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Banner-up with Sovereign

Sovereign Rotating Machines is offering UAN distributors a marketing opportunity to promote the company's product range of starters, alternators, ignition leads and, coil on plug.

With every stock package purchased, the company is offering a full colour pull-up banner to be used in the retail areas of a motor factor's business.

The banner can also be branded with a distributor's logo. Read More..

Business Advice from Peninsula: How to manage staff internet use

Question: We are a small business employing 20+ staff and have noticed an increase in personal internet use especially on social network sites such as Facebook. Can we introduce a policy that prevents people from using the internet for personal use and furthermore we want the same policy to cover e-mails and personal telephone calls. Can we discipline staff who continue to use these facilities for their own use providing we have the policy in place? Answer: It is essential to introduce a clear policy on the use of e-mails, telephone facilities and the internet. Read More..

Curtain closes on CV event

The Commercial Vehicle Show 2008 has come to its conclusion after three busy days at the NEC Birmingham.

UAN suppliers present at the event included EBS, PBL, Elta Lighting, Manbat and Roadink International.

The show covered a combined area of over 90,000 square metres, with exhibitors using the event to launch new products and services. Read More..

Introducing: V-Tech

UAN has approved V-Tech as a supplier of diagnostics, training & garage equipment to the group. V-Tech UK has become a leading supplier to the aftermarket industry, bringing popular equipment at exceptional value to the market, such as the V-Tech Emissions Combi, Multiscan, CMT, Win-Star & many more. The company offers an extensive product range from affordable handheld service light reset tools to comprehensive brand specific specialist diagnostic solutions. Read More..

First Line warns trade

UAN supplier First Line is reacting to the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide legislation with the launch of an awareness campaign highlighting the risks of supplying non-OE matching parts. Under the new legislation, motor factors that supply spurious quality parts could face prosecution if the vehicle the part is fitted to is involved in an accident, resulting in a fatality. Jeff Earl, First Line, Marketing Services Manager, said: "It's a big possibility that if you are uncertain of the origin or integrity of the part you are supplying or fitting, you could be liable if that part proves to be defective and someone dies as a result. Read More..

UAN suppliers boost e-commerce abilities

UAN suppliers Pearl Automotive and Sovereign are the latest suppliers to install MAM Software's Autonet electronic trading solution to power their e-commerce initiatives. Their participation takes the total number of Autonet-enabled suppliers to almost 70. Autonet B2B Seller will integrate with each supplier's existing MAM Autopart systems and allow them to trade electronically with their individual motor factor customers. Read More..

Gates underlines quality

Gates has reaffirmed its product quality to the trade with the production of a block exemption regulation (BER) declaration.

The declaration, from Peter Verdonckt, Gates Vice President, Automotive Aftermarket Europe, reads: 'We hereby declare that Gates products meet the requirements for automotive spare parts, as established by the Commission Regulation (EC) N° 1400,2002 Art. 1 1 t) or u), especially in view of the repair and maintenance operations by professional installers. Read More..

Hague joins UAN

UAN is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Hague (right) as business development manager for UAN, covering Northern England and Scotland. Hague has more than 25 years experience in the automotive aftermarket and was previously Regional Sales Manager North England,Scotland for Mahle Filters. Prior to this, Hague was employed by Fram Europe for 12 years after enjoying a spell with Automotive Chemicals for four years. Read More..

EEC launches UAN mailer

European Exhaust and Catalyst has launched a new UAN electronic mail communication for distributors. The mailing contains information on the company's latest additions to its range & new product lines. EEC has also made changes recently to its web page www. Read More..

Have you seen the UAN sign?

UAN has produced a new distributor sign featuring more than 20 of the group's approved suppliers. Each UAN car and commercial vehicle distributor will receive a sign, which can be attached to a building by UAN's business development managers. The sign is designed to effectively promote a distributor's branded offering to customers and highlights the fact that if garages request a brand or product featured on the sign, then UAN distributors can supply it. Read More..

