CAPA Creates Standard For Vehicle Sensors

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), a non-profit standard-setting and certification organisation for automotive collision repair parts, has announced its new Standard 703 for automotive sensors.

The standard contains requirements for function, performance, durability, ingress protection, electrical, mechanical, climate, electromagnetic compatibility, fit, dimensionality, appearance and materials. CAPA says it’s applicable to ultrasonic park distance control sensors but may also be expanded to include other types of sensors in the future.

The association believes the growing trend of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) means that more vehicles use sensors to assist with parking and low speed manoeuvring. CAPA estimates that rear parking sensors will be present in nearly 40 per cent of registered vehicles in 2021 and will increase up to 95 per cent over the next two decades.

CAPA says it created Standard 703 because of feedback from the collision repair industry and includes demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of ISO 17386 and ISO 22840 for function and performance, as well as ADAS-related requirements not addressed by ISO standards. The association says all CAPA-certified sensors undergo extensive testing to demonstrate comparability to OEM service parts.

“CAPA’s goal is to provide the auto repair industry with a reliable, trusted means for identifying replacement parts comparable to parts from the original equipment manufacturer,” said Clark Plucinski, Chairman at CAPA. “As parking sensors become more prevalent in automobiles, the collision repair industry, insurers and consumers require peace of mind in having access to quality, safe and affordable replacement sensors. We are thrilled to offer our new standard to fit this need.”

GT Recycling Joins Plastfix Waste Motive

Plastfix has announced GT Recycling, a Melbourne based plastic recycling company, will be joining its Waste Motive initiative.

GT Recycling says it has worked alongside Plastfix in its plastic recycling objectives and is very much aligned with the goals of the initiative. The company initially plans to service and recycle plastic bumper bars at Capital S.M.A.R.T repair sites around Melbourne, where Plastfix currently manages both their plastic repairs and waste.

“Plastfix has been working with Brett McLean and the GT Recycling team along with Waste Motive for some time now and they have demonstrated that they are serious about waste and thinking outside the square on how to better manage automotive waste such as bumper bars,” said Mario Dimovski, CEO of Plastfix.

“By having these applications in place, the automotive plastic parts will be diverted from general waste and landfill, a great win for the environment and a small step towards achieving the goals of the initiative over the next 12 months.”

GT Recycling says it is currently working on some plastic recycling projects with the potential to use shredded bumper bar waste in various new applications. The company is trialling the use of by-products from the waste that would be used within industries such as construction.

Plastfix says even though many aspects of the initiative have currently been postponed until there is a return to normality with regards to COVID-19, its quest to better manage the industry’s waste will continue to move forward.

VACC Says Most Automotive Businesses Are Open

According to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which represents over 5000 members, the majority of automotive businesses across the country remain open.

“Car, motorcycle and farm machinery dealerships; automotive repair workshops; body repair businesses; tyre dealerships: everything automotive is open and thousands of businesses remain ready to service the needs of Australian motorists,” said Geoff Gwilym, CEO of the VACC.

The one exception is public vehicle auctions, which continue to deliver their services online.

“In the midst of major business closures and hibernations across many sectors, most automotive-related businesses have decided to remain open, and at the same time have adapted to suit these difficult times,” said Gwylim. “Automotive businesses have access to the Chamber’s comprehensive suite of information and support services, meaning they are up-to-date with the latest safety measures, including correct hygiene procedures and social distancing measures.”

The VACC says businesses have put measures in place to protect customers and staff, offering contactless services to provide a safer environment.

Contactless services being offered include:

  • Key drop-off box facilities
  • Contactless payment, including tap and go, online banking and over the phone payments
  • Emailing of quotes and invoices
  • Repair order authorisation via SMS or email
  • Offering taxis or Ubers instead of courtesy cars
  • Pickup and delivery of vehicles
  • Correct vehicle sanitation before and after service

“The automotive industry is open for business,” said Gwylim. “So whether Australians want to purchase a vehicle, or service and maintain the vehicle they already own, their local automotive business is ready and equipped to provide the best and safest service possible.”

AAAA Welcomes COVID-19 Stimulus Programmes

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has congratulated the government for its stimulus and financial support package for COVID-19, designed to support all businesses in the automotive supply chain.

“These payments are going to make a remarkable difference to our industry,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA. “We have modelled these programmes to simulate the benefit for our members and for many, it’s going to mean the difference between surviving this crisis and shutting the doors permanently.”

The AAAA says it performed analysis which shows that for an average automotive workshop of five to six people, the stimulus packages are going to deliver real benefits to the bottom line.

“These packages are designed around keeping employees, which is something every one of our parts manufacturers, vehicle modifiers, auto workshops, parts suppliers and parts retailers want to do,” said Charity.

