CURRENT & RECENT MEDIA RELEASES:


  Oct 12, 2018

THE AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY EVENT OF 2019 IS COMING

  Oct 12, 2018 

2019 COLLISION REPAIR EXPO TO WELCOME THOUSANDS OF TRADE VISITORS

  Oct 10, 2018

DON'T MISS THE BIG BURSON AUTO PARTS SYDNEY METRO TRADE SHOW ON OCT 30

  Oct 9, 2018

STATE OF THE ART AUTOLAND DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS

  Oct 1, 2018

FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY IT REALLY PAYS TO BE A CAPRICORN MEMBER

  Sept 20, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS LENDS A HAND TO AUSTRALIA'S FARMERS

  Sept 19, 2018

BE A PART OF OUR BIGGEST INDUSTRY EVENT - AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET EXPO 2019

  Sept 13, 2018

THE AAAA CLARIFIES THE CURRENT SITUATION REGARDING THE GROSS COMBINED MASS RE-RATING OF VEHICLES


  Sept 12, 2018

QUEENSLAND 4WD VEHICLE MODIFICATION LAWS IN DISARRAY

  Sept 8, 2018

DAYCO DOUBLES UP FOR AUSTRALIA'S GREAT RACES

  Sept 7, 2018

BECOME A WINNER WITH CAPRICORN TRAVEL

  Sept 7, 2018

ALWAYS REPLACE SHOCK ABSORBERS IN PAIRS

  Sept 7, 2018

FRAM FILTERS INCREASES SUPERCAR PRESENCE FOR THE ENDURANCE RACE SEASON

  Sept 6, 2018

NEW DAYCO WEBSITES SPEARHEAD GLOBAL IDENTITY

  Aug 24, 2018

CAPRICORN LENDS A HAND TO AUSTRALIA'S FARMERS

  Aug 24, 2018

MONROE MAGNUM HEAVY DUTY SHOCK ABSORBERS ENSURE LONGER TYRE LIFE, SAFETY AND COST EFFICIENCIES

  Aug 23, 2018

AAAA & CIAA CLARIFY CURRENT 4WD UPGRADE RULE STATUS

  Aug 13, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS IS NOW IN THAILAND!

  Aug 10, 2018

INDEPENDENT REPAIRER BUSINESS CONTINUES TO GROW AND STRENGTHEN ACCORDING TO AAAA SURVEY

  Aug 6, 2018

MONROE OFFERS THE INDUSTRY'S ONLY FIVE YEAR SHOCK ABSORBER WARRANTY

  Aug 2, 2018

INAUGURAL CAPRICORN RISING STARS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED

  Aug 2, 2018

DAYCO AUSTRALIA INCREASES WAREHOUSE CAPACITY DUE  TO PRODUCT RANGE EXPANSION

  July 27, 2018

DAYCO SPONSORED FORMULA STUDENT TEAM WINS AT SILVERSTONE

  July 26, 2018

PRECISION EQUIPMENT'S NATIONAL SALES AND SERVICE TEAM GROWS

  July 24, 2018

DAYCO EXPANDS SOUTH EAST ASIAN OPERATIONS

  July 12, 2018

LUCKY BURSON AUTO PARTS CUSTOMERS ENJOY NEW YORK CITY TRIP OF A LIFETIME
 
  July 6, 2018

TOP FIVE CAPRICORN RISING STARS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

  July 4, 2018

INDEPENDENT MECHANICS OUTRANK DEALERS ON RELATIONSHIP, TRUST & EXPERTISE

  July 2, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS REACHES 170 STORES

  June 19, 2018

CAPRICORN TOPS THEM ALL WITH SALOU 2018 CONVENTION

  June 18, 2018

CAPRICORN CONVENTION GALA DINNER SPONSORED BY BURSON AUTO PARTS

  June 13, 2018

NEW FRAM FILTERS WEBSITE LAUNCHED

  May 16, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS SHINES AS THE AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS OF CHOICE FOLLOWING SINGAPORE CONVENTION

  May 11, 2018

DEDUCT UP TO $20,000 FROM YOUR TAX BILL BY MAKING AN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE WITH CAPRICORN FINANCE 
 
  May 11, 2018

INAUGURAL AUTOCARE CONVENTION A MAJOR SUCCESS

  May 5, 2018

MANDATORY DATA SHARING CODE A PRIORITY

  Apr 27, 2018

EXCITING DAYCO  2018 MOTORSPORT PROGRAM ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS
 
 Apr 26, 2018
 

FRAM FILTERS HIT THE TRACK WITH TICKFORD RACING
  Apr 24, 2018
DAYCO HONOURED BY BAPCOR GROUP GOLD SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  Apr 17, 2018

A NEW BUSINESS BOOST FOR CAPRICORN MEMBERS - AUTOBOOST
   
  Apr 17, 2018


MONROE SAFETY SPECIALISTS REAP REWARDS

  Apr 9, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS HAS THE EXEDY OE REPLACEMENT OR PERFORMANCE CLUTCH SOLUTION

  Apr 3, 2018

MAKE SHOCK ABSORBER CHECKING A PRIORITY FOR SAFER ROAD HOLIDAYS
 
  Mar 27, 2018


CAPRICORN RISK SERVICES PROVIDES AN INDEPENDENT FOCUS ON THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY

  Mar 22, 2018

AUTOCARE 2018 FREE TRAINING PROGRAM RELEASED

  Mar 19, 2018

CAPRICORN GROUP CEO GREG WALL TO RETIRE

  Mar 15, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS ON TRACK IN 2018

  Mar 9, 2018

NEW SUZUKI, FORD AND PEUGEOT MODELS RIDE WITH THE BEST

  Mar 8, 2018

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

  Mar 6, 2018

DAYCO RALLY TEAM OFF TO A GOOD START IN 2018

  Mar 2, 2018

NO EXCUSE FOR DELAYS WITH COMPULSORY TAKATA AIRBAG REPLACEMENTS


 






 




 

 

October 10, 2018 - DON’T MISS THE BIG BURSON AUTO PARTS SYDNEY METRO TRADE SHOW ON OCTOBER 30

Burson Auto Parts invites the Sydney automotive trade to take part in one of the Australian company’s largest trade shows, the Sydney Metro Trade Show, taking place at The Royal Randwick Racecourse on Tuesday October 30 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

With the involvement of more than 54 premium quality Burson Auto Parts suppliers, the Burson Auto Parts Sydney Metro trade show includes exclusive special offers along with outstanding giveaways and three “Take a Break on Burson” major prizes.

The Burson Auto Parts Sydney Metro Trade Show major prizes reflect the Australian company’s growing international footprint, with the major prize being a trip for two to the outstanding island resort of Phuket in Thailand. The second prize of the Burson Auto Parts Sydney Metro Trade Show is a trip to the world class ski resort of Queenstown, New Zealand and the third prize to be given away on the night is a Brisbane city break.

This very special trade exclusive event will enable Burson Auto Parts customers to gain the latest product, technical and service information from Burson Auto Parts suppliers’ expert staff. Detailed product displays and trade show exclusive special offers valid only for the four hours of the event also form a major part of this major Sydney automotive trade event.

With food and drinks provided, race car displays and the products from more than 54 Burson Auto Parts suppliers on hand, Sydney automotive repairers should ensure to visit The Royal Randwick Racecourse after work on Tuesday October 30.

As Burson Auto Parts is the home of all the biggest and best brands that the automotive trade demands, the Burson Auto Parts Sydney Metro Trade Show on October 30 includes the involvement of AD Gaskets, AAM Tech, APEX Tool Group, Austech Industries, Bearing Wholesalers, Bendix, Bosch, Capricorn, CRC, Century Batteries, Dayco, DBA, Diesel Distributors, Exedy, Fuchs, Fulcrum Suspensions, Hella, HPP Lunds, IBS, Invision, JAS, Kinchrome, Lavor, MTQ Engine Systems, Macnaught, Milwaukee, Narva, NGK, KYB, Nulon, Peak, PAT, Penrite, Phillips, Pilot, Prixmax, Roadsafe, Ryco, SGF, STM, Tradequip, Threebond, Transgold, Trico, Tridon, Wesfil, ZF and more.

The Burson Auto Parts New South Wales regional management team looks forward to welcoming you to their Sydney Metro Trade Show on October 30 from 5pm to 9:00pm at The Royal Randwick Racecourse.

To register your attendance, contact your local Burson Auto Parts Sales Representative, Store Manager or call 1300 BURSON (287 766).

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October 12, 2018 - THE AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY EVENT OF 2019 IS COMING

Bringing together more than 400 Australian and international automotive aftermarket companies and more than 10,000 automotive service business owners, parts re-sellers, distributors, buyers and manufacturers, the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo will be the region’s largest automotive aftermarket industry event.

This biennial showcase of Australia’s multi-billion dollar parts and maintenance sector of the Australian automotive industry is organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the nation’s peak industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, along with providers of mechanical repair and vehicle modification services.

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6, 2019 and being held in conjunction with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo, this complete automotive aftermarket industry event provides instant trade customer access to products, services and training expertise from hundreds of leading industry companies across three busy days.

The 2019 AAA Expo is presented by major corporate sponsor Monroe Shock Absorbers for the 5th consecutive year. Monroe is joined by a host of leading Australian and international automotive aftermarket companies and industry associations who are also providing their valued support through various Expo Event and Award sponsorships.

This trade-exclusive event has grown significantly over the past decade, directly reflecting the continued growth and prosperity of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry.

The 2019 Expo will also highlight the success that Australian and international companies have achieved through automotive product design, manufacturing and innovation with the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards Breakfast.

Another key component of the 2019 Expo will recognise the stand-out companies, brands and individuals of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry through a series of awards including export, manufacturing, marketing, expo stand and community engagement awards.

These awards include the Outstanding Service to Industry and Young Achiever Award as well as the induction of major industry contributors to the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Hall of Fame. These awards are presented at the 2019 Expo Gala Awards Banquet that will include 1,000 guests, forming the major social networking centrepiece of the event.

A series of industry specific seminars, business training sessions and state of the industry presentations will also take place at the 2019 Expo, ensuring that automotive business owners, technicians and managerial or sales staff remain well informed of industry developments, along with AAAA Government Relations and industry advocacy activity.

According to AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity, the AAA Expo has become the major biennial must-attend event for industry exhibitors, trade buyers and the wider automotive trade, with the 2019 event set to be the biggest yet.

“We are ready to present the biggest and best Expo that our industry has ever assembled from April 4 to 6, 2019. The parts and maintenance sector of the automotive industry is now Australia’s primary automotive sector that includes world class component manufacturers, marketers and service providers. This major Australian trade expo continues to grow in line with our industry’s impressive growth through innovation, service expertise and technological advances.

“This is an event that gives AAAA member companies the ability to meet thousands of customers face to face across three days of business networking, combined with special training seminars and Expo stand based training presentations that have been designed to assist them in building better businesses,” Mr Charity stated.

“It would be difficult to find any member of the automotive trade who has not been impressed by the highly skilled personnel, the abundance of information, the networking opportunities and the product displays that our member companies make available at this free to attend Expo every two years.

“This is without any doubt the must-attend event of our industry and its continued growth certainly reflects this,” Mr Charity concluded.

2019 AAA Expo and Industry Facts:

The 2019 AAA Expo and the concurrent 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE), will cover more than 21,000 square metres of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre floor space with more than 400 exhibitors taking part from April 4 to 6, 2019.

The 2019 AAA Expo is Australia’s largest automotive industry exhibition, bringing together manufacturers, exporters, importers and service providers that represent this country’s constantly growing automotive aftermarket industry. It is also the largest automotive trade exhibition in the Oceania region.                                                    

AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export more than $1 billion worth of products each year in an industry that generates revenues in excess of $11 billion domestically each year.

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, along with providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia.

The AAAA represents more than 2,500 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent, small and medium size automotive businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia.

The AAAA plays an important role in the recognition, development and support of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry. This dynamic association has represented the industry on a range of high-profile State and Federal Government issues directly affecting the industry. Some recent examples include Choice of Repairer, Queensland and national 4WD Vehicle Lift regulations and Road Vehicle Standards Act legislation, along with providing significant industry input towards the far reaching ACCC Study into New Car Retailing among several other major achievements. 

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Stuart Charity, Executive Director – Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

03 9545 3333 / 0418 563 959

 

2019 AAA Expo Website: https://autoaftermarketexpo.com.au

AAAA Website: www.aaaa.com.au

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October 12, 2018 - 2019 COLLISION REPAIR EXPO TO WELCOME THOUSANDS OF TRADE VISTORS

An integral part of the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo is the concurrent 2019 Collision Repair Expo that will be held from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This sector of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry has seen significant development in repair techniques, workshop equipment, surface coatings and tooling in line with modern motor vehicle chassis and panel construction, materials and design.

The 2019 Collision Repair Expo will showcase the latest Australian and international innovations for local collision repairers, supported by practical exhibitor presentations, industry seminars and panel discussions.

The importance of the Collision Repair sector was reflected in the significantly high number of trade members who registered specifically for this expo in 2017. This sector of the aftermarket industry attracted almost 30% of the total trade visitors to the concurrently held 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and occupied approximately one quarter of the total exhibitor space. 

Industry leading paint and equipment distributor, Sydney Automotive Paints and Equipment (SAPE), has returned as the major sponsor of the 2019 Collision Repair Expo.

The 2019 Collision Repair Expo seminar program will be strongly supported by I-CAR, who will assist in presenting an impressive line-up of industry experts and specialists who will conduct seminars. These seminars will be focussed on assisting collision repair business owners to maximise their operating efficiencies and repair techniques.

Along with I-CAR, several leading collision repair industry and media organisations will also be co-locating their activities at the 2019 Collision Repair Expo, making this three day event an integral part of this industry sector’s growth and development.

The importance of practical displays in relation to panel repair work on exotic new metals and composite materials will be highlighted by the number of 2019 Collision Repair Expo exhibitors who will be performing live practical demonstrations at their stands, along with utilising the expo’s unique Lowbake Demonstration Spray Booth.

This fully functional spray booth enables every kind of surface coating product to be practically displayed, making this a popular attraction with members of the trade who are keen to witness their industry’s latest products in action. It is also a popular promotional platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest surface coating products.

According to Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Executive Director, Stuart Charity, “The 2019 Collision Repair Expo will enable businesses within this major industry sector to stay ahead of the latest developments, products and technical training.

“This is a sector of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry that must be fully across the rapid technological advancements in products, tooling and repair processes to future proof their businesses. With practical demonstrations, a detailed industry seminar program and a who’s who of the industry as exhibitors, the Collision Repair Expo has everything that is needed and more all under one roof,” Mr Charity stated.

The speaker and seminar line up for the 2019 Collision Repair Expo is being finalised and will be released shortly.

 More information and free registration details can be found at the 2019 Collision Repair Expo website located at: www.collisionrepair.com.au.  

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October 9, 2018 - STATE OF THE ART AUTOLAND DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS FROM BURSON EQUIPMENT

Australia’s automotive workshop equipment specialists, Burson Equipment,  offers the trade a range of state of the art Autoland diagnostic scan tools to keep your vehicle servicing and repair data capabilities up to date, with particular emphasis on the latest European makes and models.

Burson Equipment has three premium quality Autoland products in their range, the ISCAN Scan Tool, the VEDIS -3 Scan Tool and the PS-M1 Vehicle Power Stabiliser.

The Autoland VEDIS-3 Deluxe diagnostic system from Burson Equipment is a high level scan tool that supports hundreds of vehicles from over 40 vehicle manufacturers. With its user friendly interface via the Android operating system, the Vedis3-Deluxe is quick and easy to use and a two year update plan is included with every unit.

Features include:
 

        8” IPS LCD Touch screen with 5-point touch

        Android operating system

        Comprehensive coverage for over 40 vehicle makes from Europe, USA & Asia

        Wireless connectivity for program updates & printing

        User friendly interface

        Monthly wireless updates

        Customisable unit conversion

        J2534 pass-thru capability

        Fault code repair guide

        Two year update plan is included with every new unit

Functions:
 

·         Read & clear fault codes

·         Data stream (live data)

·         Component activation

·         ECU adaptation

·         ECU coding

·         Service resets

·         Special functions

State of the art hardware design along with in depth off line programming and a myriad of diagnostic functions are the advantages of the Autoland ISCAN 3 Deluxe scan tool from Burson Equipment.

The features of the ISCAN 3 Deluxe scan tool include:
 

  10.1 inch IPS High Resolution Touch Screen

  Wireless internet connection for software updates

  Wireless printing capability

  Built-in remote control and support availability

  External memory storage compatibility and User Friendly Interface

  Graphical Menus

  Data comparison for analysis

  Oscillogram presentation for easy problem identification

  Instant search for online database from fault code page

Burson Equipment also offers the Autoland PS-M1 Vehicle Power Stabiliser Tool to regulate battery voltage during vehicle diagnosis and ECU programming.

The major features of this premium quality tool include:
 

·         Easy operation

·         No setup required

·         Automatically regulates voltage output

·         “Warning Mode” avoids over-current and ensures vehicle battery life

·         Safe vehicle ECU programming & diagnosis - protects the computers in the vehicle during programming while maintaining proper current and voltage while diagnosing and / or performing procedures such as calibration

Specifications:

·         Fixed output voltage: 14 Volt

·         Maximum output current: 70 Amp

Burson Equipment also provides the trade with a major additional incentive for the updating of your workshop capabilities with any of these outstanding Autoland diagnostic tools. Automotive repairers and service centres are able to trade back their older Autoland Scan Tools to Burson Equipment for any of these newer models to receive discounted pricing.  This incentive, combined with access to Burson Equipment Finance if required, ensure that it is both easy and cost effective to stay up to date with vehicle servicing data and the latest automotive diagnostic technology.

The national Burson Equipment team is ready to update your workshop’s diagnostic capabilities and to assist with any workshop equipment enquiries with these state of the art Autoland scan tools by calling 1300 BURSON (287 766).

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October 1, 2018 - FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY IT REALLY PAYS TO BE A CAPRICORN MEMBER

During the last year, more than 19,500 Capricorn Members purchased a total of $1.86 billion worth of automotive parts and other business requirements from Capricorn Preferred Suppliers across Australia and New Zealand.

Given that the whole reason why the Capricorn cooperative exists is for the benefit of its Members, it makes perfect sense that Capricorn Members are rewarded for such an outstanding annual result.

Proving that it really does pay to be a Capricorn Member, aside from the outstanding benefits gained through the strength of this large buying group, Capricorn has paid a $5 million trade rebate to its Members.

This $5 million trade rebate was paid on top of these many other benefits received by Capricorn Members including a Capricorn Share Dividend payment, Capricorn Reward Points and free access to business development resources including Capricorn Service Data, Capricorn Vehicle Videos and the recently introduced AutoBoost online business tool kit.

According to Capricorn Group CEO Greg Wall, “The combined purchasing of all of our Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand is the core strength of this cooperative. We are delighted to reward our Members for another record year, clearly proving that it pays both financially and in making your automotive business so much easier to operate by being a Capricorn Member.”

“We are also very proud to have paid an 11% dividend on all Capricorn shares, in addition to the $5 million trade rebate and reward points earned by our Members,” Mr Wall added.

Capricorn Members earn reward points on almost every purchase made from Capricorn Preferred Suppliers. These points can be redeemed by Members to pay for their monthly purchases, effectively giving themselves a discount on the already great prices offered by suppliers. Alternatively, Members can choose to accumulate their reward points to use towards travel, gift cards, workshop equipment or other big-ticket items. By being a part of one of Australasia’s most generous reward programs, these points can and do add up to thousands of dollars in savings each year. In fact, in the last financial year, more than 32 million dollars in reward points were paid to Capricorn Members.    

Rewarding its Members for the purchases they need to make to run their business, providing the ease and convenience of the Capricorn Trading Account and distributing real financial rewards while making the job of running a business so much easier. This isn’t too good to be true, it’s Capricorn.

To find out more or to join Capricorn, visit www.capricorn.coop or email join@capricorn.coop

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September 20, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS LENDS A HAND TO AUSTRALIA’S FARMERS

On Friday August 31, all 170 Burson Auto Parts stores across Australia were united for one cause - to support the farmers of Australia.

Every member of the national Burson Auto Parts staff team was encouraged to dress like a farmer for this special day to help collect donations for Australia’s farmers.

This national event sent a clear reminder to our farmers that the Australian owned Burson Auto Parts’ family recognises and respects the invaluable contribution that they make to this country’s health and prosperity. The event also displayed that Australia’s farmers are not alone during this time of immense financial and emotional difficulty, as one of the worst droughts to affect Eastern and Southern Australia has developed.

Across the country, Burson Auto Parts delivery drivers collected donations during their rounds throughout the day and collection boxes were placed on all store counters nationwide, with parent company Bapcor Limited donating $25,000.

The Burson Auto Parts Dress as a Farmer Day effort on August 31 raised a total of $74,075 reflecting the generosity of the Australian company’s automotive aftermarket industry customers, who drove this support initiative strongly. Burson Auto Parts trade customers had selflessly donated more than $49,000 by the close of business on this very special day.

It was also a day of fun for the entire Burson Auto Parts team, with many imaginative farmer outfits or Country and Western items of clothing worn. This saw many hilarious images uploaded to social media prior to and during the day, assisting to quickly spread the message far and wide to give generously on Burson Auto Parts’ Dress Like a Farmer Day.

According to Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager, Craig Magill, this was a great day for the company and its staff.

“As an Australian company, we felt that we needed to do something that was rapid and effective to assist our nation’s farmers. They didn’t ask us for anything, but we wanted to do something to help them given the severity of this drought,” Craig said.

“While many of our team members looked both hilarious and ridiculous on August 31, they really got into the spirit of this nationwide event by dressing as farmers, raising great attention to the cause. Burson Auto Parts, supported by our highly valued trade customers proved to be very generous with their donations,” he added.

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September 19, 2018 - BE A PART OF OUR BIGGEST INDUSTRY EVENT – AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET EXPO 2019

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is gearing up for the industry’s biggest showcase event, the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6, 2019.

The 2019 Expo will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo, covering more than 21,000 square metres of exhibition floor space and including more than 400 exhibitors. It is by far Australia’s largest automotive industry exhibition, bringing together manufacturers, exporters, importers and service providers that represent this country’s constantly growing automotive aftermarket industry.

This biennial event will showcase the strength and diversity of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry, bringing the entire industry together with independent workshop owners and automotive technicians at this three day, trade only event.

The 2019 Expo also represents an opportunity to meet with customers face to face, building relationships and gathering important product and service feedback from the professionals who are actually recommending and fitting your products or using your services.

With just under seven months until the doors are opened at the 2019 Expo, exhibitor bookings are at an all-time high with over 90% of available floor space already sold, so you will have to act quickly if you want to ensure that you have a presence at this stand-out industry event.

A very limited number of sponsorship opportunities also remain available to enable your company to feature more prominently at the 2019 Expo. These sponsorship packages represent excellent value and affordability, providing your company or brand with the opportunity to attract more front of mind customer attention at this biennial event.

“Participating in the Expo as an exhibitor or sponsor gives companies the opportunity to align their brands with the largest and most successful automotive aftermarket industry event in Australia,” stated Stuart Charity, AAAA Executive Director.

“With a limited number of stands still available and many of our sponsorship opportunities already taken up, we encourage you to act now to ensure that you take advantage of this one in two year opportunity to drive your business harder during this massive three day industry event. We are looking forward to what is shaping up to be our best Expo yet,” he added.

For remaining 2019 AAA Expo exhibitor space enquiries contact Nina Roberts at IEC - 03 9596 9205 or by email: nina@iecgroup.com.au.              

To discuss the remaining 2019 Expo sponsorship opportunities that are available, contact  Michelle Vizzuti at the AAAA on 03 9545 3333 or by email michelle@aaaa.com.au.

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September 12, 2018 - QUEENSLAND 4WD VEHICLE MODIFICATION LAWS IN DISARRAY

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the nation’s peak body representing the 4WD modification industry, expresses serious concern over a major enforcement action taken by the Queensland Government last week.

Titled “Operation Lift”, the Queensland Police were instructed to fine, issue Defect Notices and impound modified 4WD vehicles based on recently changed Queensland laws, which are now more restrictive than any other state in Australia.

Queensland 4WD laws were changed with no notice and they appear to be retrospective: motorists had no idea that vehicle lift modifications made legally last year to enhance the safety of their vehicles, may be illegal today. Many of these motorists who had responsible lift changes made to their 4WD vehicles were ambushed during this blitz.

What makes this even more difficult to understand is that the standard 50mm (suspension) plus 25mm (tyre) lift for 4WD vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now only considered outside the law in Queensland. This is despite the fact that it is a state that features some of the most rugged roads in the country.

A 75mm combined lift for ESC vehicles is a very modest lift that most 4WD owners use to ensure that the vehicle can tow caravans or boats and travel to remote and rural areas safely and reliably.  A 75mm combined lift is a safety measure and testament to this is the fact that most emergency vehicles have ESC along with 75mm lift modifications. NSW recently revised their lift laws and maintained that the modest 75mm lift will continue to be in operation for 4WD vehicles with ESC. Victoria also has the same law. 

According to AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity, this action directly contradicts a recent undertaking made by the Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey.

“Only a couple of weeks ago Minister Bailey said that the Queensland Government had no intention of subjecting their vehicle owners to tougher regulations than the rest of Australia and that he supported national harmonisation. It has now become very clear that his Department has other plans. 

“4WD owners that undertook a 75 mm lift late last year had a modification that was well within the law. Today that lift is outside of the law. But at no stage has the Department provided any evidence that a 75mm lift is unsafe and at no stage has an explanation been given as to why this modification was safe for ESC equipped vehicles in QLD in 2017 but is not considered safe in 2018 – why is it safe in NSW and Victoria and not in Queensland ? The situation is seriously beyond belief,” Mr Charity stated.

“The suspension industry is in total confusion because we were in negotiation with Queensland Government Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to supply computer simulation evidence to verify the ongoing compliance and safety of 75mm lifts when Operation Lift was launched.  Effectively the Queensland Police are now enforcing laws that TMR were still negotiating with our industry.

“Vehicle owners that had only just picked up their vehicles or driven over the border from NSW were suddenly pulled off the road and told that their vehicle is not legal in Queensland. One driver picked up a new 4WD that had been modified by the authorised new car dealer and 15 hours later his car was issued with a Defect Notice by the Queensland Police - it is a ridiculous situation,” Mr Charity stated.

As any 4WD suspension specialist or automotive engineer will attest, a 50mm + 25mm lift is very conservative. Many 4WD vehicles that tow a caravan or boat will have a lift of 50mm. That very same owner will most likely also change the tyres because 4WD vehicles are sold with urban tyres and if these cars are intended to be driven in rural conditions, larger diameter tyres will be required. A 25mm tyre lift is also very modest and substantially improves the vehicle’s safety. Based on the new TMR website wording, 4WD owners with a 50mm suspension lift are not allowed to change the diameter of the tyres, so you can now have one or the other, but not both. 

Mr Charity adds, “The conservative 75mm lift is now put in the same basket as dramatically modified vehicles that we see on the road from time to time.  As a responsible industry, we have often encouraged governments to undertake action to get the extreme lift vehicles off the road, because extreme modifications are not performed by the responsible industry that we represent. But somehow the 4WD owners that have opted for the legal 50 mm+ 25mm lift to make their cars safer in rural areas, have been caught up in this TMR crusade.”

The AAAA recommends that any vehicle owner who has been issued with a Defect or Infringement Notice for a vehicle (with ESC) that has a maximum combination lift of 25mm tyres and 50mm suspension, write to the “Officer In Charge” of the Police station where the notice was issued. They should also ask for the Infringement to be reviewed, given that the TMR website provided guidance that a 75mm lift did not require additional certification and this was changed without informing the industry or the public. 

The AAAA also advises any penalised Queensland based 4WD vehicle owners who are customers of a retailer or workshop that is a member of the AAAA, that these companies have access to the AAAA legal hotline to support them. The AAAA is also encouraging drivers with previously legal 75mm lifts to contact the Minister and their local Member of Parliament in relation to this frustrating situation. 

In one week, more than 6,500 4WD owners joined a Facebook Group relating to this issue, with all of these QLD owners now about to make a direct representation to the Minister.

“These 6,500 people did the right thing, they had legal lifts performed by reputable and responsible suspension industry service providers. They did everything by the book and how they are worried and very angry - and they have every reason to be,” Mr Charity stated.

“I am calling on the Minister to meet with the suspension industry and representatives of the Queensland 4WD community. We understand that from time to time the Government will seek to get the extreme 4WD modifications off the road and we support that, but this is over-reach on a massive scale,” he added. 

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September 8, 2018 - DAYCO DOUBLES UP FOR AUSTRALIA’S GREAT RACES

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, will be doubling up its efforts for success at one of the world’s most famous Touring Car races, the epic Bathurst 1000 to be held at Mount Panorama (NSW) on October 7, 2018.

While appearing on the rear wing of the Monster Energy Tickford Racing Falcon Supercar driven throughout the 2018 season by Cam Waters, the striking Dayco brand logo will also be visible on the rear wing of 2013 Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom’s Bottle-O Tickford Racing Falcon Supercar this year.

Cam Waters will be joined behind the wheel by Dayco Ambassador David Russell, who makes his debut with Tickford Racing at this year’s Pirtek Season of Endurance races, that include the Sandown 500 in September along with the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 double points earning races in October.

Winterbottom, the 2015 Supercars Champion, will be joined by highly experienced racer Dean Canto at all three of the Supercars Season of Endurance races this year.

With all three of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season of Endurance races broadcast via free to air networks across Australia and the world in addition to the outstanding local Fox Sports coverage, each of these races will reach huge local and global markets. The jewel in the crown being the gruelling six and a half hour, 161 lap test of man and machine at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama from October 4 to 7.

The additional Dayco signage will also appear on the two Tickford Racing Falcon Supercars at the Sandown 500 and at the Gold Coast 600, all three races where “Dayco Dave” Russell will be competing with this championship and Bathurst winning blue oval team.

According to Arnold Mouw, Dayco Vice President - Aftermarket Asia Pacific, “The increased exposure for Dayco across the Bathurst weekend and all three Supercars Season of Endurance events makes sense as these races enjoy such a strong following amongst fans, and enthusiasts within the automotive industry not only in Australia but all over the Asia Pacific region and the world.

“We are delighted to extend our Tickford Racing association with our signage on Mark Winterbottom’s car at the endurance races and we are excited to see Dayco ambassador Dave Russell back in Supercar action, marking a decade of his appearances as a fast and reliable Supercar co-driver this year. Together with Cam Waters, we are hoping for his strongest ever result at the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000 along with the Gold Coast 600, where he has already taken Dayco to the podium.”

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September 13, 2018 - THE AAAA CLARIFIES THE CURRENT SITUATION REGARDING THE GROSS COMBINED MASS RE-RATING OF VEHICLES

Following on from industry dialogue and media activity over recent weeks, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) seeks to clarify the current situation in relation to the practice of re-rating the Gross Combined Mass (GCM) or towing capacity of vehicles.

A number of AAAA member companies operate as Second Stage Manufacturers for the purposes of undertaking Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) upgrades on a vehicle prior to first registration. This is achieved through the addition of shock absorbers, springs and supporting componentry that are fit for purpose for vehicles that operate at, or close to, the gross vehicle mass limits set by the original manufacturer. This scheme is administered by the Federal Department of Transport and companies operating under this scheme are required to provide the Department with test evidence that the upgraded vehicles maintain full Australian Design Rules (ADR) compliance, which also includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Compliance and ADR brake test evidence.

Increasing the Towing Capacity and / or Gross Combination Mass limits of a vehicle is more complex and has the ability to affect more variables on a vehicle, such as drivetrain, engine and chassis. In effect, a poorly worded section of the Australian Design Rules has led to second stage manufacturers being able to simply nominate an increased Gross Combination Mass (in addition to the increased GVM), without the requirement for any testing or evidence to ensure the vehicle can operate safely at the new nominated capacity.

To clarify the situation, in June 2018 the Federal Government Department of Transport issued a circular which advised that “The towing capacity of a light vehicle expressed as Gross Combination Mass (GCM) rating or Rated Towing Capacity or Maximum Braked Towing Mass rating must not exceed the value set by the first stage manufacturer. Second Stage Manufacturers are not permitted to increase the towing capacity as part of a Second Stage Manufacturer Approval that results in a GVM upgrade”. 

It should be noted that this clarification by the Department was not retrospective and only applies to vehicles modified under new or amended Federal approvals. It is also important to clarify that this ruling only applies to vehicles being modified prior to first registration under the Federal Government Scheme. GCM upgrades are permitted on already registered vehicles under the various State and Territory regulations on the condition that each individual vehicle is inspected and signed off as being safe and fit for purpose by a registered signatory engineer. It is the position of the AAAA that all States and Territories should continue to offer this pathway for vehicle owners that require an increase in the towing capacity of their vehicle.

It is clear that the industry is divided on this issue, with some AAAA member companies welcoming the circular as a long overdue clarification, while there are other companies who believe that the Department of Transport’s clarification unreasonably restricts consumer demand for increased towing capacity from their vehicles.

As the nation’s peak body for the automotive aftermarket industry, the AAAA will not place itself in the position of representing some members over others on this issue, particularly as the AAAA is not responsible for the drafting or enforcement of Federal Department of Transport regulations. Having stated this, there are a number of key points that the AAAA wants to put on the public record.

To the AAAA’s knowledge, there is also no recognised test procedure for light vehicles to certify that any increase in GCM above that stated by the original manufacturer is fit for purpose. The AAAA believes that the key issue is not whether a GCM upgrade on a particular vehicle is safe or unsafe, but the fact that there is no agreed method of validating this.

The AAAA is committed to protecting and growing our industry and all representations made to Government on vehicle modification issues are always supported by solid engineering and test evidence. Testament to this was our industry’s investment in 2013 on a comprehensive program of ESC testing in the USA, to support our position that suspension lifts of up to 50mm do not have an adverse impact on a vehicle’s ESC functionality. This resulted in a change to national regulations for owner certified raised suspension modifications.

The AAAA is also currently attempting to develop a viable pathway for Second Stage Manufacturers to undertake GVM upgrades under the new Road Vehicle Standards Act which will come into force over the next two years.

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity stated, “We acknowledge that some AAAA members are unhappy about the current situation in relation to GCM re-rating in combination with GVM upgrades.

“In order to develop a pathway forward, we will convene an industry forum on October 4 in Melbourne where all Second Stage Manufacturers and other industry stakeholders will be invited to attend and discuss the issues in a constructive environment and to engage in dialogue about the next steps.

“The AAAA represents the interests of members for the benefit of our entire industry and there are a range of options to consider going forward, including the potential to develop a commercially viable testing regime to support GCM upgrades. But this can only occur after the industry enters into a discussion and the AAAA can represent the majority view,” Mr Charity stated.

“We have an undeniable track record of supporting our industry and we want to determine the willingness of our industry to work collaboratively in order to provide certainty to manufacturers, distributors, technicians and consumers alike in relation to this issue,” Mr Charity added.

The GCM forum will be held at the AAAA National Office in Melbourne from 12.00pm to 3.00pm on Thursday 4th October.  For further information or to register to attend the forum please contact the AAAA National Office by calling (03) 9545 3333 or by sending an email to: info@aaaa.com.au. 

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September 7, 2018 - BECOME A WINNER WITH CAPRICORN TRAVEL

Capricorn Members across Australia have an even greater incentive to book their next Qantas flight through the cooperative’s own award winning and highly successful travel agency, Capricorn Travel.

During the month of September, all Capricorn Members who book a Qantas flight through Capricorn Travel will be placed in the draw to win a $2,000 Qantas airline voucher.

There are many advantages of making your business and leisure travel bookings with Capricorn Travel. Capricorn Members benefit from the experience of an established team who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible organisation and advice for your travel needs, while earning more Capricorn Reward Points.

The professionalism of the Capricorn Travel team was highlighted by their success at the 2018 Global Stars Travel Awards in July. Judged from top seller status travel agencies across Australia, Capricorn Travel Manager Lisa Carter and her team enjoyed outstanding success, collecting three prestigious awards:

·          2018 Winner: National Cruise Consultant: Lisa Carter, Capricorn Travel

·         2018 Winner: Diamond Star: Jess Black, Capricorn Travel

·         2018 Winner: Highest Revenue Growth: Capricorn Travel

According to Capricorn CEO Greg Wall, “These prestigious Global Star Travel Awards yet again highlight the hard work and dedication of the entire Capricorn Travel team to ensure that Capricorn Members gain the most value and enjoyment from their business and leisure travel. Congratulations to Lisa, Jess and the team on their outstanding success.”

The Capricorn Travel team has knowledge to share on almost every country in the world. So even if you are unsure of where your next holiday location will be, contact the Capricorn Travel team to find out about destinations to kick start your next exciting domestic or international adventure. Of course Capricorn Members can use their Capricorn Reward Points to gain an instant discount on their travel purchases and to accumulate more through their travel bookings.

Let the multi-award winning team at Capricorn Travel do all of the legwork for your next business or family travel requirements by calling 1800 655 077 or sending an email to travel@capricorn.coop to book your next holiday today!

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September 7, 2018 - ALWAYS REPLACE SHOCK ABSORBERS IN PAIRS

Australia’s market leader in replacement ride performance products, Monroe, warns that replacing only a single shock or strut could lead to adverse vehicle performance and premature tyre, steering and suspension component wear.

Like other vehicle systems and components, shock absorbers, which stroke an average of 2,800 cycles per kilometre, are subject to significant wear over time. When replacing one worn or damaged shock absorber, it is vitally important to also replace its counterpart on the other side of the vehicle in order to maintain consistent performance and to prevent premature wear.

Because a new shock absorber has experienced no internal wear, pairing it with an old unit could create uneven damping characteristics and cause the newer shock to wear out much faster than expected, because the replaced unit will need to work harder to compensate for the wear of the old shock absorber.

“Shock absorbers have a direct impact on several key areas of vehicle performance, such as stopping distance, steering response, handling, and the ability of the tyres to maintain contact with the road surface,” stated Brydon Tweddell, Monroe Marketing Manager.

“Replacing only a single worn or damaged shock absorber can have adverse effects on vehicle performance characteristics and increase both component and tyre wear. It is critical that automotive technicians always replace both shock absorbers on a single axle to ensure a safer and much more comfortable ride for their customers,” he added.

