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JULY 2021

POWER UP WITH BATTERIES AND CHARGERS

MINISTER CHAMPIONS THE CAUSE FOR INDEPENDENT MECHANICS

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS’ TYRES AND WHEELS SAFE


ABOUT THE COVER For more than 90 years, Century Batteries has been designing and building its iconic blue and yellow batteries right here in Australia

REGULAR DEPARTMENTS New Members........................................... 5 Calendar.................................................... 6 AAAA Report ............................................ 7 News......................................................... 8 Products.................................................. 30

Consumer Law......................................... 92 HR Matters.............................................. 93 Performance & Racing............................. 96 4WD........................................................ 98 Storefront.............................................. 100

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KEEPING YOU INFORMED Keeping your workshop business at the top.......................................................................... 8 Automotive Right to Repair passes the Senate and is now law............................................... 9 ACCC welcomes new law on motor vehicle service and repair information........................... 10 The value of automotive sponsorship.................................................................................. 12 Paul Marinelli celebrates 25 years...................................................................................... 13 Burson Auto Parts and Dayco celebrate 38 years together.................................................. 14 GPC recognised in AFR Awards.......................................................................................... 18 Minister champions the cause for independent mechanics................................................. 20

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FEATURES Cover Story: Century Batteries: built in Australia, for Australia............................................ 22 Technofile: Opus IVS takes on Volvo failures....................................................................... 24 Product R&D: Exedy explains the value of two up............................................................... 26 Member Feature: Disc Brakes Australia: Innovation and application................................... 64 Batteries & Charging: Power up with batteries and chargers............................................... 66 Tyres & Wheels: The knowledge you need to keep your customers’ tyres and wheels safe... 80 Trade Talk: Gino Ricciuti: Car passion drives Gino to success............................................. 88 Milestones: HELLA Australia celebrates 60th anniversary................................................... 90 Members in Motorsport: Burson Auto Parts: From the grassroots up.................................. 95

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Tag Towbars Ballarat Sharp Exhausts Pty Ltd 4 Carngham Road BALLARAT VIC 3350 Shop 1/5 Commerce Court Ph: 03 5336 4900 E: info@towbar.net.au SUNBURY VIC 3429 The 4WD Zone Bathurst Ph: 03 9744 5005 E: sharp@sharpperformance.com.au 263 Stewart Street BATHURST NSW 2795 Simon Exhaust & Auto Repairs Ph: 02 6331 1961 E: the4wdzone@hotmail.com 13 Railway Terrace The Garage Network BALAKLAVA SA 5461 313 Lyons Road RUSSELL LEA NSW 2046 Ph: 08 8862 1765 E: simonauto@rbe.net.au Ph: 0411 861 180 E: thegaragenetwork@gmail.com SNC Auto The Ute Shop 7 Strathwyn Street BRENDALE QLD 4500 4/43 Premier Circuit WARANA QLD 4575 Ph: 07 3205 4315 E: jordan@sncautomotive.com.au Ph: 07 5438 8204 E: sales@theuteshop.com.au South Coast Auto Repairs TL Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd 137 Waterport Road 463 Bushmead Road HAZELMERE WA 6055 PORT ELLIOT SA 5212 Ph: 08 6254 3800 E: tbarbaro@tleng.com.au Ph: 08 8554 2727 E: southcoastauto@outlook.com TNT Auto Parts South Eastern 4WD Centre P/L 295a Princes Way DROUIN VIC 3818 182 Centre Road NARRE WARREN VIC 3805 Ph: 03 5625 2777 E: tntauto@dcsi.net.au Ph: 03 8786 5090 E: shane@se4wd.com.au Tom O’Dea Auto Spares Sprint Mufflers Pty Ltd 7 Park Lane ROMSEY VIC 3484 279 North Stuart Highway Ph: 03 5429 5114 E: t_odea@bigpond.net.au ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 Ph: 08 8952 7999 E: sales@sprint7.net.au

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CALENDAR 2021-2022 Automechanika Frankfurt

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Traralgon 4WD Centre 150 Argyle Street TRARALGON VIC 3844 Ph: 03 5176 0102 E: info@traralgon4WD.com.au Tuff Muff Exhausts 287 Mulgrave Road CAIRNS QLD 4870 Ph: 07 4031 1200 E: info@tuffmuff.com.au Tunap Australia PO Box 4279 ALFREDTON VIC 3352 Ph: 0417 803 565 E: robertlettieri@tunap.com.au Tuncurry Auto Spares 2/98 Manning Street TUNCURRY NSW 2428 Ph: 02 6554 8111 E: sales@tuncurryauto.com.au Tyrepower Creswick 63 Albert Street CRESWICK VIC 3363 Ph: 03 5345 8101 E: info@tpcreswick.com.au

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Stuart Charity Chief Executive Officer

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Mark Pedder Chairman


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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

AAAA research helps our members, our government advocacy and our role protecting the industry Whether you are running a small business or managing a large company, it is important to be armed with the information you need to make informed decisions for the health and growth of your business. At the same time, businesses are time poor, and want useful information in a format that is easily digestible. With this in mind, the AAAA continues to invest in targeted market research and business tools for our members. Along with our direct industry advocacy, and our HR and Legal hotlines, research remains one of the most valued aspects of AAAA membership. I firmly believe the AAAA has the strongest collection of relevant industry specific tools, research and market intelligence available for our industry. Our specialised industry research serves two other primary functions. Firstly, research ensures the AAAA keeps a pulse-check on the industry. We can identify trends and potential threats and take action for the protection and prosperity of the aftermarket. Secondly, we use research findings as evidence that we present to governments when we advocate on behalf of the industry. Using research helps us open doors and gain traction on industry issues at all levels of government. We have recently commissioned research focusing on the size of the industry. Although numbers of total businesses and industry revenue figures are widely speculated, we need to have a more accurate picture. This research will also help answer other important questions. How many workshops are there per head of population? How many vehicles are serviced every day? With this data, we can calculate average spend per vehicle and extrapolate, with more accuracy, the total economic value of the aftermarket. This will help us estimate the growth of the industry vs the growth of the car parc, which is around 350,000 vehicles per year. Monitoring these statistics will help us understand the health of

the industry and make more informed decisions to effectively support our members and the wider industry. The AAAA has always been extremely clear on the ‘why’ in relation to our research. We don’t do research for research’s sake or have an unlimited research budget, so we have to be very smart about conducting research that makes a real difference. Lesley Yates, our Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, leads our market research operation. Using our specialist research partners, ACA Research, Lesley commissions research projects based on the question “how are our members going to use it, and benefit from it?” Here is an overview of some of our notable research and tools being used by our members. Workshop Health Check is a great, easy-to-use comparison tool for workshops. In only a few minutes you can find out how your business is tracking via a benchmarked report based on real industry data. We find this tool is a great starting place for businesses wanting to improve efficiency or start to grow their business. AAAA Car Parc Data Tool is arguably the most powerful, and popular member research and growth tool for the aftermarket. It helps you better understand your target market, find new customers and grow your business. It offers national level data for manufacturers and distributors, as well as local area information for workshops and retailers. For example, if you are a workshop looking to move to a different location, or a retail chain wanting to expand to multiple locations, the Car Parc Data tool will provide insight into the demographics of each area, and the numbers and types of vehicles within those areas to assist business decisions. You could search for the average age and income of people in Newcastle or St Kilda, find out how many cars per household they have, the age of the Car Parc and the top models of vehicle in that area. For members already using the AAAA Car Parc

Data Tool, we are pleased to report two great new additions. At the workshop data level, a ‘business focus’ section has been added which shows the number of businesses by industry and size per Local Government Area (LGA). This gives workshops a sense of the types of businesses in their local area. At the Manufacturer/Distributor level, extra content has been added focusing on Utes and SUVs, comparing the split of 4WDs vs 2WDs at an overall level, as well as by top models. Aftermarket Dashboards are produced quarterly and offer the latest industry information to guide business decisions. Our Q1 2021 Dashboard reports on consumer and business confidence, COVID-19 impacts on new car sales, and provides fascinating insights into the changing 4WD Car Parc. Targeted Research Reports focus on specific areas within our diverse automotive aftermarket industry. Our reports include detailed investigations into the 4WD market, manufacturing, workshops, EVs, and consumers. Our research and tools don’t sit idle and are constantly evolving based on feedback and our members’ needs. We also make sure they are updated as new research comes to light, to ensure members have the most up to date picture. I encourage you to visit the Member’s Portal and explore our great suite of tools and research. The feedback we receive is that our research is making a genuine difference to the decisions and success of our members, both large and small. We’d love to hear how our research is helping your business, or even your thoughts on a particular research project you would like to see us commission, so drop us a line at info@aaaa.com.au To login to our Member Portal, head to www.aaaa.com.au To learn more about the benefits of being a AAAA member and to gain access to our research, head to www.aaaa.com.au and click on ‘Member Benefits’.

STUART CHARITY Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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WHERE TO FROM HERE? In this column, Capricorn Society’s Group Chief Executive Officer, David Fraser, takes a look at this big question

This is a question which faces everyone and which organisations like Capricorn must play a proactive role in answering. It is our duty to recognise that going back to “business as usual” is not enough to meet the challenges we face – particularly in the automotive industry. And, as we celebrate International Day of Cooperatives on 3 July, I can’t help but think: who better than a member-based organisation to lead our industry towards that future? There are numerous challenges we face as we emerge from the pandemic, some of which we are still waiting to understand. But there are other challenges too, and these aren’t just going to go away. These challenges affect everyone, but just as our national response to the coronavirus showed, there is power in unified action. That’s why cooperatives are ideally placed to play a central role in leading our respective industries into that future. For members, they know someone has their back, and they can leverage the power of the collective. For the cooperative, there’s a driving imperative not just to support, but to lead and to innovate. At Capricorn, we’re proud of what we’ve been able to do for our members for over 45 years, during which time we have continually pivoted as required to deliver on member needs. For me and the entire Capricorn team, “where to from here?” means rising rapidly to meet the challenges ahead – because “business as usual” will never be enough. To learn more about how you can benefit by joining Capricorn, I encourage you to email join@capricorn.coop or visit Capricorn.coop Yours in cooperation, David Fraser Group CEO, Capricorn Society Ltd For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit www.capricorn.coop 8

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KEEPING YOUR WORKSHOP BUSINESS AT THE TOP All the information you need at your finger tips

Running a workshop is a lot more complicated than just servicing cars. Operators need to keep up to date with the latest innovations in vehicle technology, while also staying on top of all other aspects of running a business. A typical day might see them juggling business administration, human resources, financial planning, sales, and marketing, all on top of their ‘day job.’ Their biggest challenge is that resources are limited, regardless of whether we’re talking hours in the day or dollars in the bank account. Making smart decisions is therefore critical, meaning workshops need to tap into the best possible data to support their business activities. The updated AAAA Workshop Car Parc Tool (available in the member area of the AAAA website) is a valuable resource when it comes to improving or optimising their service offering, staffing needs, marketing strategy, or training and development requirements. To help us understand the value the tool can offer, let’s approach it from the perspective of a workshop in Keysborough VIC, within the Greater Dandenong LGA. Firstly, we can see that the local car parc has grown over the past five years, with about 15,000 more cars in 2020 than 2015. Importantly though, the vast majority of these are more than eight years old, putting them right in the sweet spot for an independent workshop.

Breaking this down, it’s no surprise that there are four Toyotas in the top 10 models, but two others that do stand out are the Commodore and Falcon in 3rd and 4th place respectively. They might no longer be manufactured in Australia (or at all), but there’s still plenty of them on local roads. A rough estimate based on the local car parc suggests that one in ten cars turning up on the garage forecourt will be one of those two, so our workshop will need the tools and training to accommodate them. That is the here and now, but we do need to also recognise that the times are changing. Looking to the future, our workshop is very aware of the growth of Euro brands. While they’re interested in the opportunity, it’s clear that there aren’t

enough VWs at the moment to justify a significant investment. Off the back of this, our workshop can decide that it probably makes more sense right now to hire a technician who used to work in a Holden dealership to one with Euro expertise. One to watch for the future!

In addition to the vehicle insights, recent updates have seen more information added about the local community. Building on 2020’s household demographics, the 2021 update saw the introduction of local business information. Greater Dandenong has a large number of Transport and Construction businesses, so our hypothetical workshop is planning Facebook ads to see if they can pick up business from local tradies. While this might be one fairly typical use case, we need to remember that this is not how the data has to be used. When it comes down to it, its purpose is to support better decision making, whatever that might be. The AAAA also provides additional support with customised data analysis for questions that push beyond the limits of the tool. If you have questions about the data that’s available, or other analysis, contact the AAAA on info@aaaa.com.au or visit www.aaaa.com.au/car-parc-data This column was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, our partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard that is delivered to AAAA members each quarter. For more information, visit www.acaresearch.com.au or contact Ben Selwyn on bselwyn@acaresearch.com.au


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AUTOMOTIVE RIGHT TO REPAIR PASSES THE SENATE AND IS NOW LAW

The Australian consumer is the big winner from the recent passing by the Senate of the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Bill Following nearly a decade of campaigning by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the new law will make it illegal for car companies to withhold information from qualified independent mechanics – keeping the cost of replacement parts, vehicle maintenance and repair affordable. The Chief Executive Officer of the AAAA, Stuart Charity, said the mandatory scheme will require all motor vehicle service and repair information to be made available for purchase by independent repairers at a fair market price. “It has been a long time coming but will be welcome news for the automotive industry. We started campaigning for this law a decade ago and have been through two government inquiries and even through a voluntary agreement in 2014 which was a complete failure,” Stuart said. The new law is designed to provide a fairer playing

field for the repair and service of the 74 automotive brands available in Australia in an industry worth $23 billion annually. In Australia the motor vehicle servicing and repair industry involves nearly 35,000 businesses employing more than 106,000 Australians. Stuart said around one in 10 motor vehicles taken to repair workshops are affected by a lack of access to service and repair information. “This can often lead to higher service costs for consumers,” Stuart said. “What this law means is that the service and repair information that car manufacturers share with their dealership network must also be made available to independent repairers.” Stuart singled out the Federal Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar. “He has personally steered this through Government, and we thank him for his leadership.”