The AAAA has promoted all the announced packages after simulating what the programmes may mean and how easy it is to apply. The programmes that are receiving the greatest interest from the automotive industry include the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, which can deliver a maximum of $100,000 to small to medium businesses, apprenticeship and trainee programmes that can provide up to $21,000, and the new JobKeeper payment programme which can provide $1500 per employee per fortnight for six months.

“The challenge for us as an industry association is, firstly, to encourage our members that are not normally recipients of grants and incentives to factor this funding into their thinking about whether their business will survive, and secondly, to ensure that they register or apply for these programmes,” said Charity.

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers programme will occur automatically, but other programmes require a registration process and AAAA says its efforts are currently dedicated to getting the message out that the stimulus packages are real and that they can make the difference between survival and collapse of the business.

“For our workshops and our retailers, these programmes are unique,” said Charity. “We are getting that message out because previous economic stimulus programmes require business to make an upfront investment and the government rewards that investment with funds or with accelerated depreciation/instant write off. These programmes simply require that our companies keep their employees engaged, something we are happy to do and want to do.

“We know from our experience of the global financial crisis that this makes a difference. Immediately after the GFC, the businesses that maintained a relationship with their employees recovered quicker and were more sustainable in the long run.

“We are hearing some confusion from customers that think we are closed – we are certainly not closed and our sector will remain open, provided we meet all of the required precautions until we are instructed by [the] government to close. We are maintaining very regular communication with [the] government to ensure that we know when and what advice to give to our members. The message so far is simple – establish the required precautions, minimise physical contact and remain open for business to support the community in this difficult time.

“Many households are now very reliant on essential support services from local government and close family members to deliver food and other supplies. We are a critical service to ensure that these cars can stay on the road safely and we are continuing to deliver emergency repairs and critical maintenance services. We do understand that some in the community may think that their regular service can be delayed, but please don’t make that decision on your own – call your workshop and find out if your next service includes critical components. Similarly, we can’t afford for any vehicle to run low on oil. If you are worried about taking time for a full service, see if you can at least call in and have the oil topped up. You will do irreparable damage to your car if you ignore any warning lights on your dash. In the first instance, call your mechanic – they are happy to talk through what your options are.”

According to the AAAA, the automotive maintenance and repair sector is adapting and surviving. Some workshops have chosen to close, but the association’s assessment is that less than two per cent of workshops have done so. The AAAA says most automotive repairers have put special measures in place including contactless service, such as key drops that do not require human-to-human contact. Similarly, new processes have been put in place in which the internal surfaces of the vehicle and the external entry points are all sanitised prior to returning the vehicles.

“Our members make sure that the car is sanitised before it is returned to the customer – the steering wheel, doors, dash, gear stick – basically every surface is sanitised and the car is certainly safer than when it was dropped off to us,” said Charity.

The AAAA says everyone is adapting as best as they can, and many are offering quicker essential safety checks and sanitising as a free service.

“We have a remarkably agile and innovative sector,” said Charity. “Our members are responding by delivering services differently or delivering new services that speak directly to our customers’ concerns about safety, reducing any risk of contracting the virus and having a safe, reliable means of transport to keep the household running and to look after vulnerable members of our community. We will keep doing this for as long as we possibly can.”

VACC: Auto Businesses In VIC Remain Open

Automotive businesses across Victoria remain open currently, performing services that are keeping motorists and business operators moving.

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which represents many of the state’s automotive businesses, says its members support essential services and are therefore essential themselves.

“Emergency services such as ambulance, police and fire crews absolutely require vehicles in which to perform their duties,” said Geoff Gwilym, CEO of the VACC. “Along with this are trucks hauling groceries and medical supplies to supermarkets, pharmacies and hospitals. This needs to keep occurring, and the automotive businesses that sell, maintain and service these vehicles need to remain open.

“If the automotive industry were to shut down, so too would many of the critical services that people rely on for health and safety, and the basics of life like food and medicine.”

The VACC says that it, along with many other organisations, also recognise that federal and state governments need to make tough decisions and are supporting their calls.

“VACC supports the recent decisions of government, but [Victorian] Premier [Daniel] Andrews has not yet stipulated what an essential service actually is,” said Gwilym. “Rather, he has outlined businesses and organisations that are currently classified non-essential. Automotive businesses such as workshops, body repair businesses and dealerships are performing essential services that organisations and the public rely upon. VACC asks that Premier Andrews acknowledge automotive as an essential service.”

BASF Says White Was Most Popular in 2019

BASF has released its annual colour report, the BASF Colour Report 2019 For Automotive OEM Coatings, revealing that 39 per cent of all cars built around the world are painted white. In Asia Pacific, almost every second car is white, whereas in North America and EMEA, it’s nearly every third car.

