Welcome to ETI News

  • 20 Jan 2011 11:19 AM | Anonymous
    BETHESDA, Md. – The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Automotive Refrigeration Products Institute (ARPI) filed a lawsuit on Dec. 22 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging a significant new use rule (SNUR) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Click Here for original article in its entirety.
  • 06 Jan 2011 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Dallas/Jan. 6, 2011  - As a direct result of feedback from industry participants, Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) is pleased to announce it will return to a rotating pattern beginning in 2011. The 2011 exposition will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., which also returns the show to a Thursday – Saturday date pattern. Education will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 5.  ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), both sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

    Ron Pyle, ASA President, briefly mentioned investigating potential changes at the closing press conference of the 2010 event. Subsequently, ASRW solicited feedback and opinions from the industry through a series of surveys which stated, “you decide.” Participants were asked to provide input on all aspects of the show, and included attendees, exhibitors, and prospects.

    “The surveys elicited much more of a response than we were expecting and we are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond,” stated Pyle. “We spent weeks pouring through all the feedback we received from the surveys to grasp what the industry wanted from this show – starting with the location, days of the week, and time of the year.”

    ASRW plans to rotate locations between the East, Midwest and West. Rotating the event is intended to attract new attendees, as well as those who have not been attending in previous years. The location for 2012 is to be determined.

    “ASRW is the industry’s show, and we’re pleased with the changes we’ve made which align directly to the majority consensus we received,” continued Pyle.

    Preparations for the 2011 event are well underway. Housing for the 2011 event will open in late spring and will feature a variety of options, ranging in price from $99 - $200. Registration for attendees and exhibitors will open in early summer. Visit www.ASRWevents.com for more information.

    About the Events
    NACE – the world’s collision repair event – represents the only B2B event of its kind specifically designed for collision repair industry professionals from around the globe. NACE features a comprehensive educational Conference and Exposition with hundreds of diverse exhibiting companies displaying the latest equipment, products, services and technology available to today’s collision repair industry.

    CARS – the premier event for automotive service professionals – features a high-quality education lineup led by industry leaders, along with an exhibitor showcase of automotive service and repair related equipment, products and services.

     For additional information, contact Hanley Wood Exhibitions at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128 or call (888) 529-1641 or (972) 536-6444.

    About the Sponsor
    The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is the sponsor of ASRW and two of its shows, NACE and CARS. ASA is the largest international not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive industry through education, legislative representation and member services. Its international membership base includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from all segments of the industry. For additional information about ASA, go to www.ASAshop.org. ASRW, NACE and CARS are produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions.

     


  • 21 Oct 2010 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 19, 2010 – The California Air Resources Board (CARB), Department of Consumer Affairs and the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) recently highlighted CA AB 2289, a new law that will restructure and update the Smog Check program. CARB points out that the new law will tighten inspections as well as raise fines and fees for lack of compliance. <Click Here for complete story>

  • 19 Oct 2010 11:29 AM | Anonymous
    For decades, wheel weights have largely consisted of chunks of lead clamped to the wheel rim. Lead has traditionally been used to make wheel weights because it is cheap and heavy, allowing the use of relatively small weights to balance wheels. However, the highly toxic metal can cause brain damage and other nervous-system disorders in people.

    Each year an estimated 50,000 tons of lead are used globally to manufacture wheel weights. Approximately 1.6 million tons of those weights fall from vehicles during normal driving in the US alone. (Source: Lead Free Wheels, a project of the Ecology Center) Banned by the European Union in 2005, lead weights are being phased out in Japan and South Korea, and now the trend is sweeping across the U.S. <Click Here for original article>


  • 18 Oct 2010 10:32 AM | Anonymous
    International Automotive Technicians’ Network (iATN) said it recently exceeded 3 million records in its Knowledge Base, a collection of automotive repair databases that contains real-world technical information generated by iATN members. <read full article>
  • 08 Oct 2010 6:47 AM | Deleted user

    Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) has announced the schedule for the all-new OE Service Information Center on show floor.

    ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) and is scheduled for Oct. 10-13, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

    The OE Service Information Center, located within the OEM Pavilion, is a newly created area specifically designed to allow qualified representatives from each manufacturer to share service information with the attendees of ASRW, NACE and CARS. Participating OEMs in this area include Nissan North America Inc., Hyundai Motor America, Mazda North America Operations, General Motors, American Honda, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and Mercedes-Benz USA.

    Also participating within the OE Service Information Center is the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). They will be located in station four, and will be available all three days of the exposition.

    "ASRW is the only place to find this many OEMs all in one place," says Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "Between the new OE Service Information Center, all the OE exhibitors and the OEM theater, the OEM Pavilion will definitely be one of the busiest, most highly anticipated areas on the entire show floor."

