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Dumfries Gymnastics Coach Crowned Winner of SPAR ‘People’s Podium’ Campaign

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Mike Briggs is rewarded for his hard work and dedication to the Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club SPAR have rewarded Briggs, who was nominated by members of the gymnastics club, with £10,000 to support his work in Dumfries Briggs was announced as the winner at an appearance at the Muller Anniversary GamesSPAR, the UK’s leading independent convenience group and partner of British Athletics, has named Mike Briggs, a gymnastics coach from Dumfries, Scotland, as the overall winner of its People’s... Read the full story

Award Winning Manufacturer, Heald Ltd Secures Popular Street in South Shields

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Heald Ltd, a company specialising in designing and manufacturing hostile vehicle mitigation products has installed their award-winning sliding bollard system, the Matador in South Shields, securing the Ocean Road entrance to the town centre’s most prominent shopping and leisure area.The sliding bollard system has been installed to aid with the traffic regulations order within the town centre and to enhance public safety. The bollards will stop unwanted vehicles from entering, but will also... Read the full story

60% OF EMPLOYEES AGED 40 AND OVER IN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY THINK THEY WILL HAVE TO WORK LONGER TO LIVE THE LIFE THEY WANT

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· 48% of employees in the industry say their biggest regret is not saving enough money when they were younger· People fear loneliness and outliving their savings  New research1 out today reveals more than half (60%) of those aged 40-plus in the retail industry believe they will have to work past retirement age2 in order to have enough savings to enjoy the lifestyle they want.  The national study of 2,000 adults aged 40 and over, commissioned by Leeds Building Society, also revealed that 4... Read the full story

Stork launches innovative new Coconut Oil

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Stork, the leading baking brand is launching Stork 100% Coconut Oil to the market, offering an all-natural substitute to butter and spreads to appeal to the growing number of consumers seeking vegan and free-from baking products.Available now, Stork 100% Coconut Oil has been formulated for dairy-free baking and cooking, offering all the benefits of coconut oil without the coconut taste. With over half of UK adults currently opting for vegan and free-from food choices[1], Stork 100% Coconut Oi... Read the full story

Ben’s automotive industry mental health fundraiser is back!

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Save the date and sign up now – Hats on 4 Ben – World Mental Health Day  Ben invites everyone in the industry to join in with its Hats on campaign for the third year – that’s a hat-trick! Wear a hat to work on 10th October & donate £2 to help transform mental health support across the industry Sign your company up now at www.hatson4ben.co.uk Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dep... Read the full story

Crazy Jack Launches Ready to Eat Apricot Snack Packs

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Organic pioneer, Community Foods, is launching new, snack sized packs of ready to eat soft apricots within its Crazy Jack brand this month.The new 40g bags of Organic apricots have already gained listings in Ocado and the independent trade. Containing approximately six apricots, the snack pack offers consumers two of their five a day and, at just 70kcal, fits well within Government guidelines to eat low calorie snacks.Produced just as nature intended, Crazy Jack apricots are a rich brown colo... Read the full story

DVLA national eyesight campaign welcomed by AA

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Older drivers support compulsory eye tests at age 70 and above Widespread support for compulsory eye tests for all drivers The AA has welcomed the DVLA’s #EYE735T national eyesight awareness campaign* which was launched this week to raise awareness of the minimum standards required for driving. While poor eyesight can affect everyone it can become a particular issue with older drivers – and poor eyesight is a significant factor in collisions involving older drivers with a recommendatio... Read the full story

Massive driving bans in Paris - Ozone-Alarm controls the city

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Attention tourists and professional drivers! Driving bans take place in the low emission zone of Paris and its agglomeration today and tomorrow. Vehicles with the Crit'Air badges 4 and 5 as well as all vehicles without a vignette may no longer enter. In addition, all vehicles over 3.5 t are not allowed to pass through! All information now in the Green Zones App!Due to high ozone levels, there is a concentration of pollutants in the greater Paris area. For this reason, the environmental zone h... Read the full story

