CURRENT & RECENT MEDIA RELEASES:

Dec 3, 2021

BURSON EZYPARTS - FASTER, SIMPLER AND CLEANER

Dec 3, 2021


NEW JAS OCEANIA BRANCH OPENS IN TRARALGON
Nov 28, 2021

DAYCO DAVE RETURNS TO BATHURST WITH STAR SUPERCAR ROOKIE

Nov 27, 2021


DAYCO ENHANCES ITS INDUSTRIAL BELT SOLUTIONS WITH DRIVE DESIGN TOOL
Nov 17, 2021


BURSON AUTO PARTS BLITZES AUSSIE MOTORSPORT
Nov 12, 2021


DIRECTION PLUS GETS BEHIND A WORTHY CAUSE
Nov 12, 2021


FORD RECOGNISES DAYCO MEXICO FACILITY AMONGST ChEP 100 BEST MANAGED COMPANIES
Nov 11, 2021


CAPRICORN MEMBERS GAIN OUTSTANDING REWARDS AFTER FIRST YEAR
Nov 10, 2021


BURSON RACER MAKES IT THREE OUT OF THREE IN PRODUCTION CAR SERIES DEBUT
Nov 5, 2021


TRANSCHILL TRANSMISSION COOLER KITS - FIRST LINE OF 4WD DEFENCE
Nov 4, 2021


A FIVE DECADE AUSTRALIAN SUCCESS STORY TOLD BY BURSON AUTO PARTS CO-FOUNDER GARRY JOHNSON AND BAPCOR CEO DARRYL ABOTOMEY

Oct 29, 2021


PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT BRINGS LATEST WORKSHOP TECHNOLOGY TO SUNBURY FORD
Oct 26, 2021


DAYCO UNIFIES ITS GLOBAL WEB CATALOGUE SOLUTION
Oct 21, 2021


BURSON AUTO PARTS & MARKINSON - A  25 YEAR TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP
Oct 18, 2021


DAYCO TAKES CENTRE STAGE WITH BRT IN SYDNEY
Oct 11, 2021


A TINNIE FOR SUMMER BY MAKING BURSON YOUR BATTERY DESTINATION
Oct 8, 2021


WIN THE ULTIMATE SUMMER SET UP WITH ALCIUS
Oct 7, 2021


DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION BRINGS BAPCOR TO THE FOREFRONT OF BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY AND EFFICIENCY

Sept 27, 2021


DAYCO TO OPEN HEAVY DUTY DECOUPLER BUSINESS IN CHINA
Sept 10, 2021


PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT OPENS NEW SA / NT BRANCH
Sept 6, 2021


BURSON AUTO PARTS AND RYCO FILTERS GIVE AWAY FIVE CARS
Aug 26, 2021


ANDREW SCHRAM - FOUR OF THE PAST FIVE DECADES WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS
Aug 20, 2021


CAPRICORN STATE OF THE NATION REPORT OUTLINES SIGNIFICANT AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS

Aug 9, 2021

ROADSAFE - THE TOTAL 4WD PRODUCT RANGE FROM BAPCOR

July 30, 2021




TERRY PENNEY -  ONE OF THE BURSON AUTO PARTS ORIGINALS

July 26, 2021


BURSON AUTO PARTS MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE MUSEUM OF MODERN VEHICLE EVOLUTION

July 23, 2021




BAPCOR. THE UNSEEN PARTS OF EVERY AUSTRALIAN JOURNEY

July 20, 2021

DAYCO'S THREE FACILITIES RECOGNISED BY GENERAL MOTORS "SUPPLIER QUALITY EXCELLENCE AWARD 2020" FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

July 8, 2021


PROTEX - THE BRAND FOR BRAKES
July 8, 2021

CAPRICORN RISING STARS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

July 6, 2021



WANO - THE NEW PARTS DESTINATION FOR JAPANESE AND ASIAN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES


June 24, 2021




BURSON AUTO PARTS CONTINUES WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GROWTH

June 17, 2021


PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT NATIONAL TRAINING FACILITY OPENED IN BRISBANE
June 9, 2021


DAYCO IMPROVES CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH MOBILE CATALOGUE APP UPDATE 7.0
June 8, 2021

BURSON AUTO PARTS MAKES A BIG SPLASH AT THE 2021 GOODYEAR AUTO CARE CONFERENCE

June 4, 2021



DAYCO AND PHYSIS PARTNER TO DEVELOP WORLD CLASS HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE MODULES

June 1, 2021

BUSY BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW FOR PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT

May 31, 2021




BAPCOR WORKSHOPS AND SERVICE DIVISION IMPLEMENTS GROWTH STRATEGY

May 28, 2021

MARINELLI MOTORSPORT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS - MAKE THAT 26 !

May 13, 2021

BURSON AUTO PARTS INTRODUCES SEVEN LITRE ENGINE OILS

May 11, 2021


FOOD - THE SECRET TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A GREAT WORKPLACE

May 6, 2021


THE BAPCOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP IS AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST AND BEST
May 5, 2021


DAYCO ENTERS MANUFACTURING AGREEMENT WITH HFAK FOR VISCOUS DAMPERS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN MANUFACTURING FOOTPRINT IN CHINA


May 3, 2021




BURSON IS BIGGER IN BATTERIES


Apr 30, 2021




AUTO ELECTRICAL AFTERMARKET SUPPLIER SPOT-ON TO ENSURE SUPPLY & SUPPORT


Apr 26, 2021



NEW AND EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT RANGES MAKE THE AUTOBARN AND AUTOPRO DIFFERENCE


Apr 15, 2021




BURSON AUTO PARTS AND DAYCO CELEBRATE 38 YEARS TOGETHER


Apr 4, 2021




DAYCO DAVE FINISHES THIRD IN EPIC BATHURST SIX HOUR RACE


Mar 30, 2021




BURSON AUTO PARTS AND PEAK LUBRICANTS - MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY OF SUCCESS


Mar 25, 2021




THIRD GENERATION BARGWANNA FAMILY DUO TAKE ON THE BATHURST SIX HOUR


Mar 22, 2021



GIVE YOURSELF A TAX BREAK WITH CAPRICORN


Mar 15, 2021




BURSON AUTO PARTS RACING WINS PHILLIP ISLAND TCR ROUND


Mar 11, 2021




QUEENSLAND IMPROVED PRODUCTION RACING GETS THE MIDAS TOUCH


Mar 9, 2021



BAPCOR STAYS STRONGEST BY INVESTING IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

 Feb 24, 2021




ICON IGNITION LEADS - QUALITY AND VALUE FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS


 Feb 22, 2021



CAPRICORN MEMBERS NOW GET MORE VALUE FROM THEIR GROCERIES TOO

 Feb 19, 2021




BAPCOR MAKES THE AUTO REPAIR BUSINESS EASIER IN NEW ZEALAND


 Feb 16, 2021



BURSON AUTO PARTS CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A $50K TRADE PROMOTION AND MUCH MORE


 Feb 11, 2021




GEORGE CHRISTENSEN MP OFFICIALLY OPENS MIDAS MACKAY


 Feb 10, 2021



ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE STRATEGY AT THE FOREFRONT OF BAPCOR'S SUCCESS

 Feb 1, 2021




DAYCO PARTNERS WITH MASERATI TO OPTIMISE HYBRID TECHNOLOGY


 Feb 1, 2021




RECOGNISE, REWARD AND RETAIN YOUR APPRENTICE THROUGH CAPRICORN RISING STARS


 Jan 21, 2021




CAPRICORN SERVICE DATA ENHANCED WITH NEW SERVICE ADVISOR FEATURE


Jan 19, 2021




THE DAYCO PORSCHE RETURNS TO THE TRACK IN 2021 WITH LAGO RACING


Jan 15, 2021




BAPCOR IS CHANGING THE GAME IN DISTRIBUTION


Jan 11, 2021




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December 3, 2021 - BURSON EZYPARTS - FASTER, SIMPLER AND CLEANER

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools and equipment, Burson Auto Parts, has unveiled their all new, web enabled, simplified and speedier Burson EZYParts catalogue and ordering system for trade account customers.  

Designed to assist automotive repairers find and order the parts they need and ensure that they are operating at the maximum possible efficiency, Burson EZYParts reduces the time spent finding, ordering and quoting the correct parts required for the vast majority of general automotive vehicle servicing and repair work.

Burson EZYParts provides a broad view on parts availability, detailed technical information and accurate repair time data to enable repairers to see the stock available at multiple Burson Auto Parts stores within their proximity.

The speed and efficiency of the Burson EZYParts system is enhanced with intuitive vehicle search functions that include Registration, VIN and Free Text capabilities to help you find the exact replacement or service parts required quicker than ever before.

Burson EZYParts also includes more detailed product information and product images covering the vast range of quality service and replacement parts in the Burson Auto Parts range. The system also easily allows for side by side parts comparisons to be made before making parts purchasing decisions.

Burson Auto Parts trade customers can also customise their Burson EZYParts interface to perfectly suit their own customised profit, quotation and other cost factor requirements. This ensures greater accuracy of customer quoting, reducing the possibility of invoicing errors and inconsistencies.

Updated vehicle Log Book Service guidelines ensure that customers receive the correct service as required for their specific vehicle requirements. This also enables Burson Auto Parts trade customers to provide more accurate quotations for specific jobs including labour time to their customers.

 According to Steve Drummy, Executive General Manager, Burson Trade, Burson EZYParts offers every Australian automotive workshop the most complete Burson Auto Parts online catalogue and E-commerce software package.

“We have invested significantly in making our valued trade customers lives easier. There is no doubt that once a workshop operator is running this totally updated parts sourcing, ordering and business assistance software package that they will be saving significant time and money,” Mr Drummy said.

 “It is easy to use, faster and cleaner as it is a total software package that has been custom designed to suit the specific requirements of Australian automotive repair and service providers. We know that once our trade customers use Burson EZYParts anywhere, anytime and on any device, it will become an integral part of their business management,” He added.

To organise Burson EZYParts for your business contact your local Burson Auto Parts store by calling 1300 BURSON (287 766).


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December 2, 2021 - NEW JAS OCEANIA BRANCH OPENS IN TRARALGON

One of Australia’s major suppliers of premium quality auto electrical and air conditioning parts, JAS Oceania, welcomes a brand new 35th branch to its national network located in the Victorian rural city of Traralgon.

Conveniently located at located at 3/8 Wheeldon Court Traralgon, this new regional branch provides prompt and personalised service to automotive electricians and air conditioning specialists located across the entire Gippsland region.

Ensuring that this newest JAS Oceania branch offers automotive aftermarket expertise from trusted local professionals, Traralgon born and bred Mitch Matheson has joined the JAS team as Traralgon Branch Manager. Matheson brings almost a decade of automotive industry experience to the role and is well acquainted with the automotive electrical servicing and repair businesses across the region.

Matheson is well assisted by fellow Traralgon local Mitchell Stone, who makes the move back to his hometown following a highly successful two-year tenure at the JAS Oceania Bayswater (VIC) branch.

Just like all JAS Oceania branches across the country, JAS Oceania Traralgon provides the region’s automotive repairers with a vast range of starter motors, alternators, and lighting products. In addition, the store includes a comprehensive selection of premium quality Alcius air conditioning parts covering more than 6,500 vehicle applications. A wide range of aftermarket accessories are also available from this new Traralgon store.

According to Mitch Bullas, JAS Oceania Victoria and Tasmania Regional Manager, “The new Traralgon branch strengthens our service coverage and provides integral support to our existing and new auto electrical customers across the Gippsland region. It is a part of our state and national branch network growth plan to be where our trade customers need us the most.”

“It is great to be working in my local community. The resident team at JAS Traralgon are looking forward to connecting with the locals and providing dedicated customer service along with premium quality auto electrical parts and accessories,” Mitch Matheson, JAS Traralgon Branch Manager added.

Established in 2005, JAS Oceania is an integral part of Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, Bapcor. This provides JAS Oceania with the resources to best service Australia’s auto-electrical workshops, contractors, mining companies, contractors, government departments and local councils.

Be sure to visit your new automotive local in the Gippsland region, JAS Oceania, at 3/8 Wheeldon Court Traralgon or contact Mitch and his team by calling 03 5177 1500.

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November 28, 2021 - DAYCO DAVE RETURNS TO BATHURST WITH STAR SUPERCAR ROOKIE

Dayco Ambassador and highly experienced Bathurst co-driver David Russell returns to Mount Panorama this year racing alongside one of Supercar’s most exciting young stars, Brodie Kostecki in the #99 Boost Mobile Erebus Motorsport Commodore. 

After a season which saw most of his 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup season sidelined, the talented Dayco racer will also return to the driver’s seat of the Dayco Porsche Cup Car at Bathurst, ensuring that the Lismore (NSW) based racer will be kept busy throughout the week long motorsport festival taking place from November 30 through to December 5.

Dayco will also be joining Russell and Kostecki in their challenge to gain a podium result in the nation’s greatest motor race. The leading global engine component and drive belt manufacturer’s well known logo will appear on the headlights of the #99  Boost Mobile Erebus Motorsport Commodore throughout the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000.

Given the current form of both Kostecki and the Erebus Motorsport Supercar team, who won the great race in 2017, this represents a very exciting opportunity for Dayco to gain strong automotive trade and enthusiast coverage in Australia and internationally from this globally renowned and broadcast motorsport event.

“Once David Russell was confirmed as the team’s co-driver, we followed Brodie Kostecki’s exciting progress and we look very forward to them racing together. The combination of Dave’s experience and Kostecki’s talent has the potential to make this duo a very strong combination at Bathurst. All of us at Dayco both here and overseas are delighted to be a part of their 2021 Bathurst challenge,” stated Dayco Asia Pacific Vice President and Managing Director, Arnold Mouw.

“Dayco has been a long-time supporter of Dave’s and it is fantastic to see them jump onboard with the team for the biggest race of the year. Dayco are global leaders in their industry and our partnership represents an opportunity to showcase the premier automotive product brand. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with people that really understand what we do and successful partnerships like this one play an important role in our team to move forward,” said Erebus Motorsport Managing Director, Shannen Kiely.

The 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 is the final round of the pandemic disrupted 2021 Repco Supercars Championship. The great race will be the culmination of a Bathurst motorsport festival starting from November 30, with the classic 1000 kilometre enduro taking place on December 5, broadcast live on the Seven Network and Foxtel across Australia.

The addition of the #99 Boost Mobile Erebus Motorsport Commodore to the Dayco stable of  2021 Bathurst competitors forms a total of four Dayco sponsored cars that will be taking part in the Supercars and TCR racing categories throughout this massive Australian motorsport event.

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November 27, 2021 -  DAYCO ENHANCES ITS INDUSTRIAL BELT SOLUTIONS WITH DRIVE DESIGN TOOL

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, is also a major player in the industrial sector where it supplies V-belts under its premium, original equipment Gold Label™ brand. These are supplemented with two timing belt brands, HT Power for both imperial and metric applications and HT Power Plus, which caters solely for metric specification machinery.

Accompanying these comprehensive industrial belt solutions, Dayco has developed a useful web-based drive design tool that enables users to identify the correct belt and drive combination for specific applications.

“This free resource is a customer-focused tool designed to help our customers find what they need, for both V and synchronous drive systems,” explains Dayco’s Emanuele Crotta, “Naturally, it allows them to quickly and efficiently identify the correct belt and sheave combinations or belt and sprocket combinations for their machinery requirements.

“However, where the design tool really comes into its own is when the machinery is not of a regular design or is not of standard dimensions, and the user therefore requires a customised solution.

“Through the combination of a comprehensive data resource and a highly developed back-end system, users can input multiple parameters such as shaft speed, engine speed, pulley diameter and belt length, as well as service factors, which together provides the options they can select from to optimize the performance of the specific application.

“The tool also allows users to save and share the search results and on-going projects can be tagged to be easily accessed at a later date. So, all in all, it’s an incredibly helpful tool that makes the complicated process of correctly selecting the correct drive combination, much more straightforward and less time consuming.”

For more information about the Dayco Industrial product range, please visit https://www.daycoaftermarket.com/en/product-category/industrial/ where the link to the Drive Design Tool can also be found.

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About Dayco 

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture and industrial applications.  

Through its expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows the company to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements. Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need. Dayco accomplishes this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything they do.

Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 3,600 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the company’s website at www.dayco.com.





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November 17, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS BLITZES AUSSIE MOTORSPORT

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment, Burson Auto Parts, has embarked on a major motorsport marketing program in 2021, which culminates with no fewer than five high profile cars across four of the country’s major motorsport categories.

The proudly Australian automotive aftermarket specialised company has supported motorsport from grass roots level all the way through to the top categories for several years, but never before have so many frontline racing cars carried the industry renowned Burson Auto Parts logo during the same timeframe.

Burson Auto Parts supplies Australia’s automotive technicians with the parts, tools, equipment and accessories to suit the vast numbers of makes, models and engines on our roads. Therefore, it is more than fitting that the 2021 Burson Auto Parts motorsport program also covers a wide spectrum of cars, engines and transmission systems.

Burson Auto Parts is fielding left and right hand side drive racing cars which are front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive. These cars are powered by V8, 4 cylinder and 5 cylinder engines. The Burson Auto Parts racing fleet includes two Peugeot TCR Australia cars (one having scored a Phillip Island race victory earlier this season) one Audi TT RS Production Car (which won three races out of three on debut in November), one fire breathing Ford Mustang Trans-Am car and to cap it all off, one state of the art S5000 open wheeler racing car. Both the Chicane Tools Trans-Am and the Burson Garage S5000 will debut at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend (Nov 27 -28).

Both Burson Auto Parts TCR Australia cars will return to the track during the week long Bathurst 1000 motorsport festival from December 2 to 5, while the Burson Audi TT RS will be back in action next Easter weekend (April 15 -17) for the 2022 Bathurst Six Hour production car enduro.      

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Marketing, Anthony Hughes, the Australian company’s motor racing program has organically grown to become the most comprehensive of the automotive aftermarket industry.

“Even with the disruption to motorsport during 2021, we have still managed to promote Burson Auto Parts, our valued supplier partners and sister Bapcor brands, like Chicane Tools, to a vast automotive technician and enthusiast fan base this year. We are proud to see our motorsport program grow so strongly across a number of categories as 2021 draws to a close,” Mr Hughes said.

All of the Burson Auto Parts racing cars taking part in these exciting motorsport categories have been meticulously prepared by Garry Rogers Motorsport, one of the country’s premier motor racing engineering companies, overseen by the highly experienced Burson Auto Parts team driver and team manager, Jason Bargwanna.

“We are proud to have made Burson Auto Parts one of the most prominent brands in Aussie motorsport during 2021, there is no doubt we have it covered, whether your passion is a hot hatch, thunder on wheels, endurance production cars or the mighty Mussy, we’ve got you.

“Together we have all endured this turbulent time, but we are coming out of it with a bang - a turbo charged V8 all-wheel drive high downforce combo bang!” Bargwanna said.

“Both Ben and I believe in the team at Burson Auto Parts and their specialised team members around the country. Their passion for racing is evident and we love cheering on the other racers that champion the brand.

“Their commitment, belief and passion are inspiring and we continue to work hard to hold up our end of the bargain. I am just glad we can be part of the story and etch our name in the motorsport history books together with Burson Auto Parts,” Bargwanna added.

In addition to these major motorsport categories, Burson Auto Parts is also the presentation sponsor of the grass roots level and always exciting Excel Series races taking place at the Phillip Island Magic Motorsport Festival taking place at the spectacular Victorian seaside circuit on November 27 and 28.  Mike Sinclair’s Burson Garage Excel will also be competing in these races along with a huge line up of historic, sports and production racing categories.

Additional Burson Auto Parts support is provided for junior motorsport and club level community and customer sponsorships for competitors and associations. These include other teams and drivers competing in the Excel Series, SuperKarts, V8 Jet Boats, HQ Racing, Sprintcars along with several local, state and national motoring enthusiast events.

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November 12, 2021 - FORD RECOGNISES DAYCO MEXICO FACILITY AMONGST ChEP 100 BEST MANAGED COMPANIES FOR 2020

Delivering technological innovations and premium quality products is something that Dayco believes at its core for over 115 years. Recently, Dayco’s San Luis Potosi (SLP), Mexico facility, was selected by Ford as one of its “ChEP 100 Best Managed Companies with Outstanding Quality Performance” for the year 2020.

Dayco, a leading engine product, and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty, and industrial market segments, earned this prestigious honour from the Ford Chihuahua Engine Plant (ChEP) for always complying with perfect quality and supplying top-quality parts to Ford with zero defects.

Dayco focuses on delivering high customer satisfaction through its superior quality products and consistent delivery standards and methodologies throughout all of the areas of its operation. This positions Dayco as a preferred technology partner by the world’s industry leaders, to design and deliver premium propulsion products around the world.

“This recognition is a testimony of the hard work and excellent results the Dayco team has achieved. With a global commitment to deliver world-class premium quality performance, we have state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities across the globe with a team of professionals who act like owners even in challenging situations, delivering outstanding quality results with manufacturing site assistance that customers look for”, stated Michael Weiss, President Global Hybrid Solutions at Dayco.

“We are very proud of Ford’s everlasting trust in us. We appreciate this honour and continue to serve as a perfect quality partner going further always, enabling Ford to deliver best in class vehicles to its customers,” Mr Weiss added.

Dayco and Ford’s strong business relations are built on quality and trust. The Dayco Mexico facility winning this prestigious award is another example of the passion and robust collaboration which promises to bring together a revolution in the automotive technological space.

About Dayco:

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture, and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture, and industrial applications.

Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer-specific performance requirements.

Dayco’s worldvclass global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need.  We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning, and acts like owners in everything we do.

Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 3,600 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the company’s website at www.dayco.com

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November 12, 2021 - DIRECTION PLUS GETS BEHIND A WORTHY CAUSE


Premium quality 4WD and heavy duty automotive component brand, Direction Plus, has provided valuable support to the Endeavour Foundation, with team members Jeremy Bettison and Steve Gordon taking part in the 2021 Great Endeavour Rally.

After the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, this year’s event made a welcome return from October 7 to 16 across Australia’s vast and incredible Simpson Desert.

The Great Endeavour Rally is not a race or a time trial, it is more of an adventure through outback parts of Australia bringing together the camaraderie and spirit of a generous and fun loving driving community to support people with intellectual disability.

The gruelling nine-day outback rally event saw 37 teams and 120 drivers take part, raising over $500,000 to provide much needed support and opportunities for this important sector of our community.

Bettison was doing the driving with Gordon his trusty navigator onboard the Direction Plus 2012 Toyota Hilux Dual Cab 3.0 Litre Diesel 4WD. When not competing in charity fund raising rallies like this, this car is in fact Bettison’s daily drive.

Bettison and Gordon’s 2021 Great Endeavour Rally entry also enjoyed support from several fellow Bapcor automotive companies who also contributed to this worthy cause. This included the fitment of Roadvision driving lights and tail lights, the supply of a Baxters LED Flasher, Opposite Lock bullbar and roof rack, Roadsafe recovery gear, JAS alternator, starter, amber light bar and electrical spares, accompanied by Burson Auto Parts supplied oils, CV shaft, wheel bearings, drive belts and universal joints.

Bettison and Gordon also visited outback schools and welcoming towns along the amost 4,000 kilometre journey which extended from St George to Charleville (QLD), travelling through expansive private cattle station properties, enjoying country roads and scenery that few others ever do.

The 2021 route also saw all entrants travel on a number of Australia’s most iconic outback roads including the Strezlecki Track, Walkers Crossing, Warburton and Birdsville Tracks along with the K1 Line.

“It is great to take part in a fun rally experience that also raises funds for a very worthy cause. There are no winners, it is all about completing the rally and it was great to have so many Direction Plus and fellow Bapcor company components and consumables on our car to ensured that our Hilux didn’t miss a bit throughout the nine day event,” Jeremy Bettison said.

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November 10, 2021- BURSON RACER MAKES IT THREE WINS OUT OF THREE IN PRODUCTION CAR SERIES DEBUT

Burson Auto Parts ambassador Ben Bargwanna has made a stunning NSW Production Car Series debut with three victories in all three races held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend of November 6 and 7.

The TCR Australia rookie driver was competing for the first time in the Burson Auto Parts Audi TT RS, a car prepared meticulously by his father and highly accomplished racer and fellow Burson Auto Parts TCR Australia driver Jason Bargwanna.

Ben Bargwanna managed to maximise his two practice sessions in the car, to climb from 11th to 4th by the second practice session, gaining a strong understanding of the Audi’s performance characteristics on the 3.9 kilometre Sydney Motorsport Park circuit.

On just his second lap of qualifying, the 20 year old Burson Auto Parts racer set a lap time that saw him miss pole position by just 0.007s, firmly planting him on the front row for the Saturday’s opening race which was held in damp and tricky conditions. After being challenged for the lead on a number of occasions, Bargwanna showed racing maturity beyond his years to remain calm, regain the lead and take his first victory of what was going to be a dominant debut event.

Bargwanna had to cope with changing track and weather conditions along with some speedy competition during the three Sydney races.

“It was an amazing weekend from the get-go!” Bargwanna said.

“During the first two races the rain came and the Audi came to life, I was able to pull some good gaps until reaching the lapped traffic but I comfortably had the pace to extend the gap again.

“The final race was dry, this meant that I had to get a good start and maximise the strengths of the Audi which was its corner balance and corner exit drive. I was able to create a big enough gap by setting the fastest laps of the race which earned my third win in a row for the weekend,” He added.

This event was an excellent preview to what Ben Bargwanna and his younger cousin Jude Bargwanna can look forward to when the Burson Auto Parts Audi TT RS returns to the track for the 2022 Bathurst Six Hour Production Car enduro which will take place at Mount Panorama from April 15 to 17, 2022.

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November 11, 2021 - CAPRICORN MEMBERS GAIN OUTSTANDING REWARDS AFTER FIRST YEAR

Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, is celebrating the first anniversary of its revamped Capricorn Rewards program.

Introduced in late 2020, this program provides Capricorn’s 24,000 automotive service and repair business Members across Australia and New Zealand with outstanding value for their reward points earned from parts, tools, equipment or office essentials purchases.

The all-new Capricorn Rewards program has proven to be a hit following its first full year of operation. Over the past year, more than 70% of all Capricorn Members logged into the Capricorn Rewards website, with more than 140,000 logins generated during this period. This resulted in Capricorn Members redeeming products to the value of $37.5 million during its introductory year.

Offering more choices for Members to redeem their hard-earned Capricorn Rewards points, with the convenience and speed of online shopping, easy ordering and prompt delivery, it is clear that Capricorn Rewards has become a highly appreciated addition for Capricorn Members.

The vast array of retail products included in the Capricorn Rewards program include electronics, homewares, outdoor living, sports and fitness equipment, along with experiences and gifts. Capricorn Members are still able to use their rewards points for gift vouchers or to pay their Capricorn Trade Account at the end of the month.

“The purpose behind establishing this new program was to further engage and reward our Members, along with our Preferred Suppliers, by providing more meaningful returns in terms of product choices, ease of use and providing real value for their hard earned Capricorn Rewards points,” stated Capricorn Group CEO, David Fraser.

“We have been delighted with our Members’ response to the new Capricorn Rewards platform,” Mr Fraser added.

Capricorn Reward points are a key benefit for all Members to gain more value for their everyday business purchases, earning 1.5 points for every dollar spent on eligible purchases. This makes it one of the most generous rewards programs in Australasia, with Capricorn Members able to redeem rewards points at a rate of 100 points per $1.

Becoming a Capricorn Member both strengthens and rewards your business in many ways. The constantly growing Capricorn Rewards program is one of many ways it can pay to be a Capricorn Member. To find out more about joining Capricorn, visit capricorn.coop/join.

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November 5, 2021- TRANSCHILL TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER KITS - FIRST LINE OF 4WD DEFENCE

As one of Australia’s most trusted aftermarket 4WD brands, Direction-Plus continues to release innovative, market leading aftermarket products designed to help protect your vehicle investment. One of the most recent additions to the long line of Direction-Plus products is its range of TransChill automatic transmission cooler kits.

A key component that is all too often overlooked by 4WD owners is the importance of fitting a premium quality transmission oil cooler kit to their vehicle, especially when using these vehicles to regularly tow and carry heavy loads across vast distances.