    The schedule for the OE Service Information Center is as follows:

    Monday, October 11:
    •Nissan North America: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (station 1)
    •Mercedes-Benz USA: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (station 3)
    •*General Motors: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00p.m. (station 5)
    •*American Honda: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (station 6)
    •*Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.: 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (station 7)

    Tuesday, October 12:
    •Nissan North America: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (station 1)
    •Hyundai Motor America: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (station 2)
    •Mercedes-Benz USA: 10:00am - 2:00pm (station 3)
    *General Motors: 10:00am - 5:00pm (station 5)
    •*American Honda: 10:00am - 5:00pm (station 6)
    •Mazda North American Operations: 10:00am - 2:00pm (station 7)

    Wednesday, October 13:
    •Nissan North America: 10:00am - 12:00pm (station 1)
    •*General Motors: 9:00am - 3:00pm (station 5)
    •*American Honda: 9:00am - 3:00pm (station 6)

    *In addition to existing booth space

    The following companies are represented in existing booth space within the OEM Pavilion all three Expo days during full exhibit hours: American Honda, Chrysler Group, Ford, General Motors, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc, Infomedia and OEConnection.

  • 07 Oct 2010 1:48 PM | Deleted user

    The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) Board of Directors announces the information of the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) Advisory Council.

    Members of the MAP Advisory Council include Dr. Lance David, Larry Kaplan, Richard Laimbeer, Elizabeth Owen and Darrell Rowe. Laimbeer was selected as Chairman of the Advisory Council and will serve as a voting member of the AMRA Board of Directors and represent the interests of MAP to the AMRA Board. MAP is the consumer outreach effort of AMRA (the nation’s leading consumer auto service non-profit organization).

    The MAP Advisory Council will be an independent self-governing body which advises the AMRA Board of Directors on all MAP-related matters, concerns and issues identified by the council. The AMRA Board of Directors may, from time to time, request specific input from the advisory council on topics related to automotive aftermarket service and repair, or general areas related to consumer outreach. The Advisory Council will formulate and submit its own list of practices to the AMRA Board of Directors at its next meeting on October 31.

    Dick Laimbeer is a partner with the consulting firm of Docker, Findlay, Swoboda & Associates. Prior to joining DFS&A, Dick was the publisher of Motor Information Systems. He served on the MAP Board of Trustees from 2000-09 and was the MAP Secretary/Treasurer from 2001-08.

    Darrell Rowe is the Director of Education & Development for Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC. He has served on the MAP Board of Trustees since 2006 and has been the MAP Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years.

    Larry Kaplan is the Administrative Manager of the Consumer Protection Section of the Broward County (FL) Permitting, Licensing & Consumer Protection Division. He has been the MAP Board of Trustees Government Representative since 2002.

    Elizabeth Owen is the Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA). She previously served as the Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs. She has been the MAP Board of Trustees Consumer Representative for the past year.

    Lance David is the Chairman of the Department of Automotive Technology at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. He was a member of the MAP Board of Trustees from 2002-04 and prior to that was a member of the  AMRA/MAP Technical Committee that drafted and updated the MAP Uniform Inspection and Communication Standards (UICS). Prior to joining the College of Lake County, Lance was Director of Training for Midas International.

    AMRA is a non-profit association created by concerned automotive service providers, manufacturers and associations. AMRA requires all of its MAP Participating Facilities to adhere to a strict set of fact-based vehicle inspection and communication standards. The MAP guidelines are established criteria not only for recommending replacement of worn parts and other products, but also how these recommendations are communicated to the vehicle owner. MAP also offers tips for choosing and working with qualified repair providers, a list of participating MAP shops in your area, a repair and replacement recommendations look-up for vehicle components and more at www.motorist.org.

  • 16 Aug 2010 4:10 PM | Deleted user
    Effective August 12, 2010 the Board of Directors of Celette and Elektron have decided to make a management change at Celette Inc and Elektron Inc. Timothy W. Morgan has been appointed General Manager of both companies to lead the US and Canadian operations moving forward. Tim’s vast thirty-four years in the industry and fifteen plus years experience in collision equipment distribution, marketing, education, and customer service have already made improvements over the past 18 months to both companies and will continue.  With that Matthias Larisch has left the companies.

    Celette and Elektron sales are continuing to grow in both brands and a need to strengthen the top management position was necessary. As the global leaders in structural segment in the collision industry with top products in benches, measuring, and welding the United States and Canada are key growth areas and important to our OEM business partners.

