Timken to Participate in the Evercore ISI Annual Industrial Conference

Participating on behalf of Timken will be Philip D. Fracassa, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Raybestos Adds European Coverage to Element3, R-Line Product Families

Raybestos will supersede all Specialty European part numbers into Element3 and discontinue the Specialty European brake pad line. This change will be seamless and allow customers to continue to get the products they are currently purchasing. Customers will experience increased coverage, more competitive price points, easy to identify parts and a more variable product offering while continuing to maintain the rigorous product standards that they expect from Raybestos.

Raybestos Offers All That Technicians Need in Just Three Lines

With three product lines - Element3™, Raybestos R-Line and Specialty - technicians are covered for all of their needs. No matter what customer walks into the shop, Raybestos has every driver type covered from the everyday driver, all the way to the niche markets where the vehicle is pushed to its limits.

From Kids to Adults, Timken Aims to Inspire Tomorrow’s Auto Pros

Timken has amassed a wealth of engineering knowledge over more than a century and believes that sharing this knowledge helps build a future workforce capable of delivering more efficient, effective technologies. Whether it is sparking young imaginations or providing aspiring auto techs with the resources they need to succeed, we are striving to set the industry up for continued excellence.

Timken to Participate in the Evercore ISI Annual Industrial Conference

Participating on behalf of Timken will be Philip D. Fracassa, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Raybestos Adds European Coverage to Element3, R-Line Product Families

Raybestos will supersede all Specialty European part numbers into Element3 and discontinue the Specialty European brake pad line. This change will be seamless and allow customers to continue to get the products they are currently purchasing. Customers will experience increased coverage, more competitive price points, easy to identify parts and a more variable product offering while continuing to maintain the rigorous product standards that they expect from Raybestos.

New SOLUS LEGEND Helps Technicians Fix it Right, the First Time and Fast

SOLUS LEGEND allows professional service technicians to take on more jobs with access to automotive coverage for 49 domestic, Asian and European vehicles as far back as 1980. It also includes comprehensive OEM-specific motorcycle coverage for nine domestic, Asian and European makes as far back as 2000.

Federated, Ken Schrader Continue Longtime Partnership

The sponsorship will include the popular “Get Dirty with Kenny” racing experience for Federated members and their customers throughout North America.

Responsible Battery Coalition applauds University of Michigan research on Lithium-Ion battery degradation

The RBC is a coalition of companies, academics, and organizations committed to the responsible management of the batteries of today and tomorrow. Members include: Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Clarios, Club Car, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, Honda, LafargeHolcim, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Renova Energy, Terracycle and Walmart.

Bosch and Ford are using Virtual Reality to train technicians on the all-electric Mustang Mach-E. This is what it looks like

Bosch is making use of an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset from Facebook as part of the training tool.

Planning for coronavirus to affect your business will help you in the future. Here’s why

Having several employees overseas for business and they suddenly can’t return home because they’re under quarantine? That’s a huge concern in my book, especially if you depend on them for critical business activities and now they may not return for up to a month.

Bosch innovation will be on display in Las Vegas at NADA 2020 with advanced vehicle service solutions

Reducing costs and improving efficiencies and revenues The Bosch booth (#2552C) will include the CES 2020 Bosch Mobility Showcase, new augmented reality training, new ADAS camera calibration and the latest updates to Charlie, the virtual service assistant.

Lighting specialist Tungsram opens corporate lounge at Budapest Airport

The lounge is about 753 square feet (70 square meters) and is a symbol of the partnership between Tungsram and the Budapest Airport, the company said. The lounge is located next to gate A8 of Terminal 2A and already has opened. It is the first corporate lounge that can be used only by the customers and business partners of Tungsram by invitation, the company said.

A look at parts: The alternator, by DT Spare Parts

The alternator provides the power required for the vehicle's electrical system for all operating conditions that occur during driving.

New Federated videos highlight importance of routine maintenance

Available for viewing on the Federated YouTube channel, the informative videos focus on the importance of routine vehicle maintenance, service and repair, providing motorists with tips on how to “be car care aware.” The videos are hosted by ASE Master Certified technician John Gardner, a noted automotive instructor at Chipola College in Florida. Some of the vehicle system topics covered in the videos include brakes, air filters, alignment, oil changes and batteries.

