Automotive supplier, assortment optimizer and company brands in the European Aftermarket

Wolk, the German aftersales experts, have produced a new report on the European Aftermarket.  This report provides information on which companies in the European automotive aftermarket are purchasing components from other manufacturers to market and distribute under their own brand.

Each single profile consists of:

  • Company data with contact person
  • Sales figures from 2013, 2014 and 2015 where available
  • Number of warehouses in Europe
  • Geographical representation of the sales markets in Europe
  • Overview of the product portfolio
  • Corporate Development
  • Number of employees
  • Number of products offered
  • Company History
  • Core business segments (passenger cars, vans, trucks, trailers, buses, tractors)
  • Complete product range divided into:Engine and gears
  • Brakes and steering
  • Electrics and electronics
  • Cooling system
  • Oil and chemicals
  • Body
  • OthersLANGUAGE: English
    SIZE: 76 company profiles on 430 charts
    DATE OF PUBLISHING: July 2016
    PRICE / LICENCES:All prices are net prices. Customers in Germany pay 19% taxes. Sales to private individuals are not possible.Team Licence Price (2-5 employees) PDF 1.750 €
    Enterprise licence PDF 2.500 €

    For full details and to purchase a copy CLICK HERE.

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IAAF Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 2017

Places are now filling up for the event which, for the first time, will be taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes on Thursday 7th December 2017, and will be hosted by former British Formula 1 driver, Johnny Herbert.

Johnny Herbert poses on the red carpet at the BT Sport Industry Awards 2015 in London.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for BT Sport Industry Awards)

Herbert is world renowned as one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in the history of motorsport and is among an exclusive club of British drivers to have enjoyed a successful career in F1.

Herbert currently works alongside former world champion driver, Damon Hill, and other motorsport experts for Sky Sports F1, to provide specialist analysis during F1 race weekends.

The event is being held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, which overlooks the ArenaMK, home to MK Dons FC, and it will offer a vast array of new promotional, sponsorship and networking opportunities.

Guests will be able to settle comfortably in one location throughout both the conference and awards ceremony, while enjoying a drink overlooking the fantastic views of the MK Dons stadium.

The Brochure and Booking Form can be downloaded from here:

IAAF 2017 Conference Final Brochure
IAAF Reservation Form Rev 2017

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available for both the Conference and the Dinner.  Please contact the IAAF Office for more information.

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Who’s best in the Independent Aftermarket?

The presentation of the IAAF’s Awards is rightly seen as one of the high spots of the year for IAAF members, and this year it will take place at the Federation’s prestigious Annual Dinner on Thursday 7th December at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.

This year’s Awards Programme is now open for nominations and as in previous years there are categories for both Distributors and Suppliers in both the car and CV sectors.

Nominations can be submitted EITHER by completing and returning the nomination form to the IAAF Office by post, OR by fax on 0121 730 2745, OR electronically. Further copies can be downloaded via the IAAF’s website.

Nominations must be returned by Tuesday 3rd October 2017. All the nomination papers will be included in a draw for a bottle of Champagne – so why not give some great recognition for your valued suppliers and/or customers. Alternatively, if you feel you could miss out, you could of course always nominate your own company.

On line voting will then commence on Wednesday 4th October 2017 via the members area of the IAAF website, so don’t miss out on a chance to win one of these prestigious awards.

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New ‘real world’ emissions test for cars now in force from this week

New models of diesel and petrol cars will have to pass a new emissions test before they are allowed on Britain’s roads with effect from today, 1st September 2017.

Under the old test, vehicles were tested in the lab on a rolling road, but now they will have a 90-minute real world driving test. The limits are being introduced under European-wide reforms.

Transport minister Paul Maynard said: “We are taking strong action to clean up our air and these tough new emissions standards will reduce dangerous pollutants.

“This will ensure all vehicles meet rigorous standards when driven on our roads – and we are going even further tightening requirements again in 2020.”

The Government’s diesel testing programme last year found that today’s Euro 6 diesel cars were emitting six times more nitrogen dioxide in the real world than in the lab. Under the reforms, they will now have to slash those emissions by two thirds – helping clean up air in towns and cities across Britain, says the Government.

The new test is also designed to stop car manufacturers cheating on the emissions test.

