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Andy Bruce, the chief executive of Lookers, owners of the Charles Hurst Group, has departed after 19 years with the company recently as the company warned the challenging car market is continuing to hit the business.



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The MECTEC show at FG7’s headquarters near Cookstown was a massive success. With over 3500 attendees and a wide range of trade stands there was plenty to keep the motor trade entertained.

George and Jamie McMillan: We talk to the father and son team about the motor trade, autotesting and working in the World Rally Championship.

Mirka: Mirka is a family-owned Finnish company and a world leader in abrasives technology innovation.

Shelbourne MotorS officially launcheS new Multi-brand newry ShowrooM

Shelbourne MotorS officially launcheS new Multi-brand newry ShowrooM



There was fun on the fairways when NGK Ltd held its annual Golf Day. Winner of the low handicap section and the NGK Shield was Eric ‘Junior’ Reid from Colin Adams Motor Parts in Newtownards with 37 points.

Shelbourne Motors has officially opened its new £5million multi-brand complex in Newry. The state-ofthe-art facility features Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and a purpose-built Autoselect Used Car Supermarket.


Our congratulations go to the Ward family who have invested £5m in their new state of art multi-franchise site in Newry. The all new facility features Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and a purpose-built Autoselect Used Car Supermarket and the 50,000 sq ft development also includes new car handover bays, drive-in service centre and lounge-style waiting area. The family owned business has come a long way since it opened its first Toyota dealership in January 1973 and remain the longest established franchised Toyota dealer in Northern Ireland. It’s all the more impressive given the uncertainty in the motor trade both north and south caused by Brexit. Hopefully 2020 will see the motor trade bounce back. The Kia, Renault and Dacia partnerships position Shelbourne Motors as the only dedicated dealership supplying new and used vehicles for the global car manufacturers in the Newry and Mourne area. -Pat Burns, Editor

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National Tyre Dealers Awards Night T

he Northern Ireland Regional Ladies Night & Awards Dinner was held at The Culloden Hotel in Belfast recently.

The event was attended by 140 people and 29 companies were represented, a great night was had by all. Representatives from the Irish Tyre Industry Association attended along with several members from England. The winners of the 2019 Awards were: • • • •

The Des Fullam Shield Aidan Neeson Stapletons Tyre Services The Chairman’s Award - Mr Robin Thompson The Tyre Manufacturer of the year Sponsored by Gus Commercials - Hankook Tyres The Wholesaler of the year Sponsored by Towergate Dawson Whyte - Magowan Tyres The Aftermarket Supplier of the year sponsored by Yokohama Tyres - DM Supplies (UK) Ltd

Stefan Hay CEO NTDA /Dasos Michaelides NI Regional Chairman NTDA / Martin O’Brien National Chairman NTDA /Bill Rider Yokohama Tyres /Stephen Nixon DM Supplies / Katriona Nixon DM Supplies / The DM Team

L-R Dasos Michaelides / Martin O’Brien / Derek Hill Tyrecall – Hankook / Billy Miskelly GUS Commercials / Stephen Hay NTDA

Stefan Hay / Dasos Michaelides / Aidan Neeson Winner / Martin Hutchinson TTS Past Winner / Martin O’Brien.

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Dasos Michaelides, Marton O’Brien /Barry Douglas Magowan Tyres and Stefan Hay NTDA CEO

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Lookers boss departs after another profit warning Andy Bruce


ndy Bruce, the chief executive of Lookers, owners of the Charles Hurst Group, has departed after 19 years with the company recently as the company warned the challenging car market is continuing to hit the business. The company, which had already issued a profit warning in July, said trading since mid-September had “been much more challenging than expected”. Boss Andy Bruce, who has been with Lookers since 2000, taking the top seat in 2014, and chief operating officer Nigel McMill left the company towards the end of 2019. Chairman Phil White said: “It is disappointing to report this downturn in trading, but we have taken action to drive the future financial performance of the group. “The board is resolute in its determination to restore the Group’s fortunes with market leading practices in the sector.” Mr Bruce said: “After nearly two decades with Lookers, it is now

time for me to move onto new ventures and allow new leadership to take the business into its next chapter.” Mr McMinn added: “I have enjoyed helping to build the business at Lookers and working with a great team of people.” Management said it now expects underlying pre-tax profits to hit just

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£20 million in 2019, compared with £67.3 million in 2018. Lookers blamed the poor performance at its 150 showrooms on “ongoing weakness in consumer confidence in the light of political and economic uncertainty, pressure on used car margins and retail cost inflation”. It added that due to these ongoing

challenges, the board has sped up the sell-off of non-core assets in the business, or “portfolio consolidation”, to improve the company – although site closures are expected to cost £8 million this year. The car market has been struggling recently, with environmental concerns and Brexit playing a part, especially with families putting big ticket purchases on hold during the uncertainty. Lookers is also under investigation by the FCA over the way it sold car loans between January 1 2016 and June 13 2019. The company said it continues to “fully support” the FCA, but added “we are unable to predict what, if any, impact the outcome of the investigation may have”. Independent analyst Nick Bubb said of the announcement: “It would be easy for the car dealer Lookers to blame ‘Brexit uncertainty’ for today’s profit warning, but the fact that the veteran CEO has stepped down implies that the problems are company-specific.” New car sales across the UK fell by 2.36% across the UK as a whole in 2019, with Northern Ireland new car registrations dropping by 1.94%. Worst hit was Scotland where new car sales were down by 5.45%. The Ford Fiesta was the top selling car in Northern Ireland in 2019, followed by the VW Golf.


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CONTINENTAL Continental Launching Multi V-Belt in OEM Quality on the Agricultural Spare Parts Market


ontinental is launching a wide range of OEM quality multi V-belts on the agricultural spare parts market. This means that, in the future, farmers will benefit twofold when replacing their multi V-belts: powerful belts as installed by the manufacturer and cost-efficiency. Safety during operation Multi V-belts assume a central function in driving components in agricultural machinery. They transfer engine power to auxiliary units such as dynamos or generators and provide the entire energy supply in modern harvesters. Multi V-belts ensure that harvesting operations run smoothly, safely and trouble-free. In modern combine harvesters and tractors, they are subjected to increasingly powerful forces and thus higher levels of wear and tear. This makes it all the more important that the belts are of a high quality standard. Continental uses its many years of experience gained in the automotive OEM market for the benefit of the agricultural spare parts market.

“Thanks to the technology transfer, farmers also have the opportunity of obtaining high-quality multi V-belts from their dealers without compromising on quality,” emphasizes Alexander Behmann, application engineer for agricultural belts at Continental. “OEM quality gives operators even more certainty that there will be no unplanned downtime during the short harvest period, which could mean high financial losses for a farmer.” The multi V-belts are specially designed for the requirements of the agricultural sector. “High resistance to dirt and dust is particularly indispensable to agricultural machinery,” says Behmann. “Just as much as the reliable transmission of power in cold and wet conditions and a high tolerance for disk offset.” The multi V-belts also have a special cover fabric made of polyamide. This ensures that the belt runs particularly quietly and is wear-resistant. The machines are generally serviced after the season in the Autumn, when the heavily stressed multi V-belts are also replaced. With the new belt range, farmers now have access to multi V-belts in

OEM quality that are available as regular spare parts ex-warehouse. The multi V-belt portfolio is available from fall 2019 for the markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Finding the right belt – in the online catalog Practical service: registered customers can easily find the right drive belt for the agricultural sector in the new Continental Online Catalog. Users are provided with an overview of the complete range and can quickly find a suitable replacement product by searching by manufacturer, model or OE article number. This is because the catalog includes the latest models from manufacturers and offers convenient decryption and translation of the OE article number for the spare parts market. Multi V-belts from Continental also have a QR code on the packaging that customers can use to obtain an overview of the systems that use the

corresponding belt. Continental will also be showcasing the new multi V-belt portfolio at the world’s leading trade fair, Agritechnica, in Hanover from November 10 to November 16, 2019 (Hall 4, Booth C22). Experts will be available to provide more information about drive belts for the agricultural sector. The online catalog is available at agridur.continental.com .

