April 2016 Vital News Out Now!

Welcome note from the MD.

Welcome to the spring/summer issue of Vital News.

‘To be, or not to be’ a part of EU – that’s the question. Wish I knew the answer: Oui or No, Yes or Nein! Silly EU rules and migrants on benefits get the headlines, but as many of the silly rules seem to come from our own Parliament, and I am sure I read somewhere that the unemployment rate for EU workers in the UK is lower than UK workers, so even the facts are confusing.

One thing is certain: Europe has been far more peaceful since the EU – how should we value that? So my guess is the polls will show a drift towards an exit and then as we get closer, we’ll all say, do we really want to chuck this up in the air, and we’ll collectively decide to stay. It’s only a guess, mind you!

Amidst this air of uncertainty, though, it’s been business as usual at FPS. In fact, looking ahead at the upcoming summer season, we have enhanced our air conditioning parts and consumables range with the introduction of the Nissens Air Con portfolio. Continuing with this expansion to provide you with a deeper stock and wider coverage, we have also launched the Shaftec steering range; with its assured technical support and cataloguing, it will surely benefit you while addressing your customers’ demands promptly.

Furthermore, Cambiare has introduced a sleek, new range of oil level sensors and gives a technical update on these parts as well as exhaust gas temperature sensors. Moreover, Gates offers an overview of the newly launched Micro-V® Kits Plus Water Pumps for ABDS. This issue also provides coverage to the new-to-range fast-moving friction parts from Fahren and K&N® air filters for specialist vehicles.

As the season for holidays is knocking at the doors, now is the time to prepare for all the leisure and valeting stock. Keeping this in mind, PMA has recently launched a range of valeting products to complement its successful maintenance portfolio. Additionally, leisure brand Royal has introduced a bespoke range of picnic wares to address the ‘Days Out’ segment of the market.

We continue to invest in the business, having released F:Drive2 at the end of last year and moved our systems onto a more powerful, more resilient platform in February. The aim of this is to give you an even better level of service and stability, and apologies if there have been any bumps or service interruptions along the way. But we believe investing in future will provide the tight, long-term solutions. As always, do let us know if you have any feedback.

Meanwhile, happy reading!

Neil Davis
Managing Director, FPS

Neil Davis