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  • 01 May 2008 10:22 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – ETI congratulates the new 2008-2009 Officers and Board Members on their election to office beginning May 1, 2008:

    Officers (one year term)

    President – Dave Schaar (SPX Service Solutions)

    Vice President, Programs – Randy Gard (Chief Automotive Technologies)

    Vice President, Marketing – Steve Gill (Alldata)

    Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Cable (Hickok)

    Immediate Past President – John Wiedemann (JS Products)

    Directors

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

    Ben Johnson (Delphi), completing Mike Cable’s Term

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

    Dan Brass (JS Products)

    Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics)

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

    Richard Amador (Innova Electronics Corp.)

    Garret Miller (SPX Service Solutions)

    Sylvain Julien (Celette North America)

    completing their terms in 2009

    Don Vanderheyden (Hennessy Industries)

    Alan Tecmire (ETAS)

    completing their terms in 2010

    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 Dec 2007 9:18 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI – Almost 60 ETI Members attended this year’s Annual Japan Tech Week which was held December 4-6, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach in Redondo Beach, California.  For the past twenty years, the Equipment and Tool Institute and the major Japanese automakers, represented by JAMA, have presented Japan Tech Week undefined a forum to communicate new information and tool requirements for servicing new and future vehicles.

    More than 40 OE’s from Hino, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota were in attendance and delivered presentations on service and repair of new model launches and new technology.

    Japan Tech Week 2007 proved to an outstanding event and many ETI Members commented on the amount and the detail of the information received this year.  The OE’s were impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the ETI Members.  Once again, Japan Tech Week was a success, and the information gained during the week was invaluable, the networking was outstanding, and a good time was had by all.

    Japan Tech Week concluded with the OEM Appreciation Banquet, which was held at the Astor Museum in Anaheim.  ETI members and OE’s mingled, ate, and drank amongst an impressive collection of cars, radio and communication equipment, and other memorabilia.    

    Yoshifumi Uneme of Mazda Motor Corporation was presented with ETI’s 15th Founder’s Award. 

    Next year’s Japan Tech Week will be held in Japan, and details will be forthcoming as they become available.

    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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  • 28 Dec 2007 9:16 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. –Yoshifumi Uneme of Mazda Motor Corporation was awarded ETI’s 15th Founder’s Award at this year’s Japan Tech Week.  As with most trade associations ETI thrives on Volunteerism from its members as well as its business partners.  Unselfish dedication to the principles that drive ETI can also be demonstrated by individuals who work for the vehicle manufacturing community.

    Uneme-san is the Chairman of the ETI JAMA working Group.  This JAMA committee interfaces with ETI and helps plan Japan Tech Weeks.  He has always gone out of his way to help his OEM colleagues understand what information ETI members are asking for.  When tensions rise he is always the calming voice that allows everyone to work out a solution.  He has also been instrumental in explaining to ETI some of the nuances of the Japanese culture and why some things are the way they are.  He epitomizes the intent of ETI’s Founders Award.

    Uneme-san graduated from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1982.  Following graduation he joined Toyo Kogyo now known as Mazda Motor Corporation.  While at Mazda he has worked in the overseas service and product planning areas. He also worked for Mazda of Canada Inc. in Toronto as Assistant to the President.  Since 2001 he has been General Manager of the Vehicle Service & Program Department at Mazda Motor Corporation.  During that same year, 2001, he began his long tenure as Chairman of the JAMA ETI working Group.

    The ETI Founder’s Award was established in 1985 to honor those individuals who have made numerous contributions to the Institute.

    About ETI

    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: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 02 Jul 2007 10:14 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. –  More than 100 ETI Members from over 40 companies flocked to Detroit for this years’ Detroit Tech Week.  Detroit Tech Week is an opportunity for the engineers and designers of the OEM companies to meet with the makers of tools and equipment.   These valuable information exchange forums are the place where engineers discuss and resolve issues before the products hit the market.

