AASA Technology Council announces winning Think Tank

The Emerging Vehicle Technologies team was selected as the top group presenting challenges and solutions that could benefit the automotive aftermarket today.

MOTOR announces Top 20 Awards winners

This year, MOTOR again encouraged tools, equipment, products and solutions—any automotive industry solution recently developed — to be entered.

Raybestos Element3 Premium Brake Line, Enhanced for Ultimate Performance

As a market leader, Raybestos is committed to manufacturing high-quality brake components that offer unparalleled performance.

International automotive aftermarket meets again in Frankfurt in September

After last year's compact hybrid format, the 2022 fair is building on its international stature. So far, 80 percent of the companies will come to the fair from abroad, and in total, exhibitors will travel from around 70 countries.

AASA Technology Council announces winning Think Tank

The Emerging Vehicle Technologies team was selected as the top group presenting challenges and solutions that could benefit the automotive aftermarket today.

MOTOR announces Top 20 Awards winners

This year, MOTOR again encouraged tools, equipment, products and solutions—any automotive industry solution recently developed — to be entered.

Registration open for Auto Care Association’s International Matchmaking Program at AAPEX 2022

The International Matchmaking Program, presented by the Auto Care Association, will match U.S. exhibitors with international buyers based on their products of interest and will schedule one-on-one meetings Nov. 1-2 at the Venetian Expo.

Lisa Foshee joins Auto Care Association as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel

In her role, Foshee will provide leadership and direction for the association’s federal and state legislative and regulatory efforts.

First Brands Group adds new Raybestos friction & rotor coverage

New brake pad coverage is now available for late-model domestic and foreign nameplate passenger and transport vehicles, including Ford Bronco, Escape, Maverick and Transit 150-350; Hyundai Palisade and Santa Fe; Kia Telluride; Lincoln Corsair; and Nissan Kicks and Versa.

Dorman Products wins 2022 ATC Technology Innovation Award 

Dorman’s “Where to Buy” platform saves website users time and effort as consumers usually need a part quickly, and in most cases, the same day.

Continental expands coverage for power window lifts and door lock actuators

Designed to provide OE fit, form, and function, the program includes power window motor/regulator assemblies, power window regulator assemblies, and door lock actuators.

Tight contest to determine winner of the car painter contest at Automechanika Frankfurt 2022

Five body and paintwork professionals entered the competition this year. The theme: "Mobility in transition."

The numbers are in: Automechanika Frankfurt tops 78,000 visitors

In all, 2,804 companies from 70 countries exhibited at the show held at the Messe Frankfurt trade show grounds, Automechanika organizers said.

Tight contest to determine winner of the car painter contest at Automechanika Frankfurt 2022

The panel awarded first prize to Sebastian Schunder from Eckental (Bavaria), sponsored by SATA.

AASA’s Ben Brucato to speak at Mexico Automotive Summit 2022 ECHO

Brucato will discuss the importance of vehicle repair data for the independent aftermarket and talk about what AASA is doing to support the industry in the fight for consumer choice and a fair marketplace. 

Are in-person trade shows worth it anymore? Messe Frankfurt’s Michael Dehn tackles the question

Aftermarket Intel Editor & Video Host Mark Phillips sat down with Michael Dehn, Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt South Africa at Automechanika Frankfurt 2022.

Automotive Aftermarket Riders Club Ride for the Future set for Oct. 27

The scenic ride will begin at Eagle Rider Rentals and Tours in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27 with the riders heading to Zion National Park in Southern Utah and Lake Powell in Northern Arizona.

Shenzhen will host Automechanika Shanghai 2022

The relocation provides participants with more flexibility in their planning and will allow the fair to meet the industry’s expectations for in-person trade and business encounters, show organizers say.

First Brands Group introduces new Centric friction, rotor coverage 

The just-released Centric part numbers consist of friction coverage for late-model vehicles, including Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona, and Kia Seltos and Stinger.

Continental ClearContact Commercial Duty Wiper display lets retailers choose ideal product mix

The display can accommodate an assortment of up to 70 wiper blades that can be selected by the retailer or service facility. Continental will help customize a product mix that best fits the customer’s sales and applications needs.

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: The Refrigerant Transition Journey 

In this webinar, Mary Koban, senior director regulatory affairs at the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), will detail the transition and outlook for R-1234yf refrigerant. 

