IAAF Awards 2019 – Voting now live

The voting for this year’s IAAF Awards has now gone live and instructions are given below. The information can also be found on the IAAF WEBSITE.

Voting will remain open until 2nd November, so ensure your vote is included.

The format for voting remains the same as for 2018 as the IAAF is keen to make the whole process much more accessible through a more streamlined system. Suppliers can vote on distributors and distributors can vote for suppliers. Both can vote for the new category of Service Supplier. The voting system will be moderated but will be completely confidential. Whilst you can vote for more than one company in each category at one time, it is not possible to submit multiple entries and you may not vote for your own company.

The winners in each category will be announced at the IAAF Awards Dinner on 5th December 2019 to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes. If you have not already booked your places at the Dinner, or the Conference which will be held earlier in the day, you can download the booking form below.

How to Vote

Simply follow the following steps to vote in your chosen category:

Click on the link for each category and select whichever companies you wish to vote for, then fill in your own details and click on Done to cast your vote.

Suppliers can vote for both their favourite Distributor and CV Distributor (but not a Supplier), and Distributors can vote for their favourite Supplier and CV Supplier (but not a Distributor). Both Distributors and Suppliers can vote for Service Suppliers.

You may vote for more than one company in each category, but you may only vote once.

If you have any queries please contact the IAAF office.

To Vote

Car Distributor of the Year Award

The nominations are:

  • Autoparts UK, Glasgow
  • Auto Supplies, Chesterfield
  • CPA (Car Parts & Accessories), Brighton
  • EK Motor Factors, Lancaster
  • Fyfes Car Parts, Ballymena
  • GSF Car Parts, Birmingham
  • Motor Parts Direct, Braintree

To vote PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Car Supplier of the Year Award

The nominations are:

  • Brake Engineering
  • Denso Aftermarket UK
  • First Line
  • GS Yuasa Battery Sales
  • MAHLE Aftermarket
  • Melett
  • Moove Lubricants/Comma Oil
  • NGK Spark Plugs UK
  • Robert Bosch
  • Rolling Components
  • SMP Europe
  • The Turbo Guy
  • The Wheel Specialist
  • Varta Batteries
  • WAIglobal
  • ZF Aftermarket

To vote PLEASE CLICK HERE.

CV Distributor of the Year Award

The nominations are:

  • Allparts CV & Industrial, High Wycombe
  • Dingbro, Aberdeen
  • K & S McKenzie, Carlisle
  • Linings & Hoses, Congleton
  • Partic Motor Spares, Newark
  • Robert Carter Motor Factors, Birmingham
  • Truckstop, Redditch

To vote PLEASE CLICK HERE.

CV Supplier of the Year Award

The nominations are:

  • Carwood
  • Checkpoint Safety
  • ContiTech
  • ECCO Safety Group
  • Exol Lubricants
  • First Line
  • Lumag
  • Nutexa Friction
  • Robert Bosch
  • TMD Friction
  • TTC Truck & Trailer Components
  • Varta Batteries
  • ZF Aftermarket

To vote PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Service Supplier of the Year Award

The nominations are:

  • Autotech Recruit
  • Lawgistics
  • MAM Software
  • Our Virtual Academy
  • PECUVi
  • PG Aftermarket Recruitment
  • ProVQ
  • Whocanfixmycar.com

To vote PLEASE CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in attending the IAAF Awards Dinner, please download and complete the booking form below and return it to the IAAF Office.

IAAF Reservation Form Rev 2019

Important – Data Privacy
All voting will be conducted in the strictest confidence.

Submission of a vote in any of the awards will be regarded as consent.

No personal data collected by the IAAF will be passed on to any third parties.

Data will only be used to confirm eligibility to vote and to establish the winner of each award category and it will only be held for the duration of the voting process.

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FIGIEFA and IAAF are working hard to protect the rights of the aftermarket under proposed cybersecurity legislation

A very large proportion of the legislative and regulatory framework for automotive aftermarket businesses is decided at European Union or even at United Nations levels.