This new law is the result of unprecedented industry cooperation with over 75 workshops hosting visits from their local MPs to demonstrate what happens when vehicle manufacturers withhold software updates and technical service bulletins. “We don’t have a very politicised membership and for our small owner operated workshops to get on board with direct emails and contact with their local MP is the best indicator we have that this is important to our members and to their customers,” Stuart said. The new scheme will be monitored for compliance by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. For more information, visit www.aaaa.com.au

BILL ARCHITECT PROMISES LAW WILL BE ENFORCED Minister Sukkar explains Government and ACCC will ensure OEMs comply Federal Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has promised that the Government will ensure that the recently passed Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Bill will be upheld. “The Government will keep a close eye on industry’s response to the scheme and will work with industry, including manufacturers, to encourage compliance. The ACCC will regulate the scheme and there are strong penalties for violations– up to $10 million,” Minister Sukkar told Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine in an exclusive interview. “A joint industry-led organisation will also report to me on the operation of the scheme and to the ACCC on systemic issues. This organisation will be based on successful arrangements for the United States’ National Automotive Service Task Force,” he explained. “The Government stands ready to review and adjust the scheme in the future to respond to industry developments or actions to frustrate the scheme. Mechanisms to address these issues are built into the scheme through rule-making powers. “A key objective of the scheme is to encourage the provision of accessible and affordable information to repairers on fair and reasonable commercial terms. The ACCC will keep a close eye on prices to ensure the scheme meets this objective.

“Under the scheme, car manufacturers can charge no more than fair market value. This is a recognised concept in both Australian law and in an international context. The factors to be considered in setting fair market value include the price charged to other repairers, reasonable recovery of costs, and the prices for information in overseas markets.” Minister Sukkar stated he was passionate about protecting independent automotive workshops. “The automotive repair is an important industry which keeps Australia’s 19.8 million vehicles on the road. There are nearly 35,000 automotive service and repair businesses in Australia, employing over 106,000 Australians,” he said. “I want consumers to be able to access servicing and repairs in a fair, competitive market. This ground-breaking legislation will give consumers more choice about where their vehicle is repaired.

affiliated dealerships. Car owners in regional Australia will be able to go to their local repairer instead of traveling huge distances, possibly on the back of a tow truck, to their nearest dealership. Ultimately, independent repairers understand the importance of this change and know that the benefits will flow through to their customers.

“These changes are a huge win for car owners. Consumers will be able to go to the repairer of their choice, without having to worry about whether they have the information to do the job. This will level the playing field for independent repairers and create a more competitive market. These reforms will bring down the cost of owning a car.

“We have worked closely with the automotive industry, particularly the AAAA, on designing the scheme and they have done a fantastic job of raising awareness with their members. In fact, we have already received more than 350 emails from independent repairers, many I believe are AAAA members, thanking the Morrison Government for implementing the scheme.”

“There will also be benefits for regional communities, which do not have access to

For the full exclusive interview with Minister Sukkar see pages 20-21 of this edition of AAAM Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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NEWS

ACCC WELCOMES NEW LAW ON MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE AND REPAIR INFORMATION These changes adopt recommendations from the ACCC’s new car retailing industry market study Legislative changes will increase competition and choice for consumers about where they have their cars serviced and repaired. The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021, which passed Parliament in late June, amends the Competition and Consumer Act to establish a mandatory scheme to promote competition in the Australian automotive servicing sector. It requires motor vehicle service and repair information to be made available for purchase by Australian repairers at a fair market price. “Under the scheme, independent Australian motor vehicle repairers will have fair access to the information needed to service and repair cars, such as software updates to connect a new spare part with a car, or information and codes for computerised systems from the car manufacturer,” ACCC Chair, Rod Sims, said. “This enables motorists to shop around for the repairer that offers the best price, service and convenience, knowing they will all have access to the information needed to complete the servicing or repair. “Previously, only car manufacturers and their affiliated repairers could be confident of getting access to important service and repair information, preventing many independent repairers from competing fairly for car servicing and repair work.

This created additional costs for consumers, as well as inconvenience and delays,” Rod said. “We believe the scheme provides a much fairer opportunity for independent Australian motor vehicle repairers to compete and will improve outcomes for consumers, and we welcome this important reform being passed by the Parliament.” The ACCC’s 2017 new car retailing industry market study found that independent repairers experienced continued problems accessing information needed to repair and service new cars. This was despite a voluntary commitment made by car manufacturers in 2014 to provide independent repairers with the same information provided to authorised dealers. The ACCC recommended introducing a mandatory scheme requiring car manufacturers to share the information needed to repair and service cars with independent repairers. The study found problems with the breadth, depth and timeliness of the service and repair information offered by car manufacturers to independent repairers, including a lack of transparency and consistency across manufacturers about safety and security information. “These reforms will ensure consumers benefit from competitive aftermarkets and by having a choice of providers to repair and service cars,” Rod said. The ACCC will have a broad oversight and

enforcement role, while day-to-day operations will be the responsibility of a new industry-led body called the Scheme Adviser. The Scheme Adviser will be responsible for dispute resolution, sharing information about the scheme online, and providing reports about the operation of the scheme. The ACCC has established a dedicated team to ensure the industry has a clear understanding of the ACCC’s role and functions and will closely monitor the implementation of and compliance with the scheme. Penalties apply for failure to comply with the main obligations of the scheme, and the ACCC will have a number of enforcement tools available ranging from infringement notices to commencing legal proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that individuals or companies have breached the Act. Guidance to assist industry understand the ACCC’s compliance and enforcement approach will be released soon. The Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme is scheduled to come into effect on 1 July 2022. For more information visit www.accc.gov.au

NEW NATIONAL TRAINING FACILITY OPENED IN BRISBANE This facility promises to be an important product training resource BAPCOR, Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, has announced the opening of a National Training Facility in Brisbane. This product training resource is available for the exclusive use of Precision Automotive Equipment and Burson Auto Parts team members, customers and suppliers. It will allow BAPCOR Automotive team members to fully familiarise themselves with all of the latest workshop equipment, safety features, operations, and more. The potential for training opportunities at this facility is significant. It will provide a hands-on training opportunity for the sales teams, customers, and technicians that will take delivery of the equipment products. Trade customers who wish to observe the workshop products in full operation will also be welcomed to this facility. “As automotive diagnostics and general workshop equipment continues to technologically evolve, detailed product training becomes much more 10

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important. It ensures that our team members and customers gain a strong understanding of the premium quality equipment products that we offer,” Precision Automotive Equipment General Manager, Peter Hewitt, said. “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.” BAPCOR has announced that the facility includes two fully equipped vehicle service bays with the latest Hunter Engineering and Rotary Lift products, which are exclusive to Precision Automotive Equipment. The company plans to add additional products over time as they are introduced to its equipment range. There is also a training room dedicated to the latest in vehicle diagnostics equipment. Additionally, there’s a formal seated training room complete with audio visual equipment. The National Training Facility is located in

Brisbane near the airport and the city. BAPCOR states that this makes it an ideal location for fly in and fly out training sessions while also being accessible to Precision Automotive Equipment’s many Queensland based customers. To find out more about the new Precision Automotive Equipment National Training Facility and to arrange specific product training opportunities, contact Precision Automotive Equipment by calling 1300 366 252.


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VALUE OF AUTOMOTIVE SPONSORSHIP DAYCO IMPROVES THE article, ACA Research considers CUSTOMER SERVICE Inthethisreturns of sponsorship investment for With mobile catalogue app update 7.0

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To further improve its up-to-date product and application information, Dayco has released the latest update to its ‘multi-award-winner’ mobile catalogue app. The company, which explains it is a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, says version 7.0 of the catalogue app is now available from the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Last year, aftermarket juggernaut Repco signed a multi-year deal to become the sponsor of the Bathurst 1000. From this year, it is also the naming rights partner for the Supercars championship, as well as of the season opening race on the famous Mount Panorama circuit. Having already been the official automotive parts retailer of the Supercars Championship, its extensive investment in Supercars begs the question: what is the value of automotive sponsorship? One aspect of value is clearly viewership. According to data from Roy Morgan, almost 4.6 million Australians watched a motorsports event in 2020, encompassing Formula One, V8 Supercars, the Bathurst 1000, drag racing and rally car racing.

The app 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. It 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,” Dayco Senior IT Manager – Global Digital Solutions, Enzo Rabante, said. “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.” For more information, visit www.daycoaftermarket.com/en/dayco-app/ 12

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Despite the glamour of F1, the Bathurst 1000 wins out as the single most viewed motorsport event in Australia, watched by over 3.1 million people. It is followed by Supercars (as a whole) with 2.6 million viewers, while Formula One takes bronze with 2.3 million viewers. Viewership is not however the only metric to which we should be paying attention. Ultimately, companies invest their sponsorship dollars to build recall, which has clearly been successful for former sponsor, Supercheap Auto. After 16 years as the naming rights sponsor of the Bathurst 1000, Supercheap remains the brand most commonly associated with Supercars. This extends from the most casual Supercar viewer (25 percent of whom recall Supercheap Auto) to those people who attended a motorsports event in the last 12 months (42 percent of whom recall Supercheap Auto). While it is difficult to quantify, we know that brand awareness has a direct correlation to sales – in the end, consumers will buy from brands they know and trust.

It is important to note that this level of brand association is built up over time. Once established though, they clearly show staying power, even after the sponsorship has ended. The value of motorsports sponsorship is still being realised by Qantas, with more than one in ten motorsports attendees still associating the brand with Formula One despite it relinquishing the naming rights nearly a decade ago. Which brings us back to our starting question…is it worth it? Looking at an individual team, the cost to operate a Supercar is an eyewatering $3-$5 million per year, with Tekno Autosports Team Principal, Jonathon Webb, very explicit that it is not for everyone, stating in an interview with PickStar, “motorsport is bloody expensive.” Sponsorship isn’t just about naming rights on the bonnet, doors, or boot, with sponsors also able to leverage further incentives in the form of ride days for clients and customers. Despite this, money has tightened up in recent times, with corporate groups more calculated as to how they spend their sponsorship and marketing budgets. While there are a number of complexities to this, Jonathon reasons that a significant factor in this development is a realisation that generic sponsorships aren’t working in motorsport. Ultimately, it makes sense that automotive companies will benefit the most from sponsoring motorsports events, aligning their brands with the adventure and excitement of racing, and hopefully increasing brand awareness and sales. While a strongly-positioned brand like Repco is better placed than most to tap into this, we must still remember that longevity is key. We will be watching with interest to evaluate the impact of its new sponsorship deal, but it is likely to take a certain amount of time to fully realise these benefits. This column was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, our partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which is delivered to AAAA members each quarter.

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, Jan-Dec 2020 (Australians 14+ who attended a motorsport event in the last 12 months)

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PAUL MARINELLI CELEBRATES 25 YEARS Actually, make that 26 years!

Paul Marinelli established his automotive aftermarket and motorsport specialised public relations and marketing services company, Marinelli Motorsport, in Melbourne back in February of 1995.

These media services alongside a growing PR stable of automotive aftermarket clients shaped his one-man operation into a highly specialised automotive aftermarket and motor racing marketing consultancy.

While 2020 was the company’s official 25-year anniversary, Paul says that given last year was so disrupted, 2021 marks a far better time to make noise about the milestone.

Paul’s first PR client was the SAAS Manufacturing Company, a local company up there with the best 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.

Within one year of its establishment, Marinelli Motorsport was supplying more than 25 national capital city radio stations and their regional affiliate stations with reports from motorsport events across Australia and the world.

“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,” Paul said. The PR side of Paul’s business grew strongly alongside his motor racing based work, with the company attracting a who’s who of blue chip international automotive aftermarket PR clients over the years. These included Tenneco / Monroe Australia, Dayco Australia, Hella Australia, ZF Asia Pacific, Schaeffler Asia Pacific, ZF Asia Pacific, Bob Jane T-Marts, Coventry, Repco, GUD Group, Pennzoil, Holden Engine Company, SEW Eurodrive and several smaller companies. Paul was also selected to provide PR services to the AAAA in recent years.

