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  • 24 Feb 2012 10:06 AM | Deleted user

    In an effort to assist our members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has launched a series of Market Research Projects.  The current survey covers numerous Hybrid Vehicle and Battery Service topics. 


    ETI is surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with Hybrid and Battery Service, Equipment and Trends.  ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with effective tool and equipment solutions. 


    The findings of ETI’s Market Research will be made available to all attendees at ToolTech 2012 in Palm Springs, California April 17-19, 2012.  More information on ToolTech is available on our website at http://etools.org/ToolTech.

    If you are part of an automotive repair facility and are interested in participating in our survey, please go to the following link:




    This survey can only be taken on-line.


    Previous Market Research Studies have included J2534 Reprogramming, TPMS, Telematics, and Collision Repair which are available on our website at www.etools.org.


    If you have an idea for a future Marketing Survey Project, please send an email to 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.


    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5080; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

  • 17 Feb 2012 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Autodata is pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Williams as Chief Executive, effective from 27th February.

    Rod has been working as Managing Director of Adfero Ltd, a business-to-business publishing company supplying media content on a subscription basis for integration into business websites. He joined the company in 2003 and has led it’s growth in the UK, where it has a leading position, in the USA and more recently in Australia and in a number of European countries.

    Rod brings with him experience in terms of the size of the operation, its geographical focuses, the use of electronic delivery platforms and the subscription business model. Aged 40, Rod is married with a boy of 11 and has a strong interest in rugby.

    Richard Atherton, Chairman of the Autodata group, said “We are fortunate to have been able to attract someone of Rod’s calibre and experience. I am confident that he will provide the leadership required for the next chapter in the company’s development as we take up the opportunities available for online business publishers.” 

  • 13 Feb 2012 12:29 PM | Deleted user

    If you are an ETI Member, join your Vertical Group now by clicking here!


    Scan Tool Group (STG) - Involved in all aspects of scan tools and reprogramming tools.  The Scan Tool Groups had one subcommittee under it: Telematics SubCommittee


    Underhood Technology Group (UTG) - Involved in engine, transmission and air conditioning equipment issues. The UTG group currently has three subcommittees under it:  I/M Subcommittee - specifically involved in regulated I/M equipment issues; Hybrid Vehicle Subcommittee; Air Conditioning Subcommittee


    Collision Repair Group (CRG) - Collision Repair equipment including frame straightening, welding and painting equipment


    Under Car Group (UCG) - Involved in steering, alignment, brakes, suspension, wheel and tire


    Shop Management and Information Software Group (SMG) - Electronic repair manuals and electronic shop management software.


    Vertical groups are the heart of the Equipment and Tool Institute.  ETI vertical groups represent all aspects of automotive repair. Vertical Groups to allow members to discuss common problems and to examine the most current and pertinent technical information in specific areas of interest. 


    ETI recognized members’ need to address areas of common interest and formed its first Vertical Group, the Performance Test Equipment Group (PTEG) in 1973. Several more groups were added in time, and in 1997, the groups were reorganized, broadening their focus from specific types of tools and equipment to the intended applications of those tools and equipment. The Vertical Groups continue to evolve today to meet the changing needs of ETI members.


    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.

  • 10 Feb 2012 10:13 AM | Anonymous
    AUTOSAR provides incentives for manufacturers to replace their proprietary software/hardware interfaces with standardized interfaces to an independent architectural layer; this allows much easier component and integration testing, because hours and weeks of engineering around each interface are eliminated. Instead, manufacturers retain their ability to compete without requiring other vendors to take on the overhead associated with proprietary interfaces.  <Read More>
  • 31 Jan 2012 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    WORLDPAC has reported that its second Supplier & Training EXPO (STX) was "an enormous success."  The WORLDPAC Supplier & Training EXPO (STX) took place Jan. 12-15 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Southern California.