A transmission oil cooler is a heat exchanger, similar to a vehicle engine radiator, that is used to cool your 4WD’s automatic transmission fluid. In most cases, the factory oil cooler is only effective when the vehicle is being used under normal operating conditions. There are two specific types of transmission oil coolers: Air to Oil, mounted at the front of the engine radiator; and Water to Oil which uses the engine coolant to cool the transmission oil. Heated transmission oil flows to the cooler, which has fins using either air flow or water flow to dissipate heat to significantly cool the fluid. The cooled transmission oil is then returned to the transmission via a return line, keeping transmission operating temperatures at their optimum to ensure excellent performance and a longer operating life. As these components are purely flow-through devices, they do not affect the operation of any internal transmission components.

The tremendous heat generated in 4WD automatic transmissions lessens the ability of the automatic transmission oil or fluid to perform its essential lubricating function once operating temperatures exceed 93C degrees. As the role of the transmission oil is to cool, lubricate and clean internal automatic transmission components, it is imperative to control the amount of heat generated within these transmissions, particularly under demanding four wheel driving and towing conditions.

The lifespan of a 4WD’s transmission oil, transmission seal and internal moving parts is significantly reduced when the transmission is subject to prolonged high temperature operation. These higher internal temperatures also increase the wear rate of the transmission’s friction and clutch plates. All of these factors are bad news for the efficient operating life of any 4WD automatic transmission.

Driving a 4WD in regularly hot conditions, driving off-road on sand or snow, regularly high vehicle internal and towing load driving all lead to the overheating of automatic transmission oil. This leads to a reduction in automatic transmission longevity, durability and overall reliability. Transmission oil cooler kits are also particularly important for 4WD commercial vehicles that regularly carry heavy loads of tools and equipment in heavy stop and go urban traffic conditions or across long, hot and dry rural road distances.

The relatively easy fitment of a Direction-Plus Transchill transmission oil cooler kit provides an economical solution to protect against very costly 4WD automatic transmission repairs further down the line.

Direction-Plus Transchill transmission oil cooler kits represent the first line of defence to significantly extend transmission life for hard working 4WD vehicles used on or off the road. These application-specific designed and tested aftermarket transmission oil cooler kits can reduce automatic transmission oil temperature by as much as 33C and there is no risk of overcooling. Testing has proven that an automatic transmission oil temperature reduction of just 11⁰C can double the life of the transmission along with its transmission oil and all internal components.

Each Direction-Plus Transchill transmission oil cooler kit arrives complete and ready for specific 4WD vehicle application fitment, including the air or water variant oil cooler, stainless steel mounting bracket, automatic transmission oil filter, connection hose, adapters and fixing hardware.

Selecting the right transmission oil cooler kit that has been designed and tested for specific vehicle applications is crucial. The Direction-Plus Transchill range of transmission oil cooler kits have undergone detailed testing for 4WD vehicle makes and models operated in Australia, under local off road, highway and urban traffic conditions.

You can view the local testing program for a Direction-Plus Transchill transmission oil cooler kit for the top selling Ford Ranger on YouTube at https://youtu.be/I6CD-M6QLz4.

According to Jeremy Bettison, Direction-Plus Product Manager, the fitment of transmission oil coolers is essential for serious 4WD recreational or commercial vehicle owners.

“No one wants the unwelcome surprise of premature and expensive 4WD automatic transmission repair or replacement issues. Given the ever increasing popularity and heavy commercial use of these vehicles on Australian roads under demanding driving and towing conditions, significantly preserving and extending 4WD automatic transmission life and performance is important.

“Our Direction-Plus Transchill transmission oil cooler kit range provides mechanics and DIY enthusiasts with everything that they need, sourced from quality local and global manufacturers and tested to ensure that they provide the thermal management necessary to significantly extend automatic transmission life,” Mr Bettison stated.

Direction-Plus offers Transchill transmission oil cooler kits to suit most common vehicles such as the Ford Ranger and Everest models, Toyota Hilux, Prado and Landcruiser models, Isuzu D-Max and MU-X models, Mazda BT-50, Holden Colorado along with Mitsubishi Triton and Pajero Sport models. Finding the exact application required is easy from the Direction-Plus online catalogue at www.directionplus.com.au.

The Direction-Plus website also includes a vast range of additional quality 4WD specific aftermarket products that make a visit essential for anyone seeking to enhance their recreational or commercial 4WD vehicle.

To find out more about the Direction-Plus Transchill transmission oil cooler kit product range or for any fitment information and support locate your local stockist at www.directionplus.com.au. 

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November 4, 2021 - A FIVE DECADE AUSTRALIAN SUCCESS STORY TOLD BY BURSON AUTO PARTS CO-FOUNDER GARRY JOHNSON AND BAPCOR CEO DARRYL ABOTOMEY

Garry Johnson (the “Son” In Burson), together with partner Ron Burgoine (the “Bur” in Burson) set out on an exciting automotive business venture more than 50 years ago. Their determination to succeed along with the efforts of the hard working people who joined them along the journey went on to establish Australia’s leading trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment. This was achieved from the very humble beginnings of selling accessories and car parts to service stations and mechanics from the boot of a car and the back of a van.

In 1985, Garry Johnson acquired Ron Burgoine’s 50% share to become the sole owner of Burson Auto Parts. After taking the company as far as Johnson and his talented management team could in the years to follow, it was Darryl Abotomey and his executive management team who carried the Burson Auto Parts (and subsequently Bapcor Limited) baton to previously unimaginable heights of national and international success.

We bring together these two icons of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry to discuss where it all started and how this outstanding Australian company co-founder’s legacy has contributed to the creation of the largest automotive aftermarket specialised company in the entire Asia Pacific region.

Garry, how was Burson Auto Parts born?

GJ - It all started from an idea that I and my friend Ron Burgoine had about going into business together. I was the accounting and finance person and he was the sales person. The only problem was that we had no money. We were looking at businesses that were for sale and I visited a business agent who advised of the re-launch of an oil additives and chemicals business to the local market. After looking at their business plan and their established sales to date through service stations interstate, we thought it had potential. So I took out a second mortgage on my house and together with an equal contribution from Ron, we found ourselves selling oil additives and other chemical products to service stations and other automotive outlets. So the fact that we were now in the automotive business was by sheer fluke, we hadn’t planned it that way at all. This business opportunity came along and it fitted into our financial capacity at the time.

We placed a great deal of product into service stations on consignment, so our customers only bought what they sold and we regularly replenished stock on a stand that we provided using a station wagon and a van. Then we got into other products, initially with car mats, street directories and other allied automotive products that we could sell when visiting our service station customers, which included some replacement auto parts. This was how we got started in the automotive parts business.

We then established some cash vans to drive around Melbourne and regional Victoria, selling parts to mechanics who could just step into the back of the van and source whatever parts they needed on a regular basis. We ended up with nine cash vans which were received well by our service station and workshop customers. At around the same time our aftermarket car mat business continued to grow and we were packaging and selling our carpet mats to K-Mart, Target and other retail stores, along with our service station customers. This became a source of solid and reliable income for us through those early years, which helped us to grow the auto parts business.

We were on a weekly call cycle to our trade customers with our cash vans but we quickly identified that our customers needed hourly or bi-hourly service for parts.

An opportunity came for us to take over the lease a former Lapco warehouse in Braybrook in 1971. While we didn’t take on the existing Lapco parts business as we didn’t have a lot of money back then, we did want the lease deal and the established shelving which came cheap. We then had our first Burson Auto Parts store, supported by a warehouse in West Heidelberg, offering faster deliveries to mechanics in the area and serving as a base for our cash vans to service other areas of Melbourne. We then took on a second store in South Melbourne and gradually acquired existing spare parts businesses to expand our store and parts delivery footprint across Melbourne and Victoria. Soon enough we had reps out on the road as well, working hard to grow our trade business.

Ron and I worked very hard in those early days, he was in sales and I was more on the financial and operational side. By 1985 and with a network of 13 Burson Auto Parts stores, I bought out Ron and the journey of growth continued for the company focussing on parts and service. I went from being a mild-mannered accountant to becoming an entrepreneur seeking to strongly grow the business. I planned to float the company on the ASX in 1987, to grow it through equity rather than always being in debt, but just as I was entering into the process, there was a major stock market crash and while all the preparations and the debt that goes with the process had been committed, I took some advice from my broker and unfortunately had to pull the float.

At this stage I was fortunate to be supported by two excellent people in Terry Penney in sales and Andrew Schram in purchasing. They helped me to continue our growth plan in an orderly fashion, acquiring greenfield sites and existing businesses to best serve our strong trade customer base.  We were approached by groups of stores in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia and took over these stores, re-badged them and gained some highly experienced staff in the process. We turned the performance of many of the more average stores around completely and our business was gradually becoming national.

Being small and flexible, we were able to focus on improving and expanding our product range, taking care of our hard-working people and most of all our trade customers across the country. Our focus was always on the trade, even when our competitors turned their focus to their retail business, for us it was all about keeping our trade customers happy. I can’t stress enough the dedication and commitment of our staff who genuinely loved working for Burson Auto Parts because as the company grew, we always maintained the same small business culture.

Question to Darryl Abotomey - tell us about how you saw Burson Auto Parts before you become so intrinsically involved?

DA: I got to know Garry during my career at Repco and it was clear to see that from the trade business perspective, Burson Auto Parts was whipping our backsides and that was partly due to Repco’s retail focus at the time as Garry has pointed out. Having said that, you could always see the trade business growth that Burson Auto Parts was generating in comparison to its competitors.

GJ: Back in the early days, Repco was up there in the stratosphere, we never really thought that we would ever get to that level, but as time progressed our business grew very strongly. There was a “Club” of established Australian parts suppliers back then who also made it difficult for us to gain direct distribution of some parts. This was integral to our trade business growth, so we managed to overcome the distribution hurdles that were deliberately placed in front of us and we were accepted as legitimate direct distributors.

Garry, tell us about reaching the point of deciding that it was time to hand over the reigns of your company to new management.

GJ: I had almost reached 70 years of age, I was trying to be a part time CEO and the owner, always trying to grow the company, but not wanting to take on too much debt. Certain areas of the business were getting away from our skill-set like IT and HR. As the majority shareholder I had to assess my commitment to Burson, including my own life goals.

After an emotional discussion with my fellow directors and shareholders, on September 7, 2011 I wrote a memo to our team saying that my time was up and that I would be selling the business after 40 years at the helm. It was the saddest memo that I had ever written. The company was in a strong financial position with good systems and procedures, dedicated and hard working staff - all was in place for the right new owners to drive the company into a bigger and better future. While this was the right decision, it was still a very tough and highly emotional one for me. I absolutely loved the entire Burson Auto Parts journey, I loved the phones ringing with new and exciting opportunities, opening new stores and working with such a great team of dedicated people.

Having reached a total of 92 stores, I then went through the sale process with KPMG and discussed the likely buyers, there was a New Zealand group, Private Equity, Repco and Supercheap. I didn’t like the idea of selling the company to the opposition because I cared about my staff and the hard work they had put into this company, so I wanted a buyer who would continue the Burson Auto Parts culture and journey that we had started and built from the ground up.

DA: I’d like to quote you on what you said to me at the time about selling Burson Auto Parts to a competitor. You said that you wouldn’t be able to sleep straight in bed at night if you had done that to your people - turned them over to the enemy. Even though you could have earned a substantial amount more by doing that.

GJ: So after reviewing the potential buyers I had a few coffees with Darryl as we had been friends through family connections for several years and I was impressed by his industry experience and knowledge. I told him that I was really struggling with the sale process. I didn’t like the proposals that I had received to that point and Darryl suggested that he could organise a management buy-out and would like the opportunity to present this to us.

I thought about it and called my 2IC, Andrew Schram, to have a talk to Darryl and see if he liked his proposal. I bounced everything off Andrew for the four decades that we worked together so of course I strongly trusted his judgement. They met up and Andrew gave the thumbs-up to Darryl and his plans for the company, endorsing the belief that I also had.

So I pressed the Darryl button to move forward with his proposal and it has resulted in a fantastic journey for Burson Auto Parts with him and his talented management team at the helm over the past decade. I would never have thought that they would have achieved the growth that has been made and reach a market capitalisation of just under three billion dollars within ten years. It has been truly extraordinary and Darryl is the rock star of it all.

DA: It was an interesting process. I remember speaking with Garry and asking him what he wanted to see happen with the business and his clear mantra all the way through it was to ensure that he was doing the right thing by his people. I could certainly see the challenges with selling to private equity or competitors, or to companies that bid at one price, then tried to lower it again and again. It was clear that there were people involved in the game that you would not trust to do the right thing by the company.

So I approached some private equity contacts that I personally knew from prior business dealings and Quadrant stood out because they weren’t interested in buying and gutting businesses, they were all about growing their business investments. So I put an agreement in place with them that stated all of the things that we had to achieve with this acquisition, so they couldn’t destroy the fabric of the company and its significant growth potential.

GJ: That was always my fear in selling to private equity, this was my greatest concern.

DA: Once we made the acquisition my management team and I spent six months understanding the business, its people and its processes. It was very profitable and was operating well and we didn’t change anything during that time. We then assembled all of the store managers at a fairly average Melbourne hotel and we outlined our growth plans and sales targets for the next twelve months. It was a very positive and productive session and my famous last words to them were that if we achieved these targets, the next store manager’s meeting will be held at a far more exotic location.

Over the next 12 months our team just blew the lights out, far exceeding our targets, paving the way for us to accelerate our expansion plans. We started with 92 stores and wanted to become national quickly, as we could see the opportunity to really knock our major competitor off their perch. At this stage we were approached by the then owners of Automotive Brands who wanted to sell their retail businesses to us, but we were extremely focussed on our trade business and let that opportunity go. We were really gaining strong momentum with store roll outs, having bought up most of the multi-store independent parts groups and having established excellent new greenfield sites across the country.

In line with keeping our people happy, one year after setting our targets, we kept our promise and took all our store managers to Thailand and that was really important in showing how much we valued their extraordinary efforts. Half of them didn’t even have passports! We had an absolute ball over there and it really strengthened our team bonding.

We turned the process of establishing new stores into a fine art and they were immediately performing strongly. It was during our second year of owning the company that we realised that there was potential for further growth when Metcash approached us seeking to sell their automotive businesses. Part of our rationale behind acquiring these businesses was to stop them becoming competitors and to provide us with both wholesale and retail channels to market. This was the first big step that we took and it was the right step to take, bringing in wholesale businesses enabling us to establish more quality private label products along with direct retail access. We wanted to introduce these factors gradually as taking care of our people was always of the utmost importance to us.

GJ: I used to also take my people away to reward them as well - some of them had never been on an aeroplane! We took them to Sydney, Queensland, Uluru and other great places and shared some fantastic experiences, this was all about building up the Burson culture.

Just on that point Garry, do you think that same Burson culture exists today?

GJ: I speak to some people who are still with the company and most of them are really loving it, which gives me great pleasure to hear. Even though the company is now much bigger, the feedback I receive is that it is still a great company to work for. There are so many promotional opportunities for people across the areas of marketing, IT, store and product management that have come with the company’s growth. I couldn’t be happier with how the journey has progressed with little to no impact on the company’s pre-existing culture.

Garry, did you ever think that the company you co-founded would ever become this big?

GJ: No I didn’t and I am sure that Darryl didn’t either! Not within ten years for sure. Darryl grasped the opportunity to consolidate a major automotive aftermarket company with the Metcash acquisition, to become the biggest in the country and this was an excellent strategic move, the opportunity presented itself at the right time.

DA: In the early days we set a target of having 175 Burson Auto Parts stores, it was never anything beyond that. Then as things transpired it changed our thinking somewhat, but the one thing that we have and will never lose sight of is that Burson Auto Parts is a trade business and won’t ever become anything but that. We have expanded our product ranges and so forth but there will always be a definite lineation between the retail businesses that we acquired and Burson Auto Parts. This works very well because our businesses are not competing with each other and they are not trying to be dual retail and trade businesses.

We also know what each business is all about and we respect that there are distinct differences between retail customers and trade customers. Trade is all about service and working closely with mechanics, it requires a far more intrinsic knowledge set to best service our customers. The other important change was our move into Specialist Wholesale businesses, we bought into the bearings and auto electrical sides of the business and in 2017 we acquired Hellaby’s auto parts businesses in New Zealand.

We also had the ability to get involved in the truck and heavy duty side of the business because no one was doing it the Burson way, using the synergies of the entire group. We have now become the only group in Australia that supplies parts for all types of vehicles – cars, light and heavy commercial and trailers.

Our specialist businesses deal with each vehicle sector separately, linked to our sourcing businesses which allows them to access quality products directly. We are adding about 60 new locations each year across all of our Australian automotive aftermarket businesses, when we already have the largest footprint of any automotive aftermarket business not only in Australia, but across the entire Asia Pacific region.

Each business sector has five year targets and they are already exceeding our expectations. We have specific growth plans for every business in the group and each is progressing perfectly. We have approached these growth plans in steps and have not tried to do everything at once, which has worked extremely well for us.

Garry, did you ever think that there would be a Burson Auto Parts store overseas?

GJ: No, I never did - it was exciting enough opening 92 stores across Australia, let alone now having reached 200 stores and to be still growing today. I’m very proud that Burson Auto Parts has become the first Australian auto parts company to successfully expand into Asia. Others have talked about it, Burson Auto Parts was the company that actually did it.

Darryl, what sets the Burson Auto Parts style of doing business so special?

DA: There are three core things that Burson Auto Parts has done extremely well. We have ensured that all the people in our stores, including those who deliver the parts are Burson team members and not contractors. Our people build strong relationships with customers and are in fact the face of our business. They make our customers feel important and valued.

Secondly, we have set a target of each store making deliveries to its workshop customer base within 30 minutes or at the most within the hour, this customer service focus is imperative to our continued success.

The third and biggest Burson difference is that our team members will do whatever they need to do to get the part to the customer, even if they have to buy it from a competitor. While we carry the broadest range of parts in store compared to any competitor, our team members are authorised to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the customer always gets what they need promptly.

All of our staff are rewarded based on their store performance and all Burson Auto Parts store managers earn a percentage of the profits that their store has generated. This has really made our managers and staff more committed to the business, treating it is as if it was their own.

GJ: We started paying bonuses when KPI’s were reached in the early years as well and our staff retention was incredible. Our staff always worked so hard, they would even drop off parts on their way home or before work in the mornings, doing all they could to provide the best possible service to their customers.

DA: Garry used to ring everyone in the company on their birthday and I kept doing that for the first 18 months, but then we became too big and I now send cards these days instead. So I now spend most of my Sunday nights writing birthday cards!

Garry also presented service awards for long term staff and we have continued this tradition with gift cards, ensuring that the long standing Burson culture of taking care of the company’s people remains strong.

Garry, how do you best summarise what has taken place since you stepped away from running the business that you created?

GJ: Darryl didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, he identified that this was a great company that needed improvements, growing the existing company culture and building on it. He has taken the time to get to know the people well and it is a huge credit to Darryl and his team with how it has all progressed. I couldn’t be prouder of what has taken place and I have to make special mention of all the hard working Burson team members who went that extra yard to make Burson Auto Parts a great Australian company from the very start.

Darryl and his outstanding team still have more opportunities to pursue. To see the organisation that I started grow so much, to still be connected as a major shareholder and to be trotted out every now and then to do things for the company is great. Not many people who relinquish control of their companies can still be a part of it.

DA: This could have been a very different story though - an interesting thing came up when we were preparing for the Burson Initial Public Offer (IPO). A number of the larger American auto parts companies were looking at acquiring our business at that time. Two were very keen and we received an unconditional offer from one of them the morning after we had been told that we were underwritten and all was set for the IPO. It was for virtually the same amount that we had been valued. If it had happened the night before, we may have been having a completely different conversation today.

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October 29, 2021 - PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT BRINGS LATEST WORKSHOP TECHNOLOGY TO SUNBURY FORD

One of Australia’s leading complete turn-key suppliers and installers of automotive workshop equipment, Precision Automotive Equipment, has completed a detailed workshop upgrade for a major Victorian Ford dealer, Sunbury Ford.

 
This detailed process commenced when Sunbury Ford Dealer Principal, Nick Dempsey, approached Precision Automotive Equipment seeing to increase the customer service experience from the dealership’s service lane.
 
The experts at Precision Automotive Equipment immediately identified that the Sunbury Ford workshop service lane could be revolutionised with the addition of Hunter Engineering’s newly developed Quick Check Drive Inspection System.
 
This system provides automatic vehicle alignment results in an instant. As the vehicle drives through it, Quick Check Drive provides touchless total toe and individual camber readings, while Quick Tread Edge measures tread depth and tyre edge wear. Each component analyses live data and instantly displays results with no stopping, no labour and no data entry required!
 
This outsanding Hunter Engineering unit uses Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras to identify the vehicle and present the readings to customers on the easy to understand ‘Flight Board’ displayed high and bright in the workshop. The Quick Check Drive system also includes Body Damage Cameras that photograph the vehicle as it drives through the lane to ensure proof of vehicle condition is also on file.
 
The autonomous inspection lane means vehicle inspections are completed in under ten seconds, with no interaction from a technician or an advisor.
 
In line with the significant increases in wheel alignment business generated from the Hunter Engineering Quick Check Drive system, Precision Automotive Equipment also supplied and installed a Hunter Hawkeye Elite Alignment System at Sunbury Ford. This system is linked to HunterNet - an online portal provided by Hunter Engineering that collates data from all Hunter units within any workshop. This ingenious system allows service managers to set performance targets, inspect ROI and identify workshop service trends. This outstanding technology allows individual workshops to conduct their own, real time business research.
 
In addition to the supply and fitment of the Hunter Engineering Quick Tread Edge and Hunter Hawkeye Elite Alignment System, Precision Automotive Equipment also designed and completed the following upgrade works at Sunbury Ford:
   
According to Precision Automotive Equipment General Manager, Peter Hewitt,
“The Sunbury Ford workshop modernisation is a prime example of the direction that automotive workshops need to be heading to secure a strong and profitable future.
 
“The vastly improved initial customer experience all the way through to increased mechanical accuracy and overall business efficiency that this state of the art equipment provides, ensures that Sunbury Ford, along with its customers, benefitting from the most modern technology available,” Mr Hewitt added.
 
To discuss how to take your automotive workshop to unprecedented levels of efficiency, accuracy and networked technology, contact Precision Automotive Equipment by calling 1300 366 252 or visit online at www.precisionautomotive.com.au.
 
Precision Automotive Equipment is a part of Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, Bapcor Limited, providing all customers with the strongest local commitment to after sales care, service and attention for the long haul.
 
Hunter Engineering Quick Check Drive Features:
 
       4 High-definition cameras for automatic body image capture
       8 Cameras & 32 laser sensors to accurately inspect camber and total toe
       16 Measurements taken to increase accuracy together with repeatable results
       Scan a new vehicle every 3 to 5 seconds thanks to QCD’s intelligent and fast capability
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October 26, 2021 - DAYCO UNIFIES ITS GLOBAL WEB CATALOGUE SOLUTION

In order to make finding the correct replacement parts quicker and easier, Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has completely redesigned and integrated Dayco’s web catalogue solution on its global aftermarket website www.daycoaftermarket.com.

Historically, users have accessed market specific catalogues each having a slightly different style and layout depending on the user’s location, whereas with the new catalogue, once the region has been selected, the look, format and functionality is uniform and available in 14 individual languages.

“As product information is such an important function within the scope of a contemporary website, the ability to access it from any area of the site, was a key priority in the development project,” said Enzo Rabante, Senior IT Manager - Global Digital Solutions, for Dayco. “For this reason, we have included a widget at the bottom right-hand corner of every page, that allows users to navigate to, or return to, the catalogue section from any part of the site, in a single click.

“We have also improved the user experience by increasing the number of search methods and broadening the number of product groups that the catalogue contains, which reflects the ongoing growth of the Dayco aftermarket program. Images are also presented in a clear and consistent manner using high quality graphics and the intuitive nature of the design means that it can perform with equal clarity and effectiveness, whether viewed via a desktop browser, tablet or smartphone.

“These innovations make the Dayco catalogue more user-friendly and with added functionality, such as previous search history and the option of being able to leave the catalogue and visit other areas of the site, but resume the search instantly, at the same point it was left, makes it even more versatile and easy to use.

“Dayco is a global company with consistent standards and methodology throughout all the areas of its operation, which is why it is so important for us to ensure that these key attributes are reflected through the company’s aftermarket website and particularly in the form and function of the catalogue, as this is one of the principal assets of the site.”


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Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture and industrial applications.  

Through its expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows the company to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements. Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need. Dayco accomplishes this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything they do.

Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 3,600 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the company’s website at www.dayco.com.



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October 21, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS AND MARKINSON - A 25 YEAR TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP

In celebrating Burson Auto Parts’ 50th Anniversary, the Australian company pays tribute to the many long term supplier partnerships that have helped it become the nation’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, equipment and accessories.

One of the most enduring Burson Auto Parts alliances can be found with the company’s business software solutions provider and innovator, Markinson. Over the past 25 years, this company has accompanied Burson Auto Parts into the digital age through its industry leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) based integrated business software solutions.

Markinson’s world class MomentumPro warehousing and inventory management software system first replaced the cumbersome manual processes in April 1996. This was the start of the complete digital transformation of the Burson Auto Parts business and with it came several initial challenges.

“The co-operation that we have always received from the Markinson team over the years has been a stand out factor of our long term alliance with the company,“ recalled Burson Auto Parts National Trade Sales Manager, Mario Baric.

"It wasn’t easy to make this transformation, but we worked together to ensure that our warehousing and inventory control software systems were perfectly integrated across our business from the stores to the sales reps on the road and everything in between,” He added.

The improvements in efficiency across the entire Burson Auto Parts business, particularly in stock ordering, customer service and inventory control across the company’s several warehouses, represented major leaps forward through the constantly developed, improved and customised Mopro (MomentumProERP) system. Updated versions of this system continues to power the back-end of Burson Auto Parts’ trade sales and warehousing operations to service more than 200 stores and nearly 30,000 loyal trade customers to this day.

“The demands of providing the level of customer service that we do for our trade customers are major. Each customer can have anywhere up to fifteen Burson Auto Parts deliveries made within 30 minutes of each order across every single day from more than 200 stores. This requires inventory control software that must be very reliable, easy to use and highly efficient,” Mr Baric stated.

Markinson’s Application Programming Interface (API) has also provided vital functionality for Burson’s EZYParts online parts ordering system to leverage the intelligence within MomentumPro ERP. The API has also enabled Burson to implement several integrations streamlining a number of key business processes. Working together with Markinson, the MomentumPro API has undergone constant improvement to support these capabilities.

The most recent major endeavour for the Markinson and Burson Auto Parts business involves the warehousing integration software currently being used in the enormous new Bapcor Distribution Centre in Melbourne which is currently in the process of replacing several smaller Burson Auto Parts (and other Bapcor owned companies) warehouses. This has seen a major level of enhanced inventory control software development and integration from Markinson.

According to Tim Vriend, Burson Auto Parts Digital Operations Team Leader, “Markinson’s willingness to make changes to their software systems, tailor making the software to best suit our requirements, has been the most outstanding factor of our long term relationship.

“Being involved with us from the very start of the digitisation of Burson Auto Parts has given the Markinson team an acute understanding of our business and the highly demanding customer service efficiencies that are required in order to provide the best service to them.

“The ability for us to quickly find parts, especially non-core product parts, is fundamental to our success. As our inventory levels and automotive aftermarket product ranges increase, our systems need to stay ahead and Markinson has worked together with us for 25 years to ensure that this is the case,” Tim stated.

Mark Clearwater, the CEO of Markinson, which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year, attributes the long term Burson Auto Parts relationship to an outstanding level of trust and co-operation over the past quarter century.

“The mark of a true partnership is that we have grown and learned together over our long relationship. Over the years we have encountered challenges, however with transparency and trust these have been easily resolved,” Mr Clearwater stated.

“I am really proud that our reputation with the team at Burson Auto Parts is that ‘we always deliver’ We discovered very early that by testing a new product or product extension with our most trusted clients that this would be a win-win for both of us,” He added.

These sentiments are echoed by Burson Executive General Manager, Trade, Steve Drummy. “The Burson Auto Parts 50 year history of success would not have been possible without the support of our many long term product and service suppliers. Markinson is one example where the development and integration of ERP based business software has assisted to digitise the company’s operations, setting it up for continued growth and even higher levels of efficiency well into the future.”