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. “Working with Bob Jane across both his motorsport and automotive aftermarket businesses was mind-blowing. His business acumen was truly incredible,” Paul said. “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.” Paul’s current client list includes BAPCOR Limited, Dayco Australia and Capricorn Limited alongside various motorsport involvements. For more information, visit www.marinellipr.com.au

ALLAN GRAY RECOGNISED

The Terrain Tamer identity was recognised with a very special honour earlier this year On Tuesday the 26th of January, Terrain Tamer’s Allan Gray made the Australia Day 2021 Honours list and was awarded a ‘Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)’ for his service to the community through social welfare organisations. For over a decade the 4WD industry icon has been involved with the St Vincent De Paul Society Soup Van service. He is well known for volunteering each week and says he has met some fantastic people on the street during this time. When COVID-19 arrived in Australia, regulations restricted the 86-year-old from being able to continue his weekly routine supporting Vinnies in 2020. It wasn’t until the beginning of this year that he was able to visit his friends again and he is once again encouraging others to go with him, so they too can see the other side of homelessness. With his hard work and selflessness showing in everything he does, Allan is truly deserving of such

recognition and hopes that his actions can one day be forwarded on. “I feel almost selfish, as I gain more from going out and looking after these people than what I can really give them,” Allan said. “It is a hidden part of life that the average person doesn’t see, and they care but we need to show them how. “I don’t let anyone walk past the van without talking to them, as I want to educate them about what we do and I want them to know the real stories. “We are not only feeding people, but we are educating the local community about what happens. “Often, it is a time to talk, hug and cry with people which I have done many times, as it’s not often just about the food as it is about spending time with them and treating them just as though they’re another human being. “I’m tucked up in my warm bed complaining about my sore toe and they’re on the street telling me

they’re managing quite well, yet it’s pouring with rain. “Vinnies has not missed a night in about 45 years, they go out in some shocking weather. Before we had proper clothing, we used to use plastic bags and cut holes to wear them on our heads.” For more from Terrain Tamer, visit www.terraintamer.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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BURSON AUTO PARTS AND DAYCO CELEBRATE 38 YEARS TOGETHER

Both companies have enjoyed outstanding growth since their association began in the early ‘80s 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.

added in the areas of drive belts, engine thermal management components, moulded hoses and performance components during this relationship.

This unbroken business relationship was established from a hand shake almost four decades ago.

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.

Back then, Burson Auto Parts, the company that would become a preferred supplier of automotive parts, accessories, tools and equipment in Australia, had just 11 stores located in Victoria.

“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,” Arnold said.

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.

“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.

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 SKUs have been

“We look forward to celebrating many more Burson Auto Parts and BAPCOR Limited milestone business anniversaries together in the future.” BAPCOR Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey, highlighted 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,” Darryl said. “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,” Darryl said. For more information, visit www.burson.com.au

MYCAR LAUNCHES ‘SENSE CHECK’

The campaign seeks to assist Australians when evaluating used vehicles for possible purchase Aussies’ love affair with second-hand cars has had a huge resurgence following the pandemic, but according to new research from mycar Tyre and Auto, many still find the inspection process nervewracking and confusing.

The anxiety of purchasing stems from an overall lack of knowledge of what to look for when inspecting a second-hand car. The top feelings being described by Australians during the inspection process are inexperienced, anxious, and stressed.

mycar says nearly two thirds (64 percent) of Australians are planning on buying a car in the next two years, and due to the financial constraints of the past year, over half (53 percent) are turning to second-hand options.

The research findings encouraged mycar to create ‘mycar Sense Check,’ an easy-to-remember inspection guide instructing Aussies on what to look, feel, smell, and listen for when buying a second-hand vehicle.

However, when it comes to the purchasing process, it says Australians are feeling more overwhelmed than ever, with 83 percent of second-hand car buyers concerned the car will have a mechanical fault.

Managing Director of mycar, Adam Pay, said he hopes the Sense Check guide will help Aussies avoid any future issues while becoming more car conscious. “Without proper knowledge of what to look for, inspecting a second-hand car can be a very daunting task for many Australians,” Adam said. “At mycar, we’re here to alleviate some of this anxiety by giving buyers confidence throughout the purchasing process, and guiding them through what to check for.” The ‘mycar Sense Check’ encapsulates all the details most buyers miss when inspecting a used vehicle, to equip them with the mechanical knowledge they need to feel confident when buying used.

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The research showed that outside of a test drive, most people don’t check essential vehicle functions when inspecting and purchasing their used vehicle, including 34 percent who didn’t test the radio, 29 percent who didn’t check the oil, and another 29 percent who didn’t even check the child safety features. ‘mycar Sense Check’ includes a list of all the important areas of the car, including outside, inside, under the bonnet and the engine, and guides the car buyer to use their senses as a way to inspect these areas of the vehicle, enabling them with confidence during the inspection process. The mycar Sense Check inspection guide is free and available to access via www.mycar.com.au/sense-check


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AUSSIE BATTERY PRODUCTION HITS RECORD DEMAND

A Queensland-based battery maker has recorded its biggest month of production in its 93-year history In July 2020, Century Yuasa Batteries started mass production with equipment commissioned through a $7 million capital investment project focused on improving factory efficiencies, equipment utilisation and quality consistency. Century Yuasa General Manager of Operations, Matthieu Anquetil, said the Carole Park facility’s immediate focus was on increasing production of lead plates, a critical component of lead acid batteries. Matthieu said the gradual increase resulted in a 58 percent growth in production on Century Yuasa’s new multi-million-dollar Rotary plate making line, creating the March 2021 record. “We are looking for another 12 percent increase between now and July,” Matthieu said. “The last 12 months have been challenging. Increased customer demand has taken everyone by surprise during the COVID crisis. All aspects of operations have been at the forefront, and everyone stepped up with great professionalism. “I believe Australia witnessed how much we need Australian manufacturing and I’m extremely proud to work with my team on making and delivering the

only Australian made automotive batteries to our customers. “It is the on-going market volatility coupled with fresh demand by consumers to support local companies, that will continue to drive Australian businesses to bring overseas manufacturing jobs back into the country. “At the end of November 2020, we started a night shift in our assembly area creating 11 new positions. At the end of February 2021, we started a night shift in our charging area and created seven new positions: (that is) 18 new positions allowing us to increase production by nearly 13 percent. “As the domestic aftermarket continues to grow with increased demand for Australian made batteries, the only option was to increase our local manufacturing capacity to satisfy our customers’ needs.” With operations across all of the eastern states and South Australia, along with owning a twocar Supercar operation, Waverley Forklifts Group Managing Director, Charlie Schwerkolt, signed as a customer of Century Batteries earlier this year. A fifth-generation company, and one of the largest fully independent forklift and transport businesses in Australia, Charlie said it was critical manufacturing continued to grow along with prioritising relationships with local companies. “Relying on imports is not ideal. If we can manufacture in Australia as much as we possibly can, it not only secures jobs but also wealth and prosperity for our country: unfortunately, it took a pandemic for some companies to wake up to be less reliant on the importation of goods and controlling their supply chain for the future,” Charlie said.

Century Batteries’ success has not been without problems, with COVID contributing to significant international freight congestions and issues, but Matthieu says the company draws from as many other Australian businesses as it can. “Our manufacturing operations extend across the country as far south as Port Pirie in South Australia for lead, to New South Wales for recycled components and back to Queensland for plastics and signage,” Matthieu said. “We have over 8,000 customers in Australia and 3,000 in New Zealand. “So, we need to remain on the front foot to be innovative and reliable. In the first quarter of 2021, we have also conducted renovations of our technical laboratory: allowing for new testing equipment to increase testing capacity and conditions, along with improved safety.” Century Yuasa Batteries registered as a business on March 9, 1928, first operating from Alexandria, New South Wales, extending its footprint into Victoria in the 60s before relocating to Brisbane in the 1970s. Across Australia and New Zealand, it employs more than 600 people involved in research and development, manufacturing, sales and distribution. For more information, visit www.cyb.com.au

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BUSY BRISBANE SHOW FOR PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT Precision Automotive Equipment is a part of BAPCOR Limited 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 disruption, 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 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 and three Hunter Engineering product experts were on hand 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,” Precision Automotive Equipment General Manager, Peter Hewitt, said. “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.” Precision Automotive Equipment says it was proud to be a part of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show and is 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. It says these premium quality products are supported by Precision Automotive Equipment’s “industry leading” automotive workshop turnkey fit-out services.   For more information, call 1300 366 252 or visit  www.precisionautomotive.com.au

BUSINESS FOR SALE

Your chance to own a business that is a part of Australia’s automotive heritage Norman Wilson founded Norman Wilson Engineering Pty Ltd in 1977. He had many years’ experience in engine research, design and manufacture before joining Repco as Chief Engineer of the Repco-Brabham racing engine project. Norman was responsible for the successful completion of the famous 1966 620 three-litre, and the 1967 740 litre 3 litre engines which gave Sir Jack Brabham success in the World F1 championships. Norman was awarded the Prince Phillip prize for his work with the RepcoBrabham organisation.

Norman used his lifelong interest and knowledge of engines to create and maintain the Norman Wilson Engineering Pty Ltd business. In setting up the engine components business he did much research on the market’s needs and sourcing of appropriate stock. This involved extensive engineering drawings and documenting the characteristics of the components of cylinder head gaskets, head bolts, valves and guides, lifters and rockers etc. Months of work went into an engineering-focused parts catalogue that runs for 270 pages. Customers have found the catalogue to be an essential guide when ordering parts due to its detail. Importantly Norman’s knowledge and dedication earned him the respect of both the engine parts suppliers and the customers to whom he distributed components. Norman Wilson Engineering Pty Ltd has a 30year track record of importing and distributing

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top-quality engine components for European and Japanese cars. The company owns the business name European Automotive Components. The company has a warehouse in an inner Melbourne suburb from which deliveries are made across Australia. The decision has now been made by the estate to sell the business and this represents an excellent opportunity for an existing business to integrate the Norman Wilson Engineering Pty Ltd business or for a new entrant in the automotive engine components to do so. For more information email David Floyd, david@timelyaccounting.com.au


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STABILITY IN UNSURE TIMES

Parts 4 Automotive Group gives its members confidence to grow in uncertain market conditions Parts 4 Automotive has more than 70 members across Australia, all of which enjoy the benefits of being part of this powerful buying group, while at the same time remaining fiercely independent. “Parts 4 Automotive was formed in February 2001 by a group of independent automotive businesses who could see the value of combining their buying power,” Parts4 Automotive Business Development Manager, Kim Mamourey, said. Parts4 says its model is attractive. It allows members to purchase stock at extremely competitive pricing, provides them access to marketing and promotional activities, and above all, helps secure their future in this extremely competitive industry and give them peace of mind during the uncertain Covid-19 environment. “We’re not there to profit from our members. We’re here to help members to compete out in the marketplace,” Kim described. “More and more independents are realising that they need to be part of some sort of group so that

they can survive. And that’s the benefit of joining Parts4, because they belong to a group but then still have control over their business.” Each of the 70 plus Parts 4 Automotive stores across Australia are locally owned and operated, so as a result no two stores are alike, but like birds of a feather, Parts 4 Automotive members stick together. “Traditionally, our members stock products like filters, brakes, oil, cooling components, under-car parts, lighting, transmission, those sorts of things, mixed in with a small range of accessories. So, we sit between what you’d consider a normal Burson and Repco store would look,” Kim said. “If a member receives an enquiry for a part and is having trouble sourcing it, many will just call another member for advice. While all our stores are independent, we have fostered a culture that ensures our members work together to deliver exceptional outcomes for customers,” he added. Parts 4 Automotive members also enjoy a rebate program with national suppliers and low annual fees, without being tethered to a lock-in contract. In addition, all Parts 4 Automotive members have the opportunity to catch-up with like-minded store owners from around Australia to share their experiences and identify new opportunities at biannual conferences. “Our members get a lot out of attending the conferences,” Kim said. “It gives them the chance to build their network,

make new friends and they certainly help foster a healthy culture of collaboration and support.” The Parts 4 Automotive business structure allows members to maintain their independence while belonging to a national buying group that also delivers significant rebates. “We’re committed to helping members drive their auto parts store into the future,” Kim said. “We understand that being independent is important to you, just like our current members we understand the pressure of running your own business.” Parts 4 Automotive Pty Ltd group was formed to bring together a group of independent automotive businesses throughout Australia in order to obtain collective trading advantages by various means including negotiating supplier contracts and better freight deals for all of the members. To find out more about the benefits Parts 4 Automotive deliver to members, contact Kim Mamouney by calling 0418 532 307 or email kim@parts4.com.au

CAPAS 2021 SPOTLIGHTS TRENDS Held in late May, the Show facilitated business exchange The seventh edition of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) closed its doors on 22 May 2021 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition and Convention Center. Across the three-day show, the fair reflected market trends, facilitated business exchange and embraced investment in the region. Further to this, themed zones included the new Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim zone, as well as a series of fringe events which were received well by participating industry players. CAPAS hosted 16,835 visitors and 535 exhibitors across 40,000 square metres of space. Twelve fringe events and 217 online and onsite business matching meetings were held across the show.    “It is clear to see how the show has matured through experiences gained over the last six editions. This is thanks to the support of industry players, associations and other stakeholders,”

Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd Deputy General Manager, James Yu, said. “In 2021, the show worked closely with these parties to highlight the potential of the ChengduChongqing developmental plan. Various onsite-to-online services acted as a way for players to obtain market updates and expand networks. “As a result, CAPAS continues to usher in growth opportunities in Southwest China’s automotive industry.” This year, exhibitors appreciated the revamp and enhancement of its seven themed products zones. These included Parts and Components; Accessories and Customising; Repair / Supply Chain and Chain Stores; Commercial Vehicle; Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim; Tyres; and New Energy and Connected Mobility. As popular as ever, 12 dedicated fringe events presented the latest industry updates through a number of conferences and themed activities.

