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UAN makes changes to sales team structure

UAN has made significant changes to its sales team structure, designed to provide distributors and suppliers with greater support and resources from the group. The changes will see four territories created and mean UAN's four strong team will cover both car and CV groups. The sales team and territory changes are as follows: Kevin Davison, UAN Business Development Manager North Stephen Hague, UAN Business Development Manager Midlands Dave Hardy, UAN Business Development Manager South Rod Edwards will also cover car and CV distributors in the south while occupying a new role of Field Support Manager, working with UAN BDMs, distributors and suppliers throughout the UK and Ireland. Read More..

Distributors named in Mintex roll of honour

Two UAN distributors; BJ Ashpole (Bishops Stortford) and S & W Services (Bradford), have been highlighted in a Mintex roll of honour celebrating 100 years of the friction brand. Both distributors have been acknowledged for their support of Mintex for more than 30 years. The Mintex range alone includes over 1250 references in brake pads, over 300 brake shoes, more than 700 discs and 55 brake drums, as well as a complete range of brake system accessories and brake fluids. Read More..

FPS to distribute WD-40

FPS has added WD-40 Company Ltd's range of brands to its portfolio of lubricant products. WD-40 Company Ltd produce the UK's No.1 multi-purpose lubricant brand WD-40 and also 3-IN-ONE, which consists of the best selling drip product and the new specialist 3-IN-ONE Professional range. Read More..

CV meeting ends on a high

The UAN CV group has held its first distributor meeting of the year and there was an air of optimism among those that attended. Hosted by ZF Trading UK in Northampton, CV distributors were given an open forum to discuss new ideas and issues relating to the marketplace, suppliers and the progress of the group. Distributors also went away with a copy of the new UAN distributor guide, which provides details of every supplier agreement and information on the group. Read More..

ADF calls for R2RC support

The European Commission has published its long-awaited and much-leaked opinion document on the future of the Block Exemption Regulation (EC1400,2002) (aka BER). In the document the Commission confirms its view that market changes make an automotive sector-specific Exemption unnecessary and, instead, that the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption Regulation (EC2790,1999), which presently covers distribution agreements outside the motor vehicle sector, would represent an equivalent, but more flexible regime, combined with the general competition rules of Art.81 and Art. Read More..

Listening to music could cost factors

Industry trade body ADF is alerting the trade to the increased activities by officials from the Performing Right Society (PRS), the body which licenses music use by businesses and distributes royalties to the writers and publishers of the music. With the increase in music downloads from the Internet, music publishers and record companies face declining sales which, in turn, means that the royalties due to artistes and composers are more difficult to collect. The PRS has therefore become far more active in seeking out illegal use of music in workplaces. Read More..

FPS installs Autocat+

FPS Distribution has integrated MAM Software's Autocat+ electronic parts catalogue throughout its branch network. The move coincides with the appointment of dedicated cataloguing staff at FPS. Gabriel Donnelly, FPS' new Cataloguing Manager, says: 'Electronic cataloguing is as important for us as it is for our customers. Read More..

National Minimum Wage increase

From 1 October 2008, the adult national minimum wage rate will increase to £5.73 per hour and the rate payable to 18 to 21 year olds will increase to £4.77. Read More..

ADF aims to improve factoring standards

The ADF is encouraging members to adopt business improvement programmes, leading to accreditation to a standard developed by the Federation. This follows significant progress in the development of an ATA parts personnel assessment programme for members' staff and builds on the revision of the ADF's Code of Practice, which was unanimously adopted at the Federation's AGM in 2006. Quentin Cornforth, ADF President, explained that market dynamics were forcing the pace of change. Read More..

People news: Dowler joins FAI

Danny Dowler has joined FAI as area sales manager for Wales, midlands and south west of England.

Dowler has 18 years experience in the aftermarket, having worked for Tetrosyl, Autogem and more recently Sherbrook.

He said: 'The market is competitive and cheap products are entering the sector, but FAI is associated with quality and we will continue to build on our growth by pushing our ranges of quality products to motor factor customers. Read More..

