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.

Raybestos Offers All That Technicians Need in Just Three Lines

With three product lines - Element3™, Raybestos R-Line and Specialty - technicians are covered for all of their needs. No matter what customer walks into the shop, Raybestos has every driver type covered from the everyday driver, all the way to the niche markets where the vehicle is pushed to its limits.

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.

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

Visitors to 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.

Yorien de Ruijter appointed to director Rematec

Being part of the Rematec team for the last three years, Yorien de Ruijter was involved with the organization of four Rematec exhibitions. Two of which were in Amsterdam, one in Las Vegas, and the recent launch of Rematec Asia in Guangzhou, China in September 2019.

Automechanika Frankfurt rescheduled to September 14-18, 2021

It simply would not have been possible for many of the exhibitors and visitors from over 180 countries to take part in the event under the conditions currently prevailing or those expected at that time, show organizers say.

OTC Expands Portfolio with new Ford, Lincoln and Mercury specialty tools

Made with superior materials for durability and with applications across the workshop, the new products deliver technicians the best tools for each job, from better engine protection to extending the lives of other tools.

Hot Shot’s Secret Announces Sponsorship of Corona Lockdown Online Practice Tree Challenge

Hot Shot’s Secret announces sponsorship of the Corona Lockdown Online Practice Tree Challenge, a Facebook challenge game open to all drag racers and enthusiasts missing the sport who would like to join this private group.

AASA and APA Search Partner on Free Platform to Support Aftermarket Employees Affected by COVID-19

The platform will provide unemployed automotive associates with opportunities to be found and hired by automotive industry employers at no cost to either party.

Arbe releases dedicated automotive-radar processing chipset

The Processor Chip provides more powerful processing, low latency, low power and cuts the costs significantly when comparing the price to other capable radar processing solutions on the market, the company says.

Free Webinar from ASE: Restoring Corrosion Protection in the Age of Post-Repair Inspections

Ryan Marrinan, senior application engineer, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, will reveal the top methods of corrosion protection and discuss how they are critical for protecting the vehicle owner's investment as well as the shop and its reputation. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion for participating in this live session.

WVE Vehicle Electronics Introduces 121 New Part Numbers in April

In all, WVE announced 11 new ignition components, 26 new emissions products, 63 new sensors and 21 new switches – covering more than 65.1 million vehicles.

Dana Kicks Off Spicer Cooler Contest

The Spicer cooler contest runs through December 31, 2020. Winners will be randomly selected three times – once each of the remaining quarters – and will be notified by a Dana representative. For complete contest rules, click on the link at the bottom of the contest page.

NTN Announces Key Addition to Automotive Aftermarket Team

Nathan Giles comes to NTN with an extensive background in the automotive and heavy duty aftermarket with a strong emphasis on sales management. His experience includes regional management roles with automotive aftermarket companies that include Valeo Service, ATP Automotive and Affinia Group.

ASE Chairman Bobby Bassett discusses organization’s new mission, extension of certificates

"Now more than ever, our transportation infrastructure needs skilled individuals with professional credentials to keep the supply chain and motoring public going," Bassett says.

Taiwan’s TAITRA Works with Industries to Fight Pandemic Using Integrated Online Services

For exhibitors participating in this year's 17 trade shows such as TAIPEI CYCLE, TaiSPO, TAIPEI AMPA, AutoTronics Taipei, TAIWAN MOTORCYCLE, AGExpo, COMPUTEX TAIPEI, MEDICAL TAIWAN, FOOD TAIPEI, and more, TAITRA will offer the following 5 integrated online services:

Yokohama reopening Mississippi commercial truck tire plant

The plant temporarily closed as a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin plant gets $10 million in retooling to make face masks to combat coronavirus

IRIS USA, the U.S. division of Japanese-based household products manufacturer IRIS Ohyama Inc., has announced plans to add face mask production to its 570,000-square-foot, 250-employee manufacturing plant in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The plan aims to produce 70 million masks per month.

Trade shows are more important than ever

As I was swiping through photos I took at last year’s show and pining for the days of walking from booth to booth, looking for the latest automotive aftermarket products, it hit me: trade shows are more important than ever. We need them!

Dana Recognized by PACCAR for Second Consecutive Year as Top Performing Supplier for Product Development, Operations Support, and Business Alignment

Suppliers are evaluated on cross-functional key performance indicators in the areas of product development, operations support, and business alignment with PACCAR's objectives.

Automechanika Riyadh completes its 2020 edition, showing growth in exhibitors and visitors

In total, 87 exhibitors from 13 countries took part with nearly 2,500 buyers in attendance. The first show was held in 2018.