Additionally, several new online services gave overseas visitors, who were unable to attend in person, access to the show. They bridged interactions between local and overseas players to facilitate business cooperation. CAPAS is jointly organised by CCPIT-Auto, Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and CCPIT-Sichuan. The next edition of CAPAS is set to take place from 19 to 21 May 2022 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition and Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.capas-chengdu.com or email auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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GPC RECOGNISED IN AFR AWARDS The automotive parts corporation has been declared a great place to work GPC Asia Pacific (GPC) has been recognised in the Australian Financial Review 2021 Best Places to Work as the Best Place to Work (Retail, Hospitality and Tourism).

our people and bringing our values into everything we do every day. What we saw in the past year was that the urgency created by COVID kicked our team into another gear,” Rob said.

GPC is the parent company to some of Australia’s most iconic automotive names, including Repco, NAPA, and more recently Rare Spares. In addition, GPC is home to motorcycle parts businesses AMX and McLeods, and it says it takes pride across all businesses in helping keep Australians on the road.

“This is why we made it our priority as a leadership team to keep our team safe and keep them in a job. Over the course of the year we prioritised communicating with our team and keeping them informed every step of the way about how we were navigating lockdowns and restrictions. We were able to keep our commitment to the team during a time of heightened uncertainty.

GPC claims this mantra was a key focus for the organisation during the 2020 global COVID pandemic, as the GPC teams worked tirelessly to keep its valued customers, and essential services working, as Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown. The business, which collectively has a history spanning 100 years, employs 6200 team members. Chief Executive Officer Rob Cameron pins its success and status as a great place to work on the exceptional quality of those team members. “We’ve always known our GPC Team members are the key to our success. The culture is focused on

“We regularly check in with our GPC Team via employment engagement surveys, and we were very proud last year to see a substantial increase in our results. Our team are sticking around for longer to be part of the GPC family.” Across the business, the teams have a history of giving back to the community via established arrangements with the Starlight Foundation and Canteen. It’s also common for team members to fundraise for their own passion projects such as the World’s Greatest Shave and Movember.

This passion and culture led to the formal establishment of the GPC Foundation in 2020. The Foundation has been launched to support not only the Australian and New Zealand communities, but GPC Team members who themselves may be experiencing unexpected financial hardship. In 2021 the Foundation will continue to grow by launching a pilot volunteering program and a GPC Scholarship program, which enables disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to undertake training and employment to set them on a path in the automotive industry. For more information visit www.gpcasiapac.com

VICROADS LICENSED VEHICLE TESTER COURSES Kangan Institute has been delivering VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester Courses since 1994 VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester Courses train and certify motor mechanics in the testing of vehicles so that they meet minimum safety requirements.

• Staff qualifications (to ensure mechanical qualifications in the above areas) • Undertaking of a VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester course

A Certificate of Roadworthiness is issued to ensure that when vehicles are sold or transferred, they meet a consistent level of safety for use on our roads.

A vehicle requires a Certificate of Roadworthiness when it is sold, transferred or has been issued with a defect notice (a defect notice is issued when police, VicRoads or the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator deems a vehicle unsafe to drive).

For the purpose of testing, vehicles are categorised as follows: • Light Vehicle – Vehicles and trailers under 4.5 Tons Gross Vehicle Mass GMV • Heavy Vehicle – Vehicles and trailers over 4.5 Tons Gross Vehicle Mass GMV • Motorcycles • Light bus – Buses under 4.5 Tons Gross Vehicle Mass GMV, up to 10 passengers plus the driver • Heavy Bus – Buses over 4.5 Tons Gross Vehicle Mass GMV Each category requires an individual approval process from VicRoads. To become a VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester, businesses must meet several requirements which include: • A physical check of the premises 18

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For any of the above, the vehicle must pass a Certificate of Roadworthiness Inspection. Currently there are approximately 2,500 businesses approved to represent VicRoads as Licensed Vehicle Testers in Victoria. Within these businesses, there are approximately 10,000 qualified mechanics who have completed the VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester Courses. VicRoads has Licensed Vehicle Testers operating in convenient locations throughout Victoria. For businesses, VicRoads accreditation can provide a positive revenue stream. Businesses charge fees for the Certificate of Roadworthiness inspection as well as for repairs that may be required to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum safety requirements.

Kangan Institute has been delivering VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester Courses since 1994. Kangan Institute delivers all VicRoads courses from its convenient Automotive Centre of Excellence campus at Docklands, online, as well as in the workplace. For further information about VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Tester Courses at Kangan Institute, please visit www.kangan.edu.au/auto


SPECIAL INTERVIEW

MINISTER CHAMPIONS THE CAUSE FOR INDEPENDENT MECHANICS

A ‘never give up’ attitude by the AAAA backed by the determination and support of Federal Minister Michael Sukkar has resulted in a new information-sharing law Following nearly a decade of campaigning by the AAAA, the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Bill was passed by the Senate late last month. The new law will make it illegal for car companies to withhold information from qualified independent mechanics, keeping the cost of replacement parts, vehicle maintenance and repair affordable. Federal Assistant Treasuer Michael Sukkar was one of the champions of the campaign that lead to the Bill. In this exclusive interview with Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine Minister Sukkar explains why he remains so passionate about this issue. AAAM: How were you first made aware of this issue and when did you first become aware that consumer choice was limited by a lack of repair information sharing? MS: Independent repairers and industry representatives, like the AAAA and particularly Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity, have been vocal about this issue for some time. In 2017, the ACCC found a lack of access to service and repair information was causing delays and higher costs for consumers. Around one in 10 motor vehicles taken to repair workshops were affected by a lack of access to service and repair information. These findings backed up what I was hearing from independent repairers and it became clear that attempts at voluntary arrangements were not working, which is why the Morrison Government

committed to progressing a mandatory information-sharing scheme. The Government has now delivered on that commitment by passing legislation through the Parliament to establish the scheme. AAAM: What inspired you to take action? Ministers have a lot on their plate and we wondered why you personally supported this one as a priority issue? MS: Automotive repair is an important industry which keeps Australia’s 19.8 million vehicles on the road. There are nearly 35,000 automotive service and repair businesses in Australia, employing over 106,000 Australians. The average household spends more than $1,500 a year on servicing and repairing their car. By levelling the playing field for independent repairers and creating a more competitive market, these reforms will bring down the cost of owning a car. I want consumers to be able to access servicing and repairs in a fair, competitive market. This ground-breaking legislation will give consumers more choice about where their vehicle is repaired. This is also consistent with the Government’s approach to back small and medium-sized businesses. AAAM: What is your own experience of auto repair and service? We have heard that your family supports a local independent repairer and you have done so for a long time? MS: I have gone to the same local mechanic for 20 years. No matter which car I own, I like taking my

Minister Sukkar (left).

car to him and I want to make sure that he’s able to get the information he needs to service and repair my car. Since I bought my first car, I have seen cars become more like computers on wheels and these days most of the information needed to repair new cars is only available to the dealer. That’s why, in essence, we’re now requiring car manufacturers to make available to all independent repairers the service and repair information shared with their dealership networks. AAAM: How will this new law make a difference to independent repairers? Will they get more business or is it a matter of being more effective with the customer base they have now? MS: Most importantly, the scheme will benefit independent repairers by mandating the provision of accessible and affordable diagnostic, repair and servicing information so they can do their job safely and effectively. Currently repairers can lose work when they are not able to access the information they need, despite being trained to do the job. Independent repairers want to avoid unnecessary delays or sending customers to the dealership to complete a repair. As the scheme rolls out, consumers will realise they have more options when they need to service and repair their car. This will promote competition, allow independent repairers to grow their businesses and establish a fairer playing field for all repairers. AAAM: What happens if car companies find and exploit loopholes? What if all the ways they can get around the new laws aren’t known today and they find new ways to frustrate the Scheme? MS: The Government will keep a close eye on industry’s response to the scheme and will

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW AAAM: This is going to have a huge impact in reducing the cost of car ownership – do you think the media has fully worked out just how important this legislation will be to the Australian Economy? MS: These changes are a huge win for car owners. Consumers will be able to go to the repairer of their choice, without having to worry about whether they have the information to do the job. This will level the playing field for independent repairers and create a more competitive market. These reforms will bring down the cost of owning a car. There will also be benefits for regional communities, which do not have access to affiliated dealerships. Car owners in regional Australia will be able to go to their local repairer instead of traveling huge distances, possibly on the back of a tow truck, to their nearest dealership. Ultimately, independent repairers understand the importance of this change and know that the benefits will flow through to their customers. work with industry, including manufacturers, to encourage compliance. The ACCC will regulate the scheme and there are strong penalties for violations– up to $10 million. A joint industry-led organisation will also report to me on the operation of the scheme and to the ACCC on systemic issues. This organisation will be based on successful arrangements for the United States’ National Automotive Service Task Force.

MS:: A key objective of the scheme is to encourage the provision of accessible and affordable information to repairers on fair and reasonable commercial terms. The ACCC will keep a close eye on prices to ensure the scheme meets this objective.

The Government stands ready to review and adjust the scheme in the future to respond to industry developments or actions to frustrate the scheme. Mechanisms to address these issues are built into the scheme through rule-making powers.

Under the scheme, car manufacturers can charge no more than fair market value. This is a recognised concept in both Australian law and in an international context. The factors to be considered in setting fair market value include the price charged to other repairers, reasonable recovery of costs, and the prices for information in overseas markets.

AAAM: Will independent repairers be able to access the information at a fair price? Do you think the “on Fair and Reasonable terms” will work? Is it going to be a matter of wait and see?

There are also provisions to ensure repairers can access information on a daily, monthly, or annual basis to help ensure repairers can match financial outlays with expected use.

We have worked closely with the automotive industry, particularly the AAAA, on designing the scheme and they have done a fantastic job of raising awareness with their members. In fact, we have already received more than 350 emails from independent repairers, many I believe are AAAA members, thanking the Morrison Government for implementing the scheme. AAAM: You spoke about the importance of the industry body that will assist in operationalising the law – it seems that industry engagement is an important characteristic of the new law – do you think that these parties are going to be able to cooperate to make it work? MS: The Government has been working closely with industry representatives, including the AAAA, to deliver market-based solutions to make the scheme easy to use. Industry representatives have advised me they intend for a joint industryled organisation to run an online portal to facilitate easy access to service and repair information. I expect that the online portal will be used as a gateway by independent repairers to access information and to verify they meet the criteria to access safety and security. The portal will allow repairers to access information from numerous manufacturers who choose to use this platform. The Government will provide a $250,000 grant to the industry-led organisation once it is operational to facilitate online access to service and repair information. AAAM: What’s the process from here? What happens next?

Minister Sukkar (left) inspects an engine during a visit to an independent workshop.

MS: The scheme will come into effect on 1 July 2022. In the meantime, the Government is working closely with industry to prepare for the commencement of the scheme and establish the joint industry-led organisation, which will provide technical advice and run the online portal. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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COVER STORY

CENTURY BATTERIES: BUILT IN AUSTRALIA, FOR AUSTRALIA For more than 90 years, Century Batteries has been designing and building its iconic blue and yellow batteries right here in Australia

The company can trace its roots all the way back to 1928, when Century Storage Battery Co Ltd opened its manufacturing facility in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria. From humble beginnings, Century produced both battery components and finished batteries for the Sydney market. The very first Century batteries were designed and built in Australia specifically to suit Australian conditions, and this is something the company is still doing almost 100 years later. By the 1960s, Century expanded its operations into Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia. Not only were Century supplying original equipment (OE) batteries to Chrysler, but it was also the first company in Australia to manufacture batteries with polypropylene plastic battery cases. Up until that point, battery cases were made from vulcanised rubber – just like the tyres on your car! By the late 70s and early 80s, Century established a new manufacturing facility in Queensland – where it continues to build batteries right to this very day – and began supplying batteries to Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota. In the years which followed, Century focused on refining its battery technology and quality standards – achieving ISO 9000 and QS 9000

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accreditations and investing heavily in its Queensland factory. Firstly, in the 90s with the utilisation of automated strip-mill and expander-line equipment, all the way through to today with ‘Sealed Maintenance Free’ (SMF) batteries with grids built using cutting-edge Rotary Expander technology. But the manufacturing equipment and technologies are just one part of what makes Century batteries so special. An even greater advantage comes from the benefits of being able to design and then build batteries right here in Australia – in that they can be tailored specifically to suit particular applications, but also be designed to handle the harsh conditions that Australia is famous for.

