Customisable air filter shapes launched by MANN+HUMMEL

MANN-FILTER Flexline has flexible external contours to improve flexibility for technicians and fitters in engine compartments with limited space

MANN+HUMMEL has launched a series of customisable air filter shapes that aim to make more efficient use of space in engine compartments and deliver an improved dust-holding capacity.

Installation space in a car is a rare commodity.

Comfort functions, turbocharging, and much more have significantly reduced the available space in the engine compartment over the past decades.

In response to this, global filtration brand MANN+HUMMEL has developed new air filters with flexible external contours that make more efficient use of the available installation space.

Larger filtration area and higher standards

For the independent automotive aftermarket, they are available as MANN-FILTER Flexline C 26 017 and C 30 030 for the Mercedes-Benz A and B Class.

The C 26 017 air filter is for petrol engines and the C 30 030 is for diesel models.

The use of further elements with flexible contours for other automotive manufacturers is planned.

Whereas flat air filters based on rectangular, trapezoidal, and polygonal forms with straight lateral edges were once the dominant design, the MANN-FILTER Flexline also makes efficient use of installation spaces with curved external contours.

“We can accommodate a larger filtration area compared with conventional designs, and thus achieve higher separation efficiency and dust holding capacity,” said Daniel Schmid, product developer for Automotive Aftermarket Air Filter Elements at MANN+HUMMEL.

“With Flexline, we produce the air filter contours using state-of-the-art laser technology.

Produce almost any shape

“This means that we can produce almost any shape that was not possible with the conventional method.

“With this laser technology, we are setting new standards in filter manufacturing,” emphasised Schmid.

Compared with filters with limited geometries and straight lateral edges, the C 26 017 air filter has features such as 11 per cent more filter surface area, 22 per cent higher dust holding capacity, and 16 per cent lower pressure loss.

At the same time, the new Flexline air filters are also flatter than standard products, which means that can be used in particularly low installation spaces.

Mercedes-Benz has adopted solution

Mercedes-Benz was the first vehicle manufacturer to use the innovative solution, and is now using it as standard for its MFA2 (Modular Front Architecture) platform.

The air filter will therefore be used in almost all four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines from the A and B Class as well as their derivatives in the future.

MANN+HUMMEL has filed several patents for the manufacturing method and the design of the Flexline air filter with the German Patent and Trademark Office as well as in other countries.

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Branch Focus: SCMF Croydon

SCMF Croydon has flourished during the last year, winning the New Branch of the Year Award but, as branch manager Bill Barrett explains, a different approach to customer service has been key to their branch success.

Having only opened a year ago, SCMF Croydon has enjoyed a remarkable rise to its recognition as New Branch of the Year, but what does branch manager Bill Barrett think is the key to their successful formula?

“I believe in giving clear expectations to my team and giving them the support to achieve them.

“We always have a clear development plan in place to support sales growth.

“Regular meetings to review performance in all areas help to make sure we are achieving all KPIs.

Bill explains more on the ideas that have helped the branch perform so well

“I spend no time in my office; 90 per cent of my time either with supporting the sales team, supporting the warehouse or visiting customers.

“I like to remain visible and active, which I feel is proactive – and to make sure we have the right people in the right places,” Bill confirms.

Winning the award has proved pleasing recognition for SCMF Croydon

“We were shocked and hugely appreciative to win.

“It’s nice to have the recognition of our blood, sweat and tears that have gone into getting the branch to where it is and we’re proud of where we’ve come in a year.

“It’s made us want to work even harder to be in with a chance of winning the big one next time out,” the branch manager says.

Branch-specific initiatives can help maintain customers, but The Parts Alliance’s national activity has been invaluable too

“I have been extremely impressed with the offering from the marketing team.

“The level of support and incentives available along with localised support is second to none.

The branch has a team of 15 staff with 10 delivery vehicles.

Bill also maintains a keen focus on staff training, encouraging multi-skilling staff to have flexibility to cover absences

“Being part of The Parts Alliance really does embrace local service with national strength.

“Through trading as SC Motor Factors or Allparts, for instance, it makes you relevant in the area whilst being able to have the same offering that the trade has grown to expect.

“Targeting and developing customers, holding the correct product, pricing and logistics are just some of the things we get great support on, which in turn allows us to better meet our customers’ needs.

“The support we received and continue to receive since opening has been second to none,” Bill concludes.

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Don’t miss your chance to be a ‘Garage of the Year’

The industry will gather 5th June to celebrate the achievements of independent garages across nine categories. Don’t miss your chance to win by taking a few minutes to enter – but hurry, there’s only a week to go before entries close…

Automechanika Birmingham’s ‘Garage of the Year’ awards are being hosted in association with Garage Wire at the National Motorcycle Museum on the 5th June. The deadline for entries has been extended until Sunday 5th May.

