Trade Park, amongst a mix of retail and commercial units.

“Adding our Andover branch has created eighteen new job roles within The Parts Alliance,” said Emma Tiernan, Divisional Director of GSF Car Parts. “Trade response has been great; we’ve found lots of garages wanting to buy more from us already who can now gain from improved delivery and service from a GSF Car Parts branch on their doorstep.

“We’re eager to get out and show more garages that this branch really is what good supply looks like in 2018.”

The Parts Alliance is expected to continue to open branches under its portfolio of trusted motor factor brands in parallel with exploring growth opportunities that may arise from new membership enquiries or acquisitions.

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MPs call for ban on diesel and petrol car and van sales by 2032

An influential Commons select committee has called on the Government to bring in a clear and precise target for sales of new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032.

The recommendation, included in the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s (BEIS) Electric Vehicles: Driving the Transition report, would replace the Government’s 2040 targets for zero emission cars, which are “vague and unambitious”.

Rachel Reeves MP, chairman of BEIS, said: “For all the rhetoric of the UK becoming a world leader in EVs, the reality is that the Government’s deeds do not match the ambitions of its words.

“The IPCC report was clear on the need to encourage changes in consumer behaviour, including increasing the switch to electric vehicles, to help decarbonise our economy.

“But the UK Government’s targets on zero-emissions vehicles are unambitious and vague, giving little clarity or incentive to industry or the consumer to invest in electric cars.

“If we are serious about being EV world leaders, the Government must come forward with a target of new sales of cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032.”

The report found that the poor provision of charge points is one of the greatest barriers to growing the UK EV market.

The committee called on the Government to ensure charge points are provided nationwide and help local authorities access greater technical and financial support to develop charging infrastructure across the country, including in remote and rural areas.

Reeves added: “Our EV charging infrastructure is simply not fit for purpose. We cannot expect consumers to overcome ‘range anxiety’ and switch to electric vehicles if they cannot be confident of finding convenient, reliable points to regularly charge their cars.

“The Government cannot simply will the ends and leave local government, or private companies, to deliver the means.

“The Government needs to get a grip and lead on coordinating the financial support and technical know-how necessary for local authorities to promote this infrastructure and help ensure that electric cars are an attractive option for consumers”.

The report also found the current grant system for EVs provides inconsistent messages about the Government’s ambitions for EVs and recommends that the Government align new fiscal changes with the zero emissions target.

The Government last week announced that the plug-in car grant would be cut by £1,000 to £3,500 for zero emission cars and no longer apply to hybrid cars with a range of less than 70 zero emission miles, from November 12.

It said the reduction in funding was a sign of the scheme’s success and also reflected the “recent reductions in the price of electric vehicles”.

In all, just 19 cars will be eligible for the plug-in car grant, with 20 models no longer qualifying under the new rules.

However, Reeves said the Department for Transport’s slashing of the plug-in grant scheme drives the incentives of buying an electric vehicle into reverse.

She added: “Cutting support is a perverse way to encourage drivers to move to non-polluting cars.

“This is only the latest sign of the Government’s inconsistent approach to developing the market for electric vehicles.

“The Committee on Climate Change has made clear in their judgements on the Clean Growth Strategy and the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy that these plans do not go far enough to tackle transport emissions, putting the UK’s long-term carbon reduction targets at risk.

“A more joined-up and consistent approach is needed from Government if the UK is to seize the business opportunities of electric vehicles and deliver carbon emissions reductions.”

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Electric vehicles cost 23% less to maintain than petrols, says Cap HPI

Electric vehicles cost an average 23% less to service and maintain over three years/60,000 miles than petrol models, research from Cap HPI has found.

The study by the automotive data expert found the gap widens for smaller vehicles: a Renault Zoe will cost £1,100 to maintain over that period, while a Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T 90 Design costs £1,497, an increase of 35.7%.

The research found the Nissan Leaf costs £1,197 to maintain over three years, 19% lower than the Volkswagen Golf 1.0TSI 110 SE at £1,429.

Chris Plumb, senior valuations editor at Cap HPI, said: “An electric car motor has far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine.

“They also benefit from gentler driving styles that lead to lower wear and tear of brakes and tyres.

“While the purchase price is often higher at the moment, but coming down all the time, drivers will find an EV much cheaper to run with significantly lower costs to charge rather than visit the pump and lower maintenance costs.”

The number of electric vehicles on Britain’s roads has leapt 128% since 2015, according to research by Cap HPI.

The study compared April 2018 to April 2015 and found there are 21,019 more electric vehicles.

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Clean Air Zones – what are they and where are they?