During the 90-minute test vehicles will have emissions testing equipment attached to the exhaust pipe, and they must pass before they are approved to go on sale in Britain.

The vehicle will have to do roughly equal splits of town, countryside and motorway driving. The test will then be rolled out for all new cars on sale in Britain from September 1, 2019.

Fleet operators have called for clarity on the future basis of vehicle taxation beyond the current system of CO2 emissions derived from the combined miles per gallon (mpg) figure.

A working group, led by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), and including vehicle manufacturer representatives, data providers and fleet operators, held a workshop to discuss the IT system and data implications of the introduction of the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

The Government has pledged to keep using NEDC CO2 figures for tax purposes in the short term, which means it will be ‘business as usual’ for leasing companies providing vehicle quotations.

The Department for Transport has also recently set up a Market Surveillance Unit, which tests vehicles already on the road to make sure they meet emissions standards.

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A new addition to HELLA GUTMANN Solutions

Hella Gutmann Solutions has recruited a new member to join its garage equipment team.

Carl Whitlam

Carl Whitlam has become the company’s new business development manager for the North/M1 Corridor Region and brings a wealth of experience, having spent 25 years within the automotive repair industry. His previous role was as a mobile support automotive engineer for European Tyre Enterprises Ltd in which he specialised in driving diagnostic, advanced repairs and aircon repair sales.

Neil Hilton, head of business development at Hella Gutmann Solutions, said: “I am very pleased and excited to welcome Carl to our growing team. He possesses valuable experience, which I know will be vital for the growth of the business and taking it forward into the future.”

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DAF Trucks to take part in UK platoon trials

DAF Trucks will participate in the two-year platoon trial in the UK, which is being led by TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory.

Together with its partners, TNO, Ricardo and logistics company DHL, DAF Trucks has been selected by the Department for Transport (DfT), in conjunction with Highways England to gain experience with truck platooning on selected routes on England’s strategic road network.

The DfT gave the green light to autonomous trials last week, with the first DAF test trucks scheduled to take to the roads in the next few months.

Platooning enables trucks to drive in close formation, leading to lower fuel consumption, reduced CO2 emissions and improved traffic flow, by using advanced driver assistance systems that contribute to increased road safety.

“DAF is honoured to participate in the TRL-led field test involving a three truck platoon for the UK Government,” said Ron Borsboom, member of DAF Trucks’ board of management and responsible for product development.

“The trials will enrich our understanding and knowledge of the benefits that platooning can deliver, whilst at the same time we can support the Department for Transport by building evidence of how platooning can improve transport efficiency.

“It goes without saying that there is still a lot of technical development ahead of us before we might be able to introduce platooning to the market. This trial, however, is an important and necessary step we need to take.”

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More scrappage schemes announced

Hyundai, Volkswagen UK and Toyota have all now announced scrappage schemes with discounts off various models, following on from Ford’s recent announcement and that of Vauxhall earlier in the year.

Hyundai’s scheme offers between £1,500 and £5,000 on trade-ins across its model range and will run from now until the end of the year. It will apply to all petrol and diesel cars with Euro 1-4 engines registered before 31 December 2009.

Under the terms of the scheme, Euro 1-3 engine cars will be scrapped, however owners of a Euro 4 model will not have to scrap their car, but can trade in for any model across the Hyundai range.

Volkswagen UK is offering customers discounts of up to £6,000 to trade in diesel vehicles when buying a new car and all the Volkswagen UK brands – including Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – will participate.

VW’s UK scheme is a continuation of the initiative launched in Germany, which offered a discount of up to 10,000 euros (£9,000) to trade in diesel vehicles.

VW’s UK scheme will apply to any diesel vehicle that has emissions standards lower than Euro 5 and was registered before 2010. Incentives range from £1,800 to £6,000. Electric and hybrid vehicles, which attract government grants, will be included in the scheme.

Toyota has also launched a scrappage scheme, offering up to £4,000 off a new Toyota, which runs from 1 September to 31 December and is open to any vehicle more than seven years old. Customers can get a discount of between £2,000 and £4,000 off certain models.

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VW engineer receives prison sentence

The first Volkswagen employee has been jailed for his involvement in dieselgate.