Sponsored by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) the competition is open to garages from across the UK and Ireland.

It takes just a few minutes to enter as many of the nine
sub-categories as garages want to, with the overall winner once again set to
receive £1,000.

All garages shortlisted in one or more categories will get two free tickets for the awards drinks and dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum. Located little more than a stone’s throw from the NEC, and with the awards event running from 7pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of independent garage excellence either before or after a daytime visit to Automechanika Birmingham.

The Parts Alliance are again sponsoring the ‘Best Small Garage’ category. Other categories include ‘Best Large Garage’, ‘Commitment to Training and Standards’, ‘Garage Owner of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Achievement’, ‘Auto-Mechanik’, ‘Best Community Initiative’, ‘Business Innovation’ and ‘Technical Innovation’

“We’re excited to be involved again,” said Simon Moore, Head of Marketing at The Parts Alliance. “We’re hoping lots of our garage customers, particularly those around Birmingham, will get involved and enter as it promises to be a great which will help showcase all the great work independent garages do as unsung heroes for UK motorists.”

Automechanika’s Garage of the Year awards forms part of the Big UK Garage Event at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham. This will include exclusive show offers, big giveaways, competitions and some celebrity appearances. The event gives access to over 500 leading suppliers.

Garages will also receive free parking and free breakfast on arrival for their workforce.

Entries can be made online now.

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Suppliers and customers join celebrity guests at Spring Trade Show

A series of technical talks, market developments, profit opportunities for branches and garages, and a surprise awards ceremony awaited guests

The Parts Alliance hosted its first trade of 2019 with motoring celebrities and global suppliers joining over 500 customers at the Spring Trade Show.

On Wednesday 27 March, over 500 customers attended the event, which ran from 5pm at the Centenary Pavilion of Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium, taking the opportunity to discuss the latest products, technology, market developments and profit opportunities with more than 50 of the trading group’s supplier partners.

“We thought we should come for a wander around and see because we’ve never had the chance to get to anything like this before,” said David Gilfeather, owner of DG Autos in Rodley, Leeds.

“It’s really great to see so much here and was well worth us coming.”

Branches of BBC Superfactors, BMS Superfactors, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts and Waterloo Motor Trade all invited customers, who took the opportunity to not only do business but also listen to interviews with special guests.

Celebrity guests

Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS talked about highlights from his TV shows whilst three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal discussed improvements to his car and hopes for the upcoming season.

So valuable

Fuzz said: “For The Parts Alliance to put on an event where garage owners can meet fantastic suppliers and get a better understanding of their products is so valuable.”

Technical talks were given by Comma Oil on how changes in engine technology are impacting the choice of engine lubricants; Schaeffler discussed DMF technology, whilst Delphi provided numerous insights on keeping up with developing VM digital service record technology.

“We were delighted by the turnout on our first visit to Leeds with a show of this scale,” said Simon Moore, head of marketing at The Parts Alliance.

Response from garages

“We had some great comments from the garages and lots of the suppliers seem to have had some really good discussions and done brisk business; our thanks go to everyone who supported the show.”

Nick Nafahran, of Vehicle Repairs UK in Leeds, was interested in a Tecalemit tyre changer and said: “I’ve got to see it and got all the information that I need, so it’s been useful.”

The evening ran until nearly 10pm with an extensive prize draw seeing around 20 prizes, generously donated by suppliers, given away to garages on the night.

Andrew Wood of APW Cars in Otley, Leeds added: “I’m here to see new technology.

“I’ve just been inside the REPXPERT van, it’s a real eye opener to see where the industry is going; I’d definitely recommend others to try to get to one of these events if they have the chance.

“I’ve only got a little garage and I’m usually in the workshop until late but I’m glad I made the time for this – free food and drink too, so what’s not to like?”

Customers are advised to look out for more events in 2019, said The Parts Alliance.

Find out more about The Parts Alliance and its national network of branches by clicking here.

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Some motorists can no longer afford to drive as ULEZ introduced in London

31 per cent of drivers have said they won’t be able to afford to drive in London anymore

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has launched the UK’s first Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), leaving many drivers without the funds to be able to drive.

Bikesure, a motorbike insurer, recently surveyed 1,000 commuters in London to find out how the ULEZ will impact them.

Among the questions, respondents were asked how the ULEZ will affect them.

Asked if they have changed or thought about changing their usual mode of transport in preparation for the ULEZ:

Changing mode of transport

  • 37 per cent of commuters have already changed their usual mode of transport
  • 46 per cent have thought about changing their usual mode of transport
  • 18 per cent will not be changing their usual mode of transport

Can’t afford to drive

  • 31 per cent of commuters won’t be able to afford to drive/ride in the ULEZ anymore
  • 32 per cent won’t drive/ride in the ULEZ as much as they used to
  • 29 per cent won’t be affected by the ULEZ
  • 7 per cent don’t know how it will affect them

How did they feel about the ULEZ?

