• AAPEX 2020: Your Invitation to Attend

    By Vic Tarasik, Shop Owner Coach

    Wow, what a year it’s been! Through challenges and times like this, we have the opportunity to adopt a growth and change mindset. When we look back five, maybe 10 years, we’ll look at the lessons we’ve learned and realize that in tumultuous times,…

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  • Industry Collaboration Fuels Long-term Gains for the Aftermarket

    By Mike Tanner, director, vehicle communications, Auto Care Association

    The technology surrounding and within vehicles continues to expand rapidly. This means that the aftermarket needs to be even more attune to these changes than ever before. We are working to identify and monitor these technologies and assess how they will…

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  • Road to “Copper Free Braking” Industry Takes Another Step in 2020

    By Edward Gerhardt, marketing and data services manager, Akebono Brake Corporation

    The next phase in copper content compliance starts in 2021, which means friction produced after December 31, 2020 are required to take the next step in the transition; the technical details of this requirement are as follows:

    Copper content…

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  • Together We Can Strengthen the Industry Through a Year of Disruption and Change

    By Ann Wilson, senior vice president of Government Affairs, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

    As the industry prepares for AAPEX, we are facing disruption and change in virtually every aspect of public policy. From state governments confronting significant budget deficits and back to business directives to new immigration orders…

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  • More than a Reopen; A Reignition

    By Paul McCarthy, president & COO, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) 

    2020. What a year. The year the phrase “new normal” became mainstream and underscored a desire for a return to a world with some semblance of stability and predictability. But in this environment of revised projections and new forecasts…

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  • Distribution Business Picking Up Steam for this Fall

    By Larry Northup, senior director, community engagement, Auto Care Association

    Everyone knows it’s been a tough spring season for the motor vehicle aftermarket. By early April, business was down more than 35% in many areas, with the declines extending up and down the supply chain. 

    Due to their position at…

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  • Why I Signed and Why You Should, Too

    By Clay Millican, world champion top fuel dragster driver

    My relationship with cars may run deeper than the average person’s. From my first car at 16, to the dragster I now race professionally, the amount of time, care and hard work put into my vehicles by me and the professionals I…

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  • The Pandemic’s Impact on EVs and AVs and the New U.S. Fuel Economy Standards

    By Brian Daugherty, chief technology officer, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association 

    Wow, it is amazing how much the world has changed since AAPEX 2019 – and most of those changes have occurred in the last few months! As we approach AAPEX 2020, we are obviously in very uncertain times and many…

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  • Life After COVID-19: Coming Soon!

    By Ted Hughes, director of marketing, MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.

    The diversity of thought within our nation has never been more prevalent than these last few months. While we have certainly all experienced plenty of frustration at times, stories of hope have also emerged … particularly within our great aftermarket…

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  • The Aftermarket’s Rise in the Fall

    By Philip Atkins, ​director, Strategic Research and Planning, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)

    Is the aftermarket recovering faster than expected? Or are we seeing a welcome, but temporary, spike in sales? While the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to have a major impact on the automotive aftermarket industry,…

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