James Liang, who was head of diesel competence in the US, has been sentenced to 40 months behind bars after pleading guilty to charges relating to VW’s use of emissions cheating devices.

Liang admitted that he tried to hide the presence of the device during early meetings with legislators, saying that he did so to protect his £194,000 salary.

He has also been fined £155,000.

US District Judge Sean Cox said, ‘This is a serious crime and involved a massive fraud upon the American consumer. Cooperation or regret doesn’t excuse your conduct.’

However, the judge added that Laing was not responsible for the VW decision to use cheat devices. To date eight VW executives have been charged with criminal offences, with VW facing fines and fix costs of about £19bn.

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Garages poised for 10% MOT increase – but do they have the manpower?

September will bring the skills shortage across the automotive industry into sharper focus when garage owners across the country are faced with an increase in MOT tests by almost 10%. Concerns are being raised as to whether garages are equipped with the sufficient manpower to handle this surge in demand.

The MOT rise is down to the unprecedented car sales boom of 2014, which reached an all-time decade high of 2.48 million. With 400,000 of these cars purchased in September of that year for the new registration, under Government regulation these vehicles require a first MOT after three years, and this date is fast approaching.

“Reports of continued growth within the industry have been gaining traction for some time,” explains Gavin White, MD of Autotech Recruit, the UK’s only specialist agency to supply temporary and permanent MOT testers and technicians. “However, the need to maintain and service the vehicles which originally sparked the sales boom is now starting, but garages do not have the manpower, or technicians sufficiently skilled to fix the vehicles which have become increasingly technical.”

A report by the Automotive Council, which revealed that 5,000 motor industry jobs were vacant in 2016, underpins the full scale of the problem. However, while this shortfall is largely down to the lack of new talent entering the industry, many garages do not realise that there is a ready supply of skilled technicians highly trained and proficient in MOT testing to cover unmanned bays during busy periods.

“Improving workshop productivity is at the heart of our business,” comments Gavin White. “An unmanned MOT bay can cost a garage up to £2,000 per day in lost revenue.”

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The Fellowship of the Motor Industry – something for you?

The FELLOWSHIP of the Motor Industry offers a unique opportunity for people to reacquaint with like-minded colleagues and make new Industry friends at exciting and varying social events. It provides the chance to benefit from a networking environment whilst enjoying the camaraderie of Motor Industry friends. It has been running since 1935 and has around 700 members from all areas of the UK.

NGK’s former Deputy Managing Director, Brian Childs, is the current Chairman of the FELLOWSHIP and cordially invites members of the Aftermarket to become Fellows.

Brian Childs at a recent Fellowship of the Motor Industry private visit to the Robert Lewis Classic Car and Memorabilia Collection

The FELLOWSHIP has been in existence for over 80 years providing Motor Industry colleagues, past and present, with the opportunity to keep in touch and indeed make new acquaintances.

The FELLOWSHIP is open to men and women that have worked in the Industry.

We currently have around 700 members from a wide cross section of the Motor Industry, so which ever sector you are from you will find people with a similar background.

It is especially attractive to those that are approaching retirement or reducing working hours, and have a little more flexibility with diaries.

The FELLOWSHIP organises a varied programme of events across the UK. These include lunches with amusing and interesting speakers, visits to manufacturing plants and motor museums, golf, horse racing and the ability to visit places that would otherwise be difficult to gain entry.

We ensure that the cost of attending events is not prohibitive and very often attract discounts. Typically events cost between £35 and £50.

We are a very open and friendly organisation and will ensure you are made very welcome. No cliques, just a set of people with a love of the Motor Industry and who enjoy fun and fellowship.

Many of our new members have been introduced to the FELLOWSHIP by current members, but if you do not know anyone please make contact with us and we will do the rest.

We have recently seen a good number of people wanting to join the FELLOWSHIP, please read below what Brian Coleman had to say about his experience when attending one or our events as a guest.

“I recently attended the Prodrive visit and I enjoyed the company of other like-minded automotive people and would like to join the FMI.” Brian is now a Fellow.

Cost of membership is very low, only £25 per year, with the first year FOC.

Interested in joining? Please visit the FMI website for more information – or contact Brian Childs on 07770 382371 or Tina Steele on 07836 631233.

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