Kenda honored during 26th National Quality Awards in Taiwan, other updates around the automotive aftermarket

Tsai Ing-wen, left, President of the Taiwan, presents the National Quality Award to Jimmy Yang, Chairman and President of Kenda.

Kenda announced the company has received the “Best Practice Award” for manufacturing quality during the 26th National Quality Awards in Taiwan. This award recognizes businesses that demonstrate high-quality management and is the only award for business quality issued by the Executive Council in Taiwan.

Previous awards include: Taiwan Excellence, National Talent Development Awards, The National Brand Yushan Award.  

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has named Matt Shepanek as its new vice president of credential testing programs and Rebecca Sutter as chief technology officer. In addition, ASE announced the retirement of longtime vice president of credential testing programs, Dave Milne, after a 26-year career at ASE. READ MORE

OTC released the 2495 Plastic Clip Popper, which works on all plastic fasteners and rivets to pry, grab, lift, squeeze, pull, collar and even cut – allowing technicians to operate seamlessly and efficiently service a multitude of vehicles. 

Auto-Wares Group of Companies, headquartered in Grand Rapids,
Michigan has acquired Thirlby Automotive in Northern Michigan. While Auto-Wares Group of Companies operates its stores under the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Part Stores names, the Thirlby Automotive name will remain in the market it currently serves.

NTN, the parent company of BCA Bearings, announced the addition of 16 new product SKUs to the BCA aftermarket product line, including wheel hub assemblies and repair kits.

Spectra Premium Mobility Solutions has launched the new version of its electronic catalog.

OptiCat and JNPSoft are launching a new unified branding strategy in concert with the broader TecAlliance Group, that includes new logos and branding.

ZF Aftermarket has added to its TRW product lines, including 12 chassis components and 42 control arms.

ZF has acquired a 6 percent stake in StradVision, a South Korean pioneer in artificial intelligence-based vision processing technology for autonomous vehicles and ADAS systems.
Clearlake Capital-backed Wheel Pros announced it acquired TeraFlex

Ford Motor Company will host its 2022 virtual annual meeting of shareholders at 8:30 a.m. EDT on May 12.

XPeng Inc. announced it delivered a total of 15,414 Smart EVs in March 2022, representing a 202 percent increase year-over-year and a 148 percent increase from the previous month. Total deliveries for the first quarter of 2022 reached 34,561 vehicles, a 159 percent increase year-over-year, the company reported.

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