IAAF Golf Day – Worsley Park – The Results

The sun shone on the righteous this week as the first of this year’s IAAF Golf Team Challenge events was held at Worsley Park.

The winning team from Elcome, pictured with IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson

There were some new faces amongst the stalwarts, with Corteco fielding their first team in the event.  There was also a second outing for the Phil Parkin Memorial team led by Anthony Kitchen.





The runners-up from Delphi

The overall winners on the day were the team from Elcome (Oliver Haywood, Mark Adams, Jack Hiscox, Nick Entwistle), with the runners being the team from Delphi (Nigel Duffield, Julian Goulding, James Onions and Nick Hamilton).




Wendy Williamson, with Nigel Duffield who had the best individual score of the day

Andy Reynolds, playing on the Corteco team achieved the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin went to James O’Gara playing for the Phil Parkin Memorial team.  Nigel Duffield achieved the best overall individual score on the day, having achieved the same feat in 2016.




Andy Reynolds, who achieved the Longest Drive, with Wendy Williamson

Following an excellent day’s play all the participants enjoyed a barbecue in the late afternoon sunshine, and even managed to fit in the France-Belgium semi-final.





The IAAF’s thanks go to the day’s Sponsors, Elcome and Sogefi and to Joe Richardson for organising the day. The next event will be taking place at the new Midlands venue of The Abbey Redditch on 13th August.




The overall winners, the team with the best score over the two events, will be invited to the IAAF Dinner on 6th December as guests of the IAAF.

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WLTP uncertainty is a ‘nightmare’ for fleet decision-makers

Fleets are extending leases and turning to short-term hire in an effort to combat problems ordering vehicles due to the new emissions testing regime.

The situation has been described as a “nightmare”, with fleets saying cars are disappearing off price lists, while others are subject to extended delivery times thanks to a backlog of orders.

All cars are being transitioned to the WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure), with newly type-approved models subject to the test since last September, while all other new cars must be rehomologated by this September.

WLTP replaced NEDC (New European Drive Cycle), which had been criticised for failing to represent real-world fuel consumption.

The Government has announced that WLTP CO2 figures will not apply to first-year vehicle excise duty (VED) and company car tax until April 2020.

However, it is not expected to reveal how it will help fleets mitigate the expected increase in CO2 from the new test until the Budget in November.

In the meantime, fleets are seeing vehicles that have undergone the new test being given a new ‘NEDC-correlated’ value that is, on average, 10% higher, putting some cars into higher benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax brackets.

Manufacturers, for their part, have attempted to play down the issue, but Volkswagen admitted earlier this month that its main factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, faces temporary shutdowns later this year, owing to the new emissions test.

It is planning “closure days” to prevent a build-up of vehicles that have yet to be approved for sale.

The manufacturer says it does not have enough testing equipment to cope and fears a backlog of cars will ensue.

At a meeting with unions, chief executive Herbert Diess admitted that meeting the new requirements and getting new cars approved for sale was proving a challenge.

“We will only build vehicles after the works holiday that fulfil the new standards,” Diess told staff. “The deliveries will take place gradually as soon as the necessary approvals are there, but many vehicles will have to be warehoused.

“To make sure their numbers don’t become too large, we will have to plan closure days through the end of September.”

The main rate capital allowance threshold and lease rental restriction both fell from 130g/km to 110g/km from April.

Meanwhile, the 100% first-year allowance threshold reduced from 75g/km to 50g/km from the same date, with the allowance applicable until March 31, 2021.

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Government launches Road to Zero Strategy to lead the world in zero emission vehicle technology

The government has confirmed its ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.

The proposals are outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy, which sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reduce emissions from the vehicles already on the UK’s roads, and drive the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks.

Together, the measures will put the UK at the forefront of a global revolution in motoring and help to deliver cleaner air, a better environment and a strong clean economy.

The Road to Zero Strategy will help the government to achieve key elements of its modern Industrial Strategy — leading the industries of the future and building the UK’s competitiveness in the face of major global economic trends.

And the government will further look to prepare for and capitalise on the opportunities which will arise from the profound changes in how people, goods and services move around the country through its ‘Future of mobility grand challenge’.

As set out in the government’s Air quality plan, the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. The Road to Zero Strategy will build on this commitment and outlines how government will work with industry to support achieving this.

The government will work alongside industry, businesses, academia, consumer groups, devolved administrations, environmental groups, local government and international partners to enable the deployment of one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world and prepare for a greener future for the UK’s roads.