All Aboard Charity Shops Looks To Smart Technology After Spate of Break-Ins

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Hit by 7 Burglaries in Last 5 Months And Over £10,000 Loss All Aboard Adopts Verisure’s Latest Monitored Smart Alarm Technology 24 July 2018: UK Charity All Aboard has turned to smart alarms to prevent burglaries following a spate of break-ins since March 2018 which have left devastating consequences on the business and its staff. “Charity shops are often seen as a soft target because they don’t usually have burglar alarms or only minimal security measures,” said Alan Haynes, CEO a... Read the full story

EIGHT IN 10 CAR BUYERS DON’T SHOP AROUND FOR BEST CAR FINANCE DEAL

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Six in 10 drivers who took out car finance are happy – but only 18% shopped around AA Cars offers car finance tips to help drivers get better dealsLondon, 24 July 2018 – A estimated two million* Brits regret jumping straight into the first car finance deal offered when buying their car, without shopping around first, according to a new report by AA Cars, the AA’s used car website.The research, which was conducted through an AA-Populus poll of over 16,000 drivers* also found that less t... Read the full story

"It's like having a NASA in our home town..."

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Hyndburn Scouts were excited to tour the What More UK factory, based in Altham, to find out more about the process of making the storage boxes and items they use every day.With over 240 employees and distributing to over 70 countries, What More UK are the largest UK manufacturer of plastic houseware; they opened their doors for the first time to local Scouts for an exclusive factory tour and Q&A with their staff. 18 Scouts from the 1st Oswaldtwistle St. Pauls Scout group took part in the tour... Read the full story

Kaspersky and DS Virgin Racing announce first-ever Formula E ‘art car’ after drivers wear customized helmets in New York

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Customized helmet by street artist D*Face unable to propel DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird to title as Jean-Eric Vergne scoops championship victory in season finale.Bird and teammate Alex Lynn both wore the first-ever Formula E ‘art helmets’ by British street artist D*Face and Kaspersky Lab for the season finale in New York.The artist teamed up with the cybersecurity giant to add a splash of color and a message of hope on the helmets of DS Virgin Racing Team drivers. D*Face took inspirat... Read the full story

Blakemore Retail Colleagues Honoured for NSPCC Fundraising

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An awards ceremony has honoured Blakemore Retail employees who have gone the extra mile to help raise more than £3 million for the NSPCC. The stunning total was raised by Blakemore Retail over the last decade through a wide range of fundraising events and challenges. The glittering event was hosted by the charity at the Everyman Cinema in Birmingham to thank those who have gone above and beyond in their fundraising. Among the eight award winners was Allen Collett, who scooped the Special... Read the full story

Mycarcheck.com market guide: July 2018

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WLTP could lead to autumn bargains. Bike industry must appeal to youth.  Used car of the month: Alfa Romeo Giulia (2016-) Used bike of the month: KTM Superduke 1290 R (2013-) Mycarcheck.com’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month. Valuation services team manager at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said: “Launched in 2016, the Giulia was an instant hit, offering perfect weight distribution, smooth power delivery and... Read the full story

f'real brings the first premium self-serve milkshake to the UK

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Real milkshake at the touch of a buttonWith the ‘milkshake market’ booming (flavoured milk was up by more than £15m to £156.7m in 2017[1]) and a new wave of millennials fuelling the rapid growth of the Grab and Go sector, Rich Products - a leading supplier of frozen food and beverages - has launched the UK’s first self-serve milkshake solution. Unlike anything else on the market, and offering forecourt operators the opportunity to serve up an extra £19,000 in annual revenue[2], f’r... Read the full story

UK airports set to benefit from revolution in autonomous vehicle technology

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[London: 20 July 2018]: A new report commissioned by Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial and Property Unit Trust) has highlighted the scale of progress and future potential for the adoption of automated transport and logistics technology at the UK’s airports, including London’s Heathrow, which recently received the formal support of Parliament for its third runway plans. AIPUT currently holds 2 million sq ft of buildings at Heathrow, dedicated to supporting the... Read the full story

