CURRENT & RECENT MEDIA RELEASES:


  June 13, 2019


DAYCO PLAYS ITS PART IN ENGINE AWARDS



  June 11, 2019

CAPRICORN GROUP CEO GREG WALL RECEIVES ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR SERVICES TO BUSINESS AND THE COMMUNITY


  June 6, 2019


BURSON AUTO PARTS IS YOUR MOTORGEAR BATTERY DESTINATION



  June 4, 2019


DRiV MAKES ITS DEBUT AT AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST TRUCK SHOW

  May 31, 2019


IBS ADVANCED CERAMIC BRAKE PADS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS


  May 27, 2019


BURSON AUTO PARTS OFFERS PREMIUM QUALITY EUROPEAN PARTS FOR EUROPEAN CARS

  May 15, 2019


WOMEN AND NEW SERVICES KEY AREAS FOR WORKSHOP GROWTH


  Apr 29, 2019


FROM SUPERCARS TO THE AMERICA'S CUP 2021 - AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALITY COMPANY OCTANE EVENTS SELECTED BY AMERICAN MAGIC



  Apr 26, 2019

BRADLEY GANNON TO BECOME CAPRICORN AUTOMOTIVE CEO FROM JULY 1, 2019


  Apr 18. 2019

FILPRO MAKES THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPO


  Apr 12, 2019

DAYCO TEAMS WITH PR0-AM ACE ROGER LAGO IN THE 2019 PORSCHE CARRERA CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
 
  Apr 10, 2019

2019 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFT ERMARKET EXCELLENCE AWARDS

  Apr 4, 2019

AUTO INNOVATION CENTRES LAUNCHED AT THE 2019 AAA EXPO

  Apr 3, 2019

CAPRICORN HOSTS THE "FUTURES COLLIDE" COLLISION REPAIR CONFERENCE


  Mar 29, 2019

NEW MONROE RIDE PERFORMANCE CATALOGUE HAS IT ALL

  Mar 20 , 2019

MONROE SAFETY SPECIALIST PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2019

  Mar 13, 2019

CAPRICORN HELPING MEMBERS BENEFIT FROM THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW EQUIPMENT TAX INCENTIVE

  Feb 28, 2019

FRAM FILTERS AND TICKFORD RACING FIRE UP ONCE AGAIN FOR THE 2019 SUPERCARS SEASON

  Feb 27, 2019

AUSTRALIA'S AUTO PARTS PROFESSIONALS  PARTNER WITH SUPERCARS IN 2019

  Feb 22, 2019

DAVID FRASER APPOINTED AS NEW CAPRICORN GROUP CEO

  Feb 20, 2019


NEW AFTERMARKET AND RIDE PERFORMANCE COMPANY EXPECTED TO BE A GLOBAL LEADER

  Feb 18, 2019

MONROE MAGNUM HEAVY DUTY SHOCK ABSORBERS OUT PERFORM THE REST WITH MERRETT LOGGING
  Feb 16, 2019
DAYCO RACER DAVID RUSSELL JOINS YUYA SAKAMOTO AND HUBAUTO CORSA IN 2019 BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA
  Feb 12, 2019
AAAA WELCOMES  RELEASE OF CONSULTATION PAPER ON A MANDATORY SCHEME FOR THE SHARING OF MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE & REPAIR INFORMATION

  Feb 5, 2019

2019 DAYCO MOTORSPORT PROGRAM OFF TO A FAST START AT THE BATHURST 12 HOUR

  Feb 4, 2019

PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT & HUNTER ENGINEERING - TWO OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

  Feb 1, 2019

IS YOUR APPRENTICE THE NEXT CAPRICORN RISING STAR?

  Jan 30, 2019

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

  Dec 7, 2018

CAPRICORN MUTUAL MAKES GLOBAL FASTEST GROWING TOP TEN ICMIF LIST

  Dec 6, 2018

BURSON AUTO PARTS SALES REPRESENTATIVE & 2IC CONFERENCE A MAJOR SUCCESS

  Nov 29, 2018

TENNECO SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE OHLINS RACING A.B.

  Nov 28, 2018

MORE CAPRICORN MEMBER SOCIAL EVENTS THAN EVER IN 2018

  Nov 23, 2018

THE WORLD'S FASTEST TWO POST HOIST IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS

  Oct 25, 2018

DAYCO & BURSON AUTO PARTS - THE 35 YEAR HANDSHAKE

  Oct 24, 2018

INNOVATION LABS SUPPORTING THE FUTURE GROWTH OF AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING

  Oct 22, 2018

WORLD LEADING MONROE INTELLIGENT SUSPENSION FOR THE ALL NEW 2018 VOLVO XC40 COMPACT CROSSOVER SUV

  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 13, 2018

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


  Sept 7, 2018

ALWAYS REPLACE SHOCK ABSORBERS IN PAIRS

  Sept 6, 2018

NEW DAYCO WEBSITES SPEARHEAD GLOBAL IDENTITY

  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

DAYCO AUSTRALIA INCREASES WAREHOUSE CAPACITY DUE  TO PRODUCT RANGE EXPANSION

  July 27, 2018

DAYCO SPONSORED FORMULA STUDENT TEAM WINS AT SILVERSTONE

  July 24, 2018

DAYCO EXPANDS SOUTH EAST ASIAN OPERATIONS

  July 4, 2018

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June 13, 2019 - DAYCO PLAYS ITS PART IN ENGINE AWARDS

 Power Transmission Specialist Features in Multiple Categories


Dayco is a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries and the close relationships it has forged with the research and development departments of many of Europe’s major vehicle manufacturers (VMs). These relationships are clearly evident in the latest International Engine of the Year Awards, presented by Engine Technology International Magazine. 

Ford’s innovative, multiple award-winning, 999cc three-cylinder turbo, which features in models such as the Fiesta, Focus, C-Max and Mondeo, was again crowned winner of the Sub 150PS category, while the VW 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI unit, used in a wide range of Volkswagen Auto Group (VAG) vehicles, topped the 150PS to 250PS classification.

Dayco supplies the entire primary drive system, which incorporates its ground-breaking BIO (Belt-In-Oil) system, for the Ford unit and the timing / water pump belt for the VW engine, emphasising the company’s extraordinary technical capabilities and manufacturing capacity. 

The awards, which are judged by more than 70 of the most respected motoring journalists from around the world, are held in high regard by the VM’s and the wider industry alike.

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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June 11, 2019 - CAPRICORN GROUP CEO GREG WALL RECEIVES ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR SERVICES TO BUSINESS AND THE COMMUNITY


Australasia’s largest automotive co-operative, Capricorn, together with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), warmly congratulates outgoing Capricorn Group CEO Greg Wall on receiving the honoured Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Award for his significant service to business and the community. 

Along with having led Capricorn to record high levels of business success over the past eight years as the cooperative’s first ever Group CEO, Mr Wall is also a Director and founding Chairman of the BCCM. Mr Wall has been involved with co-operative and mutual businesses throughout his working career that spans almost four decades, leading the sector’s most significant period of resurgence.

Aligned with Mr Wall’s outstanding leadership of Capricorn, which included a complete re-structure of all areas of Capricorn’s business, he has also been pivotal in the growth and success of the BCCM.

 Some of Mr Wall’s extensive achievements include:

Mr Wall is also recognised internationally as the first Australian to be elected to the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the peak global body representing co-operatives and mutuals worldwide. With members from more than 95 countries, in 2013 Mr. Wall was the first Australian to be elected to the board of the ICA in its 120-year history. He has also been appointed to the board of Dot Coop Ltd (the internet domain for co-operatives worldwide) and has joined the leadership circle of the ICA. 

According to Capricorn’s new Group CEO (effective July 1), David Fraser, this is a deserving accolade for a truly outstanding individual.

“To say that we are incredibly proud to have our Group CEO of the past eight years receive a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Award is an understatement. Greg has been at the helm of not only the Capricorn business during several years of unprecedented growth, but he has also been a relentless champion for both the Australian and the global co-operative movement. I couldn’t think of a more fitting way for all involved to show their appreciation for his dedication and enthusiasm than this.” 

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June 6, 2019 - BURSON AUTO PARTS IS YOUR MOTORGEAR BATTERY DESTINATION

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts offers automotive repairers nationwide their exclusive Motorgear range of fully sealed and maintenance free automotive batteries.

With an impressive application range covering more than 65% of vehicle makes and models in the Australian car parc, each Burson Auto Parts store stocks enough Motorgear automotive batteries so workshops like yours don’t have to.

With Motorgear maintenance free batteries delivered to workshops promptly as and when required, there is no need for valuable workshop floor space to be taken up, or for business expense to be incurred up by having “in house” bulk battery stocks.

Burson Auto Parts exclusively offers every Motorgear automotive battery with a trusty 24 month warranty, making this maintenance free replacement battery range the leading choice when it comes to price, quality, prompt availability, application coverage and importantly, for end customer peace of mind.

“There has been a traditional belief that to sell batteries, automotive workshops needed to have a rack in the workshop with the top half a dozen batteries ready to go, consuming valuable business floor space and adding to business operating costs,” stated Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Merchandise, Peter Cheney.

“We are saying to repairers that this method is outdated due to the complexity of the car parc these days when Burson can provide a cost effective ‘Just in Time’ solution due to our broad store ranges with prompt delivery.

“Add to this the Motorgear Batteries 24 month warranty and the maintenance free, fully sealed design, along with with excellent value pricing and we have the vast majority of workshop replacement battery requirements covered.

“Repairers have access to quality replacement battery products as and when needed, rather than stocking random part numbers in house,” Mr Cheney added.

 To find out more about the exclusive Motorgear battery range from Burson Auto Parts, contact your local store by calling 1300 BURSON (287 766).

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June 4, 2019 - DRiV™ MAKES ITS DEBUT AT AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST TRUCK SHOW

A world leader in the automotive aftermarket, DRiV Incorporated showcased its heavy-duty product range at Australia’s largest truck show, the Brisbane Truck Show, held from May 16 to 19, 2019.

Staged at the new Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, this is the second major Australian automotive aftermarket trade fair to feature the new global DRiV™ brand and its vast heavy-duty premium quality automotive product portfolio including the Monroe®, FP Diesel®, MOOG®, Champion®, Ferodo®, Beral®, Abex® and National® brands.

The event was also the perfect launching pad for the new Monroe heavy-duty product catalogue which was distributed to customers who visited the DRiV stand.

The Brisbane Truck Show was staged by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA),  the national association representing and advancing the interests of manufacturers and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology. The major four-day event was the most comprehensive showcase of trucks, trailers, components, equipment, accessories and technology in Australia.

Approximately forty thousand visitors took part in the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show including fleet executives and purchasing managers from industries including road transport, agriculture, retail, mining, construction, infrastructure, services, trades and local government.

The 2019 Brisbane Truck Show displayed the outstanding capabilities and capacity of the Australian heavy vehicle industry, joined by world leading automotive component manufacturing companies and brands. This year’s show also featured dynamic and interactive tools and displays, demonstrations and information.

According to DRiV South East Asia Marketing Manager, Brydon Tweddell, “This major heavy-duty transport industry event provided DRiV with the opportunity to display, discuss and demonstrate the quality behind all of DRiV’s vast product portfolio.”

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May 31, 2019 - IBS ADVANCED CERAMIC BRAKE PADS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS


Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools and equipment provides an exclusive and high quality replacement brake pad range to automotive repairers, brake specialists and service centres nationwide.

The well established and highly trusted IBS Auto Parts brake products range is well known throughout the Australian automotive aftermarket for its broad range, durability and value for money.

In seeking to provide Burson Auto Parts’ trade customers with the best quality replacement brake pad products, the Australian company now exclusively offers a premium quality range of IBS Advanced Ceramic Disc Brake Pads.

These quality brake pads from Burson Auto Parts offer quiet operation and greater pad life due to the advanced friction technology of the IBS positive mould design. The IBS Advanced Ceramic brake pad formulation contains both ceramic and copper fibres that dissipate heat, allowing the brake pads to remain stable under a wide range of temperatures. The less abrasive formulation also minimises rotor wear and provides superior dust control.

The triple layer advanced shim technology featured in the IBS Advanced Ceramic brake pad range reduces vibration (the main cause of brake pad squeal) by including a specifically formulated nitrile rubber layer, which also allows for exceptional pedal feel.

Performing well from cold conditions and boasting a stable friction coefficient up to 500 degrees, Burson Auto Parts highly recommends their exclusive IBS Advanced Ceramic brake pad range for repairers requiring premium brake replacement products at a value price.

Burson Auto Parts also offers Australian automotive repairers and re-sellers the entire IBS range of brake system products that includes more than 165 part numbers to suit more than 70% of passenger and commercial vehicles currently being driven on Australia’s roads.

To find out more about IBS Advanced Ceramic Disc Brake Pads or any brake products from the vast IBS range available from Burson Auto Parts, contact your local store by calling 1300 BURSON (287 766).          

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May 27, 2019 - BURSON AUTO PARTS OFFERS PREMIUM QUALITY EUROPEAN PARTS FOR EUROPEAN CARS

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts introduces two new ranges of Germany’s world leading European vehicle parts specifically for European vehicle repairers.

Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment now provides the outstanding quality Hella Pagid disc rotor and brake pad range along with the globally renowned Mann Filter oil, air, fuel and cabin filter range throughout its 181 national store network.

Both Hella Pagid and Mann Filter are long term Original Equipment suppliers to Europe’s leading automotive vehicle manufacturers, ensuring that European vehicle specialist repairers in Australia have access to the same quality brake pads, disc rotors and filtration products that have been selected by these world leading car makers.

The importance of using European designed and manufactured parts on European vehicles cannot be understated. These products have been designed specifically for the performance demands and the driving dynamics of these vehicle makes and models.

To ensure that Australian automotive repairers have access to the premier level of fast moving brake and filtration replacement products for the ever growing numbers of European passenger and commercial vehicles on our roads, Burson Auto Parts now offers the Hella Pagid range and the Mann Filter range.

The new Hella Pagid and Mann Filter product ranges at Burson Auto Parts complement the Australian company’s Sachs range of replacement shock absorbers and struts that are also Original Equipment quality ride control products designed specifically to suit the driving dynamics of European makes and models. 

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager, Merchandise, Peter Cheney, “Burson Auto Parts now offers two premium quality European fast moving service product ranges that represent the highest levels of German manufacturing quality and reliability for European vehicle specialists. Together with Sachs, the addition of the vast Hella Pagid disc rotor and brake pad range along with the Mann Filter range ensures that Burson Auto Parts is equipped to quickly and efficiently provide European vehicle specialists with everything that they need.”

To find out more about the Hella Pagid, Mann Filter and Sachs ride control product ranges from Burson Auto Parts, contact your local store by calling 1300 BURSON (287 766).

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May 15, 2019 - WOMEN AND NEW SERVICES KEY AREAS FOR WORKSHOP GROWTH
 


The Australian automotive workshop landscape remains in healthy condition overall despite the challenges.
A significant slice of the workshop sector is growing and the focus on further opportunities to increase profitability and customer satisfaction is encouraging. 
 
The latest research conducted by ACA Research for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) delves deeper into workshop performance, business profitability, growth strategies, and industry challenges.  
 
Considering the average capacity of Australian workshops is sitting at 82%, there is certainly room for growth across the board. The research shows that of the 48% of businesses that expected more growth last year, 38% achieved that growth into 2019. As such, the outlook for the industry remains strong and this is backed up with two in every five workshops expecting to increase the number of vehicles they service over the coming year. 
 
Businesses, particularly industry leaders, are pursuing a range of strategies to aid productivity and drive this growth; from an increased female focus, to new service offerings.
 
Of the workshops surveyed, 81% believed increasing female customer satisfaction was an important goal.  Furthermore, nearly 60% reported female customer growth in their business, showing the importance of a female focus as a key growth avenue. Investing in equipment, increasing staff efficiency and reducing overheads remain high priorities for business growth across the industry. Value add customer services, fleet servicing and capturing customer feedback are also important growth drivers. Customer feedback enables business owners and managers to better understand their customers and helps to steer their business in a direction that improves customer satisfaction and retention, while identifying areas for new customer growth.
  
The addition of new servicing offerings builds value and efficiency for existing customers and can also attract new customers. Of the future service offerings automotive workshops are aiming to add or expand, vehicle collection and drop off (81%) and the use of email/SMS confirmation systems (69%) remained the most popular areas of focus, while online booking systems (50%) and loyalty programs (28%) have seen the largest increase in focus. Weekend servicing, extended business hours, vehicle cleaning, mobile servicing and courtesy buses were also listed in the research.
 
The industry is not without its challenges however. The largest concern for automotive workshops is the number of consumers that are not aware they can choose an independent workshop to service their car during the warranty period. The AAAA is actively campaigning to address this challenge, both at a government level and with the Choice of Repairer consumer education campaign.  On the positive side there has been growth in the number of vehicles serviced within warranty periods for 21% of the respondents over the past 12 months and log-book servicing by independent repairers increased from 5% to 11%.
 
