73rd Annual AWDA Conference registration is now open

In an effort to meet the needs of all our AWDA member companies, this year’s Conference will offer a level of flexibility that’s never been seen before, conference organizers say.

MAHLE Motorsport introduces Chrysler Hemi 5.7L Dome PowerPak Plus Forged Piston Kits

These newest forged Chrysler dome kits deliver strength, added compression and durability and are available wherever MAHLE Motorsport pistons are sold.

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.

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.

73rd Annual AWDA Conference registration is now open

In an effort to meet the needs of all our AWDA member companies, this year’s Conference will offer a level of flexibility that’s never been seen before, conference organizers say.

MAHLE Motorsport introduces Chrysler Hemi 5.7L Dome PowerPak Plus Forged Piston Kits

These newest forged Chrysler dome kits deliver strength, added compression and durability and are available wherever MAHLE Motorsport pistons are sold.

Dana unveils new electric motor, drive axle for lift trucks

Dana’s flexibility helps manufacturers reduce system complexity, shorten the time to develop and introduce new products, and facilitate the introduction of innovations into the vehicle life cycle.

NTN presented with Supplier Quality Excellence Award by General Motors

Suppliers who receive this award recognition have met or exceeded a very stringent set of quality performance criteria and have achieved the cross-functional support of the entire GM organization.

Dennis Jacinto of APA Engineering appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council

Jacinto began his career in the automotive aftermarket in 1977, with FEMSA of America, a supplier of rotating electrical components to rebuilders.

Free Service Technician Instructor Webinar from ASE: Axalta’s Surface Preparation Process

This Axalta session will be presented by Gordon Wry, Axalta technical instructor, and is designed to review surface preparation basics, identify the steps to properly clean the surface, review the role of each undercoat used in the refinish process and some basic steps when painting plastic parts.

Brake Parts Inc recognized by General Motors as a 2019 Supplier of the Year Winner

Brake Parts Inc (BPI) was named a 2019 GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

29th edition of Autopromotec postponed until May 25-28, 2022

“The Covid-19 pandemic continues to register high rates of contagion, and severe limitations to international travels persist,” says Renzo Servadei, Autopromotec CEO.

CRP Industries names automotive industry veteran PT Muldoon as Director of Engineering

Muldoon will be responsible for all engineering activities and initiatives in the development of new automotive opportunities with OEMs and Tier-One suppliers, as well as the improvement and expansion of current products and product lines.

Fisher Auto Parts launches Vision 2020 Promotion

Now through September 30, Fisher professional installer customers can win a wide array of prizes, including Apple watches, iPads, televisions and Polaris off-road vehicles, plus the grand prize, the choice of a Chevrolet Silverado or a boat.

Messe Frankfurt postpones Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City

The 2021 fair will take place from June 30-July 2 at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Automechanika Shanghai to host webinar about Asia’s automotive market on July 9

Starting in early July, Automechanika Shanghai will present a webinar series with top executives, scholars, specialists and association representatives from different fields to discuss the current market situation.

Rich White steps down from Car Care Council

During his tenure, White led the industry-wide workgroup that developed the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign and spearheaded the development of the popular Car Care Guide.

MANN+HUMMEL recognized by General Motors as a 2019 Supplier of the Year Winner

MANN+HUMMEL was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

NTN receives Special Recognition Award – Pursuit of Excellence from Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Out of SIA’s nearly 260 suppliers, NTN was one of just 22 to be recognized for exceptional performance over the last year.

MEMA Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force

MEMA was one of the earliest supporters of the UMSCA, as we understood it would enhance the regional economy in our sector. MEMA is grateful for the transparent process with which the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has engaged stakeholders on new auto rules of origin (ROO) issues. However, these changes will not be without challenges for our members to implement. As implementation moves forward, MEMA intends to stay active and address these challenges.

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.

Free Webinar from ASE: Science of Tribology – Understanding Friction, Wear and Lubrication to Get the Job Done Right

This webinar will cover how to use maintenance chemicals (lubricants, penetrants, greases, cleaners and degreasers) to protect equipment and make jobs easier.

Automotive Parts Associates (APA) holds online election for board of directors

Douglas Squires, Bestbuy Distributors Limited, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was elected chairman.

The Group to hold virtual National Member Meeting in August

Registration information and the agenda will be sent to members of The Group in the coming weeks. The virtual conference will include sessions for both members and suppliers.

MBE Group promotes Kaleigh Jerzykowski to Account Executive

Jerzykowski joined MBE Group in 2017; she previously held the position of assistant account executive. Throughout her time at the company, Jerzykowski has had important roles in many of the company’s key accounts, supporting integrated marketing programs via social media management, brand launches, event and tradeshow logistics and competitive analysis.

