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  • 15 Mar 2016 1:26 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release
    March 15, 2016

    ETI will partner with leading experts to prepare attendees and their companies for what lies ahead. Get ready for Life In The Fast Lane at the automotive aftermarket repair industry’s most thought-provoking annual event!

    "We are pleased to have such a high caliber and dynamic group of industry experts speaking at ToolTech 2016," said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing and Events Manager.  "The speaker sessions and discussion groups will cover some of the most current and talked about topics at the forefront of the automotive aftermarket segment.  This is definitely an event you don't want to miss."

    Speaker Sessions
    ETI Market Research Study: Understanding Shop Capabilities and Service Offerings

    Keynote Speaker - The Zero Dollar Car - What can happen to an industry even when they are paying attention
    John Ellis, Ellis and Associates
    Technology companies are encroaching into the automotive industry specifically and the transportation industry generally. But what really is the encroachment, who will be impacted and what will that look like? Join John Ellis, former Global Technologist of Ford Motor Company's connected car business unit, as he shares the narrative to (as he says), "create the appropriate level of paranoia."

    Technology Trends of the Modern Vehicle
    Diesel vs Hybrid vs Plug-in.  Start-Stop.  Connected cars.  Accident Avoidance Systems.  These are only a few of the many technologies we hear about in the motor vehicle industry.  Which are gaining traction, and which will be forgotten by next year?
    Speaker:  Mark Seng, Global Aftermarket Practice Leader, IHS Automotive

    The Implications of Cyber Security
    With the advent of the highly publicized automotive “hacking”, what will be the Automakers response, and how will these actions impact aftermarket service capabilities.  Automotive and truck manufacturers are scrambling to “Lock down” access to in-vehicle networks to minimize the chances of un-authorized manipulation, or hacking, of the vehicles computer systems.  The potential by-product of these actions are inadvertent blocking of legitimate access used for aftersales service situations.
    Speakers:
    John Ellis, Ellis and Associates
    Steve Hailey, President/CEO, CyberSecurity Institute

    The Consumer View of In-Car Technology and Security

    In-car technology is becoming more prevalent on today’s vehicles, and this trend will continue over the next 5 years.  Drivers and passengers use this technology because it provides valuable services. Some technologies such as collision warning systems assist drivers in performing their primary driving responsibilities. Other technologies provide and offer entertainment for the driver and passengers.  This session will explore the car-buying public’s opinion of these technologies, how they impact shopping behavior, and how today's consumers view hacking and security concerns related to their cars based on findings from Kelley Blue Book's Technology and Vehicle Hacking Vulnerability Survey.
    Speaker: Karl Brauer, Senior Director, Automotive Industry Insights, Kelley Blue Book

    Demonstration: How Collision Repair Diagnostics are Key to Repair Planning
    Diagnostics is a new frontier for most collision repairers, especially when performed in a proactive way.  The collision repair cycle is very process orientated and steps like diagnostic scans executed at the wrong times in that process lead to poor performance in both repair quality and cycle time.  There will be a hands on demonstration.

    Control in the Fast Lane:  Shop Owner Panel

    OEM Vehicle Technology Panel:  Question and Answer Session with OEM Personnel

    DON'T MISS OUT ON:

    One-on-One Meetings
    ETI Member Companies can request pre-arranged, private, closed door meetings with specific OEM personnel, ETI companies, automotive service providers, manufacturers, distributors, and others. Time slots are scheduled in 25 minute increments with 5 minutes in between meetings. This is your opportunity to meet with key people in the industry, introduce your company, and discuss your products and services.
     
    Discussion Groups
    Understanding the Heavy Duty MOU
    Our goal with this session is to bring the Aftermarket and the Heavy Duty OEM Personnel together to discuss how the act affects each of their respective businesses.
    Featured Guests:
    Carlton Bale, Director – Electronic Tools, Systems, and Strategy, Cummins
    Mike Hasinec, Penske Trucking
    Marc A. Karon, President, Total Truck Parts, Inc.
    Dave Scheer, President of Inland Truck Parts
    Philip Aiello, United Parcel Service Inc.

    New Trends and Technologies In Collision Repair
    We are all in the Collision Repair Industry as diagnostics become more important in vehicle repair.

    Press Conferences
    ETI Member Companies will have a pre-scheduled time to hold a press conference with editorial media sources to introduce their new products or services and describe what they do, explain their features and benefits, and what sets them apart from what is currently available today.

    Company Spotlight Happy Hour
    The Company Spotlight Happy Hour at ToolTech gives exhibitors the opportunity to display their products and services to attendees, speakers, and industry guests.