    While our distribution network continues to be strengthened,  company employee regional sales managers have also been put in place to assist distribution, key accounts, OEM’s and end user customers with Celette and Elektron needs.

    Best Regards,

    Mr. Bernard Cribier

    Chairman of the Board
  • 07 Jul 2010 1:30 PM | Anonymous
    The Massachusetts Senate approved the bill in an informal session yesterday morning. No one spoke in opposition to the measure, which will now be considered by a House subcommittee to determine whether it will go to a vote before the end of July.  Click Here for full article.
  • 19 Jun 2010 5:09 PM | Anonymous
    FRANKFURT – Automechanika Frankfurt will once again feature the Automechanika Aftermarket Forum during the show, which takes place Sept. 14-19.  However, the forum will have a new format that begins with an official opening ceremony on the first day of the fair and lasts a day longer than in 2008. The spotlight of this additional day will be on "e-mobility."

    The venue is also new – the "Portalhaus" building of the new Hall 11. In addition to a new Automechanika study on a ‘New Era in Automobile Service’ by Prof. Willi Diez, show organizers Messe Frankfurt say visitors can look forward to an extensive program of lectures and panel discussions with approximately 50 top international speakers.

    “The trend toward ‘using instead of owning’ will characterize the automobile market over the coming decades. This development will be boosted by the increasing significance of electric vehicles. It is even possible that we will see completely new players moving into tomorrow’s automobile business, e.g., energy suppliers and mobility providers that will relieve customers of all the worries associated with running a car,” said Prof. Willi Diez of the Institute for the Automobile Sector, summarizing the Automechanika study on a ‘New Era in Automobile Service.’

    The study will be released at the Business Press Conference in Frankfurt am Main on Sept. 9. Then, on the first day of the Aftermarket Forum – Sept. 14 – Diez will explain the study in detail after the official opening ceremony by Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt Detlef Braun. In the subsequent panel discussion, representatives of ZF Services, ATU, EFA, Federation of the German Motor Vehicle Trade (Zentralverband Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe – ZDK) and TÜV Nord will discuss the current situation in the sector.

    On Sept. 15, speakers will examine options for increasing workshop productivity. In addition to the Garage Equipment Study 2010, the subjects they will consider include tire service, the modern air conditioning workshop, emission testing, mechatronic vehicle testing and information systems for the trade and workshops. These lectures will be given concurrently with the Damage Repair Management Forum, where leading insurance companies, the Federation of the German Motor Vehicle Trade (Zentralverband Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe – ZDK) and the German Federation of Body and Automotive Engineering (Zentralverband Karosserie- und Fahrzeugtechnik e.V. – ZKF) will provide an overview of the current damage management situation and present innovations in the field of bodywork repair.

    “The trade and workshops – competition and chances in connection with quality and training” is the theme of the third day of the fair. Robert Rademacher, president of the ZDK, will discuss the new reality in the aftermarket with representatives of the BMW Group and the German Association of the Automotive Parts Trade (Gesamtverband Autoteile - Handel – GVA). Research and training are the focal points of the following lectures. To be held at the same time, the conference on the "Right to Repair" campaign of the GVA, European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA) and International Federation of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors (FIGIEFA) will discuss ‘Business World meets the Law Makers – The Legal Framework for a competitive Automotive Aftermarket in 2010 and beyond.’

    Note:  Highlight added by Charlie Gorman.  I thought this might be of particular interest to ETI members.

    The last day of the Aftermarket Forum is a special highlight and will be held under the much discussed motto of “e-mobility.” Markus Frank, councilor and head of the Economics, Personnel and Sport Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main, will discuss "Urban e-mobility: strategies and chances." With its above-average density of
    companies from the mobility and logistics sectors, Frankfurt could play a leading role in this connection. Other subjects to be covered by representatives of trade and industry include “New infrastructure and new mobility structures” and “Setting-up a network of electric filling stations.” One of the highlights will be the lecture by Frank Rinderknecht, CEO of Rinspeed AG, entitled, “Through 100 emotions to zero emissions.” The visionary automobile tuning specialist will present his new mobility concept that avoids the range barrier of electric vehicles through the interaction of individual and public transport.

    Participation in the Automechanika Aftermarket Forum is free of charge and all contributions will be translated simultaneously into English and German. Visitors who register now at www.automechanika.com/frankfurt/aftermarketforum will receive a free admission-ticket voucher for Automechanika Frankfurt and a certificate of participation in the Aftermarket Forum. The program of lectures can also be seen in detail on the website.

    Further information about Automechanika is available at www.automechanika.com.

NAVIGATE

Copyright 2006-2020 Equipment & Tool Institute

37899 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite A-220, Farmington Hills, MI 48331  Call: 248-656-5080