CV Logix are exclusive UK Aftermarket distributors of Eminox DPFs

Neil Koston and Hazel Makinson

CV Logix have announced they are sole UK distributor of emissions reduction specialist Eminox Limited. This includes its growing range of aftermarket diesel particulate filters (DPFs), which deliver certified Euro VI compliance at a much lower price than manufacturer alternatives.

DPFs trap carcinogenic particles to ensure vehicles meet emissions standards, but can block if not serviced correctly, which causes internal damage and adds to time and cost off road. Based on its 40 years’ experience in emissions control, Eminox’s aftermarket DPFs are available for Volvo, Renault and DAF trucks, providing type-approved, high-quality replacements that are manufactured in Eminox’s state-of-the-art UK factory.

With more than 160 G-TRUCK & UAN TRUCK parts distributors, CV Logix delivers high-quality commercial vehicle parts and equipment across the UK. This boosts availability of Eminox products and makes it easy for UK operators to receive “like for like” Eminox DPFs, and cost-effectively get their vehicles back on the road in under 24 hours. CV Logix is the UK & Ireland central distribution warehouse for G-TRUCK & UAN TRUCK, both owned by Alliance Automotive Group (AAG), a European leader in supplying parts and related technical knowledge to the independent aftermarket.

Neil Koston, Aftermarket Manager for Eminox, said: “We work closely with our distributors to help provide them with solutions to get vehicles back on the road. This new partnership with CV Logix enables faster supply to end users, who benefit from same-day or next-day delivery of their required parts to keep their businesses moving. It is part of our multi-million-pound commitment to the aftermarket, and we look forward to moving forward with CV Logix as our partnership deepens.”

Products will be supplied from Eminox’s new aftermarket distribution centre, which has received extensive investment to enable it to provide easier next-day service from stock, as well as offer same-day collection for UK distributors. Centrally located in Stoke, it offers easy access to the UK’s motorway network.

“We are continually looking to strengthen our range with high-quality, innovative products that deliver value to our distributor partners and their customers,” said Krysty Sheard, CV Marketing, CV Logix. “As clean air zones multiply, emissions compliance is now crucial for vehicle operators, and Eminox provides a cost-effective, certified alternative to expensive OEM DPFs. We’re extremely impressed with its heritage and experience, and how it is applying this to solve a key business problem across the Euro VI vehicle market.”

The DPFs are manufactured in a new, dedicated production cell in Eminox’s advanced UK factory, which has achieved the IATF 16949:2016 standard. They have European Type Approval certification, comply with ISO and TS quality standards, and are Block Exemption Regulation (BER) compliant, which means fitting them won’t invalidate manufacturer warranties. Unlike alternatives, Eminox DPFs are supplied with all necessary gaskets and clamps and include a 200,000 km/two-year warranty as standard.

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Smart Garage Solutions announces exciting new rebrand

Since 2015, Smart Garage Solutions has been providing innovative video solutions to the automotive sector, enabling Fast fits, Dealers, Workshops and global part manufactures to create, send and track personalised customer videos. The company has grown internationally and evolved its bespoke and innovative solutions becoming an established player in the market.

Now an established tech company, we found the existing Smart Garage Solutions brand no longer reflected what we do. It was ultimately focused on the UK independent automotive sector and served traditional garages which is really now just one of our four key markets. Over the last 12 months, success in Europe and a change in strategy resulted in the requirement for a new proposition, a new identity and ultimately a name that reflected the business. This led to the new name, PECUVi.

PECUVi stands for Personalised Customer Video and better communicates the heart and soul of the business which is to provide high quality and bespoke video solutions for Car Dealers, Fast fits, Workshops and Part Manufactures. It represents bold ambition and the unrelenting drive to innovate, improve and enhance. The new logo represents a simplified camera iris and incorporates the play button icon, core components of video functionality.

Ben Smith, Director and Co-Founder said: “We are fortunate to have excellent and committed people who believe in our distinct approach together with the support of a loyal and expanding international customer base. This is a powerful combination which has enabled our business to grow continually since we arrived on the scene in 2015.

“Our strategy is to continue to remain totally focused on serving the automotive sector and building the lasting relationships that underpin our success. As ever, the way we operate and the PECUVi brand are based on the fundamentals of reliably delivering the highest quality of video in the most professional and dynamic way, whilst providing an outstanding customer-centric experience every time!

“The outward manifestation of this approach is a confident and distinctive new brand identity for the business which is a lot more bold, vibrant and on-trend. Here at PECUVi we don’t just settle for the norm! We don’t stand still either and the rebrand is testament to that! Our product knowledge means we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation to deliver the very best and most reliable video solutions to our customers. We have industry leading up-time statistics and video quality output on all of our solutions and we know that when investing in new technology, quality and reliability is key”.

