News for Automotive Tool and Equipment Professionals December 2012
ETI Exclusives

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ToolTech 2013 Sponsorships Are Available
By Jessie Korosec

ToolTech Sponsors all have a common interest when sponsoring our event: Pride in their company and brand, and commitment to their membership in the Equipment and Tool Institute. ToolTech Sponsors all place a high value on increasing brand loyalty, brand differentiation, strengthening brand image, and creating company or product awareness and visibility.  
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ETI Concludes Another Successful Winter Tech Week
By Jessie Korosec

More than 30 ETI Members representing 17 companies attended this year’s Annual Winter Tech Week which was held December 3-6 in Tokyo, Japan.  For twenty-five years, the Equipment and Tool Institute and the major Japanese automakers, represented by JAMA, have presented Winter Tech Week undefined a forum to communicate new information and tool requirements for servicing new and future vehicles.     Read More

ETI Member Company Profile - Drew Technologies
Founded in 1995, Drew Tech is a Detroit-area engineering company focused on reprogramming and diagnostics technology. Drew Technologies helped write the original SAE J2534 standard for reprogramming cars, and has participated in its development every year since inception. The original CarDAQ, built by Drew Technologies, was the first J2534 flash programming tool to be built or sold.  Read More
Messages From ETI Leadership
The Holiday Shopping List
Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager

 

Once again, I'm going outside the box with my article because I think the message is relevant, especially this time of year.  And sometimes we need a reminder of what is important and inspiration to regroup for the coming year.  By then end of the year we are all exhausted by the demands throughout the year.  Business trips, conferences, meetings, endless emails, the non-stop ringing of the phone, and being pulled in too many different directions.  And that's only eight hours of each day (ok, more like 10-12 for some of us).  Add to that the demands in your personal life, and you've got your hands full and are probably overwhelmed by it all some days. 

This article originally appeared in an Ann Landers column in 1982 and it still rings true today.  In fact, the article cut from the newspaper has been hanging on my refrigerator for as long as I can remember.  Enjoy...
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Industry Insights

The AMN Year in Review
Top 10 Manufacturing Stories of 2012

Aftermarket News

As 2012 comes to a close, Aftermarket News takes a look back at what you, our loyal readers, found to be the most compelling and important news reports, interviews and articles of the past year. In this instance, every unique click is a vote. Items selected for the 2012 Year in Review series are judged purely on viewership (as reported by Google Analytics) and are chosen from our most popular news categories.
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 The AMN Year in Review
The Top 10 Executive Interviews Of 2012
Aftermarket News

Market Expands for TPMS Sensor Replacements
Tire pressure monitoring system revenue expected to more than double by 2018.

Vehicle Service Pros

Laws mandating the installation of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) in new vehicles are leading to a swift increase in the installed base of this technology in the U.S. and European Union (EU). With the proliferation of universal sensors and aggressive efforts to raise consumer awareness, the TPMS aftermarket is set for robust revenue growth."
Research and Markets: North American Aftermarket Automotive Apps - Strategic Analysis of Vehicle Information, Service and Management Apps
Business Wire

Despite the increasing availability of apps related to vehicle service and management, automotive market participants are still struggling to develop successful business models around these mobile platforms. However, as consumer connectivity increases in North America, OEMs and third-party developers are expected to see steady and sustainable revenue through app-related business models, while posing a threat to aftermarket participants with advanced vehicle diagnostics apps. This research examines the key trends in vehicle service and management apps, competitive dynamics, and market factors to provide a comprehensive understanding of aftermarket automotive apps.
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Social media creates new challenges and opportunities; you can’t afford to ignore it, and getting up to speed can drill enthusiasm into your business
Vehicle Service Pros

In reviewing a recent PTEN reader survey, I came across the finding that slightly more than half of our readers use a tablet or a smart phone and a similar number are using social media. Given the fact that most of our readers are more than 50 years of age, I was encouraged to see that most are using new communications technology. Our readers are more technology savvy than a lot of people; no doubt because they see how it’s changing the tools they use to diagnose repairs.
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Obama visits Detroit-area engine plant as company announces $120M upgrade and 115 new jobs
The Washington Post

The Detroit Diesel Corp. used a visit from President Barack Obama to announce that it will add 115 jobs and invest millions at a huge factory near the city.  The president visited the plant to build support for his plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that are to take effect in January unless a budget deal is reached. Obama toured the 3-million-square-foot plant and spoke to workers.
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Business Buzz
Our Best Business Articles for 2012
Spark Minute

It’s the end of the year and we wanted to look back and assemble our favorite business-oriented advice articles and case studies including 11 Techniques that Have Helped Me Improve My Client Relationships, How to Fail at Content Marketing. Build Attention for Your Brand by Recognizing Others, CASE STUDY: Build Your Brand Through the Wisdom of the Crowd, and Best and Worst Business Pick Up Lines.
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14 Annoying Communications That Must End in 2013
Spark Minute

It’s the end of the year and we wanted to look back and assemble our favorite business-oriented advice articles and case studies. Enjoy and we hope you have a great 2013. 
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Facebook Simplifies Privacy Settings 
Wired

Responding to an avalanche of bad press and upset users, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced a new set of simplified privacy controls Wednesday that the company hopes will make it simpler for users to control who sees what information.
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Wise Words
I don't take my life seriously, but I do take what I do in my life seriously.  Audrey Hepburn
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