United Kingdom – Pagid, the UK’s best-selling braking brand, and Euro Car Parts, the UK’s largest automotive aftermarket supplier, are helping UK garages and workshops make the most of one of the busiest ‘MOT seasons’ of recent years with increased training support and Pagid’s biggest-ever braking promotion.
According to the DVSA, some 31 million MOT tests were carried out in 2018 and following the highest ever number of new car registrations in 2016 where 2.7 new cars were registered, the number of MOTs being carried out in 2019 is expected to hit an all-time high.
Pagid and Euro Car Parts’ technical services team has increased in size, now comprising seven field-based braking specialists, who are all fully qualified mechanics and experts on braking and the Pagid brand. The team is on hand to visit customers and advise on best practice fitment, new product development and new Pagid releases, as well as delivering training.
Through Euro Car Parts’ Auto Education Academy, the largest independent automotive training programme in the UK, almost 400 mechanics have completed the Pagid Professional Academy training course over the last three years.
Combining background theory and practical, hands-on skills training, the course is designed to benefit workshop technicians at all levels. The IMI (QAP) Quality Assured Programme, available at 30 locations across the UK, covers brake pads, discs, shoes and drums, hydraulic operating systems, servo operation, brake fluid and anti-lock systems.
For some major automotive groups, it has become the ‘benchmark’ training programme for their newly appointed technicians.
Phil Woodcock, Pagid Key Account Manager for UK and Eire, said: “Braking is a significant part of any garage or workshop’s business yet braking technologies and component tolerances have changed dramatically over the years, so it’s important that technicians and mechanics stay on top of the latest developments coming into the market.”
Defective brakes were the leading contributory factor – where a vehicle defect was selected – in all road accidents in Great Britain from 2013 to 2017, according to Department for Transport data, highlighting the need for regular and thorough brake servicing and maintenance, and underlining the importance of only ever fitting OE quality brakes from an approved OE manufacturer.
Colin Cottrell, Central Operations Director at Euro Car Parts, said: “Pagid and Euro Car Parts are committed to delivering the best-quality product, supported by first-class training and unrivalled technical support in order to help our customers deliver the highest standards of brake fitment and servicing to their customers.”
With cover for 99% of vehicle makes and models, and excellent availability, service and support, Pagid delivers a complete, OE-approved braking solution.
Pagid and Euro Car Parts, which are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their successful partnership this year have also joined forces on a ‘free braking giveaway’ – Throughout September and October they are offering garages and workshops the opportunity to win free braking products and consumables for one month and the chance to win an exhilarating Palmer Sport track day. Every £250 spent on any Pagid braking products bought through Euro Car Parts earns one entry into a prize draw to win one of these prizes.
For more information, go to https://omnipart.eurocarparts.com/pagid-braking-promotion. Full T&Cs apply.
About TMD Friction
TMD Friction is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of brake friction materials to the automotive and brake industry. The company’s product portfolio comprises of disc brake pads and drum brake linings for passenger cars and commercial vehicles together with friction materials for racing and industrial applications. With its brands Pagid, Textar, Mintex, Don, and Cobreq, TMD Friction has a market-leading position in the global replacement parts market. Under the brand names Cosid and Dynotherm TMD Friction develops and produces friction materials for industrial applications. TMD Friction has four operations in Germany as well as in Europe, USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and South Africa. The TMD Friction Group employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide.
Pagid is an OE brand of TMD Friction (www.tmdfriction.com / www.pagid.com), and part of the Nisshinbo Group – the world’s biggest manufacturer of brake friction, and a truly global partner for the automotive industry.
Together, the group supplies braking to vehicle manufacturers, distributors and installers on every continent, and in every significant marketplace. With headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, Pagid brake pads are 100% manufactured in-house at our own state-of-the-art production facilities across Europe.
About Euro Car Parts
Euro Car Parts (www.eurocarparts.com) is the leading distributor of car and LCV parts and specializes in three key markets – trade, retail and collision.
Euro Car Parts has more than 300+ branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland stocking over 160,000 different parts.
Having recently opened T2, a new national distribution centre near Tamworth, Euro Car Parts is expanding rapidly across the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, with recent acquisitions including Arleigh Group, Hella Ireland, Team P R Reilly, and Andrew Page.
Owned by LKQ, the company benefits from the infrastructure support of its UK parent company that is a leading provider of recycled and manufactured parts