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u-blox Adds New Product Variants to Its Positioning and Connectivity Modules

u-blox Adds New Product Variants to Its Positioning and Connectivity Modules u-blox has recently expanded its product offering by adding automotive qualified product variants to its array of positioning and cellular wireless connectivity modules. Included in the additions are the NEO-M8Q-01A and NEO-M8L-01A, as well as the SARA-G350-02A and LISA-U201-03A. Produced in accordance with the...

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Hyundai Ioniq Sedan and Kia Niro SUV to Get BorgWarner’s EGR Valves

Hyundai Ioniq Sedan and Kia Niro SUV to Get BorgWarner’s EGR Valves Hyundai Ioniq sedan and Kia Niro crossover SUVs are two lucky vehicles as BorgWarner will soon be supplying them with its highly advanced exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve. These hybrid and gasoline vehicles are powered by the...

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Regulations on Spare Parts for Vehicles

Regulations on Spare Parts for Vehicles

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) is responsible for the formulation and implementation of standards across the UAE. Eng. Khaled Ali Abdul Majeed spoke at the Spare Parts Conference held as part of Automechanika 2016. He is the Secretary for the National Committees for vehicles. He presented a draft of the regulations pertaining to spare parts in the UAE.

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Ratings and Certifications for Vehicles Maintenance Workshops

Ratings and Certifications for Vehicles Maintenance Workshops

During the Spare Parts Conference held as part of Automechanika 2016, Steve Scofield of IMI presented a brief overview of garage standards around the world and their relevance to operations in the United Arab Emirates. Implementing standards offers benefits to governments, trade organizations and professionals in the automotive industry by providing a consistent and scalable means to improve the effectiveness of garage operations while upskilling and training technicians and managers. The effectiveness of industry standards is dependent on its applicability and uniformity across all stakeholders including governments, trade bodies, the automotive industry, and consumers. . Scofield offered several of IMI’s global insights into how people are at the core of establishing effective standards and practices. IMI’s value proposition was presented through case studies, and the knowledge, skills, and competence journey offered by the company. The talk concluded with a Q&A session.

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Performance Enhancement and its Effect on Warranty

Performance Enhancement and its Effect on Warranty

Justin Olts, Vice President of Derive Systems presented a case study about aftermarket performance improvement software systems and the statutory and regulatory practices surrounding the implementation of such systems. The key topics covered were the definition of automotive warranty in the United States, the history and development of automotive warranty, the evolution of compliance requirements governing auto modification and performance improvement, the value of the aftermarket today, and a forward-looking overview of aftermarket vehicle control software systems was presented. Key legislations and regulations governing the entry and growth of third-party performance improvement systems for individuals and fleets were presented and discussed. The presentation concluded with a Q&A session with Mr. Olts.

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Optimized Distribution Strategies for Spare Parts Retailers

Optimized Distribution Strategies for Spare Parts Retailers

Massar Solutions was represented at the Spare Parts Conference held as part of the Automechanika Academy in 2016 by Brent Melvin, its General Manager of Supply Chain Solutions who possesses more than 25 years of experience in sales and operations in the domestic and international freight and logistics sector. Melvin presented a brief overview of supply chain optimization from a local perspective, from the point of origin to the point of final consumption.

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Motive Power

Motive Power

Dr. Mark Stevenson, CEO of Eternity Technologies presented a profile of the energy storage market for industrial needs, identifying the recyclability of lead-acid batteries as a key factor in their cost-effectiveness as a technology. Key viewpoints presented identified that the global industrial lead-acid battery market is worth USD 10 million with significant opportunities in the UAE. Eternity Technologies specializes in 2-volt batteries that can be aggregated into a 24-volt or 48-volt battery pack for use in Material Handling Equipment (MHE). The growth dynamics of the network power, motive power, and telecom applications were presented. The UAE telecom market represents a major opportunity with a USD 5.2 billion battery market.

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Spare Parts Market Overview for the Region

Spare Parts Market Overview for the Region

Prachi Satoskar, Business Group Manager at GfK Retail and Technology presented an overview of a “universe study” performed by Gfk that covers the automotive sector in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Iran with a brief overview of the German repairs and maintenance market. Gfk’s audit methodology and the results of several studies were presented with a specific focus on the automotive industry, spare parts, and engine oil trends in the UAE and Saudi Arabia highlighting several areas such as the proliferation of illegal spares and loose oils. The presentation concluded with a short Q&A session.

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