CV LOGIX: Celebrates its first year of trading

CV Logix parts distribution centre celebrates its first anniversary on Tuesday 20th March 2018. They will celebrate the day by running a member promotion: “All orders on the day will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Red Letter Day voucher.” Courtesy of MANN FILTER, CV LOGIX’s Supplier of the Year.

When CV LOGIX set out, the prime ambition was, and still is, to give G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK members an advantage in the market, through more efficient and cost-effective access to a huge range of quality CV parts, lubricants and consumables.

With 12 months under their belt, CV Logix has more than fulfilled that ambition. The purpose-built 45,000 sq ft facility, located near Bradford in West Yorkshire, gives members access to suppliers and products that, due to distribution agreements, they may not previously have been able to offer. It provides next day delivery anywhere in the UK and Ireland, alongside significant cost savings.

G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK members have taken full advantage of the efficiencies offered by CV LOGIX, with impressive results.

In the past year, members have not only saved by purchasing through CV LOGIX, rather than going direct to manufacturers, but are also able to purchase a mixed basket of products that will arrive next day. Over 85% group (G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK) members are utilising the distribution centre to purchased parts and supplies, benefitting from the facility’s bulk buy savings. Blue chip manufacturers like MANN-FILTER, Meritor, Haldex, TMD, TruckTEC, Valeo, LuK and Bosch (to name just a few) are all stocked by CV Logix.

Phil Dodd, CV manager for Alliance Automotive UK Trading Groups, said: “Buying quality parts through CV Logix is allowing our parts distributors to be more competitive in the market by passing on these savings to customers. The first year has surpassed expectations in terms of the amount of business members have been doing with CV Logix, evidence of the very real benefits the facility offers.”

Response from G-TRUCK and UAN TRUCK members since the facility’s launch has been uniformly positive. The feedback has focused on the improved availability of parts, competitive pricing and the facility’s ‘open box’ policy – meaning buying from CV Logix requires no minimum order size or value and members benefit from reducing inventory.

CV Logix already stocks over 8,000 CV products with access to tens of thousands more, but isn’t resting on its laurels. Phil says, “Managers at the centre follow a programme of continuous improvement. We will continue to grow our portfolio, filling the gaps and allowing us to be a better all-round parts distribution centre for our distributors,” he adds. “At the same time, we will continue to push efficiencies in the way we work. The aim is simply to be the very best CV parts facility in the UK, helping our members improve profit margins and grow their own businesses.”

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Hella sets zero waste target

A Hella employee sparked a recycling policy change after taking matters into his own hands to further improve the company’s green credentials.

Every month in the UK, more than a million tonnes of plastic – particularly plastic bottles and cups – from homes, industry and businesses are used and disposed of in landfill, remaining in the environment for many years, often taking up to 500 years to decompose. Despite the obvious impact of unpleasant odours from these sites, as the material begins to decay, methane gas is released into the atmosphere. As a result, the increase in this harmful gas contributes to global warming.

HELLA MD Matthew Say

Assembly production supervisor Gabor Kakuk noticed that plastic, especially cups from vending machines, was still the source of unnecessary waste. He raised the matter with managing director Matthew Say, who listened to Gabor’s concerns and realised something had to be done, and Hella quickly began looking at ways to become landfill-free.

The company’s operations manager, Jason Greenough, working alongside a sustainability company, put plans in place to provide the necessary recycling bins and waste collection; Hella is working hard to reach its target of zero landfill waste by the end of the year.

Matthew said, ‘When it was brought to my attention that we were still producing avoidable waste, it was something we had to put right. The company takes pride in valuing everybody’s ideas and opinions in how best to take Hella forward, regardless of their role, and this was an excellent example.

‘By recycling everything we use instead of it going to a landfill site is what all businesses should be doing. So not only does it demonstrate Hella’s passion for a cleaner environment, but the move also emphasises the company’s willingness to give its employees a voice when crucial company decisions are made.

‘Here at Hella, we strive to make our products with consideration to the environment and our headquarters should also follow this remit. We are therefore delighted we are contributing to make a greener and more sustainable future by recycling materials and avoiding landfill sites all together. Through this new approach, we hope to encourage others to help the environment in as many ways as possible.’

