The Turbo Guy makes significant investment

The Turbo Guy, who are based in Glasgow, have recently made a further significant investment in a unique custom designed MASTER SHOT BLASTER which is manufactured in the UK. Bill Barrett, The Turbo Guy’s Production Manager, is pictured left by the new machinery.

The business carried out extensive testing with different processes and established that this new method produced the same finish as OE, and allowed them to increase their productivity.

The Blaster has a multi-directional feature and cleans many units in a far faster timescale than their other machine, and produces a fine finish.

The Turbo Guy disposes of all waste professionally via an approved contractor.

By investing in this new machine, The Turbo Guy is able to dramatically speed up the processes, thus enabling orders to be processed and despatched same day, so that they can live up to their tagline “If we are out of stock, we will source and produce for our customers”.

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Digraph adds Carwood and Haco brands to its expanding CV offer

Digraph, the UK’s fastest-growing commercial vehicle (CV) motor factor, has added two of the biggest names in the CV aftermarket – Carwood and Haco – to its expanding product portfolio.

Stocking quality remanufactured diesel pumps and injectors from Carwood provides commercial vehicle fleet and bus operators, and truck and trailer repairers with an invaluable source for quality assured and approved (ISO9001:2015 & FIE manufacturer) diesel systems for the VM’s using Bosch, Delphi, Denso and VDO diesel fuel injection systems. A Test and Report Service is also available via all Digraph branches and a dedicated end user Technical Help Line is available to anyone fitting Carwood products by calling the number printed on, or in product packaging.

Providing a genuine ‘all makes, all vehicles, all systems’ service, all Carwood non-common rail products come with a 12-month warranty, while High Pressure Common Rail and SMART/DCMI products enjoy two years of cover.

Hot-on-the-heels of this partnership comes news of Digraph’s agreement with specialist tail lift parts provider Haco, which brings the confidence of 100% interchangeability for hydraulic parts of all brands of tail lift. Whether it be hydraulic or electrical tail-lift parts, Digraph can deliver parts for same-day delivery, with less popular parts available via its reliable next-day delivery network.

Bill Stimson, Sales and Marketing Director at Digraph, said: “From the very outset, our vision was to work with the very best in the CV market to grow the Digraph network. Clearly great aftermarket brands such as Carwood and Haco fit into this category.

“As leaders in their respective fields, these two companies add more value to our mission to provide CV workshops with the very best products off-the-shelf – right when they need them.”

Anthony James, General Manager at Carwood, added: “It is Carwood’s mission to develop long-lasting relationships with some of the most established manufacturer brands and aftermarket service providers, such as Digraph. Our facility in Birmingham remains at the forefront of diesel fuel injection remanufacturing services within both the UK and Europe and we are delighted to be supplying our high-quality range through Digraph’s fast-growing network of dedicated UK branches.”

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Rolling Components latest member to join IAAF

Rotating electric specialists Rolling Components has become the latest member to sign up to the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), as membership numbers continue to grow month on month.

Established in 1979, the Basildon-based supplier is one of the largest distributors of brand-new surcharge-free automotive parts including alternators, starter motors, brake calipers, steering pumps, air flow meters, EGR valves, ignition coils and other components.

Now employing 25 people, the ISO 9001-approved business is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, supplying parts nationwide and covering an extensive range of passenger car and light commercial vehicle applications, as well as agricultural references, all manufactured to OE quality standards. The company also boasts excellent availability with 98% pick-up rate, offering the biggest range of brand new, surcharge-free products covering most popular applications, with all of its products tested onsite prior to same day dispatch.

Rolling Components are set to benefit from an array of IAAF services as a member, as well as be given access to various networking opportunities and informative events that are held throughout the year.

Mr. Sudesh Kumar Malhotra, Managing Director at Rolling Components, said: “IAAF is the voice of aftermarket suppliers; the federation is becoming a very proactive force in the industry, particularly amid the significant changes happening right now. We felt the time was right to unite with fellow members and strengthen that voice, while looking forward to generating new business partnerships.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “There has been no let up in the number of new members we’ve welcomed over the past twelve months, signifying how far we’ve come as an organisation and adding further weight to our objectives in fighting for the rights of the aftermarket.

“We’re delighted that Rolling Components not only clearly sees the merits of becoming a member but also believes in the tireless work we continue to do on their behalf.”