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October 18, 2021 - DAYCO TAKES CENTRE STAGE WITH BRT IN SYDNEY

Dayco Australia will celebrate the long-awaited return of Supercar racing with Tim Slade’s CoolDrive Racing Ford Mustang at Sydney Motorsport Park later this month.

The talented designers at the Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) have developed a full car based Dayco livery that has been enhanced from the global automotive engine and thermal management component manufacturer’s website design.

To do this effectively and to take advantage of the spectacular night racing that will be taking in place at Sydney Motorsport Park, the Dayco sponsored team has used specially developed reflective signage provided by CARTREK. This will ensure that this eye catching, one-off Dayco livery becomes a major stand out of this event, celebrating the return of Australia’s and one of the world’s most popular touring car championships.

Supercar racing returns across four consecutive weekends at Sydney Motorsport Park from October 29, including both day and night racing at the fast and exciting 3.9 kilometre circuit.

These spectacular events will be followed by a week long motor racing festival at Mount Panorama, that will include the Repco Bathurst 1000 to conclude this second consecutive pandemic affected season.

According to Dayco Asia Pacific Vice President - Aftermarket, Arnold Mouw, this is a rare opportunity for Dayco to showcase the leading automotive product brand in line with the return of Australia’s most exciting motor racing category.

“In sharing the desire to create a bigger impact for this return day and night Supercars event, the Blanchard Racing Team came up with this outstanding Dayco livery. I am sure that it will look great at the event and on television throughout this first of four Supercar racing weekends in Sydney.

“The special reflective Dayco signage and overall change to the look of the CoolDrive Mustang makes this a one-off livery that we hope Supercar fans will like, while also helping to celebrate the resumption of the 2021 Championship,” Mr Mouw stated.

BRT driver Tim Slade is looking forward to getting back into racing mode with his new look Dayco Racing Ford Mustang from October 29 to 31. 

“We are certainly going to stand out in Sydney - particularly under lights, as this reflective livery design is fantastic. It is great to have Dayco step up as we finally return to racing, bringing on a new and exciting look for our CoolDrive Mustang. It has been a long wait for the fans and I am looking forward to ending the 2021 season as strongly as we can,” Slade stated.


About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture, and industrial applications.

Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements. 

Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need. We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything we do.

Dayco has more than 42 locations in 21 countries and over 3,600 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the company’s website at www.dayco.com.


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October 11, 2021 - A TINNIE FOR SUMMER BY MAKING BURSON YOUR BATTERY DESTINATION

Burson Auto Parts has enhanced the summer ahead for one lucky trade customer who purchased the Australian company’s premium quality OnMech and TechCHG batteries during May and June 2021.

This promotion provided Burson Auto Parts trade customers with the chance to win a Quintrex 370 Explorer Outback fishing boat, powered by a Mercury 15 Horsepower 4-Stroke MLH Outboard Engine and completed with a quality Dunbier Nipper 9000L Trailer. The total value of this fantastic and very enjoyable prize was over $10,000.

The Burson Auto Parts battery range covers 100% of the Australian vehicle car parc through premium quality brands including ONmech, TECHCHG, Century and VARTA. This specific trade promotion involved the Burson Auto Parts exclusive range of ONmech and TechCHG batteries with trade customers earning an entry into the draw for purchases of any mix of ten batteries from these two high quality ranges during May and June 2021.

Burson Auto Parts is delighted to announce that Parkland Mazda (WA) was the lucky winner, receiving a brand new tinnie, trailer and engine, ensuring a great summer of fishing and recreational fun.

According to Rhys Brown, Burson Auto Parts Product Manager, “It is always good when we can offer our customers a prize that represents a lot of fun, especially with summer almost here. This also served to promote the quality, reliability and value for money that our exclusive ONMech and TechCHG battery ranges offer even for the most demanding idle start/stop vehicle engine applications.”

From basic flooded batteries to advanced battery technologies such as AGM and EFB including OE options, Burson Auto Parts provides the right battery solution underpinned by exceptional service. For stand-alone, multi-site or national automotive workshops, 1,800 team members are at the ready through more than 200 nationwide Burson Auto Parts locations, to provide advice and organise the prompt delivery of your battery orders using a fleet of 800 vehicles.

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

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October 8, 2021 - WIN THE ULTIMATE SUMMER SET UP WITH ALCIUS

Australia’s most comprehensive range of climate control parts, tools and equipment for automotive air conditioning specialists and general repairers, Alcius, has launched a national trade promotion running from November 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022 across its entire product range.

Ensuring that automotive service and repair centres and air conditioning specialists have the parts they need when they need them throughout the busy summer months, any Alcius purchases over $200 earns a trade customer an entry to win the Ultimate Summer Set up, along with weekly prize draws from November 1st until the end of January.

The major prize on offer to one lucky Alcius Complete Climate Control trade customer is the Ultimate Summer Set Up, valued at $19,165 and it includes:

Bapcor trade customers who select Alcius parts tools and equipment of over $200 in value during the promotion period will also be in the running to win a host of weekly quality outdoor entertainment products. These include Alcius BBQ Kits, Beefeater BBQs and Husky 46L fridges during the promotion period.

Since the release of the Alcius Complete Climate Control product catalogue in October 2020, Bapcor’s Thermal Parts Program has introduced more than 500 new parts to meet and exceed their trade customers’ requirements.

Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket company’s dedication to the ongoing expansion of the Alcius range now includes more than 1,500 compressor applications, including a major injection of new models, consisting of quality Alcius aftermarket and OE Genuine brands.

The Alcius and Genuine brand TX Valve and Receivers / Driers range has expanded to meet growing compressor application listings with more than 600 condenser applications now included in the range, including matching radiator and condenser fans.

 The Alcius range also includes over 200 new evaporator, TX Valve and blower motor parts, as well as major growth to the existing portfolio of passenger vehicle, light commercial, heavy duty, agricultural and mining vehicle applications. 

After making Alcius product purchases from Bapcor network suppliers including Burson Auto Parts, BaxtersMTQ, WANO and JAS Oceania of $200 or more, Bapcor trade customers simply enter online at www.alcius.com.au to place themselves in the draw for the weekly or major prizes during the promotion period.

According to Bapcor Group Category Manager Mark Caldone, “With our vast product range expansion, by selecting Alcius your air conditioning repair work will be done right the first time, no matter what sector your workshop specialises in - we have the parts, tools and equipment that you need.”

“This national promotion makes the selection of Alcius as your preferred air conditioning parts, tools and equipment brand an even more rewarding choice and a great way to start the new year for our lucky weekly and major prize winners,” He added. 

To learn more about the Alcius Complete Climate Control product range and for terms and conditions relating to this national trade promotion, visit www.alcius.com.au.  

Alcius products are supported by the strength of Bapcor, Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket trade supplier. Participating Bapcor trade outlets include BaxtersMTQ, Burson Auto Parts, JAS Oceania and WANO. 

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October 7, 2021 DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION BRINGS BAPCOR TO THE FOREFRONT OF BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY AND EFFICIENCY

Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist company, Bapcor Limited, is undergoing a complete digital transformation of its customer facing and back-end business systems.

This highly detailed project was instigated to introduce innovative business technology systems to best suit the retail, trade, wholesale and inventory management requirements of the country’s best known and respected automotive aftermarket companies.

Modern automotive service and repair businesses survive and grow through improved efficiency and profitability. Bapcor has identified the key areas for automotive business efficiency improvements through industry dialogue, developing a total automotive parts sourcing, ordering and quoting system for Burson Auto Parts (Australia and Thailand) and BNT (NZ) trade customers.

One of Bapcor’s most significant customer facing technology projects has been the upgrading of EZYParts - Bapcor’s online parts ordering system for workshop customers. Bapcor’s trade customers across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand can use their computers, mobile phones or tablet devices to gain immediate access to pricing, stock / inventory levels and the location of the parts they need to ensure faster and more accurate part identification through the input of a vehicle registration or VIN number. Bapcor will continue to invest in this trade online customer ordering system to constantly develop, update and improve it for use by its workshop customers.

Bapcor has also introduced a new and exciting business generating digital platform to support Australia’s independent automotive workshops. The company has developed its own online vehicle service booking platform known as ENJI. Accessible now at www.enji.com.au, this is a website that consumers can use for the sourcing of quotations and booking for automotive service and repair work.

Whether it is log book servicing or parts or consumable component replacements, this unique online platform provides consumers with quotations for the work required from vehicle workshops in their area. The application enables the customer to see the time required to complete the work and they can schedule a date and time, all without picking up a telephone. 

Best of all, workshop listings on enji.com.au are available free of charge to all automotive workshops nationwide regardless of network or franchise affiliation. This online platform delivers customers to automotive workshops, taking away most of the cumbersome and often time-consuming office administration work associated with explaining, quoting and scheduling bookings.

The next step in this development is the integration of Enji with the EZYParts system. This will ensure that Burson’s workshop customers will have the parts that they need for every enji.com.au originated service or repair booking, and remove the manual process of figuring out the parts necessary and ordering them. Also, a convenient online payment service, along with UBER integration for the customer’s ride to work or home while their car is being serviced will also be available soon.

No stone has been left unturned in the planning for ENJI, a unique Bapcor customer support online platform that enables automotive service and repair businesses to benefit from the current and future generation of E-Commerce systems.

Alongside this company’s leading automotive trade business, Bapcor is also a major player in the Australian automotive aftermarket retail sector through its highly successful Autobarn and Autopro store networks, with over 200 store locations.

A new, responsive, highly detailed and user-friendly Business to Customer E-Commerce solution has also been developed for the Bapcor retail store network. This makes the online sourcing of vehicle tools, accessories and parts faster and easier for consumers. Mobile phone access was a key design consideration of this online resource as this has proven to be the preferred search tool for retail customers.

When purchasing products, the customer has the option to choose either “click and collect” or to organise delivery. The new retail online E-Commerce system complements the revamped Autobarn and Autopro store format, enhancing the overall customer experience.

Major technological advances have also been made by Bapcor with the opening of the company’s state of the art 50,000 square metre Victorian Distribution Centre in Tullamarine. Together with Schafer, one of the world’s leading Goods to Person technology innovators, Bapcor companies are now enjoying the benefits of this custom designed semi-automated product picking system which represents a technological first for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry.

The new Bapcor Goods to Person system accommodates no fewer than 85,000 totes, with the ability to pick 600 lines per person per hour. Along with major improvements in Warehouse Management System (WMS) efficiency, significant environmental benefits are also being achieved including reductions in energy and resource usage across lighting, water, packaging and transport. Bapcor will save an estimated $10 million per year in operating costs though this new facilities technology.

According to Bapcor Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Darryl Abotomey, this proactive Australian automotive aftermarket industry leader is committed to constantly developing its digital transformation projects.

“The past two years have seen an unprecedented level of digital transformation for Bapcor across all of our business operations. We have embarked on a process of constant technological and online development to ensure that we are staying at the forefront of the game whether it is in the functions of our trade or retail businesses, or how we best manage our warehousing operations and supply chain,” Mr Abotomey said.

“Along with all of these developments, several additional projects including our Digital Safety Reporting System, ERP Upgrades and Consolidations, a modern retail Point of Sale system, Inventory Forecasting and Management, Expanded Data Warehouse and a new CRM System have all been completed or are being delivered shortly,” Mr Abotomey added.

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About Bapcor:
 

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 5,000 team members. Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the trade, commercial vehicle, wholesale and retail sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Commercial Vehicle: Truckline, WANO

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts.

Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

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September 27, 2021 - DAYCO TO OPEN HEAVY-DUTY DECOUPLER BUSINESS IN CHINA

Dayco, a leading global manufacturer of engine products and drive systems for the automotive, heavy-duty, and industrial markets, recently announced that it will be supplying its advanced heavy-duty decouplers to a leading truck manufacturer in China.

This win is the first with a leading Chinese truck maker after the recent agreement to supply a heavy-duty decoupler to the largest Chinese engine manufacturer, which will appear in the line-up of several truck makes and models. Production from Dayco’s state of the art decoupler facility will begin in early 2022, powering the commercial vehicle market in China.

From supplying robust decouplers for commercial vehicles to premium integrated damper-decouplers for luxury cars, Dayco is the first choice for leading vehicle manufacturers as a strategic solution provider, known for its superior quality products. Dayco’s unique decouplers for modern high-efficiency engines continue to address the needs of truck and premium car manufacturers to improve fuel economy and drive system durability, reduce CO2 emissions and optimize noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), bringing future technology evolution across the globe.

“We are the first to design and deliver a robust decoupler product portfolio to our customers with full system support that maximises the lifecycle of original equipment for a wide range of heavy-duty, light-duty, premium, and hybrid applications. Our premium decoupler offering, along with viscous dampers, further strengthens our competitiveness in the commercial vehicle segment. We will continue to reduce carbon footprints and develop powerful solutions like decouplers to provide best in class and sustainable future mobility solutions to our customers”, said Wouter Nijenhuis, Executive Vice President of OE Sales and Business Development for Dayco.

Presently, Dayco is the only brand in the industry that offers a premium package of complete FEAD (Front End Accessory Drive) system solutions including decouplers, dampers, tensioners, idlers/pulleys and belts, all in one place with world-class global R&D capabilities and local manufacturing footprints. With over a decade of success in light vehicle hybridisation and state of the art decoupler technology, Dayco now brings this technology to the heavy-duty industry.

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Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture, and industrial applications.
 

Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles.  Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements.  Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need.  We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything we do.
 

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September 10, 2021 - PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT OPENS NEW SA / NT BRANCH

One of Australia’s largest automotive workshop equipment suppliers and service providers, Precision Automotive Equipment, has become truly national with the opening of the company’s new South Australian branch.

Centrally located at 17A Birralee Road in Regency Park, this new Precision Automotive Equipment branch office includes a showroom and service centre, taking care of the automotive equipment requirements of customers located both in South Australia and in the Northern Territory.

This new branch office provides a hub for Precision Automotive Equipment’s South Australia based team of business development managers and service technicians, ensuring prompt and local service for their ever-growing customer base in that region.

Testament to Precision Automotive Equipment’s commitment to customer service is the appointment of a Rotary authorised and qualified hoist technician along with a wheel service equipment technician who are permanently based in this new South Australian branch. This complements the Australian company’s unparalleled network of authorised service technicians located throughout Australia.

Former South Australian service technician, Mark Holloway, now leads the team as branch manager, overseeing the sales and service requirements of all Precision Automotive Equipment customers across South Australia and in the Northern Territory.

An integral part of Bapcor Limited, Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, Precision Automotive Equipment now has a complete national footprint with branches located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

According to Precision Automotive Equipment General Manager, Peter Hewitt, “We are delighted to be truly national with the opening of our new South Australian branch. This enables us to continue providing the world’s highest quality workshop equipment along with a premium level of after sales service to our customers, no matter where they are located.”

Mark Holloway and his enthusiastic South Australian Precision Automotive Equipment team look forward to taking care of automotive workshop modernisations, completely new workshop design and fitment projects, along with specific equipment replacements and service requirements by calling 1300 366 252.  

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September 6, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS AND RYCO FILTERS GIVE AWAY FIVE CARS

Five lucky Burson Auto Parts trade customers who fit premium quality Ryco Filters to their customers cars have won a brand new KIA Rio compliments of Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools, equipment and accessories.

This highly popular Burson Auto Parts and Ryco Filters trade promotion was conducted from May 1 to June 30, 2021. All that Burson Auto Parts’ trade account customers needed to do was spend $200 on Ryco Filters products to automatically earn an entry to the draw.

With a total of five brand new KIA Rio vehicles on offer, these fantastic prizes provided the winning workshops with a brand new courtesy car or customer pick up and drop off vehicle.

Entry to the draw was easy due to the fast moving nature of the Ryco Filters’ range of quality engine service and replacement filtration products. With no limit to the number of entries per customer, it is not surprising that this Burson Auto Parts trade promotion was one of the Australian company’s most popular.

The KIA Rio is one of the most versatile, reliable and well-equipped compact cars on the market, combining hatchback access with excellent comfort, drivability and fuel economy, making this model the perfect choice for any automotive service or repair business. 

Burson Auto Parts and Ryco Filters are delighted to announce the five lucky winners of this trade promotion:

According to Peter Cheney, Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Merchandise, “It was great to team up with Ryco Filters to provide our valued trade customers with this exciting promotion that offered such outstanding prizes. It was also a fantastic way to mark our long and highly successful supplier relationship with Ryco Filters during our 50th Anniversary.”

This Burson Auto Parts trade promotion joins many other promotions taking place during the Australian company’s 50th Anniversary year, including a cash prize of $1,000 per week of the year to random trade account customers and a major prize of $50,000 to be drawn at the end of the year to one lucky Burson Auto Parts customer.

These major trade promotions are joined by regional area promotions that are also taking place throughout the Australian company’s Golden Anniversary celebrations in 2021.

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August 26, 2021 - ANDREW SCHRAM - FOUR OF THE PAST FIVE DECADES WITH BURSON AUTO PARTS

Andrew Schram first became acquainted with Burson Auto Parts as a customer during the very earliest incarnation of the Australian company. Working at a Melbourne service station, Andrew purchased parts from one of the cash vans that company co-founder Garry Johnson and his small team drove around Melbourne and country Victoria selling parts to automotive workshops and service stations back in the 1970’s.

One of the Burson Auto Parts cash van drivers, Terry Penney, was one of Andrew’s friends, having worked together as mechanics in previous years. When Terry was appointed as the manager of the very first Burson Auto Parts store in the Melbourne suburb of Braybrook, the two former workmates teamed up, with Andrew becoming Assistant Manager and subsequently taking on the role of Store Manager for this inaugural Burson Auto Parts store.

After four years at the Braybrook store and with the gradual growth of Burson Auto Parts, Andrew joined the head office team as Purchasing Manager, which was in essence the same but constantly evolving role that he would occupy for the next 36 years.

“We grew gradually mainly by the acquisition of existing auto parts stores more than from establishing new ones. This proved to be an excellent strategy as we removed competitors, we could be up and running straight away with staff and customers, and the process of building the Burson Auto Parts culture within those businesses could start,” Andrew said.

“In the early days we only grew at a rate of three to four stores per year, as we also had limited financial resources to fund any kind of rapid expansion. This was also because we were also investing heavily in our stock holding. Our product ranges continued to grow all of the time and this was where I was integrally involved. We embarked on sound and gradual store growth decisions which proved to be very successful for the company,” He added. 

“When I first started in this industry there were primarily three brands of cars on our roads, Valiants, Fords and Holdens. Then the Toyotas, the Datsuns and the Mazdas came along and throughout this time we had European makes and models enter the market in a bigger way as well. The American cars came and went and came back again, then the Korean cars came and the European cars returned in a very big way. The Australian car parc has evolved so much over the last 40 years to the point that we now have more makes and models than any other car parc in the world.

“So for an organisation like Burson Auto Parts, we had to invest in constantly adding new products to our range in line with the growth and diversity of the Australian car parc. As more automotive workshops were established, we then introduced tools and equipment to our range to meet our trade customer demand. Our product and store growth in the early years was really all about evolution rather than revolution,” Andrew stated.

Andrew recalls the first interstate store being opened in Albury and gradually moving into New South Wales from there, then onto the Gold Coast and further into Queensland and then into South Australia.

By the time 35 years had gone by, Andrew had overseen the parts, tools, workshop equipment, lubricants and chemical product ranges to stock 92 company owned Burson Auto Parts stores across the eastern seaboard of Australia through three major purpose built warehouses.

The sale of Burson Auto Parts in 2011 brought with it a combination of emotions for Andrew, whom together with company founder Garry Johnson had been there virtually from the start.

“For me the two emotions at the time of the sale were one of sadness, particularly for Garry, who was parting with the business he started from scratch. It was his baby that he was passionate about every single day for four decades.

“I was also personally sad, as this was only the third job that I had ever had in my career. It was, except for a handful of years in my youth, the only job that I had ever done. I also wasn’t at retirement age either, so it is true to say that there was some apprehension as to what the future would hold,” Andrew stated.

“The second emotion I experienced was one of excitement as the sale had placed the company in a position to take the next step and it was definitely the right time for Burson Auto Parts to take that next step, which under Darryl Abotomey’s leadership has and continues to be done extremely well,” He added. 

Andrew occupied the role of Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Merchandise and Procurement in his final five years with Burson Auto Parts.

“Things happened much faster during my last five years than at any time in the company’s history, but when you have the right people in the right positions, speed is not an issue. We have achieved some major milestones, including becoming a highly successful publicly listed company on the ASX. We also recruited some outstanding people during that time.

“I have a great affinity for Burson Auto Parts, it has been a massive part of my life, so it is only natural to be emotionally linked to it. My wife Sharron probably best sums it up. She says there are three B’s in my life and they are Burson Auto Parts, BMW and the Bombers!

Andrew Schram’s contribution to the industry has also included serving as Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) President and being a member of the AAAA National Council for more than a decade, culminating with his induction to the AAAA Hall of Fame in 2017.

During his tenure with the AAAA, Andrew played an integral role in the establishment of Right to Repair legislation that has recently passed through Federal Parliament.

“I am extremely proud to have played a part in the Burson Auto Parts journey towards its Golden Anniversary and I am even prouder to see Bapcor place this Australian company in such a strong position of growth and prosperity, while retaining the hard working and open culture cultivated by the original management team,” Andrew stated. 

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August 20, 2021 - CAPRICORN STATE OF THE NATION REPORT OUTLINES SIGNIFICANT AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS

Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive parts and business essentials cooperative, has completed the company’s second detailed industry study, the Capricorn State of the Nation 2021 report.

A strong representative group of over 2,000 Capricorn Members from Australia and New Zealand took part in this report, which provides up to date industry information from which all automotive service and repair business owners and operators can benefit.

Investment in automotive diagnostic technology tools in line with the advanced electronic sophistication of today’s cars is one issue addressed in the report which is bound to be an important consideration for industry participants wanting to grow and improve their businesses in the coming years.

One of the issues considered in this detailed 40 page Capricorn State of the Nation 2021 report, is how Australian and New Zealand automotive repairers are improving the efficiency of their business through tracking software and diagnostic technology.

37% of Capricorn Members are now always charging a fee for the time taken to diagnose problems, which represents a four percentage point increase since the inaugural Capricorn State of the Nation Report was conducted in 2020.

Two out of five Capricorn Members are also now using software to measure and track their operational efficiency, representing a nine percentage point increase from 2020. Tracking efficiency is important in accurately estimating, quoting and charging for service and repairs and can therefore have an impact on business profitability.

While these business developments are very positive, this report clearly outlines that the majority of respondents are not currently factoring in fees for diagnostic scanning or using tools to track efficiencies. The report also found that Australian Capricorn Members were more than twice as likely to use business tracking and efficiency software compared to their trans-Tasman counterparts. However, the report also found that 61% of Capricorn Members plan to improve their business efficiency and growth across the next 12 months.

26% of Capricorn State of the Nation 2021 report respondents are updating their diagnostic equipment every six months to ensure that they remain up to date with the vast number of makes and models being driven on Australian and New Zealand’s roads. This growing level of commitment represents ongoing investments by Capricorn Members towards the current and future success of their automotive service and repair businesses.

According to Bradley Gannon, Capricorn CEO of Automotive, “It is great to see Members looking ahead and thinking long term in the running of their business, including all of the value that’s tied up in the business they’ve built - that is absolutely the right mindset.”

Capricorn Group CEO David Fraser reiterated these sentiments following the completion of the Capricorn State of the Nation 2021 Report.

“Given the need to reinvest in diagnostic equipment every 16 months or so, all Members should be considering the costs of charging for diagnostics when determining their charges. The message here is if you’re not, you’re at risk of not covering your costs,” Mr Fraser stated.

“The Capricorn State of the Nation 2021 Report is a resource that will guide us towards a more successful future. It’s another way that we are all stronger together,” Mr Fraser added.

This detailed industry report provides information and recommendations that have been developed from the contributions of Capricorn Member businesses across the entire automotive service industry. Respondents included general automotive repairers, commercial and heavy duty vehicle specialists, auto electricians and collision repairers.

The Capricorn State of the Nation 2021 report provides solid information for business development, being one the most current snapshots of the total Australian and New Zealand automotive service industry.

This report is freely available to the Australian and New Zealand automotive trade (including non-Capricorn Members) and can be downloaded online at www.capricorn.coop/SoN


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August 9, 2021 - ROADSAFE - THE TOTAL 4WD PRODUCT RANGE FROM BAPCOR

Bapcor, the Asia Pacific region’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, is continually updating its comprehensive Roadsafe 4WD drive product range which is available exclusively from the company’s national trade and retail channels.

Roadsafe has been an Australian specialist in steering and suspension products for more than 40 years. Roadsafe is renowned for its industry leading on and off-road product development expertise and innovation that continues to lead the way in quality replacement parts for Australia’s highly specific and discerning 4WD market.

Roadsafe provides one of the largest 4WD parts ranges across a number of key product groups, including rated recovery tow points, diff drops and upper control arms, panhard rods, long rods, trailing arms, driveline spacers, bracketry, strut mounts, battery trays and underbody protection.

By offering such a detailed 4WD product range, Roadsafe provides application specific solutions that are comprehensively tested and constantly updated to best suit the highly diverse Australian 4WD car parc. Bapcor’s Roadsafe 4WD range covers everything from daily driving 4WDs to Specialist Offroad vehicles. Total quality is assured through Roadsafe’s in-house research and development that includes gruelling cyclic, FEA, destruction and drop testing regimes that ensure only the most durable and reliable parts make it to your 4WD workshop.

Drawing on one of the largest ranges of automotive chassis parts available in Australia, these resources enable Roadsafe to innovate by providing complete solutions for 4WD vehicle specific applications, focusing on each vehicle’s steering geometry and driveability.

All Roadsafe 4WD replacement parts meet or exceed OE specifications, offering exceptional performance that is supported by a comprehensive national warranty. \

“The quality engineering behind every Roadsafe 4WD component ensures exceptional performance and reliability,” stated Troy Schipper, Bapcor Product and R&D Manager.

“The Roadsafe 4WD range is without a doubt one of the largest available, backed by four decades of experience and knowledge from our people who know and understand the specifics of 4WD vehicles,” Mr Schipper added.

To find out more about the Roadsafe 4WD product range, visit www.roadsafe.com.au

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Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members.

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors. 

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale:  AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

To find out more about Bapcor visit us online at www.bapcor.com.au

 

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July 30, 2021 - TERRY PENNEY - ONE OF THE BURSON AUTO PARTS ORIGINALS

There are many people who have made invaluable contributions to Burson Auto Parts’ 50 years of success as the Australian automotive trade’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment.

One of the people that helped to create, nurture and build Burson Auto Parts from the ground up over his outstanding 32 year career with the company, is its former General Manager of Operations, Terry Penney.

Terry first came in contact with Burson co-founder Ron Burgoine while working at a service station in Melbourne back in 1972. Ron started doing business with the service station bringing carpet off-cuts sourced from Ford Australia that he and partner Garry Johnson had overlocked by a hard working team of women at his house, transforming them into mats.

These mats became incredibly successful, heralding the start of what was to come with these two Aussie automotive entrepreneurs. Gradually Ron and Garry expanded their range of parts and accessories that Terry sold on consignment at the service station. Terry recalls looking forward to Ron’s visits as he would bring fish and chips every Friday with their new deliveries of stock.

Terry was the mechanic at the service station and a fellow by the name of Andrew Schram (who would go on to forge an incredible 40 year career with Burson Auto Parts) was his apprentice. The quartet of Garry, Ron, Terry and Andrew had no idea at the time how integral each one of them would be in creating what has become an Australian automotive aftermarket business institution in the years to come.

Terry’s enthusiasm and professionalism was well noticed by Ron Burgoine, who told him that he had the “gift of the gab” and would be great in sales, offering Terry a job in 1975 as a Cash Van Driver with the now four year established Burson Auto Parts company.

Three years of being one of the top selling Burson Auto Parts cash van drivers followed, creating outstanding rapport with his trade customers. Terry would head to the company’s first warehouse in Heidelberg twice per week to replenish his stock and it was during one of these visits that Garry Johnson made him an offer that would shape the rest of his career.

“Garry approached me and said that they were looking at opening their first store, the former Lapco Auto Parts shop in Braybrook (Melbourne) that was complete with racking and was perfectly set up for us. Garry wanted me to manage it and despite not knowing a lot about store management - in fact nothing at all, I took the opportunity and quickly realised that I needed some help.”

