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  • 17 Oct 2013 1:47 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    To promote cooperation on legislative and technical issues of importance to the economic health of the global independent auto care industry, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) recently hosted leaders of several European and South African aftermarket organizations for week-long talks. Among the issues addressed were Right to Repair, challenges posed by car company telematics systems and the common goals for the U.S./EU free trade agreement currently being negotiated.  Read More.
  • 26 Aug 2013 12:55 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Fall 2013 General Meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), which takes place Wednesday, Nov. 6, will include a discussion of counterfeit tools.   Bob Stewart, manager of aftermarket service support for General Motors, was recently charged with coordinating the GM response to this threat and has agreed to share his knowledge with the independent aftermarket in a session titled "Who's Cheating Whom." Read More.
  • 20 May 2013 12:06 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    STUTTGART, Germany – Stuttgart-based MAHLE GmbH has increased its holding in the Behr Group from 36.85 percent to approximately 51 percent with the acquisition of all shares in the BWK GmbH holding company (BWK). In addition, an integration agreement has been concluded with the family shareholders, who hold the remaining shares along with MAHLE, enabling the full integration of the "Thermal Management" business unit, which will trade as MAHLE Behr, into the MAHLE Group.  Read More.

  • 14 May 2013 3:42 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Snap-on Inc. announced that it has acquired Challenger Lifts, Inc. for approximately $38 million in cash. Challenger, with 2012 sales of approximately $45 million, designs, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of vehicle lifts and accessories to a diverse customer base in the automotive repair sector.  Read More
  • 10 May 2013 3:29 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    A host of representatives from across the aftermarket industry came together to share insights and concerns about the future of the aftermarket and its relationships with the OEMs during the recent Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) 2013 ToolTech event, held at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego.  Read More
  • 09 May 2013 11:42 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Step inside Spanesi’s new corporate center and training facility outside of Chicago, and you’ll essentially be walking into a complete body shop with Spanesi’s full line of equipment, including a paint booth, prep station, vacuum system and several of the company’s frame benches.  Read More
  • 07 May 2013 12:20 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    “Collaboration” was the predominant theme at the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) 2013 ToolTech event, held April 23-25 at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego. A host of representatives from across the aftermarket industry presented ToolTech attendees with their insights and concerns about the future of the aftermarket and its relationships with the OEMs.  Read More
  • 01 Feb 2013 4:08 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Telematics is the science to transmit vehicle data over long distances and the technology is playing a quickly-expanding role in service efficiency and the consumer’s choice of service facility. Charlie Gorman, Executive Director of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) contends that the best telematic solutions in the future may come from open-market development.

    Gorman, who is also the current chair of the NASTF Board of Directors, will argue his point in a presentation Friday, March 8, 2013 at the NASTF Spring General Meeting held in conjunction with VISION2013 at the Overland Park Convention Center near Kansas City.

    In his presentation, Why Automakers Should Support Aftermarket Telematics, Gorman will present survey results from shop owners and offer his insight into telematics in the world of the automaker. “NASTF is the perfect place to have this conversation with the OEMs,” says Gorman. “Join me in this discussion as we set the steps needed to create an open and safe telematic diagnostic environment to best serve motorists over a vehicle’s full life.”

    NASTF holds two General Meetings each year. The site for the Spring 2013 NASTF General Meeting was chosen specifically in recognition that the VISION conference is one of the largest educational gatherings of professional independent technicians in the USA. The NASTF General Meeting is scheduled for 1 – 4:30 pm on Friday, March 8 in the Overland Park Convention Center near Kansas City. There is no charge to attend the NASTF meeting but there is a fee to register for other educational sessions at the VISION conference. Information and registration for VISION is available at www.visionkc.com. The Fall 2013 General Meeting will be held in Las Vegas during the week of the AAPEX and SEMA trade shows.

    The agenda for the March 8 NASTF Spring General Meeting is available at http://www.nastf.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3762.

    NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers.  NASTF was incorporated in 2006 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.


  • 08 Jan 2013 4:00 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    MAHLE Clevite recently announced the completion of the acquisition of RTI Technologies. The transaction, closing on Jan. 1, 2013, renames the company MAHLE Clevite Inc., RTI Division. The company will continue to develop and distribute automotive maintenance equipment including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire inflation systems.  The completion of sale presents an opportunity for MAHLE to expand its business into the repair shop equipment sector of the automotive aftermarket.  Read More

  • 04 Jan 2013 1:00 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Board of Directors have voted to reorganize its governance structure with the intent to attract broader support from the motor vehicle service industry. As NASTF sets out to amend its organization bylaws to reflect a more technical makeup of its leadership, the Board has elected Charlie Gorman, CEO of the Equipment and Tool Institute to be the Interim Chairman of NASTF for 2013.  Read More


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