Ben publishes annual Impact Report 2017-18 outlining biggest health challenges for automotive industry people

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Top issues are low income, anxiety and depression  Ben, the independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has published its Impact Report 2017-18. This annual report reveals that increasingly more people of working age (87%) are contacting Ben for support with big issues such as low income, anxiety and depression.  Other reasons why people contacted Ben for help were varied; from bereavement to... Read the full story

Automechanika: Extra business for garages

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LIQUI MOLY presents two new devices for garages at the exhibition July 2018 – Supporting garages in their everyday work and opening up new sales opportunities to them, that's what the German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY has set out to do. At Automechanika Frankfurt, the largest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket in the world, the company presents two new devices that do precisely that. The first device is the JetClean Tronic II. With it garages can give the engine and fu... Read the full story

Lancashire sports stars shine at SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals

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Youngsters from schools across Lancashire stormed to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games County finals, clinching a total of 55 medals. More than 2,000 pupils from 15 districts took part in the largest youth sporting event across Lancashire, in a bid to be crowned county champions in 16 sports following months of qualifying competitions. This year pupils enjoyed battling it out in glorious sunshine at Stanley Park in Blackpool. The title of overall county champions was pre... Read the full story

International AutoSource (IAS) Launches New Website Making It Even Easier for Expats to Buy, Lease or Rent a Vehicle.

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WOODBURY, NY (February 12, 2018) – International AutoSource (IAS), a leading full-service provider of transportation solutions for expats, is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. The new website features a user-focused design that places a wealth of information and resources within easy reach of all IAS customers. Not only do customers have easy access to vehicle purchasing and leasing information, but the new site also provides instant access to a variety of resour... Read the full story

Oxford Charcoal Adds Ethical Cuban Charcoal to Its British Charcoal Offering

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www.oxfordcharcoal.co.uk has pioneered an artisan approach to gourmet charcoal making using sustainably-sourced, single species British trees. For people choosing the best organic cuts of meat and high-end sauces for their food, it makes little sense to overwhelm the taste with chemicals used in the production of most UK-bought charcoal. Their range includes birch, oak and sweet chestnut as well as cherry, hazel and apple, imparting different and subtle flavours to food. The company has n... Read the full story

VIRTUO: THE NEW GENERATION OF CAR RENTAL LAUNCHES IN LONDON

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LONDON, 17 JULY 2018 - LONDON, UK - The first 100% mobile car rental service, Virtuo, is set to shake up the car rental scene as it launches in London today. The Virtuo app was hand selected by the Apple team as App of the Day on Saturday which generated thousands of installs ahead of the launch.Already a success in France and Belgium, with rental services across nine major cities, Virtuo is an innovative mobile app that is changing the face of car rental. The app’s early success attracted... Read the full story

Fifth of drivers use a dashcam; half planning to do so AA research shows

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Dashcams use risen from 1% to 20% in five years Quarter of users fear ‘cash for crash’ fraudsters North Wales Police ‘Operation Snap’ – over 200 dashcam cases Dashcam provides ‘proper and reliable’ evidence for police and insurers New national dashcam safety portal launched More than two thirds of cars in the UK are likely to be equipped with dashcams over coming months with a fifth (20%) of drivers already owning one while another half (51%) thinking about doing so, 16% seri... Read the full story

SPAR ANNOUNCED AS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GLASGOW AND BERLIN

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17 July 2018: SPAR International has today been announced as an Official Partner of the 2018 European Championships from 2-12 August taking place in Glasgow and Berlin this year. SPAR, already the principal sponsor for the European Athletics Championships being staged by co-host Berlin, becomes the exclusive cross-Championships sponsor in Glasgow. As a principal sponsor in both locations, SPAR continues to build on its promotion of health and wellness through activations supporting the Champ... Read the full story