The past year has been a significant one for PECUVi with continued growth, including partnering with some of Europe’s leading car parts manufacturers and suppliers, seeing increased demand from customers for white label video solutions and becoming a strategic partner of the NTDA. Fast fit and Workshop solutions have also been proven to increase work conversions by around 25%, to demonstrate trust and transparency and ultimately break down technical boundaries with customers.

The new branding represents change. PECUVi is changing because the world around is changing and the business has a determination to never stop leading the way in innovation, personality and quality.

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IAAF heads to the North for next Industry Briefing session

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) will be holding its second Industry Briefing of 2019 at Involution’s new company premises in Leeds on Thursday 20 June, where more aftermarket businesses are expected to gather and glean the latest industry insight.

Sponsored by Involution, Head of Membership Development Mike Smallbone will open proceedings, as attendees will be brought up to speed with the latest industry developments and get to hear from some of the industry’s top guest speakers.

The first Industry Briefing Session of 2019 was hosted by Autotech Recruit at the ArenaMK

Invited to speak at the session will be Ben Stockton from new IAAF member Our Virtual Academy, who will be talking about upskilling vehicle technicians using video technology to enhance their knowledge and expertise. Seasoned speaker GiPA’s Quentin Le Hetet will also be addressing what the next 5 years might hold for the independent aftermarket, covering a host of topics including mobility development and the changing dynamics for diesel cars.

The main thrust of Smallbone’s update will be on the Your Car Your Choice campaign, which recently launched its pilot project in Chesterfield involving participation between main suppliers, motor factors and garages from across the region. He will be giving members an update on progress, as the campaign sets to highlight further awareness of consumer rights under Block Exemption to have their car serviced or repaired at any garage or outlet without invalidating the warranty.

There will be networking and coffee available from 9.00am, with the session promptly starting at 10.00am before finishing at 1.00 pm with lunch. Venue details are: Involution Ltd, Park House Business Centre, Clayton Wood Close, Leeds, LS16 6QE.

A further two meetings will be held and announced throughout the year, with details of the next meeting to follow in due course.

Places are limited and therefore IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment by emailing Ann Silvester at anns@iaaf.co.uk.

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The CV Show 2019 opens next week

The CV Show 2019 opens at the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 30th April until Thursday 2nd May. The show is completely FREE to attend – so make sure to get a fast track entry badge and money off breakfast voucher by simply clicking here.

As an added incentive this year’s visitors also have the opportunity to save money on parking and avoid the payment queues simply by pre-paying. Those travelling by rail can also save up to 20% on advanced rail fares with a little pre-planning.

There’s a whole array of things to see at the three-day exhibition including dedicated product zones, Twitter lounges and a wide range of stands. There’s always new people to meet including tyre manufacturers, racking specialists and telematics companies.

So don’t miss out on what promises to be another fantastic CV Show, register today or for more information visit www.cvshow.com.

If you have colleagues or associates who wish to attend, forward this email and they can register by clicking here or by visiting our website www.cvshow.com.

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Qualitor UK Ltd signs up for IAAF membership

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed official licensee of Michelin® wiper blades, Qualitor UK Ltd to its expanding membership.

Qualitor UK Ltd is part of Pylon, the exclusive licensee responsible for the manufacture and marketing of the Michelin line of quality wiper blades in over 50 countries across the globe. Celebrating over 50 years in business, the company’s focus on innovation and quality has led to over 70 patents, including the Michelin hybrid wiper blade with Smart-Flex Design.

As an IAAF member, Qualitor UK Ltd will access a raft of IAAF benefits, as well as all the latest industry information and networking opportunities.

Martyn Holt, Director of Sales EMEA, Qualitor UK Ltd, said: “Joining the IAAF affords us a great opportunity to support the UK independent aftermarket whilst keeping in touch with fast-changing developments.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “Week on week now, we are welcoming more fresh members to our ranks in the name of championing the aftermarket, from successful SMEs to global brands. A prerequisite to driving the aftermarket forward is innovation, embodied by both Michelin and Qualitor UK Ltd, so we thoroughly look forward to hearing their views and meeting with them over the coming year.”

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Exol launches new website offering “unique experience”

Exol has announced the launch of its new website www.exol-lubricants.com

Fully optimised and mobile responsive, the site features a responsive layout and simplified navigational structure, which will also be multi-lingual for the company’s growing export client base, boosting its global appeal.

An area of significant investment for the site has been the ‘product search’ tool, which allows users to search for the correct oil for any application in the various markets Exol serves. For passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, users can access a product via a VRM lookup, while for trucks, buses, agricultural equipment and off-highway applications, users can search through a make and model index and keyword search to arrive at the correct lubricant grade.

Top-level search choices between categories are now made on the basis of large, clear icons, making the system quicker and easier to use, especially useful for customers whose first language is not English.

