IAAF appoints new president and vice president

Terry Knox has been appointed the new Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) president, taking over from Lawrence Bleasdale who stepped down at IAAF’s AGM on 14 February. This comes as IAAF’s former Honorary Treasurer Richard Welland has been appointed the new vice president.

Knox, who became IAAF vice president in April 2018, has been a Member of the IAAF Council since 2016, and is managing director of CD Group, a third-generation family business with previous managing directors, grandfather Stuart Knox and father Ken Knox. The company was established in 1963, with Knox joining in 1999 to help establish the company’s operations in the Republic of Ireland.

CD Group’s largest trading name, Component Distributors, is a warehouse distributor, supplying Motor Factors throughout Ireland. Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the company employs close to 200 people.

Welland is the Managing Director of one of the UK’s largest rotating electrics suppliers, WAIGlobal. With extensive experience in the automotive industry and a proven track record of growing each business he has worked in, managed and owned, he has presided over numerous mergers and acquisitions, as well as been a pioneer in breaking down the boundaries over supply and price issues.

Welland will also assume presidency of IAAF in two years’ time, after Knox steps down at the end of his term.

On his new appointment, Knox said: “I feel that the past year has armed me with invaluable insight into the tireless activity of IAAF. Throughout my term as president I look forward to helping continue its work, and will give my all in promoting and securing the future of the independent aftermarket to the benefit of our members and the sector.”

Welland added: “I’m delighted to have more of an active role within IAAF and very much look forward to my term as vice president. There is still a long road ahead for the aftermarket in overcoming many challenges, which the federation along with its members will continue to address with belief, commitment and courage to achieve a fairer outcome for all.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “I’m extremely pleased that IAAF’s relationship with both Terry and Richard has been further strengthened in their new roles as respective president and vice president. So far their contributions in helping us determine a strategy to combat the ongoing challenges faced by the aftermarket cannot be underestimated. Their drive and in-depth industry expertise make them a natural fit for their roles and I wish them every success.”

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Leaving the EU: actions for your business to take now to be ready for “No Deal”

The IAAF is primarily concerned with issues surrounding the automotive aftermarket, specifically on components, but given that with just over a month to go until the UK leaves the EU, the risk of leaving without a deal remains a very real possibility.

As such, if the UK were to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal, there would be immediate changes to the procedures that apply to businesses trading with the EU. Certain actions would therefore need to be taken now as the free circulation of goods between the UK and EU would cease. We thought it would be helpful to include the following government link, which provides a fuller explanation of what actions need to be undertaken.

Trading with the EU if no Brexit deal

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DRiV Incorporated to spin from Tenneco later this year

DRiV Incorporated is the name of the future publicly traded Aftermarket and Ride Performance company that will launch in the second half of this year, following Tenneco Inc.’s  separation into two independent companies, Tenneco announced today. Once it spins, DRiV™ will serve as one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket suppliers and one of the largest global original equipment (OE) ride performance and braking suppliers to aftermarket, light vehicle, and commercial vehicle customers. DRiV will be headquartered in the greater Chicago area.

“It is a landmark day, now that we are able to announce the future company’s name and identity,” said Brian Kesseler, Co-CEO, Tenneco and future chairman and CEO, DRiV. “DRiV will be a unique new business, a more than $6 billion start-up, built from the combined strengths of Tenneco, Federal-Mogul and Öhlins – laser-focused on innovation, performance, brand development and customer service. Our global scale, our stable of well-respected and enduring aftermarket brands and our longtime partnerships with the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers give us a significant competitive advantage. We are strategically positioned to capitalize on secular trends such as the expansion of vehicles in operation globally, as well as growth in intelligent suspension, new mobility models and the evolution of autonomous driving.”

The DRiV name is emblematic of what the new company expects to be – a global leader in the aftermarket and original equipment businesses, driving advancements that help people get the most out of every vehicle, every ride, every race, and every journey. The black, red and silver logo is connected to a rich heritage of performance. The overall design is confident with a circular shape that evokes a tachometer, representing speed, strength, and pushing boundaries. The uniquely styled letters that form the company name are clean, dynamic, and forward-leaning. In the logo design, the DRiV name incorporates a special character for the “i” that has multiple meanings. It can be read as a letter “i” which also represents integrity, innovation and insight. And it can also be read as the number “1,” which implies “our one team.”

“The DRiV name and logo is distinctive, standing out from the competition in both the original equipment and aftermarket spaces,” said Scott Usitalo, the company’s chief marketing officer. “It personifies the idea that there’s a driving force behind anything in motion. Our mission is to be a driving force that moves people – offering them enhanced ride experiences through differentiated brands, products and technologies. DRiV is an active name that inspires energy and movement, and signals what we intend to provide to our customers – superior driving advancements.”

Aftermarket Business – Motorparts
DRiV’s aftermarket business, which will be known as “Motorparts,” will develop, manufacture and distribute a broad portfolio of products in the global vehicle aftermarket. Through the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in 2018, the company has built an industry-leading brand portfolio that positions it to become one of the largest global suppliers of replacement parts to the global aftermarket. Its stable of well-respected, enduring brands includes Monroe®, Champion®, Öhlins®, MOOG®, Walker®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo® Rancho®, Thrush®, National®, Sealed Power®, Axios® and others.

