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  • Recently, I was asked to create a presentation for ASA-Texas, an Automotive Service Association affiliate. I was allowed to choose the subject, and I decided upon ?Involvement and Commitment: Risks and Rewards.?
  • ?Building bridges between people and nations by promoting peace through trade and commerce? was the single goal of Nicola M. Antakli, founder and chairman of Intraco Corporation, when he first came to America.
  • This article follows up on Part III of this series, FCPA compliance principles, to deal with the Foreign Corrupt Policies Act problems raised by agents and distributors. Because agents and distributors are used so often by many companies in the autom
  • I had what can only be described as one of the most uncomfortable experiences I?ve ever had just the other day ? uncomfortable, but unfortunately, not altogether that unusual. It is something I fear is indicative of a far more dangerous problem than
  • Midas reported stronger than expected Q2?11 results, with EPS of $0.15 coming in ahead of our estimate and consensus of $0.13 on stronger than expected revenue and gross profit.
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  • Cloyes Gear & Products? business in Mexico City began with the acquisition of a subsidiary company in 1990 in Chicago called Timing Gears Company, which manufactured and sold timing components under the brand Cy-Lent. Timing Gears Company sold to
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  • It is still about 20 years away, but eventually there will be no incandescent lighting found on modern automobiles.
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  • One of my favorite clients just walked in. He?s a crusty old curmudgeon who can be abrupt and difficult for just about all of the other 11 months of the year. But, somewhere around mid-October or early November he stops shaving and a miraculous trans
  • The strength in industry fundamentals and end-user demand over the past 24 months — as we have previously written — has led to substantial outperformance, relative to market benchmarks, for publicly traded aftermarket equities, in turn dr
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  • Often I am asked about what factors make some US aftermarket companies more successful than others selling their products globally. There are three important traits that internationally successful companies share — let’s explore these suc
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  • I just returned home from an industry event that has become a central and essential part of my calendar.
  • Export control and sanction requirements have been around for years, but are taking on increasing prominence. As a follow-up to Part VI of this series (Basic export control compliance principles [September, Aftermarket Business World]), this article
  • Wholesale clubs have started a culture of exclusivity, and resellers need to give that feeling to their customers to stay successful.
  • Just a few short decades ago, you could name just about any industry and the U.S. was the long-established leader. Today, it is increasingly difficult to find products that are made in America.
  • Just a few short decades ago, you could name just about any industry and the U.S. was the long-established leader. Today, it is increasingly difficult to find products that are made in America.
  • Too bad 2009 had to come to an end. No telling when we can enjoy such a finely tuned recession again. Actually, there's hope. In 2010, credit should still be tight for both businesses and consumers this year, which in turn, will continue to make comm
  • Years ago I told – maybe more like warned – readers that Wal-Mart wanted it all. It wasn’t going to settle for just selling groceries, electronics, sporting goods, furniture, toiletries, jewelry, household goods, furniture, cadavers
  • As we exit another earnings season, results were largely in line with expectations as almost every aftermarket company we follow posted very strong results.
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  • After 9 months and more than a double in its share price, Motorcar Parts (MPAA) has finally completed its acquisition of Fenwick Automotive Products Limited (Fenco).
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  • In an industry note we published in early April, we highlighted our concerns that the spike in gasoline prices from $3 at the end of 2010 to $3.70 in mid-April would lead to a slowing in miles driven as well as compression in consumer spending on aut
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