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.”

Note from Mark, the editor: Aftermarket Intel is keeping the global automotive aftermarket briefed on the latest news affecting the industry, including fallout from the coronavirus and related shutdowns. Should you have news you’d like the aftermarket to know, please email me at This post will be updated throughout the day, as news warrants. Have a good one!

Bendix completes 2020 ISO 140011 external audit cycle

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC recently completed the 2020 ISO 14001 external audit cycle for all of its facilities across five locations.

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, focuses on environmental management systems in ISO 14001. The standard is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. In 2018, across all its locations, Bendix completed ISO 14001:2015 transition audits, the latest standard.

Bendix operations completing the ISO 14001 external audit cycle were the facilities in Acuña, Mexico; Bowling Green, Kentucky; the Elyria headquarters; Huntington, Indiana; and Mexico City, Mexico. The company is a member of the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on Non-Essential Travel:
“In close collaboration, the US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days. As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country.” 

Free Webinar from ASE: A New Path to Recertification – The ASE Renewal App

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.” 

The free, live webinar will discuss an exciting new concept from ASE for maintaining credentials. During this online session, the features and benefits of the ASE Renewal App will be highlighted as well as the functionality and integration of the app into the ASE testing program. This will be an interactive webinar, so attendee participation is encouraged. 

Click here to register for free.

SEMA: Specialty aftermarket is open for business

The majority of businesses in the specialty automotive industry continues to operate during the Coronavirus pandemic. Even with “shelter in place” rules in effect in many states, more than two-thirds of industry businesses have not closed any of their facilities during this time.

The findings are from a survey of SEMA member companies conducted April 1-7. SEMA has been working to identify areas to support the aftermarket industry during the pandemic as it moves towards recovery. 

“The results of this survey show the resiliency of the specialty automotive industry and how it continues to push forward, working to move past the COVID-19 disruption,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “We are using this feedback to further develop resources to help member businesses through this time of economic interruption.”

Most aftermarket industry facilities remain open under the “essential business” designation, and more than half of the industry’s employees continue to work from a company site, as a large number of production, technical, logistical, and retail positions can only be done at a jobsite.  

The survey also found that most business owners maintain a positive outlook, with 87% indicating that they are “impacted short-term but will get through it.” The strength of the industry is depicted by the 82% of employees who continue working from at a jobsite or from home, and by the nearly 2,000 companies that have signed up to exhibit at this year’s SEMA Show. 

“The aftermarket industry and our members remain positive, and are looking forward to opening back up in the months ahead and participating in a SEMA Show that will play a key role in launching a successful 2021,” said Kersting. “Now more than ever our priority for SEMA is clear: assuring the health, safety, and business continuity for our members, partners, employees, and the overall industry community.”

To further assist businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic, SEMA has created a dedicated webpage,, that includes up-to-date  information about how each state defines “essential” businesses, SBA (Small Business Administration) emergency loans, paid sick and family leave, unemployment benefits, and more. As developments unfold, SEMA will continue to monitor and collect information and provide updates to the site.

“It is at times like these that the power of a collective can be most beneficial,” said Kersting. “I’m optimistic that by working together, we will continue to persevere and thrive.”

For the latest updates and resources available for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, visit

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