Next IAAF Industry Briefing to take place at Haynes Motor Museum

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has revealed details of its next Industry Briefing Session, which will be held at Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, near Yeovil on 31 October.

Guest speakers will include Quentin Le Hetet from GiPA UK and Train 4 Auto Consultancy’s Director Steve Carter, who will be sharing the latest developments in technology which are set to dramatically re-shape the future of the industry.

Steve will be presenting a talk entitled ‘Fact and Fiction’, giving a fascinating insight into the rapidly evolving changes taking place with Hybrid, PHEV and Hydrogen Fuel Celled vehicles, unveiling some significant facts and statistics to highlight the advancement in technology for the “PHEV revolution”, and the monumental shifts afoot for both aftermarket and drivers alike.

Quentin will also be taking the stand to illustrate what the next five years hold for the independent aftermarket, highlighting the development of mobility, PHEVs and the VMs’ strategy as key influential factors.

Members will also be brought up-to-date on current industry issues, including the latest developments with the connected car, type approval legislation and the Your Car Your Choice campaign.

IAAF Head of Membership Development Mike Smallbone said: “We have a packed agenda in store, and we’re really looking forward to hearing from Quentin and Steve, two seasoned speakers who will be sharing some compelling, thought-provoking insight alongside key hard-hitting facts about the aftermarket that will no doubt change the landscape in the coming months and years ahead.

“What better backdrop is there for our members to absorb all of this than at Haynes International Motor Museum, an iconic attraction that is known worldwide for housing the UK’s largest collection of the greatest vehicles from around the world with over 400 cars. Everyone who attends is in for a treat.”

There will be networking and coffee available from 9.00am, with the session promptly starting at 10.00am before finishing at 1.00pm with lunch, followed by a tour of the museum.

As limited spaces are available, IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment by emailing Ann Silvester at [email protected].

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IAAF joins forces with IPO for Counterfeit Awareness 2019

Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has lent further support in the fight against fake goods, when she attended Counterfeit Awareness 2019 in Bristol on July 4, in conjunction with IPO.

The event, promoted by MoD Counterfeit Avoidance Working Group (CAWG), provided an ideal opportunity to learn how MoD and its suppliers tackle not just counterfeiting but substandard parts in the defence industry. The event was attended by over 200 people, with the focus very much on counterfeit avoidance within the supply chain, quality and standards and dealing with the fallout when parts enter the legitimate supply chain.

Williamson delivered a joint presentation with Helen Barnham from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on Counterfeit in the automotive aftermarket – Safety risks and challenges, which was well received by delegates.

She gave an overview of the IAAF’s activity over the last 12 months in support of the IPO’s campaign, as well as demonstrating a number of examples of counterfeit parts from across the automotive sector and the potential issues they can cause.

The audience also got to hear how much of a widespread problem counterfeit is and is not just restricted to products such as braking, lighting, bearings and spark plugs. Williamson highlighted the increasing difficulty in identifying fake parts, with far reaching consequences of handling such products. Besides “invalidating your warranty”, Williamson stated, “counterfeiting is not safe as the products have not been properly tested and are unlikely to perform as they should, which will potentially cost lives.”

She then underlined to delegates the three key factors to remember when buying product: quality, traceability and accountability.

Williamson finished her speech by warning: “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, and that “it is important, now more than ever, that suppliers, distributors and garages are aware of the origin of the parts they are using.”

Dr Ros lynch, IPO Director of Copyright and Enforcement, said: “Collaboration with industry and other government departments is key in the fight against IP crime.

“An integral part of our role is working with organisations such as the IAAF to raise awareness of the dangers and often hidden consequences of counterfeit products. It is important that we continue to support such events.”

Top tips are available on the IPO’s website, which gives counterfeit parts guidance to consumers to help them make the right choice.

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Ben Charity Cricket Match to be held on 12th September 2019

This year’s Ben Charity Cricket Match, kindly sponsored by FPS Distribution, is taking place at Dorridge Cricket Club on Thursday 12th September 2019 and the organisers have been really pleased by the response so far but would welcome more participants.

The first game is scheduled to start at around 9.30 a.m., but there will be refreshments available beforehand. Teams and the format will be announced on the day and play is due to finish at about 6.30 p.m. Complimentary car parking is available at the venue.

