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  • 07 May 2013 12:20 PM | Deleted user
    “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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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

  • 18 Dec 2012 10:04 AM | Deleted user
    In this month's issue...Learn why you should be a ToolTech 2013 Sponsor, read about Winter Tech Week, peruse Drew Technologies' Member Profile, and check out Jessie Korosec's contribution on what should be on your holiday shopping list, Industry News, and Business Insights. Read the December Issue here.
  • 10 Dec 2012 10:25 AM | Deleted user
    Vehicle Service Group (VSG) has acquired the assets of Elektron Bremen GmbH, a global manufacturer of resistance welders, plasma cutters and battery service equipment based in Bremen, Germany. The company joins Chief Automotive Technologies in VSG’s portfolio of collision repair brands.  Read more.
  • 29 Nov 2012 10:17 AM | Deleted user

    MAHLE has entered into a definitive agreement with Robert Bosch GmbH to acquire all assets and the related business of RTI Technologies Inc. RTI Technologies specializes in the development and distribution of automotive maintenance equipment, including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire inflation systems.
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  • 14 Nov 2012 3:01 PM | Deleted user
    In this month's issue... "Are Ypou Ready For mLearning", "R1234yf -Reaching a Crossroads or Simply a Bump in the Road", Winter Tech Week Update, Charlie Gorman's article entitiled "History Does Repeat Itself", Jessie Korosec's contribution on your ETI Member Experience, Industry News, and Business Insights. Read the November Issue here.
  • 26 Oct 2012 2:02 PM | Deleted user

    The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced today its continued support for the adoption of R1234yf by automobile manufacturers to meet the global requirements for more environmentally-friendly refrigerants.


    R1234yf has been extensively tested over a six-year period using industry-accepted scientific methods by various industry organizations, independent laboratories, and a consortium of 15 global vehicle manufacturers organized by SAE in a Cooperative Research Program (CRP).  At the conclusion of this process, all of the participants expressed their satisfaction with the performance, risk assessment, and safety of R1234yf.


    Recently, one automobile manufacturer announced that it had reversed its position and would not install R1234yf in vehicles that it produces, citing reasons inconsistent with the conclusions reached during the industry-wide development and testing, of which they were an active participant.  ETI is extremely disappointed with this independent change of direction.  Charlie Gorman, ETI Executive Manager, stated, “We are very concerned about the long-term impact on the tool and equipment industry if these kind of independent decisions occur.  If industry testing, validation, and consensus can be ignored, it will make it very difficult for our member companies to dedicate the necessary engineering and financial resources for projects such as this in the future.  Industry–wide cooperation, where appropriate, has always been a cornerstone of the automotive industry, and we continue to fully support this approach.”


    For more information, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 3819 N. RT 23, Suite F, Marengo, IL 60152.  Telephone:  248.656.5085; email:jessiek@etools.org.


    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.



  • 02 Oct 2012 11:30 AM | Deleted user
    In this month's issue... "Build A Better Scan Tool",  "A Service Perspective from the OBD Symposium", ETI Member Company Profiles from Spanesi Americas and Innova, Charlie Gorman's thoughts on California S.B. 750, Jessie Korosec's contribution on relationships both business and personal, Industry News, and Business Insights.  Read the October Issue here.

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