Mintex LCV range launched

TMD Friction has launched a new Mintex braking range for light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The company claims that today's vans can operate at fast speeds, often at maximum payload and so the need for quality brake parts is greater than ever. With 23 VMs covered, the range comprises 575 references covering pads, discs, shoes, drums, accessories and fluids. Read More..

TMD highlights UAN successes in newsletter

UAN made a welcome appearance in issue 7 of TMD Friction's newsletter Driven, which celebrated the company's recent successes in being awarded UAN car supplier of the year single product and highly commended CV supplier of the year. Commenting on the award, Richard Gleghorn TMD's Car UK Sales Manager said: "We're delighted to receive this award, an acknowledgement by the members committed to us that we have played our part in helping their businesses to go forward. We sincerely hope that this will at least indicate to those members who are considering us that we are a solid supplier intent on proving that our products and support will be good for their business in the future. Read More..

People news: Godby boosts Valeo CV

Valeo Service (UK) has appointed Paul Godby as CV Business Development Manager. Godby, 35, is already well-known to many customers, following six years as the company's Field Engineer in the South of England. His new responsibility will be to drive sales of Valeo's expanding CV product range to customers and buying groups across the UK and Ireland. Read More..

Countdown to Phuket begins

The countdown has begun to the 2008 UAN incentive trip to Phuket, Thailand, as the Cape Town incentive came to its conclusion. In Cape Town, Distributors enjoyed a full event itinerary including a surprise excursion to the top of Table Mountain, via the mountain's cableway. A feature on Cape Town will appear in the next issue of United and distributor feedback will also appear on the website shortly. Read More..

Improved Gates deal

UAN has strengthened its supply supply deal with Gates, with product available through FPS and warehouse distributor GP Automotive.

The Gates approved products include: Timing Belts, timing belt kits, drive belts, drive belt kits and, tensioners.

The thee year deal came into force from April 2008 and runs until 2011. Read More..

New legislation comes into force

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into effect this week. Under the new law companies, organisations and, for the first time, government bodies face a criminal offence and larger fines if they are found to have caused death due to their gross corporate health and safety failures. The Corporate Manslaughter Act is a landmark in law and the culmination of ten years of campaigning by unions and other groups. Read More..

Rise to top begins even before it was launched!

With figures still coming into UAN, January 2008 looks on course to become a record month for the group and signal a positive to start to the year for UAN distributors and suppliers. UAN believes this growth will continue following the launch of its 2008 incentive trip to Phuket, Thailand at its recently held conference in Prague. UAN BDMS have been working around the clock this week to finalise distributor targets and will announce those at forthcoming meetings. Read More..

First Line aims big in 2008

First Line is aiming to make its 25th year its best ever and has kick started the year with the launch of a number of promotions and incentives for UAN distributors. The company has also received a major boost by winning the UAN car multi-product supplier of the year for 2007, voted for by UAN distributors and presented at the recent UAN conference in Prague (pictured right). In 2008, the company is also proactively launching new ranges to its programme, along with new catalogues for existing product groups. Read More..

UAN winners announced

The UAN 2008 Conference featured the group's 2007 supplier of the year awards ceremony. UAN distributor members present at the conference placed votes for their favoured car and commercial vehicle supplier and the winners were as follows: Car single product supplier of the year: Winner TMD Friction Highly Commended Apec Braking ; Car multi-product supplier of the year: Winner First Line, Highly Commended FPS ; CV supplier of the year: Winner FPS, Highly Commended TMD Friction.. Read More..

Conference sets new standards

United Aftermarket Network (UAN) is celebrating after successfully holding its largest ever distributor and supplier conference in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 160 delegates took part in 600 distributor , supplier meetings in one afternoon during the conference at the Hilton Hotel Prague in early February. The event once again comprised UAN's bespoke 'workshop meetings matrix' format, offering distributors set meetings with the group's approved suppliers. Read More..