    Additional Networking Opportunities
    Opening Reception
    Company Spotlight Happy Hour
    Closing Dinner
    Lunches

    ToolTech focuses solely on automotive-related tool and equipment companies and the individuals at the forefront of the industry and technological advances.  Attendees come to ToolTech to network with industry insiders, peers, OEM personnel, and meet with key companies in the marketplace.

    Click here for more information and to register for ToolTech.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing and Events Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 37899 12 Mile Rd, Suite 220, Farmington Hills, Michigan  48331. Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org

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  • 05 Jun 2014 2:51 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Marengo, IL – ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference continues to be the premiere tool and equipment industry event drawing more than 130 professionals from over 40 companies and 4 major Automotive Industry Associations to this year’s ToolTech 2014 in Sonoma, California. 

    The Equipment and Tool Institute's ToolTech conference provided an unparalleled opportunity to attend outstanding and perceptive industry focused presentations and take away valuable insights into the “Connected Vehicle”, this year’s theme.

    There were presentations covering telematics specifications and legislation; Social Media, collision repair, OEM training as well as panel discussions featuring working technicians, vehicle manufacturer representatives and national account service providers.

    ToolTech 2014 Presentations are available on ETI’s website, www.etools.org.

    Members were given the opportunity to present their new products to the press and engage in private one-on-on-one meetings with individuals and companies of interest.

    Since the meeting took place in wine country, it wasn’t all work.  There was plenty of time for networking during the event’s opening reception and the closing dinner which were held at two of Sonoma Valley’s best wineries.

    “ToolTech 2014 was one of the best attended and most informative events ETI has put on.  The speakers were outstanding and the information relayed was very valuable to our members as were the many networking opportunities,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Meeting and Event Manager.  “Once again, the Discussion Groups were a success and the Company Showcase was an excellent platform to highlight products and services.  We would like to thank the attendees for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in Austin, Texas.”.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org. 

  • 01 May 2014 2:46 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Marengo, IL – ETI congratulates the new Officers and Board Members on their election to office for 2014-2015.

    Officers (one year term)

    President – Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics)
    Vice President, Programs – Tim Morgan (Spanesi Americas, Inc.)

    Vice President, Marketing – Bob Holland (Chief Automotive Technologies)
    Secretary/Treasurer – Brian Herron (Drew Technologies)

    Immediate Past President – Ben Johnson (Mitchell 1)

    Directors
    Nominees for a three year term on the Board of Directors:
    Robert Vogt (IOSiX)

    John Heist (STAR EnviroTech)
    Kevin Fitzpatrick (Autologic)

    Nominee for a two year term on the Board of Directors:
    Pete Richardson (Car-O-Liner)

    Remaining Board Members (not up for election) are:
    Term expiring in 2015-2016
    David Rich (Innova Electronics) (Technical Director)

    Dennis Keane (Bosch Service Solutions)
    Kathy Kedzior (Mahle Clevite)

    Term Expiring in 2016-2017
    Greg Potter (DG Technologies)

    Jim Fish (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, P.O. Box 82146, Rochester, Michigan  48308. Phone: 248-656-5085; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

  • 03 Feb 2014 2:43 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Marengo, IL   In an effort to assist our members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has launched a series of Market Research Projects.  The current survey covers numerous Collision Repair topics. 

    We are surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with and use of different types of collision repair equipment for different vehicles.  ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with effective tool and equipment solutions. 

    ETI will use this research to help the collision repair equipment manufacturers provide you and your shop with better products. 

    The findings of ETI’s Collision Repair Market Research will be made available to all ETI Member Company attendees at ToolTech 2014 in Sonoma, California, April 28- May 1.

    Previous Market Research Studies have included J2534 Reprogramming, J2534 Reprogramming Update, TPMS, Telematics, Collision Repair, A/C Service, Hybrid and Battery Service, and Information Access which are available on our website at www.etools.org.

    If you have an idea for a future marketing Survey Project, please send an email to jessiek@etools.org.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute at 248-656-5085 or jessiek@etools.org.

     

     

  • 06 May 2013 1:13 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Equipment and Tool Institute has released their two latest Market Research Studies for purchase.  Both are available on the website at http://www.etools.org/ETIMarketResearch.

    ETI surveyed the automotive repair market regarding Information Access to find out what information resources technicians are using in the repair of vehicles and how they are using the information, and also surveyed automotive repair facilities to find out more about their familiarity with and use of flash reprogramming tools and any new information involved with flash reprogramming.  The findings of these research studies have proven to be very helpful and enlightening to our members and other automotive aftermarket parties who received the research at ToolTech 2013.

    ETI uses this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with better tools, equipment, products, and information solutions.

    Previous Market Research Studies have included J2534 Reprogramming, J2534 Update, TPMS, Telematics, Collision Repair, A/C Service, Hybrid and Battery Service.

