Places at the IAAF Annual Dinner 2019 selling well

Following the despatch last month of the brochure and booking form for this year’s Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, which is once again being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes on Thursday 5th December, the IAAF office has received quite a number of bookings and places are quickly being filled.

The event, the largest of its kind in the automotive aftermarket, is widely regarded as the industry’s premier networking event.

During the daytime, guests will attend an information-packed industry conference that covers all major issues affecting aftermarket businesses. This year’s keynote speaker is Richard Noble, the British entrepreneur who has achieved six world speed records, including breaking the sound barrier on land. In the evening 600+ aftermarket personnel will relax and network at the IAAF Annual Awards dinner, with entertainment provided by radio comedian and writer, Alfie Moore.

The DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes is situated in a convenient, central location that is easily accessible from across the country and has excellent transport links, as well as offering complimentary car parking.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for both the conference and the dinner and information is included with the brochure and booking form.

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UK Trading Groups Spring Event 2019 in Barcelona

The 2019 UK Trading Groups annual Spring Event saw 230 delegates from across the UK travel out to the beautiful, cultural hotspot of Barcelona. GROUPAUTO & UAN motor factor members were welcomed at the 5-star Sofia Barcelona Hotel on Thursday 30th May 2019 with drinks and canapes around the pool terrace, before they checked-in to their stunning rooms.

The event was sponsored by 40 of the groups’ approved suppliers, their support helps to subsidise the cost for member delegates and allows the group to put on a spectacular business weekend in an impressive location. This event is the perfect opportunity for member delegates to meet with suppliers and catch up with other motor factors.

The first night everyone gathered together for a relaxed, social drinks reception and dinner where familiar faces had time to catch up with each other and new members enjoyed the chance to get to know like-minded colleagues.

On Friday 31st May, the member conference session took place in the hotel ballroom where Steve Richardson, Managing Director of Alliance Automotive UK opened the presentation with industry insights and an overview of the wider group success. Bob Ackroyd, GROUPAUTO & UAN Managing Director presented the UK Trading Group figures and an update on the new initiatives, including the introduction of the highly anticipated NAPA branded product range plans and an overview of the garage networks success. Newly appointed UK Group Purchasing & Product Director Mike Howarth then introduced himself before handing over to his colleague Michael Swan to highlight the work carried out by his team to improve supplier terms and the plans for the rest of 2019.

The following day was the supplier workshop sessions; each supplier had an average of 10 appointments with over 460 meetings booked in total. Members had pre-booked 15-minute meeting slots with the suppliers they wished to find out more about or to discuss any opportunities or issues.

Across the 4-day event, the business was balanced with the perfect amount of leisure time. Each afternoon all delegates were able to enjoy the endless delights Barcelona has to offer from the famous Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s football ground located close to the hotel, to the beautiful marina, shopping locations along the Diagonal and the incredible architectural sights. Each evening GROUPAUTO & UAN members, suppliers and staff from the UK Trading Groups came together for fine dining, amongst great company and in a relaxed atmosphere.

Chris Chaplin, Marketing Manager UK Trading Groups, said “The annual Spring Event overall was well attended by GROUPAUTO and UAN members. I would like to thank our approved supplier sponsors – thank you all for your support. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Las Vegas.”

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MOT failures due to emissions defects

Nearly 750,000 cars failed their MOT due to emissions defects in the six months following revisions to MOT rules in May 2018. This trend suggests the failure rate is set to reach 1.5 million for the full year doubling the amount of emissions related failures.

The recent changes to the MOT are the most comprehensive changes to the test targeting air quality. Industry experts at Glass’s expect these changes to take more diesel cars and vans beyond economical repair.

Jonathan Brown, car editor at Glass’s said, ‘The latest revision in MOT rules is not the biggest change since the MOT began back in 1960 when the test only affected cars over 10 years of age. However, these changes that aim to improve air quality, will impact older diesels significantly with failure rates likely to increase.’

Under the new legislation, owners can drive vehicles away from MOT stations that have a major defect as long as the MOT is still valid and the car is roadworthy. This is on the proviso of carrying out repairs immediately. However, owners cannot drive cars with dangerous faults until the problem is fixed. Examples of dangerous faults include missing brake discs, dangerous wheels or leaking hydraulic fluid that affects brake functionality.

Today, diesel vans are four and a half times more likely to fail the new emission element of the MOT. With demand for local deliveries increasing with the rise of internet shopping, there are self-employed drivers with older, higher mileage diesel vans suffering from a lack of maintenance, either due to time or budget constraints. These vans will become the MOT failures of tomorrow.

The MOT changes are having a noticeable impact on dealer buying habits. A vehicle offered at auction, with a long MOT compared to a similar model with little or no MOT affects price considerably, especially as the vehicle age increases. With ever-tighter regulations, these effects will continue to have negative influence on values on these older vehicles.

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Ford launches scrappage scheme to take older, less fuel-efficient vehicles off UK roads

Ford – the UK’s top-selling passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle brand – is launching a new scrappage scheme to take older, less fuel- efficient vehicles off U.K. roads, replacing them with cleaner and more fuel-efficient new Ford models.

“Our last Ford scrappage scheme saw 25,500 customers trade-in their older vehicles for Ford models equipped with our latest emissions and fuel-efficiency technologies, contributing to reducing CO2 and other emissions on U.K roads,” said Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain. “We expect our new Ford scrappage scheme that we’re launching on July 1 to also have a positive impact on the environment.”

