Archive | May, 2018

ECOBAT TO EXHIBIT AT AUTOMECHANIKA B’HAM

ECOBAT TO EXHIBIT AT AUTOMECHANIKA B’HAM

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF ECOBAT TECHNOLOGIES

There is a lot more to the ECOBAT group than meets the eye. Besides being Europe’s largest specialist battery distributor, it is also the world’s largest producer of lead and lead alloys, supplying battery manufacturers all over the world. As a result, more than 50 million batteries are produced containing its lead and alloys annually.

This specialism means that ECOBAT Technologies is also a global leader in metallurgical processes and R&D for battery plate construction enhancements, continually developing the use of alloys to improve battery performance, such as:

  • Cranking and Capacity
  • Cycle life
  • Charge acceptance
  • Reduced gassing
  • Operation in extreme temperature environments
  • Reduced corrosion

This commitment has led to many of the key technology advances and product patents, but the company also works with leading battery manufacturers, adding its expertise to their own.

In 2009 the group began investing in battery distribution, and today the division – ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT) –  supplies more than 2.5 million batteries to OEM and aftermarket customers, many of which will inevitably contain its advanced lead and alloys, ensuring optimum performance and product longevity. EBT is not simply a specialist battery supplier, it is part of a manufacturing and technology group with a battery specialist division.

In the UK, EBT is active in virtually all battery markets, with wide sector coverage and comprehensive product ranges with leading brands such as VARTA®, Lucas and Numax. The quality of the products, combined with a nationwide distribution network, focussed customer support and high stock availability, are all contributory factors to the success of the company.

To demonstrate all things EFB/AGM and encourage technicians to look to the future and benefit from the changing world of batteries, EBT is teaming up with long-term partner VARTA for this year’s Automechanika Birmingham.

As it has done previously, the company will also be using one of the event’s technical presentations – to be delivered from the Technical Training Hub in the show’s ‘Garage Quarter’ – to give technicians a glimpse of the future by addressing the realities of the growth in lithium battery technology and the responsibilities faced by workshops as the global trend for electric vehicles continues.

At the same time, current technology must not be overlooked as the market transitions from traditional to hybrid vehicles, which puts greater demands on the vehicle’s battery management system and requires vehicle specific repair solutions.

Technicians are at the front line, not only when it comes to diagnosing problems and making the repair, but also in educating motorists who are largely unfamiliar with this new technology. EBT will therefore be challenging them with the question: are they equipped for an electric future?

Back on its stand (H81), alongside the market-leading VARTA range, EBT will be displaying the formidable Lucas portfolio, as well as its very own Numax offering, to demonstrate the depth and breadth of products in its substantial armoury.

“Automechanika again provides us with the ideal occasion to connect with our customers and end-users, to help them gain a clear understanding of the challenges – and accompanying opportunities – that the latest technical developments present,” explains the company’s Sales Director, Paul Payne.

“Start/stop equipped vehicles, the continuing trend towards fully electric alternatives, environmental responsibilities and the wider opportunities outside of the traditional automotive sector are all points of interest that many visitors will want to discuss and for which EBT has many compelling solutions. We therefore look forward to welcoming visitors to both the technical presentation and our stand, to demonstrate how we can travel the road together and look forward with confidence to a bright future.”

For further details, please contact ECOBAT Battery Technologies on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.ecobat.tech

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NGK BECOMES SHAREHOLDER OF TECALLIANCE

NGK BECOMES SHAREHOLDER OF TECALLIANCE

Ignition giant NGK Spark Plug has become a shareholder of aftermarket data firm TecAlliance.

TecAlliance’s portfolio includes international vehicle and product data, repair and maintenance information, the TecDoc catalogue, data management and analytics as well as consultancy services n.

Damien Germès, Senior Vice President EMEA at NGK Spark Plug in Europe confirmed: “To become a shareholder of TecAlliance is a strategic decision and investment. We fully understand how essential it is for aftermarket distributors and workshops to have high-quality, instant data in a fast-changing market where digital solutions are becoming of vital importance. This investment is another demonstration of our commitment to continuously serving and supporting the independent aftermarket”.

“We are pleased to welcome as a new shareholder such an important player from the field of vehicle electronics”, emphasised Jürgen Buchert, Managing Director of TecAlliance. “This is another step towards our continuous goal to optimise and deepen the quality of our data and tailor-made solutions for a digital automotive aftermarket.”