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Shaftec is going up in the world

Shaftec, a leading aftermarket supplier of remanufactured and new transmission, braking and steering parts for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, has added a mezzanine floor at its Midlands-based premises. This move will give the TecDoc certified business a further 8000 square feet of space and is a direct result of its growth and success across the aftermarket.

Shaftec’s Operations Director Scott Marshall cutting the ribbon

The newly created space upstairs will be used for storage of finished stock, and include a boxing area for boot kits allowing more room downstairs for the increasing needs of steering production & testing machinery. With one eye firmly on the future, the business continues to invest in electric steering; in technology, equipment, technicians and training. 2017 figures show that 18.6 percent of Shaftec’s sales were in electrical components. The company estimates that this will rise to 25 per cent by 2020.

There are also plans in place to increase caliper production capacity and for investment in further cleaning machinery, which will increase output as it will be an even more efficient process.

Shaftec Director, Tom Curtis explained: “Our business is growing. We needed more space. We couldn’t build outwards, so we went up. It’s been a real team effort from everyone at Shaftec. We’ve had to make some design adjustments along the way, but everyone has chipped in and worked together to create this amazing space. We started the process in the middle of November, and it will be completed by the end of Quarter One.”

Shaftec consolidated several smaller depots into one when it relocated the business to its current Midlands based Headquarters in January 2015. In total, the facility now comprises 50,000 square feet and is situated in the heart of Birmingham’s industrial Centre, the inner city district of Hockley.

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TecAlliance opens office in Malaysia

On 27 February 2018 TecAlliance officially opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur. 40 guests accepted the invitation to the one-day event to visit the premises and meet the employees of TecAlliance Malaysia. Attendees also obtained information about the strategy and solutions offered by TecAlliance in Asia.

Referring to the founding of the subsidiary in Malaysia, Matthias Moritz, managing director Asia at TecAlliance explained: “Southeast Asia is one of the regions with the strongest growth in Asia. From our new location in Kuala Lumpur, we will continue to strengthen our position in Malaysia and throughout the region,” says Moritz.

TecAlliance CEO Jürgen Buchert also emphasises the significance of the international presence: “Our goal is to support our customers in all important regions with experienced local teams. We want to connect them even better and use our established standards and solutions to further intensify international digital cooperation and cooperation among companies. This way we can help our customers to strengthen the competitiveness of the international IAM on a long-term basis.”

TecAlliance is now represented in three locations in Asia. With the teams of TecAlliance China in Shanghai, TecAlliance Korea in Yongin and TecAlliance Malaysia, TecAlliance is striving for optimum support and development of the Asian markets.

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ZF Aftermarket appoints Adam Griffiths as UK & Ireland Marketing Lead

ZF Aftermarket has announced that Adam Griffiths will assume the newly created role of Marketing Lead for the UK and Ireland. He will head a team which will roll out the key messages of the organisation’s aftermarket brand portfolio. This includes: the well-loved Sachs brand for clutches & shock absorbers; the premium Lemförder steering range; TRW’s Original Equipment ‘Corner Module’ offer of braking, steering & suspension; the market leading range of Boge shock absorbers & complimentary products, as well as the overarching umbrella brand of ZF Aftermarket itself. By ensuring a growing customer base has access to comprehensive marketing support as it takes the developing stories of these exciting brands to market, this news will further strengthen ZF Aftermarket’s market leading global position. Adam will be based in Wrexham and report to Kevin Price, Zone Marketing Leader UK, France & Benelux.

“This is an exciting time for the organisation,” Adam commented. “The integration of the TRW and ZF businesses is almost complete, and in line with that, we can now offer our customers an even stronger, more cohesive and technically rich partnership. We are investing heavily in both the product development and personalities behind all our brands, and have some exciting stories to tell.”

