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Items from February 2009


UK Batteries seals Northern Ireland acquisition

UK Batteries has signalled its intentions for growth in 2009 by purchasing the Northern Ireland Division of Energy Batteries Limited from the appointed administrator.

The Northern Ireland Division of Energy Batteries went into administration on Tuesday, 10 February and administrators quickly made the eight-strong workforce redundant.

But on learning about the administration, UK Batteries immediately stepped in and acquired the Belfast-based business. Read More..

Manbat cuts through the confusion

Manbat has been moved to react to a raft of misinformed information that has hit the trade press in recent months regarding the forthcoming EU Directive 2006,66,EC and Regulation (EC) 897,2008 (REACH).

Much has been written on the subject of the battery labelling directive and while the content of some of these articles has been correct, it has been credited to entirely the wrong directive. Read More..

Factors urged to promote R2RC supporters packs

The Right to Repair Campaign (R2RC), aimed at safeguarding the rights given to the aftermarket by the block exemption regulations 2002 (BER), has produced a supporters pack that will enable garages to promote the campaign to consumers.

The garage supporters pack, priced at £10+vat, is designed to encourage garages to become centrally involved in the campaign and effectively explain its merits to the general public.

The pack includes an R2RC DVD, 100 consumer leaflets, three R2RC posters, a ‘supporter’ sign, 400 campaign stickers and, 10 trade leaflets. Read More..

Earn additional revenue recycling old cats

UAN has appointed Refine Metals as an approved service provider.

Refine Metals says that motor factors should introduce a surcharge on catalytic converters (recommended at around £20 to £25), which will guarantee the return of old cats. The company will pay UAN members for the old cats and collect the product from the factor. Read More..

Manbat becomes licensee of Lucas batteries

Lucas Electrical has signed a new licence with Manbat Ltd for the marketing and distribution of Lucas batteries in the UK and Eire, effective from Monday 16th February 2009.


“We are very pleased to have secured the Lucas brand. It is a strong brand, particularly in batteries and suits our business strategy. Read More..

Sogefi merges Coopers and Fiaam

Sogefi Group has merged two of its brands to create the OE quality filtration range: CoopersFiaam Filters.

From March 2009, Sogefi says the brands will deliver a wider product range, a fresh new image and, even stronger customer appeal.

CoopersFiaam will maintain excellent coverage of the European passenger car market as well as a strong presence in the Heavy Duty and CV filter markets. Read More..

Clutchmaster goes into voluntary liquidation

Commercial Vehicle Supplier Clutchmaster has gone into Voluntary Liquidation.

The company operates from a 15,000sqft unit on the outskirts of Brackley, Northampton.. Read More..

Opal rolls out BEN Let's Conference

Opal Telecoms has launched a new scheme allowing voice conferencing calls to be held anytime, anywhere in the UK for a fixed price call at all times.

BEN Let's conference includes no pre-registration, reservations,  or set-up charges and only costs  6p* per minute + VAT.

Users simply call 0871 644 1111 and choose a six digit pin. Read More..
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