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Actia (UK) of Newtown, Powys is recruiting a network of distributors and business partners to assist in marketing vehicle diagnostics equipment within the automotive aftermarket.

“We are looking to attract motor factors with existing supply channels providing spare parts, tooling or other key commodities into this market sector. Diagnostics are now a key requirement for all auto service centres,” explains Actia sales and marketing manager, Mike Oliver.

“Garages will require the right sort of diagnostics equipment to remain in business. And the winners will be those who can recognise the opportunities to use this investment to widen their scope in terms of their service capability.”

In ten years, vehicle diagnostics have moved from sophisticated fixed point test rigs, to a range of multi-function and rugged hand-held units with wireless connections, allowing technicians greater flexibility in using the equipment, inside or even outside of the workshop and on the roadside.

The Actia Group, known for its specialist OE diagnostics expertise, has launched ‘Multi-Diag’, a simplified, high performance solution designed for professional auto-service centres. As a multi-make tool, its biggest advantage is that it will enable the smaller independent workshops to improve the quality of customer services.

Technicians can undertake a quick and easy vehicle assessment on the forecourt to either check for a potential fault, or as a preventative maintenance measure. Here is an opportunity to secure business by providing customers with printed reports and pre-service estimates.

“The equipment not only looks professional but as a business service proposition, it also offers an additional source of income,” says Actia sales and marketing manager, Mike Oliver.

Multi-Diag comes in two formats. Either as Multi-Diag mobile, which is a self contained unit based on an eight inch touch tablet, PC protective case, external DVD drive, operating software and the multiplexing vehicle communication Interface (VCI). As an alternative, Multi-Diag access supports the installation of the software onto any suitable PC laptop, or mobile device with a USB port available for connection to the VCI.

Actia is committed to on-going development with over 1000 additional models and applications added during 2007 and more for 2008 already in development.
Products now cover all major European manufacturers, Scandinavian models and just released is a comprehensive Asian package. For 2008 Actia will launch Multidi@g Truck covering LCV’S and HGV’s..

Actia diagnostics can read fault codes and extinguish service lights. The equipment can be used to examine and test all parts of the vehicle that are accessible via the diagnostic port. Modern cars are now including an electronic record of the vehicle identity number, so this can now be checked and compared to the number displayed on the actual VIN plate or windscreen etc.

The equipment can be used to check the airbag configuration, active suspension and brake components which will be of interest to the body shop. This will also include a record of any incidents causing the airbag to deploy – effectively the vehicles’ history of any previous accidents likely to have caused serious damage.

Another useful feature is the conformity test facility that provides a report of all available systems status. This will also benefit bodyshops, enabling them to check that nothing has been missed in the vehicle repair.

Fast fit businesses are now seeing a variety of vehicles fitted with tyre valves with electronic pressure sensors. These communicate with the vehicle control unit via a wireless link. If the tyre is replaced and the valve is changed, then the new valve has to be coded back to the car by using some form of communications, diagnostics tool.

ENDS

Photos are available on request

About Actia http://www.actia.co.uk

Actia UK is a division of Actia SA, a worldwide group of companies specialising in vehicle electronics and diagnostics. The groups competencies cover several complimentary automotive business areas including bus and coach power management, instrumentation, vehicle diagnostics, bus CCTV, tachographs and audio video products.

Contact details:

Mike Ottewell
MJO Associates for Actia (UK)
Tel: 01538 361217
E-mail: mjo.associates@tiscali.co.uk

Robin Edwards
Actia (UK)
Tel:- 01686 611150
E-mail: redwards@actia.co.uk
Fax:- 01686 621068

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