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  • 26 Jul 2016 10:23 AM | Deleted user

    Tech giants seek to access and monetize vehicle metadata.  Automakers are increasingly connecting their new car models to meet growing consumer demand for in-car technology. But automakers aren't the only players seeking opportunities in the connected car market.  Technology industry giants — such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and many others — have begun to view and monetize opportunities to use data provided by automobiles and occupants. They even suggest the "zero dollar car" is at hand.  Read More.

  • 18 Jul 2016 7:50 AM | Deleted user

    Anyone who’s ever parked an out-of-service truck in a repair bay scored a win late last year, as the independent aftermarket and dealers of competitive makes were finally granted access to formerly proprietary heavy-duty repair information as of Jan. 1 this year.  A year ago in September, Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), along with the Equipment and Tool Institute, the Auto Care Association, and Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada, announced the signing of a Right to Repair Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on access to heavy-duty service information for late model trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada.  Read More.

  • 13 Jul 2016 2:16 PM | Deleted user
    Yesterday, Professor Tom Prusa released his annual employment study entitled, “The Contribution of the Japanese-Brand Automotive Industry to the United States Economy,” which finds that Japanese-brand automakers in the U.S. support more than 1.5 million jobs throughout the country. He arrives at this figure by adding intermediate (e.g. parts suppliers) and spin-off jobs to our direct and dealership network employment figures. [see the press release here]

    While this number is impressive, I especially want to highlight Dr. Prusa’s finding that, from 2011 to 2015, employment supported by JAMA members’ activities in America has grown by more than 17%. In comparison, overall U.S. employment has grown by only 7.5%. Dr. Prusa states that “this data is remarkable in that it shows Japanese-brand automobile companies are playing a leading role in the recovery and growth of the U.S. economy.”

    I believe that this data truly is remarkable. Given the urgent need for fact-based analysis to set the record straight, I am sharing this information as broadly as possible, including through our Twitter profile. If you would like to share our message via social media, you can find yesterday’s tweet on this data here.

    In the lead-up to this release, I authored a commentary on JAMA members’ U.S. contributions in the context of Japanese FDI in America, which was published last week on the Asia Matters for America website—an excellent resource on U.S. relations with Asia from our friends at the East-West Center. The commentary is pasted below for your convenience.

    The US-Japan Economic Partnership through the Lens of Japanese-Brand Automakers in America

    by MANNY MANRIQUEZ on Jul 7, 2016

    The United States is the number one destination for Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world, making Japan the second largest source of FDI in the United States cumulatively—as of 2015, the total exceeded $418 billion. Of all this Japanese investment in the US, the automotive sector is the largest contributor, according to Select USA, the Commerce Department’s US investment program.

    Companies with their origins in Japan have created thousands of high-quality jobs in every US state; and in states like California, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, these jobs are in the tens of thousands. Recently, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s (JAMA) US office released our new advance contributions data, which shows that Japanese-brand automakers and their dealership networks provided an all-time high of more than 460,000 direct US jobs in 2015. Along with a total of over $45 billion in cumulative US investment by JAMA members as of last year, the jobs numbers prove that Japanese-brand automakers continue to contribute to the recovery of the US economy after the Great Recession. Their impressively diverse American manufacturing workforce alone is over 60,000 strong—all continuously trained to develop crucial skill sets that enable them to take an active role in increasing productivity as automotive manufacturing technology advances.

    When Americans are asked what words come to mind when they think of Japan, the most common responses in the business category are “cars” and “technology.” This is proof positive that Japan’s image is largely associated with the innovative and groundbreaking companies that changed the very nature of the American automobile industry. Now these companies are global, with a geographic spread that spans the continents. But the long-term investment in US manufacturing, R&D, and design by Japanese-brand automakers reflects a strong commitment to America, and it has touched all of our lives here in the US because their automotive technology has always pushed innovation to its very limits, bringing healthy competition to the American auto industry and driving up the standards of automotive quality, safety, and fuel efficiency.

    I have had the opportunity to visit JAMA member company manufacturing facilities in both the US and Japan. Despite the geographic distance between our two countries, I am struck by the nearly identical manufacturing practices that they employ, but even more so, I am impressed by the focus and purpose with which the workers on the line go about their business. They are clearly very proud of the outstanding vehicles they build. And I am likewise proud of the way our member companies involve their staff in the process of continuous improvement, known as kaizen, as well as their ceaseless attention to quality and the highest manufacturing standards. I see the US-Japan relationship through this lens, as well as through the many other dimensions that are inherent in the relationship. With the facts on our side, we can hold up examples like this and set the record straight about the true nature of the US-Japan relationship and the direct benefits it brings to millions of families all across America.

