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An article on Insider says that LKQ Corporation plans to build on its acquisition of Reading-based JCA Coatings by opening three paint distribution centres and creating almost 1,500 jobs next year.
We are certain that you will have heard the news that Autoclimate were acquired by Euro Car Parts on 1st February 2013. We want to explain the benefits this will bring to you and some changes that you will see over the coming weeks.
The deadline set by the European Commission stating that, up to the 31st December 2012 car manufacturers could still use R134a in new type-approved vehicles due to lack of availability of the new refrigerant, has now passed. Any new type-approved vehicles will now have to contain HFO 1234yf refrigerant at the point of manufacture, so these vehicles will start to become more common place on the UK roads.
Autoclimate invest heavily in time and effort researching new products to continuously develop the Autoclimate catalogue and that has resulted in the addition of aftermarket OE matching quality bumpers and more recently KYB shock absorbers to the range.
Throughout the final months of 2012 Autoclimate ran a Christmas giveaway where they gave their customers the opportunity to win a 42” 3D TV. There were two prizes to giveaway via the UK’s favourite method, a good old raffle.
KYB is the world’s largest supplier of shock absorbers to vehicle manufacturers. 1 in 4 cars leaving production lines worldwide are fitted with KYB as original equipment. A number of the shock absorbers available through Autoclimate are OEM, and in any quotes given to you, it will be made clear if the part is OEM or matching quality.
Autoclimate have recently introduced to their product range the Schumacher PBI2212 battery booster which offers long lasting powerful performance and features the Hawker Enersys battery – the best performance battery available meaning a longer period of use before needing to be recharged.
On the 18th April 2012 the European Commission declared that, due to the lack of HFO 1234yf availability from suppliers, car manufacturers are able to use R134a refrigerant to fill new type-approved production vehicles where technically possibly until and including the 31st December 2012. New type approved vehicles still have to be compatible with Directive 2006/40/EC i.e. able to use a refrigerant that has a global warming potential of less than 150.
The A/C systems in alternatively fuelled vehicles are different from those in standard combustion vehicles. Our final installment highlights recommended equipment that can be used to service A/C systems which use an electric compressor. Robinair have specially designed a dual oil RMS that can work on both types of vehicle