Valeo hosting training webinar for new electronic parts catalogue

Valeo, the automotive aftermarket supplier and technology company, is to deliver a training webinar to independents on how to get the best from its AutoCat V8 electronic parts catalogue.

The webinar, which takes place on today (28 March 2019), has been designed to inform independents and motor factors about best use practices, new features and how to make the correct choices when choosing Valeo parts.

The seminar starts with a range of interactive walkthroughs of the software, which will show independents how to best use the features available.

Informing independents about ADAS data and new parts

Attendees will also take a look at the new V8 data and how it could benefit the wider automotive aftermarket sector.

Valeo has said that the webinar is ideal for those with beginner or advanced knowledge of AutoCat+.

Register now to book a free place at the webinar and improve knowledge of Valeo parts and how they are best used by garages and motor factors.

The Valeo Group provides and distributes spare parts for automakers and independent aftermarket operators, as well innovating solutions for more intuitive driving and reducing C02 emissions.

Find out more about Valeo, their products and the training they provide by clicking here.

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Futureproof your garage with ZF [pro]Tech membership

ZF, the global aftermarket solutions brand, has launched ZF [pro]Tech start, a personalised technical support and information hub to futureproof independent garages.

In-line with its underlying principle of leading the aftermarket into the next generation of mobility, a one-off payment offers UK garages access to ZF [pro]Tech start.

Multiple membership benefits will help futureproof garage businesses, the company claims.

Via an online portal and technical helpline, membership includes: free access to ZF’s technical knowledge; all-makes, all systems OEM service campaign information and discounted ZF training courses, including those on high voltage electrical systems.

Matt Shakespeare, UK technical sales manager, ZF Aftermarket explained: “ZF [pro]Tech start connects UK garages to our industry-leading specialists, allowing them to benefit from our ZF knowledge and experience and arm their businesses with the skills and proficiencies required for the vehicles of today and tomorrow.”

Supporting the independent aftermarket amid advancing mobility

The ZF [pro]Tech concept was born of a genuine desire to support the independent aftermarket (IAM) in an age of advancing – and changing mobility.

ZF has said it knows importance of futureproofing business within the sector and is an advocate of development and growth through knowledge and training, therefore made a decision long ago that this initiative would be about people, not profit.

Shakespeare continued: “Membership gives garages a direct link into ZF’s technical world.

“Once garages are logged on to the ZF portal, using their own unique passwords and login details, they have access to a wealth of ZF technical know-how that will not only assist them with the service and repair of the vehicles they see on a daily basis, but will also offer the ability to futureproof their businesses.”

In addition to free access to ZF’s continuously updated technical information and fitting instructions – via the online portal, telephone helpline and online service desk – the one-off payment secures access to a host of all-makes VM (vehicle manufacturer) OE service information.

Training on working with hybrid and electric vehicles

“ZF firmly believes that to protect the integrity of the sector as a whole, and to ensure a safe working environment for those dealing with hybrid and electric vehicles, everyone working with these technologies should have easy and affordable access to it,” Shakespeare concluded.

The ZF [pro]Tech initiative in the UK is managed and implemented by the technical training and sales teams, based at Crick in Northamptonshire and spearheaded by Matt Shakespeare.

You can find out more about ZF [pro]Tech and what it offers independent garages by clicking here.

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Bosch releases new ABS and ESP fluid range

Bosch has released its latest brake fluids, ENV 4 and ENV 6 Black Line, and both the ranges provide improvements to ESP and ABS reaction times and wear levels.

ENV 4 and ENV 6 protect ABS and ESP from wear due to a high lubrication capacity and is released according to the OEM standards of Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda.

A total of eight product references have been produced – five for ENV 4 and three for ENV 6, ranging from 0.5 to 60 litres.

The latest formula developed by Bosch has its lowest fluidity yet, which ensures of shorter ESP reaction times, while a higher wet boiling time lowers the risk of steam bubble formation – the highest cause of brake failure worldwide.