IMR Inc. releases latest insight on delayed maintenance

Out of households surveyed in Q1 of 2020, 17.6 percent reported that they had delayed vehicle repairs or maintenance while in Q2, households reported that 20.1 percent had delayed maintenance on their vehicles.

10 Missions Media Buys Bobit’s Modern Tire Dealer, other titles

The publisher of FenderBender and Ratchet+Wrench adds Modern Tire Dealer, Auto Service Professional, and training organization to its automotive aftermarket group.

Six-Bay Giveaway winners announced

Grand prize winner, Payless Garage Inc. of Salem, Oregon, won a Mitchell1 ProDemand annual subscription, two Challenger CL10V3 2-post lifts, one John Bean 12k wheel alignment lift and a John Bean V2280 wheel aligner.

Breakthrough aftermarket testing demonstrates ADAS compliance of aftermarket-modified vehicles

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), along with several industry-leading automotive aftermarket companies, ADAS technology service providers and test facilities, have successfully completed ADAS testing of an aftermarket-modified 2020 model year pickup truck proving that it meets all functional and regulatory safety compliance standards, OEM warranty requirements and insurance eligibility specifications.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) hires Todd Cawley as Vice President of Global Sales

The position was filled in June of this year in response to the unprecedented growth LSI has encountered in multiple markets in the USA and the potential to capture market share of the lubricant and additive market abroad.

Martin & Company offers free stimulus package for automotive aftermarket

For a limited time through July 31, 2020, businesses will be able to receive a research-based, digital marketing analysis and direct sales consultation to help compete in this crowded and ever-changing market.

Jim Hastie joins Parts Authority as vice president category management — cooling and collision

Hastie joins Parts Authority with more than 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry.

The Group Training Academy adds electric vehicle courseware, training tool

The “Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technician Training” course offering is designed to educate experienced automotive professionals on proper and safe procedures for diagnosing and repairing electric vehicles. It is also flexible enough to train those in secondary and post-secondary education programs.

New research: Auto care industry resilient despite pandemic, expected to reach $448 billion in 2023

The Auto Care Association has released its award-winning and industry-leading online publications, the 2021 Auto Care Factbook and the 2021 Auto Care Factbook & Lang Annual. The new editions of these annual reports come at an unprecedented time as the auto care industry is just beginning to recover from the global economic effects of COVID-19.

Michelin launches premium line of automotive belts, tensioners and idlers on Amazon

Michelin serpentine belts are manufactured with premium Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) synthetic rubber and a Smart Stretch design to provide a compact, low-noise drive solution with low maintenance, higher cost effectiveness and reduced CO2 emissions, the company says.

IMR Inc. publishes update on challenges for independent repair shops and technicians in 2020

Prior to the official categorization of COVID-19 as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, IMR Inc. surveyed independent automotive repair shops and technicians to ask what they saw as their top challenges for 2020. Between May 4-29, 2020, 500 independent automotive repair shops were surveyed to provide new perspective on the challenges that shops and technicians anticipate facing for the duration of the year.

Dayco’s John Kinnick recognized as a Rising Star

The Rising Stars: Automakers and Suppliers program honors United States based auto executives, under the age of 45, on the manufacturing and supply side of the auto industry who have the talent and dedication necessary to become industry leaders of tomorrow. Automotive News has published the list of the industry’s up and comers annually since 2014.

Longtime Automotive Lift Institute Leader E.K. “Chic” Fox dies

Fox dedicated 43 years of his life to ALI and improving automotive lift safety.

Import Vehicle Community Announces 2020 People and Product Awards Program

The Import Vehicle Community serves the needs of all businesses engaged in import nameplate products and services and is the leader in recognizing excellence among the people and products of the import auto care industry.

APC Automotive Technologies files Chapter 11, expects to emerge from bankruptcy within a month

Agreement to reorganize has broad support from the company’s asset-based lenders, term loan lenders, and significant financial sponsors, the company says, adding that sales, customer service and order fulfillment will continue without interruption.

Auto Care Association Opens Awards Celebrating Leadership, Industry Excellence

Three awards are given each year to individuals and companies demonstrating excellence in the auto care industry through leadership in these areas. Now more than ever it is imperative to celebrate industry achievements. All Auto Care Association member companies and employees are eligible to participate.

