IAAF Conference & Dinner 2018 – Sponsor opportunities still available

The 2018 IAAF Conference & Dinner will be held for the second consecutive year at The DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes, one of the city’s iconic meeting and sporting venues, overlooking the impressive ArenaMK, home to MK Dons FC. The evening ceremony will be attended by around 600 aftermarket personnel, where industry-leading motor factors and suppliers will once again be competing to win the coveted awards in recognition of their services, as voted for by fellow IAAF members, from a shortlist of aftermarket companies.

PR and marketing agency, Impression Communications, has announced it will be headline sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Conference, taking place on 6 December.

No stranger to the event, Impression Communications Managing Director Mark Field and his team have been supporting one of the annual highlights on the industry calendar for the past six years, overseeing all PR and marketing activity in the run-up, offering their specialist expertise and taking an active role in supporting the day’s proceedings since 2012.

Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK) has announced it will again be the proud sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner, taking place on 6 December.

Steve Richardson, AAUK managing director, said: “The IAAF works tirelessly on behalf of the independent automotive aftermarket and we are delighted to sponsor the annual awards dinner for the second year in succession. Coupled with the highly informative conference during the day, the event offers superb networking opportunities and the chance to discuss the future challenges facing the trade.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “We’re genuinely delighted to be welcoming AAUK as sponsor of this year’s Annual Awards and Dinner. They are represented at all levels of the supply chain and are an active supporter of IAAF’s activities, including the Your Car, Your Choice Campaign.”

Other opportunities are still available for Principal and Partner sponsor packages. To download a copy of the leaflet click on the link below. Further information is available from the IAAF Office on 0121 748 4600.

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ZF Aftermarket Offers Sustainable Mobility Solutions for Continued Growth

The ZF Group’s “Vision Zero” is now visibly taking shape within its Aftermarket Division. By following this guiding principle, the leading supplier for driveline, chassis and safety technology aims to create a world with zero emissions and zero accidents. ZF Aftermarket actively shapes the mobility of the future and sets new standards for a sustainable automotive aftermarket with its product and service portfolio.

The vehicle market is currently undergoing radical change. ZF estimates that by 2030, around one third of all automobiles produced worldwide will be purely electric or hybrid electric vehicles. ZF Aftermarket ensured it was prepared for this at an early stage. With its innovative products and individual service concepts, it has established a successful position as an architect and pacemaker for tomorrow’s mobility.

ZF Aftermarket presents a new generation of TRW brake pads developed specifically for electric vehicles under the name Electric Blue. Representing ZF Aftermarket’s highly innovative capacity, these significantly reduce interior noise as well as brake dust. The brake pads will be available for the 15 most popular electric vehicles in September 2018 and by the end of the year, 97 percent of the European e-car market will be covered.

With its impressive service portfolio, ZF Aftermarket proves that environmental sustainability, cost-effectiveness and efficiency can be optimally combined now for the future. Helmut Ernst, head of ZF Aftermarket, explains: “Our popular High Voltage training sessions allow customers and partners to acquire the key skills and qualifications they need to master the complexities of future technology at an early stage.”

ZF Aftermarket’s modular and interactive blended learning concept has been certified by a number of international public organizations and ensures optimal learning success with significantly reduced attendance time, and therefore lower costs.

An internal “train-the-trainer” program ensures that global workshops can acquire the necessary know-how to handle high-voltage technology. In line with demand, ZF Aftermarket has already trained High Voltage trainers in Germany, Great Britain, China and other Asian countries. Further trainers will qualify in the coming year and support workshop partners in Southern and Western Europe and North America.

Helping to shape the transition phase while the market reaches full penetration of electric vehicles will be a significant step for ZF. In support of this, the business recently announced a partnership with the Munich-based innovative engineering company in-tech GmbH. In essence the cooperation project “e-troFit” is about converting buses and commercial vehicles from conventional to electrical drivelines.

Here, ZF Aftermarket acts as the systems supplier. With the AxTrax AVE low-floor portal axle for city buses and the CeTrax electric central drive, ZF Aftermarket provides the vehicle components and necessary knowhow for converting and servicing. ZF’s partner in-tech is responsible for configuring the control technology. Helmut Ernst describes this conversion opportunity as a ‘bridge technology’ until sufficient buses and commercial vehicles with electric drives are on the market. “With etroFit, bus operators can convert their buses from conventional to emission-free driving within just four weeks. For a bus with an average life span of ten years, the savings potential for fuel alone can reach up to EUR 100,000.” A convincing argument in times of economic uncertainty.

