Ecobat Battery, the UK’s largest battery distributor, has worked with MAM Software to update its Autocat data. According to the company, the update “completely revitalises the application links and includes extensive OE and aftermarket cross references for both the…Lucas, and value orientated, Numax brands.” In addition to the revised data linkages, the data also includes product images “to provide an even greater level of accuracy during the specification process”.
SMP Europe has appointed Les Kershaw, who has returned to the company after four years away, as sales director. His new role will involve directing the strategy of the UK and export, as well as building and strengthening customer relationships. Kershaw has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry in various sales roles, including a 12-year stint at SMP Europe as UK sales manager from 2007 to 2020. SMP Europe is the home of the Intermotor, Lemark and Lucas brands.
At this time of year, as the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, many drivers find their battery is faltering, or possibly completely flat.
However, a difficult question that’s been raised on many occasions, is that without drivers experiencing starting problems, how do they know where their car’s battery is in its lifecycle? The answer, which is a subject that has also been raised on many occasions, is to have the battery tested, but realistically, motorists are not going to do this proactively, so it’s down to workshops to put a battery testing regime into practice. This policy is even more important as the seasons change and the increasing likelihood of some early morning frost or a prolonged cold snap.
As part of its ongoing awareness campaign, Ecobat Battery Technologies (Ecobat), the pan-European business behind Lucas Batteries, has catapulted the globally recognised brand back into the limelight as it takes its place on the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) grid for the 2020 season.
Ecobat Battery Technologies has followed the launch of its One Box start-stop battery testing and installation solution with a new training, assessment and certification. The first step is a comprehensive video, viewable below, hosted by Ecobat’s Christopher Jones. This offers a step-by-step guide to battery assessment, removal, replacement and validation processes. It also introduces the four parts of the One Box package. Together, Ecobat says they allow technicians to tackle start-stop battery replacement with confidence.
Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) is continuing its development of the Lucas brand across UK and Europe with the introduction of distributor and technician training seminars. The first-ever Lucas training programme under SMPE was in Kiev, with Ukrainian business and Lucas distributor Alt-Star. This was followed by training with Autoaibe, a Temot member in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both Lucas distributors brought a mixture of online, wholesale and electrical specialists to the training and more than 30 people attended in total.
Under the new stewardship of Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), the Lucas brand is celebrating its partnership with GB Men’s ice hockey team, after its momentous victory at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Automotive parts manufacturer and supplier of OE quality parts Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), has increased its number of applications across its existing Throttle Body range, with over a million more vehicles now covered.
2018 has proved to be a momentous year for ELTA Automotive Ltd, as over its course, the company has celebrated 25 years of trading, launched its solely owned PRO brands range and, during a couple of days at the beginning of Automechanika Frankfurt, concluded a management buyout.
ELTA Automotive Ltd has recently been the subject of a management buyout (MBO) with the goal of “making it fit…for its next 25 years”.
This latest development, which was formally agreed on 11 September, sees managing director Ian Hallam, who has worked with ELTA since the company was incorporated 25 years ago, become the company’s co-owner, alongside long-term European partner Luxline spol. s r.o – led by Vladimír Palacka. Ian Hallam and Luxline become equal shareholders of a new holding company, ELTA Investments replacing the previous holding company, Claverdon Fields.
Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) has made a series of managerial changes with Ross Toomey becoming managing director and Richard Morley returning to the company as commercial director. Previous managing director Ian Turner has become chairman. Toomey has been with the business for more than seven years, having previously occupied the role of sales director.
Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), one of the UK’s largest independently owned automotive parts manufacturers and suppliers, has secured the rights to supply its engine management programme under the iconic Lucas brand.