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THE GREEN SUPPLIER: BATTERY TECHNOLGIES

THE GREEN SUPPLIER: BATTERY TECHNOLGIES

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF ECOBAT GROUP

 

There is a lot more to the ECOBAT group than meets the eye. Besides being Europe’s largest specialist battery distributor, the group is also a leading collector and recycler of used batteries on three continents. In the EU it fulfils battery collection services through operations in Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, and the UK, collecting batteries from all over Europe.

ECOBAT’s processes ensure that more than 97% of material is recovered from the ‘End of Life’ battery during the recycling process.

Battery recycling typically generates three main elements:

  • Lead
  • Plastic
  • Sulphuric acid.

At ECOBAT’s recycling operations, batteries are broken under controlled conditions to release acid, then crushed in a hammer mill and broken into smaller pieces for physical separation using water. Through the separation process, plastics float to the surface where they are removed for further separation before recycling. The lead components (plates, poles and paste) sink in the hydro-separation tanks and are removed for smelting. Before the paste can be smelted however, it is dewatered.

The battery paste and other lead-containing materials are fed into furnaces together with a reducing agent and smelted to produce lead metal. The grids and poles are also smelted in the same way. The lead recovered through the smelting process is then refined to produce various bespoke lead alloys, primarily for the battery industry.

In Europe up to 75% of the lead material consumed is derived from secondary recycling rather than primary production.

The recovered sulphuric acid can be processed to produce sodium or calcium sulphate which can be used in a variety of applications. Sodium sulphate, for example, can be used in detergent, glass and textile manufacturing. Calcium sulphate has a wide range of industrial uses from the construction industry to the food industry.

Plastics recovered from the recycling operations are further sorted into various fractions and of these the most valuable is polypropylene from the battery case. This is processed and cleaned and is then broken into chip, dried, compounded, melted and extruded to form plastic pellets. New battery cases and other automotive products are produced from these pellets, with several vehicle manufacturers among the list of ECOBAT’s customers.

 

In the UK, ECOBAT Battery Technologies, formally Manbat, utilises the group’s expertise to provide a fully compliant battery scrap collection service. All collections are then recycled through its own group smelting facilities. This is not only complementary to its core specialist battery supplier activity, but also positions it as a true ‘closed loop’ green supplier.

 

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

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REINVENTING THE WHEEL

Promotional article on behalf of Euro Car Parts

 

 

Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, explains how the independent aftermarket can tap into additional revenue streams through its new Intelligent Repair Programme.

 

A recent survey by RAC Insurance* found that two-thirds of UK motorists have suffered damage to their vehicles in small car park scrapes, with scuffed alloy wheels one of the most common results.

 

For independent workshops, this sort of repair work is an excellent profit opportunity. The ability to restore scuffed and kerbed wheels to pre-collision condition is a unique selling point that helps customers stay on the right side of Personal Contract Purchases (PCP), and return their vehicles in good condition. By offering this as a remote, portable service, technicians can carry out repairs wherever the customer happens to be, making the process even more convenient for motorists.

 

Euro Car Parts recently launched our new Intelligent Repair Programme for repairers and bodyshops, enabling technicians to complete minor body repairs in rapid time. Since then, the number of small businesses carrying out intelligent repair work across the UK has grown; a demand largely driven by rising insurance excesses. Customers involved in a minor scrape are now looking to the independent aftermarket to carry out small repairs and managing the cost themselves, rather than paying a sizeable insurance excess.

 

Bringing together the vast stock range and availability of Euro Car Parts and LKQ Coatings, along with the specialist service and support provided by our Workshop Solutions team, our Intelligent Repair Programme helps workshops respond to this demand. The programme allows repairers to access the latest equipment for wheel refurbishment, windscreen and interior repair, cosmetic paint and paint-less dent work, in addition to both static and mobile spray booths. IMI-accredited training is also provided.

 

We also work closely with repairers to install additional intelligent repair equipment on site at the workshop, to upsell minor repairs as part of a routine service. Our Workshop Solutions team assesses an existing premises, installs wheel preparation units, aquablast machines and powder coating tools, in addition to training technicians in this specialist area, bringing the machinery and skill of the bodyshop into independent workshops.

 

Not only does our Intelligent Repair Programme help repairers offer additional work, it also provides existing bodyshops with an effective way of reducing key-to-key times.

 

Euro Car Parts’ Intelligent Repair Programme is just another way that we are helping independent repairers to satisfy the ever-changing needs of customers. With experience throughout the aftermarket, and both parts and support instantly available, we’re helping independent repair booths pop up all around the country, making accident repair accessible to a whole new audience.

 

For more information about Euro Car Parts’ Intelligent Repair Programme, visit https://omnipart.eurocarparts.com/

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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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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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HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET?

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET?

