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Monks and Wagner in at UAN

UAN has appointed Brad Monks as retail business development manager and Richard Wagner as Product Manager.

Monks (pictured below) has more than 30 years experience in the automotive aftermarket having worked for GKN, AMK, Federal-Mogul and TMD. In his role at UAN, he will be tasked with increasing the focus of members on retail sales and to enhance their retail trading environment. Read More..

Members benefit from Wipertechnik range review

Wipertechnik has extended it's range to 262 part numbers, following a review of it's car and light commercial wiper blades offering.

This review has brought about the introduction of 32 new additions to the exact fit boxed pairs range, 6 new additions to the rear blades range, 12 new additions to the retro blades range and 34 new additions to the exact fit singles range, which also benefits from a price realignment and reduction in the price of 55 part numbers to UAN distributors.

All of which compliment the existing ranges of Universal, Spoiler, Exact and Retro Blades. Read More..

Delphi is acquired

Delphi Holdings LLP has announced that it had completed the acquisition of substantially all of Delphi Corporation's global core businesses as part of the consummation of the Delphi Corporation Modified Plan of Reorganization.

Rodney O’Neal will remain President and CEO and the current leadership will continue to manage the company’s global operations. “We are grateful for the support and loyalty of our customers, who have placed their trust in

Delphi’s ability to provide world-class products and uninterrupted supply, and the support of our suppliers who have contributed broadly to our efforts,” O’Neal said. Read More..

Centrally held marketing fund creates 20 websites

The new centrally held marketing fund has created more than 20 websites for distributors since it began in January 2009.

The central fund supported by 36 approved suppliers enables distributors to realise their marketing ambitions and requirements and communicate more effectively with garages on a number of levels.

UAN can create and host a customised website for distributors, which enables them to promote their offering online. Read More..

New UAN Draper Tools booklet published

The latest edition of the UAN Draper Tools workshop booklet is now available for UAN distributors to send to customers.

The comprehensive inc & ex VAT retail priced booklet features a hand-picked selection of high quality tools for industrial, agricultural and automotive workshops.

The 128 page publication includes tools for bodywork, engine maintenance and general hand and power tools. Read More..

MAM releases new Autocat+ update

MAM Software has announced the release of Autocat+ version 5 release 2.2, a free upgrade for its electronic parts catalogue.

As well as bringing new functionality, this latest revision of the software is designed to minimise data disruptions by utilising a new backup server infrastructure. Read More..

ACDelco’s wiper blade sales increase

Whilst ACDelco’s organic product growth is emanating from across its entire UK aftermarket programme, General Manager Lee Quinney continues to be buoyed by the performance of the company’s beam and spoiler wiper blades. Introduced just over twelve months ago as part of ACDelco's product offering dedicated to the field of servicing and repair, wiper blade sales are constantly exceeding targets month on month. What’s more, it is a product range that ACDelco is set to strengthen early next year with addition of a number of new flat blade part numbers. Read More..

New POS and catalogue for Lucas batteries

As the sole supplier of the Lucas brand of batteries throughout the UK and Eire, Manbat has produced a broad range of point-of-sales (POS) material to inform the trade and public alike to the depth of the range and the many practical applications that the products are compatible with.

The material starts with a range of 11 separate A4 flyers, four of which cover the various products serving the Automotive sector, three address the Leisure and Marine sectors with four further individual flyers to cater for the CV, Motorcycle, Golf and Mobility sectors.

To supplement the flyers, a series of eye-catching battery stand header boards are also available to highlight products for the Automotive, Leisure and Marine sectors, along with a number of generic laminated A2 window posters titled ‘The Power of Lucas’. Read More..

Manbat acquired by Eco-Bat Technologies

Manbat, one of the UK's largest battery distributors, has been acquired by Eco-Bat Technologies Limited.

Steve Sheppard will continue as managing director of Manbat Limited and the business style and strategy of the company will remain unchanged.