According to Lesley Yates, Senior Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy of the AAAA, research is a great snapshot of the health of the industry and a resource with insights into effective growth strategies for independent automotive repairers nationwide.
 
“Our industry has always put the customer first. It’s clear from the research that businesses who develop new strategies to make their customer experience more satisfying, increase business productivity, invest in staff development and market to new customers are being rewarded for their efforts.
 
“It’s fantastic to see more workshops focusing on attracting women and operating in a more female friendly manner and it backs up the findings of our consumer perception study that indicated the majority of decision makers for car servicing in the household were women. 
 
“On the challenge front, we are encouraged by positive signs around the increase in the number of vehicles being serviced within warranty, but we understand there is much more to do, and we will continue to campaign on behalf of independent workshops on this front,” said Yates.
 
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Please contact Lesley Yates, AAAA
Senior Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy - 0402 005 476  or lesley@aaaa.com.au
 

Additional research background and quote from ACA Research Director Steve Nuttall:

“We first ran the AAAA Workshop Research program in 2018, mapping the workshop landscape and setting benchmarks for the industry around business profitability and labour utilisation. The 2019 research was a chance to go back, and look at how the sector has changed over the last 12 months, as well as exploring in more detail the strategies workshops are using to improve business revenue, profitability, and productivity.
 
“What was most obvious to us was that despite less optimism than we saw last year against a background of increasing competition and declining optimism, many are still targeting growth, proactively looking for opportunities to add capacity to their business, increase efficiency, and deliver improved experiences for their customers (particularly women). A greater focus on delivering to the needs of their female customers stands out as a key outcome of this year’s research, with workshops appearing to increasingly recognise the role women play in servicing and maintenance decisions.”



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April 29, 2019 - FROM SUPERCARS TO THE AMERICA’S CUP 2021

Australian Hospitality Company Octane Events selected by American Magic

Renowned as one of Australia’s premier sports hospitality companies, Melbourne based Octane Events has been selected to be the exclusive hospitality services provider for one of the United States’ 2021 America’s Cup Challengers, New York Yacht Club American Magic.

This exciting appointment continues the impressive international expansion of Australia’s Octane Events, headed by Managing Director Ms Soundos Hanna, who started her company in 2007 to offer sports teams and sponsors a new level of event based hospitality, fine dining and entertainment. 

Octane Events’ industry leading event hospitality services continue to establish new benchmarks in creating and activating unique experiential opportunities for sports sponsors and their stakeholders from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe.

Specialising in motorsport, Octane Events has become the event hospitality service provider of choice to leading Australian Supercar teams including the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, Shell V Power Racing (DJR Team Penske), Brad Jones Racing (BJR) and Tickford Racing.

This exclusive appointment by American Magic takes Octane Events from the race circuits of Australasia to the open ocean for world sailing’s most prestigious competition.

“American Magic is more than just a sailing team,” stated Rob Ouellette, American Magic Chief Operating Officer.

“We are a coalition of team members, partners and supporters working to win the America’s Cup. Having an experienced group like Octane Events leading our hospitality program will ensure that everyone who has made this challenge possible will be seamlessly integrated into our team operations in New Zealand.”

American Magic is one of six international challengers entered to contest the America’s Cup, the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. Australia’s Octane Events will design and deliver exclusive hospitality experiences, provide first class catering and oversee guest management for this global event, along with the preceding Prada Cup being held across January and February 2021. This series of sailing races will determine which teams will be competing for world sailing’s most coveted trophy.

An international who’s who of American Magic team and partner guests will be attending this outstanding global sporting event which will be based at the Auckland Viaduct, home of defending America’s Cup title holders, Emirates Team New Zealand, in March 2021.

“The majority of Octane Events’ clients have been with us from the very beginning and through nurturing those relationships and taking pride in our reputation, we have been able to connect with the consortium involved in the American Magic campaign,” stated Soundos Hanna, Managing Director of Octane Events.

“Working with American Magic is an amazing international opportunity for Octane Events and we are excited to have been recognised by such a prestigious sporting organisation and its partners to provide their hospitality services at this major global sporting event.
 
“We are looking forward to joining American Magic on its journey to capture the America’s Cup and return the Auld Mug to its home,” Ms Hanna added.
 
About Octane Events

Established by Soundos Hanna in 2006, Octane Events’ commenced operations in the motorsport industry where it has become a significant partner for many of the internationally recognised Virgin Australia Supercars Championship teams and corporate partners, including Shell V-Power Racing (DJR Team Penske) and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team / Triple8 Race Engineering.
 
Octane Events also provides its industry leading corporate hospitality services at other major league sports events as well as providing custom tailored experiences for major events including product launches.

www.octaneevents.com.au
 

About New York Yacht Club American Magic

Formed in October 2017 by Bella Mente Racing, Quantum Racing and the New York Yacht Club, American Magic brings together two highly successful racing programs with one of the foremost yacht clubs in the world. The team represents a shared vision of launching a campaign for the 36th America's Cup competition, reconnecting the American sailing base with sailing's premier event and elevating the quality of competitive sailing in the United States.

American Magic will develop and support a team that will participate in the America's Cup competition, the Prada Cup and the America's Cup World Series events that lead up to both. American Magic’s Official Innovation Partner is Airbus. Other partnerships include Official Apparel Sponsor Helly Hansen and Official Control Systems Sponsor Parker Hannifin. American Magic is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

www.americanmagic.com

 
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For further information please contact:


Soundos Hanna
Managing Director
Octane Events                               

T: (+61) 0413 909 421                                         
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soundos@octaneevents.com.au
        


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April 18, 2019 - FILPRO MAKES THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPO

Filpro Automotive enjoyed a strong 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo held in Melbourne from April 4 to 6.

For the first time since commencing operations in Australia almost two years ago, Filpro Automotive showcased its entire range of premium quality automotive aftermarket products at this major biennial industry event.

The Filpro Automotive stand showcased some of the world’s best known and trusted automotive aftermarket brands including FRAM Filters, Holts, Redex, Simoniz and Prestone, creating significant interest amongst Australian automotive workshop owners, technicians and re-sellers during this major three-day industry exclusive event.

Senior Filpro Automotive management identities were on hand at the 2019 AAA Expo to meet with customers, along with the company’s Australian and New Zealand based sales and customer service teams, ensuring that personal contact was made with as many customers as possible during Australia’s largest automotive industry event.

According to Filpro Automotive Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Roger Lassen, the 2019 AAA Expo has contributed to some exciting new business opportunities for the company.

“While our FRAM Filters brand is well known here in Australia and New Zealand, the 2019 AAA Expo gave us the opportunity to showcase our entire range of outstanding car care and general aftermarket products. It was good to gauge the trade’s interest in our quality brands such as Holts, Redex, Simoniz and Prestone, while also being able to inspect our premium quality FRAM Filter products at our stand,” Mr Lassen said.

“We enjoyed being able to meet so many members of the Australian and New Zealand trade at the AAA Expo, while also showing how our Australasian business has grown in such a short time. We made the most of every moment at the Expo and we look forward to the next one,” Mr Lassen added.

Filpro Automotive is also pleased to announce that FRAM Filters are available to the trade from both SWD (Specialised Wholesale Distribution) as well as ADRAD and Natrad, while all Holts; Simoniz and Redex products are also available from SWD. 

To find out more about Filpro Automotive and any of the company’s outstanding range of premium quality automotive aftermarket products contact the team on 1800 155 879 or 08 8193 9675. You can also visit the FRAM filters website at www.framfilters.com.au.

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April 26, 2019 - BRADLEY GANNON TO BECOME CAPRICORN AUTOMOTIVE CEO FROM JULY 1, 2019

Capricorn is delighted to announce the promotion of current Company Secretary and General Counsel - Legal Risk and Marketing, Bradley Gannon, to the role of Capricorn Automotive Chief Executive Officer from July 1, 2019. Mr Gannon takes on this exciting new responsibility following the promotion of current Capricorn Automotive CEO, David Fraser, who progresses to the Capricorn Group Chief Executive Officer role on the same date.

Mr Gannon was appointed as Capricorn Company Secretary / General Counsel in 2008, managing various corporate functions including legal and risk management, working closely with the Capricorn Board of Directors and more recently overseeing Capricorn’s marketing functions. He has gained a wide and varied body of direct Capricorn business experience across the past 11 years, particularly within the company’s automotive aftermarket operations where he has been directly involved with key projects.

Mr Gannon has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor for the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in General Management) from the University of Western Australia.

The incoming Capricorn Automotive CEO has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course Diploma requirements, achieving Order of Merit status. In addition, Mr Gannon has also successfully completed the Governance Institute of Australia Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, receiving National Dux and State Dux accolades for Corporate Accountability along with Corporate Governance and Corporate Financial Management respectively. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School (USA) Advanced Management Program.

According to David Fraser, outgoing Capricorn Automotive CEO, “Along with his outstanding qualifications, Brad takes on this role with an excellent understanding of our business following his impressive 11 year career with Capricorn. Our constantly growing automotive business and membership base could not be in better hands and we look forward to the progress that will continue to be made under his leadership with the support of the entire Capricorn management team and the Capricorn Board.”

For Bradley Gannon, this is an exciting opportunity.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity entrusted to me. It is as an important time for Capricorn Members and the broader automotive community. There are a number of opportunities and challenges accompanying the continued technological advancements of vehicles and evolution of industry practices,” He stated.

“With strong foundations in place and the combined power of more than 20,000 automotive workshops, surviving and thriving as a Member of Capricorn, with everything it has to offer, has never made more sense. I look forward to working with the entire Capricorn team to assist Members and our relationship partners to grow and prosper,” Mr Gannon concluded.

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April 12, 2019 - DAYCO TEAMS WITH PRO-AM ACE ROGER LAGO IN THE 2019 PORSCHE CARRERA CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Dayco, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engine products and drive systems for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has formed a marketing alliance with leading Pro-Am driver Roger Lago for the 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship.

Lago, a highly experienced Australian Carrera Cup and GT racing driver, has competed at the top end of the Pro-Am category for several seasons and is a former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Champion. He raced to 5th in the 2018 Tag Heuer Pro-Am Championship and is currently third in the 2019 Pro-Am standings with five rounds remaining.

Dayco has previously enjoyed success with the Brisbane based driver both in local and international GT racing and during Lago’s past Carrera Cup seasons as an associate sponsor.

The 2019 season finds Lago’s Porsche 911 GT3 emblazoned with the Dayco logo in a bold new matt black livery that is sure to make a major impact with its racing debut at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the third round of the national championship from April 12 to 14.

This addition to Dayco’s Australasian motorsport program now finds the premium quality automotive aftermarket brand promoted in Supercars with Cameron Waters in his Monster Racing Tickford Mustang, in the Blancpain World Challenge Asia GT Series with Dayco Ambassador David Russell and the HubAuto Corsa Ferrari team and again with Russell in selected Australian GT Endurance Championship races and Supercar endurance races this season. This forms an exciting and comprehensive Australian and Asia Pacific high exposure marketing platform for the Dayco brand.

“We are delighted to have Roger Lago race with Dayco in the world’s fastest one make series this season,” stated Arnold Mouw, Vice President, Dayco Asia Pacific.

“We have known Roger and his team through our brand ambassador David Russell for several years now, so when the opportunity came for us to become a part of his team, we were excited to be involved in such a prestigious and dynamic racing category. As a leading European aftermarket component manufacturer and as OE component suppliers to Porsche, this alliance makes a lot of marketing sense.

“The livery looks incredible and we are sure that our trade customers will enjoy the close Carrera Cup racing both at the high profile Supercar events and on television,” Mr. Mouw added.

The 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia rounds are all held in conjunction with Supercar events with all races broadcast live on Foxsports. The remaining 2019 rounds include Phillip Island April 12-24, Darwin June 14-16, Townsville July 5-7, The Bend Aug 23-25, the Bathurst 1000 Oct 10-13 and the Gold Coast 600 Oct 25-27.

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April 10. 2019 - AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET EXCELLENCE AWARDS


One of the major highlights of the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo was the staging of the Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium on the evening of Thursday April 4.

A total of 750 guests attended the industry’s night of nights that saw automotive aftermarket industry excellence recognised, along with the honouring of a number of outstanding individuals, both through the Outstanding Service to Industry award along with inductions into the AAAA Hall of Fame.

“The AAAA warmly congratulates all award winners along with all of the companies and individuals who made submissions for these highly coveted accolades. There is no doubt that the industry knows no boundaries when it comes to manufacturing and marketing excellence as these awards have clearly recognised,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity stated.

“Our Hall of Fame and Outstanding Service to Industry inductees all richly deserve this recognition for their remarkable contribution to our industry’s growth over the decades,” He added.

The 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards gala dinner was presented by Platinum sponsor Burson Auto Parts, Gold sponsor Dayco Australia, Silver sponsor The Auto Agency and Bronze sponsor ZF Aftermarket, with the support of many more important industry members.

Several surprises were revealed during this highly entertaining evening that marked the first day of the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.

The 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards’ Honour Roll follows:

 

Best Aftermarket Expo Stand

 

Best Shell Scheme – Zylux Distribution

 

Best Stand 36sqm or Less – Autodata Australia

 

The Best Stand over 36 sqm – Brown & Watson International

 

Excellence in Export Awards

 

Gold – Fulcrum Suspensions; Silver – Disc Brakes Australia; Bronze – Redarc Electronics.

 

Terry Mahoney Excellence In Marketing Awards

 

Under $10 million Turnover Category: Gold -Bainbridge Technologies

 

Over $10 million Turnover Category: Gold - Nulon Products Australia for Project XY; Silver - Gates Australia for their Gates Online

Automotive Catalogue;  Bronze - Redranger for Nolathane.

 

Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

 

Gold - Redarc Electronics;  Silver – East Coast Bullbars; Bronze – AA Gaskets

 

Certificates of Appreciation - Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

 

Geoff Rosenbaum

 

Commencing his career at Girlock in 1973, then moving to the Borg Warner Group in 1976, Geoff rose to the position of National Sales and Marketing Manager prior to the Borg Warner sale to BTR. In 2000, BTR sold its transmission business to Motospecs marking the beginning of Geoff’s 19-year tenure with the company. Geoff served on the AAAA National Council for a record twenty-one years, from 1989 through to 2010. His many activities included Chairmanship of the Re-manufacturing Committee, Honorary Secretary and serving on a number of special events sub-committees. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the aftermarket industry, Geoff was inducted into the AAAA Hall of Fame in 2003 and won the AAAA Outstanding Service to Industry Award in 2011. After a successful 46-year career in the automotive industry Geoff Rosenbaum announced his retirement effective from August this year. 

 

David Fraser

 

David has over 35 years’ experience in the automotive industry and is Chief Executive Officer Automotive of Capricorn Society. He was also a former Associate Director and General Manager Automotive of ASX listed Coventry Group Ltd and was responsible for the sales, marketing and administration of the group’s automotive businesses. Aside from a short period out of the industry in 2005/06, David was a member of the AAAA National Council for 16 years, first joining in 2001. David held the role of Vice President for three years and was President from 2010 to 2012. David is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and he is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. In 2017 he completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. David takes on the role of Capricorn Group Chief Executive Officer from July 1, 2019.

                                                                       

Kim Aunger Young Achiever Award - Ryan Davis                                                                                                          

 

After becoming one of the first technicians in Australia and New Zealand to be awarded the esteemed Bosch Diagnostic Technician Certification and attending his first Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo several years ago, Ryan built his professional network, forging the relationships that have evolved his award winning start-up company Autoexpert into what is now known as Mechanic.com.au - The Home of Australia’s Mechanic. His goal is to connect the automotive service and repair industry in a meaningful and wholesome way, to harness the many benefits of working together and to amplify that on a national level, facilitated by technology.

 

Outstanding Service to Industry Award: Maurice Donovan

 

Maurice is the first ever workshop owner to win this prestigious award. Maurice is the Director and owner of Allautos Advanced Tuning, a three decade family owned mechanical repair business that he runs with his wife Sandy and son Samuel in the Brisbane Suburb of Geebung. In a career spanning 48 years, Maurice has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to a huge number of different organisations and causes. He is driven by his strong desire to see the auto industry unite and he believes in the need for continued training and increased collaboration to help lift the entire standard of the industry. Maurice is an outstanding individual who stands out from the crowd due to his 100% commitment to our industry.

 

2019 AAAA Hall of Fame Inductees:

 

John Blanchard Snr

 

By the time John was 11 years old he could already fully service a vehicle himself. This technical knowledge of motor vehicles has given John an advantage throughout his career, often giving customers and suppliers’ advice that has helped set his business apart from the rest. John was the first person to import aftermarket air conditioning systems to Australia in the late 1970’s under the Cooldrive banner. A well respected leader within his business and the entire industry, John has always taken a keen interest in every aspect of the day to day running of his company. John is well known for his meticulous attention to detail and incredibly high level of organisation. You will often see John, at 85 years of age, spending time with Cooldrive staff passing on his wealth of technical knowledge so they can better assist their customers wherever possible.