    Those ETI members that attend Detroit Tech Week can:

        Learn of new technologies that may be coming out.

        Plan for those new technologies.

        Gather information about servicing and repairing upcoming new models from the OEM’s.

        Learn of repair and service tools that may be needed for the new models.

    Detroit Tech Week provides the automakers with an opportunity to:

        Give instruction on the servicing and repair of their new models.

        Discuss new technologies that may affect the aftermarket tool and equipment industry.

        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.

    DaimlerChrysler presentations included discussions of Power Train and Emissions, Scan Tool Information, and vehicle overviews.  As always, Chrysler received high praise from ETI members for the level of detail included in all of their presentations and the excellent display of vehicles.

    General Motors presented information on Fuel Cells and a featured a thorough recap of TPMS and tire/wheel information.  ETI Collision Repair Members enjoyed the GM session at the Vehicle Benchmarking Lab.

    Ford presentations included Volvo information, Hybrid and DCT information, usage of MDX, and excellent discussion of OBDII information and a discussion of TPMS.  Discussions of body repair information, frame sectioning kits, and anti-corrosion treatment were presented.

    VW/Audi provided information on Clean Diesel Technology. A presentation on the new Audi TT Aluminum Body Repair Technology featured a first hand look at the 2008 TT.  ETI members were treated to frank discussion on OBDII information and updates on Diesel models.

    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 206, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 08 Jun 2007 10:12 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. – ETI congratulates the new 2007-2008 Officers and Board Members on their election to office beginning June 1, 2007:

    Officers (one year term)

    President – John Wiedemann (JS Products)

    Vice President, Programs – Dave Schaar (SPX Service Solutions)

    Vice President, Marketing – Randy Gard (Chief Automotive Technologies)

    Secretary/Treasurer – Steve Gill (Alldata)

    Directors

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

    Neil Davis (Snap-on Diagnostics; completing John Brennen of Snap-on’s term)

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

    Richard Amador (Innova Electronics Corp.) replacing Steve Gill who will become Secretary Treasurer

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

    Mike Cable (Hickok)

    Don Vanderheyden (Hennessy Industries)

    Alan Tecmire (Integrated Supply Network)

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

    Dan Brass (Stride Tool) and Andrew Richardson (Shure Manufacturing) completing their terms in 2008

    Garret Miller (SPX Service Solutions) and Sylvain Julien (Celette North America) completing their terms in 2009

    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 206, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5085; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 25 May 2007 10:10 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Rochester, MI. –  ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference continues to be a “must-attend” industry event.  This year more than 135 professionals representing nearly 60 companies gathered in Carefree, Arizona from May 1 - May 4 to participate in ToolTech 2007. 

    ToolTech is designed to bring those that make, sell, represent or buy automotive tools and equipment together. It is an opportunity for companies to come and promote themselves, their capabilities and their products. It is also an opportunity for buyers in the vehicle service industry to meet with the key companies in the marketplace. In attendance will be OEMs, tool and equipment companies, national chain stores, large suppliers, dealer groups, distributors, manufacturer reps, and many other industry professionals.

    “The content of this year’s ToolTech, including the speakers and one-on-one meetings, reflects ETI’s commitment to quality programs and events for our member companies,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing Manager.  “ETI would like to thank all of the OE’s for attending and participating in a highly informative panel discussion.  We would also like to thank the attendees and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech.”

    ToolTech is the only event in the automotive-related tool and equipment industry that focuses exclusively on the companies who buy and sell tools and equipment. Participants can network with industry peers, meet potential customers, meet potential product providers, confer with clients, meet in one-on-one structured meetings, and gain valuable insights from presentations by industry leaders.

    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 206, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.

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  • 09 Jan 2007 9:04 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Rochester, MI. – 24 members of the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) recently traveled to Japan for ETI’s 19th Annual Japan Tech Week.  The event, co-supported by ETI and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), included week long meetings and discussions with representatives from Mitsubishi, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Suzuki, Nissan, Isuzu, Subaru, Hino, and for the first time, Nissan Diesel.  

