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IAAF Awards Ceremony celebrates aftermarket success

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Annual Awards & Dinner 2016 once again welcomed key aftermarket professionals to celebrate another successful year of business, growth and innovation.

Guests were kept entertained throughout the course of the evening by IAAF’s guest speaker and renowned political correspondent, John Sergeant.

The IAAF Annual Awards were also announced, and in the CV sector the runners up and winners were as follows: CV Supplier of Excellence Winner: Automint, Runner Up: Roadlink International; CV Distributor of Excellence Winner: TruckStop Hawkes, Runner Up: Transport Supplies (NI).

All guests were able to make a charitable donation to the automotive industry charity, BEN, which successfully raised more than £8,500 with over £6,000 collected on the night and £2,500 donated from the IAAF Golf Day and ‘Hats off to BEN’ campaign.

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CV Distributor of Excellence Winner: (L-R) Martyn Houghton (ZF), Matt Stiley (Truckstop), John Sergeant and Sam Stiley (Truckstop).

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CV Supplier of Excellence Winner: Graham Boyle of Automint and John Sergeant.








Further expansion in the South West for SHB Hire Ltd

SHB Ground viewSHB has expanded its operations in the South West region with the purchase of an additional, much larger depot located at Grace Road East, on the Marsh Barton industrial site in Exeter. The new site boasts 16 bays, each with the capability of working on HGVs and LCVs, and SHB’s aspiration is to reinstate the site to a class 7 MOT test centre in the very near future.

The increase in size and capability will enable a faster workshop throughput and improve the ability to carry out more tasks in-house.
SHB’s Operations Director, Rick Taylor, believes that the additional Exeter depot will go a significant way to improving the service SHB provides in the South West: “SHB is continually looking at ways to improve efficiencies as well as the overall level of service provided to our customers, and we believe that the expansion of our operations in Exeter is a solid step in the right direction to achieve this.

“Our business and reputation has been built upon our ability to provide a one-stop-shop service to our customers, and with the addition of our latest fully resourced depot we believe we are able to not only continue offering such a service but improve upon it.”

SHB are delighted to be able to contribute to the local economy in and around Exeter, and this latest move will generate a number of jobs including opportunities for young school leavers through SHB’s apprenticeship scheme.

While the new site was under renovation in January, SHB lent the space to the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue team to undertake training exercises.

“SHB were delighted to help both the Fire Service and one of our members of staff who is a retained Fire Fighter,” explained Rick. “I would encourage other businesses to take part as the Fire and Rescue team play an important role in the rescue and safety of individuals both in the workplace and at home.”


Atlas Copco VSD compressor boosts productivity for CV repair specialist

L-R: Steve McKinnon and Craig Smith, Industrial Air Sales Engineer for Atlas Copco - Scotland

L-R: Steve McKinnon and Craig Smith, Industrial Air Sales Engineer for Atlas Copco – Scotland

When McKinnon & Forbes, an authorised IVECO van dealership based in Paisley that also repairs and services HGV trucks, vans and private vehicles, replaced its 11 year-old fixed-speed workshop compressor with a new Atlas Copco VSD+ unit, the company not only halved its energy costs but also boosted its productivity.
Compressed air is a vital utility for the company: supplying air tools and equipment within its three large service pits, post ramp and six standard repair bays, plus a spray booth and two paint baking ovens.

After a sales engineer from Atlas Copco completed an iiTrak system energy audit to check the performance of its fixed-speed compressor system, the results revealed that the company could save over 55% in annual energy costs by installing a GA11VSD+FF screw compressor, so when the original compressor came to the end of its working life a few months later the Atlas Copco unit was installed, giving energy efficiency savings of over £2,000 a year.

The full feature GA11VSD+FF oil-injected, rotary screw compressor with integrated refrigerant dryer is powered by Atlas Copco’s own in-house designed interior permanent magnet IPM motor.

Steven McKinnon, Director of McKinnon & Forbes, commented: “I would recommend Atlas Copco to anyone, even if they were not directly looking to change their compressor. The information I received helped not only to drive down my costs and save space, but also helped bring me right up to date with the latest legislation regarding the treatment and disposal of compressor condensate.”