    The US-Japan economic relationship around the automotive sector is part of an overall partnership that is built on trust, collaboration, and shared core values. Together, our two countries have helped to shape a global economic order based on equitable and transparent norms and rules, bolstered by strong diplomatic ties. As General Director of JAMA’s US office, I am able to witness the widespread benefits of this partnership on a daily basis—from ongoing people-to-people exchanges to advancing global trade and investment.

    Compared to the years of trade-related tension in the 1980’s and 90’s, a strong majority of Americans now see Japan as a fair trading partner, according to a Pew Research Center survey published in April 2015. This perception is shaped by the tangible benefits that the economic partnership brings to the peoples of both countries—the exchange and provision of high-quality goods and services. In fact, the US and Japan are among each other’s top four trading partners, with each US state exporting nearly $100 million or more in goods and services to Japan annually. The successful conclusion of the US-Japan negotiations under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is indicative of our commitment to collaborative leadership and shared economic rule-building, and Japan’s ever-growing FDI contributions in the US speak to the confidence Japanese businesses have in the vibrancy of the US economy. JAMA members’ commitment to building, developing and designing vehicles in America are a crucial element of that confidence and commitment.

  • 10 Nov 2015 11:43 AM | Deleted user

    The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced that Voyomotive LLC was selected as the 2015 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge winner. The award was presented at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in Las Vegas.  Read More

  • 01 Oct 2015 8:52 AM | Deleted user

    The heavy-duty/commercial vehicle industry recently announced agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Commercial Right to Repair Coalition and the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), where OEMs of heavy-duty vehicles would provide service information to independent service providers by way of their OEM technical websites. To assist in managing the understanding, search and feedback related to this cooperative effort between heavy-duty OEMs and independent heavy-duty service specialists, the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) was asked to expand its scope with the addition of heavy-duty to its similar service already being provided to the light vehicle industry.  Read More.

  • 11 Sep 2015 3:38 PM | Deleted user

    From Automotive News.  A broad group of automakers have agreed in principle to equip all their new vehicles with automatic emergency braking technology as a standard feature in the near future.  The group -- which includes Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo -- will work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the next few months to hammer out details of the agreement and a timeline for implementing it across their lineups.  Read More.

  • 04 Sep 2015 9:16 AM | Deleted user
    Charlie Gorman, former COO of the Equipment and Tool Institute, explains the results of the organization’s market research study on new car–buying preferences of consumers - as told to Anna Zeck of Rachet+Wrench.  Read More.
  • 03 Sep 2015 1:02 PM | Deleted user

    Parts & People attended and covered the recent Equipment and Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech 2015 conference, “The Connected Vehicle: Opportunities and Challenges.” In this column, in June, we wrote about how the aftermarket telematics industry will have a problem if the OEMs have little interest, desire or need to address the aftermarket.  Efforts to make the J1962 diagnostic connector more secure may affect the extent of aftermarket access.  Read More.

  • 28 Aug 2015 12:20 PM | Deleted user

    The board of directors of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has announced the appointment of Jessie Korosec of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) and Valerie Sullivan of American Honda as 2015-‘16 co-chairs of the NASTF Communications Committee.  Read More.

  • 14 Aug 2015 10:31 AM | Deleted user

    Vinchattle, Larry S. "Mick" was born on July 31, 1943, on a farm in North Central Iowa to Roy and Gretchen Stephenson Vlnchattle. The family moved to a small town, Gowrie, when Mick was 1 year old. He grew up there and graduated from Gowrie High School. After graduation he work several years for a local company, Buskee Industries, before moving to Milwaukee where he lived and worked for Blackhawk Industries. Mick traveled extensively for Blackhawk throughout the United States and other countries. He was in charge of training and marketing programs for their company, as well as all trade show activities. Mick enjoyed many rounds of golf in his earlier years. He was active in bowling, belonging to two or three leagues at a time and trav­eling to tournaments. He had the bowling "Bug" like his dad. Mick enjoyed traveling with his good buddy Russ and meeting with the guys for coffee every day, and telling a good story, also another one of his favorite past-times. Mick was preceded in death by his wife Mary (nee Ollmann), his parents Roy and Gretchen, two brothers Harold and Ronney, three sisters Zelda, Sharon and Glee. He is survived by his sister Doris Martin of Ames, Iowa, brother Jerry of Texas, and many nieces and nephews. Mick looked forward to getting to travel home, and to once again be with Mary. Visitation at the Funeral Home, Friday, August 14th (TODAY) 4-7PM, additional visitation Saturday August 15th at ST. MATTHIAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 9606 W. Beloit Rd., 9-9:45AM. Mass of Christian Burial lOAM. Interment Highland Memorial Park.


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