Automechanika Shanghai 2022 harnesses Innovation4Mobility to foster supply chain engagement

The show will host 3,500 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions from December 1-4 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). 

MBE Group hires Gretchen Bennett as account coordinator 

In her new role, Bennett will support account teams with social media content development, news release writing and distribution, media relations, event coordination, research and more.

International automotive aftermarket meets again in Frankfurt in September

After last year's compact hybrid format, the 2022 fair is building on its international stature. So far, 80 percent of the companies will come to the fair from abroad, and in total, exhibitors will travel from around 70 countries.

TPMS overload? Here’s how aftermarket repair shops, distributors can solve it

Despite TPMS being a requirement on all new vehicles, it remains a sore point for many repair shops and tire dealers I’ve talked to. The reason is there are just too many makes, models and the TPMS requirements that come with them and this complicates stocking TPMS sensors both at the parts warehouse, stores and repair shops.

Automechanika Shanghai 2022 harnesses Innovation4Mobility to foster supply chain engagement

The show will host 3,500 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions from December 1-4 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). 

MBE Group hires Gretchen Bennett as account coordinator 

In her new role, Bennett will support account teams with social media content development, news release writing and distribution, media relations, event coordination, research and more.

Ford choses Valencia, Spain plant to assemble electric vehicles on ‘next-generation’ platform

"By 2026, Ford in Europe plans to sell 600,000 electric vehicles annually," the company said.

International automotive aftermarket meets again in Frankfurt in September

After last year's compact hybrid format, the 2022 fair is building on its international stature. So far, 80 percent of the companies will come to the fair from abroad, and in total, exhibitors will travel from around 70 countries.

ATE brake fluids engineered for quick response and reliability in all types of brake systems 

The full line includes ATE Super DOT 5.1, the technological standard for brake fluids; ATE SL.6 Brake Fluid, the ideal replacement for ESP, ABS, and ASR electronic brake systems; ATE SL for hydraulic brake and clutch systems; and ATE TYP 200 for high performance and racing applications.

Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) named Industry Champion by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association   

The awards ceremony was held at the Grote Industries facility in Madison, Ind. Grote is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of vehicle lighting and safety systems. Grote has been leading the way in advanced vehicle system solutions since 1901.  

Martin & Company announces Melanie Henry as communications & traffic manager

Henry has extensive automotive experience working prior for Red Goat Marketing, a premier automotive marketing company.

Registration open for 75th Annual Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Conference

The event will take place Oct. 30–31, 2022, at The Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Import Vehicle Community announces 2022 People, Product and Marketing Awards Programs

The winners will be recognized at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nev., taking place Nov. 1-3, 2022.

AAPEX accepting submissions for October Webinar Series

Webinars will provide attendees with strategic insights to give their businesses a competitive edge in 2022 and beyond.

Former Yokohama Tire executive Jim MacMaster passes away  

During his 30-year tenure at Yokohama Tire Corporation – the U.S. flagship for Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Company – the organization saw major growth in sales and expansion, becoming one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world. 

Dana awarded $2.7 Million grant to develop e-Powertrain for OX Delivers

The OX Delivers truck is powered by Dana’s Spicer Electrified eS4500i e-Drive Unit, which combines an electric motor, inverter, gearbox and software in a complete e-propulsion system.

CRC Brākleen 50th Anniversary ‘Be Original’ sweepstakes enters final stretch

The 'Be Original' Sweepstakes was created to celebrate 50 years of CRC Brākleen, the original aerosol brake parts cleaner and number one selling brand, worldwide.

Fisher Auto Parts acquires LaCava & Sowersby

The acquisition involves three large-volume locations in Fall River, Somerset and New Bedford, Massachusetts that are located in close proximity to an existing distribution center owned by Fisher Auto Parts in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2022: The exhibition presents V-Connect for synergy across physical and online spaces

To fulfill both exhibitor and visitor needs, the fair has introduced a combination of physical and digital solutions.

U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell and Haley Stevens recognized for their support of the vehicle supplier industry

Congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Haley Stevens were honored by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) as the 2022 recipients of the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, a special recognition given to elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers.

Continental debuts new packaging for next-generation REDI-Sensor TPMS sensors

Developed as part of an overall branding update coinciding with the launch of Continental’s next generation of TPMS Sensors, the new packaging employs an easy-to-read product identification promoting REDI-Sensor’s performance capabilities, key attributes, and overall benefits to TPMS service.

