Federal-Mogul to give away '66 El Camino in contest
ST. LOUIS-Federal-Mogul Corp.'s Technical Education Center (TEC) will give away a red 1966 Chevrolet El Camino SS to an automotive aftermarket professional as part of the 2005 Federal-Mogul Training Excellence Sweepstakes.
Any qualified aftermarket professional-including engine rebuilders, professional technicians or parts counterpersons-can enter the contest by enrolling in a 2005 TEC training workshop or field clinic or by contacting TEC for course information. Federal-Mogul said there is no entry fee or enrollment requirement.
The St. Louis-based center offers on-site and field training workshops covering engine, steering and suspension, driveline, brake, fuel system, ignition and automotive electronics.
The sweepstakes drawing will be held in December 2005.
AAIA debuts Web-based online searchable events calendar
BETHESDA, Md.-The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has unveiled a comprehensive searchable online list of automotive industry trade shows, conferences, meetings, symposiums and other events through 2007.
The Bethesda-based trade group said the events calendar-available at www.aftermarket.org/events/industry_calendar-can be searched by date or company/organization name. Users also can scroll day by day. Events are removed from the Web page automatically the day after each event but are archived and can be searched, AAIA said.
Event information can be e-mailed to [email protected]
SEMA signs cooperative pact with German trade group
WASHINGTON-The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a German trade association to promote increased cooperation between their organizations.
The agreement was signed with the Verband Deutscher Automobiltuner e.V. (VDAT) group based in Duesseldorf, Germany. With the pact, SEMA and VDAT will become members of each other's associations, exchange market and other information to members, work together on legislative and regulatory issues and meet regularly to promote closer relations between the groups, SEMA said.
``Working more closely together with our friends at VDAT will greatly enhance the ability of the specialty equipment industry to grow on both continents,'' said Christopher Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
``It is essential that we join forces with our friends in Europe to be proactive regarding legislative and regulatory proposals which hamper the ability of consumers to personalize their vehicles.''
Raybestos brand exclusive disc brake coverage for 3 models
MCHENRY, Ill.-Brake Parts Inc., maker of Raybestos-brand brakes, said it is the first company to market exclusive coverage on PG PLUS disc brake pads for the 2004 Acura TL and 2004 Volvo S60R and V70R.
The company said its Raybestos pads are consistent with original equipment design and incorporate the appropriate shims, slots, chamfers and sensors. The PG PLUS line is Dual Dynamometer Differential Effectiveness Analysis-certified to be consistent with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements for new vehicles, Brake Parts added.
The brake application for the Acura is PGD1049M (front), according to the firm; the application for the Volvo models is PGD1016M (front).
Expect more light trucks on America's roadways-Polk
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-By 2008 the percentage of light trucks will grow to 45.3 percent of all light vehicles on the road, according to research firm R.L. Polk & Co.
In 2003, passenger cars made up 60 percent of vehicles in operation, with light trucks trailing at 40 percent. That gap is expected to close to 54.7 percent vs. 45.3 percent by 2008, Polk said. The company said the number of light vehicles in the U.S. will grow to 234.4 million units by July 2008.
The report looked at total vehicles-in-operation (VIO), which is defined as previously registered vehicles plus new registrations, less any vehicles scrapped during the year.
``During the next five years, we expect light truck VIO to grow by over 13 percent and passenger VIO to fall by nearly 9 percent,'' said Marty Miller, product manager with Polk's product strategy team. ``This development will certainly have implications for automotive part product lifecycles and the aftermarket.''
The firm predicted passenger VIO will decrease in part as older cars are scrapped and replaced with light trucks.
Aftermarket Legislative Summit scheduled for March 1-2
WASHINGTON-More than 200 representatives of the automotive aftermarket industry are expected in Washington March 1-2 for the 2005 Aftermarket Legislative Summit, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
Federal legislators and their staff are expected at a legislative reception March 1, followed the next day by aftermarket executives lobbying their elected officials on such topics as the Motor Vehicle Owner's Right to Repair Act, Association Health Plan legislation, auto parts anti-counterfeiting legislation and asbestos litigation reform.
Eleven associations co-sponsor the event, including AAIA, the Tire Industry Association, the Service Station Dealers of America and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality.
ArvinMeritor sells non-core automotive business
TROY, Mich.-Automotive components maker ArvinMeritor Inc. has sold its Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) automotive stampings and components manufacturing operation in Columbus, Ind., to privately-owned Columbus Components Group (CCG) L.L.C.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
``ArvinMeritor is committed to rationalizing its operations so it can focus on its core automotive businesses,'' said Keith Warf, vice president of global operations for LVS Emissions Technologies. ``The facility has been the primary supplier of high-quality exhaust stampings and welded assemblies for the company's U.S. and Canadian exhaust systems plants. It will continue to do so through a multi-year supply agreement with CCG, thereby providing employees with tremendous growth opportunities.''
Rick Bohn, chief operating officer for CCG, called the acquisition ``an exciting addition to our portfolio of companies in the transportation components sector,'' and said the company is ``looking forward to working with the Columbus team on developing robust growth strategies that will further enhance the value provided to current and future customers.''
ArvinMeritor's LVS unit posted $4.8 billion in sales during fiscal year 2004. It employs 17,000 people at 75 facilities in 23 countries and supplies integrated systems and modules to passenger car and light truck original equipment manufacturers worldwide.
Troy-based ArvinMeritor is a global supplier of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry.
Federal-Mogul named brake parts supplier to Monro
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-Monro Muffler Brake & Service has named Federal-Mogul Corp. its supplier of replacement brake system components.
The repair chain's more than 600 automotive service centers will stock pads, shoes, rotors, hydraulics and other products marketed under Federal-Mogul's Wagner Brake brand.
The new business is a continuation of Federal-Mogul's aggressive growth within the North American brake parts category, according to the Southfield-based company, a worldwide supplier of automotive original equipment and replacement friction products.
``We're very proud to have earned the trust of a leading automotive service chain so well known for its expertise in the brake category,'' said Robert F. Egan, Federal-Mogul vice president, aftermarket sales, the Americas.