Continental Offers Full Range of Drive Belts for the Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket


echnology company Continental offers a full range of drive belts for the commercial vehicle aftermarket. Around 40 multi V-belt types have been added for the auxiliary drives of Volvo, Scania, Renault and Iveco vehicles.

designed to meet the requirements of modern commercial vehicle units. That means workshops operating in the aftermarket can enjoy the same proven quality as original equipment. Continental grants registered workshops a 5-year guarantee on them.

The belts feature profile codes 4PK, 6PK, 8PK, 10 PK and 12PK – i.e. ranging from the narrow variant with four ribs to the widest with twelve.

Expansion of the existing belt portfolio

They are made of fiber-reinforced synthetic rubber with a polyester tension member. Continental manufactures its drive belts for the aftermarket to the same quality standards as its original equipment products, which are specially

Continental added more than 40 new types for Mercedes-Benz, MAN and DAF vehicles to its range in the early part of this year. Now, distributors, commercial vehicle workshops and trucking companies with in-house workshops have access to a choice of more than 300 multi V-belt types for auxiliary drives. This extensive range means

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that Continental covers almost all the vehicle applications in the European market. “Mechanics can therefore handle practically any auxiliary drive repair job that occurs,” says Continental product manager Robert Franz. “In addition,

they have a one-stop source for power transmission products for a manufacturer’s entire vehicle line-up – from light delivery trucks through to tractor units for long-haul transport operations,” continues Franz. garageTRADER - 6

Clarity instead of blah, blah, blah: 5-year guarantee. Workshop professionals don’t need empty promises. They need quality they can rely on. That’s why we offer registered partners a 5-year guarantee on all Power Transmission Group products for the automotive aftermarket. With no ifs or buts. www.contitech.de/5


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MEYLE Impressive repair solution by MEYLE: ABS sensor kit for a targeted replacement


ith a new MEYLE KIT, Hamburg manufacturer offers another costsaving repair solution in line with the current market value: the ABS sensor kit in quality enables targeted replacement of the defective ABS sensor and the sensor ring – a solution that’s currently only available through. Up until recently, if an ABS sensor had been damaged by a defective sensor ring, it would have been necessary to replace the entire wheel hub, which is expensive for both the driver and workshop. The comprising ABS sensor, sensor ring and installation materials can help: most of the time, the wheel hub is still fully functional and can be used. This solution is currently available for the vehicles Audi A3, VW Golf, VW Jetta, SEAT Altea and SEAT Leon, whose ABS

sensor ring on OE wheel hubs can be replaced separately using the two new references can cover a car park of nearly 4 million vehicles in Europe. With the two new references expanding its electronics portfolio to include additional high-quality spare parts that drivers around the world can rely on. When it comes to expanding the range, focuses first and foremost on quality and an accurate fit. ‘ We as a manufacturer want to offer our customers a portfolio that also lives up to high quality standards for electronics across the board. With our extensive aftermarket expertise, we’re well prepared for trends and developments such as electric mobility and autonomous driving and are expanding our portfolio in many directions,’ says

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Dominik Overmann, Head of the Electronics & Sensors Product Team. All electronic parts fulfil OE specifications 100% and are only incorporated into the portfolio after extensive functional testing, with additional focus on the quality of data. Thanks to detailed research on application and vehicle data, guarantees an accurate fit – a key criterion that enables fast and correct parts identification for workshops and minimises return costs. ‘Particularly in electronics, the right data forms the basis for selecting the appropriate parts for models and thus ensuring seamless communication between components,’ explains Overmann. Practical helper for everyday workshop operations: ABS detector card, ABS detector card is a practical helper for everyday

workshop operations, promoting fast identification of ABS sensor ring defects. The card can be used for a whole host of applications, including testing magnetic sensor rings, identifying the installation side of a wheel bearing with integrated sensor ring and revealing sensor ring damage. This, in turn, simplifies the time-consuming process of searching for defects and failures and allows more time for subsequent steps. That’s because sensor rings have been integrated into more and more car parts such as crankshafts and wheel bearings for years. These compact sensor rings for measuring speed and position are used in many vehicles. These days, most wheel bearings are equipped with a magnetic sensor ring.

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NGK stages 28th annual golf day

Customers and staff all set for the start of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s Northern Ireland Golf Day


here was fun on the fairways when ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd held its 28th annual Northern Ireland Golf Day.

Ballymoney. Matthew Maguire, of North Down Motor Factors in Newtownards, finished second, with David Davidson, from Woodstock Motorparts in Belfast, in third place.

This year’s event was held at the picturesque Prize winners at NGK Spark Plugs 28th annual Carnalea Golf Club Northern Ireland Golf Day in Bangor where NGK staff and guests Motor Parts in Newtownards with enjoyed a competitive 37 points. Niall Patrick, from R T but relaxing day. Autoparts in Cookstown, finished After the golf the party transferred in second place, a point behind, to a Belfast hotel before attending with Vincent McCaffery, of Antrim an evening meal and a prize Autoparts in Antrim, coming third awards ceremony at James Street with 31 points. restaurant in the city. Winner of the low handicap section and the NGK Shield was Eric ‘Junior’ Reid from Colin Adams

John Delaney, of P+R Wholesale in Newry, Clive Jardine, of Partsdoc in Coleraine, David Davidson, of Woodstock Motorparts in Belfast, and Tim Ward, of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd

Deputy General Manager – Sales & Business Development, Tim Ward, who won the longest drive competition, with Niall Patrick picking up the nearest to the pin prize. Marko Wowczyna, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Director – 1 14/01/2020 15:24collected Page the 1 NGK TheProject3_Layout big hitter on the day was Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s staff prize.

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The high handicap section saw success for Elmer Wallace, of Paints and Components in


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Job Advertisement Post: Chief Executive

Transport Training Services (NI) Ltd


he Transport Training Board is a registered charity with its main objective to promote training for the transport industry throughout Northern Ireland. The Board offers directed training through its subsidiary social enterprise company Transport Training Services (NI) Ltd (TTS) which is based at a modern purpose built training centre at Nutts Corner and currently employs 14 staff and a number of sub-contractors and has an annual turnover in excess of £1m. The Board has ambitious plans to consolidate and further expand its training business through TTS and is now seeking an exceptional person to meet its objectives and bring together best practice and innovation from the training industry. Reporting to Transport Training Board, through the Chairman of TTS, the Chief Executive is responsible for the management and coordination of all business activity and leading the organisation’s development to ensure it meets the aims, objectives and responsibilities of the Transport Training Board.

