Brexit seems to have everyone confused, especially the UK Government. Despite the votes of the last week we are still no cleared to how, or even when, the country will cease to be part of the European Union. The situation has unnerved the automotive industry for some time, with manufacturers and suppliers calling for clarity, and the continuation of a frictionless trade agreement which will not add to the costs of parts and cars. Despite the vote against a ‘hard-Brexit’ this situation could still happen if the EU decides enough is enough. The other question currently on the minds of the British public and the automotive industry is ‘when will Brexit happen?’ The current 29 March deadline is looming, although MPs have voted to extend this, should the EU also agree. Myths buste
Trico is preparing for another Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championshipcampaign, with brand ambassador, Sarah Moore, looking to retain her historic title in the Tockwith Motorsports(TMS) Trico-liveried Ginetta G50. Sarah was crowned the first-ever female champion in the Britcar series last season and will be returning alongside a new teammate, Moh Ritson, in 2019. Alongside driving duties, Sarah will be mentoring Moh throughout the eight-round series, which begins on 30 March at Silverstone. It is a formula that proved successful for the original equipment manufacturer of wiper blades and systems in 2018, with 16-year-old Matt Greenwood joining Sarah in clinching the championship. Moh, also 16, will be in safe ha...
New data has revealed a north-south divide when it comes to the MOT fail rate since stricter rules were implemented in May last year. In the seven months following the introduction of the new MOT procedure, failures reached up to 25% in several key areas of the Midlands and the North of England, according to figures released by Protyre. Revealing a North-South divide, five of the top six areas for MOT failures are in the Midlands or the North of England – while five of the top six areas for MOT passes are in the South of England. This is in stark contrast to 2017, when the North overall had the lowest MOT fail rate in England and Wales. It found a 12% average MOT fail rate across all regions of England and Wales in this same period (June to December 2018). Protyre
FlexFuel Energy Development UK (FFEDUK) has signed a partner agreement with Point S whereby its hydrogen engine cleaning solution, Hy-Carbon, will be made available to its members initially throughout the United Kingdom, and with a view to a forthcoming global agreement. Point S UK is part of the world’s largest Independent Tyre & Autocare Group with over 1,800 members (133 in the UK) and 4,100 Points of Sale (including 230 in the UK) in 36 countries. Point S researches the aftermarket sector for products and services that can offer its members incremental revenue generating opportunities, whilst ensuring consumers can benefit from the latest advances in automotive solutions. By making FlexFuel’s Hy-Carbon solution available to its network, Point S is enabling its members to st
Schaeffler has been named Supplier of the Year by Nexus Automotive International, a trading group represented in the UK by the Parts Alliance. The prize was awarded during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, where the Nexus Business Forum was taking place, and illustrates the excellent relationship both brands have enjoyed since Nexus was founded five years ago. Schaeffler AG Automotive Aftermarket CEO, Michael Söding, accepted the award on the original equipment manufacturer’s behalf and was delighted with the accolade. He said: “We’re proud to have played such an instrumental part of Nexus’ success story, having been a partner from the very beginning, and we are humbled to have been acknowledged as its Supplier of the Year.
Recent convictions of retailers across the country have once again highlighted the potential risks unsuspecting motorists take when buying part worn tyres, states TyreSafe. Cases in Scotland and London revealed how dangerous and illegal tyres were being sold to the public following investigations by Trading Standards and the safety charity. In each instance, the retailers faced stiff penalties and fines totalling thousands of pounds. In December 2018, the owner of Springside Tyre and Valet Centre in Irvine, Scotland was handed a 120-hour Community Payback Order for breaches in product safety and consumer protection regulations following prosecution by Trading Standards officers from North Ayshire. At the hearing, it was revealed tyres had been offered for sale with an 80mm nail ...
Automechanika Birmingham 2019 is giving independent garages a boost by announcing the launch of its new Big UK Garage Event at this summer’s show, providing more benefits to thousands of garages planning to visit. With its garage audience growing year on year, the aim of this year’s event is to build on the success of the launch of the dedicated hall for garages introduced in 2018, which proved to be one of last year’s biggest highlights. The Big UK Garage Event will feature a series of new initiatives designed to deliver the most beneficial visitor experience by enabling more engagement at the event, which takes place from 4 to 6 June 2019 at NEC Birmingham. These will include exclusive show offers and big giveaways, group registration to enable quick and easy registr
Phil Curry took a trip to Switzerland to profile some of the upcoming models and find out how the industry is reacting to enforced change... The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is opening its doors for the 89thtime this year. This event is very different to the first running, and indeed, different to more recent runnings, taking place in a changing automotive landscape. The automotive market, which has been growing steadily since the global recession of 2009, has come to a halt. Sales are fluctuating, caused by turbulent markets, unpredictable political situations and a campaign against diesel technology that has caused sale to drop drastically since 2015, the same time that Dieselgate broke and the eyes of the world focused on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. ...
Trico has partnered with Marathon Warehouse Distribution, enabling motor factors to have same-day access to original equipment (OE) quality wiping products from the Trico Flex & Exact Fit ranges. For more than 100 years, Trico has been a global leader in wiper technology, while Marathon Warehouse Distribution is an independent national wholesale distributor, delivering a growing portfolio of brands to motor factors and accessory shops. Marathon’s electronic trading platform, EMPOWER, provides factors with live pricing and availability information, combined with online ordering, cataloguing and many other useful features. Trico Senior Product & Brand Manager Sam Robinson said: “We are delighted that Marathon will be distributing our industry leading Flex a
Terry Knox has been appointed the new Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) president, taking over from Lawrence Bleasdale who stepped down at IAAF’s AGM on 14 February. This comes at the same time as IAAF’s Honorary Treasurer Richard Welland has been appointed the new vice president. Knox, who became IAAF vice president in April 2018, has been a Member of the IAAF Council since 2016, and is managing director of CD Group, a third-generation family business with previous managing directors, grandfather Stuart Knox and father Ken Knox. The company was established in 1963, with Knox joining in 1999 to help establish the company’s operations in the Republic of Ireland. CD Group’s largest trading name, Component Distributors, is a warehouse distributo