There are various options for people who would like to take part on the day, either playing or spectating. There are also opportunities to advertise in the programme or to have a banner on display. For those unable to attend it is possible to make a donation to Ben.

Full details and the registration form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

BEN Cricket Day – Invitation and Registration Form 2019

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Volvo recalls 70,000 UK cars over fire risk

Volvo is recalling around 70,000 cars in the UK over concerns that they could catch fire.

It is part of a global recall of more than half a million diesel vehicles.

The Swedish carmaker has said that “in very rare cases” the plastic intake manifold can “melt and deform” and in “extreme cases” catch fire.

Models affected by the recall are the S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90 built between 2014 and 2019, and fitted with the firm’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

The carmaker said in “the most extreme cases” the fault had caused a fire.

Volvo is yet to receive any reports of accident or personal injury related to the issue.

Fix not yet established
It is not yet clear how long it will take for the company to fix the affected vehicles but it said: “We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience.”

Volvo is contacting all customers whose vehicles are affected to alert them to the issue.

Drivers are being told it is “safe to continue to use your car” if it does not show any signs of a problem, such as an engine warning light illuminating, a lack of power or an “unusual smell”.

A second letter will be sent confirming when a solution to the problem is available.

Volvo said it notified the relevant authorities about the issue “as soon as it was identified”.

It apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused, stating that it is taking “full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars”.

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GiPA overview: DFT consultation on banning 10 year+ part-worn tyres

New laws banning older tyres on “large vehicles” to improve road safety could be introduced later this year. If supported, they will be coming into force at the beginning of 2020. Tyres aged 10 years and older would be banned from use on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses in new proposals being consulted from the 23rd of June.

The consultation directly follows a campaign by Frances Molloy, whose son died in a coach crash caused by a 19-year-old tyre in 2012. Her work with the ‘Tyred’ campaign led to the consultation being launched. There is increasing evidence that tyre age affects the safety of tyres. Research conducted by the DFT published in June shows that aging tyres suffer significant corrosion which cause them to fail.

Bus operators have been advised not to use “old” tyres at the front of their vehicles by the DFT. Inspections of 130,000 buses by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency since 2017 showed 7,800 buses were in breach of the guidance. When the consultation concludes, the NTDA (National Tyre Distribution association) may respond with the following additional recommendations:

  • Re-treading tyres is a safe and proven manufacturing process. The NTDA believes re-treading allows tyres to be “good as new”. This should be a practice that is encouraged to improve tyre safety and boost the economy.
  • Part-worn tyres should be banned on all paying passenger conveying vehicles (taxis, minibuses, private hire etc.), especially as many Local Authorities have already done so.
  • Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.), it is already an offence for anyone to sell part-worn tyres that do not meet the principal requirements of testing, inspection and marking. Better enforcement of this offence will curb the proliferation of unsafe tyres.
  • Part-worn tyre dealers should be required to join a register, pay to be on that register and be licensed and inspected on a regular basis.

GIPA overview on part-worn tyres

The proliferation of part-worn tyres is well established at a national level. Tyre changes should occur in the UK around every 20,000 to 25,000, miles according to driving behaviour, demonstrating the high frequency of this operation. In fact, according to industry body TyreSafe, as many as 5.5 million used tyres alone are sold in the UK every year, and we believe that over half of these are used for passenger cars.

In most European countries, tyre motivated workshop entries are amongst the most expensive operations, coming in just behind crash repair jobs. In the UK however, it is one of the cheapest workshop entry type. The figure below shows that tyre motivated workshop entries in the UK are on average 29% cheaper than the average cost in the EU-5 markets.

The part-worn tyre industry in the UK has had some deflationary impact on the tyre motivated workshop costs relative to other EU-5 markets. Because of this, some players with higher overheads, such as franchised dealers, struggle to compete as they offer new high quality tyres only. Their challenge being to find the right balance between an attractive price and not selling at loss.

Nonetheless, for UK drivers, the cost of tyre operations has also risen compared to previous years and some drivers are worried about the economic uncertainties. There is therefore a strong incentive for drivers to save costs, and foot a smaller bill by buying part-worn tyres as the purchase of new tyres is more expensive. This is especially true in London where drivers are almost three times as likely to buy part-worn tyres, compared to the rest of the UK.