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OSRAM joins Caruso as latest shareholder

Caruso has announced that OSRAM is joining the Caruso family as its latest shareholder. With a total of 10 shareholders on board, they are more than satisfied with the development after less than 12 months since the platform went live. With the development of smart mobility concepts, OSRAM is making a significant contribution to digitization and is thus a perfect partner for Caruso’s open and neutral platform.

With its predominantly semiconductor-based products, OSRAM enables a wide range of solutions from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smartphones to connected intelligent lighting in buildings.

Caruso’s majority shareholder, TecAlliance GmbH, sees the grouping as being structurally on a very good path. “OSRAM’s investment underlines Caruso’s market relevance and strengthens the neutrality of the shareholder structure, which we are continuously expanding. We are currently in talks with other major players in the manufacturing and mobility services sectors,” said Jürgen Buchert, Managing Director of TecAlliance GmbH.

Each partner can decide whether they also want to become a shareholder. In this function, they have a say in the business model and strategic goals. Caruso is profit-oriented, but does not pay a dividend to shareholders. Instead, the profits flow fully into the further development of the marketplace. This structure distinguishes it from all other existing data platforms.

OSRAM is in good company. Existing shareholders include founding shareholder TecAlliance, ATR International AG, one of the world’s largest trade co-operations, the Eucon Group, provider of market information for vehicle manufacturers and automotive suppliers as well as a digitisation expert for insurance and real estate, the CARAT Group, one of the largest trading co-operations in Germany, DVSE GmbH, a Europe-wide provider and supplier of information and catalogue systems, services, workshop and shop software as well as Global One, a strategic alliance of independent European aftermarket distributors. Most recently added in June were Mobivia, an international workshop group and key player in new mobility solutions, WM SE (Wessels+Müller), a wholesaler of automotive parts, accessories, tyres and workshop equipment, and LKQ Corporation, global supplier of automotive parts, accessories and workshop equipment.

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EU ministers agree average CO2 emissions for cars and vans

EU environment ministers have agreed a less ambitious cut to average CO2 emissions for cars and vans than hoped by the European Parliament.

Average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars registered in the EU will have to be 15% lower in 2025 and 35% lower in 2030, compared to the emission limits valid in 2021.

For vans, the European Council maintains the targets as proposed by the European Commission: 15% in 2025 and 30% in 2030. These are EU wide fleet targets. The CO2 reduction effort will be distributed among manufacturers on the basis of the average mass of their vehicle fleet.

The European Parliament had previously voted to cut average CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40% by 2030, with 35% of registrations to be ultra-low emission vehicles by that time.

MEPs said they also wanted to lower CO2 emissions 20% by 2025.

The Council agreed to adjust the Commission proposal on an incentive mechanism for zero- and low-emission vehicles such as fully electric cars or plug-in hybrid vehicles as regards passenger cars. The benchmark for cars for 2030 was raised to 35%.

The Council also agreed a specific incentive for manufacturers to sell zero- and low-emission cars in markets with a low market penetration of these vehicles. It says that there is a more favourable weighting for newly registered passenger cars in member states where the share of zero- and low-emission vehicles is below 60% of the EU average.

For vans, the Council agreed to leave the Commission proposal unchanged.

In response to the decision by EU environment ministers to set 2030 CO2 limits for cars and vans at 35% below 2021 levels, Morten Thaysen, clean air campaigner at Greenpeace, said:

“The IPCC made it very clear just this week that we’re now playing catch up to limit the irreversible damage from climate change and salvage a future for our children.

“At the first hurdle, EU ministers have failed to rise to the challenge with an agreement incompatible with efforts to keep climate warming to 1.5 degrees.

“Transport remains one of the few sectors where carbon emissions continue to grow, so the car industry doesn’t have long left to make the switch to cleaner electric cars.

“If the sector is to stay within its carbon budget to meet 1.5 degrees, new car sales in Europe must be diesel and petrol free by 2030.”

A final decision is not expected before December.

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InAutomotive looking for support in Bangers4Ben 2018

From 5th-9th October, the InAutomotive team will be attempting to travel 1500 miles across Europe in a car worth no more than £750.00 to raise money for automotive charity, Ben Support for Life.

Bangers4Ben is a 4 day event by Car Dealer Magazine and motor industry charity BEN, where participants have to travel to Italy in a banger worth no more than £750.00. Once back in the UK, the cars are sold at auction with all the proceeds being donated to Ben.

Ben Support for Life is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people & their families.