In 2015, the government revealed plans to improve air quality in cities, with the introduction of five Clean Air Zones, to be operational by 2020.

What are Clean Air Zones?
A Clean Air Zone is an area in which a local authority has brought measures into place to improve the air quality.

Initially, it was thought that the Clean Air Zones would apply only to buses, taxis and HGVs. However, following a legal challenge, this was widened to include non-compliant private vehicles – meaning private motorists may be affected by them, not just commercial operators.

The creation of Clean Air Zones in major UK cities and possibly beyond is part of the government’s broader Air Quality Plan, which aims to improve air quality and address sources of pollution.

By working at a regional level, it is hoped that local authorities and businesses can take the most effective steps locally to contribute to improved air quality at a national level.

There will be two types of Clean Air Zone: non-charging and charging.

In a non-charging Clean Air Zone, the focus is on improving air quality, without charging money for vehicles entering the zone. Measures can include retrofitting certain vehicles; traffic flow management to reduce vehicle emissions where evidence suggests this approach would be effective on the road in question; rerouting some traffic or other local solutions.

In a charging zone, drivers will be charged a fee to enter the area if their vehicle fails to meet the required environmental standards – this will most likely be based on a car’s Euro emissions standard.

Why have they come in?
Government ministers were ordered by the Supreme Court to deliver measures aimed at tackling the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air, following pressure by environmental groups.

The Royal College of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health estimates that 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK are linked to poor air quality.

It is hoped that each Clean Air Zone will contribute to the UK’s compliance with the EU’s clean air directive and will reduce levels of air pollution.

Where are they?
The five cities required to introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020 are Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton, and each local authority is required to produce an initial proposal by March 2018.

Birmingham City Council is currently considering how its Clean Air Zone will operate, and although the exact location of the zone is unknown, it is expected to cover at least part of the city centre. The council is yet to decide which vehicles will be charged to enter the zone.

Derby City Council is in discussions with stakeholders to fully understand the implications of a Clean Air Zone in the city.

The proposed charging Clean Air Zone for Leeds would cover all roads within the Outer Ring Road, with the motorways acting like a southern boundary.

The charges will apply to HGVs, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles. Daily fees would range from £12.50 for taxis and private hire vehicles, to £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs.

Leeds City Council is also considering seeking government funding to encourage local businesses and transport operators to upgrade their vehicles to meet environmental standards. The council will submit its proposal to the government in early 2018.

Nottingham City Council is working with the government to establish the most effective form of Clean Air Zone, which will run in parallel with other measures designed to improve the city’s air quality.

These include an ‘Eco Expressway’ prioritising electric buses, a Go Ultra Low Nottingham scheme intended to encourage the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, and new cycle routes.

The City Council has recently decided not to introduce a Clean Air Zone within the City due to the measures already being introduced.

The Southampton Clean Air Zone was introduced on a non-charging basis in 2017 and consists of a number of measures designed to reduce emissions while offering incentives to encourage people to become more environmentally conscious.

Access restrictions and penalty charges will be introduced in 2019, with Southampton City Council saying the charges will be set at levels designed to reduce pollution. The full extent of the Clean Air Zone, and which vehicles will be charged, will be announced in January 2018.

Are more coming?
London has its own Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) coming into force in 2019, so is effectively excluded from the Clean Air Zone legislation, but other UK cities have been earmarked for similar projects.

Previously, Clean Air Zones were expected to be established in Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Stoke, but were dropped for reasons of expense. These, along with schemes for dozens of other cities, are eventually expected to be revisited.

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Ben appoints Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees and announces three new Board members

Ben, the independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has announced the appointment of Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Steve Nash

Steve has served on Ben’s Board since September 2014 and takes over as Chair from Robin Woolcock who has held the position for four years. Robin, who was formerly Managing Director of Volkswagen Group (UK) Ltd, has been a long-standing Board member for Ben. He remains a trustee, chairing the Board Committee that oversees Ben’s Health and Wellbeing work.

As current CEO of the IMI, Steve brings a wealth of experience in the motor industry to his new role as Chair:

Steve has worked in the motor industry, in both the retail and manufacturing sectors, since graduating in 1977. Steve joined BMW in 1986 and was a Director of the company from 1997, including a period as Group Aftersales Director, looking after the Rover and Land Rover brands.

Steve was Chair of the IMI for five years, before becoming President in November 2009. In 2012 he joined the IMI as Chief Executive Officer. Steve will work closely with Zara Ross, Chief Executive, to lead the organisation and head up its Board of Trustees.

