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COVID-19 : Announcement for our customers and business partners
04.05.2020

In those difficult times, Premier Components UK Ltd. is committed to health and safety of our families, colleagues, customers and, business partners who make up Premier Component’s alive and well kicking worldwide company. It is our highest priority to maintain business continuity needed to provide support and service to all our customers around the world.

As we all experience uncertainty of COVID-19, you can rely on Premier Components for continuity of the service. We are here to support your business and enable you to meet the needs of your company.

Over the last few weeks, we have taken all necessary precautions and steps to deal with COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the measures we have taken to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the risk to our employees, customers and society in general.

Introduction of new tools of keeping teams connected enable our service to stay up and running at all the times.

If you have enquiries or needs, please do not hesitate to use links below to contact our Purchase team or Sale team, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Email: sales@premiercore.com
Email: purchase@premiercore.com

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Our Visit to ReMaTec Amsterdam 2019
27.02.2020

Since 2001 ReMaTec has been well-known throughout Europe for being one of the leading remanufacturing trade shows for industry professionals. The exhibition is hosted bi-yearly at RAI Amsterdam in the Netherlands and at each event attracts an impressive array of automotive aftermarket and remanufacturing leaders from across Europe, but is ReMaTec worth a visit? Last month, some of Premier Components’ team travelled to Amsterdam to exhibit at the show and have kindly provided their honest feedback on the event.

"As always, ReMaTec was very good for us this year as a company. The attendance levels were high on all three days and there was a great positive energy circulating throughout the show. We felt that by exhibiting at ReMaTec we were provided with a great opportunity to create new business deals for the company and to reconnect with some of our current customers and build on already positive intercompany relationships.” – Alex Holland.

“Premier Components are one of the leading aftermarket core brokers, not just in the United Kingdom, but throughout Europe as well, and the bi-yearly ReMaTec exhibitions are a fantastic base for us to meet with current customers to discuss ongoing business arrangements, and to meet new prospective customers to discuss how we can provide them with a mutually beneficial solution for their aftermarket requirements. From our perspective, the show was very enjoyable and overall a great success for the business. By exhibiting at ReMaTec 2019 we also found that we were offered a fresh insight into how the European market is developing and changing as a whole, and we are now able to utilise this information to ensure that Premier Components remains at the top as a preferred supplier across the European continent. Premier’s leading presence in the European marketplace is something that we are very proud of as a company and we are always excited to be able demonstrate our expertise at ReMaTec. We are already looking forward to attending again in 2021.” – Keiron Pope.

 

As you can see, the feedback we have regarding the ReMaTec event has been very positive overall; this show in particular is one that the Premier Components team never misses – so if your business operations fall within the European automotive aftermarket sector, we would confident to say that it is definitely worth a visit.

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Staying Safe When Driving in the Rain
27.02.2020

Summer may be just around the corner but remember, this is the UK and sadly it isn’t best known for its clear sunny skies. Ensuring the rubber on your wipers is in good condition and that you have plenty of tread left on your tyres are essential basic safety checks to make in any kind of wet weather, but here is some further advice on some of the more dangerous rainy conditions you may encounter on the road.

Heavy Rain:
Even if your windscreen wipers are set to maximum speed, severe rain is going to affect your visibility, so the most important thing you need to do is to slow down. Reducing your speed in heavy rain will give you more time to assess and react to any situations unfolding ahead of you, and don’t forget, Rule 126 of the Highway Code states that you need to leave at least a four second gap for braking distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you in wet road conditions. 

Another thing to remember is to manually turn on your headlights if the weather conditions are causing poor or low-light visibility.

Flooded Roads:
The first rule of a flooded road is: if there is another route you can take to avoid the flood – take it. Driving through floods runs a real risk of your engine taking on water, and if this happens, your engine will hydro lock and stop working immediately. As a rule of thumb, if the standing water is six inches deep or deeper, do not attempt to drive through it (please note: certain vehicles will be unable to drive through less water than this). 

Assess the situation, the height of your vehicle and make a sensible choice when deciding whether to drive through. To help you make a judgement call, you can see if other vehicles similar to yours are passing through the flood water without issue, and if you do decide to follow, make sure to travel through the water slowly whilst keeping your engine revs higher than usual – this will help to prevent water from entering your exhaust. 

Once you have passed the flood water, always check that your brakes are dry and working properly before continuing your journey. If you are in any doubt about whether you can safely cross the flood, turn around and try to find an alternate route.

Vehicle Aquaplaning:
Aquaplaning can be a very scary experience and usually occurs when it is raining heavily and/or there is light flooding or puddled water on the roads. 

Making sure you have deep tread on your tyres and lowering your speed can help to reduce the chances of this happening, however it’s important to remember that if your vehicle does begin to aquaplane, try not to panic and do not slam on the brakes – instead, ease off the accelerator slowly, don’t make any sudden steering actions and keep a firm grip of your steering wheel. Following these steps will help your car to regain its grip on the road surface and stop aquaplaning.

