CAT AWARDS 2020: FIRST CATEGORY SHORTLIST

These are the first shortlisted categories for the CAT Awards 2020, to be held in the Lowry Hotel on Feb 5th 2020.  The remaining categories will follow later in the month.

 

Garage Concept Award

  1. Terraclean 
  2. Good Garage Scheme ( Forte)
  3. Autofirst Network (ECP)
  4. Service Sure 
  5. Halfords Autocentre 
  6. Auto care 
  7. Quick Lane

 

Factor Chain of the Year

  1. Motor Parts Direct 
  2. General Traffic 
  3. LVW
  4. Euro Car Parts 
  5. GSF 
  6. Pentland Component Parts 
  7. BBC Super Factors (Blackburn, Burnley & Chorley)

 

Supplier of the Year

  1. ZF Aftermarket
  2. Trico
  3. Noco  
  4. GS Yuasa
  5. Mobiletron 
  6. Brembo
  7. Ferdinand Bilstein

 

Industry Partner of the Year

  1. MAM
  2. Elcome
  3. PG Automotive 
  4. Impression Communications
  5. IMI 
  6. Autodata 
  7. Wright Hassall

 

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HAYNES PUBLISHING UP FOR SALE

HAYNES PUBLISHING UP FOR SALE

The board of Haynes Publishing Group has announced that it is embarking upon a formal sale process to sell the entire issued share capital of the company, including subsidiaries.

Haynes published its first manual in 1960

Management have assured staff that operations will continue as normal while a buyer is sought. In recent years the firm has transitioned from being a publisher of mainly printed manuals into a company that distributes technical data over multiple platforms.

This announcement comes a year after the death of company founder, John Haynes. The firm has appointed Europa Partners as financial adviser to conduct the formal sale process.

Eddie Bell, Chief Executive of Haynes Publishing Group said: “Our founder, John Haynes died this year; one year before the Company’s 60th anniversary in 2020.  The Board now believes our future will be best secured by the whole Group becoming part of an organisation with the financial resources to invest for future expansion and take the Company through to the next 60 years of success.”

“Following this morning’s announcement staff in all our operations worldwide are being briefed by Executive Management today.  The Company will carry on operating business as usual during the sale process securing a bright, new future for the Group, our management, staff, suppliers and customers worldwide.”

 

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TP CATS TO CEASE UK PRODUCTION

TP CATS TO CEASE UK PRODUCTION

Catalyst and DPF producer TP Engineering Ltd is to cease UK production of catalysts and  diesel particulate filters.

The firm, also known as TPCATS, is owned by Portugal-based emissions manufacturer Fabriscape. In a letter to customers seen by CAT, Fabriscape confirms that production at the Stoke-on-Trent works will end ‘with immediate effect’ and that production will resume in Portugal ‘once the missing production resources have been put in place’.

The letter said that a  finished stock and logistics team will remain on site so that orders can continue to be placed, but that ‘it is not possible to prevent some disruption and availability issues’ as production is moved. No reason was given in the letter for the abrupt cessation of production, with the letter simply saying that it was after ‘thoughtful consideration’.

The current time is a period of change for UK emission products manufacturing. Earlier this week, rival producer European Exhausts and Catalysts was found to be selling non-compliant DPFs and later this month another rival, Klarius Products is due to stand trial on a similar charge.

 

TP CATS Stoke on Trent HQ has closed

 

 

 

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SEARCH ENGINES REFUSE TO REMOVE FAKE AIRBAGS: REPORT

SEARCH ENGINES REFUSE TO REMOVE FAKE AIRBAGS: REPORT

Search engines are putting drivers at risk by refusing to remove links to websites selling fake airbags in their search results according to a new report.

The white paper, by brand protection provider Incopro lays the blame squarely at the search engine giants, including Google, that apparently refuse to delist websites selling counterfeit goods.

Photo: Jani Pewter

The report found that the spurious products would often feature in the top three results, depending on search term used.

In an example, a website found to be selling counterfeit air bags on the first results page for the term “airbag sale” on Russian search engine Yandex generated 61.24% of its traffic from organic search – demonstrating how necessary search traffic is to counterfeiters.

READ: Incopro ‘Fakes’ white paper findings infographic

Simon Baggs, CEO  of Incopro, commented: “In the automotive industry, it is rights holders and their agents who are best placed to verify the authenticity of their branded car parts. However, there are currently no actions available to rights holders to notify search engines and have infringing URLs removed from search”.

READ: MAN ARRESTED IN FAKE SPARK PLUGS RAID

“In many cases, a mechanic will also be asked to source the air bag for the customer, and in the ever-competitive motor trade, it is conceivable that auto-repair garages will source cheap parts from various suppliers online.