Worn and damaged shock absorbers have a significant impact on driver comfort and safety, causing vehicles to excessively bounce and sway, adversely affecting steering response along with causing increased stopping distances.

Monroe recommends that automotive technicians check shock absorbers for wear or damage with every vehicle service, and when carrying out other repairs such as brake or tyre replacements. 

When conducting vehicle inspections, automotive technicians should look for common signs of worn and damaged shocks and struts, which include damaged steering and suspension ball joints, poor steering response, fluid leaks from the shock or strut body, cupped or uneven tyre wear and excessive vehicle bounce. When performing road tests, technicians should also look out for any leaning or swaying during lane changes.

Monroe supports its unparalleled range of replacement shock absorber products with training for automotive repairers along with providing the industry’s only five year warranty on its entire Monroe OESpectrum aftermarket shock absorber range for passenger cars, SUV’s and light commercial vehicles. Contact your Monroe Territory Manager or call Monroe Australia’s customer service team on 1800 088 205 to find out more.

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September 7, 2018 - FRAM FILTERS INCREASES SUPERCAR PRESENCE FOR THE ENDURANCE RACE SEASON

Filpro Automotive is pleased to announce that its world renowned automotive aftermarket filtration brand, FRAM Filters, will gain an increased presence at three of Australia’s most popular Supercar Championship events.

Known as the 2018 Pirtek Season of Endurance, these are the three two-driver endurance races that includes Australia’s and one of the world’s most famous Touring Car races, the Bathurst 1000 at the majestic Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales from October 4 to 7.

Along with FRAM Filters’ season long placement on the rear wing of Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway’s Tickford Racing Falcon, the FRAM Filters logo will also appear in two front bar placements for each of the three Season of Endurance Supercar races, which also include the Sandown 500 (Melbourne Sept 14-16) and the Gold Coast 600 (Surfers Paradise, QLD Oct 19-21).

Stanaway won the 2017 Sandown 500 on debut, co-driving with Tickford Racing’s Cam Waters. The talented Kiwi racer is more than determined to attempt back to back wins at this opening endurance race, this year paired with highly experienced racer Steve Owen in the Rabble.Club Tickford Racing Falcon.

According to Filpro Automotive General Manager Australasia, Roger Lassen, “FRAM has always enjoyed a strong motorsport presence around the world, so it makes sense to increase our premium quality aftermarket brand’s exposure at the three most challenging Supercar races of the year which make up more than 75% of the television audience each year, along with outstanding spectator numbers that include many involved in the automotive service and repair industry.”

“While it has been a challenging rookie season for Richie, we know how competitive he is in these races and we wish him and Tickford Racing the best for a return to their top form at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and in the Gold Coast 600,” Roger added.

The Pirtek Season of Endurance races make up events 12, 13 and 14 of the 16 Round 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with the final two events being the Auckland SuperSprint from November 2-4 at Pukekohe Park Raceway, which will form part of a major FRAM Filters trade customer promotion, along with the second running of the Newcastle 500 as the series’ grand finale from November 23-25.

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September 6, 2018 - NEW DAYCO WEBSITES SPEARHEAD GLOBAL IDENTITY

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has completely redesigned its corporate and aftermarket websites to more accurately reflect its position as a leading global manufacturer of Original Equipment (OE) and Aftermarket components.

Digital interaction is the primary means of worldwide communication, so for Dayco and its many customers, these websites provide the ideal conduit to relay the huge depth of information Dayco holds to those that need it, when they need it. It is also the most effective way to portray Dayco’s revised corporate branding, which graphically supports its global identity, values and culture via powerful imagery and a uniform style.

Alongside the ability to promote global recognition of the Dayco brand, the sites also need to deliver in terms of their content and ability to provide an enhanced level of service to Dayco’s existing and future customers. To ensure this objective was met, the sites have been designed to reflect the growing needs of those using mobile devices and thereby utilise the latest technology to seamlessly integrate with whatever platform – mobile, tablet or desktop etc; that users choose to access them.

In terms of content, the new sites highlight Dayco’s growing product portfolio and many technical innovations.

Dayco’s corporate site – www.dayco.com – highlights the company’s OE technological, design and manufacturing competences and its global footprint, which extends to more than 40 locations in 21 countries, as well as its significance to both the light and heavy duty sectors of the automotive industry.

The aftermarket site – www.daycoaftermarket.com – focuses on providing technical information and support to Dayco’s many customers and to the technicians that install its quality OE components. This is done by incorporating videos and Technical Bulletins, as well as a comprehensive parts catalogue. Among its many benefits, this exceptional online resource features multiple search options to offer users the most convenient route to locate the correct replacement product.

In order to serve Dayco’s worldwide presence, these websites are accessible in the local languages for each of Dayco’s international manufacturing facilities, making them accessible for customers from all around the world. As a result, the corporate site is available in eight languages, reflecting its OE related facilities and main customers, whereas the aftermarket site can be accessed in 14 languages, demonstrating the company’s multi-market aftermarket operations.

About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of essential engine products, drive systems and services for automobiles, trucks, construction, agriculture and industry.

Dayco’s contributions are integral to how people get from place to place, goods are transported, food is harvested, and infrastructure is built. The company operates according to long-held values - keeping promises, delivering on time all the time, and an intense commitment to service no matter what the obstacles. For more than a century, Dayco has overcome challenges, emerging stronger and smarter at every turn.

Dayco improves how the world moves by creating products, systems and relationships that endure. Move Forward. Always.™

Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 4,500 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the Company's website at www.dayco.com


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August 24, 2018 - CAPRICORN LENDS A HAND TO AUSTRALIA’S FARMERS

Australasia’s largest automotive parts buying cooperative, Capricorn, comprising of almost 20,000 automotive businesses located across Australia and New Zealand, is lending a helping hand to Australia’s farmers.

There are few who would be unaware that Australia’s farmers are experiencing extreme financial hardship as one of this country’s most damaging droughts spans several major farming communities.

Australia relies on its farmers for the fresh, premium quality food that sustains us. During this time of major financial duress caused directly by the severe lack of rain, donations to assist rural families in need are essential.

According to Capricorn Group CEO Greg Wall, “This is Capricorn’s automotive community reaching out to Australia’s farming community and by collecting donations from our Members we hope to make a real difference for the many struggling families on the land at this time.”

Capricorn has elected to donate funds to the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of New South Wales and Queensland, with all donations gained to be evenly divided between both CWA branches.  The CWA are deeply embedded in the affected communities and have the experience and knowledge to support those most in need.  The organisation is self-funded, non-partisan and non-sectarian.

Capricorn Members can donate using their trade account, with all donations being tax-deductible. Simply click on the “Donate” link once logged on at www.capricorn.coop.

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August 24, 2018 - MONROE MAGNUM HEAVY DUTY SHOCK ABSORBERS ENSURE LONGER TYRE LIFE, SAFETY & COST EFFICIENCIES

As any experienced heavy commercial vehicle technician will tell you, truck tyre wear patterns present a wealth of information relating to under-vehicle problems. Tyre wear can identify several potentially dangerous issues:

•        Steer or drive axle misalignment

•        Mismatched tyres to truck applications

•        Mechanical or drive train problems

•        Worn axle components

•        Worn ride control or suspension components

Identifying and correcting underlying wear causes should always take place before the investment is made for a new set of tyres.

The cost of a new set of Monroe Magnum heavy duty shock absorbers is approximately the same as the cost of just one truck steer tyre, damaged as a result of worn shock absorbers. Worn shock absorbers are not only uncomfortable for heavy duty vehicle drivers, they can also impact safety, lead to truck downtime and increase operational expenses.

Today, more emphasis is being placed on lowering maintenance costs to improve the bottom line for heavy duty transport operators. Replacement of heavy duty shock absorbers can be a low-cost answer to avoid future high-cost problems.

Worn shock absorbers on heavy duty vehicles are easy to overlook. They're quiet, with no warning lights to see or screeching parts to hear. Shock absorbers wear out from miles of driving in a variety of conditions. Under normal conditions, heavy duty shock absorbers stroke an average of 1,087 times for every kilometre driven. That's 21.7 million times every 20,000 kilometres.

There is no doubt that tyres are the major purchase item for many heavy duty transport vehicle fleet owners and owner-operators. Well performing shock absorbers help control excessive vibration by keeping the tyres in firm contact with the road. This can reduce tyre cupping, one of several causes of premature tyre failure.

The advantage of replacing worn heavy duty shock absorbers don’t end there. Along with maximising vehicle tyre life, many truck components benefit from a reduction in excess vibration, including batteries and running lights, radiators and even body components resulting in reduced failures and maintenance costs.

Don't forget payloads. A well maintained truck, with good shock absorbers to control excessive vibration, can help reduce damage to both trailers and their cargo.

Eliminating downtime by keeping your heavy duty vehicles rolling is the goal of a regularly performed maintenance approach, including the regular replacement of worn heavy duty shock absorbers.

MONROE MAGNUM SHOCK ABSORBERS WILL:

•        Improve your truck safety

•        Reduce tyre wear

•        Reduce battery cracking

•        Prevent cab mount failure

•        Reduce damage to radiator connections 

•        Increase the lifetime of vehicle lamps

•        Enhance braking effectiveness

•        Extend the life span of driveline components

•        Reduce shifting cargo drive

•        Reduce driver fatigue

•        Enhance driver comfort

•        Improve fuel consumption

Monroe Magnum ride performance product advantages include ease of fitment with single bonded bushings that ensure very high durability, along with a high temperature resistant sealing system and hydraulic fluid. The Monroe Magnum specially formulated semi-synthetic fluid improves damping behaviour through more consistent damping over a wide temperature range.

More consistent heavy duty vehicle damping is also achieved with the Monroe Magnum anti-wear coated piston ring, providing high levels of wear resistance. Forces on chassis components are kept to a minimum with the Monroe Magnum double action valving system during bump and rebound actions. This assists greatly to achieve safer commercial vehicle handling performances.

The Monroe Magnum heavy duty range covers the key sectors of truck suspension requirements including cabin dampers, seat dampers and axle shock systems. This heavy duty shock absorber range also provides world class leading quality through durable suspension performance, followed up by Australian sales support that is second to none in the market.

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August 23, 2018 - AAAA & CIAA CLARIFY CURRENT 4WD UPGRADE RULE STATUS

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the nation’s peak body for the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, along with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), the peak national body for the caravanning and camping industry, wish to clarify the situation relating to proposed 4WD law changes in Queensland which has generated media coverage around the country in recent days.

The recent media articles, specifically those that appear in the Courier Mail (Brisbane) of August 21, 2018, vastly exaggerate the effect of the current Federal Government rules which only apply to towing capacity upgrades made on pre-registered vehicles. This has understandably alarmed industry businesses along with their customers.

Members of the AAAA perform safe and responsible vehicle upgrades in Queensland and will continue to do so. The AAAA are working constructively with the Queensland Government on their proposed state based 4WD vehicle modification standards, contrary to what has been stated in several of the recent media articles.

Both the AAAA and the CIAA support 4WD owners and caravan industry consumers in obtaining responsible vehicle modifications that ensure safer towing. 

Both industry organisations are seeking national uniformity in relation to the highly responsible, effective and road safety enhancing 4WD modification rules that currently apply across the rest of the country.

“It makes no sense to think that vehicles which are highly likely to cross state lines are subject to different modification rules and we do want to see the Queensland Government take into account the 4WD suspension modification rules that apply in all of the other states and territories,” stated Stuart Charity, AAAA Executive Director.

“There is currently a disconnect between Queensland and New South Wales on suspension height upgrades and this is of major concern - but to imply that you can’t upgrade a vehicle in Queensland anymore is simply not true and has caused major alarm amongst that state’s 4WD and Caravanning community, representing hundreds of thousands of motorists.

“The AAAA has invested heavily in providing full engineering and testing evidence to all Federal and State Government regulators to prove the ongoing compliance and safety of suspension upgrades and we look forward to working with the Queensland Government to ensure that any future changes in State regulation have the benefit of input from industry experts”, He added.

According to Stuart Lamont, Chief Executive Officer of the CIAA, “The modern day caravanner crosses many state borders and the lack of harmonisation of state based regulations does nothing other than confuse the market.  As one country, the concept of barrier free travel must be a priority to ensure that the many regional areas that the travelling caravanning community frequents are able to be enjoyed in a safe and legal manner and without frivolous impediment.”

“The caravanning community is worth billions of dollars annually to the Queensland economy and political uncertainty over policy does little to stimulate or provide confidence to the 4WD and caravanning markets,” Mr Lamont stated.

The AAAA and CIAA are ready to assist in bringing all of the parties together to achieve national consistency in relation to 4WD vehicle upgrades.

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Stuart Lamont – Chief Executive Officer, Caravan Industry Association of Australia:
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August 22, 2018 - DON’T MISS THE BURSON AUTO PARTS SANDOWN RACEWAY TRADE SHOW

Melbourne and Victorian based members of the automotive trade are invited to the Burson Auto Parts Sandown Raceway Trade Show, taking place in Melbourne on Wednesday September 26 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm.

This Burson Auto Parts trade show brings direct access to more than 60 leading trade specialist suppliers, providing the trade with the latest technical information along with exclusive Burson Auto Parts Trade Show deals.

Judging by the success of the Burson Auto Parts trade shows held so far throughout 2018, this fourth annual Melbourne event is the biggest of the year as it brings together such a major number of suppliers, products, experts and Burson Auto Parts team members.

There will also be a number of giveaways and door prizes handed out at this Burson Auto Parts trade show, which also includes food and refreshments for all guests to enjoy.

From fast moving replacement parts to state of the art workshop equipment and everything in between, the Burson Auto Parts Sandown Raceway Trade Show will have it all on Wednesday September 26 from 5:00pm to 8.30pm.

Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway is located at 591 Princess Highway, Springvale with access to the Burson Auto Parts Trade Show available from Carpark Gate 2.

As Australia’s leading trade supplier of parts, tools and workshop equipment, trade shows held in major cities and regional centres are a very important part of Burson Auto Parts’ trade focussed operations. These events provide valuable direct trade customer interaction with suppliers, sales representatives and technical experts all at the one venue.

For any further information about this major Melbourne automotive trade show contact Burson Auto Parts on 1300 287 766.

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August 13, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS IS NOW IN THAILAND!

An exciting new era in Thai automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment access took place with the opening of Bapcor Limited’s first Burson Auto Parts store outside of Australia on Friday August 10, 2018 in the central Bangkok suburb of Bangbon. The occasion was marked with a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the joining of two cultures, bringing an Australian icon automotive aftermarket brand to Thailand.

Burson Auto Parts’ first store was opened in Australia in 1971 and the company has steadily grown to become the nation’s leading trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment over more than four decades.

This is the exciting first step for this true blue Australian company’s international expansion plans for Burson Auto Parts. Thailand has been selected as the first country outside of Australia to experience the automotive product quality and dedicated customer service that makes Burson Auto Parts a trade leader in Australia.

“Burson Auto Parts Thailand represents an exciting new step in our international growth plans for the company. Our brand new multi-storey store in Bangbon delivers the Thai automotive trade and automotive enthusiasts a one stop shop for everything that they require in automotive parts, accessories, tools and equipment,” Bapcor Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Darryl Abotomey stated.

“Our entry into Thailand also represents exciting local career opportunities for people seeking to develop a long term career in Thailand’s constantly growing automotive aftermarket industry, as this is the first of several stores that we are planning to open in the country to best serve local automotive workshops and the aftermarket industry,” Mr Abotomey, who was present at the grand opening, stated.

Bapcor’s strategic partner in the establishment of Burson Auto Parts’ Thailand operations, the Sammitr Group, brings vast local automotive industry expertise and efficiencies to the Australian company, ensuring the best possible product range and service well into the future for Thai based automotive passenger or commercial vehicle service and repair centres.

According to Burson Auto Parts Thailand General Manager, Darryl Gray, the grand opening ceremony of this major Australian company’s first store in the country was a highly memorable event.

“Festivities started from the morning and extended throughout the day, with many customers and the local media enjoying their first Burson Auto Parts store experience and meeting our 11 member staff team,“ Mr Gray stated.

“No foreign company has managed to establish a multi store operation in the Thai auto parts market, which is composed mainly of small operators with one or two stores.

“We plan to open a number of stores in Thailand this year and to eventually have more than twenty stores selling premium international brands alongside local brands. Thailand has a mature automotive market with a good supply chain,” Mr Gray added.

The first Burson Auto Parts store to open outside of Australia offers 1,600 square metres of store space across multi levels and features premium quality Original Equipment parts, leading global automotive aftermarket parts brands, along with local Thai automotive parts brands, providing every level of product for every vehicle application.

Aside from being a leader in automotive parts and accessories, Burson Auto Parts also provides Thai repairers and end users with a premium range of lubricants, car care products, mechanical tools and workshop equipment sourced from quality manufacturers around the world, supported by highly dedicated Burson Auto Parts after sales service.

Burson Auto Parts’ first store in Thailand is located at 312 / 1-3 Soi Ekachai 62, Ekachai Road, Bangbon Bangkok.

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Burson Auto Parts’ first store to open outside of Australia with delivery vehicles parked in front at Ekachai Road, Bangbon, Bangkok.

 
The opening of the store included an official blessing from Thai Monks, adhering to the time honoured traditions of the country and its Monastic Community.

 
Internal view of one of the floors of Burson Auto Parts, Bangbong, Bangkok

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August 10, 2018 - INDEPENDENT REPAIRER BUSINESS CONTINUES TO GROW AND STRENGTHEN ACCORDING TO AAAA SURVEY

Directly following the highly positive findings of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association’s (AAAA) detailed consumer survey, come the results of the inaugural Automotive Workshop Business Confidence study independently conducted for the AAAA by ACA Research.

A total of 250 independent Australian automotive service and repair workshop owners and senior management took part in this highly detailed industry benchmarking survey, representing the first research study of this magnitude ever conducted by the AAAA.

The study’s findings have provided an insight to the strength, confidence and long term positive projections for the service and repair sector of the Australian automotive aftermarket, which as distinct from new car retailing, continues to experience sustained growth.

The ACA Research findings present business growth figures that place Australia’s independent automotive service and repair sector as one of the highest and most consistently strong performers of all Australian service industries.

A total of 44% of the independent automotive workshops surveyed reported seeing a year on year increase in business, with 48% of respondents expecting business growth over the next 12 months. A strong 34% of workshops are maintaining their business size with a solid customer base that continues to return year after year. Both of these trade perspective respondent percentages correlate directly to the findings of the recent AAAA consumer study that amongst many other important facts, revealed that an outstanding 87% of consumers elected to take their cars for service and repairs to their local and highly trusted independent repairer.

There have also been significant gains made by automotive repair businesses that have invested significantly in technology and local area marketing, with the strongest performing independent workshops attracting motorists who own cars that are five or less years old, whilst also attracting more company fleet based repair and servicing business. There is no doubt that the increased consumer awareness that new car warranties will not be voided by selecting their preferred independent repairer is growing. The study found that this was particularly the case during 2017, a result of the sustained efforts by AAAA members to deliver this message to their customers through the AAAA’s Choice of Repairer campaign.

The research reveals that both customer trust and the convenience of using independent automotive repairers is definitely growing, with many workshop owners reporting that they are being asked to service vehicles while under manufacturer warranties more than ever before. The study also reveals that increased demand is being seen for the logbook servicing of European vehicles, diesel vehicles and four wheel drives.

While this detailed Australian automotive workshop research has provided many highly positive snapshots of the sustained health of independent automotive service and repair businesses, this market study also outlined the challenges affecting this sector of the industry.

A total of 22% of respondents felt that their businesses were declining, with the major challenge facing the entire industry being one that the automotive service and repair industry shares with many other Australian service industries, the attraction and retention of skilled staff. This along with the industry’s long term lack of access to technical repair and service information from vehicle manufacturers, remain the two major challenges for the automotive repair and service sector. This finding vindicates the major efforts continually being made by the AAAA, several members of state and federal parliament and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to rectify this vitally important issue.

This research has also outlined three distinct business categories in the Australian automotive service and repair industry, these categories being identified as Leaders, Business As Usual and At Risk. The study’s findings reveal that leading businesses have invested significantly in updating their technology and skill sets to be able to service younger vehicles of all makes and models. According to this study, automotive repair and service businesses that are not growing and indeed those that are considered at risk, display a trend to operate their businesses intuitively or as they have always traditionally done, as opposed to taking a data driven approach. This includes such things as updated technology, training and local marketing to assist in drawing new customers with younger vehicles to their workshops.

According to AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity, this inaugural industry benchmarking survey was conducted for a number of important reasons.

“The AAAA wants to assist the independent automotive workshops of Australia to grow and develop their businesses and the most effective way to achieve this is through detailed market intelligence, the extent of which we have not done before.

“We also wanted market data to accurately challenge the notion that independent repairers were not equipped or experienced enough to service and repair new vehicles, which this independent study clearly reveals is currently one of our industry’s biggest growth sectors,” Mr Charity stated.

“The Australian automotive repair and service industry is growing and will continue to do so as the Australian carparc continues to grow and diversify. This research clearly outlines the importance of investing in service and repair technology, training and marketing in order to continue and sustain this growth. To have such a high percentage of Leader category businesses, along with an even higher percentage expecting further growth in the coming year, heralds a highly positive future ahead for this sector of our industry,” He added.

Along with smaller family operated automotive service and repair workshops, almost half of the data gained in this inaugural AAAA industry benchmarking survey was gleaned from larger independent chains including Kmart Tyre and Auto, Ultra Tune, Repco Authorised Service, ABS, Midas, Future Auto, Auto Masters and Jax Tyres.

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August 6, 2018 - MONROE OFFERS THE INDUSTRY’S ONLY FIVE YEAR SHOCK ABSORBER WARRANTY

Monroe has spent more than a century perfecting the engineering of ride performance products. The global brand that continues to design and manufacture its premium quality automotive aftermarket products in Australia and in state of the art manufacturing facilities all over the world, now provides even more incentive for general mechanics and suspension specialists to recommend and fit Monroe ride performance products.

In taking the Monroe slogan “Built To Last” quite literally, Monroe announces that Australia’s market leading ride performance product brand is extending the factory warranty on all Monroe OE Spectrum shock absorbers from three years to five years. This makes Monroe the only ride performance product manufacturer to offer a five year warranty in Australia and New Zealand, providing two additional years compared to any other shock absorber brand available in each country’s automotive aftermarket.

The Monroe range covers the most comprehensive application range of replacement shock absorbers for the widely diverse Australian and New Zealand carparc. Designed and manufactured to meet and exceed the Original Equipment specifications set by the world’s top selling car manufacturers, each Monroe shock absorber combines technical innovation, precision engineering and long standing durability. Total quality and value for money that is confidently and uniquely supported by Monroe with the industry’s only five year warranty.

Leading the world in ride control technology and engineering, Monroe brings the benefit of being selected by the world’s leading car makers to design and develop ride performance products that perfectly fit each application, from the smallest compact cars to small, medium and large passenger cars, SUV’s and commercial vehicles.

By selecting the Monroe range of replacement shock absorbers, you are going over and beyond the ride, control, traction and comfort levels designed for each specific vehicle. This is particularly the case for European vehicles, with Monroe being Europe’s number one ride performance product brand. This coupled with Monroe’s unparalleled local, Asian and Japanese vehicle ride performance product range ensures that Australia’s general repairers and suspension specialists have access to outstanding quality aftermarket suspension products from one of the world’s top tier manufacturers.

When you select Monroe you are selecting the peace of mind that comes with a global manufacturer who backs their quality “Built To Last” promise with a five year Monroe OE Spectrum range warranty and value for money that is unrivalled by any competing ride performance products.

According to Monroe Marketing Manager Brydon Tweddell, durability, range, superior ride and handling are at the top of the list when repairers and suspension specialists select Monroe ride performance products.

“We have always stood firmly behind the total durability of our aftermarket ride performance products and this has been a major factor in Monroe’s long term market leading status. In wanting to further emphasise the quality that comes with our vast Monroe range, we are proud to be the first to offer a five year warranty on our Monroe OE Spectrum product range, to offer even greater incentives for the trade along with total peace of mind and the best value for money for their customers,” Mr Tweddell said.

“When it comes to road safety, quality should never become a compromising point. We want to ensure that there is even more incentive for general repairers, fitters and re-sellers to offer Monroe as their number one choice for direct fit, application designed, premium quality ride performance products. This ensures that their customers, the motorists of Australia and New Zealand, are driving cars that stop, turn, grip and ride exactly as they should,” He added.

The selection of Monroe ride performance products ensures that your customers gain the peace of mind of the industry’s only five year warranty across the vast Monroe OE Spectrum range of premium quality replacement shock absorbers and struts.

As most motorists rely on their mechanic’s opinion in relation to the replacement of ride performance products, your reputation for providing total customer care can only be enhanced with Monroe’s industry only five year warranty with every set of Monroe OE Spectrum shock absorbers fitted.

Your business can make the most of Monroe’s five year warranty initiative by joining Monroe’s long term alliance program with repairers, suspension specialists and re-sellers across Australia and New Zealand, the Monroe Safety Specialist program.  Monroe encourages motorists to use its network of Safety Specialists through vast advertising and promotion of its online dealer locator on the Monroe website (www.monroe.com.au) along with a dedicated Freecall 1800 / 0800 number that directs consumer enquiries to their closest Monroe Safety Specialist. All of these channels direct qualified customers who are actively seeking to check or replace worn shock absorbers and suspension components to local automotive repair businesses.

Built to Last is much more than just a slogan for Monroe, it is the design and engineering basis from which every Monroe ride performance product is manufactured. It is a statement that reflects on the benchmarks that Monroe has continued to set in automotive aftermarket ride performance product quality for more than a century. By providing the industry’s only five year factory warranty, Monroe ensures that its reputation for total quality and the best value for money stands clearly heads and shoulders above the rest.

“Being able to offer your customers a five year warranty on all Monroe OE Spectrum ride performance products is one of many key Monroe quality advantages that place our market leading brand in a field of its own in the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket,” Mr Tweddell concluded.

Your local Monroe Territory Manager or the Monroe customer service team are pleased to assist for any further information regarding the Monroe Safety Specialist program and the Monroe OE Spectrum range five year warranty, or for any general technical assistance. You can reach them by calling 1800 088 205. A visit to the Monroe Australia website can also provide an abundance of product information at www.monroe.com.au

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August 2, 2018 - INAUGURAL CAPRICORN RISING STARS APPRENCTICE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED

 
After a comprehensive judging process and from more than 500 Capricorn Rising Star nominations received from Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand, the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year has been selected.

Capricorn is delighted to announce that Mark Smith, an apprentice from The Battery Terminal in Belconnen, ACT, has been named as the inaugural Capricorn Rising Stars winner.

Mark emerged on top after impressing the Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel with his outstanding work ethic, combined with his passion for the industry and commitment to making the most of the opportunity given to him by his employers at The Battery Terminal.

As the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year, Mark will take his boss and two friends on an all-expenses paid trip to the spectacular 2018 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Supercar race, held on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 19 to 21, thanks to Capricorn Rising Stars competition major sponsor, Castrol.

 Mark was justifiably proud to have earned the inaugural Capricorn Rising Stars, Apprentice of the Year accolade.

 "I'm very proud to be the first Capricorn Rising Star and I would like to congratulate all of the other nominees and finalists, as it is so good to see other young people sharing the same enthusiasm for the industry,” he stated.

 “I hope that this initiative continues and that more apprentices gain the recognition that they deserve for their efforts day in, day out. Out of all of the prizes, I am looking forward to the access that I will have with the industry leaders the most. The mentoring will be a great thing for my career as I am ready and willing to learn all the time.“ Mark Smith added.

As part of the Capricorn Rising Star competition winner’s prize pack, The Battery Terminal has also won industry renowned customer service training from The Workshop Whisperer.

The Capricorn Rising Stars competition was developed to assist Capricorn Members in rewarding and retaining their high performing apprentices by recognising their important contribution, while highlighting the promising future that lies ahead of them within the industry.

Through the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition, Australasia’s largest automotive parts buying group hopes to encourage more apprentices to join and make their mark in the industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel included David Fraser, CEO Automotive - Capricorn, Sean Rahaley, General Manager - Castrol, Stuart Charity, Executive Director - Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Brendan Sorensen - TaT Biz, Rachael Sheldrick, Director - Workshop Whisperer and Gavin Cribb, Education Manager - Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Bendigo Kangan Institute.

All of the judges agreed that deciding the winner was a difficult process, due to the extremely high calibre of apprentices who were nominated by Capricorn Members.

Capricorn thanks all of their Members who took part by nominating their outstanding apprentices, the people who represent the future of the Australian and New Zealand automotive repair and servicing industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition was proudly supported by Repco, AutoMate, TatBiz, The Workshop Whisperer and major sponsor Castrol. 

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Mark Smith (left) was voted as the winner from more than 500 Capricorn Member apprentice entries received by a judging panel that represented a who’s who of the automotive aftermarket industry

2018 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year Mark Smith (third from left) with the team from The Battery Terminal (ACT)

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August 2, 2018 - DAYCO AUSTRALIA INCREASES WAREHOUSE CAPACITY DUE TO PRODUCT RANGE EXPANSION

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has significantly increased the size and capacity of the company’s Australian warehouse and distribution centre located in the Melbourne suburb of Hallam.

Dayco’s warehouse expansion has seen the Hallam warehouse expand capacity by  more than 1,000 square metres of warehousing space, transporter access bays and internal modernisations to support the addition of more than 4,000 new Dayco SKU’s to the already comprehensive Dayco automotive aftermarket product range.

The expansion will allow for further growth in Dayco’s product range over the coming years with the company’s planned introduction of an Industrial belt range along with radiator caps and future additions to the Dayco automotive aftermarket offering.

The Dayco Australia warehouse expansion will also see the company introduce a new bar code scanning system to increase product distribution efficiency and accuracy.

According to Dayco Vice President Aftermarket, Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw, the company’s warehouse expansion is aligned with Dayco’s global objectives to ensure that their customers receive the best service possible, while providing faster access to the highest quality automotive aftermarket engine belts, thermal management and engine components.

“Our warehouse expansion is an investment in our commitment to the future of the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket industries,” Mr. Mouw stated.

“Making sure that our aftermarket customers in the automotive, trucking and industrial markets have immediate access to our belts, hoses, tensioners, pulleys and additional new Dayco products is our top priority. The larger and more efficient distribution centre will enable us to deliver this objective and provide our customers with even more support,” Mr Mouw added.

With locations worldwide, Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of essential engine products, drive systems and services and has been for more than a century.

Dayco Australia’s head office and warehouse is located at 11 Dansu Court, Hallam (VIC). For customer service and any enquiries call 03 9796 4044. 

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Along with the major expansion of Dayco Australia’s warehouse, the company’s head office in Melbourne (at the same location) has also  undergone a complete facelift.

Dayco Australia’s warehouse expansion has increased capacity by  more than 1,000 square metres of warehousing space, provided additional transporter access bays and features internal modernisations to support the introduction of more than 4,000 new Dayco SKU’s to the vast existing Dayco product range.

About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of essential engine products, drive systems and services for automobiles, trucks, construction, agriculture and industry.

Dayco’s contributions are integral to how people get from place to place, goods are transported, food is harvested, and infrastructure is built. The company operates according to long-held values - keeping promises, delivering on time all the time, and an intense commitment to service no matter what the obstacles. For more than a century, Dayco has overcome challenges, emerging stronger and smarter at every turn.

Dayco improves how the world moves by creating products, systems and relationships that endure. Move Forward. Always. ™

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July 27, 2018 - DAYCO SPONSORED MONASH MOTORSPORT FORMULA STUDENT TEAM ACHIEVES FIRST EVER INTERNATIONAL VICTORY

An important part of Dayco Australia’s motorsport program is the nurturing of new engineering and technical talent within the automotive industry with the company’s long term support of the Melbourne based Monash University Formula Student racing team.

This outstanding young Australian team has once again competed strongly on the global Formula Student stage, racing to victory for the first time against Universities from all over the world at Britain’s historic home of motorsport, Silverstone during July.

The Australian team raced to overall first place with their internal combustion engine powered car and finished 3rd overall with their electric powered car, with both Monash Motorsport cars using integral Dayco engine components to control thermal management and performance.

Integral to achieving this success was the opportunity for the Monash Motorsport team to test prior to the competition in Europe with some of the highest performing Formula Student teams in world.

The Dayco sponsored team was invited to attend an extremely selective competition practice event hosted by Bosch at their extensive automotive proving ground facility located in Boxberg, Germany. This event, attended by 30 of the best combustion, electric and driverless Formula Student teams in the world, allowed the Australian team to replicate competition conditions. They completed this using both of their cars and with each of their competition drivers, giving the team vital testing experience prior to competing.

Monash Motorsport overcame many challenges during the competition at Silverstone, with more than 100 global teams taking part. The team’s electric car, the M17-E, achieved 10th place overall for acceleration, 7th for Skidpad and 3rd for Autocross. The team’s combustion car, the M17-C, set its fastest ever acceleration time of 4.11s, scoring a 7th overall placing along with 4th for Skidpad and 2nd in Autocross.

Both Dayco equipped Monash Motorsport cars set very competitive times throughout the Endurance event, with the M17-C and M17-E finishing 1st and 2nd respectively and ultimately scoring the most points across all the Dynamics based events.

The Monash Motorsport team was ecstatic to have achieved an overall 1st place with their combustion car and an overall 3rd place for their electric car - and to have won their first ever international competition in Monash Motorsport history. The Melbourne based team gained a huge amount of online media exposure and international recognition with this win, along with major interest from the global automotive engineering community.

“Dayco Australia is delighted to be a long term supporter of Monash University’s Formula Student program and congratulates this talented young Australian racing team on their first ever international victory. We are also proud that a number of Dayco components have contributed to this success and wish the team more victories in the future,” stated Dayco Vice President Aftermarket Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw.

Monash Motorsport now heads to the Formula Student Austrian and German events, seeking to continue flying the Aussie flag proudly from the top steps of the podium.

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July 26, 2018 - PRECISION EQUIPMENT’S NATIONAL SALES AND SERVICE TEAM GROWS

Precision Equipment is renowned for supplying dealerships nationwide with the highest quality workshop equipment supported by levels of customer service, support and training that is unrivalled in the Australian automotive industry.

Ensuring that automotive service and repair workshops across the country have access to the globally sourced and selected Precision Equipment range of premium workshop equipment products, the Australian company’s customer service team has expanded.

Precision Equipment now provides localised sales and customer service in both Tasmania and in South Australia, complementing the company’s existing national team of equipment specialists.

The Tasmanian branch is now headed by highly experienced equipment specialist, Lee Young. Having spent his entire career in and around automotive repair workshops, Lee brings an extraordinarily high level of automotive tyre and wheel service, general servicing and repair business understanding to Precision Equipment customers located in the apple isle.

Lee commenced his working career straight out of high school in the United Kingdom, becoming an apprentice mechanic at a specialised tyre and exhaust business. He moved to Australia in 1986 and continued his automotive technician career, working his way up to operating a number of tyre and general repair workshops. Lee’s extensive tyre, exhaust and general repair workshop experience was sought by Hoist manufacturer Powerrex Engineering and this became his specialisation for the next 13 years, attending to the many and varied requirements of New South Wales based automotive workshops of all sizes. 

After relocating to Tasmania in 2017, Lee joined Precision Equipment in 2018 as one of the national team’s Equipment Specialists, providing automotive repairers within the state with localised customer service and access to the world’s highest quality and value for money automotive equipment products. Lee’s role also includes providing state based sales and customer service assistance for Burson Equipment customers throughout Tasmania. 

The state of South Australia now also has localised Precision Equipment sales and customer service provided by another highly experienced recruit, Jason Harden. Jason’s automotive industry career started with an Automotive Electrical apprenticeship immediately following his completion of high school in Adelaide.

Jason and another apprentice gained full qualifications together and decided to purchase the business where they worked, spending a successful decade working together in partnership. This was followed by an opportunity to get off the tools and progress into sales and customer service with Automotive Service Solutions. Jason joined the company as a Diagnostic sales and service representative, becoming a mobile diagnostic programmer for independent workshops for almost five years. Logicar then took over the business which  included Carlec engine management parts. Jason’s extensive experience both in diagnostics and in parts positioned him in the role of South Australian state manager for the next three and a half years.

In 2018 Jason joined Precision Equipment and is the local Equipment Specialist for South Australia, providing the state’s growing number of urban and regional dealerships along with national key account customers with service, world class workshop equipment access and training.

The new Tasmanian and South Australian Precision Equipment appointments join the existing Precision Equipment Specialists based in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, ensuring proximity to dealerships and major independent automotive repair workshop operators nationwide.

Lee Young’s role also includes the representation of Burson Equipment for Tasmania’s five Burson Auto Parts stores, ensuring that all of the state’s workshop equipment requirements are catered for, ensuring easy local access to the vast Burson Equipment range of diagnostic scan tools and all other workshop requirements.

As a Bapcor Group owned company, Australia’s Precision Equipment operates with the support of one of the nation’s strongest automotive industry companies, ensuring that its customers are provided with the highest quality and value for investment workshop equipment, dedicated after sales service and training.

Tasmanian automotive workshop operators can reach Lee Young by calling 0439 958 743 and South Australian customers can reach Jason Harden by calling 0419 003 769. Precision Equipment can be reached nationally by calling 1300 366 252.

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July 24, 2018 - DAYCO EXPANDS SOUTH EAST ASIAN OPERATIONS

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, continues to expand the company’s presence and local customer support across South East Asia.

This expansion of Dayco product and customer service support in South East Asia aligns with the significant automotive aftermarket growth taking place throughout the region.

Following the establishment of a new Dayco South East Asian sales office in Singapore and the appointment of Yong Kee Ng as the region’s Business Development Manager in 2017, Dayco also opens a new warehouse in the Penjuru region of the country this year.

The new warehouse ensures that automotive repairers throughout South East Asia have prompt access to the vast aftermarket range of Dayco V-belts, Poly V-belts, timing belts, tensioners and pulleys for both passenger and commercial vehicles.

Dayco also announces the appointment of Ms. Jeannette Loh who now heads the local customer service operation to best support Dayco’s South East Asian customers. Ms. Loh brings more than two decades of customer service support experience across several industries to Dayco South East Asia.

