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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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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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ONE THIRD OF UK DRIVERS THINK EVS NEED AN OIL CHANGE

ONE THIRD OF UK DRIVERS THINK EVS NEED AN OIL CHANGE

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.”

READ: GOV. ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR EV CHARGING

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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BOSCH TO ACQUIRE UNIPART CAR CARE CENTRES

BOSCH TO ACQUIRE UNIPART CAR CARE CENTRES

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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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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HALFORDS FORM BUYING PARTNERSHIP WITH FRENCH ALLY

HALFORDS FORM BUYING PARTNERSHIP WITH FRENCH ALLY

UK accessory and parts chain Halfords has announced a new ‘strategic partnership’ with Mobivia, the French company behind European fast-fit brands including Norauto, ATU and Midas. 

The deal will see the two firms working together to source and purchase own-brand products, with the aim of streamlining development and expanding their ranges of motoring and cycling-related products. 

READ: HALFORDS ACQUIRES MCCONECHYS FOR £9.3M

Halfords

Deal with French firm to jointly source and develop new products

Mobivia is hopeful that the move will also benefit customers and consumers, claiming that it ‘will enable both companies to improve the quality and choice of products available’. Additionally, the firms have agreed to continue working with their existing supplier partners on a local and national level. 

Halfords CEO Graham Stapleton claims the new relationship will help the firm to serve ‘customers even better, further improving choice, quality and value’. 

The news comes following Halfords’ recent acquisition of Scottish garage network McConechy’s for £9.3 million, which Stapleton described at the time as ‘highly complementary’ to his company’s existing product and service offering. 

READ: PROFITS SLUMP AT HALFORDS FOLLOWING MILD WINTER

Halfords’ half-year financial results revealed a 2.5 percent profit drop and 2.9 percent revenue decline in the six months leading up to 27 September. 

Mobivia was founded in 1970 as a Lille-based repairs and accessories store. Today, it represents nine brands and 27 start-ups across the automotive sector, with more than 23,000 employees, and 2000 workshops and stores in its network.

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LAND ROVER SPECIALIST BRITPART ACQUIRES ALLMAKES 4X4

LAND ROVER SPECIALIST BRITPART ACQUIRES ALLMAKES 4X4

Shropshire parts manufacturer Britpart has acquired the assets of rival off-road specialist Allmakes 4×4.

The Oxfordshire-based firm will now trade as Allmakes PR2 4×4 Ltd, with no change to its management team or staff. Financial details of the deal are unconfirmed, but Allmakes claims to hold roughly £7 million worth of Land Rover, Jeep and other off-road-related components at its 180,000sq ft warehouse. 

Picking stock at Allmakes 4×4

The purchase means Britpart (the trading name of Border Holdings Ltd) is also now the parent company to Allparts subsidiaries Frogs Island, a Land Rover repair specialist, and accessory supplier Terrafirma. 

Before the deal, 35 year-old Britpart supplied 28,000 Land Rover parts from its Craven Arms distribution centre to more than 1000 customers worldwide, ranging from trade outlets to government agencies. This latest development will significantly enhance its product offering in the sector. 

Paul Myers, Managing Director at Border Holdings Ltd, said: “We are confident that using the successful formula of supplying good quality parts at affordable prices with 1st class logistics will enable Allmakes PR2 4×4 to continue to grow.

“Border Holdings has committed to a successful long term future for the Abingdon site and all its employees.”

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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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HALFORDS ACQUIRES MCCONECHY’S FOR £9.3M

HALFORDS ACQUIRES MCCONECHY’S FOR £9.3M

Retail giant Halfords has acquired Scottish servicing chain McConechy’s in a deal worth £9.3 million.

McConechy’s is one of the UK’s largest servicing and MOT chains, employing roughly 330 people across 59 sites in Scotland and the north east of England. It is estimated to generate around £45 million in revenue, and will slot in alongside Halfords’ existing Autocentre, weFit and Mobile Expert servicing brands. 

The new deal has been described by Halfords boss Graham Stapleton as “highly complementary” to the firm’s existing range of product and service offerings. 

He added: “The vehicle servicing market is a £10 billion market, but one which remains highly fragmented, offering significant scope for Halfords’ trusted and recognised consumer brand to grow its market share considerably.”

READ: PROFITS SLUMP AT HALFORDS FOLLOWING MILD WINTER

The announcement comes as Halfords rounds up its half-year financial results, which reveal a 2.5 percent profit drop and 2.9 percent revenue decline in the six months leading up to 27 September. 

The company blames the losses on a “challenging retail backdrop and tough weather comparators year-on-year”, but also acknowledges that further financial damage was prevented by “strategic investment, gross margin improvements and tight cost control”. 

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