AUTOMECHANIKA PROMOTION

Automechanika Birmingham is just under five weeks away. Have you signed up yet? When you register free for your ticket, recommend a colleague to attend and you will receive free breakfast upon arrival at the NEC courtesy of Bendix. Also, new for the 2018 event, independent garages can park free *limited availability, first come first served!

Whether your exhibiting or just visiting, register now by visiting the Automechanika Birmingham website. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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CAT KEYNOTE PANELS TO TAKE PLACE AT AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

CAT KEYNOTE PANELS TO TAKE PLACE AT AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

EVENT PROMO ON BEHALF OF AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

A series of keynote panel sessions will take place at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham taking place from 5-7 June 2018 at the NEC.

Organised in association with CAT, the briefings will deal with the thornyiest issues facing the market today. Topics include a steer on the gathering storm surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles, the merits and threats of sweeping digitisation and robotics in the distribution chain, plus a discussion on what our role will be in a world where there has been the electrification of everything.

Also new at this year’s show, designed to is a meetings meetings programme to further enhance the knowledge of delegates.

With over 500 suppliers exhibiting at the leading event across three halls, the organisers have introduced a helpful planning tool for visitors and exhibitors to make the most of their time at the exhibition. Once a visitor has registered for their free badge, the new meetings programme is a useful tool to help the visitor plan a day of meetings at the exhibition. By matching visitor interests with the capabilities of exhibitors, the tool helps to create business meetings between relevant suppliers and buyers.

To benefit from the planning tool, visitors should register free for Automechanika Birmingham 2018 at automechanika-birmingham.com

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AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM WINS INDUSTRY AWARDS

AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM WINS INDUSTRY AWARDS

PROMOTION ARTICE ON BEHALF OF AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

Automechanika Birmingham team

Automechanika Birmingham has won two industry awards for the hugely successful second edition of the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production industry.

The Automechanika Birmingham team proudly took to the stage to collect two awards on Friday 23rd March for Best Trade Show and the Best Independent Organiser in 2017 at the prestigious Exhibition News Awards.

The 2017 exhibition sold a staggering 5,000 square metres before the 2016 exhibition had even taken place and achieved a 45% increase in the number of exhibitors overall. The exhibition welcomed over 12,000 visitors through the doors to see over 800 exhibitors from the aftermarket and vehicle production sector.

Simon Albert, Event Director said “Now in our third year of Automechanika Birmingham, the team and I are grateful for the support of our exhibitors, visitors, partners in helping to making the industry’s event a huge success. We are now only 10 weeks away from the 2018 event – we have introduced a raft of new initiatives to suit the entire automotive industry. New elements include a dedicated hall for garage businesses as well as areas for retailers and free business advice, a meeting’s programme to encourage business conversations on exhibitor stands, new live demonstrations and free training from the experts! We look forward to welcoming everyone from 5-7 June 2018 at the NEC”

The two awards follow a further four accolades that the team at Automechanika Birmingham have achieved across the previous two years.

Visitors can register free at www.automechanika-birmingham.com

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UK TRADE SHOW RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM

UK TRADE SHOW RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

This summer, Birmingham will again become the central hub for the UK’s automotive industry as it unites with Automechanika Birmingham, bringing thousands of visitors to the region.

For the third year running, the UK’s leading trade exhibition for the automotive industry will be making a welcome return to Birmingham NEC on 5 to 7June, where an increase in visitors is anticipated thanks to a raft of new initiatives, networking opportunities and extended opening hours for automotive repair garages.

With UK manufacturing continuing to climb up the global rankings in a post-Brexit era, it currently helps power the engine of the West Midlands (£17.5 billion) and East Midlands (£15.9 billion), with their strength across the aerospace and automotive sectors.

With this in mind, Automechanika Birmingham represents the ideal opportunity to continue to support this growing market in a central, accessible and relevant location, also bringing the sector to a city synonymous with the motor trade with the region’s heritage immersed in automotive growth and success.

To help leverage this global economic potential, this year’s event is launching a facilitated meetings programme to allow visitors to pre-arrange meetings with exhibitors, ensuring that visitors maximise their time and an increase of business conversations are held on exhibitor stands.

More than 500 exhibitors are due to attend for 2018, with 85% of 2017 visitors intending to return to the exhibition, which will house a newly improved layout.

What’s more, organisers at this year’s show have widened the appeal across the aftermarket sector, including a new, dedicated Garage Quarter, hosting tools and garage equipment suppliers looking to meet the growing number of independent garages attending the event.

The West Midlands is no stranger to the automotive trade with global brands Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC, MG Rover Group and more recently Aston Martin dominating the UK automotive industry’s history.

Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “After last year’s success with a turnout of around 12,000 visitors, we’ve no doubt that this year’s event will cement Automechanika Birmingham’s’ position as the UK’s most valuable meeting place for the automotive industry, uniting the very best of the UK aftermarket and vehicle production sector.

