Introducing Episode 1 of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast

Today, we're unveiling the inaugural episode of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast.

What I learned working a week around Ground Zero

I spent a great deal of time with firefighters, rescue workers and volunteers. At one point, we were embedded with a Red Cross unit. People are awesome. When the chips are down, we come together in ways that seem hard to believe at any other time.

In the year 2020, we go to war to keep what should be ours

Be part of an awareness campaign like no other.

Automechanika Shanghai 2019 embraces the evolving automotive ecosystem

The show stands as a dedicated platform for world-renowned industry leaders to connect at one of Asia’s most influential automotive trade fairs.

Introducing Episode 1 of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast

Today, we're unveiling the inaugural episode of the Aftermarket Intel Podcast.

What I learned working a week around Ground Zero

I spent a great deal of time with firefighters, rescue workers and volunteers. At one point, we were embedded with a Red Cross unit. People are awesome. When the chips are down, we come together in ways that seem hard to believe at any other time.

A Special Message From The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation about Hurricane Dorian

The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has been helping aftermarket families turn tragedy into triumph since 1959. Like the industry, AACF is driven by passion and devoted to family.

AAPEX 2019 ADAS Forum to prepare auto repair shops for evolving technology

The Forum is part of this year’s AAPEXedu and will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Bellini Ballroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Mitchell 1 announces the return of the ‘Fabulous Las Vegas Sweepstakes”

One grand-prize winner will receive round-trip airfare for two people to Las Vegas, four days/three nights in double occupancy hotel accommodations, two attendee badges for AAPEX and the SEMA Show and $500 spending money.

MAHLE Motorsport develops custom piston for Mazda Motorsports’ Spec Mazda MX-5

The new MX-5 piston is designed to meet the nationwide rules and spec parts list for the Mazda MX-5 2006-2015 chassis.

Continental names Gary P. Mercer as Western Sales Manager

In this role, Mercer will manage Continental’s aftermarket program for the traditional warehouse distributor network.

DEI announces Rosana Del Rio as new international account manager

The all-new position for DEI was filled to ensure that DEI becomes the global leader in thermal and acoustic control products.

Arnott introduces new premium coil spring conversion kit for 2003-2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Arnott's Mercedes-Benz suspension conversion kit, C-2663, features premium dampers custom-tuned by Arnott to provide the consistent performance Mercedes owners expect. The conversion kit also features powder-coated steel springs, made from American steel, which replace the rubber air springs.

MAHLE expands thermal management portfolio for the vehicles of today, and tomorrow with Behr Hella integration

Following the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Behr Hella Service (BHS) by MAHLE Aftermarket, all existing activities of BHS will be integrated into MAHLE on January 1, 2020.

Federated Auto Parts 400 set for September 21 at Richmond Raceway

NBC Sports Network will televise the race nationally with a start time of 7:30 p.m. EST.

Akebono and WORLDPAC join forces at 25th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

Winners of the sales contest were treated to two and a half days jam-packed with entertainment related to the automotive industry, in non other than the birthplace of the automobile, Detroit.

Yokohama Tire Introduces the 715R ,a SmartWay-verified Open Shoulder Regional Drive Tire

Manufactured at Yokohama’s plant in West Point, Mississippi, the 715R is SmartWay-verified for low rolling resistance and available in a 11R22.5. Three more sizes – 295/75R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5 – will arrive in early 2020.

Raybestos Adds New Rotor Part Numbers for the 2019 RAM 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Created for everyday driving conditions, Raybestos R-Line rotors deliver the most complete application-specific line on the market.

Women in Auto Care Award record-breaking number of scholarships in 2019

The group’s scholarship funding began with $2,000 in 2004 and has now expanded ten-fold to over $100,000 for the second year in a row. Since 2004, Women in Auto Care have given $457,000 in scholarships.

How the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is doing it right and what it teaches us all about business

Why can’t every business be like this? What can you do in your business to make people want to do business with you? And not only just do business, but really, really desire to keep coming back for more?

BOLT Locks now compatible with many key fobs

The "Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology" innovated by BOLT Lock utilizes a vehicle's ignition key to open every lock produced by the company.

Join Snap-on for Intelligent Diagnostics Livestream Training Session on Sept. 10

Technicians are encouraged to participate in the livestream training session to find out how the power of Snap-on’s Intelligent Diagnostics can help them be more productive and efficient in the service bay.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper launch blended ignition coil program

It is the fourth blended program the Alliance has launched, beginning with an oxygen sensor program in 2013.

International Buyer Delegation Program adds to global scope of AAPEX 2019

AAPEX represents the more than $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

National Safety Council: Motor vehicle deaths projected to dip below 40,000 for first time since 2015

An estimated 18,580 people died on U.S. roadways between January and June of this year, compared to the Council’s revised estimate of 19,060 during the same period last year.

