COVID-19 Updates

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Miles driven down, ASE extends deadlines and more automotive aftermarket news for Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Auto Care Association reports that miles driven, probably not unexpectedly, are down.

Dayco producing parts to convert snorkeling mask into ventilator for coronavirus patients

The adaption of the mask, normally supplied via sports outlet Decathlon, is the brain-child of the inventor supported by a project team including Italian consultancy Isinnova, eight individuals and several partners, which transforms the mask originally intended for leisure activities, into a vital resource that is already being used in hospitals in northern Italy and by the Italian Red Cross.

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.

Miles driven down, ASE extends deadlines and more automotive aftermarket news for Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Auto Care Association reports that miles driven, probably not unexpectedly, are down.

Dayco producing parts to convert snorkeling mask into ventilator for coronavirus patients

The adaption of the mask, normally supplied via sports outlet Decathlon, is the brain-child of the inventor supported by a project team including Italian consultancy Isinnova, eight individuals and several partners, which transforms the mask originally intended for leisure activities, into a vital resource that is already being used in hospitals in northern Italy and by the Italian Red Cross.

Your automotive aftermarket report for Monday, April 6

Aftermarket Intel is prioritizing news and information related to surviving and thriving amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Auto Care Association TrendLens Offers Industry Clarity and Interactive Insights

TrendLens offers a data-based perspective into which market-influencing factors are affecting the industry, so you can make effective, well-informed decisions for your business when it counts.

Auto Care Association updates industry on CARES Act Tax Benefits and Loans for Businesses

For employers who either do not, or cannot, participate in the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), one alternative is the employee retention credit.

Auto Care Association issues memo on coronavirus impact on the Mexico auto parts sector

We are receiving reports that many parts manufacturers and other groups in the supply chain in Mexico are being forced to shut down due to the fact that the decree fails to specifically cover repair facilities and their supply chain. Therefore, in many cases, state and local authorities are taking the approach that they are not considered essential.

AASA Vision Conference Achieved Near Record-Setting Attendance as Aftermarket Professionals Joined the Industry’s First Virtual Conference

The conference, which was originally scheduled for March 26 in Rosemont, Ill., took place virtually from March 25 – 27, 2020. More than 245 aftermarket professionals joined the conference, marking a historic milestone for the automotive aftermarket’s first virtual conference, according to the organization.

Michael Chung joins Auto Care Association as new director of market intelligence

Chung comes to the Auto Care Association after five years at Hanover Research, where he held several different roles and responsibilities, including most recently senior client engagement director.

ExxonMobil to jointly produce personal protective equipment; other coronavirus updates for Thursday, April 2

The automotive aftermarket is an incredibly resilient and creative industry. We can get through anything.

Key loans available to small businesses in response to coronavirus, other updates for Wednesday, April 1

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The Third Annual Global Reman Day Goes Virtual on April 9, 2020

Reman Day was established in 2017 to educate the world about the value of remanufacturing and draw attention to the critical role it plays in the circular economy. This one-day event will include an online learning experience that emphasizes the importance of industry best practices and professional development.

Homeland Security revises guidance on “essential” workers and more COVID-19 updates

On March 29, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security issued a revised “Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.” While the memo is solely intended to provide guidance to states in determining essential employees for the purposes of shut down or shelter in place orders, many states have referenced the list in their executive orders.

Auto Care Association webinar: Understanding COVID-19 Employee Leave Requirements and Unemployment Expansion

Presenters will include: Ryan E. Dunn, Partner, Dentons; Sarah Laren, Managing Associate, Dentons; and Kimberly J. O'Donnell, Partner, Dentons.

Expiring ASE Certifications Extended Until December 31

More information about ASE certification and testing can be found by visiting www.ase.com.

Second Day of the AASA Vision Conference Delivered Customized Experiences and Insights for Aftermarket Executives and Channel Partner Audiences

The annual conference provided two virtual tracks covering the recent global supply chain disruptions, the future of electrification, and investment insights to attending aftermarket executives and channel partners.

News from the global automotive aftermarket for Friday, March 27 during the COVID pandemic

Aftermarket Intel is tracking all the most important news from the automotive aftermarket, including updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: News items may or may not be directly related to the pandemic.

New guidance from Department of Homeland Security on “essential” employees includes vehicle replacement parts

Members should note that this is only guidance and is not preemptive of a state emergency order. However, many states have referenced the CISA guidance, and therefore this is clearly an important development.

First Day of the AASA Vision Conference Brings the Industry Together Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The annual conference provided aftermarket executives with valuable insights on the COVID-19 pandemic, Hybrid Distribution Models, the economy, and more.

Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy pen open letter to their associations in response to COVID-19 developments

"Information often changes hourly and the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) are collaborating to provide up-to-date information as it becomes available," the letter states.