The post holder will be required to provide overall strategic management of the business using an entrepreneurial approach whilst at the same time liaising with the Board to ensure the continued long term financial security and good corporate governance of the business, this will involve the co-ordination and motivation of a committed team of professionals; and develop communications and relationships with sector providers, employers and stakeholders.

There is a competitive remuneration package on offer including a company car allowance, pension scheme and other benefits. For an application form please contact the Company Secretary, Andrew McCracken, on Tel: 028 9082 5653 or Email HR@transport-training.co.uk

Transport Training Board Ltd 15 Dundrod Road Crumlin Co Antrim BT29 4SS www.transport-training.co.uk Closing date for applications: 12 noon 27th January 2020

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MECTEC Show a massive success

Comline team with Kevin O'Kane


019 came to a close with a bang as aftermarket leaders FG7 introduced something new and exciting to the Irish Automotive Aftermarket. MECTEC 2019 was pitched as an all-new expo designed to showcase the automotive aftermarket in a fresh and engaging manner, and boy did it deliver. Welcoming over 3,500 attendees the event, which was held at FG7’s Mid Ulster HQ, brought together Suppliers, Motor Factors, Dealers, Garages, Technicians and Students. On arrival it was clear to see this was more than just the ‘traditional trade show’, with the standard of exhibitions on offer exceptionally high, similar to that seen at international motor shows The level of support was evident with over 40 of the industries top suppliers in attendance. Setting the event apart even further was the ‘TEC’ in MECTEC delivering a seminar programme which saw leading industry experts providing insight into topics such as, friction materials, filter technology, battery care advice, training services, all vital information for those working in the industry. Speaking live from the event Kevin O’Kane, FG7’s Chief Operating Officer, and the man responsible 12- garageTRADER

for the creation and delivery of MECTEC said: “We are truly delighted with the response to our first MECTEC Expo. Right from the start, our goal was clear, MECTEC needed to be bigger and better than any trade event in the Irish Automotive Aftermarket space. We identified a gap and frankly a need for something new, we didn’t merely want to provide a shop front for our suppliers. “For me, MECTEC needed to add benefit to our audience, it had to deliver education, provide a platform for business interactions, and of course, bring everyone together in a fun social environment. “Judging by the reactions we have seen here over the three days, I feel we have successfully ticked all of these boxes. “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend, our groups members, staff & customers and I also would like to extend thanks to our exhibitors who raised the bar and helped us make MECTEC 2019 a success.” One such supplier was Comline; commandeering two exhibition spaces, the first comprising of an interactive garage scene complete

Brain Newell of ZF with technicians and a championship rally car, the second a 45sqft product display showcasing their high-quality range alongside a 6ft cyclone machine which challenged visitors to ‘become the filter’. Leigh Davies, Comline’s Group Marketing and Communications Manager, commented: “FG7 is a longstanding and extremely valued customer, as such, MECTEC was quickly identified as one of the most important dates on our calendar. “When Kevin introduced the

concept to us, it was immediately apparent that his ambitious plans closely aligned with our fast-paced business, and we were determined to work with him to make the most of the opportunity. “I am delighted to say the finished product has surpassed our expectations; the footfall has been excellent, the engagement is fantastic, and the whole event has been delivered to an extremely high standard. “We would like to congratulate Kevin O’Kane and the entire FG7 team for a job extremely well done.”

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Gary Cleator of Sandhurst Autopoint

Gary Maskrey of WAI Global

Gavin Dixon from SKF Bearings

Graham Masheder from Suplex Springs

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MEcTEC Howard and Elaine Nelson from Saville

Greg Kocik from Meyle

Joanne Durnien and Tracey Hunter from GT Exhausts with Niall Patrick from RT Autoparts Jade Shannon from NGK

John Bentley from Manbat

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Chris Veitch of BG Automotive

Dan Greenwood, Brake Engineering

Colin Moffett, George McCague and David McWhirter from Draper Tools

Declan McCaughey from Dungannon SRC

Colin Moffett, George McCague and David McWhirter from Draper Tools

Duncan Rainbird from Nissens

Cyril Daly of ZF

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Allied Nippon

How to cure brake noise with Allied Nippon


llied Nippon is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive friction products, supplying a plethora of OE, Private Label and Aftermarket clients. Famed for delivering premiumquality reliable products, the brand is well positioned to speak with authority on friction products and as such we have spoken with their director of braking Keith Ellis to ask for his insight on the historic problem of brake noise.

“Brake noise has been a common problem for drivers since motorised vehicles started to replace the horse and cart.” Said Keith Ellis, Allied Nippon, Director of Braking “Arguably, the most common form of noise is brake squeal; put simply, squeal is caused by vibrations that result from the interaction between a brake disc, brake caliper, and brake pad. This squeal is moreoften-than-not directly influenced by various internal and external factors including the temperature

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of the disc or pad, the ambient temperature in which they are operating, the speed that the vehicle is travelling at and the pressure being exerted under braking. “The shape of a brake pad can also influence brake noise, particularly under light braking pressures; the wrong shape can result in excessive noise which is why you will see such a variation in pad shape by make and model. Here at Allied Nippon we fully appreciate the issue braking noise presents and have invested heavily in an array of noise prevention technologies including the development of our OE-type RMR backing shim which is fitted to the most popular references in our Aftermarket range.

using bonded gasket paper, at the other, you will see more premium applications employing complex laminations and various material layers.

“When looking at shims, it is vital to understand that not all are created equal, the materials used, and the performance offered varies massively. At one end of the scale, you will find simple applications

Allied Nippons unique ‘RMR’ shim, so-called because of its multi-layer Rubber-Metal-Rubber construction, sits firmly in the premium category, and integrates seamlessly with our noise limiting

Dr Keith Ellis NAM112A friction material, plus chamfers and slots which are prevalent across brand’s entire brake pad range. Rigorously tested, both in the laboratory, and out on the road, Allied Nippons ‘RMR’ shim clearly demonstrates a superior level of acoustic refinement versus more rudimentary bonded paper or single-layer designs.”

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Maurice Hamliton interviews F1 Supremo Ross Brawn


he 25th Celebration of Motorsport evening attracted the largest number of guests to the event ever at the Culloden Hotel on 6th December.

Ross Brawn, gave some insights into the future of F1 going forward and the new plans for 2021 cars in a fascinating interview with Maurice Hamilton.

Guest speaker, Formula One managing director of motorsports

The surprise presentation of the Outstanding Achievement in

Stephen Mawhinney and Bill Blair.

Michael Hall, Niall Creighton and Philip Young.

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Motorsport award by Ross Brawn to Colin Turkington was another highlight in a memorable year for him. Thanks to the generosity of those who donated memorabilia for auction and items for raffle the event

Jimmy Mills and George Robinson.

raised a record ÂŁ80,000 for the Sparks charity in aid of Action Medical Research for children. Two paddock passes for any 2020 Grand prix donated by Ross Brawn raised ÂŁ8,500!

