Exhibitor day returns as more businesses sign up for Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Automechanika Birmingham is hosting an Exhibitor Day designed to ensure exhibiting companies leverage as much as possible out of the show and enhance visitor experience.

The event is due to take place on 21 March at Birmingham NEC and comes after 2018’s exhibitor day received an overwhelming ‘thumbs up’ from all who attended. With more aftermarket businesses committed to taking part in this year’s trade show in June, many exhibitors are signing up to the helpful exhibitor day.

Major names already committed to the 2019 exhibition include Schaeffler, ZF, DENSO, MAHLE Aftermarket, Delphi Technologies, Valeo, Bosch, Hella, Bilstein Group, MANN + HUMMEL, NGK and Yuasa, with new names signed up to exhibit including Apec Braking Ltd, BM Catalysts, Draper Tools, GROUPAUTO, Morris Lubricants, OESSA, Texa UK and Total UK.

As well as giving this year’s exhibitors the chance to seize upon invaluable networking opportunities with fellow automotive businesses, it will provide an ideal opportunity for them to share their stand plans with the press, in time for preview issues.

The day will also arm them with a raft of information including presentations on pre-show marketing, attracting visitors to the stand and making best use of the networking facilities available.

In addition, this year will welcome professional training providers 12th Man Solutions to the exhibitor day, where the company’s exhibitions division ProExTra will be delivering a fast-paced, interactive session and sharing practical hints, tips and advice to help inspire exhibitors and generate a stronger ROI from this year’s show.

A number of event suppliers will also be in attendance, on hand to offer discounts to exhibitors on furniture packages, stand designs, catering and scanners to capture visitor data.

With over 10,200 automotive industry personnel attending the highly successful 2018 event, alongside 500 exhibitors from over 120 companies spanning 26 countries, 2019 promises to see the return of leading suppliers. New initiatives will include the Bodyshop Training Hub, a new Aftermarket Innovation Showcase, Retail Accessories Village, and central Visitor Highway to name a few, with more details to be shared at March’s event.

Nichola Reeder, Director and Co-Founder of 12th Man Solutions said: “We are relishing working with Automechanika Birmingham and applying our in-depth experience in delivering training workshops for major industry names. Our aim is to inspire exhibitors, helping them to find their unique voice and speak passionately about their brand to influence buyers and visitors at the show.”

Jack Halliday, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “Our objective is to give exhibitors the best support possible, ensuring they are fully equipped to contribute to delivering one of the best visitor experiences yet at this year’s show.

“12th Man Solutions’ involvement this year adds an extra dimension for our exhibitors, and will help to unleash their inner exhibitionist in order for them to reap the full benefits of showcasing their products and services in front of thousands of visitors.”

From 4-6 June 2019, the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production industry will take place at the Birmingham NEC.

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IAAF 2019 Golf Days – Book Now!

This year sees the ninth year of the IAAF Golf Team Challenge and it has proved to be an excellent way for those in the aftermarket to network at a social level and to raise money for the industry charity, BEN.

This year’s two events are at Worsley Park near Manchester and The Abbey Hotel & Golf Course near Redditch.  Companies can enter for either or both venues.

As with previous years,  we will once more be accepting entries from teams of four at a cost of £360 per team (plus VAT) and from individuals at a cost of £95 each (plus VAT).  Individuals will be put into teams by our event organiser, Joe Richardson, who has once again kindly agree to co-ordinate these events on behalf of the IAAF.

The 2018 winning team from Elcome, pictured with IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson

The overall winning team from across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December where they will be presented with their trophy.

The venues and dates are as follows:
North        9th July             Worsley Park, Nr. Manchester
Midlands 15th August      The Abbey Hotel, Nr. Redditch



The cost  includes:

  • Bacon Sandwich and Coffee/Tea on arrival
  • 18 Holes of golf
  • Evening meal served after golf
  • Presentation of prizes to the winners on the dayThe Company Team Challenge will be a four ball format whereby the best two scores on each hole will score and on par three holes all four scores will count. The overall winning team across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December and will be presented with their prizes.
    Various sponsorship opportunities are available; these are:
  • Longest Drive £100 + cost of trophy (c. £50)
  • Nearest the Pin £100 + cost of trophy (c. £50)
  • Golf Ball and Tee Sponsor £100 + cost of golf balls and tees
  • Golf Umbrella Sponsor £100 + cost of umbrellas
  • Light Refreshment Sponsor £100

If you need any further information about these events, please contact either Joe Richardson on 07831 855829 or the IAAF Office.