Black, grey and silver are the next three most popular colours, counting a combined 39 per cent of all cars that rolled off the assembly line in 2019. About nine per cent of vehicles produced globally were blue, while seven per cent were painted red. BASF said that each colour addresses an emotional motive that goes with car ownership and individuality.

In the EMEA region, 77 per cent of all vehicles have achromatic colours with white dominating the numbers, grey and black in second and third place respectively, and blue in fourth with 11 per cent.

North America sees white, black, silver and grey as the leading colours in that order, also sitting at 77 per cent of the market’s cars in total. BASF also made a special reference to pickup trucks in North America, noting that they are mostly white at 38 per cent and followed by red at a “relatively high” 11 per cent.

Most vehicles in Asia Pacific are achromatic, also holding 77 per cent colour share which is unchanged from the previous year. Almost every second car is white which dominates at 49 per cent – the highest among all regions. Black is low compared to other regions but is getting more attention as a sporty and individual form of expression.

White is still the favourite among South American customers, holding a market share of 39 per cent. Silver rates second with 23 per cent, grey third at 14 per cent and black fourth at 11 per cent. Red is still the favourite chromatic colour in South America with eight per cent of market share, followed by blue and beige which both held two per cent each.

The BASF Colour Report 2019 For Automotive OEM Coatings analyses data from BASF’s Coatings division based on global automotive production and paint application to light vehicles in 2019. To read the full report, click here.

INAPA 2020 Less Than Two Months Away

Shows organisers are calling for visitors to attend the upcoming INAPA 2020 in Jakarta, which is billing itself as ASEAN’s largest and most influential trade show for the automotive industry. It takes place from 18-20 March 2020 at JIExpo, Kemayoran, Jakarta.

The show will be the co-location for some of the region’s leading automotive events, including EV Indonesia 2020, IIBT 2020 (Bus, Coach, Truck, Trailer), Tyre Indonesia 2020, Lube Indonesia 2020, Con-Mine 2020 and INABIKE 2020. Organisers say the expo will return to present a more powerful and international platform as Indonesia’s “unparalleled, one-stop for the automotive platform”.

The 11th edition of INAPA 2020 will present over 1000 exhibiting companies and organisers expect at least 25,000 trade visitors to attend over three days, with organisers saying that the show is a great opportunity to expand your business and network with regional and international automotive aftermarket buyers, automobile, importers, distributors and automotive supply chain.

Highlighted sections include:

  • Automotive Parts & System
  • Electronics Vehicle, Parts and Accessories
  • Motorbike, Parts and Accessories
  • Commercial Vehicle and Parts (Truck, Bus, Forklift, Heavy Equipment)
  • Vehicle Equipment, Tool and Fastener
  • Tyre, Wheel and Rubber
  • Lubricant, Oil and Grease

For more information, visit www.inapa-exhibition.net.

SAPE Group, Spanesi Announce Partnership

The SAPE Group, Australia’s largest supplier of paint, equipment and consumables to the automotive repair industry, has announced a new partnership with Spanesi, a global producer of collision repair equipment and technology.

SAPE says the new partnership will greatly strengthen its existing equipment portfolio and is part of a wider strategy to be the leading supplier of collision repair equipment in Australia. Some important aspects of the deal include the distribution of Spanesi frame machines and fixture systems, vacuum and dust extractions systems, and high-performance spray booths in Australia.

Spanesi equipment is approved for use by companies such as Audi, General Motors, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen and Volvo.

“We are especially excited to partner with Spanesi, a company that is recognised for being at the forefront of innovation in the automotive repair industry,” said Paul McMartin, Director of the SAPE Group. “This partnership offers exciting possibilities for Spanesi to expand its presence in Australia and we look forward to working closely with Spanesi. We welcome the Spanesi family to the SAPE Group.”

The 11th Edition Of INAPA Coming Soon

The 11th edition of INAPA will return to JIExpo in Jakarta from 18-20 March 2020 with more than 15,000 attendees and 1000 exhibiting companies. In 2019, INAPA become the biggest annual meeting place for automotive aftermarket players in ASEAN.

Indonesia has set an ambitious target on the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) with 2.1 million electric motorcycles and 2200 electric cars expected to take the road by 2025. The Indonesian government has set fiscal incentives, such as import tariff incentives for battery-based EVs and their supporting technology and materials, as well as value-added tax deductions and tax incentives for imported goods related to investments in the EV industry.

INAPA 2020 will focus on EVs, technologies, components and EV manufacturing solutions (EVMS). Organisers feel the show will present an opportunity to feature the latest trend and technology for EVMS including battery, electrical powertrains, components, IT systems, material, equipment and services.

Organisers say that the Indonesian automotive industry has become an important pillar of the country’s manufacturing sector as many of the world’s well known car companies have reopened manufacturing plants or expanded production capacity.

