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  • 14 May 2013 3:42 PM | Deleted user
    Snap-on Inc. announced that it has acquired Challenger Lifts, Inc. for approximately $38 million in cash. Challenger, with 2012 sales of approximately $45 million, designs, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of vehicle lifts and accessories to a diverse customer base in the automotive repair sector.  Read More
  • 10 May 2013 3:29 PM | Deleted user
    A host of representatives from across the aftermarket industry came together to share insights and concerns about the future of the aftermarket and its relationships with the OEMs during the recent Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) 2013 ToolTech event, held at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego.  Read More
  • 09 May 2013 11:42 AM | Deleted user
    Step inside Spanesi’s new corporate center and training facility outside of Chicago, and you’ll essentially be walking into a complete body shop with Spanesi’s full line of equipment, including a paint booth, prep station, vacuum system and several of the company’s frame benches.  Read More
  • 07 May 2013 12:20 PM | Deleted user
    “Collaboration” was the predominant theme at the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) 2013 ToolTech event, held April 23-25 at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego. A host of representatives from across the aftermarket industry presented ToolTech attendees with their insights and concerns about the future of the aftermarket and its relationships with the OEMs.  Read More
  • 01 Feb 2013 4:08 PM | Deleted user

    Telematics is the science to transmit vehicle data over long distances and the technology is playing a quickly-expanding role in service efficiency and the consumer’s choice of service facility. Charlie Gorman, Executive Director of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) contends that the best telematic solutions in the future may come from open-market development.

    Gorman, who is also the current chair of the NASTF Board of Directors, will argue his point in a presentation Friday, March 8, 2013 at the NASTF Spring General Meeting held in conjunction with VISION2013 at the Overland Park Convention Center near Kansas City.

    In his presentation, Why Automakers Should Support Aftermarket Telematics, Gorman will present survey results from shop owners and offer his insight into telematics in the world of the automaker. “NASTF is the perfect place to have this conversation with the OEMs,” says Gorman. “Join me in this discussion as we set the steps needed to create an open and safe telematic diagnostic environment to best serve motorists over a vehicle’s full life.”

    NASTF holds two General Meetings each year. The site for the Spring 2013 NASTF General Meeting was chosen specifically in recognition that the VISION conference is one of the largest educational gatherings of professional independent technicians in the USA. The NASTF General Meeting is scheduled for 1 – 4:30 pm on Friday, March 8 in the Overland Park Convention Center near Kansas City. There is no charge to attend the NASTF meeting but there is a fee to register for other educational sessions at the VISION conference. Information and registration for VISION is available at The Fall 2013 General Meeting will be held in Las Vegas during the week of the AAPEX and SEMA trade shows.

    The agenda for the March 8 NASTF Spring General Meeting is available at

    NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers.  NASTF was incorporated in 2006 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. Additional details can be found at


  • 08 Jan 2013 4:00 PM | Deleted user

    MAHLE Clevite recently announced the completion of the acquisition of RTI Technologies. The transaction, closing on Jan. 1, 2013, renames the company MAHLE Clevite Inc., RTI Division. The company will continue to develop and distribute automotive maintenance equipment including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire inflation systems.  The completion of sale presents an opportunity for MAHLE to expand its business into the repair shop equipment sector of the automotive aftermarket.  Read More

  • 04 Jan 2013 1:00 PM | Deleted user

    The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Board of Directors have voted to reorganize its governance structure with the intent to attract broader support from the motor vehicle service industry. As NASTF sets out to amend its organization bylaws to reflect a more technical makeup of its leadership, the Board has elected Charlie Gorman, CEO of the Equipment and Tool Institute to be the Interim Chairman of NASTF for 2013.  Read More

  • 18 Dec 2012 10:04 AM | Deleted user
    In this month's issue...Learn why you should be a ToolTech 2013 Sponsor, read about Winter Tech Week, peruse Drew Technologies' Member Profile, and check out Jessie Korosec's contribution on what should be on your holiday shopping list, Industry News, and Business Insights. Read the December Issue here.
  • 10 Dec 2012 10:25 AM | Deleted user
    Vehicle Service Group (VSG) has acquired the assets of Elektron Bremen GmbH, a global manufacturer of resistance welders, plasma cutters and battery service equipment based in Bremen, Germany. The company joins Chief Automotive Technologies in VSG’s portfolio of collision repair brands.  Read more.
  • 29 Nov 2012 10:17 AM | Deleted user

    MAHLE has entered into a definitive agreement with Robert Bosch GmbH to acquire all assets and the related business of RTI Technologies Inc. RTI Technologies specializes in the development and distribution of automotive maintenance equipment, including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire inflation systems.
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