SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 19, May 12, 2011

Movers & Shakers: Classic Industries Provides Parts to Build Camaro in 48 Hours; ALI Partners With Petty's Garage

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Classic Industries Provides Parts to Build Camaro in 48 Hours

Classic Industries has announced its involvement with the 48 Hour Camaro project. Designed to be the world’s fastest Camaro build over two days, audiences nationwide will have the chance to watch the entire process live online at www.48hourcamaro.com from May 16–18. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. (PDT), the crew at 48 Hour Camaro will turn an ordinary ’67 Camaro into a Pro-Touring contender using products direct from Classic Industries. In just two days, the crew will install a new engine, transmission, rear end, brakes, suspension, interior, steering, air conditioning and much more for a complete transformation. Following the build, the 48 Hour Camaro team will produce a series of videos offering step-by-step instructions on each stage of the restoration.

NSF International’s Bob Frayer Receives Award for Effort to Grow the Collision Parts Replacement Industry
The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) presented Bob Frayer of NSF International with its Industry Award for his efforts to expand the collision parts-replacement industry during the past year. Frayer, director of NSF’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program and Engineering Laboratories, received the award at ABPA’s annual convention, held in Tampa, Florida, last month.

 NSF International launched the NSF Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program in 2010 to help ensure that automotive aftermarket parts meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards. 

Frayer and other NSF engineers independently evaluate and compare aftermarket auto parts to OEM service parts to ensure the highest level of performance in terms of form, fit and function.

AiM Mobile Inspections Surpasses 35 Million Vehicle Inspections

Alliance Inspection Management (AiM) recently conducted its 35 millionth vehicle inspection. AiM provides detailed vehicle condition reports for auto manufacturers, dealers, captive finance companies, auction houses, transportation companies and consumers. Each new or used vehicle inspected by AiM goes through a bumper-to-bumper evaluation before being delivered to a car dealership through the supply chain via ship, train or a vehicle hauler, and for consumers and dealers in the final stages of the sales transaction. AiM’s 35 million inspections were conducted during the past six years. AiM verifies the condition of new and used, off-lease and fleet vehicles at assembly plants, rail yards, ports, auction sites and dealerships across the country.

King Introduces New Website

King Engine Bearings has introduced newly redesigned website at www.kingbearings.com, which has been updated to include additional information about the company's product line and is more user-friendly, according to the company. Factory-authorized warehouse locations and manufacturers’ representative’s territories are mapped and allows visitors to look up bearing part numbers by searching the e-catalog, which allows users to search by model data, engine data or part number.

ASA Partners with Acquirint

ASA Tire Systems has joined with Acquirint, a provider of transaction-processing software solutions, in a strategic partnership for the provision of secure and compliant payment-processing systems for tire dealers. As a provider of POS systems for tire dealers, ASA offers an integrated solution for payment processing that includes credit and debit cards, fleet cards, ACH processing and check guarantee, with the ability to process the proprietary Bridgestone/Firestone Card, as well as other proprietary cards utilized in the tire industry.

Fras-le Fills Two Strategic Engineering Positions

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  Fabio Jurchaks (left) and Matt Robere (right)

Fras-le North America Inc., has filled two key sales and engineering positions. Fabio Jurchaks was promoted to sales and engineering manager, while Matt Robere is the company's new application/NVH engineer. Jurchaks has more than 10 years of experience in the automotive industry and has worked for Fras-le for more than six years. He most recently was the company's project manager for OE light-duty business in North America. In his new responsibilities, Jurchaks will lead the commercial and pricing strategy for OE and aftermarket in the heavy-duty, specialties, off-highway, military, aerospace and industrial industries. In addition, Jurchaks will be in charge of Fras-le's engineering team in North America and an account manager for some key North American customers. Robere most recently was a friction test engineer for Akebono, primarily responsible for General Motors friction products before becoming the company's senior friction engineer in 2009. In that role, he was responsible for all General Motors and Ford friction product supplied by Akebono.

Automotive Lift Institute Partners With Richard Petty's Garage

The 2011 Inaugural Spring Fling Car Show, sponsored by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 311 Branson Mill Road in Randleman, North Carolina, starting at 7:00 a.m. The event is open to all makes and models and will feature free tours of Petty's Garage—including the new Superbird and limited-edition Richard Petty Signature Series Dodge Challenger—celebrity appearances, food, music and prizes.

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