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.

With record-breaking figures Automechanika Shanghai celebrates more than just its 15th edition milestone

The show saw 6,590 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions, a 5 percent increase over the previous show.

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.

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.

Diesel Technic gives an overview of one of the company’s starters

The starter can withstand extreme climatic conditions and covers an ambient temperature range from -30 °C to +60 °C. To ensure a long service life and optimal function, all the individual parts of the starter are made of high-quality materials. Markings on the housing make clear identification and traceability possible.

Auto Care Association Files Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Case on Software Copyright

The case, Google v. Oracle, as decided by a Federal Circuit Court, upheld a charge by Oracle that Google had violated a software copyright when it copied a small part of the application program interfaces (API) code necessary to enable interoperability with programs for Google’s Android platform. If permitted to stand, companies could copyright their APIs such that it would severely hamper companies attempting to ensure compatibility of replacement parts with vehicle software.

Auto Care Association CEO Releases Statement on Signing of Phase One Trade Agreement Between United States, China

"This is a positive first step in establishing certainty for U.S. businesses and our industry’s supply chains," said Bill Hanvey.

Early-Bird Registration Announced for 2020 YANG Leadership Conference

The conference takes place in conjunction with the Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days to provide attendees the opportunity to participate in and learn from the Auto Care Association’s volunteer executive committee meetings. In addition to participation in these meetings, the conference will provide attendees with two half-days of invaluable, face-to-face networking and professional development opportunities.

MEMA 2020 Board of Directors and Officers Elected to Lead Association through its 116th Year

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the leading trade association focused on advancing the fast-changing mobility industry, has released a list of nationally-known executives who will serve on its Board of Directors in 2020.

Eric Farnsworth to Discuss the Political and Social State of Latin America at the 2020 AASA Global Summit

In his session, “The Political & Social State of Latin America,” Eric will provide valuable highlights on the latest political and social shifts and trends shaping the aftermarket in Latin America.

B’laster Corporation Unveils B’laster ProStraw with Control Flow Technology

The innovative, patented design includes a dual-spray pattern and volume adjuster that allows users to control the flow of product for each specific application. It’s currently available on PB B’laster, a penetrant that quickly busts loose rusted or frozen parts caused by rust and corrosion.

Keynote Speakers Announced for 2020 Women in Auto Care Leadership Conference

The now annual conference provides two engaging days of dynamic speakers and workshops focused on sharpening personal and professional development skills, as well as providing attendees with the latest industry updates and trends. The conference will take place Feb. 19-20 in Charlotte, N.C. at the Omni Charlotte Hotel.

The Diesel Technic Parts Specialists now have their own microsite

Their goal: To create a more relaxed everyday workshop life for their colleagues worldwide by giving practical tips and tricks around the product brands DT Spare Parts and SIEGEL Automotive.

National Pronto Association Appoints Kerri Gulick Director of Marketing and Communications

Gulick began her career with National Pronto in 1999 and has held many roles within the organization during her tenure, including director of corporate meetings, office manager, corporate secretary and member services.

Fengsheng Automobile Technology Group Releases First Production Electric Vehicle Model

Benefiting from Geely’s large ecosystem and supply chain system, Fengsheng is committed to offer Chinese consumers a cutting-edge and pleasant driving experience through its premium vehicle models.

Federated Recognizes ASE-Certified Parts Professionals

To qualify for the special promotion, Federated counter personnel simply provided a copy of their ASE Parts Specialist certification. The grand prize “Patch 4 Cash” winner was Danny Morris from Orange, Virginia.

New Jersey Law Now Requires Vehicle Manufacturers to Notify New Car Owners of Warranty Rights

The bill passed both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature with broad bipartisan support. The bill passed the Senate (31-0) and passed the Assembly (74-0), showing the overwhelming support for this consumer notification in the car buying process.

Brake Parts Inc Instates New Parental Leave Policy

Under this new policy, new parents will be able to take up to 12 weeks off without missing a paycheck. New fathers, mothers and adoptive parents will be eligible to receive 100 percent of their pay for six weeks of the specified parental leave period.

Cloyes Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Intensive in-house processes and auditing allows the company to attain this quality-focused status.

New EXR Click-In System Allows Super-Fast, Easy Attachment and Removal of Roof Rack Accessories

Click-In system works with Exposed Rack crossbars, allowing attachment of rack mounts and accessories from Exposed Rack, Thule, Yakima and other manufacturers.

Fisher Auto Parts Acquires Snavely and Dosch

Steve Steinsnyder will continue to help grow the business.

ASE Certification Registration Now Open

ASE winter registration is now open through March 31. More than 54 ASE certification tests are available covering nearly every aspect of the motor vehicle service and repair industry.

