IAAF Industry Briefing – Haynes International Motor Museum – 21st September

The next IAAF Industry Briefing Session is taking place on Thursday 21st September 2017 at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford near Yeovil.

Mike Smallbone, membership development manager, will be giving an update on current threats and opportunities in the independent aftermarket.

Guest speaker, Quentin Le Hetet (GIPA UK), will examine the impact of extending the MOT period to four years on the industry, while also looking at the future of parts distribution in the UK and the global consolidation taking place across the automotive aftermarket.

Smallbone said: “These sessions are an essential and useful way to engage with members and ensure they are up to date on the most recent issues affecting the aftermarket. We strongly encourage members to attend our other briefings as the year continues.”

The regional sessions begin at 10.00 am offering the chance to network over a coffee, then finishing at 1.00 pm with lunch.

Haynes have very kindly offered a limited number of free places on a tour of the museum, so the IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment by emailing Ann Silvester as soon as possible.

The fourth Industry Briefing Session will take place at the FPS National Distribution Centre in Sheffield on Thursday 26th October.

This will be the final Briefing event of 2017; the format and timings will be the same as for previous sessions with Quentin Le Hetet as guest speaker. A tour of the NDC has been arranged following lunch for those interested.

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Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles: a new name for the world leader in bus air conditioning

Spheros, a Valeo company since March 2016, will now operate under the name Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles, completing its integration into the Valeo Group. A technological leader in bus air conditioning and heating systems, the company will also adopt a new visual identity.

With this announcement, Valeo is informing Spheros customers and business partners that the subsidiary will be changing its name. Acquired by Valeo in 2016, Spheros now operates worldwide under the name Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles. Furthermore, the company will be appearing for the first time under the Valeo banner at the October 2017 Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium, where it will also unveil its new corporate identity based on the Group’s strategic principles.

“As we integrate into the Valeo Group, we will maintain our focus on reliable bus products, future technologies and daily market issues,” said Mark Sondermann, the recently appointed Director of Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles. “Our new entity intends to make a significant contribution to Valeo’s strategy, whose two key focuses are CO2 emissions, notably through vehicle electrification, and expansion into markets with high growth potential.”

By combining the technical know-how of Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles and the expertise of the Valeo Thermal Systems team, the company is expected to further increase its market leadership in the development of bus heating and air conditioning systems, roof hatches and smart electronic control units.

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Are you ready for the GDPR?

If you are wondering what GDPR stands for then you are almost certainly not ready for this key change of law which is coming your way.

The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation which is an EU piece of law which will essentially enhance your responsibilities in regard to data protection. Regardless of Brexit, this new law will come into place in the UK in May 2018 and now is not too soon to start thinking about how it will affect you and your business.

You already have data protection responsibilities and this is a good opportunity to ensure you meet those current rules. For example, do you have the required privacy notice on your website which tells your website visitors who you are, what information you collect from their visit and how you use it? If not, you need one and will definitely need one when the GDPR comes in as even details such as the visitor’s IP address will be confirmed as ‘personal data’.

Our thanks go to our colleagues at Lawgistics.  You can get more information from the Information Commissioner website, a good startpoint is their 12 point checklist:

Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 12 steps to take now

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Schaeffler strengthens REPXPERT marketing team

Schaeffler is delighted to announce the appointments of Tony Yates and Lucie Campbell to its digital marketing team. Both have been tasked with helping to develop the REPXPERT platform following a surge in subscribers in the UK.

REPXPERT, Schaeffler’s free online workshop portal, continues to gain popularity with technicians around the world, giving them access to invaluable information about LuK, FAG, INA and Ruville products, tools and technology. Members can also redeem the coupons found inside Schaeffler boxes at the REPXPERT Bonus Shop, which offers a variety of rewards from workshop tools and consumables to advanced diagnostics and systems data supplied in partnership with TecAlliance.

Such is the demand for the service that Tony and Lucie have been recruited to increase the number of videos and step-by-step technical guides, and to improve the overall look and feel of the product, tools and training information.

Tony Yates

Tony joins Schaeffler as Digital Media & Marketing Executive, bringing considerable experience to the role following stints in motoring journalism, marketing and social research. He will be responsible for all digital channels in the UK, including both the REPXPERT and Schaeffler corporate websites, as well as continuing to develop the company’s presence by creating exciting new content.

