The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, presented by Automechanika Birmingham, provides the first opportunity for the industry to meet face to face on this scale since 2019, and get hands-on, learn, network and prepare for the fast-evolving landscape of the automotive industry. With just under three months to go until the inaugural event, exhibitors are giving a glimpse of what visitors can expect to see at the show, taking place from 8-9 June at Birmingham’s NEC.
Machine Mart has launched a new range of Clarke-branded professional quality, heavy-duty, lockable tool chests and cabinets. Designed for use in an automotive workshop, the containers are designed to keep tools secure and tidy.
Rema Tip Top was presented with the Tyre Industry Award for product innovation for a product it calls a “revolutionary, innovative and economic solution” designed to preserve workshop tools and equipment. The Expel compressed air filtration device eliminates condensate pervasive in compressed air systems, removing 99.9999 per cent of liquid, oil, water and other contaminants down to one micron when installed at point of use.
The Parts Alliance Spring Garage Essentials tools and equipment brochure is out now. The glossy 68 page publication is already available from branches of The Parts Alliance members Allparts, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES, GMF, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors, Waterloo and GSF Car Parts.
Bartec Auto ID is to launch a new range of TPMS, diagnostic tools and a cloud-based management system at The Tire Cologne between 29 May to 1 June 2018. The company plans to demonstrate how this latest generation of tools (the TECH1000 and TAP300) combined with the new Bartec Service Center can “significantly improve” tyre shop efficiency. According to the company, “valuable management data can be pinpointed and presented, also enabling an all-round enhanced customer experience and ultimately helping to boost sales across tyre shops.”
Laser Tools has launched a new soft-faced dead blow hammer (part number 7011). The new hammer has a multitude of uses, but its size and weight make it ideal for use when trying to remove road wheels that are seized solid to the hub through dissimilar metal corrosion (alloy wheels on a steel hub).
Pro-Align will offer TEXA ADAS diagnostic and calibration tools, alongside support in the form of a series of technical seminars, in a move that it states will help workshops overcome one of the biggest challenges in servicing modern cars. The leading automotive aftermarket companies have joined forces to help supply workshops with everything they need to reset Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In addition to communicating information on the subject, Pro-Align, most renowned for its distribution of Hunter wheel alignment, balancing and tyre fitting equipment, has added TEXA’s range to its product portfolio.
The Parts Alliance’s South West Garage and Workshop Show has returned for 2017 even ‘bigger and better’. Storm-like conditions failed to deter well over 500 garage owners and mechanics from visiting Sandy Park, home to English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, on the evening of Thursday 19 October. The event hosted garage customers invited by the nine Parts Alliance branches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – including the recently opened Midsomer Norton Branch.
Martins Industries has opted to extend customer service hours in order to “better meet the need of our customers”. From 7 August this service is available Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm EST and Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm EST.
Machine Mart has launched the new Clarke CRD1100 is a powerful multi-function SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill perfect for jobs such as drilling concrete lintels. With a powerful 1100W motor, an impact rate of 4200 blows per minute and 3 functions (drilling, drill/hammer and hammer only) the rotary hammer drill simplifies drilling and chiselling brick and block work.
Launch UK has added a brand new diesel particulate filter (DPF) gun to its extensive range of diagnostic equipment, and is hoping to raise awareness to the importance of maintaining and cleaning a DPF.
Hella Gutmann Solutions has added three new extension kits to its camera and radar recalibration tool line-up for the independent aftermarket. The camera and sensor calibration (CSC) tool enables independent garages to calibrate and repair advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The new kits are compatible with rear view and all-round vision cameras, extending CSC’s existing, forward-facing solution.