Articles by Michael Willins

Shareholders and suppliers need each other. That’s the message conveyed by Doug Squires, Chairman of the Automotive Parts Associates (APA) Board of Directors, during this week’s 38th Annual Shareholder and Supplier Conference.
In a one-on-one interview, Tungsram President and CEO Joerg Bauer discusses the future of the GE Lighting brand, as well as his plans for product innovation.
Joerg Bauer Tungsram
Chelsea Sexton, an electric vehicle advocate and advisor, based in California, served as keynote speaker for the 2018 Battery Show, taking place this week at the Suburban Collection Showplacein Novi, Mich.
Attendees at the spring meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force got a bit of intel into cyber security as FBI Special Agent Paul Schaaf sorted thru the anatomy of a hack and discussed areas of vulnerability within today’s vehicles.
Paul Schaaf
The topic of technology was a focal point for this year’s conference held last month in Chicago and centered around the theme of “Connecting the Aftermarket.” Some 285 suppliers, leaders, distributors and auto channel affiliates attended the three-day event.
The 13th annual TST Big Event was bursting at the seams in March as more than 360 shop owners and technicians were on hand for a single-day training event featuring some of the nation’s best instructors.
Michael Freeman, market segment manager, automotive refinish with BASF, was jazzed about some new technologies and customer offerings that his company presented during the NACE/CARS show in Detroit. 
More than 100 participants attended a Schaeffler Auto Group two-day training program, which  brought in trainers from Ohio and Mexico to highlight new technology from Luk, INA, FAG and Ruville.