Wheel servicing specialist Pro-Align has been awarded a five-star rating by leading garage equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering for the first time. Pro-Align said this reflected the significant progression and development of the Hunter brand in the UK. The company was also presented with Hunter’s “Platinum Partner” award for the ninth consecutive year, indicating the Towcester-based company as one of Hunter’s most successful and important global distributors.
WAIglobal UK has launched a new catalogue to detail its expanding wiper motors range and its expertise in taking three different OEM technologies to create one aftermarket part, meaning additional benefits for distributors and installers.
Ed Vaizey, minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, has announced the single biggest expansion of local digital radio coverage, which means that nearly eight million more people will receive their favourite local radio stations on DAB.
Auto Windscreens has scooped the prestigious industry award for ‘Best Windscreen Provider’ in the 2015 BusinessCar Awards. The award winners were unveiled on 27 January 2015 and are considered to be unique as they represent the opinion of fleet operators and members of the industry and are a genuine reflection of the cars, products and services they feel benefit them the most.
Exol Lubricants’ new commercial vehicle engine oil has shown that it can provide long term savings on a typical fleet operator’s fuel bill. Tested at the Millbrook vehicle test and development facility, the fully synthetic Taurus Euro FE 5W-30 engine oil was used in two types of bus; a Cummins ISB4.5 powered 2013 Wrightbus Streetlife and, a Volvo D7 powered 2005 Volvo B7RLE. Both vehicles were put through lengthy and varied driving cycles designed to mimic urban and rural environments with both stop-start and constant speed conditions.
While the financial context of the last five years has undoubtedly provided a challenging market environment for many players in the tyre industry, the premium garage equipment sector has seen opportunity. As tyre retailers have broadly seen margins squeezed further as consumers look to save on tyres, so has the importance of maximising ancillary services grown. On the occasion of the launch of another trail-blazing addition to its range with the Revolution tyre changer, Hunter garage machinery supplier to the UK Pro-Align took the opportunity to show Tyrepress the effects of providing innovative services to the sector.
Tyre industry professionals will be very familiar with the tyre label’s role in reducing the noise on European roads. Yet this consumer-facing rating means little to those in the car itself. Now, premium global audio and infotainment group Harman is expanding its HALOsonic suite of noise management solutions, co-developed with Lotus Engineering using patented Active Noise Control Technologies, to achieve an industry first.
Randstad has launched an Extended Interval Engine Oil Cleaner ‘Engine Flush’, providing independent garages with a profitable engine service. As engine oil deteriorates, sludge and other contaminants can accumulate within the oil system. These can damage engine components and, during a conventional oil change, become trapped, leading to further contamination of the new oil.
Launch UK has unveiled a new portable power pack that will jump-start a vehicle 20 times before needing to be recharged. In addition to offering charging capabilities for any phone, tablet, or electronic device, the 12000mAh high capacity battery provides major support for vehicle emergency starts and breakdown assistance.
Randstad, the automotive parts and consumables specialist, has added the ‘Start Booster’ heavy-duty jump pack to its product range. The 12-volt, Swiss-engineered tool is a sturdy and reliable solution when used to jump-start a vehicle, as a memory saver or an inverter.
When Unipart Automotive went into administration, Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance struck a deal to take over 33 branches, saving around 320 jobs. Since then Euro Car Parts has hired 65 more ex-Unipart staff, while promising another 1,500 jobs to be created in the comig 18 months. According to the latest reports from The Parts Alliance, this number has risen to around 500 ex-employees of Unipart Automotive. And the parts buying and distribution group says that extra jobs are planned for more of the reported 1,244 staff members made redundant by Unipart Automotive’s demise.
Independent workshops could be missing out on thousands of pounds worth of profit margin, according to a new report that reveals that the brakes on a quarter of all cars in the UK could fail at any time.