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Items from July 2008


R2RC launches European petition

The Right to Repair Campaign has launched a European wide petition, which will be sent to the European decision makers. We invite you to sign the petition today in order to make your voice heard.

Since 2002, the Block Exemption Regulation 1400,2002 has ensured effective and fair competition in the distribution of new vehicles and in the automotive aftermarket to the benefit of consumers. Read More..

Changes to number plate legislation

UAN approved supplier Bestplate has informed the group of the following changes to current numberplate legisation: 1. From the 1st August 2008 the Register of Number Plate Suppliers will be extended to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications must be received by the 1st October 2008 at the latest either by phone or post. Read More..

Follow the signs!

The play on words said it all for one UAN distributor, who spotted this 'interesting' advert for Air Asia, promoting one of its destinations Phuket, home of the 2008 UAN incentive trip. The upcoming UAN incentive trip looks set to be the group's biggest yet, with dates for the trip confirmed as 14 to 21 March 2009. As all sales figures for the second quarter of 2008 have now been supplied, distributors will soon receive an update as to their progress towards achieving a holiday ticket. Read More..

New appointments

UAN CV supplier European Braking Systems (EBS) , Abal has appointed Paul Johnson as product development and purchasing manager.

Johnson started his career at Trailercraft (Bradford) in 1986, before moving to Abal in 1996 as technical warehouse manager, before moving into product development and sourcing.

He left Abal in 2007 but is delighted to have returned to the company in his new role, which will see him explore product development, sourcing, stock control and purchasing. Read More..

UAN distributor wins TMD promotion

UAN distributor TrueBrake Ltd in Brentford has become the lucky winner of a new Transit SportVan, thanks to a promotion to celebrate the launch of the Mintex LCV range. The van worth £23,000 is stylishly branded with TMD Friction graphics and will also comprise TrueBrake's details. The winner was drawn out of a hat by Robert Crump, TMD Friction UK Sales Director. Read More..

Elta aims to light up sales

Elta Lighting has launched a new Lucas Single Box stand (pictured), capable of contain more than 200 bulbs.

The stand is available for distribution from Monday 21st July and includes a bulb identification panel and storage space for spare bulbs.

Elta has also launched a new Lighting & Mirrors catalogue for 2008. Read More..

Customers to put Valeo to the test

Valeo Service (UK) has launched a new campaign where it is aiming to stock every product it sells. The business believes that its plan will help to offer a more comprehensive and faster service to the aftermarket. Valeo's "Just Ask" campaign "you ask, we'll have it" is the new mantra at the company's Redditch distribution centre - launched at the end of May. Read More..

Manbat promotes Varta

Manbat is running one of its largest ever Varta promotions in August, offering distributors extended credit, increased discounts and the opportunity to obtain Varta branded clothing, dependent on the number of units ordered from the battery distributor. The promotion runs on all Varta batteries and the Varta branded clothing range includes polo shirts, fleeces, and jackets. UAN distributors also have the opportunity to brand this clothing range with their own logo alongside that of Varta's. Read More..

TFL sets record straight on LEZ

SMMT's Transport News Brief has heard that some operators thought that Transport for London (TFL) had dropped its policy of a 28-day grace period after a vehicle was first spotted in the LEZ. SMMT contacted TFL and the response was: 'TfL's policy of issuing only warning letters to operators of non-compliant vehicles the first time they are seen within the Low Emission Zone will be in place throughout the life of the scheme. The policy has worked well in the months since the scheme started and TfL is very pleased with the levels of vehicle compliance. Read More..

Peninsula highlights employment law changes

Peninsula is reminding UAN distributors that the Government have announced several important changes taking place to employment legislation in the next 12 months.

1. In October, there are changes to the entitlements to non-pay benefits during Maternity leave and, of course, increases to the minimum wage. Read More..

Ring lights the way

Ring Automotive has completed the installation of a new light tunnel laboratory to assist with the development and testing of vehicle lamps and lighting. Nick Cameron, Technical and Marketing Director, said: "The new £100,000 light tunnel laboratory is an extension of our already comprehensive test facilities. It will provide us with two distinctive advantages. Read More..

Ultra Parts unveils new online catalogue

UAN supplier Ultra Parts has launched its new online catalogue at Read More..

New appointments

Sogefi appoints new sales & marketing director Sogefi, home of Fram, Coopers and Crosland brands, has appointed Marko Wowczyna in the newly created role of sales & marketing director. Wowczyna, who led DENSO Aftermarket Sales UK from introduction to growth and previously held senior sales roles at TRW Automotive Aftermarket and Magneti Marelli UK, will introduce a new marketing strategy at Sogefi including refreshing and revitalising the profile of its market-leading brands. We want to help factors grow their businesses by benefiting from some of the world's best quality oil, fuel, air, diesel and cabin air filters, he confirms. Read More..

Gates withdraws from GP Automotive

As of Friday 4 July 2008, Gates has withdrawn further supply of all its products to GP Automotive Ltd. A statement to UAN from Gates Automotive Aftermarket Europe Sales Director, Malcolm Wall said that "all Gates products are fully available from Ferraris Piston Services (FPS) Ltd and we assure you continuing good availability and excellent service." UAN will keep you updated of any further developments. Read More..
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