“Dayco’s South East Asian presence and localised customer service continues to grow in line with our commitment to service the rapid growth of the automotive aftermarket industry throughout the region,” stated Dayco Vice President, Asia Pacific Aftermarket, Arnold Mouw.

“Our new localised warehousing coupled with our experienced local management and customer service appointments ensure that Dayco is responding to the increasing demands of automotive repairers and re-sellers throughout the region,” Mr. Mouw added.

With locations worldwide, Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of essential engine products, drive systems and services and has been for more than a century.

 The Dayco South East Asia regional head office is located at 14, Ang Mo Kio Street 63, Singapore and can be reached for customer service enquiries by calling (+65) 64 836 303.

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Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of essential engine products, drive systems and services for automobiles, trucks, construction, agriculture and industry.

Dayco’s contributions are integral to how people get from place to place, goods are transported, food is harvested, and infrastructure is built. The company operates according to long-held values - keeping promises, delivering on time all the time, and an intense commitment to service no matter what the obstacles. For more than a century, Dayco has overcome challenges, emerging stronger and smarter at every turn.

Dayco improves how the world moves by creating products, systems and relationships that endure. Move Forward. Always. ™

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July 12, 2018 - LUCKY BURSON AUTO PARTS CUSTOMERS ENOY NEW YORK CITY TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Nine lucky Burson Auto Parts trade account customers have enjoyed the trip of a lifetime at New York City, simply for purchasing premium quality parts from Penrite, Tridon, NGK, KYB, DBA, Dayco, Premier Auto Trade (PAT), Ryco, SuperPro, Bendix, Narva, Projecta and JAS Oceania from February to April 30 this year.

The spread of randomly drawn winners saw nine Burson Auto Parts customers from Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria travel to the Big Apple for an unforgettable seven nights in New York City.

The Burson Auto Parts trade promotion winners flew Premium Economy to the United States and stayed at the funky Hudson Hotel, located right in the centre of New York City on 58th Street, with all breakfasts and dinners included.

Burson Auto Parts left no stone unturned to ensure that this would be a unique and unforgettable visit to the Big Apple for all of the promotion winners, several of whom had never been overseas prior to becoming a Burson Auto Parts trade promotion winner.

The trip highlights included a spectacular helicopter flight around Liberty Island and New York City along with going to see a classic Baseball match between local heroes the New York Mets and West Coast arch rivals, the LA Dodgers.

The Burson Auto Parts New York City promotion winners also saw one of the world’s greatest rock bands, U2, performing live at the legendary Madison Square Garden. This was followed by a visit to New York City’s Broadway to enjoy the stage version of the hilarious “School of Rock” theatre show.

The jet-set Burson Auto Parts promotion winners also visited world famous New York City landmarks including Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge, while also taking in plenty of famous New York cuisine along the way.

The Burson Auto Parts group of Australians also paid their respects at New York City’s 9/11 Memorial / Ground Zero during the trip.

According to Peter Cheney, Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Merchandise, this was a highly enjoyable and an unforgettable trip for all involved.

“We are delighted with the success of this Burson Auto Parts trade promotion and we were even more pleased to have nine of our customers enjoy such an action and activity packed trip to one of the world’s most amazing cities. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was great to have assembled such a great promotion that included 13 of our most popular aftermarket brands.” Mr Cheney said.

“Burson Auto Parts has definitely raised the bar considerably when it comes to exciting trade promotions,” He added.

The Burson Auto Parts New York City trade promotion was made possible by the involvement of the following leading brands from 11 suppliers; Penrite, Tridon, NGK, KYB, DBA, Dayco, Premier Auto Trade (PAT), Ryco, SuperPro, Bendix, Narva, Projecta and JAS Oceania.

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July 6, 2018 - TOP FIVE CAPRICORN RISING STAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Following an extensive Australian and New Zealand call-out to Capricorn Members over the past six months to nominate their best performing apprentices, the top five finalists for the Capricorn Rising Stars competition have been selected.

The Capricorn Rising Stars competition was developed to assist Capricorn Members to reward and retain their highest performing apprentices by recognising their important contribution, while highlighting the promising future that lies ahead of them within the industry. Through this national recognition, Capricorn hopes to encourage more apprentices to join and make their mark in the industry.

In what is nothing short of an outstanding response, more than 500 nominations were received from Capricorn Members in this inaugural year of the Capricorn Rising Stars competition.

Capricorn is delighted to announce that the top five Capricorn Rising Star apprentice competition finalists are:

Jayden Barnes from Anthony's Car & Head Centre – NSW

Michael Holmes from Automotive Insight – WA

Mark Smith from The Battery Terminal – ACT

James Trachy from Robson Brothers 4WD – WA

David Wynands from BMW Manawatu and Hawke's Bay Ltd – NZ

Each of the top five finalists have won a Repco tool kit valued at $1000, access to the AutoMate online training program, two tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner and Tradeshow being held within their region and invaluable mentoring experiences from automotive repair and servicing industry leaders.

The difficult task of uncovering the winner from each of these outstanding automotive technician apprentices now falls into the hands of the highly experienced Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel that represents a who’s who of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel includes David Fraser, CEO Automotive - Capricorn, Sean Rahaley, General Manager - Castrol,  Stuart Charity, Executive Director - Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Brendan Sorensen - TaT Biz, Rachael Sheldrick, Director - Workshop Whisperer and Gavin Cribb, Education Manager - Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Bendigo Kangan Institute.

The apprentice automotive technician who is selected as the winner of the Capricorn Rising Stars competition will take his workshop boss and two friends on a trip to the spectacular 2018 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Supercar race event held on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 19 to 21 thanks to major sponsor, Castrol.

The Capricorn Member who nominated the winning Capricorn Rising Stars apprentice will also receive industry renowned Workshop Whisperer customer service training for their business and their apprentice as part of the winner’s prizes.

The Capricorn Rising Stars competition has been made possible thanks to the support of competition sponsors Castrol, Repco, Automate, TaT Biz and The Workshop Whisperer.

All at Capricorn wish each of the five finalists the very best of luck in this exciting inaugural competition and thank all Capricorn Members for taking part by nominating their outstanding apprentices, the people who represent the future of the Australian and New Zealand automotive repair and servicing industry.

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July 4, 2018 - INDEPENDENT MECHANICS OUTRANK DEALERS ON RELATIONSHIP TRUST AND EXPERTISE

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has conducted its most comprehensive consumer research study to date to determine the key factors that consumers use to select a mechanic, along with a host of other insights.

This detailed consumer study  found that the skills, expertise, trustworthiness and personal relationship with a local automotive repairer assume far more importance in terms of generating long term consumer loyalty when compared to other factors including prestigious premises and even cost, which was a low priority in decision making.

An overwhelming 86% of car owners in the survey claimed to personally know and trust the skill and expertise of their local automotive repairer and are loyal to their mechanic.

“This independently conducted AAAA consumer survey is the most comprehensive insight to consumer attitudes, trends and habits in our industry that has ever been conducted,” stated  AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity.

“It is an invaluable resource that provides a detailed snap-shot of where the independent automotive servicing and repair industry stands with Australian consumers and we are highly encouraged by its results,” Mr Charity stated.

Conducted by one of Australia’s leading market research companies, The Klein Partnership (TKP), this highly detailed, revealing and insightful consumer study gleaned an outstanding amount of market information from a vast national sample group that included more than 1,500 car owners.

These Australian car owners had their vehicle serviced or had purchased an automotive aftermarket accessory during the past 12 months, providing up to date insights relating to Australian consumers’ attitudes and behaviours in specific regard to the servicing and accessorising of cars.

The highlights of this detailed consumer study are many, supporting the AAAA’s efforts in ensuring that Australian consumers retain their choice of repairer.  78% of respondents believe that it is important to have a good relationship with their mechanic and 71% of respondents trust their mechanic to select the parts to be fitted to their vehicles. 68% of respondents also like the fact that the person who owns the workshop is also the person working on their car.

Consumers surveyed also displayed a significantly higher level of satisfaction with the services provided by independent repairers as opposed to the services provided by car manufacturer dealer service centres. It is also very clear from the survey responses that many consumers are sceptical about capped price servicing and extended warranty claims.  

The consumer survey provided intelligence that workshops can use to attract and retain customers.  For example, an important finding was that 55% of the decisions about where to get a car serviced or repaired are made by women.  The survey outcomes provide some great tips on how to encourage women to select their business and how to drive higher satisfaction rates with female customers.

According to TKP Director Ron Klein, “The results of this AAAA consumer survey outline the growth opportunities that exist for independent repairers and accessory re-sellers. Consumers definitely trust and feel much more comfortable using local repairers with whom they have established relationships, with trust being the factor that overrides all others, including cost, shiny new premises, coffee machines and loan cars.”

“While some misconceptions still exist in relation to the voiding of warranties through the use of non-dealer repairers, the survey results also point toward the progress that the AAAA has made to ensure consumer understanding relating to their choice of repairer. This definitely represents a major opportunity for continued growth for independent repairers across the country,” Mr Klein added.

According to the AAAA consumer survey results, during the past 12 months; 67% of Australian car owners had their car serviced, 52% purchased an automotive accessory and 47% had their car serviced and purchased an accessory.  Accessory purchases were more prevalent amongst family sedan, 4WD and SUV vehicle owners.

31% of the survey respondents owned cars that were manufactured between 2010 to 2014, 23% owned cars manufactured from 2005 to 2009 and 21% owned cars manufactured from 2015 to 2018. 13% owned cars manufactured from 2000 to 2004 and 9% owned cars manufactured prior to 2000. 47% of the vehicles owned by respondents were purchased second hand from an even spread between car manufacturer dealers and independent car dealers.

Several of these factors point towards the continued retention of vehicles by Australian consumers over extended periods of time (and particularly beyond manufacturer warranty periods) making the role of independent automotive repairers and service providers integral to ensure vehicle maintenance and safety, long after warranties or service agreements have expired.

“The data gained from this large group of consumers uncovers a number of consumer trends that will assist our members to provide even more trustworthy, efficient and high value services to their customers into the future, as more car owners become aware that their automotive servicing and repair decision is not limited to new car dealerships, no matter how old the vehicle is,” stated AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity.

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July 2, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS REACHES 170 STORES NATIONWIDE

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment, Burson Auto Parts has opened the company’s 170th store.

This milestone continues the Australian company’s national growth strategy to ensure that more trade customers have access to Burson Auto Parts’ unrivalled range of automotive parts, tools and equipment with even higher levels of delivery efficiency.

According to Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager - Trade, Craig Magill, the opening of the company’s 170th store heralds an exciting period in the company’s national growth.

“We have always focussed on positioning our stores where our trade customers want us to be and to stock these stores with significantly high amounts of inventory, to ensure that the automotive repairers of each region have the parts that they need, when they need them.

“We have opened many outstanding stores in greenfield sites in major suburbs and in rural areas where large concentrations of repairers are located. The location of our new Burson Auto Parts stores ensure that repairers who have not had access to conveniently located parts, tools and equipment, no have that access, coupled with experienced staff and efficient delivery services,” Mr Magill stated.

Burson Auto Parts’ dedication to its trade customers across the country has seen the fully Australian owned company grow from 50 stores in 2008, to 100 stores in 2012 and 150 stores located across all Australian states and territories by 2016. In 2018 the total number of stores reaches 170 with the company’s continued growth being guided by the same trade customer service values that have made Burson Auto Parts a true blue Australian success story for almost five decades. 

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June 19, 2018 - CAPRICORN TOPS THEM ALL WITH SALOU 2018 CONVENTION

More than 705 Capricorn Convention Delegates including Members and Preferred Suppliers headed to the beautiful Spanish coastal city of Salou for what proved to be an epic 27th Capricorn Convention from May 12 to 19.

This was the first time that Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative took their renowned biennial Member Convention to Europe, leaving an outstanding impression on all of the Capricorn Delegates who took part.  

All Capricorn Conventions uphold a time honoured tradition of combining fun, friendship, camaraderie, networking, business education and world discovery. This year’s Capricorn Convention took in the majestic natural beauty and history of Spain’s famed Catalonia region.

To ensure that this would be the trip of a lifetime, Capricorn left no stone unturned to provide Delegates with unforgettable experiences at several outstanding world-heritage listed sights, along with medieval cities and ancient Roman ruins that dated back not tens or hundreds of years, but millennia during this convention.

These included day trips to the amazing city of Barcelona, the ancient Roman fortress of Tarragona, the world famous Codorniu Winery and the incredible mountain top village of Monserrat, among other side trips to the mammoth Camp Nou sports stadium along with transfers to Salou beach on the hour during each day of the Convention.

The GPC Asia Pacific sponsored Capricorn Convention Welcome Beach Party spectacularly headed off the two major festivities of this event. Held at one of Europe’s most exclusive beach clubs, Volcano at Lumine Beach, this breath-taking venue used the Mediterranean Sea as its backdrop, featuring a private beach surrounded by huge party areas. Spanish culinary favourites were flame grilled onsite with lots of party music that ensured a memorable welcome to Spain. This event also saw a famed Spanish tradition come to life with a Human Tower team providing two fantastic displays during the evening.

Despite the very late night, more than 300 Delegates woke up early the next morning and headed to the PortAventura Conference Centre to learn from one of Australia’s top ten motivational and business speakers, Matt Church. This amiable Australian speaker provided a full day of heath, life, family and business coaching across three packed sessions that garnered universal praise from all of the Delegates that attended.

The home of the 2018 Capricorn Convention, the PortAventura resort, offered the perfect facilities for social interaction, with its own large piazza area that saw the entire Capricorn Convention family meet up each and every evening for the (two-hour long) happy hour sessions that were generously sponsored by Capricorn Preferred Suppliers. The meticulously prepared Golf Course also ensured a popular and competitive Capricorn Convention golf tournament on the Wednesday.

This outstanding venue also offered free and unlimited access to Europe’s largest and newest theme park, PortAventura Park. Covering hundreds of hectares, this theme park had everything from the most fiercely frightening roller coasters to animal shows, theatre shows, Spanish dancing entertainment and much more. Also located on site was one of only two Ferrari Land theme parks in the world. Capricorn also provided free entry tickets to this magnificent park which was a must-visit for any thrill seeker or motorsport enthusiast. Home of one of the world’s fastest, completely vertical roller coasters, the combined screams of sheer horror and excitement could be heard with each and every launch.

The 2018 Capricorn Convention hit its peak with the Burson Auto Parts sponsored Gala Dinner on Thursday May 17. Held at the immense La Cantina venue at PortAventura Park, all guests enjoyed first class table service, a Flamenco dance show and fantastic party music, dancing the night away until 1:00am, making it a truly memorable night.

The four and a half decade long Capricorn Convention spirit of camaraderie, friendship, networking, learning and fun is the social glue that bonds this incredibly successful and growing cooperative structured organisation together.  With many multiple Capricorn “Conventioneers” and first timers taking part, this bond was stronger than ever at Salou 2018, making this Capricorn Convention as unforgettable as it was enjoyable.

Europe has now finally been successfully conquered by the Capricorn Convention, leaving one big question on everyone’s minds - where will it be held in 2020?

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CAPRICORN CONVENTION GALA DINNER SPONSORED BY BURSON AUTO PARTS IN SPAIN

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, held its biennial Convention in Spain, the first Capricorn Convention to be held in Europe. A highlight of the 2018 Capricorn convention was the major Gala Dinner which was sponsored by Australia’s Burson Auto Parts and held on Thursday May 17.

In what was nothing short of a spectacular evening, more than 700 guests from Australia and New Zealand enjoyed an incredible night that included authentic Spanish Flamenco dancing, fine local wines and meals, followed by a disco that powered into the early morning hours.

Held at the enormous La Cantina hall located within one of Europe’s largest theme parks, Port Aventura Park, several Capricorn members dressed in Spanish costumes to get into the spirit of this biennial Capricorn night of nights, being held for the first time in Spain.

Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager, Craig Magill, made the trip to Salou to address the Capricorn convention delegates personally, acknowledging the efforts that the industry has made to secure its long term future.

“We are delighted to have sponsored such a major highlight of Capricorn’s first ever European based convention. To see so many Capricorn members enjoying their trip of a lifetime at the convention and having such a great time at the Burson Auto Parts sponsored gala dinner was very pleasing.

“This major event also gave me the opportunity to personally congratulate the industry as a whole as to what has been achieved with the AAAA Choice of Repairer campaign, while detailing Burson Auto Parts’ and BNT’s (NZ) continued and growing trade commitment, which has resulted in the creation of hundreds of new jobs and extended career path opportunities across the Bapcor Group.

“It was a fantastic event and we are very proud to have been a part of it,” Mr Magill stated.

Continuing the Burson Auto Parts’ tradition of providing specially themed Capricorn convention gifts, almost 800 Souvenir Spanish bulls were handed out on the night. This follows the highly successful antics of the popular Burson Auto Parts camels that were the gifts for the Abu Dhabi based Capricorn convention, which ended up being photographed in famous locations all over the world!

Burson Auto Parts is one of several automotive aftermarket companies who generously sponsored this 27th Capricorn Convention. The convention included a spectacular beach front welcome party, motivational key note speaker Matt Church, daily sightseeing tours and daily two hour long happy hour sessions at the Port Aventura resort, which served as the convention’s base.

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(From left) – A number of Burson Auto Parts store manager competition winners and Bapcor company executives were also enjoying this trip of a lifetime at the 2018 Capricorn Convention. From left: John Hall, Lisa Kennedy, Paul Ablett, Steve Medlen, Mario Di Mauro, Wayne Steele, Daniel Tindall, Leesa Comben, Anthony Hughes, Mario Baric and Craig Magill. 

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June 13, 2018 - NEW FRAM FILTERS WEBSITE LAUNCHED

One of the world’s leading automotive aftermarket filtration brands, FRAM Filters, brings its premium quality product range and information to a new localised Australian online portal at www.framfilters.com.au.

The new, user-friendly Australian FRAM Filters website offers detailed product information on all the world leading aftermarket products that will be available to Australian automotive repairers and re-sellers.

FRAM brings new benchmarks of replacement filtration product quality to the Australian automotive aftermarket, in fact the same and even better quality than the stringent filtration requirements required by original equipment automotive vehicle manufacturers.

The new FRAM Filters Australian website provides detailed information on the FRAM range of replacement oil, air, fuel and cabin filters covering the majority of makes and models on Australian roads.

Promoting the straight forward FRAM Filters slogan - “Performance Driven”, the new FRAM Filters website ensures that Australian automotive repairers and re-sellers can quickly and easily access localised FRAM product information, local sales and customer service, warranty information and the latest news relating to new product releases and technical information.

According to Filpro Automotive Australia and New Zealand General Manager Roger Lassen, the new Australian FRAM

Filters website is one of several customer service initiatives being developed to best service the local automotive aftermarket.

“We are pleased to introduce our new Australian website, which isn’t just a mirror of our international websites with an Australian tag, this website has been designed specifically for Australian repairers and re-sellers to access FRAM Filters product information that is specifically relevant to them,” Mr Lassen said.

“We are bringing a new level of replacement filtration quality to discerning Australian automotive repairers, who are no doubt familiar with the FRAM Filters brand given its long history as a global premium filtration brand. Our new Australian website makes accessing our local product, warranty and contact information very quick and easy,” Mr Lassen concluded.

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May 16, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS SHINES AS THE AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS OF CHOICE AFTER SINGAPORE CONVENTION

Australia’s own Burson Auto Parts has set a new benchmark in group event excellence following the company’s outstanding 2018 Conference, held as a major component of the 2018 Bapcor Group Convention.

Conducted at the magnificent Marina Bay Sands Resort and Expo Centre, the premier hotel, entertainment, restaurant and shopping attraction of Singapore, the Burson Auto Parts conference saw 160 managers travel to the Asian country, joined by more than 60 Burson Auto Parts’ supplier companies from April 15 to 20, 2018.

Burson Auto Parts places a major emphasis on the training, development and motivation of its hard working team of staff across the country. To this end, the Australian company ensured that all Burson Auto Parts store managers could gain the most from their involvement in this conference. This commitment included six specifically designed training workshops, coupled with some enjoyable team building activities.

The large contingent of Burson Auto Parts’ suppliers at the conference ensured education, advice and assistance to store managers throughout the event, with an exclusive trade exhibition area established for the company at the Sands Expo Complex.

Enhancing the social interaction of the entire Burson Auto Parts store management team was also a key aspect of this major event. Social events included a number of culturally inspired Singapore dining events that culminated with the Gala Awards Dinner, held at the Sands Expo Ballroom on Friday April 19. This massive event linked the Burson Auto Parts team with their counterparts from the Bapcor Group in a mammoth 900 person gala awards night that proved to be a major highlight of the five day event.

Team building events also formed a major part of this enjoyable and educational convention. These included some highly competitive Dragon Boat Racing, a competitive event that pitted Burson’s best against their Bapcor Group family members. These included New Zealand brother company BNT, along with teams from their retail cousins Autobarn, Autobarn Corporate and Autopro, with the Burson Auto Parts team emerging victorious.

A detailed session with outstanding motivational speakers Troy and Zara brought yet another training element to the conference, while the business sessions included a look into the exciting future plans for Burson Auto Parts.

Feedback gained from the Burson Auto Parts’ store managers and leadership team who took part in the company’s 2018 conference has been nothing short of extraordinary, according to Craig Magill, Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager.

“The feedback that we have received following our conference is without any doubt the most positive ever. We couldn’t be more pleased with its success, which has enhanced the already strong camaraderie that exists amongst our highly talented store management team, our suppliers and senior management,” Mr Magill stated.

These sentiments were also reflected by the Burson Auto Parts store managers themselves.

“I absolutely loved it. The conference was non-stop, we went from activity to activity, which kept it interesting as we weren’t solely focussed on product information. There was so much more to it than that. The motivational session by Troy and Zara was a definite highlight, it really made us look at things from a different perspective. We won the Dragon Boat race and that activity was great fun, as it also built rapport and competitiveness between all of the Burson Auto Parts store managers. ” Amy Clift - Manager, Burson Auto Parts Atherton, QLD.

“It is difficult to put into words how I felt about our conference - it was so incredible. We did so much across a short time and it was awesome to meet and share information with like-minded people from all walks of life, not only across the Burson Auto Parts network but also from the other Bapcor Group companies. The setting was unbelievable, we were treated like kings and I took away enough after all of the information sessions that I am sure will assist me and my colleagues for years to come,”” - James Hamblin - Manager, Burson Auto Parts, Bayswater VIC.

Craig Magill believes that the major advantage of organising such a detailed conference at such a great location, was being able to emphasise the importance of each individual person who makes up the Burson Auto Parts national store management team.

“Burson Auto Parts has always placed major importance on the career path opportunities that exist by educating, supporting and developing our most important core asset, the company’s people. The 2018 conference was a shining example of this philosophy in practice across the week that we spent together in Singapore. I don’t know how many times I heard our people say that they felt so fortunate to be a part of this Australian company during our week together,” Mr Magill stated.

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May 11, 2018 - DEDUCT UP TO $20,000 FROM YOUR TAX BILL BY MAKING AN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE WITH CAPRICORN FINANCE

Capricorn reminds its many thousands of automotive business Members that time is quickly running out this financial year to take full advantage of the Federal Government’s $20,000 tax break for equipment asset purchases.

While the Federal Government’s recent budget announcement has confirmed that the $20,000 instant tax write off on business asset investments will be extended to June 30 2019, the opportunity exists during May and June 2018 to capitalise on your tax savings this financial year, while improving your business efficiency, productivity and profitability.

The time has never been better to update your workshop equipment and office equipment from Capricorn Preferred Suppliers, while gaining a significant deduction on your tax bill. Capricorn is also offering double Capricorn Reward Points (three points per dollar spent) for eligible purchases made during June 2018, further enhancing the advantages of purchasing business assets now.

If cashflow at this time of year is a concern, Capricorn Finance is also on hand to ensure that automotive businesses make the most of this tax deduction incentive until June 30 2018, offering highly competitive financial packages tailored to suit automotive businesses.

Capricorn’s Purple Pages guide provides a multitude of Capricorn Preferred Suppliers who can update any automotive or collision repair workshop’s tools and equipment to suit the smallest or the largest requirements.

According to Capricorn Group CEO Greg Wall, continued business investment in plant and equipment leads to business growth, development and sustainability.

“As the technical complexities of repairing and servicing the vast number of makes and models on Australia’s roads increases, automotive workshops need to ensure that they stay ahead of the technical curve by investing in new equipment. There isn’t a better time than right now to invest in your business, significantly reduce your tax bill and gain more Capricorn Reward Points,” Mr Wall stated.

To find out more or to join Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, visit www.capricorn.coop or call 1800 327 437.  

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May 11, 2018 - INAUGURAL AUTOCARE CONVENTION A MAJOR SUCCESS

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association’s (AAAA) inaugural Autocare Convention held on May 4 and 5 at Sydney’s International Convention Centre has been hailed a major success.

Presented by Platinum Sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, along with a host of Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors, Autocare 2018 has proven itself to be a very important and much needed addition to the Australian automotive industry event landscape.

Testament to the Federal Government’s solid understanding of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry, was the delivery of the Autocare 2018 Opening Speech by the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Hon. Michael Sukkar MP. This was followed by the convention’s major key note address, which was presented by the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Mr Rod Sims.

“To say that we are delighted with our inaugural Autocare Convention is an understatement,” stated AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity.

“The plan to bring a major industry event like this back to Sydney after an absence of five years was a bold one. Like always, our industry banded together to support this new education led convention concept. The industry’s support included a sold-out trade display that featured more than 100 companies, along with generous sponsorship support.

“This enabled us to deliver a wide selection of pre-eminent speakers from around Australia and across the globe to this bumper event,” Mr Charity said.

The inaugural Autocare Convention saw more than 2,000 automotive professionals from mechanical repair businesses join their collision repair and parts supply colleagues, unified in their desire to be well prepared for the current and future challenges of this constantly evolving industry.

Mechanics, technicians, panel repairers, management staff and business owners from every Australian state and Territory were represented at Autocare 2018, alongside delegates from New Zealand and further abroad.

Over 600 Autocare 2018 delegates attended more than 50 convention plenary sessions, seminars and training events that were conducted throughout this major two day, education driven event.

Many more took advantage of the free Autocare Convention trade exhibition that featured more than 100 companies, along with free hourly training sessions and demonstrations taking place on the AutoMate and I-CAR training stages and the Lowbake portable spray booth within the convention.

The success of this inaugural education led automotive aftermarket convention has laid the foundations for the planning to begin on the next Autocare Convention, scheduled to take place in 2020 according to AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity.

“We firmly believed that the industry needed an event like Autocare with it’s primary focus being education and training to assist businesses to adapt to the disruption and change that is taking place throughout the industry. The outstanding success of Autocare 2018 confirmed this, giving us the confidence to work on making the Autocare 2020 Convention even more beneficial for our members and the industry as a whole,” Mr Charity concluded.

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May 5, 2018 - MANDATORY DATA SHARING CODE A MAJOR PRIORITY

The Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, has left no doubt as to the priority that the Australian Government has placed on supporting the independent Australian automotive aftermarket industry, during his opening address at the Autocare 2018 Convention on Friday May 4.

“The Government is actively working on the design of a mandatory scheme for the sharing of critical repair and service information with consumers and their choice of repairer, ensuring competition and fairness for Australian consumers,” Mr Sukkar stated.

“I am here at the opening of Autocare 2018 to assure you that this is definitely a priority for the Government,” He added.

Minister Sukkar was joined by Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) President Graham Scudamore-Smith and Autocare 2018 Key Note Speaker, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman (ACCC) Rod Sims, to officially open the largest automotive aftermarket industry event of the year.

Mr Sims supported Minister Sukkar’s comments, which follow recent high profile ACCC enforceable court actions against several major automotive vehicle manufacturers following their comprehensive 18 month study into new car retailing.

“The ACCC, having done the market study, will not now vacate the field. We will continue to engage with stakeholders, including the AAAA, and we will provide advice to the Government to assist in the development of a mandatory scheme for you to get access to the technical information you need to fix cars, and to compete,” Mr Sims stated during the opening Key Note address of Autocare 2018.

According to AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity, efforts to make data sharing mandatory in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry have never been stronger.

“Both Minister Sukkar and Mr Sims’ speeches reflect their commitment to developing the reforms that will protect 16 million Australian car owners along with their freedom of choice in selecting their automotive repairer. After the comments made today in front of hundreds of AAAA members, it is very clear that we are nearing the end of the road to gaining a mandatory code for our industry,” Mr Charity stated.

The opening day of the inaugural Autocare Convention saw thousands of automotive mechanics, technicians, business owners and support staff join more than 100 of the industry’s largest companies and 50 convention speakers taking part in this two day, education-led event held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Autocare 2018 continues through Saturday April 5 with free trade expo entry for members of the automotive trade with free mechanical and collision repair training sessions being conducted throughout the day.

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April 27, 2018 - EXCITING 2018 DAYCO MOTORSPORT PROGRAM ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS

Dayco Australia embarks on the company’s most exciting motorsport program to date in 2018. Featuring Supercars, Tarmac Rallying, Porsche Carrera Cup and GT Racing, the renowned Dayco logo will be seen by millions of motorsport fans at the many high profile events that each category includes, along with their television and live streaming audiences in Australia, New Zealand and across the world.

The most high profile addition to the Dayco motorsport program in 2018 is the leading aftermarket engine component suppliers’ Supercars involvement. Making the change from a five year stint with Nissan Motorsport, the Dayco logo can now be seen on the rear wing of one of the four Tickford Racing Ford Falcon Supercars, the Monster Energy Falcon driven by 2017 Sandown 500 Champion driver Cam Waters. This new Dayco partnership was christened with a top five finish in the second leg of the season opening Adelaide 500.

Dayco also enters its sixth season as the major personal sponsor of Supercar enduro and International GT racing driver David Russell. “Dayco Dave” will be competing in this year’s Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600, making a big move to Tickford Racing this season after competing as a Nissan factory team driver for the past five seasons. Russell will be co-driving with 2017 Sandown 500 winner Cam Waters in the Monster Energy Tickford Falcon.

Along with Russell’s Supercars involvement, the talented racer also plans to compete in selected major local and international GT events during the season. The Dayco ambassador kicked off his Intercontinental GT Championship season with a top ten finish in the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in February co-driving the JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX with Roger Lago and Steve Owen.

Dayco Australia has also continued the company’s successful involvement in the Rally category, once again continuing its sponsorship of successful racer Alan Roe and co-driver Michael Lloyd. There has also been a change of car for the new season, Roe having parted ways with his highly successful Mitsubishi Evo 6 to debut a brand new BMW M2. The success of this move was confirmed early in this year’s CAMS Tarmac Rally Championship with a third place in February’s Targa North West held in Victoria. This exciting new car will be competing in the entire Championship which includes the world renowned Targa Tasmania event.

The 2018 Dayco Australia motorsport program also includes the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup, with leading Pro-Am category driver Roger Lago competing in a brand new Porsche 911 Cup Car and debuting with three victories from three races at Adelaide’s opening round.

The support of motorsport based educational and vocational projects has been a part of Dayco Australia’s motorsport programs for several years. The leading automotive aftermarket company continues its involvement with Melbourne’s Monash University Formula SAE Team, known as Monash Motorsport. This team competes in national and global Formula SAE challenges throughout the year, seeking to win against the best local and international University teams. Dayco also supplies components and related technical support to this team.

According to Dayco Vice President, Asia Pacific Aftermarket , Arnold Mouw, the company continues to maximise its exposure to the trade through front line motorsport.

“We have a program of exciting motor racing categories that ensures strong Dayco branding reach to our trade markets across Australia and New Zealand, sometimes even extending beyond those regions as well” Mr Mouw stated.

“It is great to have Dayco join one of the top three teams in Supercars this season and to be a part of the inaugural CAMS Tarmac Rally Championship with a brand new car there as well. We also continue our highly successful Supercars and GT partnership with David Russell this year and look forward to his debut with Tickford Racing at the major Sandown, Bathurst Gold Coast endurance races,” He added.

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April 26, 2018 - FRAM FILTERS HIT THE TRACK WITH TICKFORD RACING

One of the world’s best known automotive filtration brands, FRAM Filters, has joined forces with one of Australia’s most successful Supercar teams in the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

FRAM Filters has been a global leader in automotive filtration for more than 85 years, providing automotive repairers worldwide with industry leading quality filtration products designed to suit a broad range of vehicle applications, from passenger cars to high performance and heavy-duty vehicles.

As a part of the major re-launch of the FRAM Filters brand in the highly diverse Australian automotive aftermarket sector, Filpro Automotive has paired the FRAM Filters brand with one of the Supercars’ Championship most exciting young drivers, Richie Stanaway.

 In a career that has included international success in GT Sportscars, GP2 and a host of junior categories, 26-year-old Stanaway paired with Tickford Racing driver Cam Waters to win the Sandown 500 last year, leading to his full-time Supercar drive with the team in the #56 Mega Fuels Tickford Racing Falcon this season.

According to Filpro Automotive General Manager, Roger Lassen, it is exciting to bring FRAM Filters to Supercars with such an exciting young driver and with such an accomplished team.

“FRAM Filters has a long pedigree of motorsport involvement across the world so it made perfect sense for us to bring our world renowned brand of automotive filtration products to Supercars, the unrivalled top category of motor racing in Australia and New Zealand. The FRAM Filters logo won’t be missed emblazoned across Richie’s Tickford Racing Falcon Supercar’s rear wing and we look forward to a great season ahead,” Mr Lassen stated.

“We will be leveraging our Supercars involvement in 2018 by providing trade customers with a number of money can’t buy experiences with Tickford Racing through trade-based FRAM promotions in Australia and through our long-term partner, BNT, in New Zealand,” Mr Lassen added.

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April 24, 2018 - DAYCO HONOURED BY BAPCOR GOLD SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dayco Australia has been honoured by receiving the Gold Supplier of the Year award by the Bapcor Group, parent company of Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts Burson Auto Parts and New Zealand’s BNT.

The Bapcor Group Gold Supplier of the Year Award was presented to Dayco Vice President Aftermarket Asia Pacific Arnold Mouw at the Bapcor Group Convention Gala Awards Dinner held at the Singapore Marina Bay Sands Expo Ballroom on Friday April 20.

This outstanding event concluded the five day 2018 Bapcor Group Convention that brought together more than 900 members of management, staff and suppliers in Singapore from April 16 to 20.

According to Arnold Mouw, this prestigious award is as highly appreciated as it was unexpected.

“Dayco Australia has always had an incredible relationship with Burson Auto Parts that is now in its 36th consecutive year. It is a very strong relationship that was built on a hand shake agreement and it has flourished ever since,” Mr. Mouw said.

“What makes this award even more humbling is that it was voted by the Bapcor Group across several different levels of criteria. It is also very pleasing to receive this award out of a field of some 100 Bapcor Group suppliers. We are all incredibly proud,” he added.

Dayco Australia is a veteran of the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket industry, with more than three and a half decades of providing replacement engine components across a full range of applications to suit each country’s vastly diverse carparc.

Dayco continues to invest in the constant improvement of its trade customer service with a recent major expansion of the company’s warehouse and distribution facility located in the Melbourne suburb of Hallam. 

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April 17, 2018 - A NEW BUSINESS BOOST FOR CAPRICORN MEMBERS - AUTOBOOST

Capricorn Members have now gained yet another tool to assist in growing and running their automotive businesses.

It is called AutoBoost and it is an exclusive new benefit for Capricorn Members with a small business and big plans.  

By simply logging into www.capricorn.coop/autoboost , Capricorn Members can easily access an entire range of time saving business tools to help take their business to the next level.

Capricorn Members can boost business operations with the use of equipment and building maintenance reports along with a host of time saving forms and checklists such as vehicle accident and inspection report forms.

Marketing is made much easier with online and print advertising templates available for purchase, along with an SMS customer communications system to make regular contact with customers a simple and highly effective process.

Customer service tips and advice can also be accessed to assist Members with building stronger long-term relationships with customers to keep them coming back.

One of the biggest drains on office time management for any small business is employee management. Capricorn’s AutoBoost online business portal includes a range of tools covering everything from new employee recruitment to rostering.

According to Capricorn Group CEO, Greg Wall, “The new AutoBoost business asset combines many effective tools to assist automotive businesses in Australia and New Zealand to save precious time and resources to run their businesses more efficiently. While all workshops may not need to use all of the many tools that Capricorn’s AutoBoost online resource offers, there is definitely a tool to help every workshop to achieve their goals.”

For those Capricorn Members seeking to gain an even greater boost to grow their businesses, Members can also subscribe to Teamly, an online service that includes even more team management tools to help further streamline their business. This includes access to policy and procedure templates, an incident register, an online leave request system and much more.

Being a part of Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative is full of benefits to make it easier for you to run your business and be rewarded simply for doing what you do every day.

For more information about joining Capricorn visit www.capricorn.coop or call 1800 327 437 in Australia or 0800 401 444 in New Zealand.

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April 12, 2018 - INCREDIBLE INDUSTRY SUPPORT RESULTS IN AUTOCARE SHOW SELL OUT

In what can only be described as an overwhelming vote of confidence by the automotive aftermarket industry, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is delighted to advise that the inaugural Autocare 2018 Convention has sold out all sponsorships and trade show spaces.

The Autocare Show welcomes all members of the automotive and collision repair trade to attend this important two day event absolutely free of charge, to see the latest products and technologies from 100 of Australia’s leading automotive aftermarket companies, take part in live training sessions delivered by local and international experts and benefit from the vast networking opportunities that only an industry event of this size can provide. Members of the automotive trade and their staff can register to attend Autocare 2018 at no charge by visiting www.autocare.org.au

This extraordinary industry interest and involvement has been achieved with just over three weeks remaining before the Autocare Show takes place at the International Convention Centre located at
Sydney’s Darling Harbour on May 4 and 5.

An education led event designed specifically for automotive service and repair professionals, parts manufacturers, suppliers and their collision repair industry colleagues, Autocare 2018 has also seen an outstanding number of trade show registrations for this information packed two day industry event.

According to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of the AAAA, these results are extremely encouraging given that this is the first major automotive aftermarket industry event to be held in Sydney for five years.

“We are more than delighted to see so many leading companies of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry supporting this new and important educational event,” Mr Charity stated.