BUREAU VERITAS RACES AHEAD WITH NEW TRANSPORT SECTOR APPOINTMENT

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Amid exciting new plans for its thriving transport operation, global certification expert Bureau Veritas has appointed Hannah Davis as the new sector lead of its aerospace, automotive and transport division. Already active in her new role, Hannah is tasked with driving the strategic development of this crucial division, where she will be responsible for honing client relations and creating new business opportunities - in line with the company’s ambitious growth plans in this sector. She wi... Read the full story

The fairytale of a single oil for all cars

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LIQUI MOLY explains why there are so many different motor oils July 2018 – Many, many years ago it was easy: You did not have to worry about the right motor oil because the same oil was suitable for almost all cars. This is totally different today. Oliver Kuhn, deputy manager of the LIQUI MOLY oil laboratory, explains why there is no longer a universal motor oil. In the past it was almost irrelevant which oil you poured into the engine: There were hardly any differing sorts of oil and the... Read the full story

Back by popular demand, Pot Noodle relaunches its Pot Rice range

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In response to fierce consumer demand, Pot Noodle, the UK’s number one Instant Hot Snack brand[1], is bringing back its popular Pot Rice range after 15 years, supported by a £1million marketing investment and a dedicated #BringBackPotRice social media campaign this summer.Available this July, new Pot Rice comprises Vegetable Curry, Chicken Teriyaki and Chicken Risotto variants, which have been inspired by popular recipes from India, Japan and Italy. The delicious rice-based range has been... Read the full story

MAHLE significantly increases Victor Reinz® gasket range

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Bilston, UK – 16 July 2018 – MAHLE Aftermarket has announced further additions to the Victor Reinz® gasket range, reflecting MAHLE’s determination to constantly introduce new products to meet ever-changing customer requirements. Its wide choice of sealing solutions has been further boosted with 397 new parts, including among others full gasket sets, valve stem seals, cylinder head gaskets and sump gaskets, as well as oil seals.The parts cover a selection of passenger car and also HD ve... Read the full story

Australia’s Monash team crowned Formula Student 2018 champion

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Formula Student celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 Driverless car element introduced for the first time First all-female team from Pakistan competes at Silverstone16 July 2018Monash Motorsport, from Australia, has claimed victory at Formula Student 2018, the student racing car event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The team saw off competition from 129 student teams from over 30 countries at Silverstone. Formula Student challenges university teams from across the world t... Read the full story

NIO EP9 Makes Impressive Debut at 2018 Festival of Speed

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NIO EP9 becomes the fastest electric production car to ascend the iconic hillclimbPeter Dumbreck and the NIO EP9 take the Shoot Out runners-up accolade with a 44.32 second timed run15 July 2018, Goodwood, UK: The NIO EP9, in the hands of racing driver Peter Dumbreck, has become the fastest electric production car to ever ascend the iconic hill in front of Goodwood House today. With a time of 44.32 seconds in the Festival of Speed’s ‘Final Shoot Out’, the time also represents the fifth f... Read the full story

WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT MOST FROM AMAZON PRIME DAY?

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Prime Day is Amazon's July version of Black Friday when shoppers will find a wide range of deals - over one million discounted products in total - at various times over the 36-hour period. It first launched in 2015 and has grown every year, expanding to more and more countries around the globe. As it's "one-day only global shopping event exclusively for Prime members", it does mean that shoppers need to have or take out Prime Membership costing £79. But interestingly, it's not just Amazon t... Read the full story

Over Sixty Ginettas Set For Spa Francorchamps

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New export director at LIQUI MOLY

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Salvatore Coniglio wants to further internationalize the company July 2018 – German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY has a new director for its increasingly important export business: Salvatore Coniglio (50). He was previously the deputy export director. "We will reinforce our internationalization policy," he announces.  In its domestic market of Germany, LIQUI MOLY now has such a strong position that further growth can only be achieved in small steps. The export business, which is... Read the full story