ASE Extends Spring Scheduling Window Until September 30

ASE tests are conducted days, nights and weekends at nearly 500 secured, proctored test centers. It is recommended that automotive professionals coordinate testing with their employers and review the social distancing and safety measures that the Prometric test centers have put in place. Before registering, please check test center availability.

Alliance Hosts First-Ever Virtual Summer Shareholder Meeting

Alliance shareholders are taking part in a four-hour general session, that includes discussion of the coronavirus pandemic, product information and an update from the Alliance Parts Warehouse, the Alliance said.

Perfect Stop kicks off Powersports Summer Sweepstakes

150 lucky winners will receive substantial Visa gift cards, and six grand prize winners will take home a powersports vehicle of their choice worth up to $15,000.

Tom Breen joins JENOPTIK Optical Systems as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Breen brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the optics and photonics industry.

Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) now set for April 2021

The fair will now take place April 24-27, 2021, at the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC).

Free Webinar from ASE: ADAS as it Affects Today’s Automotive Service Industry

Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) are affecting the service industry like no other advancement in vehicle technology, even if you don’t directly service or repair ADAS systems.

Dana honored, Mitchell 1 updates ProDemand, Automotive Lift Institute adds more resources to website

Dana Incorporated was presented with the Epicor Receiver’s Choice Award by the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, during the 2020 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference held virtually earlier this month.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. introduces Hot Shot’s Secret Premium Additives for recreational vehicles

The new line of Hot Shot’s Secret RV additives protects the engine, transmission, fuel and oil systems and slide-out mechanisms for improved RV performance, fuel economy and reliability, the company says.

Joe’s Garage to show tools and equipment in action at AAPEX 2020

Joe’s Garage is part of the new Repair Shop HQ located on Level 1 of the Sands Expo. This area – dedicated specifically to service and repair – also will include two new training theaters, a new Tire section, and sections for Alternative Fuels and Diagnostics/Telematics. The enhanced Tool & Equipment section will now be located here, as well as the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning section.

Auto Care Caucus Reaches 50th Member of Congress

Representative Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., has joined as the 50th member of the bi-partisan Congressional Auto Care Caucus.

Midland, Michigan, home of Northwood University, struck by catastrophic flooding

Northwood University is closed and entry into the area is prohibited, according to an update on Twitter.

IFA, the consumer electronics megashow in Berlin, recalibrates for the coronavirus pandemic

IFA Berlin, which is set for Sept. 3-5, has segmented the show into four categories in order to abide by German restrictions on gatherings of 5,000 people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IMR Inc. Releases Insight on Disruption in Parts Availability during the pandemic/shelter-in-place requirement

This report focuses on the impact that shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had on independent repair shops, their revenue and ability to obtain parts needed for vehicle service.

Federated expands Car Care Program with business-building enhancements

The Federated Car Care program has added several new enhancements to help its Federated Car Care Center customers grow their businesses.

Auto Care Association’s Bill Hanvey: ‘AAPEX is taking place’

The 2020 edition of the show may, however, look a little different than in past years due to social distancing guidelines and other precautions, which is to be expected.

Free Webinar from ASE: Hybrid Electric Vehicle/Electric Vehicle Battery Safety

As an automotive technician or student, you likely learn about safety best-practices before working on vehicles in the shop or in the lab. But what about hybrid and battery electric vehicles that may be compromised? Wouldn’t you like to gain knowledge of safety best-practices as they relate to compromised hybrid and electric vehicle battery safety?

Standard Motor Products to hold a virtual shareholder meeting

Shareholders may vote their shares and participate remotely in the Annual Meeting if they were a shareholder as of the close of business on April 7, 2020.

New Raybestos Element3 Caliper Coverage for Popular Late Model Trucks, SUVs

With 100 percent new components, no core return and lower warranty rates, Raybestos Element3 brake calipers provide hassle-free installation and optimal performance, the company says.

Fisher Auto Parts Opens 420,000-square-foot Distribution Center in Walton, Kentucky

Up to 250 stores could ultimately be serviced by this distribution center.

Real-Time Order Management Available at DanaAftermarket.com

Visitors to DanaAftermarket.com can check inventory status, attain technical information, view product videos, and see three-dimensional views of Dana products, all without logging in.

The restart of the automotive aftermarket machine will take time

The automotive aftermarket was not an easy ecosystem to build. And this is precisely why, while the automotive aftermarket was deemed essential by the U.S. federal government, returning to normal, pre-pandemic conditions is something far off.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Wrap Up Grand Ole Weekend Sweepstakes

The sweepstakes raked in hundreds of thousands of entries as technicians vied for one of 150 gift cards totaling $25,000 or one of 25 grand prize packages.
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