“I called my mate Andrew Schram and told him we were opening up a store and I needed him on board. When he said “I’don’t know anything about that” I replied with “Neither do I, but we are doing it!”, Terry recalls.

As Terry and Andrew had worked together before, they shared similar hard working ethics and gelled brilliantly as the first Burson Auto Parts store manager and second in charge.
Both of the enthusiastic spare parts store debutants dived into their roles head-first and would actually compete with eachother as to who could do the fastest puncture repair or shelf stocking among many other duties. This is where Andrew started the role that would occupy the rest of his entire professional career, selecting the store’s stock in order to have exactly what their customers needed.

Terry and Andrew also actioned something from that first Burson Auto Parts store that forever changed the face of trade based automotive parts sales and service.

“We were looking at ways to improve our service to our rapidly growing numbers of trade customers. At that time, our competitors would do parts deliveries twice a day, once in mid-morning and once in the afternoon. We knew that our customers needed better service than that, so we introduced on-demand delivery of parts. This was incredibly successful for us, the trade loved having the parts as soon as they needed them and as we all know, this service is now a staple of the automotive parts business in Australia,” Terry said.

“I am very proud of how we were the first to do that, as having come from the workshop floor ourselves, we understood how important it was for workshops to get their parts as they needed them, in order to provide prompt service to their customers.” Terry added. 

Garry brought his marketing prowess to our focus on customer service and promoted Burson Auto Parts as “The Fastest in the West” given our location and our emphasis on providing the trade with the fastest possible service. The synergies of Garry and Ron’s business expertise combined with Terry and Andrew’s auto mechanical knowledge were already becoming obvious.

Terry managed the inaugural Burson Auto Parts store for two years before the start of the company’s expansion with the opening of the Aussie company’s second store in the bustling central location of City Road, South Melbourne. Terry oversaw this super-successful store for three years before making the move to a new store closer to his home territory in Essendon, which as a mad Bombers fan suited him fine. After another successful four years there, Garry Johnson made Terry another offer that would see his career continue to ascend with this burgeoning auto parts business.

“As the company was growing and given my experience with opening and running new stores, Garry asked me to become a Store Supervisor overseeing the performance of some ten stores by that stage. This would occupy the next few years and it was a welcome break from the duties of stocktaking and replenishing stock by hand, writing invoices by hand to each and every customer, manual accounting of takings, banking etc - absolutely everything was manually done in the stores, computers were still a long way off,” Terry said.

“I had even put together a store set-up team and I would jump into the car with them and drive to each new store location and have it set up within a couple of days ready for business, no matter where they were along the Eastern Seaboard or in regional areas.

We continued the store expansion program for several years and I moved into the Heidelberg head office to work alongside Garry to plan new store locations to best suit the requirements of our growing trade customer base. Andrew Schram had also moved into the head office by this time, firmly focussed on locating, establishing, developing and securing relationships with premium quality product suppliers.

“Business was going extremely well, we had more stores and we had managed to develop a strong rapport with the trade. It was at this time that Garry and Ron Burgoine split, which was sad from my perspective as I was very close friends with Ron, it was because of his belief in my potential that I became a part of the company,” Terry stated.

According to Terry, “From that point my relationship with Garry became much stronger. His professional and personal guidance helped me so much in the years that followed. I never made it to secondary school, I had worked full time from the age of 14, so I was clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I had a very determined, hard working ethic. Garry taught me so much and we remained side by side for the rest of my career.”

Terry went from supervising new stores to becoming the company’s head of sales and even took care of the company’s delivery vehicle fleets over the years. He was also involved in human resources as well for what had become a 70 store Burson Auto Parts network. There wasn’t a part of the Burson Auto Parts business that Terry was not involved in across his remarkable 32 year career with the company.

“We were extremely thin at the executive management level - for the entirety of my career it was Garry, Andrew and myself running everything. We knew then that the time was coming where the reigns needed to be handed over for Burson Auto Parts to take its next leaps forward. Darryl Abotomey and his Bapcor team has certainly done and continues to do this,” Terry stated.

“I am so incredibly impressed and proud at what Darryl and his team has achieved since taking over the company and making it a part of the Asia-Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket company with Bapcor. They have some outstanding people who have grown and developed since I retired in 2007 and some incredibly impressive new people who have been integral to the company’s truly remarkable growth and success,” Terry said.

“I knew and I am sure that Garry and Andrew also knew that we had run our race with the company - we had taken it as far as we could. I had retired before Garry sold the business, as I promised I would at 60 years of age - and that was definitely the right thing for me to do as the stress for such a small management team was becoming too much. Andrew and I had gone from being mechanics in a service station to becoming company directors of one of nation’s top trade parts suppliers during our careers,” He stated.

“It was time for new leadership that respected and continued the successful business culture that the three of us had so carefully crafted over the years and I have been so impressed with Bapcor’s management, commitment to the Australian automotive trade and preservation of the Burson Auto Parts business culture,” stated Terry.

Aside from watching the company grow so strongly during his retirement, another source of extreme pride for Terry is that his son, Aaron, has followed in his father’s footsteps in working for the company. Aaron Penney is one of Burson Auto Parts’ National Key Accounts Managers, having joined the team in 2020.

The celebration of Burson Auto Parts’ Golden Anniversary represents an excellent opportunity to recognise Terry Penney, the first ever Burson Auto Parts store manager and his immeasurable contribution to the success of this outstanding Australian automotive aftermarket company.

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July 26, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE MUSEUM OF VEHICLE EVOLUTION

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts extends the company’s 50th Anniversary celebrations to regional Victoria by becoming a partner of an exciting new chapter of our country’s motoring heritage and culture.

Burson Auto Parts has joined forces with the Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) located in the Victorian rural city of Shepparton. MOVE is a community based, not for profit enterprise that is creating a cultural heritage attraction for all motoring enthusiasts to visit and enjoy.

MOVE was established with significant funding gained from the Australian Federal Government, the Victorian State Government, the City of Greater Shepparton and the transport industry.

Scheduled to open in August this year, MOVE presents the history of transport all the way from bicycles to motorcycles, cars and trucks, featuring a series of iconic vehicles that helped to build modern Australia.

Burson Auto Parts marks the proud Australian company’s 50 year history at MOVE with presentation sponsorship of the Southern Wall of the car museum, including signage, a display area and video wall brand coverage at this impressive new complex.

Burson Auto Parts will also be using MOVE for regional Victorian customer and staff training events, providing all guests with access to a highly unique and interesting motoring venue that is sure to be well received.

“We are delighted to be involved with this exciting new historical motoring museum in our home state, which is opening as we celebrate Burson Auto Parts’ Golden Anniversary,” Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Marketing, Anthony Hughes stated.

“Our partnership with MOVE enables us to showcase our long Australian history in supplying the parts that keep our nation’s cars on the road while also being intrinsically involved with the many special events that will be held there each year including their annual car show,” Mr Hughes added.

Burson Auto Parts has grown from a business started by company founders Garry Johnson and partner Ron Burgoine who sold parts from the boots of their cars to mechanics, to becoming Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment after opening their first store in Victoria back in 1971.

The company has since become one of Australia’s true blue success stories with a total of 200 nationwide stores employing more than 1,500 staff with a fleet of almost 1,000 carbon offset delivery vehicles ensuring that mechanics always have access to premium quality parts, fast.

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July 23, 2021  - BAPCOR.THE UNSEEN PARTS OF EVERY AUSTRALIAN JOURNEY

Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions, Bapcor will launch its latest campaign, ‘The unseen parts of every Australian journey’ this weekend.

Co-inciding with the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games, it’s the first campaign created by AJF for Bapcor since their appointment as creative services agency last month.

Highlighting the important role that Bapcor brands play in the lives of every Australian, the campaign takes viewers on a journey through the lens of the parts, products and services offered by Bapcor brands, including Burson Autoparts, Autobarn, Autopro, Midas, WANO and Truckline.

Bapcor GM Brand Management, Frances Palmer said, “As Australia’s leading provider of automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services, we wanted to demonstrate that Bapcor is a critical part of every great journey right across Australia, from the suburbs to the bush, from the top end to down south.

“With the launch of this campaign taking place during the Tokyo Olympics, we are excited to share the enthusiasm and passion for the quintessential Aussie road trip that all our customers share.”

AJF Creative Director, Andy Jones added, “Over the years almost everyone in Australia has used one of Bapcor's brands or services, parts or products but they just may not have realised it. It was a key insight we discovered together.

“Working alongside the Bapcor team, it was a really fun job bringing the brand to life and showing the expansive nature of an Australian-owned and operated brand with over 1,000 locations and over 5,000 staff.”

The campaign launches this weekend during the Olympic Games across Seven’s Olympic and Paralympic programming, supported by digital and outdoor.

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Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members. Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

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July 20, 2021 - DAYCO'S THREE FACILITIES RECOGNISED BY GENERAL MOTORS "SUPPLIER QUALITY EXCELLENCE AWARD 2020" FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
 
Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty, and industrial market segments has been awarded General Motors “Supplier Quality Excellence Award 2020” for its outstanding performance in the year 2020. The award recognises Dayco’s manufacturing sites: Mt. Pleasant, USA, San Luis Potosi (SLP), Mexico and Manesar, India. This marks the second consecutive year that Dayco has been presented with the prominent honor of delivering high-quality products to General Motors (GM).
 
Selected by GM’s global teams, the award-winning suppliers have distinguished themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements with a very stringent set of quality performance criteria, in turn providing GM with innovative technologies and the highest quality in the automotive industry.
 
Throughout the challenging year 2020, Dayco has been at the forefront to deliver high-quality solutions supporting GM’s vision of working together towards a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion for a sustainable and safe tomorrow.

“For Dayco, winning this prestigious quality award for its USA, Mexico, and India facilities for the second consecutive year is the recognition for a long-term, cohesive and innovative partnership. It’s based on seamless professional excellence and the global supply of premium quality products to General Motors for engine and drive systems. I congratulate the whole Dayco team who worked diligently in these unprecedented times, not allowing any compromise on quality, to achieve accolades from valued customers like General Motors and support the automotive revolution”, stated Michael Weiss, President Global Hybrid Solutions at Dayco.


“At Dayco, “Move forward, Always” is forever at the core of whatever we do, and with 100+ years of customer trust, we have been consistently delivering world-class products, meeting industry standards and bringing futuristic technological advancements that safeguard the environment and reduce emissions.” Mr Weiss added.


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Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture, and industrial applications.
 
Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements.  Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need. We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything we do.
 
Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 4,000 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the Company’s website at www.dayco.com.

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July 8, 2021 - PROTEX - THE BRAND FOR BRAKES

Bapcor, the Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, continues to deliver on its commitment to provide the Australian automotive trade with the most comprehensive range of world class replacement parts.

Through the Australian company’s Specialist Wholesale division, Bapcor Mechanical, the company has invested significantly in a full redevelopment of the industry renowned and trusted Protex brand.

Protex is well recognised in the industry for premium quality brake system replacement products following three decades of reliable use by automotive technicians across the country. Bapcor Mechanical has enhanced and revitalised the Protex brand offering an unrivalled product range of more than 20,000 SKUs covering the vast majority of vehicles being driven on Australia’s roads.

The new and upgraded Protex Brakes range takes advantage of the latest innovations in advanced brake component design, features and durability. Some of these features include the corrosion inhibiting Ultracoat Z360 brake rotor coating which also enables faster fitment. Optimised rotor vane designs resist warping and ensure optimal heat dissipation, while the new Protex multi-layered brake pads feature optimised shims, chamfer and slotting to reduce noise and vibration. All Protex Ceramic brake pads include a pre-scorched surface for instant braking performance straight out of the box.

Two new premium quality Protex ranges join the core Ultra brake product range, Protex 4WD and Protex Ultra Performance brake components. These brake components represent an upgrade to standard OE replacement brakes, for those drivers wanting more specialised performance from their brakes. Harnessing the latest in braking performance technology, Protex upgrade brakes enable repairers to cater for specific and demanding 4WD and high performance vehicle driving requirements.

All Protex 4WD and Performance rotors are manufactured using a high carbon formulation that provides optimum stability under high thermal stress. These specially engineered brake rotors also include custom slotting, drilling and varied optimal vane designs. All Protex heavy duty 4WD brake pads are also copper free to ensure cleaner waterways, limiting their environmental impact. These new Protex brake components are packaged with assembly grease and hardware kits where needed.

The comprehensive Protex brake product range includes hydraulic components, drums, hoses, shoes, calipers and brake kits ensuring that every repairer can easily access any braking component for vehicles of any age or commercial application from the one national supplier.

“This completely redeveloped Protex brake product range represents Bapcor’s commitment to total quality and end customer safety through the outstanding braking performance that can be expected when selecting any Protex product,” stated Bapcor CEO and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey.

“It is clear that the trade has embraced the Protex range since we revamped it just over one year ago and we are committed to continual product quality and range growth into the future,” Mr Abotomey added.

Find out more about the Protex brake products range at www.protexparts.com.au.

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ABOUT BAPCOR 

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members.

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive (WANO)

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.


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July 8, 2021 - CAPRICORN RISING STARS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED


Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, is delighted to announce the top 5 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition finalists.

A record breaking 600 plus Capricorn Members from across Australia and New Zealand nominated their star apprentices for this prized annual accolade that rewards and recognises the automotive aftermarket industry’s leaders of the future.

The top five Capricorn Rising Star Apprentice of the Year competition finalists are:

Ben Brown - CWR Motorsport (NZ)

Adam McDonald - Voltaic Auto Electrical (WA)

Jordon Dodge - Mark Dodge Auto Repairs (QLD)

Paige Scully - Krupic Auto Repairs (VIC)

Thomas Rutzou - Jag & British Prestige Service (VIC)

All have been noted by their employers for leadership skills beyond their years, along with their outstanding willingness to learn, along with displaying genuine pride and enthusiasm for their work and future automotive aftermarket career potential.

Once again, the talented 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition finalists include a diverse range of backgrounds and specialisations continuing an encouraging trend. After a challenging 2020, it is promising to see such a high calibre of apprentices nominated and an increasing number of young women entering the automotive servicing and repair industry.

Given such a broad number of Capricorn Rising Star nominations this year, the judging process to identify the top five finalists proved to be a detailed task for the panel of Rising Star competition judges, headed by Capricorn Automotive CEO, Bradley Gannon.

“We are delighted with the record number of nominations that our Members submitted this year. Given the industry wide shortage of qualified repairers, it has never been more important that we support and encourage our apprentices - and it is clear that there are many young star performers working in our Members’ workshops,” Mr Gannon stated.

“The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year competition enables our Members to show their apprentices the bright future that awaits them and to maintain their passion for the industry to forge a long and successful automotive career,” Mr Gannon added.

Capricorn conducts this industry renowned Apprentice of the Year competition with the generous support of program sponsors Castrol, Repco and The Workshop Whisperer, who have donated several outstanding prizes for the finalists, their nominating workshops and of course the soon to be announced overall 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year.

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July 6, 2021 - WANO - THE NEW PARTS DESTINATION FOR JAPANESE AND ASIAN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

At last, One call - One search - Get your part - Get back on the road

WANO is the new name that commercial vehicle and light truck owners and operators need to know when chasing crucial, high quality, guaranteed fit parts that keep the fleet on the road.

WANO absorbs the expertise and vast commercial vehicle parts sourcing capabilities of HIM Spares, Don Kyatt Queensland, He Knows Truck Parts, I Know Parts, Japanese Trucks Australia, Japanese Commercial Spares and Truck Parts Dubbo. These outstanding businesses now combine into one as WANO, combining more than half a century of industry experience supported by the automotive aftermarket resources and customer service capabilities of the Bapcor Group.

All of the highly specialised businesses that form WANO have a strong heritage and proven track record in the rapid sourcing and fast supply of quality Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle parts. Now together as the one national and highly specialised commercial vehicle parts provider. This one stop national parts destination provides Australia’s most comprehensive range of parts to suit Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle makes and models.

In-house workshops, external service agents, panel shops, cooling system specialists, auto electricians and tuners for commercial vehicles - one speed dial call to 1300 59 59 44 connects them to a highly experienced parts interpreter and over 70,000 SKU lines across 15 locations, with more on the way.

Driveline, body, suspension, chassis, electrics, cooling, lubrication, consumables. If it’s not in stock, WANO will source the part directly to minimise an operator’s down time. 

One call connects to the supply chains of seven of the biggest independent suppliers of Japanese and Asian commercial vehicles. Operators of Isuzu, Hino, Fuso, UD, Toyota, Nissan and LDV in light commercial classes are all covered.

Independent servicing workshops can forget the 15 to 30 minute phone chase around for a single part that’s holding up the job. A single contact now links commercial vehicle owners and operators to Australia’s largest resource of aftermarket parts for commercial vehicles in the crucial last-mile logistics sector including couriers, delivery drivers, buses and charters.

WANO’s in-store, online (www.wano.com.au) or over the phone service backed by industry leading and constantly updated commercial vehicle parts cataloguing also helps to keep Australia’s commercial vehicle fleet on the move.

According to Mathew Cooper, Executive General Manager of Bapcor Mechanical, WANO represents the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in Australia’s commercial vehicle parts business.

“Combining more than a half century of expertise and premium quality parts sourcing for Australia’s constantly growing Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle sector, WANO brings a new level of stockholding, customer service and convenience to this important automotive aftermarket sector through this new and unique national brand,” Mr Cooper stated.

“In seeking to provide the best possible customer service and value to as many repairers as possible, we plan to extend the WANO store national footprint to reach 40 stores by 2025 to meet the demand of this growing automotive aftermarket sector,” He added.

WANO is the new name representing Australia’s unrivalled leaders in Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle parts, locate your closest store by calling 1300 59 59 44 or visit WANO online at www.wano.com.au.

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June 24, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS CONTINUES WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GROWTH

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts, our nation’s preferred supplier of parts, tools, equipment and accessories to the trade, continues to enjoy strong growth in Western Australia.

Burson Auto Parts has increased its regional automotive trade reach with two newly opened stores in Albany and Bunbury, joining the existing Geraldton store, making access to Australia’s broadest range of quality service and replacement automotive parts easier for the regional automotive trade in Western Australia.

Along with the regional stores, there is also a total of ten Perth metropolitan Burson Auto Parts stores located in close proximity to automotive repairers and service centres in Welshpool, Bibra Lake, Canningvale, Joondalup, Malaga, Mandurah, Midvale, Myaree, Osborne Park and Rockingham.

To celebrate the opening of the Geraldton and Bunbury Burson Auto Parts stores, major trade nights were held that attracted hundreds of local trade customers. These events also saw the major prize draw of the special opening trade promotions for both of these regional Western Australian stores. Two John Papas Trailers filled with quality outdoor, camping and electronic products to the value of $8,000 were given away at these bumper events.

In a major vote of confidence for the Perth automotive aftermarket industry and to provide even better service to local repairers, Burson Auto Parts has several more stores planned for metro and regional Western Australia. These new stores will also create several exciting employment opportunities for local people seeking to start or continue to develop their automotive aftermarket industry careers.

The Burson Auto Parts Welshpool store replaces the former Belmont store and is located adjacent to two Bapcor Group warehouses providing this and all Perth stores with access to more than 10,000 square metres of Western Australian based stock. This directly translates to more Burson Auto Parts customers gaining immediate access to more parts, delivered on demand.

Being actively involved within the local communities of each Burson Auto Parts store is an important part of the Australian company’s business philosophy. So it made perfect sense that the company got behind one of Albany’s biggest and colourful motoring events.

The Burson Auto Parts Albany Classic “Around the Houses” motor race event was held on June 5 and 6. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, this historic race saw over 150 classic cars take part in front of more than 10,000 spectators. This popular local motorsport event aligned well with the many Burson Auto Parts’ 50th Anniversary celebrations taking place across the country during 2021.

Burson Auto Parts also secured the naming rights sponsorship for the Western Australia based Australian Automotive Service Dealer Network (AASDN) Annual General Meeting and Gala Dinner held on June 19 at the Crown Entertainment Complex.

According to John Wood, Burson Auto Parts’ Western Australia State Manager, “The last six years since we opened our first Western Australia Burson Auto Parts store, to now having 13 and with more to come, has been, in typical Burson style, a truly whirlwind ride.”

“In Western Australia we now employ around 100 full time team members with a fleet of more than 40 dedicated delivery vehicles that provide quick and efficient delivery of the biggest and best brands of automotive parts, tools and equipment.

“I am looking forward to the next phase of our continued Western Australian growth in line with the growth of the entire Burson Auto Parts nationwide store network,” Mr Wood stated.

Locate your closest Burson Auto Parts store by calling 1300 BURSON (287 766) or visit Burson Auto Parts online at www.burson.com.au.

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The Burson Auto Parts Albany Classic “Around the Houses” historic motor race event celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year, co-inciding with Burson Auto Parts’ 50th Anniversary celebrations.

 
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June 17, 2021 - PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT NATIONAL TRAINING FACILITY OPENED IN BRISBANE

Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, Bapcor, has opened a National Training Facility in Brisbane for the exclusive use of Precision Automotive Equipment and Burson Auto Parts team members, customers and suppliers.

Providing an important product training resource, this highly equipped new training facility enables Bapcor Automotive team members to become fully acquainted with the latest in workshop equipment technology, operation, safety features and much more.

This new high tech automotive training facility features two bays of fully functional workshop equipment, including the latest Precision Automotive Equipment exclusive Hunter Engineering and Rotary Lift products, with more new products to be added as they are introduced to the company’s broad equipment range.

The new training facility allows for hands-on training for sales teams, service technicians and customers taking delivery of these premium quality equipment products. The facility is also a premium showcase for trade customers to inspect these premium quality workshop equipment products in full operation. 

Along with the two fully equipped vehicle service bays, the facility includes a training room dedicated to the latest in vehicle diagnostics equipment, along with a formal seated training room complete with audio visual equipment.

Located in Brisbane, close to both the airport and the city, the new training facility is perfectly located for fly in and fly out training sessions while also being centrally located for Precision Automotive Equipment’s many Queensland based customers.

Precision Automotive Equipment suppliers can also use this facility for product training purposes. A great deal of interest exists among the company’s team members, suppliers and customers in relation to the training opportunities that this new facility can provide.

“As automotive diagnostics and general workshop equipment continues to technologically evolve, detailed product training becomes much more important. It ensures that our team members and customers gain a strong understanding of the premium quality equipment products that we offer,” stated Peter Hewitt, General Manager, Precision Automotive Equipment.

“We look forward to conducting many training sessions in our new training facility and to welcoming our suppliers to also make use of this excellent training resource,” Mr Hewitt added.

To find out more about the new Precision Automotive Equipment National Training Facility and to organise specific product training opportunities contact Precision Automotive Equipment by calling 1300 366 252.

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

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June 9, 2021 - DAYCO IMPROVES CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH MOBILE CATALOGUE APP UPDATE 7.0

To further  improve its up to date product and application information, Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has released the latest update to its “multi-award-winner” mobile catalogue app.

Version 7.0 of the catalogue app, which contains technical information and details about Dayco replacement parts for passenger car, light and heavy trucks, buses, snowmobiles, all-terrain-vehicles, powersports, agricultural equipment and off-highway applications, is now available from the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

The app, which allows customers anywhere in the world to search more than 40,000 Dayco SKUs, includes features such as make and model search, interchanges, technical information, installation instructions and product spec data, as well as graphic design enhancements. In addition, it also provides direct links to Dayco social media pages.

Version 7.0 has also been updated with a new design to showcase the strength of the Dayco brand and the latest technology which improves performance and functionality, making it easier than ever for customers to access product information and the most relevant vehicle data, such as pictures, routings and layouts, technical instructions, videos, and allows users to save their own searches and filter products by categories.

“We completely rebuilt and revamped the app with a new framework with the objective to provide the same user experience and performance on both the most recent and oldest devices. This version makes it easier than ever for our customers to access product information and the most relevant vehicle data and technical information. As customer satisfaction is our top priority, it also gives us the opportunity to add more innovative features in the future,” said Enzo Rabante, Senior IT Manager - Global Digital Solutions, for Dayco.

More info can be found here: https://www.daycoaftermarket.com/en/dayco-app/

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June 1, 2021 - BUSY BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW FOR PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT

Precision Automotive Equipment, one of Australia’s leading premium quality workshop equipment suppliers and installers, enjoyed a strong presence at the welcome return of the Brisbane Truck Show from May 13 to 16, 2021.

The first major national industry trade show to take place since the pandemic distruption, the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show proved to be a major success with strong visitor numbers and quality exhibitors covering the entire heavy duty commercial vehicle spectrum.

Ensuring a strong and unmissable presence at this major industry event, Precision Automotive Equipment had two stands that proved to be worthwhile, given the vast number of customer visits gained throughout the bumper three day event.

One of the stands showcased the Precision Automotive Equipment’s exclusive Hunter Engineering HD Inspection Lane, while the second stand highlighted the outstanding JALTEST Commercial Vehicle Diagnostic Unit. 

The Hunter Engineering HD Inspection Lane was of major interest as it unveiled the world’s first unmanned heavy duty inspection lane, which will be exclusively available soon from Precision Automotive Equipment. Inspection of this world first technological advancement drew a great deal of visitor attention. Three Hunter Engineering product experts were on hand throughout the show to answer questions and provide detailed technical information.

The JALTEST Commercial Vehicle Diagnostic Unit was featured on the second Precision Automotive Equipment stand at the show. Diagnostics category manager Jordan Aylott provided demonstrations and in-depth system procedure run-throughs for the many highly interested show visitors.

“Following the year of uncertainty that we have endured, it was fantastic to see the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show return as such a successful major industry event. Interest in both our Hunter Engineering and JALTEST innovations, along with our general workshop equipment and fit out services made it a more than worthwhile show to be a part of,” Stated Peter Hewitt, General Manager of Precision Automotive Equipment.

The Precision Automotive Equipment team were proud to be a part of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show and are looking forward to it returning in 2023.

Precision Automotive Equipment is a part of Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, Bapcor Limited, ensuring the procurement and supply of the world’s highest quality heavy duty and general vehicle workshop equipment products. These premium quality products are supported by Precision Automotive Equipment’s industry leading automotive workshop turnkey fit-out services.

To find out more about how Precision Automotive Equipment can assist your automotive business, call 1300 366 252 or visit  www.precisionautomotive.com.au.  

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June 8, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS MAKES A BIG SPLASH AT THE 2021 GOODYEAR AUTO CARE CONFERENCE

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, workshop equipment and accessories, Burson Auto Parts, has made big splash at this year’s Goodyear Auto Care national conference.

Burson Auto Parts was one of the Platinum sponsors of this major industry event which was held at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas from May 20 to 24.

This major event gathered the national team of Goodyear Auto Care franchisees and executive management along with a number of major suppliers for the first time since the pandemic disruption.

Along with being an event Platinum sponsor, Burson Auto Parts also provided Goodyear Auto Care conference delegates with an exciting Great Barrier Reef cruise that proved to be a major highlight of the four day event.

Within the supplier exhibition component of the conference, Burson Auto Parts was joined by fellow Bapcor company, Precision Automotive Equipment with two prominent stands. These stands included product displays and highly experienced team members providing technical information and advice to all throughout the event.

To provide additional excitement for the event for the Goodyear Auto Care conference delegates, Burson Auto Parts gave away a $10,000 Kincrome Dominator Tool Kit as a major prize during the conference, along with smaller consolation prizes. In keeping with the summer feel and local climate of this industry event, Burson Auto Parts also gave away 200 Burson Beach Bags complete with hat, water bottle and hand sanitiser to conference delegates.

According to Richard Rindfleish, Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Sales, “This was an excellent conference held in an outstanding location. I am sure that all who took part enjoyed their visit to the far north coast of Queensland, particularly after the disrupted year that we have endured.

“We were delighted to be a Platinum sponsor and to have partnered with this growing and proactive automotive service and repair group,” Mr Rindfleish added. 

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June 4, 2021 - DAYCO AND PHYSIS PARTNER TO DEVELOP WORLD-CLASS HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE MODULES

Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty, and industrial market segments has entered a strategic partnership with Ningbo Physis Technology Co., Ltd. (Physis), a global leader in the design and manufacture of world-class products and solutions for the fields of motion control & energy conversion. This partnership will allow further development of hybrid system solutions for light and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers across the globe.