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BYD debuts electric trucks and plug-in van

Build Your Dreams (BYD) has rolled out three zero emission commercial vehicles targeted at fleet customers in Europe.

Two BYD pure electric trucks and one BYD pure electric van made their debut appearance in Europe last week at a presentation in the Estadio Nueva Condomina stadium in the city of Murcia, south-east Spain.

BYD’s etruck range and vans have not previously been offered to customers in Europe.

The event in Murcia was hosted by both BYD and dealership Tomi Maquinaria, a key electric forklift truck dealer for BYD in the Spanish regions of Murcia and Almeria. Guests included representatives from local and regional Spanish government, logistic companies and dealerships.

The first trucks available to European customers are the T6 (7.5T GVW) light truck, which has a range of 124 miles, and the Q1M Yard Tractor (46T GCWR), the latter specifically designed for airport, port and distribution centres.

Also launched is the fully electric BYD T3, which is the first van BYD is bringing to Europe. It has a payload capacity of up to 800kg and like the T6 is fitted with BYD’s own ironphosphate batteries, giving it a range of over 124 miles, says the company.

These first units are the pioneers for a full range of 100% electric light and heavy commercial vehicles which BYD plans to roll out across Europe in the coming years.

Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, said: “This is a highly significant step for BYD – the introduction of a whole range of proven and competitive zero emission vehicles spanning key sectors of the commercial vehicle sector.

“Our previous pure electric products have cemented their position in their respective categories – taxis, city buses and forklifts – this year we expect to have completed deliveries of 3,000 units to European customers.

“We are confident that this fourth product range – etrucks – will also win sales success even though the European CV sector is intensely competitive.”

Javier Contijoch, vice president of sales at BYD Europe, said: “BYD established its European electric truck division in 2018 and has since tested two of its prototype electric trucks across Europe.

“Spain was chosen as the first pilot market. The premiere of the BYD electric trucks is the start of the roll-out in Europe. Other European regions are soon to follow.”

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CV LOGIX named as sole UK distributors of NRF Commercial Components

Parts distribution network CV LOGIX has become the sole distributor of NRF commercial components in the UK.

Established in 1927, NRF is one of the largest global aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers for commercial vehicle parts. The total product range consists of more than 1.000 engine cooling and air conditioning components.

The new CV LOGIX partnership means that G-TRUCK & UAN TRUCK parts distributors can now benefit from faster, more centralised access to the NRF range at more competitive prices, to the ultimate beneift of independent CV workshops and fleet operators.

The newly added NRF product range includes a wide variety of cooling products, including:

Engine cooling parts:
• Radiators
• Intercoolers
• Oil coolers
• EGR coolers
• Radiator fans
• Fan clutches
• Fan blades (truck)

Air conditioning parts:
• Condensers
• Compressors
• Evaporators
• Heaters
• Receiver driers
• Interior blowers
• Blower motor resistors
• Expansion valves
• Pressure switches

New suppliers available from CV LOGIX

CV LOGIX has also recently expanded its range with the introduction of automotive parts brand Hella to its portfolio, adding a range of lighting products including 24v Bulbs, lamps, reflectors and accessories.

The CV LOGIX range has been further complemented by lamps from Vignal; valves and sensors from Provia; and air horns, plugs, sockets, battery switches and kingpins from Capus. CV LOGIX is also the sole distributor of Grote lighting products in the UK.

Looking forward to the year ahead, Krysty Sheard, Design & Marketing Executive for Alliance Automotive Group, said: “We are continuing to strengthen the range of quality parts and suppliers and will have more blue-chip suppliers unloading their stock in CV LOGIX in 2019. “Watch this space!”

For more information: www.cvdistributors.co.uk

Heysham Trucks hit the back of the net with Morecambe Football Club

With the support of the Alliance Automotive Group’s TOP TRUCK network, Heysham Trucks have sponsored Morecambe Football Club for the duration of their FA Cup campaign in the 2018/19 season.

Owned and operated by the Moody family, Heysham Trucks is a commercial vehicle workshop, hire and 24/7 recovery business based in Morecambe. The company was recently recognised as a flagship member of the TOP TRUCK UK network, a pioneering European workshop programme from GROUPAUTO International.