A lower viscosity means smaller levels of compression are needed to be placed on the ABS and ESP to react to driver needs.

A longer shelf life for motor factors

ENV 4 is compatible with all DOT 4-Standards, while ENV 6 is compatible with all DOT Standards, with the exception of DOT 5 silicone brake fluid & hydraulics fluid.

The latest Bosch fluids can be used for 60 months unopened, delivering a five-year shelf life for motor factors.

Bosch brake fluids ENV 4 and the high-performance version, ENV 6 ensure all braking systems after 1990 can be catered for.

The high lubricity of Bosch ENV 6 minimises both noise and wear inside ABS and ESP® systems.

Additionally, the newly developed brake fluids reduce corrosion within brake systems, after tests revealed fewer bubbles formed, which facilitates increased service intervals for ENV 6.

ENV 6 has a three-year replacement interval, while ENV 4 needs to be replaced every two years.

Find out more about Bosch and its other automotive aftermarket products by clicking here.

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Automotive lighting brand launches new website to support pan-European exports

Ring, the lighting and automotive electrical brand, has developed a bespoke version of its website specifically for the German market, reaffirming its commitment to increasing export sales across Europe and providing support to garages amid Brexit.

Following an initial investment of £30,000 in 2018, the website is now able to cater to customers from German-speaking countries, including Austria and Switzerland, wherein it has over 600 stores, as well as a strong online presence.

The company is now able to use the website to showcase its updated branding, range of products and improved functionality and navigation to deliver a better overall experience for visitors.

Investing across Europe to support garage customers ahead of Brexit

As part of a wider strategy to focus on exports, which has included a £200,000 investment in European offices and a dedicated international team of 11 people, Ring is continuously growing its presence across markets to reassure its customers and partners ahead of Brexit.

By visiting the new site, German visitors will be able to see Ring’s product range, complete with videos, downloads, reviews and full specifications.

It will continue to be developed along with the UK site, which was launched in September 2018.

Henry Bisson, marketing manager for Ring, comments: “Expanding our presence in the European market has been a strategic aim of the business and has formed part of a phased plan over recent years, which has seen significant time, money and resource invested.

“We already have a bespoke site for our French visitors and it made sense that we would extend this to the German market too.

“Creating dedicated pages means that we are able to communicate directly to our customers in each territory and to share news that is most relevant to them.”

Find out about the entire Ring HID range by clicking here.

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Automechanika pre-registrations up by 21 per cent as The Big Garage Show awaits

Pre-registration for Automechanika Birmingham 2019 is up 21 per cent on 2018, with organisers urging garages and motor factors to take advantage of The Big UK Garage Event and stay abreast of the latest industry products and innovations.

A record number of factors and technicians are due to descend upon the Midlands once again for the automotive industry trade exhibition, taking place from 4 to 6 June at the NEC Birmingham.

This year’s event will see the launch of many new points of interest covering all aspects of the automotive industry, including: the Big UK Garage Event, aftermarket innovation showcase, commercial vehicle showcase, garage equipment showcase and hosted garage programme – all designed to deliver an enhanced visitor experience.

CPD-accredited training

The Big UK Garage Event offers garages free parking, free breakfast on arrival and ‘Happy Hour’, where technicians can grab a free drink every lunch time.

Other exciting developments this year for garages include CPD-accredited training and demos from the industry’s top speakers including Frank Massey, Andy Crook and James Dillon, the Training and Skills Village and the returning Workshop Training Hub.

Exclusive giveaways for garages

Exhibitors will also be providing a raft of exclusive show offers and giveaways for garages at this year’s event.

Motor factors that bring their garage customers to Automechanika Birmingham 2019 will benefit from an exclusive VIP area, enjoy fast track access into the event and support with their travel arrangements through the hosted garage programme.

Innovation will be the leading theme for the 2019 event.

