Recent data released by the DVLA and Department for Transport (DfT) has illustrated that the UK car parc is older than it has ever been. Older cars are undoubtedly popular, and as a result aftermarket support will be required for these vehicles long into the future.
TECH Tire Repairs, a wholly-owned company of Technical Rubber Company (TRC) has launched a new e-commerce site. According to the company, the site provides a way for any automotive, commercial truck or agriculture repair shop not supported by a TECH distributor, to access 24-7-365 TECH’s products.
ZF Services UK is leading the market in the remanufacture and repair of transmissions and axles for bus and coach applications. Supported by ZF Services UK’s Centre of Competence in Nottingham – which has recently boosted capacity to supply a wider stock of remanufactured transmissions and axles – service partners can attend bus operators within a 48-hour window and perform on-site diagnosis, repairs and component exchange to ensure vehicle downtime is minimised. All Service Partner staff are trained in line with the factory production standards, which form part of ZF’s core competencies.
New research shows that, while British motorists try to avoid the stresses that can be attributed to long drives by planning their journey ahead of time, most don’t do proper vehicle checks.
The research of 1,000 British motorists finds that over a quarter (26%) of drivers prefer to map out the route and just under a fifth (18%) like to check they have the right insurance cover before setting off. And only 1% of motorists admitted they don’t plan at all.
The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers, (FER) says the UK is leading the remanufacturing industry after six associations recently reached a common understanding of key industry terminology.
In a recent meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, six industry associations agreed on the common understandings designed to raise awareness and acceptance of remanufactured products. In the UK, the FER agreed on such definitions more than 20 years ago as outlined in BS AU 257: 2002 Code of practice for remanufacture of spark and ignition engines, to which every member must work and there are checks to ensure they comply.
Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), attended the global ‘Right to Repair’ conference at Automechanika Frankfurt, hosted by FIGIEFA, bringing together representatives from international automotive aftermarket associations to unite against mutual threats affecting the industry.
The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) report that since the end of the paper tax disc, 91.2 per cent of garages have seen an increase in the number of customers bringing cars that have expired MOTs in.
Italmatic, an Italy-based leader in the production of balancing weights and tyre shop materials, reports that it recently released a complete line of patches and curing chemical products.
Coming at the same time as Italmatic’s 50th anniversary, the company says it decided to strengthen the image of its products, its brand and the completeness of the range offered with a series of novelties following each other during the year. Foremost is the recently revealed TPMS sensor, Italsensor.
More than half of British drivers don’t get problems with their cars checked until three months after they have appeared, according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 British drivers conducted by BookMyGarage.com, found that Britons are risking road accidents, worsening damage and steeper repair bills, as a result of not getting issues fixed in good time when they appear.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that a record £6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021. The announcement was made today (23 December 2014) and the investment amounts to £976 million a year, apparently enough to fix around 18 million potholes across the country.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends. It is vital we have good quality roads. This government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.
Rema Tip Top, purportedly the world’s leading manufacturer of tyre repair systems, has launched a new repair patch line billed as an “environmentally friendly, reliable and a trend-setting” alternative. The M-RCF 400, which was previewed at the Reifen show in Essen earlier in 2014, is designed to offer both ecological and economic advantages for the […]
Council chiefs have warned that the country is facing a roads crisis that is escalating at an “alarming pace” after new research put the cost of bringing highways up to a decent standard at over £12bn.
The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) shows that councils fixed just over 2m potholes in England and Wales last year, yet record rainfall meant the overall conditions of local roads deteriorated again.