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PROMO: BM CATALYSTS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE STILL A BIG HIT IN EUROPE

PROMO: BM CATALYSTS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE STILL A BIG HIT IN EUROPE

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BM Catalysts has just completed exhibiting across the Channel at the 25th Equip Auto trade show at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The leading manufacturer’s sales and marketing teams were stationed at Stand 1 M 011, where the team were ready to discuss and offer reassurance as to how the company is prepared for a number of possible outcomes surrounding Brexit. They also offered insight into how BM Catalysts will help customers make the most of any changes, not least by offering access to Europe’s widest range of high-quality catalytic converters, DPFs, front pipes and long-term partnership solutions.

With the continuing ability of Equip Auto to bring together senior industry decision makers from across France and beyond, the event was also a perfect avenue for BM Catalysts to promote the quality of its products and the increasing expansion of its already market-leading range. Since the last Equip Auto exhibition which took place in 2017, BM Catalysts has released over 300 new parts, including many Euro 6 references. This year alone, the company has already added in excess of 100 new part numbers to its ever-expanding range, with over 30% being Euro 6 references which meet the strictest emissions standards set to date.

BM Catalysts Commercial Director Mark Blinston

Mark Blinston, Commercial Director at BM Catalysts stated, on the first day of the show: “We’re very pleasantly surprised with the number of visitors coming in to attend the show. We’re delighted with the high footfall at our stand and the positive engagement we’re receiving from our French partners so far. France is now our second biggest export market so we’re very excited to be here showcasing the quality of, not only the physical products we have to offer, but also the level of the support and knowledge we can provide to our partners, all with the aim of exceeding expectations of the aftermarket.”

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PROMO: BEING PREPARED FOR BREXIT

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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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PROMO: BM CATALYSTS, PARIS-BOUND FOR EQUIP AUTO 2019

PROMO: BM CATALYSTS, PARIS-BOUND FOR EQUIP AUTO 2019

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BM Catalysts will be making its way to Paris, France for the 25th Equip Auto trade show this October to showcase its world-class manufacturing and partner-first approach to business. Following its recent successful attendance at Automechanika Birmingham earlier this year, the company aims to sustain the same positivity and engagement across the channel through the much-anticipated event.

BM Catalyst’s 2019 stand

With the expected presence of big industry names and visitors from over 50 countries, the renowned trade event is the perfect avenue for BM Catalysts to also exhibit its expanding market-leading product range. Since Equip Auto 2017, BM Catalysts has released a total of 307 new high-quality aftermarket parts into the European market, which includes a number of Euro 6 references. This range expansion has increased French car parc coverage by over 14 million since the last show in 2017, and accounts for 31% of the staggering 44 million more European vehicles covered by BM Catalysts’ range additions over the past two years alone.

In line with Equip Auto’s “repairing today, preparing tomorrow” theme for this year, BM Catalysts will be available throughout the duration of the show to discuss the future of emissions and technology, and offer insight into how the company can help prepare businesses for these changes by having access to Europe’s widest range of high-quality aftermarket catalysts and DPFs and long-term partnership solutions.

New strapline will appear on promotional material.

Commenting on the manufacturer’s participation in the event, Mark Blinston, Commercial Director at BM Catalysts stated: “This year’s event will be our seventh Equip Auto attendance and we’ve witnessed some tremendous growth over the years. We’re delighted with the increased interest and positive feedback we continue to receive from the French market, so we’re excited to be attending Equip Auto again in October. With emissions and Euro level compliance remaining a big talking point across Europe, Equip Auto is a great platform for us to demonstrate our expertise and the level of commitment we put into ensuring we always exceed the aftermarket’s expectations on quality, whether that be by investing in the latest state-of-the-art machinery, to ensuring our products are fully compliant with necessary legislation, and everything else in between.”

 

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PROMO: EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS IN QUALITY AT BM CATALYSTS

PROMO: EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS IN QUALITY AT BM CATALYSTS

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Following a brand review earlier this year, BM Catalysts have launched a new campaign which was officially exhibited at Automechanika Birmingham in June. The campaign focuses on the importance of quality, something BM Catalysts hold as one of their core values, adopting a new strapline, “Those who know quality, know BM”.

Quality has always been a topic of discussion in the industry, from materials and cataloguing, to legislative requirements and customer support. As Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of high-quality aftermarket catalytic converters and DPFs, BM Catalysts lead the way in bringing a partner-first approach to their business.

Modern production facility

Their dedication to exceeding the aftermarket’s expectations is not only focused on the quality of its products but reflected in every aspect of their business.

