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Roofspace initiative

Parkway Prestige accident repair centre, Manchester is renting out its roof space for a solar array with investors ensuring it pays no more than 5p per kilowatt hour for its electricity. Before business partners Dave Gage and Tony McCauley signed up for the 100 kilowatt array at the Monde Trading Estate premises at Trafford Park, the pair were paying 13p […]

Service King launches hiring initiative

Service King Collision Repair Centers, a multi-state operator of collision repair services, has announced the launch of an aggressive long-term veterans hiring initiative under the title Mission 2 Hire. The Mission 2 Hire initiative is a pledge by Service King officials to hire at least 500 U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, their spouses or active duty personnel within the next five […]

Soberdrive has skills for the future

Soberdrive from Cirencester College were recently awarded first place in Hyundai Motor UK’s third annual ‘Skills for the Future’ competition, held at its Training Academy in High Wycombe. Of the five participating teams, Soberdrive were chosen by the five-strong judging panel thanks to their innovative and unique product, excellent presentation and teamwork skills. The team created a device that fits […]

New appointment at Farécla

Farécla has announced the appointment of Jonathan Kent who joins the company as marketing assistant. Reporting to the marketing manager, David Stokes, Jonathan’s wide-ranging duties will include helping organise product promotions and co-ordinating digital and non-digital campaigns and exhibitions. Commenting on the new addition to the team David Stokes said, ‘The recent launch of our Optimised Paint system is just […]

Foreign HGV accidents increase

Collisions on motorways involving foreign lorries have increased by 14% since 2012, Accident Exchange statistics have revealed. Lorries from Poland and Germany were found to be the most accident-prone by some margin; Polish lorries represented 15.7% of accidents, while German vehicles followed with 13.1% of lorry collisions. HGVs from Spain were involved in 6.1% of incidents. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the M25 […]

Mainstream automotive design sees simulation technology

McLaren Applied Technologies (M.A.T.) and MTS Systems Corporation (MTS) have announced a technical agreement to bring simulators and associated technology to the global automotive market. Under the terms of the agreement, M.A.T. and MTS will create and deliver a next generation Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS), which uses a tightly integrated ‘driver-in-the-loop’ system for engineering the development of road cars. The […]

LeasePlan extends contract with FMG

Incident management outsourcing specialist FMG, has successfully secured a two-year extension to its contract with LeasePlan UK, part of the largest vehicle management group in the world. The extended contract will see FMG continue to provide LeasePlan’s fleet with a comprehensive range of incident management services; including FNOL, repair management, network management, salvage, uninsured loss recovery (ULR), non-fault hire and […]

Future mobility business models

Frost & Sullivan Automotive Principal Consultant, Pietro Boggia, comments on the latest status of the autonomous car, as presented at MWC The concept of autonomous vehicles has been thoroughly discussed in terms of advancements of the enabling technologies involved. The terms ‘autonomous’ and ‘driverless’ are however, often confused: complete driverless vehicles in the true sense are still a long way […]

Breakfast meeting addresses big issues

The IAAF’s latest breakfast network meeting addressed the big issues affecting the automotive aftermarket, with internet parts dominating discussions. Held at Valeo Service UK, Redditch on Tuesday 21 April, Jeff Bradshaw of Capita – a FTSE business and provider of business process management solutions – urged garages to think twice about fitting a part supplied to them from the customer […]

Tyre checking is child’s play

With the third UN Global Road Safety Week already under way, UK children have been reminding adults that keeping tyres in good condition helps reduce the chances of accidents and child causalities. Using the tried and tested ‘TyreSafe 20p test’, kids have been showing parents how they can gauge whether their vehicle’s tyre tread depths are legal or not, a […]

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