Also of vital importance to customers is product approvals and these have been made even more accessible under a new tab, detailing the wide range if OEM approvals, acknowledgements and registrations.

There is also a new revised “Services” section, which features details on Exol’s technical support, increasingly popular fluid check service, along with advice on bulk storage of oil. This section also includes an area where customers can post a question to Exol’s technical team.

The website also benefits from state-of-the-art “sliding gates” which keeps relevant content closer to the user.

A brand-new Media Centre section and a new Marketing section have been incorporated, giving global visitors access to the very latest Exol information, including the latest news, marketing literature and resources.

Steve Dunn, Exol sales and marketing director, said: “The new website is a part of a wider investment and has been designed, in part, to accurately and clearly display the vast of amount of useful data and information for customers to utilise.

“We are delighted with the result which not only offers a unique experience, but one that makes product look-up so much more streamlined, enabling immediate, accurate and specific data that our customers need.”

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Elcome set to illuminate the Sunshine State

Aftermarket Solutions & Services company Elcome, is pleased to announce their attendance at the ACPN Knowledge Exchange conference and exhibition event in Tampa, Florida USA from 28th April – 1st May, for a third consecutive year.

Elcome will be promoting their ONCE® solution, which provides the most efficient and consistent working environment for Product and Category Managers and sharing their particular knowledge and expertise in European Automotive Aftermarket cataloguing.

“We’re delighted to once again be invited to this event”, said Stewart Cartman, Elcome’s New Business Manager. “Our industry is renowned for its complexity, so it’s great to have the opportunity to educate the US market about the key principle upon which all Elcome solutions are built. The capability to maintain data once and use it many times”.

ACPN (Automotive Content Professionals Network) serves as the North American leader in automotive content management and related activities; promoting industry standards and best practices within the automotive industry, which culminates in their annual Knowledge Exchange conference.

If you’d like to find out more about ONCE® or reserve a time to meet with Stewart during this event, please email sales@elcome.ltd.uk.

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Douglas Robertson – memorial service date announced

The Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) has advised that a Memorial Service for Douglas Robertson, their former Chief Executive who died on 16th April, at St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow at 12.30pm on Tuesday 30th April, followed by refreshments at the Burgh Halls in Linlithgow (next door to the church). St Michael’s Parish Church is located next to Linlithgow Palace.

Douglas joined the SMTA in 1997 as Finance Director and became Chief Executive of the Association in 1999 until his retirement from that role in 2015 and at his time of death Douglas was a Director on the SMTA Board. Douglas played a pivotal part in the development of the SMTA in his 16 years as Chief Executive and during his time in charge of the organisation he worked with seven Presidents. His challenge was to match the ambitions of each President with the ability of the business to meet the expectations of the membership whilst maintaining a sustainable working relationship with governments in Westminster and Holyrood, ensuring sustainability for the future was by no means an easy task!

The current SMTA President, Graham Greenwood commented “Douglas always brought his own style of guidance and commentary to the daily operation of the Association and we are most grateful for his years of service at SMTA. The thoughts of all those associated with the SMTA are with his wife Susan and family at this very difficult time”.

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Servicesure Autocentre of the Year Award winner announced

Servicesure has named M M Auto Services Ltd in Dundee as its ‘Autocentre of the Year’ during an exclusive awards evening which took place at Coombe Abbey on Thursday, 11 April.

Launched last year, the competition was created to shine a light on best practice and performance from within the Servicesure Autocentre network.

Around 80 guests – comprising of garage winners, sponsors and managers from The Parts Alliance – were in attendance, dining on a three-course meal as the winners were announced.

As the attendees dined, new President and COO Neil Croxson spoke on the development of The Parts Alliance, before handing over to Paul Dineen, head of garage programmes, to present the awards.

Speaking at the event, Paul said: “Tonight’s winners are a real credit to the Servicesure network, and it’s a pleasure to be able to pay tribute to your professionalism and hard work.

“The network continues to expand rapidly: in October 2018, Manor Motor Company became the 500th member, and numbers have since risen to 540 garages.

Exciting time for Servicesure garages
“It’s an exciting time for the business, and it’s reassuring to know that we have garages in our network setting such a high standard.”

Each shortlisted garage was recognised for their excellence during the ceremony: Burntwood Auto Centre received the ‘Best Newcomer’ award and Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre took home The Motor Ombudsman’s ‘Customer Service’ trophy, while Lowgate Garage, Chester Auto Services, Gordon’s Garage and A1 Motorist Centre were the winners in their respective regions.

After earlier awarding garage owner Murdo MacIntosh with the ‘Winner for Scotland’ prize, the judges also named M M Auto Services Ltd as the ‘National Winner’ for 2019.

Taking to the stage, a delighted Murdo thanked his hard working staff and loyal customers, as well as paying tribute to Duncan Davidson and Dingbro for their continued support.