Original Equipment Business – Ride Performance
The original equipment business, known as “Ride Performance,” is one of the world’s largest ride performance businesses, developing, manufacturing and supplying to the leading global original equipment manufacturers with shock absorbers, struts, NVH performance materials and brake friction.

Following the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in October 2018, Tenneco’s separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is expected to be complete in the second half of 2019. After the spin-off, the remaining Tenneco businesses will focus on powertrain systems technology and will retain the Tenneco name.

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Registration opens for Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Automechanika Birmingham has announced that visitor registration is now open, enabling visitors to sign up and take advantage of a number of new offers and initiatives available at this year’s show.

Jack Halliday, Event Director, said: “Last year saw a high number of registrations for the 2018 event from across the whole industry.

“As part of visitors’ feedback from 2018’s event, we’ve streamlined the registration process this year, to make it easier than ever for both returning and new visitors to sign up for their free tickets.”

The event will see leading suppliers returning to Birmingham to launch new products and technology for the last time until 2021 as the event will take a biennial frequency after 2019.

This year’s event will see the launch of many new initiatives covering all aspects of the automotive industry, including; a new Bodyshop Zone, Aftermarket Innovation Showcase and ‘The Big Garage Event’, all designed to deliver an enhanced visitor experience.

The Big Garage Event will include exclusive show offers, free parking for independent garages, free breakfast on arrival and a daily ‘Happy Hour’. There will also be fast track entry where over 100 leading suppliers will be showcasing the latest tools and equipment, as well as free CPD accredited training and demos from the industry’s top speakers at dedicated training hubs.

Visitors can register to attend the event, taking place from 4 to 6 June 2019, by visiting the website https://www.automechanika-birmingham.com.

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Butlers Automotive wins prestigious industry award

Barnsley-based motor factor, Butlers Automotive, has won ‘Independent Factor Team of the Year’ at the prestigious Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) Awards 2019, held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 8 February.

After campaigning to customers and the Barnsley public for votes, Butlers’ hard work paid off and the motor factor found success against stiff competition from three other candidates, bringing the award home.

The accolade recognises Butlers’ continued business investment, helping to drive more business into the local area, spanning Barnsley and surrounding towns in South Yorkshire. The UK car parts distributor has recently enjoyed a renaissance in the UK, which had been trading in the town for more than 40 years when it was bought in 2017 by the successful aftermarket distributor, Autosupplies Chesterfield.

Since then, it has undergone a major overhaul with more products, brands and deliveries leaving the building than ever before. Just recently, the business installed a paint mixing room to service bodyshops in the Barnsley area.

Butlers Automotive managing director, David Clarke, said: “This award reflects our commitment to delivering and developing quality customer service. Our priority has been to focus on continued business growth over the past 12 months, to further enhance our product offering in components and refinish, and all credit goes to the team for its hard work throughout 2018.

“A big thank you goes to all who voted for us across the automotive industry and throughout the local community.”

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XPart latest member to join IAAF membership roster

XPart, the MG Rover car parts distributor, has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation’s (IAAF) rapidly-expanding network of leading aftermarket businesses.

The specialist distributor will bring its industry knowledge to the IAAF membership and will look to take advantage of the many networking opportunities and informative events that are held throughout the year.

XPart originated as the parts division of the former MG Rover Group. Following the car company’s collapse in 2005, XPart became an independent parts distributor, specialising in the sale of parts for MG Rover vehicles, through a worldwide distribution network. It became part of the Leacy Motor Group in 2017, which also includes the Leacy Classics business, specialists in Mini and Classic MG parts, and is the owner of the iconic Mini brand, Wood and Pickett.

Today, XPart is the continuous driving force for worldwide sourcing and supply of MG Rover Original Equipment Parts. As part of the company’s development plans for 2019, the business is looking to further expand, building on both its product and distribution channels.

Graham Lawton, Sales Manager at XPart, said: “What is key for us in terms of our objectives this year is to become more immersed in the aftermarket, and we feel there’s no better way to do this than as an IAAF member.

“Not only are we looking forward to meeting new suppliers and potential customers, but also to increasing our awareness of industry trends and activities. To have an exchange of ideas and share expertise with fellow professionals whilst flying the flag for the independent automotive aftermarket is something that we are relishing.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have XPart onboard and as a company associated with one of the most revered manufacturers in the British motor industry, it will be very interesting to hear their views on the current industry challenges the aftermarket faces.”

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Office Manager role for IAAF’s Ann Silvester

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has confirmed that team member Ann Silvester’s new role is now Office Manager.

Ann joined the Federation back in 2000 as Trade Secretary, where she has for the past 19 years made the role her own, supporting IAAF by overseeing all facilities of the office and being the first response on all IAAF enquiries including those relating to Block Exemption Regulation.

In her new role, among other duties she will be tasked with working on behalf of members to ensure that the rights of the independent aftermarket are protected under current UK and EU legislation and to assist in the development of new products and services to generate value for members.

