Industry Newsline - September 2001
Ephraim, a 41-year veteran of the car wash chemical industry, has been
named sales representative at Standhardt Chemical Corporation
of Grand Rapids, MI. Ephraim will be responsible for sales to vehicle
wash facilities worldwide. Most recently, he was international sales
manager at Cul-Mac Industries in Wayne, MI. Before joining Cul-Mac,
Ephraim spent 32 years at the Stone Soap Company headquartered in Detroit.
MCA CO-SPONSORS MEGA SHOW
Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association (MCA) has joined forces with the Washington,
Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association
(WMDA) and two other associations to present the 2001 Mega Show, offering
an opportunity for companies that supply products or services to the
car care industry. This regional trade show and conference for the service
station and car wash industry will be held September 28 and 29, 2001
at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.
AUTO WAX WINS LAWSUIT
federal court jury has found that Mark V Products Inc. infringed Auto
Wax's U.S. Patent No. 5,727,993 by importing, offering to sell, and/or
selling its BodyClay product. The eight-member jury awarded Auto Wax
$758,525 as patent infringement damages. The jury rejected Mark V's
assertions that the Auto Wax patent was invalid.
BELANGER ISO REGISTERED
Inc.'s Novi, MI assembly operation was recently presented with ISO 9001:
2000 registration from Intertek Testing Services' (ITS) quality management
systems (QMS) registration business unit. Belanger joins a unique club
of only 165 companies in North America that have registered their QMS
to ISO 9001: 2000.
EXCLUSIVE MAKER OF FOAM CONTROLLER
IDX of El Dorado, AR has been licensed by Steve Chase Industries as the exclusive manufacturer of the multicolor foam controllers the Foam-I-Nator(r) (IDX part #MX48). When an OEM or distributor uses this IDX controller in its multicolor foam systems, it is covered under US Patent #5,695,293. US manufacturers who are licensed to sell the controller in their systems include Dultmeier, National Pride, Jim Coleman Co., Monorail, Midland Car Wash Systems, Oasis Manufacturing, R. Bell & Associates, Power Cleaning Systems of SC, Auto Brite Co of TX, Bozeman Distributors, Dutch Maid Equipment, Humble Manufacturing of TX, Kim Supply, and Superior Car Wash Systems.
HAARTZ, WOLFSTEINS ALLY
Haartz Corporation, a manufacturer of convertible top fabrics, announced
that it had formed an alliance with Wolfsteins Pro Series, which will
market a new, environmentally friendly line of convertible top cleaners
and protectant products. Researched, developed and tested by the two
companies, this is the first convertible top cleaning and protection
system endorsed by Haartz.
DETAIL PLUS APPROVED
Detail Plus Car Appearance Systems has announced that its Chemspense Detailing System has been approved by a number of US, European, and Asian auto manufacturers for sale to their dealer organizations. Chemspense System will now be placed in the approved equipment catalog from which dealers can make purchases with manufacturer financing. According to the company's president, Bud Abraham, this is not only an excellent sales opportunity for Detail Plus, but it reflects the respect that the detail industry is gaining with the automobile industry. Manufacturers who have approved the system are General Motors, Chrysler, Saturn, Nissan, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Volvo. Negotiations with Ford, BMW and Mercedes Benz are reportedly ongoing.
MACE REPORTS 2Q RESULTS
Laurel, NJ-based Mace Security International Inc. (Mace) has announced
financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2001.
Shell and Texaco service stations have launched a new Station Finder online tool that will help consumers avoid unnecessary, frustrating drive-around searches. Station Finder at www.countonshell.com and www.texaco.com enables online users to search by the services offered at a station: ATM, diesel fuel, car wash, convenience store, restaurant, and auto repair services. This is in addition to being able to search for a service station by city, state, street address or ZIP Code. Users can also search for stations that have web sites and special online coupons redeemable at the local station.
ADESA INSPECTION PROGRAM
Corporation has developed a Post Sale Vehicle Inspection program to
promote profitability and integrity for its customers. Once dealers
purchase a vehicle, they may proceed to a post sale inspection booth
where an ADESA employee processes the dealer's request. The vehicle
is placed on a lift for a frame and complete mechanical inspection.
Dealers are presented with estimates and additional options such as
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), glass, body, and detail services at affordable
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