Dayco appoints Tom Tecklenburg as VP of Aftermarket, North America

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has appointed Tom Tecklenburg as its Vice President of Aftermarket for North America, reporting directly to Bruno Vallillo, President of Global Aftermarket.

Located at the company’s Troy office, Tom will be responsible for establishing the strategic plan and leading the North American Aftermarket team, which encompasses the United States (US) and Canadian markets, to increase customer satisfaction and drive growth.

Tom brings with him 30 years of automotive and commercial vehicle experience across both the original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket sectors, with his most recent previous role at HDA Truck Pride, where he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer for the US, Canada and Europe. He has also worked for The Timken Company, Honeywell International and Fram.

“I’m excited to have Tom onboard,” said Bruno Vallillo. “With his experience and the great team in North America, we can accelerate the growth of the business, while also improving customer satisfaction.”

I look forward to the opportunity at Dayco to lead the aftermarket team and leverage the heritage, strong OE position to drive continuous improvement and customer satisfaction,” said Tecklenburg.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton, Tom also holds an Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) certificate from the University of the Aftermarket.

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TecAlliance taking on the counterfeiters

Since the launch of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Crime and Enforcement Report 2018 -2019, the already high level of interest and concern on the subject of counterfeit replacement vehicle parts, has become even greater. The problem is complicated further by the increase in the number of customer supplied parts that independent workshops are being asked to fit and the difficulty they face in determining their origin. Amid this gloom there is however some light, as TecAlliance has developed a solution.

Shaun Greasley

“Following its release, both the Independent Garage Association (IGA) and the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) have subsequently issued statements regarding the report’s findings and this has similarly raised the debate among independent workshops via social media,” explains TecAlliance Regional Sales Director CEE, GB/IE, Shaun Greasley.

“The primary messages from the IGA and IAAF have been the facts that counterfeit parts have a detrimental effect on the entire independent aftermarket, with both original equipment manufacturers and legitimate aftermarket brands taking the financial and reputational hits that sub-standard quality parts impart, as well as the obvious safety issues faced by the wider community.

“When it comes to workshop owners, they agree that the practice of customers supplying the parts is on the rise, which they concede leads to the question of who carries responsibility should the part fail and if their public liability insurance would subsequently become invalid.

“Some take the view that the risk is simply too great and just refuse to fit any parts not sourced by themselves, others take a more pragmatic view and make the decision on whether to fit the parts on their opinion of the brand. All however acknowledge that the desire of motorists to minimise their motoring costs and the growth in internet shopping, have combined to create a problem that without government legislation, is almost impossible to resolve.

“Although as consumers there is a natural desire by everyone to save money in whatever area we are making our purchases and that includes the right to choose the brand of replacement vehicle parts, irrespective of its place in the market, fundamentally, the counterfeit issue comes down to whether the product we buy is actually the brand we selected.

“This is the issue that TecAlliance has been able to solve with the development of its oneIDentity+ resource.”

Around a decade ago TecAlliance introduced the Manufacturers Against Product Piracy (MAPP) initiative through which, leading brand automotive parts suppliers have since been working closely and, to distinguish genuine from counterfeit parts, many participants of the initiative now mark their products with a data matrix barcode, based on the coding recommendation worked out by the European parts manufacturer association, CLEPA.

oneIDentity+, a 100% subsidiary of TecAlliance, has developed an IT solution for the replacement parts market to enable this unique MAPP code, which is stored on the oneIDentity+ cloud platform, to be easily checked. Within seconds of a scan, the user knows whether the replacement part is original and can access detailed information about the product.

“oneIDentity+ is also responsible for the global management of the MAPP code,” added Dr. Daniel Dünnebacke, Chief Operating Officer for oneIDentity+ GmbH. “The globally unique two-dimensional MAPP code, which is based on GS1 standards, has become an industry standard in the automotive aftermarket and is nowadays used by automotive suppliers such as Bosch, Schaeffler and Continental, with more than two billion codes checkable by the oneIDentity+ service platform. The serialised MAPP code clearly identifies each part from the factory and lays the foundation for future applications in the context of traceability and digitisation. On this basis, our specialists have further adapted their services to meet current customer needs.

