LEVEN CARS GROUP CALLS IN THE ADMINISTRATORS

LEVEN CARS GROUP CALLS IN THE ADMINISTRATORS

Edinburgh-based dealership Leven Cars has gone bust following two years of ‘difficult trading conditions’.

Leven Cars endured ‘difficult trading conditions’

Stuart Robb and Michelle Elliot – of Leonard Curtis – were appointed Joint Administrators of Leven Cars Group Limited  on Tuesday 7th January.

The company which was incorporated in January 2014, has multiple car dealerships based in Edinburgh and Selkirk, including Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Lotus, Kia, Suzuki, Mitsubishi and Caterham.

The Company, which employs 139 staff across its four dealerships, has ceased trading.  At this stage, none of the Company’s employees have been made redundant whilst the Administrators assess the Company’s financial position and explore the possibility of finding a buyer for all or parts of the business.

The Company will continue to maintain a presence at the Company’s dealerships for a short period of time to ensure that any customer queries can be addressed.

Joint Administrator, Stuart Robb commented: “We are currently assessing the Company’s financial position with a view to seeking a buyer for all or parts of the business.  This is a unique opportunity to acquire a business with a strong reputation, excellent customer base, and a highly knowledgeable and loyal workforce.”

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ROMAC ACQUIRED BY SUTTON AUTO FACTORS

ROMAC ACQUIRED BY SUTTON AUTO FACTORS

Romac branches feature traditional shop fronts

Parts distributor Sutton Auto Factors has acquired the four-branch Romac chain. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The four Romac stores in Heanor, Ripley, Spondon and Mickleover will continue, with no impact to the existing staff or customers, according to the new owner.

“Customers can expect to see the same faces, levels of service and customer care along with added value in choice, availability, quality and affordability”, says Andrew Wells, SAF General Manager. “We are delighted to welcome Romac into Sutton Auto Factors as we aim to achieve our goal of growth through offering the best available parts at the most competitive price.”

 The four Romac branches are traditional customer facing shop fronts. They join the existing network of SAF stores in Ilkeston, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Long Eaton, Bulwell, Colwick, Bingham and Ollerton.

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LKQ CORP. TO SELL TWO MOTOR FACTOR CHAINS

LKQ CORP. TO SELL TWO MOTOR FACTOR CHAINS

Chicago-based LKQ Corporation has announced the decision to sell two Czech wholesale automotive parts distributors to Swiss Automotive Group AG. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

In May 2018, the European Commission cleared LKQ’s acquisition of Stahlgruber GmbH, with the exception of Stahlgruber’s two wholesale businesses in the Czech Republic, which were referred for review to the Czech Competition Authority. Earlier this year, the Czech Competition Authority approved LKQ’s acquisition of the two Czech distributors, subject to certain divestiture conditions. LKQ subsequently decided to sell the entire equity interests of the two businesses. LKQ Europe will continue to operate its existing Auto Kelly a.s. and ELIT s.r.o. businesses in the Czech Republic.

Dominick Zarcone, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ, stated, “We appreciate the efforts of local management to build a successful business in the Czech Republic, and we are proud that we have found an outstanding new owner for it.”

LKQ expects to complete the sale in early 2020, subject to required regulatory approvals.

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NEW HOME FOR BEN BALL

The Ben Ball, an annual fundraising event for the motor industry’s charity was held on December 11 at the Roundhouse in Camden.

The new venue was the first time the event has been held anywhere other than the Grovesnor House hotel on Park Lane for over 70 years.

Some 650 guests were hosted by Ben’s Chief Executive, Zara Ross, and Fundraising Director, Matt Wigginton. The evening included spectacular entertainment with Ben’s Greatest Show, a gospel choir, music from the band, Fully Funktional, and much more. The audience enjoyed guest appearances from Mat Watson from CarWow and also Jonny Gould, charity auctioneer and Channel Five presenter.

The evening saw around £87,000 raised for the charity with a number of motor trade bosses pledging to take part in a series of ‘Industry Leader Challenges’ throughout 2020.

Matt Wigginton, Fundraising Director at Ben, said: “Ben Ball 2019 was absolutely extraordinary – a stand-out event! We would like to thank everyone who came along to the Roundhouse to be part of something truly special and inspiring. With your support, we’ve raised an incredible sum of money to help us continue providing life-changing support across the automotive industry. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations, we couldn’t do what we do without you”.

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FIAT / PSA DEAL TO FACE ‘THE MOTHER OF ALL MERGER CONTROL INVESTIGATIONS’

The recently announced plan to merge Fiat Chrysler with PSA Groupe will face ‘the mother of merger control investigations’ according to an an expert in corporate regulation.

Jonathan Branton, Head of Competition at city legal firm DWF Law said: “This is obviously a huge consolidation of the sector that will surely require a considerable effort in securing competition (merger control) across a variety of jurisdictions and especially the European Union”.