 

Bob Pattison

 

Bob has been in the automotive industry since 1971 in both the Original Equipment and Aftermarket channels. Bob joined the AAAA National Council in 2006 and served for a total of 12 years including three years as Vice President and held the role of President from 2012 to 2015. Some of the highlights of the AAAA during his time on Council include purchasing its own head office, launching the Choice of Repairer campaign, securing funding for the Auto Innovation Lab and overseeing a tripling of the size of the AAAA membership and a ten-fold increase in the AAAA’s financial reserves. Today Bob is the CEO of the GUD Automotive Division, which is the automotive arm of GUD Holdings Limited, a publicly listed Australian company. Bob is a strong advocate for promoting and improving the Australian automotive industry and possesses vast knowledge and experience in all facets of the industry from manufacturing, importing, distribution, wholesaling, retailing and brand management.

 

2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards:

 

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (4WD): REDARC Electronics for their 50 Amp DC-DC In-Vehicle Battery Charger

 

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Accessories): HSP 4x4 Accessories for the Tail Lock

 

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Chemical):  Nulon Products Australia Pty Ltd for Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE & Nulon FILLER TOOL

 

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Electrical): Brown & Watson International Pty Ltd for the Projecta Intelli RV Power Management System

 

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Parts): Milford Industries Pty Ltd for their Ult1Mate Next Gen Towbar range

 

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Performance): Turbosmart Pty Ltd for the Turbosmart Kompact Electro-Mechanical (EM) Blow Off Valve

 

Most Innovative New Servicing Product (Tools & Equipment): Hella Australia Pty Ltd for the Hella Gutmann Solutions CSC Tool

 

Most Innovative New Packaging - Nulon Products Australia Pty Ltd - Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE

 

Most Innovative Employee Engagement Program: GPC Asia Pacific for Make it safe, Make it Home

 

Most Innovative Community Impact Program: Repco Authorised Service - Racing for Drought Relief

 

Most Innovative Marketing Campaign: Pedders Suspension & Brakes - Pedders Tow & Load Assessment

 

Most Innovative Trade Catalogue / E-Commerce Solution: Repco Australia for their Navigator Pro Mobile


Most Innovative Trade Catalogue / E-Commerce Solution: Repco Australia for their Navigator Pro Mobile with Rego Search

 

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April 3, 2019 - CAPRICORN HOSTS THE “FUTURES COLLIDE” COLLISION REPAIR CONFERENCE

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, is hosting an information filled, one day Collision Repair Conference in Melbourne on Saturday August 10, 2019.

This detailed conference, titled “Futures Collide” will connect collision repairers with a host of industry specialists and suppliers who will share their knowledge relating to current and topical local and international industry issues, technological advancements, product developments and the growth opportunities that exist for repairers and industry stakeholders.

 The “Futures Collide” Conference has Mike Anderson as special guest speaker. Mr Anderson is the former owner of United States based Wagonwork Collision Centres and the current owner of CollisionAdvice, a leading industry research, reference and consulting business.

Mr Anderson’s shops held OEM certifications including Audi, VW, Porsche, Nissan GTR and many others. He is also an Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) and he has served on numerous industry advisory committees. He is widely recognised by industry and received an award from the Governor of the State of the Virginia for his contribution to the Virginia State Education System.

Mr Anderson is taking some time off from his in-demand teaching obligations and advisory board responsibilities across North America to play a major role in this Australian Capricorn Collision Repair Conference. He will discuss cutting edge collision repair business management and operational techniques that every delegate is sure to learn something from.

This conference will include input and guidance from our Women in Collision, given their knowledge and involvement in the daily planning, negotiation and interaction with work providers, suppliers and customers.

Located at the Novotel Melbourne in the trendy beachside suburb of St Kilda, the Capricorn Collision Repair Conference is all about the sharing of information, business networking and education. The key focus of this event is to provide support from the industry, for the industry.

A cocktail reception and excellent value corporate accommodation rate ensures that collision repairers enjoy a weekend in Melbourne, while learning more about optimising their business operations. This Capricorn event also welcomes non-Capricorn members to learn more about becoming a part of Australasia’s most successful and rewarding automotive cooperative.

“We look forward to welcoming collision repairers from across the country as well as our New Zealand industry colleagues to the Conference. The rate of change taking place in our industry with technology, materials, techniques and management requires effective business operators to be informed and updated. This one-day event is all about achieving this with minimum business downtime,” said Rob Mildenhall, Capricorn National Panel Manager & Business Development Manager NSW.

To register for the Futures Collide Collision Repair Conference on August 10 in Melbourne, Capricorn Members can log in at www.capricorn.coop  and non-members can  register at www.bit.ly/CRCRegister

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April 4, 2019 - AUTO INNOVATION CENTRES LAUNCHED AT THE 2019 AAA EXPO

 The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has unveiled the exciting future of Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry product design and development capabilities at the country’s largest Automotive industry event, the Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo in Melbourne today.

AAAA Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity announced the establishment of two Automotive Innovation Centres based in Victoria and South Australia.  Co-funded by Federal and Victorian Government industry development grants, these state of the art facilities will provide Australian automotive product designers and manufacturers with the tools, advanced technology, vehicles, expertise and the collaborative environment required to innovate, design and test products for local and export markets. These Automotive Innovation Centres will also significantly reduce the time and cost in developing innovative new products for domestic and export markets.

The Melbourne Innovation Centre, which is scheduled to open during the second half of 2019, will support the development of new automotive aftermarket products by Australian advanced manufacturing businesses. This will be achieved by providing them with access to services including base OEM vehicle data and measurements, 3D scanning and printing, measuring sessions, technology transfer and rapid prototyping. In addition, state of the art testing facilities will form a core element of the facility’s offering to the entire industry, along with the delivery of highly specialised training.

The vision for the South Australian facility, which will open in 2020, is to establish a national centre of excellence for dynamic vehicle testing including brake and electronic stability control along with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) testing, suspension development and load capacity validation. 

According to Mr Charity, “We are confident that these Automotive Innovation Centres will play a key role in ensuring that AAAA member companies are leveraging world leading technology and best practice when it comes to the development, testing, integration and validation of their products to verify the ongoing safety and compliance of modified vehicles.”

Mr Charity was joined by Auto Innovation Centre Manager, Luke Truskinger at today’s launch, who outlined the concepts behind the establishment of these vitally important Australian Innovation Labs.

“We strongly believe that they key to the success of our manufacturing sector is innovation and it is therefore vital that companies continue to invest in R&D, new products and capital equipment to keep ahead of the curve. In addition, the rapid changes in vehicle technology mean that parts producers need to continually raise the bar in their testing and validation to ensure that their products fully integrate with todays’ highly computerised vehicles to ensure ongoing compliance with local and international design specifications.”

While the well-publicised closure of Australia’s car manufacturing sector in 2017 was a devastating blow to the tens of thousands of workers from the vehicle manufacturers and their supply chain companies directly impacted by these decisions, it did not lead to the demise of the entire Australian automotive manufacturing industry as many incorrectly predicted. 

“The Australian automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector continues to punch well above its weight on the global stage. Australian automotive aftermarket manufacturers currently turn over $5 billion per annum, employ 21,000 people directly and export $1 billion per year of locally manufactured product - and these exports are growing strongly.” Mr Charity stated.

“Earlier this year we commissioned ACA Research to undertake a survey of our manufacturers to measure the health of the industry and the preliminary findings are very telling of the exciting future potential of Australian automotive aftermarket manufacturing.

“78% of all Australian aftermarket manufacturers engage in export with our largest markets being the USA, Europe and the UK in that order. An incredible 82% of those surveyed expected export sales to be either a little higher or significantly higher over the next 3 years with only 3% projecting lower export sales.” Mr Charity added.

 In the face of strong import penetration, the Australian automotive aftermarket industry’s response has been to move up the value chain - from service parts to high-value specialty products with a technological advantage such as 4WD, high performance and motorsport components. All of these products are purchased on innovation, performance and features rather than on price.

The massive increase in domestic and global sales of 4WD and SUV’s has also created significant demand for highly specialised automotive aftermarket components. This has opened the door to new opportunities for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry in the design and development of functional accessories as well as performance and safety enhancement products.

“The two new Auto Innovation Centres will play a crucial role in the ongoing development of not just world class, but world leading automotive aftermarket products and components for the domestic market and for global export markets,” Mr Charity concluded.

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March 29, 2019 - FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE 2019 AAA EXPO 

Just five days remain until Australia’s largest biennial automotive trade show, the 2019 Australian Automotive Aftermarket (AAA) Expo returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday April 4 to Saturday April 6.

This is now Australia’s largest automotive industry event and here are five great reasons why you should attend if you have any involvement in the automotive servicing, maintenance or accessories sectors of the industry.
 

1.      1. This event includes more than 400 companies exhibiting Australia’s own and the world’s leading automotive parts, tools and equipment manufacturers, automotive trade service suppliers, accessory manufacturers and trade suppliers across 21,000 square metres of exhibition space.

22. 2.   The AAA Expo is held concurrently with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE) with registration to either expo providing free entry to both. This part of the Expo includes almost 100 exhibitors providing panel repairers with access to Australia’s and the world’s leading product and equipment manufacturers along with practical demonstrations.

3.      3. Whether an automotive business is large or small, or if you are considering establishing your own business in the booming repair and maintenance sector of the Australian automotive industry, a visit to the AAA Expo will assist greatly in establishing industry contacts, while also providing access to products, equipment and services all in the one venue, manned by experts in their fields.

4.      4. The AAA Expo provides a true indication of the size and strength of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket industry. The true magnitude of this $11 billion industry that employs over 40,000 people and exports more than $1 billion of locally manufactured automotive components each year is on show at this event. It spectacularly displays that Australia’s automotive industry still exists and is continuing to grow.

5.      5. Entry is free to members of the automotive trade. Anyone involved in the automotive industry can visit the AAA Expo or CRE Expo and attend any of the many informative and helpful business seminars linked to each Expo free of charge. You can find out about the seminar topics and pre-register to attend online at www.autoaftermarketexpo.com.au to avoid queues at the event.

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March 29, 2019 - NEW MONROE RIDE PERFORMANCE CATALOGUE HAS IT ALL

Monroe Australia released its new ride performance catalogue at the end of March 2019.

This new Monroe catalogue is without doubt the most comprehensive aftermarket reference for the broadest range of Australian, Asian and European vehicle ride performance product applications.

The Monroe OESpectrum range of replacement shock absorbers and struts has grown significantly as has the entire Monroe ride performance range with 172 new part numbers, 185 supersessions and 54 extensions over 320 pages, 43 pages larger than the last Monroe catalogue.

General mechanics, suspension specialists and re-sellers can also offer their customers total peace of mind knowing that every Monroe OESpectrum shock absorber fitted or sold comes with the industry’s only five year warranty.

Featuring a total of 438 part number changes, the new Monroe catalogue also includes a revamped supersession listing that covers applications from 2004 onwards.  The new catalogue also includes 65 updated Protection Kit images and 104 Monroe Strut-Mate Mounting Kit images.

Monroe has also included a quick and easy reference guide with selling tips on the inside back cover of the new catalogue, bringing the widest aftermarket ride performance product range and customer support to your fingertips.

Make sure to pick up your new Monroe Ride Performance Catalogue at the 2019 AAA Expo from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, by visiting Monroe Australia at Stand J28.

Alternately, you can contact your Monroe Distributor or Territory Manager to access a copy of the new Monroe Ride Performance Catalogue.

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March 21, 2019 - 2019 AAA EXPO SEMINARS WILL HELP YOU BUILD A BETTER AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS

The 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo being held from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre features a series of informative and educational free business seminars, designed to help you build a better automotive business.

On the opening day of the Expo, Thursday April 4 (3:15pm) Expo visitors will be able to learn from one of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry’s most accomplished business training leaders. Rachael Sheldrick, who is better known as The Workshop Whisperer, brings more than a decade of sales and marketing experience specifically within the automotive repair and servicing industry.

Ms Sheldrick brings the practical experience of taking her husband’s own automotive repair business from zero to sustained success by implementing marketing strategies that everyone can relate to and implement to grow their own automotive servicing and repair businesses.

At the 2019 AAA Expo, Ms Sheldrick will conduct a comprehensive seminar titled “How To Tune Your Business For Tomorrow’s Customer.”

Keeping your business in tune with today’s automotive aftermarket is the key focus of this seminar. Today’s savvy customers are looking for value, expertise, and convenience from their choice of repairer, they expect you to be found online, have a great looking workshop, and to speak to them in plain English about their servicing or repair requirements.

Ms Sheldrick will explain how your business needs best practice basics and systemisation to position it as the most attractive proposition in the mind of the customer. This seminar will provide the tips needed to optimise your business for success by getting the basics right.

The second day of the 2019 AAA Expo feautures a seminar based totally on Innovation and how one factor facing our industry is absolutely certain  - the rate of change and disruption caused by innovaton is constantly increasing.

Friday April 5 (11:30am) features an informative seminar led by Ryco Group Executive General Manager, Amy Frangos, who will share her thoughts on how innovation will help the automotive aftermarket industry into the future.

Ms Frangos brings her expertise gained during a meteoric career over the last decade that has seen her occupy senior management roles in Process Engineering, Strategy and Business Development and Innovation Consulting. In her current executive management role with the Ryco Group, Ms Frangos has established an innovation program that centres on instilling customer focus across the entire organisation along with business group mentoring.

This enlightening seminar focusses on the fact that innovation is here to stay and needs to be embraced by automotive repair and service business, no matter how large or small. It will help bring understanding and clarity to the fast paced technological changes that are taking place in repair techniques, maintenance regimes and the lifecycle of replacement parts. 

You can take part in both of these and many more business building seminars totally free of charge when you register to attend the 2019 AAA Expo, which is being held concurrently with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

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March 21, 2019 - 2019 COLLISION REPAIR EXPO TO WELCOME WORLD LEADING COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY ENGINEER

The 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE) to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6 brings the world’s leading collision repair industry products, equipment and technology to Australia’s repairers.

Along with the world leading products, services and equipment on show across three days, the 2019 CRE also welcomes a number of renowned collision repair technology experts to share their experience and knowledge during a comprehensive seminar and international guest keynote speaker program.

The 2019 CRE is delighted to welcome the United Kingdom based co-founder of Auto Industry Consulting Limited, Andrew Marsh, who will impart his knowledge to help Australian collision repairers work with vehicle factory fitted Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the universal uncertainty relating to the requirement of enhanced electronics and software skills.

Mr Marsh worked with a number of vehicle manufacturers in design, development and project management for two decades after obtaining his Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1984. He then joined Thatcham Research, a UK based partially motor insurer funded collision repair research centre. While in this role, Mr Marsh developed the first UK Insurance Industry Telematics Core Data Protocol.

In 2011 Mr Marsh co-founded Auto Industry Consulting Limited, an independent provider of technical information and consultancy to the global collision repair industry. He is also an in demand key note speaker for repairer and motor insurer audiences and is a contributor for several magazines.

During his 2019 CRE keynote presentation, Mr Marsh will focus on ADAS and the new static, dynamic and self-calibration demands that these systems bring to collision repairers, while also covering the challenge of repair complexity and enhancing collision repairer software skills. Both vehicle manufacturer and motor insurer perspectives are covered, including the rapidly expanding number of vehicle models yet the reducing number of key architectures along with the impact of unique body shape parts.

Mr Marsh will be making this important keynote presentation at 11:30am on Saturday April 6 and it is sure to be an informative highlight of the 2019 CRE.

The 2019 CRE, held concurrently with the 2019 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo (AAAE) from April 4 to 6 in Melbourne, is an automotive industry event not to be missed by collision repairers and general automotive repairers along with all professionals involved in the repair, servicing and maintenance of motor vehicles.

Entry is free to all members of the trade, including attendance to all free seminars and keynote presentations throughout this major three day event.

To register your attendance to the 2019 CRE and its detailed seminar program, visit www.collisionrepair.com.au

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March 20, 2019 - MONROE SAFETY SPECIALIST PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2019

Monroe’s Safety Specialist program returns for 2019, enabling you to align your automotive repair business with Australia’s top selling brand of ride performance products.

For a minimum investment of $75, your business will benefit from Monroe’s national marketing campaigns that include targeted print and online advertising, social media and promotions designed to attract more shock absorber replacement business directly to your workshop.

The Monroe Safety Specialist program also heightens consumer attention to the risks of driving a car with worn shock absorbers, encouraging them to check the condition of these important suspension components with each service or repair visit to their mechanic.

The popular Monroe website includes an online Dealer Locator that directs new customers to their most convenient Monroe Safety Specialist. This combined with extensive social media promotion and a broad national advertising program, makes being a part of the Monroe Safety Specialist program a must for suspension specialists and general automotive repairers.

