Schaeffler’s Repxpert Academy Live training event returned on Saturday 21 May, with a tremendously successful event held at Bridgend College STEAM Academy, where both professional vehicle technicians and garage owners took full advantage of a full day of comprehensive training sessions and workshop demonstrations.
As part of Schaeffler’s ongoing commitment to the independent sector, the company is keen to gauge the opinion of the many professional vehicle technicians that fit its original equipment (OE) parts, regarding several key issues, as garages face the many challenges, opportunities and uncertainties of the ever-changing aftermarket landscape.
Schaeffler and Brembo will present the first-ever ‘dynamic collaboration’ between two original equipment manufacturers at Autoinform Live 2021. In a 40-second clip, Schaeffler REPXPERT, Mike Tomkins, and Brembo Aftermarket Area Manager, Siti Abdullah, reveal that both brands will present an informative insight into current and future developments of braking and chassis systems at the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton on the 6 and 7 November.
Further demonstrating its commitment to training, the Schaeffler Repxpert technical team were back out on the road at the end of May, supporting staff from the In ‘n’ Out Autocentres network. During two days of intense training at the In ‘n’ Out HQ in Northampton, selected technicians learned about the latest developments in OE clutch, timing system and wheel bearing technology – from one of the world’s most trusted original equipment suppliers.
Nigel Morgan, managing director of Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division in the UK, has decided to step aside after more than 40 years continual service with the company. His retirement leaves some ‘rather large boots’ to fill at Schaeffler, so stepping up to the newly-created position of ‘country manager UK & Ireland’ will be Mark Dolloway, who joined Schaeffler from SKF in 2012. Dolloway will, in turn, be replaced as sales director by Matt Selby, who has been with the company since 2007.
There is no question that during these socially distanced times, Schaeffler’s Repxpert ‘Tea-break training’ concept has captured the attention of the workshop community, with more than 200 workshops and technicians again attending the latest INA cooling module.
Schaeffler’s Repxpert technical training team has announced more details about its new programme of ‘Tea-Break Training’, designed to appeal to as many people as possible by offering informative and invaluable information in bite-size chunks at three different starting times.
With the 2020 US election shaping up to be the closest in the last two decades, no-one can yet say who will be the winning. However, share price analysts that are literally experts at hedging their bets, have compiled a list of post-Election share picks. In short, while growth is expected across the board in 2021, the recently-berated Goodyear is not the only tyre brand that would stand to gain from the end of Trump presidency.
Upgrading their rating to “buy”, Jefferies analysts said: “Siemen’s recent spin-off of Energy gives confidence that Conti’s share price will benefit from its planned spin-off of Vitesco as the combined market cap of Siemens and Energy was up 7 per cent on the day of transaction (DAX +3%)” The implication, they explained, was that there was a discount in Siemens’ sum-of-the-parts valuation. That being the case, given Conti’s “more attractive transaction structure”, the analysts predicted that Conti’s “re-rating should be more pronounced.”
Schaeffler’s technical manager Alistair Mason has addressed the practical health & safety issues of getting back to work, as well as several technical matters that are becoming increasingly relevant to workshops, and how the company’s Repxperts are helping technicians deal with these challenges.
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. has appointed Philip Elson as operations manager at its automotive aftermarket headquarters and warehouse facility in Hereford. Phil Elson is a familiar face in the aftermarket, having spent over 17 years in a variety of senior management roles at MANN+HUMMEL, most recently as project director responsible for the integration of the WIX Filters brand after its acquisition in 2016.
Following the successful launch of its LuK clutch step-by-step replacement guides on the Repxpert online technical portal in March, Schaeffler UK is now adding more detailed installation guides – this time covering INA belt systems.
Schaeffler is promoting its Repxpert online technical platform for professional vehicle technicians with a new promotion. New and existing users of the Repxpert app have the exclusive opportunity to win a Ring RBS50 borescope inspection video camera. Connected to and powered by a laptop computer to show a direct feed, the RBS50 is waterproof and features two LED lights to illuminate the area around the probe. App users need mail a code within the app to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. The code will be live until 3 July 2020.
It looks like a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel, as some of the lockdown restrictions begin to be eased. The latest government advice is that those who are able to work, but not from home, should now return to work. They are also advising commuters that it is their civic duty NOT to use public transport, and cycle, walk or use the car instead. As the average UK commute is almost an hour, lots of people will start to use their cars again.