Another area of sustainable economizing in which ZF Aftermarket actively pursues its set course is remanufacturing. For Helmut Ernst, remanufacturing used vehicle parts is not just an “ecological necessity” but also a “sign of economic reason”. Today, ZF Aftermarket operates 15 global remanufacturing facilities producing products ranging from steering systems for passenger cars to construction machinery transmissions. One of these locations is the remanufacturing plant in Frýdlant in the Czech Republic. Here, almost 400 employees remanufacture mechanical and hydraulic parts, and increasingly more mechatronic and electronic components. The advantages of remanufacturing are clear: Compared to newly manufactured products, remanufacturing requires between 50 and 90 percent less raw materials. At the same time, it saves around 90 percent of energy. In addition, replacing entire units can be more efficient than repairing individual parts within the component. This leads to significantly shorter vehicle downtime, and is more cost-efficient leading to higher customer satisfaction.

The mobility of tomorrow has to be sustainable. Conserving resources, ensuring a safe and comfortable drive whilst at the same time meeting individual mobility needs lead the list of criteria along which the concepts of tomorrow need to be oriented.

ZF Aftermarket meets these challenges head on and already offers customers and partners products and services that put them in prime position. “Our agenda for the future of the aftermarket is characterized by our principle of harmonizing the environment and technology,” promises Helmut Ernst. “We will use our expertise and wealth of ideas to accompany our customers on their way to sustainable mobility. In doing so, we optimally combine the Group’s ‘Vision Zero’ with the requirements of a sustainable automotive aftermarket.”

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“Because of My Service Trust business is booming!”

We had a very rewarding trip up to Stirling in Scotland recently to see how long-term customer, Kilgannon Motors was getting on with My Service Trust.

Kilgannon Motors is run by Jamie Kilgannon, who has over 35 years experience in the industry, of which the last 28 years have been spent running his own business. He started from very humble beginnings with a single ramp in a small garage. Since then, Jamie has worked tirelessly to build up his business and reputation from that of a small family business into the successful enterprise that we see today.

We first met Jamie about two years ago, one cold damp October afternoon following a referral by local sales rep, Duncan Davidson from Dingbro, who runs the ServiceSure concept in Scotland. Jamie was keen to explore new technology that would help put him on a level playing field with the main dealers and improve his customer experience and satisfaction… we had just the thing!

Jamie recently said “If you have any aspirations of growing your business, you’ve got to think forward, you’ve got to think where the customers are coming from, whether that’s a main dealer, or an independent, that’s your competition! How do you make yourself stand out?

“We are now in an era where if you don’t utilise the modern technology that is at your fingertips, and use it in a proper manner, then you’re not running your business properly. I can assure you, if you invest in this (My Service Trust) properly and put a process in place, you will find your efficiencies go up, your retention goes up, customer satisfaction goes up, but most importantly to your business, your profits will go up too.”

Jamie’s new premises are an ex-Skoda main dealership in the heart of the community. Ironically, in the very building Jamie started his apprenticeship 35 years ago. Back then, the building was smaller and owned by an independent, but now the new premises have been expanded and boast five service bays, an MOT bay, a valeting bay (for his car sales business) and a modern showroom and reception for both his garage and dealership customers to be welcomed with open arms.

During the first three months of sending videos, Jamie’s parts spend with his local motor factor went up by 30%. He now employs 14 staff to service and repair his customers’ vehicles and is building up the car sales side of the business too, for which he has taken advantage of our My Sales Trust video solution.

Jamie said “Since we invested in My Service Trust, we’re looking at a 15-20% uplift in the business it gives us and we turnover more than £500k. So 15% of half a million turnover is a very, very good return on investment!”

Ben Smith, co-founder of Smart Garage Solutions said “It is immensely satisfying to see our customers not just surviving, but thriving in these challenging and disruptive times. Jamie’s commitment to embracing our video solution to provide his customers with the experience and the convenience that they now expect is proof that this technology can genuinely grow your business.

“There are many challenges facing the sector at the moment, and with over 70% of main dealers cashing in on the lack of awareness amongst independents of this technology, I think garages who don’t embrace this and other customer centric technologies, will start to feel the pinch and increase the chances of them going out of business.

To hear at first hand more about how Jamie and the team at Kilgannon are reaping the benefits of personalised customer videos, click here.