She is also responsible for managing the IAAF website and assisting with the organisation of some of the key IAAF and Industry events including the Awards Dinner and Conference, Industry Briefing sessions, Golf Days and all relevant trade shows and exhibitions.

IAAF chief executive, Wendy Williamson, said: “Ann has been the organisational lynchpin since joining IAAF almost 20 years ago and in that time, she has developed a broad understanding of the independent automotive aftermarket and its policies.

“As Office Manager, Ann will play a key role in ensuring we have an efficient, operational structure in place to continue to support both our members and IAAF as a whole.”

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Retirement news from Nutexa

As many readers of the eBulletin will have had contact with Janis Casey over a number of years, Nutexa Frictions wish to inform everyone that Janis will be retiring at the end of February.

Janis has been a part of the Nutexa team for twenty years and will be missed by all. Nutexa would like to wish her all the very best for the future and hope she enjoys good health and happiness in her retirement.

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EU agrees CO2-reduction targets for trucks

Truck makers will have to cut CO2 emissions by 30% for new vehicles by 2030, and by 15% come 2025.

It is the first time binding CO2-reduction targets for trucks have been agreed at an EU level. The EU agreed in December 2018 on targets for cutting emissions from cars and vans.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) labelled the targets as “highly demanding”, especially as the baseline is still unknown.

“We can now only call upon member states to urgently step up their efforts to roll-out the infrastructure required for charging and refuelling the alternatively-powered trucks which will need to be sold en masse if these targets are to be met,” said ACEA secretary general, Erik Jonnaert.

ACEA’s concern stems from the total lack of such infrastructure today. Indeed, data shows that currently there is no public charging or refuelling infrastructure suitable for electric or hydrogen trucks whatsoever, it said.

Even in the case of truck-specific filling stations for natural gas (CNG and LNG), availability remains very low and patchy across Europe.

The need for the 28 national governments to implement an EU-wide infrastructure action plan is all the more urgent in light of the mandatory sales quotas for zero-emission trucks that the EU institutions have agreed to introduce from 2025 onwards, said the ACEA.

Jonnaert explained: “The introduction of a benchmark system for truck manufacturers totally ignores the demand side.

“We cannot expect transport operators to suddenly start buying electric or other alternatively-powered trucks if there is no business case for them and it is not possible to easily charge the vehicles along all major EU motorways.

“Policy makers must act to ensure that the zero-emission trucks that manufacturers will be mandated to produce can actually be bought and operated by our customers.”

Also, given that this is the first time the EU sets CO2 standards for trucks, it is extremely worrying that many supportive measures that could contribute to reaching the targets (longer vehicle combinations such as EMS, alternative fuels, etc) have been deferred until at least 2025, it said.

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Yuasa partners with Swift to power the leisure vehicle market and British Rally Champion Matt Edwards

GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd are pleased to announce that the Yuasa battery brand will be joining Swift’s value added partner programme. The move not only sees the world’s leading battery manufacturer partnering with Europe’s number one brand for leisure vehicles, but in addition includes a major motorsport sponsorship of the Swift Rally Team by Yuasa.

GS Yuasa are market leader for vehicle and industrial batteries and a long-time supplier of motorhome batteries to Swift. Yuasa batteries now join with Swift in a partnership to provide the leisure vehicle market with the most state-of-the-art equipment available. As part of the programme, the two companies will work closely to provide caravan and motorhome owners and dealers access to Yuasa’s award-winning products, supply and service.

To mark this association, Yuasa will also sponsor the Swift Rally team in the MSA British Rally Championship. Last year saw their driver Matt Edwards win the championship by a massive 56-point margin, taking four victories along the way. The famous Yuasa logo will feature prominently on the car livery as the team look to successfully defend their title during 2019.

James Hylton, Managing Director of GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd, said: “It is a pleasure to join Swift’s stable of value added partners and to power so many getaways. Our relationship with Swift has evolved over the years to become one of trusted collaboration, with each benefiting from the other’s superb reputation.

“To mark the partnership, we’re excited to also become a major sponsor of the Swift Rally Team, powering reigning champion Matt Edwards as he looks to defend his title. Yuasa have a long and proud heritage in motorsport, and we are delighted to be sponsoring the leading driver and team in the MSA British Rally Championship.

Nick Page, Swift Commercial Director, added “We are delighted to enter into partnership with Yuasa and to extend the relationship to a higher footing. Today’s tourers and motorhomes feature more appliances and technology than ever to meet the demands of modern lifestyles, so it is vital that Swift supports this with the best power sources.

“Our value added partners are carefully selected to ensure customers enjoy the highest quality products around, and we look forward to recommending Yuasa YBX Active Leisure & Marine batteries to new leisure vehicle owners.”

As an original equipment (OE) supplier to many of the world’s top car and motorcycle brands, as well as Swift’s leisure vehicles, Yuasa products are renowned for their high quality, long life and superior performance.

Featuring the very latest technology and a host of advanced safety features, The YBX Active® Leisure and Marine range is specially designed for caravans, motorhome and small boats. With standard, EFB and AGM battery types available, all products are verified and tested by the National Caravan Club (NCC).

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