“This will take time and will create some uncertainty (although the parties will surely have planned this aspect meticulously). More particularly, this is representative of a general trend towards consolidation and/or cooperation in the sector as it undergoes the transformation that the changeover to electric vehicles is bringing. This is presenting unique challenges that seem set to make this and other projects which bring previously independent players together for different purposes (e.g. R&D) somewhat inevitable.”

The mega deal, announced earlier this week will see the creation of the world’s fourth largest carmaker and will be registered in the Netherlands, a country neutral to all parties.  Unions, including those that represent Vauxhall in the UK, have sought reassurances over job security.

Fiat 500 (2007-2015)

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WILLIAMSON: ‘THREATS NUMEROUS, LEGISLATION SCANT’

WILLIAMSON: ‘THREATS NUMEROUS, LEGISLATION SCANT’

Wendy Williamson, Chief Exec of industry body IAAF has opened the organisation’s annual conference with a warning for the aftermarket.

Addressing challenges relating to cyber security, VM data belligerence, supply challenges in the face of Brexit and a problem raised by car batteries being classified as ‘offensive weapons’ William said: “Today threats are numerous, but legislation scant”.

“But we will find  new ways,  to fit the parts and supply the tools and equipment top service maintain vehicles of tomorrow”. 

The conference continues 

 

 

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PROMO: INFOPRO’S DIGITAL MESSAGE

PROMO: INFOPRO’S DIGITAL MESSAGE

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF INFOPRO

 

Experience recorded

Infopro Digital Automotive has been working at the heart of automotive documentation for more than 70 years. It has based its work on the simple observation that a list of relevant data is important when carrying out any mechanical or bodywork repair, as the data is different for each vehicle. The long-term job of channelling, grouping together and sorting this data has been ongoing for decades. All the information has now been gathered and linked to current digital techniques, making it a useful everyday tool.

As one of the original creators of the Technical Automotive Journal (RTA), Infopro Digital Automotive has become increasingly aware that paper is not what it was 20 or 30 years ago. It has had to evolve. Technical journals, if they still exist at all, have naturally moved to computer screens, with exploded views of vehicles, manufacturers’ data, and methods of fitting and removing. From now on, everything will be listed within the Atelio Doc software, and can be accessed using its powerful search engine.

 

Our rich experience applied to the world of tomorrow.

Knowing the configuration, equipment and accessories of every vehicle is impossible. Automotive construction is constantly evolving. This means that the repairer’s experience is no longer sufficient, and even the slightest intervention can seem new and complicated.
With Atelio Doc, the repairer can simply concentrate on their core business and their own expertise in repair work, without having to worry about whether or not they have the manual for that particular vehicle. Atelio Doc provides an exhaustive list of all the resources that will be necessary for carrying out a repair, and the skills that the mechanic or bodywork repairer will need: implementation, part lists, fastening kits, fluids and accessories.

 

A wealth of data

All the identification information for vehicles is listed in the software, such as the brand, model, version and even model year with the launch date. It also allows additional access to the mechanical and bodywork parts list for this specific model, as well as access to the repair methods and even a list of the types of breakdown normally associated with the vehicle in question.

Given the number of manufacturers listed in the software, and the range of models that spans up to 25 years, Atelio Doc is THE reference for technical documentation across vehicle makes.

A complete tool

Atelio Doc is not just a database in the literal sense of the word, or simply a list of car and light utility vehicle mo

dels. The tool’s strength lies in the wealth of information that it provides.

All vehicle considerations are taken into account, and are listed in a non-exhaustive manner: engine and transmission, steering, suspension and brake systems, heating and air conditioning, safety devices such as airbags, pre-tensioners and seatbelts, all the vehicle’s electrical equipment, lights and signals, but also all the elements related to panels, and heavy and light bodywork.

Given the high levels of quality of some of the vehicles that are in use today, it is sometimes difficult to separate mechanical devices and interventions from those that are related to the bodywork. This is why it is important to be able to b

ring them all together in the one tool.

If we had to specify some of the other additional options, we might mention the tightening torques, front and back wheel alignment, or electrical diagrams. This data can help repairers who may break out in a cold sweat when faced with the complexity of some models. As well as this, information about lubricants, quantities of fluids, and necessary man hours will allow interventions to be anticipated and planned.

 

Help with documentation and diagnostics


Atelio Doc’s power and its value are not just in listing parts and accessories.

In addition to the practical side, Atelio Doc offers documentary and technical support. This provides, among other things, a personalised response to repairers’ searches, in terms of repair methods, fitting and removal. They can even access

 diagnostic aids based on a list of types of breakdown, which they would not be able to find in the software otherwise.

 

Intuitive digital tool

The Atelio Doc database is constantly evolving, and is displayed simply on the computer screen. The tool is intuitive and easy to use.
Once the vehicle model is chosen, the repairer just has to decide what part they want to study and examine. Quality, high-definition exploded illustrations that are precisely numbered allow for easy navigation.
In a few seconds, the repairer strips away the car’s exterior to see the parts that they want to know more about: their exact position, the necessary accessories and fastenings and the method for accessing them.

Ease of navigation, intuitive menus and quality illustrations make Atelio Doc a nice tool for repairers to use.

