Sedgley goes the extra mile for the Brain Tumour Charity

Keith Sedgley, joint managing director of Roadlink International, a leading commercial vehicle parts supplier, has successfully cycled 133 miles in a day from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity.

The Aberdovey Bike Ride 2017 took place on Friday 16 June and is officially 105 miles long but Sedgley decided to ‘go the extra mile’ and take on another two-hour mountain climb as part of an extended ride.

Keith Sedgley during his bike-ride

Everyone taking part in the annual charity bike ride, which has taken place every year since 1992, is obliged to raise at least £75 for an official cause of their choice.

Sedgley, who is a keen fundraiser and took on the challenge as a personal goal in memory of a dear friend, has already raised close to £900 and is hoping to reach the £1000 mark. People can donate here.

The Brain Tumour charity’s main aim is to defeat the dangers of brain tumours by funding pioneering research and providing life-changing support to individuals and families affected.

Sedgley said: “It was a tough task and took many weeks of preparation to ensure I was up for the challenge but ultimately it was more than worth it. The Brain Tumour Charity is a cause close to my own heart and I’d like to thank everyone who has donated towards this incredibly worthy charity and supported me throughout my journey.”

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Ben launches new Impact Report 2016-17

Ben has just published its new annual Impact Report 2016-17 and is proud to report that they supported over 3,000 people with their health and well-being last year, an impressive 14% increase on the previous year.

To view the full report click here.

The report highlights the fact that financial health remains the main challenge for people in the automotive industry, accounting for 49% of requests for assistance. Perhaps the most telling statistic is the 78% (year on year) increase in people asking for help with their mental health.

Thanks to the continued support from companies and individuals in the industry, Ben’s fundraising income increased by 10% on the previous year, which is fantastic and Ben would like to thank all its supporters, for ensuring the continued provision of vital support to those facing life’s toughest challenges.

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IAAF Member Autotech Recruit’s MD appointed chairman of NTDA south east & central south region

Autotech Recruit’s managing director, Gavin White, has been appointed as the National Tyre Distributors Association’s (NTDA) new chairman for the south east and central south region.

In an official handover from Prashant Chopra at the NTDA’s annual general meeting (AGM), Gavin was formally installed as regional chairman by NTDA chief executive Stefan Hay, who cited Gavin’s passion and tenacity to improving recruitment within the industry as pivotal reasons for his appointment.


Prashant Chopra (L) handing over to Gavin White (R)

‘Gavin is a dynamic individual who, through his company, appoints vehicle technicians into our industry on a daily basis to fulfil the growing demand for skilled workers,’ said Stefan. ‘With the automotive aftercare market within the UK expanding, along with the ‘intelligence’ of vehicles, technicians need to be increasingly technically proficient and skilled to stay ahead of the game. And it is Gavin’s comprehensive knowledge of the market, and of the candidates seeking employment, which is so valuable to our association.’

Gavin said, ‘I feel very privileged to be awarded this position, and delighted with the opportunity to work with the NTDA.’

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Automechanika Birmingham 2017 – Post show statistics

The organisers of the 2017 show have now issued the post show statistics from this year’s event.  The headline figures showed a total of 12,000 visitors over the three days and 850 exhibitors.

Approximately 90% of the visitors came from the UK & Ireland. The largest groupings of aftermarket visitors were motor factors and workshops/MOT centres and Tier 1 manufacturers from the supply chain visitors. The most popular day for visiting the show was the Wednesday, taking just over 40% of the three day total.

Aftermarket         700
Supply Chain        150
Total                   850

Aftermarket       9,300
Supply Chain      2,700
Total                12,000

Next year’s dates, 5-7 June 2018, have been announced and a survey of this year’s visitors by the organisers reported that 86% of visitors were likely to visit in 2018.

Full details can be found on the Automechanika website.

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Valeo and Cisco unveil a smart parking service

Valeo and Cisco have announced that they have signed a cooperation agreement to develop strategic innovations in smart mobility services. Cyber Valet Services, a project resulting from their collaboration, is being unveiled at this year’s Viva Technology conference in Paris.

This unique solution, developed by two major strategically aligned tech players, now enables vehicles equipped with Valeo Park4U® Auto technology to park safely and autonomously, i.e., without a driver on board, in connected car parks. How it works: the driver simply gets out of his/her vehicle at the car park entrance and activates the automatic parking system using a smartphone. The vehicle then continues its journey in automatic mode until it has finished parking. In just a few clicks, it can be set in motion again to meet the driver at the designated pick-up point in the car park.

