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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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.

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


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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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.







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Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), one of the UK’s largest independently owned automotive parts manufacturers and suppliers, has successfully 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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A recent survey of 1903 UK drivers carried out by YouGov on behalf of The Motor Ombudsman found that 84 percent would not know where to take an EV for its annual service, and that just 12 percent were aware of the differences between services for EVs and conventionally fuelled vehicles.

The survey highlighted significant gaps in the population’s understanding of electric vehicles. Some 30 percent guessed that an EV service would comprise an oil change, 40 percent thought the air filter would be checked and 26 percent presumed their EV’s emissions output would be measured.

Bill Fennell, MD of The Motor Ombudsman, commented: “Sales of electric vehicles are fast gathering pace, and they all need to be serviced and maintained in accordance with recommended manufacturer guidelines.

Bill Fennell, MD of The Motor Ombudsman

“Our research showed that there was an inherent need to make it quicker and easier for repairers to make motorists aware that they can service electric vehicles, and for owners to be able to easily find a business where they can take their car in.”


In response to the findings, The Motor Ombudsman has upgraded its Garage Finder platform with a function that allows EV drivers to find their nearest appropriate technician.

The new search facility arrives as EVs begin to rapidly increase their market share on UK roads. Last month alone, one tenth of all new cars sold were hybrid or pure-electric.

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Industrial giant Bosch has announced its intention to acquire Unipart Group’s workshop programmes in the UK. These programmes include the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), a network of independently run garages, the KiS online garage management software, which helps to organise all daily workshop activities, and the ‘Unipartner’ Consumer App. It is planned for all existing customer contracts to be transferred to Bosch. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“This acquisition perfectly fits with our growth strategy for the United Kingdom and Ireland”, Steffen Hoffmann, President Bosch UK and Ireland, said. “It is a significant step that increases our network of partner garages creating new sales channels for our automotive parts, diagnostics, and workshop services with these customers.”

Established in 1995, Uniparts’ Car Care Centre is one of the most recognised workshop programmes in the UK. Bosch will take over the marketing support and training services for the garages plus ensure access to Bosch’s full range of automotive parts, diagnostics and workshop services.

UCCC to become part of Bosch

Mike Ferris, Unipart International Managing Director said: “We’ve been working in close partnership with Bosch for many years on a number of joint initiatives and they share many of Unipart’s core values and principles. I am delighted that the Unipart Autoparts Garage Programmes will be transferring to a trusted business in Bosch who will further develop the programmes, whilst maintaining the needs of the garage and consumer at the forefront of their plans”

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Chipping Warden-based Hella UK has announced its new UK Managing Director, Neil Grant, who will officially begin his latest role in January 2020.

Mr Grant had been the Financial Director  of the company for four years and has a wealth of financial experience behind him.

New Hella UK MD, Neil Grant


He will be taking over from current MD, Matthew Say, who has been leading the UK operation for the past four and a half years.

Commenting on his appointment, Neil said: “I have a great deal of customer knowledge, am aware of the potential growth areas and intend to continue the good work that Matthew [Say] has established. I am therefore, very much looking forward to leading Hella through the next chapter in its journey.”

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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. RAC Approved Garage Network powered by Autofirst (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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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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