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ZF signs definitive agreement to acquire WABCO

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ZF and WABCO to form a leading global integrated systems provider for commercial vehicle technology with combined sales of approximately €40 billion Complementary capabilities of both companies to create added value for ZF’s commercial vehicle customers ZF to acquire WABCO for $136.50 per share for a total equity value of approximately $7 billion Closing expected for early 2020 Planned acquisition approved by ZF’s Management Board and Supervisory Board and WABCO’s Board of Directors... Read the full story

Ben launches new online support for people with depression - the predominant mental health issue worldwide

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Ben has launched new online support on its website to help automotive industry people who are struggling with depression - an issue that affects 350 million people across the world[1]. In the UK, depression affects about one in 10 people at some point in their life[2]. Around 1 in 3 people contact Ben’s helpline about their mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Initial findings from Ben’s own automotive industry survey* state that 22% of those who reported suffering wit... Read the full story

Grand Opening of GREEN OPTIONS Zero Waste Store! - 6th April 2019 @ Darwin Shrewsbury Shopping Centre

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Green Options arrives at Darwin Shrewsbury Shopping CentreDedicated environmentalists, Sam and Lillie from Green Options, are thrilled to announce the opening of their new zero-waste shop at the Darwin Shrewsbury Shopping Centre.Opening on 6th April 2019, the Green Options store aims to address the worryingly high usage of single-use plastic in Britain. As their store highlights, it is irresponsible and environmentally damaging to use plastic, which can last centuries, for one-off purposes su... Read the full story

KickStart your journey into a world of beautiful construction kits for the 21st century

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Incredibly beautiful, elegant and exclusive construction kits filled with old-world charm, smoothly machined unbreakable and safe metal parts and wind-up or mechanical engines have arrived at KickStarter, with 6 new models at a time-limited 30% off introductory price make for the perfect interior design element, exquisite collection addition or priceless gift to yourself, friends and family. March 27, 2019 – Time for Machine, a company specializing in metallic retro modeling with mechanica... Read the full story

British superbiker links up with Paragon for official trailer and motorhome

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Acclaimed British superbiker Lee Johnston has linked up with Paragon for his new race season after the specialist lender financed his official trailer and motorhome.Paragon’s logo is emblazoned proudly on the side of Johnston’s high-speed motorbikes in every race along with on the commercial trailer transporting his bikes and equipment to each venue.The opportunity came about as Paragon has a long-standing relationship financing large plant machinery for Hull-based East Coast Construction... Read the full story

AUSTRALIA ASKS THE UK PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER A NEW BREXIT OPTION – FORGET THE EU, JOIN THE AU

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On behalf of Australia, swimwear brand Budgy Smuggler is calling on the UK Parliament to consider a new proposal as it votes on a range of Brexit options on Wednesday. The proposal asks the UK to “forget the EU” and “join the AU”, thereby forming a new super union between two great nations. The #JoinTheAU campaign launched today outside the UK Parliament from a branded campaign bus, reminiscent of the infamous Vote Leave Brexit bus. Chief Smuggler, and head of the #JoinTheAU campai... Read the full story

GPA marks decade of partnership with Kia

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Automaker has moved 350,000 TEUs via Savannah GPA marks decade of partnership with Kia   Automaker has moved 350,000 TEUs via Savannah         Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia is now exporting Telluride SUVs through the Port of Brunswick. In Fiscal Year 2018 alone, KMMG moved more than 37,000 twenty-foot equivalent con... Read the full story

The English Councils Making the Most Surplus Cash from Parking

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Parking income in England exceeded £1.6 BILLION in 2017-18; 5% higher than in 2016-17.Brighton & Hove council is making the most surplus cash from on and off-street parking.Huge rises in parking cash can be seen in Medway Towns, Southampton and Bath & N. E. Somerset.In 2017-18, councils in England made a surplus £867 million from parking; 32% higher than 4 years ago.Of the surplus total, £406 million (47%) came from London and £461 million from the rest of England. Per the RAC Foundation... Read the full story