FIGIEFA represents independent automotive parts distributors amongst European and international legislators. It monitors their legislative proposals and is in constant contact with them, with the aim of securing legislative framework conditions that allow you to operate your business in an open market, with free competition and a fair, level playing field. FIGIEFA is a participant in UNECE, a body of the United Nations which deals with mobility issues (amongst others) and work has started on creating a Regulation on cyber-security which is proposed to be finalised early next year, this would then be referenced into the European Union as vehicle type approval legislation.

The IAAF is one of the two bodies representing the UK in FIGIEFA, this cooperation is particularly important as it ensures that the UK automotive aftermarket retains an input into legislative and regulatory decisions that will impact the rights of UK businesses to conduct routine and legitimate work practices when repairing and maintaining businesses.

A PDF leaflet can be downloaded below which explains the issues in more detail.

201910 Cybersecurity

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Brexit update from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Automotive Unit w/c 7 October

Please find below updates relating to the Government’s preparations for leaving the EU and other key information.

1. New funding available to help businesses that complete customs declarations

Businesses can now apply for funding towards hiring new staff to help your business complete customs declarations. More information on the grants available for recruitment, training and IT improvements for businesses completing customs declarations can be accessed here.

2. How to prepare for Brexit videos

BEIS and HMRC has released a series of short videos to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The topics covered include travelling for business, using a customs agent, company mergers, exporting to the EU and selling manufactured goods on the EU market.
Traveling for business
Using a custom agent
Merging companies
Exporting to the EU
Selling manufactured goods on the EU market

3. DIT’s Brexit Preparedness Workshops for businesses

DIT is running a series of events to help exporters to get ready for Brexit. These events will be particularly useful for businesses exporting to the EU, and will provide businesses with an opportunity to develop a personalised action plan for Brexit preparedness. Topics covered include impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what they might need to say to customers and employees, among other topics. Locations are still being added but you can sign up here to your nearest event.

In addition, the government has prepared key messages that will help promote these events on your own channels, including social, newsletters, web stories and direct emails. All relevant information on how to support the campaign can be found on the Frontify website.

4. Helping hauliers prepare for Brexit

The Department for Transport is setting up information pop-up stands across the UK and Europe to help hauliers and businesses prepare for Brexit, so that goods can continue to flow smoothly through ports. The pop-ups will be located at ports, service stations and on ferries to provide easily accessible advice, helping hauliers understand the documentation they need for themselves, their vehicles and their goods after Brexit.
All stands will be staffed by multilingual advisors.

Further advice for hauliers is available on GOV.UK.

5. HMRC Border Delivery Group seminars for EU-based businesses

If you are an EU based business trading goods to or via the UK, sign up to a webinar led by the HMRC Border Delivery Group to receive guidance and information on the steps you may need to take before 31 October. Presentations will include information on border preparedness, customs procedures at the border, relevant sector-specific content and a Q&A session. Automotive webinars will be held every Friday at 8 am until 21 October, and each webinar will last for 90 minutes. Registered participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the BDG in advance of the webinars.

How to register for the webinars: The below link will take you to an Eventbrite page, displaying the upcoming webinars with dates and times. Please choose the webinar you find most appropriate and register to confirm your attendance. Dates for further weeks will be released in due course. To book a webinar please visit borderdeliverygroup.eventbrite.com

6. Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline

Get information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit. The number to call is 0300 3301 331. Call the helpline to find out about:

  • customs declarations and procedures
  • duties and tariffs
  • importing and exporting different goods
  • transporting goods to and from the EU
  • product safety regulations.

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Annual trade show celebrates star garages and motor factors

For the second consecutive year the Alliance Automotive Group brought together GROUPAUTO & UAN trading groups members, garages from the AutoCare and United Garage Services networks and Top Truck workshops for the two-day event centred around their business and how they can get the most from the group.

