The UK’s new automotive aftermarket organisation – the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) – has been launched.
The new body, which has evolved out of the Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF) and will comprise three divisions, including distribution, lobbying and workshop activities.
The IAAF-D will continue to carry out the functions of the ADF and represent the interests of the UK’s 500 plus motor factors members and the distribution sector as a whole.
Meanwhile, the IAAF-G is a newly formed division, which will work for and with the UK’s service and repair garages, to offer practical day-to-day help, as well as to represent their wider interests.
The third division, the IAAF–L, has been created specifically as a lobbying body to represent the wider interests of the UK’s independent aftermarket with Government and other industries on a global basis.
“The remit of the ADF has been widened considerably over the years,” explained IAAF’s Tony Sackett. “As the UK independent aftermarket has developed, the ADF has moved, almost organically, from its roots as the Motor Factor Association, to be much more of an umbrella organisation, encompassing the industry’s major suppliers, the buying groups and campaigning organisations.
He continued: “The new IAAF formally recognises these developments and will progress from there. Its structure is designed to allow for expertise to be channelled into the appropriate area to maximum effect and, with the setting up of the garage service and repair division – IAAF-G – brings the crucial missing element into one independent unified body.”