The vehicle drives itself inside the car park by combining the power of automatic parking technologies (Valeo Park4U® Auto), Valeo on-board telematics and secure key systems (Valeo InBlue®) with Cisco Parking Controller technologies, which equip car parks with Wi-Fi, video sensors and artificial intelligence-based solutions.

The vehicle’s sensors, together with the information provided by the equipment installed in the car park, allow the vehicle to perceive its environment with an extremely high level of accuracy and anticipate and calculate its journey at any time up to the completion of the parking maneuver. The vehicle is able to navigate complex parking facilities in total safety, even multi-story garages, by processing all of the necessary information with the help of an integrated GPS service and the vehicle’s own sensors.

Indigo, the world’s leading provider of parking services and individual mobility solutions, is the first to integrate the new service, which is currently being introduced at the Camille Desmoulins parking garage in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Partnering with OPnGO to bundle its payment application and barrier-free plate recognition technology into the Cyber Valet Services offering, Indigo helps its customers save valuable time. The user journey begins even before entering the car park.

The Valeo/Cisco Cyber Valet Services co-innovation project is giving impetus to urban mobility improvements by opening up new possibilities for users. In addition to the space freed up by optimized parking, equipped car parks will be able to provide customers with convenient new services such as automatic car washing, maintenance and automated electric vehicle charging. For vehicle fleet managers, this service will optimize car park use by reducing the time it takes to drop off and pick up vehicles.

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Automechanika Birmingham – Feedback

The IAAF is seeking the views of its members on this year’s Automechanika Birmingham, which was held at the NEC on 6-8 June.

This was the second time the show has been staged in the UK and the organisers have announced that the third show will be held in Birmingham on 5-7 June 2018.

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click on the link below:


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IAAF Golf – Forest of Arden – 10th August 2017

It is still possible to book a team at the Forest of Arden event for this year’s IAAF Golf Team Challenge in aid of our industry charity, BEN.

Last year’s event successfully raised nearly £2,000 for BEN via your generous donations plus the surplus funds from the event and we hope we can do even better this year.

This year for the first time we will be accepting entries from individuals, as well as the usual teams of four.

The overall winning team from across the two days’ play, at both Forest of Arden and Worsley Park, will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December where they will be presented with their trophy.

The venue and date are:

Midlands    10th August   Forest of Arden, Meriden, Warwickshire

The cost per team of four will be £325 per team plus vat and the cost for individuals will be £85 plus VAT per person. This includes:

Bacon Sandwich and coffee/Tea on arrival
18 Holes of golf
Evening meal served after golf
Presentation of prizes to the winners on the day.

The Company Team Challenge will be a four ball format whereby the best two scores on each hole will score and on all par three holes all four scores will count. The overall winning team across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December and will be presented with their prizes.


Joe Richardson is once again kindly organising these events on behalf of the IAAF and BEN and, if you need any further details, you can contact him on 07831 855829 or the IAAF Office.

The Worsley Park event will be taking place on 5th July.

You can download a leaflet and booking form here: 2017-Golf-Brochure.

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Experienced professional ‘Launches’ into diagnostics brand

Launch UK, one of the leading UK suppliers of automotive diagnostics equipment, has appointed Richard Collyer in the role of product and equipment specialist, bringing a wealth of aftermarket experience to the established brand.

Collyer’s primary role will be to market, demonstrate and sell Launch’s ATF 501S, a device to clean and maintain the entire transmission system easily and quickly.

Richard Collyer

The tool is an innovative piece of equipment and Collyer will utilise more 30 years of aftermarket knowledge to help communicate the product’s benefits to customers.

Collyer will also be working alongside Launch experts to bring new and exciting products to the Launch UK range. The first of which will be a DPF gun that will effectively clear a blocked DPF unit without dismantling – something that is sure to be widely anticipated by the aftermarket with concerns surrounding emissions continuing to grow.

Launch UK is continuing to support customers throughout 2017 by offering numerous additional benefits alongside the sale of its quality diagnostics range, including a 24-month extended warranty, free software updates up to the value of £425 on selected products and market-leading technical support via its official website at

Dave Richards, Launch UK managing director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to the team and we’re confident that his advanced expertise and wealth of experience will be a strong asset to Launch UK. His enthusiasm is clear to see and we are excited to introduce our new-to-range products with Richard on board to help us along the way.”