On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 2019, over 1500 delegates attended the two-day event at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. The event began on the evening of Wednesday 2nd October, for delegates who were staying over the night before, ready for a bright and early start at the Motor Factor Show on Thursday 3rd October. PanAm Bar on the Albert Docks was open exclusively to our delegates so they could enjoy drinks, hot food and for the Liverpool fans, a live screening of their Champions League match against Salzburg. At half time there was a live prize draw and all delegates who attended had the chance to win a weekend trip to Milan for two people, which was kindly sponsored by CMM Events. Maria Peacock of UAN member Express Factors Sevenoaks was the very lucky winner. Sharon Robinson of GROUPAUTO member M1 Motor Parts and Craig McCracken of UAN member Autoparts each won a clothing bundle worth £100, courtesy of clothing and promotional merchandise partner Involution. Andy Robertson of UAN member Trowbridge Motor Supplies and Denzil Thomas of UAN member Trident Tyres & Accessories Ltd each won a vehicle livery kit, which was sponsored by van and building signage provider Adbell.

On Thursday 3rd October, the Motor Factor Show opened its doors to LV and CV member businesses from the GROUPAUTO & UAN trading groups. Throughout the day, over 150 of the groups’ approved suppliers were exhibiting, running offers and competitions designed to entice the delegates to their stand. This year the trade hall was split in to zones and delegates were encouraged to visit exhibitors in each zone for the chance to win one of 50 amazing prizes from tech and tools to hospitality tickets and experience days. Both members and garages could take part and the prizes were kindly sponsored by the exhibiting suppliers.

There were also some exciting announcements at the event; the eagerly anticipated NAPA brand was launched for the first time to members and there were some big orders placed on the day. Over on the NAPA stand members had the chance to take on the NAPA Master Racing Simulator to win a trip to the NAPA EXPO 2020 in Las Vegas. Congratulations to GROUPAUTO member Frenches Autos who won the fastest lap and their trip to Vegas in April next year. The winners of the Bosch Van Giveaway were also announced on the Bosch stand. Delegates gathered in anticipation as LV members Unity Autofactors Ltd and HBA Distribution Ltd won the Peugeot Partner vans and CV member Europa Truck Parts Ltd won the Peugeot Expert van.

As usual exhibitors had gone to great lengths to showcase their brand in elaborate and engaging ways; there were some very impressive stand builds this year and choosing the winner of Stand of the Year was even harder – the winner this year was the Bilstein Group.

As the Motor Factor Trade Show closed, members made their way to the conference session whilst exhibitors made the necessary changes to their stand ready for the Garage Show the following day. After the conference session, there was time for a quick rest before the evening entertainment got underway at Punch Tarmey’s Irish Bar in Cains Brewery. Over 900 delegates attended, enjoying live music, hot food and drinks in one of Liverpool’s newest development in the Baltic Triangle.

Over 1100 delegates arrived at the Garage Show on Friday 4th October and the atmosphere around the hall was fantastic. After the garage show, delegates made their way to the garage networks’ conference sessions for an update from their garage network manager.

Later, Friday evening, 700 guests attended the Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony which was held at the stunning Liverpool Cathedral. It was a spectacular setting to round off a very successful event.

Bob Ackroyd, Managing Director UK Trading Groups took to the stage before dinner to announce the winners of this year’s prestigious Supplier, Member and Garage of the Year Awards. He finished by saying, “I would like to thank everybody who took the time out of their businesses to attend this event. I would also like to thank our suppliers; the event just wouldn’t be possible without you. Finally, congratulations to all this year’s award winners, you should all be very proud of your achievements.”

The 2019 Award Winners

Supplier Awards
• UK TRADING GROUPS’ SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – Apec Braking
• CV SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – Midland Caliper Centre Ltd
• CV LOGIX SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – Diesel Technic UK & Ireland Ltd

Member Awards
• CV MEMBER OF THE YEAR – Partic Motor Spares Ltd
• GROUPAUTO LV MEMBER OF THE YEAR (UP TO £3M PURCHASES) – Autoparts (Cumbria) Ltd
• GROUPAUTO LV MEMBER OF THE YEAR (£3M+ PURCHASES) – Millfield Autoparts Ltd
• UAN LV MEMBER OF THE YEAR (UP TO £3M PURCHASES) – Total Motor Factors Ltd
• UAN LV MEMBER OF THE YEAR (£3M+ PURCHASES) – Autosupplies (Chesterfield) Ltd