“The fact that all of our corporate sponsorships and show areas are now sold out reflects the clear intention of these companies to assist their customers, the automotive service and repairers of Australia, as the industry makes the transition to a technology led future. Never before has our industry seen such disruption, innovation and rejuvenation, which is also the theme of this inaugural convention,” He added.

The Autocare Show is taking place as part of the Autocare Convention where Australia’s and the world’s most respected automotive, business and economic professionals are presenting specific keynote addresses and plenary discussions. Delegates from all around Australia have confirmed their registration to attend  the Convention.  Simply visit www.autocare.org.au/convention to register for either the Supply Chain, Mechanical Repair and Collision Repair convention streams.

Presented by Platinum sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, the inaugural Autocare Show is proudly supported by a host of the industry’s most successful companies including Brown and Watson International, Ryco Group, ASV Euro Car Parts, Burson Auto Parts, Hella, Pedders Suspension, SAPE Group, Lowbake, DNS Technology and CESA Products, together with over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners. 

All of this makes Autocare 2018 the Sydney based education, networking and business development event not to be missed by anyone seeking to grow their automotive repair, collision repair, parts or service business.

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April 17, 2018 - MONROE SAFETY SPECIALISTS REAP REWARDS

The highly successful Monroe automotive workshop partnership that is built to last, the Monroe Safety Specialist program is back for 2018. Once again this program is packed full of advantages for your business.

This program aligns your business with Monroe’s national marketing campaigns, delivering qualified customers who understand the need to check and replace worn shock absorbers or other suspension components in order to optimise the safety of their cars.

Monroe encourages motorists to use its network of Safety Specialists nationwide through an Online Dealer Locator on the Monroe website www.monroe.com.au and a dedicated freecall 1800 number that directs consumer enquiries to their closest Monroe Safety Specialist. These channels direct qualified customers who are actively seeking to replace worn shock absorbers and suspension components to their local Monroe Safety Specialist.

All it costs is $75 for the year and the inclusions are worth so much more:

Yo Your business will be listed in Australia’s leading online mechanic community at www.mechanic.com.au. This customer generating listing is worth $195 per year, but is yours at no cost as a part of becoming a Monroe Safety Specialist. Additional customer exposure and business generation without additional cost.

·         You will also receive a Monroe merchandise pack including a brochure holder with Monroe brochures, 100 Service stickers, 25 Mirror hangers, a Monroe counter mat, an official Monroe Safety Specialist Certificate and regular Monroe Drive product based newsletters. Additional useful business items include Monroe notepads and pens.

·         Monroe will conduct a number of Monroe Safety Specialist exclusive competitions and promotions to be conducted during the year that will find members in the running to receive some great prizes – just for being a part of the program.

According to Monroe Marketing Manager Brydon Tweddell, now is the time to become a Monroe Safety Specialist.

“The Monroe Safety Specialist program enables the smallest or largest of businesses to benefit from our national marketing campaigns which are designed to deliver customers directly to them, online, in person or by phone.  We look forward to another strong year for our Monroe Safety Specialists in 2018 and encourage new members to be a part of this value packed suspension replacement business generating program,” He stated.

To become a Monroe Safety Specialist, contact your local Monroe Territory Manager or call Monroe Australia Customer Service on 1800 088 205.

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April 9, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS HAS THE EXEDY OE REPLACEMENT OR PERFORMANCE CLUTCH SOLUTION

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools and equipment offers EXEDY OE replacement and premium quality performance clutch upgrade solutions across an unprecedented vehicle application range.

EXEDY is one of the world’s largest clutch manufacturers and is the leading Original Equipment supplier for Japanese vehicles.

EXEDY is also a premium OE supplier of clutch products and systems to several other international vehicle manufacturers.

With everything from OEM replacement clutches to the latest racing specification performance clutch kits, EXEDY is the premier distributor of clutch products to the automotive aftermarket in both Australia and New Zealand.

Combining total product quality with long term performance and reliability, the EXEDY Clutch range presents Burson Auto Parts’ trade customers with an outstanding product range all the way from standard OE Replacement to the most demanding performance vehicle or 4WD clutch upgrades.

EXEDY’s Sports Tuff performance clutch range is perfect for applications requiring extra torque capacity. This popular range covers the entire spectrum of uses and performance vehicle requirements, either for additional torque capacity for towing, right through to performance enhanced engines and heavy-duty applications.

Burson Auto Parts also offers the premium quality EXEDY Safari Tuff range of 4WD replacement and performance clutches that have been tested under some of the toughest conditions that Australia and the world have to offer. The upgraded damper characteristics of the Safari Tuff range enables greater torque loads and improved drive train dynamics.

This range also features anodized cover pressings for resistance against corrosion and a graphite pressure plate casting for superior burst strength and heat dissipation. The EXEDY Safari Tuff 4WD clutch range from Burson Auto Parts also boasts a substantial increase in clamp load when compared with standard fitments.

Contact your local Burson Auto Parts store to discuss the EXEDY OE replacement or high performance clutch kits that will best suit your customers’ requirements and performance expectations by calling 1300 BURSON (1300 287 766)

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MAKE SHOCK ABSORBER CHECKING A PRIORITY FOR SAFER ROAD HOLIDAYS

All school holiday periods during 2018 will see many Australian and New Zealand motorists complete thousands of kilometres of driving with heavy vehicle payloads along with significant towing loads.




The stop and go grind of inner city driving creates significant suspension wear, so checking your customers’ vehicle shock absorbers and suspension components should always be a priority at any time a vehicle is being serviced or repaired. It becomes particularly important ahead of popular road holiday breaks.

According to Brydon Tweddell, Monroe Marketing Manager, the importance of regular checking and replacement of worn suspension components cannot be understated.

“Shock absorbers and suspension parts are exposed to constant wear and tear during daily driving conditions and these components play important roles in helping to protect the safety of drivers and their passengers. It is very important that all ride control components are checked with every service visit to enhance the safety of your customers’ cars,” Mr Tweddell stated.

Monroe ride performance product engineers recommend that a vehicle’s shock absorbers be thoroughly inspected every 20,000 kilometres and as a part of other vehicle services, such as tyre replacement, wheel alignment and brake repairs or replacement.

Shock absorbers often wear out gradually, which can make the loss of handling hard to detect. Worn shock absorbers and related suspension components can contribute to a variety of potential safety and reliability concerns. These include reduced steering control, increased braking distances along with increased and uneven tyre wear.

In severe cases, the increased road shock and vibration caused by badly worn shock absorbers has affected the durability and performance of other components, including steering linkage parts, suspension components and headlamps.

To ensure that your workshop is one in which Australian motorists seek for shock absorber checking and replacement, joining the 2018 Monroe Suspension Specialist Program places your business at the head of the field.

This program includes all of the consumer information, point of sale material and several other incentives that provide your workshop with the benefits of Monroe’s vast national consumer marketing campaign. To find out more, contact your Monroe Territory Manager or speak to Monroe’s customer service team on 1800 088 205.

Play the lead role in keeping your customers’ cars safe by always checking all ride performance components for wear and tear with every service or repair visit.

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March 27, 2018 - CAPRICORN RISK SERVICES PROVIDES AN INDEPENDENT FOCUS ON THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY

Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, and their Risk Services division, are placing major emphasis on the true value of your property.

Startling new research conducted by Capricorn Risk Services amongst its Members, has revealed that eight out of ten may not carry enough protection to cover the cost of replacing their premises after a major incident. Analysis of more than 500 commercial properties found that just 17 per cent had adequate building protection, meaning that a staggering 83 per cent of Capricorn Members may be leaving themselves financially exposed if they needed to make a claim.

To assist in dealing with this issue of under protection, Capricorn Risk Services has introduced a completely independent assessment of a building replacement value using an estimator tool that has been developed for Capricorn by global data analytics giant, CoreLogic.

Capricorn Members who protect their building with Capricorn Risk Services will now receive a report generated using the estimator tool with their renewal quote if the calculator indicates they may not be adequately protected. Even if a property is not currently protected through Capricorn Risk Services, a Capricorn Member can request an independent review to ensure that they are adequately covered by using the tool.

Capricorn Risk Services Chief Executive Officer Jim Glossat said that using the estimator tool is designed to give business operators peace of mind.

“It can be difficult for Members to calculate the replacement value of a building, so we’ve invested in a solution that will give them an independent estimate,” he said.

“People sometimes forget that while they have an ageing building now, they’ll have to replace it with a brand-new one. It’s not about what it is worth now; it is all about the replacement value. Members are now in a better position to assess whether they are adequately protected, so they aren’t exposed if something goes wrong,” he added.

Capricorn Members can also take part in a Capricorn Risk Services promotion that will see thousands of Capricorn Reward Points and an Ultra HD TV given away during March and April 2018.

All that Capricorn Members need to do is request a Capricorn Risk Services quote to receive an immediate bonus of 1,000 Capricorn Reward Points. Each Member who has requested a quote will also go into the running for an Ultra HD TV valued at $1,800.

Mutual Protection is provided through Capricorn Risk Services as an alternative to insurance. Having been a part of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry for more than four decades, the team at Capricorn perfectly understand your business and the specialised protections that are required.

To this end, Capricorn Risk Services offers you access to protections that are not typically covered by standard commercial insurance policies, including losses from theft of customer vehicles while stored on your premises, damage incurred during road testing and the risk of losses occurring as a result of faulty workmanship.

Capricorn Risk Services also provides access to a full suite of general insurance solutions to provide a one-stop shop for all Capricorn Members and other motor trade professionals. During March and April there is an instant 1,000 reward point gain simply for accessing a quote, while also being in the draw for the Ultra HD TV.

In addition to the 1,000 Capricorn Reward Points being offered during this promotion, Capricorn Members will earn additional reward points on any contributions and any premiums. They will also enjoy complimentary leisure travel insurance and access to their own Capricorn Risk Account Manager for personalised service.

This Capricorn promotion ends on April 30, 2018 and for more information on how you can benefit from membership in Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, visit www.capricorn.coop.

To request a quote for protection or insurance through Capricorn Risk Services send an email to: info@capricornrisk.com.

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March 22, 2018 - AUTOCARE 2018 FREE TRAINING PROGRAM RELEASED

Visitors to the Australian Automotive Industry event of the year, Autocare 2018, can look forward to a series of free informative training sessions focusing on the latest automotive component technology, servicing and diagnostic developments and much more conducted on the AutoMate Training Stage across two days of this inaugural industry convention which takes place at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on May 4 and 5.

Along with the free Autocare 2018 training sessions, over 100 of Australia’s leading automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers, distributors and service providers will also be out in force at this convention, offering customer assistance, advice and training.

Automotive repair business owners, automotive technicians and apprentices are invited to join their industry colleagues at Autocare 2018 to learn about the latest technological advances and the unprecedented developments taking place in the automotive servicing, repair, parts and maintenance sectors.

Autocare 2018’s series of free training sessions start from 9:30am on Friday and Saturday May 4 and 5 at the AutoMate Training Stage and include the following presentations:

·         How a Product is Developed – Brown & Watson International

·         Aftermarket Remotes and Transponder Cloning – Remote King

·         Performance Enhancement for Modern Automotive Workshops – Repco

·         Removal & Refit 2CT for D6GF1 Trans - Schaeffler

·         Utilising Scan Data in Modern Day Diagnostics – The Automotive Technician

·         Auto Logue – Autologic Diagnostics

·         Accelerate 30-30-30 Training – Accessory Belt Drive System (ABOS) – Gates Australia

·         From the Race Track to the Road – ZF Services Australia

·         Toyota Proximity Key Solution Made Easy – Carlab

·         Getting More Out of Your Scope with Pressure Waveform Analysis – The Automotive Technician

To view the full program of presenters and session times visit -  www.autocare.org.au

With senior engineering and management personnel in attendance from over 100 leading Australian automotive aftermarket companies who will have trade displays at Autocare 2018, attendees will also be able to access one-on-one contact for any further questions relating to their own specific workshop circumstances or challenges.

“We are calling all members of the automotive repair and service industry to take advantage of the detailed training being offered free of charge at Autocare 2018 on May 4 and 5 in Sydney. Never before has the industry faced such an important need to stay up to date with the latest product and servicing technology as the Australian car fleet continues to grow in size and complexity,” Stated AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity.

“We are fortunate to have so many companies who are Australian and international leaders in their field taking part in these free training sessions and trade displays, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring that the industry is kept up to date on the rapid developments that are currently disrupting the mechanical repair and service sectors at an unprecedented pace,” Mr Charity added.

Autocare 2018 is presented by Platinum sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR. This convention is also proudly supported by a host of the industry’s most successful companies including Brown and Watson International, Ryco Group, ASV Euro Car Parts, Burson Auto Parts and Hella, together with over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.

Autocare 2018 also includes a gala dinner sponsored by Pedders Suspension and a special outdoor feature car display at the newly constructed International Convention Centre located at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

The AAAA anticipates that over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the two day free entry trade display and onsite training activities, with many also electing to attend the bumper Autocare 2018 Convention education program. More information about the Autocare 2018 convention key note addresses and workshop discussions can be found at www.autocare.org.au.

All of this makes Autocare 2018 an education, networking and business development event that should not be missed by anyone seeking to grow their automotive repair, parts or service business well into the future. Register to attend at no cost by visiting the Autocare 2018 website – www.autocare.org.au.

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March 19, 2018 - CAPRICORN GROUP CEO GREG WALL TO RETIRE

Capricorn Group Chief Executive Officer Greg Wall has announced that he will retire from his role in June 2019.

Together with the support of the Capricorn Board of Directors, Wall’s experience and leadership has been integral to the continued success of this cooperative organisation. He and his team have ensured that Capricorn continues to generate record returns for all of its Member shareholders throughout his highly successful tenure.

According to Wall, this was not an easy decision to make, given Capricorn’s constant growth and success.

“This was not an easy decision and it followed careful consideration and deliberation with both the Capricorn Board and my family.

“Capricorn is in great shape and has such an exciting future ahead. It is and will continue to be a great organisation and I have loved every minute of making it “just easier” for our Members to run and grow their businesses. I am so proud of what we have achieved together over the nearly seven years since I joined Capricorn,” He stated.

“I will work with the Capricorn Board to plan and deliver the best possible outcome in terms of my successor as Capricorn continues to evolve and go from strength to strength.

“It has been a pleasure to be at the helm of this wonderful cooperative. In the meantime I look forward to continuing to make it “just easier” for all of our Members,” Mr Wall said.

Mr Wall has deliberately made this early retirement announcement in the interests of complete transparency to both the Capricorn Board and the many thousands of Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand.

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March 15, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS ON TRACK IN 2018

 
Australia’s Burson Auto Parts is on track for another record year both on the shop floor and on the track, as the company’s exciting motorsport marketing program kicks into gear across the country.

Headlining Burson Auto Parts’ motor racing involvement in 2018 is the second year of the company’s major sponsorship of Bathurst 1000 Champion driver and 2014 Super2 Series Champion Paul Dumbrell.

The striking matt black Burson Auto Parts VF Commodore Supercar was a fan favourite in 2017 thanks to Dumbrell’s outstanding race performances. Dumbrell, who is also a senior executive of the Bapcor Group, has already started his 2018 title fight strongly, having won two of the three Super2 races held at the Adelaide 500 opening round in March to lead the six round Championship, with all rounds to be held in conjunction with the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Burson Auto Parts continues its series sponsorship of the highly popular Touring Car Masters (TCM) Series in 2018. Competing across eight rounds in support of the Supercars, this series brings back the muscle cars of the sport from bygone eras, all fitted with modern suspension, powertrain and safety gear to ensure fast, close and exciting racing. The thunderous power and speed of the TCM Series ensures that it is consistently voted by Supercar race fans as the most popular support category of all.

The grass roots level of Australian motorsport is also supported strongly by Burson Auto Parts, whom for a third year will be supporting the CAMS Future Star Awards while also co-presenting the Australian Formula 4 Championship. The CAMS Future Star Awards identify outstanding young motor racing talent through state, national and club level racing category awards. Formula 4 is an international specification open wheeler category that represents a step towards future international competition for talented young racing drivers.

While Burson Auto Parts lends its support to our future motor racing stars, this leading Australian automotive aftermarket company has not forgotten the sport’s heritage and the enduring legacy of its superstar cars and drivers of the past. To this end, Burson Auto Parts also continues to support the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR), with Burson Auto Parts being the naming rights sponsor of one of the nation’s most popular historic racing category events, the Phillip Island Classic, which was held on March 10 and 11. This outstanding event saw record crowds enjoy exciting motor racing from cars and stars of decades gone by, including a full field of ground trembling Formula 5000 cars.

“Motorsport has proven to be a highly effective platform to promote Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment to our core market of automotive repairers, along with motoring enthusiasts located across the country,” Craig Magill, Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager stated.

“We look forward to a safe and exciting season ahead in 2018 to all of our sponsored competitors and categories,” Mr Magill added. 

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March 9. 2018 - NEW SUZUKI, FORD & PEUGEOT MODELS RIDE WITH THE BEST

 
One of the world’s leading ride performance product manufacturers, Tenneco, parent company of the world’s top selling Monroe brand of replacement shock absorbers, is pleased to announce the supply of the company’s Multi-Tuned Valve (MTV) shock absorbers for both the newly released Suzuki Swift Sport, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire vehicle range and the reigning European Car of the Year, the Peugeot 3008 SUV.

The latest generation Swift, which made its debut in September at one of the world’s largest car shows, IAA 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany, features front struts and rear shock absorbers designed and manufactured by Tenneco. This continues the global company’s strong association with Suzuki that spans more than a decade.

Tenneco is also supplying Monroe high performance passive suspension dampers featuring the company’s exclusive MTV technology on Ford’s latest Fiesta models; Trend, Titanium, Vignale, ST-Line, and Active.

The 2017 European Car of the Year, the Peugeot 3008 SUV also owes its responsive handling and superb ride comfort to Tenneco’s MTV technology, which is the result of decades of Monroe shock absorber engineering and innovation.

This clamp-disc, full-displacement valve system is engineered to provide precise handling and driving comfort across a variety of driving environments.  Offering extensive tuning options, excellent noise reduction and long-lasting durability compared with conventional designs, Tenneco’s MTV valve technology is a leading choice for a wide range of performance vehicle applications. 

Covering both mono-tube and double-tube shock absorbers, Tenneco’s MTV ride performance technology can be applied all the way from compact sports vehicles to premium class prestige performance vehicles.

Tenneco produces the MTV suspension technology for the Dzire model at the company’s Bawal plant in India, and at Tenneco’s Gliwice and Hodkovice plants in Europe for the Swift Sport, Ford Fiesta models and the Peugeot 3008 SUV.

“We are delighted to support the 2017 European Car of the Year and to continue Tenneco’s long tradition of developing and supplying innovative ride control products that enhance vehicle performance and help deliver a superior driving experience,” said Martin Hendricks, Executive Vice President and President, Ride Performance, Tenneco.

“Tenneco’s MTV valve technology has been precision engineered to offer our customers greater flexibility when it comes to tuning vehicle ride characteristics for the best possible balance of performance and comfort,” He added.

Offering extensive tuning options, excellent noise reduction and long lasting durability compared with conventional designs, Tenneco’s MTV valve technology is a leading choice for a wide range of performance vehicle applications. 

Covering both mono-tube and double-tube shock absorbers, Tenneco’s MTV ride performance technology can be applied all the way from compact sports vehicles to premium class prestige performance vehicles.                               

Tenneco produces the MTV suspension technology for the Dzire model at the company’s Bawal plant in India, and at Tenneco’s Gliwice and Hodkovice plants in Europe for the Swift Sport, Ford Fiesta models and the Peugeot 3008 SUV.

Tenneco designs and develops a broad range of passive, adaptive and semi-active shock absorbers to meet the needs of its OE customers across multiple segments and markets. This is also why the Monroe aftermarket shock absorber range is consistently the most comprehensive of any ride performance product brand available to the trade.

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March 8, 2018 - WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

Every so often an automotive aftermarket trade promotion comes along with a major prize that is so extraordinary, it is impossible not to be a part of.

Burson Auto Parts, together with no less than 11 of its major suppliers, are offering ten lucky Burson Auto Parts trade account customers the trip of a lifetime to New York.

Any Burson Auto Parts trade account customer who spends the qualifying amount of $5,000 worth of product across all or any of the 13 brands included from now until April 30, 2018 will receive 10 entries to the competition, with every additional $500 spent with any of the participating brands until the end of April generating extra entries and chances to win.

The 13 brands included in this outstanding Burson Auto Parts trade promotion are all fast moving, regular automotive workshop service parts and lubricants from Penrite, Tridon, NGK, KYB, DBA, Dayco, Premier Auto Trade (PAT), Ryco, SuperPro, Bendix, Narva, Projecta and JAS Oceania.

The ten major prize winners will fly Premium Economy to New York City to embark on their trip of a lifetime. This incredible major prize includes seven nights at a four star inner city hotel with all breakfasts and dinners included, along with each of the following unforgettable experiences:

-          Helicopter tour of New York City

-          New York Mets Baseball game

-          Madison Square Garden rock concert

-          Major Broadway show

-          New York Police Department (NYPD) Tour

-          Lunch at Central Park along with more New York City day tours

The total value of the prizes being offered to all ten winners of this major Burson Auto Parts trade promotion is in excess of $200,000.

Registration is not required as entries are added automatically from your Burson Auto Parts trade account purchases. Then once your account has reached $5000 of purchases from any or all of the 13 participating brands, you are well in the running with ten entries. You have until April 30 to maximise your chances to win by purchasing parts and lubricants from a selection of the most trusted brands in the business, with every additional $500 spent earning an additional entry to the draw.

“This is an exciting trade promotion that has ten major prizes that are beyond all comparison,” Peter Cheney, Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Merchandising and Procurement stated.

“We look forward to having many of our trade account customers taking part and to giving a very lucky ten of them a New York City trip that they will never forget,” he added.

To find out more contact visit the Burson Auto Parts website at www.burson.com.au or call 1300 BURSON (287 766).

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March 6, 2018 - DAYCO RALLY TEAM OFF TO A STRONG START IN 2018

The motorsport year has raced to a strong start for Dayco Australia Rally Team driver Alan Roe at the opening round of the 2018 CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship held in Northern Tasmania.

The new season has seen the Dayco sponsored team part ways with their trusty and successful Mitsubishi Evo 6, making the move to a brand new BMW M2.

After spending the off season testing and developing the team’s impressive new tarmac rally car, Roe and co-driver Michael Lloyd made a successful racing debut in Tasmania in February.

 The Dayco BMW M2 team were immediately on the pace from the start of the rally, running in third position after a very wet and treacherous opening day. The slippery conditions continued into the second day, with Roe and Lloyd maintaining superb pace to earn a podium finish in their debut race with their new car.

 According to Dayco racer Alan Roe, the team’s detailed pre-season work is paying dividends.

“During the rally off-season we have put many hours into refining the M2 for the demands of Tarmac rallying. Shepparton BMW have helped us to get the most out of the latest electronic systems that are present in the M2. We have worked closely with MCA Suspension to get the handling more to our liking and have recently been able to gain access to the ECU for some added performance tuning. Of course our Dayco belts and thermal management components are always up to the demands of front line tarmac racing.”

The Dayco BMW M2 will be racing at the three remaining 2018 CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship rounds, starting with one of the world’s most renowned Tarmac Rally events, Targa Tasmania from April 16 to 21. This is followed by Targa Great Barrier Reef from August 31st to 2nd of sept  and Targa High Country in Victoria from November 9 to 11.

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March 2, 2018 - NO EXCUSE FOR DELAYS WITH COMPULSORY TAKATA AIRBAG REPLACEMENTS

Australia’s peak body representing independent automotive repairers, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), advises that there are abundant repair resources across the country ready to assist in handling the enormous backlog of faulty Takata Airbag replacements.

There are thousands of professional repairers equipped with the facilities required, located in major cities and in rural areas, who are ready to assist in ensuring the safety  of two million Australian vehicle owners.

With many car dealers already sub-contracting work to independent repairers, it makes perfect sense to meet the demand of the compulsory Takata Airbag recall by significantly speeding up the pace of what has been a painfully slow and increasingly dangerous recall process.

According to AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity, more than 20,000 independent automotive repair businesses equipped with professional technicians stand ready to assist in a timely and co-ordinated industry response to this unprecedented consumer safety issue.

“By including independent repairers to assist in meeting the demand of so many justifiably concerned Australian motorists and their families, this major recall process gains the efficiency benefits of a footprint of more than 20,000 independent repairers along with their highly trained technicians who are located all over Australia, not only in major cities.

“It has become very clear that the voluntary process co-ordinated by the car companies and their dealer networks simply does not have the resources to meet the demand and to ensure a timely solution to so many affected Australian car owners.

“I have written to the CEO of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) and the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, to advise that Australia’s aftermarket repair sector and all of its vast resources and expertise is ready to assist to ensure the safety of affected Australian vehicle owners,” Mr Charity stated.

Another important issue that the AAAA notes is the fact that car companies often do not have contact details for the second or third owners of vehicles that are equipped with faulty Takata Airbags. It is the independent repairers who work on these cars every day and with recall notices going to the last known address of each car’s first owner, it’s little wonder there are still millions of cars with faulty airbags on Australian roads, nine years after the first voluntary recalls of  faulty Takata airbags were announced.

The AAAA also notes that it is of major concern that the car manufacturers still appear to be placing the blame on this incredibly slow process of replacing these faulty airbags on their customers. The frustrated responses that many Australian motorists have made clear throughout various media channels at not being able to have their faulty airbag replacement work done by their dealers in a reasonable period of time, has made it abundantly clear that the problem is most definitely the other way around.

“To think that any motorist would be content to knowingly drive a car with a faulty and dangerous airbag and decide not take it into their dealer for recall replacement is beyond absurd,” Mr Charity stated.

“It wreaks of an industry looking for excuses as to the inexplicable delays that have taken place since the first voluntary Takata Airbag recalls were announced in 2009.”

“This very dangerous situation is yet another example of why we need a mandatory code for the sharing of repair and service information with independent repairers. A mandatory code will ensure that the diagnosis and rectification of dangerous faults, such as the safety critical information that is required for an airbag recall, can be organised and dealt with quickly,” Mr Charity said.

“The excuses have to stop and a co-ordinated national industry response enacted immediately – people’s lives are at stake here,” He added.

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited (AAAA): The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,500 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $14 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

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March 1, 2018 - GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS TO A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE WITH HELP FROM THE EXPERTS AT AUTOCARE 2018

The major Australian automotive aftermarket industry event of the year, Autocare 2018, welcomes members of the automotive trade from Sydney, regional New South Wales and across the country to take part and learn more about the bright future ahead for their businesses.

Presented by Platinum sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, Autocare 2018 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre on May 4 and 5.

Autocare 2018 offers mechanical repairers, collision repairers and their automotive parts supply chain colleagues the opportunity to gain the latest information, advice and education to help guide their businesses towards a highly successful and profitable future.

Members of the automotive trade are welcome to register to attend both days of Autocare 2018 free of charge.

More than 100 of Australia’s top automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers and industry service providers will provide Autocare 2018 visitors with their products and services on display along with providing practical demonstrations of modern repair technology and processes designed to make your businesses more efficient, productive and sustainable.

Autocare 2018 will feature the AutoMate Training Stage that will provide regular and detailed technical presentations throughout this two day education-led industry event. These presentations will reveal and discuss the latest innovations in mechanical and collision repair technology.

Automotive trade visitors to Autocare 2018 will also enjoy a feature car display and experience the latest in refinishing technology courtesy of the Lowbake Australia portable spray booth, which will be located at the spacious outdoor deck of the new Sydney International Convention Centre. 

The importance of this Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) organised event cannot be understated.

“Education has never played a more important role in the future of Australia’s independent repairers and service providers,” Stated AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity.

“The disruption caused by rapid developments in repair and servicing diagnostics, procedures and component technologies, now places enormous importance on the need to be accurately and regularly informed to ensure your business sustainability and long term growth. This is what Autocare 2018 is all about,” Mr Charity added.

For those who are seeking to gain the most knowledge and industry education from Autocare 2018, this national convention includes three targeted information streams relating to the Supply Chain, Mechanical Repair and Collision Repair sectors of the industry. Each of these Autocare 2018 Convention information streams feature some of the most experienced corporate and automotive industry identities from Australia and around the world. Each will deliver detailed presentations designed to assist you in guiding your business towards continued and increased success in the future.

Autocare 2018 Convention participants will hear directly from ACCC Chairman Rod Sims, who will outline the ACCC’s findings and recommendations following their comprehensive 18 month market study into New Car Retailing and the implications of these findings for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry.

United States based Auto Care Association Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Aaron Lowe and President of the International Automotive Technicians Network Scott Brown, will both make two special presentations at Autocare 2018. One of Australia’s most highly regarded Economists Saul Eastlake and famed demographer Bernard Salt join a vast list of convention stream specific speakers and major industry identities taking part in this not to be missed educational industry event.

While attendance at the information stream specialised Autocare 2018 convention presentations has a cost component, it is also important to note that members of the trade who wish to visit Autocare 2018, meet with the companies on display and learn from the interactive training displays and take part in the event’s networking opportunities, can do so free of charge throughout this first major automotive aftermarket industry event to be held in Sydney in five years. 

Autocare 2018 will also feature a Gala Dinner event that members of the trade can also attend, designed as a major networking opportunity for repairers, suppliers and service providers.

Along with Platinum sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, Autocare 2018 is also supported by a host of the industry’s most successful companies including Brown and Watson International, Ryco / GUD Automotive, Burson Auto Parts,  Hella Australia, ASV Euro Car Parts, Narva, Pedders Suspension, SAPE Group, Lowbake, iBodyshop, CESA Products and Stenhoj Australia together with over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.

You can register to attend Autocare 2018 quickly and easily online at www.autocare.org.au or visit the website to find out more about this premier automotive repair, service and parts supply chain industry event.

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February 22, 2018 - MONROE’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE RIDE PERFORMANCE PRODUCT CATALOGUE RELEASED

 
Australia and New Zealand’s leader in aftermarket ride performance products, Monroe, has released its most comprehensive ride performance product catalogue to date.

This new catalogue ensures that Australia and New Zealand’s suspension specialists and  automotive repairers have fast and easy access to the broadest range of premium quality Monroe replacement shock absorbers and associated ride performance products.

The 2018-19 Monroe Passenger Vehicle Catalogue features 615 new applications, including 30 new vehicle manufacturer listings. This ensures that the Monroe aftermarket range continues to cover the replacement requirements of Australia and New Zealand’s diverse and constantly growing vehicle car parc.

The new Monroe catalogue also features 324 new Monroe part numbers across five product types. There are seven new Monroe cartridges, 93 new shock absorber products, 29 spring seat shock absorber products, 74 new struts and 121 new Monroe Max-Lift boot, bonnet and hatch support applications.

Across the market leading Monroe shock absorber range, the new catalogue includes 49 new Monroe OE Spectrum shock absorbers, 18 new Monroe GT Gas Reflex applications and no fewer than 45 new Monroe Gas Magnum TDT four wheel drive shock absorber applications. There is also a total of 52 new Monroe-Matic Plus part numbers and 13 new Monroe Gas Magnum applications. 26 new Monroe Original shock absorber applications have also been added to Monroe’s unrivalled aftermarket product range, which has also seen no fewer than 121 new Monroe Max-Lift replacement bonnet, canopy, boot and hatch supports introduced.

The new Monroe 2018-2019 Passenger Vehicle Catalogue also includes unprecedented European vehicle coverage. With such a broad range of premium quality, built to last aftermarket suspension products, Monroe further solidifies the brand’s market leading position as the most trusted choice of automotive repairers and suspension specialists.

All of the new additions to the Monroe ride performance product range along with detailed mounting information and images can also be accessed 24/7 via Monroe’s online catalogue at www.monroe.com.au.

Hard copies of the Monroe 2018-2019 Passenger Vehicle Catalogue are available from your Monroe distributor, Monroe Territory  Manager or the Monroe Customer Service team. For more information or to request a copy call the Monroe Customer Service team on 1800 088 205.

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February 20, 2018 - ANTHONY HUGHES APPOINTED TO THE ROLE OF BURSON AUTO PARTS NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

Burson Auto Parts welcomes a new and highly experienced executive to Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools and workshop equipment.

Anthony Hughes has been appointed to the role of Burson Auto Parts National Sales Manager, joining the Australian company after a stellar career with two of Australia’s largest petroleum and lubricant manufacturing and marketing companies.

After gaining his Trade Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Hughes commenced his professional career as an Apprentice Maintenance Fitter with Kinnears Australia, becoming a Manufacturing Engineer with the company within five years.

 After joining Mobil as a Fluid Services Engineer in 2000, Hughes worked on the company’s OEM business with Ford Australia along with being tasked with several other major responsibilities.

 In 2003 Hughes began his career with Caltex Australia that spanned 14 years across the management positions of Fluid Services Engineer, Industrial Business Manager, National Solutions Development Manager, National Automotive / OEM Business Development Manager and National Sales Manager – Automotive / OEM. Hughes pursued further tertiary qualifications during this phase of his career, including an Advanced Diploma in Operations and a Bachelor of Business, providing him with a unique combination of mechanical and engineering knowledge combined with sales and business management skills.

 Hughes brings vast sales management skills to this role with Burson Auto Parts during an exciting period of sustained growth for this Australian company.

 “I am excited about joining the Burson team in the role of National Sales Manager. The dynamic history and promising future of the Burson business provides a very appealing prospect for my next professional journey,” Mr Hughes said.

 “I am looking forward to bringing my skills and expertise to the business and working with the Burson team to assist the company in continuing and growing its trade focus. I am also looking forward to having a positive impact on shaping the experience that our customers encounter with Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment,” He added. 

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February 14, 2018 - DAYCO RACER DAVID RUSSELL COMPLETES CO-DRIVER LINE UP FOR TICKFORD RACING

Filling the team’s final co-driver slot for the 2018 Supercars season, Tickford Racing has signed veteran David Russell to its roster, completing the four-car, eight-driver lineup that will contest the season’s 16 race events and the Enduro Cup. Russell comes to Tickford Racing with nearly two decades’ worth of experience in Australian motor racing, including co-driver roles in each of the last eight seasons.
 
“Obviously it’s a fantastic opportunity to join Tickford Racing,” said Russell, who will compete in the Enduro Cup which includes the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000, and Gold Coast 600 across September and October. “The performance that the team has had in the past and particularly at the end of 2017, winning the Enduro Cup, they’re definitely one of the teams to beat at the moment, so to join the team for 2018 is very exciting. It’s a great opportunity to join a group that’s getting their runs on the board and definitely have fast cars to do the job. The proof’s in the results the past few years and where the team’s at, so obviously it’s good to be a part of it.”
 
Hailing from Casino, New South Wales, Russell joins Tickford Racing as it attempts to defend its maiden Enduro Cup crown, claimed by Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen in 2017. The 36-year old Russell finalises a band of co-drivers that includes returnees Owen and Dean Canto, as well as James Moffat, who had raced full-time in the series from 2011-2017.


A familiar face on Supercars race weekends, Russell has competed in Supercars and its support categories since the beginning of the millennium, including nine Bathurst 1000 appearances in 31 Supercars starts. Coincidentally, he made his first Supercars start in a Ford Falcon in 2003, competing with Fernández Racing at the Bathurst 1000, and it is not the only reunion afforded by his signing.
 
“I’ve definitely had some success with the Blue Oval,” Russell added. “Right back to my first start even in what is now Super2. My first win at Bathurst in Supercars was in a Ford in the development series. Funny enough, that car was built by FPR, which obviously is now Tickford Racing, and (Tickford Racing chief engineer) Nathaniel Osbourne was acutally my engineer that weekend, so there’s some really nice alliances there and it will be great to work under him as well and bring our relationships full circle.”
 
Tickford Racing CEO and team principal Tim Edwards is also excited by the partnership, and looks forward to seeing the experienced Russell brings to the team.
 
“We are very pleased to have David join our program,” Edwards said. “He’s another veteran to complement our main game lineup which is fairly young. Given his experience and knowledge it shouldn’t take him long to get up to speed, and he should be able to offer helpful insights to all our drivers. Obviously one of our main goals this season is to defend our Enduro Cup win, and David completes a lineup which we believe will give us four pairs of drivers capable of doing that. We’re looking forward to getting the season started, and hopefully we can enjoy more strong results.”
 
While driver pairings for the Enduro Cup are yet to be finalised, all four co-drivers will partake in portions of Friday's Supercars open test at Sydney Motorsport Park. Enduro Cup pairings will be announced at a later date.
 
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February 8, 2018 - CAPRICORN SEARCHES FOR STAR APPRENTICES WITH RISING STARS COMPETITION 

Capricorn kicks off the New Year with a new and exciting Member promotion that seeks to locate star apprentices among its 17,000 plus Member workshops across Australia and New Zealand.

The Capricorn Rising Stars competition seeks to recognise and reward the talented young people who represent the future of our automotive repair industry. With a shortage of qualified mechanics and technicians, Capricorn is looking to encourage apprentices who show initiative and commitment to learn along with passion for the auto industry. 

Capricorn Members are asked to nominate their apprentices, with a group of finalists and the winner to be selected by a panel that consists of some of the most experienced professionals in the Australasian automotive aftermarket industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel includes David Fraser, CEO Automotive - Capricorn, Sean Rahaley, General Manager - Castrol,  Stuart Charity, Executive Director - Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Jeff Smit, Technical Editor and Director - TaT Biz, Rachael Sheldrick, Director - Workshop Whisperer and Gavin Cribb, Education Manager - Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Bendigo Kangan Institute.

The apprentice automotive technician who is selected as the winner of the Capricorn Rising Stars competition will take his workshop boss and two friends on a trip to the spectacular 2018 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Supercar race event held on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 19 to 21 thanks to major sponsor, Castrol. 

The Capricorn Member who nominates the winning Capricorn Rising Star apprentice will also receive industry renowned Workshop Whisperer customer service training for their business and their apprentice as part of the winner’s prizes.

All Capricorn Rising Star competition finalists will win a $1,000 tool kit from Repco, rewarding and assisting them during this important early stage of their careers. All finalists will also receive an AutoMate online training program to keep them updated on the latest vehicle technology, providing integral technical assistance in the constantly developing automotive service and repair sector of the industry.

The Capricorn Rising Stars winner and finalists will also receive tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner & Tradeshow in their region, along with a profile story in Capricorn’s Ignition Member magazine.