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Workshops that choose LuK clutches can ‘fit and forget’


EPXPERT, Alistair Mason, speaks candidly to Garage Trader about the quality of LuK clutches and why trusting the same components that were originally fitted by the vehicle manufacturer (VM) can save time and money for workshops: “Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) design, engineer and produce clutches to the strictest material and quality standards available – which is demanded by the VMs that place their trust in the likes of Schaeffler. “Price is and always will be a factor – we can’t escape that; however, 20- garageTRADER

quality, availability and valueadded services also play a crucial part when it comes to technicians selecting the components they choose to fit. In addition, from my experience, a good technician wants to complete the job first time, every time, to ensure their reputation remains intact amongst their customers. “A workshop can make good money by offering the best quality components available, as well as service, to guarantee customer satisfaction and loyalty.” Schaeffler offers a ‘complete repair solution’

“Schaeffler’s LuK brand is the market leader in the UK and one of just a handful of manufacturers producing genuine OE clutches. Every single component conforms to OE specifications and quality standards. “We believe technicians should make an informed choice as to whether they fit a genuine OE standard of clutch from an OE supplier, or one from an unapproved source that may not include all of the components required. The latter may not deliver the same drivability, reliability and durability expected by a vehicle

owner and the supplier may also not have the support systems needed in place if anything goes wrong. “Our objective is to deliver a ‘complete repair solution’, with everything needed to carry out a professional repair in just one box, all to 100% OE specifications. From a LuK perspective, that means technicians receive a complete clutch kit, including every ancillary component, free technical information, available through the REPXPERT service portal (www. repxpert.co.uk), direct one-on-one telephone support, live and online training opportunities – some of

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Schaeffler GT perfectly tuned for each application, effectively absorbing torsional vibration emanating from the crankshaft. They are designed to protect other components from damage caused by this vibration, giving the vehicle a more refined drive, all of which can be compromised if lesser springs are used. • The splines in the centre of the clutch plate need to be made from a precise grade of steel. Too hard, it may wear the gearbox input shaft splines; too soft, the splines may fail. • The design of the clutch pressure plate is matched to the vehicle, with the strength of the diaphragm spring accurately calculated to deliver consistent clamp load and pedal weight/feel. • The strength of the materials used needs to be exact, as any distortion will affect clutch operation. • The design process for a LuK clutch can take Schaeffler engineers up to four years to refine before approval is granted by the VM and mass production can begin. “Clutches from non-OE clutch producers are primarily designed to replicate the original units; however, without access to the precise material specifications and engineering tolerances demanded and expected by the VM – how can they be expected to achieve exactly the same performance, reliability and durability characteristics of the originally fitted parts?” The dangers of not fitting the right part “Schaeffler believes a workshop should carry out a professional repair, using trusted quality parts; otherwise, they might have to deal with consequences that could not only prove costly to fix, but also harm their reputation.

which are IMI-certified – plus a range of special tools to ensure each installation is carried out correctly.”

compromises made in both material and manufacturing standards. Below are examples of some of the problems that can occur:

‘But aren’t all clutches the same?’

• Clutch lining compounds can vary in quality, affecting the life of the clutch, clutch friction and clutch lining strength at high RPM. • The cushion springs in-

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between the two friction surfaces should be manufactured to exact specifications and tolerances for each unique vehicle application. The generic cushion springs used in some sub-standard clutches can affect clutch operation and refinement. • In a damped clutch plate, the springs in the centre hub are

“If a problem arises after replacing the clutch, in my experience the workshop will remove the gearbox to further-investigate the problem. Schaeffler’s REPXPERT hotline is the perfect platform for technicians to raise their queries and have them resolved by Schaeffler’s highly-trained REPXPERTs, rather than fitting more non-faulty components that will just add cost for the workshop and further inconvenience for the vehicle owner.

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BVRLA ACCREDITED INSPECTION SERVICE Woodside Motorfreight (the vehicle transportation division of Woodside Logistics Group) offers an Inspect & Collect solution for end of lease or defleet vehicles. As Associate Members of the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association), we provide a comprehensive car inspection and collection service. Our highly skilled assessors will carry out a thorough end-of-term independent inspection, ensuring that you get a true valuation for onward resale.

Vehicles can be stored if required at our Ballynure car storage facility, and then transported on our own fleet, offering customers a seamless solution to any of their requirements.

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Shelbourne Motors officially launches new multi-brand Newry showroom Family-owned vehicle retailer officially launches state-of-the-art Newry facility

Richard Ward, Shelbourne Motors; Caroline Willis, Shelbourne Motors; Mark Hawkins, Renault UK; John Richardson, Renault UK; Jonny Cairns, Renault UK and Paul Ward, Shelbourne Motors.


helbourne Motors has officially opened its new ÂŁ5million multi-brand complex in Newry. The state-of-the-art facility features Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and a purpose-built Autoselect Used Car Supermarket. The 50,000 sq ft development also includes new car handover bays, drive-in service centre and loungestyle waiting area. The Kia, Renault and Dacia partnerships position Shelbourne Motors as the only dedicated dealership supplying new and used vehicles for the global car manufacturers in the Newry and Mourne area.

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The state of the art workshops and storage facility at Shelbourne Motors Newry. The £5m facility includes new Renault and Kia car showrooms, new car handover bays, lounge-style waiting area with café and a drive-thru service centre with a 28-bay service workshop.

The official opening of the multifranchise complex has created 60 new jobs across a variety of customer service, sales and technical support roles. Paul Ward, Sales Director at Shelbourne Motors said: “We’re delighted to officially launch our new £5m multi-franchise complex in Newry. This is our largest ever single investment and fulfils our long-term ambition of expanding into the Newry and Mourne area. “This state-of-the-art facility is a game-changer in the local automotive industry and strengthens our position as one of Northern Ireland’s largest familyowned vehicle retailers. “The complex has been meticulously designed to provide an unequalled sales and aftercare experience to customers. It incorporates spectacular Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and an Autoselect Used Car Supermarket within one purpose-built facility that is sleek, bright and modern with a host of technologicallyadvanced features. “We are already ahead of our projected sales and after sales targets for October and this is testament to our 60 new staff hitting the ground running and delivering our ethos of ensuring

customers receive the highest level of service and the best value on our excellent range of new and used vehicles.

our Portadown site, as well as a large-scale used car supermarket and an award-winning Accident Repair and Valet Centre.

experience, is the next step to ensuring we grow our position within the local automotive retail and aftersales sector.”

Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973 and currently employs over 130 staff at its 9-acre Portadown headquarters. It operates Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as well as a Used Car Supermarket, Accident Repair Centre, Vehicle Hire Division and Valet Centre. The business sells over 4,000 new and used cars each year.

“We are always looking to the future and our investment in this new state-of-the-art complex in Newry, with its significant focus on maximising the customer

For more information on Shelbourne Motors’ new multifranchise complex in Newry visit www.shelbournemotors.com/ newry.

Paul Ward continues: “Over the past 45 years we have prided ourselves on being a familyrun business that has continually strived for expansion, built upon an ethos of delivering exceptional choice and excellent customer service to our strong and loyal customer base. “We have come a long way since we launched our first car dealership in January 1973, which today, is the longest established official Toyota franchise in Northern Ireland. “Since then we have gone from strength to strength, adding Nissan, Renault and Dacia to our franchise network. We have also invested heavily in recent years in state-of-the-art showrooms for each franchise at

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Shelbourne Motors appoint General Manager for Newry T he appointment of Michael McCartan as General Manager of the new multifranchise complex in Newry marked the start of a recruitment drive by Shelbourne Motors.