Dayco’s system know-how and integration capabilities coupled with Physis’ capabilities in the field of motion control will allow us to provide a highly optimized and efficient Dayco Hybrid Module (DHM), for P2 hybrid architecture electrifying both light and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles as well as improving the system performance and reliability.

“For more than a decade, Dayco has supplied components and sub-systems for BSG mild-hybrid powertrains, also known as P0 Architecture, that continuously improve fuel savings and reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining durability. Together with Physis, Dayco continues to advance the electrification of vehicles. Our core product and R&D teams are laser-focused on system integration and delivering best-in-class hybrid electric drives that provide industry leading efficiency and performance.”, said Wouter Nijenhuis, Executive Vice President of OE Sales and Business Development for Dayco. “We are committed to investing in research and development and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to provide best in class and environment friendly technologies to our customers.”

Modular, compact, and scalable, DHM electrifies an extensive line of both light and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles with the end goal being electrification and hybridization in the most efficient and sustainable manner. Dependent upon customer needs, there are unique solutions that meet exact specifications from low (48V) to high (800V) voltage solutions; and, DHM can either be fully integrated or added as a bolt-on solution to existing powertrains.

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About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture, and industrial applications.

Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles.  Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements.  Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need.  We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything we do.

Dayco has more than 40 locations in 21 countries and over 4,000 associates. For more information about Dayco, visit the Company’s website at  www.dayco.com


About Physis

Physis is a global leader in the fields of motion control and energy conversion, both in automotive and other industrial sectors.

Inspired by the vision “to find the beauty in motion control with technology and intelligence”, Physis has been developing experiences in several application fields and is now widely appreciated for its innovation capabilities, which deliver to its customers “state of the art” solutions in the field of motion control.  After twenty years’ development, Physis is now a company growing a network of subsidiaries both in China and in Italy in the fields of new energy and automation. 

For more information about Physis, visit the Company’s website at  www.physis.com.cn/en/index.aspx

 

 


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May 31, 2021 - BAPCOR WORKSHOPS AND SERVICE DIVISION IMPLEMENTS GROWTH STRATEGY

The Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist company, Bapcor Limited, has placed significant focus on the growth and development of its consumer facing Australian automotive service division, incorporating the Midas Auto Care and ABS franchise store networks.

Midas, one of the nation’s best recognised automotive service brands, has seen a major overhaul of its retail operations which has included a detailed review of store locations and franchisee recruitment, business training and development. It has included a comprehensive assessment and enhancement of Midas national marketing programs.

Headed by Rob Lewis, Bapcor Retail General Manager - Workshops and Service, everything from the Midas Auto Care brand identity, scope of automotive services offered to consumers, pricing and service work transparency, including its dedicated customer service program, has been reviewed and significantly enhanced over the past 24 months.

The result is a total of 74 Midas stores across the nation and a clear growth plan, together with an enthusiastic and dedicated network of franchisees who are constantly welcoming new and existing customers that are being delivered to their stores. This is being achieved through year-round national television, radio and digital media advertising campaigns, accompanied by high value consumer offers, such as the Midas ‘Free 5-Point Vehicle Safety Check’.

Midas Auto Care stores and the newly introduced Midas Tyre and Auto Care workshops are enjoying strong, above-industry sales growth as a result of Bapcor’s marketing strategies, business improvement programs and its network of customer-focussed franchisees.

The expansion of the Midas’ service offering to include tyres as a specialised category represents exciting opportunities for additional business growth, as more Australian motorists can select the mechanics that they trust for all of their tyre replacement needs, providing access to all of the major tyre brands.

The success that Midas Auto Care franchisees are enjoying is reaching every corner of the industry. Independent automotive workshops continue to approach the company seeking to transform their businesses to Midas Auto Care stores. This significantly increases new customer generation, aligning with a national service brand and reaping the benefits of Midas’ national marketing and advertising exposure. They see this as an opportunity to grow profitability and to build the future value of their businesses.

“The Midas retail brand proposition is as “Your local mechanic you can trust”, challenges dealership servicing with Midas as the value brand. We provide consumers with excellent value through our transparent and easy to understand the 3-tier service offer nationwide, accompanied by highly effective national promotions,” stated Rob Lewis.

“The brand’s growth and customer loyalty speak volumes for the trust that we have created with our customers. Midas makes it easy for customers to book a service online and be able to see exactly what is included in each of Midas 3-tier vehicle service offers: Essential Service, Extensive Service and Scheduled Service. It is very quick and easy to locate and contact your nearest Midas store. Our online service bookings have increased by over 50% year on year as a result,” Mr Lewis said.

“Whether vehicle owners are watching television, listening to the radio or engaging in social media, the Midas Auto Care messaging is being clearly seen and heard across all of our retail target markets,” He added.

“As a direct result of our Midas business growth, we are receiving requests from existing franchisees to invest further in new Midas franchise opportunities. We are also being approached by independent automotive workshop owners who feel they have grown as far as they can on their own and want to take their business to the next level, by becoming a Midas franchisee,” Mr Lewis stated.

“It is a great position for Midas to be in and testament to the work the Bapcor Service team has done over the past two years,” He added.

An added motivation for independent workshops to become Midas Auto Care franchisees relates to increasing the future value of their business. Aligning with a national brand with its ongoing marketing support and the business this delivers provides the potential to significantly increase the value of any automotive service and repair business.

A second automotive franchise within Bapcor’s Service division is ABS, a smaller automotive service network specialising in retail vehicle servicing and in select locations, the supply of specialised automotive components to the trade. This network comprises of 31 franchisees located across the country.

“ABS stores provide consumers with comprehensive full servicing, plus specialised brake, clutch and suspension replacements. In specific locations, a number of stores are integral to the supply of automotive parts to trade customers.   

Bapcor’s Service division has a clearly defined road map for store network growth and the implementation of this program has been very successful. Midas, an Australian owned company, has substantially increased its consumer awareness, ranking in the country’s top three service networks for share of voice.

“We have invested significantly in developing the offering and value of Bapcor’s Service businesses and are well positioned to accelerate our growth” stated Bapcor CEO and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey.

“Our commitment to this growth plan and the Midas customer value proposition along with our dedication to franchise industry best practice training and support, coupled with the dedication of our Midas and ABS franchisees, all combines to form a winning formula for Australian motorists,” Mr Abotomey added. 

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Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members. Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

To find out more about Bapcor visit us online at www.bapcor.com.au


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May 28, 2021 - MARINELLI MOTORSPORT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS – MAKE THAT 26!

Paul Marinelli established his automotive aftermarket and motorsport specialised public relations and marketing services company, Marinelli Motorsport Pty Ltd in Melbourne back in February 1995. As 2020 marked the company’s 25th Anniversary, in being such a disrupted year there was no opportunity to mark this special milestone with any kind of significant celebration.

Now in the 26th year of operation, there is a much more positive outlook across both the aftermarket and motorsport industries. This makes 2021, the company’s 26th Anniversary, a far better time to make some noise about this major achievement.

It all started for Marinelli after he became a radio announcer and reporter working with a number of Melbourne radio stations during the late 80’s and early 90’s. After being recruited by Melbourne all-sports formatted radio station 3UZ, Marinelli became the station’s motorsport reporter, providing news bulletin and program updates from Australian and international motor racing events. Marinelli also provided freelance editorial contributions to several motoring and motor racing publications from major local and international motorsport events.

It was at the Australian motor racing events where racing team sponsors and suppliers would request Marinelli’s assistance to promote their products to the trade and beyond. This identified a niche to combine automotive aftermarket and motor racing industry specialised PR services. The motorsport and writing experience gained from more than a decade as a journalist and the automotive aftermarket experience from the family business he grew up in.

Family patriarch Dino Marinelli owned and operated a busy European vehicle specialised sales and service business in Melbourne’s Lygon Street across four decades. This saw Paul and his younger brother David in the workshop most weekends and school holidays, instilling a detailed technical understanding of car servicing, repairs and importantly, local and imported automotive parts.

The combination of Marinelli’s media experience and the family business based automotive service and repair industry knowledge, combined with his passion for motorsport, saw him branch out on his own in February 1995.

He did this retaining strong relationships with the media outlets in which he had previously worked along with his motoring and motor racing media contacts gained during those journalism years.

“It was a very exciting time when I decided to set up my business” Marinelli stated.

“The Australian Grand Prix was just about to move across to Melbourne and with that came a significant amount of increased corporate interest in motorsport. The Australian Touring Car Championship also got its act together and successfully became V8 Supercars shortly after, having a similar effect.

“A number of the companies who sponsored my radio reports and program updates on 3UZ came along for the ride with me in my new business. They believed in my idea to provide motor racing reporting services to radio stations nationally, while also taking advantage of my PR services to promote their products directly to the trade and to consumers,” He said.

Within one year, Marinelli Motorsport was supplying more than 25 national capital city and their regional affiliate radio stations with reports from the Australian Touring Car Championship, selected international Formula One, IndyCar and 500cc World Championship events and just about everything inbetween, including Nascar / Auscar, Super Tourers, Drag Racing and World Rally Championship events.

These media services along with his growing PR stable of automotive aftermarket clients shaped his one-man operation into a highly specialised automotive aftermarket and motor racing marketing consultancy, with word quickly spreading across both industries of the media coverage his clients were gaining.

The first Marinelli PR (automotive aftermarket) client was the SAAS Manufacturing Company, a local company that was up there with the best in the world for motor racing and automotive aftermarket vehicle seats and steering wheels, established by well known automotive aftermarket industry identity and former AAAA President, Terry Mahoney.

“Terry was more than a client for me, he was my mentor and a dear friend. He helped me through the difficult initial years with excellent advice and support. We had been intrinsically linked from my radio reporting years and well into the formative years of my business.

“He was constantly advocating on my behalf to his aftermarket industry colleagues and he instilled a ‘near enough isn’t good enough’ attitude that I have followed to this day,” Marinelli said.

The opportunity for Marinelli Motorsport to work with major motor racing categories and teams to handle their media communications came soon after. One of them was with champion V8 Supercar driver Glenn Seton and his Ford Credit Racing team for the 1996 season.

“It was a big jump and a great opportunity to work with one of the country’s most talented and accomplished racing drivers - albeit that this was very early in my motor racing PR career and there were more than a few people who thought that I wasn’t up to the job - but the media coverage that I generated quietened them down pretty quickly,” Marinelli said.

“I really enjoyed working with Glenn and his team, they were consummate professionals. It was also the start of a friendship with Glenn that would span more than 25 years and would find us working together again in the future,” he added.

Marinelli joined forces with Australia’s fastest motor racing category, Formula Holden in 1998. He was enamoured by these loud and powerful open wheelers and established relationships with many racing drivers, some of whom would progress to major success both locally and internationally.

“I’ll never forget organising media interviews for then 15 year old Kiwi driver Scott Dixon (who went on to become a multiple Indy 500 and IndyCar Championship winner) along with the many other drivers who went on to find major success in Supercars and other international categories. It was a privilege to help promote them during their formative years and to watch their career progression in future years,” Marinelli said.

“It was a fantastic series and we really managed to make an impact with the major media outlets as well. Getting the entire front page of the Herald Sun with an onboard Formula Holden shot on the Friday of the 1998 Australian Grand Prix was an incredible achievement, along with the many television and magazine features we gained over the next three years. I even had the then News Limited National Motoring Editor (Paul Gover) drive a Formula Holden for what proved to be a very different double page tabloid sized car review that was carried nationally across the weekend papers,” Marinelli stated.

Towards the end of the 2001 season, Marinelli was approached to assist the privateer Supercar team, Lansvale Racing at the Bathurst 1000.

“The Lansvale Racing period through the end of 2001 and the full 2002 season was a fantastic time, as I was working with a small team of the most passionate and hard working motor racing people that I had ever met. Gaining podiums and several top ten finishes with just nine staff and a fraction of the budget of the competition made this a great experience,” He said.

The greatest motor racing PR challenge Marinelli faced would come in late 2002 when he had been recommended to world leading motor racing engineering company, Prodrive, for a major PR consultancy role with their soon to be established Ford Performance Racing V8 Supercar team.

This was an incredible opportunity to work with a brand new super team running three V8 Supercars, one of them being driven by the country’s most famous racer, Craig Lowndes, along with old friend Glenn Seton and speedy newcomer, David Besnard.

Above all that, the owner of Prodrive, ex World Champion Rally co-driver David Richards, was actively involved in the project as was the Prodrive CEO of the time, Nick Fry, the role including being their publicist during their frequent visits to Australia.

The next four years saw the FPR team face major challenges but Marinelli maintains that it was still an incredible experience to be a part of. 

“It wasn’t easy for any of us, there were a great deal of issues throughout the initial FPR years, but to say that I didn’t love my years there would be a lie. It certainly made sure that I could deal with anything that was thrown at me from a PR perspective - including the team blowing up FIVE engines at one race event.”

“It was rising above all of the challenges that made the success we enjoyed so much more rewarding. Working with guys as well known as Lowndes and Seton (again) was fantastic when it came to gaining media coverage as they were such polished performers.

“Publicising international star racers like Alain Menu, ex F1 drivers David Brabham and Mika Salo and being re-united with IndyCar driver and ex Formula Holden pilot Matt Halliday along with several other major international and Australian drivers who raced, tested or co-drove with the team was very memorable,” Marinelli said.

Working closely with and learning from highly experienced international motorsport identities such as Richards and Fry was the major highlight of the FPR years for Marinelli. These relationships would also prove to be valuable in the future as a race driver manager.

“My only regret, as a life-long Formula One freak, is that Prodrive’s plan to enter Formula One as a customer team for the 2008 season didn’t happen. I had already been approached about being involved and if it had gone ahead, I was willing to drop everything and head over to Europe to join them on that adventure,” He said.

By the end of the 2007 season and after five years with FPR, an interesting call came from Supercars, seeking a new circuit commentator for the 2008 season. While broadcasting had been Marinelli’s first love and something he had missed a great deal, this opportunity came completely out of the blue and timed in with the need for a new career challenge.

By this stage, Marinelli had worked with the smallest teams through to the largest, the most unknown Australian and international drivers to some of the most famous, so the time seemed to be right to take this step.

What followed was a year where Marinelli was able to become a race fan again and enjoy the amazing spectacle of a world class motor racing series at its absolute prime - rather than seeing it solely from a single team perspective.

“To say I loved 2008 would be a gross understatement. I can only describe it as the best fun, combined with moments of sheer terror when things went technically wrong or when fumbles were made as everything was live. It was very much like radio in that respect.

“My first gig that season was at the Adelaide 500, alongside the world’s most famous motor racing commentator, Murray Walker. I had to pinch myself several times that I was calling races with this man whom I had listened to commentating F1 in such an entertaining style since I was a kid,” Marinelli said.

The V8 Supercars commentary role did not continue beyond 2008 but other far more exciting things followed it. After commentating in Bahrain when the Supercars raced there in 2008, the organisers invited Marinelli back to call Formula One and Sportscar races at the venue and this continued across the next decade. From that came television race commentary work with ESPN Asia, India’s STAR Network and the hosting of an international Formula One television program called GP Racing over a three year tenure.

These event and television commentary roles were accompanied by a number of major international convention, sporting and media event MC roles. The NT Government even contracted Marinelli to be their Supercar event host commentator and special event MC for several years following his initial Supercar commentary role.

Marinelli also gained corporate hosting and commentary assignments with the Spanish and Singapore Grands Prix in future years and continues as the international television and event commentator for the UIM XCAT World Championship offshore powerboat racing series, which he describes as Formula One on water.

The media communications and business side of Marinelli Motorsport continued strongly alongside all of this motor racing, with the company attracting a who’s who of blue chip international automotive aftermarket PR clients over the years.

These included Monroe Australia, Dayco Australia, Hella Australia, ZF Asia Pacific, Schaeffler Asia Pacific, Bob Jane T-Marts, Coventry, Repco, GUD Group, Pennzoil, Hella Australia OEM and Aftermarket, Holden Engine Company, SEW Eurodrive and several smaller companies, achieving extraordinary trade and consumer media coverage.

Representation of these companies at trade exhibitions across Australia and all over the world also continued to grow Marinelli’s reputation as an Australasian and international automotive aftermarket industry PR specialist.

A fond memory comes from a small Australian business called Unicoil, who contacted Marinelli seeking media representation at one of the world’s largest automotive aftermarket expo events, AAPEX (USA) in 2005.

“This small Western Australian business had invented a coil that transforms any straight piece of automotive hose to any shape you needed, thereby enabling any straight length of hose to fit any application on an engine. It was so simple yet so very clever. The product won an innovation award at AAPEX and I went into American automotive media PR overdrive, the proudest exposure being a full page in the top selling Popular Mechanics magazine, where their editor praised this clever Australian product to more than 30 million readers,” Marinelli said.

Still as a one-man operation working directly with slightly more than a handful of clients after 25 years, Marinelli points out that it was never his intention to be a one man army for so long.

“I had employed some talented young people over the years, but they were quickly snapped up by other much larger companies (sometimes my own clients!) or they were not willing to put the effort into their work that was required for such a specialised and hands-on small business,” says Marinelli.

“It also became very apparent that after working closely with me for so long, my clients wanted it to remain that way.

“So whether I liked it or not, the formula to continuing as a successful business was to be small and very highly specialised. I also never accepted any work from companies who conflicted in any way with the products or services of any existing clients, which several larger PR companies didn’t care too much about.

“Several companies come to me over the years completely dissatisfied with the much larger agencies, so being boutique, niche and personalised was definitely the way forward for me,” Marinelli said.

Another interesting facet to Marinelli’s business portfolio includes athlete management. The highest profile of these was Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom, who joined forces with Marinelli from 2009, after they had worked together at Ford Performance Racing.

This alliance resulted in several new major sponsorships, ambassadorships, major television appearances and perhaps the most exciting, helping to land the Supercar driver a cameo role in the blockbuster Disney Pixar animated film, Cars2.

“Working with a leading Supercar driver at the peak of his career, negotiating contracts, gaining long term personal sponsorships, organising major media and corporate event appearances locally and internationally, meeting with Disney’s management - it was all very exciting.

“I’d like to think that the work that we did together during those years helped a great deal to set Mark up successfully for life - and that is a very good feeling,” Marinelli said.

Marinelli continues to manage the career of talented Supercar enduro, international GT / Sportscar and Porsche Carrera Cup driver David Russell and has played a smaller role in the careers of a number of other drivers through personal and team sponsorships. Marinelli also managed Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Lydia Lassila during a two year period between major international competition.

“Every time I tried to break out into something new in sport, I was always somehow brought back to motorsport. A classic example was while I was managing Lydia Lassila and we were courting Emirates as a potential personal sponsor. The Emirates marketing manager takes me aside during a meeting and tells me that they will be sponsoring the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix so could I assist them with promoting it to travel agents across Australia……that kind of thing happened a lot,” Marinelli recalled.

In terms of highlights, Marinelli remembers his years working alongside one of Australia’s most successful racing drivers and automotive aftermarket industry entrepreneurs, Bob Jane, as some of the fondest.

“Bob’s talent as a champion racing driver was the stuff I grew up reading about and watching on TV,” Marinelli said.

“Working with him across both his motorsport and automotive aftermarket businesses was mind-blowing. Bob’s business acumen was truly incredible.

“He was the first major Australian franchiser with his T-Marts empire and he invested millions in motorsport, race drivers, cars and venues over the decades.

“Bob was also a human publicity generating machine, anything we did together for the press worked brilliantly because he understood the power of PR so very well. In fact, he built a massively successful business empire on mastering his own PR,” Marinelli said.

Marinelli’s current client list includes Australia and the Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket company, Bapcor Limited, world leading engine component manufacturer Dayco Australia and Australasia’s largest automotive parts buying group Capricorn Limited, with motorsport involvements involving a number of teams and drivers through sponsorships and marketing consultancies. Over the years this has included his former team FPR, now known as Tickford Racing. It was Tickford Racing who gave Marinelli the honour of marking his company’s 25th Anniversary by running a sign on Cam Waters’ pole position setting and second place finishing Mustang at the 2020 Bathurst 1000.

“Having a Marinelli Motorsport sign on such a fantastic car at Australia’s greatest motor race to mark my 25th Anniversary was a wonderful gesture by Tickford, a team that despite the changes over the years, my company has been closely linked with for almost two decades,” Marinelli said.

Now in its 26th year and still as strong as ever, Marinelli heads into the future where reliance on PR and marketing consultants remains stronger than ever.

“The media landscape has changed so much over the years. Sadly we have seen many publications fall by the wayside and others continue to flourish, particularly automotive trade publications. The demand for editorial content in line with the digital media explosion is greater than ever and with media organisations forced to reduce their journalistic resources, the reliance on quality PR content still remains very high.

“So as long as the editorial content quality remains high and the media can use what we supply them, whether it is online or in print, the exposure is there to be gained by pro-active companies.

Marinelli cites the pandemic disruption of 2020 as a classic example of how companies who did nothing lost out, while those who continued to communicate with their customers experienced extraordinary growth in the automotive aftermarket sector.

“The pandemic disruption of 2020 actually gave people the time to sit down and re-evaluate their business, including their suppliers, equipment, premises -everything in fact.

“It was a rare time where customers could more closely look at the information that we were distributing. Three of my clients achieved record financial results during 2020, while several others within the same industry were complaining about how bad things were,” Marinelli said.

It has been an amazing quarter century journey for Marinelli Motorsport, the little company born from the desire to combine passion into a career.

“It has been said that if you make your passion your career you never work a day in your life - but I don’t entirely subscribe to that. For me it is the sheer hard work and the constant extending of your boundaries that makes the difference.

“Sure it can be more enjoyable, but from backing myself and taking this leap I went from living off a credit card in my first year and not knowing how things would go, to running a business that has taken me all over the world and provided the most incredible opportunities to work with and learn from some outstanding people during the past 25 years.

“Throughout this journey one factor has remained exactly the same, the hard work ethic that makes sure my clients get the service and the results they deserve all of the time, keeping them at the front of mind of their customers.

“That along with my fierce competitive spirit, which is probably a bi-product of chasing racing cars all over the world for so long!” Marinelli concluded.

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Image 1 - Headshot at Darwin with GRM Volvo Supercar and drivers in background

Image 2 - Interviewing Ralf Schumacher during the Marinelli Motorsport radio network days

Image 3 - Marinelli Motorsport 25th Anniversary sign on Tickford Racing Mustang at the 2020 Bathurst 1000

Image 4 - As above with Cam Waters at Bathurst

Image 5 - Prodrive owner David Richards with then CEO Nick Fry at the opening of the FPR Race Centre in 2004

Image 6 - Headshot with Supercar engine

Image 7 - With Seven network sports ace Mark Beretta at Bathurst

Image 8 - Getting the news out to the media from the Bathurst pits with FPR

Image 9 - Getting drowned with champagne by Mark Winterbottom

Image 10 - Commentating with the late, great Murray Walker at the 2008 Adelaide 500

Image 11 - Celebrating Mark Winterbottom's 2013 Bathurst 1000 victory


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May 13, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS INTRODUCES SEVEN LITRE ENGINE OILS

Longer oil drain intervals on modern vehicles means larger engine sump capacities. These larger sump capacities are driving the need to challenge the standard engine oil container sizes which for decades have been centred around five litre capacities with step ups to ten and twenty litres.

Burson Auto Parts has enjoyed a highly successful association with its lubricant partner, PEAK Lubricants for more than 25 years. This has ensured that Burson Auto Parts delivers automotive workshops, the industrial sector, heavy vehicle and DIY enthusiasts with the right specification lubricants at excellent value pricing.

In order to provide the best value and efficiency for Burson Auto Parts trade customers, the Australian company has introduced seven litre Burson engine lubricants, complementing the traditional five, ten and twenty litre capacity range. 

Popular Burson engine oil grades and specifications included in the new seven litre range are:


Part No

Description

BLVX7L

BURSON LVX 10W30 SN/CF MINERAL 7L

BSS10407L

BURSON 10W40 SEMI SYN SM/CF 7L

BDOG7L

BURSON GLOBAL 15W40 CI-4/SL 7L

BDOSS10407L

BURSON 10W40 CJ-4 SEMI SYN DIESEL 7L

BUFS5307L

BURSON ULTRA 5W30 FULL SYN 7L

BC3D7L

BURSON C3 5W30 FULL SYN 7L


To make way for the new Burson Auto Parts seven litre engine oil range, all six litre containers will be discontinued.

While five or seven litres may be the correct exact capacity for certain engines, it is also very common for the requirement for specific grade engine oils to be larger, requiring a five and a seven litre quantity or in the case of Diesel engines, a ten litre and five litre quantity may be the best option or even a seven litre and a five litre.

According to Burson Auto Parts Category Manager Gareth Walker, “By having the option of a seven litre lubricant quantity, Burson Auto Parts is assisting automotive workshops to reduce the instance of left over unused oil in containers which often are not enough for another job, but are too much to dispose of and waste. This is all about maximising efficiency and minimising wastage.”

Burson Auto Parts has a long history of supplying Australia’s automotive repairers with premium quality Burson Oils, providing the broadest range of oil grades and specifications to handle automotive workshop “just in time” lubricant requirements. This is particularly important considering the vast and the growing number of makes, models and engine sizes on our roads.

Burson Synthetic engine oils meet the ever-expanding requirement for passenger car oils suitable for the latest specification vehicles entering the aftermarket. Burson 5W30 C3 Full Synthetic and 10W40 Semi Synthetic are amongst the most popular across both the trade and DIY sectors.

These high quality lubricant products have been engineered to perform to the expectations of the most discerning motorists and are highly credentialed for maximum vehicle application coverage.

The Burson engine oil range is made up of more than 20 different grade and specifications and with the pack size options of 1, 5, 7, 10, 20, 60, 205 and even 1000 litre IBC’s along with pump into workshop solutions. Add to that the Burson Auto Parts program of gear and transmission oils, coolants, grease, brake fluid and workshop chemicals and its easy to see why this program leads the way for workshops.

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April 30, 2021 - AUTO ELECTRICAL AFTERMARKET SUPPLIER SPOT-ON TO ENSURE SUPPLY AND SUPPORT

JAS Oceania has supplied Australian Auto Electricians with quality products for more than 16 years. Further extension of the range, to supply the right part first time, gives Australian Auto Electricians spot-on choice and availability from JAS Oceania with the supply of quality NARVA and Projecta products.

JAS Oceania are now proud distributors of NARVA and Projecta products across Australia. Being proudly Australian owned, JAS Oceania is one of the last dedicated Auto Electrical suppliers to the trade, operating from 35 locations across Australia, and employing 190 staff. This new relationship further extends the range available from one easy source.

JAS Oceania GM Marketing Electrical, Steve Douglas, said there were many synergies between JAS Oceania and the NARVA and Projecta brands that would make the partnership a strong success. 

“This announcement presents a great opportunity for both businesses to increase their service and support to the auto electrical industry. The inclusion of NARVA and Projecta products at JAS Oceania, realises the last piece of the puzzle for our customers, giving them convenient access to a full range of automotive lighting and accessories,” Mr Douglas said. 

Incorporated in 2005, Jas Oceania has grown to become one of the largest specialist suppliers of automotive electrical rotating, air-conditioning and lighting products on the Australian aftermarket scene, and is ideally placed to offer sales, support and advice on the complete range of NARVA and Projecta equipment.    

The initial product range includes over 4,000 product lines (SKU’s) introduced across the JAS Oceania network.  Focusing on lighting and accessories, including driving lights, lightbars, marine, inspection, RV and Interior lighting and switches in NARVA and jump-starters, battery chargers, solar panels in Projecta to just list a few.

Extensive support will be made available to customers through tech tips, product information and fitment videos.

Perhaps the most important benefit from this new partnership is the enhanced expert support and supply of products.

“JAS Oceania has long been known as a trusted provider of well-known brands, quality aftermarket products with an extensive range, local availability and support to Auto Electricians. The partnership offers Auto Electricians a complete solution for quality product backed by technical support and in-store merchandise sales capability,” said Mr Douglas.

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FACTS & FIGURES - JAS Oceania

* Incorporated in August 2005.

* 35 Locations nationwide employing over 190 staff.

* Grown to become one of the largest suppliers of Automotive Electrical, Air-Conditioning and Lighting products in the Australian aftermarket.

* Servicing specialist automotive workshops, mining companies, contractors, government departments, and local councils.

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* Australian owned and operated company

* Several innovative and market-leading brands within the automotive electrical and portable power management spaces.