“The importance of the UK automotive industry to the economy is evident, particularly now more than ever. As we believe the sector will provide a key role in our global economic standing, we’re now calling on regional businesses to get behind the event and support the UK automotive industry.”
Many of the exhibitors will announce special show deals, offers and competitions in time for the show. Visitors can benefit from an enhanced programme of live events featuring live technical demonstrations, free training and keynote speakers.

This year’s event at the NEC Birmingham, running from 5-7 June 2018, will welcome vehicle production exhibitors in Hall 6, aftermarket suppliers in Hall20 and a dedicated Garage Quarter in Hall 19.

Visitors looking to sign up can register for their free ticket here: https://www.automechanika-birmingham.com/welcome/get-your-free-ticket

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TEXTAR BRAKE PADS ACHIEVE RESULTS IN AMS BRAKING TEST

TEXTAR BRAKE PADS ACHIEVE RESULTS IN AMS BRAKING TEST

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF TEXTAR

Global OE friction manufacturer, TMD Friction, has proved the quality of its Textar aftermarket brakes in an AMS braking test that scored Textar above the competition and original equipment manufactured material (OEM).

An Audi A5 and VW Passat Variant test vehicles were loaded to the permissible gross vehicle weight along with two passengers. The car was brought to a standstill by braking from a speed of 100 km/h ten times in a row. The first and the tenth braking applications were evaluated to provide information about the characteristics of the brake pads when they were cold and hot.

Textar competed against three competitor brands and the respective OEM material, with both test vehicles equipped with ex works. Overall, Textar achieved the best results compared to the competitors’ products and the VW Passat Variant scored even better results than the OEM material. The Audi A5 with Textar brakes performed identical to the OEM material, for cold and hot braking, and was the most stable performer in comparison with its competitors. The difference between the first and tenth braking application was only 0.2 m, the same as the amount achieved by the brake pad fitted as part of the original equipment from the manufacturer. The biggest deviation by a competitor was 2.8 m.

For cold braking, Textar brake pads and all three competitors achieved even better results than the OEM material. For hot braking, nearly every brake pad except one beat the OEM pad in terms of braking distance. Textar was the supplier with the lowest deviation between the first and tenth braking application, only 0.2m, compared to a competitor with 8.7m which corresponds to two vehicle lengths.

The internationally accepted AMS test was originally developed by automobile magazine, Auto Motor Sport. TMD Friction performed the test within the scope of the benchmark series, to secure and expand the high quality and performance of its products based on the results gained.

Vincenzo Di Caro, Product Engineer of TMD Friction, said: “Today, in a time of high-tech, high-performance cars and increasing traffic, brakes have to generate maximum performance with speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. Significant testing cycles are also very important to us in order to check and improve our products. The AMS test shows one of many examples of Textar placing great importance on safety as well as removing prejudice by demonstrating that aftermarket brake pads can be even better than OE products when dealing with original spare parts.”

TMD Friction launched its premium brake brand, Textar, to the UK market aftermarket earlier this year. The full range of products cover 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes brake pads, discs and accessories, including brake fluid, available for next day delivery. The launch of Textar passenger car provides the aftermarket with a superior braking product, complementing the long-established Textar brand dedicated to the OE sector.

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TRIPLE T RANGE FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

TRIPLE T RANGE FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF CARLUBE

The largest operating expense for a fleet is fuel costs and any savings made within this sector will have a significant impact for the fleet. As a result, fleet managers are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase fuel economy. Although it may be overlooked, engine oils are a vital part of any operating vehicle, and can also reduce emissions – even a 1% fuel economy saving can help hugely in a large fleet. Although this sounds like a small percentage, when an average annual fuel bill is reviewed, a 1% saving can make thousands of pounds difference by simply changing the engine oil. A potentially large saving for a fleet of vehicles.

Engine oil manufacturers are constantly looking at ways to improve fuel economy in all vehicles. We know that the thinner the oil, the less drag it puts on the engine, and therefore an increase in fuel economy. These oils are now ready to buy off the shelf for passenger vehicles – for instance grades such as 5W-30 instead of 10W-40. However, within heavy duty applications, one of the main concerns with this method is whether lower viscosity oils will protect the engine to the same extent.

Carlube’s Triple T range for commercial vehicles, meets the needs of Truck, Transport and Tractor engines. This range covers over 99% of commercial vehicle engine applications, allowing extended drain intervals of up to 80,000km and reduced engine wear. Triple T products carry formal approvals from leading commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Mack, Renault, Scania & Volvo.

Carlube Triple T 5W-30 UHPD E6/E9 is rigorously tested to provide premium protection against engine wear and fully protect vital components. In the ACEA E6 engine tests, it has been proven to offer over 40% more engine wear protection than the test limit. The formulation is one of Carlube’s most comprehensive offerings for on and off road vehicles in the marketplace.

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