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New IAAF Signage now available

In response to many requests from members, the IAAF has developed a new brushed aluminium sign which it is hoped will be displayed in a prominent place in members’ premises to promote their membership of the IAAF.

Truck & Trailer Components were the first member company to send in an image of how they had displayed their new sign.

The signs are now available from the IAAF Office at a charge of £20 + VAT inc. P&P.

Anyone wishing to purchase a sign should contact the IAAF Office on 0121 748 4600 or by email.

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Roadlink champions UK remanufacturing in Frankfurt

Roadlink International says UK remanufacturing is still the “envy of the world” following its successful attendance at Automechanika Frankfurt.

The leading commercial vehicle parts supplier, exhibiting as part of the SMMT’s ‘Business is Great’ pavilion in Hall 5.1, promoted its comprehensive range of new and remanufactured braking solutions, including calipers, brake shoes, pads, discs and drums, as well as a market-leading range of UK manufactured Bryden brake shoe riveting machines to export customers.

Roadlink has continued to invest in its CV brake caliper manufacturing facility in the UK and explained to visitors the efficiency and diligence that goes into the remanufacturing process, detailing each step including: Examining the caliper core; stripping and washing the core components, checking for quality, damage and excessive wear to all usable components; building the caliper with new OE quality parts; and finally extensive testing to ensure quality.

Remanufacturing in the UK currently contributes approximately £4.3billion to the UK economy with this figure expected to grow dramatically thanks to further investment. Remanufacturing is not only good for the environment through the reduction of CO2 emissions but reduces raw material and energy consumption.

Keith Sedgley, Roadlink joint managing director, said: “It’s clear, from the numerous conversations and visits to our stand at Frankfurt, that UK remanufacturing remains the “envy of the world” and that our commitment to quality is much admired. It also adds further confidence to our growing UK customer base, who benefit from our braking solutions every day.”

Also unveiled at Automechanika Frankfurt was the new Roadlink website at www.roadlink-international.com.

The website is designed to keep customers up to date with the supplier’s latest activity and information, as well as providing them with exclusive access to its online catalogue making it easier to find the correct parts.

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Quality is customer core message, says NAP with latest ISO certification

National Autoparts, one of the UK’s leading UK clutch and brake specialists, is proud to announce that it has achieved the latest ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard.

Following months of rigorous reviewing of the company’s processes and performance relating to leadership, risk management, and satisfying customer requirements, this prestigious certification is a true testament to National’s dedication to the highest levels of quality management and customer satisfaction.

ISO 9001:2015 is the newest update to the quality management system standard, which provides an integrated approach to quality management and continual improvement, helping businesses to monitor and manage quality across all operations, as well as achieving consistent performance and service.

It demonstrates the supplier’s ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

The independent assessment was conducted by NQA, a leading certification body, who will continue their annual surveillance to ensure progress is being maintained. With previous ISO 9001:2008 certificates becoming invalid in September 2018, National is setting a barometer for the automotive industry.

All design and product specification work for National’s extensive clutch and brake range is carried out at its Somercotes facility in Derbyshire. The UK facility maintains it engineering focus and high availability with the ability to produce and re-engineer bespoke products quickly.

The announcement follows an extremely successful showcase at last month’s Automechanika Frankfurt, which the supplier says was a result of visitors in attendance putting quality as their first buying criteria. The company, with a larger stand than ever before, welcomed visitors from all over the world including customers from Poland, Scandinavia, Ukraine and Germany.

David Houlden, National Auto Parts managing director, said: “We don’t compromise on quality and it’s great that this is recognised throughout Europe and now through achieving the latest ISO accreditation. It assures our customers of our continual commitment to professionalism and it’s hugely satisfying to be recognised for our ongoing hard work.”

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Malvern garage becomes 100th new Servicesure site for 2018

Malvern-based Daniels Vehicle Services has become the 100th garage to join the Servicesure garage network in 2018.

This century of sign-ups, achieved in less than nine months, is a record for The Parts Alliance’s industry-leading garage programme.

Daniels Vehicle Services has been meeting the car maintenance requirements of Malvern motorists for over 50 years. The former Renault specialist now caters to all makes, delivering ‘exceptional customer service’ through strong retention of trained technicians.

The garage opted to join Servicesure after being approached by the Malvern branch of Parts Alliance member Bromsgrove Motor Factors.