The Pronto Network donates to AACF for Summer Charity Event

The AACF is the only charity of its kind that focuses only on persons and their families employed in the automotive aftermarket.

Automechanika makes big return to Frankfurt

The five-day event began with the CEO Breakfast featuring Formula 1 professionals Mika Häkkinen and Mark Gallagher, and was followed by a CEO roundtable discussion.

2022 AWDA Aftermarket Challenge is under way

The annual campaign raises funds for scholarships and programs that strengthen the aftermarket through education. 

Free Service Technician Webinar from ASE: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)

Darren Beanard with Standard Motor Products will provide key insight into today's TPMS technology.

Steven Ng joins The Pronto Network as Business Development Manager

Steven has nearly 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. Straight out of college, he started his automotive career as a salesperson working for many dealerships.

Continental launches full line of OE-quality oil, fuel, air and cabin filters

Continental gasoline fuel filters employ cutting-edge technology to meet the demands of modern high-performance fuel injection systems. The filters are designed to retain impurities less than a micrometer and also separate water from fuel to help prevent power loss and potential engine damage.

Tendeco Sales Inc. hires Scott Howat as national sales manager

Prior to joining the Litens Aftermarket team, for three decades Howat has made an impact across sales, marketing and product management for the Auto Care Association, Affinia Group, Dana, Echlin and Gates Corporation.

BOLT Lock product line now available for 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning EV

The patented BOLT Lock “Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology” product line is now available for owners of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup.  

Yokohama Tire kicks off Labor Day Rebate Promotion

The award-winning ADVAN Apex and GEOLANDAR X-CV are among the tires available during special promotion, said Alan Holtschneider, Yokohama’s director of marketing.

Automechanika Frankfurt’s training, educational program offers everyone the chance to discover, experience, learn and share ideas 

“Knowledge transfer and dialogue are extremely important in times of radical change,” said Olaf Mußhoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt.

Raybestos Element3 Premium Brake Line, Enhanced for Ultimate Performance

As a market leader, Raybestos is committed to manufacturing high-quality brake components that offer unparalleled performance.

“Expresso” your company’s support for the automotive aftermarket

Called the BARISTA level, the new donor program provides organizations with a pathway to join individual donors in “pouring it forward” to benefit of the automotive aftermarket through education.

Leaders from O’Reilly, Advance Auto Parts, and Bridgestone Retail Operations to present at 2022 AASA Technology Conference 

The 2022 AASA Technology Conference will be held at the beachfront Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Sept. 25-28. The conference is presented by the AASA Technology Council (ATC) and AASA Mobility Technology Council (MTC).

Jana Hochbohm named client relations manager at AutoCom 

A native of Celle, Germany, Hochbohm holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies with a minor in Media and Communication Science from Leipzig University in Germany.

Federated Suite Deal Weekend winners head to Richmond

The grand prize winners of the Federated Suite-Stakes promotion who traveled to Richmond, Virginia for the Suite Deal weekend were Kirt and Stephanie Koeller, Chen and Yuzhen Lu, Eric and Cayden Stroh, Vishaul and Surrigedai Persaud, Justin Pry and Blake Scylor, Bradley and Tracey Schaefer and Michael Whitacre and Isaac Bloch.

Honda, LG announce $4.4 billion plan for new electric vehicle battery plant in U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the site will be in Ohio, while the exact location isn’t mentioned in a joint Honda-LG press release.

Mitchell 1 Names Daniel Zielinski 2022 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student

Zielinski will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his accomplishments. The scholarship program is administered through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Automechanika Frankfurt enters into an agreement with the Association of Diesel Specialists

The Association of Diesel Specialists represents companies worldwide that specialize in providing service for injection systems in the diesel industry. Many of the association’s members are exhibitors at Automechanika Frankfurt.

Deloitte’s Brian Wheeler recognized in New York’s Times Square for efforts to help fight childhood cancer

Wheeler, an automotive supplier sales and consulting executive for Deloitte, is a Top 100 fundraiser for the Great Cycle Challenge.

Messe Frankfurt’s CAPAS show highlights the capabilities of the fast-growing automotive industry in southwest China

More than 400 companies exhibited their products and services at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition and Convention Center.

CRP Industries mourns the death of Chris von Lenski, former executive vice president

"Chris left a major impact on CRP through his years of dedicated service," said Dan Schildge, CRP Industries CEO.