The family owned business is attracting new talent to fill a number of key roles in customer service, sales and technical support. Michael McCartan has gained over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry across a variety of sales, leasing and marketing roles for a number of local franchises. He is responsible for overseeing all departments across the Newry site and ensuring the delivery of firstclass sales and after-care experience to its customers. Paul Ward, Director of Shelbourne Motors, said; “This is an exciting period of growth for Shelbourne

Motors as we look to the opening of our new £5m state-of-the-art complex in Newry. The appointment of Michael brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. This made him the ideal candidate to spearhead our Newry operation.”

“We now want to appoint a dynamic and experienced team of 60 new staff that have the skills and enthusiasm, across a range of roles, to deliver excellent customer service to our strong and loyal customer base.

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“In return, recruits will enjoy highly competitive benefit packages, as well as working in an environment that’s modern and spacious with a host of technologically-advanced features.

Speaking about his appointment, Michael McCartan, General Manager of Shelbourne Motors (Newry) said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed General Manager of Shelbourne Motors’ new state-of-the-art showpiece facility in Newry.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Shelbourne Motors. I look forward to establishing a significant presence in the Newry and Mourne area for the family-owned vehicle retailer and further strengthening its position as one of Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned vehicle retailers.”

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Serfac launches new Valeo HydroConnectTM blades


erfac Limited is now stocking the latest wiping innovation from global wiping specialist Valeo. HydroConnectTM is a new range 100% flat blade dedicated to the aftermarket and Valeo has leveraged its strong O.E. expertise to deliver a top quality wiper blade that addresses the key needs of the IAM. HydroConnectTM features two categories - “Multi-Connection”, which covers front and rear O.E. flat blades and “Upgrade”, which covers hook arms. The benefits of the new HydroConnectTM wiping range include: • Innovative, with its new rear multi-connection system.

• Smart, offering easy fitting with its Plug & Drive multi-connection.

• Technological, featuring excellent wiping performance for perfect visibility. • Evolutive, ready to cover upcoming applications with no additional part numbers. • Efficient, using the O.E. long lasting rubber and asymmetrical spoiler technology. The new range includes 42 part numbers and has 96% OE flatblade car parc coverage and 85% hook arm car parc coverage. Featuring 20 part numbers for Front Blade Multi-connection, the range covers 96% of the European car parc, with 15 lengths

of wiper blades from 350mm to 800mm. Three adaptors cover 12 different arms. There are 14 single references for Upgrade Connection blades which come in 11 lengths from 350mm to 700mm and have 85% hook arm European car parc coverage. Rear Multi-connection blades feature 8 single references, 8 lengths from 250mm to 455mm and also cover 96% of the car parc.

performance for clear rear visibility. Serfac is currently running a special launch promotion for the Valeo HydroConnectTM range. Please contact your Serfac area manager for more details. BENEFITS ‣ Innovative, with its new rear multiconnection ‣ Smart, easy fitting with its Plug&Drive connection ‣ Technological, excellent wiping performance for perfect visibility ‣ Evolves, ready to cover upcoming applications with no additional part numbers ‣ Performant, using O.E. long lasting rubber and asymmetrical spoiler technology



HydroConnectTM blades are easily fitted – simply plug one of the 3 available adaptors onto the blade, fit to the arm and you’re ready to drive safely. The asymmetrical spoiler ensures perfect and uniform visibility due to even pressure across the windscreen. Manufactured using high-tech rubber with a protective coating ensures long-lasting resistance and







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NOCO launches all new GB50 Boost XL 1500A Ultra Safe Lithium Jump Starter


erfac Limited, distributors of NOCO - world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative consumer-based battery and power products - has just Introduced the all new GB50 Boost XL 1500A UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter to the Irish market. The GB50 is an ultra-portable, lightweight and compact lithiumion jump starter for 12-volt batteries which can safely jump start a dead battery in seconds - up to 30 times on a single charge. The Boost XL is safe for anyone to use and features spark-proof technology as well as reverse polarity protection. The GB50 lithium jump starter integrates with a high-output 200 lumen LED flashlight with seven light modes, holds its charge for up to one year and features a USB battery pack for recharging personal devices on the go - up to 6 smartphone recharges. Hot and

Cold LED indicators of the internal battery determine when your Boost is outside operating temperatures to help protect your batteries and devices. The new GB50 Boost XL is rated at 1,500 Amps and suitable for use on petrol engines up to 7 litres and up to 4.5 litre diesel engines, such as a car, van, boat, SUV, truck and more. Included with the GB50 are the new HD Precision Boost Battery Clamps which easily connect to any 12V lead-acid battery from lawnmowers to trucks; a USB charging cable; microfibre storage bag, plus NOCO’s 1-year hasslefree limited warranty and free lifetime customer support. Key features of the GB50 Boost XL 1500A: • Compact, yet powerful lithium jump starter rated at 1,500 amps up to 30 jump starts on a single charge • Spark-proof connections and reverse polarity protection.

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• An ultra-safe and mistake-proof • Eyelet Battery Indicators design with spark-proof technology • Protective Cases and reverse polarity protection, • XGC Power Adaptors which allows it to safely connect to any battery. For more information regarding the • An ultra-bright 200 lumen LED NOCO product range and details flashlight with 7 light modes of special offers, please contact including SOS and emergency your Serfac area manager or email strobe. sales@serfac.ie • Recharge your personal 7.0L 4.5L GB50 12V 1500A devices on the go, like Lithium Gas Diesel smartphones, tablets, e-watches JUMP STARTER and more - up to 6 smartphone recharges. Lead Acid






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Mintex bolsters its distribution network with AC Components


orthern Ireland-based AC Components has been added as a new stockist to renowned brake brand Mintex, expanding its distribution network.

With an extensive range of car parts, AC Components is a one-stop motor factor, offering delivery within 20-miles of its base in Portadown. The distributor now stocks a full range of Mintex products including aftermarket brake pads, brake discs and accessories; with the full range covering 99.9% of the UK car parc. “The quality, performance and reputation of Mintex products makes the decision to stock them an easy one, said Alwyn Megarity, director of AC Components. ‘’With our ranges covering everything from wiper blades and bulbs to brake pads and brake discs our customers expect not only variety but quality. Mintex fits the bill

completely and we look forward to seeing the positive impact the products will have to our customers and bottom line.” Part of TMD Friction, Mintex benefits from the OE manufacturer’s €30m investment


in R&D each year. As part of this extensive R&D programme, Mintex has developed its own unique formulations to ensure all of its brake pads are 100% copper free. Nick Hayes, UK sales manager at TMD Friction, said: “Mintex

is a trusted brand with a wellestablished name within the industry. Our aftermarket braking solutions have a renowned reputation making them an attractive choice for stockists and factors. AC Components is one of Northern Ireland’s largest distributors which is a great result for the Mintex brand to expand its distribution channels further.” With more than 100 years’ experience, Mintex provides a complete aftermarket braking solution for millions of cars around the world. Over this time, Mintex has consistently demonstrated a commitment to ongoing product development and is the name behind the brakes, keeping families and motorsport champions safe every day. For more information visit: http://www.mintex.com

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CRASH Estimating ADDS TO Service for Bodyshops Gerry Quinn

Sean McLaughlin

RASH Services have added to their inhouse estimating team with the appointment of Sean McLaughlin.


developed the offering. Growth in repairers needing the service has led to the recruitment of Sean McLaughlin.