Londoners Go Bananas For Chiquita’s New UK Campaign

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- Chiquita launches ‘We are bananas’ marketing campaign this summer - This summer, Chiquita Brands International are demonstrating that they’re the top banana, with the launch of their ‘We Are Bananas’ marketing campaign. The activity, which builds on the success of brand’s 2017 campaign which achieved over 74 million global impressions, is set raise awareness of Chiquita bananas amongst the brand’s key target audience of UK mums and millennials. Kicking off this July and runn... Read the full story

THE DEFINITIVE SPITFIRE WILL PREVIEW AT OVER 200 CINEMAS ON JULY 17 TO COMMEMORATE RAF 100

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BAFTA Nominee Charles Dance narrated film will also play at RAF bases across the globeLondon, Wednesday July 11; Upcoming film SPITFIRE will preview in over 200 UK cinemas and select RAF bases in the Falklands and Malta for one day only on Tuesday July 17 to commemorate the centenary of the RAF. The preview screenings will be accompanied by additional exclusive footage and a filmmaker Q&A from the world premiere hosted by Carol Vorderman. SPITFIRE will play in a number of UK cities with str... Read the full story

Blakemore Foodservice Receives Top Delivered Wholesaler Award

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Blakemore Foodservice has been crowned the Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at the HIM Wholesale Awards 2018.The awards are calculated using the results of HIM’s Wholesale Tracking research, which involves HIM speaking to 6,000 retailers and foodservice operators face to face, via telephone and online to establish their opinion on and satisfaction with different wholesale providers. The Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler aw... Read the full story

Plastic manufacturers visit school children for an inspirational talk

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What More UK (Wham®) made a visit to Peel Park primary school to answer questions about their plastic products and explain the role the children have in the future of the planet.With their factory based in Altham, Wham are the largest plastic houseware manufacturer in the UK.Peel Park Primary School pupils have been learning about plastic waste in the environment, how it affects habitats and their own responsibilities to look after the earth, Claire Hilton, year 4 teacher, invited Wham into... Read the full story

Blakemore Retail Fundraising for NSPCC Tops £3 Million

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Blakemore Retail has raised more than £3 million over a 10-year period to help the NSPCC make a difference to 800,000 children’s lives.The money raised by Blakemore Retail employees is currently used to support the NSPCC’s School Service, which visits primary schools across the country to deliver the charity’s ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme.‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ has been created by the NSPCC to teach children about abuse in an age-appropriate way, and also to advise on what th... Read the full story

A clear vote from the garages: LIQUI MOLY is the best oil brand

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The readers of German trade journal "Werkstatt aktuell" vote LIQUI MOLY to the top  July 2018 – The German magazine "Werkstatt aktuell" (Garage News) addresses commercial vehicle garages. It asks its readers for the best brands in the service sector. When it came to lubricants, LIQUI MOLY came top – with a big gap to the next places. The German oil and additive specialist hereby underlines its high quality level for products as well as services.  There is an emphasis on cars, however, L... Read the full story

8% increase in London bus lane penalties, with over 340,000 issued in 2016-17

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• Lambeth council issued the highest number of bus lane penalty charge notices in 2016-17, at an astonishing 44,148 – the equivalent of 121 penalties per day• Wandsworth council handed out the lowest number of bus lane penalties, at just 61• Merton had the biggest percentage increase in year-on-year bus lane penalty charge notices, at a shocking 172%• Overall, a total of 346,860 bus lane penalty charge notices were issued by 26 London councils in 2016-17, an 8% increase from 2015-16... Read the full story

REVEALED: FORD FLIES AS IT TOPS LIST OF UK’S FAVOURITE USED CARS

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Ford has proved its enduring popularity as its Fiesta and Focus models topped the list of the most popular used cars over the last three years Back in black: black cars dominate the used car market making up a fifth (21.5%) of all car sales But could brown be the new black? Sales of brown cars have seen the largest upward trend (5.3%), beating purple (3.5%), orange (3.3%) and grey (2.6%)London, 10 July 2018 - Ford has shown that it’s an enduring favourite among second-hand car buyers as re... Read the full story