The company will report into the European Division of Eco-Bat Technologies Limited, manged by Martin Boddy based at the corporate office in South Darley, Matlock, Derbyshire. Read More..

TTC to distribute LuK CV clutch

LuK has announced that Truck and Trailer Components (TTC) will share distribution of its product to key customers.

LuK said the agreement was made following a review of its distribution costs, which have escalated due to the rising cost of fuel and weight of its CV products in the past few years.

As a result of the agreement the following will apply:

All UAN distributor purchasing terms will remain the same. Read More..

Universal Components acquires Abal

Universal Components Group (UC) has acquired Abal Engineering Limited effective 26 October 2009.

Universal Components says this is a "strategic acquisition of a successful and profitable commercial vehicle wholesale distributor. This is aimed at increasing availability and depth of product that will give our customer base an advantage in the marketplace. Read More..

Pearl aims to meet changing of the seasons

Pearl Automotive has launched its Autumn offers promotion.

The company is encouraging distributors to get prepared by having the right stocks on the shelf to meet the increased demand of sales of electrical items.

The promotion runs until Friday 20 November. Read More..

Mafco offers Trico to UAN members

In addition to its already extensive range of Mafco branded wiper blades, the company has become a distributor of Trico wiper blades to UAN.

Mafco has never distributed a branded product before and it is hoping that this product will open up new markets the business, whilst at the same time fulfilling the needs of its existing customers to stock a branded product that is recognised by their customer.

The full range, which includes, “Neoform” OE replacement and retro-fit beam blades, and the “Exactfit” OE quality conventional front and rear blades, is backed up with probably the best wiper blade cataloguing available to the Aftermarket. Read More..

Delphi breaks new ground with UAN distributors

Delphi has brought to a close a series of meetings with UAN distributors, which it hopes will continue to build on the growing relationship between the supplier and group.

More than 25 distributors attended the three events in either West Yorkshire, Basingstoke and at the company's headquarters in Warwickshire with a view to discussing in greater detail the improved agreement from the company to distributors and, its air-conditioning, vehicle electronics and diagnostics programmes.

Delphi customer sales manager, Chris Haw, said: "We have hit new highs with UAN distributors in recent months and by talking and working with distributors, our aim is to develop this relationship even further. Read More..

Sealey promotes through UAN distributors

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Scrappage scheme extended

The Government today announced a £100M increase to the vehicle scrappage scheme to build on the success of the scheme in boosting consumer demand.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  said that Industry figures have reflected the positive impacts of the scheme both within and beyond the automotive sector, with manufacturing benefiting and the whole supply chain, from plastics and steel, to individual component manufacturers receiving a boost.

So far 227,750 orders have been placed through the scheme. Read More..

ADF chief blasts Vauxhall

A recent statement from Dave Elder of Vauxhall MasterFit has prompted the ADF’s Brian Spratt to consider referring the matter to the Office of Fair Trading.

In a press announcement Mr. Elder had been talking up the benefit to motorists of dealer servicing. Read More..

Over 50 New Type Approved Cats from Bosal

Since the introduction of Cat Type Approval Legislation on 13th August 2009, leading cat manufacturer Bosal has extended their range of Type Approved references by over 50.

Bosal was the first manufacturer to launch a range of Type Approved catalytic converters in the UK over 25 years ago. Today this is the Companies fastest growing product range comprising over 850 direct fit applications for both petrol & diesel engined vehicles including those with On Board Diagnostics (OBDII). Read More..

BTN moves to bigger and better

BTN Turbo, the UK’s largest independent turbo supplier, has bucked the recession with a move to spacious new premises, as the company celebrates its 35th year.

Still on the western edge of London at Uxbridge, BTN Turbo moved to their new site at Zodiac Park, Cowley on Friday August 14th. With almost twice as much space as before, the company is now even better placed to serve their customers, claims BTN Turbo MD Mark Dickinson. Read More..
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