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Bosch has added new parts coverage for vehicles from Ford, BMW, Chevrolet, Audi, Nissan, Mazda and more in December.
TRICO’s latest initiative to place preemptive vehicle maintenance top-of-mind, the "Defensive Driving 101" video series and campaign, has garnered more than 1.3 million views on Facebook and YouTube since its launch this summer.
The company, led by co-founders Dakota Semler and Giordano Sordoni, will be taking demos through 2018 and will be going to production in 2019. The final product will have a 300-mile range (when fully loaded to 40 tons) and the base model will start a
Thor Trucks
DENSO focuses on developing technologies for safer, more comfortable and convenient mobility. Simulators at DENSO’s CES booth will show how core connected and automated drive technologies, and the concept of shared mobility deliver on this prom
DENSO
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Interstate Batteries announce a strategic partnership to better serve the changing needs of the automotive aftermarket with premium quality products, expanded availability and enhanced customer service.
Advance Auto Parts
More than 100 children and their families enjoyed a delicious dinner and lively entertainment, including a magician, an elf on stilts and Santa Claus, at the annual “Stant-A-Claus” celebration held on Dec. 6 in Connersville, Ind.
Stant
The new 19.2V cordless grease gun from K Tool International meets KTI heavy weight quality standards delivering up to 3-ounces per minute and can handle up to six grease cartridges on a single charge.
K Tool International
Leeds West Groups (LWG) have entered into an agreement to acquire Auto Systems Experts (ASE), an employee-owned company based out of Davenport, Iowa that operates 42 Midas locations in six states in the Midwest with a full complement of Midas’
Leeds West Groups
The Tech200Pro is designed to work with your existing Point of Sale system, or Bartec’s Service Center System, and as a result, making it easy, fast and accurate to inform customers of their tire’s condition!
Bartec USA
Brake Parts Inc (BPI) announces it was recently honored by Uni-Select with the Diamond Award for Excellence to the industry.
Uni-Select

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A lifelong body shop owner has stepped into a crowded field of gubernatorial candidates in Maine. Shawn Moody, owner of the 11-store Moody’s Collision Centers, announced his candidacy in late November.
Government Regulatory Compliance, LLC., a consulting firm in Reno, Nev., announced that they will evaluate a new e-Commerce risk rating system as a secondary screening measure for vendors, lenders and insurers in the automotive aftermarket, including
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The web-based turnkey system offers end-to-end network management features never before available in one system including tools such as 24/7/365 review and audit of all network members’ proof of compliance, on-demand and consumer awareness mark
Assured Performance
SEM Products, Inc. introduces new convenient packaging for their popular fillers and glazes line.
SEM
Brian Yoder, a refinish technician from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, was recently recognized as the PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year.
PPG
Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes has announced its 2018 first quarter training schedule, featuring courses held at training centers across the country providing participants with a combination of classroom, online interactive and hands-on instruc
Sherwin-Williams
CARSTAR Kraemer Collision Center, a member of the CARSTAR family since 2013, has moved to a new facility located at 2841 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA, 92806.
CARSTAR
After losing their cars during Hurricane Harvey and enduring daily transportation challenges, Harris County Department of Education Head Start employee Bahiyyah Rashed and parent Vanessa Zuniga are receiving a special gift from Bates Collision Center
Bates Collision
A new paint booth can significantly increase throughput, as well as provide invisible benefits such as cleaner air in the body shop and surrounding community.
GFS
I-CAR has announced a major shift in its course scheduling approach.

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BellHawk Systems President Peter Green published a white paper on the value of using license plate container tracking barcodes to improve inventory visibility inside the warehouse.
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Auto parts manufacturer Mahle Behr tested a new robotic cycle counting solution, working with digital supply chain solution provider Surgere and Fetch Robotics to test the system at its Dayton, Ohio, facility.
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The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has elected its slate of officers for fiscal year 2018. Veteran aftermarket industry executive Robert Egan, MAAP, was elected chairman.
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Looking to enhance training and technology for its Latin American and Caribbean customers, Panama-based Dobac Internacional has created a proprietary internet training platform, Kashima System.
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Stahlgruber’s facilities include 228 sales centers, six warehouses and an approximately 128,000 square meter advanced logistics center located in Germany.
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Foreign Parts Distributors (FPD), located in Miami, has hired Brent Daniel as its Southern regional Sales Manager.
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Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to drive from June 2018 bodes well for many industries, however the Kingdom’s automotive aftermarket is among those that could benefit the most.
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The rise of online fraud has outpaced regulations to combat it, especially in the auto parts industry, so it’s important to maintain a good reputation and to authenticate transactions and protect customers.
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MAHLE Performance will be the over-arching brand for a comprehensive line of performance engine parts beginning with MAHLE Performance gaskets as introduced at the 2017 AAPEX show.
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Bill Russo, managing director at the Gao Feng Advisory Co.’s automotive division and a 30-year industry veteran, discusses how autonomous vehicles will impact future driving behavior.
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