News from the automotive aftermarket for Wednesday, March 25

Aftermarket Intel is tracking all the most important news from the automotive aftermarket, including updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates for the automotive aftermarket industry on COVID-19, Tuesday, March 24

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated with developments around the globe concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects the industry. Below you'll find newest news first.

Virtual Town Hall, Wednesday, March 25: COVID-19 and the Auto Care Industry as an ‘Essential Service’

As the industry deals with the spread of COVID-19, change is happening, disrupting daily operations, industries, workers and overwhelming our healthcare system. This Town Hall will provide important information for executives, managers and workers who conduct a wide range of operations and services to support the auto care industry.

Aftermarket Essential Businesses Operating in “Shelter-in-Place” States Face Inconsistencies in Implementation

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) is working with supplier members to navigate the situation and take steps to keep appropriate facilities open; AASA has gathered the relevant federal guidelines, continued work to fight for suppliers rights to operate as essential businesses, and is sharing important information on how suppliers can address issues as they arise.

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association seeks recognition from government as an essential service

Treating automotive repair and parts supply as an essential service would bring Australia into line with other countries, where these activities are already considered an essential service.

COVID-19 updates for the global automotive aftermarket on Friday, March 20

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated with developments around the globe concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects the industry.

Federal Government Issues Guidance to Define Vehicle Service and Repair as Essential Service

Released on March 19th, The Department of Homeland Security memorandum entitled “MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE” includes a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” “to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.”

COVID-19 updates for the global automotive aftermarket on Thursday, March 19

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated with developments around the globe concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects the industry.

Auto Care Association Calls on Government to Deem Vehicle Repair, Supply Entities ‘Essential’ Amid Coronavirus Restrictions Placed on Business Operations

Six trade association representing the transportation industry, including the Auto Care Association, called on state and local governments yesterday to consider the importance of motor vehicle supply and repair facilities in implementing orders to close nonessential businesses as a result of the coronavirus.

Brake Parts Inc Receives NAPA Sales Leadership Excellence Award

Accepting the award for BPI were Joe Parzick, chairman of the board; David Overbeeke, president and CEO; Paul Ferrandino, chief commercial officer and David Ferretti vice president sales-NAPA.

COVID-19 updates from around the world for the global automotive aftermarket on Wednesday, March 18

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated on developments related to COVID-19.

Updates from around the global automotive aftermarket for Tuesday, March 17

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket community updated on developments related to COVID-19.

Automotive Scholarships Application Deadline Extended to April 30

Over 400 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded for the 2020-21 school year to students enrolled in four-year and two-year colleges as well as ASE/NATEF certified automotive, collision and heavy duty post-secondary schools.

Australia’s Autocare 2020 trade show and education conference has been rescheduled

The rescheduled Autocare dates are Friday and Saturday, October 30-31, 2020. The convention location will remain at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Bill Hanvey pens open letter to the auto care industry

"My message is simple: the Auto Care team is operating as normal on your behalf using technology to ensure communication within our industry is still taking place. My team and I are here to assist in any way we can," Hanvey writes.

This is what banks are doing in the face of COVID-19

Some institutions are updating their own COVID-19 response website page. Some have yet to react. When in doubt, go online to your bank’s website or phone app or call your bank to ask what options may be available to you.

AASA Vision Conference Moves Online in Response to Current Conditions

The annual conference will transition to a digital experience to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of attendees and speakers.

VIPAR Heavy Duty Launches New, Enhanced Website

Features like the improved “Find a Distributor” tool allow visitors to easily locate the nearest VIPAR Heavy Duty parts and service professional from more than 650 locations throughout North America.

Dana Opens New Facility in Slidell, Louisiana

Located in the Fremaux Park development, the new facility replaces the company’s current operations in Slidell, offering a larger footprint to meet the growing demand for industrial gearbox service, repair, and refurbishment. Dana has also invested in gear grinding and hobbing equipment and skilled personnel to increase the ability to quickly turn-around gearboxes for customers.

Hot Shot’s Secret Introduces Gray Diamond Euro Engine Oil

Hot Shot’s Secret Gray Diamond Euro Oil, manufactured from only Group III base oils and infused with patented FR3 Nano Technology and a high performance additive package, was developed to keep today’s high performance Euro manufactured vehicles operating at peak performance with longer drain intervals possible.

ZF Aftermarket Aids Schools with the Chance of Free Product Through ‘Installation Education’

Students and educators have until March 31st to enter their school in the contest. The top three winning schools will receive sets of TRW brake pads.

Bill Hanvey set to be keynote speaker at Australia’s Autocare 2020 show

Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare 2020 will address the latest global automotive trends, feature three tailored conference programs and offer a free to industry Trade Show.