CRASH are best known for their non-fault service to motorists, where they work with an established panel of Independent engineers. However garages were requesting help on comprehensive (at-fault) repairs too, which lead to the establishment of the estimating service.

Sean comes with a long history in the repair sector. Most recently he worked at Lloyd Cooke Motors in Drumahoe and has 30 years of experience. Sean will be based at CRASH’s new Derry/ Londonderry branch, which opened in September as part of the company’s expansion plans.

CRASH have been running a bodyshop estimating service for comprehensive insurance repairs for over five years. Gerry Quinn, an industry veteran with over 40 years’ experience in the trade,

Paul Cooney, Fleet and Repair Director commented “We are delighted to welcome Sean to our team. Our aim is to support bodyshops who work with us and Sean’s key aim is to help them.


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Between Gerry and Sean, they have over 70 years’ experience. Repairers already using CRASH Services comment on the professionalism and responsiveness of both Gerry and Sean. “Repairers need to get properly paid for each job so they can continue to invest in staff and equipment. The aim of this estimating service is to ensure that repairers receive the right labour hours, rate, paint & materials plus all specialist charges and obtain the correct parts prices. Sean has been a real asset to our new branch in the Northwest. He carries out desk based estimates

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and onsite inspection at the request of the repairer, usually within 24 hours. The same applies to Gerry.” The full package includes preparation of a full audatex estimate, providing manufacturer repair method research information and negotiations with an insurer’s appointed engineer if required. Vehicle valuation data can also be provided. To find out more, please contact Gerry Quinn on 07798 518300 or email Gerry.Quinn@crashservices. com. Sean McLaughlin on 07920 585797 or email Sean. McLaughlin@crashservices.com


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George and Jamie McMillan the autotesting Engineers

Jamie McMillan hard at work in Catalunya


eorge McMillan is well known in the Northern Ireland motor trade for his work, but many may not know that he is also an accomplished autotester. But it isn’t just behind the wheel that George McMillan shows his automotive expertise. He has developed a successful business at his workshop in Antrim that

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specialises in the maintenance and repair of luxury and performance cars. His son Jamie works for the M-Sport Ford Rally Team, and tells us, a bit like Jamie’s own path to M-Sport, McMillan Specialist Cars grew from a passion and interest.

Well known autotester George McMillan is Jamie’s father

“Dad used to work for the local Porsche dealer long before I was born, and then moved on to do teacher training with Toyota,’’ said Jamie. ‘’He was asked to carry on servicing Porsches for people and he did it as a hobby. He got a small workshop at home, and then a bigger workshop eight years

ago. Now he’s working out of Antrim with a number of full-time employees.” “He probably has forty-odd cars at any one time. Seventy or eighty per cent would be Porsche and the rest are Ferrari, Aston Martin and then a few Mercedes Benz and Audi.”

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McMillan Jamie McMillan with M-Sport supremo Malcolm Wilson

Jamie reiterates that he was never forced to follow in his father’s footsteps, he’s always been allowed to make his own name and he has had the full support of his family the entire way. Having grown up in a family with motoring heritage, it might sound natural that Jamie would take such a move and make a career out of a passion. But his path was never paved for him. Despite his father George’s connection to the sport, it wasn’t always the obvious step. “He is really proud of what I’m doing. He’s always been really supportive, there’s no pressure to come back and work in the family business. He’s never been pushy; it was my choice to do what I’m doing.” He got a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University which led straight to his graduate role in M-Sport. He made the most of his time in education, and took on the role of team leader for Formula Student while in final year. It was an intense undertaking, but one that he says made him very aware of what he was getting himself into. “Formula Student was hard work. You can do it and say you’ve done it but not get involved in the project. I did football coaching but had to give it up for Formula Student. Unless you throw yourself

a driver. So to be making setup changes and running the car, it ticked all the boxes. People hear about the travel and think it’s the glamorous side of motorsport, but you learn that it’s not like that. Some places are nice but it takes it out of you, and you do have to do a lot of work. It’s not as easy as people think. You’ve to be

India in Formula One, there is the option for him to move across to the other opportunities open to him as engineer, but he maintains he’s happy to be rallying. Jamie also competes in autotesting with George when he can, and while he hasn’t had the opportunity to get home to do any autotest events in 2019 due to his extensive travelling, he does have the desire to get back to his roots and what got him hooked on the sport. “Dad has been involved in motorsport since he was a youngster. He did rallying, autotesting and night navigations. I was big into football when I was young and he never pushed me. But I did my own research and found out you could do autotests at 14 years of age.”

at it, you’re not doing it or yourself justice. Being able to work long hours and show dedication put me in good stead.” From the way Jamie talks, you can tell he was never forced to work with cars. His passion is undeniable and infectious. He has a desire to get as far up the ladder as he can, and do the best job he can. Since joining M-Sport two years ago, Jamie McMillan has got to travel the world and support the team in all sorts Jamie gets to compete in the occasional autotest when he is not of engineering roles. “I’ve away at a rally been mega busy. Between doing tests and events I’ve been out of the country for committed to long hours.” “I asked a few questions, showed 22 full weekends this year. I’ve an interest and he was happy to enjoyed it. For the WRC they do And it wasn’t as if he was eased bite the bullet and get me my first testing a week before. This year into what he does. His very first autotest car; a Starlet that we still I’ve basically done all tests, except event as an engineer was on have today. The draw came from for Spain because I was supporting Wales Rally GB where he worked there and I got more of an interest the Northern Ireland football team alongside soon-to-be rallying in doing motorsport as a job.” in The Netherlands.” royalty Kalle Rovanperä. On the face of it, being paid to travel to these exclusive locations and be around rally cars sounds like a lottery win in terms of careers. That’s true to a certain extent, but Jamie is keen to point out that although he does appear to be in an enviable situation, there is a lot more to it than that. “When I was at university it was my dream job to work directly with

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“That was sink or swim. It was his first WRC event, and it was in a Fiesta R5. He had big backing and Red Bull support and on my first ever event I ended up doing interviews with Red Bull TV.”

The next step in the game for Jamie would be to work as an engineer on the World Rally Championship Fiesta full-time. Having done a one-year placement with Force

In the meantime, George has continued to compete at a high level. He was the reserve driver for Northern Ireland in the 2019 Ken Wharton Memorial International Autotest in Birmingham, a role Jamie has also played in recent years. One thing’s sure, this pair of autotesting engineers are both going to be kept busy for some considerable time to come! garageTRADER - 37