This competition is supported by long term Capricorn Preferred Suppliers and strong supporters of apprentice career development in the automotive repair industry; Castrol, Repco, AutoMate, TaT Biz and the Workshop Whisperer.

According to Greg Wall, Capricorn Group CEO, the Capricorn Rising Stars competition is set to reveal and reward some of the most outstanding young individuals of our industry from Capricorn’s Australasian Member base.

“The Capricorn Rising Stars competition is all about promoting and encouraging the people who represent the future of the automotive repair industry. We strongly encourage our Members to nominate their apprentices who will then be in the running for our top prize along with our range of finalists’ prizes. It is a great way to reward the apprentices that are displaying outstanding commitment so early in their automotive repair careers,” Mr Wall stated.

Capricorn Members can nominate their star apprentices quickly and easily online at www.capricornrisingstars.com with entries closing on April 30, 2018. The highly detailed selection and judging process will see the finalists announced by July 1 and the Capricorn Rising Stars winner will be announced on August 1, 2018.

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January 25, 2018 - 1,000,000 VELOCITY POINTS WON FOR A SERVICE AT MIDAS

The fantastic prizes keep coming with Midas, one of Australia’s most trusted automotive service and repair providers.

Partnering with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Loyalty Program, Midas offered Velocity members nationwide the chance to travel the world with 1,000,000 Velocity points during November and December 2017.

Conducted across the entire Australian Midas network of more than 80 automotive service centres, this promotion proved to be extraordinarily popular with thousands of customers, ensuring that their cars were serviced ahead of the busy festive season holiday period.

Each Velocity member who booked an eligible vehicle service with Midas from November 19 to December 31 2017 also gained 6,000 bonus Velocity points in addition to the standard two points per dollar earn rate, along with being in the running to win 1,000,000 Velocity points.

Midas customers were required to book and have their car serviced during the promotional period, then enter their details on the Midas website to be in the running for the major prize.

The lucky winner, Jorge Yap, had his name drawn on January 10, 2018. Mr Yap had his car serviced at Midas Notting Hill (VIC) on the 21st of November, 2017.

“I still can’t believe that I won the 1,000,000 Velocity points!,” Mr Yap stated.

“I had heard a lot of good things about Midas so when I saw the Velocity points competition being advertised I thought I’d give the Notting Hill branch a try. Not only was the car service done perfectly, the customer service that I received from David and his team there was great.

“Then five weeks go by and I get a phone call from Midas telling me that I had won! It was unbelievable. Now I am scanning the world for where I want to go using the 1,000,000 Velocity points that I now have thanks to being a Midas customer,” He said.

Midas General Manager of Service, Mark Geraghty, was delighted with the response to this national pre-Christmas retail promotion.

“It is rare in the automotive service business to have such a fantastic major prize on offer.  This brought many new and existing customers to our service centres across the country, also ensuring safer cars on our roads for the festive season holiday break. There is no doubt that having the opportunity to travel wherever you like, in whichever class you like with 1,000,000 Velocity points, proved to be a major enticement for thousands of Australian motorists. All Velocity members who took part received 6,000 bonus points as well as their two points per dollar spent, which made everyone a winner,” Mr Geraghty stated.

“Congratulations from all of us at Midas to Jorge Yap, we wish him many safe and happy travels using his 1,000,000 Velocity points – no matter how hard he tries, he won’t be spending them all at once!” He added.

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January 19, 2018 - REDISCOVER CAPRICORN AND WIN IN 2018

Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand can enjoy a great start to 2018 by taking part in the Rediscover Capricorn promotion. 

Capricorn Members have a range of benefits that are exclusively available to them to make running their automotive repair, service or sales businesses easier to operate. These include exclusive Capricorn Member services such as the Capricorn Fuel Card, Capricorn Risk Services for all business and personal risk protection requirements, Capricorn Travel in Australia and CAP ezi-parts in New Zealand.
 

An exciting Capricorn promotion is underway during the first six months of 2018 to encourage Members to make the most out of being a part of Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, by engaging with all of the numerous Member benefits available to them.
 
Every two months from January to June 2018, a new major prize will be up for grabs, starting in January and February with the opportunity to win free fuel for a year.  To enter the draw to win free fuel for a year, Capricorn Members can simply open a new Capricorn Fuel Card account or spend $50 on their existing Capricorn Fuel Card.
 
During March and April 2018, Capricorn Members who request a quote from Capricorn Risk Services for their business risk protection or other insurance requirements, will be entered into the draw to win an Ultra HD TV.  

During May and June 2018, Australian Capricorn Members who make a booking with Capricorn Travel or New Zealand Members who use Capricorn ezi-parts, will be entered into the draw to win a holiday.
 
According to Greg Wall, Capricorn Group CEO, this new promotion seeks to ensure that Capricorn Members receive the maximum possible benefits from their Capricorn involvement.
 
“As a cooperative, we are always seeking to do more for our Members. The more that Members engage with Capricorn by using the services that we provide, the greater our capacity becomes to give back with benefits such as Capricorn Reward Points, Dividend Payments or access to valuable new services such as Capricorn Service Data and Capricorn Vehicle Videos,” Mr Wall stated.
 
“We look forward to seeing many of our Members taking part in this promotion to truly rediscover the advantages of being a Capricorn Member in 2018, with a number of lucky prize winners drawn along the way,” Mr Wall added.
 
If you are not a Capricorn Member, send an email to join@capricorn.coop to apply for membership, so your business can take part in the Rediscover Capricorn promotion, while also making your business far more rewarding and easier to run. To find out more about becoming a Capricorn Member, visit www.capricorn.coop .

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January 10, 2018 - MIDAS JUSTICE LEAGUE COMPETITION A MAJOR SUCCESS

One of Australia’s most trusted automotive service and repair providers, Midas, partnered with Warner Bros. and Roadshow Films to promote the release of the hit DC Comics movie, Justice League, in late 2017.

Conducted across the national Midas network of more than 80 automotive service centres, the promotion saw thousands of Midas customers take part by booking their car for a service during the promotion period which ran from October 3 to November 30, 2017.

Along with each customer service booking at any Midas store nationwide, every customer was able to redeem tickets online to be among the first to see the Justice League movie.

Bringing together an unprecedented number of super-heroes in one action packed, family friendly blockbuster,the Justice League movie features timeless DC Comics stars Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.

Once the Justice League movie tickets were redeemed, each Midas customer was automatically placed in the draw to win the major prize, a Warner Bros. Movie World Experience for four people including flights and five nights’ accommodation at Sea World Nara Resort on the Gold Coast.

The lucky Midas Justice League competition grand prize winner is Raymund Jorge who took his car for servicing to Midas Liverpool (NSW) during November 2017.

“It was a great surprise as well as very exciting when I found out that I had won the Midas Justice League competition. What a fantastic Christmas present, thanks Midas,” Mr Jorge said.

According to Midas General Manager of Service, Mark Geraghty, this promotion exceeded the expectations of both Midas and the automotive service company’s promotion partners Warner Bros. and Roadshow Films.

“The Midas Justice League promotion has been a great success. Our service centres experienced a 30% jump in new customers and we received thousands of online entries. Our competition partners, Warner Bros. and Roadshow Films, were excited by the results and are keen to do more with Midas as an on-going partner,” Mr Geraghty stated.

“For over four decades, customer care and the Australian public’s trust in our work have been the pillars for the success Midas has achieved. It is great to combine our care for Australians’ cars with successful promotions that tap into the country’s number one pastime activity,” He added.    

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December 20, 2017 - AAAA WELCOMES CRAIG LAUNDY’S APPOINTMENT AS MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS  

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the national industry association representing thousands of small and family businesses in the automotive repair and servicing sector, along with automotive component, tools and accessory manufacturers, welcomes the appointment of the Hon. Craig Laundy as Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplaces and De-regulation. Mr Laundy brings a highly experienced Small Business pedigree to the Ministry that will resonate strongly with AAAA members.

The AAAA wishes to sincerely thank the Hon. Michael McCormack who, during his tenure as Federal Minister for Small Business, supported the AAAA’s efforts to achieve a fairer playing field for the nation’s independent automotive repairers and more than 17 million Australian vehicle owners during the AAAA’s seven year Choice of Repairer campaign.

Mr McCormack’s intervention led to the 18 month Australian Competition and Consumer Competition (ACCC) investigation into New Car Retailing with the detailed Final Report released on December 14, 2017.  

In a major win for the vast majority of Australian car owners who select independent repairers to service and maintain their cars, the ACCC’s Final Report recommended the establishment of a mandatory scheme that will compel all car companies operating in Australia to share the same repair and service information that they currently share with their dealerships, with independent repairers, on fair and reasonable commercial terms.  

“We thank Mr McCormack for following through on the Coalition pre-election promise and assisting us in our fight to achieve fairness for our many small and family owned automotive repairers across the country and for millions of Australian car owners,” AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity stated. 

“We welcome Mr Laundy as he takes on this new and expanded Federal Ministry Portfolio and look forward to working closely with him to ensure that the ACCC’s Final Report recommendations are fully implemented, ensuring a much fairer deal for many thousands of small and family owned automotive repair and service businesses, along with their millions of customers across the nation,” Mr Charity added.
 

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited (AAAA):

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,500 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $14 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

 

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December 15, 2017 - AUTOCARE 2018 BRINGS OUT THE BIG NAMES

A highly impressive schedule of key note speakers, leading local and international industry executive identities and events will form Australia’s premier automotive aftermarket industry convention, Autocare 2018, to be held on May 4 and 5 at the Sydney International Convention Centre.

Autocare 2018 is an education, information and industry development focussed event that has been designed to address the latest developments, trends and issues facing the automotive aftermarket parts and service supply chain sector. This Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) organised event has left no stone unturned to ensure that members involved in the automotive parts manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and retail sectors, along with industry service providers, gain the maximum benefits from taking part.  

The convention is presented by Platinum sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, and is supported by a host of the industry’s most successful companies including Brown and Watson International, Ryco / GUD Automotive, ASV Euro Car Parts and Pedders Suspension together with more than 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.

The AAAA is delighted to announce that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims, will provide the opening keynote address at Autocare 2018.  The ACCC Chairman’s address will outline the major findings and recommendations arising from their market study into the new car retailing industry and its implications for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry.

Mr Sims will also outline how the nation’s competition watchdog views our industry, the level competitiveness of our sector and how they monitor specific areas of anti-competitive and anti-consumer behaviours. Autocare 2018 visitors will find out what the ACCC intends to do to ensure that the independent aftermarket can have confidence in the future. A future that enables consumers to exercise choice of repairer and parts, a future in which fair and open competition is monitored and enforced. 

The program of industry leading speakers who will bring their vast Supply Chain sector expertise to Autocare 2018 represents an ensemble of global and local industry influencers, strategists, researchers and economists.

United States based Auto Care Association Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Aaron Lowe, will be joined by the AAAA’s Senior Manager of Government Relations & Advocacy, Lesley Yates to provide an update on the global Right To Repair campaign along with the impact of telematics and software driven automotive components on the future of our industry.

One of the nation’s best known and trusted Macro-economists, Saul Eslake, will contribute his vast knowledge in monitoring, analysing and predicting Australian economic trends at Autocare 2018.  As a former Chief Economist for McIntosh Securities, National Mutual Funds Management, ANZ and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Saul is more than well qualified to provide a highly accurate glimpse at our long term economic future that should not be missed. 

Autocare 2018’s outstanding roster of key note speakers also includes one of Australia’s leading social commentators, Bernard Salt from The Demographics Group, who will provide his well-researched insights to assist attendees to ensure their businesses effectively connects with the customer of the future.

The AAAA has made a significant investment in ground breaking consumer research which will be presented for the first time at the convention by leading automotive market research firm TKP.  Based on a customer insights survey of 1,500 Australian car owners, the findings will provide attendees with a complete understanding of the workshop customer; how they decide which workshop to visit, what factors are critical to customer satisfaction, loyalty and recommendation. Research findings also include the importance of price relative to other considerations on which workshop customers select, views on fixed price servicing, perceived differences between independent and dealer workshops and a great deal more.  

Nikki Gerling, the Automotive Aftermarket General Manager of Bosch Australia and New Zealand will address the future of mobility in an address titled ‘Electrified. Connected. Automated’.

The Digital age of doing business will be covered by Bruce Morrison, Managing Director of MotorActive, Leon Saliba, the Co-Founder and CEO of Sparesbox and Autoguru CEO Eden Shirley who will address the entry of Amazon into the Australian market and how to effectively leverage online retail opportunities and digital intermediaries .

The future of the Australian automotive marketplace will also be a key topic addressed at Autocare 2018 by the ACA Head of Automotive Research, Steve Nuttall who will be joined by ACA Account Director Ben Selwyn.

Companies looking to gain efficiencies in their domestic and international supply chains will be well catered for with presentations by John Allen, Director of Horizon Inventory and Cameron Dodd, Product Development Manager of the Auto Parts Group on the topic ‘You’ve got to know when to fold em’ and international trade and supply chain consultant Bill Cole on addressing the topic ‘Accessing Global Markets’

According to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of the AAAA, the national body representing the $14 billion Australian automotive aftermarket industry, the scope and structure of Autocare 2018’s Supply Chain stream of presenters and key note speakers has surpassed all expectations. 

“The bumper Autocare 2018 schedule of key note presentations and Supply Chain industry sector focussed speakers combines outstanding global and local expertise with specific focus on market research, customer trends and emerging technologies to ensure that our members will be able to learn from their experiences and gain the knowledge required to position their businesses to prosper into the future,” Mr Charity stated.

“The convention also includes a gala dinner, live training and technical demonstrations along with a special outdoor feature car display and a trade display featuring over 100 of our market leading companies demonstrating the very latest in technologies and services.  We anticipate over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the combined two day formal Convention Program, free trade display and onsite activities, making Autocare 2018 an education, networking and business development event that should not be missed,” He added. 

Autocare 2018 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre on May 4 and 5 2018.  Attendees are encouraged to register to attend the Supply Chain Stream of the event across both days at the Early Bird reduced cost of $440 (inc GST) per delegate, or you may select to attend one day of the convention at the cost of $275 (inc GST) per delegate for registrations made by midnight on March 15, 2018. Following that date the standard registration rates are $505 (incl GST) for two days and $320 (inc GST) for one day.

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AUTOCARE 2018 MECHANICAL REPAIR STREAM  PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

December 15, 2017 - The premier convention for the repair, service and parts sectors of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry, Autocare 2018, is set to be a must-attend event for the nation’s independent automotive repairers, with the Mechanical Repair stream of the convention including a vast array of outstanding key note speakers and educators.

This world class panel of convention presenters will join thousands of industry professionals on May 4 and 5, 2018 at the Sydney International Convention Centre for the inaugural Autocare Convention, the industry’s major education and networking event organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA).  

The convention is presented by Platinum sponsor Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, and is supported by a host of the industry’s most successful companies including Brown and Watson International, Ryco / GUD Automotive, ASV Euro Car Parts and Pedders Suspension, together with over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.

The AAAA is delighted to announce that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims, will provide the opening keynote address at Autocare 2018. The ACCC Chairman’s address will outline the major findings and recommendations arising from their market study into the new car retailing industry and its implications for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry, including their recommendation to introduce a mandatory data sharing scheme in Australia. 

The AAAA has made a significant investment in ground breaking consumer research which will be presented for the first time at the convention by leading automotive market research firm TKP.  Based on a customer insights survey of 1,500 Australian car owners, the findings will provide attendees with a complete understanding of the workshop customer; how they decide which workshop to visit, what factors are critical to customer satisfaction, loyalty and recommendation. Research will also be revealed about the importance of price relative to other considerations on which workshop customers select, views on fixed price servicing, perceived differences between independent and dealer workshops and a great deal more.  

Master Technician and International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) President Scott Brown makes the visit to Australia from the United States to take part in the Mechanical Repair stream of Autocare 2018. He will present on “Digital Tools for Automotive Service Professionals” along with a separate “Today’s Automotive Diagnostician” presentation during the convention. 

iATN is a network of 83,000 automotive service professionals from 170 countries who  benefit from various forums and rich content databases to expand their knowledge and skill sets, spanning all topics related to the auto industry.  In his keynote address Scott will share his observations, knowledge and tips on how automotive technicians and business owners can adapt and prosper in this technology driven, service orientated industry of the future.

United States based Auto Care Association Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Aaron Lowe, will be joined by the AAAA’s Senior Manager of Government Relations & Advocacy, Lesley Yates to provide an update on the global Right to Repair campaign along with the impact of telematics and software driven automotive components on the workshop of the future. 

The General Manager of Automate Training, Jonathan Sampson, brings the knowledge of a 25 year career in the automotive industry to discuss who is going to be repairing the cars of the future, what changes need to take place to overcome the shortage of technicians and creating a culture of continued professional development in the mechanical repair industry.

Rachael Sheldrick brings her well qualified expertise as The Workshop Whisperer to this not to be missed convention. As Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading automotive repair business mentor, Sheldrick will share her tips on how to attract customers that don’t even know you exist yet, by leveraging the customer bases of businesses outside the Automotive Industry. 

Jeff Smit, the Technical Editor, Head Trainer and Director of The Automotive Technician (TAT) will cover “Automotive Technology and Diagnostics” in his keynote presentation at Autocare 2018. Autocare 2018 also gains the knowledge and experience of TAT General Manager and TAT Biz co-founder, Geoff Mutton, who will be presenting on “Surviving the Tech Shortage”.

Brett Meads, Vice President of VASA, Australia’s Automotive Air Conditioning, Electrical and Cooling Technicians Association, will focus on the changes to air conditioning refrigerant requirements while business improvement specialist, Duncan Boyle will deliver his “Driving Business Performance” presentation at the convention.  

Technical Writer for the IAME, TAT and Australian Workshop Manager trade publications and fifth generation Diesel Mechanic, Clinton Brett, will be presenting his “Reading Smoke Signals” technical training, which provides techniques on using a scan tool to avoid replacing unnecessary and expensive components and understanding what data the fault code is reading and why.  Scott Thomas, TaT Technical Assistance Moderator also joins the Autocare program delivering an informative technical course on “Catalyst Efficiency”.

The convention also includes a gala dinner, live training and technical demonstrations along with a special outdoor feature car display and a trade display featuring over 100 of our market leading companies demonstrating the very latest in technologies and services. 

The AAAA anticipates that over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the combined two day formal Convention Program and free trade display and onsite activities, making Autocare 2018 an education, networking and business development event that should not be missed.

According to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of the AAAA, the peak national body representing the $14 billion Australian automotive aftermarket industry, the scope and structure of Autocare 2018’s Mechanical Repair stream of presenters and key note speakers has surpassed all expectations. 

“The bumper Autocare 2018 schedule of key note presentations and technical training sessions combine outstanding global and local expertise with specific focus on market research, customer trends and emerging technologies to ensure that attendees will be able to learn from their experiences and gain the knowledge required to position their businesses to prosper into the future,” Mr Charity stated.

“We are delighted to have assembled such a strong group of industry, business and research identities for the inaugural Autocare Convention in Sydney next May, which should not be missed for those who seek a long and successful future in the Australian automotive industry,” He added. 

Autocare 2018 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre on May 4 and 5 2018.  Attendees are encouraged to register early to attend the Mechanical Repair stream of the event across both days at the Early Bird reduced cost of $200 (inc GST) per delegate, or you may select to attend one day of the convention at the cost of $110 (inc GST) per delegate for registrations made by midnight on March 15, 2018. Following that date the standard registration rates are $240 (incl GST) for two days and $135 (inc GST) for one day.

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AUTOCARE 2018 COLLISION REPAIR STREAM PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

December 15, 2017 - Australia’s premier convention for the repair, service and parts sectors of the Australian automotive industry, Autocare 2018, is set to be a must-attend event for the nation’s crash repairers, with the Collision Repair stream of the convention including a vast array of outstanding key note speakers and educators. The convention will be held on May 4 and 5, 2018 at the Sydney International Convention Centre.

Organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare 2018 is presented by Diamond sponsor Repco and Platinum sponsor I-CAR. These companies are joined by industry leaders such as SAPE, Lowbake and iBodyshop together with over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.

The AAAA is delighted to announce that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims, will provide the opening keynote address at Autocare 2018.  The ACCC Chairman’s address will outline the major findings and recommendations arising from their market study into the new car retailing industry and its implications for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry, including their recommendation to introduce a mandatory data sharing scheme in Australia.

Autocare 2018 will also welcome the United States based Director of Industry Technical Relations from I-CAR, Jason Bartanen, who will provide a detailed presentation on Collision Repair Technology. Bartanen will share his extensive knowledge on the changing nature of materials being used in automotive vehicle construction, along with the impact of driver assistance systems among other important issues. He will also provide an educated insight into where the collision repair industry is likely to be by 2023.

Stephen O’Brien from DNS Technologies will present a keynote session which will provide tips to help you get off the business treadmill by looking outside the square and identifying where improvements can be made to the poor cousin of investment and advancement in body shop - the office.

Nikki Gerling, the Automotive Aftermarket General Manager of Bosch Australia and New Zealand will address the future of mobility in an address titled ‘Electrified. Connected. Automated’.

A number of informative panels have also been assembled for the Collision Repair stream of Autocare 2018. These panel discussions will provide the collision repairers of Australia with access to some of the most influential identities of the industry.

These include a Global OEM Panel looking at the impact of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems which will provide attendees with an understanding of how this technology is inter-connected within the vehicle, the importance of correct diagnoses and recalibration, along with how this all relates to approved repair procedures.

There will also be a separate panel of OEMs, Suppliers and I-CAR looking at the use of materials that were once considered exotic such as stronger and lighter steel, aluminium and composites which have now found their way into the mass-market. This workshop will discuss the impact these materials have on the need for ongoing training and development of technicians and the necessity to follow recommended repair techniques.

Senior representatives from a range of global automotive coatings companies will discuss Advancements in Refinish Coatings Technology and their impact on the application and drying processes. A panel of insurers and industry associations will debate the perennial question on Choice of Repairer as they attempt to separate fact from fiction and provide greater clarity to not only the repairer, but also the car owner.

A panel of industry consolidators will discuss the trend towards consolidation in the industry. While this continues to be one of the more controversial issues in the industry, this workshop is designed to provide a forum for the sharing of views to demystify the impact this has on the industry and bring some reality back to the discussion.

Also included in the Autocare 2018 program is a Panel of Developers and Future Leaders, who will discuss the Talent Gap and what the industry is doing to reignite the passion for what has become a strong and professional industry.

Australia’s pre-eminent provider of industry training programs, I-CAR, along with being a Diamond Autocare Convention partner, has an integral involvement in the Collision Repair stream of this education-led industry event, together with many more major suppliers.

I-CAR will be joined by several of the collision repair industry’s biggest names, including Lowbake Australia who will have their portable spray booth in operation, demonstrating their long-term commitment to the development of the industry. They will also be providing live demonstrations of refinishing technology at the venue’s unique outdoor deck display area.

A who’s who of the collision repair industry will also have trade display areas at Autocare 2018, including 1Q1, Axalta Coating Systems, Bodyline Imports (Autolac), Car-O-Liner Australia, Dent Wizard Tools, DNS Technology, Fix Auto Australia, GPI Automotive Products, Henkel Australia, Kemppi Welding Machines, Nippon Paints, Quotimation, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Sydney Automotive Paints & Equipment, Thatcham-Escribe, Truflow Spray Booths and Valspar Automotive Australia and many more.

The convention also includes a gala dinner, live training and technical demonstrations along with a special outdoor feature car display. The AAAA anticipates that over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the combined two day formal Convention Program, free trade display and onsite activities.  All of this makes Autocare 2018 an education, networking and business development event that should not be missed.

According to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of the AAAA, the peak national body representing the $14 billion Australian automotive aftermarket industry, the scope and structure of Autocare 2018’s Collision Repair stream of presenters and panels is truly impressive.

 “The bumper Autocare 2018 schedule of key note presentations and collision repair industry sector focussed speakers combines outstanding global and local expertise with specific focus on market research, customer trends and emerging technologies to ensure that attendees learn from their experiences and gain the knowledge required to position their businesses to prosper in the future,” Mr Charity stated.

 “We are delighted to have assembled such a strong group of industry, business and research identities for the inaugural Autocare Convention in Sydney next May, which should not be missed for those who seek a long and successful future in the Australian collision repair industry,” He added.

Autocare 2018 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre on May 4 and 5 2018. Attendees are encouraged to register early to attend the Collision Repair stream of the event across both days at the Early Bird reduced cost of $200 (inc GST) per delegate, or you may select to attend one day of the convention at the cost of $110 (inc GST) per delegate for registrations made by midnight on March 15, 2018. Following that date the standard registration rates are $240 (incl GST) for two days and $135 (inc GST) for one day.

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December 14, 2017 - ACCC FINAL REPORT DELIVERS A MAJOR WIN FOR CONSUMERS AND THEIR CHOICE OF REPAIRER

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) warmly welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Final Report into The New Car Retailing Industry which was released today.

Following on from the detailed recommendations made in the ACCC’s Draft Report which was released in August, the ACCC’s Final Report recommends a mandatory scheme that will compel all car companies operating in Australia to share the same repair and service information that they currently share with their dealerships, with independent repairers on fair and reasonable commercial terms. 

“To say that we are delighted with this outcome would be a major understatement,” AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity stated.

“This is a David and Goliath story. A group of small independent repairers spread throughout the country with limited political skill and very limited resources, took on the might of the multinational car companies. The car industry leveraged their financial, lobbying and marketing power to criticise the skill and credentials of our industry, telling Government that all vehicle repair and service information was being made available but independent repairers didn’t have the skills to use it. The ACCC has refuted those claims and the evidence supports our seven year Choice of Repairer campaign.” 

Mr Charity also believes that time is of the essence to act on the recommendations contained in the ACCC’s Final Report. “The Government has the independent umpire’s verdict which contains clear evidence of anti-competitive behaviour. They now need to act quickly to protect consumer choice and competition in the automotive repair and service industry. There is no reason for any delay as this recommendation has been a long time coming. It has been five years since the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAC) recommended that the Government consider the introduction of a mandatory code for data sharing. Finally, after an exhaustive 18 month review, the ACCC has recommended government intervention in the form of a mandatory scheme, so it is now time to act,” Mr Charity stated.

“Australia’s 17 million car owners and more than 20,000 independent automotive repairers deserve better than the current situation that finds the car manufacturers routinely and deliberately preventing consumers from exercising choice and their consumer legal rights,” He concluded. 

The ACCC’s Final Report has also recognised the key role that third party data aggregators play in supporting all make and model repairers and has included this important sector into their recommended mandatory scheme.

The adoption by government of the ACCC recommendations will provide a level playing field and help to secure the future of over 20,000 Australian independent automotive repairers that consumers trust to service and maintain their cars on a daily basis all over the country.

The real congratulations for achieving this long awaited recommendation from Australia’s peak competition umpire belong to the AAAA members. These businesses took on the might of the multi-national car industry and provided evidence to the ACCC of instances where vital repair data was being withheld.  They also invited local Members of Parliament into their workshops to witness first-hand the impact that lack of data access has on their ability to compete and provide competition and choice for their customers. 

Australia’s independent repairers, their staff and their customers all shared in this journey and this achievement belongs to them. The ACCC’s Final Report findings are testament to their tenacity and their commitment to our industry. More importantly, the ACCC’s Final Report findings detail their commitment to their customers - Australian car owners, who have suffered the most as a direct result of the withholding of service and repair information. 

The ACCC Final Report also outlines the power imbalance between the car manufacturers and their franchise dealers, supporting further examination into this relationship and its impact on consumer outcomes. 

“We also believe that there an argument for ensuring a transparent and fair relationship between the car manufacturers and their dealers. We have always stated that the dealers are the “meat in the sandwich” in much of this debate, with the car companies dictating the dealership business model,” Mr Charity stated. 

“We believe that the key to great consumer outcomes is to have both dealers and independent repairers on a level playing field, competing for customers on their merits. The Choice of Repairer campaign has never been about bashing dealerships and if they also need a fairer deal, the AAAA would fully support that,” He added.

The AAAA sincerely thanks its members for their outstanding efforts and dedication to doing the best they possibly can for their customers on the Choice of Repairer campaign journey.  

The AAAA also wishes to thank the ACCC for their thorough investigative work into our industry, which now will ultimately achieve the outcome that was always its main goal - to best protect the people who are affected the most by the lack of a mandatory scheme for data sharing in the automotive repair sector, Australia’s 17 million car owners.

The complete ACCC Final Report into New Car Retailing can be viewed at:

 https://www.accc.gov.au/about-us/market-studies/new-car-retailing-industry-market-study/final-report
 

The ACCC Independent Repairer summary factsheet can be viewed at:

https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/Independent%20repairers%20factsheet.pdf


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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited (AAAA):

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,500 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $11 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

For further information or interviews contact:


Mr Stuart Charity

Executive Director

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

T: 0418 563 959 /  03 9545 3333

Ms Lesley Yates

Senior Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

T: 0402 005 476 / 03 9545 3333

Paul Marinelli - AAAA Media Advisor - 0417 558 655

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December 6, 2017 - 46 OUTSTANDING CAPRICORN MEMBER EVENTS IN 2017

Australasia’s largest automotive parts and business essentials buying group, Capricorn, has capped off another busy year of social events with a series of their sold-out exclusive Gala Dinner and Tradeshows held across Australia and New Zealand.

These annual events continue to be the social highlight of the year for Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand. They are held at prestigious venues in each major city to cater for the vast number of Members who take part. The five-star evening is very limited in formalities but high on social interaction, fun and first-class entertainment that is provided by an event MC, nationally renowned comedian and superb live music. A total of 4,480 attendees enjoyed the various Capricorn Gala Dinner and Tradeshows across Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Perth. The Perth dinner surpassed 1,100 attendees with Melbourne and the Gold Coast events at over 900 attendees each.

The tradeshow component enables business interaction in a fun, informal and highly social atmosphere between Capricorn’s Preferred Suppliers and Members. Conducted during the afternoon prior to the major Capricorn Gala Dinner, the tradeshows have grown significantly over recent years with an average of 50 exhibitors, providing attendees with Bonus Reward Point giveaways, new product demonstrations, interactive experiences such as a Formula One racing simulator and a host of great prizes.  The Melbourne, Adelaide and Gold Coast events even had several classic, modified and motor racing vehicles on display.

In addition to the annual Gala Dinner and Tradeshows, Capricorn hosts several other events throughout the year, all designed to bring like-minded Members together in enjoyable atmospheres. These events place faces to names, while also enabling Members to keep up to date on the latest industry news from Capricorn and its Preferred Suppliers. 

There is an event nearly every week across Australia and New Zealand ranging from the Gala Dinner and Tradeshows, BBQs, Golf Days, Lunch and Learns along with playing host at the Clipsal 500 Supercars in Adelaide each year.  

In a tradition that has continued across the four and a half decade history of Capricorn, the biennial Capricorn Conventions also bring Capricorn Members together in various fantastic world locations and the 2018 convention is set to be Capricorn’s best yet.

Capricorn will be taking a total of 750 attendees to their 2018 Convention, the first ever to be held in Europe. They will be heading to Salou in Spain from May 13 to 20 for what is sure to be an unforgettable Capricorn Convention.

According to Capricorn Group CEO, Greg Wall, the success of Capricorn’s range of social Member events continues to exceed all expectations.

“The best way to describe Capricorn’s schedule of social Member events each year is that they are the glue that contributes significantly to keeping our cooperative structure strong. These events encourage networking both with our suppliers but also amongst themselves, with the major focus being to have a great time together. We are delighted with the constant increase in popularity of our social events and look forward to conducting more, headed by our sold-out Capricorn Convention in Spain,” Mr Wall stated.

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November 30, 2017 - CAPRICORN GROUP CEO GREG WALL RE-ELECTED TO THE ICA BOARD

 
Capricorn is delighted to announce, as a proud cooperative, that it’s Group CEO, Greg Wall, has been re-elected to the International Cooperatives Alliance (ICA) Board.

The ICA represents cooperatives and mutual structured businesses from 100 countries around the world. Greg Wall’s re-election to the Board is another direct endorsement of the prominence that Capricorn has gained on a global level for its outstanding success. 

The Capricorn Board supported Greg’s initial ICA Board nomination four years ago and he became the first Australian to join the ICA Board in 2013. 

Greg Wall now enters his second four-year term of service to the ICA Board following a vote conducted at the ICA General Assembly held in Kuala Lumpur during November. 

“I am proud of the contribution that I have made to the ICA Board and to the cooperative movement in general over the past four years. The work done on progressing the UN sustainable goals during this time shows the true power of cooperatives and reinforces the vision of making cooperative structured businesses the number one choice for people by 2020,” Mr Wall stated.

“This re-appointment also recognises Capricorn as a shining example of how successful cooperative structured organisations can be all over the world,” He added.

It is also fitting that the Capricorn Group CEO continues to represent Australia on the ICA Board given the growth of cooperatives and mutual structured businesses in this country. These businesses have become a part of the Australian Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, (BCCM) an organisation that Greg Wall is also a Director.

The BCCM has since gained recent recognition from the Australian Government relating to the importance of cooperatives as a business model. 
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 November 13, 2017 - ANDREW SCHRAM - FOUR DECADES OF SUCCESS WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

There are precious few identities in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry who can honestly state that they have really seen it all during their careers.  


2017 marked the 40th year of the truly outstanding career of Burson Auto Parts’ senior executive management team member Andrew Schram.
From the establishment of the very first Burson Auto Parts store in 1977, through to the opening of the 160th in 2017, Andrew has been at the forefront of ensuring that Australia’s automotive repairers’ have access to the broadest range and highest quality automotive parts, tools and equipment available.

Andrew’s automotive industry career started as a teenage apprentice motor mechanic, gaining his full qualification four years later. He decided that he preferred the management side of the automotive repair and service industry and managed service stations for the next two years. These early years in the automotive trade gave Andrew a sound understanding of what mechanics need from their parts suppliers. 


Andrew first became acquainted with Burson Auto Parts as a customer during the very earliest incarnation of this Australian company. He bought parts from one of the ten or so cash vans that company co-founder Garry Johnson and his small team drove around Melbourne and country Victoria, selling parts to automotive workshops and service stations.


One of the Burson Auto Parts cash van drivers, Terry Penny, was one of Andrew’s friends. The two had worked together as mechanics in previous years. When Terry was appointed as the manager of the very first Burson Auto Parts store in the Melbourne suburb of Braybrook, the two spoke about the new opportunity. Andrew suggested taking on the role of managing trade sales for this inaugural
Burson Auto Parts store, becoming the company’s first Trade Sales Manager. Neither of them would have ever believed that this appointment heralded the start of an incredible four decade career with the Australian company.  


After four years at the Braybrook store and with the gradual growth of Burson Auto Parts, Andrew joined the head office team as Purchasing Manager, which was in essence the same but constantly evolving role that he would occupy for the next 36 years.


Andrew recalls the first Burson Auto Parts warehouse located in the northern Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg, which in a short time grew to occupy several addresses in the street. It is interesting to note that the company has never moved far from this location for its warehousing and distribution operations across more than four decades. The first Heidelberg location also housed the company’s second store, followed by Geelong, then South Melbourne and on it progressed. 


“We grew gradually mainly by the acquisition of existing auto parts stores more than from establishing new ones. This proved to be an excellent strategy as we removed competitors, we could be up and running straight away with staff and customers and the process of building the Burson Auto Parts culture within those businesses could start,” Andrew said.


“There wasn’t a specific growth strategy, we just moved on opportunities that became available in the areas that were servicing or could service many automotive repair businesses. In the early days we only grew at a rate of three to four stores per year, as we also had limited financial resources to fund any kind of rapid expansion. This was also because we were also investing heavily in our stock holding. Our product ranges continued to grow all of the time and this was where I was integrally involved. We embarked on sound and gradual store growth decisions which proved to be very successful for the company,” He added.   


With Burson Auto Parts stores located all relatively close throughout Melbourne and Victoria during the 1980’s, bringing new staff and management teams on board with the Burson Auto Parts trade first and foremost philosophy was relatively easy.


“When I first started in this industry there were primarily three brands of cars on our roads, Valiants, Fords and Holdens. Then the Toyotas, the Datsuns and the Mazdas came along and throughout this time we had European makes and models enter the market in a bigger way as well. The American cars came and went and came back again, then the Korean cars came and the European cars returned in a very big way. The Australian car parc has evolved so much over the last 40 years to the point that we now have more makes and models than any other car parc in the world. 


“So for an organisation like Burson Auto Parts, we had to invest in constantly adding new products to our range in line with the growth and diversity of the Australian car parc. As more automotive workshops were established, we then introduced tools and equipment to our range to meet our trade customer demand. Our product and store growth in the early years was really all about evolution rather than revolution,” Andrew stated.


Andrew recalls the first interstate store being opened in Albury and gradually moving into New South Wales from there, then onto the Gold Coast and further into Queensland and then into South Australia.  


By the time 35 years had gone by, Andrew had overseen the parts, tools, workshop equipment and other product requirements such as lubricants and chemical ranges to stock 91 company owned Burson Auto Parts stores across the eastern seaboard of Australia through three major purpose built warehouses.

The sale of Burson Auto Parts in 2011 brought with it a combination of emotions for Andrew, whom together with company founder Garry Johnson had been there through it all from the humblest of beginnings. This was particularly apt for Garry, who together with co-founder Ron Burgoine, had started the business by selling parts to mechanics from the boots of their cars.

“For me the two emotions at the time of the sale were one of sadness, particularly for Garry, who was parting with the business he started from scratch, it was his baby that he was passionate about for every single day for three and a half decades. I was also personally sad, as from my perspective this was only the third job that I had ever had in my career. It was, except for a handful of years in my youth, the only job that I had ever done. I also wasn’t at retirement age either, so it is true to say that there was some apprehension as to what the future would hold. I am also sure there were many similar sentiments throughout the company about what a private equity organisation would do to Burson Auto Parts. 


“The second emotion I experienced was one of excitement as the sale had placed the company in a position to take the next step and it was definitely the right time for Burson Auto Parts to take the next step, which under Darryl Abotomey’s leadership has been done and continues to be done extremely well.  So it was a mixture of apprehension and excitement leading into the major corporatisation of the company, including the updating of our systems and processes, along with having more very talented people join the organisation to assist us,” Andrew said.

