Announcement

Ranch Fiberglass Expanding SEMA Presence

Elkhart, Indiana (July 27, 2015) - Ranch Fiberglass, the innovative brand which builds fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers, will be exhibiting at the 2015 SEMA Show in booth 36127. We are excited to have two (2) truck builds in our booth this year. Both truck builds are being built in Southern California by Atomic Off-Road Designs and IMZZ Elite Vehicle Concepts. We will also have Ranch Fiberglass National Sales & Marketing Managers’ truck placed outside that is being up-fitted by these companies and Bulletproof Suspensions.

At Ranch Fiberglass we understand that most of our dealer’s customers are investing in a truck cap or tonneau cover to achieve a goal, complete a job, service a need, or fulfill a desire. With that in mind we offer a large series of optional equipment and packages to help you help you customer get what they want from a fiberglass cap or lid.

Leo Kagan celebrates 50 years as a SEMA member and turns 99 years old

Leo Kagan, will be celebrating his 50th year as a SEMA member and attende at the 2015 SEMA show.
Leo is a SEMA Hall of FAMER who is currently working with ColorBond Automotive Finishes.
Please join us in our booth, # 23793 Main Hall, on November 5 at 1:30 PM to celebrate his birthday. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact, Malcolm Johnson , malcolm@colorbondpaint.com or 877 882 6567

German car care specialist SONAX to exhibit at 2015 SEMA

SONAX, the German market leader in premium car care products, will be exhibiting at the 2015 SEMA Show (www.semashow.com) in Las Vegas on November 3-6 in booth #12161 North Hall and, for the first time, at the AAPEX Show (http://www.aapexshow.com) November 3-5 in booth #3352 also in Las Vegas.

Master Detailer Renny Doyle (www.detailingsuccess.com) will be, for example, presenting the SONAX PROFILINE range. He will again be the SONAX booth emcee. Renny Doyle will be conducting interviews with the car care industry’s most prominent figures and introducing multiple professional detailers who will be demonstrating SONAX products. Another special guest in the SONAX booth will be legendary car customizer John D’Agostino (www.celebritykustoms.com). On display will be John’s awarded 1959 Cadillac “Elvis III”, an awe-inspiringly refurbished show car styled down to the finest detail, turning the SONAX booth into a real crowd-puller in the North Hall.

New Distributor Program for Silent Running

Silent Running’s new distributor program will be introduced at this year’s SEMA show.

Insulation manufacturers, Silent Running has finalized their new distribution program to provide distributors with a hands on display stand, literature, and marketing support. The company plans to increase their distribution network within the next year to allow for easier shipments to customers. The new distributor page allows customers to easily get in contact with their local distributors and and information tab for potential distributors to find out more about the opportunity.

Silent Running plans to initiate their new distribution program at this year’s SEMA show where there will be sign-up sheets and information packets for potential distributors. Visit their booth, #34323 in the Upper South Hall or www.silentcoating.com for more information.

EQUIP is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website!

Equip Automotive Systems, Inc launches Website

Website provides resources to the collision industry regarding new innovative products, service and training.

Lakeside CA- Equip Automotive Systems, Inc. announces the official launch www.equipmyshop.com., eCommerce . This site aims at providing the collision Industry an online shopping experience that is quick, easy and affordable. Equips convenient access to manage your shop anytime and anywhere you have access to a web browser. A fast and easy way to process your sales orders, estimates, repair request and invoices; a custom calendar to book appointments for Training off or on site; integrated parts catalogs; online parts ordering.

Aussie solar car startup to showcase at SEMA 2015

Melbourne­based electric vehicle technology startup
EVX (www.evxventures.com) has announced it will be exhibiting its scaled down model custom
solar car and spin­off technologies at the world’s largest automotive speciality parts trade show
in the world, the SEMA Show 2015 at Las Vegas Convention Center, USA in November.

EVX is a collaboration with the leading electric vehicle R&D group at Swinburne University of
Technology and experienced local engineers who have designed and produced award winning
solar racing cars. The engineering team at EVX is led by electric vehicle expert Dr Clint Steele.

Co­-Founder & CEO of EVX Barry Nguyen said “Without government funding so far, we have
made significant progress in our R&D and getting closer to turn our ambitious vision into a
reality. With the strong leadership of Dr Clint Steele, we have succeeded in keeping our
approach lean through working with final year engineering students and new graduate
engineers. ”

Ranch Hand Welcomes Mike Kane as new VP of Manufacturing & Engineering

Ranch Hand is adding some manufacturing muscle to its team of experts in the SUV and truck accessory industry. His name is Mike Kane, and he is the new Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for Ranch Hand. Mike is making strides to improve the manufacturing and engineering processes.

A firm believer in lean manufacturing and 5S, Mike is working to implement each of the philosophy’s five “S” words — sort, set, shine, standardize and sustain — in all of the facilities’ practices. One of the by-products of the 5S philosophy comes in the form of another “s” word: safety. Mike realizes that safety is of utmost importance, and he is utilizing his expertise to ensure that Ranch Hand products are and continue to be the safest SUV and truck accessories on the market. When Ranch Hand advises customers to “Be on the Safe Side” with Ranch Hand products, they mean it.

OTC announces Technician Challenge national tour in North America

The OTC Technician Challenge is going on tour with dates in six states, showcasing the Encore with new Bravo 2.0 software. Technicians nationwide will compete to win one of three Ultimate Diagnostics for Life packages. Ultimate Diagnostics for Life winners will receive an OTC Encore kit with a lifetime hardware warranty and lifetime diagnostics subscription from OTC.

Co-hosted by OTC and distribution partners, technicians will be challenged with random vehicle diagnostic issues and tasked with identifying the problem using the OTC Encore. The technician with the fastest time at select events will receive a $150 cash card from OTC. Any technician who pre-registers and attends an event will receive a free pair of OTC technician gloves. The three fastest times nationwide will win the Ultimate Diagnostics for Life package.

OTC announces ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program with lifetime warranty and support for Encore in North America

OTC announced today its ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program and new Bravo 2.0 software in North America for the Encore diagnostic tool. Providing a lifetime warranty on hardware, expanded technical service hours and a software overhaul, efforts were based on direct Encore owner feedback. This critical update, Bravo 2.0, is provided for every Encore owner with or without an active diagnostics subscription. Technicians will see a faster, more stable tool with additional vehicle coverage and a reduction in screen-to-screen waiting times.

Bravo 2.0 focuses on making the tool faster and easier to use while expanding coverage and capabilities. Major improvements can be found at OTCTools.com/diagnostics-for-life, and include:
- The first OTC scan tool with Bosch’s coverage database for European vehicles, focusing on Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo
- Reduced wait on screen-to-screen time
- Faster, more stable operating system with expanded vehicle coverage and support

New Premium Brand “Steer Smarts” to be Launched at the SEMA Show

Steer Smarts, the innovative brand for steering and suspension products, will be formally introduced at the 2015 SEMA Show in booth 35322. As a brand descended from a long term OEM supplier, Steer Smarts makes use of the engineering and testing capabilities of the parent company to ensure robust product development and manufacturing. Steer Smarts products aren’t replacement parts – they’re improvement parts proudly designed and manufactured in the USA.
Steer Smarts is introducing an array of new Jeep Wrangler steering products at the SEMA Show. Our Griffin series of steering attenuators, simply put, makes the Jeep Wrangler safer while improving your driving experience. Our YETI series steering linkage is the strongest and most durable linkage ever built for Jeep Wranglers. Visit SteerSmarts.com and see for yourself.

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