IAAF Conference & Dinner 2018 – a sellout

The 2018 IAAF Conference & Dinner, which is being held for the second consecutive year at The DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes on 6th December, is now a virtual sellout.

The evening ceremony will be attended by almost 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. For this year’s Awards, the voting was simplified to make it easier for members to vote and the IAAF has reported a significant increase in the number of people casting their vote, saying that more members than ever have engaged with the Awards, including the brand new category for Service Suppliers.

PR and marketing agency, Impression Communications, has announced it will be the new headline sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Conference, whilst Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK) has announced it will again be the proud sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner.

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.”

There are a small number of opportunities still available for Principal and Partner sponsor packages. Further information is available from the IAAF Office on 0121 748 4600.

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FIGIEFA hosting policy event on connected and automated mobility

Brussels on 20th November will be the venue for a policy event to be hosted by FIGIEFA on connected and automated mobility and IAAF members are invited to attend.

The automotive sector and digital services ‘around the car’ are undergoing profound transformation. Access to vehicles, their data and driver interaction functions is becoming increasingly important and will trigger new digital business models, services and greater benefits for consumers. With the ongoing public debate and regulatory plans of the EU in the pan-European field of connected and autonomous driving to maintain Europe’s leading role, it is pertinent to also look at the wider implications for vehicle-related and connected mobility services: how will the markets for connected and automated driving be subject to innovation and competition, and with which data access models?

Therefore, IAAF members, as part of the automotive industry and mobility services, are invited to participate in a dedicated Policy Lunch on these questions. This will be the opportunity to get insights on key activities of the Commission on CCAM, as well as new insights into vehicle data access models, in order to strengthen a fair and level-playing field to the benefit of consumers.

The event is being held at 12:00 on Tuesday, the 20th of November, in L42 in Brussels.


12:00-12:45 Registration & Lunch
12:45-13:00 Welcome & Introduction
13:00-13:10 The activities of the European Commisison on connected and autonomous driving – Keynote speech
13:10-13:20 Access to data and competition in after sales – Highlights of the JRC study
13:20-13:40 The truth behind the myths – Presentation of practical tests on vehicle data access models
13:40-14:30 The route for competitive SMEs in a data-driven economy – Panel discussion on the findings, proposals for solutions and Q&As
14:30-14:40 Concluding remarks

For full details on how to register CLICK HERE.

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Zafira fire troubles continue as Vauxhall recalls a further 47,000 UK cars

Thousands more Zafiras are now thought to pose a fire-risk with latest action following two previous recalls of 235,000 cars.

Vauxhall is recalling a further 47,000 Zafira ‘B’ models over fears faulty heating systems could cause a fire.

The second-generation Zafira, which was built between 2005 and 2014, was originally recalled in 2015 over a similar issue.

Some 235,000 cars were called back in two separate actions, with Vauxhall originally considering only models with older air-conditioning systems to be affected.

The fault has previously caused 168 Zafiras to catch fire.

Now, the carmaker has identified that Zafira B models with electronic climate control systems may also pose a potential fire risk.

The fault relates to the system’s heater blower and regulator, and is similar to the problem afflicting Zafiras with air-conditioning.

In a statement, Vauxhall said: “Vauxhall Motors considers the safety of its customers very seriously.

“Through continual testing, we are launching a recall of some Vauxhall Zafira models to replace the heater blower motor and regulator.

“These are the second generation models – Zafira B – built between 2005 and 2014 that were fitted with electronic climate control (ECC).

“There are 47,000 such cars in the UK.

“In agreement with the DVSA, we will write to owners using the keeper address data from the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) advising them to contact a Vauxhall Retailer to arrange to have the work carried out free of charge.

“Letters will start to be sent out from the end of this week.”

Earlier this year the DVSA confirmed it was launching a criminal investigation against Vauxhall.

MPs previously slammed Vauxhall for attributing the fault to “improper and unauthorised repairs”.

The Transport Select Committee also said the manufacturer showed “reckless disregard for safety” by being too slow to react to the number of vehicles catching fire.

More than 230,000 Zafira model Bs were sold between 2005 and 2014 that were at risk of catching fire.

The first fire was reported in 2009, with a further 161 incidents reportedly taking place since.

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Are you Ready, Teddy, to Go?

It’s time to join in the #Bears4Ben fun!

Ben has just launched their festive #Bears4Ben campaign. Simply order your bear today and then raffle it in your workplace to raise vital funds for Ben, so we can give someone the gift of health & wellbeing this festive season.

Details to bear in mind

  • It’s a fun campaign helping to raise vital funds for Ben, to give someone the gift of health & wellbeing this festive season
  •  All Ben is asking is that you raise a minimum of £50 by raffling your bear for Ben.
  • Once you have ordered your bears – you will receive a bear raffle pack(s) in the post

* bear(s)
* top tips for running a successful raffle
* poster to display
* raffle tickets
* an information sheet on how to pay the money in.