A marine battery must be able to handle the repeated wave pounding of rough seas off our coastline, while a 4x4 battery needs to withstand the sweltering heat of being under-bonnet on a hot Summer’s day in some of the most remote areas of the country. This sort of refinement can only be achieved through decades of local product testing and development. The benefit of building batteries in Australia also means that Century has a more consistent supply of locally held stock throughout the year when some other battery importers might be struggling. The recent pandemic has reminded consumers about the importance of supporting Australian Made products, and Century’s network of 34 distribution centres across the country means that no matter where you are, there is a dynamic


COVER STORY over the years – incorporating advanced electronics and engine management systems – Century’s portfolio of products have had to evolve and adapt to ensure they continue to satisfy the demands of Australia’s changing car market. From the latest Stop/Start and Hybrid vehicles, through to Cars, Trucks, 4x4s, SUVs, Boats and Lawn Mowers, Century has a diverse product range to ensure you and your business are well and truly covered with a wide selection of products which offer longer life and superior performance. To help your business keep pace with the latest changes and advancements in the automotive arena, Century says it also offers resellers access to a comprehensive online battery training program. It is regularly updated with the latest battery technology and training information to ensure your workshop is powered with the most up-to-date information and skills when it comes to batteries. Century’s ‘Battery Finder’ portal also enables you to quickly choose the right battery for any vehicle, and even provides fitment instructions and a time estimate for the work – making it easy for you to produce quick and accurate quotes to your customers. supply of stock to service your business and help your customers. Century says its comprehensive nationwide warranty also means that no matter where your customers travel across this vast land, support and assistance will be available locally should they require it. In recent times, Century has seen a resurgence of support for locally made products, with many consumers stating that they would be willing to pay more to purchase and support products which are Australian made – because the flow on effects for the Australian economy have never been more obvious. Thanks in part to its Australian manufacturing facility, Century explains that it currently employs

more than 600 people and puts over $100 million back into the local economy every year – with over 98 percent of components from its locally built battery range sourced from Australian suppliers. Century says it hasn’t gotten to where it is by sitting still, and each year it invests significantly in research, development, and its manufacturing facility to ensure its batteries continue to meet the needs of the marketplace and the next generation of vehicles. Recent investments totalling over $10 million have been spent on upgrading the Queensland manufacturing facility’s technology and machinery, with further investments slated in the years ahead. As vehicles become increasingly more complex

Century is also an active player in the Australian media landscape, supporting several high-profile personalities and organisations, including the Supercars Championship, Supercars Team 18 / IRWIN Racing, Andrew Ettingshausen from Escape with ET, Team Bray Racing, and Australia’s most popular automotive YouTube channel, Mighty Car Mods. With the help of these activities, Century says it has remained the most recognised battery brand in the Australian marketplace. For more information on Century Yuasa’s extensive range of products and to understand how your business can benefit from becoming a stockist, contact your local Century Yuasa representative on 1300 362 287. For more information, visit www.cyb.com.au

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OPUS IVS TAKES ON VOLVO FAILURES

Opus IVS master technicians recently supported a customer with a Volvo Cruise Control Failure and Clutch Pedal Sensor Fault IVS 360 from Opus IVS is said to offer unrivalled diagnostics and live repair guidance support services to help workshop technicians fix complex vehicles safely and fast. All Opus IVS mechanical repair solutions come with live repair guidance from IVS 360 OEM brandspecific master technicians. Using the DrivePro’s market leading diagnostic software and extensive product knowledge, the IVS 360 team identifies the cause and steps needed to fix vehicle faults. Customers can quickly and easily request support from the IVS 360 team directly from their DrivePro device or DrivePro Elite Diagnostic Kit. Opus IVS’ experts access remotely in real time directly to vehicle communication systems to diagnose, program and calibrate vehicles. This eliminates the uncertainty, giving workshops the confidence to get the most complex vehicles back on the road safely and fast. Workshops globally rely on Opus IVS diagnostic solutions to repair vehicle systems confidently. Auditechnik is just one workshop to use IVS 360. “I recently had a customer’s Volkswagen in the workshop - it was losing comms with the engine. I spoke to Lawrence Ward via IVS 360 who took me through some step-by-step checks to help me identify that I had a corrupt ECU that needed replacing. Using IVS 360 and Lawrence’s expert

guidance, I was able to fix this fault quickly and get the car back to my customer in good time,” Auditechnik’s Ian Sutton said. The IVS 360 team recently supported a customer with a 2004 Volvo C70. The cruise control was reported as inoperable, and a clutch pedal sensor fault code was also recorded. The team identified the cause and steps needed to fix the problem as follows: Make: Volvo Models affected: C70 (2001 - 2004); S60 (2001 2004); S80 (2001 - 2004) and V70 (2001 - 2004). Symptoms: 1. Cruise control may not function. 2. Fault codes for the clutch pedal position sensor.

Fault codes: • 9300 – Clutch pedal position sensor, faulty signal. Signal too high. Permanent fault Engine Control Module – ECM. • 928C – Cruise control lever. Signal too low. Permanent fault Engine Control Module – ECM. Possible causes: Clutch pedal position sensor may be faulty and need replacing. Repairing the fault: the following steps were provided to the customer: 1. Remove the driver’s side dash undertray. 2. Inspect position sensor for clutch fluid contamination. 3. Connect your Opus IVS device. 4. Go to Drive. 5. Select dynamic data values, brake/clutch pedals. 6. Check the clutch pedal position sensor values. When the clutch is completely released, the value is approximately 60-70 percent. The value decreases when the clutch pedal is depressed. 7. If the values are lower than 9.0 percent for longer than 0.16 seconds, or higher than 79.7 percent for longer than 0.16 seconds, replace the clutch pedal position sensor. Parts Required: Clutch position sensor (9472979). IVS 360 is included with the DrivePro Elite Diagnostic Kit Multi-Brand Diagnostic Solution. It includes unlimited support with no support request limits and unlimited access for workshops. Support is offered on-demand and allows users to save time with no more sending jobs to dealers or wasting time on google required. For more information on Opus IVS diagnostic solutions and IVS 360, please visit www.opusivs-au.com or contact Opus IVS on 03 8561 7600 or sales-au@opusivs.com

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PRODUCT R&D

EXEDY EXPLAINS THE VALUE OF TWO UP Dual mass vs single mass flywheels

Exedy is one of the world’s leading producers of performance sports and racing clutches, so when it comes to explaining the differences between Dual Mass and Single Mass Fly Wheels, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine spoke with Exedy Australia Senior Product  Manager, Mark Davis. “The Dual Mass Flywheel derives its name from the two main components, or masses, that operate independently of each other,” Mark says. “The primary component, or mass, is fitted with a ring gear and sensor ring, if applicable, and is attached to the crank shaft.” This primary component usually incorporates a dampening mechanism typically made up of torsion springs and friction washers that are ideally suited to absorbing torsional vibrations within the drivetrain. “The clutch unit is then bolted onto the secondary component. Quite simply a DMF is a damper for your drivetrain,” Mark explains. Dual Mass Flywheels can fail for a number of reasons, but the most common cause will be wear and tear.

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“Like any other component on a vehicle, Dual Mass Flywheels will wear out over time,” Mark says. “But other causes of failure may relate to driving technique, overloading the drivetrain when towing or increasing torque to a point where it exceeds the torque capacity of the flywheel.” Flywheel specifications vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and as such, there is no one test that indicates whether the flywheel has reached the end of its service life. There are however some generic tell-tale signs that indicate to the installer that the flywheel should be replaced such as grease or oil leaks, or noisy operation. “The safest option is to replace Dual Mass Flywheels each time the clutch is replaced,” Mark explains. “Furthermore, we strongly recommend that you do not grind, machine or attempt to repair Dual Mass Flywheels. “These actions are fraught with danger as it is not possible to machine or grind the flywheel surface

accurately without removing the secondary component from the primary mass. Attempting to machine and rebuild a worn DMF will usually result in the premature failure of not only the flywheel but the new clutch set as well,” he adds. The replacement of a worn Dual Mass Flywheels DMF system with another DMF and clutch package is an obvious option, however, the cost of this option is sometimes prohibitive. As such EXEDY has developed a range of Single Mass Flywheels (SMF) which are sold together with the


PRODUCT R&D Single Mass Flywheel

Dual Mass Flywheel

clutch cover assembly, clutch disc and release bearing to replace the DMF clutch system.

is, for example, the preferred choice for vehicles used in racing or commercial applications.

“The main advantage of the SMF clutch package is the price,” Mark remarked.

While the SMF replacement clutch system is a popular choice, it is however important to note that despite the durability and price advantages, theses system do not possess the same dampening characteristics as a DMF and on occasion, may not sound or feel like the DMF system that is being replaced.

“These systems are generally cheaper to purchase. Furthermore, as the SMF has no moving components, they can be machined and reinstalled into the vehicle when a subsequent new clutch is fitted thereby reducing the future cost of maintaining the clutch system.” The conventional SMF is extremely robust and

“Therefore, when recommending a replacement clutch and flywheel system you should

communicate to your customer the pros and cons of replacing the DMF or of fitting an SMF in its place,” Mark says. “This will enable your customer to make an informed decision regarding which replacement system best suits their budget and needs,” he adds. Founded in 1923 Exedy has built a reputation supplying industry leading powertrain products. The company claims its pursuit of perfection and assurance of safety are underpinned by quality and reliability. Exedy’s advanced engineering and patented innovations have seen the organisation grow into a leading manufacturer in the world for clutches and other powertrain components. For more information visit www.exedy.com.au

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine Publisher, Cameron McLachlan, takes a look at the products driving the automotive aftermarket. cameron@aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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COOLDRIVE WELCOMES SP TOOLS

The leading automotive aftermarket parts distributor will stock SP Tools’ full product range from July CoolDrive Auto Parts says the SP Tools premium product range includes a full range of hand tools, manufactured from the highest quality materials, exceeding international standards, and available individually, or in a variety of kits. SP Tools also manufactures a comprehensive range of industry-leading air tools, power tools and auto speciality tools, as well as garage equipment, air compressors and other associated products. 

HSP 4X4 ACCESSORIES RELEASES THE HSP ELECTRIC ROLL R COVER The roller cover has been specifically designed for the new Nissan Navara The release of the Nissan Navara NP300 MY21 has been highly anticipated ever since it was first announced. Now that the remodel is out in Australia, new owners are excited to get behind the wheel. Nissan has promised to deliver an enhanced level of safety and comfort while continuing to bring reliability and durability. Australian-owned HSP 4X4 Accessories has been preparing a product release of its own to accompany the new Nissan Navara. Its goal was to create a roller cover that would match the look of the modern Navara MY21+. The result is the HSP Electric Roll R Cover, which can be fitted on the Navara at the time of purchase. This new design was created specifically to fit and seal on the tub configuration of the NP300 MY21+. HSP has stated that this new roller cover is compatible with all genuine sports bars, ladder rack systems, and crossbars. Part number NN4R is suitable for all dual-cab NP300 MY21+ without

a sports bar. Part number NN42R is designed for all dual-cab NP300 MY21+ with an ST, STX, or PRO4X sports bar. The Electric Roll R Cover has some notable features. It has interlocked aluminum extrusions to prevent slicing or forced entry. This is available with a tail lock system for full security. Two interior wing gutters are designed to catch and redirect rainfall down four dedicated drain channels. The modular design, security features, and effective drainage will enhance the look and function of the Nissan Navara. For further information, please visit www.hsputelids.com

PENRITE INTRODUCES QUICK GLOVES Penrite claims its disposable gloves last five times longer than normal disposable gloves

Capping off the SP Tools offering, is a variety of storage options to keep tools safe and in top condition, including chests, cabinets, trolleys, tool bags and storage cases. “The SP Tools range is recognised within the industry for its high durability and reliability,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Product Manager, Harry Blanchard, said. “SP Tools goes beyond being made for the trade, they are manufactured for the professional. “Blanchard Racing Team has had a partnership for SP Tools for a while now, with our engineers and mechanics using the tools in the workshop and garage, ensuring they pass the mark for quality in the most demanding circumstances. “There is a natural synergy between CoolDrive and SP Tools, both being Australian owned and run companies, and it’s exciting to soon have the full range available to our customers and the wider industry via our expansive branch network and online.”   For further information on the SP Tools range at CoolDrive, or to find a branch, visit ishop.cooldrive.com.au 30

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As a company that has been Australian owned and operated for 95 years, Penrite is a familiar and trusted name in many circles. Penrite has a wide range of products, including coolants, lubricants, additives, and workshop accessories. Now you can add disposable gloves to the list as the company releases the Penrite Quick Gloves with a patented non-slip grip. Penrite states that these gloves can handle even the dirtiest of jobs in the workshop. They are also suitable for a number of other occupational areas, including agriculture, mining, plumbing, aviation, manufacturing, and cleaning. The Quick Gloves are designed to mould to the hand without the use of latex or silicone. They are made from 100 percent Nitrile, a material that offers excellent puncture protection and prevents accidental tearing. These gloves have a nonslip grip that minimises slippage and maximises dexterity while reducing hand fatigue. Penrite says that its Quick Gloves are so tough and durable that they last five times longer than normal disposable gloves. They are also chemical resistant to lubricants, fuels, coolants, greases, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, brake and clutch fluids, sodium hydroxide, and some solvents.

They adhere to tough European ISO 374-5:2016 virus and bacteria protection standards and ISO 374-1:2016 dangerous chemical protection standards. As an added bonus, they are touchscreen friendly, which means they will not need to be removed when using a mobile phone, computer, or tablet. The Penrite Quick Gloves are sold in boxes of 50, and they are available in Small, Medium, Large, X Large and XX Large sizes to accommodate most individuals. The gloves are ambidextrous, which means they can be worn on either the left or right hand. They are available to order via the Penrite concierge portal for account holders and through Repco, Autobarn and other leading resellers. You can contact a Penrite Representative for further information or visit www.penriteoil.com.au to find out more about Penrite’s range of products.


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NEW GOSS THROTTLE BODY To suit Holden Commodore and Holden Captiva

Goss has released a new throttle body suitable for the Holden Commodore VE / WM series 3.6L V6 LY7, LE0, LW2 engines and the Holden Captiva 3.2L LU1 engine. Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) technology electronically connects the accelerator pedal to the throttle body, replacing a mechanical linkage.

