Future of aftermarket under the microscope at Industry Briefing

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has held its final Industry Briefing of 2019 at Haynes Motor Museum, with the future of the automotive aftermarket very much dominating proceedings.

The sold-out event featured presentations from Donna Shepherd, business development manager from HaynesPRO, Quentin Le Hetet from GiPA UK and, Steve Carter of Train4Auto Consultancy.

Kicking off proceedings was IAAF head of membership development Mike Smallbone, who updated members on all the latest industry developments including Block Exemption, Type Approval, Connected Car, forthcoming EU legislation and, the Your Car – Your Choice campaign. Smallbone also outlined the various IAAF activities throughout year, with the Federation’s annual conference and awards dinner set to take place on Thursday 5 December at DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes.

Quentin Le Hetet from GiPA UK then presented “the next five years of the automotive aftermarket” looking at the four major influences on the market. These include: An ageing vehicle parc, vehicle manufacturer (VM) activity, motorists buying trends and, vehicle technology. He also presented on the changing dynamics for diesel cars and explored the large potential that still exists for the automotive aftermarket with this vehicle parc.

This was followed by Steve Carter, who stated that the electric vehicle revolution was no longer a possibility but a fact, demonstrating substantial vehicle manufacturer activity in this area and their commitment away from the internal combustion engine. In addition to the rapid increase in the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Carter also highlighted that less than five percent of all technicians are qualified to work on high voltage systems seen within electric vehicles, demonstrating the potential that exists for the automotive industry.

The session then finished at 1pm with lunch, where delegates had the opportunity to network and enjoy a trip round the world-famous Haynes Motor Museum.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “The IAAF industry briefings, held throughout the UK, have given us the opportunity to take the Federation’s message and activity to the membership. In addition, we are providing some high value content from experts in their field, illustrating why it is important to sign up early to these events to avoid disappointment.”

In 2020, IAAF is looking to hold more Industry Briefing sessions for car and CV members, details of which will be unveiled in the coming months.

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It’s a hat trick – Comline named as A1 Component Supplier of the Year 2019

Leading aftermarket experts Comline, have added to their enviable list of accolades as they are once again named ‘Component Supplier of the Year’ by A1 Motor Stores. The latest award, which was presented at A1’s gala evening in Newcastle, completes a hat trick for the brand who have previously secured the notable honour in 2016 and 2017.

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for a third time,” said Peter Cox, Comline’s UK Sales Manager “For me, there is no higher praise than that you receive from your valued customers and as such this honour is truly a great one indeed.
“I speak on behalf of everyone at Comline when I say how grateful we are to the A1 family for their continued support this year. We value our partnership immensely, and we are primed and ready to supply you with a class-leading service in 2020 and beyond.”

A1 Motor Stores, Director of Operations, Simon Salloway added: “Comline continues to be a great supporter of the A1 organisation working hard for our members to ensure they supply the right parts, at the right time, for the best possible price. 2019 has been another great year for our relationship, and 2020 is shaping up to be our best year yet.”

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How to keep data flowing after Brexit

Will Brexit affect data protection in your organisation?

New guidance for small organisations
The flow of data between EU or EEA member states and the UK is vital for business. Businesses have to prepare for all Brexit scenarios.

You may think your organisation won’t be affected – but you must be sure.

The ICO’s new small business guidance will help you determine if your organisation’s data will be affected by Brexit and what steps you need to take to keep your data flowing.

How to keep data flowing after Brexit

ICO guidance for small organisations that receive data from Europe
If your UK-based small or medium sized organisation (SMO) receives data from countries in the EEA, the new ICO guidance will help you take steps to make sure data can continue to flow after Brexit.

Build a contract now to keep data flowing
In most cases, to keep data flowing into the UK, in the event of a no deal Brexit, UK based organisations will need a contract in place between them and the EEA-based sender.

The best way to do this is to put a contract in place now on EU approved terms, known as Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).

The ICO has created two interactive tools to help you build your own SCCs in about 10 minutes. The two tools are for:

Don’t know if you need an SCC? Find out easily now
The ICO ‘keep data flowing from the EEA to UK’ interactive tool, for SMOs based in the UK, will help you decide whether your organisation needs SCCs to help you maintain the flow of data, and which SCC builder you need to use.

Guidance for large organisations that send or receive data to Europe
The ICO has more detailed guidance on international data transfers to help larger organisation prepare for all Brexit scenarios.

