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The AMN Week in Review (July 26-30, 2010)

The Week in Review offers a snapshot of the most highly read stories of the week as seen on aftermarketNews. To access the complete stories, simply click on the highlighted links. If you missed reading one of our daily news emails, just click on the link that says “News Archives” at the bottom of the page to begin catching up on the latest industry news.

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One of the most-read stories of the week was news that UCI International had filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering. UCI International, through its subsidiary United Components, owns Airtex, Champion Laboratories, Wells Manufacturing and ASC.

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In this week’s exclusive Executive Interview, Jason Best of Spectra Premium talks with aftermarketNews.com about the company’s focus on becoming a leader in the fuel pump assembly market, how the company responded to the recent economic downturn and about the company’s philosophy on product quality and customer service.          

In other top news this week, MAHLE Clevite Inc. recently added the Cummins electronic catalog to the heavy duty section of Launchpad (a portal of eCatalogs). The new catalog provides a convenient way to search, view and purchase all Cummins engine parts and engine kits within one user experience.
 
Users can easily search for Cummins engine parts and kits either by selecting an engine model from the drop-down menu or by entering the OE number or CPL number. Once a selection has been made, search results matching the request will appear, showing the various engine parts and kits available.

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Schaeffler Group USA Inc. announced the expansion of the LuK RepSet line of clutches, flywheels and hydraulic release systems. The LuK program now includes more than 750 clutch set and 180 flywheel SKUs, covering the North American vehicle population. Make and model coverage ranges from 1938 to date.

"With LuK, technicians get a full line of clutch sets for all their import and domestic applications," said Bill Hanvey, director of business development. "As the leading OE supplier, LuK sets the standard for durability and performance, and our aftermarket group has extended that expertise with our application coverage."

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Lastly, Joseph Lescota, chair of the Automotive Marketing department at Northwood University, has announced the selection of Brandon Postema for general chair of the 2010 Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) and James Hannah for vice chair. Northwood University students will host the 47th annual NUIAS Oct. 15-17. The Auto Show is held on the Michigan Campus of Northwood University located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland. This year’s theme is "Electrify the Drive: Sparking a Global Revolution."

Postema is currently a senior pursuing a dual major in aftermarket management and management.

Hannah is a senior and an entrepreneurship/economics/management major from Algonquin, Ill.

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