Mahle has been awarded the 2016 “RetroClassicsCultur” award. Professor Pfeiffer, head of a 20 member jury, presented the company with the award for special services to the preservation of automotive cultural heritage.
75 GSF Car Parts (GSF) branches have merged with The Parts Alliance, taking the network to well over 300. 160 of these are under common ownership. Together they give the Solihull-based business group increased coverage in the UK and Ireland.
Brake Engineering is launching “Original Aftermarket”, an initiative the company says will redefine the supply and fit of braking products in the automotive aftermarket and bring transparency, clarity and quality to an overly complex product sector. Launching in October, the company will introduce a range of services designed to cut-through the trade’s misunderstandings of the braking sector and work to grow a distributor’s sales of the company’s complete range of calipers, discs, drums, hydraulics, pads and shoes.
Celsus, distributors of the DABmotion range of digital radio solutions, has launched a new product marketing video extolling the virtues on in-car DAB. Nearly 70 per cent of new UK cars now have DAB fitted as standard, and Celsus wants to bring the advantages of DAB to the aftermarket with its DABmotion ROLA (DAB1002) conversion kit, which retails at around £130, including VAT.
The chief executive of IAAF, Wendy Williamson has been appointed to the board and made treasurer of FIGIEFA, the association representing the needs of the European independent automotive aftermarket to governments and legislators of the European Union.
Mahle Aftermarket has added a 350sqm extension to its existing 70,000sqm warehouse in Bilston, West Midlands. The UK subsidiary of the German Mahle Group says the extension has helped to create no less than 1,300 new locations to provide more space for its core automotive filtration range as well as new product offerings such as replacement turbochargers, electronic thermostats and HVAC service equipment.
Although coated discs are a relatively recent addition for volume suppliers distributing comprehensive braking programmes to the mainstream aftermarket, there are two very distinct routes to which these suppliers have committed themselves. The first is the partial coating using an oil-based formula; the second, as adopted by the First Line Group, is the complete coverage of the disc, with a water-based coating.
Following the introduction of the HKF1053 all-in-one kit for the Vauxhall/Opel Combo, Corsa 1.3-litre CDTi, the First Line Group’s latest addition has just been launched: the HKF1054 for the Fiat Ducato, Citroën Relay, Peugeot Boxer 3.0-litre TD.
With interactive displays, competitions, giveaways, technical seminars and even the chance to win a Mini, garage technicians and apprentices from across the South enjoyed Andrew Page’s latest AutoInsider Live show at Sandown Park on 14 May.
Best known for its damper and coilover solutions, Bilstein also offers an increasingly extensive range of OEM replacements springs for many popular makes and models of car. A recent example is the spring solution for Mazda’s popular MX5 Mk2 roadster (pictured). Spring breakages are currently a common occurrence due to falling road surface quality, salt from the colder months accelerating deterioration and corrosion and so on. Bilstein says its B3 spring range has many benefits over other aftermarket alternatives. It is made in Germany to the same standards that the company demands of both its original equipment and motorsport lines.
Mahle Aftermarket has added experienced aftermarket professional, Andrew Waite has to its staff as regional sales manager for the south of England. Waite has a strong aftermarket résumé, most recently with a second spell at Delco Remy, but also with Motaquip, XL Components and his original marketing executive position with Havant-based Autostart, which began back in 1996.