November 17, 2011

TASC Force® Holds International Meeting

Tasc fall 2011

The Sonnax TASC Force® met in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 9-11, 2011. Sixteen TASC members from the U.S. and eight European countries met with Sonnax personnel to discuss the state of the global transmission industry. TASC member John Mackie and his wife Dawn, of Mackie Transmissions in Glasgow, were hosts for the event. Festivities opened with a bus tour of the Scottish countryside on Sunday, Oct. 9. Highlights of the tour included Stirling Castle, the Trossachs regions of the Scottish Highlands, Lock Lomond and a tour of the Glengoyne Distillery.

The meetings began in earnest on Monday morning with updates on the progress of projects resulting from previous TASC Force meetings. A number of products originally suggested by the TASC Force are in varying stages of development by Sonnax. The meeting continued with the popular "round table" discussion where each TASC member presents a summary of issues they face, the solutions which are working for them and potential product suggestions which can help our entire industry deal with those issues.

The meeting also included in-depth discussions of vehicle electronics and the challenges those products present to the transmission industry. "The input of our global TASC Force members is invaluable," said Sonnax President & CEO Tommy Harmon. "They see many of the later model transmissions before they reach the U.S. Accessing their information early in the process helps Sonnax make sure the products needed by transmission and torque converter rebuilders are available when these units become prevalent in the North American market as well as in other parts of the world."

The next meeting of the Sonnax TASC Force has been tentatively scheduled in spring 2012 in Vermont. The Sonnax Technical Automotive Specialties Committee (TASC) Force is composed of experienced transmission rebuilders and technicians who value technical innovations and have hands-on understanding of the latest units and industry developments. From around the globe, the best minds in the transmission industry willingly share their know-how, with the understanding that everyone benefits when good ideas and products emerge from centuries of combined transmission wisdom.

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