* NARVA supplies a world class range of automotive lighting and electrical products to O.E.M’s and the aftermarket. 

* Projecta's technologically advanced and market leading power management products are designed to perform in demanding Australian applications and conditions.

 


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May 11, 2021 - FOOD – THE SECRET TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A GREAT WORKPLACE

Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, has more than 23,000 automotive business owner Members across Australia and New Zealand. That translates to many more hungry staff to keep healthy, happy and alert when at work.

While there are so many employee engagement theories being used by businesses, there is one rather obvious one that tends to get overlooked - food.

While food and eating is a basic human requirement for survival, it is also something that is incredibly social as we naturally tend to eat in groups. This makes food and eating a very powerful tool to help create and maintain an excellent workplace culture. 

Massively successful companies like Google and Facebook identified the workplace culture power of food several years ago, providing their staff members with lunch and healthy foods to eat all day every day. Accepting that every small business cannot take it to that extent, there are the following food related ideas that you might like to leverage with your own team, no matter how large or mall.

Make lunchtime an event. Eating lunch together in a designated place is brilliant for building relationships between staff members and management. It encourages open communication and it is also a chance to chat and get to know each other better. If you really want to supercharge that feeling of camaraderie, consider providing the lunch for your staff. It doesn’t have to be every day, perhaps just once a week or month, but it will help to put everyone in a great mood. It also helps to make staff members feel more valued, which also leads to longer staff retention.

Similarly, providing a well-stocked snack bar with free and healthy foods to eat not only creates excellent goodwill within your team, it can also improve productivity. According to World Health Organisation research, eating healthy food during the day can boost your brain power by as much as 20 per cent. This is opposed to staff members heading off to the shop to get energy drinks and chocolate bars during breaks which lead to a blood sugar spike and the inevitable crash that then makes them lethargic and unproductive.

Providing options like nuts, dried fruit and protein bars, will give your team members an energy boost without the crash effect. Another option is to offer any fresh fruit with a decent shelf life that is quick and easy to eat such as bananas or easy-peel mandarins.

Food is also a great way to reward the team for a record sales result or to give someone who has earned it a hearty pat on the back to celebrate a milestone.

If you’re ready to embrace the idea that the way to an employee’s heart is through their stomach and you’re keen to leverage the power of food to build a great workplace culture, then taking advantage of Capricorn’s alliance with Woolworths at Work is a must. 

Woolworths at Work is now available to Capricorn Members, which means you can order groceries and everyday essentials from Woolworths on your trade account and have them delivered directly to your workshop. This makes it so easy to have quality food available at your workplace, promoting a healthier and more rewarding working environment for your team.

Capricorn Members earn reward points with every dollar spent and get free next day delivery when they spend more than $99 (where available), while also enjoying Woolworth’s “Fresh or its Free Guarantee”.  This is a smarter, easier and healthier way to shop and a very easy way to create and maintain an excellent workplace culture through good food.

To find out more visit https://www.capricorn.coop/shop.

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May 6, 2021- THE BAPCOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP IS AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST AND BEST

Bapcor Limited, the Asia Pacific's argest automotive aftermarket industry specialised company, has assembled its Australian commercial light and heavy duty parts businesses to form the Bapcor Commercial Vehicle Group.

The Bapcor Commercial Vehicle Group is Australia’s largest aftermarket distributor of light and heavy duty commercial vehicle truck parts and accessories to suit American, European, Japanese, Trailer and 4WD vehicles used by transport equipment operators, repairers and wholesalers across Australia.

With an inventory of more than 60,000 unique light commercial and heavy duty vehicle lines and access to more than 300,000 line items, the Bapcor Commercial Vehicle Group range covers every owner-driver, repairer, fleet operator and reseller with premium quality parts and consumables including brake parts, lubrication, filtration, electrical, suspension and steering components, driveline components, transmission components, maintenance items, exhaust systems, workshop equipment and diagnostics along with aftermarket panels and consumables.

The Bapcor Commercial Vehicle Group offers its trade and wholesale customers a number of the most trusted and established market leading brands across the light and heavy commercial vehicle sectors. These include Australian Truck Parts and Truckline in the heavy commercial vehicle sector and Diesel Drive, Japanese Commercial Spares, I Know Parts, Japanese Trucks Australia, HIM Spares and He Knows in the light commercial vehicle sector.

These outstanding local light and heavy duty vehicle parts suppliers are joined by over 100 local and international parts manufacturers, to supply the needs of the transport industry.  

Bapcor also provides specialised parts for heavy duty mining, agriculture, construction, general industrial and 4WD vehicles, available from a national network of 26 Truckline stores, 17 CVG Light branches and 5 ATP wholesale distribution centres located across the country

The Bapcor Commercial Vehicle Group also offers exclusive product ranges, Fleetline and Braketek, that present outstanding value and total quality for heavy duty repairers and fleet service centres nationwide.

Bapcor’s Fleetline range includes high quality replacement load restraints, mudflaps, safety signs, wheels, curtain tensioners, trailer accessories and twist locks. The Braketek range offers quality replacement brake system products including brake shoe kits, spring brakes, slack adjusters, air tanks, brake drums and rotors, suzi coils, brake pads, hydraulic components, calipers, sensors, hoses and fluids.

According to Mathew Cooper, Executive General Manager of Bapcor Mechanical, “When it comes to best in class light and heavy commercial vehicle parts, by being the biggest we bring a very unique competitive edge to this important and quality reliant aftermarket sector.”

“Along with our vast product range, we have the industry’s most highly experienced and knowledgeable people offering the world’s most trusted brands across a national network of well stocked stores, ensuring prompt daily deliveries. Combine this with competitive pricing and access to parts six days per week and you have the complete commercial vehicle parts solution,” Mr Cooper stated.

The Bapcor Commercial Vehicle Group is constantly expanding its already unrivalled commercial vehicle product range to best service the many specialised maintenance, repair and service centres across Australia.

To find out more, visit Bapcor Limited online at www.bapcor.com.au.

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About Bapcor:

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members. Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

To find out more about Bapcor visit us online at www.bapcor.com.au                                                                                                                                       

 

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May 5, 2021 - DAYCO ENTERS MANUFACTURING AGREEMENT WITH HFAK FOR VISCOUS DAMPERS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN MANUFACTURING FOOTPRINT IN CHINA

 Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty, and industrial market segments has further strengthened its manufacturing footprint in China by partnering with Jiangsu Hongfeng Co., Ltd (HFAK) in the manufacture of its viscous damper product line. This partnership will allow Dayco to expand its best-in-class solutions for commercial vehicles and heavy-duty applications.

HFAK has more than fifteen years of experience manufacturing silicon oil dampers for diesel engines in China. Dayco’s global research and development capabilities coupled with HFAK’s lean manufacturing expertise will allow Dayco to provide customers with a full line of premium viscous dampers.

“Dayco is committed to delivering our customers the most innovative, top of the line solutions. Combining Dayco’s product technology with HFAK’s viscous damper production experience, will allow Dayco to deliver on that promise swiftly,” said Wouter Nijenhuis, Executive Vice President OE Sales and Business Development for Dayco.

This partnership is part of Dayco’s global strategy to strengthen its footprint across regions, bringing the manufacturing of viscous dampers closer to customers. Additionally, Dayco is preparing in-house production for viscous dampers in various locations globally with plans to start production in India later this year.

More than 2,500 hours of research, design, and testing go into every product that Dayco makes - and viscous dampers are no exception. Designed to maximize power system stability while minimising noise, torsional crankshaft vibrations and harshness, this premium line of dampers helps prevent crankshaft failures and extends the lifespan of associated components while improving a vehicle’s overall fuel economy. With this new addition, Dayco rounds out its damper product line offering.

Innovation and creativity, coupled with analytical and empirical validation are key factors that distinguish Dayco as the technical leader in damper products. In addition to viscous dampers for commercial and heavy-duty applications, Dayco will also be offering viscous dampers with decouplers for premium light and heavy-duty vehicle applications.

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About Dayco

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture, and industrial applications.

Through our expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows us to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements. 

Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need.  We accomplish this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything we do.

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May 3, 2021 - BURSON IS BIGGER IN BATTERIES

Millions of cars across Australia require battery replacement each year, with many Burson Auto Parts stores and their trade customers experiencing a major increase in battery issues over the last year.

This uptake in battery failures and replacement rates is directly linked to the major changes in private family vehicle and business vehicle usage during that period. This was combined with significantly reduced Taxi vehicle, ride share vehicle and both light and heavy duty commercial vehicle use during 2020.

The vast majority of vehicles on Australian roads today are also more electronically complex, meaning that traditional automotive batteries no longer suit most modern vehicle applications.

In past decades there were five to ten automotive battery variants that technicians needed to select from to replace batteries in their customers’ cars. Fast forward to 2021 and Burson Auto Parts now offers its trade customers more than 50 different types of automotive batteries.

Immediate access to the most advanced battery solutions has never been more important for automotive repairers than it is today. Originally required to simply assist in starting a vehicle engine, now automotive batteries are also a central power hub for high-tech vehicle safety, control and entertainment systems.

Most modern cars are equipped with cameras, radar systems, anti-lock braking control systems, electric power steering, heating, ventilation / air conditioning along with ancillary systems, placing greater power demands on vehicle batteries than ever before. This makes the selection of the right battery for each vehicle critical to ensure the safe and reliable operation of all onboard systems, including stop/start technology.

With this vast diversity in battery types and specific vehicle battery applications, it becomes tough for automotive repairers and service centres to have the right battery on hand whenever needed. Attempting to stock or have on consignment every battery that a modern workshop needs doesn’t support productivity or profitability.

Together with Burson Auto Parts’ technology partner and fellow Bapcor company, Federal Batteries, Burson Auto Parts has boosted its product range offer to create a holistic battery solution for repairers nationwide.

Almost 200 Burson Auto Parts stores across Australia ensure prompt access for older “just maintain” vehicles all the way through to prestige, sports, start-stop and hybrid models, along with light and heavy duty commercial vehicles. This broad battery range availability removes the need for large and often under-utilised, purchased or consignment based battery stock holdings that take up valuable workshop space.

The Burson Auto Parts battery range is now so comprehensive that it covers 100% of the Australian vehicle car parc through premium quality brands including Century, ONmech, TECHCHG and VARTA.

Federal Batteries has been powering Australian industry for over 30 years with proven products and detailed technical expertise. These two Bapcor companies have joined forces to best support the trade through this exclusive battery supply partnership.

From basic flooded batteries to advanced battery technologies such as AGM and EFB including OE options, Burson Auto Parts provides the right battery solution underpinned by exceptional service. For stand-alone, multi-site or national workshops, 1,800 team members are at the ready through 195 nationwide Burson Auto Parts locations, to provide advice and organise the prompt delivery of your battery orders using a fleet of 800 vehicles.

 With over 30,000 parts orders delivered daily, dedicated customer service is assured when you select Burson Auto Parts as your battery destination.

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

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April 26, 2021 - NEW AND EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT RANGES MAKE THE AUTOBARN & AUTOPRO DIFFERENCE

Australia’s favourite destinations for automotive accessories, parts and equipment, AutObarn and Autopro are introducing a number of new and exclusive product ranges to best serve the requirements of Australian car owners.

Bapcor Retail has introduced a series of premium quality automotive tools, equipment, and accessories ranges exclusive to its 245 store AutObarn and Autopro retail network. Drawing on its own global product sourcing expertise, AutObarn and Autopro now offers its customers unprecedented choice and value through these new exclusive product ranges.

AutObarn and Autopro now offer a new, trade quality Chicane Tools range. Taiwan manufactured to ANSI standards and providing a full range of hand tools and tool storage equipment, this value priced, complete tool range was developed to provide trade quality tools and equipment to auto enthusiasts and technicians at unprecedented value for money.

Most Chicane Tool products in the range are supported by a lifetime warranty with the initial exclusive range covering 250 products including hand and speciality tools along with ergonomically designed and functional workshop storage units.

Testament to the quality that can be expected from the Chicane Tools range is the selection and utilisation of these tools and storage units by one of Australia’s leading Supercar teams, Tickford Racing.

Another exciting new product range from AutObarn and Autopro is the Vyking Force pressure washer, generator and accessory range. The initial Vyking Force product range  includes electric and petrol-powered Pressure Washers and Open Frame Generators with Wet and Dry Vacuum Systems and Inverter Generators to join this exclusive high quality range during 2021. All Vyking Force power equipment products are sourced from ISO quality standard manufacturing facilities located around the world. This new and exclusive range is also supported by a full range of spare parts along with a nationwide service network to provide total trade and DIY customer support. A two-year warranty supports the vast majority of products in the Vyking Force range.

AutObarn and Autopro also sell the Motospray automotive panel and surface repair product range alongside other Bapcor Retail and Trade outlets. This range of high quality paints, undercoats, sandpapers and associated panel repair products represents outstanding value for money while offering DIY repairers reliable quality.

The Bapcor Retail exclusive Rough Country product range ensures that 4WD enthusiasts are also very well serviced at both AutObarn and Autopro, providing a range of quality recovery equipment, off road components, touring products, trailer accessories and camping products including 12-24 Volt fridges and a full range of driving lights.

Complementing the Rough Country 4WD product range is the XPlorer range of outdoor adventure products including roof racks, tie downs, caravan accessories, wheel and tyre accessories, vehicle mirrors and much more.

Ensuring that DIY enthusiasts have access to quality electrical equipment and consumables, the exclusive Voltage range of electrical globes and battery chargers / jump starters from AutObarn and Autopro provide quality and reliability to this key automotive aftermarket product segment.

The Garage Tough (GT) range of entry level hand tools and DIY products, provide everything that a car owner needs to have in their garage. Progressing this concept is the Extreme Garage range of workshop tools and lifting equipment. This exclusive range lets automotive enthusiasts kit out their garage into their own repair workshops using strong and safe trade quality products including a new range of power tools and tool kits.

According to Richard Wood, Bapcor Retail General Manager-Private Label, “The worldwide sourcing and development of our exclusive automotive product ranges is a key pillar in Bapcor’s commitment to provide the broadest range of quality parts, tools, accessories and equipment to Australian car owners. The breadth of our exclusive automotive product brands and ranges ensures that any AutObarn or Autopro store is a complete one-stop destination for our customers’ automotive requirements.”

The four decade AutObarn success story is based on enabling proud Australian motorists to look after their cars for less with high quality products and accessories. AutObarn and Autopro are owned by Bapcor Limited, Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist company, enabling its stores nationwide to exclusively access premium quality automotive products sourced both locally and globally. AutObarn is one of Australia’s top three retailers of automotive accessories, parts, tools, consumables and equipment.

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About Bapcor:

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members. Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

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April 15, 2021- BURSON AUTO PARTS AND DAYCO CELEBRATE 38 YEARS TOGETHER

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2021 and one of the company’s most enduring supplier relationships exists with global automotive engine component manufacturer, Dayco.

This unbroken business relationship was established from a handshake almost four decades ago. Both Burson Auto Parts and Dayco Australia have enjoyed outstanding growth since their association began in the early 1980’s. Back then, Burson Auto Parts, the company that would become Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, accessories, tools and equipment, had just 11 stores located in Victoria.

Almost four decades later, Burson Auto Parts has become one of Dayco’s top ten global aftermarket customers, with more than 195 stores strategically located across Australia and branching out internationally with its first 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 unique 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, moulded hoses and performance components during this relationship.

According to Dayco Vice President Aftermarket - Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw, this outstanding Burson Auto Parts business relationship was formed with a handshake 38 years ago and continues to this day.

“The Dayco team really enjoys working with the many Burson Auto Parts stores across the country and we look forward to continuing this almost four decade strong relationship.

“We are delighted to continue to play a part in Burson Auto Parts’ Australian and international success story and congratulate the company on its Golden Anniversary in 2021.

“We look forward to celebrating many more Burson Auto Parts and Bapcor Limited 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 38 year association,” Mr. Abotomey stated.          

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April 4, 2021 - DAYCO DAVE FINISHES THIRD IN EPIC BATHURST SIX HOUR RACE

Dayco Australia ambassador and highly experienced endurance race driver David Russell has finished third after an epic 2021 High Tec Oils Bathurst Six Hour Production Car race.

Paired with 2019 Bathurst Six Hour champion driver Grant Sherrin, the BMW M4 duo drove a fast paced race all day, remaining within the race leaders for the majority of the gruelling race.

Perfect pit stops combined with an excellently planned race strategy saw Russell in a position to contest for the win when he took over the final driving stint with just over one hour remaining in the Easter Sunday Bathurst race. The Dayco sponsored driver was tasked with having to make up an 11 second deficit on race leaders and BMW M4 rivals Shane Van Gisbergen (driving with Robert Rubis and Shane Smollen) and Tim Leahey (driving with Beric Lynton).

Russell was promoted into third positon with 54 minutes remaining when rival Tim Slade pitted with tyre issues, setting the fastest lap times of the final stint in pursuit of Leahey.

Van Gisbergen was leading the final stages with a five second penalty issued by the stewards of the meeting for a Safety Car infringement was hanging over his charge for the victory. Leahey was three seconds behind and Russell in third, a further three seconds in pursuit with 25 minutes remaining in the epic Production Car race.

 With 12 minutes to run, a mistake from Leahey saw Russell get within striking distance of his BMW powered rival, with the two embarking on a close battle across Mount Panorama for second place, with Van Gisbergen extending his lead to 11 seconds.

By the chequered flag and after 105 laps of racing, Russell finished in third place behind Leahey and Van Gisbergen, the three BMW teams separated by 17 seconds after six hours of racing.

This result is Russell’s second Bathurst Six Hour race podium adding to his oustanding record with class wins and victories in every format of Bathurst Production Car endurance racing.

 “It is great to be on the podium with Grant, he did a fantastic job in his second stint to get our strategy back on track. The Sherrin Racing team did a phenomenal job with our pitsops all day. It’s satisfying to bring our car home in third, ultimately we didn’t have the power on the straights, but we gave it all we had”, Russell stated.

After qualifying second and gaining another Bathurst outright podium, Russell looks forward to returning to Bathurst in October, co-driving with Brodie Kostecki and the Erebus Motorsport Supercar team in the Repco Bathurst 1000.

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March 30, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS AND PEAK LUBRICANTS – MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY OF SUCCESS

Burson Auto Parts has provided premium quality automotive engine, transmission and industrial specification lubricant products to its customers across the company’s entire 50 year history. 

The Australian company’s lubricant product quality and reliability came to trade customer prominence in mid-1994, when Burson Auto Parts and fellow Australian lubricant product manufacturer, Peak Lubricants, began an association that has resulted in more than a quarter century of success in providing premium quality lubricant products for Australia’s automotive repairers.

Peak Lubricants Founder, Ron Shugg, established his Victorian based lubricant company in 1982 after having successfully operated a number of Esso service stations equipped with automotive workshops.

The enterprising automotive businessman then expanded his operations to supply lubricants and other automotive products to local workshops and parts stores. It was at this time that Peak Lubricants embarked on a successful lubricant product manufacturing and marketing alliance with the then relatively small and solely Victorian based, Burson Auto Parts business of just 24 stores.

“As Burson Auto Parts had developed an extremely loyal trade customer base, they needed their own lubricant products that needed to be high quality and able to stand out on their own against the much bigger and better known brands. The very first Burson Oil lubricant products that we manufactured were the Burson Four Litre Super 25w50 blend and the Five Litre Burson Automatic Transmission oil,” Mr Shugg recalled.

“From this humble beginning, we have worked together across more than 25 years to ensure that Burson Auto Parts remains highly competitive in Australia’s incredibly diverse vehicle lubricant market with more than 300 SKU’s now available in the Burson Oil product range to meet the exacting requirements of Australia’s automotive repairers and service centres,” Mr Shugg added.

As a smaller and completely independent operation compared to the major oil companies, Peak Lubricants has also had the ability to react to market requirements quickly, ensuring that the timing and packaging of Burson Oil products always met the requirements of Australia’s automotive repairers. Regular product upgrades to meet and exceed ever changing OEM engine performance and fuel economy specifications have also been an important part of Burson Auto Parts’ lubricant product alliance with Peak Lubricants.

“The key factor driving us to provide Burson Auto Parts with premium quality, high value and lubricant products can be summed up in one word - Trust,” Mr Shugg stated.

“ ‘You can trust Burson’ was a slogan that the company used, so it was always imperative to us that Burson Auto Parts’ trade customers were always able to place their complete trust in the company’s own brand lubricant range. To achieve this, we embarked on detailed product testing and development and this has been a constant throughout our business relationship,” He stated.

“The fact that we are releasing more than a dozen new Burson Oil SKU’s in 2021 is testament to this constant commitment to lubricant product development and to meeting the expectations and changing requirements of Burson Auto Parts’ trade customers,” Mr Shugg added.

Along with lubricant product manufacturing, testing and development, Peak Lubricants supports Burson Auto Parts through detailed product training for store staff provided by a team of nationally located specialists. The company also provides support to Burson Auto Parts stores and their trade customers for any lubricant product based technical questions, handling numerous technical enquiries daily. Peak Lubricants also manages Burson Auto Parts’ engine, transmission and industrial lubricant portfolio to ensure that its trade customers have access to the exact specific grade lubricants that they need, all of the time.

According to Burson Trade Executive General Manager, Craig Magill, “Our highly successful long term association with Ron and his team at Peak Lubricants has and continues to be an association of two great Australian companies with shared values in relation to product quality, value for money and customer support.

“Over the past quarter century and moreover across the past decade, our companies have grown significantly together and this loyal relationship continues to bring new developments into the market, such as our new 7 Litre oil packaging along with the new latest specification lubricant products being added to our Burson Oil range,” Mr Magill stated.

Burson Auto Parts is celebrating the Australian company’s 50th anniversary in 2021 and the company’s long term relationship with Peak Lubricants - a four decade strong fellow Aussie company, is one that has made a major contribution to ensuring that Burson Auto Parts is and continues to be the country’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment.

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March 25, 2021 - THIRD GENERATION BARGWANNA FAMILY DUO TO TAKE ON THE BATHURST SIX HOUR - UPDATED


April 6, 2021 - THIRD GENERATION BARGWANNA FAMILY DUO FINISH SECOND IN CLASS AT BATHURST SIX HOUR

Bathurst has been a very special place for the Bargwanna family, enjoying success at the hallowed 6.2km racing circuit in various motorsport events and categories across three family generations.

The 2021 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst Six Hour Production Car enduro took place over Easter weekend (April 2-4), marking the debut of a third Bargwanna generation driving duo to compete at the majestic mountain.

The Bargwanna Bathurst story starts with family patriarchs Harry and Alf, the fathers of Jason and his cousin Scott, who first competed in the late 60’s. 

The second family generation cousins, Jason and Scott, both 20 year olds, teamed up in a small family run team to join the elite group of Bathurst winners by taking out the Class C victory at the 1992 Bathurst 1000. This was the same epic race that ended prematurely due to major accident at the top of Conrod straight in abysmal weather conditions. The red flag that marked the end of that race handed the overall victory to Mark Skaife and Jim Richards (Nissan GTR) and the Bargwanna Cousins’ in their family prepared Toyota Corolla.

Both Jason and Scott Bargwanna progressed to enjoy successful racing careers, following in the footsteps of their fathers Harry and Alf, who still race to this day. Jason Bargwanna won Australia’s Great Race with GRM (his current TCR Australia Team) in 2000 with Scott Bargwanna taking the Class A2 victory in the 2017 Bathurst Six Hour.

Fast forward to 2021 and history is repeating itself, as this small family team enters this year’s Bathurst Six Hour Production Car classic with another Bargwanna / Bargwanna cousin driver pairing.

The third family generation to take on the mountain were teenage cousins, Ben Bargwanna (19) and Jude Bargwanna (16). Ben, who is starring in his debut season of TCR Australia racing this year and his young cousin Jude, who is currently third in the National Formula Ford Championship. The young duo competed in this year’s Bathurst Six Hour with the support of Australia’s most trusted supplier of tools, parts, equipment and accessories to the trade, Burson Auto Parts.

Ben and Jude raced the dual liveried Burson Auto Parts / Burson Garage VW Golf GTI in the ultra-competitive Class D category, overseen by first generation Bargwanna racers, Harry and Alf, along with second generation Bargwanna Bathurst Champion Jason and his cousin Scott, making this a major family effort to repeat history and gain the Class D silverware with this third generation of the Bargwanna motor racing dynasty.

With their guidance young Ben and Jude raced to an impressive second in the Class D category, after having led this category for most of the gruelling six hour race. An urgent fuel stop under green flag conditions saw the Burson Auto Parts duo lose track position that they could not regain in time before the end of the race.

“Its just one of those things, “ Ben Bargwanna stated. “The lap after our final fuel stop there was a Safety Car period and that helped our competitors. With all the other Safety Car periods until the end of the race, we couldn’t make up the lost ground. Jude drove a great race for debut Bathurst at just 16 and the family did a great job in preparing our Golf which didn’t miss a beat all day,” He added.

“Having Harry, Alf and all of the family involved in this year’s race was very special too, we overcame a lot of obstacles including a busted steering rack in the lead up and as usual the family got to work, miraculously found the parts over Easter weekend and solved the issues to allow us to gain a top result,” Ben Bargwanna recalled.

According to Jason Bargwanna, “This was something very special - for Scott and I to have shared a podium result so many years ago and to be able to come back to Bathurst as a family and do the same with our sons is pretty cool.”

Scott says ”We have always had great success here at this special place, but I think I was more excited and a lot more nervous watching Jude roll out of the Bathurst pit lane for the first time at only 16

Jason and Scott Bargwanna raced to a Bathurst Six Hour class victory using race number 71 and for Ben and Jude to have used this number this year was very apt for Burson Auto Parts, as the Australian company was founded in 1971 and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021.

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Ben and Jude Bargwanna on the Bathurst Six Hour Podium (last two drivers on far right)

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Three generations of the Bargwanna family at Bathurst


PRE-EVENT MEDIA RELEASE:

Bathurst has been a very special place for the Bargwanna family, enjoying success at the hallowed 6.2km racing circuit in various motorsport events and categories across three family generations.

The 2021 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst Six Hour Production Car enduro will take place over Easter weekend (April 2-4), marking the debut of a third Bargwanna generation driving duo to compete at the majestic mountain.

The Bargwanna Bathurst story starts with family patriarchs Harry and Alf, the fathers of Jason and his cousin Scott, who first competed in the late 60’s. The second family generation cousins, Jason and Scott, both 20 year olds, teamed up in a small family run team to join the elite group of Bathurst winners by taking out the Class C victory at the 1992 Bathurst 1000. This was the same epic race that ended prematurely due to major accident at the top of Conrod straight in abysmal weather conditions. The red flag that marked the end of that race handed the overall victory to Mark Skaife and Jim Richards (Nissan GTR) and the Bargwanna Cousins’ in their family prepared Toyota Corolla.

Both Jason and Scott Bargwanna progressed to enjoy successful racing careers, following in the footsteps of their fathers Harry and Alf, who still race to this day. Jason Bargwanna won Australia’s Great Race with GRM (his current TCR Australia Team) in 2000 with Scott Bargwanna taking the Class A2 victory in the 2017 Bathurst Six Hour. 

Fast forward to 2021 and history is repeating itself, as this small family team enters this year’s Bathurst Six Hour Production Car classic with another Bargwanna / Bargwanna cousin driver pairing. The third family generation to take on the mountain are teenage cousins, Ben Bargwanna (19) and Jude Bargwanna (16). Ben, who is starring in his debut season of TCR Australia racing this year and his young cousin Jude, who is currently third in the National Formula Ford Championship, will compete in this year’s Bathurst Six Hour with the support of Australia’s most trusted supplier of tools, parts, equipment and accessories to the trade, Burson Auto Parts.

Ben and Jude will be driving the dual liveried Burson Auto Parts / Burson Garage VW Golf GTI in the ultra-competitive Class D category, overseen by first generation Bargwanna racers, Harry and Alf, along with second generation Bargwanna Bathurst Champion Jason and his cousin Scott, making this a major family effort to repeat history and gain the Class D silverware with this third generation of the Bargwanna motor racing dynasty.

According to Jason, “This is something very special - for Scott and I to have shared that result so many years ago and to be able to come back to Bathurst as a family is pretty cool.”

Scott says ”We have always had great success here at this special place, but I think I am more excited and a lot more nervous watching Jude roll out of the Bathurst pit lane for the first time at only 16.”