Prepare your European operations for a post-Brexit world

Guidance for large organisations with a European presence or customers
The ICO has more detailed guidance for large organisations who are offering goods or services to individuals in the EEA or who are monitoring the behaviour of individuals in the EEA.

It also includes information for organisations carrying out cross-border processing of personal data in the EEA.

Guidance for small organisations with a European presence or customers
If your SMO operates in the EEA, you will need to comply with both the UK and EU data protection regulations after Brexit. The new ICO guidance will help you take steps now to do so.

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PSA and Fiat Chrysler merger confirmed

PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have confirmed plans for a merger, with a final agreement expected in the coming weeks.

Both businesses have unanimously agreed to a 50:50 merger resulting in a company that will be the fourth largest auto-maker in the world, selling more than 8.7 million vehicles each year.

The merged entity will bring together the companies’ capabilities in the technologies shaping the new era of sustainable mobility, including electrified powertrain, autonomous driving and digital connectivity.

Annual cost savings of £3.2bn are expected as a result of the deal, with no planned plant closures.

The Board would be composed of 11 members. Five Board members would be nominated by FCA (including John Elkann as chairman) and five would be nominated by Groupe PSA (including the senior independent director and the vice chairman). The chief executive officer would be Carlos Tavares for an initial term of five years and he would also be a member of the Board.

The new company will be incorporated in the Netherlands, a neutral location, but it would retain stock market listings in Paris, Milan and New York, as well as maintaining “significant presences” in major office locations in France, Italy and the US.

Exor, the Agnelli family investment company, will have the largest stake in the merged group. Other large shareholders are the Peugeot family, China’s Dongfeng Motor and the French state.

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IAAF Conference 2019: Sold Out

The IAAF 2019 Conference, which is taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes on 5th December, has now sold out. Due to very high demand, all the places for the event, where the central theme will focus on how technology is transforming the automotive aftermarket, have been filled.

The IAAF will be welcoming a top list of industry speakers to the event, which is being sponsored by automotive aftermarket specialist PR company Impression Communications,and current issues from both the UK and Europe will be explored, highlighting the many changes that are taking place across the industry from a technical, legislative and market perspective.

The agenda will feature some of the industry’s leading names as they gather to share their views on some of these current and future technologies, alongside record breaker, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Richard Noble, OBE, founding Director of The Bloodhound Project and current holder of the World Land Speed Record set in 1983 with the Thrust2 programme.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “We’re delighted that the Conference has sold out, having secured our line-up for this year’s Conference, which is anticipated to be a very popular one, particularly with the addition of Richard Noble to our roster. His life story is a tale of great struggles and success, and our members will no doubt be gripped by his extraordinary achievements as a pioneering explorer and set-up of the Bloodhound Project. We have a fantastic mix of talks lined up from some excellent speakers, and the audience will be treated to a thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable day.”

“The theme of this year’s Conference will provoke some serious and inspiring thought, the automotive industry has always embraced technological advances but the pace of change has accelerated rapidly over the last few years, thanks to 5G connectivity, the emergence of new lifestyle trends such as car sharing and how responsive transport is transforming our industry sector.”

There are also only a handful of places left for the Dinner which takes place following the Conference. If you haven’t already booked your places, you will need to hurry. A booking form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

IAAF Reservation Form Rev 2019

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ZF Services UK becomes “service ready” on next-generation vehicles and wins Irish Auto Trade ‘Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year’ Award 2020 in customer vote

ZF Services UK has become “service ready” on the next generation of commercial vehicles

The company’s UK Centre of Competence in Nottingham – which provides technical support, repairs and servicing – has put technicians through extensive high voltage training and invested in the very latest testing equipment for TraXon fully automatic transmissions and AxTrax AVE electric axles.

ZF Services UK’s expanding Service Partner network is also undergoing training as the company meets the evolving demand for the repair and maintenance of modern vehicles.

ZF’s Nottingham Centre of Competence – which has enhanced its capacity to remanufacturer and repair transmissions and axles – can perform on-site diagnosis, repairs and servicing to ensure vehicle downtime is minimised.

With ZF AxTrax AVE electric portal axles successfully lowering emissions for hybrid buses and trolleybuses, and TraXon providing effective transmission of power and long service life, ZF Services UK is fully equipped to meet the repair and maintenance challenges of the Next Generation Aftermarket.