“The multi-vendor platform for example, supports role-specific and mobile processes and enables, among other things, the integration of vendor-specific and industry-specific customer loyalty programmes, returns management processes, track & trace and mobile and parts-specific provision of maintenance and installation information.

“Although the presence of counterfeit parts will continue to have considerable ongoing ramifications, it’s clear that TecAlliance and the members of the MAPP initiative, as well as bodies such as the IGA and IAAF are committed to fight the cause of the aftermarket. However, with oneIDentity+, independents also have the practical means to determine the authenticity of the parts they are presented with. Whether they then fit them, is clearly up to them.”

For more information about oneIDentity+, contact Dr. Daniel Dünnebacke on: + 49 89 321216 8111 or email: [email protected] and for TecAlliance, Shaun Greasley on: 01829 752888 or email: [email protected]

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Alcohol & Drug Testing In The Workplace – HR advice from Xecutive Search

Employers have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (HSWA) to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees. If an employer knowingly allows an employee under the influence of drugs or excess alcohol to continue working, and this places themselves or others at risk, they could be prosecuted. Similarly, the HSWA requires employees to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by what they do.

The Law
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into force in 2008 and could be used against employers who fail to take reasonable steps to ensure that their employees are fit to carry out their duties, particularly with regard to public safety.

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 covers nearly all drugs with misuse and/or dependence liability. The Act makes the production, supply and possession of these controlled drugs unlawful except in certain specified circumstances. Furthermore, if an employer knowingly permits the production or supply of any controlled drugs and the smoking of cannabis or certain other activities to take place on their premises, they could be committing an offence.

Employees cannot be forced to take drug and/or alcohol tests unless it is a condition of their employment and is set out in their contract of employment, or if they have given their consent.

In safety critical industries, drug and alcohol testing should be carried out on employees carrying out jobs in which impairment due to drugs or alcohol could have disastrous effects for the individual, colleagues, members of the public and the environment, e.g. drivers and/o operators of machinery.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 specifically states that any person who, when driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place or when in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, is unfit to drive through drink or drugs is guilty of an offence.

The HSE guidance INDG382 Driving for work — managing work-related road safety states that employers should ensure that their drivers are fit to drive, whilst The Safe Operator’s Guide explains the advice from VOSA and the Traffic Commissioners to operators, and states: “We recommend that you introduce random alcohol and drugs testing and develop such a policy in consultation with the workforce/trade union. When setting your policy for alcohol testing you should decide whether to use the UK legal limit or the lower limit considered safe in most European countries. Drivers who start work early in the day are particularly at risk of having excess alcohol left in their system from the night before.”

The Traffic Commissioners may require operators to submit written evidence that they have effective drugs and alcohol policies in place.

The Solution
Companies that are concerned about alcohol or drugs in the workplace should have a drugs and alcohol policy which contains a clear outline of the aims and purposes of the policy and set out the rules and procedures around alcohol and/or drug use. The policy on testing should outline:

  1. Who is covered by the policy and whether a particular group (eg employees carrying out safety-critical work) is subject to tighter restrictions;
  2. What constitutes misuse;
  3. The testing procedure and why the test is necessary;
  4. What happens if a test proves positive and the disciplinary action that may be taken.

If an employee fails an alcohol or drugs test, the employer may be able to dismiss them summarily for gross misconduct, particularly if they work in a safety-critical profession and their drug use has noticeably impacted upon their job performance. However, the employer should always ensure that it follows the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, together with any of its own policies and procedures, before taking a decision to dismiss.

Alcohol and drug testing is widely used in safety-critical and other occupations where the public is entitled to expect the highest standards of safety and probity. In addition to their purpose of preventing accidents, these tests have the added advantage of maintaining public confidence.

Testing must take account of legal considerations and be either a contractual requirement or carried out with the employees’ consent. The testing should be limited to the employees who need to be tested to deal with the risk and should not be discriminatory. Random tests should be genuinely random.

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Decelerometers added to connected MOT equipment

From 1 February 2020, anyone buying a new decelerometer for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 test lanes will need to make sure it’s a model that can connect to the MOT testing service.

This comes after the 1 October 2019 changes for roller brake testers. The change includes buying replacement equipment, and as part of the process of getting authorisation to carry out MOTs at a test station.

The aim of this change is to modernise testing in garages, save garages time and reduce the risk of error and fraud.