Your $75 Monroe Safety Specialist investment extends for 12 months and Monroe provides the following value packed inclusions:

- 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 can be gained from this popular website at no additional cost.

- Monroe Safety Specialist merchandise pack includes a Monroe counter mat, a brochure holder with Monroe brochures, an official Monroe Safety Specialist framed Certificate, Monroe seat covers, a Monroe calculator joined by additional useful business items such as Monroe notepads and pens.

- Exclusive Monroe Safety Specialist competitions and promotions will be conducted during the year, placing members in the running to win great prizes - just for being a part of the program.

The smallest or largest of automotive repair businesses can benefit from becoming a Monroe Safety Specialist. This successful long term customer facing concept has been designed with one clear and specific goal, to deliver customers directly to your business either by phone, from online channels, or in person through national advertising campaigns that promote the Monroe Safety Specialist network throughout the year. 

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

You can also find out more about this successful business generating program by visiting Monroe at Stand J28 during the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

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March 13, 2019 - CAPRICORN HELPING MEMBERS BENEFIT FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW EQUIPMENT TAX INCENTIVE

Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, offers finance to its Members as it helps them take advantage of a government program incentivising new equipment purchases.

The Australian Federal Government is offering an instant asset write-off on equipment purchases of up to $20,000 which are acquired before June 30, 2019 for small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million.

Under normal circumstances, businesses would only claim a percentage of equipment purchases through depreciation. However, this Federal Government incentive scheme allows businesses to claim a full deduction immediately, meaning that businesses are not left out-of-pocket for any equipment purchased and installed prior to the end of the financial year.

A number of news outlets have recently reported that only 47% of SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises) in Australia are aware of this tax break.

Capricorn Finance offers highly competitive loans, providing its Members with the cash flow needed to make their workshop equipment dreams a reality.

Some Members will even be offered conditional, pre-approved finance to further streamline the financing process when purchasing new equipment before the end of financial year cut-off.

Of course, Members also benefit by using Capricorn Finance with $0 set-up fees along with being able to earn Capricorn Reward Points on the value of the loan. 

For many Capricorn Members this could be the key to expanding their businesses through the purchase of hoists, new spray booths, wheel balancers, diagnostic tools or any other workshop equipment provided by Capricorn’s vast list of Preferred Suppliers.

It is important to note that anyone who is interested in taking advantage of the Government’s instant asset write-off should consult their accountant to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria. 

To find out more about Capricorn Finance loan eligibility contact Capricorn Finance on 1800 327 437 or email lending@capricorn.coop.

To find out more about the benefits that come with Capricorn membership and how you can join, visit www.capricorn.coop or send an email to join@capricorn.coop.  

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March 18, 2019 - VISIT CAPRICORN AT THE 2019 AAA EXPO & COLLISION REPAIR EXPO FROM APRIL 4 TO 6

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, will have a strong presence at the industry’s largest trade fair, the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

As this massive industry exhibition runs concurrently with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE), Capricorn will be represented by two expo stands, with one servicing general and specialty repairers and the other dedicated to collision repairers and associated businesses.

Located at Stand L28 at the AAA Expo, Capricorn will have several representatives from the company’s executive and state management team on hand to provide both Members and non-members with all of the information that they need to make running their businesses easier. Capricorn’s many Member services will be on display and non-Members will also have the opportunity to take up a free trial membership. Capricorn hopes the free trials will prove to those willing to experience it, that being a Capricorn Member really isn’t just too good to be true.

To help demonstrate the many ways membership in Capricorn can impact businesses, the AAA Expo Capricorn stand will feature an interactive touchscreen presentation, providing expo visitors with an immersive experience to explore the many advantages Capricorn membership offers and how it makes business easier, promoting business growth.

Capricorn will also support its rapidly growing collision repairer membership with a dedicated presence at the concurrent 2019 Collision Repair Expo. Capricorn can be found at Stand AE24 at this expo, ensuring that businesses in this important sector of the industry are supported through quality services that really do help to grow businesses through greater efficiency.

Non-member collision repairers are more than welcome to learn more about Capricorn and partake of a free trial membership at the 2019 CRE.

The entire Capricorn team looks forward to welcoming you to the biggest week in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For free expo entry and registration, visit www.autoaftermarketexpo.com.au  or www.collisionrepair.com.au.                                     

For more information on how you can benefit as a Capricorn Member visit www.capricorn.coop.

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March 12, 2019 - MONROE AUSTRALIA LOOKS FORWARD TO ITS 5TH AAA EXPO AS MAJOR SPONSOR

Monroe Australia is delighted to announce the market leading company’s major sponsorship of Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket trade exhibition for the fifth time in 2019.

This major biennial three day trade expo gathers Australia’s and the world’s leading automotive aftermarket industry manufacturers, marketers, re-sellers and customers from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

As the AAA Expo continues to be the major showcase of the Australian automotive repair, service and parts industry, Monroe continues to grow as the Australian automotive repair trade’s clear number one choice for shock absorber replacement. The introduction of the industry’s first five year warranty on all Monroe OESpectrum replacement shock absorbers continues to be the only five year warranty commitment in the Australian market, ensuring total peace of mind for installers and consumers.

“The AAA Expo is an outstanding Australian trade event for our industry and the exhibition’s growth over the years also makes it a must-attend event within the Asia-Pacific region. As the market leader in aftermarket ride performance products both in Australia and in many markets around the world, partnering with the AAA Expo as the event’s major sponsor is a great fit. It aligns one of Australia’s premier automotive aftermarket brands with Australia’s premier automotive aftermarket event,” stated Brydon Tweddell, Monroe Marketing Manager, SEAP.

“The AAA Expo represents a major part of a much more expansive body of invaluable work that the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association provides to the industry,” Mr Tweddell added.

Monroe’s unrivalled longevity in the Australian and international automotive aftermarket industry will also be celebrated at the 2019 AAA Expo. The company’s century of operations makes it a true veteran of the worldwide automotive aftermarket industry. A veteran that continues to proudly design, test and manufacture ride performance products in Australia.

“By having a major presence at this major industry event, we want to make our customers aware of how highly we value being their number one choice for replacement ride performance products. We enjoy the face to face customer interaction that comes with every AAA Expo and look forward to one of the industry’s best ever events in Melbourne this April,” Mr Tweddell said. 

Monroe Australia will be joined by hundreds of other Australian and international companies who will be exhibiting at the 2019 AAA Expo from April 4-6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

You are invited to visit Monroe Australia at Stand J28 throughout the 2019 AAA Expo.    

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March 11, 2019 - TECHNOLOGY, FAIR COMPETITION AND THE FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY OF AUTO REPAIR AND SERVICE - LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS AT THE 2019 AAA EXPO

The 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo being held from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre provides automotive repairers and service providers with a detailed free seminar series throughout the three day event.

There are two stand-out seminars designed for workshops that are worried about the future of our industry: Anti-competitive practices are misleading consumers into thinking that they don’t have a choice for service and repair, and each new model requires another investment in new tools and equipment.  Are these factors going to choke our future?  Will the customer base shrink with capped price service deals and fears of voiding the warranty?  Will the capital outlay for every new tool become unsustainable? Come to these seminars and you will see that our industry does indeed have a future. These seminars will help you learn about how the industry is responding to both of these threats and how you can play a vital role.

On Friday April 5 (2:00pm) a not to be missed seminar titled Vehicle Data and Service Information: Access & Equity in the Aftermarket, will be presented by Lesley Yates and Darren Todd.

Lesley Yates is the Manager of Government Relations and Advocacy for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and has worked tirelessly on all sides of the political spectrum to ensure that Australian consumers gain the right to have their Choice of Repairer. Ms Yates brings more than two decades of experience in advocating government policy, public policy and government relations to the 2019 AAA Expo.

Darren Todd is a Senior Technical Trainer with Bosch, bringing vast international automotive technology development experience to this detailed two-part seminar. Bosch is a world renowned technological and market leader in electrified, automated and connected mobility. The German company invests billions of Euros in research and development projects globally, undertaking significant engineering development in dedicated local centers of excellence. The company was recently granted the first Automated Driving System (ADS) permit for on-road testing of highly automated driving systems in Australia.

The central focus of this seminar will be on data being the lifeblood of the modern automotive aftermarket, discussing some of the more exciting developments in this space.

Lesley Yates will also host a discussion about the AAAA’s Choice of Repairer advocacy campaign and the latest developments towards the establishment of a mandatory code for the sharing of dealer-level repair and service information. Ms Yates will answer important questions about what this OEM information is and how and when it will be shared with independent workshops. Mr Todd will follow this presentation with a practical demonstration of data in action, using pass-through technology to explore how technicians can take advantage of OEM service information and systems in their workshops.

The second day of the 2019 AAA Expo (4:00pm) also features an important seminar titled “Vehicles and Technology: Tomorrow’s World Today”, presented by Bosch Australia’s Automotive Aftermarket General Manager, Nikki Gerling.

Ms Gerling will cut through the all of the jargon and paint a real picture of the key trends that are already reshaping our industry, as we move towards a mobility future that is electrified, automated and connected. The focus of the presentation is the fact that technology is changing faster than ever before and the global automotive industry is undergoing its most profound transformation since the invention of the car itself. This important seminar seeks to ensure repairer and service provider understanding of the extent and shape of the changes that lie ahead for automotive repairers.

 You can take part in both of these and several more business building seminars totally free of charge when you register to attend the 2019 AAA Expo, which is being held concurrently with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

To register your attendance, visit www.aftermarketexpo.com.au

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March 7, 2019 -  DAVE LUEHR TO PRESENT “THE SIX SECRETS REVEALED” AT THE 2019 COLLISION REPAIR EXPO FROM APRIL 4 TO 6 IN MELBOURNE

Dave Luehr, author of “The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops,” believes that right now is the best time in history to be in the collision repair business, but only for those with the right mindset.  

During the 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE) being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6, Luehr will give a passionate and entertaining account of the popular book in his presentation titled “The Six Secrets Revealed.”

Throughout the book, Luehr and co-author Stacey Phillips share insightful lessons along with real-world stories of actual collision repairers who have discovered the secrets that have propelled their businesses to a much higher level than their competitors.

“The concepts are very simple in nature, but often contrary to common beliefs and traditional practices,” said Luehr. “It is my promise to you that if you are willing to challenge traditional methods and apply the lessons contained in ‘The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops,’ you will transform your business in ways you may not have thought possible.”

Throughout his presentation at Australia’s major collision repair industry trade exhibition which will take place at 1:00pm on Friday April 5, Luehr will challenge smash repairers to think differently and understand that anyone with the right mental attitude can achieve incredible levels of success. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear lessons learned from Luehr’s extensive industry experience as well as those from several successful repairers worldwide. 

By applying some of the information contained in the book, as well as the stories he shares during his presentation, Luehr said smash repairers can grow a sustainable and profitable business in an industry experiencing unprecedented rapid change.

Luehr’s well researched collision repair business development enhancing paperback book will be also be offered to 2019 CRE delegates at a discounted rate. A Kindle version of the book is also available on Amazon.com and an audio version can be purchased on www.Audible.com and iTunes.com. For more information, visit www.bodyshopsecrets.com.

The 2019 CRE is concurrently being held with the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAE), forming Australasia’s largest automotive industry exhibition from April 4 to 6 in Melbourne. You can pre-register to attend this event and learn from international collision repair industry leaders such as David Luehr completely free of charge by visiting www.collisionrepair.com.au.

Along with international guest speakers, a comprehensive free seminar program has also been organised specifically to assist the collision repair industry throughout this bumper three day biennial trade exhibition. This combined with the products and services from some 400 local and world leading companies, makes the 2019 CRE and AAA Expo an absolute priority to take part in this April.

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FRAM FILTERS AND TICKFORD RACING FIRE UP ONCE AGAIN FOR THE 2019 SUPERCARS SEASON

One of the world’s leading brands in automotive filtration, FRAM Filters will once again join forces with Tickford Racing in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.  

The 2019 season, which gets underway this weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500, also heralds the long awaited racing debut of the iconic Ford Mustang in the Supercars Championship. The familiar FRAM Filters logo is emblazoned across the rear wing of the team’s #5 Bottle-O Tickford Racing Mustang, piloted by the highly experienced Lee Holdsworth who is also making his debut with the Championship winning team this season. 

FRAM Filters marked the air, oil, fuel and cabin filter brand’s return to the Australian market last year with signage on one of the four Tickford Racing Falcon Supercars, a marketing platform that was effective in bringing the FRAM brand to the attention of the Australian automotive trade, the wider motorist market and the agricultural equipment sector.  

FRAM Filters is one of a number of high-quality automotive aftermarket product brands that are managed by Filpro Automotive, an international automotive component manufacturer and marketer with operations based in Australia and New Zealand servicing the Oceania region.

According to Filpro Automotive Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Roger Lassen, the company is delighted to be back on the track this year on one of the six new Mustangs that will be making their Supercar racing debut this season. 

“The excitement that has accompanied the introduction of the Mustang to the Supercars Championship has and continues to be extraordinary. We are pleased to be a part of that excitement with Tickford Racing and accomplished driver Lee Holdsworth. We are looking forward to engaging our customers in a number of activities around our front line motorsport involvement and to support our Australian and New Zealand distributors by strongly promoting FRAM Filters at the 15 Supercar rounds from February to November this year.”

For vehicle application or stocking enquiries in Australia for FRAM Filters, the team at Filpro Automotive can be contacted on 1800 155 879 or by sending an enquiry to info@filpro.com.au. 

FRAM Filters are also available throughout New Zealand from BNT stores across the nation.

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February 27, 2019 - AUSTRALIA’S AUTO PARTS PROFESSIONALS PARTNER WITH SUPERCARS IN 2019

Burson Auto Parts has joined forces with the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, as part of the Australian company’s most extensive motorsport program in its 47 year history.

Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment has become the Official Automotive Event Partner across several of the most exciting Supercar rounds of the year.

Burson Auto Parts will partner with Supercars for the upcoming Round 1 in Adelaide and across the inaugural Pirtek Perth Supernight event, the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 endurance event and the grand final round, the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. The familiar Burson Auto Parts logo will appear on high profile signage at each of these spectacular Supercar events.

Burson Auto Parts blasted its way into the Supercars arena for the first time in 2017 by sponsoring Paul Dumbrell’s Commodore Supercar during his outstanding final two seasons of full-time competition. The Burson Auto Parts sponsored driver (and former member of the company’s executive management team) raced to seven victories and his second consecutive runner-up finish in the Super2 Championship, his car proving to be an incredibly effective billboard for the 180 store strong national auto parts supplier.

“Following Paul’s retirement from racing, the next step for Burson Auto Parts was to make this Australian company a part of Australia’s most exciting motor racing events. We are delighted to become the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Official Automotive Event Partner across a number of prestigious Supercar events, ensuring that the Burson Auto Parts message remains a part of this country’s most popular motor racing series,” stated Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Anthony Hughes.

“This next step in our Supercars marketing program compliments our continuing Australian motorsport sponsorships and forms a great fit to reach the trade and the wider motoring community. We are looking forward to significantly extending the reach of the Burson Auto Parts - The Parts Professionals message during 2019,” Mr Hughes added.

Burson Auto Parts continues its series sponsorship of the popular Touring Car Masters Series in 2019, along with the CAMS Rising Star Awards and the CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship, supporting the development of junior level racing drivers seeking to make their mark in Australian motorsport.

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February 22, 2019 - DAVID FRASER APPOINTED AS NEW CAPRICORN GROUP CEO

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, is delighted to announce the appointment of current Capricorn Chief Executive Officer - Automotive, David Fraser, to the role of Capricorn Group Chief Executive Officer effective from July 1, 2019.

In March 2018 after careful consideration and deliberation both with his family and the Capricorn Board, current Capricorn Group Chief Executive Officer Greg Wall advised that he would be transitioning from the company’s leadership role in July 2019 to pursue Board roles.

Since that announcement was made, the Capricorn Board has worked with an external recruitment firm to find the most suitable successor to continue Capricorn’s Member success story and to continue Mr Wall’s successful legacy.

A combination of external and internal candidates from Capricorn’s highly talented and experienced executive management team were considered for this vitally important leadership role. Mr Fraser’s results, experience and dedication to the current and long term success of Capricorn made the industry veteran a clear stand out for this major leadership role.

David Fraser joined Capricorn in 2006 following more than two decades working within the automotive aftermarket industry with leading companies, using his vast expertise to grow Capricorn’s automotive business reach and profitability, achieving impressive year on year record breaking sales results.

Speaking with Capricorn Chairman, Russell Becker, this is a highly deserved and fitting appointment for David Fraser that will continue the remarkable success achieved by Mr Wall across all of the Capricorn Group’s business divisions.