Introduction of the “Promoting Service in Transportation Act” Applauded by Auto Care Association

Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the “Promoting Service in Transportation Act” sponsored in the Senate by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and in the House by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-2).

Are you in the automotive aftermarket and working remotely for now? Here’s what I do.

If your company has asked you to work remotely, forget the idea of working in your pajamas. That is a myth. You could work in your pajamas, but expect to get nothing done. Why? Because you’re not serious if you’re not getting ready for remote work just like you do before you commute.

Exide Technologies EFB Batteries Now Available at All Rural King Locations Nationwide

Rural King Premium EFB ensures ample power for vehicle safety and entertainment features and offers a four-year industry-leading warranty, company says.

Raybestos R-Line Expands to Full Coverage

Raybestos R-Line offers reliable stopping power with broad coverage for cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks. The traditional OE-match ceramic or semi-metallic formulations give the everyday driver the reliability and dependability that they desire. R-Line includes a full selection of components for complete braking system coverage, making it easy for customers to perform a quality brake job.

Power Heavy Duty Announces Launch of Business Resource Center at Members Meeting

The Business Resource Center is a tool that aids Power Heavy Duty distributors in planning their business continuity. Distributors can use this new online platform to access extensive support, including best practices, testimonials and other resources, throughout the lifecycle of their business.

AAPEX Receives Top Score from Attendees

Attendees also identified their primary reasons for attending AAPEX, with finding new products and innovations topping the list, followed by maintaining existing relationships, finding new suppliers, expanding their network, and expanding and diversifying service offerings.

LIQUI MOLY remains loyal to the MercedesCup

Company extends its contract with the ATP tennis tournament up to 2022.

Beep Appoints Racquel Asa as Chief Marketing Officer

In this role, Asa will focus her efforts on strategic brand awareness and decision making for Beep initiatives. Prior to joining Beep, Asa worked as a transportation journalist and anchor for nearly 15 years.

The Ford Motor Company to Share its Perspectives on Electrification at the AASA Vision Conference

Mark Kaufman, Global Director of Electric Vehicle Marketing & Distribution, Ford, will discuss the automaker’s strategy in developing an EV version of a popular sports/muscle platform.

Permatex Continues Sponsorship of StarCom Racing During 2020 NASCAR Season

During the Southern 500 at Darlington, Permatex and StarCom will participate in a ‘NASCAR Throwback’, showcasing a retro Permatex paint job on the team’s Camaro. The throwback stylization will pay homage to the rich Permatex heritage in motorsports and the company’s lasting impact on the cutting edge of automotive maintenance.

B’laster Corporation Acquires Workshop Hero Brand, Becomes Manufacturer and Retail Distributor of Metal Rescue Products

B’laster is now the manufacturer and retail distributor of Metal Rescue products. The company began manufacturing the product line in its Valley View, Ohio, plant in late February.

Here’s why you need to keep telling the story of your company

Never stop telling your company’s story. If you do stop, people will assume you’ve gone away.

Auto Care Association and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Announce 2020 World Class Technicians

There are an estimated 879,000 technicians in the United States, with approximately 250,000 holding ASE certification. More than 2,000 technicians have earned the respected status of “World Class Technician” since its inception over 30 years ago.

Exide Technologies Joins Forces with U.S. Army to Help Soldiers Find Jobs

The PaYS program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross-section of private industry, academia and state and local public institutes designed to help Soldiers prepare for a career after the Army. The program helps soldiers make connections with prospective employers and secure job interviews.

Dayco and Politecnico di Torino strengthen hybrid electric vehicle research partnership

The objective of the agreement between Dayco and Politecnico is to research hybridization systems and effectively develop the necessary technology innovations supporting vehicle manufacturers as they achieve the transition in an efficient, practical and sustainable way.

New ALI Lifting It Right: School Edition Lift Safety Training Course Available Exclusively from S/P2

Lifting It Right: School Edition is an interactive, online course that covers the wide variety of lift types used in professional vehicle service and repair shops, proper lifting and lowering, and the importance of planned lift maintenance.

Randy Buller to tell AASA Vision attendees how Parts Authority is using both traditional and online aftermarket parts distribution channels

Buller will provide key insights on how embracing a hybrid online and offline distribution approach helps them stay ahead and profitable.

SUN Collision Repair introduces interactive wiring diagrams in latest release

While viewing a wiring diagram, technicians can click on any component within the diagram to see a pop-up menu with selections to learn more about specifications, component location, connector views, guided component tests and more. There is no need to exit the wiring diagram to find related information they need to diagnose the issue.

ASE Mission Sets the Stage for a New Chapter

The new ASE mission statement concisely explains the not-for-profit organization’s primary objective: “To serve the transportation industry as an independent third party that upholds and promotes high standards of service and repair through the assessment, certification and credentialing of current and future industry professionals.”
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