Andrew occupied the role of Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Merchandise and Procurement in recent years. Looking back at what has taken place in this short timeframe, he has no doubt at all that the decision made to sell the company proved to be a truly great one. 

“It has been incredibly busy - things have happened much faster during the past five years than at any time in this company’s history, but when you have the right people in the right positions, speed is not an issue. We have achieved some very major milestones, including becoming a highly successful publically listed company on the ASX. The outstanding people who have joined us during the past five years have played a key role in ensuring our swift and effective growth,” He stated.


In April 2017, highly experienced automotive aftermarket industry executive Peter Cheney was appointed to continue the development and growth of the Burson Auto Parts product offering as General Manager of Merchandise and Procurement. Andrew will continue to assist Burson Auto Parts to ensure a smooth transition for Peter into the role, benefitting from his unrivalled automotive aftermarket industry experience and extremely well cultivated relationships with the company’s core group of quality suppliers. 


Andrew, 62, also has some projects for the company that he will be completing in a semi-retirement mode and he can see the time when people say, “who is that old bloke sitting over there working away by himself?” He relishes the opportunity to focus on these unfinished Burson Auto Parts projects without the enormous responsibilities associated with the ever growing merchandise procurement demands that form an integral part of this fast growing and extremely successful Australian company.


“I have a great affinity for this organisation, it has been a massive part of my life, so it is only natural to be emotionally linked to it. My wife Sharron probably best sums it up. She says there are three B’s in my life and they are Burson Auto Parts, BMW and the Bombers!   


“There are a lot of things that I have wanted to do that simply cannot fit into four weeks holiday per year, so I am looking forward to pursuing those. Sharron and I both love to travel and enjoy new experiences both here and around the world. I can definitely state that I won’t be growing lettuce and tomatoes in the time ahead. I am also glad to have the opportunity to continue assisting Burson Auto Parts as the company heads towards a very exciting future.


In regard to the future, Andrew believes that Burson Auto Parts is in a great position to take advantage of the opportunities that the automotive aftermarket industry of tomorrow will present. While
acknowledging that there will also undoubtedly be some challenges, he notes that this has always been the case for the company throughout its history. 

Whether electric or otherwise, Andrew believes that people will always be needing mobility and the vehicles that provide this to them. Whether they are autonomous, small, large, hybrid, combustion engine or future technology powered, these vehicles will always need parts, components and equipment in order to be maintained and to continue functioning.


Andrew Schram’s contribution to the industry has also included serving as Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) President and being a member of the AAAA National Council for
more than a decade.
 

Andrew’s outstanding career was honoured with his induction to the AAAA Hall of Fame in April 2017, just on 40 years since he commenced his truly remarkable tenure with the Australian company. This most fitting senior industry peer voted accolade formally recognised Andrew’s outstanding contribution not only to Burson Auto Parts, but to the industry as a whole.

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October 26, 2017 - CREATING WEALTH WITH CAPRICORN

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, is 100% owned by its Members. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Capricorn Members, who are also the company’s Shareholders, are able to create wealth from the cooperative’s business success across Australia and New Zealand.


Capricorn is all about helping its Members to run and grow their businesses, while also creating wealth for them over the long term.

Trade account business loyalty is the key to creating additional long term wealth with Capricorn. Once a Capricorn Member has qualified to purchase shares, the Member is invited to directly benefit from the success of the cooperative. This is done by purchasing Capricorn shares.

The amount of Capricorn shares that can be acquired is largely dependent on the amount spent using a Member’s Capricorn Trade Account. The annual Capricorn Wealth Certificate clearly shows that you don’t have to operate a huge business to gain significant annual financial benefit from your shareholding’s dividend payments as built over time.
 

The Capricorn Wealth Certificate outlines each Member’s shareholding, dividend paid, reward points earnt, spent and the Member’s points balance, over a set period of time.  Capricorn paid on average $2m monthly to Members in reward points alone during the last financial year.

There are countless stories of Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand who are generating a significant retirement nest-egg from their shareholdings. This is wealth that is generated simply by operating their businesses using their Capricorn Trade Account for all their business needs from the vast list of Capricorn Preferred Suppliers.  It also includes their spend on those valuable Member benefits like Capricorn Risk Services, Equipment Finance - even booking a trip with Capricorn Travel.

For some Members, the wealth generated through their Capricorn shareholdings is used to pay for annual holidays, while for others, the shareholdings are kept in accumulation for retirement. By constantly using their Capricorn Trade Account for business purchases, along with the normal generous accrual of 1.5 reward points per dollar spent on eligible purchases, Members have the opportunity to benefit financially from how they do business.

Capricorn Members such as Klaus Hornberger, proprietor of Eurogerm Car Repairs in Bayswater, (VIC), is delighted with his investment in Capricorn. “I started with 500 shares some twenty years ago and have grown my shareholding significantly since then. We have no other investments that return such strong dividends and we keep earning Capricorn Rewards Points through the use of Capricorn Preferred Suppliers to run our business along with using Capricorn Risk Services for our protection needs, which enables me to constantly increase my shareholding.

 
“I am very happy with the investment that I have made and the financial returns that have been generated from my Capricorn shareholding. Capricorn have made it so incredibly easy to do business with them as well,”  Mr Hornberger stated.

Peter Wilson, proprietor of Reliable Automotive Servicing in Lilydale (VIC) is also a long term Capricorn shareholder who is using his Capricorn shareholding to provide funds as a retirement nest-egg.

“I have accumulated my shares over the years. For me, this is the development of a retirement nest-egg, a compounding investment that comes out of purchasing of the parts and essentials that I need to run my business from Capricorn Preferred Suppliers,” Mr Wilson stated.

“I consider my investment in Capricorn as a bonus for running my own business - it is without a doubt the easiest investment that I have ever made,” He added.

According to Capricorn Group CEO, Greg Wall, “Capricorn Members are at the centre of everything we do and we are certainly proud of the financial benefits that have been delivered to Members through our Reward Point Program and Dividend Program. Capricorn is all about making it just easier for our Members to run and grow their business. The financial returns from making the decision to be part of Capricorn makes the decision to join just easier as well”.
 

To find out more about Capricorn visit
www.capricorn.coop or to join Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive and general products buying group, email join@capricorn.coop .  
 

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October 23, 2017 - OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER ARE REWARDING MONTHS FOR CAPRICORN MEMBERS

One of Australasia’s most generous rewards programs has just become even more rewarding.

Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand can earn even more from their trade account purchases with a record number of Bonus Reward Point offers being offered by Capricorn Preferred Suppliers during October and November.

 All Capricorn Members are automatically signed up to the Capricorn Rewards Program and immediately start earning 1.5 reward points for every $1 they spend on eligible purchases using their Capricorn Trade Account.

 On average, Capricorn Members earn over $2 million in reward points every month. With more Bonus Reward Point offers available from more than 60 Preferred Suppliers, covering everything from parts to office essentials, Capricorn expects its Members to earn even more reward points during October and November.

“The run to the end of the year is a great time to be part of the Capricorn Reward Program. Capricorn Members should be sure to pick up their Sparks promotional catalogue and take full advantage of all the limited Bonus Reward Point offers,” stated Greg Wall, Capricorn Group CEO.

To find out more visit www.capricorn.coop or to join Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, email join@capricorn.coop.  

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October 8, 2017 - MONROE MARK’S BATHURST 1000 CHALLENGE ENDS WITH ONE LAP TO GO

Monroe Safety Ambassador Mark Winterbottom has lost a potential podium result in a wild finish to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in NSW over the weekend.

 Winterbottom and co-driver Dean Canto ran a special one-off livery paying tribute to the Moffat Ford Dealers Ford XC Falcons that scored the famed one-two formation finish at Bathurst in 1977.

 

The iconic blue, red and white livery was a hit with fans and Winterbottom did his bit to show off the colours by qualifying for the top ten shootout and claiming third place on the grid. 

 

“Obviously, we’re paying tribute to Allan Moffat’s car from 1977, he started third that year and we’re starting third this year,” said Winterbottom.  

“We made good gains with the car between the last practice and the shootout. What hurt us most was that every time we went out, the car was doing something different, but we fixed the brake-locking issues we had been having, so I was pretty happy with that session.

“It’s a long race tomorrow and with the forecast rain it’s anyone’s guess what will happen, so we’ll roll out, give it a crack and see what we can do.”

The rain did arrive just as the cars were lining up on the grid, but the paceof the FG X Falcon didn’t translate into the wet conditions and the entry struggled with Canto dropping down the field during his stints.

 

Winterbottom took the reins of the Falcon for the final stints and stormed through the field as the track dried up. He climbed into the top five and looked set to challenge for a podium placing as late safety car caution periods closed up the field. 

Winterbottom’s charge came to an end when he lost control of the rear, impacting a barrier on the penultimate lap at Forrest’s Elbow. He was classified in 20th place.

“We ended up back up front at the end there, but we just didn’t have the pace,” said Winterbottom.

“Pretty average day, to be honest. Just the way I finished, that’s the dampener really. One lap to go and I crashed, I don’t know what happened, just lost the rear.

 “I was trying to push on because we didn’t have the pace, but that’s the thing I’m gutted about most. Not the result, just the damage for no reward. Frustrating day.”

 Winterbottom maintains his place in the top then in the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship standings in seventh place, 760 points adrift of leader Fabian Coulthard. 

The next event on the calendar is the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Queensland from October 20 to 22, where the Pirtek Endurance Cup concludes.

 

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October 9, 2017 - LATE RACE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DAYCO RACER DAVE RUSSELL AT BATHURST

Dayco Ambassador David Russell has competed in his fifth consecutive Bathurst 1000 with the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team, forming the only male and female driving team at Australia’s great race joining Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro.

Sadly the race ended in major disappointment for the Dayco racer, when co-driver de Silvestro spun and crashed heavily on entry to the Bathurst pit straight with just nine laps to go. Russell and de Silvestro were on target to become the first male and female driver combination in the history of the great race to finish inside the top ten.

As has been the case with many of Russell’s Bathurst Supercar co-driving efforts, his pace throughout the weekend was amongst the fastest in the co-driver field, the accident ending a potential top six finish at this gruelling event.

“Firstly I am glad that Simona emerged from the crash uninjured – it was a very big hit. We worked brilliantly together throughout our Bathurst campaign and we were on track for a history making result, so naturally I’m very disappointed. We had a good car and the team worked hard all weekend, but we missed out this year. Onto the Gold Coast 600, a street circuit where I have enjoyed race wins and podium results in the past in two weeks time,” Russell said.     

Starting from 23rd on the grid in wet conditions, de Silvestro and Russell immediately progressed through the field with de Silvestro handing the car to the Dayco racer on lap 24 in 8th position. Russell then double stinted, continuing the Nissan Motorsport team’s progress through the field to return the car to de Silvestro in 7th position on lap 75 of 161.

Russell completed another double stint in highly challenging track conditions, setting consistently fast laps and overtaking several competitors to be placed as the top Nissan driver in the field by lap 111. He then handed the Nissan Altima Supercar back to his co-driver within the top ten for the run to the finish line.

Disaster struck on lap 152 when de Silvestro clipped the kerbing on the exit of Murray’s corner, setting her Nissan into a spin and suffering a very heavy impact with the pit straight concrete wall. Fortunately the ex IndyCar, International Formula 3  and Formula E driver escaped injury.

"It was good to show what we're capable of. But I messed up and that's pretty hard to get over. The guys worked hard all weekend and put me in that position. So it's frustraing to end the weekend with a silly mistake,” Simona de Silvestro said.

“The team made some pretty good calls as well as some pretty hairy calls when it was wet. There haven't been many races in the wet this year, but around this place it becomes even more of a handful. Things change so quickly out there and driving on slicks was a whole new challenge. I learned a lot and really enjoyed driving with David," de Silvestro added.

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October 9, 2017 - PENRITE CONQUERS MOUNT PANORAMA WITH BATHURST 1000 WIN

The Penrite Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore of David Reynolds and Luke Youlden has claimed a sensational victory in the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

Reynolds and Youlden kept out of trouble at a wet and wild 2017 edition of the great race for their and the Erebus team’s maiden win in the Bathurst 1000, with a special “Australian Made and Owned” themed Penrite livery for the occasion.

The race was hit by a heavy downpour from the start with the famed 6.2 kilometre Mount Panorama Circuit only drying during the latter stages. However, a late rain shower threw a curveball into the mix, as several of the leading contenders fell by the wayside.

Reynolds, though, held his nerve through late-race safety cars and challengers from behind for a memorable victory. 

“I have got nothing left to give, I am absolutely spent,” said Reynolds. “My crew was faultless, it was just a perfect day, so good. I was struggling to hold in the tears during the last couple of laps but I thought I had it under control.”

It was also Youlden’s first win from a career high of 18 Bathurst 1000 starts, despite the fact the driver-trainer doesn’t race in any other categories throughout the rest of the year.

“For a bloke who races once a year he’s not bad!” Reynolds said of Youlden.

“We have had this same core team for a while now, I love this sport and I love my job in working with them. It just makes it so enjoyable.

“I have been wanting to pay them back but we haven’t had a lot of luck, so this is now the icing on the cake.”

This resounding victory also co-incides with Penrite being the official lubricant of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for the first time.

The Penrite Erebus Commodore is back on track at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Queensland from October 20 to 22.

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October 2, 2017 - BURSON AUTO PARTS EXPANDS HIGH QUALITY BURSON COOLANT RANGE

Burson Auto Parts has expanded the Australian company’s own brand of premium quality engine coolants.

The Burson coolant range has offered repairers high quality coolant formulations for decades. In order to meet the specific requirements of several vehicle manufacturers, and in continuing to set the industry standard for outstanding technical performance, Burson Auto Parts has expanded its coolant offering with products that have been specifically formulated to meet the chemistry and performance requirements of Japanese and Korean vehicles.

There are a number of key objectives that well formulated engine coolants need to achieve. They must be highly effective at transferring heat, while also protecting against corrosion and freezing (where required). Properly formulated, high quality engine coolants reduce required system maintenance and extend the lifetime of automotive engines.

The introduction of the new Burson Long Life Blue and Pink Coolants ensures that repairers have access to coolant formulations that have been specifically developed for Japanese and Korean vehicles, with a unique chemistry that makes them compatible with the service and factory fill long life coolants manufactured by Japanese and Korean OEMs.

These new Burson coolants are the first Australian made products in the Australian aftermarket to be specifically designed and recommended for Japanese and Korean vehicles.  Based on a state of the art phosphated Organic Additive Technology (P-OAT) inhibitor package, the new Burson blue and pink coolants not only meet the hybrid chemistry requirements of Japanese and Korean OEMs, they also exceed both ASTM D3306 and JIS K 2234-2006 Class II industry standards for corrosion protection. 

The new blue and pink Burson coolant products also provide up to 5 years or 250,000km of service protection and are silicate, borate, nitrite and amine free. These coolants will provide exceptional protection for all cooling system metals, including aluminium and ferrous alloys. The new products are available in both blue and pink formulations to promote colour compatibility with the relevant OEM factory fill coolant.

The new Burson Long Life Blue Coolant and Long Life Pink Coolant add to the industry leading Burson engine coolant range, which also includes the Burson Long Life Organic Coolant (red-coloured), Burson Long Life Coolant (green-coloured), Burson Pre-Mixed Coolant (green-coloured), and Burson Radiator Corrosion Inhibitor (a Type “B” glycol-free corrosion inhibitor).

Burson Long Life Organic Coolant is a red-coloured, universal engine coolant concentrate that is suitable for passenger cars, 4WD’s, light commercials, trucks, buses and heavy duty diesel and gas engines. This coolant is based on cutting edge Organic Additive Technology (OAT) inhibitors that will provide up to 8 years or 1,000,000km of service protection for heavy duty engines.

This premium quality Australian made coolant product meets or exceeds a wide range of industry and OEM performance specifications, including AS 2108-2004 Type “A”, ASTM D3306, ASTM D6210, Cummins CES 14439, Ford WSSM97B44-D, GM 6277M, Komatsu 07.892 and MB 325.3. 

Burson Long Life Organic Coolant has been tested against and exceeds the ASTM industry coolant standard for heavy duty engines, ASTM D6210, making it perfect for heavy duty engine applications. This coolant is free of nitrites, nitrates, amines, phosphates, silicates and borates. 

The Burson range also includes fully formulated, low-silicate hybrid technology coolants, comprising the green-coloured Burson Long Life Coolant Concentrate and Burson Pre-Mixed Coolant. These products are cost-effective, multi-purpose coolants suitable for early and most late model petrol, diesel and gas passenger cars, 4WD’s, light commercials and trucks. These AS 2108-2004 Type “A” coolants offer up to 5 years or 650,000km of service protection for trucks and buses. They will provide excellent corrosion protection for all system metals, including aluminium, and are also free of nitrates, amines and phosphates.

The Burson Radiator Corrosion Inhibitor is suitable for petrol engine passenger cars and light commercial vehicles where freeze protection is not required. This coolant is ideal for early model vehicles (manufactured before 2001) and offers up to 3 years or 60,000km of service protection. The product meets Australian Standard AS 2108-2004 Type “B” and Ford Australia Specification ESR-FM7C35-C, and only 500ml is required to treat a 10 litre system.

According to Burson Auto Parts Product Manager, Gareth Walker, “There is so much more to coolant than just the colour of the fluid, the formulations are critical to ensure maximum protection for modern engines. Burson now has a full engine coolant offering to ensure that our customers use the right premium quality coolant for the vehicles they are servicing.”

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September 28, 2017 - INDUSTRY SHOWS WIDESPREAD CONCERN AT ROAD VEHICLE STANDARDS ACT DEBACLE

The Federal government’s proposed Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) remains in chaos with widespread industry concern about new inclusions into the Act. The Australian Government recently performed a complete back-flip on private vehicle imports as part of the review of the previous Motor Vehicle Standards Act Legislation.  This left a huge hole in the Act and it appears that the government is looking for any vehicle related issues to fill the hole and reduce the embarrassment of a review that has now taken three years without any clear result. 

The proposed amendments to the RVSA affect modest changes to a vehicle height when done as part of a suspension upgrade under the Low Volume Concessional Scheme. 

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) recently made the bold move to produce a detailed video that highlights the Australian Government’s changes and reveals the full consequences of this action on vehicle safety. The video shows with clear evidence that suspension upgrades of up to 50mm make the vehicle safer for both the occupants and other road users. The suspension upgrade improved handling while maintaining the integrity of the vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system.

The video has gone viral. In less than a week since this purpose designed video message was distributed to Australian suspension manufacturers, along with it being placed on the AAAA Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter feeds, this informational video has achieved extraordinary levels of Australian industry and consumer penetration.

The sheer numbers of people who have viewed, reacted, commented and shared the AAAA video is testament to the vast industry and consumer concern that exists relating to the proposed changes to the Road Vehicle Standards Act.  This AAAA video has achieved more than 78,000 views reaching 255,000 people, generating 3,000 reactions, comments and shares within one week of being posted online, with these numbers increasing on an hourly basis.

According to Stuart Charity, AAAA Executive Director, this massive reaction to the AAAA’s video addressing the current situation is a demonstration of the level of alarm at the Government’s proposal.

“There is no doubt that there is significant concern from the people driving these workplace vehicles through to the innovative Australian companies who are ensuring that these vehicles are the safest possible for their intended end use. These upgraded suspension requirements are specific to Australian conditions and it is imperative that scope for these independently tested modifications is included within the structure of the Road Vehicle Standards Act,” Mr Charity said.

“This has the direct effect of ensuring that people are driving the safest possible vehicles, as opposed to them being exposed to the limitations of standard-equipped vehicles which demonstrate vastly inferior handling when operating in a fully loaded configuration - which is clearly highlighted in our video. How a Federal Minister and his Department could even consider not allowing the scope for such safety improvements to be made within this Legislation is beyond any form of reasonable understanding,” Mr Charity added.

Stuart Charity stated, “We made this four minute video to make it abundantly clear to the industry and the motorists directly affected by it, that world class independent testing ensures that Australian vehicle fleets, specifically 4WD fleets, can gain locally engineered suspension modifications to make them among the safest workplace vehicles in the world.”

The video also highlights the lack of industry consultation from the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher and his Department, in relation their decision to not  allow these safety modifications to be made within the structure of the Road Vehicle Standards Act.  

Mr Charity said “The suggested changes will have the practical effect of shutting down the market for Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) suspension upgrades on many vehicle platforms due to the new requirement to have every vehicle individually inspected by an independent engineer at a cost of at least $1,000 per vehicle. Under the current scheme, it had been agreed that suspension upgrades with a vehicle lift of up to 50mm would be permitted without the requirement of ESC testing under the Low Volume Concessional Scheme subject to specific volume limitations”.

You can view this AAAA video and read the many reactionary comments from members of the public and the industry via the following online channels 

AAAA Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AusAutoAftermaketAssoc/videos/1622014341195007/

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6316819122399305728

Twitter - https://twitter.com/AAAATweets/status/911051115763949568

AAAA YouTube Channel -  https://www.youtube.com/user/AAAAVideoChannel

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA):

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,250 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $11 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

For interviews or additional comments please contact:

Mr Stuart Charity

Executive Director

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

T: 0418 563 959

Ms Lesley Yates

Senior Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

T: 0402 005 476 

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September 25, 2017 - PENRITE CELEBRATES ITS PROUD AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE AT THE SANDOWN 500

The traditional start of the Supercars Championship endurance racing season is the Sandown 500. The Melbourne motor racing event held every September has a rich history as the curtain raiser to the nation’s biggest motorsport event, the Bathurst 1000. This event unveils the form of each team’s two-driver enduro combinations for the first time each season.  

The Sandown 500 is also widely popular as it is the Supercars’ Retro Round, where the teams present their cars and team personnel in livery designs that reflect the style of the sport from decades past. Penrite ensured that the Erebus Motorsport Supercar team with season racer David Reynolds and highly experienced endurance race co-driver Luke Youlden, were in keeping with the retro event theme through two major activations.

Reynolds and Youlden’s Penrite Erebus Commodore Supercar was liveried in a retro white, red and blue livery as were the drivers. To ensure that Penrite gained the highest possible coverage from this event, the Australian company also sponsored the massive Sandown International Circuit Dandenong Road section bridge.

The Bridge was liveried on one side with the current black, red and gold Penrite logo and the other side featured  the red, blue and white retro logo. Both sides of the bridge gained outstanding national television coverage throughout the Sandown 500 race weekend.

Of great importance to the 100% family owned company was to use this historic Australian retro-themed motorsport event to highlight the 91 year history of this very proudly Australian oil company.

From humble beginnings in 1926, Les Mecoles, at the age of just 16, founded the Penrite Oil Company from his parents’ home in the Melbourne suburb of St.Kilda. His oil blends were manufactured from the highest quality lubricants available at the time from Pennsylvania (PEN) base stocks. Only the right oils (RITE) would ever be sold to his local customers, hence came the name PENRITE, with its unique name gaining wide trust and respect for its quality.

The Dymond family took over Penrite’s operations in 1979. Since then, they have proudly continued the company tradition of manufacturing premium quality lubricant products specifically for Australian motoring conditions.

The Penrite Racing range of lubricant products can also be found aboard the Erebus Racing #9 Supercar of David Reynolds - the EXACT same lubricants that motorists and repairers can purchase themselves. There is no difference whatsoever, despite the extremely punishing engine and drive train demands of Supercar racing.

These engine demands are particularly heavy at endurance events like the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600. Penrite 10 Tenths Racing 5 is used for David’s engine , 10 Tenths non-glycol racing coolant for optimum thermal engine management and the Penrite Pro Gear range is protecting the gearbox and rear end of his Supercar. David’s brakes make use of Penrite Racing brake fluid, which is rated at over 600F.

Everything the Penrite Supercar runs on is available on the shelf at your nearest Penrite stockist, making this the only team in the Supercars pit lane that doesn’t use special blends. This major national Penrite consumer exposure continues at Mount Panorama from October 6 to 8 as Penrite is also the official lubricant partner for the nation’s greatest motor race, the Bathurst 1000.

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September 11, 2017 - CAPRICORN LAUNCHES CAPTV MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS

Australasia’s largest automotive parts cooperative, Capricorn, has launched a new and highly informative communications channel to its 17,000 plus Australian and New Zealand based Members.

It’s called CapTV and it enables Capricorn to connect with its Members via the engaging medium of video.

Designed to engage, inspire and educate, CapTV showcases the many advantages that Capricorn Members are entitled to, profiling business services that can provide significant benefits to them.

Freely available online, CapTV combines a professionally presented “Welcome to Capricorn” video with a “Take 2” series of informational videos that have been presented by actual Capricorn Members in a natural and unscripted format.

The CapTV “Take 2” series asks Capricorn Members to spend two minutes of their time to learn more about their Capricorn membership from other Members just like them. 

The initial Take 2 series of CapTV video topics include:

·         Making the most of your membership

·         Capricorn Risk Services

·         Capricorn Trade Account and Reward Program

·         Capricorn Preferred Suppliers and the Purple Pages Guide

·         Capricorn Travel and Events

 

According to Capricorn Group CEO, Greg Wall, CapTV adds yet another dimension to its commitment to ensure that Members are up to date on everything relating to their Capricorn Membership

 

“The importance of regular and informative communication can never be understated for any organisation, but it is particularly important for a cooperative like Capricorn that exists purely for the benefit of its Members,” Mr Wall stated.

 

“The introduction of CapTV complements our CapChat email newsletter and our monthly Ignition Member magazine, representing a new step in ensuring that Capricorn Members have access to all of the information that they need about their membership and how to gain the most benefits from it,” Mr Wall added.

 

CapTV can also be viewed by non-Members to learn more about how Capricorn makes it so much easier for thousands of automotive aftermarket businesses across Australia and New Zealand. Visit capricorn.coop/captv to view the informative episodes or to join Capricorn, email join@capricorn.coop or visit Capricorn online at http://www.capricorn.coop.          

 

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September 6, 2017 - TRICOR JOINS THE PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT OFFERING

Precision Automotive Equipment now offers its customers a total one stop, turn-key solution for the complete fit-out of automotive workshops following the acquisition of the renowned Tricor lubrication equipment business.

The outstanding quality Tricor lubrication equipment range includes bulk oil tanks, waste oil equipment accompanied by oil, grease and compressed air lines and workshop benches.

All of these products can be designed to suit a vast range of workshop layouts, from the largest dealer workshops to the smallest independent repair and service centres.

Precision Automotive Equipment also provides highly experienced Tricor engineers for specialised equipment design and installation services in-house, to ensure the most professional, efficient and accessible results for any automotive workshop.

Tricor Engineering’s expertise is the result of almost two decades of designing highly productive workshop layouts for optimum lubrication and compressed air management to best suit specialist repairer and service centre requirements.

So along with providing all workshop equipment requirements, Precision Automotive Equipment now offers car dealers, service stations, truck stops, motorcycle repairers, heavy duty vehicle repairers and independent repairers with the total package when it comes to complete turn-key solutions for workshop fit outs.

As is always the case with Precision Automotive Equipment, the premium quality Tricor lubrication equipment range is supported by dedicated national after sales service and support. This ensures that the quality experience continues well after the investment in a new or existing automotive workshop has been made.

According to Precision Automotive Equipment General Manager Rod Wilkinson, the Tricor lubricant equipment range is renowned for its quality along with the option to custom manufacture products to individual customer requirements in Victoria.

“The quality of the Tricor equipment range really places it up there with the best available. This combined with the complete workshop equipment product ranges that we supply really makes Precison Automotive Equipment Australia’s one stop shop for complete turn-key  workshop fit out solutions,” Mr Wilkinson stated. 

To find out more about Precision Automotive Equipment and the company’s premier Tricor lubricant equipment range, call 1300 366 252.

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August 29, 2017 - AUTOBARN RELOCATES TO A NEW FLAGSHIP LOGAN CITY STORE

Australia’s stand-out automotive accessories, parts and tools retailer, Autobarn, has enjoyed long term goodwill amongst the motorists of Bribane’s Logan City as the area’s one stop shop for absolutely everything automotive. Proudly Australian owned and operated, Autobarn is committed to providing its customers with the best possible automotive shopping experience.

In line with this commitment, the Australian company has relocated its Logan City store to an outstanding new retail address - 20 Moss Street, Slack’s Creek.

A few doors down from Autobarn’s original Logan City location, the newest and 122nd  addition to the national

Autobarn store network boasts more than 960 square metres of retail floor space. No less than 200 square metres of showroom space is devoted solely to Four Wheel Drive and Touring vehicle category accessories and parts, catering to the strong popularity of these vehicles with local motorists.

Along with the vast showroom space provided by this new, high visibility location, Autobarn’s new Logan City store is manned by a team of highly experienced and locally familiar professionals.  As is the case with every Autobarn store nationwide, all members of staff are pleased to assist in the fitting of products to their customers’ cars onsite.

Whether customers know exactly what they need, or if customers need advice across the entire spectrum of automotive products, Autobarn Logan City’s team of motoring enthusiasts definitely know how to get you there.

A spacious and welcoming retail atmosphere has been incorporated to the internal design of the large format Autobarn Logan City store. Featuring 3.6 metre ceilings, large wall fixtures and bright LED lighting throughout, viewing the entire Autobarn product offering has never been easier.

Logan Citys’s newest automotive retail store will also be the first Autobarn store in Australia to feature four external facing full colour video screens, enhancing what is already a high visibility location along the busy Moss Street retail precinct.

Visit the new Autobarn Logan City store at 20 Moss Street, Slack’s Creek for an automotive retail experience that combines decades of experience with an outstanding quality product range.                                                          

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August 21, 2017 - HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT CAPRICORN AT THE WORKSHOP

Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive parts cooperative, has always placed a great deal of emphasis on the opinions and ideas of its Members. This philosophy has always made perfect sense, given that the whole reason why Capricorn exists is for the benefit of its Members, who also are the owners of this incredibly successful cooperative.

To regularly gain the opinions of its Members, Capricorn has launched a new online Member community platform called The Workshop, a place where Members can come together to share thoughts and ideas on anything and everything to do with Capricorn. As a Member, by spending just 5 minutes per month in The Workshop, they can help shape the future of the cooperative.

The Workshop enables Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand to have a say in how the other business they own, Capricorn, is run to make it even easier for them to do business.

According to Capricorn Group CEO, Greg Wall, The Workshop provides a real time, fast and easy method for Members to voice their valued opinions directly to Capricorn.

“Our Members are the whole reason why we exist and everything that we do at Capricorn is designed to make business easier for them.  In order to further improve our services and to gain new ideas from our Members, we have established this easy to use Capricorn Member online community platform. The Workshop provides us with direct Member feedback to shape an even more exciting, efficient and rewarding future ahead.” 

The Workshop will feature different Capricorn topics each month, topics in which Capricorn Members can vote, express opinions and submit their own ideas about.

“I am sure that our Members will be very surprised with the differences that can be made by spending five minutes a month to make their thoughts known at The Workshop. We look forward to our Members making the most of this important online information and feedback platform now and well into the future,” Wall added.

Members can access the Workshop via the Capricorn website, www.capricorn.coop or to join Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive and general products buying group, email join@capricorn.coop.

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August 15, 2017 - BURSON EQUIPMENT BRINGS THE WORLD’S MOST TRUSTED HOIST TO AUSTRALIAN WORKSHOPS

Burson Auto Parts’ commitment to provide Australian automotive repairers with the highest quality and value packed workshop equipment continues with the introduction of the world’s most trusted hoist range to the Burson Equipment range.

Established in the USA back in 1925, the premium quality Rotary Hoist brand has been a forerunner in automotive workshop hoist design for decades.  With sales of the famed Rotary two post hoist exceeding one million units to date, Rotary Hoists have become synonymous with successful automotive workshops all over the world.

The Rotary name came about as the first hoist to bear the premium quality American marque could be rotated a full 360 degrees, enabling vehicles to be driven in and out of repair bays in forward gear. More than 90 years on from this revolutionary automotive workshop hoist design, Rotary has become the world leader in vehicle hoist design and engineering.

Burson Equipment offers Australian automotive repairers a wide variety of Rotary Hoists in configurations to suit every vehicle, from motorcycles through to all manner of cars, SUV’s four wheel drives and heavy duty trucks. No other hoist brand offers such a vast range of products to cater for every possible automotive repairer requirement. 

Innovations include Rotary’s two post hoist TRIO arms that allow quicker spotting, easier manoeuvrability and a larger pick up sweep.

Workshop safety is the utmost priority with all Rotary hoists from Burson Equipment. There are no compromises in the company’s strict quality control during the design, manufacture and testing of each Rotary hoist model. Rotary places each new hoist design through a minimum of 20,000 rigorous performance test cycles before being released,  well above industry testing standards, to provide automotive repairers with hoist products that have no peer when it comes to safety, quality, efficiency and reliability.

Backing Rotary’s total quality is a dedicated national service network, providing prompt access to spare parts if required, backed by a three year warranty. 

The national Burson Equipment team is at your service to ensure that your business receives detailed advice and support when selecting the right Rotary hoist investment for each workshop specialisation. 

According to Burson Equipment Manager Jim Santef, this premium quality hoist range represents the absolute best in quality and safety.

“The ranges of hoist products offered by Rotary are a truly outstanding addition to the Burson Equipment offering.  Whether our customers are working on cars, trucks, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles and equipment - whatever the application, Rotary has the world leading quality hoist to suit. We look forward to assisting our customers to access the highest standards in automotive workshop hoist technology and efficiency with the Rotary range,” Mr Santef stated.

A full Rotary Hoist catalogue is now available from Burson Equipment, bringing access to the next generation of automotive workshop hoists to your fingertips.  

Contact Burson Equipment on 1300 BURSON (287 766) or visit Rotary hoists online at www.rotaryhoists.com.au to find out more.

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August 18, 2017 - RIGHT TO REPAIR GAINS MOMENTUM IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) welcomes the number of peak automotive industry organisations who are now expressing their support for a mandatory solution for the sharing of vehicle repair and service information for all automotive repairers.

Immediately following the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Draft Report on the New Car Retailing Industry on August 10, the AAAA has been buoyed by the support that has been gained from both the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), two of the nation’s peak automotive dealer and independent repairer industry organisations, among others.

Since the release of the New Car Industry Draft Report findings and the ACCC’s detailed research into specific cases, more organisations have now concluded that a mandatory solution to the sharing of repair and service information with independent repairers by the car manufacturers is the right approach. The ACCC’s Draft Report into the New Car Retailing Industry has played a significant role in creating a shift compared to some of these organisations’ prior positioning on this and other major issues directly affecting their independent repairer members.

One of the major positives from the recent announcements made in response to the ACCC’s Draft Report into New Car Retailing is the fact that it has created a united front in relation to ensuring a much fairer go for Australian consumers and independent repairers.

“It is great to see the MTAA and the VACC making public statements of support for a mandatory solution. This is a very welcome development. To see the industry coming together and the organisations that represent both independent repairers and authorised dealers calling for a level playing field is outstanding,” Mr Stuart Charity, AAAA Executive Director stated.

“I think that it shows we are now able to sit around the table and talk to the ACCC about the best design for a mandatory solution that would benefit fair competition and foster good outcomes for consumers, independent repairers and car manufacturers, along with their dealer networks,” He added.

The level of detail outlined in the 145 page ACCC Draft Report has had a very significant impact on the shifting of opinions both from within and outside the industry, including the perspectives of consumers. This is not surprising given the widespread national newspaper, television, radio and online exposure that the ACCC Draft Report gained.

“There is little doubt that the impact of the very thorough industry examination carried out by the ACCC has been highly significant and effective. The investigation included forensic research by independent experts, the likes of which the independent automotive aftermarket industry has never had access to before. The investigation also sought car manufacturer responses to specific complaints and the ACCC findings have managed to change many opinions in the industry,” Mr Charity stated.

“We welcome the organisations representing consumers, automotive retailers, independent repairers, parts manufacturers, and new car dealerships supporting a mandated approach that the AAAA has championed and taken the lead role in trying to achieve since 2009. 

The AAAA has always promoted a balanced and pragmatic approach to the sharing of automotive service and repair information to try to achieve a sustainable outcome for independent repairers, the car companies and their dealer networks. It was made abundantly clear by the ACCC in their Draft Report that the Voluntary Code signed almost three years ago had categorically failed in practice. It was flawed from the outset, lacking good oversight and dispute mechanisms. It was largely ignored by car companies and their dealers, at the direct expense of Australian consumers and independent repairers.

“We certainly don’t regret being involved in the Voluntary Code process but after nearly three years of operation it became painfully clear that it just didn’t work,” Mr Charity stated. 

“We were pragmatic in our initial signing of this agreement, but the car manufacturers were not committed to making the agreement work and that has led us to where we are today. Despite all of our good intention and our co-operation, the voluntary approach did not have any meaningful impact on the availability of vehicle repair and service information and this has been verified by the independent experts who contributed to the ACCC investigation,” He added.

The AAAA on behalf of our 2,500 member companies, welcomes and appreciates the widespread support for a mandatory approach expressed by leading automotive industry associations over the past week  and we look forward to this being adopted by Government into regulation in the very near future. 

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited (AAAA): 

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,250 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $11 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

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Stuart Charity, Executive Director, AAAA - 03 9545 3333 / 0418 563 959

Paul Marinelli, Marinelli PR - 0417 558 655

 

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August 10, 2017 - ACCC DRAFT REPORT VINDICATES A DECADE OF AAAA CAMPAIGNING TO SUPPORT CONSUMERS’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN REPAIRER

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Draft Report on the New Car Retailing Industry which was released today.

Among many important recommendations, the ACCC’s Draft Report recommends that a mandatory scheme be introduced to ensure car manufacturers share real time technical information with independent repairers, on commercially fair and reasonable terms. The mandatory scheme would provide independent repairers with access to the same technical information, software and codes which all car companies operating in Australia currently only make available to their authorised dealers and preferred repairer networks.

The ACCC investigation also found that there is a dealer gross profit margin of 64% on vehicle servicing.  This margin is important to the dealers and it is protected by car manufacturers ensuring that critical servicing and repair information is continually withheld from independent repairers. The AAAA has advocated for US data sharing laws to be implemented in Australia on behalf of many thousands of independent repairers and Australia’s 17 million car owners.