Arnold Motor Supply opens new location in Waterloo, Iowa

The move brings about the merging of the Cedar Falls and Waterloo stores into a larger facility so the company can continue to support the growing aftermarket parts and supplies needs of its customers, the company says.

Advance Auto Parts CEO: ‘We remain relentlessly focused’

Tom Greco made the statement in a company press release prior to this morning’s earnings call for the second quarter of 2022.

John Bean B2000P wheel balancer gets redesigned user interface

John Bean said it has redesigned its software user interface for its B2000P Wheel Balancer, improving its functionality and boosting performance.

Plews & Edelmann expands power steering hard parts program with exclusive SKUs

These parts, which include 41 Rack & Pinions, 10 Power Steering Pumps, and 2 Power Steering Gear Boxes, are only available as new parts from Plews & Edelmann and provide added coverage for over 27 million VIO.

This underseat Tuffy lockbox for your Jeep Gladiator conceals firearms, equipment

Tuffy Security Products has introduced the Model #387-01, a full-width Underseat Lockbox for 2020 to 2022 Jeep Gladiator models.

MEMA mourns the passing of aftermarket veteran Steve Handschuh 

An automotive aftermarket industry veteran of more than 40 years, Steve is known for his service to NAPA AUTO PARTS/Genuine Parts Co. for 18 years, including serving as NAPA president from 1998-2004.

Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships awarded 

Administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, the scholarships are awarded in memory of the late founder of Federated Auto Parts.

Messe Frankfurt’s Michael Johannes: You will meet the decision-makers at Automechanika

"Seven out of 10 visitors are from top management. It’s really worthwhile to see the show in Frankfurt, said Michael Johannes, Vice President Mobility & Logistics at Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

University of the Aftermarket Foundation awards 461 scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year 

While the majority of the students are studying to become mechanical, collision or heavy-duty repair professionals, others are pursuing degrees in such fields as business, engineering and IT/cybersecurity that will lead to a career in the automotive aftermarket.

David Patience named 2022 Mitchell 1 Educator of the Year 

Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one of the nation’s top teachers for their commitment to educational excellence in the automotive repair industry.

Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) now accepting 2023 scholarship applications

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

CAPAS 2022 opens to lift the Southwest China automotive aftermarket

The 8th Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) opened Thursday.

DENSO sponsors Japan Festival CANADA 2022, celebrates 50 years in Mississauga, Ontario

The annual event, which is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in North America, returns in-person Aug. 20-21 in Mississauga, Ontario.

New maintenance, repair industry indicators added to Auto Care’s TrendLens Data Platform

The latest additions to the TrendLens platform provide users with the ability to monitor overall employment numbers combined with average wages, giving new insight into what's happening in the maintenance and repair sector.

Donna Wagner named assistant vice president of ASE Education Foundation

In her new role, Wagner will work closely with the foundation’s field managers, industry partners, state and national educators, and career and technical education (CTE) organizations to help the foundation meet its goals.

CRC BRAKLEEN 50th anniversary celebration culminates at Pocono Raceway

Many CRC employees and customers attended the event along with lucky CRC fans and students from the TechForce Foundation, who won tickets through a CRC-sponsored promotion.

Federated Suite-Stakes winners enjoy ultimate weekend

The Ultimate Weekend kicked off with a St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds baseball game from a skybox at Busch Stadium.

Connect with Industry Women at Women in Auto Care Virtual Events

Events are free and a Women in Auto Care membership is not required to attend – but is the best way to stay up-to-date on events, networking and opportunities for women in the automotive aftermarket.

ASE Education Foundation unveils new Adopt-A-School program

The goal of the Adopt-A-School program is to give businesses the tools to implement successful work-based learning programs so they can identify and train the next generation of skilled service professionals, said Mike Coley, president, ASE Education Foundation.

Auto Care Association to host Aug. 24 webinar examining challenges with ocean shipping

In response to importers continuing to experience disruptions and challenges with freight movement due to a range of issues, four experts will share their take on the challenges and how aftermarket companies can adapt.

Eucon Americas names Kumar Saha as vice president for U.S market

In this new dual position, Saha will direct business development activities, data operations, and product development in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

NGK Spark Plugs to change company name effective April 1, 2023

The company will not change the brand of their products with this transition, stating the NGK and NTK brands will remain the trusted brands of their portfolio or products. However, other brands may be added in the future as they continue to evolve.
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