Monro Inc. to present at the Goldman Sachs 26th Annual Global Retailing Conference

Brett Ponton, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian D’Ambrosia, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present.

RANDYS Worldwide names Martin & Company agency of record

RANDYS Worldwide distributes a comprehensive line of products including: differential gears, axles, installation kits, driveshafts, lockers, limited slip differentials, remanufactured transfer cases, axle assemblies and manual transmissions.

A recession may be coming. Here are 3 things the automotive aftermarket can do about it.

Stay visible, stay agile, invest smartly in your businesses and help each other out. I would also suggest collaborating and making partnerships with other companies.

Alignment jobs just got easier with New Hofmann geoliner 678

Simple to navigate, the geoliner 678 completes the entire alignment process efficiently with minimal steps, allowing shops to conduct more alignments per day, the company says.

DEI Introduces Heat Control Kit for the 2015-2019 Polaris Slingshot SI LE

Once installed, the Slingshot will be noticeably cooler and more comfortable, the company says.

Akebono Brake Corp.’s Borise Cota presents 2019 recipient of CAWA’s scholarship award

Akebono Brake Corporation National Sales Manager and longtime CAWA Member presented a scholarship to Benjamin Hart a student at Cuyamaca College, where he is studying automotive technology.

Dr. HT Chang to chair technical session during 37th Annual Brake Colloquium & Exhibition

This panel will have a broad discussion surrounding the electrification, system differential with re-gen braking, and help the brake system/components suppliers to align testing specs with market needs, and further identify the technical areas to focus on. Each panelist will share their vision with the industry and provide insight of numerous technical challenges the brake industry needs to focus on.

Permatex sponsors StarCom Racing Team at NASCAR 2019 Bristol Night Race

A special fan event at Food City Pavilion will feature free Permatex product samples and StarCom Team memorabilia.

When’s that event? Auto Care Association introduces full industry events calendar

A new webpage lists all association events throughout the year, in addition to major events taking place across the auto care industry.

Jon Kisby named 2019 Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year

Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one of the nation’s top teachers for their commitment to educational excellence in the automotive repair industry.

Chase Elliott and Clay Millican to make a pit stop in Washington, D.C. to attend Auto Care Legislative Summit

Elliott, Millican and Millican’s crew chief Mike Kloeber will be on-site during the Thursday evening reception for a meet-and-greet with summit attendees and lawmakers. The meet-and-greet offers the opportunity for guests to take photos, obtain autographs and have personal conversations with the racers.

Motorcar Parts of America Reports record sales for a first quarter

Net sales for the fiscal 2020 first quarter increased 19.1 percent to $109.1 million from $91.7 million for the same period a year earlier, reflecting sales increases for both hard parts and diagnostic products.

MAHLE Motorsport expands PowerPak piston kits available in 2618 aluminum alloy

This alloy allows for increased detonation resistance and has superior tensile and fatigue strength. In addition to the kits available prior, there are now 200 more PowerPak kits available in 2618 aluminum alloy.

Remanufacturing Industries Council launches first-ever remanufacturing accreditation program

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved RIC001.1-2016 standard provides a comprehensive and cross-sector definition of remanufacturing and, equally importantly, establishes the specific characteristics that differentiate remanufacturing from original manufacturing or other manufacturing processes.

The Group Attends Fort Hood Credentialing Assistance Fair

The program, created by Michael Engen, an Educational Services Officer at Fort Hood, is intended to help active duty soldiers gain a competitive educational advantage, whether they transition to civilian life or stay in the military.

BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY launches new website with greater range of tools and features for automotive repair shops

The website is designed to put the repair shop owner in the driver’s seat with a full array of helpful user-focused content including easier access to BOLT ON’s full range of products, peer success stories, training programs and calendar of events.

Car Care Council and CAWA partner for vehicle checkup event in Sacramento, California

Hosted by the non-profit Car Care Council in conjunction with CAWA – Representing the Automotive Parts Industry, the event will feature free vehicle inspections conducted by volunteer technicians who will check such items as hoses, belts, battery, wiper blades, lights, tire pressure, engine oil and fluids. All attendees will receive a gift bag and a copy of the 80-page Car Care Guide.

Arnott introduces new premium air suspension struts for Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and ML-Class

The Arnott-engineered struts, AS-3058, AS-3153 and AS-3154, feature premium, custom-tuned Eibach monotube dampers designed to provide OE-like ride comfort and handling.

