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ECP SIGNS EXCLUSIVE SUPPLY DEAL WITH AUTOLOGIC

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ECP SIGNS EXCLUSIVE SUPPLY DEAL WITH AUTOLOGIC


Component supplier Euro Car Parts has signed a deal with diagnostic tool maker Autologic to distribute the new AssistPlus platform.

The agreement augments Autologic’s own sales team, which will continue to sell the product. However, it does not cover Autologic’s better-known Blue Box platform, which is no longer on sale. Existing Blue Box customers will still be supported by Autologic’s technical team.

Oxon based Autologic has previously won a Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade and has recently gone through a corporate rebrand following a number of internal changes.

Jeremy Fry, CEO of Autologic, said: “The Autologic Assist fix and support capabilities enable UK garages to repair more cars, faster and more profitably. Customers report that it saves them at least an hour a day, representing an annual saving of £16,500. This prestigious supply agreement with Euro Car Parts will put Autologic Assist in front of thousands of new technicians, where the quality of the product will speak for itself.”
Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, said: “We are delighted to announce this exclusive distribution deal with Autologic, particularly with Pass Through so vital to the success of the aftermarket. The Assist product is proven to increase vehicle through-flow, customer satisfaction and revenue. It is exactly the kind of high-end diagnostic equipment that garages should be investing in.

 

Ed’s note: Updated 12/10 to include the fact that Blue Box is no longer on sale. 

 

 

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IMI CHIEF DEMANDS 70% PAY INCREASE FOR APPRENTICES

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IMI CHIEF DEMANDS 70% PAY INCREASE FOR APPRENTICES


The chief of the IMI has used a keynote speech to highlight the issues of low pay among apprentices and the problems of attracting new people to the industry.

Speaking at the IMI Annual dinner in Central London, the IMI’s CEO Steve Nash spelled out what changing expectations of school leavers mean to the industry if it wishes to succeed in attracting the best talent.

He said: “The industry is telling us they struggle to attract the highest quality school leavers into training that they need to help them overcome the technological challenges they face over the next decade. This demand cannot be met while the industry continues to pay apprentices the legal minimum of £2.73 per hour across the board.”

“The education system is now totally geared up to keep young people in school until they’re 18 and push them toward university. Meanwhile, young people no longer have access to careers advisors who might send them down a vocational route since the service was reorganised in 2012. This puts industry at a disadvantage.”

“The pool of available young people to go into apprenticeships is set to shrink dramatically despite the election promises we’ve heard from all the parties. Industry must take action independently.”

To offset arguments against raising pay on economic grounds, the IMI recently produced evidence to show the motor industry can cope with a £2 per hour uplift in the starting salary for apprentices.

Using an econometric model developed in-house, the IMI calculates the return on employer investment from a well recruited and productive apprentice, with a starting salary of £4.73, will still be on average 130% on sold hours alone

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MORE TECHNICIANS ON IGA TRAINING COURSES

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MORE TECHNICIANS ON IGA TRAINING COURSES


The RMI’s Independent Garage Association (IGA) has announced a sharp increase in the number of technicians it has trained over the past year.

Year-to-date figures show that 3,500 technicians have participated in at least one of the Association’s various training programmes, which cover a number of aspects of motor vehicle maintenance, including how to safely work on modern hybrid systems.

Stuart James, IGA Director, explained: “Better informed and trained staff, as we know, helps ensure profitability and loyalty of our members’ customers. What’s more, with the continued growth in the level of technology found in modern motor vehicles, it’s imperative that technicians stay abreast of the changes, especially with a greater number of hybrid and electrical vehicles coming onto the market.

“From reviewing the statistics on numbers going through and completing our courses, we are encouraged that this is not the case, and we have the resources in place to deliver our training packages to many more.”

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