    If you have an idea for a future marketing Survey Project, please send an email to jessiek@etools.org.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute (www.etools.org) is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

     

  • 24 Jan 2013 12:33 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    In an effort to assist our members in bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has launched a series of Market Research Projects.  The current survey is an update to research done in 2009 and covers Flash Reprogramming, or J2534 as it is also known. 

    We are surveying automotive repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with and use of flash reprogramming tools and any new information involved with flash reprogramming.  ETI will use this research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops with better flash reprogramming solutions. 

    There will be a presentation on the findings of ETI’s Market Research Study at ToolTech 2013 in San Diego, California April 23-25, 2013 and DVD’s with the complete study information including spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and documents will be made available to all attendees.

    If you are part of an automotive repair facility and are interested in participating in our survey, please go to the following link:

    http://www.emartecgroup.com/PR/PRlogin.html

    This survey can only be taken on-line.

    Previous Market Research Studies have included J2534 Reprogramming, TPMS, Telematics, Collision Repair, A/C Service, Hybrid and Battery Service which are available on our website at www.etools.org.

    If you have an idea for a future marketing Survey Project, please send an email to jessiek@etools.org.

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

    For more details about ETI membership, programs, events, and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 3819 N. RT 23, Suite F, Marengo, IL 60152.  Telephone:  248.656.5085; email:jessiek@etools.org.

  • 21 Jul 2011 10:19 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Rochester, MI - The Equipment and Tool Institute is excited to announce the recent launch of their new Facebook page and Corporate Twitter account. The company’s new social media site is a place where members can learn more about ETI and interact on a number of industry topics.

     

    The Equipment and Tool Institute’s Facebook page will keep members informed of ETI’s latest news and events, will feature announcements, press releases, and photos. 

     

    ETI recognizes the value in social media as a platform for communicating and is committed to growing into a more active role in this evolving landscape. “Facebook and Twitter have the power to enhance ETI’s ability to connect with our members in a timely manner,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager. “We are excited to enter the social media space by incorporating Twitter and Facebook into our communications efforts.”

    Becoming part of The Equipment and Tool Institute’s Facebook page is fast and easy. Just click the ‘Like’ buttons on the page. The Equipment and Tool Institute Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/EquipmentandToolInstitute

    Twitter users can now follow ETI at http://twitter.com/#!/EtoolsTweet.

     

    For more information, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

     

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

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  • 15 Jul 2011 11:12 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Winter Tech Week 2011

    When:         December 6-8, 2011

    Where:        Portofino Hotel, Redondo Beach, California

     

    Information is power.   Winter Tech Week provides ETI Members with the opportunity for dialogue with the OEM’s and to receive the necessary information to provide the needed tools and equipment.  ETI Members gain knowledge of new technologies that affect the aftermarket tool and equipment industry, receive instruction on the servicing and repair of new model vehicles, and learn of repair and service tools that may be needed for the new models. 

     

    Through OEM presentations, panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and vehicle viewing these professionals discuss the upcoming service needs of new makes and models and the changes necessary in the tool and equipment industry to meet those needs.

     

    Winter Tech Week is the only industry event where the OEM’s share information regarding their vehicles to ensure that the industry has the necessary information to provide the needed tools and equipment, showcase their new launches, and discuss any new tools or equipment that these new vehicles may require.

     

    The main focus of ETI’s Winter Tech Week is to ensure that the proper tools, equipment, and information are in the shops by the time the new models hit the streets.  Winter Tech Week also provides an opportunity to ensure that everything is updated for models that have already been released.

     

    In addition to OEM meetings, ETI Vertical Group meetings will be held.  These are important meetings.  Get updated on what is going on within your particular segment of the Automotive Repair industry.  Discuss what activities and projects we need to engage in as a group.  Remember, one of the major benefits of ETI membership is the ability to tackle issues on an industry basis.

     

    ETI members and those who attend Winter Tech Week can:

    ·         Learn about the new technologies being implemented and plan for those new technologies

    ·         Learn about repair and service tools needed for new models   

    ·         Gather specifications needed to ensure that vehicles are properly diagnosed, repaired or adjusted   

    ·         Discuss information required by regulations and industry agreements  

    ·         Learn about service procedures required for new models

     

    Winter Tech Week provides automakers with the opportunity to:

    • Give instruction on servicing and repairing of new models
    • Discuss new technologies that may affect the aftermarket tool and equipment industry
    • Provide the information needed so that tool companies can provide quality tools and equipment
    • Listen to concerns and/or difficulties from other industry professionals
    • Showcase new vehicle launches and discuss any new tools or equipment that new vehicles may require
    • Collaborate with ETI members to determine the best course of action to resolve issues

    The OEM Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at The Automobile Driving Museum in nearby El Segundo (www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org).  The Automotive Driving Museum exists to preserve automotive history, interpret the historical significance, educate our guests and provide them with the opportunity to take a ride in one of the museum’s historic collector vehicles.