Revealed: Most Premier League supporters losing more money on petrol than tickets

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AFC Bournemouth supporters have forked out the most on petrol (£864.30) and tickets (£330.00) to see their team lose away matches this season, at a grand sum of £1,194.30 With Fulham suffering the highest amount of away defeats so far this season, their fans have splashed an astonishing £1,037.23 on fuel (£617.23) and tickets (£420.00) to witness their 14 losses Liverpool supporters have parted with a mere £42.96 on petrol (£12.96) and tickets (£30.00) when travelling to see their... Read the full story

The 67 Best Restaurants in London Have Been Revealed and Profiled By Caterquip

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Every Michelin-Starred Restaurant in London is Outlined and RatedPeterborough, United Kingdom - 23/03/2019 – Caterquip, the largest supplier of used, second-hand and refurbished catering equipment in the United Kingdom, have recently invested a lot of time and effort in identifying, revealing and profiling the 67 best restaurants in London, as stated by the world-famous Michelin Star Guide.The fruits of their labour can be seen in a blog post recently published on their website, which runs... Read the full story

INFINITI Engineering Academy 2019 launches as 50% of winners secure full-time roles

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INFINITI launches the sixth edition of its highly successful Engineering Academy as its retention rate achieves record numbers   So far 50% of the Academy Engineers have secured a job in F1® or at INFINITI, with this percentage expected to rise as some former winners complete their studies   This success is possible thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, which facilitates... Read the full story

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT EXPERTS ATPI SPORTS EVENTS JOIN NIO AS OFFICIAL PARTNER

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One of the world’s premier global travel management and events businesses ATPI Sports Events, part of the ATPI Group, has today signed a two-year partnership deal with ABB FIA Formula E Championship team NIO. Becoming the official NIO Formula E Travel Desk, ATPI’s specialist sports events division will start its relationship with the team at this coming weekend’s FWD Sanya E-Prix in China.ATPI Sports Events delivers travel, events, corporate hospitality, ticketing, branding and sponsor... Read the full story

Driver endorsement deals in Formula One are still an underdeveloped currency

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Driver endorsement deals in Formula One are still an underdeveloped currency, says Sportcal, a GlobalData companyGiven the traditional focus on teams in Formula One, the opportunity presented by drivers in the digital age is one that many brands are yet to take advantage of, according to Sportcal, a GlobalData company.Conrad Wiacek, Head of Sponsorship at Sportcal, comments, “With a new generation of drivers coming through, both they and the sport of Formula One are in pole position to take... Read the full story

Go Instore, HP and Currys PC World join forces to drive growth in online revenue for HP products

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Go Instore, HP and Currys PC World join forces to drive growth in online revenue for HP products achieving up to a 4.5x increase in conversion and positive uplift in average order value The innovation delivers an in-store experience to online customers, averaging an impressive 4.7 out of 5.0 in customer satisfaction   London, UK: Thursday, 21 March 2019 − Go Instore, a leading provider of immersive omnichannel retail experiences for personalised ecommerce, today announced the success... Read the full story

ULTRAFABRICS Launches Japan 20:20 for Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

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Ultrafabrics, the Japanese-American performance fabric manufacturer, will present a programme that focuses on colour, comfort and Japanese-inspired design trends during Clerkenwell Design Week, 21-23 May 2019. The brand of innovative fabrics, which supplies high-performance, animal-free materials to luxury brands in the automotive, aviation, hospitality and furniture industries, will take visitors to its showroom on a creative journey in the form of installations, expert talks and interactive... Read the full story

POINTS SCORERS NIO AIMING TO CONCLUDE FAR EAST ADVENTURE ON A HIGH

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Strong demand for used diesel cars and milder weather boosts bike market