Mirka – an essential choice for all bodyshops


irka is a family-owned Finnish company and a world leader in abrasives technology innovation. The company offers a complete range of technically superior, high quality abrasives, innovatively designed tools, complete sanding systems and supplementary products. This total innovative solution delivers real benefits to customers in terms of speed, first-class efficiency, surface finish quality and cost effectiveness, even when tackling the most demanding applications. Mirka is the first company in its sector to obtain the three most important quality standards. The production process guarantees reliable quality by following the ISO 9001 quality assurance system. The OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system ensures a high level of work safety while the ISO 14001 environmental management system proves that Mirka considers the environment in all their activities. Changing conditions inspire Mirka to improve and grow their business. For people working at Mirka, it 38- garageTRADER

has always been clear to not waste financial or material resources. Mirka are continuously looking for opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint. They are developing healthier, safer, and more efficient products and processes so that both customers and employees will benefit. For example, Mirka’s dust-free sanding systems help protect the lungs of workers while giving a cleaner and better surface finish. Mirka is a specialist in superior coated abrasives that allow for true dust-free surface finishing. Mirka’s laboratories and piloting areas are equipped with state-ofthe-art equipment and they have more than 60 experts in surface finishing technology. Together with the end customers Mirka’s product developers make sure the latest innovations are easily available for testing in real life on the field or in the technology centre. For more than 15 years Mirka has continuously developed dust-free concepts, products and have set a new industry standard. Mirka has converted the sanding business from dry sanding to check out the website: www.garagetrader.co.uk

dustfree sanding, which saves time, money and the environment. Dustfree sanding has significantly improved health and safety aspects for their customers. Dust-free properties are always taken into consideration when it comes to developing new tools. Moreover, Mirka tools are powerful, quiet and have low vibration levels. They are also the smallest and lightest on the market thanks to the use of brushless technology. Inspired by the company’s own experiences and frequent dialogue with customers, Mirka’s ergonomically designed tools are award-winners. In the early 90s, Mirka made an important choice to specialise in the Automotive Refinishing Trade, ART. Through the tough requirements and demands in the automotive aftermarket, they have developed innovations that have set the foundations for developing other business areas. Mirka’s specialisation in ART is a key success factor for them. Thanks to this focus, solutions like Mirka OSP (Optimised Surface Preparation) have helped revolutionise the sanding process in the bodyshop industry. Mirka products are approved by global paint dealers and are used in bodyshops all over the world. Mirka also recently expanded its power tool range by introducing the first small brushless battery driven spot repair sanders. As with all Mirka machines, the ergonomic design has been a priority to ensure that the light tool can comfortably be used for long periods without fatigue. These strong cordless sanders enable a long working time as the battery lasts up to 16 hours in industrial use. The lithium-ion battery charges in only 45 minutes. When using a cordless sander the operator can freely move around the object. As no pneumatic hose is needed the risk of the hose causing defects on the surface being sanded is removed. Cordless sanders are more energy efficient compared to pneumatic tools. The sanders do not require oiling, which removes the risk of contamination from compressed air

supply. The Mirka DEROS electric sander has been used by thousands of professionals and been awarded with both the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award since its launch in 2012. At the time, Mirka was the first company to introduce brushless motor technology in a sander and the ergonomic Mirka DEROS is the lightest random orbital sander on the market. The Mirka DEROS now comes with smart features; it has an integrated vibration sensor and Bluetooth connectivity. Download and install the free myMirka app on your mobile phone and you can monitor the vibration levels of your Mirka DEROS in real time. By keeping track of vibration levels, you can make informed decisions that affect your health. Those in the sanding industry recognize that long-term exposure to vibrating hand-held machinery can be damaging, with health issues such as vibration white finger (hand-arm vibration syndrome) affecting thousands of industrial workers. At Mirka we put your health in focus. That’s why Mirka DEROS has low vibration levels when compared to other sanders on the market. With this new smart feature for measuring vibrations, however, it’s easier than ever to avoid the kind of long-term exposure that may be harmful. myMirka gives you real values in real time and a simple way to keep track of daily exposure levels. Read more about myMirka for digital services and connectivity: www. mirka.com/mymirka.

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Thanks to the new precision coating the abrasive does not wear out easily; it practically repels dust, so the grains stay sharp for longer. For further information or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Customer Services on 01908 866100.

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TRICO: ‘Rear wiper blades an excellent upsell opportunity’

Rear wiper blades should be changed just as frequently as the blades at the front-end of the vehicle, according to the experts at TRICO, an original equipment (OE) manufacturer and supplier of wiper blade systems. That philosophy is not always followed, though, according to TRICO Senior Product and Brand Manager, Sam Robinson: “I’ve spoken to motorists in the past where their rear wiper blades haven’t been changed for five years! Therefore, there is definitely room for some education from both the motorist and technicians’ point of view, with the latter reaping the rewards.”

It’s an excellent upsell opportunity, while it ensures drivers have the best visibility possible. According to Sam, rear wiper blade sales account for just 10% of all blade sales, so workshops should offer a comprehensive service check and choose a brand that offers an extensive wiper programme to cover the needs of the market and seize their opportunity to earn extra revenue. Sam added: “Rear and front wiper blades should be changed annually. If not, aside from the obvious issue of impeding visibility, severely worn blades have been known to become damaged on metal or

plastic components, which may damage the windscreen or cause the blade to disengage. “There is an increasing number of vehicles with unique rear wiper blade designs. Although many blades look similar, they’re specially designed and manufactured, plus they’re specific in their fitment. The TRICO Exact Fit rear blade programme, for example, boasts excellent coverage to accommodate the eclectic mix of applications.” Indelibly marked with a yellow flash on the packaging, the Exact Fit rear blade programme contains

48 part numbers, all to OE quality, which provide even pressure distribution on the windscreen, are lightweight and protected against high UV. TRICO also offers unique connectors that cover up to two different arm types with the same connector, thus reducing the number of stock keeping units necessary. Sam said: “The range of specialty blades are designed exclusively for Exact Fit rear applications. These blade types cannot be serviced with a standard conventional wiper blade and, instead, have various connection styles and blade types, such as plastic, beam or metal.”

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Shipping of waste tyres to India to be banned C

ustomers in tyre depots rarely consider what happens to their old tyres when they purchase a new set, but this about to change…

In many instances, old tyres are shipped out to India where they are burnt, but new legislation in India looks set to ban this happening. India’s National Green Tribunal has directed the country’s Central Pollution Control Board to regulate the import of waste tyres, to prevent India from becoming a dumping ground for highly polluting hazardous waste material from other nations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that he wants to ban the export of UK waste tyres to India. Portglenone company PPP are registered to safely and legally dispose of old tyres. Peter O’Kane is the managing director of PPP and he commented that, “With PPP managing your waste tyres you can have peace of mind that your waste stream is fully documented from collection to disposal insuring

your company fulfils its responsibility by disposing of its waste tyres at an approved and fully licenced facility. “The correct processing of used tyres minimises the impact on the environment and converts them into a useful, sustainable and valuable commodities and benefits the economy. However, this is only possible if used tyres are returned to responsible retailers who abide by a strict code of conduct and practice.

“To avoid used tyres entering illegal waste storage sites, it is the retailers’ responsibility to ensure their waste is transferred to an authorised waste carrier and check their transfer documentation to determine the end facility that will ultimately receive their material is licenced and is actually affiliated to that carrier. Your duty of care for the material you generate is not discharged simply transferring it to a carrier. “With PPP managing your waste tyres you can have peace of mind that your waste stream is fully

L-R Paddy McBride, Director of Bailey Recycling (Sponsor) Eamonn Kearney & Peter O’Kane PPP Group receiving the ‘Circular Economy Award’ at the recent annual Construction and Recycling awards dinner in Belfast.

documented from collection to disposal insuring your company fulfils its responsibility by disposing of its waste tyres at an approved and fully licenced facility,” says Peter. PPP also recently received a top award from Sustainable Ireland. This award recognises companies who can demonstrate a commitment and proven business case for sustainability.

