Comline Auto Parts (Comline) has joined the automotive industry elite in becoming a member of the IFTS (International Filter Testing Services), one of the world’s foremost filtration testing organisations.
The multi-award winning, British brand of all-makes replacement parts has underlined its credentials as a leading filter supplier in being accepted as an IFTS member, and the brand aims to utilise the enviable resources and expertise of this non-profit making organisation to further strengthen its comprehensive filter offering.
Professing to be at ‘the crossroads between research and industry’ and acting as a ‘meeting place for equipment manufacturers and users’, the IFTS will partner with Comline to test and benchmark the quality of the distributor’s media to ensure Comline filters deliver consistent and reliable performance.
The depth and quality of analysis offered by the IFTS to its members is guaranteed by the organisation’s test laboratory,which runs in strict accordance with ISO 17025. In short, ISO 17025 is the testing and calibration standard to which laboratories must adhere in order to be recognised as ‘technically competent’ and to produce ‘precise and accurate test and/or calibration data’.
The results of IFTS assessment will enable Comline to operate tighter quality controls across all of its 1,800-plus filterreferences and work in conjunction with in-house testing conducted within Comline’s own quality lab. This combination of in-house and IFTS testing, plus Comline’s participation in the IFTS Scientific Committee will result in ‘better than ever’Comline filter performance.
Comline Product General Manager, Miten Parikh, comments on this exciting development for the Comline brand: “Within the sphere of filtration there is arguably no finer testing organisation in the world than the IFTS. Becoming an IFTS member will enable Comline to further raise its already impressive quality standards and sees us sit alongside the established elite of the automotive filtration industry.
“The past two years has been a hugely exciting period, during which Comline has scooped numerous awards and accolades. Being appointed an IFTS member is yet another badge of honour for Comline and further reflects our position as one of the fastest growing automotive brands in Europe.”
Sitting at the pinnacle of the brand’s multi-category product portfolio, which also includes braking and steering & suspension, Comline’s filtration offering delivers in excess of 95% coverage of the European, Japanese and Korean vehicle parc. This is complemented by outstanding product availability from the brand’s quartet of European distribution hubs, most notably its primary 150,000 squre foot facility based in Luton, United Kingdom.
Comline’s customer network continues to be impressed with the brand’s overall package, evidenced by receipt of A1 Motor Stores’ Component Supplier of the Year award for the second successive year. Such acceptance, coupled with the development opportunities that will arise from IFTS membership, further reinforces Comline’s position in being ‘First for Filters’.