SMP Celebrates 100th Year
Long Island City, NY — On April 19, 2019, Standard Motor Products (SMP) celebrated its 100th year in business. Congratulations!
We were proud to have SMP once again select TFI Envision, Inc. to develop their 2018 annual report. This is the seventh consecutive year of TFI Envision designing the SMP Annual Report.
The overall thematic for the annual report was a celebration of SMP’s 100th year in the automotive industry. The cover incorporated vehicles representing the decades that SMP has been creating replacement parts, in addition to the large “100“ to mark the centennial.
Standard Motor Products, Inc. is a leading independent manufacturer and distributor of replacement parts for motor vehicles in the automotive aftermarket industry with a complementary focus on heavy duty, industrial equipment and the original equipment service market. Their products are sold throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and in many other countries around the world.
The full annual report is available online at http://www.smpcorp.com/
A LITTLE AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY…
The automobile as we know it was not invented in a single day by a single inventor. The history of the automobile reflects an evolution that took place worldwide. It is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile. However, we can point to the many firsts that occurred along the way. It started with the first theoretical plans for a motor vehicle that had been drawn up by both Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton. In 1769, the very first self-propelled road vehicle was a military tractor invented by French engineer and mechanic, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. Cugnot used a steam engine to power his vehicle, built under his instructions at the Paris Arsenal by mechanic Brezin. It was used by the French Army to haul artillery at a whopping speed of 2 1/2 mph on only three wheels. The vehicle had to stop every ten to fifteen minutes to build up steam power. The following year, Cugnot built a steam powered tricycle that carried four passengers.