“During his 12 year career with Capricorn, David has displayed an outstanding level of dedication to the success of Capricorn’s automotive business division and this has been reflected in the strong growth and development of this core business division during his tenure.

“Working closely with Greg, David has gained a strong and intimate understanding of the entire Capricorn Group and along with Greg, has been instrumental in our unprecedented company growth,” Mr Becker said.

“On behalf of my fellow Board members and more than 20,000 Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand, I couldn’t be more pleased to know that the future leadership of this company is in such good hands,” He added.

 The Capricorn Board, executive management team and staff congratulate Mr Fraser on his appointment and look forward to the next exciting steps of his impressive career in this industry. 

They also would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank Mr Wall for his outstanding leadership contribution to the entire Capricorn Group over the past seven years and wish him well in his semi-retirement future.

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February 19, 2019 - DRiV INCORPORATED TO SPIN FROM TENNECO LATER THIS YEAR

New Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company Expected to be a Global Leader

Lake Forest, Illinois, February 14, 2019 -DRiV Incorporated is the name of the future publicly traded Aftermarket and Ride Performance company that will launch in the second half of this year, following Tenneco Inc.’s (NYSE: TEN)  separation into two independent companies, Tenneco announced today. Once it spins, DRiV™ will serve as one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket suppliers and one of the largest global original equipment (OE) ride performance and braking suppliers to aftermarket, light vehicle, and commercial vehicle customers. DRiV will be headquartered in the greater Chicago area.

“It is a landmark day, now that we are able to announce the future company’s name and identity,” said Brian Kesseler, Co-CEO, Tenneco and future chairman and CEO, DRiV.  “DRiV will be a unique new business, a more than $6 billion start-up, built from the combined strengths of Tenneco, Federal-Mogul and Öhlins - laser-focused on innovation, performance, brand development and customer service.  Our global scale,
our stable of well-respected and enduring aftermarket brands and our longtime partnerships with the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers give us a significant competitive advantage.  We are strategically positioned to capitalize on secular trends such as the expansion of vehicles in operation globally, as well as growth in intelligent suspension, new mobility models and the evolution of autonomous driving.” 

The DRiV name is emblematic of what the new company expects to be – a global leader in the aftermarket and original equipment businesses, driving advancements that help people get the most out of every vehicle, every ride, every race, and every journey. The black, red and silver logo is connected to a rich heritage of performance. The overall design is confident with a circular shape that evokes a tachometer, representing speed, strength, and pushing boundaries.  The uniquely styled letters that form the company name are clean, dynamic, and forward-leaning.  In the logo design, the DRiV name incorporates a special character for the “i” that has multiple meanings.  It can be read as a letter “i” which also represents integrity, innovation and insight. And it can also be read as the number “1,” which implies “our one team.”

“The DRiV name and logo is distinctive, standing out from the competition in both the original equipment and aftermarket spaces,” said Scott Usitalo, the company’s chief marketing officer. “It personifies the idea that there’s a driving force behind anything in motion.  Our mission is to be a driving force that moves people – offering them enhanced ride experiences through differentiated brands, products and technologies.  DRiV is an active name that inspires energy and movement, and signals what we intend to provide to our customers – superior driving advancements.” 

Aftermarket Business - Motorparts

DRiV’s aftermarket business, which will be known as “Motorparts,” will develop, manufacture and distribute a broad portfolio of products in the global vehicle aftermarket. Through the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in 2018, the company has built an industry-leading brand portfolio that positions it to become one of the largest global suppliers of replacement parts to the global aftermarket. Its stable of well-respected, enduring brands includes Monroe®, Champion®, Öhlins®, MOOG®, Walker®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo® Rancho®, Thrush®, National®, Sealed Power®, Axios® and others.


Original Equipment Business – Ride Performance

The original equipment business, known as “Ride Performance,” is one of the world’s largest ride performance businesses, developing, manufacturing and supplying to the leading global original equipment manufacturers with shock absorbers, struts, NVH performance materials and brake friction.

Following the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in October 2018, Tenneco’s separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is expected to be complete in the second half of 2019.  After the spin-off, the remaining Tenneco businesses will focus on powertrain systems technology and will retain the Tenneco name.

About Tenneco

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket, with 2017 revenues of $9.3 billion and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion.  Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in the second half of 2019.

About DRiV - the future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company

Following the separation, DRiV will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies.  DRiV’s principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Öhlins® Walker®, Clevite®Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo®, Champion® and others. DRiV would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $6.4 billion, with 56% of those revenues from aftermarket and 44% from original equipment customers.

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About the new Tenneco - the future Powertrain Technology Company

Following the separation, the new Tenneco will be one of the world’s largest pure-play powertrain companies serving OE markets worldwide with engineered solutions addressing fuel economy, power output, and criteria pollution requirements for gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains. The new Tenneco would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $10.7 billion, serving light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets. 

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This release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements relate to our plans to separate into two independent public companies.  Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from those described in the forward-looking statements, including the possibility that Tenneco may not complete the spin-off of the Aftermarket & Ride Performance business from the Powertrain Technology business (or achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of such a spin-off); the possibility that the acquisition of Federal-Mogul or the separation may have an adverse impact on existing arrangements with Tenneco, including those related to transition, manufacturing and supply services and tax matters; the ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers or other business partners; the risk that the benefits of the acquisition of Federal-Mogul or the separation, including synergies, may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the risk that the acquisition of Federal-Mogul or the separation may not advance Tenneco’s business strategy; the risk that Tenneco may experience difficulty integrating all employees or operations; the potential diversion of Tenneco management’s attention resulting from the separation; as well as the risk factors and cautionary statements included in Tenneco’s periodic and current reports (Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K) filed from time to time with the SEC. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Unless otherwise indicated, the forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date of this communication, and, except as required by law, Tenneco does not undertake any obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to publicly disclose revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements. Additional information regarding these risk factors and uncertainties is detailed from time to time in the company's SEC filings, including but not limited to its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

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February 18, 2019 -  MONROE MAGNUM HEAVY DUTY SHOCK ABSORBERS OUT PERFORM THE REST WITH MERRETT LOGGING

Making the transition to Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty shock absorbers has proven to be a major advantage for three decade strong South Australian logging transportation family company, Merrett Logging. 

With a total of 30 company owned B-Double configurations in the Merrett Logging fleet and another 10 sub-contractor owned configurations within the company’s operations and maintenance schedule, truck and trailer shock absorber durability and lifespan is of vital importance to ensure safe and efficient logging transport operations.

Merrett Logging runs a 12 month total maintenance schedule that includes the replacement of all truck and trailer shock absorbers in their fleet. After four years of using Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty shock absorbers, Maintenance Supervisor and company director John Merrett has been impressed by the quality, durability and cost savings made by selecting Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty truck and trailer shock absorbers.

“We were always replacing our shock absorbers with the OE products, but we found during our maintenance checks that oil seal failures were common even at low kilometres and we also encountered this problem with other aftermarket brands,” Mr Merrett said.

“Once we tried the Monroe Magnum range we experienced none of these issues with both our truck and trailer shocks and upon each inspection they looked as though they could last well beyond our 12 month replacement cycle.”

“The Monroe Magnum truck and trailer shock absorbers enable us to save costs by outperforming the OE and other aftermarket products that we have used in the past.

“Up to 15% of our heavy transporting work is on unsealed gravel roads with long bitumen stretches of approximately 100 kilometres per trip.  The quality and durability of our Monroe Magnum shock absorbers have proven to be excellent under all conditions.

“We look forward to Monroe expanding their heavy duty shock absorber range to cover more of our own and our sub-contractors trucks as their total quality and value for money is exceptional,” Mr Merrett added. 

The Merrett Logging trailer fleet includes Plunkett and Elphinstone trailers running BPW, ROR and Fuwa K-Hitch Axles using Monroe Magnum heavy duty shock absorber part numbers F5002 BPW Long, F5004 BPW Short, F5015 & F5075 ROR and F5194 Weweler.

The Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty range covers the key sectors of truck and trailer suspension requirements including cabin dampers, seat dampers and axle shock systems.

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 and 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.
 
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.

Another key advantage of the Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty shock absorber range is the inclusion of a hydraulic lock-out piston that ensures no over-extension of the air bag.

The Monroe Magnum range provides world class quality through durable suspension performance, followed up by Australian sales support that is second to none in the market.

To find out more about the Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty range and to receive a Monroe Magnum Catalogue, contact your local Monroe Territory Manager or call Monroe Australia customer service on 1800 088 205.

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February 16, 2019 - DAYCO RACER DAVID RUSSELL JOINS YUYA SAKAMOTO AND HUBAUTO CORSA IN 2019 BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA

Dayco Ambassador David Russell forms an integral part of a new look HubAuto Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 driver line-up for this year’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia campaign.

Two victories helped the team to finish second in 2018’s Drivers’ standings, while the Taiwanese squad were also fifth in the Teams’ championship. That success has led to both representing Ferrari in this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli.

And it’s that new, globe-trotting commitment that has resulted in a shake-up of the team’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia roster, which now features Yuya Sakamoto and accomplished Australian and international GT and Supercar enduro driver David Russell.

Super GT300 and Super Taikyu regular Sakamoto moves across from Porsche Team EBI with whom he contested Blancpain GT Series Asia’s Japanese rounds at Suzuka and Fuji in 2017.

He’s joined by Russell who’s best known for his strong performances in Australian Supercars’ endurance events in recent years, GT class podiums at the Bathurst 12 Hour and finishing runner-up in 2015’s Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.

Long term personal sponsor, Dayco, one of the world’s leading global engine products and drive systems suppliers for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, will once again join Russell in this exciting new international GT challenge.

“We are excited to be returning to Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia for a second season,” said team owner Morris Chen. “The team had a great first year in 2018 when it won races and came very close to also clinching the Drivers’ Championship at the final round. Now the aim is very simple: to go one better.

“We had other options for this season but it’s important that we continue to support motorsport in Asia.”

HubAuto Corsa’s Ferrari is the second 488 GT3 confirmed for the upcoming campaign following last week’s announcement that T2 Motorsports are returning to the championship with former Formula 1 driver Rio Haryanto.

2019’s list of confirmed entries also includes Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche. More will be announced before the opening round at Sepang in Malaysia on April 6/7.

According to Russell, joining HubAuto Corsa for the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia is a very exciting opportunity to continue his successful international GT racing career.

“I can’t wait to get settled into the Ferrari at the first round at Sepang, a circuit where I have had success in the past finishing 2nd in the Sepang 12 Hour with Roger Lago.

“Consistency will be the key for myself and Yuya Sakamoto who I look forward to teaming up with for the championship. This is a championship that I have always wanted to compete in with a great depth of talent in the field, racing on some of Asia’s best racing circuits.

“It will be a busy year of racing this season, which is perfect for keeping me sharp and fit for the Supercar enduros later in the year and its great to have Dayco join me once again,” Russell said.

The 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia will be contested over six events being held in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea and China from April to September.

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February 12, 2019 - AAAA WELCOMES RELEASE OF CONSULTATION PAPER ON A MANDATORY SCHEME FOR THE SHARING OF MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE & REPAIR INFORMATION 

Australia’s peak body representing independent automotive repairers, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), welcomes today’s release by the Federal Government of a Consultation Paper relating to the introduction of a Mandatory Scheme for the Sharing of Vehicle Service and Repair information between car companies and Australia’s 23,000 independent automotive repair businesses.

The AAAA and its members have anticipated the release of this Consultation Paper since the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recommended that the Government mandate the sharing of vehicle data between multinational car companies and Australia’s independent repairers following a comprehensive industry study that was completed in December 2017.

While supporting the Federal Government’s move towards the establishment of a mandatory code for vehicle data sharing, the AAAA warns that some aspects of this Consultation Paper are inconsistent with the ACCC’s findings.

“We welcome the steps forward that the Government has made in moving towards the establishment of a mandatory code under the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) for the sharing of vehicle data with Australia’s independent repairers by releasing this detailed Consultation Paper today,” stated AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity.

“We strongly encourage the Government to take on board the full ACCC findings and recommendations relating to the attributes of a mandatory scheme, as the overriding objective of this scheme is to provide fair and open competition to promote choice and affordability for all Australian car owners.

“We are concerned about the language used throughout the Consultation Paper that relate to “exclusions” and “restrictions” that may be included in a mandatory code.  Of course there will need to be safeguards in place to protect the security and integrity of vehicle related data, however vehicle security should not be used as an excuse by car companies to withhold critical information required to complete a vehicle repair or service.

“These terms were not used in the ACCC Final Report and if they are included in the final code, we have no doubt that car companies will fully exploit this by linking all required information to either security, safety or emissions and in reality nothing will have changed for consumers,” Mr Charity stated.

“In order for Australian consumers to be treated fairly when it comes to the scheduled servicing, maintenance and repair of their vehicles, car companies should not be able to decide who receives information based on their own definitions relating to safety, security and emissions. The ACCC’s Final Report recommended that all required technical information ‘be shared with independent repairers on commercially fair and reasonable terms, subject to appropriate safeguards to enable the sharing of environmental, safety and security-related technical information’ and we fully support this recommendation,” Mr Charity added.

The Consultation Paper also refers to vehicle manufacturers potentially being able to determine the appropriate level of investment by independent workshops in order to receive access to service and repair data. It is the firm belief of the AAAA that this will provide vehicle manufacturers with the ability to charge exorbitant fees for information, special tools, training and equipment and is completely unworkable in a market which has over 74 different car brands on sale. All this will achieve is higher servicing and repair costs for Australian consumers, defeating the entire purpose of establishing a mandatory code.

The AAAA would also like to see greater acknowledgment of the important role of third party data aggregators in the Australian market. With 74 vehicle brands on Australia’s roads, combined with the need for consumers to be able to access convenient and affordable servicing and repairs wherever they live and for whatever brand of car they drive, the majority of repairers use data aggregators to access servicing information. It is commercially unrealistic for an all-makes-all-model repairer to subscribe to every individual car brands’ data service. The Consultation Paper does not discuss this sector in any depth, yet data aggregators are vitally important to enable our industry to provide consumers with choice and competition for vehicle servicing and repair work.

Of additional concern is the Consultation Paper’s suggestion that there may be no penalties imposed for car companies while they transition from their current anti-competitive behaviour in their own time. While it is only fair that an implementation date is established to allow car companies sufficient time to launch subscription services, there is no point in establishing a mandatory code that does not include sanctions for non-compliance once that phase-in period has ended.

“The AAAA will participate constructively in this Consultation process as it is a step in the right direction.

“However we believe that after two separate Government Inquiries on this matter and over eight years of consultation, it is now time for the Government to build on the ACCC’s findings and recommendations and implement a Mandatory Code as a matter of urgency.

“We also have the advantage of being able to mirror the main attributes of the highly successful USA model which has resulted in all relevant technical information being shared with independent repairers without limitations, exclusions or restrictions,” 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 $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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February 5 2019 - DAYCO MOTORSPORT PROGRAM OFF TO A FAST START AT THE BATHURST 12 HOUR

Dayco Ambassador David Russell together with long term GT racing partner Roger Lago and Supercar racer Todd Hazelwood have started the 2019 Australian motor racing season off with an impressive top ten finish in the 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Competing for the first time with Matt Stone Racing in an Audi R8 LMS that both Russell and Lago had only first driven one week before the event, the trio’s outstanding result of 9th overall saw them out-perform a number of local and international Pro Am category teams, finishing second in the Pro-Am standings to major international team AF Corse (Ferrari) and a clear two laps ahead of the rest of the 38 car field.

Russell, Lago and Hazelwood’s performance at Bathurst also earned the Matt Stone Racing team the highest placed Audi honours at this prestigious event, surpassing all of the factory supported teams.

The challenging race covered a record 312 laps (1,938km) this year and was held in hot conditions. The frantic pace of this epic 12 hour race was reflected in the average lap speed of 161kph, which represented another new event record.

“That was a great race, it was flat out all the way and the team performed brilliantly, “ David Russell said.

“All three drivers were consistent, fast and error free - the car looks as straight and perfect as when it arrived!

“I’m a bridesmaid once again in the Pro-Am class and it was a major international GT team that finished ahead of us, with the rest of the field a long way behind.

“I look forward to coming back next year to try and take the Pro-Am win. I am very proud of our result as the first time we drove this car was just one week before the race. We all came to grips with it immediately and we were able to extract the best from it,” Russell stated.

The Dayco sponsored driver will return to Mount Panorama to compete in the opening Pirtek Season of Endurance Supercar event, the Bathurst 1000 this October.

This event marked Russell’s eleventh Bathurst 12 Hour, his third Pro-Am podium result and sixth overall top ten result in this race. It continues the Dayco sponsored driver’s remarkable tally of class wins and podiums in every format of Bathurst GT or Production car racing during his career.

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February 4, 2019 - PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT & HUNTER ENGINEERING TWO OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

Precision Automotive Equipment, Australia’s leader in premium quality equipment for the automotive industry, adds another premium brand to its stable.

