Recipients of prestigious awards named during Auto Care Association’s Virtual Fall Leadership Days

John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., commented on Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper companies being named 2020 winners in all three categories of the Auto Care Association’s Career and Education (ACE) award.

Automechanika Shanghai 2020 creates channels for cross-sector collaboration

The show aims to amplify these latest forms of cooperation through leveraging its exhibitor and buyer resources in the supply chain. It will draw attention to ever-evolving digital, technological and consumer trends revolutionizing the auto market and place more emphasis on network expansion, supply chain integration and sustainability.

With The Group Training Academy, Federated Expands Training Resources for Automotive Service Professionals

As the premier training resource in the auto care industry, The Group Training Academy continues to add valuable content so automotive service providers can stay well informed. Collaborating with an extensive list of knowledgeable partners, The Group Training Academy offers the finest online training options in the industry.

Recipients of prestigious awards named during Auto Care Association’s Virtual Fall Leadership Days

John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., commented on Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper companies being named 2020 winners in all three categories of the Auto Care Association’s Career and Education (ACE) award.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) promotes Kyle Fischer to new position of director of branding & promotions

As Director of Branding & Promotions, Fischer will be responsible for working closely with the Director of Marketing and Director of Sales to develop positioning for Hot Shot’s Secret branded products for each market.

Virtual AAPEX Experience announces lineup of technical and management training

Classes are identified as beginner, intermediate and advanced and many are accredited toward the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

Free service technician webinar from ASE — Brake Rotor Match Machining: Why and How

During this one-hour session, industry expert Geoff Womer of Pro-Cut Brake Solutions will review the latest OE positions on brake rotor service, including the latest brands to adopt the rotor-matching method.

Advanced ATE Super DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid delivers excellent performance in extreme cold conditions

This state-of-the-art DOT brake fluid features a high wet boiling point and excellent flowability (viscosity) even in very cold operating conditions.

Dana introduces Spicer Select 404 ring and pinion gearing

Purpose-built and manufactured with the same heat treatment processes and materials as Spicer original-equipment gears, Spicer Select 404 gearing is designed for exceptional fit and easy installation to maximize uptime.

Auto Care Association part of demo for the European Commission of a secure vehicle interface

“We hope that the overwhelmingly positive reception in Europe for this solution will lay the groundwork for adoption in the U.S., where the Right to Repair battle and need to access to vehicle data ensues,” said Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs, Auto Care Association.

AutoZone 4th quarter same store sales increase 21.8 percent

Excluding sales from the additional week included in last year’s quarter, adjusted sales were up 21.2%. Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 21.8% for the quarter. Same store sales are computed on a 16-week basis.

Shop-Ware designated as preferred shop management software provider for the National Pronto Association

The strategic partnership will increase the efficiency and profitability of the network of Pronto Auto Care Experts (PACE), Pronto Smart Choice, and other Pronto affiliated shops.

Massive fire strikes AAM facility in Ohio

AAM has more than 20,000 employees at nearly 80 facilities in 17 countries, according to the company's most recent annual report. AAM is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier with an aftermarket division.

APACE Holding Co. to acquire APC Automotive Technologies’ AP Emissions Business

Following a comprehensive strategic analysis, APC’s Board of Directors concluded that this transaction maximizes the value of the AP Emissions business and will enable further growth and innovation into the future for the benefit of employees and the wider industry.

Continental ‘TPMS – 2020 Vision’ named best automotive aftermarket training program by Motor magazine

The program was named a Top 20 Tools award winner for 2020 by Motor magazine. Presented annually, the award recognizes tool and equipment manufacturers who develop new products with innovative features that help professional automotive technicians do a better job in diagnosing and repairing today’s technologically-advanced vehicles.

ASE survey finds service professionals adapting to changes in business climate due to COVID-19

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) conducted...

Alliance kicks off digital sales & marketing forum

Hundreds of sales and marketing personnel from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and Colombia tuned in for the meeting, which is taking place virtually for the first time in its history.

CRC Industries announces expansion of marketing department

The company announced three new personnel appointments to its marketing department to support the company’s continued growth through innovation.

Federated marks NASCAR milestone with Federated 400

The race marked Federated’s 25th consecutive year of involvement in NASCAR.

The Alliance’s Dale E. Hopkins to discuss the benefits of cutting edge business technology at the AASA Technology Conference

Hopkins is a strategic technology solutions and strategic planning executive with an extensive background in building and leading effective initiatives for medium to large-scale software, content and supply chain solution companies, including i2 Technologies, Aspect Development, CCI/Triad and, most recently, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.