Zara Ross, Chief Executive at Ben, said: “We are delighted that Steve has taken up the role as Ben’s Chair. Steve is renowned for his strategic leadership, experience and depth of knowledge of the automotive industry, which will be invaluable as the sector embarks on a period of significant change. Steve will play a significant role in helping Ben progress to the next level of its transformation.”

Ben also welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees:

Sharon AshcroftHR Director, TrustFord
Sharon’s own professional experience directly aligns with Ben’s approach to delivering Health & Wellbeing services within companies and she will help influence the delivery of the organisation’s new five-year Health & Wellbeing strategy.

Chris ThomasFinance Director, Retail Motor Industry Federation
Chris has been a dedicated supporter of Ben for many years and brings his significant knowledge of the automotive industry and charity sector to the organisation.

Mark Outhwaite BSc, MBA, Chartered MCIPD, MBCS – Director, Outhentics Consulting
Mark’s considerable experience in change management and information technology implementation and adoption will help put Ben in a stronger position for further development and transformation.

Sarah BaylissHead of HR, Thatcham Research
Sarah brings a real understanding of organisational change and transformation to Ben’s People & Nominations Committee.

In addition to these changes to Ben’s Board of Trustees, Tim Holmes and Lesley Upham, both long-standing Board members, have now completed their terms of office as trustees.

To see the full list of Ben’s Board of Trustees, click here.

Zara Ross said: “We would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to Robin Woolcock who has been our dedicated Chair for four years now, and long-standing Board member before that. Robin has played an integral part in Ben’s transformation up until now and he continues to be a loyal and committed support to the organisation. On behalf of all at Ben, I would like to thank Robin for his significant contribution as Chair and we look forward to continuing working with him as trustee.

“We would also like to give a warm welcome to our new Board members, Sharon Ashcroft, Chris Thomas and Mark Outhwaite, and also to Sarah Bayliss, who joins our People & Nominations Committee. Each of them brings considerable knowledge and experience in their respective fields and we very much look forward to working with them. As our new Board members join, we would like to thank Tim Holmes and Lesley Upham for their important contribution to Ben’s Board over many years.

“With strong leadership in place, we believe Ben is in an excellent position to meet its ambitious strategic goals and continue to fulfil its purpose of providing support for life to the people of the automotive industry.”

Steve said: “It’s a real pleasure and honour to have been appointed to the role of Chair of Ben’s board of Trustees. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time as a trustee over the past few years and I will now further utilise my experience to support Ben’s Executive Team in driving forward the organisation’s future development and transformation. I’m passionate about playing my part in Ben’s future by helping develop and indeed continue the charity’s success in supporting the people who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry with their health and wellbeing. Thank you to Robin for his dedication to Ben over the past four years, I look forward to carrying on the good work.”

Robin said: “Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Steve on his appointment as Chair of Ben’s Board of Trustees, whose expertise and knowledge will continue to be extremely valuable to the charity. I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to be so involved in Ben’s work for the past four years. I’d also like to thank my fellow Board trustees for their support and I look forward to continue working with them to help Ben continue its important work in our industry.”

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Where’s your insurance certificate?

Xecutive Search has drawn our attention to the following item which highlights the need for all businesses to display a valid employers’ liability insurance certificate.

A small company has been fined £726 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £557 because it wasn’t displaying a valid employers’ liability insurance (ELI) certificate. What must you do by law?

Court case. In September 2018 the HSE announced that A E Motors Birmingham Ltd had been fined £726 by Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. During an inspection initiative in conjunction with the local police and council, HSE inspectors had asked to see the company’s employers’ liability insurance (ELI) certificate which wasn’t displayed. When this couldn’t be produced the HSE took enforcement action. The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 . As well as receiving a fine, it was ordered to pay costs of £557.

Legal requirement. This case highlights just how easily a small business can end up on the wrong side of the law. Most employers carrying out business in the UK must have ELI with a minimum cover of £5 million. In practice, most insurers will offer cover of at least £10 million. ELI must be obtained from an authorised insurer, i.e. one who works under the terms of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the Act). If it’s obtained from a non-authorised insurer, you’ll be breaking the law. You can check whether an insurer is authorised to provide ELI by searching the Financial Services Authority register.

Tip. To comply with the requirements of the Act, you must display a copy of your ELI certificate where your employees can easily read it. If you prefer, you may display it electronically, e.g. on your intranet, instead of on a notice board, but all employees must know where and how to find it. Further guidance is available from the HSE.

As a minimum, you must have £5 million of ELI cover and display your certificate where your employees can easily read it. It can be either in hard or soft copy format, e.g. on your intranet.

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