He will be ably assisted by Lucie, fresh from earning an English degree at Manchester University, who will be tasked with managing the social media calendar. She will be posting directly to the REPXPERT Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels using content written by Schaeffler’s industry-leading team of experts. She will also create competitions, monitor engagement and manage customer information and requests – a hands-on approach which will help increase exposure and encourage new users to sign-up.

Lucie Campbell

Marketing Manager, Jeff Earl, said the addition of personnel to the marketing department was crucial to the development of REPXPERT in the short and long-term future: “REPXPERT contains three key working areas: ‘Work’, ‘Learn’ and ‘Inform’, which combined gives access to almost everything a mechanic needs to know to help run a modern workshop.

“We need to work on informing workshops of just how powerful a tool REPXPERT is and to learn from them, so that we can continue to improve the offer. The addition of two specialists, in Tony and Lucie, to the REPXPERT team will help us to achieve these aims.”

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Bosch appoints new channel marketer for workshops in the UK

Ian Daly has been appointed to the position of workshop channel marketer for Bosch Car Service and Bosch Diesel Network in the UK (replacing Shenoa Davies).

Having spent the last eleven years in various management roles within the Allianz group, Ian has specialised in general insurance and was instrumental in innovating and identifying new business opportunities, along with acquiring and managing numerous large corporate accounts – including the Bosch account.

Ian Daly

Ian comes with a wealth of expertise incorporating an extensive twenty years’ experience and successful track record within fast-paced, dynamic and results-driven corporate and automotive service industries.

Ian said: “I am excited to start a new challenge within Robert Bosch and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service suite.

“I am fortunate to be joining such a well-respected company that prides itself on top quality products and services.”

Stig Trolle Gronemann, workshop channel marketing manager, Europe North added: “Ian’s wealth of expertise and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Bosch family.

“We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry.

“I’m confident that Ian will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients as well as bringing our Bosch Car Service and Bosch Diesel Network to an even higher level.”

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Domino’s and Ford to research autonomous vehicle pizza delivery

Domino’s Pizza and Ford are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery.

As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting with a self-driving vehicle as a part of their delivery experience. This research is important as both companies begin to examine and understand customers’ perspectives around the future of food delivery with self-driving vehicles.

“We’ve been watching the development of self-driving vehicles with great interest as we believe transportation is undergoing fundamental, dramatic change,” said Patrick Doyle, Domino’s president and CEO.

With a plan to begin production of self-driving vehicles in 2021, Ford is taking steps to design a business to meet the needs of both partner companies and its customers.

“As we increase our understanding of the business opportunity for self-driving vehicles to support the movement of people and goods, we’re pleased to have Domino’s join us in this important part of the development process,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford vice president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles.

Over the next several weeks, randomly-selected Domino’s customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, will have the opportunity to receive their delivery order from a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle, which will be manually-driven by a Ford safety engineer and staffed with researchers.

Customers who agree to participate will be able to track the delivery vehicle through GPS using an upgraded version of Domino’s Tracker. They will also receive text messages as the self-driving vehicle approaches that will guide them on how to retrieve their pizza using a unique code to unlock the Domino’s Heatwave Compartment inside the vehicle.

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Automechanika Birmingham 2018 Update

The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have issued an update on the 2018 show, the UK’s largest automotive event for the aftermarket and supply chain, which will be taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 5-7 June 2018.

  • Over 300 exhibitors are confirmed for 2018, including HELLA, Delphi, MANN+HUMMEL, Bosch, Texa, Gates, Liqui Moly, Total, Michelin Lifestyle, Draper Tools, The Parts Alliance, Groupauto, Euro Repar Service, Dura, JHM Butt, Hofmann Megaplan, J & S Products, SATA, Ecobat Battery Technologies.  See who exhibited in 2017.
  • Over 12,000 buying professionals attended in 2017, including 9,300 from the aftermarket and 2,700 key figures and decision makers from the UK vehicle production sector.