Auto Care Association hosts technology standards webinar in collaboration with ARIDRA Mexico

The webinar was attended by top local auto care industry executives and focused on the Auto Care Association’s technology data standards, ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) and PIES (Product Information Exchange Standard), the application and benefits of the standards, and the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP).

Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) now accepting applications for 2021 ACPN Scholarship

The ACPN Scholarship awards one deserving individual, who has the passion and determination to pursue professional and personal growth, the opportunity to attend the 2021 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference.

Auto Care Association testifies on revisions to DMCA to address negative impacts on competition on auto care industry

In his testimony, Lowe pointed to the major changes to automotive technology that have occurred since the passage of DMCA in 1998. Lowe expressed that no one could have anticipated back then that today’s vehicles would become “computers on wheels.”

Free service technician webinar from ASE: Essential Technology for Diagnosing Low and High Pressure Leaks

This webinar, presented by Mark Hawkins from Redline Detection LLC, will cover diagnostic leak detection for EVAP, intake and general repair, as well as the latest leak detection technology that has been made a mandatory tool by OEMs.

LSI Chemical joins prestigious Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA)

ILMA is the primary professional association formed to improve laws and influence public policy, share the latest research and technical information and promote commerce for the automotive and industrial lubricant and metalworking fluid industry.

Australian Auto Aftermarket and Collision Repair Expo rescheduled

The Expo, the largest aftermarket trade show of its kind in Australia, will now take place April 7–9, 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 is set for Saturday night; race will be televised by NBCSN

Prior to the race, Tim Parks of Parks Auto Parts in Charleston, South Carolina, will preside as the grand marshal of the Federated 400 and announce the traditional “drivers, start your engines” instructions. Parks was recently honored with Federated’s most prestigious member recognition, the Art Fisher Memorial Award.

Federated Car Care kicks off ‘Be a Federated Fan’ race promotion

The contest is open to any Federated Car Care Center member in good standing. Car Care Centers will receive one entry for every $100 of purchases from now until Nov. 15, 2020.

National Pronto Awards scholarships for 2020-21 academic year

The annual Pronto Auto Service Center scholarship program is funded by National Pronto Association and its warehouse distributor members and is administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Dayco to premier on ‘Earth’ with John Holden national show as a leading system solutions provider for hybrids

"Earth" is hosted by Emmy award winner and former NBC correspondent John Holden and will run on Fox Business Network on September 6 at 5 p.m. EST.

Suppliers will learn about safe and secure data access at the AASA Mobility Innovation Conference

Susan Pase, Special Initiatives Advisor, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and Frank Schlehuber, Senior Consultant Market Affairs, CLEPA, will join the virtual AASA Mobility Innovation Conference to discuss the latest updates on safe and secure vehicle data access on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Virtual AAPEX experience to feature training, product demos and one-on-one meetings

The Virtual AAPEX Experience will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, however, attendees may begin setting up business meetings with exhibitors starting in early October.

DENSO upgrades website for better business-to-business service

The site also allows DENSO’s aftermarket business partners to tailor account activity reports to fit their individual company needs.

Auto Care Association’s TrendLens 2.0 update brings new features, product performance data and business-friendly pricing

TrendLens 2.0, the Auto Care Association’s updated interactive data platform, grants users access to more product performance data at a price-point that works for manufacturers of all sizes.

Free service technician webinar from ASE: Light-Duty Diesel Systems and Diagnosis

This session, presented by Matt Rieger, area operations training manager for FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), will cover a quick overview of modern light-duty diesel engine systems and the common components and their functions.

Women in Auto Care Awards more than $100,000 in scholarships and tools in 2020

The scholarship funding was provided to 40 female students across the United States looking to begin a career in the auto care industry.

DuraGo recognized with National Pronto Partnership Award

The Pronto Partnership Award is bestowed upon a member, supplier or an individual who best demonstrates dedication and commitment to National Pronto Association and its membership.

CRC Industries partners with NAPA Auto Parts to support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

CRC will donate a portion of the proceeds from products sold in July, September, and October 2020.