Following extensive Automechanika research, “new technology and innovation” were key reasons to attend the event for independent garages, motor factors, retailers and body shops.

Automechanika is looking to build on this by highlighting all innovation from within the automotive industry.

Other new initiatives for Automechanika Birmingham 2019 include: bodyshop demo hub, aftermarket power network, Automechanika Garage of the Year Awards and future mobility and innovation hub in association with Department of International Trade.

Jack Halliday, event director, said: “We’ve seen an increase in anticipation from visitors and exhibitors for this year’s event and the excitement is building.

Must-visit for automotive industry

“Automechanika Birmingham is a must-visit for anybody working in the automotive industry and this year’s event is going to be the most engaging yet, cementing Automechanika Birmingham’s position as the meeting place for the UK’s automotive industry.”

Major aftermarket names committed to the 2019 event include: Schaeffler, ZF, DENSO, MAHLE Aftermarket, Delphi Technologies, Valeo, Bosch, Hella, Bilstein Group, MANN + HUMMEL, NGK, Yuasa, Apec Braking Ltd, BM Catalysts, Draper Tools, GROUPAUTO, Launch Tech UK, Liqui Moly, MAM Software, Marathon Warehouse Distribution, Morris Lubricants, OESSA, Texa UK and Total UK.

Registration is still open and visitors can book their free ticket by clicking here.

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Lesjöfors reassures coil springs customers that it is ready for Brexit

Lesjöfors has taken steps to ensure availability of their suspension coil springs that covers 99.9 per cent of the European car parc is maintained whatever the outcome of Brexit.

Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would automatically apply, potentially imposing tariffs on all coil springs entering the country.

In addition, new customs arrangements would most likely mean long delays at channel ports, presenting further challenges.

As well as maintaining a coil spring stock of around 450,000 units at their UK distribution centre, Lesjöfors has been working to ensure of zero disruption and continued availability.

Made in Britain

Lesjöfors has been making springs of various kinds in Britain since 2007 and, in recent years, has worked to strengthen their production of automotive suspension springs; investing over £3 million in new infrastructure, machinery and technologies in 2018 alone.

Lesjöfors’ UK factory has a production capacity of 65,000 suspension coil springs per week.

To further prepare for Brexit, Lesjöfors has increased raw wire stocks markedly, with spring wire sourced from a leading global supplier which is not subject to tariffs, and shipped directly to UK ports.

As a UK aftermarket supplier of automotive springs, Lesjöfors provide a range of OE products, with all aftermarket springs guarantee to match or exceed OE quality.

Find out more about Lesjöfors and its products by clicking here.

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Servicesure announces ‘Autocentre of the Year’ shortlist

National garage network Servicesure has shortlisted its ‘Autocentre of the Year’ nominees, with this year’s winner to be announced at the eagerly anticipated ceremony which takes place at Coombe Abbey on 11 April.

Senior members of The Parts Alliance will be in attendance on the night to announce the winning garage from the seven finalists: A1 Motorist Centre, Chester Auto Services, Gordons Garage, Lowgate Garage Ltd, M M Auto Services Ltd, Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre and Burntwood Auto Centre.

Sponsored by various Servicesure partners, including Bollington Insurance, Auto Service Finance, Autotech Recruit, Garage Services Online, OurVirtualAcademy.com and Slicker Recycling, the glitzy evening ceremony gives attendees the chance to mingle and network with other industry professionals.

Dinner guests will enjoy a drinks reception, followed by a three-course-dinner as they wait for the overall winner to be revealed.

Commenting on his garage’s nomination, Murdo MacIntosh at M M Auto Services said: “We have been with Servicesure for over 6 years, and were the first users of GS Onestop in Scotland.

“We try to use every element of the Servicesure offering and promote our association with the brand wherever possible, as it definitely brings added credibility and customer reassurance.”

Fellow nominee, Josh Watts, Director at Burntwood Auto Centre, commented: “Being a Servicesure garage has made us stand out from the crowd in our local area.

