Winners of Akebono’s ‘Guess the Number’ contest at AAPEX 2019 announced

The contest was developed to bring awareness to a recent product expansion, that Akebono now offers abutment clip hardware for all popular applications across all three brands; ProACT, EURO and Akebono Performance, totaling over 400 part numbers.

AutoZone to hold Stockholders’ Meeting December 18

This event will be webcast and can be accessed at AutoZone’s website at and clicking on Investor Relations.

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.

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

Be part of an awareness campaign like no other.

Winners of Akebono’s ‘Guess the Number’ contest at AAPEX 2019 announced

The contest was developed to bring awareness to a recent product expansion, that Akebono now offers abutment clip hardware for all popular applications across all three brands; ProACT, EURO and Akebono Performance, totaling over 400 part numbers.

AutoZone to hold Stockholders’ Meeting December 18

This event will be webcast and can be accessed at AutoZone’s website at and clicking on Investor Relations.

Many familiar names and brands on display at Automechanika Shanghai, a lot of new ones, too

Brands like Dayco and Continental among thousands of exhibitors at the show, which continues through Friday.

Automechanika Shanghai gets under way, continues through Friday

Automechanika Shanghai is taking place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) from December 3-6

Portuguese magazine names Autopromotec best international fair for the year 2019

The award was given by the Portuguese Automotive Magazine based on a survey conducted by interviewing exhibitors who participated in various European fairs.

CRP Automotive Wins 2019 Best Functional Fluid Award for Pentosin ATF 9 Automatic Transmission Fluid

The award was presented by the Import Vehicle Community at their annual Import Products and Marketing Awards ceremony during the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Show in Las Vegas.

Premium Guard Releases 2020 Filter Catalog at AAPEX with Over 100 New Late Model Part Numbers

New format print catalog covers all filtration categories and for the first time, drain plugs in one aggregated section per application.

Petition Calling on Congress to Guarantee Consumers Access and Control Over Data Generated by Their Own Cars Reaches 15,000 Signatures

The new milestone shows that consumers across the country are concerned about the issue and support the Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice. campaign.

LIQUI MOLY voted the best oil brand by readers of Sport Auto

Readers voted LIQUI MOLY the best oil brand for the third year in a row.

MEYLE Performance Team’s experiences make their way onto the company’s parts

MEYLE has set itself the goal of using the knowledge gathered at the race track for the development and improvement of parts and thus making every day work more efficient and simpler for independent workshops and their employees.

Advance Auto Parts to Begin Multi-Year Partnership with Team Penske during 2020 NASCAR Cup Series

Advance will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Mustang driven by Ryan Blaney for four races in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Tungsram Nighthawk Sealed Beam Lighting Wins Prestigious Auto Care Association Award

Tungsram’s Nighthawk LED Sealed Beams are not only brighter than standard halogen sealed beam headlights, but they are also proven to be long-lasting, rated at 15,000 hours.

Continental Earns New Product Packing and Advertising Awards for ClearContact Premium Beam Wiper Blades

The award was presented by the Import Vehicle Community during the 2019 AAPEX Show.

MAHLE Aftermarket Awards Petty’s Garage Dodge Challenger to Grand Prize Winner of MAHLE “Drive With the Original” Promotion

Motorsports legend Richard Petty was on hand to present each of the four finalists with the opportunity to draw a key fob from his signature Charlie One Horse cowboy hat – one of which unlocked the doors of the 1,100-horsepower Challenger.

Centric Parts Wins 2019 Best New Product Award for New GCX Application-Specific Disc Brake Rotor Line

The award was presented on November 5, 2019 at the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Show in Las Vegas, NV, during the Import Vehicle Community’s Import Products and Marketing Awards ceremony.

MBE Group receives three Automotive Communications Awards at AAPEX 2019

The prestigious awards, announced on Nov. 4, 2019, recognize companies and agencies for their outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts in the automotive aftermarket.

BendPak retains Simpson Communications as PR agency of record

Simpson to handle BendPak, Ranger and Autostacker brands of car lifts and shop equipment.

Bosch announces major updates in 4.0 software release for ADS diagnostic scan tools

ADS 4.0 introduces many new and improved features, including faster scanning capabilities with Quick-Scan, enhanced European vehicle coverage, access to FCA Secure Gateway (SGW) vehicles and continued free access to Repair-Source, on tool vehicle service and repair information library.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Launches New Website

The new mobile-ready UAF website features a portal for students to apply for hundreds of automotive scholarships, a simple-to-use donation system, updated lists of trustees, donors and scholarship recipients, plus a wealth of information about the foundation, including news, grant applications and other resources.

LIQUI MOLY launches its new Special Tec AA 0W-16 on the market

The lower the oil viscosity, the less power the engine has to use to pump the oil. This lowers fuel consumption and emission levels accordingly.

2019 Automotive Communications Award Winners Announced

The awards are focused on business-to-consumer and business-to-business categories, which recognize companies and agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. 