Ben Bargwanna will be on double duty for the Easter weekend, competing in his regular Burson Garage Peugeot 308 TCR car and the Burson Auto Parts Golf GTI in the Six Hour enduro. He is already a Bathurst winner, after taking out the inaugural Bathurst Hyundai Excel Challenge in 2018 at only 16 years of age.

“Jumping from left hand drive to right hand drive is going to be a fair challenge for the weekend, but I can’t wait to do my first real endurance race at Mount Panorama. I would love to emulate Dad and Scott’s success, even to the point we are racing as number 71, just as they did back in 1992,” Ben said.

The number 71 is also very apt for the team’s major sponsor, Burson Auto Parts, as the Australian company was founded in 1971 and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021.

Jude Bargwanna is currently in the middle of a successful Formula ford campaign and is placed third in the Australian National Formula Ford championship point score after an outstanding national debut only weeks ago at Sydney Motor Sport Park.

“I am as nervous as I am excited and I just can’t wait to get to Bathurst and have a go. Dad has had great success there and it means a lot to be able to race there with Ben and the whole family. I am sure between Dad, Jason and Ben I will be able to short track my learning curve, and genuinely believe we can get a solid result come Sunday afternoon,” the 16 year old stated.

The Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst Six Hour Production Car race will be held over Easter weekend April 2-4 at the majestic Mount Panorama circuit.

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March 22, 2021 - GIVE YOURSELF A TAX BREAK WITH CAPRICORN

Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive co-operative, can assist its Members to take maximum advantage of the Australian Government’s taxation incentives to purchase new equipment.

For several years, the Australian Government has offered the Instant Asset Write-Off scheme that allows businesses to claim an immediate deduction for the business portion of the cost of an asset in the year the asset is first used or installed ready for use. Following the numerous COVID-19 outbreaks experienced over the past year across the country, changes have been made to the scheme to extend eligibility to more businesses, increase the threshold amount for assets and introduce Temporary Full Expensing.

Without these schemes, businesses would only be able to claim depreciation on any assets purchased. That is, the reduction in value of the asset over its life span. Under that system, it may take many years before a business can recoup the full cost of any equipment purchased and installed. 

The changes to thresholds result in more businesses and assets being eligible for the Instant Asset Write-Off and Temporary Full Expensing to immediately claim the business portion of the cost of new and second-hand equipment purchased and installed on their next tax returns. Therefore, many workshop owners who purchase and install equipment in the lead up to the end of the financial year, will not be left out of pocket for long with their expenses being reimbursed as a tax deduction.

In terms of the maximum value of equipment that can be claimed by a business, this largely depends on when the item was purchased and first used or installed.

This taxation deduction has proven to be a tremendous opportunity over the past few years to purchase new hoists, spray booths, wheel balancers, diagnostic scan tools, solar panels and other workshop equipment needed to stay competitive and to ensure business growth.

Of course, not every business has thousands of dollars lying around that can be easily diverted from paying wages and other regular expenses to invest in new equipment.

To help Members take advantage of the incentives available and to help grow their businesses, Capricorn Finance may be available.

Many Capricorn Members have been pre-approved for loans up to $30,000 to fast track the application process, making it easier for them to purchase new equipment before the end of the financial year.

In relation to the taxation incentives currently available and referred to in this article, there are eligibility criteria in relation to business turnover and asset value as well as exclusions and limitations in place on certain items, including a maximum value for passenger vehicles purchased. It is important for Capricorn Members to seek the advice of their taxation accountant to check whether their businesses are eligible for any of the incentives that are currently in place.

For more information on Temporary Full Expensing or the Instant Asset Write-Off please refer to the Australian Tax Office website - www.ato.gov.au

Capricorn Members can find out more about the Finance available to them by visiting Capricorn online at www.capricorn.coop/eofy.

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March 15, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS RACING WINS PHILLIP ISLAND TCR ROUND

It has just taken until the second round of the 2021 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series for Burson Auto Parts Racing to claim its first TCR race win and overall round victory.

Burson Auto Parts Racing driver Jason Bargwanna delivered a superb victory in the third and final race of the round, fighting his way through the top end of the field in perfect weather conditions to claim the Sunday’s TCR race victory, the first in Australia for the Peugeot marque.

Bargwanna gained the opportunity to power into the lead of the race when rival Chaz Mostert suffered a tyre failure on the 12th lap. From there the highly experienced racer extended his lead by several tenths of a second per lap to score a memorable inaugural TCR Australia Series victory for Burson Auto Parts Racing and Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM).

This victory adds to series of firsts for Bargwanna and GRM, given that the Victorian driver raced to GRM’s first Supercars victory back in 1998 and he won the Bathurst 1000 with the team for the first time in 2000. Bargwanna also earned his emphatic inaugural TCR Australia Series victory after last competing with GRM all the way back in 2002.

This victory also presented an outstanding fightback by the team following the Burson Auto Parts Racing driver’s major accident at the final race of the opening round held in Tasmania.

The veteran racer displayed outstanding pace throughout Sunday’s 15 lap race to stand on the top step of the TCR Australia podium for the first time.

"To come back to GRM with Burson Auto Parts and obviously having my son Ben as my team mate, its pretty emotional stuff," Bargwanna stated.

"I've been doing this for a long time, but to be able to come back and get the winner's trophy - its pretty special. The guys at GRM worked hard to fix this old girl after Tassie and to come back - and it was a bit of a jet in that last race."

"We were out of the window a bit in qualifying, we managed to work our way to it and we were catching Chaz, which is always a good thing."

Ben Bargwanna, piloting the striking Precision Auto Equipment liveried second GRM TCR Australia Peugeot 308 finished 6th in the final race of the round after another strong and consistent weekend.

Saturday’s TCR race saw torrential rain hit the Victorian seaside circuit, with Jason and Ben finishing 5th and 9th respectively.

“What a way to get he 2021 season under way for Burson Auto Parts Racing,” stated Burson Auto Parts General Manager – Marketing, Anthony Hughes.

“We always knew that we had the drivers and the team to win races in this competitive series. Now, at only the second round of the championship, we have already delivered on that promise.

“We are also very pleased to have shared this inaugural success with our supplier sponsors, Hella Pagid, Dayco, Wesfil, Fuchs, Sachs, Bosch and Premier Auto Trade,” He added.

The TCR Australia Series now heads to Bathurst’s majestic Mount Panorama for the third round of the 2021 season, held in conjunction with the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour  Production car race across Easter weekend (April 2-4).

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March 11, 2021 - QUEENSLAND IMPROVED PRODUCTION RACING GETS THE MIDAS TOUCH

Australia’s trusted automotive servicing, repair and tyre replacement franchise group brings the Midas touch to Queensland’s exciting Improved Production motor racing series in 2021.

The renowned Midas logo will appear on the sides of each car competing in the five round 2021 Queensland Improved Production Championship, along with a separate National Improved Production Championship event. All races will be held at exciting circuits including Queensland Raceway, Morgan Park and Lakeside Raceway.

One of the most relevant, diverse and exciting motor racing categories, this series features production based Touring Cars that have been “improved” for motor racing purposes. The diversity of Improved Production racing fields include Mazda RX7s, BMWs, Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, Commodores and Falcons among others, ensuring that there are cars competing to suit every motor racing fan or motoring enthusiast.

The category regulations are concise yet allow quite a high level of vehicle modification. Improved Production racing is also relatively inexpensive for competitors and provides a foundation that allows for spectacularly close racing within a number of engine capacity classes, forming several exciting races within each race.

According to Ryan Deal, Midas National Operations Manager - Service, “It is great to support a state racing series that has so many mechanics and motoring enthusiasts involved. This is what Midas Auto Care is all about, bringing together automotive experts and doing the best they can technically to produce the best performing cars for our customers.

“One of our Queensland Midas Franchisees and many of our customers take part and attend these events, so we are delighted to bring the Midas touch to the 2021 Queensland Improved Production Championship, promoting Midas Auto Care stores as the destination for all servicing, repair and tyre replacement requirements,” Mr Deal stated.

To find out more about the Queensland Improved Production Championship, visit www.ipraqld.com or visit their YouTube channel or Facebook / Instagram page.

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March 9, 2021 - BAPCOR STAYS STRONGEST BY INVESTING IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Bapcor Limited, Australia and the Asia-Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket company, continues to extend its position of industry leadership by investing significantly in Australian and New Zealand bricks and mortar.

Despite the major challenges faced during the 2020 Financial Year, which was also a record revenue breaking year for the Australian company, Bapcor opened 45 new branches across its four automotive aftermarket business divisions in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian company also opened a further 27 branches in the first half of FY21 as well as delivering record revenue and profit.

A key factor in the company’s continued leadership and its future growth can be found in Bapcor’s geographic reach to its customers across all sectors of its automotive aftermarket operations. To ensure that the company’s specialised automotive aftermarket businesses reach the maximum number of customers across Australia and New Zealand, continued bricks and mortar growth plays an essential ongoing component of Bapcor’s highly successful business strategy.

The continued growth in Bapcor owned Trans-Tasman branches reflects the company’s uncompromising confidence in the future prosperity of both the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket.

“To achieve the optimum trade and retail automotive customer reach across Australia and New Zealand, encompassing all of the automotive aftermarket sectors in which we trade, investing in more branches and employing more team members is imperative.” Bapcor Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Darryl Abotomey stated.

“We remain the strongest by aligning our growth to trade and retail automotive customer demand, identifying key geographic locations that best meet the requirements of our vast customer base. Given how challenging 2020 was, the fact that we established almost 50 new branches across Australia and New Zealand during the year is testament to our unwavering commitment to providing an unparalleled industry benchmark in customer service and efficiency,” Mr Abotomey added.

Bapcor’s automotive aftermarket business footprint across Australia and New Zealand follows:

There is a total of 222 Bapcor locations in Queensland, comprising of 130 Retail and Service branches, 48 Trade stores and 44 Specialist Wholesale operations.

Victoria has a total of 206 Bapcor locations, including 134 Retail and Service branches, 59 Trade stores and 33 Specialised Wholesale operations.

A total of 196 Bapcor locations operate in New South Wales, including 105 Retail and Service branches, 53 Trade stores and 38 Specialist Wholesale operations.

In South Australia, there are a total of 95 Bapcor locations, with 68 Retail and Service branches, 14 Trade stores and 68 Specialist Wholesale operations.

There is a total of 86 Bapcor locations across Western Australia, including 53 Retail and Service branches, 21 Specialist Wholesale operations and 12 Trade stores.

In Tasmania Bapcor operates a total of 19 locations, including 12 Retail and Service branches, 6 Trade outlets and one Specialist Wholesale operation.

The Northern Territory has a total of 12 Bapcor locations, comprising of 7 Retail and Service branches, 3 Trade outlets and 2 Specialist Wholesale operations.

There are 7 Bapcor locations in the ACT, with 2 Retail and Service branches, 3 Trade outlets and 2 Specialist Wholesale locations.

In New Zealand, Bapcor operates a total of 218 locations, including 134 Retail and Service branches, 73 Trade outlets and 11 Specialist Wholesale operations. (There are also six Bapcor trade outlet locations in Thailand).

Most importantly, Bapcor continues to invest in Australia and New Zealand based growth to always provide more specialised services and efficiencies for its customers. No other company has such a major commitment to the Trans-Tasman automotive aftermarket industry, further consolidating Bapcor’s unrivalled position as Australia and the Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket company.

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Bapcor Geographic Footprint across AUS / NZ / THA

Bapcor Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director – Darryl Abotomey


ABOUT BAPCOR

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members.

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale:  AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

To find out more about Bapcor visit us online at www.bapcor.com.au

 

 

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February 24, 2021 - ICON IGNITION LEADS - QUALITY AND VALUE FROM BURSON AUTO PARTS

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment, Burson Auto Parts, takes pride in sourcing premium quality products for automotive technicians.

Of the many important replacement parts that repairers need, Ignition Leads is definitely one of them. This is an automotive component in which any quality compromise simply cannot be an option for long term motoring reliability, engine performance and fuel efficiency.

To ensure that this is the case, Burson Auto Parts introduces ICON Ignition Leads to its vast automotive aftermarket product range.

All ICON Ignition Leads are manufactured in Europe, with all products in the vast application range featuring double silicone insulation, while each kit also includes lead separators. The quality design and manufacturing of the ICON Ignition Lead range is supported by a two year / 40,000 kilometre warranty.

Burson Auto Parts trade customers will also be pleased to know that while no compromise has been made in quality with the new ICON Ignition Lead range, they are also available at lower cost compared to equivalent quality international brand ignition lead products.

According to Burson Auto Parts Product Manager Gavin Keedle, “We are pleased to introduce this premium quality, internationally manufactured and tested ICON Ignition Lead range to our constantly expanding automotive parts inventory.

“Unfortunately, the NGK ignition leads that we usually offer are no longer in production, so we sourced the highest quality alternative and found it with the ICON range. Not only does this range match in quality, it also comes at a lower cost to our valued trade customers,”  Mr Keedle stated.

All 194 Burson Auto Parts stores nationwide will have access to the new ICON Ignition Lead range from late February, with its application range continuing to grow in the future.

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February 22, 2021 - CAPRICORN MEMBERS NOW GET MORE VALUE FROM THEIR GROCERIES TOO

Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket cooperative, Capricorn, now makes grocery shopping easier and far more rewarding for Members.

Woolworths at Work, the workplace based online grocery service, has become a Capricorn Preferred Supplier, enabling Capricorn Members to earn valuable rewards points from their grocery purchases.

Capricorn Members can start their Woolworths at Work grocery and everyday essentials shopping by registering a Woolworths at Work account. This can be easily actioned by logging into www.capricorn.coop and following the Woolworths at Work links. Once activation has been completed, Capricorn Members are able to login and enjoy the ease of shopping online at any time.

Additional advantages for Capricorn Members include free next day delivery for any orders over $99.00 (in non-remote areas) and access to a personalised website that is packed with time saving features to make grocery and essentials shopping easier than ever. Woolworths at Work also offers Capricorn Members a “Click and Collect” option if that is preferred.

The range of products available for online ordering also includes business-friendly products at value prices, with every $1 spent earning businesses 1 Capricorn Rewards point. When you consider how much is spent on weekly or more frequent grocery and essential products over a year, the amount of rewards points that can be accumulated through this service will be significant. Another advantage is the ability to further consolidate business expenses through a Capricorn Trade Account.

Woolworths at Work also offers a range of fresh and healthy grocery products, ensuring healthier choices for Capricorn Members and their staff. All food products are also covered by Woolworths’ “It’s Fresh or it’s Free” policy.

Capricorn Group CEO David Fraser said the introduction of Woolworths at Work as a new Preferred Supplier is a part of Capricorn’s ongoing commitment to streamlining Member’s businesses.  

“We’re always looking at ways to help our Members get more value from their business purchases. With Woolworths at Work providing an easier, smarter and healthier way to shop, I am pleased to announce this now also includes groceries too.”

The new service has proved popular with Capricorn Members who helped test this new, highly user friendly, rewards points earning service.

According to Ben Schwartzkopff of Rosenthal Crash Repairs, “The website is easy to navigate and the search function allows the user to quickly select the required products and add them to the shopping cart. Checkout is also quick and easy as no immediate payment needs to be made as the account is linked to Capricorn."

For more information on how Woolworths at Work can benefit your business, speak to your Capricorn Area Manager or contact Capricorn by calling 1800 327 437.

Login to www.capricorn.coop to sign up to Woolworths at Work today.

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February 19, 2021 - BAPCOR MAKES THE AUTO REPAIR BUSINESS EASIER IN NEW ZEALAND

Bapcor, the Asia-Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket company, has developed a completely new and highly user friendly e-commerce solution for its New Zealand based trade customers.

BNT, Autolign and Diesel Distributors trade account customers are embracing this completely new online resource tool that includes complete online cataloguing, ensuring the rapid location of parts combined with an even easier online ordering process.

Bapcor’s new e-commerce solution ensures that New Zealand automotive repairers can use their smartphones, tablets and desktop computers to quickly access online catalogue searching and EzyParts ordering, complete with colour images and specifications.

The major advantage of this new e-commerce solution is the total ease and efficiency of searching and ordering parts. Many repairers are using this new online resource after opening hours to order all of the parts required for the following day’s work, thereby increasing their daily productivity.

The vast diversity of the New Zealand automotive car park makes it very unique when sourcing parts for the myriad of makes and models being driven in the country. To ensure the right parts are located, the Bapcor New Zealand parts inventory is linked to this trade customer online resource by vehicle registration number, eliminating the need to input detailed VIN or chassis numbers to locate the specific parts required.

It is important to note that no matter how modern, streamlined and totally efficient the Bapcor online cataloguing and EzyParts ordering system is, the friendly and knowledgeable team members of BNT, Autolign and Diesel Distributors always remain available for any direct telephone based trade customer support and parts orders.

Current and historical invoicing along with statements can be accessed easily via this new online resource along with the ability to view parts that had been ordered from BNT, Autolign or Diesel Distributors for any specific vehicle in the past.

Trade customers also have the option to click and collect their online ordered parts, or for the parts to be couriered to their workshop for more urgent requirements. 

Bapcor is encouraged by the excellent feedback gained from the company’s New Zealand trade customers within the first six months of the introduction of this completely updated online resource.

“We listened to our trade customer requirements before developing our new e-commerce solution and have implemented these along with several of our own components to great success,” stated Martin Storey, Executive General Manager, Bapcor New Zealand.

“While all of our team members still welcome calls and visits to our BNT, Autolign and Diesel Distributors stores across the country, we have been delighted with the trade customer take up of this new online resource. Since its recent introduction, we have seen a significant reduction in calls to our stores. This reflects the total simplicity and efficiency of this new and constantly updated online parts cataloguing and ordering solution,” Mr Storey added.

To view the new Bapcor e-commerce solution for yourself, contact your BNT, Autolign or Diesel Distributors representative for a demonstration.

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For further information:

Graeme Meyer, Bapcor New Zealand Digital Transformation Consultant -   (+64) 027 809 2138


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ABOUT BAPCOR

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members.

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale: AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors,

Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

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February 11, 2021 - GEORGE CHRISTENSEN MP OFFICIALLY OPENS MIDAS MACKAY

One of the newest additions to the ever-growing Midas Auto Care store network, Midas Mackay (QLD) was officially opened on January 19, 2021 by the Member for Dawson, Mr George Christensen MP.

Flanked by Midas Mackay franchisees and well-known Mackay automotive repair specialists, Brendon and Faith Lett, the Mackay born Mr Christensen had the honour of cutting the ceremonial opening ribbon to this modern, conveniently located and well equipped Midas store.

Mr Christensen, who also resides in Mackay, took the time to discuss issues relating to the automotive repair and servicing industry during his visit. These included the Mandatory Data Sharing Code draft legislation, gaining Brendon and Faith’s insights on how important this legislation is to independent repairers such as them along with the entire Midas Auto Care store network.

Once this legislation is passed by Federal Parliament, vehicle manufacturers will be legally bound to share vehicle repair and servicing data with independent repairers on fair and equal terms, ensuring a major win-win scenario for repairers, but more importantly for consumers.

The Letts’ also used this opportunity to raise their concerns about the number of unroadworthy cars on Queensland’s roads. To this end, they discussed the implementation of regular roadworthy inspections for the state directly with Mr Christensen. They, along with all at Midas, believe that regular roadworthy inspections will not only make our roads safer for everyone to drive on, but this can also create more automotive industry jobs in the sunshine state and across the country.

Visit the Midas Auto Care centre located at 39 Milton Street, Mackay for any automotive service or repair requirements. You can contact the Midas Mackay team by calling (07) 4818 0893.

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Member for Dawson Mr George Christensen MP officially opens Midas Auto Car Mackay (QLD) with franchisees Brendon and Faith Lett.

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Member for Dawson Mr George Christensen MP discusses important automotive aftermarket industry issues with Brendon and Faith Lett, Midas Mackay franchisees.

 

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February 16, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A $50K TRADE PROMOTION AND MUCH MORE

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts achieves a major milestone in 2021 with the nation’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools, equipment and accessories celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Burson Auto Parts trade customers across the country can look forward to being a major part of the company’s celebrations through a number of major promotions and events throughout 2021.

The year of celebration is already underway with the exciting Burson Auto Parts 50th Anniversary $50,000 giveaway. All Burson Auto Parts trade account customers who purchase specific supplier product as promoted during the year (no minimum spend value) will be automatically entered into the draw to win a randomly selected $1,000 Visa Gift Card every week through to December 20, 2021.

In addition to this year-long cash giveaway celebrating Burson Auto Parts status as Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools, equipment and accessories for half a century, there are more exciting promotions coming your way in 2021.

Making Burson Auto Parts’ Golden Anniversary even more exciting is a $50,000 trade customer cash giveaway which forms another exciting part of the festivities. All trade account customers are eligible to take part with one entry gained for every $50K worth of purchases made all year to December 2021. One of Burson Auto Parts’ many loyal trade customers will have 50,000 reasons to celebrate the Aussie company’s 50th Anniversary at the end of 2021.

To ensure that the hard working and dedicated Burson Auto Parts team members are rewarded for their efforts during 2021, a special 50th Anniversary Team Member of the Month Award will be presented to the highest performing staff member located in each of the 12 regions nationwide. A $500 cash prize and a memento certificate will be presented to the winner each month.

According to Anthony Hughes, Burson Auto Parts General Manager – Marketing, no stone has been left unturned to make 2021 a year of celebration and continued growth.

“We wanted to ensure that we could celebrate our 50th Anniversary together with our loyal trade customers and all of our team members throughout the entire year. These promotions will ensure that this is exactly what we will be doing,” Mr Hughes stated.

“It is particularly good to emerge from the challenges of 2020 and head straight into a major year of celebration all the way through to December to mark such a major milestone for our company. We look forward to our customers, team members and suppliers making the most of what is sure to be a fantastic year,” Mr Hughes added.

Burson Auto Parts was established in 1971 by company founders Garry Johnson and Ron Burgoine, initially selling parts from their car boots and cash vans to service stations and automotive workshops across Melbourne. The first Burson Auto Parts store was opened in Braybrook (Victoria) in 1978. The company grew gradually to 25 stores across Victoria and New South Wales by 1996 and to 50 stores by 2004. Burson Auto Parts expanded into South Australia by 2006 and Queensland by 2008. Existing store acquisitions and greenfield establishments followed across the Australian Eastern Seaboard, Western Australia and in Tasmania during the following years.

Burson Auto Parts reached the milestone of 100 company owned and operated stores in 2012. Burson Auto Parts now has 194 stores operating across every state and territory in Australia and will reach 200 strategically located stores during its 50th Anniversary year in 2021.

Parent company, Bapcor Limited, was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in 2014. Bapcor Limited is the Asia Pacific's largest automotive aftermarket specialised company with an unparalleled footprint of locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand covering all facets of the industry from wholesale and trade to retail and service.

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February 10, 2021 - ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE STRATEGY AT THE FOREFRONT OF BAPCOR’S SUCCESS

Bapcor Limited, Australia and the Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist company, has spent three years developing and actioning the company’s four pillar Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy.

This detailed Bapcor ESG strategy and its related action plans outline the Australian company’s solid commitment to corporate responsibility and highly effective governance throughout all of its automotive aftermarket industry operations across Australia, New Zealand and in Thailand.

The importance placed by Bapcor in the implementation of a world class ESG strategy saw the Australian company join the United Nations Global Compact in early 2020, ensuring that all facets of its ESG strategy are aligned directly to the highest global standards of corporate, social and environmental responsibility. 

Of primary importance in Bapcor’s ESG strategy is ensuring that the company’s many thousands of automotive aftermarket products are sourced from highly ethical suppliers. As Bapcor trades with product manufacturers, marketers and distributors both locally and all over the world, in order to become a Bapcor supplier, companies must operate safe, high quality manufacturing operations. All Bapcor suppliers must also clearly display that they do not engage in modern slavery, as is also required by Australian Federal Government legislation. Bapcor achieves this by interacting with suppliers responsibly, ensuring that detailed requirements are adhered to by current and prospective product suppliers.

The second pillar of Bapcor’s ESG strategy is the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The Australian company has implemented a number of decisive and effective actions to ensure that the carbon emissions created by its operations are more than offset through a number of initiatives. The carbon emissions generated by more than 1,000 Burson Auto Parts delivery vehicles used across the entire nationwide store network are offset by the company’s integral involvement with Greenfleet. In less than two years, more than 40,000 trees have been planted across the country, with all Burson Auto Parts delivery vehicles displaying signage advising that each vehicle’s carbon emissions are offset by the Greenfleet tree planting program. Bapcor staff are also directly involved in this strategy by taking part in tree planting days, further enforcing the importance that Bapcor places in its commitment to environmental sustainability at both local and national levels.

In addition to the Greenfleet carbon offset program, all Burson Auto Parts store lighting is in the process of being modernised to LED lighting to conserve energy. Victorian and New South Wales Burson Auto Parts stores have been, or are in the process of being updated with new LED lighting, with the rest of the store network to follow. At almost 200 stores nationwide, both the immediate and long term energy savings generated by this highly responsible Bapcor environmental sustainability initiative are more than significant.

Additionally, Bapcor is committed to reducing waste and increasing recycling activity. To achieve this important ESG strategy goal, the company has formed an alliance with Wasteflex, an organisation that assists Bapcor by reducing the amount of waste that would normally be sent to landfill by optimising waste recycling.

Strong, highly effective and responsible corporate governance represents the third pillar of Bapcor’s detailed ESG strategy. With a respected team of more than 4,500 people employed across Australia, New Zealand and in Thailand, Bapcor, together with its team members’ input, has established key company values for this region’s largest automotive aftermarket industry specialised company. The company has also optimised its health, well-being and workplace safety training along with providing team member access to mental health support services. These initiatives were strongly enhanced during the COVID-19 lockdown periods across Australia and New Zealand. Bapcor’s outstanding performance despite the major challenges of the past financial year is testament to the effectiveness of these detailed team member support services.

The fourth and final pillar of Bapcor’s ESG strategy is the company’s local community support across its entire footprint of over 1,100 stores, wholesale operations and automotive service centres across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. All managers are encouraged to be active within their local communities by supporting local charities, sporting clubs and charitable community organisations in the cities and towns where they live and work. Examples of the company’s community focussed activities include Autobarn donating Christmas Hams to the charity “Challenge” which supports children with cancer, Burson Auto Parts’ stores raising over $47,000 for the 2020 Bushfire Appeal and the company wide involvement with RUOK Day. These were joined by many other equally important local community, sporting and charitable initiatives.

In New Zealand, Bapcor supports the Auto Super Shoppes Academy, an organisation that encourages school leavers to take on automotive industry careers. Auto Super Shoppes Academy students are fully supported into employment upon their graduation, making it the only pre-trade course in New Zealand that can boast 100% job placement of Academy graduates over the past three years, with 66 students placed into full-time employment since the Academy’s inception.

According to Bapcor Limited Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Abotomey, the establishment and actioning of Bapcor’s detailed ESG strategy has been a highly rewarding process.

“The time and resources that we have committed to establishing and effectively actioning Bapcor’s ESG strategy have ensured highly positive changes to the way we view and understand our environmental, social and governance responsibilities. We have encouraged ownership of these responsibilities across our entire company to ensure that each pillar of our ESG strategy is clearly understood and actioned by our hard-working team members. Being a part of the UN Global Compact ensures that each of our ESG strategy implementations are in line with world’s best practice for long term environmental sustainability, social responsibility and continued ethical business success.”

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ABOUT BAPCOR 

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members.

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors. 

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale:  AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

To find out more about Bapcor visit us online at www.bapcor.com.au

 

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February 1, 2021 - DAYCO PARTNERS WITH MASERATI TO OPTIMISE HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

Dayco is a leading engine products and drive systems specialist for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries and is not only considered a preferred solution provider for high technology original equipment components around the world, but a strategic technical partner in the design and manufacture of complete systems.

A recent example of this role is demonstrated in the company’s relationship with Maserati, for which the Dayco team designed and manufactured a tailored solution for the complete BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator) hybrid system, also known as P0 Architecture, for the brand’s MHEV (Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) engine, in its Ghibli Hybrid.

“To achieve Maserati’s required objectives, each component of the hybrid system has been designed to the highest standards to maximise fuel savings, reduce CO2 emissions and increase the durability of the entire system,” explained Dayco’s Vice President OE Sales and Business Development, Wouter Nijenhuis. 