David Clarke of Autosupplies (Chesterfield) receiving his award

Garage Networks Awards
• UNITED GARAGE SERVICES GARAGE OF THE YEAR – L H A Car & Commercial
• UNITED GARAGE SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR OF THE YEAR – Howard Loftus of Autosupplies (Chesterfield) Ltd
• AUTOCARE GARAGE OF THE YEAR – Morgan Richards Garage Ltd
• AUTOCARE CO-ORDINATOR OF THE YEAR – Vicki Harris of Motofacts
• AUTOCARE CO-ORDINATOR OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP – Roger Pimblett of Autoparts (Cumbria) Ltd
• TOP TRUCK WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR – RB Trucks Ltd

Autocare Regional Garage Winners
• Morgan Richards Garage Ltd – South East
• Middlebrook Garage – Midlands
• Bridge Garage – North East
• One Stop Car Service Centre (Northern Ireland) – Ireland
• Haven Garage – South
• Ferris Garage Ltd – South West
• Brondeifi Garage Ltd – Wales
• Carlton Colville Service Station Ltd- East Anglia
• S J & B Pritchard Auto Repairs – North West
• The Garage (Whitburn) Ltd – Scotland
• Muslin Hall Garage Ltd – Yorkshire

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What a difference a day makes!

The recent Information Day, held at Birmingham’s National Conference Centre, provided the perfect opportunity for TecAlliance customers to learn more about how to get the best from the company’s many and varied products and for it to showcase its current and future plans.

Primarily aimed at its replacement parts supplier customers, TecAlliance had a team of five of its specialists who provided the attendees with a wide range of useful information to allow them to not only have a greater understanding of the products they presently use, but also those that they are not currently utilising. The spotlight was also put on the company’s future developments that will further improve the capabilities of the service the products provide and ensure that TecAlliance customers can future-proof their businesses in the face of an ever-changing market.

First up was Jürgen Mehlis, the company’s Executive Vice President Data Management Products & Sales, who presented a detailed overview of TecAlliance’s global vision and international roll-out. Notable amongst the many useful topics covered and particularly poignant to the future face of the aftermarket, was the estimate that by 2030 – and that’s just a decade away – 15% of vehicles globally could be autonomous, which due to the safety margins these vehicles will be required to function within, could result in a 50% reduction in the wear rate of replacement components.

Another eye-opening statistic is that during 2020, European regulators are considering whether to dictate that vehicle manufacturer (VM) original equipment (OE) and vehicle identification number (VIN) data will be mad open to the market. Although this would be a positive development, it would mean that trillions of data records – 450 billion per day, in many different formats – will potentially need to be processed by individual replacement parts suppliers. This is clearly not a realistic possibility, which is where TecAlliance will again prove its worth, by standardising the data for the benefit of the independent aftermarket.

Handing over to Xavier Thilberge, Sales Manager France, Order Manager, the subject moved to the challenges faced by distributors in terms of stock management and processes. Developed interactively with replacement parts manufacturers and distributors since 2000, Order Manager provides a one-stop B2B platform for orders – requests/confirmations/despatch advice – invoicing – electronic invoices – data – part numbers and pricing – and returns – claims and warranty processes.

For wholesalers and workshops, the recently introduced Warranty & Returns solution that the TecAlliance team has recently developed, provides huge benefits, as they can not only create and submit warranty claims and returns to their replacement parts suppliers with minimal effort and without cost, but also quickly and accurately, as the system is supported by TecDoc parts and vehicle data. In addition, they can keep track of the status of their claim and, without the need to send parts back for examination, the solution also saves them money.

Bringing the focus on TecDoc, TecAlliance’s cornerstone product and the common resource to all the attendees on the day, Alexander Wegner, Product Lead Data Manager Trade, began by reemphasising that to ensure the quality of the data held within the catalogue remains high, suppliers must provide relevant and complete information.

