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SkillsCrunch.pdf

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This is not new news but we do need to address this issue through a joined up approach. Starting with a clear vision and understanding by all stakeholders of what we need and what basic skills a young person requires to exhibit on entering industry and commerce.

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Connected cars will drive automotive marketing into the digital age - The Guardian (blog)

Connected cars will drive automotive marketing into the digital age - The Guardian (blog) | Automotive AfterMarket | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Connected cars will drive automotive marketing into the digital age The Guardian (blog) Combining the ability to measure all the way to the point of sale with cross-channel attribution technology will equip automotive...

Via Thomas Faltin
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Vehicles are already linked back to VMs via GSM while selling the car via electronic media is developing service and repair will go the same way - I said we need to change our ways of working. IAM needs to address this issue now!

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Ford Fiesta is now the biggest-selling car of all time as UK motor ... - This is Money

Ford Fiesta is now the biggest-selling car of all time as UK motor ... - This is Money | Automotive AfterMarket | Scoop.it
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Ford Fiesta is now the biggest-selling car of all time as UK motor ...
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Is the Global car still a dream?

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Blackstone to Buy Majority Stake in Service King Repair Chain

Blackstone Group LP has agreed to buy a majority stake in auto-repair shop chain Service King Collision Repair Centers from Carlyle Group LP with a view to fund the company's future growth, according to people familiar with the matter.

Via Tim Sensenig
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Owning the product or service for longer into the installer body-shop level increases the opportunity for profits and price stability.

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Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits

Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits | Automotive AfterMarket | Scoop.it
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up.
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This clearly demonstrates that the AfterMarket is and continues to be vulnerable despite European legislation.

CLEPA and its members need to ensure that non compliance is reported and that VMs are not protected by their suppliers.

And we haven't even considered Global Terms which increases the dominance and pressure applied.

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OEM Supply Chain Squeeze Flowing Downstream, Into Aftermarket | MRO content from Aviation Week

OEM Supply Chain Squeeze Flowing Downstream, Into Aftermarket | MRO content from Aviation Week | Automotive AfterMarket | Scoop.it
Efforts by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to wring costs and extract profits from supply chains are flowing downstream, triggering similar pressure from smaller suppliers and affecting aftermarket spares prices.
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These characteristics are transferring across to Automotive AfterMarket. we may have won some European battles but the vision for VMs remains the same and the war continues.

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Mulally joins Google board - Automotive News

Mulally joins Google board - Automotive News | Automotive AfterMarket | Scoop.it
Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford Motor Co.'s CEO on June 30, has joined the board of directors of technology and Web search giant Google Inc. His appointment was effective July 9 and he will serve on the company's audit ...
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The loss a class act from our industry - read "American Icon" to gain an insight into his techniques to overcome some of the substantial challenges faced by Ford 

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SMMT: Car production rises 3.5% in first half of 2014 - Automotive World

SMMT: Car production rises 3.5% in first half of 2014 - Automotive World | Automotive AfterMarket | Scoop.it
Business Recorder
SMMT: Car production rises 3.5% in first half of 2014
Automotive World
“UK car production continued its steady growth in June, leading to a first half-year increase of 3.5%,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.
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Capacity in Europe is still too high, who will blink first?

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