Dawn and Bob Patison Retire From Lucas Oil Products

Forrest Lucas who, along with his wife Charlotte, founded Lucas Oil, praised Bob for his many years of leadership and steadfast loyalty of service to the company and all of its employees. “Bob has been a part of the backbone of this company. His expertise will surely be missed,” said Forrest.

Cloyes’ 2019 New Product Introductions Increase VIO Coverage by 51 Million in the North American Market

Cloyes’ aggressive product expansion initiatives in 2019 are evident with these catalog additions and the launch of variable valve timing chain kits and timing chain water pump kits, the company says.

Auto-Wares Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Select Retail Automotive Parts Stores in Michigan from Icahn Automotive Group

Icahn Automotive will enter into a supply agreement with Auto-Wares to supply Pep Boys service centers. The transaction is expected to close on or about January 11, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. Post-closing, Auto-Wares will convert and rebrand the acquired retail locations as Auto Value Parts Stores.

Gain Industry Expert Insights in Auto Care Association’s Upcoming 2020 Business Challenges Teleforum, Shipping 101 Webinar

The 2020 Business Challenges Teleforum will take place Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. EST and the Ocean Shipping 101 Webinar will take place Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. EST.

Mitchell 1’s Ben Johnson to be Featured Speaker at ASA Colorado Summit

Johnson will present a session on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and discuss the challenges, how repair shops are adapting to new calibration requirements and how the industry supports the service industry’s efforts to remain relevant with ADAS.

ZF Aftermarket Technical Training Releases Webinar Schedule for the First Half of 2020

All webinars are ASE certified and hosted by the ZF Technical Training team.

ASE Renewal App Helps Certified Techs Extend Certifications

Participants in the ASE Renewal App program commit only a few minutes per certification area per month to answering questions, so it takes an average of 8 months to extend certifications by a year. Learning is a strong emphasis of the program.

At CES 2020: Hexagon, Hyundai and Valeo unveil a high-precision vehicle positioning system to make roads safer

Developed by Hexagon, Valeo and their mobile network operator partner, HPP works by applying TerraStar X technology, a correction to the GPS signal received by the vehicle through a channel of the cellular network.

Joerg Bauer, president and CEO of Tungsram, named Man of the Year 2019

Hungarian business newspaper Figyelő recently awarded Bauer the honor.

Centric Parts Awarded for Outstanding Service Levels by the Alliance

The Alliance Group bestows this award to those companies that demonstrate a consistent 95 percent or better order-fill service level throughout the year.

View Snap-on Diagnostic Training Videos on New Training Solutions YouTube Channel

Snap-on has put all of its Training Solutions videos on a dedicated YouTube channel to provide another avenue for technicians to learn how they can get the most out of their diagnostic tools.

Wells Vehicle Electronics Expands WVE Vehicle Electronics Brand

This expansion allows Wells to best serve the unique needs of the automotive aftermarket, including technicians, warehouse distributors, parts stores, national accounts, and consumers.

Wells Vehicle Electronics Revitalizes Technical Service and Training Program; Launches GoTech Technical Specialists

As a division of Wells Vehicle Electronics, GoTech is comprised of an entire team of ASE-certified professional technicians at the ready to answer questions and help customers of all levels complete long-lasting and reliable repairs on virtually every type of vehicle.

Federated Auto Parts Announces Sue Godschalk as New President

During her 34-year career at Federated Auto Parts, Godschalk has held a number of management and financial roles of increasing responsibility, including office manager, assistant general manager, treasurer and most recently, vice president of the group.

Brake Parts Inc promotes Paul Oleandi to Sales Director, National/Key Accounts

Oleandi joined BPI in 2015, serving in a variety of roles, including director of sales and business development manager. A member of the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), Oleandi has 17 years of experience in the auto care industry.

87 percent of automotive technicians actively use a cell phone for work in the bay, says IMR Inc. research

87.4 percent of technicians are actively using their cell phones for work in the bay to access the following: technical information, technician manual sites, catalog information, parts manufacturer websites for technical or product information, ordering parts and watching training or instructional videos and content

ZF helping car manufacturers move toward autonomous driving, reports major order from Asian car maker

German manufacturer ZF is displaying its automotive technologies at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week. Company reports major order for its Level 2+ autonomous technologies.

Advance Auto Parts buys DieHard Brand from Transformco

The deal allows Transformco to sell DieHard brand batteries through its existing channels pursuant to a supply agreement with Advance.

The ChargeHub Auto Phone Mount & Wireless Charger: your smartphone’s new home inside your vehicle

The ChargeHub Auto Phone Mount & Wireless Charger has one of the handiest features I would look for in such a mounting device — motorized arms that secure my iPhone into place.

Power Heavy Duty welcomes Eastern Truck & Trailer to Distributor Network

Eastern Truck & Trailer provides heavy duty truck parts, tools and equipment as well as shop supplies to its customers including owner-operators, municipalities, bus garages, independent service facilities and national fleets.