An example of irrelevant data was demonstrated by a filter manufacturer that had listed an oil filter for an Audi E-tron electric quattro, despite having an electric motor, not an engine! When it came to incomplete information, examples were provided where suppliers had not provided fitting data or given brake disc descriptions or product dimensions. It is in these areas in particular, that the onus is on data suppliers to supply their data in the correct format and with the most helpful supporting information.

Moving onto the latest catalogue version 3.0 update, Alexander highlighted a number of the improvements that have been universally welcomed by users across the globe. Many of these developments, such as the catalogue’s new intuitive layout, its VIN search capability, individual dash board set-up, repair and maintenance data integration and responsiveness have been well documented, but what took attendees by surprise was being asked to complete a 12 question survey in order to ensure that the feedback and requirements of both suppliers and users is considered, as the catalogue is refined still further.

In the penultimate slot, Jens Störmer, Product Owner Demand Dashboard, spoke about Data Manager, a suite of data analysis solutions designed to increase business profitability.

To put things in perspective, Jens explained that TecAlliance, through the TecDoc catalogue, contains 6.6 million articles (part numbers) and daily processes 1.5 million vehicle searches for 25 million replacement parts related requests. It therefore holds an enormous quantity of relevant data that suppliers can analyse through its various tools to ensure they offer the most relevant and comprehensive product portfolio to their customer base.

With Demand Dashboard suppliers can answer questions such as: How often have my products been searched and my brand viewed? How are my products and brand performing? How is the market developing? How can I optimise my daily work and effectiveness?

Using PMA, answers can be found to: Do I use my full sales potential and how well do I know my competitors? What is my market position and how do my products perform in comparison? Do I offer the right products and meet current and future market requirements?

And with Analytics Consulting, TecAlliance can help them to apply all this data to suit their individual needs and improve their overall position in the market.

Finally, Fabrizio Giannelli, Sales Lead Data Manager Manufacturer, took to the floor to present TecAlliance’s vehicles in operation (VIO) and OE data, as well as its car source/cataloguing/utilities (CCU) software and how they combined to assist European distributor, SBS Automotive to tap the full potential of the marketplace.

With VIO data SBS was able to calculate the potential for its parts in all its operating markets, discover the gaps in its portfolio with the greatest potential for return, forecast product evolution and therefore define development priorities, as well as analyse range coverage.

In a similar way, the OE data allowed the company to identify gaps in in its current catalogue and therefore identify range extensions, as well cater for super-sessions and link other vehicles to its existing products, to maximise coverage and overall efficiencies.

Furthermore, by utilising TecAlliance CCU calculating software, SBS was able to streamline the analysis, updating and publishing process, improve its data quality and decrease the time taken to get its parts to market, all from a reduced staff resource and subsequently at a lower cost. Full details of the SBS project can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

Shaun Greasley

At the end of the day, Shaun Greasley, Regional Sales Director CEE, GB/IE said: “We had an intensive day, packed with a great deal of information, but the feedback from our customers made it totally worthwhile, as it was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing interest in adding more options to the products they currently use, in order to fully leverage business efficiencies.

“In such tough trading conditions, with many uncertainties still threatening to destabilise the market further, taking time out of the office is particularly difficult, so we are grateful that so many of our customers attended what was a very worthwhile event.

“It only remains for me to say thank you to them and my colleagues who made the presentations and to look forward to our next Information Day, which I’m sure will be equally constructive.”

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Autoparts Garage Equipment donates £3,600 to BEN

Autoparts Garage Equipment were delighted to welcome Sarah Hughes from BEN Automotive Industry Charity to Glasgow, when the team handed over £3,600 to the charity, raised through selling raffle tickets at their ‘A Night at the Carnival’ event earlier in the year.

The Night at the Carnival, from Autoparts UK and Autoparts Garage Equipment, involved garage visitors soaking up the full carnival-themed extravaganza, featuring live entertainment and free food, gaining exclusive access to show-only offers, discounts and a goodie bag.

