Archive | July, 2011



The new space allows sales and conference facilities under one roof

The new space allows sales and conference facilities under one roof

Gaskets and cabin filters specialist Corteco has moved to a new home in the UK.

The company has set up shop on the Wycliffe industrial estate in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

The new site has double the warehousing space of Corteco’s previous UK HQ, which allows both sales staff and conference facilities to be housed under the same roof.

Moving to the new site forms part of the extensive Corteco expansion plan, which also saw the opening of a new European logistics centre by the company in Hirschberg in June.

The company says the move to Lutterworth was planned to cause minimal disruption to customers.

Corteco general manager Martin Jones said: “A move to a new site was long overdue. Our parts range includes oil seals, brake hoses, gaskets, engine mounts, pulleys and cabin air filters. That amounts to over 18,000 part numbers that we have to find a home for.

“We will be announcing new product range extensions at Equip Auto, in October and we have just added to our sales force so the move is well timed.

“Apart from the obvious implications for improving warehousing and distribution, our goal is to provide one face to the customer. Both moves will improve our efficiency and centralise our activities. Both will provide a stronger platform to increase our overall market share,”

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Yuasa celebrates 30th birthday with new centre

85% of the Yuasa workforce come from Swindon

85% of the Yuasa workforce come from Swindon

Yuasa Battery Sales UK has celebrated it’s 30th birthday by opening a new sales and distribution centre in Swindon.

The new facility features 7,000 square metres of warehousing space, brining the company’s industrial and automotive battery units together under the same roof for the first time.

In its 30 years of trading Yuasa has grown to become one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of automotive batteries, selling around 7.5 million batteries in both the UK and Europe.

The Mayor of Swindon Cllr Ray Ballman helped to open the new centre in a ceremony this week. 85% of the Yuasa workforce is now coming from the Swindon area.

Andrew Taylor, managing director of Yuasa UK said: “The location improves our logistics and reduces the company’s carbon footprint significantly.

“In addition, the Swindon area provides an excellent pool of experienced workers as we seek to constantly maintain and improve our customer service.”

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EEC takes up the challenge for BEN

Four staff from European Exhausts and Catalysts are taking up a cycling challenge in aid of BEN.

Starting on 17th August the EEC staff will attempt to cycle between their manufacturing plants in Hilton, Derbyshire to Denmead in Hampshire. That’s a distance of 170 miles.

The riders are cycling 170 miles

The riders are cycling 170 miles

The challenge is forecast to take almost two days of continuous cycling. The cyclists will be using the National Cycle Network to travel from the Midlands down to the South Coast.

Duncan Richards, Paul Newby, Andy Wilding and Andy’s daughter Stephanie will be cycling to raise money for the aftermarket charity BEN.

Richards, who’s taking part in the cycle challenge said: “As keen cyclists, we’re ready to take on this challenge and want to raise as much money as possible for our own industry charity.”

“Although we’ve driven between our sites hundreds of times, this will be much tougher than battling the commuter traffic! We’ve been practising hard, and encourage everyone to make a donation.”

To track the team’s progress and donate to the charity bike ride, visit the Eurocats website.

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First Line celebrates online success

First Line's revised website includes the new Webcat catalogue

First Line's revised website includes the new Webcat catalogue

First Line is celebrating a huge increase to its web traffic following the re-launch of its website.

The steering and suspension components supplier reports that user registrations have jumped to unprecedented levels and reached 4,500 people.

A breakdown of those users reveals that distributors, car owners and installers from all over the world have signed up to the new website. Registrations came from as far a field as Brazil, Japan and the West Indies.

The company says that its updated online presence will enable users to keep up to date with the latest additions to product ranges, as well as providing in-depth product information and clarity through the First Line Webcat parts catalogue.

Users can search for individual vehicle applications, both in the consumer and CV sector, with images allowing customers to see the product they’re buying before committing.

The company says that one of the website’s newest additions, the cross-reference function, also allows customers to search for parts with multiple applications.

The technical section of the website promises to be regularly updated with product and technical bulletins, both available online and for download. The bulletins give detailed instructions on the fitting of parts.

First Line is encouraging all of its customers to get to grips with the new site which also includes all of the company’s marketing information.

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Actia Muller seeks new distributors


Garage equipment and ATL manufacturer Actia Muller is looking for more distributors to expand its national coverage.

The company is offering distributors exclusive garage products including wheel balancers and tyre changers, fully automatic aircon servicing machine and laser wheel aligners.

The company says that its distributors can offer the equipment at competitive prices without compromising on quality.

Companies interested in becoming an Actia Muller distributor should phone 01686 611177.

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Fuel Parts UK moves to MAM

fuel_parts_logo_1_largeThe MAM Autocat+ parts catalogue will soon be expanding to incorporate Fuel Parts UK.

The fuel and emissions components supplier has announced it will be using MAM Software’s Automate suite to publish its data directly to the Autocat+ catalogue.

MAM’s software will also allow Fuel Parts UK to publish more product updates and perform instant data amendments.

MAM’s Automate software is a suite of products on offer to the automotive industry, allowing them to maintain their own product data but also publish it to aftermarket customers through the Autocat+ parts catalogue.