Arnott Introduces New Premium Air Suspension Shock for 2004-2010 Infiniti and Nissan Armada

The Arnott-engineered shock, AS-3284, features a custom-tuned damper, which provides an OE-like ride, and a multi-ply ContiTech air sleeve designed to provide a long service life. The new shock is designed in the U.S. with Tier 1 components including heavy-duty crimping rings, long-lasting seals and a 5 mm push-to-connect air line fitting.

ZF opens first plant in Vietnam, breaking ground in one of the fastest-growing automotive markets in Southeast Asia

The facility, located in Vinfast's 70-ha Supplier Park of Vinfast Manufacturing Automobile and E scooter Plant on the Cat Hai Island off the country’s northern shore, produces chassis modules just-in-time for a local automotive manufacturer. ZF has invested more than 25 million Euros in the site.

3M Launches new Automotive Window Film Ceramic IR Series

Nano-ceramic technology delivers outstanding heat rejection and comfort, the company says.

Taiwan Excellence brings advanced technology to AAPEX

Taiwan Excellence hosted a news conference at AAPEX Tuesday to announce new products featuring advanced technology from Taiwanese companies.

Auto Care Association, AASA Announce Big Changes To AAPEX 2020

Before Tuesday's fireside chat with President George Bush at the start of AAPEX 2019, Auto Care Association President Bill Hanvey and AASA President Paul McCarthy alerted attendees to the importance of engaging car owners, legislators and industry professionals about the issues surrounding vehicle data.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Announces Officers, Trustees for 2020

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

2020 South China Connected Auto and Smart Transport Expo Announced At Organizers Strategic Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony in Guangzhou

The Guangdong Connected Auto and Smart Transport Committee was officially inaugurated on 15 October 2019 at the Institute of Engineering and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Nansha, Guangzhou, under witness of leaders from the Equipment Industry Office and Industry Development Office of Department of Industry & Information Technology of Guangdong Province, the New Industry Department of Bureau of Industry & Information Technology of Shenzhen, the Chengdu Automobile Industry Function Zone, the Sino-German Intelligent Connected Automobile Industry Base Management Committee and the Automobile Industry Development Bureau of Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone.

Timken completes acquisition of BEKA Lubrication

Founded in 1927, BEKA is a leading global supplier of automatic lubrication systems, serving a diverse range of industrial sectors including wind, food and beverage, rail, on- and off-highway and other process industries. BEKA sales are expected to be approximately $135 million for the full year 2019.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 embraces the rising made-in-Vietnam automotive market

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 will play a leading role in rallying international and domestic cooperation among carmakers, dealers, distributors, exporters, importers, manufacturers, OEMs, retailers and more.

AISIN Group and ADVICS to partner at AAPEX 2019

Beyond the shared exhibit, AISIN and ADVICS expand partnership with new sales relationship, the companies announced.

Kalitta and Dreyer & Reinbold Meet and Greets at WIX Filters Booth During AAPEX

Shawn Langdon, J.R. Todd and Sage Karam will sign Hero Cards at special appearances.

New John Bean Tire Changers Combine Safety with High-Productivity, Time-Saving Features

Customers can find out more about the new John Bean T7800 and T7700 tire changers and other automotive wheel service and collision repair products during the 2019 SEMA Show, Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth 10809).

Dayco names Tom Tecklenburg as VP of Aftermarket, North America

Located at the company’s Troy office, Tom will be responsible for establishing the strategic plan and leading the North American Aftermarket team, which encompasses the United States (US) and Canadian markets, to increase customer satisfaction and drive growth.

CRP Industries builds on future growth with new core brand innovations and expanded manufacturing

The key expansion includes REIN Automotive Parts, Pentosin Technical Fluids, AAE Steering System Components, AJUSA Gaskets, and a robust industrial segment.

Epicor demonstration area at AAPEX to showcase array of mobile solutions connecting every level of the aftermarket

Epicor is introducing innovative mobile platforms to help manufacturers, distributors, jobbers, and service providers accelerate sales growth, the company says.

The automotive aftermarket’s survival depends on adaptation

Regardless of what is powering a vehicle, or what people want to do in their vehicle, replacement parts will always be needed.

Autopromotec opens the way for the aftermarket during first mission to Auto Aftermarket Guangzhou exhibition

During the three days of the event the companies and consortia operating in the fields of spare parts, workshop equipment, technologies for predictive diagnosis and motor sports met with buyers, manufacturers and trade associations that are active both in China and in several countries of Southeast Asia. The aim of the mission was to promote the strength of Italian industry and open new trade routes to a Chinese market with 26 million vehicles registrations per year.

Arnott Introduces New Premium Air Suspension Struts for 2016-2018 Tesla

The new strut is the first part for a Tesla model to be released by Arnott.

Reservations open for the newly combined Latin Tyre Expo-Latin Auto Parts Expo in Panama

More than 400 international exhibitors will be present, from tire manufacturers, tire service and repair companies, retreading, wheels, auto part manufacturers, auto service, tools and equipment.