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Used car of the month: Mazda MX-5 (2009-15)Used bike of the month: Honda CB1000R (2008-18) 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: “With summer on the horizon you may find yourself tempted by a two-seater rear-wheel drive roadster. If so, the Mazda MX-5 must be on your shortlist. Since its launch at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, o... Read the full story

PELL FRISCHMANN WINS AWARD FOR BROUGH SOUTH RELIEF ROAD

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Leading engineering consultancy Pell Frischmann, local contractors CR Reynolds, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have won the Institution of Civil Engineers Certificate of Excellence award for its work on Phase Two of the Brough Relief Road in East Riding, Yorkshire.The award – for projects worth £5m and over – was presented at the Institution of Civil Engineers Annual Yorkshire & Humber Awards on Friday 15 March, held at Sheffield City Hall. Pell Frischmann was the designer for all... Read the full story

VOLVO APPRENTICESHIP OFFERS NEXT GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF AN INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION

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As the motor industry shifts towards a connected, electrified future, many roles within the sector have evolved beyond recognition. Jason Ratcliffe, Level Four Master Technician at Rybrook Volvo in Warrington, puts the spotlight on how the role of a vehicle technician has transformed significantly in the short time since he embarked on Volvo Car UK’s apprentice scheme aged 16.While fully autonomous drive is yet to materialise, its arrival is keenly anticipated. In the meantime, developments... Read the full story

Supporting the high street in challenging times

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With the rise of online shopping and changes in how people use their leisure time, high streets across the country are facing challenging times and decline. In recent years Ashford Borough Council has taken bold steps to support its town centre and it is now bucking some national trends with regards to footfall.The Council has turned the fortunes of Park Mall shopping centre around after purchasing it in 2015 and has supported initiatives such as Revelation St Mary's and Made in Ashford and c... Read the full story

Magnum taps into the growing white chocolate trend with indulgent new flavour

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Magnum, the UK’s number one ice cream brand from Unilever[1], is hailing 2019 as the year of white chocolate, and to celebrate, the brand is launching an exciting new flavour. New Magnum White Chocolate & Cookies will be available across all formats, including handheld and tubs, and will be supported by a £5m media value marketing spend.  Magnum White Chocolate & Cookies contains the perfect balance of cracking white chocolate and velvety ice cream, with cookie crumb pieces and a chocola... Read the full story

AFC Bournemouth players officially open Westover Group’s new £15 million Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Christchurch

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To celebrate the completion of Westover Group’s £15 million Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Christchurch, Premier League football players and management from AFC Bournemouth visited the facility to officially open the new showroom which has been purpose-built to house the two prestigious marques. Team captain Simon Francis, David Brooks and Ryan Fraser together with manager Eddie Howe, assistant manager Jason Tindall and assistant first team coach and club ambassador Steve Fletcher visited... Read the full story

New Zealand Rugby's Charity of choice transforming young lives forever

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THE GRAEME DINGLE FOUNDATION NAMED NEW ZEALAND RUGBY’S CHARITY OF CHOICE The Graeme Dingle Foundation have been successfully appointed as the official charity of choice for New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and its national teams, including the All Blacks, Black Ferns, Maori All Blacks and Junior All Blacks.Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Jenny Stiles said being selected as the charity of choice for NZR and New Zealand’s national rugby teams meant more New Zealanders would be a... Read the full story

On yer bike, Boris!

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MP Boris Johnson called for greater collaboration between bike share schemes as he attended the official launch of Santander Cycles Brunel, delivered by nextbike.Bright-red bikes will soon be a regular feature of Uxbridge and Hillingdon life after the area launched its first 50-strong cycle-hire scheme at Brunel University. Speaking at the event, Boris Johnson said it was marvellous to see the scheme launch at the university where he was given an honorary degree.“It’s great to see bike sh... Read the full story

