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  • 01 Jul 2005 9:42 PM | Charlie Gorman
    Click here for a pdf copy of Motor's 2006 ToolTech Report
  • 06 May 2005 9:38 PM | Charlie Gorman

    ToolTech Is Automotive Tool and Equipment Industry’s New Shining Star

    Research Triangle Park, N.C. The Equipment and Tool Institute’s ToolTech brought nearly 120 people from all segments of the industry together for networking, one-on-one meetings, a company showcase, and other important events in a personal and intimate setting. ToolTech, the only event that focuses solely on the tool and equipment segment of the industry, was held April 26-28 in Indian Wells, California.

    For the attendee at ToolTech, including many of the automotive tool and equipment industry’s biggest names, the value of the event and its place in the industry was apparent from the start.

    “[ToolTech] is the perfect forum for smaller suppliers with innovative products to meet some of the world's largest vehicle OEMs,” said Terry Kalley, president of Bright Solutions. “The quality of the OEM participants was extremely high, with many decision makers in attendance. The entire week went flawlessly,” he added.

    “I felt like the event went very well and was well attended by the OEMs. That is important,” said Tom Fisher, vice president & general manager of SPX Corp. “The one-on-ones were very beneficial. I know the OEMs appreciated the interaction and dialog with the various suppliers and manufacturers,” he noted.

    “I’ve attended ETI meetings for a number of years,” said   Dave Zellers, vice president, Product Quality and Service Support for Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., “and I think the 2005 Tool Tech event represented a significant departure from the ‘old ways’ and a genuine revitalization of the Institute’s value proposition for both members and constituents, literally delivering on the promise of ETI’s Mission Statement, and going a long way to strengthen both business and personal relationships our businesses are built on.”

    Planning is already underway for ToolTech 2006. Although the exact date and location for next year is not set, it will be held during the same general timeframe. To be kept informed about the progress of ToolTech 2006, send an e-mail to mduggins@etools.org and request to be added to ETI’s mailing list.

    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 ToolTech or other ETI programs and activities, contact Brian Irish, Marketing Manager, Equipment and Tool Institute, PO Box 13966, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709. Phone: 919-406-8823; Fax: 919-406-1306; e-mail: birish@etools.org.

  • 13 Dec 2004 8:37 PM | Charlie Gorman

    JAPAN’S AUTOMAKERS ANDU.S.TOOL ANDEQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS MEET IN JAPANTO REVIEW 2005 VEHICLE MODELS

    MEETING MARKS THE 17TH ANNUAL “JAPAN TECHWEEK”

    Research Triangle Park, N.C.- A 24-member Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) delegation, led by current president Greg Potter of Chief Automotive Systems, met with Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota from December 6-9 in Japan. This marked the 17th annual ETI Japan Tech Week co-sponsored by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

    With information gained at the technical exchanges, ETI member companies will be able to develop tools and equipment to properly service 2005 Japanese-branded vehicles sold in the United States. This year the meeting attracted a record number of ETI participants, up 60 percent from the last time the event was held in Japan in 2002.

    “Japan Tech Week is part of a continuing effort to encourage technical information exchange and cooperation in the vehicle-related industry worldwide” said Charlie Gorman, executive manager of ETI. “We wish to express our gratitude to the Japanese OEMs for their hospitality and time.”

    The briefings, held at Mazda, Honda and JAMA facilities in Hiroshima, Motegi and Tokyo respectively, provided ETI members with the opportunity to review 2005 vehicle models and ensure that new tool and diagnostic services would meet OEM service requirements. This year ETI members were able to select the topics for presentation and request detailed explanations on specific questions.

     “These exchanges are important to both JAMA and ETI. They are the cornerstone in our continuing efforts to increase cooperation and information between the two organizations,” said Toshihiro Iwatake, senior director general of JAMA’s International Department. “We were delighted that so many ETI members were able to participate. It shows that their companies are continuing to gain valuable insights and information, which in the end, benefit American car owners through quality service of their vehicles.”

    In 2005, Japan Tech Week will be held in California. This will be part of the new schedule of alternating the meeting place between Japan and the United States every other year.

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