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Our Visit to Autopromotec Bologna 2019
27.02.2020

For those who may not know, Autopromotec is a highly anticipated European aftermarket exhibition with a 50-year history, which is held bi-annually in beautiful Bologna, Italy. With almost 3,600 exhibitors at the 2017 event, this show hosts an array of companies within the automotive service sector, including aftermarket part dealers, remanufacturers, workshop equipment and tyre specialists to name but a few. This year, the show was expected to be even bigger, but is Autopromotec worth a visit? Last month some of Premier Components’ team travelled to Bologna to attend the show and have kindly provided their honest feedback on the event…

“From my perspective, the show was very interesting, and we were extremely busy there covering more than 30 meetings each day with the objective of meeting and securing new potential customers and suppliers in the Italian market. We have lots of follow-ups to do now which will soon show the full value that attending Autopromotec has delivered for us. From a market perspective, I believe that this exhibition has offered us valuable insight into Italy’s aftermarket part market structure, conditions, trends and developments. All of this new information can now be used to help us increase our European presence and to offer a more tailored service to Italy’s rebuilding industry and our customers there.” – Tomasz Kowalski.

“The Italian automotive market is one that Premier Components are very much active in, and from our perspective, the show was a real success and offered an insight into how the Italian market is changing, and with this where we fit in as a preferred supplier in this region. As with all trade shows, the follow up is the most crucial element and since returning from the show I have tasked my team, who are experts in the field, with following up each customer relevant to their specialist product knowledge and this is something that they have been doing a tremendous job of so far. Our presence in the European marketplace will always be extremely important to us as a company, and though we continue to take a good market share over this part of the world, I am always excited to see both current customers who have grown over the years, and new companies that we do not currently have the pleasure of dealing with as this show how far we have come as a company, and also how far we can go with all of the opportunities around us.” – Keiron Pope.

Overall, the feedback from Autopromotec has been extremely positive for us as a company – so if your business is within the automotive aftermarket sector, we believe that it’s a show that is definitely worth attending.

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The Honest Truth about Electric Cars
27.02.2020

Environmental impact is becoming a growing concern for most people in Britain and across the globe, and we are always thinking of any small ways we can help to make a difference. One thing you may have considered is whether to switch to an electric vehicle. But how realistic is this option, and do electric cars really live up to their “green” expectations? Read on to find out about what Britons are concerned about and the truth behind their worries:

Can I afford to buy an electric car?

The truth is electric cars don’t come particularly cheap. In fact, the cheapest on the current UK market is a Renault Zoe, which can be picked up for around £22,000 when purchased using a Government Grant. You may be able to get an older model a bit cheaper but beware that previous versions will most likely feature older tech, which can mean decreased battery sizes, a shorter driving range and motors of a poorer quality. The good news here, is that as electric cars become more popular and widespread, new models will emerge and these will no doubt include vehicles that are more affordable to purchase.

Do they take a long time to charge?

The answer to this question really lies with which electric vehicle you are charging, what charging point you are using and what you consider to be a “long time”. Currently in the UK we are a bit behind when it comes to car charging speed, typically the average electric car has a 60kWh battery, which would take approximately 8 hours to charge from empty to full using a standard 7kW charging point. However, if you were to use a 50kW rapid charger, you would be able to top up 100 miles of electric driving power in around 30 minutes.

For those of you who need a faster charging speed, you may be in luck in the future, as a new generation of electric cars is rolling out across Europe which can be charged using a super-fast 350kW charging point, which could mean fully charging your electric vehicle in as little as 10 to 15 minutes! The bad news is, it may be a while before the UK catches up, as currently there is only one vehicle on the UK market which can accept even a 150kW charge (The Audi E-tron) so there are currently no charging stations here capable of charging anything even close to 350kW.

Are they really “greener” than regular cars?

Electric cars are certainly more environmentally friendly to drive than a petrol or diesel alternative, but are they really as green as they are marketed to be? The uncomfortable truth is this may not be the case! Whilst they are undoubtably better for the planet than non-electric cars, ultimately their carbon footprint is determined by the nature of the electricity generation that is feeding the battery pack. Currently only around 27.9% of electric energy produced in the UK is generated by renewable production, meaning that almost three quarters of all electricity produced here is from non-renewable sources, this means that charging your vehicle may be more environmentally damaging than you have been led to believe by marketing campaigns!

Are they actually cheaper to run?

Currently yes! Due to high costs of petrol, diesel and the higher rates of road tax for regular fuel powered vehicles, electric cars are currently much cheaper to run. However, this may not always be the case in the future! As the electric revolution unfolds, the government is inevitably going to lose billions currently raised from fuel taxation. This deficit will need replacing, and they will have to find another way to raise the funds, which in inevitably lead to having to tax electricity in the same way. So, you may find in the future that charging your electric car won’t come quite so cheaply after all!

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