>From Running a Mile to Running a Business

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A Morpeth business coach who was once a championship runner in her youth is now using all of her business acumen and life experience to help a Northumberland business which encourages women to take up running.  Linda Lowther runs Advice 4 Business (A4B NE) in Morpeth's Sanderson Arcade from where she has helped many businesses find success in their chosen disciplines. As a teenager, Linda represented Northumberland County and her local athletics district at 800m, 1500m events and netball as... Read the full story

O’Brien Oil Products Ltd wins Exol Distributor of the Year 2017

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Exol Lubricants has awarded O’Brien Oil Products with the prestigious ‘Exol Distributor of the Year’ accolade for 2017.The company has been a proud Exol distributor for more than 22 years’ operating out of Newport, County Tipperary. The company supplies multiple markets including automotive, commercial vehicle, agriculture, industrial, marine and renewable energy.Collecting the award from Exol sales director Steve Dunn and Export sales manager Paul Eastwood, Jerry Moloney said: “I a... Read the full story

Carrs Foods launches St Pierre ‘On the Go’ range

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Carrs Foods is launching a new range of seven, individually wrapped food to go products within its St Pierre brand this July, in response to the growing demand in this market sector. The new range includes Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Brioche Swirl, Brioche Chocolate Chip Roll, Caramel Waffle, Caramel Cake Bar and Chocolate Cake Bar, which join the existing Belgian waffle products (Butter, Chocolate & Cinnamon). Each product is individually wrapped for convenience so they can be easily eaten... Read the full story

Easy removing of stuck injectors

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A chemical tool beats brute force: as easy as can be with LIQUI MOLY Removing injectors can be quite a feat of strength. Hardened combustion residue sticks them to the engine. Rather than use mechanical force, it is much simpler to remove by means of chemical intelligence. The Pro-Line Injector and Glow Plug Dismantling Aid by additive specialist LIQUI MOLY was developed precisely for this purpose. LIQUI MOLY Application Technican Reiner Schönfelder explains why injectors are so hard to re... Read the full story

SHOWA 707HVO: HIGHLY VISIBLE, SAFE FOR USERS AND THE PLANET

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The inventors of the world’s first biodegradable single use nitrile glove now bring you a new addition to their biodegradable hand protection range: SHOWA 707HVO – a chemical resistant glove engineered with SHOWA’s revolutionary Eco Best Technology (EBT), in high-visibility orange. INVESTING IN TOMORROWSHOWA, which translates to “finding a balance between different elements” in Japanese, has paved the way in biodegradable innovation within the PPE glove market. Driven by the desire... Read the full story

Hyundai Motor Company Partners with Autotalks to Develop Connectivity Technology for Increased Road Safety

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Hyundai Motor invests in Autotalks to accelerate the development and deployment of the next generation V2X chipset for connected cars V2X technology improves vehicle and road safety, mobility and is vital for autonomous driving SEOUL, July 3, 2018 – Hyundai Motor announced today its strategic partnership with Autotalks, a leading technology company specialized in the manufacturing of Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication chipsets. Hyundai Motor forms a strategic partnership with Autot... Read the full story

Capus relocates to West Midlands “engine powerhouse”

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Capus (UK) Ltd has relocated its head office and warehouse to the UK’s automotive engine powerhouse, the West Midlands. Established in 1982, the components supplier is the UK’s leading manufacturer of trailer kingpins and exclusive UK & Ireland distributor of Menbers Electrical components and Marco components for trucks, trailers, buses and coaches.With major developments planned for its branded programme, the company has successfully relocated to Willenhall, West Midlands and is perfectl... Read the full story

Mirror, Signal, Pothole, Manoeuvre

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Learner lessons and driving tests being abandoned due to potholes Instructors giving out special advice about potholes and avoiding certain roads on lessons Call for potholes to be included in Hazard Perception Test and Highway Code AA #FlagitFunditFillit campaign calling on Government for pothole action Potholes should be included in the hazard perception test and Highway Code as the plague on UK roads is now negatively affecting learner drivers, according to The AA.Pothole ridden roads ar... Read the full story