Although drivers being more involved in the process, we can see they are not well informed about the tyres they are using. In 2018, 87% of drivers did not know the legal tread limit in the UK. What is even more worrying is that out of drivers who purchased part-worn tyres in 2018, only 11% of them knew the limit. This was 15% for drivers purchasing new tyres.

This is concerning as the primary reason drivers quoted for changing their tyres in another survey carried out in 2018 was that they noticed their tyres were worn. This suggests that the tread was potentially dangerously low to have caught the attention of drivers. The second most common reason was a puncture. These are both reactionary and not preventive, suggesting a strong need for more common tyre checks to prevent issues arising.

A staggering 97% of fast-fits/ tyre dealers/ franchised dealers said they offer a free diagnostic check when drivers go to their workshops. This gives repairers ample opportunities to inform drivers of the importance of tyre maintenance, and how to spot signs that their tread is fading. Making drivers aware of the consequences of not meeting the limit can also help change behaviour.

The pros and cons of part-worn tyres:

The only advantage of part-worn tyres is that they cost less than brand new tyres.

Some part-worn tyres are shipped over from Germany, where the minimum legal tread depth is 3mm. In the UK it’s 1.6mm, so a part-worn tyre imported from Germany should still have plenty of tread left and perhaps a couple of thousand miles still to run. For tyre suppliers, this is a good commercial opportunity to re-sell cheap imported tyres. However, for drivers, one must consider: If somebody has removed a set of tyres from their car, they have done so because they no longer consider them to be safe. Part-worn will generate less grip, particularly in wet conditions. That means a car will have less traction, breaking grip, and cornering capability. The cost savings of using part-worn tyres can quickly be overshadowed by the safety risks drivers put on themselves and others around them when not taking care in selecting quality tyres.

GiPA conclusions

GiPA welcome the consultation raised by the DFT, due to its willingness to support road safety. The NTDA recommend extending to passenger cars too, this is is key for safety.

GiPA’s 2019 driver survey demonstrates that drivers in the UK are not as informed as they should be about the tyres they use on their cars. Too often drivers wait until the tyre tread is dangerously low before changing their tyres, suggesting they do not perform regular checks often enough, and when they are, probably are not performed correctly by the driver. This should be done by a professional who can explain the process to them.

Whilst a blanket ban on all part-worn tyres may be viewed as an overreaction from tyre dealers and drivers, a better enforcement of existing regulation is needed, as well as the implementation of new regulation.

Too often in the UK, tyre vendors pop-up overnight, sometimes selling part-worn tyres as a wider part of a service such as a carwash. Such business tends to not join trade bodies, and are usually not VAT registered, dealing in cash only, and in some cases are a ‘front’ for other illegal activities. Creating a register of part-worn tyre dealers that are required to meet certain conditions is a positive step to reduce the proliferation of dangerous tyres from improper suppliers. Critics of this idea would argue that it would effectively kill the part-worn tyre market, but this will seed out the “bad” dealers, ensuring what is left are safe, part-worn tyres suitable for use – which is at the benefit of society, and that’s the main goal.

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TecAlliance optimises accuracy of spare part identification with new vehicle attributes

The TecDoc Standard, which has been established in the worldwide automotive aftermarket for 25 years, provides all market participants with access to standardised vehicle and spare parts information: Each vehicle type is clearly and unmistakably defined and linked to the corresponding spare parts.

“No matter if vehicle manufacturers, parts manufacturers, ITGs or dealers: They all realised the growing importance of high-quality vehicle and parts data and that it is essential for their business success“, explains Jürgen Mehlis, EVP Data Management Product & Sales at TecAlliance. “Data from all stages of the vehicle’s life cycle are of interest to our customers and their use is not limited solely to repair and maintenance but extends to the economic management of the company as well. Product and vehicle data thus become a strong driver of future developments and are increasingly important for companies across all sectors. In order to enable fair competition between all market participants, they must have access to data that is as standardised as possible and available worldwide.”

Availability and access to vehicle and product information are key to success. If the vehicle and the matching spare parts can be identified accurately, the most important step has already been taken. However, the demands on the global Independent Automotive Aftermarket to deliver new vehicle attributes in a higher granularity are constantly increasing.

The extension of the TecDoc Standard enables accurate results
In the past, there was only one brake disc for the front axle of a vehicle according to the TecDoc Standard. Due to internationalisation and model diversity, however, vehicles are now offered with multiple equipment variants, which also entail multiple spare parts offers.