The government‘s mission, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, is to put the UK at the forefront of an industry that is estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion per year by 2050.

The Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the government’s 2040 mission. The government has no plan to ban any particular technology – like hybrids – as part of this strategy.

The government has already committed to investing £1.5 billion in ultra low emission vehicles by 2020 and the Road to Zero Strategy outlines a number of ambitious measures including:

  • a push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes, where appropriate, and new lampposts to include charging points, potentially providing a massive expansion of the plug-in network
  • the launch of a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing funding to new and existing companies that produce and install charge points. The request for proposal to appoint a fund manager will be launched in the summer
  • creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology
  • providing up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. And an increase in the value of grants available to workplaces to install chargepoints so people can charge when they are at work
  • the extension of the Plug-In Car and Van Grants to at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020, allowing consumers to continue to make significant savings when purchasing a new electric vehicle
  • the launch of an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles.

The initiatives will set the stage for the mass uptake of ultra low emission vehicles. The government is also taking powers through the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to ensure chargepoints are easily accessed and used across the UK, available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers and will be smart ready.

The government expects the transition to be led by industry and consumers and a review of the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles will take place in 2025 to consider what interventions are required if not enough progress is being made.

The UK will be hosting the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle summit this year in Birmingham. This event will bring together policy makers, industry experts and opinion formers from around globe to tackle carbon emissions and to explore ways to improve air quality.

A new £40 million programme is being created to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology. UK business can apply for innovation grants to design, develop and deploy innovative electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In addition, the winners of the 14th Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation competition will be announced. The winners have been awarded a share of a £20 million pot to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles, with a focus on innovative low carbon HGV technologies.

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Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.

Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there’s on-street parking.

Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.

The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.

The government’s target is to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.

They include:

  • The need to assess if new homes and offices should be required to install charging points as standard
  • New street lighting columns with on-street parking to have charging points in appropriate locations
  • More money being allocated to fund charging infrastructure.

Mr Grayling said the proposed measures would mean the UK having “one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world”.

“The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050,” he said.

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M6 toll rises meet strong opposition

Plans to raise the cost of using the M6 toll road later this month have been met with strong opposition from residents, hauliers and politicians, who say the move will have a negative impact on air quality and congestion.

An open letter, led by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and signed by six local MPs, read: “We are extremely disappointed at the decision to increase charges, in particular for HGVs.

“This will do nothing to move more vans and heavy goods vehicles off the region’s other major roads and onto the M6toll.

“This needs to happen if we are serious about improving air quality and managing congestion.

“Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and Highways England have worked tirelessly with Midlands Expressway Ltd over the last 12 months to make better use of the M6 Toll as part of the region’s wider road network.

“Actions include improved signage and other measures to encourage more long distance traffic, especially HGVs, off the M6 and onto the M6 Toll.”

Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, added: “It would be a great pity if this sharp hike in tolls persuaded drivers to stick with the old M6 – commercial traffic is particularly price sensitive.”

Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association said: “For many hauliers the M6 toll road has never been the route of choice – they simply can’t afford to use it. They must make every penny count and spending £11 pounds on a one-way journey, let alone using every day, is simply out of the question.

“So why have the Midlands Expressway decided to increase the rate for HGVs now – at a time when the price of diesel has just risen by another two pence per litre – adding over £800 per vehicle to a trucker’s annual operating costs?”

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Nissan admits falsifying emissions tests in Japan

Nissan has admitted that it has uncovered falsified data from car exhaust emissions tests at most of its Japanese factories.

The firm did not disclose how many cars were involved, but said emissions and fuel economy tests had “deviated from the prescribed testing environment”.

The carmaker added that inspection reports had been “based on altered measurement values”.

Nissan pledged there would be a “full and comprehensive investigation”.

It added that “appropriate measures” would be taken to stop any future recurrence.

Nissan has not revealed how many cars were involved in the altering of data, or if it involved vehicles manufactured outside Japan.

The company said it had rechecked “reliable” data and confirmed that all vehicles except the GT-R sports car conformed to Japanese safety standards. It did not explain why the GT-R had been excluded.

This is very embarrassing for Nissan and will damage its reputation, but it does not seem at the highest levels to have been deliberately trying to beat the system. Nissan appears to have been running its testing system very badly; they did not meet legal requirements and measurements were altered.

Nissan is still investigating what went wrong and so more details may emerge, although Nissan believes nearly all of its cars do pass emissions standards.