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BEHR HELLA SERVICE’S Advanced Training Academy

As the thermal management experts, Behr Hella Service has an impressive knowledgebase and product range that can ensure that independent workshops have the ability to service heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to the highest standard. To achieve this goal, workshops not only need to fit premium quality products, but have a complete understanding of the HVAC system and be aware of any recent advances. To empower the independent, Behr Hella Service has recently launched its Advanced Training Academy (ATA).

The academy focuses on giving workshops essential updates on the technical developments of the HVAC system, but also refreshes the technicians’ memory on existing challenges and industry best practice.

Head of Business Development for Behr Hella Service, Steve Hudson, said: “This is a really exciting initiative for workshops, it solidifies their knowledge on the systems – making them more confident in their abilities – and also teaches them new things about technologies they may not have come across yet.

“It’s really important in this industry to have specific training, as it motivates technicians to continue learning new things and keep them abreast of what’s happening in our sector.

“It’s also a great idea for garages wanting to expand their business or if they want to focus on becoming specialists in the area. Being trained by one of the leading experts in the original equipment (OE) and aftermarket fields, is definitely a route to take advantage of and the best part – it’s free!

“We’re making ATA training available through your local motor factor, so let them know and they will liaise with us.”

At the beginning of 2017, Behr Hella Service increased the transparency of its portfolio by introducing a new Premium Line branding. More than 7,500 products currently encompass the Behr Hella Service range, which will be grouped under two different markings. The Premium Line will include around 4,500 part numbers produced by OE manufacturers, with the remaining 3,000 references forming the basis of Behr Hella Service’s Standard product range, which is produced to OE specifications.

In many cases customers will still be able to choose between an OE or standard product for specific applications, with Behr Hella Service maintaining its strategic focus on product quality, price levels and service. Standard products will produce equal performance under normal conditions, whereas the OE Premium Line offers higher performance reserves to cope with extreme conditions and are designed to last for the entire life of the vehicle.

To register interest, garages need only to complete the online form found at

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HELLA and ZF form strategic partnership

ZF and HELLA are entering into a strategic partnership. Both automotive suppliers will benefit from this cooperation on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems. ZF will further strengthen its portfolio as a systems supplier which offers both modern assistance systems and autonomous driving functions, whereas HELLA will drive technological development and benefits from a broader market access with its leading technologies. The first joint development project in camera technology will start immediately, with the objective of a market launch in 2020.

“This strategic partnership for sensor technology with HELLA enhances our position as a complete systems supplier for modern assistance systems as well as autonomous driving functions,” says Dr. Stefan Sommer, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. “This non-exclusive cooperation with HELLA is an important expansion of our Vision Zero ecosystem of development partnerships. Thus, we can create a wider technological foundation for safety and autonomous driving.”

Dr. Rolf Breidenbach, CEO at HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., adds: “HELLA is a strong and experienced provider of sensor technologies. Our knowledge aligns perfectly with ZF’s expertise. By combining our strengths, we clearly aim to provide market leading and high performing assistance systems and autonomous driving functions. In addition, this cooperation will strengthen HELLA’s position as a well-regarded supplier for imaging and radar sensor technologies.”

Front cameras to achieve the best Euro NCAP rating
In their first joint project, the partners are targeting a current market trend: In the future, the highest Euro NCAP safety ratings will require the assistance of camera-supported assistance functions. Therefore, the demand for front cameras in all vehicle segments will rise. ZF and HELLA will offer automotive manufacturers a joint product and are starting development immediately with an expected SOP in 2020. ZF brings hardware and its expertise in functions, systems and integration to the table, whereas HELLA and its subsidiary HELLA Aglaia Mobile Vision contribute competence in efficient, tried-and-tested imaging software and application development.

In the mid to long term, the partners will also provide camera systems for automated driving functions as well as for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications. ZF will expand its camera portfolio and thus will offer more options to customers while continuing to work with established partners. HELLA Aglaia will gain a new customer and partner for its independent and open software solutions for driver assistance systems.

Long-term development partnership for radar systems
In their cooperative work in the radar systems sector, the two partners will also identify opportunities to provide attractive volume-production solutions in the short to mid term by jointly building up their product portfolio. HELLA’s 360° surround view radar systems together with ZF’s mid-range and long-range radar systems will establish a new and comprehensive systems solution. While the joint development will focus on systems solutions, each partner will continue to develop and to offer its technology independently on a component level. Here, the true potential of a long-term development partnership lies in the ability to utilize common system architecture as well as product families which are adapted to each other.

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