International players in the automotive aftermarket gathered in Italy for Autopromotec 2017, and the evolving technology of connected cars and what it means for the future of the aftermarket was a big focus.
Phoenix Systems LLC announced it has launched a major update to its website, www.brakebleeder.com, to give customers better access to the company's brake bleeding and testing products and information.
Through the newly launched site, customers can purchase BrakeStrips, the company's signature brake fluid testing system, brake bleeders, and the specialty tools and accessories needed to use these products. Customers can also access interactive videos, training material and other resources to help them maximize the use of these products.
"Our customers have long trusted Phoenix Systems for their brake testing needs, but we wanted to make our products easy to find, and even easier to implement. Through the new website, our customers can easily find what they need, and the information they need to use it well. We've even included interactive videos to make our products as user-friendly as possible," said Ben Martinsen, vice president of Marketing and Operations.
The company says one of the more popular products on BrakeBleeder.com is the V12 Reverse Brake Bleeder Kit. This product is designed for professionals who need an entry-level brake bleeder but have a tight budget.
Phoenix Systems' BrakeStrips are also available through the new site. BrakeStrips offer a 60-second test that shows serious brake system problems before they occur, allowing technicians to attend to the necessary repairs before serious problems occur.
The man tasked with leading the integration of Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack into investor Carl Icahn’s portfolio of auto parts businesses has left the company. Brent Windom has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Uni-Select Inc.’s Canadian Automotive Group.
Pirelli Tire North America Inc. will provide its P Zero lineup of tires to Dream Racing, a premier driving experience company with a fleet of more than 50 exotic supercars and race cars.
Stacey Miller is the new director of communications for the Auto Care Association.
RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels in Jonesboro, Ark., picked one hardworking mom from thousands of entries as the winner of a brand new car.
During the 2017 Memorial Day weekend, Simple Tire LLC is donating 5% of its sales to Wounded Warriors Family Support.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is investigating the national security implications of steel imports, and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has testified consumers, as well as the U.S. military, depend on tires and the availability of certain imported steel is critical.
The opening of Apollo Tyres Ltd.’s new $500 million consumer and commercial tire plant outside of Budapest, Hungary, last month was a huge global event. Said to be the largest investment by an Indian-based company in Hungary, the grand opening drew a visit from Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Let’s look at two hypothetical tire and service stores, in the same town, a few miles from each other. Both stores do about $1.2 million in sales with about a third of their business in tires, the rest in service. Both see business is up and getting even better. It’s time to hire another salesperson. My advice to one of the owners is, “Go ahead, you need the extra help,” to which he thanks me for my expert opinion. To the other owner, I say, “It will make you lose money,” and he quickly tells me how wrong I am.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is rebranding itself, and its new name is more focused on what its members do — manufacture tires in the United States.
Plaza Tire Service Inc. has opened its first store in Springfield, Mo., which brings the company to 61 stores in four states.
The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) has honored three suppliers for sales and service excellence.
Zhongce Rubber Group Co Ltd. (ZC Rubber) has opened a research and development center in China in cooperation with a state-owned research and development institute.
Since 1994 Bauer Built Inc. has recognized the children and grandchildren of its employees through the G. F. “Sam” and Ethel V. Bauer/Bauer Built Inc. Scholarship program. Four high school seniors have earned the prize in 2017.
Amanda Mathis will continue to lead Bridgestone America Inc.'s financial team in a new role: chief financial officer (CFO).