Fastned wins second tender in the North East of England

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Fastned will build and operate five more fast charging stations  Amsterdam, 15 March 2019. Fastned, a charging company which is building a European network of fast charging stations, won a second tender in the UK led by the North East Joined Transport Committee. Fastned will build and operate five fast charging stations (hubs) for electric vehicles across the region. Each station will initially house two 50 kW fast chargers (known as “rapid” chargers in the UK) that will deliver 100% ren... Read the full story

GRAND OPENING OF LYFBAR, Healthy Food Restaurant, Lawley, Telford -OPENING FRIDAY 15TH MARCH AT 12PM

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LYFBAR, founded by Alex Archibald and Bethany Tomlinson, will be the first grab&go restaurant in Lawley Village, Shropshire to offer a healthy alternative (with no compromise on taste) on popular items such as burgers, wraps, pancakes, sweet treats etc. LYFBAR will not just be targeting ‘gym goers’, instead the aim is to provide a healthier alternative to the forever growing keep fit community in Shropshire.The main focus is to add value to the local area by offering the residents a he... Read the full story

The CAPAS Arbour Day held successfully to support the green initiative of Southwest China

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CAPAS Arbour Day was jointly organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan) and was supported by the Sichuan province. Held in Meishan, Sichuan on 12 March 2019, the event welcomed a number of exhibiting companies and automotive industry organisations to participate in the tree planting ceremony. C... Read the full story

Regional bike share scheme gains momentum

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Unique opportunities to team up with the West Midlands pioneering bike share scheme are on offer to businesses and organisations. With 5,000 bikes coming to the streets of the West Midlands this will be the UK’s largest bike share scheme outside London. And organisations of all sizes, not just global corporations, can get involved.  Phase one of the landmark programme, which launched on February 1, saw the scheme’s first 25 bikes available for self-service hire in Wolverhampton, along w... Read the full story

New zones spotlight rising trends at Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2019

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The 11th edition of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will return from 21 to 23 March 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Attendees will be able to explore the latest products, services and technologies from over 300 exhibitors across 9,710 sqm of space. The show will amplify the rising trends in connectivity, digitalisation and electrification through a host of new supporters, themed zones and fringe programme events. Placed at the centre of the ASEAN region, Malaysia is recognised... Read the full story

RECORD INVESTMENTS BY MANUFACTURER

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Ongoing investment in one of the UK’s leading spring manufacturers is securing their position as a key international supplier for the automotive and industrial sector.Over the last 12 months, European Springs & Pressings, has invested over £2m in their two Cornish factories with a further £1m invested more recently in a number of new advanced technologies. A new powder-coating line has been installed in a 700 sq. metre extension, a new heat treatment oven acquired and two high-performance... Read the full story

Global opportunity for UK businesses as spaceport prepares for lift-off

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North East satellite conference highlights how launch capability will help Blue Economy  11 March 2019 The UK has a unique opportunity to be a world leader in a new commercial space age, predicts one of the industry’s leading figures ahead of a major conference. “Old space” was dominated by giant government institutes such as NASA, while “new space” is more commercially driven, said Claire Barcham, commercial space director, UK Space Agency. Innovative technologies have created... Read the full story

Play recognised for innovative tech-led retail experiences at 2019 InAVation Awards

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Global strategic retail design agency Play, has been recognised for cutting edge innovation by reaching the final stages in the ‘Retail’ category at the 2019 InAVation Awards. Showcasing the best of the global AV industry and rewarding pioneering product development and integration skills, the awards take place each February in Amsterdam during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration professionals. The project saw the team at Play... Read the full story

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2019 replied to the local commercial and passenger vehicle sectors

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Now in its third edition of the show, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City continued to cement its position as one of the region’s leading trade fairs for the automotive service industry. The exhibition took place from 28 February to 2 March and shone a light on Vietnam’s dynamic service sector and many of the region’s automotive trends. Participants praised the fair’s extensive focus on the commercial vehicle sector, as well as the fun and informative fringe programme events that took plac... Read the full story