Israel’s Hi Auto wants to make sure your car’s voice control can hear you clearly

Hi Auto has completed a $4.5 million seed round led by the Israeli car importer Delek Motors and Hi Auto's active chairman Zohar Zisapel. Other investors were Allied Holdings (holding company of car importer Champion Motors), Singapore based Goldbell Group, a leader in the field of distributing and leasing of industrial vehicles, and Plug & Play, which works with automotive corporate partners to introduce innovation.

AirSept announces 30th anniversary at the 2019 AAPEX Show

Founded in 1989, AirSept is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier to over 18 OEMs and has received over 25 patents for repair solutions.

Trico Products launches ultra-premium blade line: TRICO Maxx Extended Life Beam Blades

Made 100 percent in the United States, TRICO Maxx is now available exclusively at Advance Auto Parts and CARQUEST locations throughout the country.

Snap-on Introduces Prepaid Plans for Intelligent Diagnostics Tools

The Intelligent Diagnostics prepaid plans are more than just keeping coverage updated, they also enhance features and capabilities to maximize the diagnostic tool investment, powering up the tool’s performance so that it is even better than the day it was bought.

Yokohama Tire promotes Pavan Desaneni to vice president of Information Technology

Desaneni, who graduated from Osmania University with a degree in Computer Science, joined Yokohama in 2014 as Senior Manager, Enterprise Architect & Platform. He then was promoted to Director, Enterprise Architect & Platform before ascending to Vice President.

Bar’s Leaks dual action formulas get new grab-and-go packaging

Bar’s Leaks Repair products are designed with dual action formulas to stop existing leaks, restore performance and protect against future leaks.

Focusing on silent operation: MEYLE brake expert Stefan Bachmann on brake noise, squealing and new product developments

Stefan Bachmann is product team lead of MEYLE’s product team Brake, Drive and NVH. The 38-year-old state-certified technician has been working for the Hamburg-based spare parts manufacturer for almost 10 years.

ElectraMeccanica establishes wholly-owned Chinese subsidiary for in-country operations

As part of this strategic initiative, the first addition to EMV Automotive Technology is Larry Liang, Ph.D., the Company’s new Managing Director of China Production.

AAPEX 2019 to activate industry in fight for access and control of vehicle data

AAPEX co-owners – the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – recently announced a strategic partnership to focus on the Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice. campaign, which was created to engage car owners, policymakers, and other stakeholders on car data – what it is, why it matters, and its implications for consumer choice.

Charlebois Truck Parts Inc. becomes a VIPAR Heavy Duty stockholder

Charlebois Truck Parts Inc. is owned and operated by Ron Charlebois and his son, Randy. The company services the Vermont, New Hampshire and northern New York markets from a new 27,000-square-foot facility.

Data Innovation Center to Showcase New Data Solutions at AAPEX 2019

The Data Innovation Center, located at booth #L2, Sands Upper Lobby in the Sands Expo, will have Auto Care Association staff and subject matter experts present to provide attendees with live demonstrations of its newest technical solution products, including UniLink, Demand Index and the Industry Standards. Interested attendees can secure personalized demos of each product to see how these solutions can be applied to their unique business needs.

Emerging vehicle technologies and aftermarket opportunities to be presented at AAPEX 2019

Auto Care Association and partners are offering industry education and solutions regarding ADAS, CAV, V2X, Embedded Systems and SVI.

Here are some highlights from Rematec Asia’s first edition in Guangzhou, China

Co-located with Automotive Aftermarket Guangzhou (AAG), Rematec Asia presented the opportunity for its European, North American and South East Asian participants to get a first-hand look at remanufacturing companies in China and look for opportunities to enter the Chinese remanufacturing market.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper close out Ultimate Outdoor Adventure in stunning Ozark Mountains

The promotional event kicked off on Oct. 2 when the sweepstakes grand prize winners flew into Missouri and were welcomed with an evening of food, fun, and games at Fun Mountain, a 50,000-square-foot center of endless entertainment at Big Cedar Lodge, Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper’s hosting site.

Bill Maggs joins Parts Authority Executive Team

Maggs began his aftermarket career at Menco Corporation in Springfield, Illinois where he held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including store manager, warehouse operations manager, sales manager, general manager and president.

Leadership changes at National Pronto Association: Bill Maggs departs

Robert Roos, the organization’s vice president of sales and marketing, has been named president effective immediately, it was announced today by Frank Garcia, chairman of the board, National Pronto Association.

AAPEX attendees to compete in Virtual Vehicle Challenge

New this year to add to the fun and excitement, cars will race on the Virtual Vehicle Track with bends and turns similar to a Formula 1 track. Players will first make their cars in the virtual reality garage. Cars then will be added to the Virtual Vehicle Track with four cars racing at the same time.

Take a look at the Northwood University Aftermarket Club’s creation: The 1989 BMW 325is ‘E30’ Project Car

The Aftermarket Club is a student-run organization designed for students who have a passion for the automotive aftermarket industry. This year was significant for the Aftermarket program, as the Northwood University Aftermarket Club Project car was unveiled after nine months of hard work.
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