Battery move

Former Hella man Andy Morgan joins Varta to oversee battery sales
Published:  13 May, 2010

ANDY Morgan has been appointed national sales manager for Varta batteries, the UK subsidiary of Johnson Controls.


Show time

Automechanika boss claims financial crisis will not affect September exhibition
Published:  13 May, 2010

THE BOSS of the Automechanika aftermarket exhibition expects the show to match 2008 visitor and exhibitor figures despite the global financial crisis.


Parts arrival

German firm Optimal set for entry into UK parts market
Published:  11 May, 2010

PARTS distributor Optimal has completed preparations to enter the UK aftermarket with a warehousing facility in the UK and logistics centre in Germany.


Wakey wakey, valves!

TPMS valve tool from TRW
Published:  07 May, 2010

A valve activation tool joins the TRW easycheck service range of tools, in preparation of all new cars to market from 2012 having Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS's) fitted as standard.


Riveting drill converter

Rivedrill from Frost
Published:  07 May, 2010

This device lets you convert a conventional cordless, electric or pneumatic drill into a blind rivet gun. Frost says it can set up to 14 rivets per minute - which is about twice what could be done using hand tools.


Recoil in delight at repair kit

Recoil thread repair kit from Alcoa Fastening Systems
Published:  07 May, 2010

The latest Pro XL Recoil kit contains a combined tap wrench and installation tool for repairing threads on wheel bolts, spark plugs, brake calipers, oil sumps and drain plugs.


'Andy cap to check service

Tamperproof caps from Euro Car Parts
Published:  07 May, 2010

This tamperproof cap locks onto the existing dust cap of a R-134a system so if the vehicle returns to your workshop with the caps broken, you can then decide whether you trust the third party has serviced the system with the correct refrigerant, lubricant and additives.


Bin aligner and bag new one

Geolite wheel aligner from Snap-on
Published:  07 May, 2010

In a bid to convince you why you should invest in its new Geolite 3D wheel aligner, Snap-on did a bit of research into potential returns on investment.


Brake chance

Euro Car Parts highlights van service work chance
Published:  07 May, 2010

VAN service work is one of the biggest growth areas in the aftermarket - and one workshops should be exploiting - according to Euro Car Parts boss Sukhpal Singh.


Clutch deal

Fuel Parts UK to supply AP clutches following Raicam deal
Published:  06 May, 2010

FUEL Parts UK has completed a deal with British manufacturer Raicam Clutch to supply AP branded clutch kits and slave cylinders.


Manager award

The Institute of the Motor Industry launches Automotive Management Accreditation
Published:  06 May, 2010

THE Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched a voluntary accreditation scheme for managers within the industry akin to the successful Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme.


Brake advice

Frank Massey stars in Ferodo brake training DVD
Published:  04 May, 2010

BRAKING brand Ferodo has recruited Frank Massey to star in its latest training video.


Apprentice profit

Delphi claims £71,000 profit chance for apprentice garages
Published:  03 May, 2010

DELPHI has relaunched its apprenticeship programme, claiming garages could make £71,000 profit over three years.


Air con unit's a breeze

AC 2500 N9 air con unit from Tecalemit
Published:  30 April, 2010

Like all air con units from equipment firm Tecalemit, this fully-automatic air con service unit comes with a high-side coupler which incorporates a purge valve to ensure no refrigerant is lost to the atmosphere. As a result, it's fully compliant with the latest F-gas regulations.


Car prize

Find out how you could win a brand new Renault thanks to workwear company Dickies
Published:  30 April, 2010

WORKWEAR company Dickies has put £25,000 worth of prizes, including a new car, up for grabs to the winner of its UK Worker of the Year competition.


Carlube? Well, oil be blowed!

Carlube oils from Tetrosyl
Published:  29 April, 2010

rong>The bods at Tetrosyl have obviously been busy recently with 3 new oils to choose from.