     

    The ADM has a diverse collection of over 150 vehicles from all eras. The oldest example is an 1886 Benz Motorwagon and the newest is THE one-of-one 1999 350Z concept car that was donated by Nissan. The core of the collection features some great examples of Packard spanning from 1916-1958. The ADM was the first and only museum in the world that has identified, exhibited and will soon serve as the official registry for cars built by Howard “Dutch” Darrin, famous coach builder of the stars. Some celebrity vehicles belonged to owners such as Howard Hughes, Errol Flynn, Ry Cooder, Jean Peters, Anthony Davis and Eleanor Roosevelt.  All of the cars have fluid in them and most are used for our Sunday Ride Program.

     

    Automobile Driving Museum was founded in 2001 by Earl Rubenstein and Stanley Zimmerman, long time automobile collectors and friends. They had dreamed about a museum that allowed the public to actually sit in and experience riding in a Classic and Special Interest Vehicle.

     

    Hotel Information

    The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club

    260 Portofino Way

    Redondo Beach, CA 90277

    310.379.8481

     

    The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club is one of the few oceanfront hotels in the Los Angeles area that offers waterfront views of the Pacific.  The Portofino is located close to many well known Los Angeles attractions that make southern California one of the world's most popular destinations.  Perched on a lush private peninsula on King Harbor close to the Redondo Beach Pier, guests will enjoy a peaceful oasis from the bustle of the city.  For those that love the sun and surf, this Southern California hotel is nestled between Hermosa and Manhattan beaches, and only minutes from the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Disneyland and Universal Studios.

     

    ETI has secured a block of rooms for all attendees at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club at the conference rate of $155 per night plus tax. The conference rate includes internet.  Please call the Portofino at 1-310-379-8481 and ask for reservations to make your hotel arrangements.   Reservations made after the November 18th deadline are on a space available basis, and the conference room rate is not guaranteed. 

    Hotel Amenities include:

    • Complimentary wireless high speed internet in guestrooms, meetings rooms, business center, and public areas
    • Complimentary use of beach cruiser (old fashioned bicycles)
    • Discounted overnight self/ valet parking per night of $15.00
    • Business Center open 24 hours daily.
    • Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    • Fitness Center open daily 24-hours, equipped with 1 treadmill, 2 eliptical machines, stationary bike, free weights and exercise ball
    • Airports:  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 6 miles North of the hotel, Long Beach Airport (LGB): 19 miles South East of hotel

  • 26 May 2011 9:27 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Rochester, MI. – ETI congratulates the new 2011-2012 Officers and Board Members on their election to office beginning June 1, 2011:

     

    Officers (one year term)

    President – Alan Tecmire (ETAS)

    Vice President, Programs – Dan Brass (SPX)

    Vice President, Marketing – Ben Johnson (ALLDATA)

    Secretary/Treasurer – Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics)

    Immediate Past President – Mike Cable (RTI Technologies)

     

    Directors

    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a two year term:

                Brian Herron (Drew Technologies)    

     

    Elected to fill open and expired board seats to a three year term:

    Jim Graninger (Robert Bosch) - Re-Elected

    Peter David (ProgRama) – Re-Elected

    Bob Holland (Chief Automotive Technologies)

     

    Rounding out the Board of Directors completing terms previous elected to are:

    Garret Miller (SPX Service Solutions)

    David Rich (Innova Electronics Corp.)

    Tim Morgan (Elektron, Inc.)

    Greg Potter (DG Technologies)

    Nick Zala (Helm Incorporated)

     

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

     

    For more details about ETI programs and activities, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5085; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 28 Mar 2011 9:25 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Rochester, MI – The Equipment and Tool Institute has launched the Inventors Hub on their website, www.etools.org.  The site is for inventors, technicians, and engineers interested in the opportunity to share their ideas with the key manufacturers and distributors of automotive tools and equipment.  Inventors can go on the website and submit their patented ideas for review by ETI’s member companies.

     

    ETI Member Companies will be able to evaluate the submissions and contact inventors directly if they are interested in pursuing the idea.  This gives ETI Member Companies the chance to hear from inventors, technicians, and engineers who may have solutions to tool and equipment problems they may be experiencing, an idea for a tool that doesn’t exist or a way to improve an existing tool.

    “ETI’s Inventors Hub serves as a conduit between automotive tool inventors and our member companies that manufacture and distribute tools and equipment to assess innovative ideas and develop new tools for the automotive industry.  This is a valuable opportunity for both sides to develop a product that may save time and eliminate frustration”, says Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager.

     

    For more information, contact Jessie Korosec, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 134 W. University Drive, Suite 205, Rochester, Michigan.  Phone: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

     

    Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.

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