    Japan Tech Week serves as an important link to gaining the technical information necessary for ETI’s members to develop tools and equipment to continue to service Japanese vehicles sold in the United States.  Japan Tech Week also provides a platform to strengthen ties with the Japan’s automakers.

    As one of the host companies, Mitsubishi welcomed the ETI Group at their Nagoya Assembly Plant for briefings which included important updates and technical information and a tour of the factory.  

    “We always look forward to the discussions with the OEM’s during Japan Tech Week and the valuable information that is exchanged during these meetings”, said Charlie Gorman, ETI’s Executive Manager.  “As always, we appreciate the opportunity to meet with the Japanese OEM’s and thank them for their cooperation and hospitality.”

    Next years 20th Annual Japan Tech Week with be held in California as ETI and JAMA look forward to the ongoing exchange of information and working together towards continued cooperation between ETI and Japan’s Automakers.  

    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 206, Rochester, Michigan. Phone: 248-656-5080; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: jessiek@etools.org.
  • 02 Feb 2006 8:56 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Apex, N.C. – The Equipment and Tool Institute has announced that registration for ToolTech 2006, presented by ETI, is now available online. This 2-day sales and marketing event will take place April 18-20, 2006 at the Scottsdale Plaza in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    ToolTech 2006 is designed to bring those that make, sell, rep or buy automotive tools and equipment together. It is an opportunity for companies to come and promote themselves, their capabilities and their products. It is also an opportunity for buyers in the vehicle service industry to meet with the key companies in the marketplace. In attendance this will be OEMs, tool and equipment companies, national chain stores, large suppliers, dealer groups, manufacturer reps, and many other industry professionals.

    In a move to create an even more successful event this year, ETI has changed its attendance policy for 2006. “During the 2005 event most of the activities were limited to only members of ETI. This year the entire event is open to the whole industry. Non-ETI members are invited to come and participate” said Brian Irish, marketing manager for ETI. “We see this as a win-win situation for ETI and the industry.”

    This year’s schedule of events includes some changes suggested by last year’s attendees. Some of the ToolTech 2006 highlights will include: 
      
    ¨      ToolTech Opening Reception (Tuesday evening)
      
    ¨      Company Showcase- now open to any interested tool or equipment company (Wednesday
      
    ¨      Shop Talk Presentations ( Wednesday and Thursday)
         
    o        A Marketing Approach to ODX
         
    o        Successful Strategies: 7 Reasons Why Companies Fail
         
    o        NASCAR Inspections Program
         
    o        National Retailer Tool and Equipment Program
      
    ¨      Two days of One-on-Ones- 45-minute private meetings with companies of your choosing (Wednesday and Thursday)
      
    ¨      Annual ToolTech Golf Tournament (Thursday afternoon)
      
    ¨      Closing Banquet (Thursday Evening)
      
    ¨      Friday Busch Series Race Package -ETI has teamed up with NASCAR to provide this full day of race activities

    More details on ToolTech 2006, including a schedule of events, a Frequently Asked Questions page, online attendee registration, online booth registration, a downloadable flyer, exhibitor guidelines and sponsorship information are available at www.etools.org by clicking the ToolTech 2006 link.

    For more details about ToolTech 2006 or other ETI programs and activities, contact Brian Irish, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, 126 North Salem Street, Suite 206, Apex, North Carolina  27502. Phone: 919-629-8123; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: birish@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.
  • 19 Dec 2005 8:51 PM | Charlie Gorman
    APEX, N.C.- The 18th Annual ETI/JAMA Japan Tech Week, held December 5-9, 2005, brought over 50 individuals from 32 of the leading automotive tool and equipment and information provider companies to Redondo Beach, California for technical presentations from 10 different Japanese vehicle manufacturers.

