COVID-19 updates from around the world for the global automotive aftermarket on Wednesday, March 18

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12:48 pm Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

Auto Care Association, others call on government to deem vehicle repair, supply entities “essential” services. (Link includes a link to the letter).

11:32 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

Alliance Announces Digital Summer Shareholder Meeting

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. has transitioned its 2020 Summer Shareholder Meeting for the very first time to an interactive digital format. Alliance leadership and the Board of Directors announced the decision in light of growing concern and recent news updates regarding COVID-19.

“The Alliance and our entire Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper organization want to express our concern for all the people of the world as we deal with the uncertain environment we find ourselves living in,” said John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance. “Our thoughts and prayers are especially with those most in need during this crisis.”

The annual meeting, which was initially slated for Chicago, remains scheduled for the beginning of June, with additional details to come. The Alliance remains dedicated to formulating a collaborative, informative, engaging meeting that will provide updates to both shareholder owners and vendors. “We have tremendous respect, and therefore great concern, for all of our various channel partners,” Washbish said. “To our valued vendors, shareholder owners, and professional technicians, we thank you for your continued efforts to keep the world moving.”

11:09 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

Lucas Oil Emphasizes Health and Safety In Response to COVID-19

In response to the recent news surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Lucas Oil Product executives, Forrest and Morgan Lucas, have shared the following update with Lucas’ loyal customer base around the world. As we all continue to navigate these uncertain times, the team at Lucas Oil would like to remind everyone health and safety are the number one priority.

These are unprecedented times which we are all in together, and the information we receive is changing rapidly. All of our families, our businesses and our communities are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and it is changing the way we interact with one another and the way we do business. As we navigate this new environment, Lucas Oil Products is reaching out to share with you our Continuity of Operations Plan and the steps we are taking to mitigate the risk this pandemic poses.

Our first priority is the safety and well-being of all, and our hearts go out to those impacted, in any way, by COVID-19. We thank the healthcare employees and first responders who are working tirelessly to care for all those in need.

At Lucas Oil, we are focusing our efforts on the health and safety of our employees, families and communities. Through this, we have implemented alternative work locations to encourage employees to work remotely. For employees that must be in a Lucas Oil facility to perform their work, we have implemented alternative scheduling and distance requirements to ensure we maintain operations while minimizing employee risk. In addition to the above steps, employee travel has been temporarily suspended. These changes were implemented to protect the health and well-being of our employees, and while they may pose some change in your day to day interactions with Lucas Oil, they are designed to minimize the potential for business interruption and ensure we maintain full operational capabilities.

Lucas Oil is the owner and operator of many of your favorite grassroots motorsport’s events. While we never like to miss a race, we are following the CDC’s guidelines and postponing activities where large crowd gatherings occur. We look forward to re-launching our events once it is safe for all to attend, and we are excited to return to everyday life where we can enjoy the races with our family and friends.

Throughout all of this, the Lucas Oil team remains focused and committed to working with each of you to ensure we continue to meet and exceed your expectations on our orders and commitments. We are here for you and just as committed as ever to you, our customers and partners.

We thank you for your business and more importantly, your friendship. Please be safe and exercise extra precaution during this challenging time.


Forrest Lucas
President and CEO

Morgan Lucas
SVP of Sales

10:44 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

The Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo & the Latin Auto Parts Expo is Postponed to November 17-20, 2020

To protect the health and safety of all participants during the Covid-19 EMERGENCY the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo and the Latin Auto Parts Expo (initially scheduled for July 14-17, 2020) has been postponed to November 17-20, 2020.  The rescheduled event will take place at the new Amador Convention Center in Panama City, the Republic of Panama. 

This year the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo will be collocated with the Latin Auto Parts Expo at the new Amador Convention Center in Panama with over 59,000 m2.

For the first time, the show will present both tires and aftermarket auto parts in one venue. We are expecting over 400+ exhibitors and 5,000+ visitors from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. This event is the premier tire and automotive trade show in Latin America with over a decade of continuous performance.

Many leading tire and aftermarket industry  professionals will make presentations at the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo and the Latin Auto Parts Expo. We invite you to please contact for additional information.

10:41 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

Open Letter to the AutoSens Community – Impact of COVID-19 on AutoSens in Detroit

Dear AutoSens Community,

We are thinking of you all in these challenging and unprecedented times. As you know, we have been monitoring the situation closely and with 8 weeks to go until the Detroit conference in May, we had been hoping that the disruption would be minimal and had been working positively towards running the event.

Things have changed rapidly, however, and have brought us to a decision gate. We run this event for our community, and our priorities are ensuring you get the best possible event experience at AutoSens as well as safety and security for everyone involved, of course.

After extensive consultation with our key stakeholders, it is clear it would be impossible to run a successful face-to-face conference in Detroit this May. As such, we have decided to postpone the AutoSens in Detroit conference & exhibition until 17-19 November 2020. We’ve had overwhelming support from the community for this change. You will notice the new dates are indeed the original dates for our launch of AutoSens in Hong Kong – we will be moving the Hong Kong event into 2021 and will send out further information on this change as we have it.

On current estimates, travel restrictions will not impact the event on these new dates, and we plan to run AutoSens in Detroit in full, as originally planned.

It is important to us that our decision minimises inconvenience for our partners and allows you time to organise your participation, so we want to avoid a late change to plans. It is important to make clear that AutoSens in Brussels, on 15-17 September, will go ahead as planned, I’m sure we’ll all be glad to be getting back to normal by then.

In the meantime, do let us know if you have any questions, and stay safe while the world deals with this difficult situation. If we behave as a caring community, we will prevail. Onwards and upwards!

Best regards,

Rob Stead and your AutoSens team

10:33 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

The Group Postpones National Member Meeting

Due to increasing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) has postponed its 2020 national meeting.

The combined national conference and expo for members of Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association was scheduled for April 26-29 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. With over 650 attendees, the event would far exceed the limit of 50 persons cited by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Because the health and safety of our members, vendor partners and associates is our primary concern, we made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 conference,” said Larry Pavey, CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group. “We are actively working to reschedule this event and will provide further details once they are available.”

10:15 am Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.)

This morning, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the impending mutual closure of the U.S.-Canada border to all non-essential travel. Trade, the president pointed out, would not be affected. He said that details are to follow. Expect an update during the daily U.S. government COVID-19 pandemic press conference. 

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Salt Lake City area this morning. Power is reported to be out. It is reported to be the state’s largest quake since 1992.

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