    Additional event highlights included special guest speaker Charlie Gorman, former chairman of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), who presented the group with a discussion of the changing aftermarket and predictions for the future.

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  • 25 Jan 2012 10:39 AM | Anonymous
    The National Research Council’s (NRC) Transportation Research Board has released a study that included a review of automotive electronics safety. The Research Council’s study was requested in the aftermath of the 2009-2010 reports of sudden acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles. <More>


    This is an interesting article.  It contains NRC recommendations to NHTSA regarding Telematics and event data recorders


  • 25 Jan 2012 10:22 AM | Anonymous
    PHILADELPHIA – CARDONE Industries announced late Friday that it has terminated discussions relating to the acquisition of CARDONE Industries’ North American operations. The Cardone Family will retain ownership and control of the company following a mutual decision by CARDONE and TPG to end discussions related to the acquisition. <More>
  • 24 Jan 2012 9:26 AM | Deleted user
    German engineering company Bosch said Tuesday that it plans to buy the automotive services division of U.S.-based SPX Corp. for about $1.15 billion in cash.

    Bosch said that SPX, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, agreed to sell its Service Solutions unit. The division develops, manufactures and sells tools, workshop equipment, and software for the global automotive market.

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  • 18 Jan 2012 4:08 PM | Anonymous
    LA VERGNE, Tenn., Jan 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hennessy Industries has partnered with Hockman-Lewis, Ltd., one of the world's foremost international export management companies, to manage the sales and marketing of the renowned COATS, AMMCO and BADA brands throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. The new partnership represents a commitment to capitalizing on the increasing demand for automotive service equipment in those markets.

    "Hockman-Lewis is dedicated to the global promotion of U.S. and international automotive service equipment," said Howard Hagan, Hennessy's vice president of international sales. "This new arrangement offers Hennessy's Asian customers continued world-class service and a complete range of high-quality products."

    Hennessy recently opened its newest manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, and the company expects the partnership with Hockman-Lewis to facilitate the development of a strong position in the Asian automotive service equipment and tools markets.

    "Partnering with Hennessy for the sales and marketing of its well-known brands fits perfectly into our company's philosophy and portfolio," said Greg Hockman, president of Hockman-Lewis, Ltd. "With our recent addition of experienced international sales professionals focusing on the Asian markets, we anticipate a growing presence throughout this part of the world."

    Hennessy initiated this partnership with Hockman-Lewis following the retirement of Ron Pfafflin, who had represented the COATS, AMMCO and BADA brands throughout Southeast Asia for the last 10 years.

    About Hennessy Industries

    Hennessy Industries manufactures COATS(R), BaseLine by COATS, AMMCO(R) and BADA(R) products, and is the one of the world's leading full-line wheel-service equipment manufacturers. Hennessy is recognized for its state-of-the-art technology in the manufacturing of COATStire changers and wheel balancers, AMMCO brake lathes and lifts, and BADA wheel-balancing weights.

    Hennessy is headquartered in La Vergne, Tenn., with manufacturing facilities in Tennessee, Kentucky and China. To learn more about Hennessy and COATS, visit www.ammcoats.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ammcoats .

    SOURCE: Hennessy Industries
  • 16 Jan 2012 11:25 AM | Deleted user

    In order to merge and expand business tasks in brand-related diagnostics (OES Diagnostics), the respective tasks undertaken by ETAS GmbH, Vetronix LLC and the Automotive Aftermarket Division will now be carried out in the AA Diagnostics business unit from January 1, 2012.


    The product range will consist of diagnostics communication interfaces, diagnostics software,

    diagnostics parameterization and instructions, test equipment and engineering services.

    The tasks will be combined in the newly established OES Diagnostics product area within the AADG business unit. Corporate management responsibilities for Vetronix LLC will pass from ETAS GmbH to AA-DG. Both ETAS and DG sales activities and the corresponding development activities in the area of OES Diagnostics software and test equipment will be based in the OES Diagnostics area


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