The electronic throttle body assembly basically maintains the correct volume of air flow into the engine.

A typical ETC system consists of three major components: an accelerator pedal module (with two or more independent sensors); an electronic throttle body that can be opened and closed by an electric motor; and an engine control module (PCM or ECM).

Goss says it has spent many hours of R&D to determine the causes of failure and produce a quality aftermarket alternative replacement product.

The ECM is a type of electronic control unit that employs software to determine the required throttle position by calculations from data measured by other sensors, including the accelerator pedal position sensors, engine speed sensor, vehicle speed sensor, and cruise control switches. The electric motor is then used to open the throttle valve to the desired angle via a closed-loop control algorithm within the ECM.

Goss explains that original units frequently require replacing due to electronic sensor failure, excessive wear and tear, physical damage and can also be seasonal (colder months).

Common faults can include the engine misfiring; throttle ‘chatters’ but with no fault codes logged; ‘ESP off’ light activated and warning appearing in dash cluster; fault code P0101 ‘Air mass meter range/performance fault;’ and fault code P2176 ‘throttle control lower position not learned.’ Since this part is essential to the operation of your vehicle’s engine, quality tests on this part include on-vehicle and bench testing to ensure this part conforms to product standards for durability and a longer service life.

Goss says benefits of its new throttle body (part number TB236) include: • Upgraded replacement - this electronic throttle body features enhanced internal components to prevent future failures. • It is 100 percent new, not remanufactured, for reliability and the added convenience of no core charge. • Fitment gaskets included. For more information, visit www.goss.com.au

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PREMIUM QUALITY WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT MAHA supplies some of Australia’s leading mechanical businesses with its German-built hoists and dyno MAHA says it has supplied its premium quality workshop equipment across the globe and that it’s no surprise to see its equipment in the best workshops in Australia. Nik Manukyan, founder and Managing Director of Euro Motorsport, believes MAHA’s equipment helps his business to ensure it remains as one of the leading workshops in the country. “Working on the world’s finest cars requires absolute dedication and an unlimited hunger to overcome ongoing challenges in new technologies,” Nik said.

“To enable us to create a workplace for a dedicated team of technicians to work effectively on the type of cars we do, we demand the best tools and equipment. After a lot of research and flying around the globe from one expo to another, I found MAHA workshop equipment to be the highest quality available. “It took only one phone call to MAHA Australia for me to fall in love with the product and the next thing I know, I was packing my luggage and heading to Germany to visit the MAHA factory where I got to understand the brand and the quality I was after, and it didn’t take me long to make my decision. “I purchased MAHA MSR500 Four-wheel drive dyno and 6x hoists to extend our workshop capabilities. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase we are now able to dyno world’s best Supercars with extreme confidence and accuracy, which is extremely important for us and our customers.” “Lifting these expensive cars to work on can be difficult, but the MAHA two post and MAHA scissor lift are just perfect for the job. Now when

we’re lifting Supercars or daily drive cars it’s much easier for our technicians and a less timeconsuming win-win. “From that first phone call to MAHA Australia and even today, it has been a pleasure working with the MAHA team here in Australia and Germany and I would highly recommend anyone looking at vehicle lifting or testing equipment to contact MAHA Australia. Thank you very much for the excellent product and great ongoing service.” For more information visit www.maha.com.au

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NEW PREMIUM AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT TURBOS FROM CATERAN Cateran aims to meet the increased demand for aftermarket replacement turbos Over the past 20 years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of turbo diesel SUVs, LCVs, and 4x4s. Owners of turbo diesel vehicles typically turn to specialist workshops when a failed turbocharger needs replacement. They usually end up with a replacement of either a rebuilt OEM or a new OEM turbocharger. Aftermarket turbochargers have also seen an increase in sales, but inexpensive turbos run the risk of being unreliable with substandard quality. Turbocharger manufacturer Cateran intends to change the game with its new line of products. After three years of development, Cateran

introduced its range of premium new aftermarket replacement turbos. Cateran states that their turbochargers are thoroughly quality checked at their Melbourne facility, and they have been fine tuned to endure the tough Australian driving conditions. These turbos are compatible with the most popular turbo diesel SUV, LCV, and 4x4 vehicle models, including Toyota’s Landcruiser, Prado, HiAce, and Hilux; Nissan’s Patrol and Navara; Mitsubishi’s Triton and Pajero; and Holden’s Colorado, Rodeo, Jackaroo, and Captiva. The Isuzu D-max, Ford Ranger, and Hyundai iLoad are covered as well. Along with their turbochargers, Cateran offers various gasket kits, oil line kits, and turbo fastener kits. Cateran says that they know that finding the correct gaskets, studs, and fasteners can be a difficult and time-consuming challenge. Therefore, they have designed their gasket kits to offer OE quality at a much lower cost, and they include a kit with every Cateran turbocharger purchase. The Cateran turbocharger fitment fastener kits consist of OE spec (A286) steel and stainless steel rolled thread mounting studs, custom stainless steel washers, and Wurth copper coated nuts.

Cateran’s oil lines are made from low carbon 304 stainless steel. Cateran has given all of their turbochargers and accessories a threeyear/100,000 km warranty. Their products are available at NAPA Auto Parts, Repco, and Motospecs. The company has also announced that they will be releasing Cateran Intercooler Hose Kits and Cateran Replacement Intercoolers later this year. Cateran offers complimentary pre-installation, installation and post-installation support via their national Technical Support Hotline 1300 176 071. For a full range of parts and applications, visit www.cateran.com.au

TENNECO SUPPLIES MONROE INTELLIGENT SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY FOR BMW’S IX3 BMW’s new electric crossover SUV will feature Tenneco’s cutting-edge suspension technology Automotive component manufacturer Tenneco has teamed up with German automaker BMW to offer exciting new intelligent suspension technology in a new electric crossover SUV. BMW has ambitiously scheduled 13 nextgeneration electric vehicles for launch by 2023. The BMW iX3 is the first of these EVs to become available. This new crossover SUV has the distinction of being BMW’s first all-electric SUV model. Among its many components, it will feature an optional Continuously Variable SemiActive Suspension with external valve (CVSAe) technology from Tenneco. This CVSAe suspension is just one of several cutting-edge technologies found in Tenneco’s Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio. The CVSAe suspension utilises four electronically controlled dampers to sense and continuously adapt to a dynamic operating environment. BMW’s electronic control unit (ECU) system is 34

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featured in more than 40 popular vehicle models, including the iX3. The ECU processes a variety of sensor inputs. Then it adjusts the electronic valve accordingly in order to control the individual performance of each damper. Drivers have the option of selecting comfort driving mode, which is designed to offer maximum enjoyment. In vehicles equipped with lithium-ion battery packs, the CVSAe technology increases the damping force tuning range. The weight of the battery packs has the potential to increase the inertial force and other dynamic loads in various driving conditions. In these scenarios, the CVSAe semi-active dampers automatically apply increased damping force. This helps to reduce body pitch, also known as “brake dive,” while still maintaining optimal ride comfort.

Henrik Johansson is the Vice President and General Manager of Tenneco’s Advanced Suspension Technologies. He praises the versatility of the suspension, stating “CVSAe technology has become very appealing among leading car manufacturers and their customers because it delivers an exceptional driving experience in virtually all situations.” Tenneco states that the CVSAe suspension will give iX3 owners an enjoyable ride due to its handling prowess in a wide range of driving conditions, with many drivers eager to put this claim to the test. To learn more about CVSAe and other Monroe Intelligent Suspension technologies, visit www.monroeintelligentsuspension.com


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MANN-FILTER FRECIOUSPLUS Providing clean air in the vehicle cabin

Around the world, more and more people are suffering from the effects of polluted air. This poses a risk not just outdoors in places with a lot of traffic, but also in indoor areas. According to a study by the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution can actually be two to five times higher there than outdoors. In vehicle cabins, the situation is comparable, says MANN-FILTER. “People spend the majority of their time indoors. It doesn’t matter whether it’s at home, at school, at work or in vehicles,” MANN+HUMMEL Vice President Engineering Filter Elements, Martin Klein, said. “Particulate matter, bacteria, harmful gases, pollen and allergens are present in buildings as well as in vehicles. The only difference is what type they are, whether they come from the outside or are present in or originate from the interior.” In the vehicle, cabin air filters ensure drivers and passengers breathe in as little as possible of it. Like the MANN-FILTER FreciousPlus, for example, which reliably filters particulate matter and harmful gases from the vehicle air.

Until now, polluted air was only cleaned at a few (traffic) hotspots around the world with stationary filter columns from MANN+HUMMEL. The high levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution in road traffic enters the car interior through the ventilation system along with the outside air, endangering the health of the driver and passengers. MANN+HUMMEL has therefore been offering highly efficient cabin air filters for clean air in vehicles for many decades. These are available in the automotive aftermarket as the MANN-FILTER and are used in vehicles with every kind of drive system.

Highest filter quality thanks to biofunctional coating One of these highly efficient cabin air filters is the innovative MANN-FILTER FreciousPlus. Its biofunctional coating binds allergens, filters viruses and prevents the growth of bacteria and moulds in the vehicle cabin. It also almost completely separates particulate matter

containing particles with aerodynamic diameters of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM 2.5). These particles are approximately 30 to 40 times smaller than the width of a human hair and can penetrate deep into the lungs. Ultrafine particles can even enter the bloodstream via the pulmonary alveoli and can cause respiratory diseases and cancer. For a cabin filter to function reliably, it must be replaced once a year or every 15,000 kilometers. “We recommend that local experts regularly remind vehicle owners of the importance and benefits of the cabin air filter. Unfortunately, most car drivers are not aware of this,” Martin said. MANN-FILTER offers more than 100 different FreciousPlus cabin air filter types. For more information, visit www.frecious-plus.com

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ZF RETURNS TO THE LIVE SCENE WITH ITS LATEST PRODUCT OFFERINGS Global technology company ZF recently showcased its newest products in Brisbane After a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ZF Services Australia has re-emerged on the live expo scene with two simultaneous showcases presented at the Brisbane Truck Show and Civil Construction Field Days. “It’s fantastic that ZF Services Australia has returned to the live expo space, and to successfully display at two concurrent events is a credit to everyone within the organisation,” ZF Services Australia Managing Director, Mark Lowe, said. More than 31,000 visitors made their way to the Brisbane Truck Show over four days to experience the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest transport gathering. ZF showcased its latest products with an emphasis on the ZF TraXon transmission—the world’s first modular truck transmission. ZF describes the advanced design as “futureproofed” with GPS-based connectivity and optional predictive maintenance functions.

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Speaking on this live event, Mark stated, “The Brisbane Truck Show is world renowned as an essential platform for the industry to meet, and for ZF, it was a prime opportunity to present new products and brands to the market. This included a preview of the new TRW Commercial Vehicle brake pad range, which will be launched locally later in the year, as well as the first time for the WABCO brand to be presented within the ZF family.” Mark also spoke about ZF’s presentation at the Civil Construction Field Days, calling it a “prime occasion to showcase our services and products, and demonstrate our commitment to an everimportant area for the company.” He went on to say, “Outside of showcasing our repair capabilities and promoting our outstanding local workshop capabilities over the three days of the event, it was a tremendous opportunity to make contact with a wide range of leaders in that field.”

This event was also held in Brisbane, and this year’s showcase was the first time ZF displayed its service offering in the Off-Highway segment. At both events, ZF highlighted its Australianbased workshop offering and remanufactured transmissions. ZF says that it uses between 50 and 90 percent less material in its remanufacturing process compared to the production of equivalent new units. This cuts CO2 emissions by about 90 percent and reduces manufacturing energy consumption. Further information on ZF’s product and workshop service is available through zf.com/au or by calling 1800 ZF SALES (1800 93 72537).


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XTREME OUTBACK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF JEEP CLUTCH UPGRADE RANGE The new upgrades were designed for Jeep Wrangler 3.6L models

Australian Clutch Services has over 30 years of industry experience and a fully equipped research and development facility to support its product development. The company says that its Xtreme Outback range offers heavy duty solutions for 4x4 owners designed to provide increased clamping force and overall torque capacity while also providing excellent driveability and low pedal effort. Xtreme Outback has recently introduced a new range of upgrades specifically for Jeep Wrangler 3.6L models, including both sprung organic and cushioned ceramic kits. “Our new range of upgrades for the Jeep Wrangler are ideal for those who have modified their vehicle for increased power and torque or who have increased the mass of their vehicle with the addition of aftermarket accessories,” Australian Clutch Services Mechanical Engineer, Stewart Furze, said. “The new upgrades complement our already extensive range of upgrades for various Jeep models, including our hydraulics and accessories. The kits are also ideal for our US performance division and were recently exhibited at the Bantam Jeep Festival in Pennsylvania.” The new kits come with everything needed for installation, including a replacement release bearing, pilot bearing and alignment tool. Kits with a replacement single-mass flywheel are also available if required.

