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New tilt table helps enhance vehicle capability and safety   Print  
Millbrook?s new tilt table can accommodate some of the largest on-road and off-road vehicles Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

Vehicle development engineers now have a new location for tilt table evaluations, as Millbrook further expands its testing capabilities at its Bedford headquarters

One of Europe’s largest tilt tables has been installed at Millbrook, the UK-based vehicle test and development centre. The facility can be used to determine static rollover thresholds and tilt operation capabilities for a wide range of SUVs, military and commercial vehicles, including buses, fire trucks, vans, ambulances, off-highway machines, cranes, stacker trucks and agricultural equipment.


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Dorking MINI owners get affordable specialist expertise   Print  
Station View Garage of Dorking has become one of a growing number of XPart AutoService centres in the country to offer specialist MINI servicing. (Pictures care of Paul Knivett Photography). Friday, 29th August 2008

MINI owners in Dorking and surrounding areas can now receive more affordable specialist vehicle servicing and repairs for their cars, as Station View Garage has joined the growing number of XPart AutoService centres to offer specialist MINI servicing. The new service is designed to provide owners with a high-quality, value-for-money alternative to the main dealer facilities currently offered by the manufacturer.


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Dealer group looks to All-Makes parts distribution for further growth   Print  
The XPart All-Makes range is an ideal way for dealer networks to capitalise on parts sales. Thursday, 28th August 2008

Following the success of the XPart All-Makes range at John Grose Ipswich, the dealer group has extended the scheme to its Lowestoft branch

One of East Anglia’s largest dealer groups, John Grose, has extended its All-Makes offering to a second site following the initial success at its Ipswich branch. The XPart All-Makes parts distribution programme provides franchise dealer groups with an opportunity to increase their profits on parts sales by selling a wide range of high quality, OE parts to existing customers, as well as attracting new business from other local independent garages.


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New global training manager for Delphi Diesel   Print  
Graham Borley has been appointed global training manager for Delphi?s diesel aftermarket business. Wednesday, 27th August 2008

Following last year’s launch of Diesel Point, the first module for Delphi’s Service Centre concept, Delphi has appointed Graham Borley as global training manager for its diesel aftermarket business. With sophisticated Common Rail diesel systems becoming increasingly popular, the appointment will help ensure that Delphi continues to deliver consistent, leading training and development programmes for the growing number of vehicle technicians working with its systems.


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High cost of production delays highlighted by survey   Print  
Understanding the local infrastructure is critical to facilitating fast emergency deliveries Wednesday, 27th August 2008

Issues as trivial as lack of packaging risk €1million / hour fines, new survey shows

Delays at the supplier’s facilities now account for almost twice as many late deliveries as failures in logistics processes, according to a new survey of European vehicle manufacturers and first tier suppliers. Automotive supply chains may reach increasingly deep into lower cost regions, but simple issues like the unavailability of packaging are still a significant cause of supply chain failure. The cost of late deliveries has escalated to as much as €1 million an hour in penalties imposed by vehicle manufacturers if production lines have to be stopped.


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Structural glazing application gets it taped   Print  
VHB Structural Glazing Tape from 3M, the diversified technology company, has been used by Structural Glazing Ltd. and AW Aluminium Ltd. in a recent construction project for The Big Yellow Self Storage Company Thursday, 21st August 2008

3M’s VHB Structural Glazing Tape offers easier application and faster handling times without the price premium

VHB Structural Glazing Tape from 3M, the diversified technology company, has proven its off-site capabilities in a recent construction project for The Big Yellow Self Storage Company.


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Cecil & Larter expands parts operation by investing in XPart All-Makes programme   Print  
The XPart All-Makes range is an ideal way for dealer networks to capitalise on parts sales. Thursday, 21st August 2008

Dealership establishes parts factoring operation in Bury St Edmunds

Established franchise dealerships are still finding opportunities to grow their business, despite the current challenges faced by the motor trade. Forward-looking Cecil and Larter has established a new All-Makes parts service to generate additional sales and business growth. The dealership’s All-Makes parts factoring operation will cater for garages in and around Bury St Edmunds. The scheme, which is managed by XPart, gives Cecil and Larter access to more than 35,000 high quality parts for all makes of vehicle.


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New online guide helps motorists stay safe on the roads   Print  
TyreSafe?s new tyre safety videos are designed to provide practical advice and guidance to motorists about tyre safety and maintenance. Thursday, 21st August 2008

TyreSafe helps motorists understand the value of tyre safety with a set of new online tyre safety lessons

Motorists now have access to a set of ten easy-to-follow, digitally animated tyre safety lessons, via the TyreSafe website. With independent research conducted by a leading tyre manufacturer and TyreSafe member revealing that almost 80 percent of cars on British roads are running with incorrect tyre pressures, TyreSafe has added the visual guide to its website in order to help motorists avoid the problems associated with poorly maintained or neglected tyres, such as premature wear, increased stopping distances or additional fuel costs.


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New appointment strengthens regional coverage   Print  
Tuesday, 12th August 2008

3M bucks the trend for sales force reduction by recruiting to address opportunities in the West Midlands

3M, the diversified technology company, has appointed Sam Parker to its Abrasive Systems Division as a Territory Business Manager.


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Delphi announces agreement with BECK Aluminum to market Delphi's patented K-Alloy   Print  
Monday, 11th August 2008

TROY, Mich. – Delphi Corp. has announced a strategic licensing agreement with Beck Aluminum to produce and market Delphi’s patented corrosion-resistant K-Alloy™.  The agreement is designed to improve the competitiveness of the product through increased availability at attractive prices. The Delphi agreement with Beck Aluminum helps simplify the process to gain access to the patented material.


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