“Once we heard about Servicesure we were impressed by all the things we could access,” said Service Director Steve Berryman. “It meets our product needs but also offers added customer assurance; it’s a partnership that we believe will help show we are a professional garage wanting to do things the right way.”

Daniels Vehicle Services has worked with BMF Malvern regularly over the last 5 years, citing access to quality brands on key products like braking as the prime reason.

“It’s great to shine some light on the 100th garage to join in 2018 as we welcome Daniels Vehicle Services into the Servicesure network,” said Paul Dineen, Head of Servicesure. “Success this year has been down to a combination of factors.

“These include our ongoing efforts to keep adding to and improving the Servicesure programme, the efforts of our branch network to identify and approach suitable customers and undoubtedly, there’s also growing recognition amongst garages of the benefits they gain working with a trusted consumer brand like Servicesure.”

Servicesure will be actively looking for examples of best-practice within its garage network as it starts the search for a 2019 ‘Autocentre of the Year’ next month.

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Schaeffler invests €60Mio in new automotive OEM headquarters

Schaeffler is to create 350 new jobs by investing €60 million into building its new automotive OEM headquarters, following a global surge in the demand for e-mobility products by vehicle producers.

Located in Bühl, the historical home town of LuK, the new HQ will be the central control hub for managing Schaeffler’s e-mobility plants and activities around the world. All of these facilities will enhance the development of new drive technologies designed to simplify travel in towns and cities, and produce the systems and components that will help vehicles become more environmentally friendly.

As well as creating enough office space for more than 500 employees, the building will also house advanced prototype construction and test rig facilities.

Georg F. W. Schaeffler and Klaus Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Schaeffler AG, were among those who joined the celebrations which marked the start of the build.

Georg said: “This new building will be a milestone in Schaeffler’s history. We chose Bühl because we all appreciate the hard work and excellent results that have been achieved here over the last few decades.”

Klaus added: “By building our new automotive OEM headquarters in Bühl, we are one step closer to becoming what we want to be: a single Schaeffler Group, with one global strategy and one set of strong values.”

The construction of the new Bühl headquarters will also help to increase momentum in the ongoing Schaeffler strategy of ‘Mobility for Tomorrow’.

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Monmore’s charity cycle marathon raises over £500

Wolverhampton-based motor factor Monmore Autoparts staff have raised more than £500 after completing the Wolverhampton 20K cycle marathon on Sunday 2 September at West Park.

Monmore is raising money for Compton Care, a local charity that believes life with a complex or incurable illness doesn’t have to be limited.

It is passionate about helping people live the best life possible and do this by providing extraordinary clinical care and the very best emotional, practical and spiritual support.

Craig McCracken, group factor manager, said: “We’re extremely proud of all those who took part and raised money for such a fantastic charity. We’ve smashed the target and the figure is still rising thanks to last minute donations.”

For any further donations, CLICK HERE.

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Battery breakthrough could see electric cars charged in seconds

Electric cars could be charged in a matter of seconds using a revolutionary new battery system, it has been claimed.

A so-called ‘flow battery’ system, which has been developed by researchers at the University of Glasgow, uses nano-molecules to store either electric power or hydrogen gas, creating a flexible dual-output battery system.

In a paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, chemists from the University of Glasgow reported how they developed a ‘hybrid-electric-hydrogen’ flow battery, based upon the design of a nano-scale battery molecule that can store energy, releasing the power on demand as electric power or hydrogen gas that can be used a fuel. When a concentrated liquid containing the nano-molecules is made, the amount of energy it can store increases by almost 10 times. The energy can be released as either electricity or hydrogen gas meaning that the system could be used flexibly in situations that might need either a fuel or electric power.

One potential benefit of this system is that electric cars could be charged in seconds, as the material is a pumpable liquid. This could mean that the battery of an electric car could be “recharged” in roughly the same length of time as petrol cars can be filled up. The old battery liquid would be removed at the same time and recharged ready to be used again.

Professor Leroy Cronin, the University of Glasgow’s Regius Chair of Chemistry, said: “For future renewables to be effective, high capacity and flexible energy storage systems are needed to smooth out the peaks and troughs in supply.

“Our approach will provide a new route to do this electro-chemically and could even have application in electric cars where batteries can still take hours to recharge and have limited capacity.

“Moreover, the very high energy density of our material could increase the range of electric cars, and also increase the resilience of energy storage systems to keep the lights on at times of peak demand.”

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