“We can provide a great range of services that others simply can’t thanks to Servicesure, making us more attractive as a garage.”

“It’s amazing for us to be nominated for the Autocentre of the Year as we are just a small family business who have only been up and running for just over 12 months!”

Dean Spindler, Director at family-owned Chester Auto Services, also appreciates the peace of mind that goes hand-in-hand with Servicesure’s National Warranty, allowing the business “to provide complete customer satisfaction.”

Having been a member of Servicesure for four years, Adam Rogers, Director at A1 Motorist Centre, said: “We like the idea that we are part of a bigger group, so we can offer nationwide warranty whilst retaining our individual identity.

“There are countless other benefits too, such as training for continuous professional development for staff, access to technical assistance and customer finance deals that would have been so much more difficult to arrange without their input.”

Lowgate Garage, Gordons Garage and Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre were similarly delighted by their nominations and eager to praise the benefits of network membership.

Servicesure says that the ‘Autocentre of the Year’ awards are designed to shine a light on the hard-working and often under-appreciated local garages within its national network.

“It’s always a challenge to narrow our network down to just seven finalists, but it’s an incredibly rewarding process as these garages all absolutely deserve recognition for the great service that they provide,” said Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance.

To find out more about the range of benefits enjoyed by garage members of the fast-growing Servicesure network click here.

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Autotech Recruit to promote ‘fix first time’ mentality with exclusive ZF Aftermarket training

Training deal aims to give all vehicle technicians access to in-depth technical courses

To counteract the ongoing skills shortage within the automotive industry, and meet the growing demand from UK garages for highly skilled technicians, Autotech Recruit has launched an exclusive alliance with ZF Aftermarket technical training.

As a recruitment company, solely dedicated to the industry, Autotech Recruit already offers many training options, including MOT training, however this new alliance will provide much needed technical training on key vehicle components.

Courses will cover extensive training on key vehicle parts, including transmission systems, steering, suspension, driveline components and on electric and hybrid vehicles – meeting growing calls for skilled technicians to service electric vehicles and cars which are becoming increasingly complex.

“Garages are under pressure from rapid advances in technology, and, whilst we still need to focus on bringing in new talent, it is essential that the current workforce is trained sufficiently,” comments Gavin White, managing director of Autotech Recruit.

“Through our close connections with the industry, we recognise the exact needs of both garage owners and vehicle technicians today and it has become increasingly apparent that we need to provide training on specific vehicle components to give technicians a greater level of understanding.

“We need to build a fix first time mentality.”

“As vehicles evolve, the automotive aftermarket needs to evolve with them,” adds Mandla Ndhlovu, head of training at Autotech Recruit. Spaces are limited, so visitors are advised to sign-up quickly to avoid disappointment.

“I am excited by the partnership with ZF Aftermarket technical training, which will enable us to offer this high quality of training the automotive industry desperately needs.

“It will give garages an opportunity to equip their technicians with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to be able to successfully maintain and repair the vehicles of today and the more technologically advanced vehicles of the future.”

Both parties, who are members of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), share the philosophy that upskilling and better training provisions will help towards reducing the skills gap.

For more information about Autotech and the services it provides, please find it here.

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BMW struggles to cope with scale of EGR valve recall

BMW owners left without cars for months while waiting for EGR repairs as BMW suppliers face unprecedented demand

Owners of BMWs that were recalled for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve leak are reported to have been left without their cars for up to eight weeks as the German car-maker struggles to obtain replacement parts quickly enough.

The recall, issued last October, affects 268,000 cars in the UK including examples of the 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6.

The recall specifies that the exhaust gas recirculation cooler can in some cases leak glycol liquid on four and six-cylinder diesel engines.

Notifying owners more than four months ago, BMW said that the leak – in ‘extreme’ scenarios’ – combine with soot at high temperatures and lead to the intake manifold melting, which could in turn cause a fire to break out.

