Aftermarket Business

Magneti Marelli
Magneti Marelli Holding USA announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, celebrated its official opening.
Centric Parts
Centric Parts appointed Paul Stewart to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
MAM Software
MAM Software announced the latest group of brands to join the lineup available through their Autocat+ web-enabled catalog bringing the total brands available to 325. 
The next free AAPEXedu webinar, “A Checklist for Attending AAPEX 2014,” will help attendees get the most out of AAPEX by following two important checklists. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m., EST.
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed prohibiting the use of HFC-134a in motor vehicle air conditioners in 2021 and in some retail automotive products starting in January 2016.
When the bottom fell out of the new vehicle sales market in 2009, the low sales volume was a dark cloud brewing on the horizon. It was just a matter of time before those vehicles would enter the automotive aftermarket sweet spot.
Automotive Distribution Network
The Automotive Distribution Network’s recent fall membership meeting in Boston attracted record attendance, including several manufacturer partners and executives from warehouse distributors representing various brands.
Pep Boys
The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack announced the resignation of President & CEO and Director Mike Odell. Director John Sweetwood was named interim CEO, effective immediately.
Michael Cardone Jr., owner and chief strategy officer, CARDONE Industries, was presented the Triangle Award, the highest honor awarded by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
I know it sounds like I’m “telling a tale out of school” or breaking ranks, so to speak. I just find both functions, a board of directors/advisory council meeting and a golf scramble, have a lot in common. 

Special Reports

The vast majority of tire dealers said they expect to order about the same number of auto parts or more in 2014 as they did in 2013, according to the Aftermarket Business World Tire Dealer Product Study.