Yokohama Tire-sponsored Travis Pastrana, Andrew Carlson and Levi Shirley to compete in Crandon World Championship Off-Road races

All three drivers are Team Yokohama members and will be battling in different divisions on rugged GEOLANDAR tires.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announce Alliance Takes the Hill VIP sweepstakes

Whether they’re visiting the country’s most iconic residence, touring the National Mall, or basking in the beauty of the city’s peak cherry blossom season, the grand prize winners and guests will encounter a week to remember.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Award $25,000 in scholarships

The students, picked from a competitive pool of applicants across North America, have each been awarded $1,000 for their studies in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Arnold Motor Supply hosts Senator Grassley and local independent repair shops

While onsite, Senator Grassley toured the parts distribution facility and met with business leaders from Arnold Motor Supply, Graham Tire and Kabrick Auto.

Kevin Judge inducted into Federated Vendor Hall of Fame

Judge is vice president of sales and marketing, automotive aftermarket for NTN Bearing Corporation of America.

Hot Shot’s Secret introduces ‘Fuel Your Mind’ video series

The series, hosted by Bram Fulk, is now online and includes six episodes in the first season. This video series is focused strictly on educating the consumer about all things diesel so that they can make informed decisions about their engine.

Continental addresses involvement in the Nazi Era

The study traces in detail how Continental became a pillar of the National Socialist armaments and war economy and at the same time benefited economically from the regime’s mobilization and armament policy.

AutoZone announces executive changes

Bill Giles, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Finance, Information Technology and Store Development, and Bill Hackney, Senior Vice President, Merchandising will retire at the end of December 2020.

Dayco hires Ron Barnes to lead newly established heavy-duty aftermarket team

In addition, the company’s commercial team has secured business from Midwest Wheel, one of the largest distributors of heavy-duty parts in the Midwest.

‘The Group’ presents Co-Man Vendor of the Year Awards

Motor Parts Manufacturing was voted by members of The Group as the Co-Man Vendor of the Year and Delphi Technologies was recognized as Co-Man Vendor of the Year for Order Fill.

The AASA Intellectual Property Council advanced crucial IP legislation with Congressional members during virtual fly-in

The conversations focused on the endorsement, co-sponsorship, and passage of the SHOP SAFE Act (H.R. 6058) and the INFORM Consumers Act (S. 3431).

ZF opens its expanded Erich Reinecke Test Track in Jeversen, Germany

Leveraging ZF’s recent acquisition of WABCO, the expanded facility will play an even greater role in the testing and development of new solutions and technologies to help drive the commercial vehicle industry’s vision of an autonomous, connected and electric future.

Yokohama Tire-sponsored drivers Blake “Bilko” Williams and David Donohue Ready to ‘Race to the Clouds’ on ADVAN Tires

Yokohama returns for the third year as sponsor and exclusive Tire Provider for the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy Division.

Pronto honors members for outstanding achievement

National Pronto Association honored three of its members for excellence during the recent Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) virtual national conference and expo.

Automechanika Shanghai 2020 reveals online tools to navigate current trends and post-pandemic opportunities

With many Asian countries and regions showing strong signs of early market recovery from COVID-19, Automechanika Shanghai is stepping up its online resources to reconnect players in the automotive ecosystem.

Timken to participate in the Vertical Research Partners’ Global Industrials Virtual Conference

Participating on behalf of Timken will be Philip D. Fracassa, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Federated members honored for excellence

The awards were announced at the recent Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) national conference and expo held virtually Aug. 18-21.

Yokohama Tire releasing 7 tire tips videos during Tire Safety Week

Every day during Tire Safety Week, Yokohama will release one episode of the consumer-focused videos on its social media channels.

RepairSmith’s Dr. Alison Burham to discuss use of vehicle telematics data to service fleets at the AASA Technology Conference

The RepairSmith vice president of data science will share insights on the intersection between vehicle technologies and identifying the right parts to service the vehicles.

Bill Maggs Honored as National Pronto Executive of the Year

In October 2019, Maggs accepted his position with Pronto member Parts Authority. He began his aftermarket career at Menco Corporation in Springfield, Illinois where he held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including general manager and president.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Diagnosis and Servicing

During this session, industry expert David Spinney from Snap-on Inc. will review current diagnosis, testing capabilities and service of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Also included is a discussion of OEM and aftermarket sensors and the current technology available to test and perform service.

The Group has just set a high bar for virtual conventions

I have been honored this week to attend several events put on by The Group during its virtual convention. And I was surprised and amazed. And, it was fun! We are at our most creative and inventive when we face challenges in life. Not only did I see and hear from people I know, I interacted with them.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) forms LSI Chemical, focusing on nanotech

The mission for LSI Chemical is to become the premier international oil and fuel additive leader focused on Nano additive technology and development of innovative base oils through product development, partnerships and acquisition opportunities.
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