John Kim promoted to Director of Sales & Business Development of Sangsin Brake America

Since joining Sangsin Brake America in 2018, Kim has served as a Senior Business Development Manager at the company’s offices in Duluth, GA.

New Wolo 8000 Series Grill and Surface Mount LED Warning Light Kit delivers powerful safety lighting for commercial trucks, emergency vehicles 

The 8000 Series is designed for grill and surface mount applications on vehicles that require front warning lighting and offers high visibility in bright sun, dense fog, and rain.

Jim Browning Jr. named president of Ultimate Headers

Browning has worked for Ultimate Headers for five years and has been instrumental in helping it grow its product and customer base, the company said.

Auto Care Association announces upcoming retirements

Paul Fiore, senior director, government affairs; Bert Hogeman, general counsel; Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs; Larry Northup, executive director, AWDA; and Joe Register, vice president, emerging technologies, all plan to retire this year. 

UAF thanks volunteer scholarship reviewers

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) is in the process of awarding hundreds of scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year and would like to recognize and thank the individuals who have volunteered their time to review and evaluate the applications.

AAAA CEO Stuart Charity at Autopromotec: ‘Trade shows play a vital role’

He spoke to Aftermarket Intel Editor & Video Host Mark Phillips in Bologna, Italy, about the vital role of in-person trade shows.

Autopromotec is back: Italy’s giant automotive aftermarket show makes big return

There are more than 1,300 companies exhibiting here in Italy, and there is a record number of foreign delegates here from more than 35 countries, many of them invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Trade Agency.

Bill Hanvey at Autopromotec: ‘Our battle remains consistent against the automaker’

Hanvey was speaking at Autopromotec in Bologna, Italy, where the global automotive aftermarket show was re-convening after its last show was held in 2019.

Sunsong North America hires Nikos Theologou as Director of Product Management

Theologou will focus on all aspects of product management, including new product development, pricing and strategy, the company said in a news release.

Dan Billie inducted into Federated Vendor Hall of Fame

Billie received his honor last month at the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) annual conference and expo in Grapevine, Texas.

Parts Authority, Continental among ACPN 2022 Content Excellence Award winners

The Content Excellence Awards recognize best-in-class examples of data standards (ACES and PIES) use and compliance, as well as electronic cataloging and content in B2C and B2B platforms in the automotive aftermarket. 

ASE introduces ADAS Specialist Certification Test 

The test is designed to identify technicians who possess knowledge of the skills required to diagnose, service and calibrate ADAS on automobiles, SUVs and light-duty trucks.

BBB Industries acquired by Clearlake Capital

Upon closing the transaction, Clearlake will become majority shareholders of BBB; financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Deadline approaching for Standard Motor Products automotive scholarships

Earlier this year, Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announced its 2022 scholarship programs: The Blue Streak ‘Better Then, Better Now’ Scholarship and the Women in Auto Care Scholarship.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: Audi High-Voltage Systems

Jim Doyle with Audi will provide information on the charging portion of Audi high-voltage systems. This is the second of two webinars presented by Audi on high-voltage systems.

Parts Authority honored with The Pronto Network Partnership Award 

Parts Authority, founded in 1973, is a leading national distributor of automotive replacement parts, tools/equipment and transmissions.

Alltech Automotive steps up presence in Mexican aftermarket

Among these are the most popular brake and clutch hydraulic components, the company says.

MBE Group promotes Kaleigh Jerzykowski to Senior Account Executive

Most recently serving as account executive, Jerzykowski has been with the company since 2017. 

The Pronto Network honors members for outstanding achievement 

The Pronto Network recognized three of its members at a special awards luncheon during the recent Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) national conference and expo held in Grapevine, Texas. 

Auto Care Association’s 2022 industry awards season opens

Recipients of the 2022 awards will have demonstrated their ability to rise to the occasion in a dynamic industry landscape and position themselves and their companies for future success.

Dana and Lion Electric Co. announce long-term agreement for electrified systems

“We are excited to support Lion Electric as they deliver on their mission to help electrify urban transportation for buses and medium and heavy-duty trucks," said Ryan Laskey, senior vice president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: Enhancing Your Electrical Diagnostic Skills—Part 2

Justin Ridings with Isuzu Commercial Truck will walk through some helpful approaches to voltage drop testing. This is a follow-up webinar to the original broadcast on January 11, 2022.

Gary Plover of Hitachi Astemo Americas appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council

Plover is currently the Vice President of Hitachi Astemo Americas Aftermarket Division and has been a part of the automotive industry for more than 25 years.

