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Driven Performance Brands Acquires APR Performance
Driven Performance Brands has announced the acquisition of APR Performance from Mangrove Equity Partners LP. APR is a designer and manufacturer of performance software tuning solutions and highly engineered hardware products, including turbo systems and air intake, exhaust and suspension components for Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles.
TPMS Training Specialist Sean Lannoo Nominated for TIA Board of Directors
Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has announced that Sales Technical Training Specialist Sean Lannoo has been nominated for the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) 2017 Board of Directors. Lannoo is one of 14 industry professionals who have been nominated for the position. TIA members will select four candidates to serve three-year terms on the board. The election has commenced and will be completed September 1, 2017.
Denso Earns 2017 Subaru Excellence in Partnership Award
DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM) has received an Excellence in Partnership Award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA) for exceptional quality, delivery performance and cost program participation. Each year, SIA rates suppliers to monitor, maintain and improve the highest product and service quality standards. Excellence in Partnership Awards recognize top-performing suppliers meeting the criteria. In order to receive an Excellence in Partnership Award, suppliers must demonstrate strong performance in each rating criteria. That includes excelling in product quality, meeting production and delivery schedules and reaching cost program goals. This is the second consecutive year Subaru has awarded DENSO its Excellence in Partnership award. The award recognizes quality work across DENSO’s facilities in North America.
Hunter University is a free, comprehensive online self-study program for technicians and industry professionals to enhance training in alignment fundamentals, performance tire service and road-force balancing techniques.
Hunter Engineering Offers Hunter University Online Self-Study Program
Hunter Engineering is offering Hunter University—a free, comprehensive online self-study program for technicians and industry professionals to enhance training in alignment fundamentals, performance tire service and road-force balancing techniques. Hunter University’s eLearning courses allow students to learn at their own pace and are designed for students at all levels. Courses can also be used as an integral supplement to instructor-led training courses. In-depth information, detailed graphics, video and modular segments assist the participant in expanding their knowledge base at a self-determined level. Three courses are available: Introduction to Vehicle Alignment, Rolling Smooth, and Heavy-Duty Truck and Trailer Alignment. Each course is divided into modules, and students can exit and re-enter at the same point in the module if using the same computer.
GCommerce Awarded Patent for Exclusive EDI Acknowledgement Solution
GCommerce was recently awarded a United States patent for a method to provide an electronic functional acknowledgement of a document exchange, even when the trading partner’s system is incapable of producing the acknowledgement. Primary inventor Jason Popillion is the chief technology officer for GCommerce and a member of the leadership team for the Technology Standards Committee of the Auto Care Association. Electronic document interchange (EDI) depends on acknowledgement of message receipt, or confirmations, between business systems to signal that critical documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, were received by the other party. These messages, called EDI 997s, cannot always be generated by the trading partner, so they rely on a third party, facilitating the message exchange, to produce and send the 997. While a 997 from a third party works technically, it is not an assurance that the message was received and acknowledged by the actual trading partner. Message failure and errors can still occur with the associated disruption to business processes. Popillion was joined as inventor named in the patent by Sireesha Suryadevara, senior software engineer for GCommerce, Michael Hilty and Andrew Kirpalani, both formerly of GCommerce.
Flow Dry Technology has acquired the assets of Elliott Manufacturing Company (EMC) in a deal that combines the two Brookville, Ohio-based manufacturers.
Flow Dry Technology Acquires Assets of Elliott Manufacturing Company
Flow Dry Technology has acquired the assets of Elliott Manufacturing Company (EMC) in a deal that combines the two Brookville, Ohio-based manufacturers. Founded in 1973 by Milton Sr. and Anna Elliott, the family-owned company has been Flow Dry’s supplier of quality plastic injection molded parts since 1986. EMC’s material expertise includes engineering-grade thermoplastics, filled nylons and molded rubber, among others. The company manufactures a wide variety of plastic-injection molded parts and partial and complete assemblies for the automotive, aerospace, medical and consumer products industries.
Superchargers Online Becomes First Eaton Authorized Service Center
Superchargers Online has been named as the first EATON Authorized Service Center in North America. This new designation allows Superchargers Online to offer repair and rebuild services utilizing EATON factory parts for OEM and aftermarket EATON-based hybrid-roots superchargers. This new designation enables Superchargers Online to rebuild or repair EATON superchargers for a fraction of the cost of a new replacement, giving vehicle owners, dealership service centers and repair shops a more cost-effective option. Superchargers Online currently offers rebuild and repair services for EATON hybrid-roots superchargers, including those manufactured and sold by Magnuson Superchargers, Edelbrock, SLP and Roush. All superchargers sent in for rebuild receive a thorough inspection, disassembly and cleaning before brand-new original EATON bearings, couplers, oil and rotor packs are installed. Once complete, all superchargers are tested on a supercharger dyno and inspected once more before shipping. The typical turnaround time on a repair is two business days from the customer’s approval of the work, and Superchargers Online will soon launch a core/exchange program for its most popular applications to offer an even quicker option for its customers.
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