Company News

Huf Group acquires MHG Thailand

Huf Group acquires MHG Thailand

The Huf Group has agreed to acquire all shares in MHG (Thailand) Co. Ltd. from Australia’s MH Group. The Rayong-based automotive supplier engages in injection moulding and robotic painting and employs approximately people. Its main customers are Ford, Automotive Alliance Thailand (a joint venture between Ford and Mazda) and other automotive manufacturers in Thailand. The transaction is scheduled to be completed today.

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UK News

IAAF Award Ceremony applauds aftermarket champions

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Annual Awards & Dinner 2017 welcomed industry professionals with a ‘fresh new look’, as it celebrated the hard work carried out by the independent aftermarket over the past year.

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Product News

2017 IAAF conference highlights wind of change for aftermarket

2017 IAAF conference highlights wind of change for aftermarket

The IAAF Annual Conference, sponsored by Autoparts UK, addressed some of the major issues that will impact on the aftermarket in 2018 and beyond, including global influences, technical threats, rapidly evolving technology and Brexit, as it hosted the most engaging conference to date. Held for the first time at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes on 7 December, the new venue reflected the renewed sense of purpose in combatting and dealing with some of the biggest proposed changes the aftermarket has faced. The high turnout of delegates heard from an abundance of key industry speakers, who all shared their invaluable insight into various hot topics exploring IAAF’s key theme, ‘Facing a new Brexit world in the automotive aftermarket’.

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International News

Lassa Tyres sponsors Glory 49 kickboxing event

Lassa Tyres sponsors Glory 49 kickboxing event

The world's best-known kickboxing promoter Glory returned to Rotterdam Ahoy Saturday 9 December 2017 for an end-of-year event. Lassa Tyres, exclusively imported by S&H Tyres in the Benelux, was one of the sponsors.

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Career Tracks

Simon Warren named OE2 manager at Bush Tyres

Simon Warren named OE2 manager at Bush Tyres

Bush Tyres welcomes Simon Warren as its new OE2 manager. Bringing with him a wealth OE industry experience, he joins the Grouptyre member company this month and will work closely alongside Stuart Moor, head of OE2 sales.

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Motorsport News

Michelin named FIM Moto-e World Cup tyre supplier

As of 2019, fans of motorcycle racing will be able to follow an all-electric series, with protagonists in the upcoming FIM Moto-e World Cup dispensing with internal combustion entirely. Dorna Sports has announced that Michelin will act as official tyre supplier to the series.

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Retreading News

TRIB goes live with redesigned website

TRIB goes live with redesigned website

A redesigned version of the TRIB website has been launched. The retreading association’s updated www.retread.org site aims to provide an easy way for visitors to learn about the retreading process. Key features of the redesign include:

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A maturing industry

For a long time people have referred to the European tyre market in general and the UK tyre market in particular as mature markets. This kind of maturity is generally taken to mean low growth markets that are already well developed. Here markets are significant in size and 1 to 2 per cent growth per annum is normal. However, a number of recent market research reports give us the opportunity to reconsider this assumption on two grounds - firstly, with technology developing as it is, quantitative growth should be considered in a wider context; and secondly there is the qualitative question.

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Other Recent News Articles

Formula One Autocentres CEO Paul Glencross dies

Formula One Autocentres CEO Paul Glencross dies

Thursday 14th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Formula One Autocentres has announced the unexpected death of co-CEO Paul Glencross.

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AA Guide Price saves time and boosts booking conversion

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

AA Garage Guide, the online search and booking site that puts quality first, says that its new service Guide Price system, launched in June this year, has already been adopted by a significant proportion of its vast UK network of 4,900 garages.

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The Parts Alliance’s GMF Trade Show draws garage crowds

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The trade show held on 23rd November by Parts Alliance owned business GMF Motor Factors has proved to be a resounding success. The South Wales-based motor factors have been busy ever since the event following up on a deluge of enquiries received on the night but have already done sufficient business to have declared it more than worthwhile.

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