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  • 05 Jul 2005 9:47 PM | Anonymous

    Carmakers and Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) Celebrate 25 Years of Information Exchange

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Equipment and Tool Institute marked the 25th year of its Detroit Tech Week – the association’s unique discussion and demonstration forum for members and representatives from DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and VW/Audi North America– during the week of June 20-24, 2005.

    Engineers from member companies have traveled to Detroit for a week of technical presentations, vehicle displays, hands-on demonstrations and networking with the Big Three car makers for a quarter century.

    Through the years, the mission of Tech Week has remained the same- to ensure that the proper tools, equipment and information are available to the automotive aftermarket by the time new vehicles are on the streets.

    “As we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Tech Week, we reflect back to 25 years ago when this event was initiated. The hard work and dedication of those involved at the inception is realized by all of us today,” said Brian Irish, ETI marketing manager, at a press conference held on the first day of this year’s Tech Week.

    “ETI would like express our sincere appreciation to all of those who are involved in the planning and execution of this important industry event each year. We appreciate the continued support from DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and VW/Audi of North America. We realize that this success has only been possible because of the many hours of planning that starts months in advance at each of the car makers,” he added.

    The highlight of the 25th Anniversary Celebration was the OEM Appreciation Banquet held June 22 at the Henry Ford Museum. The event was attended by more than 175 OEM employees, presenters and ETI members, including many of the individuals who were instrumental in the start of Tech Week.

    Speaking of those recognized as instrumental in the founding of Tech Week, Charlie Gorman, ETI executive manager said, “In today’s business environment it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to start an event like Tech Week. Thanks to the foresight of individuals from both carmakers and toolmakers over 25 years ago, Tech Week continues to flourish and remains an indisputable asset to the automotive repair industry today.”

    “ETI is pleased to honor them as we celebrate 25 successful years of Tech Week” he added.

    Founded in 1947, ETI continues to be a voice in the industry and will continue to work towards its mission to “advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers oftools, equipment and service information”.

  • 01 Jul 2005 9:42 PM | Anonymous
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  • 06 May 2005 9:38 PM | Anonymous

    ToolTech Is Automotive Tool and Equipment Industry’s New Shining Star

    Research Triangle Park, N.C. The Equipment and Tool Institute’s ToolTech brought nearly 120 people from all segments of the industry together for networking, one-on-one meetings, a company showcase, and other important events in a personal and intimate setting. ToolTech, the only event that focuses solely on the tool and equipment segment of the industry, was held April 26-28 in Indian Wells, California.

    For the attendee at ToolTech, including many of the automotive tool and equipment industry’s biggest names, the value of the event and its place in the industry was apparent from the start.

    “[ToolTech] is the perfect forum for smaller suppliers with innovative products to meet some of the world's largest vehicle OEMs,” said Terry Kalley, president of Bright Solutions. “The quality of the OEM participants was extremely high, with many decision makers in attendance. The entire week went flawlessly,” he added.

    “I felt like the event went very well and was well attended by the OEMs. That is important,” said Tom Fisher, vice president & general manager of SPX Corp. “The one-on-ones were very beneficial. I know the OEMs appreciated the interaction and dialog with the various suppliers and manufacturers,” he noted.

    “I’ve attended ETI meetings for a number of years,” said   Dave Zellers, vice president, Product Quality and Service Support for Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., “and I think the 2005 Tool Tech event represented a significant departure from the ‘old ways’ and a genuine revitalization of the Institute’s value proposition for both members and constituents, literally delivering on the promise of ETI’s Mission Statement, and going a long way to strengthen both business and personal relationships our businesses are built on.”

    Planning is already underway for ToolTech 2006. Although the exact date and location for next year is not set, it will be held during the same general timeframe. To be kept informed about the progress of ToolTech 2006, send an e-mail to and request to be added to ETI’s mailing list.

    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 ToolTech or other ETI programs and activities, contact Brian Irish, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, PO Box 13966, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709. Phone: 919-406-8823; Fax: 919-406-1306; e-mail:

  • 13 Dec 2004 8:37 PM | Anonymous



    Research Triangle Park, N.C.- A 24-member Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) delegation, led by current president Greg Potter of Chief Automotive Systems, met with Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota from December 6-9 in Japan. This marked the 17th annual ETI Japan Tech Week co-sponsored by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

    With information gained at the technical exchanges, ETI member companies will be able to develop tools and equipment to properly service 2005 Japanese-branded vehicles sold in the United States. This year the meeting attracted a record number of ETI participants, up 60 percent from the last time the event was held in Japan in 2002.

    “Japan Tech Week is part of a continuing effort to encourage technical information exchange and cooperation in the vehicle-related industry worldwide” said Charlie Gorman, executive manager of ETI. “We wish to express our gratitude to the Japanese OEMs for their hospitality and time.”

    The briefings, held at Mazda, Honda and JAMA facilities in Hiroshima, Motegi and Tokyo respectively, provided ETI members with the opportunity to review 2005 vehicle models and ensure that new tool and diagnostic services would meet OEM service requirements. This year ETI members were able to select the topics for presentation and request detailed explanations on specific questions.

     “These exchanges are important to both JAMA and ETI. They are the cornerstone in our continuing efforts to increase cooperation and information between the two organizations,” said Toshihiro Iwatake, senior director general of JAMA’s International Department. “We were delighted that so many ETI members were able to participate. It shows that their companies are continuing to gain valuable insights and information, which in the end, benefit American car owners through quality service of their vehicles.”

    In 2005, Japan Tech Week will be held in California. This will be part of the new schedule of alternating the meeting place between Japan and the United States every other year.

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