From their two hi-tech manufacturing facilities, BM Catalysts bring innovative product development and precision engineering to the aftermarket. What really sets BM Catalysts apart is their continual investment in latest state-of-the-art machinery. With over 90% of all components used being manufactured in-house, this allows for the highest levels of quality control at all levels. These processes include the use of CNC technology to refine design, allowing for quick production of large batches of components whilst guaranteeing accurate repeatability. These advanced techniques help ensure everything from sub-components to finished products are designed to the highest possible quality and fit.

Laser mapping

Laser-mapping equipment is also used to replicate parts to fit vehicles exactly, ensuring an OE standard fit, whilst proven processes mean customers can benefit from both precise automated production, as well as their team’s quality-focused approach to final assembly. All parts are rigorously checked and tested to exceed quality and performance standards and all homologated catalysts and DPFs are tested in accordance with the latest regulations, guaranteeing total confidence in their performance in comparison with an OE product.

Automated plasma cutters at work

BM Catalysts manufacture parts from 409 grade stainless steel as preferred by OE manufacturers due to its strength and resistance to corrosion and their own 1D tube benders are used to create the extremely tight bends required in the pipework of their tubular maniverters.

Mark Blinston, Commercial Director comments on the importance of a quality-focused approach, “Quality is hugely important to us for so many different reasons. Our partners and their customers have ever increasingly high expectations over the quality of emissions products so it’s important that we don’t just follow the pack in adopting an ‘it will do attitude’ and that we continue to exceed the expectations of the market. The level of investment we have made and continue to make in quality, is enabling us to improve processes and techniques on an ongoing basis, to embed the value of quality even further”.

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PROMO: BATTERY REPLACEMENT AND THE CHALLENGE OF MODERN CARS

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Start-stop technology is here; Clarios, the global battery manufacturer behind the VARTA brand estimates as of 2020 every 3rd car that enters a workshop will be equipped with start-stop technology. This technology transition is supporting the reduction of fuel consumption and can save drivers up to 15% in fuel, during inner city driving. This however, presents workshops with a new challenge when it comes to changing a car battery, with replacements becoming more difficult and time-consuming.

 

Complexities of modern vehicles

Battery fitting is getting more complex for workshops and installing a replacement battery on a new vehicle can take well over an hour. This is due to the increasing number of batteries being installed in difficult-to-reach places, such as under the seats or behind panels inside the cabin rather than beneath the bonnet. The number of steps to change a battery is therefore increasing, as removing seats and panels takes time and often diagnostic equipment is required for re-programming the battery to the Battery Management System (BMS). An example of a complex battery changeover is a Volkswagen Touareg, which has 28 steps to remove the old battery and install the new replacement battery, and takes 72 minutes! Therefore as a technician you should feel confident charging a customer for labour time on these types of time consuming battery jobs.

Models Old vs. New

In the table below are some of the most difficult battery replacements on modern vehicles. As you can see, some vehicle models have particularly complex fitments due to the accessibility and location of the battery. When you compare this to an older vehicle’s battery change, which could take 5 to 10 minutes, you can see why additional labour time is required.

Why an AGM or EFB are needed?

 

Many vehicle drivers are surprised that when a replacement battery for their vehicle with a start-stop system and lots of electrical consumers is required, the cost associated with the new battery is more than initially expected. However, when you look at the power a battery is required to provide on these new vehicle types, it is understandable to see why a more robust battery is needed. Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) and Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) have been designed to cater for the increasing electrical demands, and fitting a traditional flooded battery will not provide the power needed to accurately engage the start-stop function or cope with the additional vehicle starts. In addition, an infotainment screen, smartphone interface and wi-fi output are all commonplace on the latest vehicle types, however 20 years ago, no one would have known what these mean. Today, these are but a few of the features modern car batteries have to power – along with their foremost job, starting the vehicle.

VARTA AGM and EFB batteries are designed for the modern day vehicle with modern technology. When installing a replacement battery, it is vital that the correct type of battery technology is fitted to the vehicle.

 

Like for Like

Nowadays there are several types of battery technology, not just the conventional ‘flooded’ lead acid battery which has traditionally been used as the starter battery, but also 2 new lead acid types; Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) and Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB). Depending on the type of vehicle and the amount of electrical power needed to supply the starting functions and electrical consumers, determines whether an AGM, EFB or Conventional will be required. When replacing an old battery, it is important to replace like-for-like or like-for-better technologies, and not to fit a conventional battery to a vehicle with a start/stop system (the vehicle won’t function properly for very long). Fitting the correct battery technology type first time, will keep your customers happy and on the road and help you avoid costly repeat repair work. If in doubt, consult the vehicle handbook or you can check the VARTA Partner Portal to ensure you’re fitting the correct battery technology.

 

Importance of testing every vehicle

 

To ensure a complete and thorough service VARTA recommend performing a battery test on all vehicles coming into a workshop.

