Trico acquires Tenneco’s wiper business

TRICO Group has recently announced that it’s acquisition of the Tenneco (Federal-Mogul Motorparts) Wipers business is now official, the final closing having occurred on 1st March.

This agreement includes all Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ global wipers and wiper systems facilities and/or assets including Aubange (Belgium); Druento (Italy); Ploiesti (Romania); Iracemapolis (Brazil); Juarez, (Mexico); and Qingdao (China). Additionally, all current customer OEM programs and IAM business will transition to TRICO Products.

The acquisition enables Trico to provide an even more competitive array of premium wiper programs and industry-leading wiper system technologies.

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And finally ……

Representatives from PACT visited the IAAF’s offices recently and were belatedly able to pick up their runners-up trophy in the inaugural award for Service Supplier of the Year.

The formal presentations took place at the IAAF’s Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 6th December 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, but unfortunately nobody from PACT was able to attend the packed event. Mark Rudge and Peter Hollowood were attending a meeting at the IAAF Offices and IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson took the opportunity to present them with their trophy and a bottle of champagne.

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New diesels proven to be as clean as petrol models

The latest diesel cars emit significantly less nitrogen oxide (NOx) than the upcoming Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2) regulations will require, according to new research.

Stringent testing by German automobile club ADAC shows that some diesel cars emit almost no NOx, during on-road testing – suggesting the latest models are as clean as their petrol counterparts.

In January 2020, tougher RDE2 rules will be introduced, requiring all new models launched to achieve 80mg/km or less (60mg/km for petrol). This will be a part of Euro 6d.

A conformity factor for the on-road test will be allowed, meaning the actual limit is 114mg/km for diesels and 86mg/km for petrols – significantly higher than any of the vehicles tested by ADAC.

A year later, in January 2021, all cars sold must achieve the more stringent figures. The conformity factor will be removed by 2023.

Current rules (RDE) require diesel cars to emit no more than 168mg/km of NOx, but the worst performing car tested by ADAC – the Honda Civic diesel – emitted just 101mg/km. (See below for full test results)

Following the WLTP re-homologation exercise that took place in 2018, the introduction of RDE2 will require all car makers to re-test their entire model ranges with an on-road test.

Nearly all the cars tested by ADAC emitted less than 50mg/km and the Mercedes C 220 d had no NOx emissions at all.

The Volkswagen Golf diesel performed exactly the same as the petrol version, emitting 14mg/km of NOx.

The best performing petrol car, a Suzuki Ignis 1.2, emitted 3mg/km.

ADAC performed the tests using a portable emissions measurement device (PEMS), in the same way as the official test.

Under the current company car tax rules, diesel vehicles that achieve RDE2 will not require the 4% diesel surcharge to be included in a drivers benefit-in-kind tax.

Currently, only the Mercedes A 220 d and B 200 d have been officially tested and approved under the regulations.

Jaguar has confirmed that the XF range will feature RDE2 approved engines by the end of the year.

Diesel car NOx emissions, as tested by ADAC

Model RDE: NOx in mg/km
Audi A8 50 TDI 15
BMW 520d Steptronic 5
BMW 520d Touring 1
BMW X2 xDrive 20d 23
Citroen Berlingo BlueHDI 130 7
Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC 101
Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 22
Mercedes A 180 d 40
Mercedes C 220 d 0
Opel Astra 1.6 D 1
Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi 180 30
Volvo XC60 D5 AWD 56
VW Golf 1.6 TDI SCR 14

Petrol car NOx emissions, as tested by ADAC

Model RDE: NOx in mg/km
BMW 218i Active Tourer 8
BMW 230i Coupe 10
Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDI 4
Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDI 10
Mercedes-Benz A 200 DCT 9
Renault Megane TCe140 15
Suzuki Ignis 1.2 3
Suzuki Swift 1.2 AWD 4
Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 9
Volvo XC40 T5 AWD AT8 9
VW Golf 1.5 TSI 14
VW Golf 1.5 TSI BM DSG 4
VW up! GTI 9

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MEPs vote to make AEB mandatory

A key committee of MEPs has voted through a range of new mandatory vehicle safety standards that could apply to new vehicle models within three years.

Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) have voted to approve a range of new vehicle safety standards initially proposed by the European Commission in May last year.

The measures include new crash testing requirements, mandatory installation of driver assistance systems including Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, over-ridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and Lane Keep Assistance (LKA), as well as a new direct vision standard for lorries and buses to enable drivers to have a better view of other road users around their vehicle.

The requirements also include installation of Event Data Recorders, which record critical information on the status of a vehicle in the moments before a collision and, as in the aviation sector, could help crash investigators understand the causes of collisions in order to help prevent them in the future.

Minimum vehicle safety standards in the EU were last updated in 2009, but these new standards will only apply to new vehicles.

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TecAlliance accelerates its update cycles

TecAlliance, known worldwide for its market-leading TecDoc electronic replacement parts catalogue, is from this April, implementing a pilot project to enable its official data suppliers to update their product information on a weekly, rather than monthly, basis.

Shaun Greasley

“The relentless globalisation of the industry is putting extra demands on parts brands, particularly for those growing into new sectors or rapidly increasing their product portfolio,” explained Shaun Greasley, TecAlliance’s regional sales director CEE/GB/IE.

“In order for us to help them respond to these challenges, we have examined our systems and opened the door to accelerate our information update cycles to provide a competitive and up-to-date solution that allows them to compete even more effectively, in today’s fast changing business environment.

“In addition to these obvious benefits, which help users as well as suppliers, the development also allows suppliers to quickly correct data errors and therefore significantly raises the overall quality of the data held within the TecDoc catalogue.

“Although we believe the project will bring benefits for all interested parties, we also wish to make clear the option remains voluntary and we will obviously not force our customers to undertake weekly updates if that doesn’t suit their needs.

“To put minds at rest, there is no additional charge for either data suppliers or data users, who currently receive updates monthly and no extra tools are required to use the TecAlliance platform, they can still use the DMM, the web service and TAF 2.4 data structure, as usual.

“The project starts at the beginning of April, so we’d like to invite data suppliers to register their interest by sending notification of their brand/s with the relevant contact details, while we also encourage data users to let us know if it is their intention to use the weekly updates.”

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The Turbo Guy makes significant investment

The Turbo Guy, who are based in Glasgow, have recently made a further significant investment in a unique custom designed MASTER SHOT BLASTER which is manufactured in the UK. Bill Barrett, The Turbo Guy’s Production Manager, is pictured left by the new machinery.

The business carried out extensive testing with different processes and established that this new method produced the same finish as OE, and allowed them to increase their productivity.

The Blaster has a multi-directional feature and cleans many units in a far faster timescale than their other machine, and produces a fine finish.

The Turbo Guy disposes of all waste professionally via an approved contractor.

By investing in this new machine, The Turbo Guy is able to dramatically speed up the processes, thus enabling orders to be processed and despatched same day, so that they can live up to their tagline “If we are out of stock, we will source and produce for our customers”.

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