‘Electric City’ brings the future of mobility to Autopromotec

“Electric City” will feature a range of vehicles, from commuter cars to high-performance touring cars and futuristic hypercars, like the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, Autopromotec organizers say.

Federated members honored for Excellence

“We are proud to recognize City Auto Supply, CANUSA and Berrodin Parts Warehouse for their stand-out support of key Federated initiatives,” said Sue Godschalk, president of Federated Auto Parts.

John Brune joins Elgin Industries as Vice President, OEM Sales Engineering

Brune will be responsible for sales, product engineering and service functions in support of the company’s broad portfolio of OEM relationships.

Continental: Most common TPMS service issues can be avoided by keeping scan tools up to date

Continental is launching a national public service campaign to make sure that shops and service facilities are made aware that they need to keep their TPMS tools updated regularly so they can service all vehicle makes and models and help ensure trouble-free and profitable tire services.

Delphi Named Co-Man Vendor of the Year by ‘The Group’

Delphi Technologies was honored as Co-Man Vendor of the Year and Wegmann Automotive was selected as Co-Man Vendor of the Year – Order Fill. The awards were presented April 26 at The Group’s conference and expo.

Go inside the unique ASE test development process

Today, more than a quarter of a million individuals who currently hold ASE certifications work in every segment of the transportation industry, from automobile and medium/heavy truck to transit and school bus, collision repair, parts, military and more.

AISIN expands window regulator line

All AISIN window regulators are designed and manufactured to the highest OE level standards, the company says.

WVE Vehicle Electronics introduces nearly 1,700 new part numbers in April

In all, WVE announced 886 switches, 540 sensors, 113 emissions products, 93 solenoids, 23 ignition coils,19 fuel injection products, 6 voltage regulators and 11 other components – which includes more than 712 million sales opportunities.

Bob Samuels of Samuels Inc. named Pronto Network Executive of the Year

As CEO of the largest independent auto parts supplier in New Jersey, Samuels leads Buy Wise Auto Parts with seven warehouse and store locations.

NGK Spark Plugs announces executive changes

"I am excited to announce these appointments to our executive team,” said NGK President and CEO Michael Schwab.

Auto Care Association, U.S. Commercial Service to host international matchmaking virtual program

The event will connect U.S. companies and international partners and buyers in the global automotive aftermarket industry. There is no cost to participate in this program for Auto Care Association members.

Tint World makes communications, digital development hires

The company announced the hiring of Genevieve Amabile as the company’s project communications manager and Dane Bryant, as front-end web developer.

Sue Godschalk honored with Art Fisher Memorial Award

During a special awards luncheon, last year’s Art Fisher Memorial Award recipient, Charlie Crouse, owner of TBA & Oil Warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana announced Godschalk as this year’s honoree. Bo Fisher, chairman of Federated Auto Parts, presented the commemorative plaque to a surprised Godschalk.

MANN+HUMMEL President and CEO elected Vice-Chairman of MEMA Board of Directors  

“Having Kurk as a vice-chairman of the MEMA Board is aligned with our mission to advance the business interests of the vehicle supplier community,” said Marc Blackman, president and COO, Gold Eagle, and chairman of the MEMA Board.

BorgWarner vice president honored with 2022 Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award

With over 25 years of automotive experience, Tania Wingfield has established herself as a seasoned veteran in the industry, motivating and inspiring others with her passion for manufacturing.

MEMA CEO Bill Long honored in Northwood University’s 2022 Class of Outstanding Business Leaders 

The Outstanding Business Leader award celebrates men and women from across the world who have made a difference in their business and community.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: Plastics Identification for Effective Repairs

Kurt Lammon and John Wilburn with Polyvance will show webinar participants that plastics can be repaired, and the correct path begins with understanding the type of plastic to match the proper repair method. 

Top supplier partners honored by ‘The Group’

The awards recognized exceptional support in key categories of importance to the membership of The Group and a top award of Outstanding Vendor of the Year award was also presented. 

Live data feed from Continental Autodiagnos Pro provides comprehensive vehicle health reports

The system allows technicians to analyze, diagnose, and repair vehicles faster and more accurately. Autodiagnos Pro also provides the option to record and playback the data for future reference.

Kiwon Hoe named President of Sangsin Brake America

Since 2010, Hoe has worked for Sangsin Brake at both the corporate headquarters in Daegu, Korea and at the U.S. offices in Duluth, Georgia.
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