IAAF-BEN Golf challenge concludes at Forest of Arden

The second round of this year’s IAAF-BEN Company Team Golf Challenge was held this week at The Forest of Arden near Birmingham, with even more teams taking part than in 2016.

Joe Richardson, event organiser on behalf of the IAAF and ably supported by his wife Chris, was delighted with the way the day went and the sun shone long enough for the players to enjoy a fantastic day of golf.

The winning team from Midwest Motor Factors

The Aylesford course, renowned for its tough challenges, tested the mettle of all the partipants and congratulations go to the eventual winners, the team from Midwest Motor Factors. The runners up were the team from BTN Turbo.

The valliant runners-up from BTN Turbo

The overall winners of the IAAF-BEN golf challenge for 2017 will be the team with the best score from the two events and they will be invited to the Awards Dinner in December to receive their prize.

Gavin White from Autotech Recruit who achieved the Longest Drive
Jack Hiscock from the Elcome team who got Nearest the Pin

The prizes were presented after the meal in the Club House.  In addition to the winners and runners-up trophies, there were prizes for ‘Longest Drive’, which went to Gavin White from the Autotech Recruit team, and for the ‘Nearest the Pin’ which was won by Jack Hiscock from the Elcome team.  Jim Sharma from the Midwest team achieved the best score of the day.

Jim Sharma from the Midwest Motor Factors team who achieved the best overall score of the day

Congratulations to all the teams and a big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors of the event.

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New Wolk Report “Automotive supplier, Assortment Optimizer, and company brands in the European Aftermarket“

This new report from Wolk looks at European aftermarket companies that optimize their product portfolio by sourcing components from external manufacturers and distribute and market them under an own brand.This new report from Wolk looks at European aftermarket companies that optimize their product portfolio by sourcing components from external manufacturers and distribute and market them under an own brand.

The report discusses the following three different business fields and shows you which companies are enriching their portfolio with external products:

  1. Component manufacturers
    parts manufacturers that enlarge their portfolio with products of other manufacturers and distribute them under the own brand
  2. Assortment-optimizers (repacker)
    companies that bundle the products of other manufacturers and are specialized in distributing and marketing them under their own brand
  3. Parts distributors
    distributors/wholesalers that offer private label brands to the market and source the components from external manufacturers.

    The individual company profiles include:
    • Company data with contact person
    • Sales figures from 2013, 2014 and 2015
    • Number of warehouses in Europe
    • Geographical representation of the sales markets in Europe
    • Overview of the product portfolio
    • Corporate Development
    • Number of employees
    • Number of products offered
    • Company History
    • Core business segments (passenger cars, vans, trucks, trailers, buses, tractors)
    • Complete product range divided into:
    o Engine and transmission
    o Brakes and steering
    o Electrics and electronics
    o Cooling system
    o Oil and chemicals
    o Body and paint
    o Other

    Size: 66 distributor profiles on 430 Powerpoint charts
    Format: PDFPrice: 1.750,- EUR

    For more information and to order online CLICK HERE.

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SMMT statement in response to government announcement on future customs arrangements

SMMT has issued a statement in response to government’s announcement on future customs arrangements.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It is encouraging that government recognises the need for interim arrangements which must be in place until the new relationship with our biggest trading partner is implemented. The automotive industry needs certainty to attract investment and make planning decisions so such a move – if agreed by the EU – would take some time pressure off these difficult negotiations.

Mike Hawes

“It is also reassuring to see the Government recognise the particular importance of customs arrangements to sectors such as automotive which are subject to Rules of Origin requirements and operate ‘just in time’ processes. However, to maintain frictionless trade and ensure business only has to adjust to one change, interim arrangements must retain membership of a customs union with the EU and full participation in the single market. Any other arrangement risks additional administration, delays and costs, undermining the competitiveness of UK exporters and increasing the costs of imports. We will continue to work with government to try and avoid such an outcome.”

To read more about UK Automotive’s position on Brexit CLICK HERE and to read SMMT issues papers on customs and interim arrangements CLICK HERE.

Consultation on regulations for alternatively fuelled vans

On 26 July 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), along with the Department for Transport (DfT), announced its plan to help reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.

The plan includes a consultation asking for views on proposed changes to regulations for vans and light commercial vehicles.

As part of the proposed changes, van drivers will be able to operate heavier electric or gas powered vehicles without having to apply for a new licence. The changes also include whether the MOT exemption for electric vans should be removed.

To find out more about how the proposed changes will work and give your views by 18 October 2017 CLICK HERE.