In this role, Adam is tasked with uniting the legacy marketing groups of ZF and TRW in the UK & Ireland, to form one cohesive team. The team will then provide full marketing support to its customers as it sells its market leading products to the independent aftermarket garages. In the UK, this means telling the stories of: the well-loved Sachs brand for clutches & shock absorbers; the premium Lemförder steering range; TRW’s Original Equipment Corner Module offer of braking, steering & suspension; the market leading range of Boge shock absorbers & complimentary products, as well as the overarching umbrella brand of ZF Aftermarket itself.

Adam, originally from the Oswestry area now lives in Acrefair, North Wales. Married to Hannah – with whom he has two children, Poppy four and Archer four months – Adam enjoys spending time with his family. When he gets time off, he is a keen football fan, supporting England and Manchester United.

A proficient marketeer with experience gained across the automotive aftermarket and FMCG sectors, Adam has been with the organisation for four years. Prior to taking on this role, he was employed as a marketing specialist working with the TRW brand. He holds a 1st class honours degree in Business Management & Marketing.

Kevin Price, Zone Marketing Leader UK, France & Benelux, ZF Aftermarket, added: “I am confident that with Adam’s skills, energy and experience he is the right person to lead the marketing teams in the UK & Ireland. I congratulate him on this promotion and look forward to the team working and growing together; further strengthening, developing and supporting our customers as they take these brands to market.”

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Tributes pour in following the death of Henry Hope-Frost

#Fever was trending on Twitter in the UK recently as a mark of respect for renowned motor racing journalist and broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost, who was killed in a motorbike accident aged 47.

The news of his passing brought a huge outpouring of grief from across the motor racing family.

He had been a regular fixture at Goodwood, and this meant he’d had dealings with just about everybody at some point in time.

As a life-long motorsport fan he was quite literally living the dream. He’d been expelled from Stowe School for repeatedly bunking off to watch cars testing at Silverstone, and this ‘fever’ for the sport made him an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic journalist.

His love of all forms of motorsport was almost matched by his intolerance of poor grammar – he could spot a grocer’s apostrophe at 100 paces.

With a wicked sense of humour, he was great company, but also a committed family man and leaves his widow and three young sons.

A tribute was organised at the final Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona, where a memorial photograph was taken in the paddock with many of Henry’s friends and colleagues and a JustGiving website was set up with the aim of raising £38,000 for his family. This figure was chosen as it is the temperature at which people are diagnosed with a “fever” and he himself said that he was suffering from an “incurable and debilitating fever” for all forms of motor sport.

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Chancellor looks at reducing VED rates for cleanest vans

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has used his Spring Statement to announce a consultation on reducing VED rates for the cleanest vans, changes to business rates and new money for boost take-up of apprenticeships.

“Following our successful intervention to incentivise green taxis, we’ll help the Great British White Van driver go green with a consultation on reduced VED rates for the cleanest vans,” he said.

Hammond said he is bringing forward the next business rate revaluation. also cutting business rates. “We are reducing business rates by over £10 billion. And we committed at Autumn Budget 2017 to move to triennial revaluations from 2022.

“Today I am pleased to announce that we will bring forward the next business rates revaluation to 2021 and make the triennial reviews from that date.”

He also announced new plans to boost apprenticeships for small businesses. “We recognise the challenges the new system presents to some small businesses looking to employ an apprentice.

“So I can announce today that my Right Honourable Friend the Education Secretary will release up to £80 million of funding to support those small businesses in engaging an apprentice.”

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Triple tonne for Autofirst

The Autofirst Network has signed up its 300th member with Sussex-based Uckfield Motor Services joining the programme. The garage has signed up just six months after Autofirst reached 200 members and is already seeing a financial return from the programme.

Autofirst was set up by Euro Car Parts last year and offers members a complete package of national warranty programmes, dynamic marketing campaigns, access to an industry-leading web-based management system and technical partnerships providing unrivalled training and support. One additional benefit of joining Autofirst is access to the Euro Academy, an innovative information resource set up by Euro Car Parts. This includes a technical helpline, which has already helped Uckfield Motor Services to solve a potentially tricky throttle position sensor problem on a Volvo V50.

Uckfield Motor Services partner, Edward Cockill, explained: “A new customer presented me with the issue after another garage had failed to solve it.