David Wakeling, ZF Head of Commercial Vehicle, said: “ZF Services UK has invested in additional resources, training and equipment at its Nottingham Centre of Competence to ensure it is ideally placed to service and repair the next generation of vehicles. This investment demonstrates our commitment to customers and ability to support their ongoing commercial vehicle service and maintenance needs.”

Fully ISO accredited, the ZF Services UK Centre of Competence in Nottingham is a dedicated facility and thanks to the recent expansion, now boasts a 6500m² workshop area to further underline the company’s position as a leading industry specialist. With multi-brand capabilities, the centre uses only industry trained technicians who are multi-skilled and work to OEM standards.

And then, for the second year in a row, ZF Aftermarket has driven off with the title of Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards. The award is a particularly coveted prize as it’s voted for by readers of the Auto Trade Journal, Ireland’s leading automotive magazine.

The business, owner of impressive brand portfolio: Lemförder, Sachs, TRW & Boge beat off stiff competition from several industry greats to take the title for its product quality and excellent customer service. The award was presented at the Irish Auto Trade Awards held on October 17th at Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare.

On behalf of the team, ZF Aftermarket Senior Manager IAM – UK & Ireland, Martyn Houghton said: “To be voted by our customers for this title for the second time in a row is a real achievement. The team that sits behind the brand and brings it all together should be extremely proud.”

Padraic Deane, Publisher and Managing Editor of the Auto Trade Journal commented: “ZF Aftermarket proves that by delivering the complete package it is the best again, on this occasion.”

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SMPE successfully achieves ISO certification

Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), one of the UK’s largest independently owned automotive parts manufacturers and suppliers, has successfully achieved the management system standard ISO14001:2015, underlining the company’s commitment to tier 1 customers and improved environmental performance.

SMPE’s Head Office and Engineering Facility

The standard, which is in addition to the company’s ISO:9001 certification, applies to both its Nottingham Centre of Excellence and Poland manufacturing facility. The new standard provides SMPE with an environmental management system framework in order to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner, contributing to greener sustainability, covering criteria including recycling, lower carbon footprint and waste reduction.

The updated 2015 standard includes the latest requirements relating to the context of the organisation, leadership, strategic environmental management, risk and opportunities, life-cycle perspective, performance evaluation and auditing.

Richard Morley, SMPE Commercial Director, said: “This achievement demonstrates both our professionalism and reliability as a company and signals to new and existing customers that SMPE is a perfect partner to do business with.

Congratulations to everyone at SMPE in the UK and Poland.”

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CAT Awards 2020: Nominations open

The CAT Awards recognise the top teams and individuals who have shaped our industry over the last year. Nominations are currently open for the following categories:

Retailer of the Year
The UK’s top accessory vendor.

Factor Chain of the Year
(In association with UFI Filters)
The best multi-site factor.

Factor Branch Team of the Year
(In association with Boswell Aftermarket)
We celebrate the achievements of an individual branch team.

Supplier of the Year
(In association with Automechanika)
This highly-contested Award recognises the UK’s best supplier.

Achievement Award
Recognising an outstanding contribution to the aftermarket.

Rising Star
New talent in our industry.

Independent Garage of the Year
(In association with Toyota First)
The finest garage in the UK.

Garage Concept Award
Open to all garage schemes, fast-fits and autocentres.

Industry Partner Award
A special Award, voted on by CAT readers to celebrate the best customer, supplier or service provider from anywhere in the industry.

Please send nominations to [email protected]

Also, have you ever wanted to come to the CAT Awards? Well, now you can! Previously the industry’s premier awards and networking event was a strictly invite-only affair, but now the event held in Manchester’s swanky Lowry Hotel on February 5th is open for all aftermarket professionals to attend. Just go to www.catmag.co.uk/awards to secure your place.

Your ticket will get you access to the pre-lunch drinks reception, lunch at the Awards itself, which this year will feature a guest speaker. There’s another reception with a cash bar after the show, and if you’re around for the evening you are more than welcome to accompany other guests and the CAT team into Manchester. See you there!

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Management team changes within the Alliance Automotive Group

Alliance Automotive Group has announced that, as of 1st January 2020, there will be a number of changes to the management team of the Group.

