This might be our most jam-packed issue yet! We learn more about Scotland-based G & M Radiator in this latest The Cooling Journal. Read all about the company's history plus some exciting news about the future. We also have several technical articles including why engine oils are crucial to the diesel emissions industry and the most common mistakes involving coolant.
NARSA/IDEA has weathered the COVID storm with you, which since the founding of NARSA in 1954 has probably been the most serious threat to the viability of your association. The Board of Directors had the foresight to plan for an economic atmosphere where we could sustain a financial downturn. I am proud to report the membership in your association is the same as it was at the end of last year. Through all of the hardships and uncertain times our members have chosen to support their association. We have lost some members, but have had new members take their place. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of the custodial effort in ensuring the future of NARSA/IDEA.
Not a day goes by when I do not read cataclysmic stories on how the supply chain is completely broken. From massive shipping delays to shortages of microchips, the supply chain up and down the line has been dramatically affected. I speak with members every day who tell me stories of unreliable shipping and long lead times on parts. There are simply parts that are just not available for the foreseeable future.
In this latest issue of The Cooling Journal, we shine the spotlight on longtime NARSA member David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co based in Louisiana. You can also read more on what you can expect at our in-person 2021 Fall Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
TitanX’s history involves several different companies. Its roots go back to 1895 when JW Thorell, a Swedish blacksmith, started his own business in Linköping. Then, in 1914, the Gabrielson Car Parts Company opened in Jamestown, New York. Another plant was founded in 1953 in Mjällby, Sweden. Those three plants were eventually acquired by Blackstone, then Valeo. Then TitanX was born in 2008. TitanX’s headquarters are in Sweden. There are also facilities in Brazil, Mexico, and China as well as Jamestown, New York. It was the Jamestown, New York facility that was the headquarters of Blackstone Cooperation that consolidated these factories in Sweden under one umbrella. There are roughly 1,000 TitanX employees worldwide.
The greatest advantage to social media has been our ability to communicate and engage with cooling systems and emission service facilities around the world. This year, we have added members in South America, Africa, and France. Social media is the tool which has given us an opportunity to expand our footprint beyond U.S. borders. Canada and Mexico have always been and continue to be important to the success of NARSA/IDEA, but now we are truly the international organization.
As I’m sure many of our readers find themselves doing, I often ponder the future of my business. Over the last two years, we have formalized our planning for the future with quarterly, yearly, three year and ten year plans. This process aligned our team in our goals for the future. We stand at the cusp of a seismic shift. How will the world be generating energy and powering the next generation of vehicles? Like it or not, things are changing, and we need to be prepared for a time when the internal combustion engine will no longer be the dominant technology to transport people and goods. While this may seem intimidating and scary, the radiator industry has been here before.
We recap NARSA/IDEA's Spring 2021 Virtual Conference in the May/June 2021 issue of The Cooling Journal. See how our members from all over the world connected and interacted with our speakers and experts through technical presentations and panel discussions. We also learn more about about TitanX's history in our Member Spotlight.
What I learned late in life was meetings actually increased our productivity and most importantly improved the employee and customer experience. How can so many businesses and managers of companies be so far off without realizing the detriment of bad meetings?
The pandemic has shown us that people are adaptable and can adjust to world changing events. Letting go and empowering people may be difficult at first, but the long-term effects are really what being in business is all about. Working together as a team has transformed our organization. The less I’m needed, the more successful we’ve become.