“Normally, we would spend time troubleshooting, or be forced to pay to access wiring diagrams, but with Autofirst, this type of information is included in our package. Not only that, I was also able to access technical advice while completing the job.”

The Bellbrook Industrial Estate-based repair, servicing and MOT centre recently underwent a period of expansion, giving it a total of eight ramps and two MOT bays, increasing its capacity. The workshop also provides both Class 4 and Class 7 MOT tests, and is even taking on small volumes of fleet work. A family business run by founder Symon, his wife Melanie and their three children, the garage started in 1992. Combining the personal customer service you would expect from a local garage with the technical capability and experience of a main dealer, the business has grown rapidly, requiring a move to new premises in 2008.

Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, said that Uckfield Motor Services serves as a great example of the benefits that Autofirst can offer to independent garages. He commented: “The Autofirst Network brings together all the technical and commercial support packages we provide to the independent trade within a powerful customer facing brand. Garages that join the programme, like Uckfield Motor Services, are able to harness the support of the world’s leading components and system providers, enabling them to compete on a level playing field with franchised dealers.”

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IAAF appoints new Vice President

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Terry Knox as its new vice-president, further adding to its wealth of industry expertise.

Knox has been a member of the IAAF Council since 2016, and is Managing Director of CD Group in Ireland, a third-generation family business with previous Managing Directors, grandfather Stuart Knox and father Ken Knox. The company was established in 1963, with Knox joining in 1999 to help establish the company’s operations in Republic of Ireland.

CD Group’s largest trading name, Component Distributors, is a warehouse distributor, supplying motor factors throughout Ireland. Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the company employs close to 200 people.

Knox said: “I had no concept of the depth of work undertaken by the IAAF until I joined the council. The work that the Federation does is to be championed. They work tirelessly on topics that are purely focused on the automotive aftermarket. Wendy’s involvement on a European level, with FIGIEFA, best serves all our interests in a constantly changing industry.

“I look forward to working with Wendy and the council to ensure we are best placed to continue to flourish in a world where autonomous and electric vehicles will continue to have a growing influence. Targets set by government may seem on the horizon, but it is the hard work done now that will allow us to have a strong future in the aftermarket. Connected car data transfer is a real threat to our industry and the IAAF will continue to press for a fair and open future for the automotive aftermarket.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “With such strong credentials and his ambitions clearly in line with the IAAF’s, Terry seemed the natural choice to become vice-president. We will relish working closely with him and seeing what a positive influence his role will have on the Federation.”

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Diesel ban approved for German cities to cut pollution

German cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles from some areas following a landmark court ruling.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf could legally ban older, more polluting diesel cars from zones worst affected by pollution.

The ruling sets a precedent for other cities and analysts said it could lead to similar action across Europe.

The government, which had opposed the bans, said they could still be avoided.

The ruling by a top federal court came after German states had appealed against bans imposed by local courts in Stuttgart and Duesseldorf.

The environmental group DUH brought the cases after about 70 German cities exceeded European Union limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) in 2017.

DUH said it hoped the bans in German cities would end the industry’s “resistance” to refitting older, more-polluting cars to meet the latest EU standards.

The impact on German drivers could be marked, with millions being forced to leave their cars at home on days when harmful emissions are particularly high.

Of the 15 million diesel cars on Germany’s roads, only 2.7 million meet the latest Euro-6 standards, according to data from Germany’s automotive watchdog.

Car companies could also incur huge costs to refit vehicles at a time when consumer interest in diesel is falling.

Seeking to reassure car owners, the government insisted that nothing would change right away and stressed that bans were not inevitable.

Seeking to avert bans, German car makers have pledged software improvements for millions of diesel cars and offered trade-in incentives for older models.

The German government meanwhile has floated alternatives, such as making public transport free in cities suffering from poor air quality.

Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have all pledged to ban diesel vehicles from city centres by 2025, while the mayor of Copenhagen wants to ban new diesel cars from entering the city as soon as next year.

Carmakers including VW-owned Porsche and Toyota have also signalled they will move away from diesel technology.

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