 

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AUTOELECTRO AND CAAR SIGN DEAL

AUTOELECTRO AND CAAR SIGN DEAL

A supply deal has been struck between Autoelectro and accessory parts retailer CAAR.

The partnership will see the latter take advantage of Autoelectro’s extensive portfolio of remanufactured starter motors and alternators including its surcharge-free non-exchange (NEX) units. In addition, the former will be rolling out its recently-launched Active Inventory Management System (AIMS) to CAAR’s supplier base; allowing them to maximise their chances of returning old core as well as keeping close tabs on any outstanding surcharges owed,  following the company’s new pricing strategy.

Tony Bhogal, Managing Director of Autoelectro commented: “Having held discussions with senior staff at CAAR, we have agreed a competitive package for its members, to ensure they and their workshop customers receive the best value-for-money but premium quality product available”, he continued: “CAAR members will have access to the best range and availability of rotating electrics, along with a free next working-day AM delivery.”

Adding to his sentiment, CAAR MD David Owen said: “We are delighted to welcome Autoelectro on-board as an approved CAAR supplier, and the appointment has been warmly welcomed by CAAR members, many of whom were already using them for their rotating electrics.”

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AUTOMECHANIKA B’HAM LAUNCHES SHOW PREVIEW

AUTOMECHANIKA B’HAM LAUNCHES SHOW PREVIEW

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

Automechanika Birmingham Event Preview – packed with reasons to attend.

Automechanika Birmingham, leading exhibition for the UK’s automotive industry has launched its Event Preview  PACKED with reasons why you need to attend this year’s event.

Whatever your role in the aftermarket, the event answers your critical questions…

o How will the EU changes impact the future of the MOT?
o What’s the latest technology updates for Diagnostics, ADAS calibration and hybrid vehicles?
o What effect will connectivity & electrification have on the industry?
o How will I meet new suppliers and get better deals from existing ones?

Whatever your questions, answers are guaranteed at Automechanika Birmingham, taking place on 5-7 June, NEC, Birmingham.

Over 500 exhibitors include;
Delphi, HELLA, Liqui Moly, MANN + HUMMEL, Bosch UK, TEXA, Draper Tools, DURA, ITW, ISN, Certas Energy, Snap On, Milwaukee Tools, AA garage guide, Toyota First, Mec-Diesel, EFI Automotive Service, Ceramex, GSF Car Parts, Premier Components UK Ltd, Mac Tools (Stanley Black & Decker), Wurth Electronics, Stanners Equipment, Road Runner, Motor Trade Insurance, EDT Automotive and others.

Don’t forget late night opening Wednesday 6 June in the Garage Quarter, provides a perfect place to reconnect with your garage customers and maximise meetings with suppliers.

Arrive before 10am and receive a free hot drink and pastry sponsored by Valeo & Castrol UK.

Time’s ticking but don’t panic, you can still register free. Why not invite your colleagues too?

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HALFORDS’ TV ADVERT BANNED BY ASA

HALFORDS’ TV ADVERT BANNED BY ASA

A TV advert for retail giant Halfords has been found to break the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) code.

The advert, seen in January, promoted the chain’s battery fitting service. The ad featured a sped-up view from the vehicle’s windscreen of a snow-covered road which suggested the vehicle was being driven at high speed around several curves and bends in the road, accompanied with engine sounds. On-screen text stated, “Ready for quick getaways? ‘WeFit’ batteries from £15.

Two complainants, who believed the advert encouraged unsafe driving practices in snowy conditions, challenged whether it was irresponsible.

HalfordsHalfords said that neither they nor their advertising agency believed that the TV ad showed dangerous driving. That was because the footage had been sped up to such an extent that it was clearly not real and therefore did not show unsafe driving practices.

However, the ASA disagreed: “Because we considered that speed was the main message of the ad and the sped-up footage gave the impression that the vehicle was being driven in a dangerous manner, we concluded the ad encouraged irresponsible driving” it said in a statement. As a result, the advert can’t be shown again in current form and Halfords has had its knuckles wrapped, having been told to ‘ensure that future ads did not portray speed or driving behaviour in a way that might encourage irresponsible driving’.

 

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CONTINENTAL TO ENTER FILTRATION MARKET

CONTINENTAL TO ENTER FILTRATION MARKET

Parts and technology group Continental have struck a deal with a filtration manufacturer to sell own brand filters across Europe.