Hunter Engineering is the world leader in premier quality workshop equipment since its establishment in 1946 by American Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Lee Hunter.

Proudly designed and manufactured in the USA to this day, Hunter Engineering wheel service equipment represents the absolute pinnacle of quality, durability and long term investment value.

Hunter Engineering has forged an enviable reputation for innovation in relation to the application of the latest electronic and engineering technology to automotive under car servicing. Remarkably, the company is responsible for more than 350 patented and exclusive wheel service equipment features, making these products the ultimate choice for Australia’s new car dealers, tyre retailers, suspension specialists and general workshops.

Precision Automotive Equipment offers the industry the full Hunter Engineering product range, including Wheel Aligners, Tyre Changers and a range of world leading Wheel Balancers. These premium quality products are joined by Hunter Engineering Alignment Racks, Brake Lathes and Inspection Lanes.

In line with the addition of the renowned Hunter Engineering wheel service range, Precision Equipment also welcomes highly experienced industry expert Phil Goodwin to their team in the role of Key Account Manager.

Phil brings more than 30 years of experience in automotive workshop equipment to Precision. He has been closely associated with the Hunter Engineering product range for the past 12 years, establishing Hunter as one of the leading wheel service equipment brands sold in Australia today.

According to Phil, this new role enables him to continue the growth of the Hunter Engineering brand in Australia with the support of a dedicated national equipment team.

“This is a great opportunity to continue the growth of the premium quality Hunter range of wheel service products in Australia. The rate of product development, attention to detail and total reliability of these products is without peer, ensuring that Precision always offers its customers the highest quality wheel service products, supported by a national team for after-sales support,” Mr Goodwin said. 

For more information contact Precision Automotive Equipment by calling 1300 366 252. 

Visit Precision Automotive Equipment online at www.precisionautomotive.com.au.

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January 30, 2019 - WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

Burson Auto Parts kicks off 2019 with another outstanding trade customer promotion taking place during February, March and April 2019.

Ten lucky Burson Auto Parts trade customers will win a seven night trip of a lifetime visiting two of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, London and Paris, simply for purchasing parts from thirteen of the Australian company’s premier quality suppliers from February 1 to the end of April 2019.  

After reaching a qualifying value of $5,000 (ex GST) spent across the 13 participating brands, which are Exedy, Ryco, NGK Spark Plugs, KYB Shock Absorbers, JAS Oceania, PAT, DBA, Projecta, Dayco, Penrite, Bendix, Narva and Kincrome, you will earn an entry into the draw.  Every additional $500 spent on any of these brands until the end of April earns another entry into the draw to be in the running to win this great trip.

Each of the ten lucky Burson Auto Parts trade customer winners will fly Premium Economy to London and Paris, visiting all of the majestic sites that have made these destinations the the most desired by international tourists for decades. The winners will also enjoy a welcome escape from the Aussie winter with the trip to take place during in the middle of the European summer in July.

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Merchandise & Procurement, Peter Cheney, this exciting Burson Auto Parts trade promotion follows the success of the Australian company’s highly successful New York City promotion conducted last year.

“We are delighted to get 2019 started with an exciting European promotion, which can be won simply for ordering parts from these 13 premium quality Burson Auto Parts suppliers from February to April. We look forward to announcing the ten lucky winners who will take part in what is sure to be a very memorable trip to two of the world’s most exciting capital cities, London and Paris,” Mr Cheney said.

To register your entry to take part in the Burson Auto Parts Trip of a Lifetime promotion, visit www.bursonlondonpromo.com.au, where all terms and conditions of the promotion are also outlined.  

Once registered, get on the phone to 1300 BURSON (287 766) to place your orders of parts from Exedy, Ryco, NGK Spark Plugs, KYB Shock Absorbers, JAS Oceania, PAT, DBA, Projecta, Dayco, Penrite, Bendix, Narva and Kincrome to reach your qualifying amount and be in the running!

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February 1 2019 - IS YOUR APPRENTICE THE NEXT CAPRICORN RISING STAR?

The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition is back in 2019 with more than $20,000 in prizes to help their Members recognise, reward and retain their high performing auto repairers.

Capricorn, with support from major sponsorship partner Castrol, will be searching for more outstanding apprentices from Capricorn’s membership of more than 20,000 general automotive, collision repair, commercial vehicle, auto electrical, fabrication along with other automotive workshops across Australia and New Zealand from February to April, 2019.

To enter, Capricorn Members simply have to nominate their apprentices at  www.capricornrisingstars.com. Nominees will then have until April 30, 2019 to complete their applications.

This is a major opportunity for Capricorn Members to show their appreciation and support for their top performing apprentices, to encourage them to pursue a long term career in the industry.

The winning apprentice, their workshop boss and two friends will score an all-expenses paid trip to the exciting Gold Coast 600 Supercar round along with 150,000 Bonus Capricorn Reward Points (valued at $1,500) from Castrol. 

The winner will also receive The Workshop Whisperer’s renowned Leadership Academy training to help fast-track their career development.

The top five finalists, including the overall winner, will receive a $1,000 tool kit and Autopedia subscription from Repco, two tickets to attend Repco Masterclass Clinics, additional online training from AutoMate, tickets to the Capricorn Gala Dinner and Tradeshow in their closest city, along with additional prizes.

Capricorn CEO Automotive and Rising Stars judge, David Fraser, described the Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition as an important initiative to assist in addressing the shortage of qualified mechanics and other auto repairers.

 

“We’ve listened to our Members when they’ve told us that one of their biggest concerns for the future is the lack of qualified mechanics and technicians. As a cooperative that exists purely to make it easier for our Members to run and grow their business, Capricorn is very pleased to be running this top performing apprentice based initiative,” Mr Fraser stated.

 

“It’s not just about who wins. Through Capricorn Rising Stars we hope to encourage more of the best young people working in the industry - letting them know that they have a bright future ahead of them,” He added.

 

The Capricorn Rising Stars judging panel include includes some of the most experienced automotive aftermarket industry professionals in the country. These include AAAA Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity, Castrol General Manager (Australia & New Zealand), Tanya Ghosn, TaT Biz Director, Jeff Smit, The Workshop Whisperer Managing Director, Rachael Scheldrick and Gavin Cribb from the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.

 

Capricorn Rising Stars is proudly supported by major partner Castrol along with the valued support of Repco, AutoMate, TaT and The Workshop Whisperer.

 

To nominate your apprentice or for more information visit www.capricornrisingstars.com

 

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January 25, 2019 - MEDIA ACCREDITATION NOW OPEN FOR AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY EVENT

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) invites you to apply for Media Accreditation to attend the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and the concurrent 2019 Collision Repair Expo being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6, 2019.

More than 400 exhibitors will be displaying their automotive servicing / collision repair products, services, replacement parts, accessories and equipment across more than 21,000 square metres of floor space over three days, making this without any doubt the largest exhibition of its kind in Australia.

An extensive array of free seminars will also be conducted by expert speakers throghout the AAA Expo and CRE Expo in which members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Members of the media will have access to a Media Centre at the Expo that includes work stations, Wi-fi access, media information from exhibitors and refreshments, with editors and journalists also being able to use the area for industry identity interviews. The AAAA is pleased to facilitate any interviews that you may require throughout the event.

Please note that a Media Briefing will take place at the commencement of the AAA Expo / CRE Expo, taking place shortly after the official opening on the morning of Thursday April 4. (More details to follow).

Please find instructions below to gain your 2019 AAA Expo / CRE Expo media credential and to book your place at any of the free seminars that you would like to attend:

Visit the AAAE website -  https://autoaftermarketexpo.com.au

or the CRE website https://www.collisionrepair.com.au 

Click on the REGISTER NOW tab located on the top right of the screen

Click on the NEW REGISTRATION tab

Enter your name and company / publication details – please answer all boxes with an asterisk

Answer all boxes (no need to answer Membership box) and add MEDIA as the Business Type

On the next page you will have the opportunity to pre-select the free seminars that you would like to attend.

Then verify your details and you can either change your registration details or SUBMIT your media accreditation application.

You will be issued a Barcode number and you will be able to download your Media Accreditation Barcode - Ticket. You also have another opportunity to login and change any parts of your accreditation at this point. (You will also receive a confirmation email that also allows you to change parts of your seminar content access at a later date).


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January 21, 2019 - BUILD A BETTER BUSINESS WITH THE 2019 AUTO AFTERMARKET EXPO FREE SEMINAR SERIES

 
The largest and most important automotive industry event of the year, the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

A significant advantage of this major industry event that features more than 400 exhibitors and over 10,000 members of the nation’s automotive service and repair industry, is the comprehensive Free Seminar Series.

Professionally facilitated by AutoMate Training, these highly informative free seminars will take place across each of the three days of the event, following the overall theme of Understanding the Rapidly Emerging Trends and Developing Industry Leading Standards.

According to Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) CEO Stuart Charity, the comprehensive Expo free seminar series assembles a range of leading industry experts who will provide the tools and advice that the trade needs to build better automotive businesses.

“The comprehensive free seminar series being held across all three days of the Expo has something to suit every automotive business no matter how large or small. While more than 400 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest products, services and technology on the Expo floor, the free seminars provide the knowledge, advice and strategies to help business growth and development,” Mr Charity stated.

The free seminars start on the Expo’s opening day, with two informative presentations taking place on Thursday April 4 from 2:00pm. The opening seminar is titled Accelerate Your Business Success, and it covers the five key areas of business strategy that can shape your business future.

Renowned automotive aftermarket business coach Rachael Sheldrick (The Workshop Whisperer) and DBC 2’s Dale Brittain will lead Thursday’s 3:15pm seminar titled How to Tune Your Business for Tomorrow’s Customer.  The focus of this seminar is to keep your business aligned with changing automotive and consumer trends, thereby optimising your business for continued success and growth.

Day two of the Expo, Friday April 5, features a total of four important seminars covering a broad scope of industry and business development topics.

Amy Frangos, Ryco Filter Executive General Manager, will start the day’s seminar activities at 11:30am with her presentation which is titled Innovation. Amy will share her thoughts on embracing business innovation during these rapidly changing times, regardless of the size of your business.

At 12:30pm on Friday, automotive aftermarket industry analysts Ben Selwyn and Steve Nuttall from ACA Research will present the 2019 Automotive Workshop Study - Build a More Profitable Business seminar. This session will identify the strategies required to help operators increase service bay utilisation, improve labour efficiency and ultimately build a more profitable business.

2.00pm Friday will feature a presentation by the AAAA’s Senior Manager of Government Relations and Advocacy, Lesley Yates, who will answer the important questions of what, when and how OEM technical information will be shared with independent workshops under a mandatory data sharing code. The second part of the seminar will feature Darren Todd from Robert Bosch who will provide a practical demonstration of pass-through technology and how workshops can take full advantage of it.

Friday’s fourth seminar takes place at 4:00pm, titled Vehicles and Technology: Tomorrow’s World Today. This informative presentation will outline the trends moving forward that will bring new challenges to automotive repairers, including electrification, mobility, connected cars and driverless technology.

The third and final day of the Expo, Saturday April 6, includes four highly informative free seminars, starting at 10:30am with The Secrets to Building a Winning Workshop Team, presented by mechanic.com.au’s Neville Brady.  This seminar will provide the tactics for finding, developing and keeping the best technicians, which is without doubt one of the most crucial aspects affecting the long term profitability of any automotive workshop.

At 11:30am on Saturday we find out about the workshops of the future with a seminar titled What’s on the Workshop Horizon.  This forward looking presentation will provide a realistic view of where the automotive workshop is headed relating to technology and the considerations that need to be made in relation to upgrading your workshop’s capabilities.

At 1:00pm an expert panel will provide strategies that workshops can adopt to embrace continuous professional development programs and a pattern of life-long learning. This seminar also focuses on the integration of the latest platforms for training technicians.

At 2:00pm on Saturday the final Expo free seminar takes place with industry renowned Diesel expert, Clinton Brett from Diesel Help Australia presenting Wrong Fuel in a Diesel Vehicle. This seminar is designed to educate automotive workshops on the potential harm to them, their business and their customers by adopting an incorrect procedure when trying to diagnose and rectify the wrong fuel in a diesel vehicle. 

The 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo will be held concurrently with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo, forming the nation’s largest and most important automotive industry event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4-6.  Free registration is available now along with additional Expo information at www.autoaftermarketexpo.com.au.


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January 21, 2019 - GIVE YOUR BUSINESS A CRASH COURSE WITH THE 2019 COLLISION REPAIR EXPO FREE SEMINAR SERIES

The 2019 Collision Repair Expo is part of Australia’s largest automotive industry trade fair being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6.

Along with all the industry’s leading companies displaying world class products and services on the Expo floor, this three day trade exclusive event also includes a free seminar series for all visitors, following the theme of Understanding the Rapidly Emerging Trends and Developing Industry Leading Standards.

“The collision repair segment of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry is constantly dealing with emerging technologies and repair techniques along with new and exotic materials. This makes it particularly important for members of this industry segment to be informed and updated by the experts on the latest developments, along with gaining support to assist them in building bigger and better collision repair businesses,” stated Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association CEO Stuart Charity.

“In partnership with ICAR we have assembled a quality free seminar series that takes place throughout each of the three days of the 2019 Collision Repair Expo. I am confident that these seminars will prove to be invaluable for all who take part,” Mr Charity added.

The seminars start with two presentations on the opening day of the Expo, Thursday April 4. At 2:00pm, Albin Hess, Kaeser National Design and Engineering Manager, will outline the importance of compressed air quality and the different compressed air treatment technologies that are available to produce dry, premium quality compressed air for collision repair workshops.

Subaru Australia then takes to the Expo seminar stage at 3:15pm on Thursday with the first of two Repairability seminars to be conducted during the Expo. This seminar will highlight the importance of maintaining vehicle integrity in structures and driver assist technology. Specific collision repair requirements for the Subaru vehicle range will also be covered during this one hour seminar.

Friday April 5 features a total of four Expo seminars, starting with Understanding Volkswagen Repairs at 10:30am, presented by Daniel Milutinovic and Santo Biviano from Volkswagen Australia. This seminar will outline the importance of repairers having the correct equipment, training and understanding of the materials used across their vehicle range.

Vehicle manufacturer representatives from Holden, Ford, Volkswagen and Subaru will present Friday’s second seminar at 12:00pm, titled Repair and Prepare for the Future. These OEM panellists will discuss the collision repair requirements that will be essential for future business growth, making this a vitally important seminar for collision repair business owners, managers, apprentices and professionals.

At 1:00pm on Friday, the first of two major international Keynote addresses will take place, with

Expo special guest Dave Luehr of Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions presenting a highly entertaining portrayal of his popular book, “The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops.” Dave will share the lessons that he has learned from successful collision repairers worldwide. The main lesson being that shop leaders with the right mental attitude can achieve incredible levels of success. He will also use this seminar to explain why right now is the greatest time in history to be in the collision repair business - if you have the right mindset.

At 2:15pm on Friday, a special panel based discussion will take place titled Ideas Collide. This seminar features five fast paced and thought provoking presentations that will include ideas and concepts that have the potential to revolutionise the collision repair industry.

Friday’s fourth and final Expo seminar takes place at 4:00pm and is titled Vehicles and Technology: Tomorrow’s World Today and it will be presented by Bosch. This informative presentation outlines the coming trends that will bring new challenges to automotive repairers, including electrification, mobility, connected cars and driverless technology.

The final day of the Expo, Saturday April 6, features another four informative seminars starting at 10:30am with Mixed Materials, Repair Methods and Technology. Presented by a panel of vehicle manufacturer representatives, the now and why of collision repair methods, materials and technologies will be discussed from the OEM perspective.

The second international Keynote address of the 2019 Collision Repair Expo takes place at 11:30am on Saturday and it will address a very important current issue for repairers relating to ADAS and how cars fitted with this system are increasing repair technology demands. Special guest speaker Andrew Marsh, Engineering Director of Auto Industry Consulting Ltd will discuss in detail how the globally fitted ADAS systems are causing universal uncertainty relating to the requirement of enhanced electronics and software skills for collision repairers.  

At 1:00pm on Saturday the Expo seminar stage hosts a second Subaru Repairability seminar that will outline on going developments along with specific collision repair and vehicle structure requirements for the Subaru vehicle range.

The final seminar for the collision repair sector takes place at 2:00pm on Saturday and it will be a second presentation of Understanding Volkswagen Repairs presented by Volkswagen Australia.

There is no doubt that the 2019 Collision Repair Expo Free Seminar Series will provide enhanced training, knowledge and advice for collision repairers who seek to grow and develop their businesses, from a range of highly experienced industry professionals and vehicle manufacturers.

Now is the time to ensure that you are registered to attend the 2019 Collision Repair Expo and to take part in some or all of the outstanding free seminars taking place throughout this massive three day biennial industry event.