Ben provides a range of services, covering a person’s core well-being from financial and social support to physical and mental well-being and provides this care to anyone related to the industry and that falls in need. In addition, Ben’s services also extend right through to that person’s immediate family ensuring far reaching support.

This will be a very challenging but no doubt entertaining event for InAutomotive’s representatives Thomas Lowcock and Shuhel Miah, who are eagerly awaiting the challenge. Thomas and Shuhel will be giving daily updates on their progress and experience throughout the competition. There will be plenty of pictures, video diaries and more from the event itself throughout its course, and InAutomotive are looking for help to reach their goal of raising £2,000!

When they get back to the UK, the car will be sold at auction with all of the proceeds being donated to Ben Support For Life. But exactly what car is it that they will be using for the challenge? InAutomotive are almost ready to announce the car …so watch out for the big reveal on their social media channels!

So, if you’re working in the automotive industry and would like to back us for this excellent cause, all you have to do is head over to our donation page, and please, only give what you can!


Don’t forget to wish Tom and Shuhel luck on our JustGiving page – we’re sure they’ll need it!

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Only one week to submit nominations for the IAAF 2018 Annual Awards

Recognising the best in the industry!

There is just one week left to submit nominations for this year’s awards, the closing date being 28th September 2018.

2018 sees the introduction of a new award for companies in the Service Member category. This category covers companies offering services such as insurance, lifestyle protection, trade journals, legal assistance, HR services, and software systems, amongst others.

This year, the presentations will be taking place during the IAAF Awards Dinner on 6th December 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Stadium MK in Milton Keynes. The IAAF Awards Dinner is the premier event for the aftermarket industry, providing great networking opportunities for guests.

Categories and Sponsors

Distributor of the Year
sponsored by Denso Aftermarket
CV Distributor of the Year
sponsored by Eminox
Supplier of the Year
sponsored by Elcome
CV Supplier of the Year
sponsored by Boswell Aftermarket
And, new for 2018, Service Supplier of the Year

How to submit your nomination

Print out, complete and return the nomination form to the IAAF office, either in the post or scan and email it to Companies may nominate themselves.

The voting process will go live on the IAAF website from 2nd October, closing on 31st October.

The winners in each category will be announced at the IAAF Awards Dinner on 6th December.

For a full list of the IAAF service suppliers, please go to the IAAF Website.

IAAF Awards 2018

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Just one month to next IAAF Industry Briefing Session

The third IAAF Industry Briefing Session of 2018 will be held on 18th October at ECCO Safety Group’s EMEA HQ in Leeds. There is just one month to go and as places are limited, anyone wishing to book a place should complete and return the form as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

The agenda for the session will be very much the same as for previous events, with IAAF Membership Development Manager Mike Smallbone giving an update on the latest industry developments.

The main guest speaker will be Julian Lloyd, managing director of ProVQ, one of the largest approved motor industry training providers. Their research has confirmed that companies focussing on the skills, knowledge and competencies of their staff do perform better. Government policy has recently shifted significantly to financially encourage companies of all sizes to actively embrace this through the sourcing of quality training programmes. Julian Lloyd will explain how to fully exploit this change in policy to help make staff the best they can be.

The session will finish at around 1.00 pm with lunch, when delegates will have the opportunity to network with fellow members and to tour ESG’s facilities, which include their testing and design & manufacturing functions, as well as sales and distribution for the UK.

To book your place(s), download the booking form here and once completed return it to Ann Silvester at

Booking Form

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New Automotive Sector Analysis Report

Atradius, one of the panel of providers used by Financial & Credit Insurance Services for the IAAF credit insurance scheme, has just issued an Automotive Sector analysis report.

Atradius has agreed for this document to be shared, and it can be downloaded from the link below.

Whilst the report does focus predominantly on the VM side of the industry, it does give some insight into how they view the on-going risks following Brexit for the whole industry.

There are full reports on China, France, the UK and the USA, with overviews of Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Atradius Auto MM-0918

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EU Rapid Alert System

The Rapid Alert System is the weekly EU system for all dangerous consumer products, with the exception of food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The report includes detailed information on the products concerned, the risks, the notifying Member State, and the measures adopted in response.

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

Each week, an update of the latest alerts sent by Member States is published on the website. This message service allows subscribers to be informed on these Alerts on a weekly basis.

To see the latest report CLICK HERE.

To subscribe to receive the Report CLICK HERE.

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