    Japan Tech Week is designed to provide Japanese OEMs a forum to provide service and repair information, technical data, and insights into new technologies for their upcoming models. Participants in Japan Tech Week this year included the eight Japanese manufactures that have been participating for many years: Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.

    This year held many firsts for Japan Tech Week. In preparation for the Heavy Duty OBD rule coming in 2010, ETI and JAMA invited two of Japan’s heavy duty manufacturers, Hino and Mitsubishi Fuso, to participate. Both presented an introduction to their company and an overview of their vehicles.

    Another new feature of Japan Tech Week this year was the addition of breakout sessions. ETI’s membership is very diverse and covers much of the automotive service industry. With such a diverse group of companies, each one looking for different information, it can be difficult to cover all new service and repair topics within the allotted time. Breakout sessions allow the OEMs to focus their presentations on specific areas of interest and give more comprehensive presentations; including details on new procedures and in-depth explanations of new technologies. The Under Car and Collision Repair Vertical Groups both benefited from these new breakout sessions.

    After three days of technical presentations, ETI members, staff and representatives from the Japanese manufacturers and their American subsidiaries joined together in celebration of a successful Tech Week at a banquet hosted by ETI aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. ETI hosts a banquet each year at the conclusion of Tech Week to express appreciation to the OEMs for their hours of hard work and contribution to Japan Tech Week.

    “The successful continuation and growth of Japan Tech Week each year shows the commitment that the Japanese automakers have to the consumer” said Brian Irish, marketing manager for ETI. “They are working to ensure that the vehicles they manufacture can be repaired and serviced properly, and that the vehicle owner has a competitive alternative to the dealer for those services.”

    Founded in 1947, ETI continues to be a voice in the industry and continues to work towards its mission 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 additional information about ETI and its programs and activities, contact: Brian Irish, Marketing Manager, Equipment & Tool Institute, 126 North Salem Street, Suite 206, Apex, N.C. 27502. Phone: 919-629-8123; Fax: 603-971-2375; e-mail: birish@etools.org.

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  • 05 Jul 2005 9:47 PM | Charlie Gorman

    Carmakers and Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) Celebrate 25 Years of Information Exchange

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Equipment and Tool Institute marked the 25th year of its Detroit Tech Week – the association’s unique discussion and demonstration forum for members and representatives from DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and VW/Audi North America– during the week of June 20-24, 2005.

    Engineers from member companies have traveled to Detroit for a week of technical presentations, vehicle displays, hands-on demonstrations and networking with the Big Three car makers for a quarter century.

    Through the years, the mission of Tech Week has remained the same- to ensure that the proper tools, equipment and information are available to the automotive aftermarket by the time new vehicles are on the streets.

    “As we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Tech Week, we reflect back to 25 years ago when this event was initiated. The hard work and dedication of those involved at the inception is realized by all of us today,” said Brian Irish, ETI marketing manager, at a press conference held on the first day of this year’s Tech Week.

    “ETI would like express our sincere appreciation to all of those who are involved in the planning and execution of this important industry event each year. We appreciate the continued support from DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and VW/Audi of North America. We realize that this success has only been possible because of the many hours of planning that starts months in advance at each of the car makers,” he added.

    The highlight of the 25th Anniversary Celebration was the OEM Appreciation Banquet held June 22 at the Henry Ford Museum. The event was attended by more than 175 OEM employees, presenters and ETI members, including many of the individuals who were instrumental in the start of Tech Week.

    Speaking of those recognized as instrumental in the founding of Tech Week, Charlie Gorman, ETI executive manager said, “In today’s business environment it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to start an event like Tech Week. Thanks to the foresight of individuals from both carmakers and toolmakers over 25 years ago, Tech Week continues to flourish and remains an indisputable asset to the automotive repair industry today.”

    “ETI is pleased to honor them as we celebrate 25 successful years of Tech Week” he added.

    Founded in 1947, ETI continues to be a voice in the industry and will continue to work towards its mission to “advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers oftools, equipment and service information”.

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