  • Ben is asking their partners to share using #Bears4Ben and tag Ben in across all social channels

You can order your bears today at http://ben.org.uk/bears4ben

Don’t miss out – your cute and cuddly workplace bear is waiting for you… order now!

It’s time to join in the #Bears4Ben fun!

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IAAF’s Mike Smallbone releases track in aid of Poppy Appeal

IAAF Head of Membership Development, Mike Smallbone, has harnessed his musical talents to record and release a song in his “home bedroom type recording studio” to raise money for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The single, called ‘They Still Feel It’, is now available to buy and download from iTunes and Amazon, with all proceeds raised going directly to support this worthy cause.

The song, which is in memory of soldiers and a thank you to veterans, holds particular poignancy for Mike as his grandfather was awarded a medal of distinction for serving in the First World War, which marks its 100th anniversary on Sunday 11 November.

Mike has funded this project himself and “with a little help from his friends” has also compiled a video for the single, which can be viewed on YouTube (To enjoy the best sound quality, please play on a high quality set of speakers).

If you’d like to donate to the Poppy Appeal by downloading the track, please go to  Amazon or you can search for the song via the iTunes app by simply typing, “Mike Smallbone” and selecting the relevant song.

For further information on Mike’s work pertaining to his solo musical exploits, visit www.boneybeats.co.uk

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Chancellor Philip Hammond visits Eminox

After the budget, which saw local authorities receive £20m to help meet clean air targets, chancellor Philip Hammond visited Eminox’s Gainsborough, Lincolnshire HQ.

UK-based Eminox’s retrofit SCRT emissions reduction technology enables operators to upgrade older vehicles to comply with air quality targets.

While on-site the chancellor toured Eminox’s manufacturing facility, which has recently received a multi-million pound upgrade, and the company’s retrofit development centre, which is working with industry partners to help prepare bus and coach operators for the forthcoming London ULEZ and other CAZ.

The chancellor also had the chance to inspect Eminox’s large scale investment in UK manufacturing, which is helping it meet growing global demand for its products.

‘Coming so soon after the budget, we were delighted to welcome the chancellor to Eminox. His visit re-affirms the significance of reducing emissions to public health – and highlights how the transport industry can use the latest technology to improve air quality and meet stringent pollution targets,’ said Carlos Vicente, retrofit sales director for Eminox.

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Schaeffler to reorganise UK business

The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, which employs over 92,000 people worldwide, proposes to reorganise its UK business activities as part of its excellence programme “Agenda 4 plus One”. This programme includes a global footprint initiative that is examining the strategic and economic competitiveness and long-term sustainability of all Schaeffler locations worldwide. As part of this initiative the Executive Board has decided to reorganise its activities in the UK.

Following the proposed reorganisation, the company will retain a meaningful presence in the UK but will reduce its overall footprint and relocate some of its UK production to other existing sites outside the country. It is anticipated that the reorganisation plans will take up to two years to implement.

The global footprint analysis focused on how best to structure the business in the UK based on various factors including economic conditions, supply and demand, and the decisions OEMs are making. It also took into account that only 15 percent of the goods Schaeffler produces in the UK remain in the country, while the vast majority is exported to continental Europe. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit was one factor amongst others in the analysis of the UK market.

Juergen Ziegler, Regional CEO Europe, said: “A global business needs to regularly review market conditions and strive to optimise its footprint across different regions. The proposed measures we have taken for the UK reflect this business reality. However, we remain committed to keeping certain activities in the UK, a country that will continue to be important to us.”

Schaeffler currently has three plants in the UK, in Plymouth (Barden Corporation Ltd.), Llanelli and Sheffield, and two logistics centres, in Hereford and Sutton Coldfield. The UK locations have a total workforce of just over 1,000 people. Sheffield, the biggest of Schaeffler’s UK locations in terms of revenues and employee numbers, will be retained in its current form. The plant assembles clutches for passenger cars and tractors.

The two logistics centres, in Sutton Coldfield (Industrial products) and Hereford (Automotive Aftermarket), are located just 77 miles apart and the proposal is to combine operations at Hereford enabling various synergies and efficiencies. The majority of the office-based employees from the Sutton Coldfield location will be relocated to a leased office in the vicinity of Sutton Coldfield.

Schaeffler’s Langen HQ

It is proposed to close the Llanelli and Plymouth sites in the medium term and relocate production to existing plants outside the UK, in the US, China, South Korea and Germany. At present, the Plymouth site mainly produces spindle bearings and machine parts for Schaeffler’s Industrial division and additionally specialised bearings for the aerospace and defense industries. At Llanelli, mechanical tappets and special-purpose bearings are made for Automotive OEMs and selected Industrial customers.

Schaeffler is now entering into statutory consultations with elected representatives for all employees at the locations affected.

Greig Littlefair, Managing Director of Schaeffler UK, said: “We are committed to having transparent and fair discussions with the employees affected by these proposals. We will also ensure our customers continue to be served and that these proposed changes create minimal disruption for them.”

