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Craig McCracken joins IAAF Council

Craig McCracken joins IAAF Council

10th April 2014 | 0 Comments

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that Autoparts group factor manager Craig McCracken has joined the IAAF Council. The IAAF Council is a voluntary group of senior aftermarket executives that come together regularly to debate industry issues and set IAAF policy.

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Williamson joins IAAF

Williamson joins IAAF

8th April 2014 | 0 Comments

The first of April saw the arrival of Wendy Williamson at the IAAF’s offices in Birmingham to take up her position as chief executive (designate). Wendy takes over from Brian Spratt, who is retiring at the end of June.

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IAAF network meeting launch success

IAAF network meeting launch success

3rd April 2014 | 0 Comments

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has held the first in a new series of members’ network meetings for parts suppliers, distributors, installers and members of the press. All 30 places were taken at the exclusive event, held at First Line’s headquarters in Banbury. Feedback was extremely positive with the information provided described as "excellent” by attendees, with additional comments rating the event as “very informative” and “thought provoking”.

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China to host Michelin’s ‘Challenge Bibendum’ in November

China to host Michelin’s ‘Challenge Bibendum’ in November

3rd April 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s back after an absence of three and a half years – between 11 and 15 November the Michelin Challenge Bibendum returns. This time the sustainable mobility action takes place in Chengdu, China; the choice of location was announced at a joint press conference by the Michelin Group and the Chengdu municipal government. The five-day event will mainly take place at the Chengdu International Intangible Culture Heritage Exposition Park and will follow the theme of “Innovation in Mobility at the Heart of Growth & Urban Well-being.”

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1link adds tyre e-procurement

31st March 2014 | 0 Comments

Automotive sector technology solutions provider epyx has added tyres to its 1link Vehicle Network trading platform. It says “leading tyre distributors and manufacturers” have signed up and will provide products at “competitive prices”. According to epyx, the inclusion of tyres in 1link will enable dealers to provide fleets with a nationwide, fixed price tyre offering.

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Redefining ‘tyre wear’ – new Goodyear clothing range launched

Redefining ‘tyre wear’ – new Goodyear clothing range launched

27th March 2014 | 0 Comments

A brand new range of ‘vintage’ t-shirts and sweatshirts with Goodyear branding has gone on sale at Pull&Bear retail outlets worldwide and online, as part of the Goodyear Vintage fashion programme. As part of a deal brokered between IMG Licensing and the Goodyear Company, the clothing will be sold at Pull&Bear stores in 62 countries around the world and on their e-commerce website alongside the existing local Goodyear range of clothing.

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Pirelli may reduce 2014 sales goal due to Russia, emerging market pressures

27th March 2014 | 0 Comments

While Pirelli’s recent sale of a 13 per cent shareholding to Russian petrochemical giant Rosneft brings it access to 2,800 petrol station/tyre points of sale, some industry observers are also warning that the political environment and the deal itself are on shaky ground. On the one hand the collaboration is expected to put Pirelli on a par with the premium leader in Russia, Finnish tyremaker Nokian Renkaat, in terms of a distribution network size there is more than one way to skin a cat in terms of distribution and other factors could end up affecting Pirelli’s overall sales targets. The company is set to publish its full year 2013 results this evening, along with its 2014 outlook commentary.

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EC to investigate anticompetitive practices in automotive exhaust sector

27th March 2014 | 0 Comments

Only days after five companies were fined a total of €953 million for participating in a cartel within the automotive bearing market, the European Commission has reported its concerns that a number of companies in the automotive exhaust systems segment may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels, restrictive business practices and/or abuse of a dominant market position. On 25 March, officials from the European Commission undertook unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in this sector. The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

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SMMT appoints new aftermarket development manager

SMMT appoints new aftermarket development manager

26th March 2014 | 0 Comments

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has named Peter Lawton as Aftermarket Development Manager. After nearly 15 years as an automotive journalist and the last three years as Editor of CAT (Car and Accessory Trader) magazine, he will assume responsibility for SMMT aftermarket activities from 23 April 2014. Lawton replaces Wendy Williamson who is joining the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as Chief Executive.

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Schaeffler fined €370.5M for bearing cartel participation

19th March 2014 | 0 Comments

Continental AG majority shareholder Schaeffler AG is one of five companies that have been handed substantial fines for operating a cartel in the automotive bearing market. The European Commission fined the companies a total of more than €953 million, with the largest single fine given to Schaeffler. The German manufacturer must pay €370.5 million, almost 40 per cent of the total penalty.

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BEN achieves star-rated status in Sunday Times Top 100 Charities

17th March 2014 | 0 Comments

The annual Sunday Times workplace survey has once again placed BEN, the automotive industry charity, in the Top 100 Best not-for-profit organisations to work for and awarded the charity with a coveted star rating.

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Volkswagen set to buy rest of Scania

17th March 2014 | 0 Comments

The German automotive group Volkswagen looks set to acquire the entire stake in Swedish commercial vehicle maker Scania for €6.7bn (£5.59bn). The company currently holds a total of 89.2 per cent of the voting rights and 62.6 per cent of the capital of Scania.

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IAAF launches network meetings

13th March 2014 | 0 Comments

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation is launching a series of members’ meetings around the UK with a networking opportunity and seminar on Tuesday 25 March at First Line HQ, Banbury. The event will be the first of its kind and is open to all IAAF supplier, factor and garage members.

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Discount offer for BEN Ball early bookings

Discount offer for BEN Ball early bookings

11th March 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year's BEN Ball more than lived up to its billing as ‘the night of the year' for the automotive industry. It will live long in the memory of all guests and is already attracting interest and enquiries for this year. BEN has decided to reward this interest with the offer of an early bird booking discount. Therefore every booking made before the end of March will qualify for a full 10 per cent reduction on all prices.

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February marks two years of growth in UK car sales

10th March 2014 | 0 Comments

February new car registrations rose 3.0 per cent to 68,736 units; this means that the UK new car market has achieved 24 consecutive months of growth, increasing 17.4 per cent over the period. The SMMT suggests that rising GDP and growing car registrations signal increasing consumer confidence and automotive retailers are looking forward to March results as expectations rise for a strong 14-plate performance.

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