Customer vote sees ZF win Irish Auto Trade award

Quality and customer service sees brand win Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year.

For the second year in a row, ZF Aftermarket has driven off with the title of Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards.

The award is a particularly coveted prize as it’s voted for by readers of the Auto Trade Journal, Ireland’s leading automotive magazine.

The business, owner of impressive brand portfolio: Lemförder, Sachs, TRW and Boge beat off stiff competition from several industry greats to take the title for its product quality and excellent customer service.

The award was presented at the Irish Auto Trade Awards held on October 17th at Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare.

ZF Aftermarket Senior Manager IAM – UK & Ireland, Martyn Houghton said: “To be voted by our customers for this title for the second time in a row is a real achievement.

“The team that sits behind the brand and brings it all together should be extremely proud.”

Padraic Deane, Publisher and Managing Editor of the Auto Trade Journal commented: “ZF Aftermarket proves that by delivering the complete package it is the best again, on this occasion.”

For further information about ZF Aftermarket, click here

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BG Automotive releases 27 new part numbers

Manufacturer announces latest new-to-range parts with flip page document.

BG Automotive has announced the release of 27 new part numbers.

Each of the new parts are highlighted in a new flip page document, available to view online complete with application data.

Additions include three drive belts, an oil pump, a rocker arm, seven sealing products, ten steering and suspension parts and five timing chain kits.

Click here to view all of the latest parts added to the BG Automotive range.

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Online Ring ‘bulb finder’ tool updated for technicians

All Ring bulbs tested in onsite, state-of-the-art quality assurance laboratories.

With one of the largest ranges of 12V bulbs in the European market, which combined can be applied across 500,000 applications on vehicles from the past 50 years, vehicle lighting specialist, Ring, has updated its online tool ‘Find My Bulb’ to save technicians time when searching for the right reference.

Although technically complex to develop, the online tool is simple for technicians to use giving them the chance to update details of the make and model of the vehicle they are working on before searching through a relevant selection of standard, performance, LEDs and heavy-duty lighting, as well as bulb kits.

As all products in the range are of OE quality and E marked where applicable, mechanics know that they can rely on Ring bulbs to provide brighter, whiter light on the roads, improving safety and visibility for their customers while driving.

In addition, all bulbs from the brand are tested in its onsite, state-of-the-art quality assurance laboratories, which use industry leading equipment including cutting-edge photometry and light tunnel technology to benchmark against other suppliers in the market.

Carl Harrison, vehicle lighting product manager, said: “Having the right bulb for a wide number of cars and applications has always been crucial for Ring; it is just one of the factors that make us an obvious choice for garage technicians that want access to a full and extensive range.

“While we have been at the forefront of bulb development for nearly half a century, we know the rate of change and technological advancements in the automotive industry has added even more products to the range of lighting available than ever before.

“Appreciating our customers have better things to do than scroll through pages of results when looking for the correct bulb reference, we have developed the online tool to make this process as simple as possible, which should save technicians time and money.

“Crucially, not only can technicians find what they are looking for, they can be confident that when they offer a Ring product to a motorist, they will be getting market leading quality too.”

‘Find My Bulb’ is available from Ring’s website – click here.

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Lithium-ion starter battery production begins at GS Yuasa plant

Hungary factory now manufactures automotive 12V lithium-ion batteries for European customers.

GS Yuasa, leading battery manufacturer, has announced that automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturing operations have begun at its new battery plant in Miskolc, Hungary.

Incorporated as a GS Yuasa subsidiary in October 2017, the 60,000 sqm plant is the first lithium-ion plant outside of Japan for the global battery manufacturer. It is installed with the latest GS Yuasa Group automated manufacturing technology in order fulfil the increasing market demand in Europe.

The automotive 12V lithium-ion batteries will be used for automotive Starting, Lighting and Ignition (SLI) applications.

They are currently assembled with lithium-ion cells produced in Japan, but GS Yuasa Hungary Ltd plan to manufacture these cells on site in the future.

A maximum production capacity of 500,000 units per year is expected to be reached during the first phase of operations, with capacity set to significantly expand in the coming year.

For more information on GS Yuasa Battery Europe, click here.

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