Bosch expands severe brake product line for Ford and Lincoln vehicles

Bosch Severe Duty Brake Pads provide coverage to Ford vehicles including 2013-2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, 2015-2016 Ford Special Service Police Sedan, 2013-2015 Ford Taurus and 2013-2016 Lincoln MKT.

Auto Innovation Centre opens to serve the Australian automotive aftermarket

The establishment of two Auto Innovation Centres, in Victoria and South Australia, has been a highly anticipated addition to support automotive parts manufacturing in Australia. The state-of-the-art facility in Mulgrave, Melbourne will assist Australian manufacturers in continuing to develop their world-class products.

Automotive Content Professionals Network Now Accepting 2020 ACPN Content Excellence Award Entries

The award ceremony will take place at the 47th annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference on May 3-6, 2020, in Seattle, Wash. at the Hyatt Regency Seattle.

With record-breaking figures Automechanika Shanghai celebrates more than just its 15th edition milestone

The show saw 6,590 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions, a 5 percent increase over the previous show.

Autopromotec, Italy’s premier automotive aftermarket trade show, introduces new format for 2021

Autopromotec surveyed exhibitors and attendees to decide on the new format starting with the 2021 show.

Spectra Premium launches more than 80 late-model cooling and engine products

Designed and engineered to OE specifications by our Canadian engineers, Spectra Premium only produces completely new products that do not require any core charges.

Tabitha Harris Honored with Scholarships from Federated Car Care, Women in Auto Care

A Federated Car Care scholarship, as well as a scholarship from Women in Auto Care (WiAC), were awarded to Harris. She was honored for her accomplishments during the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo‎ (AAPEX) in Las Vegas at the annual Women in Auto Care reception.

Arnott Introduces New Premium Eibach Air Struts for the 2016-2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Arnott-engineered struts, AS-3250 and AS-3251, feature premium Eibach monotube shock absorbers and custom air springs, designed to improve ride comfort and handling.

OptiCat adds two industry veterans to its team

Don McEntee has been named Director of Sales and Marketing, and Kyle Johnson as Director of Business Development.

MAHLE Aftermarket introduces Team MAHLE, announces extended partnership with Kalitta Motorsports

The formation of Team MAHLE marks the next level of partnership between MAHLE Aftermarket and the wide network of elite Motorsports competitors that support MAHLE.

Lucas Oil Unveils Two New Products at Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

Lucas’ FL-0 Low Viscosity Synthetic Racing Oil operates as a premium and extremely efficient racing engine oil that is ideal for Pro Stock racing or any application using low-viscosity engine oils.

Continental Expands VDO OEM Fuel Module Offering Exceptional Coverage for RAM

All of the SKUs in the VDO OEM Fuel Module line are vehicle application specific to ensure OE fit and performance.

Market Intelligence Director Ron Rossi to Retire from Auto Care Association

Rossi has served in his current role since May 2006, where he oversaw the Auto Care Association’s most critical market intelligence operations and processes. During Rossi’s tenure as director of market intelligence, he championed various new initiatives including the harmonization of the Lang Model and Auto Care Association Channel Forecast Model, the introduction of the Auto Care Digital Factbook report and the publishing of several new industry reports and surveys, which have become automotive aftermarket industry staples.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Promotes from Within for Sales Director Position

Chad Stanley, a strategic account business development manager at the company, is being promoted to director of sales, northern division effective January 1, 2020.

BCA Bearings Releases 21 New SKUs to End 2019 Calendar Year

BCA Bearings, powered by NTN, is a long-time, trusted OE supplier to the automotive aftermarket. Proud to be providing solutions that include the most durable bearing products you need in the industry, BCA offers a full line of wheel hub assemblies, seals and loose bearings.

Alliance Names BBB the 2019 Channel Partner of the Year

The Alliance also honored nine other channel partners with a variety of awards to recognize training support, marketing efforts, category expertise, effective use of personnel, top-notch logistics, customer service, true Texas grit, and support of the Alliance’s exclusive national brands.

Auto Care Assocation CEO Applauds Trump Administration, Congress on Reaching USMCA Deal

"We encourage Congress to move swiftly to ratify the bill to maintain our industry’s global supply chain, protect American jobs and ensure market stability for current and future investments," Hanvey said.

The Group Training Academy/AVI Winter Training Conference Scheduled for January 16-18 in Florida

The three-day session will feature technical and management training from the auto care industry’s leading instructors.

Arnott Introduces New Premium Eibach Struts for 2013-2019 Mercedes-Benz GL/GLS-Class

Arnott’s new Mercedes-Benz struts for the front right, AS-3155, and left, AS-3156, sides feature passive Eibach monotubedampers custom-tuned to provide an OE-like ride.
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