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On Friday, Nov. 14, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – the light vehicle aftermarket division of Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) – hosted the Vehic
ASA, AASA, MEMA
SAKOR Technologies, Inc., has supplied a belt noise test stand to Ford Motor Company, which the company will use to meet new SAE specifications for belt noise in vehicle Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) applications, as well as other noise testing re
belt noise, belt noise tester, SAKOR Technologies
Sprint Cup racing’s youngest crew chief is now also one if its most celebrated, as Luke Lambert of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team clinched Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ $100,000 MOOG Steering and Suspension “Pro
Luke Lambert, Ryan Newman
Gabriel (Ride Control, LLC), the originator of the world’s first automotive shock absorber in 1907, continues its relentless drive to answer market demand with over 200 NEW Light Vehicle SKUs for mainstream, light truck, sport, niche and luxury
gabriel, gabriel ride control
MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, a product portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc., is celebrating its one-year anniversary with enhancements to its Web-based programs for commercial shop owners and technicians.
motoshop, advance auto parts professional
MOTOSHOP Technology Tools announced the addition of Subaru info to MotoLOGIC Repair and Diagnostics, a Web-based tool for automotive technicians.
motoshop, advance auto parts professional
Gabriel (Ride Control, LLC), the originator of the world’s first automotive shock absorber in 1907, announces the Gabriel Answerman Advantage loyalty program to service professionals launching in early 2015.
gabriel
Upon opening its new world headquarters earlier in 2014, Timken brought under one roof all of its processes from research and development through testing and more. The logistical move along with a focus on advanced product quality process helped Timk
Tschanen Brandyberry
Permatex has developed a new instructional video for its innovative “PowerBead” Applicator Nozzle, in order to show customers how to use it properly. 
permatex, permatex training video
With the new Mobile ManagerPro from Mitchell 1 and an Android tablet device, auto repair shops can now extend their shop management systems into the driveway and service bays with full wireless functionality and integration with Manager™ S
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A new UPS study, “What’s driving the automotive parts online shopper,” uncovers five key characters of the online auto parts shopper.
UPS
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists discussed what goes into the body shop specialization process during the 2014 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit.
Society of Collision Repair Specialists
Malo’s Auto Body in Seattle, Wash., will now operate under the Gerber Collision & Glass name, The Body Group announced.
Gerber Collision & Glass
Web-Est and Crash-WriteR has finalized an acquisition agreement that will not impact either company’s software offerings, but will combine their operational teams and resources. 
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division is helping shops better understand what is needed to prepare them for efficiently handling aluminum repairs, including standard operating procedures, tools, training and processes.
3M
BASF’s Automotive Refinish business hosted a fundraiser that raised $3,500 to help support wounded service members through the Wounded Warrior Project.
BASF
SCRS presented its first-ever OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit during SEMA, which provided information on developments in repair materials, procedures and equipment and hosted panel discussions featuring insights from manufacturers and shop own
Society of Collision Repair Specialists
Central Collision Center, a six-location repair shop business in Chicago, was named the winner of the 2014 Business Champion Award in Training and Development by Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at Moraine Valley Community College.
Chrysler, manufacturer of brands including Jeep, Dodge and Ram, has provisionally approved DeBeer Refinish WaterBase 900+ Series by Valspar Automotive for worldwide use.
Valspar Automotive
Axalta Coating Systems has released the Global Automotive 2014 Color Popularity Report, which annually tracks regional automotive color preferences.
Axalta Coating Systems

Aftermarket Business

Gentilini Motors, a Woodbine, N.J.-based group of dealerships, has taken steps to reduce its energy and water consumption as part of a company-wide "green" initiative that encompasses service, sales and the company's physical facilities
Paul Gentilini
David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about smart cars and safety improvements being implemented by OEMs.
David Zuby
Under the direction of Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is described as “an independent federal agency that supports and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no c
Fred P. Hochberg, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Steve McShane, founder and chief executive officer of Midtronics, Inc., was named the recipient of the 2014 McGladrey Lifetime Achievement Award. McGladrey LLP is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services.
Steve McShane
Formally designated as the Export-Import Bank of the United States and commonly called Ex-Im, said 89 percent of its record-high 3,413 transactions in 2013 were for small businesses and the department turns a profit. 
Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has selected GCommerce to facilitate electronic document exchange between APA shareholders and vendors to automate the procurement process.
Automotive Parts Associates, APA
Reflecting its continuing support of the heavy-duty trucking industry, Grote has made a donation of $25,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation’s scholarship fund to be used to train new aftermarket personnel.
Grote Industries
ZF Friedrichshafen AG and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. today announced that they welcomed the decision by the stockholders of TRW to approve the acquisition of TRW by ZF.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Council of Governors introduced its newest officers and governors following the group’s 2014 Annual Business and Education Conference in Las Vegas.


AWDA, Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association
The percentage of auto repair shop owners and technicians who purchase parts online increased in 2014 from 2013, according to the Aftermarket Business World Online Purchasing Habits studies conducted during the two years.