Each raffle ticket bought was put into the prize draw to win a black Matco 4 series double bay toolbox, worth an impressive £5,000. The lucky winner of the raffle was John Ashcroft from Kilbowie Tyres, a tyre dealer situated in Clydebank, Scotland. As a result of the entries, Autoparts Garage Equipment were able to donate such an impressive figure to BEN.

Ben is an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for automotive people and their family dependents.

John McArdle, general manager of Autoparts Garage Equipment, added: “Thank you to everyone who made a donation, we are very proud to donate to such a worthy cause.”

“The feedback we have received from garages and suppliers has been overwhelmingly positive and they have clearly benefited from the event. Everyone’s hard work and sterling effort have paid off – we’re extremely proud of what we have achieved.”

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GS Yuasa look to the future as a new corporate slogan is decided

GS Yuasa has announced it is redefining its brand by establishing a new corporate slogan, “Creating the Future of Energy”. This slogan will be utilised in branding throughout the entire GS Yuasa Group worldwide.

The new slogan conveys the battery manufacturer’s commitment to continually create and present energy in new forms to meet the ever-changing needs of the times. Building on GS Yuasa’s long-maintained stance of exploring new forms of energy for the benefit of society, the slogan also expresses the company’s intentions for the future in a powerful way.

GS Yuasa Corporation was formed from two companies, Japan Storage Battery (established in 1917) and Yuasa Storage Battery (established in 1918). The manufacturer’s history of successive innovations is rooted in the corporate DNA inherited from these predecessors. Both were responsible for building the foundation of storage battery development and manufacturing in Japan. Over 100 years on, that DNA has now spread to 38 operating sites in 17 countries throughout the world.

Osamu Murao, GS Yuasa Corporation President, said: “The new “Creating the Future of Energy” slogan replaces our current “Next to You” slogan in order to express our vision for the coming 100 years, the value that we offer to the world, and so that all group employees will share the GS Yuasa brand values.

“For over 100 years, GS Yuasa has developed batteries which meet the needs of the times, contributing to the development of society. We will continue to carry this DNA forward, listening carefully to the market and ascertaining the energy systems which will be needed in coming generations.

GS Yuasa will unceasingly take on the challenge of new technological innovation and contribute to society not just through “Mono Zukuri” (product creation) but also “Koto Zukuri” (service creation).”

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Defective brakes ‘leading cause’ of road accidents

Defective brakes were the leading cause of road accidents – where a vehicle defect was a contributory factor – for the sixth year running, new figures suggest.

The data, from the Department for Transport (DfT), reveals that defective brakes contributed to a total of 3,894 accidents from 2013 to 2018.

It also revealed the highest number of fatalities due to defective brakes occurred in 2018 with 15 deaths – representing a 67% year-on-year increase compared to 2017, according to analysis by Pagid.

There have been 64 fatalities due to defective brakes since 2013.

Conversely, the overall number of road accidents and casualties, where a contributory factor was identified, have decreased by a fifth (22%) since 2013, with a 9% decrease from 2017 to 2018.

The second leading vehicle defect as a contributory factor, with 11% fewer accidents over the past six years was illegal, defective or underinflated tyres, which contributed to 3,449 accidents.

There have been 5,705 casualties in road accidents where defective brakes were a contributory factor over the last six years; 7% more than in accidents where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres contributed.

Phil Woodcock, Pagid key account manager, said: “While there could be several reasons why brakes are consistently coming out as the top vehicle defect in road accidents, consumers need to be aware that worn brakes are a big problem and present a serious danger to the public.

“Drivers need to be able to trust their brakes in extreme situations, and although they are checked during the annual MOT, 12 months is a long time, especially if the car has received an ‘advisory notice’ that they are partially worn.

“It is therefore worth getting them checked in-between MOT and service intervals especially if the driver notices any warning signs such as an audible squealing sound or abnormal vibration when the brake is applied.”

Outside of London and the South East which had the highest proportion of reported accidents due to defective brakes, the South West had the most accidents over the past six years (2013-2018) with 442 accidents due to defective brakes.