The Ford scrappage scheme enables customers to save £2,000 (including VAT) on selected Ford passenger vehicles and £2,000 (excluding VAT) on selected Ford commercial vehicles when they take their existing vehicle to a Ford dealership. The Ford dealership will then arrange for the vehicle to be scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility and a Certificate of Destruction issued.

To be eligible for the scrappage discount, customers must order their new Ford vehicle between July 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019, and have their vehicles registered between July 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Any make of passenger vehicle or commercial vehicle is eligible for the Ford scrappage scheme provided it was registered on or before December 31, 2012, and must have been owned by the customer for 90 days or more before scrapping.

The scrappage saving can be used against the purchase of Ford commercial vehicles (excluding Transit Connect and Ranger Raptor), and Ford passenger vehicles (excluding KA+, Fiesta Trend, all Zetec derivatives, Mustang, and all ST derivatives (Fiesta ST-1, ST2 and ST-3; ST Performance Edition; and Focus ST).

“To help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of our vehicles, we are committed to making more efficient, lower-impact vehicles and technologies accessible at scale. Our new scrappage scheme not only helps to remove some of the oldest vehicles from the parc, but also introduces customers to the latest fuel-efficient technologies,” said Barratt.

*From 2018, vehicles classified as “historic vehicles” by the DVLA are not scrapped automatically.

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TMD Friction receives TEMOT award for best aftermarket support

Demands on the aftermarket are constantly increasing: better service, first-class product quality, outstanding delivery reliability and competitive prices. Brake pad manufacturer TMD Friction is also exposed to this pressure and has now been honoured with the TEMOT award for outstanding aftermarket support. The award ceremony took place on the 25th anniversary of TEMOT International during the annual supplier conference in Barcelona.

The award was presented by Fotios Katsardis, CEO and President of TEMOT International Autoparts GmbH, Thomas Kobudzinski, Vice President at TEMOT International Autoparts GmbH, and Milos Marjanovic, International Procurement Director at TEMOT International Autoparts GmbH. Robert Lightfoot, Executive Director of Sales EMEA at TMD Friction, and Jörg Schmuck, Sales Director Central & Eastern Europe at TMD Friction accepted the award.

“We are very pleased to have received the TEMOT International award this year – particularly in the very important Service Support category. This shows us that our customers are impressed by our service offering and that we are on the right track with our ongoing developments in this area,” explains Bob Lightfoot, Executive Director of Sales EMEA at TMD Friction.

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First Line Ltd range exceeds 40,000 parts

Established in 1983 as Filter International, First Line Ltd started by selling just one product – filters. The following years of success and experience have enabled the company to grow substantially, expanding its product portfolio to offer its customers a truly extensive and market-leading range that now consists of an impressive 40,000+ individual references, across its three brands, with an offer of more than 60 product lines.

First Line Ltd has always been committed to providing its customers with the largest possible range of relevant products across its First Line, Borg & Beck and Key Parts brands. With this objective in mind, its offering is constantly growing and evolving and on average, 100 new to range references are introduced every month.

Jon Roughley, Global Marketing Director for First Line Ltd, said: “We’re very excited to announce that our range exceeds 40,000 references and will be adapting all our material and communications to reflect this positive message over the coming months. We’re still building our product lines to accommodate the demand in the aftermarket and while we’re very proud of our broad and premium quality offering, there are always more references technicians will require and will expect First Line to have these available in range when they need them.

Combined with the best levels of availability and backed-up by exceptional customer service, First Line Ltd is an independently owned and managed business, which has cemented itself as a prominent global supplier of premium quality automotive components for passenger car, light commercial vehicle and commercial vehicle.

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HELLA revives its bulb range

Good visibility is vital for road safety, therefore lighting and electronics specialist HELLA is continuously working to improve its existing lighting systems.

To support this, the company has revised its range of bulbs for cars, commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery and motorcycles. This is reflected in the new carton and blister packaging, as well as a new colour scheme. The blister packs are designed to support the retail sector with a transparent front and back, making it easy for the end user to search for and select the right product.

This packaging ensures that product categories such as Standard, Performance, Design and Long Life are recognisable at a glance. Futhermore, icons and QR codes are also on the packaging and provide additional information on service life or light colour and show suitable applications and vehicle types.

HELLA has been manufacturing bulbs for more than 120 years. With many years of experience in the field of automotive lighting, the company offers a comprehensive portfolio in original equipment quality.

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Cumbrian motor factor partners with UK Haulier

With over 50 years in business, K&S McKenzie, a family run business based in Carlisle, Cumbria, has partnered with UK Haulier to offer their services to the commercial vehicle market.

As one of the most well-respected commercial parts suppliers in the North West, K&S McKenzie provide services such as brake re-lining, torque wrench calibration and LED lighting. They are also a BOC Gas agent, chain and wire specialists, and one of the largest suppliers of AdBlue in the region.

Their fleet of vehicles operates all over the UK from their base in Carlisle and provides services to small businesses as well as delivering major contracts for large organisations stretching from the very northern tip of Scotland, down to the south coast of England.

UK Haulier is a website dedicated to transport and logistics and provides information, industry news, a business directory, job boards, and much more. They also have an online shop and K&S McKenzie are sponsors of this shop, supplying UK Haulier customers with exactly what they need, when they need it!

The partnership derived from the UK Haulier team believing K&S McKenzie can excel in delivering a high level of customer service and product satisfaction to members and visitors to their industry leading services site.

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