New 4K Ultra HD Video Defines How the Human Spine Deteriorates

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DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE describes the wear and tear of the disc. Degenerative disc disease is a misnomer for the reason that it sounds as though it’s a progressive and threatening condition. This process occurs naturally with age. However, it is not strictly degenerative and is not actually a disease. Degenerative disc disease can also be accelerated by a motor vehicle accident or labor and other repetitive activities, known as traumatic degeneration. The basic problem begins with a tear... Read the full story

Retailers Stare Into The Abyss

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Innovative thinking will lead to happier times By Tridip Saha, head of business Europe, Sonata Software UK retail continues to endure turbulent times.  Last year witnessed a litany of store closures on the high street.  Traditional retailers have been criticised for not adapting to change, failing to meet customer expectations and not moving quickly enough with digital developments.  Online channels are perceived as more convenient and competitive and are favoured by a growing population... Read the full story

HOME POINTS FOR NIO AS TURVEY TAKES HARD-EARNED NINTH IN HONG KONG

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NIO celebrated a deserved return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship points on the streets of Hong Kong today, Sunday, 10th March, with Oliver Turvey securing a hard-earned ninth place finish in the category’s landmark 50th e-Prix. Starting an uncharacteristic 19th on the grid, after struggling to get heat into his front tyres in a rain-affected qualifying session, Turvey produced a great performance for NIO in the first of the team’s two ‘home’ races this year. Team-mate Tom Dillm... Read the full story

Spread the word - Bertolli is back on TV!

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6th March 2019 – Bertolli, the only branded olive oil spread in the UK[1], is returning to TV screens across the UK for the first time in over five years. The move is the first of several projects, forming part of a £5m marketing campaign – the first major investment in the brand in recent years.The TV ad creative highlights the brand’s Italian heritage and the goodness of olive oil, whist also communicating the premium ingredients used in the product. The creative is an updated edit o... Read the full story

MUJI and Sensible 4 debut GACHA, the first all-weather autonomous-driving bus in Helsinki

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Japanese lifestyle retailer MUJI and Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4 launched GACHA, the first autonomous driving bus for all weather conditions today in Helsinki, Finland with a view to begin public-facing operations in April.  MUJI and Sensible 4 have launched GACHA, the first self-driving shuttle bus in the world for all weather conditions. The vehicle is a result of the collaboration between Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4 and Japanese lifestyle retailer MUJI.... Read the full story

THE PENINSULA HONG KONG PARTNERS NIO FOR TEAM’S HOME FORMULA E RACE

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Globally renowned hotel The Peninsula Hong Kong has today been announced as an official partner of motor racing team NIO for the squad’s ‘home’ ABB FIA Formula E Championship race on Sunday, 10th March. Rooted in Hong Kong since 1928, the flagship hotel has a long history with Formula E as well as NIO and will now be a key sponsor for the team leading into round five of the 2018/2019 season.Very much a natural relationship, with The Peninsula Hong Kong and NIO equally focused on delive... Read the full story

LIQUI MOLY additives with new pourers

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More protection from using the wrong additive March 2019 – Using the wrong additive is like giving someone the wrong medicine. This is why LIQUI MOLY adds an additional safeguard to ensure motorists always use the right additive. The new pourers for fuel additives prevent petrol additives from going into diesel tanks and diesel additives from going into petrol tanks. “This provides additional protection from careless errors with expensive consequences,” says David Kaiser, Head of Resea... Read the full story

Fastned wins Swiss tender

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The tender allows for the construction and 30-year operation of 20 fast charging stations at Swiss motorway service areas Amsterdam, 7 March 2019. Fastned, a Dutch charging company which is building a European network of fast charging stations, won a tender by the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) for 20 fast charging stations. FEDRO is the federal authority responsible for road infrastructure and private road transport in Switzerland. Fastned uses 100% renewable electricity and serves all... Read the full story