Parts drive

Suspension firm Meyle explains its 'better than OE' claim
Published:  29 April, 2010

STEERING and suspension parts firm Meyle has spelt out its plan to take on the UK market.


Make light work of safety

Lyra LED day and night lamp from Ring Automotive
Published:  28 April, 2010

This latest light acts as a dual-function day and night lamp. It can be used as a Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) in the day and an extra styling lamp once darkness descends.


Training time

Technician Richard becomes 25,000th attendee at Snap-on tech seminars
Published:  28 April, 2010

SNAP-on is celebrating the attendance of the 25,000th paying attendee at its TechEd workshop seminars.


Kit launch

Hella confirms diagnostic kit launch in bid to throw off its lighting-only image
Published:  28 April, 2010

HELLA will launch a new addition to its Mega Macs range of diagnostic tools at the Automechanika exhibition in Germany this year.


Power ahead with batteries

Varta batteries from Hella
Published:  27 April, 2010

Hella has extended its choice of Varta batteries for cars and commercial vehicles. The company now stocks Varta units alongside its own Hella Power range.


Thrills without the spills

Non-spill fuel spout from Easy-fill
Published:  26 April, 2010

Designed to prevent overfilling and wasted fuel from spills, this device automatically shuts off when the tank is full.


Tech support

Published:  26 April, 2010

DIAGNOSTIC firm Autologic has bolstered its technical support with the appointment of three further staff to its BMW and VAG teams.


Strapped for Transit vans

Fused Transit battery-earth straps from Unipart
Published:  23 April, 2010

A choice of fused battery-earth straps for Ford Transits are now available from Unipart.  From 2000 to 2006, all Transits were fitted with a fused negative earth strap. This can easily blow if a van is started in gear or has a faulty starter motor causing too much current to flow. "As a result, all power is lost until the blow earth strap is replaced," says Unipart.


Easy to check with tool

Version 3 Easycheck software from TRW
Published:  23 April, 2010

The latest software is out now for TRW's hand-held service tool. It contains 235 new vehicle applications across 11 VMs ranging from Alfa Romeo and Fiat through to Renault and Volvo.


Spring has sprung for Sealey

Spring sales promotion from Sealey
Published:  23 April, 2010

rong>A wide choice of tools and special offers are available in tool company Sealey’s Spring Promotion catalogue, which is out now. Unlike previous years, the 2010 promotion has been extended until 31st May.


The whole kit and caboodle

Catalogue range extension from Draper Tools
Published:  23 April, 2010

Draper Tools has launched the 2010/11 edition of its main tools catalogue. The 724-page publication features more than 8,000 product lines and is available in a handy A5 format, as well as the traditional A4 size.


Tester feels the pressure

Fuel pressure test kits from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  23 April, 2010

The company is enhancing its choice of test kits with 6 new units added to the range. The most common is the 30855 version designed for European cars.


Breaking news

BSI claims initial victory in on-going anti-competition court case
Published:  23 April, 2010

BSI is claiming an initial victory in an on-going court case over its Kitemark scheme for body shops based on the PAS 125 standards.


Top Tech

What are Top Tech winner Stuart White's "rare skills" according to expert Frank Massey?
Published:  23 April, 2010

TECHNICAL expert Frank Massey has paid tribute to Top Technician winner Stuart White as a rare example of someone who has mastered both repair and business skills.


Rubber time

Rubber specialist Bock seeks UK lift manufacturer partners
Published:  22 April, 2010

AUSTRIAN company Bock, which manufactures rubber pads, plates and blocks for vehicle lifts, is seeking contact with UK lift manufacturers and garage equipment suppliers.


Ticket offer

Comma gives away 70,000 motorsport tickets with oil promotion. Find out how to claim yours
Published:  21 April, 2010

OILS and lubes company Comma is giving away 70,000 free tickets to motorsport events across the UK.


MOT link

RMI joins discussions on pan-European MOT standardisation
Published:  20 April, 2010

THE RMI is attempting to strengthen its MOT expertise by enhancing its links with European motor vehicle inspection organisation CITA.