The upgraded pressure plate in all kits gives a 20 percent increase in clamping force. This gives the sprung organic kit a 450 Nm torque capacity and the cushioned ceramic kit up to 690 Nm. Both torque capacities also include a large factor of safety. “The organic upgrade is designed for those looking for an almost OEM level of driveability whilst also gaining the large increase in torque capacity,” Stewart said. “The organic kits are our most popular options for all 4x4 applications and are suitable for daily driven street vehicles, off-road and towing. The ceramic upgrade is designed for those who have made significant modifications to their car and require that exceptionally high torque capacity and improved heat capacity.” The new upgrades have been released for the Australian market as well as for the company’s American performance brand XClutch. The new Jeep upgrade kits are available through the Xtreme Outback nationwide distribution network. For more information, please visit www.xtremeoutback.com.au

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GATOR GTKPRO2 A 4G LTE GPS Tracking System

If you are a 4x4 enthusiast, one of the biggest fears you probably have is losing your pride and joy. There are plenty of options available to deter theft, including alarm systems and kill switches, but what happens when the thief bypasses these measures? Once your vehicle is gone, often it is parted out and never to be seen again – this is why GPS Tracking Systems have become an extremely popular security choice for 4x4 owners. GPS Trackers allow you to view exactly where your vehicle is, in real-time. They can also easily be hidden virtually anywhere in the vehicle, so if someone steals your vehicle they may never find where the tracker has been installed. Gator has recently released the GTKPRO2, a 4G LTE Vehicle GPS Tracking System operating on an Australian Based Server. The system comes supplied with a SIM Card operating on the Telstra 4G M2M Network and with 30 days of tracking included, providing extensive coverage throughout Australia.

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The tracker also supports offline tracking, so if it loses 4G coverage it will save the GPS location data onto the module and upload it to the server once 4G coverage is re-established. The GTKPRO2 has a number of features that will help prevent and alert you if someone is trying to steal your vehicle: • Instant Vehicle Location Alerts: Geo-Fence Zones, Predetermined Routes and Places can be set up so you receive an automatic real-time alert when the vehicle enters/exits a zone, deviates off a route or arrives/leaves a pinpoint location. • Tow-Away Detection: this feature will detect a sudden change in the vehicle angle while the ignition is off, for example, if the vehicle is being loaded onto a tow truck. The tracker will send an automatic alert to let you know the tow-away detection has been activated. • Remote Ignition Disable: an immobilisation circuit can be connected to the ignition in the vehicle. This enables remote ignition cut off when the vehicle is not in motion (ie. parked) via the tracking portal or smartphone app.

• Battery Back Up: if the vehicle battery is disconnected this will prevent power going to the tracker. Fortunately, the GTKPRO2 has a built-in battery that will power the tracker for a short period of time so you can continue tracking its location. Those behind the product say that tracking your vehicle with Gator couldn’t be easier thanks to the Advanced Web Portal and Smartphone App. The Web Portal can be accessed from any device that has an internet connection and web browser, while the Smartphone App is available for iOS and Android Smartphones on the App Store and Play Store. For more information, visit www.gatortracking.com.au


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ADRAD OFFERS COOLING SOLUTIONS FOR CLASSIC AUSSIE CARS These radiators for classic cars are manufactured in Australia Do you remember the times when Australian cars had bumper bars made from chromed metal and radiators were built from copper and brass? With the decline in local car manufacturing, the value of classic cars made in Australia like the Falcon, Torana, and Kingswood has increased considerably. Of course, the highest value is attained when a vehicle is kept as close to the original condition as possible. This can be a challenge for many car restorers as genuine spares or high-quality reproduction parts aren’t always easy to find. One company that car restorers may look to for Australian made radiators for classic cars is ADRAD. This company offers traditional copper brass construction and original replacement for classic cars, all manufactured in South Australia. ADRAD has been working in this space for decades and has developed a strong reputation for manufacturing radiators and cores to fit all kinds of vehicles and equipment. ADRAD says that its manufacturing team has a

strong understanding of the technical intricacies of heat exchange products. The team applies these skills and knowledge to a range of classic car part numbers built using the original Natra tooling, which was used to manufacture OE parts in Australia over 50 years ago. This means that ADRAD’s radiators are true to the originals. ADRAD has a range of options to meet a variety of classic cooling needs for Aussie cars. The company offers high performance custom alloy radiators for

older vehicles with enhanced engines to manage the extra heat load. Another option is using pressed alloy tanks and a black finish, which will combine an original look with modern cooling technology. Whether it’s made from copper, brass, steel or alloy and is used on the street, track, off-road, construction or mine site, ADRAD says that its experienced design and manufacturing team can help you keep your cool. For details on where to obtain ADRAD original cooling parts, call 1800 882 043 or visit www.adradradiators.com.au

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BILSTEIN’S NEW AIR SUSPENSION MODULE COMPARED TO REMANUFACTURED PARTS BILSTEIN says its B4 air suspension module is a better solution for repairs Aftermarket air suspension modules are often used when a replacement is needed, but the quality of remanufactured parts can vary widely. The ones that have the lowest prices may not have the highest quality. BILSTEIN says that it has a solution for workshops that want to offer customers a repair in line with the current value of the vehicle without compromising driving performance, by using its new air suspension module. BILSTEIN has considerable experience in this space. In fact, the company developed the technology to production maturity together with Mercedes-Benz in 1997 for the S-Class W220. Many advances have been made in air suspension systems in the years since with BILSTEIN remaining at the forefront. BILSTEIN is OEM for various vehicle manufacturers,

so it is very familiar with all aspects of the technology and does not have to go through the process of reconstructing it from scratch. This gives the company an advantage over other manufacturers that choose to offer remanufactured components to save money on production costs. BILSTEIN examined a remanufactured air suspension module they found on the internet. BILSTEIN discovered improperly replaced wear parts and a BILSTEIN shock absorber that was more than ten years old. The company cautions that manufacturers of remanufactured components often disable the electromagnetic control valve instead of replacing it. It also says that the shock absorbers are generally taken from the old part in their current condition with an untraceable mileage. This creates an

unknown risk since the damping force can vary depending on wear. BILSTEIN’s answer to lower quality remanufactured parts is the BILSTEIN B4 air suspension module, which the company claims can often be less expensive than using original spare parts. With this part, cars drive like they did on the first day. Also, the company offers this module at a lower price without compromising on safety and comfort. The company offers detailed installation and product instructions as well as helpful videos on the YouTube channel “BILSTEIN technical.” BILSTEIN also provides interesting training courses free of charge, accessible virtually at www.workshop.bilstein.com/en/trainings-andcourses/ Technical support can also be reached at any time via technik@bilstein.de For more information visit www.bilstein.com

GREAT WHITES OFFERS A BIGGER AND BETTER DRIVING LIGHT The 250 Series is designed to give improved visibility Great Whites has been helping to light Australian highways and 4WD tracks for nearly 10 years. Now it is introducing its biggest light yet—the 250 Series. This round LED driving light has an impressive 250mm face. It’s been designed to provide more light and improved visibility in poor weather conditions, which means increased safety for longhaul truck drivers. Great Whites pointed out recent reports that have found that 38 percent of all fatal accidents occur at night and 14.6 percent of all road crash deaths involve articulated trucks or heavy rigid trucks. Visibility is one of the most important factors in keeping drivers safe. As an added safety feature, Great Whites has included an integrated amber bar and lights to help drivers see in poor conditions such as fog, dust and even grain on farms. This is the first Great Whites light to include this feature. 46

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“The 250 Series is designed to take pride of place on the country’s biggest vehicles, improving visibility in all conditions and lighting over 1km ahead with each pair,” says Luke Bolton, Merchandise Manager – Lighting. “These larger faced lights will reduce the need for so many forward-facing lights on trucks, with fewer, high powered driving lights doing the trick. Best of all, they don’t look out of place in front of huge radiators and chunky bull bars.” Each 250 Series light holds 24 high-powered LEDS capable of operating in both 12 and 24V vehicles. This light has 10,300 effective white lumens and 700 effective amber lumens. It can be purchased in a black or alloy finish to match with your vehicle. Lighting Product Manager, Barry Lillis, puts an emphasis on quality when it comes to driving lights. “There are much cheaper lights on the market, but they’re cheaper for a reason. When

your livelihood depends on those lights working, they’re nothing you should scrape on,” he said. The 250 Series is included in the Great Whites Attack range along with the 170 Series, 220 Series and Bars to meet the lighting needs of long-haul truck drivers. Great Whites also offers a three-year warranty on every light in its Attack range. Visit www.greatwhites.com.au or your local NAPA Auto Parts for more information.


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XTREME CLUTCH RELEASES CONVERSION KIT CATALOGUE The online catalogue has launched after many months of development Australian Clutch Services has announced that its performance clutch brand Xtreme Clutch has released an online catalogue dedicated to its conversion clutch kits for vehicles fitted with different engines or transmissions. After many months of development, Xtreme Clutch has now taken the catalogue live for its customers to use as a guide or to view the conversions that the brand has already completed. The conversion service that Xtreme Clutch offers includes hundreds of engine and transmission combinations to meet the needs of customers who wish to modify their vehicles with different engines or transmissions than originally fitted from the factory. Xtreme Clutch says that each vehicle and customer-specific conversion is individually assessed to ensure the most suitable conversion is provided for excellent driveability and performance. The brand designs and develops each kit to the highest standards to ensure optimal performance, quality and wear-life.

“We have been developing conversion kits for many years for everything from daily driven street cars fitted with more durable transmissions through to dedicated race cars with over 1000hp and using sequential racing transmissions,” Australian Clutch Services Mechanical Engineer, Stewart Furze, said. “Our new conversion catalogue is the ideal guide for those looking for a custom clutch solution for their vehicle. It showcases some of the more popular conversions we have done in the past and gives the details of the basic dimensions of each; however, we do still run every conversion through our normal assessment process to ensure the new clutch is suited to each specific engine and gearbox setup.” The catalogue also includes links to the documents that need to be completed to collect the necessary gearbox measurements and engine and transmission details. “We often see customers using different offthe-shelf or fully custom engine to transmission adaptors which can have a major impact on the

clutch height, flywheel design and hardware. Therefore, we always make sure to gather all of these basic dimensions from the customer to ensure we provide the best solution and try to make this process as easy and simple as possible for the customer. We even have videos showing how to get these dimensions.” The new conversion catalogue is found on the Xtreme Clutch website, and conversion kits can be organised through the ACS nationwide distribution network. For more information, visit www.xtremeclutch.com.au or call 1800 CLUTCH.

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PARKSAFE DIGITAL INFORMATION DISPLAY An “essential” driving instrument

Whether you are heading out to the mountains, the outback or just daily driving, Burg Design says the ParkSafe Multifunctional digital information display is a must have accessory for increased driving safety. Burg Design explains that this unique driving instrument features a bright and clear illuminated digital colour display screen displaying very important information such as battery voltage, elevation, altitude, pitch, roll, an electronic compass, an adjustable speed and over speed meter with alert warning buzzer, a thermometer, and electronic clock. It also boasts auto screen brightness, adjustable volume and GPS data collection. All of this comes in a smart looking instrument that is designed to be easily mounted permanently in a suitable position on the top of the dashboard and secured in place with the 3M backing tape provided. Burg Design says installation is almost ‘plug and play.’

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303 Products invites you to go beyond ceramic 303 Products Australia would like to welcome you to what it calls the future of automotive exterior protection, with the launch of its newest detailing product: 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating. 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating is a grapheneoxide based spray coating said to provide superior and long-lasting protection to the exterior of the vehicle, but without expense, or time spent applying a professional coating. 303 Products says the quick and simple-to-use spray on, wipe off product offers a high level of protection for over one year, enhances gloss and paint clarity, evacuates water quickly from the surface, and lowers surface temperature to reduce water spotting.  303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating can reportedly be applied in direct sunlight unlike many products on the market today, is layerable, and is safe for use on a variety of surfaces, including paint, glass, trim, plastic, chrome, metal, and even vinyl wraps. 303 Products are distributed exclusively in Australia by Trico Products Australia. “Over the past few years SiO2 Sealants and

Ceramic Coatings have taken the market by storm,” Trico Products Australia National Marketing Manager, Mike Morgan, said. “These are great products, but in an ever-evolving market, we are always looking towards the future for innovative technology that we can incorporate in our products. “This is where our 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating comes in. It combines the ease of use of SiO2 Spray Sealants, with the protection of Ceramic Coatings. “We wanted it to be an effective product that was not too intimidating to use. On top of the ease of use, the Graphene-Oxide based formula allows a range of other benefits, as noted above.” For more information, call 03 9271 3288 or visit www.303products.com.au or www.303graphene.com.au

FROM THE RACETRACK TO THE WORKSHOP Mechanix Gloves are now available at CoolDrive Auto Parts branches across Australia and New Zealand

From its racetrack origins of 90s NASCAR pit stops, to local use in the 2021 CoolDrive Racing workshop, CoolDrive Auto Parts says Mechanix gloves represent time tested quality and trust. The product is 15.5cm wide, 6.5cm deep and 4.4cm high and uses DC10-30V power. It is protected by a 24-month warranty. Alongside the ParkSafe Multifunctional Digital Information Display, Burg Design also offers a wide array of products including ParkSafe reversing cameras and parking sensors, blind spot detectors, Cowon dash cameras, tyre pressure monitoring sensors, Hyundai smart battery chargers, Bongiovi audio products, solar car battery chargers, Ridof waterless cleaning wipes, KOTE-iT Nano car care surface technology, X1R Automotive additives developed by NASA, ceramic engine restorer, Burg Design exhaust tips, door sill protection sets, ParkSafe LED lighting, TTC coil suspension handling upgrades and more. For more information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or sales@burgdesign.com.au or visit www.burgdesign.com.au 50

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The Mechanix range reportedly shines in automotive workshops, with specialised options to suit all needs of the modern mechanic, with features including cut resistance, high dexterity and even chemical abrasion protection. The gloves are made from synthetic leather with the back manufactured from TrekDry, a moisture wicking material to keeps hands cool in all conditions. The Original is the ideal multipurpose glove, and is available in a range of colours and sizes, including the Black, High-Vis and the “CoolDrive Auto Parts Blue.” There is also a Women’s Original Pink Camo, and a Speciality Grip range, where the palms are covered in a durable Armortex Grip. The Mechanix FastFit is the Original glove, but with a longer cuff, designed to facilitate quick donning on-and-off, perfect for users between multiple tools day-to-day.