Collision repairers can register to attend the Expo and seminars free of charge at www.collisionrepair.com.au.

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December 7, 2018 - CAPRICORN MUTUAL MAKES GLOBAL FASTEST GROWING TOP TEN ICMIF LIST

Capricorn Mutual, the risk protection mutual established for Capricorn Society Members, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, continues to grow. Indeed, Capricorn Mutual has grown to become one of the world’s top ten fastest growing mutual organisations according to the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).

Along with this leading global organisation’s top ten global ranking, Capricorn Mutual has also become the number one fastest growing mutual organisation in Australia according to the ICMIF.

This is the first time that Capricorn Mutual has featured in this annual and highly respected ICMIF Member Statistics Report. This report includes a detailed analysis of the ICMIF’s 197 member organisations based on their location, legal structure, product lines and affinity group.

These accolades reflect the outstanding success of Capricorn Mutual led by Jim Glossat, CEO of Capricorn Risk and actioned by his determined and committed management team. 

“It’s no secret that Capricorn Mutual’s success has come from a commitment to looking after our Members and the unique needs of the automotive aftermarket. We are proud to have paid almost $50 million in claims in the past two years and are delighted that this has corresponded with such strong growth that has now been recognised by the ICMIF as the fastest in Australia and top ten in the world.” Mr. Glossat said.

“The best thing about our success is that it directly benefits every single one of our Mutual Members, not third party corporate shareholders,” Mr. Glossat added.

To properly recognise the importance of this global and domestic rating for Capricorn Mutual it is important to look at the sheer numbers. In 2017, ICMIF Members across the world generated $USD232 billion in premium income, owned over $USD1.7 trillion in investment assets, serviced 300 million policy holders and generated a ten-year growth result of 39.3% which compares to the global market growth average of 16.8%.

 To find out how you can join Capricorn Mutual contact Capricorn Risk Services online at www.capricornrisk.com or call 1800 007 022.

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December 6, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS SALES REPRESENTATIVE AND 2IC CONFERENCE A MAJOR SUCCESS

Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment conducted the company’s first Burson Auto Parts 2IC and Sales Representatives National Conference from November 13 to 16, 2018 at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

This conference was an important part of the Burson Auto Parts’ commitment to the continued development and career path ascension opportunities that are available to its people. The extensive four day conference was specifically designed to inform, support and nurture more than 300 of the Australian company’s sales representatives and store management deputies.

The conference featured several small group based business training and development sessions along with a large group sessions involving key motivational speaker Mark Wales. The comprehensive four day sales representative and 2IC geared conference also included seminar involvement from the entire Burson Auto Parts executive and regional management team.

More than 75 Burson Auto Parts suppliers also took part in this Sales Representative and 2IC Conference, providing expert product training and advice for all of the attendees.

The outstanding Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Members Dining Room was the venue for a special Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday November 15 that formally recognised and rewarded outstanding Burson Auto Parts Sales Representative and 2IC achievements over the year.

According to Craig Magill, Executive General Manager of Burson Trade, the conference was successful on many fronts.

“This conference complemented Burson Auto Parts’ strong emphasis on the professional development of our most important asset - our people. Our talented and enthusiastic sales representatives and 2IC’s gained a great deal from the conference as it highlighted the importance of their roles and long term career opportunities within our growing company.

“The conference also gave us an opportunity to recognise and thank our sales representatives and 2IC’s for their work ethic and dedication that has helped to keep Burson Auto Parts the automotive trade’s preferred supplier for so long,” Mr Magill stated.

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November 29, 2018 - TENNECO SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE ÖHLINS RACING A.B.

Tenneco Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Öhlins Racing A.B. (“Öhlins”), a Swedish technology company that develops premium suspension systems and components for the automotive and motorsport industries.

The addition of Öhlins will accelerate the development of advanced original equipment (OE) intelligent suspension solutions, while also fast-tracking time to market. It will also enhance Tenneco’s portfolio in broader mobility markets with the addition of Öhlins’ range of premium OE and aftermarket automotive and motorsports performance products.

Founder Kenth Öhlin will retain a minority interest in Öhlins and partner with Tenneco to provide continuity in his strategic and technological vision.

“I am proud of the Öhlins team and all we have accomplished over the last 43 years. We are excited to continue to deliver innovative technologies that can accelerate growth with the full strength and resources of Tenneco behind us,” Mr Öhlin stated.

According to Tenneco co-CEO, Mr Brian Kesseler, this acquisition follows a long and mutually successful association between the two leading Aftermarket Ride Performance product companies.

“Tenneco’s 20 year relationship with Öhlins has delivered world class product in the intelligent suspension market and provides a strategic entry into advanced performance communities with premium branded products and proprietary Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension Valve (CES) technology.” Mr Kesseler said.

“Öhlins’ technology team will allow us to rapidly grow our product offerings for current and future customers, as well as help us win a larger share of business in developing mobility markets. I am delighted to welcome the Öhlins team as an important part of our new Aftermarket and Ride Performance company,” He added.

The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions.

The benefits of Tenneco’s performance product and motorsport specific product range through the acquisition of Öhlins will be gained across all of Tenneco’s global markets, including Australia and New Zealand.

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Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois (USA), Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket, with 2017 revenues of $9.3 billion and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco also owns and operates a Monroe manufacturing and product development facility in Adelaide (SA).

On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion.  Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in late 2019.

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November 28, 2018 - MORE CAPRICORN MEMBER SOCIAL EVENTS THAN EVER IN 2018

From its foundation more than four and a half decades ago, Capricorn’s Member based structure has always placed a high priority on maximising the opportunities for social interactivity amongst its Members and Preferred Suppliers. This important principle has grown immensely over the years through a series of Australian, New Zealand and worldwide Capricorn Member events that are successfully coordinated each year by Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative.

2018 was without a doubt Capricorn’s biggest year of social events that were highlighted by the remarkable Capricorn Convention held in Salou, Spain back in May. This remarkable event saw more than 700 Capricorn delegates attend the first ever Capricorn Convention held in Europe. This proved to be an incredible week that was filled with lots of fun and great memory making, sight-seeing adventures. More than 400 Capricorn delegates extended their European visit with a Mediterranean cruise following the convention, which also proved to be an outstanding success, capping off the trip of a lifetime for many. 

The most recent Capricorn Member international event was a fully coordinated visit to the SEMA Show held in Las Vegas in November 2018. This annual event saw 78 Capricorn Members fly to the USA to attend this mammoth automotive aftermarket trade show in a package that included five nights of five-star accommodation and a hosted dinner for Australian and New Zealand based Capricorn Members. Here Capricorn Members compared notes on the latest automotive aftermarket innovations seen during the world renowned Automotive Industry Week in Las Vegas.

The annual Capricorn Gala Dinner & Tradeshow schedule set out across the nation and into New Zealand from October to December, with record shattering attendances at each and every outstanding event so far. For many Capricorn Members, these events are the social highlight of each year and they were all quickly sold out. These events include outstanding venues, interactive tradeshows, industry led training, first class meals, refreshments along with live bands and comedic entertainment.  

The Capricorn Gala Dinner and Tradeshows continue to grow each year with over 1,200 attendees in Perth, more than 1,000 in Melbourne, 830 in Brisbane, 620 in Adelaide, 450 in Auckland and with more than 550 registered in Sydney. These events are always a fun way to celebrate what was the most successful year to date for Capricorn.

The year also saw Capricorn Members take part in Australia’s premier domestic motor race, the Adelaide 500 within an exclusive corporate marquee, including a Supercar team pit visit. Members also took part in numerous national and regional golf days along with regional BBQ events. Capricorn’s events are designed to bring Members together, while also providing Capricorn’s vast list of Preferred Suppliers with access to Members for event based special offers and exclusive Capricorn Member promotions throughout the year. 

The best part of this vast social calendar of events is that Capricorn Members can use their Capricorn Reward Points to take part. Capricorn Members earn points on almost every dollar spent on essential products and services from Preferred Suppliers, which they need to run their businesses.

While Capricorn organises many social events each year, a large number of Capricorn Members also elected to use their reward points to organise their own “bucket list” cruises, tours and automotive events around the world. For this purpose, the award winning Capricorn Travel team is available to help both Members and non-Members to plan their next escapes or business trips.

All of these Capricorn events are on top of ensuring that automotive repair businesses are easier to manage, with Members benefitting from instant trade credit and great prices from top name suppliers and the convenience of receiving a single invoice each month for all of their parts, while earning generous reward points throughout.

Benefits such as Capricorn’s exclusive AutoBoost business tools, and access to the latest vehicle service and maintenance data, all form part of being a Capricorn Member, truly making automotive repair businesses much easier to run.

If this all sounds like something that your business should be a part of, you can find out more about joining Capricorn by sending an email to join@capricorn.coop or visit www.capricorn.coop.

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November 26, 2018 - THE 2019 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET EXPO - BRINGING AUSTRALIA’S AUTOMOTIVE TRADE TOGETHER

Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry will proudly assemble in from April 4 to 6, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo.

All is set for this to be the most impressive Expo to date, with 93% of the exhibition space (almost 21,000 square metres) already sold out, featuring more than 400 exhibitors representing Australia’s and the world’s leading automotive parts, tools and workshop equipment brands and suppliers.

This trade-exclusive event will showcase Australia’s constantly growing automotive aftermarket component and accessory manufacturing sector, with hundreds of technical and product experts on hand to provide detailed information to the thousands of automotive repairers, parts re-sellers and managerial personnel who will be attending this important biennial event.

Members of the trade can take part in this comprehensive three day industry event free of charge with easy online registration now available. The Expo will also include a dedicated

Expo seminar program that will be geared to engage business owners and managers, repairers, re-sellers and technicians across a range of relevant topics. These helpful and informative seminars are always a popular and integral part of each Expo and are provided at no extra cost for members of the trade taking part.

Monroe Shock Absorbers, Australia’s market leader in ride performance products, is the major corporate sponsor of the industry’s largest showcase event for the fifth consecutive Expo in 2019.  According to the company’s marketing manager, Brydon Tweddell, this trade exhibition is an extremely important industry event for a number of reasons.

“The ability to bring the entire industry together at the one major event is a feat within itself and the AAA Expo achieves this brilliantly every two years. This Expo has truly become world class in terms of its presentation and professionalism. Gaining face to face access with so many of our trade customers at the one event is an invaluable marketing benefit that develops strong, long term business relationships,” Mr Tweddell stated.

With the inclusion of the AAAA Innovation and Excellence awards, presented through Expo linked major social events such as the Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards Breakfast and the Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards Banquet, this busy three day event in Melbourne provides many opportunities for business to business interaction.

This Expo provides a major overview of the people and the premium quality products that form Australia’s automotive component industry that exports more than $1 billion worth of products and generates revenues in excess of $11 billion domestically each year, employing more than 40,000 people.

The 2019 AAA Expo being held from April 4 to 6 is a must-visit event for all members of Australia’s automotive repair trade and is being held concurrently with the 2019 Collision Repair Expo, showcasing the latest developments in panel repair, refinishing and paint technology, making it the complete automotive repair and service industry one stop information hub.

Members of the trade can register online at www.autoaftermarketexpo.com.au free of charge.

Limited exhibition space remains to ensure that your company is a part of one of the largest automotive trade exhibitions in the Pacific region. Contact AAA Expo Manager Nina Roberts by calling
03 9596 9205 or by email:
nina@iecgroup.com.au for remaining exhibitor opportunities.     

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NOVEMBER 25, 2018 - EXEDY’S JACOBSON SECURES THIRD IN SUPER2 STANDINGS

EXEDY sponsored Supercar racer Garry Jacobson claimed third place in the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series championship standings following an action packed finale held at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 over the weekend.

The 2016 Super2 Series champion entered the round with a mathematical chance of winning the title, though a race stoppage in the final race of the season deprived him of pushing for a second championship victory.

Jacobson qualified his MEGA Fuels MW Motorsport Nissan Altima in seventh place for the first of two races on the punishing 2.65km Newcastle street circuit, needing a strong result in Saturday’s race to remain in the championship fight.

He made gains early in the race and vaulted up to fourth place, fighting for third place with the Holden VF Commodore of Will Brown in the final stages, but the Exedy racer was unable to grab third place by the chequered flag.

“Qualifying in seventh wasn’t where the car was in my mind, as I was trying to get a lap time in without hitting the fence,” said Jacobson.

“I noticed a lot of people struggling under brakes and then that’s how I was able to get up a few spots. I was behind Will and although we had a bit more pace, I couldn’t get past him.”

The fourth-place finish left Jacobson 129 points adrift of the series leader entering the final race. Starting from fourth on the grid, the Shepparton native held onto that position when the race was stopped due to an accident for Kristian Lindbom. With damage to the barriers, the race was declared a non-event.

It left Jacobson in third in the championship in what was his 100th race in the Dunlop Super2 Series, behind new champion Chris Pither and Paul Dumbrell in the standings.

“It was pretty tricky last year following my championship win in 2016 and struggling to even get a single podium,” reflected Jacobson.

“In the off-season, I had to make a move and have all my sponsors trust in me and then take another chance on me to bounce back to form and get pole positions and wins.

“To get a third in the championship this year shows that I haven’t dropped away and still have the consistency needed to get the job done.

“It is a lot more competitive in Super2 than when I won the championship in 2016 and you need some luck to win it at any time, but more so these days. I’m really happy to be the highest placed Nissan after this year, as our team was very strong.

“Winning a championship and finishing third over the last three years is a pretty good sales pitch for a main-game seat – Jack Le Brocq did it after finishing third in the series.

“I enjoy my racing and I'm always excited to be part of the Supercars paddock. There are plenty of other kids out there that don’t get the opportunities to keep racing, so I want to do it for them. If you don’t appreciate motorsport for what it is you aren’t really a racer at heart, so it is certainly my goal for next year to keep pushing on regardless of where it is.

“Thanks again to everyone that has supported me this year – both corporately, in media and the mega-passionate Supercars fan-base.

“This year has been phenomenal, especially through the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Rick Kelly, Castrol and Nissan Motorsport and in Super2 with Matt White Motorsport. Matt and his team really put together a great outfit and I’m proud of what we were able to achieve this year.”

Jacobson won races in Adelaide and in Townsville during the 2018 season. His 100 race starts have yielded seven race wins and the championship win in 2016. The Exedy driver holds race lap records at Phillip Island, Adelaide and Sandown, along with qualifying lap records at Adelaide, Sydney Motorsport Park and Sandown and the practice lap record at Symmons Plains.
 

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November 23, 2018 - THE WORLD’S FASTEST TWO POST HOIST IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM BURSON EQUIPMENT

Burson Equipment introduces the world’s fastest two post hoist from Rotary, one of the world’s leading hoist designers and manufacturers.

The Rotary Shockwave SP0A10 Series workshop hoist sets a new benchmark in lift capacity, durability, speed and efficiency for Australian general automotive and collision repairers.

Featuring a 4,500kg lift capacity and a lift and descent rate that is around double the speed of standard workshop hoists (25 second raise time and 19 second descent time), the Rotary Shockwave SP0A10 Series workshop hoist represents a massive leap forward in hoist design and technology.

The speed and efficiency of the Rotary Shockwave SP0A10 hoist is achieved due to Rotary’s Patent pending DC power system that is charged through a 240 Volt electrical connection - thereby also not requiring three phase power.

This state of the art workshop hoist from Burson Equipment also features low profile TRIO load arms that offer three stages of flexibility in each two piece arm. This is another clever Rotary hoist design enhancement to easily and safely activate vehicle lifts regardless of the size or design of the vehicle chassis.

The Rotary Shockwave SP0A10 Series hoist also includes the company’s trademarked Spotline motion activated laser system that assists in ensuring that vehicles are centrally positioned on the hoist quickly and accurately the first time.

The inclusion of baseplate covers tops a list of features that make the Rotary Shockwave SP0A10 Series workshop hoist from Burson Equipment the logical solution for upgrading older, higher power consuming and slower vehicle hoists, or for the fitting out of new automotive and panel repair workshops.

Burson Equipment can also offer affordable finance options to upgrade your workshop hoists to the latest technology, while also providing dedicated after sales support from the company’s nationally located team of Burson Equipment specialists.

To find out more about this and any other automotive workshop equipment requirements, call 1300 BURSON (287 766) or visit your local Burson Auto Parts store to find out more.

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October 25, 2018 - DAYCO & BURSON AUTO PARTS – THE 35 YEAR HANDSHAKE

Dayco, a leading global engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, is proud to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the company’s alliance with Australia’s Burson Auto Parts (part of the Bapcor Group) in 2018.

Marking this important milestone with a special event, Dayco organised a dinner at No 35, located on Level 35 of Melbourne’s superb Sofitel Hotel for a special celebration.

Both Dayco and Burson Auto Parts have enjoyed outstanding growth since their association started in the early 1980’s when Burson Auto Parts, the company that would become Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, accessories, tools and equipment, had just 11 stores located in Victoria.