The deal has been signed with Italy-based manufacturer UFI Filters and will officially launch at Automechanika Frankfurt in September of this year. Product will start shipping in January 2019.

Details of the product range have not yet been announced, but will  cover UFI’s all-makes programme of light vehicle fuel, oil, cabin and air filters. There is no word as yet on which, if any of the factor chains or buying groups will be stocking the product in the UK, and UFI has said that while the product ‘knows no borders’  a particular focus for Continental will be on the Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Scandinavia markets.

“Our stated aim is to continue to expand our product portfolio for the automotive aftermarket under the renowned brand name Continental. To do this, we market only premium products that match our brand and that make sense for our customers,” said Peter Wagner, VP Aftermarket at Continental.

Giorgio Girondi, Chairman of UFI filters said:  “This agreement between two leading companies in the automotive aftermarket is a very important milestone in the history of UFI Filters. This strategic step by two premium brands shows that cooperation knows no geographical boundaries. That is crucial. We are really proud to see the UFI products in the renowned Continental branded box”.

UPDATE: UFI has confirmed that the agreement will cover markets across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Scandinavia only.

Georgio Girondi and Peter Wagner shake on UFI-Continental deal.

 

 

 

 

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ECCO SAFETY GROUP EMBRACES CHANGE

When ECCO Safety Group decided to combine it’s UK operations into one place under a common brand, it knew the scale of the challenge.

This is where Italy-born Enrico Vassallo comes in. His varied CV includes a period as CEO of bus makers Optare and Irisbus where he gained a reputation as a manager that could implement sweeping changes. Nonetheless, he is open about how challenging delivering the transformation has been so far.

You can read a full interview where he discusses the transformation of three legacy brands into a modern, lean manufacturing operation in the July issue of CAT.

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GOVERNMENT PROBE INTO HAND CAR WASHES

GOVERNMENT PROBE INTO HAND CAR WASHES

Investigation into hand car washes begins

A parliamentary committee is to look into how damaging hand car washes are to the environment.

The Environmental Audit Committee will examine how the impact of hand car washes differs from automatic ones. It will look at how effective regulation is and what steps central government might take to ensure that these businesses are operated sustainably.

Although the focus of the Committee’s inquiry will be on environmental issues, another body, the Independent Anti- Slavery Commission has produced a list of indications of exploitation at hand car washes, which the Committee will also seek answers for.

Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “Our inquiry will look at the environmental impact of hand car washes and ask how effective the regulations that govern them are. It will also ask the Government how it is meeting its commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goals to reduce human exploitation.”

Reacting to the news, Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association commented: “The PRA is pleased to see the Committee is holding the Government to account on an industry that is in breach of several regulations.”

“We have been lobbying DEFRA repeatedly over the lack of enforcement regarding the estimated 6,500 cubic metres of chemical trade effluent produced by hand car washes, which pollutes local water courses. We have also met with officials from both the Home Office and the Treasury Select Committee to discuss breaches of the Modern Slavery Act and the millions of pounds lost in tax revenues,” he concluded.

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ZAFIRA FIRES: VAUXHALL FACE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

ZAFIRA FIRES: VAUXHALL FACE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

A criminal investigation into the Vauxhall Zafira fire scandal has been launched by DVSA.

The government agency is working with officers from Luton Trading Standards to investigate Vauxhall.

In a written statement, Andy Rice, DVSA head of counter-fraud & investigations, said:: “DVSAs priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles”.

“We have made it clear to manufacturers that to protect consumers, they should swiftly rectify problems and meet their obligations under the code of practice”.

“DVSA will take the necessary action against any manufacturers who fail to comply with their obligations.”

The long-running saga of the people carriers catching fire dates back to 2009, when the then GM-owned carmaker first had reports of blazes.

Six years later, and following reports of over a hundred more fires, the VM attempted to point the finger at the aftermarket, blaming ‘unauthorised repairs’ to the thermal resistor cut-off on the heater blower, a recall was offered. The repair was unsuccessful in fixing the problem and another recall with a more extensive repair was made.

Following this, Vauxhall bosses were called into a Select Committee hearing and faced questions from MPs.

Although a majority of the 160 recorded fires have resulted in the total destruction of the vehicle, to date there have been no reports of serious injuries.

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