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Osram acquires Ring Automotive

Osram acquires Ring Automotive

Lighting, News
Lighting specialist Osram has acquired Ring Automotive in a move designed to improve the prospects of both businesses in the UK aftermarket. “With the acquisition of Ring Automotive, we are further expanding our aftermarket portfolio and can at the same time use stable distribution channels in the United Kingdom,” says Hans-Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO Osram Automotive. With 160 employees, Ring Automotive achieved annual sales of around £40 million in 2017. By acquiring Ring Automotive, Osram is investing in the future: the British company has an established, valuable brand and a well-placed sales model in the automotive aftermarket sector. In addition, Ring's product portfolio goes far beyond classic automotive lighting and complements Osram’s product range. Ring, for example, is
Andy Savva announced as Brand Ambassador for Philips Automotive Lighting

Andy Savva announced as Brand Ambassador for Philips Automotive Lighting

Lighting, News
Lumileds has announced Andy Savva, The Garage Inspector, as the Philips Automotive Lighting Brand Ambassador for the UK and Ireland. Andy has been involved in the automotive industry for over 32 years having owned and managed some of the most successful independent garages in the UK.  As an automotive aftermarket business expert, he has helped many garage owners take their businesses to the next level, and he has also helped many industry-leading Original Equipment parts suppliers and distributors understand how garage owners think and what they want from their suppliers. “I have always endorsed the use of OE parts, therefore I am pleased to be working with Lumileds and Ph
Philips X-tremeVision

Philips X-tremeVision

Lighting, Products
Philips X-tremeVision headlights are made for outstanding performance, producing up to 130% more brightness, superior beam length and 10G vibration resistance, enabling the driver to see further, react faster and drive safer. Perfect illumination is especially important in the distance – usually between 75-100 metres in front of a vehicle. Philips X-tremeVision G-force boosts visibility with up to 130% more brightness. Enabling the driver to recognise obstacles and any potential dangers earlier than with most other halogen headlight lamps. The bright white light of up to 3500 Kelvin is significantly whiter than standard headlights. The Philips patented Gradient Coating technology produces a more powerful light, offering one of the brightest lighting performances and a highly comf
Philips launches workshop lighting

Philips launches workshop lighting

Lighting, Products
Lumileds has launched the Philips EcoPro range of LED work lights. Equipped with high-quality LEDs and hands-free features, the range is ideal for everyday use in automotive workshops. The EcoPro50 provides a portable and powerful projector lam with rechargeable battery, highly durable casing and up to 1,000 lumens of light. It also comes with a magnetic mounting accessory and has been tested to a drop of three metres to back up its robust claims. The Philips EcoPro40 provides a powerful bright light. It has a non-slip grip, and it is lightweight and versatile, with a powerful main beam of up to 300 lumens. It is also fitted with a handy 100 lumen spotlight on top of the lamp and comes with three magnets and two 360-degree retractable hooks, allowing it to be mounted anywhere aro
Playing pool at ELTA Automotive

Playing pool at ELTA Automotive

Engine, Fuel System, Ignition, Lighting, Out and about, Wipers
It may sound odd, making a 300-mile round trip to play a game of pool, but this is not a simple trip to a bar or snooker club. Instead, I’m playing at ELTA Automotive, and learning about the business at the same time. To be honest, it’s more about that than the pool, although the idea is a clever one. A chance to network with company bosses and other members of the press. I haven’t played in years, so when I’m drawn first, it adds pressure. But you’re not reading about the match, so I’ll move to that later. ELTA Automotive Ltd, originally named ELTA Lighting, is an independent, family-owned business, which was formed in 1993 by Chairman, Martin Bates. It consisted of just five people, one of which is Ian Hallam, who began by working ‘on the shop floor’ but has risen to become the
Drivers complain of headlight glare from new vehicles

Drivers complain of headlight glare from new vehicles

Lighting, News
The headlights of some newer cars are so bright they are causing a road safety hazard for drivers with as many as two-thirds (65%) of motorists saying they regularly get dazzled by oncoming headlights even though they are dipped. 15% of motorists surveyed by the RAC claim they have suffered a near-miss as a result of being dazzled by modern headlights that they believe are too bright. While it is well known that older drivers often have difficulty when driving at night due to glare from headlights, the RAC findings about the dazzling effect of some new car headlights were similar among drivers of all ages. A range of different types of headlights are fitted to UK vehicles from the traditional halogen headlamps to the brighter, newer xenon, or high intensity discharge, lights whic...