ASE Renews Kasey Kahne Partnership; 2020 Marks Year 20 of ASE–KKR Relationship

ASE and Kahne first teamed up in 2000. During the 20 years since, KKR has won over 190 World of Outlaws races and two series championships and during Kahne’s NASCAR career, he had 18 Cup Series wins, eight Xfinity Series wins and five Truck Series wins.

IMR Inc. Publishes Latest Insight on Challenges for Independent Repair Shops and Technicians in 2020

Shop owners and technicians reported that for 2020, they see some of their biggest challenges as finding time for hands-on training, staying up-to-date with diagnostic advancements and vehicle technology, and finding qualified and motivated technicians to work in the shop.

BCA Bearings releases new numbers for late-model import coverage

The new products are part of BCA’s wheel end bearing assemblies and bearings product offerings and provide later-model import to the line.

Invest In Your Future Success at Autocare 2020 in Australia

Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare will run across two days, June 19-20, 2020, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) located on Brisbane’s Southbank.

NPW acquires Johnny’s Auto Parts of Miami; store to fly Auto Value flag

NPW with this addition now has three store locations in the South Florida market and 40 stores nationwide, and 18 warehouse locations.

Repair shop owner’s son reported kidnapped in Afghanistan

Art Frerichs owns Art's Master Mechanics Auto in Lombard, Illinois.

Peoria, Ariz., Approves Funding for Autonomous Shuttle

The fully electric, driverless shuttle is set to launch on Saturday, Feb. 22, and will operate daily from noon to 6 p.m. in the P83 Entertainment District on Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive from Huntington University to Paradise Lane.

Increase efficiency, decrease supply chain redundancies and save money with UniLink early-adopter pricing

The UniLink database contains manufacturing information extending back to 1998 that is organized into 16 high-level original equipment manufacturing attributes. This vehicle platform approach to the UniLink database allows users to cross-reference vehicle makes, models and propulsion types (including electric) across different countries. The database serves as a high-level bridge to ACES, so users can see which parts fit with their product portfolio.

Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) announces 2020 ACPN scholarship winners

The scholarships cover the registration and hotel costs to attend the 2020 ACPN Knowledge Exchange conference, the largest gathering of catalog professionals, their vendors and solution providers. The award winners will have the opportunity to learn from, share best practices and network with peers and service providers in the content management space.

ASE Training Managers Council announces new officers for 2020

The ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of training and professional development within the transportation service industry.

Raybestos Offers All That Technicians Need in Just Three Lines

With three product lines - Element3™, Raybestos R-Line and Specialty - technicians are covered for all of their needs. No matter what customer walks into the shop, Raybestos has every driver type covered from the everyday driver, all the way to the niche markets where the vehicle is pushed to its limits.

BCA Awarded 2019 Rising Star Supplier of the Year Award by Auto-Wares Group

The Auto-Wares Rising Star Supplier of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize recently approved suppliers that show excellent sales growth potential and exhibit outstanding performance in distributor and store-level changeovers.

Latin American & Caribbean Tyre show and Latin Parts Expo seek speakers for July show

The shows and seminars run from July 14-17, 2020, at the newly built Amador Convention Center in Panama City, Republic of Panama.

Autotalks’ Chipset is selected for the company’s first mass production C-V2X program in China

This is the first mass-production C-V2X program for Autotalks, which consists of a Telematics Control Unit (TCU) with C-V2X powered by Autotalks' chipset, built by a top Tier1 automotive provider.

Messe Frankfurt’s upcoming Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Auto Maintenance & Repair Expo to be rescheduled

The two events include Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) and the Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR), which were originally scheduled from 5 to 7 March 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City and 15 to 18 March 2020 in Beijing respectively.

SEMA seeks speakers for 2020 trade show

Industry experts invited to apply now to share new skills and new ideas with SEMA Show attendees.

ASA Podcast features Trish Serratore, senior vice president of communications for ASE

In this episode, Serratore talks about the latest developments with ASE Certification testing and the most recent happenings at the organization. It’s an information-packed podcast that will bring you up to speed on the most recognized professional credential for technicians in the industry.

Continental Named Diamond Award Winner by Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance

The award was presented during the Alliance’s annual winter shareholder meeting and channel partner awards banquet on December 10 , 2019 at the JW Marriott Turnberry in Aventura, Fla.