Three and a half decades later, Burson Auto Parts has become one of Dayco’s top ten global aftermarket customers, now with more than 175 stores located across Australia and  branching out internationally with its first two stores in Thailand.

During this timeframe, Dayco has continued to expand its vast aftermarket product range to meet the demands of local automotive repairers and the diversity of the Australian car parc. Thousands of new Dayco Sku’s have been added in the areas of drive belts, engine thermal management components and performance components.

According to Dayco Vice President Aftermarket - Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw, this outstanding business relationship was formed with a handshake 35 years ago and continues to this day.

“The Dayco team really enjoys working with the many Burson Auto Parts stores and we look forward to continuing our success, particularly in the larger Bapcor Group.

“We are delighted to continue to play a part in Burson Auto Parts’ Australian and international success story and look forward to celebrating many more milestone business anniversaries together in the future,” Mr. Mouw stated.

Bapcor Limited CEO and Managing Director Darryl Abotomey highlights the two companies’ commitment to ensuring the broadest aftermarket application coverage as being integral to their long term mutual success.

“Dayco has always understood the importance of supplying the broadest possible range of applications for each of its engine products to suit the Australian car parc. Being able to say “yes” to a customer and to be able to fill that order quickly is of prime importance to us, while also ensuring that we are supplying high quality automotive products. These are the key factors behind our highly successful 35 year association,” Mr. Abotomey said.

The Dayco and Burson Auto Parts 35th Anniversary celebration was a highly enjoyable event that combined fine dining with some of the most spectacular views of Melbourne, the birthplace of Burson Auto Parts and Dayco’s Australian head office. A specially produced plaque commemorating this milestone anniversary was presented to Mr. Abotomey by Arnold Mouw at the celebration.

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November 26, 2018 - THE 2019 COLLISION REPAIR EXPO - BRINGING AUSTRALIA’S COLLISION WORKSHOPS TOGETHER

Australia’s collision repair, restoration and refinishing industry will proudly assemble with Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry from April 4 to 6, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE), held concurrently with the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo, forming the country’s largest automotive industry trade exhibition.

This comprehensive three day event will showcase the latest developments in collision repair technology, refinishing products, processes and equipment that Australia and the world has to offer.

With 93% of Expo exhibition space already sold out and with the CRE representing more than 30% of the total Expo attendees two years ago, the 2019 edition of this biennial industry trade fair is set to be the most comprehensive to date for all involved in Australia’s constantly evolving collision repair industry.

Leading local and international manufacturers and marketers will be on hand throughout this Expo, making it an essential event to align your collision repair business with the latest refinishing products, tooling and technology enhanced repair techniques for working with exotic new metals and composite materials.

All members of the collision repair trade are freely welcome to take part in this Expo to meet with expert exhibitor technical staff while also attending professional demonstrations with the use of the Low Bake Demonstration Spray Booth. This fully functional spray booth enables every kind of surface coating product to be practically displayed, making it a well utilised promotional platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest surface coating products.

This integral business event for 2019 will also include a dedicated CRE seminar program designed to engage and assist collision repairers. The 2017 Expo seminar program saw more than 2,500 members of the trade take part, highlighting the interest and importance being placed on learning about the latest development in collision repair technology. The 2019 CRE seminar program will continue to update and educate members of the trade with a number of the country’s most experienced industry identities.

The 2019 CRE major sponsor is Sydney Automotive Paints and Equipment (SAPE) for the second consecutive Expo. According to Company Director Paul McMartin, this is a must-attend event for the industry.

“This special three day event gives SAPE and all CRE exhibitors one on one access to thousands of collision repairers from all over the country, enabling us to gain valuable feedback about our products while strengthening existing business relationships and developing new business opportunities.

“We encourage all collision repair industry members to invest in the future of their businesses by personally attending the 2019 Collision Repair Expo from April 4-6 in Melbourne. It is the one event that truly has it all,” Mr McMartin stated.

The 2019 CRE, together with the 2019 AAA Expo, forms Australia’s largest automotive industry trade week that will see more than 400 exhibitors taking part from April 4 to 6 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Members of the trade can register to attend the 2019 Collision Repair Expo and AAA Expo online and free of charge at www.collisionrepair.com.au

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October 24, 2018 - INNOVATION LABS SUPPORTING THE FUTURE GROWTH OF AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the national industry association representing the automotive manufacturing industry, announces the establishment of two automotive Innovation Labs based in Victoria and South Australia.

Co-funded by Federal and Victorian Government industry development grants, the operation of these new Innovation Labs will be led by the AAAA, providing Australian automotive product designers, manufacturers and start-ups with the the tools, technology,  vehicles, expertise and collaborative environment required to innovate, design, test and manufacture for local and export markets.

Advanced manufacturing services including 3D scanning and printing, measuring sessions, technology transfer, Computer Aided Design and prototyping will be provided. Advanced product development and testing facilities will significantly reduce the time and cost in developing innovative new products for local and global markets.

According to AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, the establishment of these Innovation Labs will grow an industry that is already punching well above its weight on the global stage.

“Australian automotive aftermarket industry manufacturers are currently producing parts, components and technology worth more than $5 billion each year.

“Our companies are world leaders in the design and manufacture of specialty products with a technological advantage such as 4WD, high performance and motorsport components. These products are purchased on innovation, performance and features rather than on price. Our businesses have been successful because they have made significant investments in R&D and capital equipment and have a strong export focus.

“Establishing this collaborative infrastructure will position our industry for future domestic and export market growth by providing the innovators of the industry with the leading edge technology and expertise  needed to take Australian automotive industry innovations to the world, regardless of how large or small their businesses are”.

The AAAA has appointed automotive industry engineering specialist Luke Truskinger to the role of Innovation Lab Project Manager. Along with his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Luke brings extensive local and international OEM experience to this new role and a history of supporting the Innovation Lab project, understanding the critical role that these Labs will play to support the future growth of Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry.

The AAAA will be engaging in extensive discussions with Australia’s automotive parts and accessories industry to build on the significant work already undertaken as part of the Innovation Lab feasibility study. The next few months of the establishment phase will ensure that the equipment and services offered by the Australian Innovation Labs are closely aligned with the current and future needs of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry.

“We look forward to inviting automotive manufacturers to take advantage of the services and facilities that our Innovation Labs will offer to assist in taking their products from concept to domestic and global market success,” Mr Charity stated.

“This Innovation Lab initiative would not have become reality without the significant financial support provided by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments in addition to the support of 25 ‘Lab Champion’ companies who contributed to the Innovation Lab feasibility study. We would also like to thank Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick for his strong advocacy on behalf of Australian Automotive manufacturers. Everyone should be very proud of this exciting new development that secures the future of Australian automotive design and manufacturing,” Mr Charity added.

To find out more or to register your interest in the Automotive Innovation Labs, contact AAAA Innovation Lab Project Manager Luke Truskinger - Luke@aaaa.com.au

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The AAAA’s vision to support the future growth of Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry through innovation was based on the highly successful precedent set by the United States based SEMA Garage concept. After evaluating the success of this USA based Innovation Lab, the AAAA commissioned a detailed Australian feasibility study before presenting the concept to State and Federal Government Industry Ministers.  For more information on the SEMA Garage visit: https://www.semagarage.com/

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November 20, 2018 - MONROE MAJOR SPONSOR OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST AUTOMOTIVE EXPO


Monroe Shock Absorbers, Australia’s market leader in ride performance products, is delighted to be the major sponsor for the industry’s largest showcase event, the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo for the fifth consecutive year in 2019. 

Being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6, 2019, this massive three day event is the total showcase of Australia’s ever growing automotive aftermarket component, tooling and accessory manufacturing sector, while also showcasing the best that the world has to offer in automotive parts, tools, equipment, diagnostics and related services across three jam-packed days.

With most of the available exhibition space already sold out and with more than 400 exhibitors set to take part, the 2019 edition of this outstanding biennial industry trade fair is set to be the most comprehensive ever in terms of local and international auto parts manufacturer, distributor and re-seller involvement. This makes the 2019 AAA Expo an essential event for all involved in the automotive repair, servicing and parts trade to attend.

All members of the trade are freely welcome to take part in the Expo to gain the latest parts, products, tools and equipment information with practical demonstrations by technical experts also provided. There will also be a dedicated Expo seminar program geared to engage repairers, re-sellers and technicians throughout the event.

According to Monroe Marketing Manager, Brydon Tweddell, this trade expo is an extremely important industry event for a number of reasons.

“The ability to bring the entire industry together at the one major event is a feat within itself and the AAA Expo achieves this brilliantly every two years. This Expo has truly become world class in terms of its presentation and professionalism and we are very proud to once again for Monroe Shock Absorbers to be the major sponsor of this major industry event.

“Gaining face to face access with so many of our trade customers at the one event is an invaluable marketing benefit that also helps to develop strong, long term business relationships,” Brydon stated.

“We look forward to showcasing the Monroe ride performance product range at the 2019 AAA Expo and we encourage all in the automotive repair trade to take part,” he added.

Visit Monroe at the 2019 AAA Expo on Stand J28. You can register to attend the 2019 AAA Expo free of charge at www.autoaftermarketexpo.com.au

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October 22 2018 - WORLD LEADING MONROE INTELLIGENT SUSPENSION FOR ALL NEW 2018 VOLVO XC40 COMPACT CROSSOVER SUV

Tenneco Inc, parent company of the world’s leading Original Equipment and Aftermarket shock absorber brand, Monroe, is proud to announce yet another premium vehicle to be equipped with Monroe Intelligent Suspension technology.

The all-new 2018 Volvo XC40 Compact Crossover SUV features Tenneco’s CVSAe adaptive suspension technology from its Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio.

A proven Monroe suspension technology that has been launched on more than 40 vehicle models to date, Tenneco’s CVSAe semi-active suspension technology continuously senses road and driving conditions and independently adjusts damping levels in real time to provide superior comfort, handling and enhanced road safety – the primary design cornerstones to which Volvo has established an enviable reputation over the decades.

Each electronically controlled Monroe shock absorber connects to a central ECU, which can realign damping settings every 10 milliseconds based on sensor inputs monitoring wheel assembly acceleration, body displacement and steering angle. An externally mounted electronic valve connects to the vehicle’s driving mode control, giving drivers the ability to select damping settings that best suit their requirements.

“Drivers today expect higher levels of comfort and performance from their vehicles, as well as a differentiated driving experience,” said Neville Rudd, senior vice president, Tenneco Global Ride Control.

“CVSAe, like other technologies from the Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio, offers a highly tuneable suspension solution that delivers optimal control, comfort and road-holding capabilities under a variety of driving conditions,” Mr Rudd added.

The XC40 complements Volvo’s XC60 mid-size and XC90 full-size SUV models, both of which also feature Tenneco’s CVSAe suspension system.

Tenneco will supply the CVSAe suspension technology for Volvo from its plant in Ermua, Spain, one of the company’s 93 global manufacturing facilities located across five continents.

By developing world leading Monroe suspension technology to international vehicle manufacturers on brand new models, the many benefits of this technical development also flows directly to the global automotive aftermarket.

Tenneco’s world leading Monroe aftermarket ride performance product range is available from quality automotive repairers, suspension specialists and parts retailers across Australia and New Zealand.

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October 17, 2018 - AUTOBARN LOWNDES RACING CONQUERS MOUNT PANORAMA

Autobarn Lowndes Racing’s Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards have once again conquered one of the world’s most demanding motor races, taking a commanding victory of Australia’s Great Race, the 2018 Bathurst 1000, held at the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit (NSW) on Sunday October 7.

The Autobarn sponsored duo and their highly skilled Triple 8 Race Engineering crew managed to overcome a number of major challenges during the Bathurst weekend to score Lowndes’ 7th and Richards’ 5th Mount Panorama victory during Lowndes’ final season as a full-time Supercar driver.

This dominating victory places Australia’s most popular racing driver at equal second on the all-time Bathurst 500 / 1000 winners list. Lowndes, who is also a triple Supercar champion, is now level with his co-driver’s father Jim Richards with seven Mount Panorama victories, while co-driver Steve Richards moves up to sixth on the all-time Bathurst winners list with his fifth Mountain victory.

The Autobarn sponsored duo’s 2018 Bathurst challenge did not start smoothly at all with early serious power steering issues and a trans-axle replacement along with some car set-up challenges. Once they were dealt with, Sunday’s six hour race handed them a mid-race downpour that caused an off circuit foray at the pit entry along with in-car ventilation problems and a cool suit failure during Lowndes’ final three stints behind the wheel.

Lowndes, Richards and their outstanding race team overcame these hurdles to gain Autobarn Lowndes Racing a resounding Bathurst victory - a win that has confirmed both Lowndes and Richards’ status as true Bathurst legends. 

The Autobarn duo qualified ninth for the race. This meant that Lowndes had levelled with his mentor Peter Brock at third on the all-time Bathurst Top Ten Shootout appearance list at a staggering 17 times.

Despite Richards’ off-track excursion into the gravel trap on the entry to pit lane due to wet conditions, the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Commodore was up to second place entering the final stint of the race. Lowndes took the lead from the physically struggling David Reynolds on lap 135 of 161. After that, Lowndes raced away to a comfortable lead to secure his 7th Bathurst victory by more than six seconds.

A huge crowd invasion for the podium presentation ensured a loud celebration with Lowndes and Richards. Race fans chanted “Lowndesy” and “One More Year” in unison and even prompted the Supercar veterans to partake in a ‘shoey’ - the process of drinking victory champagne from their race boots, to which both Autobarn drivers duly obliged, gaining a rapturous crowd response.

“To have all of the problems that we had earlier in the week and then for us to bounce back as a team was really good,” Lowndes said.

“I couldn't have asked for anything more to have the track come to me in the closing stages and it really was an incredible finish for us. I've never had such a big gap on the last lap at Bathurst to be able to enjoy it so much.

“Towards the end, your mind's thinking anything can happen. I started to smell rubber and thought something could be wrong, but it was Tim Slade’s car. The crowd was immense and Richo did a fantastic job - what an amazing finish to a great race,” he stated.

Richards, who also teamed with Lowndes to win at Mount Panorama back in 2015, has partnered the triple Supercars Champion at the Supercar endurance races since 2014 and like Lowndes, also made his Supercars championship debut in 1996.

“Unbelievable, words cannot describe what's just happened… I'm just stunned!” said Richards.

“We know anything can happen at this place, but we've had a tough weekend on our side of the garage and when it came to it, the boys really dug deep. There's been a lot of stress, but we just knuckled down and got on with it and this is an absolute credit to the Autobarn Lowndes Racing team,” he stated. 

While 44 year old Lowndes is competing in his final full time Supercar racing season this year, he has been signed to continue as an endurance race co-driver for the dominant Triple 8 Race Engineering team in 2019. This gives the Autobarn ambassador the chance to edge closer to the record of nine Bathurst 1000 victories held by his mentor, former team mate and close friend, the late Peter Brock.

According to Brad Hyde, Automotive Brands Group General Manager of Marketing, this Bathurst victory has been the highlight of an already outstanding season for Autobarn Lowndes Racing.

“This incredible victory showed the true grit and determination of the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Team. It was nothing short of an outstanding team effort and the entire Autobarn store network are proud to have been a part of Craig’s seventh Bathurst victory.

“From a marketing perspective, it could not have been any better for Autobarn with major national television, online and print media coverage gained throughout. We also conducted a number of Autobarn customer activations during the Bathurst weekend using our pit garage “Lowndsey’s Lounge” set-up, providing money can’t buy Bathurst 1000 pit visit experiences, as well as a driver signing at the new Autobarn Bathurst store” Mr Hyde stated.

Lowndes and Richards re-join forces in the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Commodore once again for the final round of the 2018 Enduro Cup on the streets of Surfers Paradise for the Gold Coast 600 from October 19 to 21. They do so as 2018 Enduro Cup leaders vying for the trophy awarded to the driver pairing with the most points across the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast Supercar endurance race events.

Just like Lowndes’ Supercar performances on the track this season, Autobarn is a true standout of the Australian automotive retail industry. Autobarn combines decades of experience, premier product brands and personalised customer service through a national retail store network that continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Motorsport enthusiasts can show their support for Autobarn Lowndes Racing during the final Australian Supercar races of Lowndes’ final full time Supercars season with Autobarn’s exclusive in-store range of race team merchandise available from all 130 Autobarn stores nationwide.

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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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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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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. ™

Dayco 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.


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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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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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For further information or interviews contact:

Stuart Charity

Executive Director, AAAA - 0418 563 959

Lesley Yates

Senior Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy, AAAA - 0402 005 476

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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

 

For further information or comments:
 

Stuart Charity

Executive Director, AAAA - 03 9545 3333 / 0418 563 959

Lesley Yates

Senior Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy AAAA - 03 9545 3333 / 0402 005 476

 

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AAAA YouTube Channel -  https://www.youtube.com/user/AAAAVideoChannel

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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 automoti