  • Jean-Jacques Lafont – will become Chairman of AAG

    Jean-Jacques Lafont
  • Franck Baduel – will become Chief Operating Officer of AAG, reporting to Paul Donahue, under the guidance of Jean-Jacques Lafont. All Country Managers will report to Franck
  • Alistair Brown – will be retiring as Vice CEO while remaining on the Board of AAG
  • Eric Girot – will become sole Country Manager of AAG France and at the same time will assume overall responsibility for Group Purchasing. AAG’s Group Purchasing Manager, Sylvain Lemercier, will report to Eric.
    Thomas Tabiasco – will add IT to his responsibilities as Group Finance Officer. AAG’s Group IT Manager, Christian Schmolke, will report to Thomas
  • The Group HR and Logistics functions led by Asireh Moradkhani and Richard Beecroft will report directly to Franck Baduel.

These management changes will bring new responsibilities to longstanding members of AAG’s executive team while ensuring continuity of an organisation that has worked effectively together for many years.

AAG would like to congratulate those who are taking on these new roles and look forward to working with them and the whole AAG management team. They would also like to thank Alistair for his 30+ years of contribution.

Throughout 2020 and beyond, Alliance Automotive will continue its dedication to its expansion and development as one of Europe’s most successful players in the automotive independent aftermarket.

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Groupe Renault introduces hydrogen into its light commercial vehicles range

Groupe Renault, with its experience in light commercial vehicles and as a pioneer and leader in electric light commercial vehicles in Europe, completes its offer with Renault KANGOO ZE Hydrogen at the end of 2019 and Renault MASTER ZE Hydrogen in 2020.

The hydrogen fuel cell provides the additional energy for up to three times more range than 100 per cent electric vehicles with a charging time of only five to 10 minutes.

Hydrogen is coming to Renault as a complementary solution to its electric and hybrid strategy, to offer professionals a new solution for access to city centres, by removing the brake on autonomy for certain uses.

Renault extends the use of its electric light commercial vehicles with hydrogen.

Tested since 2014, Groupe Renault’s hydrogen technology was developed in partnership with Symbio, a Groupe Michelin subsidiary. The vehicles are equipped with a range extender fuel cell providing electric and thermal power of 10 kW, increasing the range of the Renault MASTER ZE Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO ZE Hydrogen to over 350 km. Another advantage of hydrogen is that charging takes just five to 10 minutes. Hydrogen meets the needs of professionals which can’t yet be fulfilled by electric vehicles, in particular long-distance travel requirements.

Expected in the first-half of 2020, the Renault MASTER ZE Hydrogen will triple the range from 120 km to 350* km and will be available in van (two versions) and chassis cab (two versions). Equipped with two hydrogen tanks located under the car body, the vehicle will increase in versatility with no compromises on the load volume from 10,8 m3 to 20 m3 and with a reasonable additional weight of 200 kg.

From the end of 2019, the Renault KANGOO ZE Hydrogen will boast the best real-life range of any electric van on the market at 370* km (vs 230 km WLTP with Kangoo ZE). With a load volume of 3.9 m3, and a reasonable additional weight of 110 kg, this vehicle will be available in France at €48,300 ex. VAT (including the battery purchase but excluding ecological bonuses).

“Groupe Renault completes its range of electric light commercial vehicles with the launch of Renault MASTER ZE Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO ZE Hydrogen. These vehicles provide professionals with all the range they require for their long-distance journeys as well as record charging times. And the advantages do not stop there, as Renault MASTER ZE Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO ZE Hydrogen can run on decarbonised energy that respects the environment while offering all the comfort of electric driving.” Denis Le Vot, Alliance SVP, Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit.

These hydrogen electric vehicles operate with a fuel cell, which combines hydrogen from its tanks with oxygen from the air to produce electricity (to power the electric motor). The first advantage is that these vehicles meet the new environmental challenges of urban mobility. In addition, they offer increased autonomy, fast hydrogen recharging (from five to 10 minutes) and easy maintenance. These advantages make hydrogen electric light commercial vehicles particularly suitable for the intensive needs and uses of professionals in large urban areas up to the periphery of cities: transport and logistics, urban deliveries and multi-technical services, municipal and local authority services, express and special mail.

Always responsive to the market, Groupe Renault is seeking to provide its Renault Pro+ professional customers with a complementary, tailor-made solution with Renault MASTER ZE Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO ZE Hydrogen.

*WLTP certification under way

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