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XPart technicians boost New MINI expertise with diagnostic training   Print  
XPart AutoService centre technicians are adding value to their New MINI service offering by attending specialist diagnostic training Friday, 6th March 2009

XPart AutoService technicians are adding value to their high quality, affordable service offering by gaining advanced knowledge of New MINI diagnostic repairs

XPart AutoService centre technicians are adding value to their service offering for New MINI by expanding their knowledge of New MINI diagnostic repairs. Members of the network recently attended the first in a series of training courses on Autologic’s OE-equivalent diagnostic equipment for New MINI. The course provides an in-depth overview of the capabilities of the Autologic equipment, allowing delegates to gain valuable hands-on experience of the product and improve their knowledge of its diagnostic capabilities.

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Enjoy a safer journey by checking tyres ahead of biking trips   Print  
Bike Tyre Safety Month takes place throughout April Tuesday, 3rd March 2009

Bikers setting off to enjoy the first ride of the spring or attend this season’s race events are encouraged to check their tyres to ensure a safer journey

With the world’s most talented riders gearing up for the start of the racing season, British bikers heading off to attend race events or enjoy the first ride of the spring are encouraged to check their tyres before taking to the roads. Nearly 30,000 bikers make the journey to the Isle of Man TT each year, with the British Superbikes, World Superbikes and Moto GP also drawing impressive crowds. As the British Superbike series roars into life at Brands Hatch on 10th April, leading safety organisation TyreSafe is reminding the country’s biking enthusiasts that riding on correctly inflated tyres with sufficient tread depth is fundamental to their safety and will also help to ensure optimum handling.

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3M abrasives driving down costs for cast, forged and manufactured metalworking   Print  
Medical implant finishing using the Cubitron 947D belt. Better mineral retention delivers longer belt life and lower costs. Monday, 2nd March 2009

New and improved Cubitron belts cost the same - but last 20 per cent longer

3M, the diversified technology company, is launching a new Cubitron belt formulation that helps drive down the costs of manufacturing. Targeted at gate and stock removal operations, particularly in the turbine blade, medical implant and engineered castings sectors, the new Cubitron belts now last on average 20 per cent longer than previous versions. Available in March 2009, prices will remain the same, but users will benefit from reduced costs and efficiency increases. This new innovation from 3M is in addition to previous upgrades that improved Cubitron belt life in heat sensitive applications.

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Ford selects Quaife differential to help deliver 300bhp for latest front wheel drive Focus RS   Print  
The Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing differential uses natural forces within a helical gear set so does not require the electronics or friction materials used in most other LSDs.  New version for Focus RS Monday, 2nd March 2009

A motorsport-derived Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing differential, developed to work with innovative Ford RevoKnuckle suspension, allows one of the highest FWD outputs of any production car, with almost zero torque steer

Differential technology from Quaife has helped Ford overcome one of the most challenging aspects of high performance Front Wheel Drive (FWD) cars. With its 2.5 litre five cylinder turbocharged engine producing 300bhp (305PS) and 324lbft (440Nm) of torque, the new Focus RS is one of the most powerful front wheel drive production cars ever, yet it’s combination of Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing differential and new Ford RevoKnuckle suspension allows beautifully weighted steering with almost no torque steer, even under full acceleration out of corners.

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Allison Transmission partners Renault Trucks in Cape to Cape adventure   Print  
Six Renault Sherpa trucks equipped with an automatic Allison transmission will participate in the Renault Trucks Cape to Cape Challenge. Wednesday, 25th February 2009

Allison Transmission, the world’s leading supplier of commercial duty automatic transmissions, trusted to drive six Renault Sherpas over harsh conditions

Renault Trucks has chosen Allison technology to make its 30,000 km “Cape to Cape” challenge as smooth and reliable as possible. Starting on March 1st, 2009 and for the following 16 weeks, a team of drivers will drive from the North Cape in Norway to Capetown in South Africa, alternating between twelve adventure trucks, six of which are the new Renault Sherpa model. All six Sherpas are equipped with a standard Allison 2500SP automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse speeds.

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Allison-equipped CNG trucks deliver the goods for French supermarket fleet   Print  
A fleet of 26 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) trucks equipped with Allison?s automatic transmission is being run by the French supermarket chain Monoprix in Paris, in a proactive move to cut pollution and increase productivity. Tuesday, 24th February 2009

Reduced noise and air pollution make CNG trucks with a fully automatic transmission an ideal candidate for inner city deliveries, and with lower operating costs, fleet managers in Paris are reaping the rewards.

A fleet of 26 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) trucks equipped with Allison’s automatic transmission is operating in Paris in a proactive move to cut pollution and increase productivity. The French supermarket chain, Monoprix, has run the vehicles since April 2008, as part of its commitment to meet forthcoming emissions legislation (Euro 6 standards, 2012).

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Drivers risk death by driving on illegal tyres   Print  
 Drivers are risking serious accidents by delaying to replace their tyres, as the credit crunch takes hold. Monday, 23rd February 2009


Motorists are putting themselves and others at risk by delaying the replacement of tyres, as new figures reveal 3.6 million UK motorists could be driving on illegal tyres.

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Racing helmets improved by ARPRO? head impact protection   Print  
Stand 21 uses ARPRO? for its impact resistance, lightweight and durable properties in motorsport helmets. Thursday, 19th February 2009

Helmets with ARPRO lining lighter yet safer

A material that offers increased crash protection in a reduced package has been selected by Stand 21 for its latest range of IVOS race helmets. Requiring 67 percent less density, ARPRO improves safety by providing superior impact-resistance and energy absorption.

“With ARPRO, we decreased the material density in our helmets from 52 g/l to 35 g/l without any detriment to safety performance,” explains Gerald Bonnet, Head of Research and Development at Stand 21. “And in terms of service, supply and engineering expertise we found JSP very proactive.”

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Zircotec completes management buy out   Print  
Zircotec has announced a management buy out led by managing director Terry Graham. Wednesday, 18th February 2009

Four members of Zircotec’s management team completes buy out from Accentus plc.

Managers from Zircotec have completed a management buy out of the high technology heat management and surface engineering specialists. The organisation provides a range of thermal barrier and wear resistant coatings to some of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers as well as Formula One teams and a growing range of companies in other sectors.

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Bike tyre safety campaign aims to keep bikers safe on the road   Print  
Bike Tyre Safety Month takes place throughout April. Monday, 16th February 2009

TyreSafe is calling on the tyre trade to support Bike Tyre Safety Month as MoT failure statistics show that the number of bike tyre defects is growing year on year

In the run-up to April’s Bike Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe is calling on tyre retailers to help raise awareness of the importance of tyres in bike safety, as many bikers take to the roads for their first ride of the spring. Despite the fundamental functions that tyres provide to bikers in terms of efficient handling, suspension and braking, statistics from VOSA reveal that in 2007-8, defective or illegal tyres was recorded as the fourth most common MoT failure defect. Worryingly, the number of MoT failures attributed to defective tyres has grown year on year for the past three years, increasing from 2.8 percent of motorcycles tested in 2005-6 to 4.8 percent in 2007-8. Meanwhile, motorcycle fatality rates remain high, with Department for Transport figures showing that in 2007, 588 motorcyclists died in road traffic accidents, accounting for 20 percent of all fatalities on the road.

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