HOME SUCCESS THE TARGET FOR NIO AS FORMULA E ARRIVES IN HONG KONG

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ABB FIA Formula E Championship team NIO will be bidding for a swift return to the points-paying positions when round five of the season takes place in downtown Hong Kong this coming weekend – one of the squad’s eagerly awaited ‘home’ races. Getting underway on Sunday, 10th March, around the streets of the spectacular and iconic Central Harbourfront, the HKT Hong Kong e-Prix will be one of the most important races of the year for NIO with lots of local support and scores of VIP guests... Read the full story

Almost half of UK garages have sourced UK based suppliers amid concerns around Brexit

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The UK’s leading online garage and car repair marketplace has revealed that more than 45% of UK garages have sourced alternative, UK-based suppliers ahead of Brexit, with around one in six choosing to stockpile parts ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK’s biggest online garage and repair marketplace has revealed that nearly half (45.3%) of UK garages have sourced alternative, UK based suppliers ahead of Brexit on Friday 29th March. This comes after the site surveyed its netw... Read the full story

Innovative Ultra Lightweight Workbench Developed

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Modul-System’s lightweight journey started in 2004, but is far from finished.Every kilo that can be saved on racking means an additional kilo for tools and other equipment in the vehicle. ”Our latest innovation is an ultra lightweight workbench”, says Thomas Johansson, Vice President of Modul-System.The new lightweight workbench is made from sandwich material and is approximately 60% lighter than an equivalent product made from wood. A 1.5 meter long bench now weighs just 7kg, this mea... Read the full story

Top UK Fruit Snack Brand, Fruit Bowl, Launch into Convenience for First Time

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UK based fruit snack company Fruit Bowl have unveiled their new convenience range, the first time their products will be available in this category.Available to order from the beginning of March, Fruit Bowl’s grab-and-go range of real fruit snacks and treats make it easier for parents to give their children healthy snacks that they truly enjoy, with the peace of mind that many of the range also contribute towards their 5 a day. Fruit Bowl’s products are also beloved by adults, especiall... Read the full story

Investment in aviation: private equity firms set to invest more - new research

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RESEARCH REVEALS PRIVATE EQUITY IS SET TO INVEST MORE IN THE AVIATION SECTORNew research(1) from Revolution.Aero, the global meeting place for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionising business and personal aviation, amongst private equity and venture capital professionals reveals that 69% expect the amount of money their industries invest in the aviation sector to increase between now and the end of 2020, and just 4% expect it to fall.  The corresponding figures for the... Read the full story

INTRODUCING: CAWSTON DRY

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Something dry to wet your whistle?  Goodbye parched. Hello Dry.Cawston Press are launching a new range of sparkling drinks for those wanting an everyday go to that’s less sweet than your average soft drink – but tastier and more exciting than plain water. Available from 1st April in two flavours, Ginger & Lemon or Raspberry, they’re a simple blend of British sparkling spring water, a twist of Cawston’s pressed juice and natural extracts.  No added sugar, no artificial nonsense and... Read the full story

ZF Oil Analysis Test Kit Cuts The Cost Of Repair And Maintenance

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Service enables commercial vehicle repairs to be addressed before failure reducing unscheduled downtime Minimises owning and operating costs Provides detailed insight into the health of major components Identifies wear, contamination and helps manage oil change intervalsZF Services has introduced an Oil Analysis Testing Kit, now available from UK stock to help commercial vehicle operators and maintainers to understand the health of their transmissions, axles and other key components. Through... Read the full story

The world’s most successful motorbike racing series is launched with LIQUI MOLY

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Start of the MotoGP season – lubricants specialist expects enormous response from advertising campaign and boost in salesFebruary 2019 – The waiting will finally come to an end on March 10 when the first race of the new MotoGP season will be held in Qatar. The German lubricants specialist, LIQUI MOLY, will be well represented at the event and has its hopes pinned on a new star.The lubricants experts will continue their cooperation with the IntactGP team in the Moto2 class motorcycle rac... Read the full story