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Fix gets connected with National

Fix Auto UK has forged a new partnership with National Windscreens to provide its repairers with instant access to the latest ADAS calibration systems. Complementing significant investments in ADAS calibration technology already made by Fix Auto franchisees, the agreement follows a £2m investment in the latest equipment and training by National Windscreens encompassing all of its 108 centres. Centrally managed […]

VW CV opens Trafford Park facility

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating the opening of a brand-new purpose–built authorised repairer workshop on Trafford Park in Manchester. The new Inchcape facility is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, measuring in at 21,000sqft, and boasting 16 service ramps, an MOT facility and a 22-strong team. Inchcape Volkswagen Commercial is already a leading retailer […]

AkzoNobel backs ARC apprentices

AkzoNobel has helped The ARC Group apprentices to achieve their automotive senior paint technician accreditation (ATA) at its state-of-the-art training centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Mick Finch, technical coordinator at AkzoNobel, helped guide the apprentices through their ATA-accredited training programme as part of the company’s approach of ‘investment in tomorrow’s repair professionals’. Chris Pomroy, The ARC Group’s owner, said, ‘AkzoNobel has […]

VW and Ford sign MOU

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and are exploring a strategic alliance designed to strengthen each company’s competitiveness and better serve customers globally. The companies are exploring potential projects across a number of areas – including developing a range of commercial vehicles together to better serve the evolving needs of customers. The potential alliance […]

CARS ready for recycling show

CARS – the complete auto recycling show and metals recycling event – is set to take place on 11-12 July 2018 at NAEC, Stoneleigh, West Midlands. Europe’s largest event dedicated to vehicle and metal recycling provides indoor and outdoor exhibitions, demonstrations and conference sessions, along with a host of extra-curricular activities across the two days. Practical workshops include the Salvage […]

New car discounts static

Despite a struggling new car market, dealer discounts have remained static over the last three months (March to May), according to a What Car? Target Price report. UK car sales figures have fallen by 6.8% in 2018, with 1,079,049 sold so far but average cash discounts across the industry have remained flat at 8.3% – equal to £2,581. Curated by […]

Transparency urged to build trust

Dragon2000 is urging garages and workshops to provide transparency via video alongside vehicle health checks (VHCs), to build customer trust following the recent MOT changes. According to the updated MOT inspection manual, published by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), three new categories have been introduced to grade car defects. Based on the urgency of the fault which requires […]

National Windscreens issues MOT reminder

National Windscreens is reminding motorists that while the newly introduced MOT regulations do not include changes to existing windscreen checks, many could still have their MOT failed as a result of damage or impaired vision to a vehicle’s glazing. The move follows stricter MOT standards being introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) following a review of procedures. […]

James Group recognised for growth

The James Group, parent company of L&I Eaton ARC, Brooklands Autobody Ltd and Brooklands Lincoln, has been recognised as one of the Top 50 of the fastest growing businesses in the North West 2018. The list, compiled by Ward Hadaway – one of the UK’s Top 100 law firms – was highlighted at an awards ceremony in Manchester, during which […]

Axalta: IBIS a ‘must attend’

A 32 strong delegation of Axalta representatives participated in the IBIS Global Summit 2018 that took place in Munich, Germany. The delegation included representatives from the company’s senior management team, teams from Axalta’s three premium global refinish brands – Cromax, Spies Hecker, and Standox – as well as a number of its partners and customers. Axalta supported the summit as […]

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