The North East had the lowest number of accidents due to defective brakes, with 132 over the same period.

As well as defective brakes, the Government data lists five other vehicle defects in this category: illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres; defective lights or indicators; defective steering or suspension; defective or missing mirrors; and overloaded or poorly loaded vehicle or trailer.

There are 78 factors overall which fall into nine categories, these are: road environment contributed; vehicle defects; injudicious action; driver/rider error or reaction; impairment or distraction; behaviour or inexperience; vision affected by external factors; pedestrian only factors (casualty or uninjured); and special codes.

Pagid is an OE-approved braking brand of TMD Friction, which produces over one million-brake friction products across Europe every single day and invests €30m in R&D annually.

Every friction formulation is road tested for 300,000km with its own fleet of test cars, and 1,000 hours on a dynamometer.

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New car market declines in first nine months of 2019 as Brexit fears hold buyers back

The UK new car market declined -2.5% in the first three quarters of the year, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). September saw modest year-on-year growth following a substantial -20.5% decline in the same month in 2018, when new emissions regulations and lack of testing capacity across Europe affected supply.

The growth, representing some 4,421 units, was not enough to recover losses of over 87,000 in last year’s important plate-change month, however, leaving the year-to-date market trailing some 49,000 units behind this time in 2018. It is also in stark contrast to other major European markets, which this September rallied in double digits.

While the same regulatory upheaval has been experienced across the EU, in the UK the market is being subdued by the added pressure of political and economic uncertainty, with weak confidence stopping consumers from committing to big ticket purchases.

September’s volumes were driven by the fleet sector, which grew 8.6%. Meanwhile, private demand remained stable, up 0.1%, while business registrations declined -44.8%. Diesel registrations fell -20.3%, as petrols experienced a moderate increase of 4.5%.

Year to date registrations of new vehicles (SMMT)

There was good news for battery electric cars (BEVs), which saw the biggest percentage growth of all fuel types, up 236.4% (5,414 units) as new models boosted registrations. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) also saw growth for the first time in six months – albeit on the back of a -22.3% decline in the same month last year. Year-to-date PHEV registrations are now -5.2% below the same period two years ago. By comparison, popular hybrid electric and battery electric cars are up 32.4% and 125.1% on the same period.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “September’s modest growth belies the ongoing downward trend we’ve seen over the past 30 months. We expected to see a more significant increase in September, similar to those seen in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, given the negative effect WLTP had on all European markets last year. Instead, consumer confidence is being undermined by political and economic uncertainty.”

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Solera names Bracknell as UK HQ

Solera Holdings has confirmed that Bracknell will be the new home of its UK operations, with major investment going into the creation of an innovative new office space on Western Road.

The new office, to be renamed Solera House, is a complete redevelopment of the existing Worldwide House and will become home to Autodata and Audatex.

UK brand Autodata, currently with their global HQ in Maidenhead, and Audatex, currently with their EMEA HQ in Theale, will come together under one roof in late November.

Both businesses are international leaders in their fields, with over 80% of workshops in the UK using an Autodata system for the technical information needed to service cars and motorcycles and all leading insurance companies in the UK processing their motor claims using Audatex systems and technologies. This means the company is interacting with over 2,400 vehicle repair bodyshops, driven by a technical database that covers 98% of vehicles on the road today.

Rod Williams, managing director of Autodata, said, ‘This investment not only creates new synergies between the two businesses, but more importantly, the new office will deliver a stand-out work environment, with the latest technology and an impressive attention to detail. As sister companies within Solera, we were already working closely. However, being under one roof will foster even greater gains.’

Dave Shepherd, regional managing director of Audatex, said, ‘Our new facility will help enable our team members to thrive. With this significant and considered investment being placed around the work environment it will also become one of the most attractive workplaces in the Thames Valley. This is vital in a business that prides itself on employing the best talent to fuel innovation and deliver the industry’s leading solutions.’

Over 240 employees from across the Solera ecosystem will occupy the new office. The modern workspace has also been designed to accommodate considerable growth, for new roles being created now and into the future.

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