Training change

Lancashire-based Texa opens up training courses following IMI approval
Published:  19 April, 2010

TEXA has gained IMI approval for its TEXA Edu training centre.


Stock up on big Macs

Mega Macs version 36 software from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  16 April, 2010

Asian coverage, including Honda and Hyundai, are at the centre of this latest update for Hella Gutmann Solutions' (HGS) Mega Macs range of diagnostic tools.


Perfect timing to belt up

AE timing belt kits catalogue from Federal-Mogul
Published:  15 April, 2010

This latest publication includes more than 200 additional parts, covering both belts and timing belt kits. According to Federal-Mogul, the expansion nearly doubles the company's previous range.


Star mechanic

Complete Car Maintenance boss Stuart White scoops Top Technician 2010 title
Published:  15 April, 2010

STUART White has been named the winner of Top Technician 2010.


Clutch range extended

Clutch kits from Blue Print
Published:  14 April, 2010

Kits for the Isuzu Rodeo 2.5DT 2007> and the Suzuki Swift 2005> join the expanding range of kits available from Blue Print.


Quality standard

Garage boss Allan earns BSI Kitemark for Garage Services
Published:  14 April, 2010

BALSDONS Vehicle Services garage in Devon has gained the BSI Kitemark.


Electrical testing

James Dillon becomes distributor of TESlite smart multimeter leads
Published:  14 April, 2010

TECHNICAL expert James Dillon is backing an innovative multimeter test lead as a route to smarter analysis of electronic systems.


Fault finding

Eclipse demonstrates remote fault-finding system at Workshop 2010
Published:  14 April, 2010

ECLIPSE Automotive Technology has unveiled the Texa TMD Safecar allowing technicians to access fault codes, live data and other diagnostic information remotely from any computer with internet access.


Sun in charge of batteries

FoldUp solar charger from Solar Technology
Published:  13 April, 2010

Designed for use in cars, caravans, trucks and motorbikes, this unit is designed to charge and maintain 12 volt batteries. It delivers free solar power and, according to Solar Technology, can extend a battery's life by up to 20%.


Stay safe like Nederman

Hose and cable safety from Nederman
Published:  12 April, 2010

rong>Workshop kit company Nederman is highlighting the benefits of self-retracting hose and cable reels in line with a campaign by the Health and Safety Executive to reduce slips, trips and falls.


Reliability rating

Vauxhall Astra tops repair poll of most reliable fleet vehicles
Published:  12 April, 2010

THE VAUXHALL Astra is the most reliable fleet car on the road, according to research by Warranty Direct.


Rack up solutions for storage

Integrated racking system from Tevo
Published:  09 April, 2010

Tevo is using its stand (number 5814) to launch its latest racking system. It uses customisable storage modules so users can create the storage system that's right for their particular needs.


Parts ATA

S&B Academy launches mobile parts advisor assessments
Published:  09 April, 2010

S&B AUTOMOTIVE Academy has launched a mobile assessment service for anyone wanting to gain ATA parts advisor accreditation.


"Bimmers" ball joint kit

BMW 5 and 7 Series ball joint remover from Auto Service Tools
Published:  08 April, 2010

The tool company has updated its rear ball joint remover and installer kit for BMW 5 and 7 Series models. The 4498A kit has been revamped with an improved design to cover later 5 Series (E60 and E61) and 7 Series (E65 and E66) models.


Garage leader

David Moran takes over as head of independent garages at RMI
Published:  08 April, 2010

DAVID Moran has been appointed as the new head of the Retail Motor Industry's independent garages association.


Time to pimp your garage?

Workshop design service from Dura
Published:  07 April, 2010

If you're looking to build a new, or re-design an existing, workshop, Dura claims it has the expertise needed.


Prime racks hit the roof

Roof rack products from Prime Design
Published:  06 April, 2010

This award-winning US company will be sharing its roof rack solutions with visitors to the CVO Show on stand 5236.



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