The First Line Group (FLG) is to make Frankfurt’s Automechanika “the centrepiece of its export strategy” as it exhibits from its biggest ever stand (5.1 C58) this September. The company’s global Borg & Beck brand, acquired in 2006, will be the primary focus of the stand, displaying high quality clutch kits and components and the OES equivalent braking programme. FLG opened its first Borg & Beck distribution centre in Germany at the beginning of the year, and a move into larger premises is already in the works, increasing the importance of the German aftermarket show.
The First Line Group (FLG) continues to build its line-up of niche products. The latest addition is a short range of two exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves for popular Ford and GM vehicles. Both part numbers, FEV1000, which cross refers to GM part numbers 17200272/17098055/0851038 and FEV1001, which cross refers to Ford part numbers 1480549/1788657, […]
First Line’s Borg & Beck brand is expanding to encompass a comprehensive range of high quality rotating electrics. The brand is already an established player in the clutch sector and is increasing its interest in the braking market. The new programme contains more than 1,000 starter and alternator references.
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.
First Line has introduced a newly overhauled website, which the parts distributor says reflects the changing face of the organisation. First Line says the core of the project was improving site navigation and usability. In addition, the design incorporates responsive design allowing users to access the website comfortably through smartphones and tablets. While firstlineltd.com is […]
Automotive part supplier First Line has increased its range of products for technicians with turbo hoses. The company reasons that the growing number of vehicles fitted with forced induction engines makes the addition of turbo hoses a “natural development”. The company includes more than 400 reference numbers in this product category, including all of the most popular European vehicles.
Borg & Beck brand owner and UK parts supplier, First Line was presented with the presented with the runners-up trophy in the trading group’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the Groupauto trade show. Commercial director, Alan Wood and national accounts manager, Ian Boyle picked up the accolade at the Telford International Centre hosted show’s dinner.
While we have become accustomed to technological advances driving changes in mature markets, Automotive part supplier First Line, owner of the Borg & Beck brand of braking systems, comments that a more retroactive potential change in the brake market is being driven by automotive ecological and economic considerations. The company says that in recent years, braking technology has remained fairly stable with no great evolutionary advances, which means the biggest change in the market continues to be the growth of the drum/shoe combination as the rear brake solution for many small cars.
First Line is exhibiting Borg & Beck in Moscow at Automechanika, Russia on 27-30 August this year. Dan Joyner, managing director of First Line said: “Last years show was a useful ‘toe-in-the-water’ exercise for us to test the reaction to our products in the market and we were very pleased with the warm reception we received.
China’s Keyuan Petrochemicals has announced that one of the production lines for Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) at its new plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, has commenced commercial production. Keyuan conducted tests on the line in the final quarter of last year following completion of its new 70,000 tonne SBS production facility in September 2011. The first line entered commercial production in December and the company says that during the quarter it produced 2,733 tonnes and sold 2,623 tonnes of the substance used by tyre makers.
Hercules Tire International reports it is revamping is high performance line up to match the depth of its sport utility vehicle product lines. Hercules’ President, Joe Recchia, said, “our customers have spoken and we have listened. This year and next, we’ll be launching several new lines across all our main brands.”
The first line, the Hercules Raptis WR1 will be available later this year. The size range will, says Hercules, straddle “aficionado performance” and “touring performance” vehicle applications. The tyremaker is confidence that, with its sleek looks, rolling contour toroidal shape and bold asymmetric tread pattern, the Raptis WR1 will take its place among industry benchmark products in its category.
The United Steelworkers has reacted positively to the US Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision to impose antidumping duties on OTR tyre imports from China. In a statement released by the union group, USW International president Leo Gerard said that the “the decision will help level the playing field for US workers by requiring Chinese tyre imports to be priced fairly.”
At present four individual manufacturers have been investigated by US authorities, resulting in the introduction of duties ranging between 11 and 52 per cent. Other companies penalised with individual rates are subject to a margin reflecting the weighted average of individual rates or 25 per cent – whichever is higher. Those companies ineligible for individual rates must pay a duty of 210 per cent.