Our recap of the week’s most-read news begins with a wrap-up of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance’s tri-annual “Aftermarket Magic” convention, which was held March 21-24 in Orlando, Fla. Counterman Editor Mark Phillips was on-hand for the event and shared highlights of the meeting, which included educational opportunities at 34 seminars as well as three days of vendor expo, inspirational speeches and entertainment. Click here to read his complete recap.
Also featured in our top news of the week was our most recent interview in the popular "Five Minutes With" series. This week, we got to know Mike Allen of Federated Auto Parts a little better. To see what makes Mike tick, click here.
AMN readers also were interested in a report from our sister publication Tire Review on the former Bridgestone scientist who was recently indicted on federal charges that he stole trade secrets from the tiremaker and lied to investigators.
In other top news this week, UCI Holdings, parent company of UCI International, announced the company’s results for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011. Net sales of $237.3 million were essentially even to the fourth quarter of 2010, the company said.
Last in our weekly wrap-up, we learn that the owners of the MAG Group are considering selling the company. The leading machine tool company hired Goldman Sachs to assist in evaluating strategic alternatives for the company. According to MAG, the global automotive business will remain together as one unit across Europe, the Americas and Asia.