With most vehicles entering the workshop just 1 time per year on average, it is important for a technician to perform a battery test on the vehicle, as they likely won’t see it for at least another 12 months – even when not in for a battery related job. With 40% of national breakdowns resulting from a direct result of battery failure, there are many car’s batteries not being checked until it is too late and the vehicle won’t start. Accurate testing can identify batteries in a poor condition and could result in a new battery being fitted, keeping your customers happy and on the road.

Be confident informing your customers that it is only 0.8 Volts between test results being Green and Red. That’s LESS than a AAA battery (1.5V)! Despite only a small difference in Voltage, there is a huge difference in battery performance.

 

VARTA Partner Portal

 

VARTA were the first-ever AGM batteries fitted by OE manufacturers in 2003. In Europe today, 8 out of 10 newly manufactured vehicles with a start-stop system powered by an AGM, come with a VARTA.

Workshops can directly benefit from the expertise of the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive batteries by accessing the free to use VARTA Partner Portal.

To access this, interested workshops should visit the VARTA partner portal (https://www.varta-automotive.com/en-gb/business-portal) to register on any internet enabled device, tablet or smart phone.

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PROMO: HELLA REVIVES ITS BULB RANGE

PROMO: HELLA REVIVES ITS BULB RANGE

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Good visibility is vital for road safety, therefore lighting and electronics specialist HELLA is continuously working to improve its existing lighting systems.

New bulb packs ensure product categories are recognisable at a glance

To support this, the company has revised its range of bulbs for cars, commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery and motorcycles. This is reflected in the new carton and blister packaging, as well as a new colour scheme. The blister packs are designed to support the retail sector with a transparent front and back, making it easy for the end user to search for and select the right product.

This packaging ensures that product categories such as Standard, Performance, Design and Long Life are recognisable at a glance. Futhermore, icons and QR codes are also on the packaging and provide additional information on service life or light colour and show suitable applications and vehicle types.

HELLA has been manufacturing bulbs for more than 120 years. With many years of experience in the field of automotive lighting, the company offers a comprehensive portfolio in original equipment quality.

For more information about the new packaging or any of the OE quality products available from HELLA, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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PROMO: WD-40, YOUR FLEXIBLE FRIEND

PROMO: WD-40, YOUR FLEXIBLE FRIEND

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Flexible Straw reaches otherwise inaccessible areas

Due to its incredible versatility, WD-40 Flexible Multi-Use Product has fast become an essential tool for any automotive professional. The world-renowned super-formula is perfect for a range of uses, such as cleaning and protecting metal parts, removing rust, penetrating and displacing moisture, and lubricating and protecting moving mechanical components. It can be used on a wide range of materials such as metal, plastic, most rubbers and glass and it’s also silicone free, meaning it’s safe to use in all automotive environments from workshops to body shops.

Automotive applications are numerous, and include lubricating door hinges and sunroof sliding panels, and protecting vital components from water ingress. The ingenious addition of the Flexible Straw — a hard-wearing, heat-resistant, bendable extension — means it is easier than ever before to reach those tight or difficult-to-reach places.

Flexible Straw can be used to spray around corners

The Flexible straw keeps its shape and can even administer the formula upside-down, so it’s ideal for precision work. Specific areas can be targeted such as cables, bearings and engine fittings, making fiddly and time-consuming dismantling a thing of the past. WD-40 Flexible effectively limits down time, and helps you to get more cars on (and off) the ramp. With its quick application, powerful formula, and ability to save you time and money, WD-40 Flexible is fast becoming the go-to solution for most automotive tasks.

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PROMO: TEXTAR LAUNCHES HYDRA TEC

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Textar, has expanded its range of brake installation and maintenance products with the launch of Hydra Tec.

The new lubricant has been specifically created for hydraulic components in brake and clutch systems and is ideal for lubricating cylinder working surfaces, pistons and sealing elements. This makes it overall easier to install hydraulic brake components in the caliper.

Hydra Tec also protects working surfaces and other metallic components against corrosion thanks to its water-repellent properties. The formula prevents brake seizure when utilised correctly, keeping all the brake components protected and moving as required.

Scott Irwin, head of technical training at TMD Friction, said: “Hydra Tec is the ideal solution for mechanics when lubricating the caliper’s moving parts. To utilise the paste effectively, we recommend applying a thin, even layer to the working surfaces of the brakes, minus the brake pads, and avoiding using mineral oils as substitutes as the constituents can cause seals to swell and adversely affect the functions of the caliper.”

Available in 180 millilitre tubes, Hydra Tec is compatible with EPDM caoutchouc rubber and commercially available brake fluids including DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 4LV and DOT 5.1.

Textar, which is manufactured by one of the global leaders in brake friction technology, TMD Friction, covers 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes pads, discs, accessories and brake fluid available for next day delivery.

 

As a global premium brand offering a selection of OE and aftermarket products, Textar has an established reputation for high quality, performance and endurance. This makes it the brand of choice for factors and garages.