Cloyes to highlight new product introductions during RUJAC 2019

Those new products from Cloyes, which include variable valve timing kits, an expanded line of timing belt kits, and all-new high performance timing kits in Mexico, will be on display in stand #1150 during RUJAC 2019, August 28-30 at Expo Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Spectra Premium announces expanded heavy-duty radiators line

Among these new radiators, a previous copper-brass model (2006-3515) is upgraded into an all-aluminum version (2006-3515A) for several applications of the International make ranging from 2005 to 1995.

GUNK introduces new degreasing wipes

The industrial-strength, no-rinse degreasing wipes are designed to tackle grease and oil on everything from engine bays to vehicle trim and windows and are currently available for purchase nationwide.

MAHLE Aftermarket launches second tier of “7 Reasons” promotion with chance to win “Filter Out the Noise” grand prize package

Reason 2 of the promotion, tied to the extensive MAHLE Aftermarket filtration product line, is open from August 5, 2019 through August 18, 2019.

Automotive Industry Veteran, Siegfried Tigges, Launches New Sales Agency with Speed Autoteile as Charter Client

S.A.T. Sales and Consulting LLC will represent Speed Autoteile in North America. Siggi has over 40 years of executive experience in Automotive, Heavy Duty, and Mining.

DENSO supports talent recruitment and development in mobility, technology fields at CAR Management Briefing Seminars

DENSO’s participation as an event sponsor and with a featured speaker supports its efforts to develop future workforce and attract top talent, the company says.

BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY/PTEN report: auto repair industry faces shakeup as unprecedented number of shop owners to retire in next decade

More than half of independent auto repair shop owners expect to retire in the next nine years, and the majority plan to sell their businesses, potentially leading to a wave of consolidation in the industry and leaving drivers in search of a reliable neighborhood shop.

Permatex partners with PowerNationTV Engine Power for 2019 Dodge Challenger Sweepstakes Build Project

The Challenger will be built using Permatex products throughout and awarded to a lucky winner in April 2020.

Auto-Wares expands in Michigan with purchase of Romeo Motor Parts

Romeo Motor Parts has joined Auto-Wares to expand inventory and programs to service customers in Washington, Mich., and surrounding areas.

DENSO creates grant to support U.S. charities focused on diversity in future mobility fields

DENSO will offer a $50,000 grant to a public charity for projects that support diversity in the technology fields.

Bert Hogeman joins Auto Care Association as general counsel

Hogeman brings more than 35 years of legal experience and a wide-ranging background to the association, having worked in both private law firms and in-house legal departments for both business and commercial clients.

NTN’s Georgianne Dickey Announced as new president of Automotive Communication Council

Dickey has been an ACC member for the past 10 years, serving on the board for six of those years in roles including secretary, treasurer, chairwoman of the membership committee and vice president.

Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships: The first finalist has been chosen

The next round of the competition will take place in South Africa at Automechanika Johannesburg from 18 to 21 September 2019.

Seats filling fast for the Mitchell 1 Shop Management Workshop

The two-day training session will focus on best practices and guide users through all levels of functionality of Mitchell 1 Manager SE and ShopKey Shop Management SE. Topics include optimal settings, workflow options, customization, reporting, scheduling, program security, inventory, purchase orders and aftermarket catalogs. Instructors will also guide attendees through the newest program features.

Timken reports strong second-quarter 2019 results; updates full-year outlook

In the second quarter, Timken posted net income of $92.5 million or $1.20 per diluted share, versus net income of $91 million or $1.16 per diluted share for the same period a year ago.

DEI introduces full line of GOLD heat protection products

Heat Sheath GOLD protects cables, hose and lines from excessive heat in the most demanding motorsports applications. Heat Sheath GOLD is manufactured with a 20 oz. heat-treated lock weave pattern base glass fiber rated to 1100°F and a metalized polyimide gold lamination capable of handling radiant heat up to 800°F.

TI Automotive achieves SEMA Data Co-Op Platinum Status

To achieve platinum status, manufacturers must meet and exceed a range of data requirements and standards in every applicable field in the SDC scorecard.

MANN+HUMMEL publishes corporate responsibility report

The focus is on filtration solutions for clean mobility, clean air and clean water, the company says.

Yokohama Tire’s performance legacy reaches new heights with the ADVAN Apex

Built upon the legacy of Yokohama’s iconic UHP tires such as the A008, AVS Intermediate, AVS Sport and ADVAN Sport V105, the Apex offers enhanced wet and dry performance, while providing a refined experience for a wide range of sports cars, high-end performance vehicles and American muscle cars.

Arnott introduces new rear air spring for Volvo SPA platform models

Arnott's new rear air spring, A-3307, for the Volvo SPA platform models features a cross-axis, multi-ply, ContiTech air sleeve engineered for extended service life.
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