 

Interface with other electronic catalogues

The list of part numbers is based on the manufacturers’ original documentation, and is therefore reliable and updated in line with data for each make.
Once all this information has been received and the elements supplied, repairs can proceed without a hitch, as the correct parts for the model are available.

In order to do this, each repairer can use the electronic catalogues, most of which are linked to Atelio Doc, to select parts. Infopro Digital Automotive also provides its own catalogue, Atelio Aftermarket, that is directly linked to Atelio Doc.

 

Monitoring and updating

Based on their experience, and their awareness of the ever-changing market, Infopro Digital Automotive provides its clients with a database of documents that are constantly updated and developed to include all the new models that enter the automotive market every year. This is made possible through the professionalism of the company’s teams and the quality of its relationships with manufacturers and providers of automotive equipment.

Atelio Doc is an indispensable tool for any repairer whose knowledge and work is developing based on the vehicles that they repair, as it helps them deal with diagnostics and repairs effectively.

 

Who is Infopro Digital Automotive 


Infopro Digital Automotive is a French leader in automotive documentation, whose technological awareness allows them to respond to the needs of an ever-changing market. First named as E.T.A.I, it has spent more than 70 years developing a complete digital database for automotive repair professionals.

With more than 70 years of experience, an automotive range that spans more than 25 years, more than 40 makes listed and a modern and intuitive digital tool, Infopro Digital Automotive is consolidating its position as a leader in mechanical and bodywork automotive technical documentation.

Find more about Atelio Doc and Ateliob Aftermarket : https://www.infopro-digital-automotive.com/en/discover-atelio-aftermarket-and-atelio-doc/

 

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KLARIUS UPDATE: COMPANY ISSUE STATEMENT

UPDATE: This is the full statement issued by Klarius regarding the emissions case that was thrown out on December 3rd:

READ: BREAKING: KLARIUS CASE THROWN OUT OF COURT

Background info:

READ: KLARIUS DIRECTORS FACE COURT

READ: ‘CEASE AND DESIST LEGAL PLEA TO KLARIUS STOCKISTS

READ: ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KLARIUS: CATALYTIC CONVERTER SUPPLY

 

Statement as issued:

Crown Court Judge acquits Klarius Directors

 03.12.2019. Today at Manchester Crown Court five current and past directors and managers of Klarius Products Ltd were 100% cleared of any criminal activities – as claimed by competitors and investigated by the Department for Transport.  All were formally acquitted and found ‘not guilty’, without a trial even starting.  The Crown Court Judge referred to a “shambolic failure” and ruled that no member of the team should stand trial.  

Klarius self-reported problems in 2014 and worked with the VCA through to the end of 2015 to rectify production and administrative issues. The VCA found no intentional misconduct and praised Klarius for its co-operation, openness and unfettered access at all levels. In his ruling the Judge referred to individuals from two competitor companies who sought to make commercial gain from the situation.

The Department for Transport indicated that it could not pursue the case and invited the Judge to acquit all five defendants.

Paul Schofield, solicitor acting for Tony Wilson commented “Today’s ruling marks the end of a case we have always maintained was completely misguided, unfair and inappropriate.”

Anthony Barnfather, a leading Manchester lawyer, also instructed in the case commented “This is one of the most unjust prosecutions I have ever come across. After years of being wrongly accused the directors can now get back to business without a stain on their characters.”

Further reactions and personal statements from those involved will be provided over coming days.

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BREAKING: KLARIUS CASE THROWN OUT OF COURT

BREAKING: KLARIUS CASE THROWN OUT OF COURT

A significant legal case has been thrown out of court.

Klarius’ Cheadle site

Five directors of Staffordshire-based Klarius had been due to stand trial on charges of fraud at Manchester Crown Court, but it is understood by CAT that the judge did not find information provided admissible, apparently referring to a ‘shambolic failure’ in what was presented and found there was no case to answer.

The charges related to historic claims of ‘knowingly’ selling non type-approved emissions products.

UPDATE: KLARIUS ISSUE STATEMENT

READ: KLARIUS DIRECTORS FACE COURT

READ: BREAKING: STATEMENT ISSUED BY KLARIUS DIRECTORS

 

 

 

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SMPE GETS NEW ISO CERTIFICATE

SMPE GETS NEW ISO CERTIFICATE

Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), one of the UK’s largest independently owned  suppliers, has achieved the management system standard ISO14001:2015. 

The standard, which is in addition to the company’s ISO:9001 certification, applies to both its Nottingham and Poland facility. The new standard provides SMPE with an environmental management system framework in order to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner, contributing to greener sustainability, covering criteria including recycling, lower carbon footprint and waste reduction.

READ: New standard fixes child seat fitting fears

The updated 2015 standard includes the latest requirements relating to the context of the organisation, leadership, strategic environmental management, risk and opportunities, life-cycle perspective, performance evaluation and auditing.

Richard Morley, SMPE Commercial Director, said: “This achievement demonstrates both our professionalism and reliability as a company and signals to new and existing customers that SMPE is a perfect partner to do business with”. 

SMPE UK building

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