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PROMO: HELLA HENGST CABIN FILTER PROGRAMME

PROMO: HELLA HENGST CABIN FILTER PROGRAMME

Blue.care product group

 

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Keeping customers in the best of health

HELLA Hengst’s filter programme provides independent workshops with a superb original equipment (OE) option that sets them apart from their competitors. Within the range, which naturally encompasses all filter types, is a cabin filter range that is in a class of its own and features market leading fitting instructions, including where the filter is located in the vehicle.

Hengst, a global leader in filtration and fluid management, is an OE supplier to many of the world’s vehicle manufacturers and its cabin filters are particularly favoured due to their combination of design innovation and special features. As a result, its aftermarket range with HELLA provides technicians with a comprehensive replacement cabin filter solution, available in non-carbon, active carbon, and anti-bacterial (Blue.care®) configurations.

Informing customers

As incomprehensible as it sounds, 540,000 litres of air can enter the cockpit of a vehicle for every hour it is driven and, according to multiple studies, this air typically contains up to five times more contamination from exhaust gases, pollutants and allergens, than the air at the roadside.

Bearing in mind the harmful effects this contamination has on the occupants of the vehicle, which include the driver’s ability to concentrate, there is a direct safety correlation to the quality of the air within the vehicle. Therefore, members have both a positive healthcare message to give their customers in terms of the importance of regular cabin filter replacement, as well as a legitimate profit making opportunity.

Catering for demand

In addition to protecting the vehicle’s air conditioning system and filtering out fine dust and pollen, which is common to all new cabin filters, HELLA Hengst active carbon cabin filters not only collect even smaller dust particles, but also remove bad-smelling odours and hazardous gases such as ozone, smog and exhaust.

However, to provide drivers with the ultimate protection from contaminants, HELLA Hengst has developed the Blue.care anti-bacterial range. Its five element construction adds a fifth level of protection over the active carbon series, in the form of defence against the threat of bacterial build-up in the system and therefore, within the vehicle itself.

Blue.care at a glance

The elements within the Blue.care range comprise an electrostatic media with a pre-filter function to keep out course particles, followed by a filter fleece, which increases its dust retention capacity.

This is followed by the active carbon layer to separate out vapours, odours and harmful gases such as ozone, nitric oxide and sulphur dioxide, plus meltdown medium, which filters out fine dust and micro particles down to incredibly small diameters.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, is the bio-functional layer, which contains nonosilver and provides the filter’s unique anti-microbial, anti-bacterial effect, which make the Blue.care range the ultimate solution for in-car air quality and subsequently increases safety for the driver, their passengers and the wider community.

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA Hengst, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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PROMO: A CLEAN START: INTRODUCING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WIPERS

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Recent advances in wiper blade technology are improving performance, keeping drivers safer, saving them money, and making it easier to find the right replacements.

 

The humble wiper blade is often an accessory we don’t pay too much attention to, but under-performing wipers can have a big effect on your safety on the road, and your back pocket.

Thankfully, some recent breakthroughs from the French manufacturer Valeo are improving wiper performance, and making it easier to find and fit the right replacements.

One of the recent breakthroughs in wiper blade technology has been the development of the Valeo AquabladeTM.

A winner of a 2018 PACE Award for innovation, the Valeo AquaBladeTM completely rethinks the car windscreen washing system.

As conventional wiping systems spray washer fluid from stationary jets beneath the windscreen, there’s often an uneven distribution of fluid, a high amount of waste, a lack of effectiveness at high speeds or in high wind, and reduced driver visibility during the clean. With the Valeo AquaBladeTM on the other hand, fluid is distributed through channels along the entire length of each wiper blade rather than from stationary jets.

The result is a windscreen surface uniformly cleaned, regardless of vehicle speed or wind conditions. You only use the washing fluid you need, reducing fluid consumption. And, most importantly, there is a significant improvement in driver visibility during a clean, increasing road safety for everyone.

The fact that Valeo AquaBladeTM is built on a flat blade rather than a traditional wiper blade also means a much smoother, consistent and quieter performance.

Where traditional wiper blades have between four and eight pressure points in contact with your car’s windscreen, flat blades have hundreds of pressure points resulting in uniform pressure along the entire length of each wiper.

Valeo wiper blades are also designed to be extremely quick and easy to install – they can be replaced in a matter of seconds. Valeo Service’s packaging features step-by-step fitting instructions and there are a number of instructional videos on their website.

Finding the right replacement with Valeo Service is simple too. Each wiper blade package clearly shows the vehicle makes and models the wiper is suitable for, and there is also a QR code on each packet that is linked to an online tool to confirm you have the right wipers.

Valeo Service recommends replacing wiper blades on a regular basis or as soon as they show any sign of wear that results in a loss of wiping performance.

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