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

Temel Gaskets exhibiting at Autopromotec 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Martin Brazeau named VP Operations, Aftermarket of Spectra Premium

Martin Brazeau has been nominated to the position of Vice-President Operations, Aftermarket of Spectra Premium. Brazeau, a trained chartered accountant with an extensive background in the manufacturing and distribution of aftermarket automotive parts, has joined the Spectra Premium group in 2013 following the acquisition of Richporter Technology where he acted as General Manager and managed all the aspects of operations.

Shortly after this acquisition, Brazeau moved to Taiwan and took the mandate to manage the development of all products within the engine management category. Over time, he became responsible for all aftermarket activities in Asia, including product development, quality control and supplier management.

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“With his knowledge and expertise of our product lines, with his relationships with our supply base as well as our customers both in Canada and the United States, Martin has the baggage of expertise and experience to lead and address the future challenges of this division,” says Jacques Mombleau, President and CEO at Spectra Premium. “On behalf of all Spectra Premium employees, I take this opportunity to wish him the best success in this new position.”

Temel writes letter to customers

Temel Gasket wrote a letter to customers in light of the coronavirus pandemic:

“At Temel, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, their families, our customers, our suppliers, and our communities. Early in the reporting of Covid 19’s global spread Temel took steps to safeguard its employees by implementing stringent health and safety measures, allowing the operation to continue seamlessly in these unprecedented times.

Temel remains fully operational and continues to produce and ship orders as well as develop new products. Your contacts in Temel’s Izmir and Atlanta offices remain available for all your service needs. Should your business experience supply chain challenges, we have a full range of existing products available for immediate orders. We are also proud to share the successful allocation of resources to production of PPE’s aimed at fighting the transmission of Covid-19 and component parts for medical equipment, such as ventilators. We are able to employ our vast experience and expertise to quickly turnaround Covid-19 related requests and deliver parts for working prototypes.”

Mitchell 1 Launches Manager SE Webinar Training Series

Mitchell 1 is launching a new webinar series titled, “Master Your Mitchell 1 Shop Management Software,” that offers seven courses covering the most popular topics from its two-day Shop Management Workshop. The series will be offered free of charge.

“One way that Mitchell 1 can continue to support our customers is to give them tools to manage their shops with maximum efficiency and profitability,” said Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director, Mitchell 1. “We’re pleased to offer Manager SE users this opportunity to access exclusive online training that brings the content from our popular Shop Management Workshop right to their computers, at no cost.” 

Running Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 21 through May 12, 2020, the webinar sessions will focus on best practices and guide users through the functionality of the Mitchell 1 Manager SE shop management system.Customers will learn about new features, as well as tips, tricks and shortcuts they may not be using in their daily operation that will help them save time, improve accuracy and keep cars moving profitably through their bays.

Webinar topics will include:

  • Successful Shop Setup with Manager SE – Parts 1 and 2
  • Write it Right with Manager SE – Parts 1 and 2
  • Manager SE Enhanced Features – Parts 1 and 2
  • Manage Your Business with Manager SE and Reporting

The webinar curriculum is intended for current users of Manager SE who are looking to enhance their skill set with the shop management software, unlocking further value to their Manager SE subscriptions. Times vary by geographical region; contact your local Mitchell 1 sales consultant for the schedule and an invitation to attend the training sessions. Visit to find your Mitchell 1 sales consultant. 

Exclusive New EZ-ADAS App from John Bean 

The John Bean EZ-ADAS Recalibration System is the only ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) equipment in the marketplace that features an innovative mobile app to help technicians perform recalibration services quickly and easily, greatly increasing shop productivity.

The John Bean EZ-ADAS Recalibration System includes an intuitive, laser-guided target placement that ensures accurate, error-free positioning, as well as an exclusive mobile app that allows the service technician to gain quick access to vehicle specifications. It also features easy vehicle selection with a VIN barcode reader that can be utilized via the smartphone camera.

Extend ASE Certifications Remotely with Renewal App 

The new ASE renewal app allows automobile service professionals to extend their certification expiration dates by one year without setting foot in a test center. 

With stay-at-home orders in effect in most states and test centers closed due to COVID-19, the ASE renewal app program gives technicians a remote option for managing certifications by testing technical knowledge through an app for phones, tablets and computers. The program is available to technicians who are already certified in the automobile series of tests (tests A1-A9).  New subscribers to the ASE renewal app will also receive a one-time, six-month extension when they subscribe by June 30, 2020.

“Keeping certified and learning from the questions as you go, by seeing the answers with full explanations, will help you stay sharp and engaged with technology in each test,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO. “The renewal app has been very well received by the professional technicians who have already used it, and we hope more techs consider this remote option to renew their certifications, particularly during this difficult time.”

Automotive service professionals can sign up for a free three-day trial at If they like what they see, they can subscribe to receive one question per area, per month sent to their phone, tablet or desktop computer. If they get eight questions correct, their certification will be extended by one year beyond the initial six month extension date. App users can continue to answer questions each month after getting eight per area correct to grow their knowledge.

For more information about the program, visit