You have my permission to tell your boss they are wrong. Here’s why

That’s right. While everyone around the table is in apparent agreement about something (and especially if the boss is there!), you’re going to raise your hand and say, “Are we sure about that? Maybe this isn’t such a good idea…” Or, "That idea is terrible! And Mark Phillips told me to tell you that!" (OK, maybe leave me out of it.)

AASA Joins MEMA in Recognizing Legislative Success on the Signing of USMCA

Bill Long, MEMA President & CEO, received the President’s personal invitation to represent MEMA members and the entire supplier community at Wednesday’s historic USMCA bill signing ceremony.

Rein Automotive Improves Thermostat Hoses on Popular BMW applications with Pre-Mounted Metal Connectors

Rein Automotive thermostat hoses are available for BMW models including 128I, 135I, 323I, 325I/325XI, 328I, 328XI, 330I/330XI, 335I, 335IS, 335XI 525I/252XI, 528I, 528XI, 530I/530XI, 1-Series M, and Z4 from 2006 to 2013. The line delivers coverage for over 880,000 VIO in the United States and Canada.

Timken Releases Five Automotive Tricks of the Trade Videos

Tricks of the Trade videos are automotive training tips provided by Timken to automotive technicians and students in the field. Each video has a corresponding TechTip that can be printed. The new videos cover the below topics.

Get Great European Coverage with ATE Original Brake Pads

To ensure that the pads deliver the ideal braking solution for specific vehicle applications, ATE engineers utilize over 150 different friction formulations. ATE Original Brake Pads are designed to deliver exceptional braking performance with smooth and quiet operation. The pads provide full braking power instantly without fade, squeal, or judder.

Another Record-Setting Year for KOI-Federated Cavalcade of Customs

On the opening day of the Cavalcade, KOI hosted its annual Student Day where approximately 400 students from local high schools, adult education programs and colleges had the opportunity to attend a morning session where they heard testimonial presentations from successful auto care industry professionals.

United Pacific Releases New Bronco Parts

Offered in conventional and LED turn-signal models, United Pacific's new early Bronco chrome mirrors offer an authentic replacement for missing, broken or pitted originals. They're made of high-quality die-cast metal and are chrome-plated with a brilliant finish.

Remanufacturing Industries Council Announces New Officers and Board Members

The Chairmanship was vacated by John Disharoon, Director, Market Access, Caterpillar Inc. Disharoon has served on the Executive Committee for four years and the Board of Directors for five years.

ASE Announces New Officers for 2020

Stepping down as their terms expire are Annette Sykora of Smith South Plains, Jamie Bullis of Bloomington Firestone, Mike Phillips of NAPA Auto Parts/Genuine Parts Company and Rafael Garcia of Hill Country European Autoworks.

O’Reilly Auto Parts will share its growth strategy and views on evolving aftermarket channels at the 2020 AASA Global Summit

David Wilbanks, Senior Vice-President of Merchandising, will also discuss O’Reilly’s approach to a broadening supply base.

Auto Care Association Applauds the Passage of USMCA

Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, released the following statement in response to President Trump signing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law.

MAHLE Aftermarket Partners with Grant Brothers Sales to Expand Product Offerings in Canada

MAHLE will work closely with the Grant Brothers team of 28 sales and customer service personnel to distribute a diverse range of vehicle technologies including thermal management products, fast and reliable diagnostics and service solutions, as well as spare parts.

Registration Now Open for Mitchell 1 Shop Management Workshop in Orlando

The training is designed for auto shop management software users who want to learn more advanced capabilities, shortcuts and new features to run their businesses more efficiently. The sessions will uncover strategies that attendees can use to compete successfully against dealerships, maximize their maintenance and repair opportunities, and enhance their relationships with customers.

Klarius releases consolidated 2019 new-to-range parts list

Klarius releases new parts on a daily basis, ensuring high quality aftermarket emissions control components are available for vehicles of all shapes and ages.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Name 18 U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

The 18 finalists will meet in San Antonio March 12-15 for the Technician of the Year finalist competition, a four-day event complete with custom ASE testing, San Antonio tourism, rodeo, and more. The technician who scores highest on the custom 90-minute 100-question ASE test will win $2,500 and will represent Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper this November at the ASE Technician of the Year Award Ceremony.