“This has been made possible through the compact design and use of optimised materials to produce the side-arm tensioner, the development of a new Poly-V Belt incorporating innovative materials and manufacturing processes to guarantee the best coefficient of friction during the lifetime of the engine. Finally, the addition of our new damper pulley, which has been specifically designed to protect the crankshaft of this powerful, MHEV engine.
 

“Emphasizing our commitment to the relationship with Maserati, the Dayco side-arm tensioner is being produced on a new, dedicated assembly line, which is state-of-the-art for this type of product and equipped with Industry 4.0 technology. Embracing the trend towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes that is at its heart, the PLC computer control system utilises artificial intelligence, inter-connected assembly machines and finally, features fully autonomous testing.
 

“I wish to thank the entire Dayco global team for this outstanding result, which demonstrates the company’s partnership credentials and was achieved in spite of the exceptionally challenging circumstances caused by the current pandemic,” Mr Nijenhuis stated.

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About Dayco 

Dayco is a global leader in the research, design, manufacture and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for automotive, truck, construction, agriculture and industrial applications.  

Through its expertise in transferring power quietly and efficiently, Dayco has emerged as the leading global system solutions provider for hybrid electric vehicles. Dayco’s 100+ years of experience in drive systems allows the company to equip all customer applications around the world with the most effective drive systems to meet customer specific performance requirements. Dayco’s world class global distribution network services the aftermarket industry with a full offering of kits and products to meet each local market’s need. Dayco accomplishes this with a dedicated global team that respects one another, shows humility through continuous learning and acts like owners in everything they do.Dayco has more than 40 locations in 22 countries and approximately 4,000 employees. For further information visit www.dayco.com.



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February 1, 2021 - RECOGNISE, REWARD & RETAIN YOUR APPRENTICE THROUGH CAPRICORN RISING STARS

Nominations are now open for Capricorn Members across Australia and New Zealand to recognise the efforts of their star apprentices by nominating them in the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars competition.

A quick and easy visit to capricornrisingstars.com will secure your star apprentice a nomination for this automotive aftermarket industry renowned accolade. A finalist placement or the overall win will not only earn the apprentice and the Capricorn Member some outstanding prizes, it also serves to encourage apprentices to continue their chosen vocation for several years to come.

Capricorn Rising Stars is unique compared to other apprentice of the year competitions as it does not focus solely on the technical proficiency of each nominee. Capricorn Rising Stars prioritises rewarding apprentices who demonstrate a passion for automotive, a positive can-do attitude and a strong commitment to forging a long and rewarding career in the service and repair industry.

This unique judging criteria creates a level playing field for first to fourth year apprentices across all automotive service and repair disciplines. This also means that Capricorn Members can nominate any of their apprentices who demonstrate outstanding character and potential as they continue to learn their craft and display eagerness to further develop their skills.

Capricorn CEO Automotive and judging panel member, Brad Gannon, said Capricorn Rising Stars continues to be an important initiative to help stop the loss of apprentices to other industries.

“The shortage of mechanics remains a challenge faced by our industry. We also know that completing an auto repair apprenticeship is no easy undertaking. Through Capricorn Rising Stars we are providing an opportunity for our Members to acknowledge their apprentice’s efforts and reward them for their hard work. By showing our apprentices that they have a bright future ahead of them, we can help keep them committed to their workshops and the auto repair industry more broadly.”

Highfields Mechanical owner Craig Baills, who nominated 2020 Capricorn Rising Star winner Gabrielle Clift, said it was important to recognise apprentices’ good work.

“Gabby has a work ethic that is rare, and she never expects to rewarded for what she considers normal effort. But to us, she is an integral part of our team and an employee who improves the performance of those around her. Our industry will only benefit by the calibre of her attitude, desire to learn and willingness to be the best she can.”

Every Capricorn Rising Stars nominee will receive a certificate that is sent to their workshop. An additional $20,000 in cash and prizes will be shared by the overall winner, the top five finalists and the Capricorn Member workshops that nominated them.

The 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars prize pool once again makes nominating your star apprentice very rewarding. The overall winner will receive $5,000 from Castrol, a Capricorn Rising Stars trophy, along with all of the prizes that the top five finalists receive. These include $1,000 from Castrol, a $1,000 Repco voucher and tickets to two Repco Training Masterclasses.

The prizes don’t stop there - the Capricorn Member workshops who nominate the top five finalists will also be rewarded with a 12-month Repco Autopedia subscription. Additionally, the overall winner’s workshop will receive enrollment in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program, which is valued at over $3,000.

Capricorn thanks long-term Capricorn Rising Stars program sponsors Castrol, Repco and the Workshop Whisperer who have donated these fantastic prizes. These sponsors are displaying their support for the development and encouragement of automotive apprenticeships and the long term strength of the automotive service and repair industry.

For more information on the Capricorn Rising Stars competition including the competition Terms and Conditions, visit capricornrisingstars.com.

Nominate your apprentice today at capricornrisigntsars.com. Entries close April 30, 2021.

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January 21, 2021 - CAPRICORN SERVICE DATA ENHANCED WITH NEW SERVICE ADVISOR FEATURE

One of the many benefits of being a Capricorn Member is complimentary access to Capricorn Service Data which is, without doubt, an incredibly valuable workshop information resource for servicing modern vehicles.

Powered by world leading automotive data providers, Autodata, Capricorn Service Data covers more than 34,000 makes and models. This provides Capricorn Members with instant and accurate online service information which would otherwise cost over $800 per year in subscription fees.

A new addition to Capricorn Service Data is the “Service Advisor” feature. The Service Advisor function gives automotive workshop offices, reception staff and technical staff the ability to quickly and easily find what OEM services are required and what optional work should be recommended for each customer’s vehicle.

Capricorn Service Data’s new Service Advisor component also supports easier quoting and repair cost estimating for customers. After selecting a vehicle within Capricorn Service Data by model in the usual manner, Members can now bring up a one-page view of all replacement intervals and service times. This information includes key parts for services outlined in plain language. This presents a fantastic opportunity to illustrate to customers what current and upcoming work may be needed.

According to Capricorn Automotive CEO, Bradley Gannon, Capricorn is always seeking to make operating automotive service and repair businesses more rewarding and efficient for its 20,000 plus Members located across Australia and New Zealand.

“The new Service Advisor component to the Capricorn Service Data suite is a time saving benefit that enables Member technicians to concentrate on their work and help front of house staff to easily provide customers with accurate information relating to upcoming service or repair work,” Mr. Gannon said.

The new Service Advisor feature has been optimised to function across both desktop and touchscreen devices, making it easy to present to customers on a tablet, notebook or monitor. 

This is yet another benefit of membership in Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative that enables automotive businesses to become more efficient and profitable while providing premier customer service.

To find out more about Capricorn Service Data and the many other benefits of becoming a Capricorn Member visit www.capricorn.coop.

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January 19, 2021 - THE DAYCO PORSCHE RETURNS TO THE TRACK IN 2021 WITH LAGO RACING

Dayco Australia will once again be a major player in the 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship with Lago Racing.

The renowned #23 black beauty will return for the planned eight round 2021 series of the world’s fastest one make championship with long term Dayco Ambassadors and highly experienced racers David Russell and team owner / driver Roger Lago competing in both the Pro and Pro-Am categories throughout the season.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia has been a popular addition to the Dayco Australia motorsport program over recent years, with the global company using Australian race imagery locally and worldwide across its automotive aftermarket marketing and promotional campaigns.

The 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship features a number of exciting changes for the new season following the category’s heavily pandemic disrupted 2020 season. Once again, all Carrera Cup races will be held in conjunction with major Supercar Championship events. The popular series plans to return to Western Australia under lights in September and heads across the Tasman to compete in New Zealand in November.

The opening round will be held at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway from March 18-21, replacing the postponed Australian Formula One Grand Prix event, with the super-fast series racing through South Australia, Northern Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and New Zealand from March to December, including the spectacular Surfers Paradise Street Circuit as its grand final round.

According to David McClurg, Dayco Australia Sales and Marketing Director, the 2021 Dayco motorsport program is shaping up to be one of the company’s best yet.

“After the pandemic disruption that totally decimated the Porsche Carrera Cup component of our motorsport marketing program last season, we are very excited about the new season ahead. We have a great car and two very accomplished drivers, a number of great events including a night race in WA and a visit to New Zealand, where we also have many Dayco customers,” Mr McClurg stated.

“The Dayco Porsche Cup Car has become one of the most recognised cars in the field and these incredible racing cars have a truly global appeal. This combined with our continued Supercars involvement, our TCR car sponsorship and our grass roots support of the Monash Motorsport Formula SAE team, forms an excellent motorsport marketing package for the new year ahead,” He added.

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January 15, 2021 - BAPCOR IS CHANGING THE GAME IN DISTRIBUTION

The Asia-Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions, Bapcor Limited, is about to completely change the game in product distribution excellence. 

The Australian company’s new Victorian Distribution Centre is located within the largest business park in the Southern Hemisphere, Melbourne Airport Business Park. This custom designed facility will set benchmarks of distribution speed and efficiency that are unparalleled in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry.

Featuring almost 50,000 square metres of warehouse space (three times the size of the MCG) under one roof, this enormous project has been in construction throughout 2020, continuing solidly despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Bapcor Distribution Centre is being equipped with world leading supply chain systems, with the constant focus points on safety and complete efficiency throughout every aspect of the distribution centre’s operations. A dedicated Project Management Team, bolstered with the key assistance of supply chain expert partners Xact Solutions, is conducting detailed systems testing processes and strategy planning to ensure that this completely custom designed facility remains on track for scheduled initial operations by mid-2021.

All of the innovations and efficiencies to be gained by the new Bapcor Distribution Centre are the direct result of listening to the company’s customers across all divisions of its growing automotive aftermarket business. The impetus behind this project is to ensure that Bapcor delivers fast, accurate and efficient service that not only meets but exceeds their customers’ expectations.

“The new Bapcor Distribution Centre represents a major investment and vote of confidence in the future growth of Australia and the Asia Pacific’s automotive aftermarket industry,” stated Bapcor Limited CEO and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey.

“Our new Victorian Distribution Centre will set entirely new benchmarks in automotive aftermarket supply chain efficiency and customer service excellence. These include the precise handling of an unsurpassed inventory range of more than 166,000 SKU’s with the use of next level technology and process excellence utilising world leading warehousing systems,” Mr Abotomey added.

The new Bapcor Distribution Centre includes “Best of Breed” supply chain process systems including Schafer Goods to Person Technology and the latest specification Manhattan Warehouse Managing Systems. It will deliver unprecedented levels of efficiency to Bapcor’s Trade, Specialist Wholesale and Retail business segments, geared to ensure the current and long term growth of all Bapcor automotive aftermarket businesses.

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ABOUT BAPCOR

 
Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members.

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale:  AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values;  We give a damn,  We are in it together,  We get it done and  We do the right thing.

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January 4, 2021 - PENRITE FAREWELLS EREBUS MOTORSPORT AFTER FIVE YEARS


Penrite Oil Australia announces that the company’s marketing alliance with the Erebus Motorsport Supercar team has come to an end after a five year association.

The Australian company joined the team in 2015 and became their title sponsor as it grew to a two car team four years later. Penrite Oil Australia’s tenure with the team was highlighted with an outstanding Bathurst 1000 victory for Penrite Racing drivers David Reynolds and Luke Youlden in 2017.

This association saw the proudly Australian owned Penrite brand promoted strongly across the country and in New Zealand over the years, linked to highly talented drivers and a team that continued to improve throughout the timeframe of Penrite’s sponsorship involvement.

Penrite Oil Australia takes this opportunity to thank Erebus Motorsport for their efforts and the vast Penrite Racing fan base for their strong support over the past five years.

Penrite Oil Australia will be making further announcements related to its exciting 2021 motorsport marketing program shortly.

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January 11, 2021 - BURSON AUTO PARTS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts, the country’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools, accessories and workshop equipment, celebrates a major milestone in 2021, the company’s 50th Anniversary.

The Burson Auto Parts true blue success story started in 1971, when company founders Ron Burgoine (the “Bur” in Burson) and Garry Johnson (the “Son” in Burson) began selling auto parts to Victorian automotive workshops from the boots of their cars. The entrepreneurial duo progressed to larger and more heavily stocked cash vans as they gained a loyal and constantly growing set of satisfied trade customers across the state.

The first Burson Auto Parts distribution store was opened in the Melbourne suburb of Braybrook in 1978 and this heralded the start of a gradual period of solid growth for the small company, who were taking on more established spare parts suppliers and succeeding across Victoria. A significant sign of this growth was the 1984 establishment of the first Burson Auto Parts interstate store located in Albury (NSW).

In 1986, Garry Johnson bought out his partner and was overseeing a strongly performing 15 store network by the following year. The key to Burson Auto Parts gaining a strong foot hold amongst the automotive trade was the company’s emphasis on supplying premium quality products to their customers, ensuring supply of locally and globally sourced leading brands to ensure the right part for the specific repair job, the first time. This is a commitment to the trade that has continued at Burson Auto Parts to this day.

The company’s steady organic growth continued and by 1996 the 25th Burson Auto Parts store was opened. Demand from the trade grew to the point that the company established a new, purpose built head office and 15,000 square metre distribution centre in the Melbourne suburb of Preston.

In the following three years a further 16 stores were added to the Burson Auto Parts network in New South Wales, along with a strong expansion into Queensland when the company acquired 11 Coventry Group stores in the sunshine state. The combination of store acquisitions and greenfield Burson Auto Parts locations that followed saw the company reach the milestone of 50 stores in 2004.

The Australian company’s impressive growth continued, identifying key geographical areas of automotive repairer business concentration. Five additional New South Wales stores joined the network in 2006 and the next four years saw the opening of the Northern Territory’s first Burson Auto Parts store along with a further 11 South Australian store locations.

By 2011, with more than 80 nationally located Burson Auto Parts stores in the network, the company’s growth had been personally led and crafted by company founder Garry Johnson across four decades. Johnson’s small executive management team included Chief Operating Officer Andrew Schram, who spent a staggering 34 years by his side, having started in the role of Assistant Store Manager at the first ever Burson Auto Parts store in Braybrook.

 The time had come to commence the next phase of this Australian automotive aftermarket industry success story and Burson Auto Parts was acquired from Johnson by Darryl Abotomey and the management team backed by Quadrant Private Equity in October 2011 with one clearly defined goal - to make Burson Auto Parts the number one national automotive aftermarket supplier to the trade.

True to this mission and under the new leadership of highly experienced Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Darryl Abotomey, another major milestone was achieved with the opening of the 100th Burson Auto Parts store in May 2012. In the following year, the company acquired the Brisbane based Precision Auto Spares Group, adding another four stores to the network accompanied by the opening of an additional eight stores across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

April 2014 saw Burson Auto Parts become a publicly listed company, making its debut on the Australian Stock Exchange as Burson Group Limited. The company’s long term, well proven performance made it a highly desired investment, enabling this local company to achieve unprecedented levels of growth and continued success.

By 2015, Burson Auto Parts had become truly national, with stores located in every Australian state and territory, with the addition of an 8,000 square metre Brisbane based distribution centre to ensure greater interstate store stocking efficiency.

Following the company’s highly successful public listing, July 2015 saw the company take its most exciting step to date with the acquisition of Metcash Automotive Holdings, making Burson Australia’s leading provider of automotive parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions.

In line with the company’s exciting future growth plans, in 2016 Burson Group Limited became Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP), an acronym of Burson Auto Parts, establishing a new corporate identity that covers Burson Auto Parts and all of the new business segments of the group. At this point the company began an exciting expansion into Asia, opening the first Burson Auto Parts store in Thailand, bringing world leading automotive aftermarket parts to this burgeoning market. A further five Burson Auto Parts stores have joined the Thailand network to date as the company continues to organically grow in the region, leading the way as the first Australian automotive aftermarket company to create its own brand footprint and automotive parts purchasing culture change in that country.

The next four years saw a number of major Bapcor acquisitions that have substantially increased the already industry leading Burson Auto Parts automotive component and equipment product range, while also growing the company’s light and heavy commercial vehicle parts portfolio.

Precision Automotive Equipment, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe Automotive Products, Baxters Auto Electrical and MTQ Engine Systems joined the Bapcor fold in 2016. Tricor Engineering, AADi Australia, Commercial Truck Parts Group, Toperformance Products, Truckline and Diesel Drive also became a part of the Bapcor Group. In 2017 Bapcor acquired the publicly listed Hellaby business in New Zealand which included BNT, a New Zealand trade focussed business similar to Burson, as well as specialist wholesale businesses in Australia including JAS, PAT, Diesel Distributors and Federal Batteries.

Now alongside the company’s iron clad continued commitment to the trade with Burson Auto Parts, the company became the region’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist company with an unparalleled footprint of trade, specialist wholesale and retail segments across more than 1,100 locations in Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout all of this time, Burson Auto Parts has continued its gradual, customer focussed national growth strategy, reaching 190 stores in October 2020 with record revenue growth achieved during the pandemic disrupted year. The Australian automotive trade’s favourite parts, tools, accessories and equipment supplier is on track to reach 200 stores within this financial year and is set to reach a strategic target of 240 stores within the next five years.

“This has been an exciting journey, with a great deal of worry and great achievement against inevitable head winds. Most of all it was a shared journey, initially with Ron Burgoine and then for the greater part with Andrew Schram, Terry Penney and all the staff at Team Burson. It is great to see both the excitement and the growth continue so strongly 50 years down the track,” stated Burson Auto Parts co-founder Garry Johnson, who remains a major Bapcor shareholder.

“The Burson Auto Parts story across its half decade history is one of how two Aussies with a good idea, sound automotive technical knowledge and a hard work ethic were able to create a brand with a level of service that has since become synonymous with automotive repairers across the country,” stated Bapcor Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey.

“From the humblest of beginnings, this Australian company was able to forge its place against major opposition, with steady and gradual growth for as long as that could be achieved under private ownership. Now as the heart and soul of the Bapcor Group, we are privileged to continue the exciting Burson Auto Parts journey and establish a platform for continued success across the next 50 years,” Mr Abotomey added.

The Burson Auto Parts’ Golden Anniversary will be celebrated together with the company’s dedicated 1,800 team members, 30,000 loyal trade customers and more than 1,000 suppliers through a number of exciting trade promotions and events scheduled to take place throughout 2021.

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December 14, 2020 - PENRITE FOCUSSES ON GRASS ROOTS MOTORCYCLE RACING AND LOCAL EVENTS FROM 2021

Penrite Oil Australia announces that the company’s six year multiple championship winning partnership with the Honda MX and SX Australian Championship racing teams has come to an end. 

This partnership has been highly successful over the years, enabling the Australian made and owned Penrite Oil brand to be tested and refined at the highest levels of motorcycle racing competition across Australia, New Zealand and in the United States.  

Following the disruption caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, difficult decisions have needed to be taken in relation to Penrite’s marketing activities across the company’s vast number of motorsport based alliances.   

Penrite Oil Australia will change the direction of its motorcycle racing based marketing, gearing it heavily towards supporting local riders, clubs and events, focussing on the sport at its grass roots levels and helping to develop the next generation of Australian motorcycle racing superstars. The company also intends to spread its support across a number of motorcycle manufacturer teams involved at several levels of the sport in the future.

As a family owned and operated business for almost 95 years, Penrite Oil Australia takes the company’s commitment to its racing supporters and its valued lubricant customers very seriously. 

According to Jarrod Harding, Penrite Oil Australia Director of Motorsport, “We believe that re-investing at the grass roots levels of motorcycle racing and making this exciting form of motorsport accessible to all is the most responsible way to provide our support given the current economic climate.”

“We are very proud of the success that we have enjoyed with our Honda MX and SX footprint over the years and we thank the team and their highly talented riders for their outstanding efforts. We could not have asked for a more demanding showcase for our premium quality lubricants. We wish the team continued success well into the future,” Mr Harding added. 

Penrite Oil Australia currently supports more than 200 local athletes through the company’s unique brand ambassador program. These efforts will be bolstered by a greater range of rider support programs and racing initiatives to be announced in 2021.                   

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December 12, 2020 - GET ALL OF YOUR BIG BASH LEAGUE STATS AND MATCH UPDATES FROM THE BURSON AUTO PARTS LAB THIS SUMMER

Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, accessories and equipment, Burson Auto Parts, will play a major part in the 61 match Big Bash League (BBL) cricket series being held from December 2020 to February 2021.

Established by Cricket Australia in 2011, the BBL is an Australian professional franchise Twenty20 cricket league. The BBL comprises of eight city based teams who will battle it out for supremacy across no fewer than 61 fast paced and exciting matches held across the country, all broadcast live by FoxSports and live-streamed by Kayo throughout the summer.

Burson Auto Parts joins the BBL for the first time in their milestone tenth season as naming rights sponsor of The Lab, Fox Cricket’s information centre for statistics and match updates throughout the series.

Now known as the Burson Auto Parts Lab, cricket fans nationwide will be able to gain all statistics, match information along with the insights and experience from the expert commentary team which comprises of some of Australia’s sharpest cricketing minds.

Supported by detailed graphics and up to the second match information, the Burson Auto Parts Lab will provide the updates and insights that the most ardent of cricket fans will be seeking. This makes the Burson Auto Parts Lab a central point of focus for hundreds of thousands of Aussie cricket fans throughout BBL10, which includes 14 Friday and Saturday night games along with 11 additional primetime matches this season.

Along with the Burson Auto Parts Lab crosses provided during each match of the season, one BBL update per week on the popular FoxSports Sport Nation (Fridays) and Sports First (Mondays) programs during each week will also feature Burson Auto Parts exposure.

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Marketing, Anthony Hughes, “We are very excited to align our Australian company with such a popular Aussie summer sport, with cricket being one of the highest watched sports in the country.”

“The BBL has grown from strength to strength over the years with its unique Twenty20 format. This is our first foray into cricket, a sport that we know strongly resonates with our trade customers. We look forward to a great summer of BBL cricket and the inaugural Burson Auto Parts Lab as a central focus point of the television and streamed coverage,”  Mr Hughes added.

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December 3, 2020 - PLACING PEOPLE FIRST – THE FOUNDATION OF BAPCOR’S SUCCESS

The success of the Asia-Pacific’s leading automotive aftermarket company is directly attributed to the efforts of its team members. The foundation of this Australian company’s continued strong performance can be found amongst its 4,700 dedicated Bapcor team members located across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.

Bapcor has introduced and continues to action and develop a range of vitally important initiatives designed specifically to support their highly valued team members. These initiatives ensure access to support services and programs not only during challenging times, but throughout their employment and career progression with the Australian company.

All of these Bapcor team member directed initiatives link directly to the leading automotive aftermarket company’s four simple yet highly important company Values. Bapcor’s Values were articulated with the involvement of team members from all parts of the Group and are: 

A number of Bapcor’s team member support initiatives were developed directly from the company’s ‘Have Your Say’ team member engagement surveys, along with the assistance of qualified service providers for more specialist areas such as mental health and wellbeing.

Ensuring a constant focus on zero harm and keeping each other safe and well, the Bapcor Work Health and Safety policy is the cornerstone to the company’s Safety Management System, combining a range of detailed policies and safe operating procedures.

Bapcor introduced their comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) two years ago and this has proven to be a vital support mechanism for many of its team members throughout Australia and New Zealand. The EAP centres around team members’ emotional and mental wellbeing, offering confidential counselling, coaching and support to meet the challenges and demands of professional and personal life. Bapcor provides each team member with company funded access for up to four independently conducted sessions by its highly qualified EAP partners Converge International in Australia and Vitae in New Zealand.

Another direct result of Bapcor team member survey feedback was the development of the Bapcor Intranet system, called CORE. Over the two years since its introduction, CORE has become the go-to place for company announcements and information, workplace safety updates, IT support, company policies, employment / career progression opportunities, Payroll employee self-service, contact information and a unique training platform called CORE Learning, featuring a range of online courses and programs. CORE is not only accessible from the workplace, it can also be reached 24/7 via Bapcor team members’ mobile devices.

Intrinsically aligned with Bapcor’s Values was the introduction of the Bapcor Wellbeing Centre, known as Thrive, which was launched on the CORE Intranet system in June 2020. At its foundation are four pillars of wellbeing – mental, physical, financial and social. With an initial focus on mental health, particularly given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thrive complements the support already offered by the Bapcor EAP and now includes Bapcor’s partnership with the Black Dog Institute. The Black Dog Institute specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. As a part of Thrive, all team members are encouraged to complete the Black Dog Institute’s “Understanding Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing” online training module which is also located within CORE Learning.

Bapcor also supports RUOK? Day each year to raise awareness of the support that these initiatives and organisations provide. The company has a network of team members across the Group who are accredited Mental Health First Aiders. These team members have participated in comprehensive training to recognise the signs of a mental health crisis and provide support.

Ensuring that all Bapcor businesses are safe and professionally ethical places to work is fundamental to the ongoing success and growth of the company and the professional growth of its team members. In December 2018, Bapcor launched its “Speak Up at Bapcor” program, incorporating the company’s Whistleblower Policy for team members and contractors to raise concerns if they feel that something isn’t right.

The “Speak Up at Bapcor” initiative is a direct reflection of the Bapcor company Values of “We give a damn” and “We do the right thing”, giving any team member, past or present, along with suppliers and contractors, the opportunity to raise concerns about workplace safety, along with suspected or actual misconduct, without fear of reprisal. These concerns can be raised through team members’ managers, a member of the Group Leadership Team or Human Resources. Team members can also raise concerns anonymously if they wish, via the Whistleblower Hotline which is run independently in both Australia and New Zealand.

Of course the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a new set of challenges both for team members and Bapcor’s leadership group. The company committed to supporting its team members strongly from the very start of the pandemic, despite the total uncertainty of its impact to the company’s operations.

Aligning directly with the Bapcor Value of “We are in it together”, Bapcor introduced its Paid Pandemic Leave Policy in August 2020. This was introduced to ensure that eligible full time, part time and casual team members who were unable to attend work due to government restrictions were supported financially. This policy was also applied to team members who could not work due to isolation requirements.

Despite the enormous disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bapcor achieved 27% revenue growth across its automotive aftermarket business during the first quarter of the 2021 financial year. This coupled with Bapcor’s outstanding 2020 financial year record revenue result (12.8% growth) was without doubt a direct reflection of the dedication and commitment of Bapcor’s team members across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. 

To recognise the efforts of Bapcor’s team members across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand for this extraordinary effort, in September 2020 Bapcor provided Visa Gift Cards ranging from $150 to $300 to team members as a gesture of thanks.

According toBapcor Executive General Manager of Human Resources, Alison Laing, “While Bapcor is a giant of the Asia Pacific automotive aftermarket industry, the vast majority of companies that form the group were originally family companies, so despite our size, we treat our team members like they are a part of a family company”.

"All of our team member support services link directly to our four key company values and reflect a common sense of care across every part of Bapcor. It is a constant process and we continue to develop our team member programs and initiatives through the feedback that we receive.

“One factor that comes across very clearly from our Values, policies, and programs, is that the wellbeing of Bapcor team members is our absolute number one priority,” Ms Laing concluded.

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ABOUT BAPCOR

Bapcor Limited (ASX:BAP) is the Asia Pacific’s leading provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions operating out of more than 1,100 locations across Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by 4,500 team members. 

Bapcor’s core business is the automotive aftermarket. The Australian company’s businesses span the end-to-end aftermarket supply chain covering the Trade, Specialist Wholesale, Retail and Service sectors.

The companies within the Bapcor Group include Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted automotive aftermarket businesses:

Retail:  Autobarn, Autopro, Sprint Auto Parts, Opposite Lock

Service: Midas, ABS, Shock Shop, Battery Town

Trade:  Burson Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts Thailand, BNT, Precision Automotive Equipment, Truck & Trailer Parts

Specialist Wholesale :  AAD, Autolign, JAS Oceania, Baxters, Bearing Wholesalers, Roadsafe, MTQ, Diesel Distributors, Toperformance, Federal Batteries, HCB Technologies, Premier Auto Trade, AADi, IKP, HIM Spares, DKSP, JCS, Japanese Trucks Australia, He Knows Truck Parts, Truckline & Diesel Drive.

All Bapcor companies are aligned to four straight forward and highly effective core values; We give a damn, We are in it together, We get it done and We do the right thing.

 

To find out more about Bapcor visit us online at www.bapcor.com.au



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