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‘First ever metal 3D printed parts’

Just a year after announcing it would produce certain plastic components using 3D printing techniques, Mercedes-Benz has introduced the first ever metal 3D printed parts for trucks.

By improving the parts printing process that it pioneered with thermoplastics, the German company has adapted the technology to use aluminium.

The first ever 3D printed metal part to go into series production is a thermostat housing cover for the Unimog truck, tested to be compliant with all of the company’s stringent quality assurance processes.

A major benefit of the technology is that it allows manufacturers to continue to support older vehicles with obsolete parts, as well as those that are very rarely required and are, therefore, not held in dealer stock.

The company’s head of marketing and operations for parts, Andreas Deuschle said, ‘The availability of spare parts during a workshop visit is essential for our customers no matter how old the truck is, or where it is located. The particular added value of 3D printing technology is that it considerably increases speed and flexibility, especially when producing spare and special parts. This gives us completely new possibilities for offering our customers spare parts rapidly and at attractive prices, even long after series production has ceased.’

The system is unique in that it means parts can be produced to order instantly, at any time and in any quantity.

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Jason Moseley resigns from NBRA

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) – a federated association of the Retail Motor Industry Federation – has announced the resignation of its director, Jason Moseley.

Since Jason joined the then NAB/VBRA organisations, he has led the successful strategic transition of the organisation to provide a unified and strengthened collision repair trade association. Jason will continue to support and lead the operation until he leaves in mid-October 2017.

Jason Moseley

The process to appoint a new director has commenced and is being led by the NBRA executive committee.

Roger Collings, NBRA chairman said, ‘Jason has been instrumental in raising the reputation and profile of the NBRA as the true voice of collision repairers. I wish him well for his next challenge. The NBRA Executive will now work diligently to appoint a successor and we will make a further announcement in due course.’

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Continued success for HELLA!

HELLA, the  original equipment manufacturer and system supplier and well-established player in the aftermarket, with an impressive product portfolio and excellent customer support, has had another extremely successful financial year – June 2016 to June 2017 – with new business alliances made, staff growth and a continually strong presence in the industry.

Matthew Say

HELLA continues its trend of year-on-year growth, boosted in no small part by the recent introduction of HELLA Hengst filtration and the continued development of Sonne, the company’s refinishing paint range. In addition, the financial success is due to a growing awareness across the industry of the necessity to recalibrate the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) following service or repair work to a vehicle’s steering geometry, in which its brand, Hella Gutmann Solutions, is the aftermarket leader. Along with Behr Hella Service, the respected thermal management experts and HELLA, with its renowned electrical knowledge, the company provides a comprehensive solution for the entire independent sector.

At the success of the UK operation, Managing Director, Matthew Say said: “It’s been a phenomenal year for us at HELLA and I put that down to the hard working team, who put 100% in everyday, just as much as the great products we supply.

“We’ve significantly grown our operation and with it, we’ve entered a new dimension in terms of our product offering and service solutions, which is a clear benefit to our customers and ultimately, the workshop.

“However, this is not to say that we’ve reached our peak – there are more exciting times ahead at HELLA, but for now, I’m extremely pleased with our success, it has been a truly incredible year!”

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Volkswagen Group to give two-year warranty on emissions recall work

Volkswagen Group has introduced a two-year warranty on vehicles that undergo the emissions update – and it applies to owners who have already had the work carried out.

Volkswagen Group – which is comprised of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda – has put into place a a 24-month warranty for customers who have the emission update carried out.

News of the two-year warranty – called the ‘Trust Building Measure’ – will be of interest to owners who have found that their car has been negatively affected by the technical fix.

The warranty applies if a customer makes a complaint to an authorised repairer or to the Volkswagen Group and the issue is found to have resulted from the emissions fix.

The warranty was announced in June 2017 and extends to owners whose vehicles have already received the emissions recall. It will cover the car from the date the work was carried out – provided that all other requirements for the ‘Trust Building Measure’ are met.

It covers vehicles for repairs to 11 components within the exhaust gas recirculation, fuel injection and emissions after treatment systems, within 24-months from the date of the emissions update. However, it only applies to vehicles with a mileage of under 160,000.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal began in September 2015 and affected a total of 1.2 million vehicles in the UK. Volkswagen Group has maintained that the technical measures have no adverse impact on the performance of the vehicles or the durability of the engine and its components.

It says that the Trust Building Measure instead serves to strengthen customer confidence and encourage more customers to have their vehicles updated.

In March 2017, Volkswagen engineers explained to us that out of 480,000 vehicles that had the fix applied, there had only been 3600 complaints. Of these 3600, 60 per cent were noise related and 35 per cent were complaints about poorer fuel economy and EGR problems.

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