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity stated, “This is an interim report and there is still a great deal of work to be done to ensure that the ACCC recommendations are implemented.  It is however a great sign that after a 12 month investigation, our independent competition watchdog has now verified what we have been saying for over 10 years.  Our opponents have argued that consumers have choice, that car manufacturers already share all repair and service information, that the voluntary agreement signed in 2014 is working - yet all of these positions are not supported by the findings of the ACCC Draft Report issued today.

The highly detailed 162 page ACCC Draft Report follows a thorough investigation that has involved many AAAA member independent repairers across Australia. It clearly outlines that while there is competition for the purchase of new cars, consumers have been severely restricted in their choices when it comes to vehicle repair and servicing. 

The ACCC Draft Report also detailed the car industry practice of misleading consumers into believing that their new car warranties would become void if their cars were serviced outside the dealer network, along with consumers being forced to sign non-disclosure statements to access remedies relating to known vehicle faults.

The ACCC has also commenced enforcement action against a number of car companies following the discovery of a range of other Australian Consumer Law contraventions that were uncovered as result of this investigation.

“We look forward to working together with the ACCC and the Federal Government to ensure that consumers are fully protected by mandating fair competition for the servicing and repair of their vehicles. Together with more than 2,500 AAAA member companies, we are determined to ensure that these important ACCC recommendations are implemented in full,” Mr Charity added.

The complete ACCC Draft Report into New Car Retailing can be viewed at:

https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/New%20car%20retailing%20industry%20draft%20report.pdf

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited (AAAA):

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,500 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $11 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

For further information or interviews contact:  

Stuart Charity, Executive Director AAAA - 03 9545 3333 / 0418 563 959

Paul Marinelli, Marinelli PR - 0417 558 655.

 

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August 1, 2017 - GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS FROM YOUR CAPRICORN TRADE ACCOUNT

As nearly 20,000 Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand will attest, purchasing automotive parts is just easier with Capricorn.

Replacing multiple supplier accounts for a single all inclusive monthly account, gaining instant credit with all Capricorn Preferred Suppliers and earning Capricorn Reward Points for every dollar spent on eligible purchases – just for running your business.

Aside from automotive parts, Capricorn Members are also able to purchase almost everything that they need to run their repair workshop or sales businesses through their Capricorn account.

The many other necessities of running a business are also covered by Capricorn Preferred Suppliers across Australia. In fact, almost everything that Capricorn’s Members need can indeed be purchased on their reward point earning Capricorn account.

Computers and other electronic requirements, snacks for staff and for customer waiting areas, even pot plants and beauty supplies are provided by Capricorn Preferred Suppliers. A full range of office stationery, office equipment, smartphones, envelopes, pens, calculators and many more essential products can also be purchased and billed to your convenient Capricorn Trade Account monthly statement.

Outside of the office, Capricorn Members can enjoy everything from family holidays, travel products, audio entertainment equipment and computers, through to many more everyday purchase items.

The more Capricorn Members use their trade account, the more streamlined they become with fewer bills to pay, less paperwork to handle, and much more time to concentrate on running their businesses. Members can also earn valuable reward points on everyday items too when using their trade account.

Capricorn exists for its Members, who are also shareholders in the success of this four and a half decade strong Australian co-operative structured company. By making more everyday purchases using their Capricorn Trade Account, Members are also strengthening the cooperative.

Capricorn isn’t only for automotive parts purchases – it is for everything that you need to run your business successfully. To find out more about the non-automotive products, office essentials and other everyday items that earn Capricorn Reward Points, check the Capricorn Purple Pages directory.

To join Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive and general products buying group, email join@capricorn.coop or visit Capricorn online at www.capricorn.com.au.

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August 10, 2017 - AAAA ADVISES REPAIRERS TO TAKE NOTE OF HOLDEN ACCC UNDERTAKINGS 

On August 1, 2017, GM Holden Ltd entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that covered a broad range of warranty related issues in relation to its vehicles.

Holden’s Enforceable Undertaking to the ACCC includes elements that are highly relevant to independent repairers and their customers. According to the undertaking, Holden will ensure that dealers are aware that the practice of providing verbal advice to consumers that using an independent repairer to service their vehicle will automatically void the warranty must now cease.

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) congratulates the ACCC for the effort it has made in ensuring that Australian consumers’ rights are protected. The AAAA also welcomes the important undertakings that have been agreed to by Holden, avoiding potentially lengthy legal action and additional delays to consumers seeking remedies for manufacturing faults on their vehicles.

These include Holden’s reinforcement in the undertaking to the ACCC that the car owner has the right to choose their preferred repairer (referenced in clause 11.2a). When a consumer uses a repairer outside of the Holden dealer network, this will not void or limit any remedies that Holden is obliged to provide through their new car warranty or consumer guarantee obligations. This part of the undertaking links in directly with the advice provided in the AAAA’s “Truth About New Car Servicing” consumer education brochures which continue to be freely available to all consumers.

AAAA member repairers are also advised of Holden’s undertaking to advise all owners of model year 2007 and 2008 Holden CG Captiva vehicles fitted with the 2.0 Litre diesel engine of their consumer rights in relation to denial of remedies by Holden in the past. As many of these vehicles may have been on-sold, serviced outside of the Holden dealer network, or are outside of their new vehicle warranty periods and the owners may not be contactable by Holden, AAAA members should ensure that they advise their customers of the remedies that are now available to them, regardless of the warranty status of these vehicles.  

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said, “We congratulate the ACCC on their detailed investigation and we are pleased to see that Holden has entered into this enforceable undertaking. Our members have a key role to play in advising their customers of their rights under Australian Consumer Law.  Holden may not have contact with the second or third owners of these vehicles, but we do. ”

“This undertaking confirms that all car owners can be comfortable using the repairer of their choice, regardless of the age of their vehicle, which is in line with the advice we provide through our “Truth About New Car Servicing” campaign. As our industry group represents several thousand independent automotive repairers across the country, it is incumbent of our members to assist any  Holden owners by ensuring that they are aware of the undertakings that Holden has made to the ACCC, particularly in relation to the issues surrounding the 2007/8 CG Captiva models,” Mr Charity added.

AAAA members and their customers can download the entire GM Holden Ltd Enforceable Undertaking to the ACCC here.

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited (AAAA): 

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,250 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $11 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

For further information or interviews contact:  

Stuart Charity, Executive Director, AAAA - 03 9545 3333

Paul Marinelli, Marinelli PR - 0417 558 655.

 

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July 21, 2017 - DAYCO APPOINTS SOUTH EAST ASIA BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Dayco Australia Managing Director and Vice President of Aftermarket Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw, announces a strategic new regional appointment for the global automotive engine component manufacturer.

Highly experienced Singaporean automotive aftermarket industry executive, Yong Kee Ng joins the global Dayco automotive aftermarket team in the newly created role of South East Asia Business Development Manager.

Mr Ng, 53, joins Dayco after a 22 year career with ContiTech AG, managing the German company’s automotive aftermarket business across South East Asia.

The new Dayco South East Asia Business Development Manager brings outstanding qualifications and experience to this exciting new position, having gained his Bachelor Degree of Applied Science in Engineering from The University of Toronto, along with separate UK and Singaporean based Graduate Marketing Diplomas, an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and an Executive Diploma in Asia Pacific Marketing.

“I am delighted to welcome Yong Kee Ng to this new role within the global Dayco aftermarket sales and marketing team. His intimate experience of the region and the automotive aftermarket across South East Asia ensures that this new division of our aftermarket business is in very good hands,” Arnold Mouw stated.

“Proximity to our current and new customers across the region is very important, ensuring that we deliver excellent customer service and have the ability to respond quickly to specific aftermarket requirements for these growing markets,” He added.

According to Yong Kee Ng, this is an exciting time to be joining Dayco as the company expands its premium quality aftermarket product presence throughout South East Asia.

“I look forward to increasing Dayco’s presence significantly throughout South East Asia, where unprecedented automotive market growth is taking place. Dayco is extremely well equipped to meet the current and future aftermarket product demands of the region, by maximising the utilisation of its China based manufacturing operations,” He said.

“As an Original Equipment supplier of choice to vehicle manufacturers all over the world, there is no doubt that Dayco is best positioned to service the car parc growth and diversity of vehicle applications across all of South East Asia,“ Mr Ng added.

Yong Kee Ng will be based in the new Dayco South East Asian Sales and Business Development office located in Singapore and can be contacted by email at yongkee.ng@dayco.com or by telephone - +65 978 643 05. 

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July 14, 2017 - INDUSTRY RESPONDS STRONGLY TO AUTOCARE 2018

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket industry has responded strongly to the recent launch of Autocare 2018, the national two day, Sydney based convention designed specifically for automotive aftermarket parts, service and repair professionals to be held on May 4 and 5, 2018.

Autocare 2018 will take place at the new International Convention Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. This major national industry convention is hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and has been structured primarily as an education led event, addressing the latest developments and trends across the constantly evolving automotive parts, service and repair sectors of the industry.

The industry has committed to a broad and highly beneficial range of sponsorships for Autocare 2018 following the recent release of the event prospectus. From Australia’s largest parts, tools and equipment supplier Repco, the collision repair industry’s pre-eminent provider of technical training programs - ICAR, as well as some of the country’s largest automotive aftermarket brands, support for Autocare 2018 has got off to a flying start.

Autocare 2018 will feature plenary sessions and seminars across three key streams that are integral to the continued success and growth of the $14 billion Australian automotive parts, service and repair industry. These important events target the aftermarket parts and accessories supply chain as well as mechanical and collision repair workshop owners addressing the theme disruption, innovation, rejuvenation.

A number of additional inclusions are being organised to attract thousands of automotive aftermarket professionals to Autocare 2018. These include a special feature car display, along with appearances from key motorsport identities and international VIP guest speakers.

The trade display opportunities represent excellent value for this inaugural national automotive aftermarket convention. As Autocare 2018 is an education led event, trade display areas present highly visible opportunities to launch and showcase products and to conduct personalised customer training throughout the event.

Limited affordable opportunities remain to secure a well-recognised presence at Autocare 2018. To ensure that your company is a part of this major two day national convention contact Autocare 2018 Exhibition Manager, Nina Roberts by calling 03 9596 9205 or by email - nina@iecgroup.com.au  or download a copy of the event prospectus HERE.

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July 7, 2017 - MAKE AAD YOUR FIRST CHOICE FOR WHOLESALE CAR AND TRUCK PARTS 

AAD is your complete destination for wholesale car and truck parts. AAD specialises in the import, manufacture, re-manufacture and wholesale of premium quality brake, clutch, steering, suspension, cooling, engine and servicing products.

Established for more than three decades, the AAD group matches its vast experience and unparalleled automotive aftermarket wholesale resources with total quality throughout and are renowned for premium quality parts that cover passenger car, 4WD, SUV, light commercial, truck, bus, agricultural and mining vehicle service.

The AAD range of parts is the most current and comprehensive available and it is the company’s goal to ensure that their product range leadership status is maintained through dedicated product development, innovation and global sourcing. AAD’s own quality brands Protex, Pro-Torque, IBS and Top Gun are joined in AAD’s offering by most of the world’s leading automotive and commercial product brands.

It is a major challenge to surpass the one stop value proposition presented to Australia’s parts re-sellers and automotive repairers by AAD. The company’s access to competitively priced, premium quality products, range management, detailed cataloguing and the integration of all AAD product segments into one ordering system are just some of the advantages.

AAD also provides reliable and timely product distribution via a national footprint of 11 distribution centres located in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth. These distribution resources ensure that parts re-sellers can take advantage of AAD’s refined replenishment processes as a result of the company’s optimised inventory distribution systems. 

Along with the company’s own extensive manufacturing resources, AAD brings the highest quality and most trusted brands from Australian and international automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers together in one total specialist wholesale operation that is driven to provide unmatched service and value to its customers.

AAD is also a proud Australian ISO–9001:2015 Certified automotive aftermarket manufacturer producing world class truck, trailer and passenger vehicle components. The company is also renowned for its brake re-manufacturing centre, which is one of the largest of its kind in Australia.

There is no substitute for strong levels of customer service and support for your wholesale specialist parts requirements.  AAD’s highly trained national customer service team forms a part of the company’s 200 plus employees nationwide. This team provides personal customer assistance while AAD’s online ordering service provides customer support 24/7. AAD invests significantly in constantly increasing the company’s online capabilities to further enhance the company’s customer communications, service and sales support.

AAD’s General Manager, Gordon Bennett, leads a team of highly experienced automotive industry professionals with a passion for being the first choice for specialist automotive wholesale solutions. The team includes many highly respected industry figures including AAAA Hall Of Fame inductee Peter Armstrong.

AAD’s dedicated leaders have spent most of their careers in the automotive aftermarket industry, combining their efforts to ensure that AAD maintains its leadership position as Australia’s first choice for specialist automotive wholesale solutions.

Find out more about how AAD can be your one stop passenger car, 4WD, SUV, light commercial, heavy duty truck & bus wholesale parts destination by calling AAD’s customer service team on 03 8369 1400  or by visiting AAD online at www.aad.com.au.

AAD’s automotive aftermarket product brand websites can be visited at:  

www.protexparts.com.au

www.protorqueautomotive.com.au

www.ibsauto.com.au

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June 30, 2017 - AUTOPRO CONTINUES PORT AUGUSTA SUCCESS IN RELOCATED STORE   

One of Australia’s most renowned automotive parts, tools and accessories suppliers, Autopro, continues a three decade long commitment to the regional South Australian city of Port Augusta with the relocation of the brand to 41 Tassie Street, Port Augusta.

Servicing Port Augusta along with the northern and western regions of the state, Autopro has fitted out a brand new store to serve Port Augusta and its surrounding regional centre automotive repairers and motoring enthusiasts.

Autopro’s commitment to Port Augusta provides continued local employment opportunities for the city, while also growing Autopro’s long term support to local community clubs and charities.

The Port Augusta store is one of 88 Autopro stores located across mainland Australia, retailing automotive parts, tools and accessories for repairers and motoring enthusiasts since 1982. This makes Autopro Australia’s oldest and largest independent automotive parts and accessories retailer.

Autopro stores are focussed on ensuring that they become integral suppliers to their local communities. Autopro stores also feature localised product ranges designed to best meet the automotive parts, tools and accessories requirements for each region’s requirements.

Autopro store owners have enjoyed significant success as a result of the group’s redesigned franchise program. This new program has been extremely well received and has already resulted in significant Autopro store business growth.

The Autopro program includes exclusive rebate, stock cleanse, central purchasing, marketing and house brand programs, ensuring that each store owner and operator remains competitive, with access to head office support to help their businesses become as successful as possible.  

Over the past six months, Autopro stores in Port Pirie (SA), Noosa (QLD) and Gloucester (NSW) have relocated or are in the process of relocating to larger premises within each of their regions due to their unprecedented business growth. Autopro also continues to grow nationally with several new store openings scheduled in 2017.

According to David Barnden, General Manager of Independents with the Automotive Brands Group, this is a very exciting period of growth for Autopro.

“Autopro’s long standing commitment to Port Augusta with a brand new relocated store is one example of this Australian company’s commitment to the city and its surrounding regions. Autopro enjoys a long history with the Port Augusta community and this will continue well into the future,” Mr Barnden said.

“It is an exciting time for Autopro as we continue to grow our store network, working closely with our enthusiastic store owners to ensure the efficiency and profitability of their businesses. Whether you have an existing business you wish to grow through conversion or if you are looking for a simple way to enter the market, we have the structure and support services to make it happen successfully,” He added.

To find out more about becoming a part of Autopro’s national store network, contact David Barnden - david.barnden@automotivebrands.com.au

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June 28, 2017 - STRONG AUTOBARN NATIONAL GROWTH NEEDS MORE HIGH PROFILE SITES

Autobarn is an Australian auto accessories and parts icon. Motorists and do it yourself automotive enthusiasts have trusted this national automotive accessories, tools and parts retailer for experience, knowledge, quality and value for more than 30 years.

With 121 stores located across Australia - and with a growth target of 200 stores to be reached within five years, Autobarn is experiencing impressive growth across all of the company’s automotive aftermarket product sectors.

In order to continue Autobarn’s exciting national growth, the Australian company is constantly on the look-out for new, high profile roadside locations across a wide variety of property developments, existing retail locations and greenfield sites.

Autobarn seeks highly visible sites on major roads and thoroughfares that enable motorists to easily identify and access this renowned national automotive retailer. A significant Autobarn point of difference to its competitors is that motorists can also have selected parts and accessories fitted quickly and easily at each location, without the need for a full automotive workshop.

Autobarn stores meet and often exceed the property presentation standards that many major commercial retail property owners and administrators are seeking. The company’s recently opened new stores in both Canberra and Sydney are testament to the highest levels of retail presentation, site visibility and easy motorist access for “clean” parts and accessory fitments.

The store size flexibility for Autobarn stores is also a key point that property owners and retail site developers should also keep in mind. With stores ranging from 500 square metres to 1500 square metres, there is a great deal of scope in relation to the sites that can become a beacon for local motorists’ parts, tools and accessories requirements.

Specific terms can be negotiated for each lease with every Autobarn franchise or company owned store. All Autobarn stores are supported by network development professionals with decades of experience to ensure model tenancy practices and enduring site tenures.

With Autobarn included in any commercial, retail or greenfield site development, property owners and managers will be dealing with a strong, well established, professionally operated and locally owned national chain, for whom the growth and profitable sustainability of every Autobarn store is the prime objective.

To find out more about bringing the Australian success story that is Autobarn to your property or development, contact Automotive Brands General Manager of Network Development, Shane Logan by calling 03 8878 1111. You can also visit Autobarn online at www.autobarn.com.au.

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June 27, 2017 - TAKE THE EXCITING NEXT STEP WITH MIDAS

Midas has been well known in the Australian automotive repair and maintenance landscape for more than 40 years. Commencing operations as a brake and muffler specialist, Midas stores across Australia today are full auto service experts, providing car servicing, brakes, suspension, exhaust and all general repair requirements.

Midas is a national automotive servicing and repair group that is positioning itself as the technical leaders in modern vehicle servicing and maintenance, for the constantly growing and ever more diverse Australian automotive car parc.

Independent repairers seeking to take that important next step to stay at the forefront of vehicle servicing and repair, along with enthusiastic automotive technicians who want to establish their own businesses, should take a closer look at joining the Midas group.

There are currently 88 Midas Auto Service Centres operating across Australia, with a number of franchisees operating multiple sites due to their success within specific urban and regional areas.

Midas operates as a community of customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers and consultants working together in an open environment based on common goals and mutual trust. This group of Australian auto service experts has managed to enhance and grow Midas’ high levels of consumer trust over the years, largely due to the major emphasis that the organisation places on integrity and technical proficiency.

“It is our goal to be the most technically proficient automotive service group in Australia,” stated General Manager, Service for Midas, Mark Geraghty. 

“We are investing significantly in training, support and ensuring that each Midas store is equipped with the latest diagnostic workshop equipment. This is imperative to our success as automotive technology continues to evolve across the next 10 to 20 years.

“We also offer conversion opportunities to existing independent automotive repairers who want their businesses to be supported in taking the next step, or for enthusiastic automotive technicians who want to establish their own future in the industry by creating their own businesses,” Mr Geraghty added. 

In joining Midas, your business becomes indelibly linked to a highly recognised national brand. Your business gains the benefits of store set-up consultancy, national marketing support along with detailed business support. This comes from a strong national organisation that is owned by Bapcor, one of the largest and most successful automotive aftermarket companies in Australia.

Midas conducts several national consumer targeted promotions each year, generating strong motorist attention to the nationwide automotive servicing and maintenance group. In one of the most high profile activities of this kind, Midas has established a highly successful marketing partnership with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program. This outstanding marketing platform promotes all national Midas Auto Service Centres to more than five and a half million Velocity Frequent Flyer members and car owners through specific Midas marketing activities at various points during each year.

Instead of viewing the future for independent automotive service and repair businesses as a challenge, by joining Midas you will be assisted and supported to see the future as an exciting opportunity for growth and long term success. All that is needed from you is your continued commitment to provide excellent customer service through high quality automotive service and repairs. 

According to these Midas franchisees, making the decision to join this full automotive service group was one of the best they have ever made;

One of the most successful Midas stores in the country, Midas Werribee Plaza (Victoria), was born out of the desire to make a positive change to how automotive service and repair businesses operate. Franchisee Carmel Alabakis had endured a bad experience with a mechanic and wanted to stop this from happening to others. Carmel has managed to achieve this highly successfully without any mechanical knowledge or background thanks to the support she has received from becoming a Midas Franchisee.

“I saw an opportunity to make a change in how automotive servicing and repair work is carried out in my area when I saw a Midas business for sale at Werribee Plaza back in 2005. The support that I received from Midas from day one was outstanding and continues to this day. From the provision of technical training for our staff through to the efficiency of our operating systems, being with Midas has enabled me to enact positive change in how auto repairers provide total quality services to their customers, which is very important to me. I also love being my own boss while being a part of a large and well known national group,” Ms Alabakis stated.

Justin Wade, Franchisee from the Tingalpa and Capalaba Midas Auto Service Centres in Queensland has joined the ranks of successful Franchisees who own multiple Midas workshops.  

“I love the strength of the collective group and the cohesion in the Midas model. I have a background in the auto service industry and I liked the Midas concept, so I became a Franchisee 15 years ago,” Mr Wade said.

To find out more about converting your automotive business to a Midas Auto Service Centre or to establish a new Midas Auto Service Centre call (03) 8878 1111.

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June 26, 2017 - FULL SACHS SHOCK ABSORBER RANGE AVAILABLE FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS

Australia’s most trusted trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment presents the latest in premium quality aftermarket shock absorbers to Australian automotive repairers with the SACHS shock absorber range. 

SACHS shock absorbers are well known throughout the global automotive aftermarket for their quality and wide range which covers the most popular makes and models in the Australian car parc.

SACHS is also the Original Equipment brand of choice for many of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers. With the SACHS aftermarket shock absorber range, Burson Auto Parts ensures that Australian automotive repairers and suspension specialists can replace these integral components with perfect-fit, designed for purpose replacements.

The SACHS shock absorber range from Burson Auto Parts includes standard height and lowered vehicle applications, incorporating shortened body shock absorber variants for maximum comfort, handling and vehicle looks.

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Merchandise, Peter Cheney, the introduction of SACHS as the company’s premium suspension product range is an important and timely addition to the Burson Auto Parts product portfolio.

“We are providing the trade with one of the highest quality shock absorber product ranges in the world with SACHS. We are ensuring that Australian automotive repairers have access to suspension products that are designed specifically for many makes and models being driven on our roads, particularly the rapid growth in European vehicles,” Mr Cheney said.

Whether you require a shock absorber, strut or insert, all SACHS suspension products are built to exacting standards without compromise. The world class SACHS shock absorber range is now available from Burson Auto Parts stores nationwide.

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June 14, 2017 - A DECADE OF DAYCO SUPPORT FOR RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

This year marks a very special anniversary for all at Dayco Australia, as 2017 represents the 10th year that Dayco has sponsored a room at Ronald McDonald House in Melbourne.

Located in close proximity to the Royal Children’s Hospital in the Melbourne inner city suburb of Parkville, Ronald McDonald House enables families with children who are undergoing hospitalisation for critical illnesses to have a comfortable home away from home during these difficult periods.

Ronald McDonald House and each of its family rooms are designed to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment which is operated as close to a normal home routine as possible, thereby helping families to cope.

According to Dayco Australia Managing Director Arnold Mouw, the company’s support of Ronald McDonald House is a long term involvement that he and the entire Dayco Australia team are extremely proud to be involved in.

“There is no doubt that life on a day to day basis changes dramatically for any family once they are told that a child is diagnosed with a critical illness.

“The team at Ronald McDonald House do an outstanding job to provide support and services to more than 2,000 families who walk through their doors under the most difficult of circumstances every year.

“We are delighted to continue our long term support of Ronald McDonald House and we hope that the Dayco Room provides comfort for families well into the future,” Mr Mouw stated.

Dayco Australia also donates several VIP Medallion Club tickets to Ronald McDonald House each year so families can take their mind off things for a while with a great day at the footy.

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June 14, 2017 - CAPRICORN TRAVEL – CREATING UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES FOR OVER 30 YEARS

While the Australian automotive aftermarket industry is well aware of Capricorn as Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, what some in the industry may not be aware of is Capricorn’s three decades of experience in the business of travel.

Capricorn Travel was born from necessity in the early 1980’s, to service the fast growing automotive aftermarket co-operative’s own extensive convention based and business based Member travel requirements.

The travel arm of this highly successful automotive cooperative has grown to become a multiple award winning domestic and international agency that is ranked among the nation’s top 20 by the Travellers Choice Group.

Capricorn Travel has created unforgettable lifetime experiences in line with the many outstanding Capricorn Conventions that thousands of Capricorn Members have attended over the decades in exotic locations all over the world.

Capricorn Travel is a full service travel agency available to Capricorn Members, Capricorn Preferred Suppliers, their families and friends as well as the general public. You don’t have to be a Capricorn Member to take advantage of this premier quality travel agency service.

Their professional and dedicated travel consultants have extensive experience, having visited many locations around the globe to provide you with fantastic holiday, conference, trade fair or business travel advice.

The accolades bestowed upon Capricorn Travel include eight Travellers Choice Silver and two Bronze Awards, two consecutive Qantas Holidays Global Achiever Awards in both 2015 and 2016 and the 2017 Qantas Holidays Global Star Award.

Capricorn Travel became a Qantas Holidays Premium Agency in 2015 and gained the 2016 Suppliers Choice Award by Driveaway Holidays, extending the agency’s remarkable credentials.

Capricorn Travel Manager Lisa Carter comments “We have a great team here at Capricorn that really understand our membership, particularly how hard it can be in small business to get time out of the workshop. With this level of understanding we are able to work with our Members to create dream holidays, international river cruises or book domestic flights to visit family. We really are full service.”

Capricorn Members are also able to book and pay for travel conveniently using their Capricorn Trade Account, while of course earning or redeeming Capricorn Reward Points for their business or recreational travel requirements. This is rewarding for visits to international automotive trade events such the global Automechanika trade fairs or the USA based SEMA and AAPEX Expos among many others.

Non-members are more than welcome to use the Capricorn Travel team’s services for business or holiday travel, providing expert advice based on first-hand experience.

Many Capricorn Members and non-members are also seeking advice for individual, couples and family holiday locations along with value added deals. Capricorn Travel’s vast experience in recreational travel ensures the most enjoyable vacations.

Capricorn Travel is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and holds a ticketing accreditation under the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Capricorn Travel is also an accredited ATAS (AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme) participant.

Capricorn Travel is a one stop solution for all your travel needs, offering great service, expert know how and value for money when it comes to travel.

So instead of thinking that you have to do it all yourself, give Capricorn Travel a call on 08 6250 9585 or send an email with your enquiry to travel@capricorn.com.au. You can also visit Capricorn Travel online at www.capricorn-travel.com.au.

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Suggested Caption: The highly experienced Capricorn Travel team; At top centre - Travel Consultant Kat Green, at top left - Travel Manager Lisa Carter, at top right - Travel Consultant Jess Black, at bottom right - Travel Consultant Natalie Lauderdale. Capricrorn Travel understands your business and is ready to create unforgettable experiences for everyone. 

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June 6, 2017 - Fake Parts or Fake News?

An opinion piece by Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Executive Director Stuart Charity.

The recent media release by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (the lobby group for the car industry in Australia) under the heading ‘New Seizure Shows Counterfeit is Out of Control’ reports yet another seizure of counterfeit car parts, this time in the UAE, purportedly on their way to Australia and links this seizure to the tragic Easter road toll in Australia.

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This follows on from similar recent reports of seizures of counterfeit parts destined for Australia in Guangzhou and Abu Dhabi. In fact these seizures of counterfeit automotive parts allegedly “on their way to Australia” are being reported every couple of months via press release through the FCAI’s Genuine is Best campaign which is managed by PR agency The Project Group.  It is interesting to note that this apparent ‘flood’ of counterfeit parts onto the Australian market started in 2015, not long after the launch of the Genuine is Best initiative.

In addition, the Genuine is Best campaign recently held a media briefing at Holden to warn of the dangers relating to counterfeit bonnets to suit VF Holden Commodore that are made of incorrect material and of inferior construction with potentially dangerous outcomes should they fail. The article goes on to highlight the assertions of the FCAI suggesting such issues are systemic of and exclusive to the aftermarket. “FCAI chief executive Tony Weber said Holden's testing had revealed ‘another critical safety failing of a non-genuine part’.

As is always the case when car manufacturers and their nominated representatives make sweeping statements about the benefits of so called ‘genuine’ parts over parts sold by companies outside of their network, their position must be met with some scepticism. After all, there are some very compelling safety concerns raised in the latest press releases, however there are equally compelling commercial reasons for the FCAI to convince consumers that ‘genuine is best’. So let’s unpack the facts.

Firstly, the bonnets called into question are referred to as ‘fake’ or counterfeit. By definition this means they were being falsely represented as genuine, or more correctly as car company-branded. As defined in the FCAI’s ‘Genuine is Best’ website, counterfeit parts are “illegal imitations sold as genuine parts. They may be stamped with serial numbers and the logo of the car or motorcycle manufacturer in order to deceive consumers into thinking they are genuine parts.”

The articles then go on to refer to the bonnets as non-genuine or aftermarket. Aftermarket is not the same as counterfeit, also clarified on the ‘Genuine is Best’ website which states that aftermarket parts “are not produced by the car or motorcycle maker and have been produced by another company as an addition to existing equipment or an alternative to a genuine part.”

So in the interest of open and transparent discussion of an apparent consumer safety issue, Holden and the FCAI should be very clear in their statements as to whether consumers are being misled by the supplier, or whether they are reporting a fault in a product which is legitimately being sold as an alternative to a car company-branded part.

The two are not the same and for Holden and the FCAI to use the terms interchangeably is, in itself, misleading.

To suggest that component failures are purely the domain of the aftermarket is clearly ridiculous. Less than 10% of product recalls of vehicle and auto parts over the last 12 months have been for aftermarket components. The remaining 90% relate to original equipment components.

Comparisons aside, the Australian system for recalls and rectifications under the Product Safety division of the ACCC is an effective means of maintaining product standards in the market in order to protect consumers. So if the part in question is an aftermarket part which has been manufactured to a sub-standard level, there are processes to deal with the issue.

The issue with articles such as these recent stories is one of truth and transparency. When the FCAI and car companies speak about ‘genuine’ parts, there is a clear and undisputable vested interest in convincing consumers that only a ‘genuine’ part purchased through the franchised dealership network can be trusted.

In a recent release by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, the appropriateness of the term ‘genuine’ to describe car-company branded parts was called into question. As highlighted in the brochure entitled, ‘The Truth About Genuine Parts’, car companies outsource production of most vehicle components to third party manufacturers. These same companies often supply parts not only to the car companies, but also directly to the automotive industry supply chains as aftermarket parts. In many cases, the same part with the same part numbers and identifiers can be purchased in either a car-company branded box or the component manufacturer-branded box.

The problem of counterfeit or ‘fake’ parts should indeed be taken seriously, however to suggest that counterfeit parts are the same thing as aftermarket parts (or to use the terms interchangeably) is misleading and potentially defamatory.

Aftermarket parts are parts made by manufacturers other than the original equipment manufacturer.

High quality aftermarket parts will meet or exceed OEM specifications, providing consumers with greater choice in terms of affordability without compromising on performance. Many aftermarket manufacturers offer parts with superior characteristics than the original component, as is the case for many high performance and 4WD/commercial vehicle parts.

It is interesting that Ford US has just announced the release of the ‘Omnicraft’ brand – an aftermarket product range including oil filters, brake pads, brake discs, starter motors, alternators and suspension parts. According to Ford, “Omnicraft is part of the Ford family of parts brands: Ford, Motorcraft and Omnicraft. Omnicraft is the exclusive non-Ford/Lincoln parts brand of premium aftermarket parts.”

So what exactly is the message here from FCAI and the car companies they represent? Aftermarket parts are potentially unsafe and unreliable and “fake”, unless being sold by their agents in which case they represent “quality parts at a competitive price”. The usual line we are fed about only ‘genuine’ parts being “rigorously tested by that maker as an integral component of the vehicle to meet high quality, safety and performance standards” is completely undermined by the fact that Ford now offer an aftermarket range to owners of non-Ford vehicles. Or are we supposed to believe that they were given access to other manufacturers’ specifications, testing facilities and vehicles to develop this range? I don’t think so!

It is easy to cherry pick a part of questionable construction and then make sweeping statements about parts of similar origin. However, this is a fallacious strategy. And to use such a fallacy to ‘inform’ consumers of the virtues of their members’ products and the risks associated with stepping outside of their network under the guise of consumer safety is deliberately misleading and unconscionable. Not only does it deliver a false message to Australian consumers, it is damaging to Australian businesses.

Despite the impending exit of the car companies from the Australian manufacturing landscape, automotive manufacturing remains a thriving industry in Australia through our world-leading aftermarket manufacturers who are not only providing high quality components to Australians, they are exporting across the globe. In fact, Australian aftermarket components are universally regarded as some of the highest quality in the world, and our local businesses leverage this reputation to develop their export business into some of the most competitive markets, including low cost manufacturing regions such as China.

The truth is that all product types, in all categories sold in Australia are subject to protections under the Australian Consumer Law. From time to time products will fail to meet Australian Standards for one reason or another. In the automotive sector, this reality is not exclusive to aftermarket parts nor is it exclusive to car-company branded parts. This is why we have consumer protections and a system of recall and remedy.

There is absolutely no denying that parts quality will vary from brand to brand, as will price. There is also no denying that there are parts available that are of questionable quality, a fact which consumers should be aware of  (particularly when buying through unknown, online sources). With any product purchase, there are risks associated with buying based on lowest price, and best practice would suggest that consumers should insist on quality brands purchased through reputable suppliers.

The choice as to whether this equates to car company-branded parts or aftermarket parts rests with the consumer and they should be free to make this choice without duress. Consumers have a wide variety of legitimate choices when it comes to what parts are fitted to their vehicle. If you choose to buy car company-branded parts supplied through the dealership network that is a legitimate choice, backed by Australian Consumer Law (ACL) protections. If you choose to buy aftermarket parts through a reputable supplier, that is a legitimate choice, also backed by the ACL consumer protections.

This is the real consumer message here. Anything else is FAKE NEWS !

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This opinion piece has also been published in the June edition of Australian Automotive Aftermarket magazine.

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May 31, 2017 - MONROE MAGNUM TRUCK & TRAILER SHOCK ABSORBERS GET THE JOB DONE FOR MANSELL BULK HAULAGE

Monroe Australia’s premium quality Magnum range of heavy duty truck and trailer shock absorbers has received a major vote of approval from a successful Queensland based  independent transport company.

Sunshine Coast based Mansell Bulk Haulage, along with Neil Mansell Concrete, are renowned for specialising in bulk haulage and mobile concrete batch plant operations across the country, supplying reliable and value for money services to the construction sector. 

The company selected Monroe Magnum heavy duty shock absorbers to be fitted to a number of trucks and trailers in the Mansell Bulk Haulage fleet for a performance trial that commenced in February 2016.

According to Mansell Bulk Haulage Maintenance Manager John Beutel, the Monroe Magnum truck and trailer shock absorbers have definitely performed beyond his expectations.

“The Monroe Magnum shock absorbers have performed very well on both our trucks and trailers.  We covered an enormous amount of extreme heavy load mileage across the past year and we have not had an issue with our new Monroe Magnum shock absorbers throughout this trial.

“Since we replaced our truck and trailer shocks with Monroe Magnum product, we haven’t had a single worn mounting bush - in fact they still look like new after more than 12 months of rigorous daily heavy duty concrete haulage,” Mr Beutel stated.

Aside from the lack of suspension mount bush wear, Mansell Bulk Haulage drivers as well as the company’s maintenance team have reported no issues whatsoever with the fitment, driving performance and trailer stability with the use of Monroe Magnum heavy duty replacement shock absorbers. In fact, the drivers have noticed a significant improvement.

“No one understands better than our drivers when replacements of important components such as suspension products do the job or not. Our feedback from them has been 100% positive during our trial of the Monroe Magnum heavy duty shock absorbers,” Mr Beutel said.

“Improvements in braking and steering response, heavy load handling - specifically with the trailer shock absorbers, along with driver comfort and subsequent reduced fatigue have all been cited as areas of significant improvement, when compared to the former ride performance components on these vehicles and trailers in our fleet,” Mr Beutel added.

Mansell Bulk Haulage fitted the Monroe Magnum part number F5004 (BPW Short) shock absorbers on their York Suspension System trailers , along with assorted Monroe Magnum part numbers for their Neway HAS 400 Drivers.

As experienced by Mansell Bulk Haulage, Monroe’s world leading innovations in shock absorber technologies have resulted in major engineering advantages for heavy duty applications. Monroe brings these design advantages to the heavy duty commercial vehicle aftermarket in Australia with the Monroe Magnum heavy duty replacement shock absorber and ride performance product range.

The Monroe Magnum heavy duty range covers the key sectors of truck suspension requirements including cabin dampers, seat dampers, axle shock systems and trailer shock absorbers. The Monroe Magnum range provides world class leading quality through durable suspension performance, followed up by Australian sales support that is second to none in the market.

Monroe Magnum ride performance product advantages include ease of fitment with single bonded bushings that ensure very high bushing durability, along with a high temperature resistant sealing system including the use of high temperature resistant hydraulic fluid. The Monroe Magnum specially formulated semi-synthetic fluid improves damping behaviour through more consistent damping over a wide temperature range.

Find out more about how Australia’s market leader in replacement shock absorbers can bring their world leading product design and manufacturing expertise to your heavy duty commercial vehicle fleet by contacting Monroe Australia customer service on 1800 088 205.

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May 30, 2017 - RIGHT TO REPAIR PROTECTS USA CONSUMERS

The Automotive Repair Council of Australia (ARCA) national committee recently convened to deliberate on the ongoing complaints regarding lack of access to service and repair information for independent repairers.  All were astounded to hear of the difference between the day to day experiences of independent repairers in the USA compared to those of their Australian counterparts. 

The remarkable level of co-operation and goodwill between the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers and America’s 140,000 independent repairers was witnessed first-hand by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) during a recent visit to the USA by Lesley Yates, Senior Manager Government Relations & Advocacy.