  • 47 per cent of Londoners think it is a good idea and they don’t mind it being brought in
  • 45 per cent can understand the reasons, but feel frustrated by it
  • 8 per cent think it’s a bad idea

Find out more about the findings and the rest of the Bikesure survey by clicking here.

What do you think of the ULEZ? Is it necessary to combat the levels of C02 and nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere, or does it pose a threat to the levels of business factors and garages can receive and deliver?

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VIP experience on offer from Schaeffler at Automechanika Birmingham

Members and non-members of REPXPERT can still register for the VIP experience

Schaeffler has invited its REPXPERT members to register as VIP guests for Automechanika Birmingham 2019 for the three-day event at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 4 June, with a variety of prizes and rewards available.

REPXPERT members and non-members can now sign-up online to receive hospitality from Schaeffler, which includes lunch, a premium REPXPERT messenger bag full of workshop goodies, including a ‘magnaband’ wrist magnet, sports bottle, leaflet, pen and REPXPERT bonus points – plus all the benefits of Automechanika’s ‘Big UK Garage Event’ – all free-of-charge.

Range of benefits

Automechanika’s Big UK Garage Event adds breakfast, free car park voucher, as well as CPD-accredited training opportunities, live demonstrations and business advice.

Nigel Morgan, managing director of Schaeffler UK’s aftermarket division, said: “Schaeffler is delighted to be returning to Automechanika Birmingham and is back with a packed schedule full of top training, interactive exhibits and special guests over the three days.

“We are especially excited to again welcome REPXPERT VIPs to our stand which will make their show even more special.

“REPXPERT VIP registration is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we urge members to sign-up quickly by logging in at www.repxpert.co.uk and clicking the Automechanika VIP button.

Additionally, for visitors from factors and the wider automotive aftermarket, the Retail Accessories Village will be open with the latest products and technology for suppliers of vehicle accessories.

Non-members can sign up

“Any technician that isn’t already a REPXPERT member can register for free at the site now to access the VIP link, or can sign-up at the show to become an instant VIP.

“The REPXPERT VIP package is just one small part of what visitors can expect from Schaeffler at Automechanika Birmingham 2019, and we will reveal further details of what else will be happening on our stand soon – watch this space.”

Schaeffler is a global supplier of OE-quality parts to the automotive aftermarket.

Find out more about REPXPERT and signing up for the VIP package by clicking here.

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Why you should recommend cabin air filter replacement to customers this spring

MANN-FILTER cabin air filters offer protection against particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and allergens

Changing the cabin air filter in good time is particularly important in spring, when the peak pollen count season starts, global filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL has said.

Global filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL, based in Ludwigsburg Germany, provides effective protection against allergens, harmful gases and particulate matter with its MANN-FILTER FreciousPlus cabin air filters.

A MANN+HUMMEL spokesperson said: “A vehicle ventilation system draws in huge volumes of air from outside the vehicle into the passenger compartment.

“Each hour, several hundred thousand litres of this polluted outside air pass through the vehicle’s ventilation system into the interior, bringing with them not only allergens but also particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and other harmful gases that pose a threat to the health of the vehicle occupants.

Health threat

“This means that the air in the interior of the vehicle is often much more polluted than the ambient air.

“Thorough purification of the outside air by means of a cabin air filter is therefore essential, especially for frequent drivers, allergy sufferers, and children.”

MANN+HUMMEL say its MANN-FILTER cabin air filters in original equipment quality frees the air from outside the vehicle of nearly 100 per cent of particles and harmful gases.

The MANN-FILTER FreciousPlus filters out particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 micrometres (PM 2.5), almost completely.

For comparison: These particles are up to 30–40 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.

Its sources include the abrasion of tyres and brake disks.

Odours and poisonous gases

In addition, the FreciousPlus cabin air filter adsorbs unpleasant odours and poisonous gases such as nitrogen oxides and ozone.

This reduces the nitrogen oxide concentration in the vehicle interior.

The biofunctional and antimicrobial coating on the FreciousPlus also traps the allergens which can be released from pollen as well as blocking the growth of bacteria and mould fungi.

With over 100 different types of FreciousPlus cabin air filters in original equipment quality, MANN-FILTER covers nearly 70 per cent of the European passenger car and transporter fleet.

For further information about MANN-FILTER, click here.

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“Leading-edge product innovation” supported by OSRAM takeover of Ring

The takeover has been welcomed by Ring as “very positive news” for customers

OSRAM has completed a takeover Ring, the aftermarket manufacturer of automotive lighting, electronics and accessories, as the company expands its product range in the automotive sector.

“With the acquisition of Ring Automotive, we are further expanding our aftermarket portfolio and can at the same time use stable distribution channels in the United Kingdom,” Hans-Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO OSRAM Automotive, said.