The DVSA is working with manufacturers to develop other types of connectable equipment.

The following items are estimated for introduction:

  • diesel smoke meters – late spring
  • exhaust gas analysers late spring
  • headlamp aligners – summer.

Until they are introduced, garages can continue to use their current models.

To find more about MOT garage equipment on CLICK HERE.

The Garage Equipment Association also lists all DVSA acceptable equipment.

Limited spaces available for first REPXPERT Academy LIVE event

After a surge in sign-ups for the inaugural REPXPERT Academy LIVE training day, Schaeffler says the initial feedback it has received from technicians keen to attend the event has been overwhelmingly positive.

The new ‘roadshow’ training concept, which is a joint venture with the IMI, will be held at approved college venues across the UK, with the first event taking place at Lincoln College on Saturday 16th November. The doors open at 9.30am for check-in and refreshments, with group sessions taking place throughout the day until 4pm. What’s more, entry is free of charge with lunch, refreshments and training materials provided.

REPXPERT Academy LIVE has been created with the sole purpose of helping professional technicians and workshop owners improve and futureproof their technical and business skills. Throughout the day, Schaeffler’s REPXPERT team will share its knowledge of the latest products, tools, hints and tips from the original equipment manufacturer and supplier, including LuK for transmission systems, INA for engine and FAG for chassis. There will also be a focus on new technologies, such as Schaeffler hybridisation, electrification and thermal management systems.

Additionally, specially-selected guest speakers, including REPXPERT Brand Ambassador, Andy Savva, will be appearing. Popular industry speaker, Andy, also known as The Garage Inspector, will be offering business advice in one of four different classroom sessions. Other special guests of interest to workshops will also attend at future venues, including Laser Tools and garage management system specialist, Techman, adding even more value to the already free event.

As well as the presentations and seminars, visitors will be able to test their skills in the INA Torque Challenge, an educational training game, which highlights the importance of using the correct tools and torque values while replacing belt system components.

Schaeffler Managing Director, Nigel Morgan, said: “We have been delighted with the initial feedback from workshops in the East Midlands and beyond. We thought this event would be a ‘hit’ with technicians, many of whom not only fit our products but also register their points on our REPXPERT website, which contains an abundance of installation guides, diagnosis tools and product information.

“To bring REPXPERT and all of its technical information to life is a fantastic moment for Schaeffler, and we know visitors will not be disappointed – we urge technicians to sign-up now to avoid missing out.”

To book or find out more about Schaeffler REPXPERT Academy LIVE, including upcoming dates and venues as they become available, please visit

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Bristol City Council proposes diesel ban

Bristol City Council is proposing a diesel vehicle ban combined with a clean air zone charge as part of a “bold approach” to tackle air quality. This followed a six-week long public consultation in the Summer when more than 5,000 responses were received.

The proposal would see all diesel vehicles banned from a small area in the city centre and a larger charging zone for older, less efficient commercial vehicles such as buses and taxis.

Private cars would be included in the small area ban, but would not face charges.

A scrappage scheme for older diesel vehicles would also be launched.

The city council’s cabinet approved the plans on November 5 and, and, if accepted by government, the changes will be introduced in March 2021.

According to Bristol City Council’s outline business case (OBC) for the move: “This bold approach demonstrates both our commitment to clean air and our wider commitment to tackling climate change in the city; both of which require step changes to tackle these challenges.

“To support this option and support businesses and residents impacted, a wide range of mitigation measures are being considered. Amongst others these include: a scrappage grant scheme and provision of grants to businesses affected; cycling, walking, bus and traffic management infrastructure schemes; further sustainable travel choice programmes; and ensuring exemptions and concessions are in place for certain groups such as blue badge holders and emergency vehicles”.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Industry wants to see all cities, including Bristol, meet their targets and continues to invest in ever more advanced technology to help improve our environment. However, this proposed blanket ban, which goes against government’s guidelines, fails to distinguish between modern vehicles and decades-old technologies and will only cause confusion for drivers while also undermining efforts to boost air quality.

“Instead, we need a clear and consistent national approach to clean air zones that incentivises uptake of the latest, low emission vehicles, including new Euro 6 diesels, which are the cleanest ever produced, alongside improvements to traffic flow and investment in charging infrastructure.”

