Exol sponsors exclusive Rugby shirt for Acorns charity game

Exol has lent its support to Acorns Charity by sponsoring a limited-edition Worcester Warriors match-day shirt.

The shirt, featuring the distinctive Exol logo, will be worn by the players in the Gallagher Premiership match against Bath Rugby at Sixways on Saturday February 15 (kick-off 3.00pm) and will then go for auction.

The new Valentine’s Day-themed shirt is a colourful addition to the 2019/20 shirt collection and was designed by eight-year-old Warriors fan Tommy Smallpage.

The limited-edition shirts will be available to purchase from the Sixways Store on the day of the big game with all proceeds going to Acorns, a charity that supports children with life-shortening or life-threatening conditions and their families.
Warriors hooker, Niall Annett, who is the club’s Acorns Player Ambassador, said: “The Acorns Charity Matchday is an annual fixture for us and one that we always look forward to. It’s a change of strip for us too and it is an opportunity to raise money for such an amazing cause.”

Exol is a major shirt sponsor of Worcester Warriors, with its branding featured on both home and away kits. It is also sponsor for full-back and Warriors legend Chris Pennell, reflecting the company’s ongoing passion and commitment to the sport.

Steve Everitt, Exol group managing director, said: “It’s a proud moment for everyone at Exol to sponsor this limited edition shirt, which will raise much needed funds for Acorns Charity. Each year, through various different ways, Exol raises funds for charities throughout the UK and overseas and so we’re delighted to be so closely involved with Worcester Warriors on their latest fund-raising initiative.”

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Packed AGM sees new-look IAAF council formed

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has held one of its largest ever Annual General Meetings (AGMs) this week, which saw the formulation of a new look IAAF council for 2020-21.

Due to the growth in supplier members, IAAF Council decided to reflect this by increasing the number of available seats on Council. Nominations were therefore sought and ballots held to elect two new Component Supplier members and one person to represent the growing number of members involved in distance selling.

After a very close fought election, Lee Quinney from Banner Batteries and Mark Darvill from Traxx Tyres were elected to represent Component Suppliers and Terry Dorney from Online Automotive was elected onto Council to represent distance sellers.

Also joining the council as an independent distributor member is David Clarke from Autosupplies Chesterfield and Tony Stock from Marathon Warehouse Distribution, who takes over from Dr Richard Stock.

In addition, Richard Welland of WAIglobal has stepped down as Honorary Treasurer and will take up the position of Vice President, succeeding Terry Knox of CD Group as President at the 2021 AGM. Lawrence Bleasdale from TMD Friction has now assumed the role of Honorary Treasurer.

The IAAF Council is a voluntary group of aftermarket individuals made up of the Federation’s representatives, including distributors, suppliers, buying groups, service providers and garages, who come together regularly to debate industry issues and IAAF policy, ensuring the independent aftermarket can continue to thrive and develop.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive said: “Thank you to everyone that attended our AGM and I would like to welcome both new and existing members to IAAF Council for 2020-21. We have an exciting agenda planned for the year ahead and look forward to championing the rights of the independent automotive aftermarket, both within the automotive sector and externally.”

The composition of the IAAF Council for 2020-2021 will therefore be:

Lawrence Bleasdale, TMD Friction (Hon. Treasurer)
Chris Chapman, Moove Lubricants
David Clarke, Autosupplies Group
Neil Croxson, The Parts Alliance
Mark Darvill, Traxx Tyres
Terry Dorney, Online Automotive
Jonathan Eden, FPS
Bruce Grinsted, Partservice
Andy Hamilton, Euro Car Parts
Simon Haynes, Midland Vehicle Components
Martyn Houghton, ZF TRW
Joe Howard, Boswell Aftermarket
Dan Joyner, First Line
Kevin Kelly, Robert Bosch
Terry Knox, CD Group (President)
Craig McCracken, Autoparts UK
Darren Miller, Truck & Trailer Components
Louisa Mitchell, RRD Automotive
Nigel Morgan, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket UK
Al Preston, Whocanfixmycar.com
Lee Quinney, Banner Batteries GB
Andy Reynolds, A J Reynolds
Steve Richardson, Alliance Automotive Group
Tony Stock, Marathon Warehouse Distribution
Richard Welland, WAIglobal (Vice President)
Tim Whittaker, Leamoco

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“The Car Aftermarket in Europe 2019” report series now available

The 2019 edition of “Car Aftermarket Europe” by Wolk After Sales Experts encompasses 35 European countries – from the automotive powerhouses of France, Italy and Germany through Central European tigers like Poland, Czechia, and Romania to the smallest but also important markets like Baltic countries or Macedonia. Sharing the common structure of the report, for every country Wolk provides a unique deep dive into its local intricacies to make sure they bring the best, most up-to-date knowledge about the local aftermarket.

Each of 35 European countries (including Russia and Turkey) is presented in a booklet which can be bought separately or as a full set.

“The Car Aftermarket 2019” country report content highlights:

  • International and National Trade Groups overview
  • TOP car parts distributors
  • TOP Truck parts distributors
  • TOP Garage marketing systems for mechanical repairs
  • TOP car dealers/car dealers groups
  • Aftermarket Volume by 10 product groups
  • Number of IAM garages per specialization (with total turnover and number of employees)
  • Direct marketers
  • E-commerce companies
  • Trade marketing systems, Auto Centers, Fast-Fitters
  • Tables, graphs and company profiles.

Each country is provided with up to 166 company profiles containing:

  • Name
  • ITG affiliation (if applicable)
  • Turnover
  • Business fields
  • Number of outlets
  • Number of employees
  • Address (Street, Zip code, City)
  • Contact person (position, e-mail, phone and fax numbers)

    Click here to check available countries and prices.

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