“Whilst it is likely that the mechanic sourcing the air bag will have a greater degree of skill and knowledge than the average user, there is still a risk of buying sub-standard or counterfeit parts. If these are bought in larger quantities, as might be the case with an auto-repair business, this has widespread and dangerous implications for drivers.”

 

 

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PSA BOSS: ‘STILL WORK TO BE DONE’ WITH EUROREPAR UK

PSA BOSS: ‘STILL WORK TO BE DONE’ WITH EUROREPAR UK

Delphine Lafon Degrange

Vehicle Manufacturer PSA held a press conference at Equip Auto to explain its plans for expansion in the independent aftermarket, but has been candid about the performance of its garage network in the UK so far. 

When asked by CAT if she was satisfied with the results from Eurorepar in the UK to date, Delphine Lafon Degrange, VP of the IAM Business Unit said: “Can I be honest? No! …We have started the brand from scratch, but there is still work to be done”.  

Lafon Degrange explained that a number of issues had hampered the chain in the two years since its founding, including logistical issues that caused problems with supply and availability as well as the challenge of launching an operation of its type in a market that doesn’t have the same tradition of franchise-based independent workshops as the continent. 

However, Lafon Degrange remained optimistic about the future of the network in the UK. Announcing that ‘Distrigo’, PSAs new multi-brand range, will also cover Vauxhall and Opel parts, she also announced that the firm will launch a new range of used body panels through Distrigo under the Renew brand. UK distribution is to be confirmed, but the offensive will be serviced from 130 hubs across Europe, plus eight in Turkey. 

Plans to develop what Eurorepar can offer includes a glazing service, a new customer-facing booking and quote website and a special ‘B2B label for professional customers’.  

Lafon Degrange also announced the deployment of an online catalogue called ‘Service Box Multi-Brand’ and explains plans to develop consumer parts website Mister Auto in the UK, while acknowledging that the site had ‘strong competition online’ in the UK.

 

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BREXIT DEAL ‘VITAL’ WARNS RMI BOSS

BREXIT DEAL ‘VITAL’ WARNS RMI BOSS

RMI Chairman Peter Johnson has branded the current situation over Brexit as ‘unacceptable’ in a speech.

Speaking at the RMI’s Annual Dinner held on October 10, Johnson said: “Last year I stood here and said: ‘Get a deal done and do it quickly before the current uncertainty causes even more damage to inward investment’. That I am standing here with the same message this year is unacceptable, for both our industry and for the country”.

READ: SMMT SLAMS ‘UTTERLY UNACCEPTABLE’ BREXIT SITUATION

“It is vital that the government agrees a Brexit deal with the EU. If it cannot, then prices will rise as a result of the import tariffs that will be paid on vehicles and parts. It is in everyone’s interests that a future trade deal between the UK and EU removes these tariffs” he said. 

Johnson also spoke about the trend towards electrification and took a swipe at those in power guilty of ‘trashing the reputation and capability of diesel cars’ and called on the new Transport Secretary ‘to help us present to the public the facts in making the right choices, not just for our needs, but also for the needs of the environment’.

 

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AUTOSUPPLIES COMPLETES LEISUREWAYS ACQUISITION

AUTOSUPPLIES COMPLETES LEISUREWAYS ACQUISITION

Chesterfield-based Autosupplies Group has successfully completed the purchase of Leisureways (The Happy Motorist) of Rotherham.

Leisureways is a long-established family business and until the acquisition, was a member of the A1 Motor Stores buying group.

Trevor Hinchliffe and David Clarke shake on the deal

READ: GSF, BBC SUPERFACTORS AND A1 ADD LOCATIONS

Autosupplies’ MD David Clarke thanked the previous owners for a smooth transition and said: “We are placing considerable investment into the business including the recruitment of new staff, increased stock availability, infrastructure and logistics. Leisureways is widely known for its retail business and so we are looking to replicate this success in the trade with exceptional customer service to independent garages throughout Rotherham.”

READ: AUTOSUPPLIES ACQUIRES BUTLERS AUTOMOTIVE

Autosupplies Chesterfield is one of the single largest motor factor sites in the UK with over 100 staff and 70 vans. In October 2017, the firm purchased Butlers Automotive of Barnsley.

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NTDA BOSS: ‘TOTAL BAN ONLY WAY’ FOR PART WORN TYRES

NTDA BOSS: ‘TOTAL BAN ONLY WAY’ FOR PART WORN TYRES

Stefan Hay, the Chief Executive of the National Tyre Distributors Assoc. has opened the annual conference by calling for a total ban on all part worn tyres, following a failure to enforce standards.

Stephan Hay calls for total ban on part-worn tyres

“Over the last two years I have been criticised on two counts” he said. “Firstly, by online trolls who call me some outrageous things. These trolls are actually fans of part worn tyres. Secondly, I’ve been criticised by scrap merchants who make a profit out of selling part-worn tyres”.