Fuel Parts UK has enjoyed an aggressive expansion programme over the past few months which has seen several new product lines and references being added to the company’s repertoire.

Neil Morgan, operations director at Fuel Parts UK, said: “Fuel Parts have spent many years developing a very accurate and up-to-date online catalogue, which is currently supported by individual hard-copy catalogues.

“However, MAM’s Autocat+ catalogue is widely used throughout the industry and with this in mind, the decision was taken to streamline the integration of our catalogue information. Automate will enable us to mirror our online data to Autocat+, providing users with an alternative means of accessing the latest information.”

Ian Penny, from MAM software says more companies are recognising the importance of publishing their parts data online. “Keeping product data up-to-date reduces errors and helps achieve first time fit. We are pleased that Automate will play a significant role in helping Fuel Parts support its ‘right first time’ attitude,” he said.

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Two thirds of young adults unable to read a map

83% said they owned a Sat Nav

83% said they owned a Sat Nav

Satellite Navigation systems are leaving young adults without basic map reading skills, new research has warned.

The study, carried out by website MyVoucherCodes polled 1,976 drivers under the age of 25 from across the UK, asking them whether they could read a map and how often they rely upon a Sat Nav when driving.

Shockingly, 67% of under 25’s said they didn’t know how to read a map, with a further 78% giving the reason that they didn’t need to learn, thanks to the increasing prevalence of Sat Nav devices in cars.

But the study could prove to be great news for retailers, as Sat Nav sales to young drivers continue to rise.

Almost all of the drivers polled admitted to using Sat Nav devices in their cars, whilst less than a quarter said they owned a map.

Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes, said: “It’s actually quite surprising to find out that two thirds of under 25’s can’t read a map. Whilst the Sat Nav does take away a lot of the stress associated with trying to find your destination, it doesn’t always take you t the right place.”

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Tetrosyl unveils new bottles and branding

In all over 200 products will receive new bottles

In all over 200 products will receive new bottles

Tetrosyl has invested in major changes to its labeling and bottling as it continues to evolve the various brands it represents.

The company has produced 15 bottles in new shapes, and 14 different colours, to be used for some of its most famous brands including Triplewax, Carlube and T-Cut.

In total, some 200 Tetrosyl products will benefit from new bottles and branding.

Tetrosyl hopes it will help its ranges to stand out on the shelf more, saying that the new designs represent both pleasing form and functionality for the customer.

Simon Howorth, Tetrosyl’s senior marketing manager, said: “Tetrosyl’s marketing strategy relies heavily on design effectiveness, therefore our packaging must support this in order to maximise brand awareness.

“The new bottle designs are fantastic and are going to look great on the shelf.”

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A1 continues to profit from clutch sales

Picture 1A1 Motor Factor stores are continuing to profit from selling clutches from well-known brands Universal/Veco and ACDelco.

Universal clutches are tailored to OE standards, something that more and more garages are specifying when ordering parts. A1 says that using an OE clutch gives their customers both assurance and confidence in fitting.

The European sourced Veco clutch programme has recently released a new catalogue with 1350 references, as well as full IT support and warranty scheme.

Dave Greenwood, business development manager at Universal Automotive said: “We are delighted to work closely with A1 and we strongly believe that by offering quality, competitive prices, low carriage rates and top services we will strengthen this relationship over the years ahead.”

Similarly, ACDelco has enjoyed a strong growth pattern in recent years with A1. The ACDelco clutch programme gives the EU car parc access to 900 clutch kits covering a whole host of VAs, including Ford, Mercedes Benz and Peugeot models.

John Murray, product manager for A1 believes that getting parts from the strongest players gives customers the best confidence in the product. He said: “We continue to partner with the best brands and develop product propositions to align the needs of our customers.”

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CAT Awards 2012: The nominations are open!

CAT Awards 2012: The nominations are open!

catawards2010The CAT Awards 2012 nominations are open. It’s time for you, the CAT readers, to tell us who are the companies and individuals that really stand out in the independent aftermarket and really deserve to be recognised.

As ever, the nominations will be collated into a final shortlist for each category, and the winners will be voted for by you from September via the secure voting page on the CAT website.

As ever, we anticipate each category to be hotly contested and we fully expect the calibre of finalists to be higher than ever before.

We have introduced a few changes for the 2012 CAT Awards: The Garage of the Year and Factor of the Year Categories will now be split into two awards to recognise the difference between large-scale enterprises and the rising stars who’s focus is on serving a smaller catchment area. In other words, and forgive the use of the cliché: size doesn’t matter, it’s the quality that counts.

Another innovation for 2012 is the introduction of the Aftermarket Worker of the Year Award. This award is open to anyone who works within the independent aftermarket and we want to know who are the unsung heroes of our industry. Tell us who impresses you consistently with their commitment, passion and outstanding customer service.

The full list of categories is:

Supplier of the year

Retailer of the year

Factor of the year

Garage of the year

Person of the year

Aftermarket worker of the year

Technical and safety innovation of the year

To nominate, simply send an email to telling us who you want to nominate and why.

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