Newsmaker

  • Paintshield Technology Corp. released its Paintshield Pattern Program Web Edition. The offering is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) endeavor that provides installers, paint protection film manufacturers and distributors access to priority and in-demand precision patterns created by designers at the company’s facilities in North America and Europe.
    Steven McAuley
  • Michael Sachs, a partner at Carlisle & Company, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about some of the company's findings relative to dealership technician staffing.
    Michael Sachs
  • After two decades of widespread offshoring in search of lower pricing, reshoring is coming home to the U.S. as business owners realize the benefits of American manufacturing knowhow.
    John Giordano
  • Nearly 70 percent of motorists surveyed by the nationwide RepairPal certification network cite the costs associated with auto repairs and the challenge of locating a trustworthy service center as the two main factors they hate most about taking their vehicle into the shop.
    Steve Moretti
  • RevolutionParts provides a platform that helps auto dealerships establish online parts stores. The company has processed $100 million in online parts sales. Andreas Ronneseth, CTO, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about making the transition to online sales.
    Andreas Ronneseth
  • Bailey Overman’s primary responsibilities include analyzing industry trends impacting aftermarket suppliers and authoring the association’s key surveys and reports, which include several benchmarking reports
    Bailey Overman
  • Earlier this year, the National Automobile Dealers Association Chief Economist Steven Szakaly spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the annual NADA Data 2014 report on dealership trends and financial performance.
    Steven Szakaly
  • Peter Sweatman is director of the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), which conducted a July grand opening ceremony for its Mcity project, a public/private partnership that aims to speed along development and widespread adaptation of connected and automated vehicles.
    Peter Sweatman
  • Lang Marketing Resources issued an update on service bay trends, noting that even though millions of additional cars and light trucks have hit the road over the past 10 years, the light vehicle service bay population shrank by 36,000. 
    Jim Lang
  • The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI), an association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers, technical information providers and training organizations, is moving its global headquarters from Illinois to Michigan to strengthen its ties to global automakers.
    Greg Potter, ETI
  • Yokohama Tire is inaugurating improved supply and logistical capabilities for its network of sales and sales outlets as the company moves key operations into two new facilities.
    Jeremy Kahrs, Yokohama, Yokohama Tire
  • In January the organization released its More American Than Ever 2014-2015 contributions report detailing the continued growth and involvement of Japanese-branded autos in the U.S., covering production, investment, jobs, sales, exports and alternative-powered/environmentally friendly vehicles while offering a window into the increasing U.S. presence of Japanese autos.
    Ron Bookbinder
  • Foresight Research published the results of its Channel Immersion and Perspective Study (CHIPS), which includes data on automotive accessories. Previous accessory sales research has shown that while customer spend on accessories is increasing, dealerships have only recently targeted the market as a potential source of new revenues.
    Nancy Walter
  • UPS has one of the largest private fleets of compressed natural gas vehicles in the U.S., with more than 1,100 CNG package delivery vehicles on the road. The company recently announced that it is increasing its CNG fleet by 1,400 units, which is a 30 percent increase of UPS’ entire fleet of 5,088 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
    Mike Casteel
  • MakerBot is a leading 3D printer provider. Aftermarket Business World spoke with Daniel Breyre, the company's product and business insight manager for hardware, about potential 3D printing applications in the automotive aftermarket.
    Daniel Breyre
  • Jeff Nedwick is strategy director at the company’s Automotive Industry Solutions division, and he recently answered a series of questions from Aftermarket Business World about how Big Data can assist aftermarket businesses.
    Jeff Nedwick
  • Mishimoto Automotive, an aftermarket performance auto parts supplier, is using 3D printing technology from MakerBot to accelerate its product development time by quickly producing prototype parts. 
    Sarah Albright
  • Brent Berman, director of training and consumer experience at Federal-Mogul Motorparts, spoke to Aftermarket Business World about some of the company's programs, including Garage Gurus.
    Brent Berman
  • The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has ramped-up the content of its website to provide heightened levels of information about proper on-the-job procedures, equipment performance and vendor certification standards.
    Bob O’Gorman
  • Telematics continues to be the most discussed topic at most industry meetings that I attend. There are a variety of initiatives currently in play, both in trying to work with the OEMs to give the aftermarket access to the information the built-in telematics devices can access and third parties utilizing the OBD2 port to install their own telematics devices.
    Ben Johnson, Mitchell 1