READ: FEDERATION CALLS FOR BAN ON USED TYRE SALES

“These people have said that I’m only calling for a ban because I want to sell more tyres. Well, to the critics I say ‘you’re damn right’. Our members don’t sell part worn tyres, so of course we want to sell safe, legal tyres and I don’t make any apology for that. Our members have been campaigning for greater tyre safety since 1930, so why would I change position now?”

Hay continued: “In the past I have been criticised by non-NTDA members for  calling for a ban on illegal or non-compliant tyres, but not all part-worn tyres… Well, that’s a bit of a play on words. Of course our members want a ban on all part worn tyres, because at the moment lack of enforcement, and therefore compliance, meant that a shocking 99 percent of retailers inspected during Tyre Safety Month were not compliant with the regulations, and 75 percent of tyres inspected were dangerous. So, if we weren’t to ban all part worn tyres, what exactly would be left?”

The conference also included speakers from roadside recovery and vehicle lighting, and topics included safety, fraud and counterfeit protection as well as tax liability.

 

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CAT AWARDS 2020 CATEGORIES

The categories for the upcoming CAT Awards 2020 are as follows:

  Retailer of the Year

The UK’s top accessory vendor.

  Factor Chain of the Year

(In association with UFI Filters)

The best multi-site factor.

  Factor Branch Team of the Year

(In association with Boswell Aftermarket)

We celebrate the achievements of an individual branch team.

  Supplier of the Year

(In association with Automechanika)

This highly-contested Award recognises the UK’s best supplier.

  Achievement Award

Recognising an outstanding contribution to the aftermarket.

  Rising Star

New talent in our industry.

Independent Garage of the Year

(In association with Toyota First)

The finest garage in the UK.

Garage Concept Award

Open to all garage schemes, fast-fits and autocentres.

  Industry Partner Award

A special Award, voted on by CAT readers to celebrate the best customer, supplier or service provider from anywhere in the industry.

This year, our winners will be picked by a team of independent judges. We still want your suggestions for who should be on the shortlist though, so don’t hesitate to email cat.awards@haymarket.com right away.

 

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PROMO: BEING PREPARED FOR BREXIT

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF BM CATALYSTS

With the UK supposedly set to leave the EU in a matter of weeks, businesses are busy preparing for any potential repercussions of the country’s withdrawal from partnerships that guaranteed the free movement of goods within the European Union. There are natural and well-founded concerns amongst many factors that their supply chains could be disrupted and imported goods may become prohibitively expensive for customers, leading to delays and price hikes for everyone, from manufacturers to motorists. There are also questions lingering over how, or if, quality standards may change in light of the UK no longer being bound by EU legislation. These are certainly challenging times but there’s also plenty of light at the end of the Eurotunnel, courtesy of BM Catalysts.

 The BM Catalysts Way

BM Catalysts is proud to be a UK manufacturer and has become Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality aftermarket catalytic converters, DPFs and front pipes through an unwavering commitment to relentless research and development, the highest standards of engineering excellence, and extensive support to enable customers to build their own potential for profit.

For UK customers, the scale of our operations and dedication to our founding values means they can rest assured that our products and services are stable and will remain the best on the market. We are, of course, experiencing and expecting further surges in demand for our parts from Europe, but we are well prepared. We have increased production throughout 2019 and invested a large amount into a third UK warehouse. The new site is now operational, with its scale and location in the centre of the country already paying dividends for customers in terms of even better availability and faster deliveries. This is helping us build better partnerships with factors as the need for them to hold deeper stock decreases, reducing duplications and increasing cash flow. These things are major concerns for most businesses in and out of the automotive aftermarket at the moment and we believe the positive impact of investments like ours should not be overlooked.

Another major area of investment continues to be in manufacturing processes that allow us to exceed quality standards. We are clear that we will remain staunchly dedicated to balancing the need for high quality parts with a desire to keep costs as low as possible. Technicians can be assured that BM Catalysts parts will still be precision engineered so that they are quick and easy to fit, and factors will see that we will continue to support them as far as we can by keeping prices as competitive as possible.

Well Prepared

Through many months of exhaustive preparation, we will make the UK’s transition out of Europe as smooth as possible for all of our customers. Despite the uncertainty that has surrounded the country’s decision to leave the EU, we have continued to invest heavily in our UK operations. The commitment to do so has always enabled us to develop the widest range of high-quality aftermarket parts and deliver them to customers at the right price and the right time. Brexit will not change that. We will still work tirelessly to provide world-class support and help to our customers and our unwavering dedication to helping our partners increase their profits will also remain unchanged.

 

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