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Autopromotec Conference 2018: "Workshop 4.0: digitization and new mobility trends, the future of car repair"

Autopromotec Conference, now in its second edition, is organized and managed by Autopromotec, and hosts some of the main protagonists of the industry from around the world. Strongly endorsed by AICA (Italian Garage Equipment Manufacturers Association), the conference purposes to define future development strategies for the sector’s operators; 

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Goodbye, Guido!

Over 50 years dedicated to the tire sector, promoting with unflinching determination the ideas and values that were at very foundation of his personal and professional life, such as expertise, respect for people and rules, free thinking, independence and sense of responsibility. 

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Conti Adapt and Conti Sense, strides into the future

Loquacious and skilled in communicating even through the net; this is how we could describe most modern vehicles with cars in the forefront. Indeed modern cars are offering a growing number of connected services, ranging from the ability to surf the net through a smartphone, to contacting directly and autonomously assistance services, traffic reports and weather forecasts in real time.

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Volt ready

Minimizing emissions and dependence on fossil fuels are the driving forces behind the automotive industry's rapid transition to alternative drive systems such as hybrid or full-electric. The greater weight of battery-powered vehicles and the torque delivered by electric motors, higher and immediately available compared to traditional petrol or diesel engines, means that tires have different requirements too. 

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Here is how we measure the "carbon footprint"

What would you do if you knew the effects of your actions well in advance? How would the choices you make today change if you had the possibility to immediately evaluate future results? Answering this type of question is one of GreenRouter’s main goals, a web tool that allows companies to detect and measure their "carbon footprint" (a measurement of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by an activity and generally expressed in tons of equivalent CO2) along the supply chain, from warehousing to retailing, passing through all the transport and distribution phases. 

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Five positive hi-tech resolutions for 2018

My personal hi-tech bucket list for 2018 is likely to be very long, but I can summarize it in five fundamental points: more diversity, more technology for the greater good, a virtual assistant really able to communicate, more “smart-ready” devices and solutions and an end to all passwords.

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New catalogues

New products and new innovative ideas in OZ’s 2018 catalogue, the most successful brand in world motorsport, along with its controlled brands MSW and Sparco Wheels. In line with the group’s philosophy, which focuses on certified quality, safety, style and the reputation earned through multiple championship victories in F1, Rally and other motor racing events, OZ winks at performance and design through its brand new catalogues.

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Corporate Fleets and maintenance: is it worthwhile for mechatronic technicians?

Car rental schemes and companies grow relentlessly throughout the country. The latest overview provided by Aniasa (National Association of Automotive Rental Industry and Automotive Services) returns a clear picture of this growing phenomenon in Italy: in the face of a decline in registrations (-1.42% in February), rentals soared reaching 54,000 vehicles last month. 

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Growing….together!

There is a challenge within a greater challenge in Point S’ business strategy in Italy: expanding the network ensuring each affiliate that they will retain complete operational independence, which means, leaving the decision-making process firmly in the hands of the entrepreneur who chooses to join the French network. 

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Protectionism not a solution

A new protagonist has appeared on the International scene in the last twelve months: protectionism. A temptation to be shunned as it would hardly lead both European and Italian industrial players to increased competitiveness. Europe must not only remain an open market, but learn to react quickly and effectively to the pressures induced by aggressive industrial policies coming from non-European countries. 

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Lighter than air (well, almost)!

Traditional tires are more than 150 years old and the first patents date back to the mid-19th century. Many inventors and entrepreneurs, such as John Dunlop and Michael Goodyear, in fact, came up with the idea many years ago and not much has changed since.

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Not just tires…

Widening one’s business vision enhancing, at the same time, a motorist's customer experience when having to spend time in the workshop, is the spirit  behind Lampa’s offer – a well established B2B distributor of accessories and spare parts with over 8,000 customers in Italy and 300 in other countries . After addressing specialized stores, service centres and repair shops, the Mantua based company has now placed tire dealers firmly in its sight.

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User friendly EVs with GKN eAxle

It may be hard to believe but at the end of the 19th century, electric cars were more common than fuel driven vehicles. In the United States, for example, EVs were particularly appreciated for their silence and lack of smelly fumes; furthermore, the absence of a hand-crank made electric cars particularly welcome to ladies.

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Road transport: the registry revamps controls on company requisites

Regularly registered road transport companies without a truck, road freight companies ... without transport vehicles!? That’s enough. A Central Committee of the Register of Road Hauliers is actively seeking to put an end to this malpractice: one of the latest initiatives taken by the Ministry of Transport was precisely to intensify controls and inspections around registered companies.

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