Juergen Ziegler added: “The changes to our UK footprint are designed to make us more efficient by relocating parts of our production closer to where our products are used. What we are planning for the UK delivers on our ‘Agenda 4 plus One’ programme. Brexit is clearly not the single decisive factor behind our decision-making for the UK market, but the need to plan for various complex scenarios has brought forward the timing.”

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Are you spending too much time identifying parts?

TTC has been a leading supplier of Commercial Vehicle Parts for over 40 years and its popular parts catalogue has been a constant companion throughout the years. The current publication now in its 19th Edition is soon to be replaced with Edition 20, boasting new sections and many new updates and additional parts.

But just as TTC has been ground breaking with its Truck & Trailer Components catalogues, it has not stood still and has recently developed what it believes is an industry first with its new and innovative electronic Truck parts catalogue.

The result is nearly 2 years worth of work piecing together Parts to Trucks in what can truly be described as the first of its kind within the Commercial Vehicle sector. The numbers are staggering as TTC has taken over 470,000 Trucks worth of data and applied its complete Truck range to each vehicle. Like the traditional TTC catalogue the job is never ending as the team continually update and add in new references as the TTC range expands, ensuring the proposition meets the exact needs of today’s modern fleet.

The system known as CVRN has been in use now for nearly 6 months and has quickly become a daily tool for customers to use when identifying parts. With the answers only a few clicks away identifying parts has become far less time consuming and frees up valuable time within the parts department.

So what are the benefits? Well in a market which is changing fast knowledge is one of those critical ingredients which has become harder to find. The complexity of today’s new vehicles, the speed of change and the need to attract the next generation of parts people, means that training and on the job experience inevitably takes time. CVRN addresses this in that all you need is the Trucks registration number to enter into TTC’s online order system to view the parts. Because the system is connected to TTC’s online ordering system users will instantly see live stock availability, price and any other product attributes, so placing the order is only a few clicks.

Early trials with a number of customers soon showed the benefits with Speed, Ease of Use and Accuracy a clear plus in today’s fast paced environment where Truck down time is an unwanted cost with Fleets.

So will the TTC Catalogue continue? Well it’s not finished just yet and with Edition 20 about to hit the streets there clearly is still a need for this type of publication. With TTC’s extensive range of Trailer Components it is fair to say the business has both Trucks and Trailers well and truly covered for years to come.

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Comline awarded ‘Best Stand’ at Auto Trade Expo Dublin

Comline Auto Parts Ltd (Comline) – one of Europe’s fastest growing automotive brands – has received the prestigious accolade of ‘Best Stand’ at this year’s Auto Trade Expo Dublin.

Designed to showcase Comline’s diverse product range, including its steering and suspension line, which was officially launched to the Irish market at the event, this 36m2 stand left show-goers in no doubt as to why Comline continues to make its mark in over 40 countries worldwide.

“This is a great win for us at a hugely important event for the Comline brand,” commented Comline’s Marketing Manager Leigh Davies. “Being awarded such a prestigious honour here in Ireland, a key market and home to one of our subsidiaries, Comline Ireland, is a great achievement for the Comline Auto Parts family.”

The exhibition showcased the brand’s high quality, multi-category product range in an informative yet fun and engaging way. The inclusion of a ‘spin the wheel’ game gave visitors the chance to win prizes including PlayStation 4 consoles, while at the same time meeting experts from Comline Ireland and the brand’s Product Development team.

“This is an incredibly important show for us,” said Damien Larkin, General Manger Comline Ireland Ltd. “We relished the opportunity to showcase the brand’s capabilities to such a large audience of key customers and I am pleased to say we gained a number of promising leads and made some fantastic connections.”

On presenting the award, John Loughran, Editor of Autotrade Journal, commented: “The Comline team have done a fantastic job. They have combined eye-catching informative displays with fun activities making their exhibition a must see for the show’s 8,000 visitors.”

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ScottishPower turns green with Arnold Clark tie-up

Utility giant ScottishPower has joined forces with Scotland’s biggest private company to offer drivers what it describes as a “hassle-free” switch to electric motoring.

The electricity supplier and motor dealer Arnold Clark have taken the wraps off what is thought to be the UK’s first package of its kind for consumers considering buying or leasing an electric vehicle. The deal allows customers to book a home charging point installation and sign up to a 100 per cent renewable electricity tariff. They will receive the UK’s smallest fast charging point and be able to schedule their charging using a smartphone app to take advantage of cheaper unit rates at off-peak times.

ScottishPower recently struck an agreement to sell the last of its remaining gas plants to Drax. Following the deal, ScottishPower will generate 100 per cent of electricity with wind power. Chief executive Keith Anderson said: “We’re accelerating the switch to electric vehicles by giving customers everything they need to make the change hassle-free through our new end-to-end electric vehicle package and partnership with Arnold Clark.

“The signals couldn’t be clearer – people are telling us they want electric vehicles faster than expected and that means the decarbonisation of our transport system, and improved air quality, can be delivered faster, too.” Arnold Clark boss Eddie Hawthorne added: “The landscape of the automotive market is changing and inevitably the buying behaviour of our customers.”

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