Brake Parts Inc Presents Leadership Awards

Company recognizes associates for exceptional performance impacting its success.

Armorlite, an all-new complete replacement flooring system for the off-road market, now available for pre-order for Jeep Wrangler JK models

Armorlite goes where throw‑in mats can't, providing an entirely new level of durability, style and performance in a complete replacement flooring system. It is easy to install, easy to clean, enables draining of the floor area, provides sure footing and reduces cabin heat and noise, the company says.

Stefan Janols joins Spectra Premium AB as Managing Director

Janols has a strong industrial background, particularly in the automotive industry where he occupied key research & development, sales, production and quality management roles for Swedish OEM companies such as Autoliv (automotive safety supplier) and Plastal (automotive thermoplastics) for over 26 years. He will be responsible for managing Spectra Premium’s European OEM operations and supporting business development activities.

The Group National Member Meeting Scheduled for April in Texas

During the national conference, a vendor booth show will be held on April 27 and 28. Members from both groups will also attend one-on-one supplier meetings and informational breakout sessions.

The AASA Mobility Technology Council Hosted its First Annual Aftermarket Briefing @ CES

Several dozen members of the automotive aftermarket attended the event and gained invaluable insights from an agenda featuring top aftermarket experts and thought leaders.

Shehryar Fatmi Joins Auto Care Association as New Director of Technology

As Director of Technology, Fatmi will be responsible for the oversight and growth of all aspects of the Auto Care Association’s technology systems, tools, resources and data, including external-facing platforms and content.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 introduces a spectrum of educational programs

Industry players and car lovers will be able to explore top-quality products and services across 10,200 sqm of exhibition space. Fairgoers can also gain insight into a Vietnamese automotive lifestyle and culture by engaging with captivating and unparalleled fringe programme events tailored for the local auto community.

United Pacific Industries to host Great American Auto Scene podcast during Grand National Roadster Show

United Pacific Industries, manufacturers of high-quality reproduction sheet metal and other parts for classic vehicles, including the 1932 Ford, has invited prominent builders who use their products to participate.

Pinpoint Precision with New Snap-on Diagnostic Thermal Laser

Featuring both laser and thermal components, the Diagnostic Thermal Laser combines temperature readings of up to 1,800°F (1,000°F in thermal mode) and thermal imaging capabilities for unrivaled performance on a greater variety of applications.

Tara Corpus with Automotive Solutions Awarded Prize Package as Winner of the Know Your Parts Scavenger Hunt at AAPEX 2019

She took home the grand prize after visiting all participating supplier booths. Participating organizations included: BCA, Continental, CRC, Delphi, DRiV, KYB, Lumileds, MAHLE, Schrader, SKF, Spectra Premium, and Standard Motor Products.

Hola! Registration Open for Auto Care Association Webinar Exploring Business Opportunities in Peru

The average age of private transport vehicles in Peru is 15.5 years and 22.5 years for public transport vehicles. The United States market share for auto parts is 19%, with U.S. auto part exports to Peru growing 20% from 2016 to 2018. There is a high level of used-car sales in Peru, as well as deteriorating road conditions.

Registration Open for 47th Annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference

The event is the only conference devoted to the automotive content industry and will take place May 3-6 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, Wash.

Hot Shot’s Secret Partners with National Tractor Pullers Association for 2020

Hot Shot’s Secret will display onsite at numerous NTPA events across the country.

Cloyes Celebrates Safety Milestone at Fort Smith Distribution Center

The company is celebrating 17 consecutive years without a lost time accident, the longest period ever at a Cloyes manufacturing plant or distribution center.

This is the most important column you’ll ever read and your business will depend on it

I’m going to make an educated guess: Your business is not ready for a disaster. Not even close.

ICE isn’t dead. The 7th International Engine Congress 2020 is set for Feb. 18-19 in Germany

According to experts, despite the electrification of vehicles, the majority will still be equipped with a combustion engine by the year 2040. As a result, the efficiency of combustion engines must be improved to reduce global CO2 emissions. That’s why it’s necessary to develop new combustion concepts, which minimize energy losses in the engine.
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