According to research conducted by Opinium for Halfords, 54 per cent of motorists are wrongly told they must get their vehicle serviced at a dealership to protect their warranty. The truth is that, under UK law, motorists can get their vehicles serviced anywhere from the moment they drive off the forecourt.
Andy Hamilton, currently chief executive officer of LKQ UK & Ireland, is to become senior vice president of LKQ as well as president and executive managing director of LKQ Europe from 1 January 2024. The news follows the announcement last week that Justin Jude was to succeed Dominick Zarcone as president and CEO of LKQ Corporation on 1 July 2024.
Shaftec has been ranked number one in the UK for coverage across its product groups: transmission, steering, and braking. The aftermarket supplier has also achieved TecDoc Premier Supplier status (PDS).
During the second quarter of 2023 exports of Spanish automotive equipment and components rose +7.6 per cent year-on-year, totalling 8,049 million euros. Between May and August, EU27 countries represented the biggest export grouping, amounting to a 67.1 per cent share of global export figures. The value of exports to EU countries rose +11.4 per cent in the period, reaching €5,400 million.
Garage and diagnostics equipment supplier Repairify has addressed the current chasm between the approximately 3,500 ADAS-qualified technicians in the UK and the 21,500 required to meet market demand for these services. The company says it can help businesses meet the dramatic increase in demand, set to continue as growth in ADAS-equipped vehicles rises, via the support of its own team of IMI-qualified technicians and the development of technology to support maintenance work on these cars. Phil Peace, managing director (SVP) international at Repairify Inc, told Tyres & Accessories that AI and machine learning has enabled the company to enhance its data to support its solutions that puts critical repair information into garage workflow.
Brake manufacturer, Comline, has shared some advice relating to the intriguing phenomenon of brake disc ‘crazing’.
Imagine a scenario where you are inspecting a vehicle’s brake disc and notice an unusual pattern on its surface: a cluster of small, hairline cracks resembling ‘orange peeling’ or the appearance of crazy paving. This phenomenon is what experts refer to as brake disc ‘crazing’. These clusters of cracks can vary in size and are particularly noticeable, especially on vehicles with open-style alloy wheels.
Delphi has released a comprehensive new 66-page training prospectus, showcasing the wealth of solutions now available to the UK aftermarket. Delphi’s ‘blended learning’ ethos originated to make it as easy as possible for garages to access learning materials, whilst also taking account of the fact that individuals prefer to absorb information in different ways.
For a second year, Delphi has helped showcase the best of UK garage technical talent after hosting the keenly contested Top Technician final on Saturday 14 October. The event, created by Aftermarket magazine, took place at Delphi’s Titan 10 technical training centre in Warwick.
Original equipment (OE) wiper blade manufacturer, Trico, has unveiled its new Flex range, with an emphasis on further improved performance and sustainable packaging. First launched in 2013, Trico Flex has become one of Trico’s most successful aftermarket products, being hugely popular with independents, largely due to its exceptional quality and 95 per cent coverage of the vehicle parc from only 14 part numbers, meaning it requires minimal stock investment.
The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event returns in 2024 and organiser Messe Frankfurt UK reports receiving a swathe of bookings for early bird offers on stands. Leading automotive aftermarket suppliers, parts distributors, and manufacturers have booked over 60% of stands for the event, positioning them to engage with garage and bodyshop owners and professionals at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 5-6 June 2024.
Although PowerEdge is not part of the Denso range, it has naturally been developed according to the company’s exacting quality standards to meet the requirements of the aftermarket’s mid-price, high quality segment, and benefits from the full Denso service offering, encompassing ordering, delivery, logistics and customer service. Designed to provide a competitive solution for those customers looking for a value alternative, the PowerEdge range, which is competitively priced and available in both contemporary flat blade and conventional designs, has had its packaging updated and improved to convey useful additional information through a distinctive style.
Mahle Aftermarket UK has appointed Phil Nicholson as its regional sales manager for Scotland and Ireland, as the company bolsters its sales team with further expertise to deliver continued exceptional customer service.
Phil brings strong experience in sales and building customer relationships, having worked in the automotive industry for his entire career, which spans nearly 30 years. After picking up experience with one of the UK’s biggest motor factors for a number of years, he joins Mahle Aftermarket from another globally recognised tier-one supplier of automotive parts.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is taking its activity direct to its aftermarket membership with the arrangement of several regional meetings across England in mid-October. With the exclusive meetings providing members with insight into the Federation’s activity, IAAF is taking its message on the road, with hosts offering visitors a glimpse behind the scenes at their state-of-the-art facilities. Meetings are planned for Tuesday 10 October, Wednesday 11 October and Thursday 12 October at IAAF members Ring Automotive in Leeds, SMP Europe in Nottingham, and Hella in Banbury respectively.
Bettaparts has expanded its popular ABTEX Wheel Bearing range, introducing 11 new references suitable for petrol, diesel and hybrid passenger cars and sports utility vehicles. New additions from Bettaparts include LBK8662 to cover BMW 5 Series 1995 – 2010, LBK8974 to fit Mercedes-Benz A Class 04 – 12 and B Class 05 – 11, plus LBK9073 suitable for Citroen Dispatch 07-, Fiat Scudo 07 – 16 and Peugeot Expert 07- and Expert Teepee 07-.