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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

IAAF holds another successful Industry Briefing Session

Date: 07-Nov-2017

The latest Industry Briefing, hosted by the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), took place at the FPS National Distribution Centre in Sheffield on Thursday 26th October.

IAAF Membership Development Manager Mike Smallbone again steered proceedings, updating attendees on the latest industry developments and also again welcoming Quentin Le-Hetet, General Manager of GiPA UK, as guest speaker.

Mike Blissett of FPS Distribution gave an overview of their business model and current activity. Mike also explained the now ongoing expansion plans at their Sheffield site. 

Members were brought up-to-date on current industry issues, as well as IAAF’s current developments with the “Connected Car” and “Type Approval”. Smallbone acknowledged the industry’s current ‘deadlock’ position following 18 months of discussion from the C-ITS forum (Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems) on a technical framework for connectivity on vehicles. Unresolved issues are now being examined by a TRL study and key to the discussion is how to access in-vehicle data, with three technical solutions being put forward.

Addressing the ongoing debate regarding proposed MOT changes, GIPA UK’s Le Hetet discussed this year’s fall in the number of registrations for new vehicles, but with the average age of the UK car parc at nearly 8 years, it was agreed by all that this is now a “good thing” for the Aftermarket.

Smallbone commented: “this is another fantastic turnout, with an excellent mix of member types, and with this our final session of 2017 now under our belt, these regional meet-ups have proved to be incredibly well-received by our members. The feedback we’ve received from all four events clearly demonstrates we are providing real value to members in terms of industry insight and look forward to continuing these sessions throughout 2018”

Following lunch and additional networking, a tour of the FPS NDC took place.

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