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Where will you be 4-6 June 2019?

Join industry leaders and and major suppliers who will gather, once again at Automechanika Birmingham to network, do business and discuss the state of the UK automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sectors for three days at the NEC. The event, now in its third year, will run again in 2019 before moving biennially to alternate with Automechanika Frankfurt.

Exhibitor space is available in the Garage Quarter, Aftermarket and Vehicle Production Halls. Contact us, explore the new floorplan and secure a prominent location for your company to compete for new business from some of the biggest buyers in the UK automotive industry. Be quick – we’ve already sold over 70% space for the 2019 event!

Enquire about a stand
If you’d prefer to enquire via phone, you can call the Automechanika team on 01483 483984

How do you supercharge your ROI from events?

Want to know more about stand design and measurement, persuasive selling techniques, social media and THAT subject… GDPR?

Automechanika are inviting you to join us at this year’s FREE masterclass held by the Association of Event Organisers, 18th July at the NEC.

Masterclass – what’s in it for you?

  • Free training from expert speakers worth £250 covers:
    On Stand Behaviour, Stand Design, Visitor Engagement, Social Media and Digital Strategies for Exhibitors, Exhibition Planning & Sales Techniques
  • The event is CPD accredited which will count towards your professional development score.

What can you expect on the day?

  • Fantastic networking opportunities
  • An opportunity to speak to on-hand industry experts, get tips and leave feeling inspired
  • Free lunch and refreshments!

See the full programme

Register to attend and use the code FOREST2018 to attend for free

Want to meet the team?

Automechanika Birmingham will be at The Goodwood Festival of Speed on Stand 404.

They will be heading to the South Downs until 15th July to meet with exhibitors and visitors. If you’d like to meet with them to discuss your exhibition stand, head to stand 404.

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Mekonomen acquires wholesale activities from HELLA

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers for lighting and electronics, is selling its Danish and Polish wholesale companies, FTZ Autodele & Verktoj A/S (“FTZ”) and Inter-Team sp. z o.o. (“Inter-Team”), to the Swedish wholesaler, Mekonomen AB. A corresponding agreement has been signed by both companies. The purchase price amounts to €395 million on a cash- and debt-free basis. In addition, a consideration equivalent to profits generated from November 30, 2017 to completion of the transaction will be paid to HELLA. The sale is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities and is expected to close in the 3rd quarter 2018.

“With Mekonomen, a renowned wholesaler will take over our activities in Denmark and Poland, which will strategically develop the business,” explains Dr Werner Benade, HELLA Managing Director responsible for the Aftermarket and Special Applications segment. “We will systematically focus the Aftermarket segment on the independent spare parts business and innovative workshop equipment. As part of this, we are accelerating the interaction between the divisions and opening up digital business models.”

Pehr Oscarson, President and CEO of Mekonomen, adds: “Through the acquisition of FTZ and Inter-Team, we strengthen our position as a leading automotive spare-parts distributor in the Nordic region and take the step into Europe. The acquisition is in line with our strategy of playing a central role in the ongoing consolidation in Europe. These are two well-run companies that will continue to develop within the framework of existing corporate structures and brands as standalone companies in the Group.”

FTZ and Inter-Team employ a total of around 2,500 people. The two wholesalers achieved total sales of around € 480 million in the 2016/2017 financial year. This corresponds to about 7 percent of HELLA’s group consolidated sales.

The transaction is conducted with the assistance of Jefferies Financial Group (Financial Advisor), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Legal Advisor), Ebner Stolz (Financial & Tax Due Diligence) and Roland Berger (Commercial Due Diligence).

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Digraph Manchester open for business

Digraph has opened the second of its 16 new UK branches in Manchester, as the commercial vehicle (CV) factor accelerates its rapid expansion.

The new branch, situated on the Guinness Road Trading Estate, occupies a 26,000 sq ft site, which includes a mezzanine level. The branch stocks an extensive range of original quality parts from all leading manufacturers, including an enhanced range of filtration and braking equipment.

Officially opened on June 25th 2018, the new Manchester outlet is already providing fast, off-the-shelf deliveries to commercial vehicle fleet operators and truck and trailer repairers.

Digraph CEO, Sukhbir Kapoor, commented: “Our growth plans are geared towards providing a much more robust service, and growing Digraph’s reputation for going above and beyond.

“The Manchester branch signals the continuation of our aggressive growth strategy, delivering our range to a much wider section of the commercial vehicle industry.”

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