In the opening home game of the FA Cup campaign against Halifax Town, sleeves of the shirts worn by Morecambe players were sponsored by Heysham Trucks. The League Two side were further supported as Heysham Trucks and the TOP TRUCK network took up seats in a corporate box on the day and invited local surrounding workshops to attend. The all-important match ball was also sponsored.

Martin Sangster and Krysty Sheard from the Alliance Automotive Group were in attendance and said the team at Morecambe’s Globe Arena “could not have been more accommodating” and were “brilliant company”.

TOP TRUCK is the UK premier’s CV workshop support programme. A division of the European workshop programme from GROUPAUTO International, TOP TRUCK is available to independent businesses supplied by both G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK parts distributors. The programme is designed for CV workshops looking to take the next step in their development. G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK are committed to the success of independent workshops, offering them access to a huge range of quality parts, lubricants, tools and consumables competitively priced. The network continues to grow with more than 1300 workshops in 14 countries.

For more information on Heysham Trucks: www.heyshamtrucks.com

For more information on TOP TRUCK: 01274 470279 or www.top-truck.co.uk

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Garage management specialist appoints ‘new business development manager’

TechMan has appointed Gavin Sparks to the newly-created role of new business development manager.

Gavin joins the company after spending 16 years as senior sales manager with MAM Software, but was drawn to the opportunities presented by both the speed of development and the sophisticated functionality at TechMan.

The pace of progress taking place within the company means that TechMan is constantly bolstering its offering with new, innovative solutions which help to streamline overall efficiency in workshops all over the UK.

Leo Freebairn, national sales manager at TechMan said: “Gavin is a high profile appointment for us, with a great industry reputation.

“He’s armed with all the tools needed to help the business develop existing relationships with the UK’s major garage networks, national chains and parts suppliers in order to further establish TechMan in the marketplace.”

Gavin’s extensive industry experience means that he is well-placed to oversee TechMan’s commercial development.

He joins at an exciting time for the business, as the reputation of the system amongst leading independent garages and the number of customers continues to grow rapidly.

TechMan is supported by an established full-time team of UK-based developers.

There’s also in-house training and customer support capability from staff with first-hand independent garage experience.

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DVSA appoints new director of strategy and policy

DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn has announced the appointment of Becky Thomas as the new director of strategy and policy.

Becky will have responsibility for shaping the strategic direction of DVSA and transforming the services DVSA provides to help improve road safety including enforcement of all legislation for which the DVSA is accountable.

Gareth Llewellyn said: “Becky has spent much of her career with DVSA and as former head of planning and performance she has a wealth of knowledge and experience of all aspects of our work.

“Having made a significant contribution to the development of our five year strategy, this important role brings Becky the opportunity to shape the policies needed for its implementation and influence the agency’s future strategic direction.”

Becky added: “Our five year strategy sets out what we’ll do to help everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads and achieve our clear vision of safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer journeys for all.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it through to a successful conclusion, as well as planning ahead to prepare for the advent of new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and virtual reality.

Becky has been deputising as director of strategy and policy since June 1, 2018 and has been promoted to the role following her recent success in an open recruitment competition.

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London startup backed by the Mayor and National Grid launches embedded car charging points

Connected Kerb has launched its first series of electric car charging points fully embedded into the road’s curbside.

Built into Borough Road in Southwark, the launch was supported by Southwark Council, Virgin Media and National Grid. The move comes after the London startup won the Mayor’s Award for Urban Innovation last year.

Users of electric cars will now be able to drive up to public charging bays on Borough Road and plug in to points either built into the curb or inside a lamppost. The firm, which hopes to roll out the technology to the rest of the capital in the near future, said the charging points can also provide information such as environmental and traffic data to public authorities.

Connected Kerb was previously responsible for creating and installing London’s network of 10,000 electronic docking points for the city’s cycle hire scheme. The charging hubs, which also act as ultra-fast wifi points, are made from recycled materials and are powered by renewable energy.

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s new ultra-low emission zone is due to come into effect in April, in which cars and vans which don’t meet tighter exhaust emissions standards will be required to pay a daily charge to travel in inner London.

Additionally, private hire vehicles that do not meet the standards will no longer be exempt from paying the city’s congestion charge. Uber rival Addison Lee commissioned research in October which estimated this will cost companies around £4m a year.

“We’re on the precipice of the electric vehicle revolution; it’s an inevitability,” said Connected Kerb’s operations chief Paul Ayres.