Indonesia is one of the largest automotive markets according to Static Indonesia, with over 135 million vehicles in operation in 2017.

You can find more information at www.inapa-exhibition.net or www.ev-indonesia.net.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 Embraces The Rising Made-In-Vietnam Automotive Market

Steering into its fourth edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) will rally a comprehensive automotive supply chain community for the OE (original equipment) and aftermarket by introducing the new automotive manufacturing & automation segment.

The community will help drive the Vietnam automotive industry towards localisation, industrialisation and modernisation by promoting made-in-Vietnam brands. 390 international and domestic exhibitors will gather across 10,200 sqm of the exhibition floor at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from 5 to 7 March 2020.

According to a recent report, the Vietnamese economy is expected to grow 6.7 per cent this year, the fastest growth rate among Southeast Asia countries. This robust economic strength is crucial to the sustainable development of Vietnam’s automotive industry. In order to support its development, the Vietnamese government has deployed a number of favourable policies to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the local automotive manufacturing sector for sustainable growth.

Already, many of the foreign companies are extending their footprint into Vietnam’s automotive market through various types of cooperation with the local companies. Data revealed by Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) has shown FDI in Vietnam reached a four-year high of USD $16.74 billion in the first five months of 2019. Among all, the manufacturing and processing sector accounted for 72 per cent of the total FDI received.

The inflow of FDI is expected to bring resources and technologies into the country, including skilled labour and technical assistance. These long-term investments will therefore heighten Vietnam’s automotive manufacturing capabilities and its supporting industries. In this view, the domestic industry holds great potential as it transits from an assembly to a manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia.

As a result, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 will play a leading role in rallying international and domestic cooperation among car manufacturers, dealers, distributors, exporters, importers, manufacturers, OEMs, retailers and more. In the effort to drive Vietnam’s status as an important manufacturing hub, the show will offer comprehensive product coverage of the entire supply chain from materials tools, precision tools and testing machines, product finishing, robotics and automation, to parts and components for vehicles.

Once again, there will be 10 different product groups for the passenger, commercial vehicle and motorcycle segments on display at the fair. These include Accessories & Customising, Parts & Components, Electronics & Connectivity, Diagnostics & Maintenance and Alternative Drive Systems & Fuel to name a few. In addition, there will be six product groups tailored for the new automotive manufacturing & automation segment like Manufacturing of Automotive Parts & Components, Automation, Automotive Production Equipment and System, Automotive Inspection and Quality Control, Automotive Design and R&D and Automotive Material.

Comprehensive upgrades on existing sectors offering

The 2020 edition will continue to elevate the show offerings in line with the market trends and demands. With Vietnam becoming the fourth largest motorcycle market in the world, the fair will continue to highlight the motorcycle segment. In fact, the motorbikes market has an annual growth rate of 10 per cent and is expected to reach 11 million units on the road by 2025. Under the influence of stringent environmental standards and policies, the huge demand is expected to shift from the traditional petrol type to the new electric motorbike. As such, a line-up of overseas suppliers for electric motorcycle auto parts and components will converge at the show with renowned national brands to provide a wide selection of products for buyers.

On the other hand, the passenger and commercial vehicle segments will also remain a fair focus. With local consumers now having increased purchasing power and a better standard of living, the Accessories & Customising product group will highlight the thriving personalised and auto lifestyle market in Vietnam. Based on statistic revealing that more than 90 per cent of the accessories and parts in Vietnam are imported, the product group will feature a wider variety of auto part products from a line-up of overseas brands to fulfil the consumer needs.

A unique industry event for “Business, Workshops and Experiences”

The upcoming edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 captures the theme of “Business, Workshops and Experiences”, and will offer fairgoers an all-round show experience to allow business and pleasure to co-exist at the fair. For example, the Business Matching programme returns as an effective and efficient platform, bridging local and international players and helping to foster new business relationships.

Elsewhere, a host of training workshops, seminars and conferences will also enhance knowledge sharing. Built upon theoretical discussions, international experts and industry professionals will come together to perform workshops with practical and live demonstrations. They will discuss diagnostics, maintenance, fleet management and many more other focused topics.

Speakers will also share their views on Industry 4.0, automation, smart factories, assembly and productivity in the local automotive industry. Attendees will, therefore, be able to learn about the latest local industry developments and related policies. The sessions offer insight into how local players can overcome the challenges arising from industry transformation, which will help them stand out from other ASEAN countries.

The show also presents two exclusive and lively fringe events. The Auto NITZ party is set to feature live music performances from famous local DJs and dance groups, turning the show floor into a dance floor. The Drift & Stunt shows will energise the show’s atmosphere as stunt performers stun crowds with their thrilling outdoor performances. All these entertaining events offer the taste of an exciting automotive lifestyle. Visitors can cultivate and immerse themselves into these networking activities at the fairground.