Ms Yates reported to ARCA on her impressions of repair and service information disclosure in the USA, after listening to detailed presentations from major vehicle manufacturers, General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Porsche, Volkswagen Group and Subaru. Each of these major car companies provided updates on repair and service information data sharing and the implementation of “pass-thru technology” using universal scan tools (JS2534).

It was very clear from discussions with the US Auto Care Association and the scan tool industry, that vehicle manufacturers in the United States have made significant and measurable progress in providing independent automotive repairers with diagnostic, servicing and repair data.

The USA system works for consumers because it is founded on the Massachusetts Law[1] and states that all repair information that is provided to the dealers will also be provided to independent repairers. Fast forward just three years and in what can accurately be described as the exact opposite to the situation in Australia, most of the world’s vehicle manufacturers are not only complying, but many are in fact well ahead of the agreed timelines for the sharing of data with America’s independent automotive repairers.

“The impressive level of progress made in providing servicing, repair and general vehicle data access since the Massachusetts Right to Repair law was enacted has been extraordinary,” Ms Yates stated.

“These are the exact same car companies that operate in Australia, yet the attitude here towards the fair sharing of vehicle data with independent repairers is totally the opposite. What is even more impressive is that the USA vehicle manufacturers appeared to be very proud of their commitment to provide independent repairers with the most efficient online platforms and help desk services,” Ms Yates added.             

According to Mike Smith, Convenor of the Automotive Repairers Council of Australia (ARCA), there seems to be a major disconnect between the very same car companies on this side of the world when it comes to data sharing with independent repairers.

“We are delighted to see the outstanding progress that has been made in the United States with vehicle manufacturers sharing full dealer level data in such a short timeframe.  To see these companies actually competing with each other to provide the best platforms, training and support to independent repairers is astounding. This ensures that their customers, the vehicle owners, are always taken care of no matter where they take their car for servicing and repairs,” Mr Smith stated.

“Unfortunately this is not the case in Australia. What these very same car companies say on this side of the world is “it can’t be done” or “it shouldn’t be done”- even refusing to supply vehicle data when independent repairers are willing to pay for it. For some reason, the car companies here are vehemently against what their American colleagues are actually championing. This just doesn’t make any sense,” Mr Smith added.

In Australia, the Federal Government commissioned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to examine the issue of the disclosure of automotive repair and service information in the Australian market. Their interim report is due by mid-year, with a final report to be presented at the end of 2017. 

The AAAA has supported the ACCC with the supply of detailed industry information and case studies for their report, to highlight the importance of vehicle data sharing to best serve the motorists of Australia.

Remarkably, this is a point that resonates with the opinion of global car company management identities, several of whom stated that they agreed data sharing is “the best way to look after our customers and promote the reputation of our brands.”  According to the AAAA, this attitude reversal would not have occurred in the USA without the Massachusetts Law.

In the USA car companies now share exactly the same data their dealers receive with independent repairers.  This information is available on a fee-for-subscription basis. Many of these car companies have even established contact systems dedicated to dealing with enquiries from independent repairers. 

The success of the US Right to Repair campaign and the complete change in attitude of the American car industry, encourages the AAAA to continue its efforts to ensure that the same vehicle data sharing outcome is achieved here in Australia. This will provide true value and benefits to vehicle owners, while enabling independent automotive repairers to compete on a far more level playing field. 

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[1] In 2013, the Massachusetts Right to Repair law was enacted, obligating vehicle manufacturers to provide the same information, tools and software that they provide to their own dealers to the independent sector.  Following this legislation, in 2014 a nationwide Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the American aftermarket industry and all vehicle manufacturers who agreed to adhere to the Massachusetts Right to Repair law across the remaining 50 states of the country. 

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About the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA):

The AAAA is the national industry association representing manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment, and providers of mechanical repair and modification services in Australia. The Association represents 2,250 member companies in all categories of the Australian automotive aftermarket and includes major national and multi-national corporations as well as a large number of independent small and medium size businesses. Member companies are located in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia. The parts and maintenance sector of the $108 billion Australian automotive industry represents about $11 billion. AAAA member companies employ more than 40,000 people and export over $1 billion worth of product a year. Visit www.aaaa.com.au

Suggested Image Caption:  AAAA  Senior Manager Government Relations & Advocacy, Ms Lesley Yates has reported on the remarkable level of co-operation and goodwill between the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers and America’s 140,000 independent automotive repairers during a recent study visit to the United States. It is the complete opposite to the exact same vehicle manufacturers’ stance in relation to the sharing of data with Australia’s independent automotive repairers. 

For interview opportunities or further comment please contact:

Ms Lesley Yates

AAAA Senior Manager Government Relations & Advocacy

T: 03 9545 3333

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May 25, 2017 - NEW MONROE MAX-LIFT CATALOGUE RELEASED

Monroe Australia’s premium quality Max-Lift range of replacement bonnet, canopy, boot and hatch supports is now wider than ever, covering a vast range of Australian and imported makes and models.

Monroe has released a new Max-Lift catalogue to ensure quick and easy access of the perfect fitting replacements for these components.

The new Monroe Max-Lift catalogue features 118 new part numbers covering 62 new vehicle applications. This increases Monroe’s Max-Lift product range to a comprehensive total of 461 part numbers.

The 44 page Monroe Max-Lift catalogue also includes sections that outline the Max-Lift features and benefits, while also including product fitment and installation guides. Alphabetical application listings and numerical listings ensure that locating the right Monroe Max-Lift replacement is quick and easy.

Monroe Max-Lift supports feature a superior quality rod finish that ensures smooth operating action and long term durability. These attributes ensure that you are providing your customers with strong and dependable canopy, boot and hatch support replacements that are synonymous with all quality Monroe aftermarket products.

It is always good practice to check your customers’ cars for weakening bonnet, canopy and hatch supports during service visits.

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May 25, 2017 - STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME WITH CAPRICORN

 

Australasia’s largest cooperative in the automotive parts buying industry, Capricorn, is always encouraging its Members to stay ahead of the game when it comes to the running of their businesses.

 

With automotive repair and servicing technology constantly advancing, it is important for businesses to be sure that they are continually updating their plant, equipment and tools.

 

To assist Capricorn Members to make necessary investments in their businesses, Capricorn offers its Members finance options to assist in updating their servicing and repair capabilities throughout the year.

 

There is no better time than now to invest before the end of the financial year in your business, with the Federal Government’s $20,000 equipment and business asset investment tax offset incentive.

 

The importance of investing in your business’ future cannot be understated, particularly with the constantly evolving technology and expertise required to service the vast number of vehicle makes and models on Australia’s roads.

 

Investing in your business through replacement of worn or dated equipment also enhances workplace safety and productivity, two factors that form the fundamental pillars of small business success.

 

Whether a Capricorn Member’s workshop needs a new hoist, wheel balancer, state of the art diagnostic scan tools or other important equipment items, Capricorn is ready to support its Members with various business equipment finance options.

 

For further information about business equipment finance options or other benefits of being a Capricorn Member contact the Capricorn Customer Service team on 1800 327 437.

 

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May 10, 2017 - AAAA WELCOMES AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS IN FEDERAL BUDGET

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), congratulates the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, along with South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, on their tireless efforts to secure the Government’s Federal Budget inclusion of the new Advanced Manufacturing Fund of $100 million to support the Australian manufacturing industry, as announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison during his Federal Budget presentation to Parliament on Tuesday May 9.

As a part of the Federal Government’s National Budget, Mr Morrison announced that the new Advanced Manufacturing Fund will include funds to help businesses upgrade their processes and equipment along with providing valuable support for research projects in advanced manufacturing. This will include the establishment of Innovation Labs to help businesses develop new products for global markets.

According to AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity, these new Federal Government funding initiatives have the potential to considerably increase Australia’s manufacturing range to meet the demands of the ever growing and technologically advanced global automotive aftermarket industry.

“We are very excited that the Federal Government is interested in our concept of establishing Innovation Labs in Australia,” Mr Charity stated.

“The AAAA first proposed the initiative of creating an Automotive Innovation Lab to both the Federal and State Governments back in 2014, following our study visit to the highly successful SEMA Garage the United States. On our return to Australia, we gained the support of 25 automotive component manufacturers to fund a feasibility study, the results of which will outline the strongest possible case for some of this new funding to be directed to the establishment of the Australian Automotive Innovation Lab,” Mr Charity added.

It is important to note that this sector of Australian auto component manufacturing is actually growing year on year, with 260 AAAA member companies manufacturing world class products locally with 160 of these companies exporting their premium quality products to markets all over the world. Australia’s innovative and globally competitive automotive component manufacturers and exporters will remain long after the car manufacturing industry departs our shores.

Mr Charity is confident that with the support of an Innovation Lab for Australian automotive industry manufacturers, enormous growth potential will exist for AAAA member companies. This of course is highly dependent on the Innovation Lab being established and overseen by people who thoroughly understand the local and global automotive aftermarket industry. 

“It is important to note that the Innovation Lab concept is a real world, highly practical industry led solution that is backed by detailed studies, the counsel of our own successful AAAA manufacturer member businesses and global automotive aftermarket component demand research. It is a concept that can significantly reduce product design timelines and bring enormous benefits to local automotive component manufacturers who are currently sending people overseas to use such facilities. There is no doubt that the introduction of an Innovation Lab for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry will almost immediately deliver results if it is overseen by automotive aftermarket industry manufacturing experts,” Mr Charity said.

“For our industry, the AAAA is best positioned to oversee the establishment, operation and success of the Automotive Innovation Lab, which is why we have been discussing this concept with Governments over the past 24 months. It is great that the Government is listening to our industry and understanding the importance of supporting Australian manufacturers with this important Federal Budget announcement,” Mr Charity added.

The AAAA is the nation’s peak automotive servicing, repair, parts, tool, equipment and component supply and manufacturing industry group, representing more than 2,250 member companies. Automotive aftermarket manufacturing represents 36% of all automotive manufacturing in Australia, equating to a $5.2 billion injection to the Australian economy per annum. It is also important to note that the automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector alone employs 21,000 people directly and exports $800 million per year of locally manufactured product from 160 Australian manufacturers.

After the completion of the feasibility study in June, the AAAA will formally submit a tender to the Federal Government for the Australian Automotive Innovation Lab to become a recipient of one of the new Advanced Manufacturing Fund’s Innovation Lab grants.

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May 3, 2017 - BURSON AUTO PARTS JOINS FORCES WITH THE TOURING CAR MASTERS

Australia’s preferred supplier of parts, tools and equipment to the automotive trade, Burson Auto Parts, has joined forces with one of this country’s most popular motor racing series, the Touring Car Masters (TCM).

Burson Auto Parts has become a presentation sponsor of this loud, spectacular and always exciting motor racing series. The TCM championship brings back the muscle cars of yesteryear at major motorsport events around the country.

Founded in 2007, TCM is more a ‘retro’ series than pure historic racing, combining old-school cars with lots of horsepower and minimal grip with modern components. This ensures high levels of safety, reliability and close competition on show at every round. 

Incredible cars like the Holden Torana A9X, AMC Javelin, Ford Mustang Coupe, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Falcon GTHO appeal both to older fans who grew up with the machinery -  and a new generation of fans who can experience the way the sport once was.

Meanwhile, racing legends like Jim Richards and John Bowe go head to head against a big field of talented drivers who create thrilling racing at every turn.

The Burson Auto Parts logo will be visible on the front and rear number plate positions, along with placements on the front guards and on top of the rear spoilers of all TCM cars competing in the 2017 championship.

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Damien Hill, aligning this major Australian automotive aftermarket company with such a well-known and respected motor racing series represents an excellent opportunity.

 “The Touring Car Masters is renowned for the quality of the cars, the skill of its drivers and the exciting racing that finds many of these priceless machines being raced as hard as they will go at events all over the country. The appeal that this retro racing series has within the automotive trade and with car enthusiasts is remarkable. We couldn’t be happier to add TCM to our marketing program for 2017,” Mr Hill stated.

 Burson Auto Parts’ involvement is also a great fit for the TCM Series according to Category Manager, Tony Hunter.

“We are pleased to welcome Burson Auto Parts to the Touring Car Masters Series,” he said.

“Touring car Masters appeals to a huge range of motor racing fans, both old and new. Our exciting style of racing, accessible drivers and incredible cars ensure that we put on a great show all around Australia.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the team at Burson Auto Parts to showcase our racing to their customers across the country,” Tony added.

The 2017 Touring Car Masters Series will continue alongside the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Winton Motor Raceway this May 19-21, followed by trips to Darwin (June 16-18), Queensland Raceway (July 28-30), the Sandown 500 in Melbourne (September 15-17), the Bathurst 1000 (October 5-8) and at the inaugural Newcastle 500 (November 24-26) for the season finale.

The TCM Series is the newest addition to a multi-tiered Burson Auto Parts motorsport based marketing program for 2017 that includes several exciting motor racing platforms. These include the major sponsorship of champion driver Paul Dumbrell’s Supercar in the 2017 Super2 Series, along with the Australian company’s sponsorship of grass roots level motorsport through the CAMS Future Star Awards and the Australian Formula 4 Championship.

For more information about the TCM series visit www.touringcarmasters.com.au.

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Suggested Image Caption:  Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment to the trade, Burson Auto Parts, has joined forces with the exciting Touring Car Masters Series for 2017, adding another high exposure motor racing series to the Australian company’s marketing program.

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May 1, 2017 - PENRITE OIL PARTNERS WITH SUPERCARS FOR THE SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000

Iconic Australian family owned and manufactured company, Penrite Oil, will be the official Oil and Lubricant Partner of the Supercars 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Today Penrite Oil announced it would partner with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as the official Oil and Lubricants partner of the biggest motor race in the country.

Supercars Australia Managing Director Matt Braid said the commitment from Penrite Oil continues the success of the sport in bringing on new Championship and event partners.

“Penrite Oil has a strong pedigree in motorsport and has provided unwavering support of Australian-based teams, drivers and organisations from a raft motorsport disciplines over the past 90 years,” Braid said.

“As a company entrenched in Supercars it is a logical step to add the biggest race in Australia’s biggest category to its brand portfolio.”

Penrite Oil General Manager Toby Dymond said the event is a perfect fit for the homegrown Australian company.

“The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is the biggest motor racing event in Australia and to be partnering with Supercars to be the official Oil and Lubricant Partner is something we are very proud of,” Dymond said.

“Penrite Oil is a premium quality Australian made, family owned and operated business producing the best locally manufactured products, while also investing heavily in Australian jobs.

“This partnership allows us to showcase our industry-leading Enviro Box™ for packaging and dispensing lubricant to an audience of over three million Australians who tune in to watch the biggest event on the Supercars calendar.”

Penrite Director of Motorsport Jarrod Harding added “The Bathurst 1000 remains the pinnacle of sporting endurance racing in Australia. It’s a place where motoring heroes and villains are born. What better place to showcase the strength and performance of our Racing range.” 

“Penrite Oil has enjoyed a rich history in Australian motor racing and continuing this in an official capacity with one of the greatest touring car events in the world is an exciting time for our organisation, Supercars and the fans.”

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 takes place from October 5-8, 2017. Tickets are now available through Ticketek.

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 Suggested Image Caption: Penrite sponsored Supercar racer David Reynolds is among the country’s fastest drivers seeking Bathurst 1000 glory in October, with Penrite Oil as Official Oil and Lubricant Partner.

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 Watch the mechanic.com.au  produced video outlining the benefits of the Penrite Enviro-Box oil packaging and dispensing system

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April 12, 2017 - PENRITE ENVIRO BOX™ GAINS FIRST MAJOR ACCOLADE

On the same day that Penrite Oil Company revealed Enviro Box™, the Australian family owned company’s solution to safer and more environmentally responsible lubricant dispensing, the company is delighted to announce the product’s first prestigious industry accolade.

The Penrite Enviro Box™ was selected by a judging panel of highly experienced automotive aftermarket industry identities to be the winner of the Australian Auto Aftermarket Association’s 2017 Most Innovative New Packaging Award.

Presented at the 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards Breakfast, this event heralded the start of the 2017 Australian Automotive Aftermarket (AAA) Expo, which was held in Melbourne from April 6 to 8.

This prestigious award supports the belief that Penrite Oil Company has in this environmentally friendly concept, being the first Australian owned and manufactured lubricant company to introduce this highly efficient and workshop safety enhancing packaging.

Each Penrite Enviro Box™ used replaces a 20 Litre plastic drum with a 100% recyclable cardboard box fitted with a plastic bladder that contains the lubricant. Dispensed by gravity fed taps, hand pump or pneumatic pump, this innovative system saves workshop space and enables several grades of Penrite lubricants to be readily available for more efficient servicing. To further support workshop customers with the responsible disposal and recycling of Penrite Enviro Box™ packaging and lubricant bladders, Penrite Oil Company has also partnered with Cleanaway to provide excellent value waste collection options.

According to Penrite Oil Company General Manager Toby Dymond, the company is delighted to receive this award, which gained the most votes from a panel of highly experienced automotive aftermarket industry peers.

“Penrite is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2017 Most Innovative New Packaging Award“, Mr. Dymond said.

“We believe the Enviro Box packaging concept is the future of automotive lubricant packaging in Australia, so to have such an industry renowned judging panel demonstrate that they agree by voting for Penrite Enviro Box to win the award supports our confidence that we are definitely introducing today’s solution for a better tomorrow”, he added.

To find out more about Penrite Oil Company and the Penrite Enviro Box™, contact Jessica Grant, Penrite Oil Company on 1300 PENRITE (736 748) or email jgrant@penriteoil.com.

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April 12, 2017 - CAPRICORN ANNOUNCES SEVERAL KEY APPOINTMENTS

Australasia’s largest cooperative in the automotive parts buying industry, Capricorn, announces a number of new key appointments. These appointments enhance the company’s commitment to provide the highest levels of service to more than 17,000 automotive trade businesses across Australia and New Zealand. 

Capricorn is delighted to be able to offer employee development and grow the careers of four existing team members, along with welcoming one new external appointment.

Queensland based Chris Nicol has been promoted to the role of National Key Accounts Manager. This position enables Chris to lead a strategic, operational and tactical approach in positioning Capricorn as a highly regarded business partner within franchise, national chain and key account groups.

Moving into the Business Development Manager role in Queensland will be Matt Gledhill, ensuring the Preferred Supplier network continues to receive the high quality of service the Queensland Preferred Suppliers expect.

Charles Baullo takes on the role of Commercial Area Manager for Victoria, where he will build on the commercial strategy for Capricorn’s automotive business, further developing Capricorn’s capability and growth with new opportunities to increase Capricorn’s membership in this state.

Terry Brooks is Capricorn’s new Business Development Manager for South Australia. This position supports Capricorn’s business development team with additional capability in the state and builds on Capricorn’s dedication to deliver excellence to its many Preferred Suppliers.

Capricorn also welcomes Craig Dawson to its team as the New South Wales Commercial Area Manager.

According to David Fraser, Capricorn’s Chief Executive Officer - Automotive, these appointments boost an already strong Australian and New Zealand team of dedicated staff 

“‘The growth and success of Capricorn is a result of over 40 years of commitment to supporting the automotive aftermarket. The relationships we have with our Members are one of the cornerstones of the membership and our field team plays a critical role in this relationship building,” David stated.

“Meeting with Members and Preferred Suppliers across the country on a daily basis means we can understand the needs and demands of automotive workshops to ensure we can deliver a service that really does make a difference to their businesses. As our Member and Preferred Supplier numbers grow, it is important that that our field team grows with them to ensure we can sustain these strong relationships,” He added.

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April 6, 2017 - PENRITE ENVIRO BOX TODAY’S SOLUTION FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Innovation, premier quality and a focus on local manufacturing are three key attributes behind the 90 year plus Australian success story that is the Penrite Oil Company.

 

It should therefore come as no surprise that Penrite, proudly Australian and family owned since 1926, is the first Australian lubricant manufacturer to introduce a new dispensing system that is kind to our environment, decreases packaging wastage, increases bulk lubricant storage capacity, increases workplace safety and saves money.

 

The Penrite Enviro Box oil packaging and dispensing system was unveiled at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket (AAA) Expo in Melbourne from April 6 to 8.

 

Penrite Enviro Box™ is a ‘bag-in-a-box’ concept; the lubricant is packaged in a bladder bag that is housed inside a recyclable cardboard box, as opposed to the traditional plastic drum. Lubricant can be extracted from an Enviro Box™ in the following ways: 

 

·         -  Gravity fed through a tap into a 6 litre jug and then dispensed into the vehicle,

·         - Pneumatically pumped directly into the vehicle

·         - Hand-pumped directly into the vehicle

 

Penrite Enviro Box packages are stored on an Enviro Box dispensing stand or trolley, depending on the method of extraction.

 

The Penrite Enviro Box cardboard boxes are 100% recyclable. Considering the many thousands of 20 litre plastic drums disposed of each year, the Enviro Box will result in an 85% reduction in landfill waste per unit produced. Toby Dymond, General Manager Penrite Oil, is enthusiastic about the prospective impact that this program will have on the environment.

 

“Penrite is proud to be the first Australian oil company to introduce the Enviro Box, which we believe will reduce the use of plastic drums significantly, representing a major step forward in our industry being more environmentally responsible”, Mr Dymond said.

 

For workshop customers, Penrite has partnered with Cleanaway, Australia’s leading waste management company, to provide a simple option for disposing of the empty Enviro Box bladder bags. Interested customers contact Cleanaway on 13 13 39 to set up an account. They will be provided with a Cleanaway collection bin. The empty bags are deposited into the bin and once the bags are ready for collection customers simply call Cleanaway on 13 13 39. Collection will start in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth before a later roll out to regional areas.

 

“We’re excited to partner with Cleanaway to make sure that the bladder bags are responsibly collected and recycled, so the environmental impact of the use of plastic drums in the automotive industry can be mitigated”, Mr Dymond said.

 

“It is a great initiative for Penrite to take a proactive step in making package recycling widely accessible for the automotive industry” said Mark Smith, National Sales & Value Chain Manager for Cleanaway. “This is an exciting partnership for us as we can utilise our national network to help Penrite deliver this environmentally sustainable product.

 

“As an Australian-owned company with over 50 years of experience supporting Australian businesses, we’re proud to offer this collection service to Penrite customers, helping workshops to reduce their waste and work towards making a sustainable future possible,” Mr Smith stated.

 

With workshops currently spending up to $100 per fortnight ($2,600 per year) on the disposal of empty plastic 20 litre drums, this service presents significant cost savings for workshops. It also eliminates both the hassle and the risk of physical harm that is associated with trying to find cost effective ways of crushing, cutting and disposing of empty 20 litre plastic drums.

 

The total practicality of the Penrite Enviro Box system cannot be understated.  Workshops can order their own selection of Penrite lubricants to suit their most frequent servicing requirements, thereby ensuring they have the right lubricant for the right application on hand at all times. Each Enviro Box also features a ‘Litres Used’ recorder to easily track when it is time to reorder and when the packaging is empty.

 

Having fast and easy access to a broad range of lubricant products is increasingly important as the Australian car parc becomes increasingly complex and the applications specified by vehicle manufacturers increases. The Penrite Enviro Box stand saves precious workshop space, while also making access to specific lubricant products much easier and faster when compared to using oil bottles.

 

The round shape and single carry handle of 20 litre plastic drums means they can be awkward to lift and carry. The shape of the Penrite Enviro Box™ is easier for manual handling. Enviro Box™ packages feature two carry handles on opposite sides, so they are less awkward to handle. This design enhancement also enables two people to carry an Enviro Box™ at a time if required. The top shelf of the Enviro Box™ stand is at the average shoulder height, meaning that no over-head lifting is required.

The Penrite Enviro Box is set to change how Australian automotive workshops access their most frequently used Penrite lubricant products according to Penrite Oil General Manager, Toby Dymond. 

“The Penrite Enviro Box saves space and is far more efficient compared with traditional methods of accessing or dispensing multiple lubricants,” Mr Dymond said.

 

“We look forward to our trade customers taking advantage of the many benefits that the Penrite Enviro Box system will bring to their business bottom line and productivity,“ he added.

 

Penrite’s initial release of products in the Penrite Enviro Box packaging includes seven lubricants from the Penrite Enviro+ range as well as HPR5, a product that is always in high workshop demand. The Enviro Box lubricant range will expand as the company gradually phases out the use of 20 litre plastic containers.

 

To find out more about Penrite Oil Company and the Penrite Enviro Box, contact Jessica Grant, Penrite Oil Company on 1300 PENRITE (736 748) or email jgrant@penriteoil.com .

 

To express your interest in taking up the Penrite Enviro Box™ Cleanaway disposal service for your workshop, call Cleanaway Australia on 13 13 39.

 

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April 5, 2017 - Dayco Wins 2017 Automotive News PACE™ Award for ACTIVAC™ Vacuum Generation System

Global supplier continues making its mark as innovator of solutions impacting automakers and consumers

Increased fuel efficiency, lighter weight, fewer parts and lower costs. These are the factors that led Dayco to win a 2017 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award for its ACTIVAC™ vacuum generation system on the 2017 Ford F-150. The award was presented April 3 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, USA. 

With a focus on increasing fuel economy and reducing vehicle weight, Dayco’s innovative ACTIVAC braking technology replaces costly, heavy, fuel-consuming mechanical and electrical vacuum pumps found on many of today’s engines. Automakers benefit from reduced weight and decreased system cost and consumers enjoy increased fuel economy.

“Today’s high efficiency and high performance engines generate less vacuum, requiring heavy and expensive mechanical or electrical vacuum pumps to supply vacuum for power brakes,” said Jim Miller, director, Valve & Actuator Technologies, Dayco. “Our engineers have created an elegant, less expensive vacuum generation system requiring no added pumps and consuming no added power, using basic principles of physics and optimised with modern technical tools.”

The Dayco ACTIVAC system includes an array of stand-alone components, such as aspirators, ejectors, flow control valves, check valves and noise attenuators, all built to amplify or create a vacuum, while reducing vehicle weight and /or parasitic engine loss.

When compared to a mechanical vacuum pump, the Dayco ACTIVAC system reduces weight between 500 grams and 2.8 kilograms depending on whether the pump is cam-driven or belt-driven. The system also improves fuel economy by an estimated 0.3 percent over the mechanical vacuum pump. When compared to an electrical vacuum pump, Dayco’s ACTIVAC reduces weight by approximately 2.3 kilograms and results in a significant cost saving per vehicle depending on the type and size of vacuum pump currently being used.

“The Dayco ACTIVAC is a no-compromise system solution for vacuum generation,” said Paul DiLisio, senior vice president, Automotive and Industrial OE Sales, Dayco. “It gives automakers the performance they need and expect, while improving fuel economy at a very competitive system cost, providing a value solution that is extremely compelling. We thank the Automotive News PACE Award judges for recognising our innovation and congratulate the other finalists and winners.”

For 23 years, the Automotive News PACE Awards have honored superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. This prestigious award – considered as the “Oscars” of the automotive components industry –  is recognised around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation. A panel of independent judges selected the PACE Award winners.

About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacturing and distribution of essential engine products, drive systems and services for automobiles, trucks, construction, agriculture and industry.

Dayco’s contributions are integral to how people get from place to place, goods are transported, food is harvested, and infrastructure is built. The company operates according to long-held values — keeping promises, delivering on time all the time, and an intense commitment to service no matter what the obstacles. For more than a century, Dayco has overcome challenges, emerging stronger and smarter at every turn.

Dayco improves how the world moves by creating products, systems and relationships that endure. Move Forward. Always.™

Dayco, headquartered in Troy, Mich. (USA), has more than 50 locations in 20 countries and over 4,500 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the company’s website at www.dayco.com.au .  

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April 3, 2017 - BECOMING A MONROE SAFETY SPECIALIST IN 2017 GIVES YOU MORE

Monroe Australia’s unique and highly successful Safety Specialist trade program returns for 2017, offering even more advantages to suspension specialists and automotive repairers who are seeking more marketing support, more business and more suspension replacement work profits.

This Monroe Australia designed and developed trade customer program includes your business in the company’s vast national marketing and promotional activities, along with sophisticated online inclusions that are unrivalled in the industry

The 2017 update to this highly successful, long term automotive repairer alignment program with Australia’s top selling brand of replacement shock absorbers is without a doubt Monroe’s best yet.

Every 2017 Monroe Safety Specialist program member is an integral part of how this qualified customer generating program works. There is a whole raft of inclusions that existing and brand new Monroe Safety Specialists can expect to take advantage of this year, for the low annual fee of $75.

A new, value added advantage of becoming a Monroe Safety Specialist in 2017 is your business’ inclusion within Australia’s new online mechanic community at www.mechanic.com.au . This customer generating listing is worth $195 per year, but is yours at no cost as a part of becoming a Monroe Safety Specialist.

Members will receive a Monroe merchandise pack including a in store display banner that will attract your customer’s attention given its size and design. Members also receive a brochure holder with Monroe brochures, counter mat, an official Monroe Safety Specialist certificate and quarterly Monroe Drive product based newsletters. Additional useful business items include Monroe notepads, pens and a coffee mug.

Monroe promotes the use of its Safety Specialists nationwide through a dedicated Freecall 1800 number that directs consumer enquiries to their closest Monroe Safety Specialist. All Monroe Safety Specialists’ locations and contact information is also included on the Monroe Australia website locator. This directs online customers who are actively seeking to replace worn shock absorbers and suspension components to their local Monroe Safety Specialist.

All Monroe Safety Specialists also benefit from specific Monroe marketing campaigns that have been designed to deliver business to members directly.

Monroe’s national marketing campaigns are also bolstered with the regular promotional work being carried out by long term Monroe Safety Ambassador and one of Australia’s most admired and successful Supercar drivers, Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom.

It wouldn’t be an all-encompassing automotive repairer program without its inclusion of dealer rewards. Monroe has devised a number of Monroe Safety Specialist exclusive competitions and promotions to be conducted during the year that will find members in the running to receive some great prizes – just for being a part of the program.

Monroe Safety Specialist exclusive promotional prizes include Monroe bar stools, Mark Winterbottom mini replica helmets, popular items from the Monroe merchandise range, Monroe beach cricket sets, Monroe Bluetooth speakers and Monroe Money Cards.

According to Monroe Australia’s Marketing Manager Brydon Tweddell, there has never been a better time to become a Monroe Safety Specialist.

“The new Monroe Safety Specialist program for 2017 makes every member an intrinsic part of our marketing and promotional activity over the year. The program enables the smallest or largest of businesses to benefit from our national marketing campaigns which are designed to deliver customers directly to them, online, in person or by phone.  We look forward to another strong year with our growing network of Monroe Safety Specialists in 2017,” He stated.

To become a Monroe Safety Specialist, contact your local Monroe Territory Manager or call Monroe Australia Customer Service on 1800 088 205.

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March 31, 2017 - DAYCO AUSTRALIA GETS BACK ON THE TRACK IN 2017

Dayco is proud to announce another major season of motorsport for the world renowned engine belt, thermal and engine components manufacturer and marketer in 2017.

Focussing on three of the most exciting motor racing categories in Australia, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the Australian GT Championship and the Victorian Tarmac Rally Championship, Dayco Australia’s motorsport program ensures year round Dayco exposure across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Leading the Dayco Australia motorsport program is accomplished international GT racer and highly experienced Supercar enduro driver, David Russell, who takes his ambassadorship role with Dayco to a fifth consecutive year in 2017. 

“Dayco Dave” will be competing in selected GT events held in Australia, New Zealand and in Europe during the year, while once again joining the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team, also for a fifth consecutive year as one of the team’s endurance race co-drivers. 

Dayco continues its successful long term marketing alliance with the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team, but with a distinct difference for 2017. The global company becomes a part of Australian motorsport history as it joins the first ever full time female Supercar driver, Simona de Silvestro. The Swiss racer enters Supercars with superb international racing credentials that include major open wheeler success both in Europe and in the United States.

The former IndyCar racer, who is one of only three women to have ever stepped on to an IndyCar podium, has already impressed many with her debut solo supercar performances this season.  

Dayco Ambassador David Russell will be co-driving with Simona de Silvestro at the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 Supercar Season of Endurance races from September to late October 2017 with the Nissan Motorsport team, one of only two factory supported racing teams in the category. Russell will also be taking part in team test days and race event practice sessions during the season.

Off the racing circuits and onto the Tarmac Rally events of Victoria and Dayco will also be seen adorning the Mitsubishi Evo6 of successful Victorian racer Alan Roe and co-driver Michael Lloyd at selected tarmac rally events during 2017.  Roe and Lloyd have displayed top three outright pace at many major events in the past and the duo are no strangers to gaining stage and outright victories with their speed, precision and attention to detail. This is the third season of Dayco’s proud association with the Shepparton (VIC) based tarmac racing specialist team.

According to Dayco Australia Marketing Director, David McClurg, Dayco has once again established a strong and broad reaching motorsport marketing program for 2017.

“It is fantastic to continue our involvement with Nissan Motorsport in 2017. We have been with the team since it entered Supercars and we couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of Australian motorsport history by joining Simona de Silvestro in her debut full time season. Knowing how fast our ambassador David Russell is, we are looking forward to seeing what this unique combination can achieve at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast,” He stated.  

“Our GT involvement with David always delivers outstanding results both locally and internationally and the Alan Roe Tarmac Rally team always punch well above their weight in every event they take part in,” He added.

Dayco has already enjoyed success in 2017 with David Russell and Roger Lago racing their Lamborghini R-EX to 6th place overall in the opening Intercontinental GT Championship round, the Bathurst 12 Hour held in February. The talented duo also raced to second place at the Australian Grand Prix GT Championship round held in March.

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Nissan Motorsport Supercar driver Simona de Silvestro

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Simona de Silvestro’s Supercar in action at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix

JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix – David Russell and Roger Lago

Dayco Australia Ambassador David Russell behind the wheel of the JBS Australia Lamborghini  R-EX at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix

Dayco Australia Ambassador David Russell

Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd in the Dayco Mitsubishi Evo6 Tarmac Rally car

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March 31, 2017 - EVEN MORE RISK PROTECTION FROM CAPRICORN

As a part of Capricorn’s efforts to constantly improve its services to its Members, its business insurance arm, Capricorn Risk Services, announces a new addition, the Capricorn Weather Alert.  

The Capricorn Weather Alert is a new, complimentary benefit for all Capricorn Members that uses email and SMS to notify Members about emergency weather communications. This service alerts Capricorn Members to forecasted severe weather events before they take place in and around their specific geographic location.

These types of alerts have saved businesses millions of dollars in potential losses and damage. Severe storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.

Each year, storms including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds, impact many areas across Australia, causing major destruction. As storms are often unpredictable, felt locally and happen in smaller areas, their devastating impact is often underestimated.

Australia’s most costly natural disaster (in dollar terms) was the major storm that ravaged Sydney’s eastern suburbs on April 14, 1999. This storm produced massive hailstones of up to 9 centimetres in diameter and resulting in insurance losses of around $1.5 billion in less than one hour.  

Storms not only cause damage to homes, property and businesses, they also pose a threat to people, animals and the environment. The financial and community cost can be lessened with better planning and by preparing your home, business and family to stay safe and reduce the damage.

To find out more, contact Capricorn Risk Services today by calling 1800 007 022.

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March 28, 2017 - PETER CHENEY ACHIEVES A MAJOR CAREER GOAL WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

 

Highly experienced automotive industry executive, Peter Cheney, has realised a major career goal with his appointment to the role of General Manager, Procurement and Merchandise with Burson Auto Parts.

This role has been overseen for the best part of four decades by the extremely well known and respected Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Merchandise, Andrew Schram.

Peter Cheney, 49, brings three decades of automotive industry experience to this major Burson Auto Parts role. Although with Peter, there is an ingrained knowledge of the automotive trade gained throughout his life that extended long before his professional career.

The Cheney family has spent three generations in the automotive industry, when Peter’s Great Grandfather, S.A. Cheney established his automotive sales and service business in 1898. Fast forward to the next century and a further two generations and the business had become the Patterson-Cheney Group. Being brought up in an environment of thriving automotive repair workshops, car and parts sales during the 1970’s and 80’s gave Peter a far more detailed and intimate knowledge of the business from a young age.

At 18, Peter decided to forge his own automotive aftermarket career, joining a Nissan Dealership in their spare parts shop. His interest in the trade side of the business saw Peter join Repco in 1988 as an Assistant Manager of a Checkpoint Brake & Clutch workshop and parts sales outlet in Melbourne. It wasn’t long before Peter became the company’s youngest store manager and after six years in the role, Peter followed his ambitions and progressed from the workshop floor to become a member of the company’s management team.

Peter joined the Repco head office team in 1994, working in their electronic cataloguing division across four years. He then progressed to the role of Product Analyst and later to Product Manager, significantly growing the heavily trade focussed Undercar division of the business for four years. After his career tenure with the company that spanned 13 years, Peter was selected to join the burgeoning Autobarn product management team in 2002.

Peter’s responsibilities covered spare parts, lubricants and car care. Under his management, these categories grew significantly across the next six years. In 2008, Peter was promoted to the role of General Manager of Merchandise and within two months of taking on this role, Automotive Brands had acquired the national Autopro group of trade parts re-sellers.

This brought Peter’s vast trade experience to the fore, supporting the trade customer requirements of this national parts supplier group, while also keeping Peter in close touch with trade suppliers and customers.

After almost nine years in his former role, Peter was selected to replace one of the Australian automotive aftermarket’s most experienced and successful merchandise heads of management, Burson Auto Parts’ Andrew Schram. Having devoted his professional life to this Australian company, Andrew made the decision to retire after an outstanding career spanning four decades. His career extended from the establishment of the company’s first store in 1977 through to the opening of the 156th Burson Auto Parts store in 2016.

Peter Cheney is acutely aware of the shoes that he will be filling as General Manager, Procurement and Merchandise with Burson Auto Parts.

“Gaining this role represents a major career goal for me. I have observed the gradual growth of Burson Auto Parts through the years, guided by highly dedicated people such as Andrew Schram whose entire career has been devoted to the one company. Looking in from the outside, I have admired how the company has always remained resolutely true to its solid trade focus and has grown without ever losing sight of that focus through the years,” Peter stated.

“Burson Auto Parts has become extremely successful due to its dedication to the trade and I look forward to ensuring that this remains the case across the next exciting phase of this Australian company’s success story,” He added.

Andrew Schram will be on hand to support Peter Cheney in his new role, remaining with Burson Auto Parts as an executive consultant to ensure a smooth and effective transition.

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