“As electric vehicle ownership increases at pace, the need for a nationwide infrastructure has become critical, and we are delighted that London electric vehicle motorists will be among the first to benefit.”

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EV registrations set new record

UK electric car registrations continue to set records, as latest figures place the total number of new 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered last year at 59,911, making it the most successful year for electric cars to date.

That equates to one new electric car registration every nine minutes in the UK. The total also means the market grew by 19% compared to 2017.

The end-of-year figure marks a continued trend of consumers and businesses switching to ultra-low emission vehicles. The fourth quarter of the year saw a further 15,057 plug-in cars registered between October and December in 2018.

Once again, plug-in hybrids accounted for the bulk of the market, with 74% of registrations. Pure electric cars also saw a significant boost in 2018, up 14% on the previous year. This takes the number of 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered in the UK to date to 196,343.

From a regional perspective, the South East saw the highest demand across the nation, with 21,383 pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered– a 24% increase on 2017. Other leading regions include the West Midlands (8,601), South West (8,354), East Anglia (5,672), and Yorkshire and the Humber (5,344), making up the top five British regions for electric car uptake this year.

2018 has been the seventh consecutive year of growth for the electric car market, thanks to the increasing number of models available for consumers and businesses alike, as well as a trend for consumers making more sustainable choices. In fact, recent research by Go Ultra Low found that nearly a fifth (18%) of Brits would like to make the switch to an electric vehicle in 2019.

However, the year ahead has the potential to be another strong year for registrations. A range of new models are set to hit the market in 2019, including the new all-electric Kia e-Niro, Audi e-tron and recently announced Nissan LEAF which will feature an increased battery size, to name just a few.

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Melksham Motor Spares raise £17,500 for charity

Melksham Motor Spares, one of the South West’s largest independent motor factors, have announced the grand total for their 50th Anniversary Fundraising is £17,500. The company, who were established in Melksham in 1968, wanted to put fundraising at the heart of their 2018 Anniversary celebrations, to help mark their milestone birthday. Finance Director, Alison Cook, explained the company’s fundraising efforts; “We were very proud to have reached our 50th year and wanted to honour the memory of our founders, Bryan and Mary Mattock, who both sadly passed away in 2013 from cancer. We felt fundraising for Cancer Research UK would be a fitting tribute, in our 50th year, to their lifetime’s work and dedication, which built the foundations of our success. We also had several staff members diagnosed with cancer in 2017, which was been a timely reminder of how cancer touches so many of our lives. Survival rates are increasing and progress is being made, so hopefully our fundraising will have gone a little way to helping with this ongoing research.”

The largest individual fundraiser was a charity raffle held at the company’s successful 50th Anniversary Trade show on June 14th at Melksham Town Football Club, which raised £5800. The raffle’s grand total was then increased to £7500 by a further donation from the company. Staff were asked to nominate their favourite charities and a total of 15 charities benefited from the money raised, each receiving £500.00. The 15 charities were; Cancer Research UK, Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Wiltshire Mind, Dorothy House, Alzheimer’s Society, Sane, Sands, British Heart Foundation, MS Society, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Ben Automotive Charity, Diabetes UK, JDRF and HemiHelp.

In addition to this, a yearlong campaign of fundraising events for Cancer Research UK by staff, plus a generous personal donation from the Directors, raised a further £10,000. Events included employee’s individual efforts such as running the Lacock half marathon and the Color Obstacle Rush run, as well as group fundraisers such as a 50-mile sponsored cycle ride, charity cycling event at Castle Combe Race Circuit, ‘Football shirt Friday’ a ‘no swearing day’, charity walk, quiz night and their annual Christmas Jumper Day. This combined with the £500 from the trade show charity raffle brought the grand total for CRUK to a fantastic £10,500.

The company are no strangers to fundraising, in 2015, the company spent a year fundraising for Dorothy House and raised over £6,500.00. Phil Dodd, Managing Director said “We had very much hoped to replicate the previous success of our fundraising efforts during 2018, to have exceeded them by such a large amount is just fantastic! We are incredibly fortunate to have an amazing team of staff, brilliant customers and suppliers who support us and embraced our efforts again, we cannot thank them all enough. It was important to us as a company to be able to ‘give something back’ and we are very proud to have achieved so much during our anniversary year and raised such a substantial amount for so many worthy causes.”

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