Both four and six-cylinder diesel engines are affected depending on the model.

Four cylinder cars built between December 2014 and August 2016 are affected, while six-cylinder cars produced between July 2012 and June 2015 are also part of the recall.

Cars impounded at dealerships

It’s been reported that hundreds of thousands of EGR parts are needed worldwide to resolve the fault, placing unprecedented demand on BMW’s suppliers.

Due to the potential fire risk, a significant number of cars have been impounded at dealerships.

Owners have sent complaints to Auto Express, which range from long waits with poor communication and unsuitable hire cars that are not a like-for-like replacement for the BMW’s they paid for.

Others also claimed they had not been sent recall letters regarding the problem and were only notified of the issue when their cars went in for routine services at their local branches.

A BMW spokesman told Auto Express that the car maker was “working to complete this action as quickly as possible,” but the scale of the recall had caused “significant challenges in terms of parts supply and workshop capacity”.

“Where customers have experienced longer delays, we have sought to minimise any inconvenience as best we can, including providing several thousand courtesy cars to keep customers mobile.”

GW reader, Paul Richards said: “I stopped to help someone with a 3 Series.

“The manifold wasn’t just melting it was ablaze. Luckily his fire extinguisher was enough to put out the fire and didn’t need mine.

“I used to work for BMW, but that was a long time ago, we didn’t have these sorts of problems.”

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Schaeffler to join OESAA members in Ireland for Autoinform Live 2019

REPXPERT team to demonstrate knowledge and experience, pass on hints and tips as well as best practice advice

Schaeffler REPXPERTs will be helping improve technicians’ knowedge and providing them with the skills they need to improve their workshop repertoire when delivering invaluable hands-on training and seminars during Autoinform Live 2019.

This year’s event will be held at J&S’ Training Centre, near Cork, where Schaeffler will be joining fellow Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) members for a bumper weekend of training on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April.

Throughout the two days, the familiar faces of the REPXPERT team will be demonstrating their knowledge and experience, passing on hints and tips, as well as best practice advice on how to guarantee consistent and accurate professional repairs.

REPXPERTs Alistair Mason and Jonny Harris will host a dry double clutch system training course.

Double clutch technology

The pair will demonstrate how double clutch technology works, how it differs between vehicle manufacturers (VMs), such as VAG, Ford, Renault and Fiat, as well as showing how LuK’s 2CT repair solution can offer new profit opportunities to independent workshops.

The delegates will then be offered the opportunity to complete an IMI-approved assessment on one of the systems, which allows them to add double clutch repairs to their workshop menu.

Spaces are limited, so visitors are advised to sign-up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Sticking with clutch technology, fellow REPXPERT, Bob Carter, will be showcasing some new innovations from LuK, including the latest advances in self-adjusting clutches, concentric slave cylinders, damped flywheel clutches and dual mass flywheels equipped with centrifugal pendulum absorbers.

Meanwhile, Tim Adams, who presented at last year’s Autoinform Live in Glasgow, will be joined by REPXPERT Andy Walters.

They will share their accumulated wisdom and experience on INA and FAG products, demonstrating how to avoid the most common timing belt and wheel bearing installation issues experienced by most workshops.

Belt and hub system developments

They will also advise delegates on the latest technological developments in belt and hub systems.

Schaeffler Managing Director and OESAA Chairman, Nigel Morgan, said: “Autoinform gives independent workshops everything they need to successfully defend and grow their business in an ever-changing market, where vehicle technology evolves on an almost daily basis.

“The people best suited to delivering training for these new technologies are the OE suppliers that actually develop the latest components and systems for the VMs, including the members of OESAA, which powers the event.”

With several carefully-selected partners and renowned industry figures also in attendance, Autoinform provides a fantastic opportunity for technicians and workshop owners to meet and network – whilst enjoying a a whole year’s worth of training in just one weekend.

For further information about tickets for the event, please click here.

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