MANN+HUMMEL uses its filtration expertise to make masks to aid in coronavirus fight

MANN+HUMMEL is also working on a design to provide highly engineered filtration media inserts that can be used in homemade mask designs. The concept will greatly increase the effectiveness of homemade masks, featuring a thin, breathable media. The company anticipates having the media inserts available within two weeks, available through various e-commerce channels.

Get ASE recertified; SEMA says specialty aftermarket is open for business and more automotive aftermarket news for Tuesday, April 21

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET entitled “A New Path to Recertification – The ASE Renewal App.”

We get our hands on Lubrication Specialties Hand Sanitizer

The automotive aftermarket has truly been rolling with the punches during the coronavirus pandemic.

Automotive aftermarket news from Spectra Premium, Temel Gaskets, and more for Monday, April 20

Martin Brazeau has been nominated to the position of Vice-President Operations, Aftermarket of Spectra Premium.

Hot Shot’s Secret supports truckers, CAPAS show in China postponed, more automotive aftermarket news

Following the Chinese Government’s initiatives to prevent and control the COVID-19 outbreak, the organizers of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) have announced the postponement of the show’s 2020 edition.

What 18 months of a coronavirus shutdown will do to vehicles — and what the automotive aftermarket can do about it

If people aren’t working and driving, what happens to vehicles that sit for long periods of time?

Raybestos Offers Free Online Training Resources

With more than 75 videos available, technicians can watch brief how-to sessions with Raybestos trainers from a wide variety of topics, including “How Electronic Parking Brakes Work,” “How to Repair a Brake Hose” and “Adjusting Parking Brakes,” just to name a few.

Virtual events, training and more in your Aftermarket Intel news update for Tuesday, April 14

Virtual training continues to become a trend these days. Also, a Federated member has decided to go all-digital for its event.

Federated Member Warehouse Inc. Hosts Virtual Vendor Expo

The primary focus of the Warehouse Inc. virtual vendor expo are the vendor specials that will be made during the months of April, May and June. They were split over three months to ensure every participating vendor got the focus they deserve. With roughly 90 vendor flyer presentations, this makes it manageable for everyone, equating to 30 per month.

Video rules the automotive aftermarket and more. Your Aftermarket Intel news update for Monday, April 13

Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket up-to-date during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yokohama Tire Partnering with St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund

In addition to donating a portion of its April commercial truck tire sales to the SCF, Yokohama is hoping to raise awareness of the SCF and their mission. Without their assistance, thousands of truckers would face significant financial hardship during times of medical need.

The Aftermarket Intel Update video for Thursday, April 9, 2020

With news from the Auto Care Association, LIQUI MOLY, Lubrication Specialties, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, ZF Aftermarket and Timken.

Auto Care Association pens Treasury Sec. Mnuchin a letter urging additional relief for businesses

The Auto Care Association sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting that he work with Congress to increase the amount of funds allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program to ensure that more businesses, including auto care industry businesses, are given access to these much-needed loans.

Miles driven down, ASE extends deadlines and more automotive aftermarket news for Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Auto Care Association reports that miles driven, probably not unexpectedly, are down.

Dayco producing parts to convert snorkeling mask into ventilator for coronavirus patients

The adaption of the mask, normally supplied via sports outlet Decathlon, is the brain-child of the inventor supported by a project team including Italian consultancy Isinnova, eight individuals and several partners, which transforms the mask originally intended for leisure activities, into a vital resource that is already being used in hospitals in northern Italy and by the Italian Red Cross.

Your automotive aftermarket report for Monday, April 6

Aftermarket Intel is prioritizing news and information related to surviving and thriving amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Auto Care Association TrendLens Offers Industry Clarity and Interactive Insights

TrendLens offers a data-based perspective into which market-influencing factors are affecting the industry, so you can make effective, well-informed decisions for your business when it counts.

Auto Care Association updates industry on CARES Act Tax Benefits and Loans for Businesses

For employers who either do not, or cannot, participate in the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), one alternative is the employee retention credit.

Auto Care Association issues memo on coronavirus impact on the Mexico auto parts sector

We are receiving reports that many parts manufacturers and other groups in the supply chain in Mexico are being forced to shut down due to the fact that the decree fails to specifically cover repair facilities and their supply chain. Therefore, in many cases, state and local authorities are taking the approach that they are not considered essential.

AASA Vision Conference Achieved Near Record-Setting Attendance as Aftermarket Professionals Joined the Industry’s First Virtual Conference

The conference, which was originally scheduled for March 26 in Rosemont, Ill., took place virtually from March 25 – 27, 2020. More than 245 aftermarket professionals joined the conference, marking a historic milestone for the automotive aftermarket’s first virtual conference, according to the organization.

Michael Chung joins Auto Care Association as new director of market intelligence

Chung comes to the Auto Care Association after five years at Hanover Research, where he held several different roles and responsibilities, including most recently senior client engagement director.
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