Added to this, there will be some significant improvements for exhibitors, based on feedback received:

  • More workshops, garages, fast fits, body shops, breakdown and mobile repairers. There will be a dedicated Workshop Quarter: tools and equipment, extended opening hours into an evening, special deals and discounts, small business support and learning.
  • More senior representatives from all the UK vehicle manufacturers and both UK and global tier 1 companies, drawn by an increased focus on SME exhibitors, networking, innovation, technologies and learning.
  • More senior visitor attendance attracted by big name speakers from outside the industry, round table discussion on the hottest UK industry topics.
  • More quality meetings: on your stand with customers via the event’s facilitated meetings programme.

Automechanika Birmingham gives you the chance to:

  • Meet new UK customers:
    *If you want to find new direct partners, you can meet distributors, motor factors and retailers.
    *If you want to meet ‘end users’ you can meet thousands of workshops, fast fits, dealerships and bodyshops.
    *If you are in vehicle production you can meet C-Level & senior management, senior professionals from engineering, R&D, production, operations and procurement.
  • Meet all your existing UK customers to keep them up to date with your latest strategy and products, ensure senior level engagement with key buying contacts.
  • Network with hundreds of fellow exhibitors, press, associations and speakers, to understand the latest trends and innovations focused on the UK aftermarket and supply chain.

See the 2017 event in action.

To find out more about exhibiting, visit the website, email or call 01483 483984.

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Automotive supplier, assortment optimizer and company brands in the European Aftermarket

Wolk, the German aftersales experts, have produced a new report on the European Aftermarket.  This report provides information on which companies in the European automotive aftermarket are purchasing components from other manufacturers to market and distribute under their own brand.

Each single profile consists of:

  • Company data with contact person
  • Sales figures from 2013, 2014 and 2015 where available
  • 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:Engine and gears
  • Brakes and steering
  • Electrics and electronics
  • Cooling system
  • Oil and chemicals
  • Body
  • OthersLANGUAGE: English
    SIZE: 76 company profiles on 430 charts
    DATE OF PUBLISHING: July 2016
    PRICE / LICENCES:All prices are net prices. Customers in Germany pay 19% taxes. Sales to private individuals are not possible.Team Licence Price (2-5 employees) PDF 1.750 €
    Enterprise licence PDF 2.500 €

    For full details and to purchase a copy CLICK HERE.

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IAAF Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 2017

Places are now filling up for the event which, for the first time, will be taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes on Thursday 7th December 2017, and will be hosted by former British Formula 1 driver, Johnny Herbert.

Johnny Herbert poses on the red carpet at the BT Sport Industry Awards 2015 in London.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for BT Sport Industry Awards)

Herbert is world renowned as one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in the history of motorsport and is among an exclusive club of British drivers to have enjoyed a successful career in F1.

Herbert currently works alongside former world champion driver, Damon Hill, and other motorsport experts for Sky Sports F1, to provide specialist analysis during F1 race weekends.

The event is being held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, which overlooks the ArenaMK, home to MK Dons FC, and it will offer a vast array of new promotional, sponsorship and networking opportunities.

Guests will be able to settle comfortably in one location throughout both the conference and awards ceremony, while enjoying a drink overlooking the fantastic views of the MK Dons stadium.

The Brochure and Booking Form can be downloaded from here:

IAAF 2017 Conference Final Brochure
IAAF Reservation Form Rev 2017

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available for both the Conference and the Dinner.  Please contact the IAAF Office for more information.

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Who’s best in the Independent Aftermarket?

The presentation of the IAAF’s Awards is rightly seen as one of the high spots of the year for IAAF members, and this year it will take place at the Federation’s prestigious Annual Dinner on Thursday 7th December at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.

This year’s Awards Programme is now open for nominations and as in previous years there are categories for both Distributors and Suppliers in both the car and CV sectors.

Nominations can be submitted EITHER by completing and returning the nomination form to the IAAF Office by post, OR by fax on 0121 730 2745, OR electronically. Further copies can be downloaded via the IAAF’s website.

Nominations must be returned by Tuesday 3rd October 2017. All the nomination papers will be included in a draw for a bottle of Champagne – so why not give some great recognition for your valued suppliers and/or customers. Alternatively, if you feel you could miss out, you could of course always nominate your own company.

On line voting will then commence on Wednesday 4th October 2017 via the members area of the IAAF website, so don’t miss out on a chance to win one of these prestigious awards.

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