Bristol City Council’s website states that detailed implementation information will be developed as part of the process of producing the Full Business Case (FBC) which is required to be submitted to JAQU in February 2020. Further consultation will take place in relation to the detail of the implementation of the preferred option. “The Council will be coming forward with plan for a series of stakeholder activity which will be informed in part by the detailed outcomes of the consultation”.

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Re-introducing APRIL UK – the IAAF’s protection and employee benefits partner

More and more businesses these days are using employee benefits to help grow their business. Whether it’s improving staff retention or getting them motivated and working harder – putting the right plans in place can greatly help a business.

However, finding trustworthy and dependable advice on this matter can be difficult. This is why the IAAF has partnered with APRIL UK, a leading protection and employee benefits provider, to assist members in finding the best solutions. From small family run businesses, to national companies, APRIL UK offer a range of plans that can help you and your business. These include:

  • Life insurance/death in service
  • Health insurance
  • Medical & Accident cash plans
  • Income protection

Some schemes such as medical cash plans can cost less than £1.50 per employee per week, so they have plans to suit all budgets. And even if a member already has something in place, April may be able to find a better deal and save money.

For company directors, they also offer a special tax efficient life insurance plan that could save up to 49% on premiums (compared to a typical life policy for a higher rate taxpayer).

As well as helping a business, all IAAF members’ employees can also use APRIL UK to obtain FREE protection advice. They can ensure your employees have the right plans in place to protect their family should the worst happen – a valuable service which employees should find useful and appreciate.

For further information, login to the members only area of the IAAF website. If you do not already have a login, please contact the IAAF office for assistance.

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GS Yuasa Academy online learning system proves a resounding success

GS Yuasa Academy, the revolutionary online battery training platform launched earlier this year has proven to be a success with thousands of learners now receiving industry leading battery training through their device. Featuring over 20 certified courses tailored to different job roles, the academy is proving to be a hit with technicians, distributors and educational institutes alike.

GS Yuasa Academy is the first system of its type for comprehensive online battery training. Aimed at improving customer service, reducing warranty returns and maximising battery business potential, each course on the academy is broken down into easy-to-follow, bite-sized modules with downloadable completion certification. Course topics range from ‘Correct Application & Technology’ to ‘Battery Testing & Warranty Handling’.

Jon Pritchard, General Sales and Marketing Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK, said: “We are delighted to have so many people now receiving high quality learning online through GS Yuasa Academy. We received a fantastic reaction to GS Yuasa Academy when we launched the online learning platform, and the response has been consistently positive ever since!

“An understanding of batteries is essential for anyone who is dealing with batteries in a professional context, be that fitting or sales. Through GS Yuasa Academy’s engaging content, we hope to deliver essential battery training in as an accessible way as possible – fulfilling an industry-wide need for more automotive training and development.”

Designed for both individual learners and organisations, GS Yuasa Academy provides valuable knowledge and skills. The courses feature useful support material and a downloadable certificate upon completion.

Ian Newham, Training Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK, and one of the presenters of the academy, said “With a dedicated team of specialist engineers and technicians, GS Yuasa has long been renowned for its excellent customer support and technical training.

We’ve had tonnes of great feedback from a wide range of users. Workshops, technicians and garages are all getting behind the GS Yuasa Academy. They love the comprehensive training courses and animated video content. The fact that users can simply leave the site and then pick up where they left off is a real bonus for technicians and workshop owners with a busy work schedule.

We already had an extensive training programme in place, but GS Yuasa Academy offers industry leading training to as many workshops as possible.”

In addition to courses in a dynamic, video-based format, GS Yuasa Academy provides various multiple-choice tests along the way. Individuals can both reflect on learning and check their understanding as they progress.

This type of assessment, along with the ability to unlock special team leader features, means the academy is particularly useful for large distributors, motor factors and colleges. GS Yuasa Academy allows organisations to easily manage and monitor the learning of users through additional business functionality, including a bulk team upload, progress dashboards, downloadable reports and specific learning paths.

As market leader in the UK for automotive, industrial and motorcycle batteries, GS Yuasa is proud to have introduced the original and only complete battery training solution to the market. GS Yuasa Academy will help increase sales, reduce warranty claims, save money, highlight upselling opportunities and ensure batteries leave the shelf in the best possible condition.

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