As a result, there are several spare parts from the same module for the same vehicle. The customer, workshop, or dealer only have the option of having all of the most suitable spare parts delivered to them because it is no longer possible to clearly identify the vehicle without having it present in the workshop.

TecAlliance has been working on this issue internally for quite a long time and has created a global solution for the market. This allows it to continue serving existing customers who are satisfied with the current structures as well as to provide the market with new ways and offers for more granular data.

“We will definitely continue to adhere to the current TecDoc KType standard. At the same time, we will provide data suppliers (parts manufacturers) and data users (dealers) with new vehicle attributes in a higher granularity“, says Ralf Pelkmann, EVP Information Management at TecAlliance.

“The vehicles are fully up- and downward compatible so that the parts manufacturer has the advantage that he does not have to redo his previous work and the data user can simultaneously use the advantages of more granular vehicles. In addition, this approach allows us to assign international vehicles to a TecAlliance vehicle ID as uniquely as possible, so that international formats such as ACES & PIES, MAM etc. can also be referenced and distributed almost unambiguously in the future“, explains Pelkmann.

Conclusions for use in practice:

  • TecAlliance is becoming a global provider of different but compatible international vehicle data as well as OE and IAM product data.
  • The spare parts of the data supplier are “automatically” referenced to new vehicles.
  • The data user has the option to upgrade to other vehicles if necessary.

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Automechanika Birmingham 2019 is a record-breaking success

Automechanika Birmingham 2019 has been hailed a record-breaking success, attracting more than 12,000 visitors from the UK automotive industry, the highest ever attendance.

500 exhibitors from 23 countries attended the largest industry gathering of the year, with 120 new suppliers showcasing their products to a fully receptive market. 90% of the 12,145 visitors who visited were from the UK.

Leading names from the aftermarket helped to attract aftermarket visitors that comprised 88% of the overall audience, from a roster that included Euro Car Parts, Halfords, A1 Motor Services, Allspares, The AA, Motor Parts Direct, The Parts Alliance, GSF Car Parts, Volkswagen Group UK, Kwik-Fit, Formula 1 Autocentres, ATS Euromaster.

There was also very strong representation from the vehicle production sector, with key names such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Aston Martin, McLaren, Ford, Toyota Motor UK, Lotus, Airbus, Dyson Ltd, London Electric Vehicle Company, Caterpillar UK Ltd, Nissan, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Honda all flying the flag for the UK automotive industry.

The show attracted a high-quality audience, with 84% of visitors having purchasing authority. Visitors to the show stated that the reasons to attend included finding new suppliers, meeting existing suppliers, sourcing new innovation and upskilling their teams with the latest training on offer.

Jack Halliday, Automechanika Birmingham Event Director, said: “The feedback we received after the event also proved that Automechanika Birmingham is the market-leading event for the UK automotive industry, with 91% of visitors saying they were very satisfied with the show, and 83% of visitors stating that they would recommend the event to a colleague in the industry.

“With these stats in mind, and the fact that the industry’s largest names have already re-booked to attend in two years’ time, it means that 2021 is boding extremely well just after 2019 draws to a close.”

Automechanika Birmingham will return to the NEC on 8 to 10 June 2021. Leading suppliers have already confirmed their stands for the 2021 event, including Schaeffler, ZF, Mann Filter, GS YUASA, Valeo, NGK, HELLA, Bilstein and BM Catalysts.

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KYB launches new motorsport website

KYB Europe Aftermarket has launched a new website, dedicated to it’s motorsport activities:

KYB sponsors a number of teams in a variety of high profile motorsports around the world. This website brings those together in one place to present each team’s progress through the year. The sponsorships cover a diverse range of events, from fast-paced tough World Rallycross to endurance races such as the Asia Cross Country Rally and the speed of Super GT. By pushing ourselves to the limits of engineering, KYB can learn lessons and share new improved technology throughout KYB Corporation.

KYB Corporation has a team of dedicated motorsport engineers with a huge amount of experience in developing highly specialised products for use in racing. The demand for cutting edge components in this competitive environment requires world-class precision and quality. KYB Electronic Power Steering (EPS) systems are widely used in motorsports and particularly in endurance races such as the Le Mans 24 hour race. KYB suspension components are also trusted by a number of motorsport teams across a number of varied racing disciplines.