With 160 employees, Ring Automotive achieved annual sales of around £40 million in 2017.

By acquiring Ring Automotive, OSRAM has said it is investing in the future; the British company has an established, valuable brand and a well-placed sales model in the automotive aftermarket sector.

In addition, Ring’s product portfolio goes far beyond classic automotive lighting and complements OSRAM’s product range.

Ring, for example, manufactures electronic car accessories and is represented by over 3000 dealers in over 60 countries with around 6,000 products.

Positive news for garage and factor customers

In addition, OSRAM will give the ring portfolio access to the US market via the established OSRAM Sylvania channels and opens up new sales potential in Europe and the rest of the world with a differentiated brand strategy.

George Skalski, managing director of Ring Automotive, said: “We look forward to working alongside OSRAM and believe that the transaction is very positive news for all of our colleagues and customers.

Leading-edge product innovation

“The acquisition secures continued investment in the business, which will support our future growth plans and our leading-edge product innovation.”

The parties, including the seller Rubicon Partners, have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.

Find out more about OSRAM and their aftermarket brands by clicking here.

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Yuasa to give away Honda Fireblade in new consumer motorcycle competition

Scratch card comp to run until October 2019 with £25,000 worth of prizes up for grabs

Battery manufacturer and OE supplier to top motorcycle brands, Yuasa is launching an exciting motorcycle scratch card competition this spring.

With prizes including a Honda Fireblade, a Honda Fourtrax ATV, ten MDS helmets and 100 Yuasa smart chargers up for grabs, consumers are encouraged to choose a Yuasa motorcycle and powersports battery to secure their place in the prize draw.

The impressive range of prizes is worth over £25,000.

Consumers simply need to buy a qualifying Yuasa motorcycle and powersport battery and collect their entry scratch card.

Cards will be available from hundreds of participating retailers across England, Scotland and Wales.

Customers must also keep a copy of their receipt and then visit www.yuasa.co.uk/winabike to enter.

Here they will need to complete a form, enter their unique code plus upload an image of their till receipt on the Yuasa website.

James Douglas, marketing and product manager, said: “This is the biggest competition we’ve ever run.

“We can’t wait to see the level of interest.

“All our prizes are fantastic, but to win a Honda Fireblade or a Honda Fourtrax ATV could really make some lucky person’s year.

“Good luck to everyone who enters.”

All Yuasa motorcycle and powersport batteries qualify for the competition including Yuasa’s high performance maintenance free GYZ, YTZ and YTX types, maintenance free YTX and YIX ranges Yumicron, Yumicron CX, conventional 6 volt and conventional 12 volt ranges.

To find out more about the competition and Yuasa batteries, click here.

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Autotech Recruit spearheads innovative permanent recruitment drive

Initiative to offer bespoke projects for individual businesses for large scale or multi-site permanent recruitment

Autotech Recruit has launched a pioneering, large-scale permanent recruitment drive, which is set to deliver multiple technicians across multiple sites, revolutionising the way in which national automotive companies recruit permanent vehicle technicians.

Due to the mass delivery of vehicle technicians, each unique permanent recruitment project is set to be extremely cost effective, with a saving of up to 60 per cent per candidate compared to traditional recruitment methods.

Each project will be based on a dedicated SLA agreement, set out by Autotech Recruit, to deliver a specified amount of vehicle technicians over a set period of time – if they do not deliver the full quota, they will refund a percentage of their fee.

“Cost-effective solution”

Gavin White, managing director at Autotech Recruit said: “This is a major shift in the process of permanent recruitment.

“It is a very cost-effective solution as we are not only putting our reputation on the line, however both parties have a deadline to deliver.”

This innovative approach to large-scale permanent recruitment, which will be an extension of Autotech Recruit’s rapidly growing employment solutions offering, will be managed by a dedicated team of permanent recruitment consultants.

The new service will be headed up by Sue Dixon, who spent almost 20 years within the recruitment division of Mercedes-Benz UK.

Online portal

A bespoke, online portal will underpin each permanent recruitment project and be accessible to all members of the client team during the project lifetime.

The permanent team manage every aspect of the recruitment campaign and, after thoroughly vetting each of the candidates, Autotech Recruit will load CVs onto the portal, with an alert sent to the client.

Gavin added: “Through the portal the employer can immediately access information on a highly suitable candidate, who meets their exact needs based on experience, skill set, location, and job flexibility such as part-time.

This is set to significantly reduce the overall recruitment time.

“Garages and dealerships are suffering from a wide-spread shortage of skilled technicians.

“However, they do not have the time to process CVs and find suitable candidates, while head office HR departments do not have the capacity to recruit for individual employers.”

“Our solution to large scale permanent recruitment is an innovative, semi-automated solution which will provide a consistent recruitment approach.”

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