Judges looked at how PPPs sustainable approach has improved performance, employee engagement, and investments that have enabled environmental, waste and energy efficiencies. Judges also praised PPP for innovative practices; future sustainability plans and awareness together with a high commitment in reducing its impact on the environment. More details are available via www. PPP-Group.co.uk


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Record Intake at Riverpark Training September 2019


ince January 2019 and with the appointment of Clare Murdock as Training and Development Coordinator, Riverpark Training has engaged with over 30 schools and attended various career events to promote motor vehicle apprenticeships. We have conducted over 120 personal interviews with applicants and have increased our 2019 intake to over 60 students this year. While industry-set entry tests can indicate a young person’s prior knowledge, it cannot truly reflect the individual and their career aspirations. Each of these interviewees were then put though a 1-day induction prior to engagement with an employer, or after employer acceptance, to ensure they had the employability skills to get the best start. As a dedicated and determined full-time team of three, we are delighted that all the hard work has appeared to pay off. We believe this commitment is necessary to provide the industry with the young people that best suits their needs. Our Vehicle Parts and Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair groups continue to grow; this has been 42- garageTRADER

possible as employers in this sector are starting to realise the benefits of investing in someone from the beginning of their career. As of December, it has all started over again with many school visits booked for the new year, many of these Colin and Clare will personally meet individual groups to discuss how a career in the motor industry can be a career for life. More medals this year again at World Skills UK Live Birmingham Our 5 strong team headed off to the UK National Skills Final held in the NEC Birmingham on the 20th-23rd November and were joined by their tutors on their final day to provide encouragement and support.

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RIVERPARK This competition continues to grow stronger in skill level year on year and 2019 was no exception. On observing the competition from the side lines, it was anybody’s guess who would come out with the medals. On the Saturday after the main competition was over the vehicle refinishers had an additional skills challenge of celebrating the 100th year of the I.M.I. and had to place a design on a bonnet to reflect this. This challenge was won by Aubrey Whiteside who was awarded a professional airbrush kit. The results were: Gold in Car painting (Craig Kennedy Howell ARC) Silver in Autobody Repair (Conor Davison Nigel Whann ARC) Bronze in Autobody Repair (Graeme Nevin Wrights ARC C/ Duff) This latest medal tally at the UK National final brings the current medal total to 45, not including the 7 World Skills International medals over the last 10 years. This also places Riverpark Training ranked

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12th out of 119 positions from 579 colleges and training providers submitting competitors for this UK final. Following their magnificent performance and being ageeligible for the next World Skills International event in Shanghai China 2021 the following have also made it into Squad UK to training for this event:

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Conor Davison and Grame Nevi

Graeme Nevin (Autobody Repair) Craig Kennedy (Car Painting) Aubrey Whiteside (Car Painting) New training courses available in 2020 Riverpark Training will be running Aluminium Welding to BSI standard and Rivet and bond using various joining techniques as from January 2020. It is highly advisable that if you are a Senior Panel ATA

or have technicians requiring this as a re-accreditation that you register for this course. The new Senior Panel ATA has changed to incorporate joining materials by different rivet and bond techniques. Working on vehicles with high voltage will also be available as this is now becoming a risk to technicians and to employers, the module currently can be added to Senior MET but is not yet compulsory.

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IMI Accredited Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Upskill Training Available at TTS

extremely positive, with post-training questionnaires, which cover TTS facilities, course content and trainer knowledge, rating all aspects highly. One trainee commented: “I found the assessor’s information relevant to my field and I’m very happy with the information I’m leaving with”, while others commended the trainers with comments such as “helpful”, “knowledgeable” and even “witty”, and for making them “feel comfortable”. TTS is also committed to integrating EV/hybrid training into its technical apprenticeships for those already enrolled on its technician apprenticeship programmes.


ransport Training Services is responding to industry demand by offering training on electric/hybrid vehicles for fully qualified technicians needing to upskill and qualify to work on electric/hybrid vehicles. Driven by targets set by government to enable adoption of zero emission cars and vans, there is a very real need to increase technician competence and in turn, consumer confidence that electric and hybrid vehicles can be maintained properly and safely. Recognising this early on, TTS set out to address the issue within Northern Ireland and now has trainers suitably qualified to deliver Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) TechSafe™ courses.

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As Northern Ireland’s premier motor industry training specialist, TTS has acquired three hybrid vehicles, including a brand new, top of the range Toyota RAV4, plus an additional new plug-in hybrid to ensure that learners are training on the most up-to-date vehicle specifications. TTS can offer a range of electric/ hybrid courses but for now is focusing primarily on the Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement qualification (ref 603/1468/0), since this is the most relevant and in-demand requirement currently. This is a two-day course for experienced mechanics/technicians, which enables successful candidates to work safely around EV/hybrid vehicles and includes vehicles that

may have damage to their high voltage system. This training reduces the risk of accidents with these high voltages and the qualification helps employers meet their ‘duty of care’ under the Electricity at Work Regulations, to prevent danger when carrying out work on electrical systems. Participants will be issued with internationally recognised certification upon completion of an EV course delivered at TTS’s Nutts Corner training facility, and their details will be held on the IMI Professional Register so that motorists can check if technicians at their chosen garage are able to work on their vehicle safely. So far, feedback from industry and from course participants has been

The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has given its endorsement to the IMI TechSafe™ standards for people working on electrified vehicles. Martin Hutchinson, CEO of TTS added: “We continually strive to deliver practical training to Northern Ireland’s motor industry technical personnel so they can stay relevant in an industry that is making rapid technological changes. Giving technicians the necessary skills to safely work on high voltage vehicles is just one area that we are currently focusing on”. The next Level 3, two-day course at TTS, Nutts Corner is 28 and 29 January 2020 and is being offered for the introductory cost of just £299+VAT (including registration and certification fee) for a limited time only. Courses are limited to 10 delegates to ensure sufficient practical work opportunities.

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extremely difficult, time-consuming or expensive to replace (ex: central decision makers, chief executives and directors, vital sales managers or employees whose ideas have critical commercial impact) • Highly skilled employees with unique training • Employees with exclusive ties to key clients • Narrow profit margins where a staff loss would mean financial trouble • A need to protect their revenue stream from loss (for example, hospitals protecting against the loss of a high-earning, respected surgeon) • Concerns that a high revenueproducing client (ex: actor, writer or other entertainer) became disabled

or died and was unable to perform In the event a vital employee becomes disabled or dies, this type of insurance provides the company with income to make up for financial loss or use for temporary replacement costs. Before Purchasing Key Person Insurance • Estimate the value of your key employees. Think about the projects that would be lost without them, the amount of sales generated by them and the costs associated with replacing them. • Think about the amount of protection needed. There are several methods to calculate this, including using a multiple of salary or profits, payroll proportion, and the actual impact method.

• Create a business continuity plan that outlines business functions if you lose key employees. In addition to cover, having such a plan is vital. Requirements and Cover Options To obtain key person cover, the individual must usually be a consenting employee and you must illustrate that would incur substantial financial loss without him or her. To qualify as a key person, most insurers require that the employee’s salary be in a top percentage of the company. Qualifications vary based on the insurer. All key person policies are written specifically for the employee in question. To learn more, contact us at 028 90 329042 and talk to an expert at Willis IRM.

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