Teams featured on the KYB Sport website include APR Racing, EKS, Toyota Gazoo Racing, Goodsmile Racing, Team JAOS and Monster Energy RX Cartel. The website also features up to date news and blogs on the motorsport activities connected to KYB. “The new website is a great place for KYB to show off its high performance engineering” says Jordan Day, Marketing Manager KYB Europe, “ we want a place to show introduce our European customers the great teams we sponsor around the globe, as well as providing information on the KYB brand to the fans of these teams around the world.”

The launch of the new website could not be better timed, following the superb performance of Toyota Gazoo Racing in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. TGR use KYB electronic power steering and suspension and saw both their cars completing the fearsome endurance race. The Lexus LC finished 1st in its class, the GR Supra finished 3rd in its class.

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GS Yuasa awarded Boeing Supplier of the Year for innovation

GS Yuasa has been recognised with the 2018 Boeing Company “Supplier of the Year” award in the category of innovation. The battery manufacturer was commended for its high-performance lithium-ion cells for space, as well as for outstanding technical support and contribution to current and future space programs.

GS Yuasa entered into a long-term agreement with Boeing in 2016 and since then the manufacturer has been supplying a range of space qualified lithium-ion battery cells for the leading aerospace company. GS Yuasa lithium-ion batteries were recognised by Boeing at the 2019 Boeing Global Supplier Conference in Los Angeles, California for their exceptional performance, deployment capability and scalability.

Curtis Aldrich, the President of GS Yuasa Lithium Power commented, “We are humbled to be the recipient of this honour. The recognition of our ongoing commitment to excellence is truly appreciated.

“This award recognises not only the hard work of the GS Yuasa team to provide best-in-class products and service, but also acknowledges GS Yuasa’s vision of continual enhancement of our space qualified cell portfolio.”

Working with Boeing to understand the mission requirements of their satellite platforms, GS Yuasa is instrumental in providing high performance energy solutions. Their large format lithium-ion cells are used to support Boeing’s commercial and government programs across multiple satellite platforms and power classes, including providing key engineering support services for the International Space Station. GS Yuasa has also provided aviation power solutions for Boeing, most notably the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

GS Yuasa lithium-ion batteries have been providing reliable, high-performance power on orbit since the early 2000’s. Installed on over 180 spacecraft built in Japan and overseas, the specialist batteries have high energy density and long life. They boast a track record of being installed in numerous high-profile, special applications, from 6,500m below in the ocean to 36,000km high in space. The isolated and extreme nature of these inaccessible environments demand the highest levels of reliability.

As Boeing’s satellite platforms grow and evolve, the energy required to power such applications will also increase. GS Yuasa has therefore developed a technology roadmap in anticipation to meet this exciting challenge. Further lithium-ion cells will be deployed across Boeing’s Geostationary and Low and Medium Earth Orbit satellite portfolios.

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Roadlink’s Powell partnership gaining traction

Roadlink International has been the braking partner of choice for Steve Powell Racing for five years, as the leading CV parts supplier supports the truck racing champion in the 2019 British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) for what is turning into another enthralling season.

In what is Powell’s third season in the British Truck Racing Association’s Division One, it is Roadlink’s brake discs and pads that are helping keep the driver on track for a successful 2019 run.

Powell explained: “Since day one, the support from Roadlink has been amazing and the brake pads and discs supplied are of unmatched quality. With such tough demands on performance, it is important we have access to high quality parts and thanks to Roadlink, the parts last for the duration of the entire race weekend without any need to change them, unlike other trucks. The parts are also subject to a thorough service after each event.

“This gives us the confidence to excel on any circuit, knowing that we are able to compete at the level we can thanks to these parts as well as the support we receive from Roadlink.”

Steve is no stranger to truck racing, who made his BTRC debut back in 2007. The sport is also in his blood, thanks to his father’s passion for the sport which saw him become one of the first truck racers more than 30 years ago.

Keith Sedgley, Roadlink joint managing director, added: “We’re delighted that we have built up such a successful partnership with Steve and the team over the past 5 years, there is no better scenario for us to demonstrate the quality, performance and safety of our products.

“The fact that the team can rely on us for these key factors speaks volumes and long may our winning partnership continue for many years to come.”

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