Baldwin Filters approved to UAN CV group

Baldwin Filters has become an approved supplier to UAN CV group. The company is headquartered in the US and is a worldwide manufacturer of heavy duty filters, supplying close to 5000 part numbers covering air, fuel, oil and hydraulic applications. Baldwin offers extensive promotional and marketing support to distributors notably through its Baldwin "brand builder" point of sale (POS) programme. Read More..

Quinton Hazell plays Q-PID

Quinton Hazell has launched Q-PID Live! an online version of its Q-PID CD, which allows users to look-up QH parts using a vehicle's VRM or Vin details. Q-PID Live! is free to download and use, but if distributors choose to use it with the VRM or VIN lookup there is a charge for each look up (tokens can be purchased via the website). If users decide not to purchase VRM Tokens then they can still use Q-PID Live! Free of Charge to manually search for Quinton Hazell parts and Cross References provided they have access to the product, make, model, engine & year. Read More..

ADF reminds trade of BER opportunities

The Automotive Distribution Federation ADF has reproduced its leaflet on Block Exemption 2003, designed to educate motor factors, garages and the general public on their rights under the legislation. ADF is at pains to stress the four freedoms introduced by the legislation aimed at safeguarding free competition on the entire market for vehicle spare parts service and repair. On the leaflet, the ADF states that it has written confirmation from the office of fair trading (OFT) that: "Independent repairers CAN carry out normal maintenance and repair services during a vehicle's warranty period without invalidating the car company's warranty conditions. Read More..

Mintex launches competitor lookup tool

TMD has launched a new competitor lookup tool, which is now live on the UK Mintex website.

The tool enables users to input a competitors part number in order to determine the cross-referenced Mintex part.

Simply enter the competitors part number in the space provided on the website e. Read More..

Tetrosyl product recall

Tetrosyl is withdrawing its Tetracan Fuel Cans after noticing that a very small number of cans, with an incorrect neck height, prevent the cap,spout sealing to its normal exacting standards.

Tetrosyl says that unfortunately the fault is sporadic and random and therefore difficult to identify as to when and where it may have occurred.

This fault can cause cans to leak when not upright, however the Carplan can is a square, flat-base design which minimizes the risk of toppling over. Read More..

Supplier price increases update

The following suppliers have notified UAN with regards to price increases: Miswa Chemicals. Prices will increase from 1 June 2008 on the following Polygard products: Antifreeze and coolant, screenwash, de-icer, brake cleaner, wash and wax, traffic film remover, exhaust putty and brake fluid. Tetrosyl have announced a price increase on spirits from May 17th and an increase on lubricants and screenwash from June 7th. Read More..

Mahle in Bosch tie-up

Mahle and Bosch have agreed to establish a fifty-fifty joint venture to develop, manufacture, and market exhaust gas turbochargers. The venture began in April 2008 and the company will be called "Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems" which will be headquartered in Stuttgart. As part of the downsizing concept for the engines of the future, exhaust gas turbochargers are one of the key technologies for achieving a sustained cut in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Read More..

It all adds up for QH

Quinton Hazell has introduced more than 100 new part numbers across all product ranges during May. Most popular this month are steering components, with 65 individual part numbers added to the overall range. Also new is an addition to the QH range of water pumps. Read More..

UKB re-energizes with reduced prices

UK Batteries has won the rights to distribute the Energizer brand of batteries and the company has responded by announcing reduced prices for the brand as of 1 May 2008.

The brand comprises a number of ranges. The Energizer Premium range is intended for use in car applications where there is an extremely high cyclic demand, while the Energizer and Energizer Plus ranges provide maximum market coverage of the current cars on the UK roads, plus older vehicles. Read More..

The Peninsula 24 Hour Advice Service once received a call from one of its clients, a scaffolding company.

The Peninsula 24 Hour Advice Service once received a call from one of its clients, a scaffolding company. The caller asked how to manage a situation with one of their probationers. When asked what the problem was it transpired the probationer concerned was scared of heights. Read More..