The awards were sponsored by a number of Servicesure partners including Bollington Insurance, The Motor Ombudsman, Autotech Recruit, Auto Service Finance, Garage Services Online, Slicker Recycling and Our Virtual Academy.

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Garage of the future revealed to drive recruitment

The auto repair industry is facing a skills shortage, with a quarter of Brits (26%) and less than one in five women (19%) saying they would consider a job in a garage.

The new research, released by Direct Line Group, has also found that nearly six in 10 (59%) Brits would dismiss the profession as it simply doesn’t interest them.

Others perceive it as strenuous and labour intensive (17%) and nearly one in 10 women think it’s a ‘man’s job’ (9%).

In a bid to help the industry change lanes and drive awareness of the diverse range of opportunities on offer, the Group has teamed up with leading experts to take a future-forward look at the innovations and improvements they predict will be a reality by the year 2050.

Working with safety researchers, Thatcham Research, smart city innovators, DG Cities and the Women’s Engineering Society, the insights collated showcase the exciting technology the industry is embracing.

Holograms, it says, will no longer just be a fantasy in films like Iron Man and Star Wars, with the technology set to be used to assist mechanics in accurately repairing car problems.

Likewise, according to DG Cities, holographic and augmented reality technology will be built into vehicles to enable drivers to fix minor problems at the roadside with assistance from professional mechanics remotely.

The top innovations experts predict will be a reality in auto repair centres by 2050:

  • Holographic and augmented reality (AR) technology
  • Advanced robotics to assist with manoeuvring and adjustment of vehicles
  • 3D printing of car parts to improve turnaround time for repairs
  • Ultra-connected workshops
  • Hyper clean work areas akin to laboratories
  • Self-diagnosing cars
  • Video communication technology for mechanics to speak with customers
  • Advanced laser welding
  • Space saving car storage
  • Innovative staff training areas for mechanics to learn as technology evolves
  • Mobile electric charging stations to keep vehicles batteries in peak condition

    According to industry experts the mechanics of the future will need to be more computer savvy than ever as technological advancements driven by electric and autonomous vehicle development continues.

Ultra-connected cars mean diagnosing car conundrums could be as easy as the car itself telling the engineer what the issue is – sometimes even before anything has gone wrong. This will strike a chord with nearly two in five (38%) Brits who say they want to see more accurate diagnostic tests to help improve repair accuracy.

In good news for the public, of whom more than a third (35%) would like to see faster repairs, waiting for a spare part to come into stock at a garage will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to on-site 3D printers, mechanics will be able to create replacement spare parts in an instant.

Professionals also foresee that driverless cars may even be able to drive themselves to the garage to be checked, meaning people won’t even need to leave their home to get a MOT.

Instead customers will be able to speak with mechanics via video calls – welcome news for over a fifth (22%) of Brits who dislike the need to arrange alternative transport while their car is at the garage.

However, experts hope it isn’t just technology that changes in the industry. The research highlighted the perception problems the industry faces, with nearly a third of Brits (29%) admitting they don’t associate repair garages with engineering, demonstrating a lack of awareness that it is a highly skilled profession.

In addition, when asked what term they associate most with a car garage, nearly two in five (38%) women said ‘male’, compared to just 27% of men.

There is hope for the future though, as more than three in five (62%) Brits believe more women should be encouraged to work in car engineering with support for this highest among 18-24-year-olds, with nearly three quarters (73%) saying so.

Elizabeth Donnelly, chief executive officer at the Women’s Engineering Society, said: “It is fantastic that strides in technology have been made in repair garages, however, in order to make the automotive engineering sector more diverse and encourage more women to consider it as a viable career option, we must ensure that this starts with education from an early age.

“Curriculum traditionally tends to teach children about gendered careers from foundation level, which is perhaps why there are so few women in engineering.

“We hope through education and the exciting developments within the industry we can promote engineering as an exciting profession for all members of society.”

Motor network technology specialist at Direct Line Group, Felicity Harer, added: “It’s really exciting to think that holographic and AR technology, advanced 3D printing, and connected vehicles that allow mechanics to find the route of a problem quickly, will begin to become a reality.

“We hope this glimpse of the future shows young people in particular the variety of careers that are evolving in engineering, and that it will encourage people from a wide variety of backgrounds to consider a career in this sector.

“With innovations like driverless cars within touching distance there is a huge space for people to work in and shape the way repairs are performed on these vehicles and the technology needed to do so.”

The Group has opened its 2019 technical graduate scheme programme and is looking for technical engineering graduates who are interested in using their engineering or technology degree to help revolutionise the future of the industry.

Technology is at the heart of the graduate scheme and participants will complete placements as vehicle damage assessors (VDA), specialists in advanced technology and working in their technical transformation team to learn to handle and support changes in the repair network.

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