The SpeedKnit CoolMax gloves are constructed with 13-gauge CoolMax fabric technology to help transport perspiration away from the hand, and are coated with foam latex for a textured grip to allow professionals to work with confidence in dry and wet conditions. Also, in the SpeedKnit range is the Cut 5 S2EC06 glove which offers the highest level of dexterity and cut resistance to protect working hands with ANSI A3 blade-cut resistance. The Mechanix range at CoolDrive also includes a range for the track side mechanic, Knee Pads and Heat Sleeves offer protections when speed is the key on race day. For further information, visit http://ishop.cooldrive.com.au


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LED AUTOLAMPS 210 SERIES BOAT TRAILER LAMPS New design, look and appeal

LED Autolamps, a brand name known and trusted by the marine sector for over 18 years, is proud to release its latest 210 series boat trailer lamps, created with a new design, look and appeal. LED says the first thing you will notice is its sleek, uniquely styled blackened no lens design, incredibly offering all required functions with stop/ tail/indicator and reflector and a concealed inbuilt licence plate lamp with both left and right-hand sides. Extreme marine environments demand a product to be manufactured to withstand tough situations. LED Technologies specifically designed the 210 series with this in mind. “We have included super-tough polycarbonate construction but, more importantly, sealed the LEDs and circuitry using a specially formulated flexible black resin,” LED Autolamps General Manager, Michael Ottobre, said. “The 210 series is purpose-built and manufactured to the highest standards. You can rest assured they are up to any task. The high impact plastics with solid-state circuitry ensures shock and vibration

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resistance, delivering on a super bright even spread output that not only looks distinctive and is UV, acidic/alkaline and saltwater resistant but also exceeds all required Australian Road standards with ECE approvals. “We are so confident in the specially formulated resin coupled with a no lens design and extreme testing to IP68 rating that we offer a 10-year warranty for peace of mind,” Michael added. The 210 series has an overall size of 210mm x 96mm x 28mm. This is a perfect size to suit most boat trailers. Stainless steel fittings with tinned copper wiring encased in sheathing are included for extra protection against constant saltwater exposure and long-term durability. Electrically they run at 12 Volts and have been made to ECE R10 EMC standards for electrical interference. LED Autolamps says its entire operation is certified to ISO9001:2015, and made to meet its internationally recognised quality management standard. The company’s main production facility is certified to IATF16949:2016 standards. But, more importantly, LED Autolamp guarantees conformity of production, exceptional service,

technical expertise, supply reliability and dedicated aftersales care. They are available in a twin retail blister pack with left and right-hand side lamps (part number 210BARLP2). In addition, LED Autolamps has also made available a 10-metre lamp and cable kit (part no. 210BARLP2-10M), which contains the left and right-hand side lamps and enough hardwire cable for trailers up to 10 metres in length. “If you want to provide your customers something unique in design and unparalleled quality that will give you the wow factor they are after, then check out our website or give us a call,” Michael said. For more information, visit www.ledautolamps.com for your local distributor or call LED Autolamps on 03 9466 7075.


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GARRETT LAUNCHES GARRETT BOOST CLUB LINE This new product line adds to Garrett’s impressive turbocharger catalogue Garrett has announced the launch of its Garrett Boost Club Line turbochargers. These turbochargers have been engineered for small engine displacements in automobiles, watercraft, and powersports. They offer a cost-effective option for turbocharging naturally aspirated engines or upgrades on any platform. Garrett says this product line serves as a

great introduction for those who are new to turbocharging vehicles. The product line includes four GBC turbochargers in different compressor inducer sizes and horsepower ranges. These are the GBC14-200, GBC17-250, GBC20-300 and GBC22-350. Prices start at $982 for the GBC14-200, which Garrett describes as a great value for one of its quality turbochargers. The first two numbers indicate the turbine wheel frame size. The larger the number, the larger the turbine wheel. The numbers after the dash show the peak potential flywheel horsepower rating. Forged, fully-machined compressor wheels with advanced aero are available in inducer sizes of 34mm, 36mm, 41mm, and 44mm. The turbochargers are fully assembled with internally wastegated turbine housings and journal bearing rotating groups. They are calibrated with a 0.5 bar actuator. Garrett also offers actuators with higher pressure settings (1.0, 1.5 bar) for individual purchase. Garrett states that its actuators are calibrated

for optimum performance by its technicians to eliminate any need for adjustment. These GPC turbochargers also feature an oil center housing with the latest generation of journal bearing rotating group. The forged, fully-machined compressor wheels can support from 200 up to 350 horsepower for engine displacements ranging from 0.4L up to 2.5L. The GBC versus G Series diagram shows where this range fits into the horsepower and engine size range to Garrett’s high-performance G Series range. For more information, visit www.garrettmotion.com or contact your local Official Garrett Performance Distributor.

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PEDDERS LAUNCHES MUSTANG UPGRADE The SportsRyder two-piece Brake Rotor Upgrade is now available for the Mustang from Pedders Pedders says it is extremely excited to add a new SportsRyder two-piece brake rotor upgrade to its extensive range of Ford Mustang performance parts. While they appear stylish, these two-piece rotors are highly functional, offering a weight reduction of approximately eight kilograms over the standard equipment. Pedders says the resulting reduction in unsprung mass helps improve the  vehicle’s suspension control, handling performance and braking efficiency. Another benefit of the SportsRyder brake rotor over its OEM equivalent is temperature control. Pedders explains that the two-piece rotor design allows for increased air flow around the disc which helps to keep the braking components cooler during performance driving and heavy braking situations. The discs are also marked with Thermographic Temperature monitoring tabs which will track

the discs’ peak operating temperatures over the lifespan of the rotor. Pedders’ SportsRyder two-piece rotors are also slotted and dimpled to help remove brake dust and dissipate heat. Pedders offers the Mustang SportsRyder Brake Rotors for both the front and rear of the vehicle, providing a complete brake system upgrade. Pedders recommends coupling the upgraded rotors with high performance SportsRyder Kevlar Ceramic Brake Pads and braided brake lines for maximum braking efficiency. The Pedders SportsRyder Ford Mustang twopiece brake rotor upgrade has been thoroughly engineered and tested by our team of brake, steering and suspension specialists. The rotors have a high carbon construction for maximum durability, and they have been designed as a straight bolt-on replacement part. As with all Pedders products, these Ford Mustang

brake rotors are backed by Pedders’ two-year, 40,000km nationwide warranty. Key features and benefits: • Two-piece slotted and dimpled rotors to remove dust and dissipate heat • Reduced weight compared to OEM Rotors (approximately eight kilogram weight saving over OEM) • Thermographic temperature monitoring indicating peak braking temperature • Increased airflow to keep components cooler • High carbon construction for increased durability • Straight bolt on fitment • Sold Individually • Two-year/40,000km nationwide warranty Compatibility To suit Ford Mustang FM and FN (2015-onwards): • Part# 6160087TPL • Part# 6160087TPR • Part# 6160088TPL • Part# 6160088TPR For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au

IGNITE LIGHTING EXPANDS AT COOLDRIVE A number of new products have been added to CoolDrive’s Ignite Lighting portfolio The Ignite lighting range at CoolDrive Auto Parts has undergone recent substantial growth, with new products joining the family. Headlining the expanded range are five new LED Worklamp options, building on the product range which was first launched in 2019. Robust and lightweight, the new Ignite Worklamps are available in a varying range of sizes from fourinch to nine-inch and shapes, with outputs ranging from 2,800 to 5,600 Lumens. Also new to the Ignite range are the ultra slimline LED Lightbars, with both straight and curved options available in a range of lengths from 10inch to 50-inch wide. These slimmer Lightbars offer a completely flush front fascia, with no exposed bezel or screws, thus preventing dust and water accumulation. Powered by new five watt high intensity LG or LP 56

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LEDs for improved light output performance, the Lightbars are ECE R112, R10 and CE approved, and built for durability, being both IP68 and IP69K rated. Capping off the Ignite range expansion are new LED Marker and rear Combination lamps with a lifespan of up to 10,000 hours, suitable for OEMs, trucks, rigid bodies, buses, trailers and custom build applications. UV, water and shock resistant, and sealed against dust and moisture, the new LED Marker and rear Combination lamps come with a number of approvals including ECE R10, ECE R7 and ECE R6 - depending on the individual product. Established in 2004 as a manufacturer of halogen products, Ignite has become a leader of LED lighting in Australia, with products suited for professional workshops, manufacturers, fleets and auto electricians.

The 100 percent Australian-owned Company uses only the best manufacturers to produce a product range that is different, exceeds customer’s needs and is of premium quality. On top of the expanded Worklamp, Lightbars, Marker and Rear Combination Light ranges, Ignite also offers a comprehensive range of Driving Lights, Trailer Lights, Inspection Lights, Flood Lights, Headlamps, Driving Light Harnesses and Headlight Adapter Kits, along with Recreation Lights such as Headlights and Torches. For more information, visit www.cooldrive.com.au


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NEW X-TERRAIN PRODUCTS

A frontal protection range to suit the all-new D-Max X-terrain has been released by ECB Included in the range from East Coast Bullbars (ECB) is an alloy bullbar which can accommodate a winch, or without, and a full range of Nudge Bars including ECB’s 76mm Nudge Bar, Series 2 Nudge Bar, and Type 8 Nudge Bar. The unique front profile of the X-Terrain required a separate designed range of the Nudge bars and Bullbar to allow for the addition of the front parking sensor. ECB says that thanks to its positioning as a leading Australian Bullbar manufacturer, its in-house R&D allows it to react quickly to updated design changes and upgrades in technology. ECB alloy products for the X-Terrain come as an addition to a full range of frontal protection products to suit the D-Max SX, LS-M, and LS-U released by ECB in 2020. All products are available in a variety of finishes, including ECB’s low maintenance powder coat finishes and signature mirror polished alloy finish. Weight is the enemy of any vehicle. ECB explains that a heavy steel bulbar can weigh over double of that of an ECB alloy bullbar, even though an ECB Bulbar offers the same level of protection to the vehicle and its occupants. In fact, ECB advises that adding an ECB alloy Big Tube Bar for the X-Terrain adds only 39kg to the vehicle. ECB cautions that adding a steel bullbar usually means an upgrade of the suspension, with the subsequent increase in the mass of the vehicle having a detrimental effect on available load capacity, handling, braking, and fuel consumption.

Furthermore, it warns unnecessary weight over the front axle increases wear and tear on steering components and can also contribute to excess trye wear. Frontal Protection Products to suit the entire range of D-max are available now for order. ECB has been a manufacturer of alloy nudge bars and bullbars since 1971 and all of its products are manufactured in Australia to suit Australia’s harshest conditions. It says its products provide premium strength compared to steel bullbars while being up to 50 percent lighter in weight. Every East Coast Bullbar product is ADR compliant, airbag compatible, and covered by ECB’s exclusive lifetime warranty. For more information, please visit www.ecb.com.au

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ROWE LUBRICANTS

Exclusively distributed across Australia via MotorActive The nation’s oil and lubricants industry got even more high-tech recently with Rowe entering the Australian market for the first time. A renowned European automotive player, Rowe was established in Germany 25 years ago with its products reportedly now used in one out of every nine cars on German roads. Available in over 90 countries globally, MotorActive has exclusive distribution rights in Australia. Specialising in driveline lubricants, Rowe’s Australian offering covers transmission, differential, and gear oils. Rounding-out the competitive range is a small number of engine oils, including specialty racing products. Rowe says change intervals for driveline lubricants are generally quite long (if specified at all by the vehicle manufacturer), with oil changes typically performed every few years. Knowing this, reliable performance and extended durability were Rowe’s top priorities when formulating these lubricants.

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As such, great importance has been given to the raw materials, to ensure optimum performance and extraordinary wear protection for the entirety of even the longest service cycle. With modern transmissions requiring highly specialised and specifically engineered lubricants, Rowe, via its race team Rowe Racing, uses its motorsport program like a ‘driving laboratory’ to test and enhance its product’s performance attributes. Leading the way in oil development, the team won both the VLN 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Spa, two of the world’s toughest races, in 2020. In addition to this, Rowe says its lubricants, whether they be driveline, hydraulic and steering, engine oil or racing products, are designed to meet and exceed manufacturer specifications. “Rowe’s commitment and passion, along with its focus on quality, performance, long-term customer relationships and innovation, coupled with their sustainability programs, make them a really good fit for us,” MotorActive Managing Director, Bruce Morrison, said.

“With Rowe, we saw the opportunity to provide the market with a quality range of driveline oils to complement the existing products we already offer workshops nationally. “Purchasing Rowe Oils and lubricants via MotorActive will give our customers a high-tech, high quality oil for a competitive price, along with the great customer service that we’ve become renowned for in the industry.” The German-made products, suitable for European and prestige vehicles, can be ordered in one, five and twenty litre sizes and are available now through MotorActive. For more information visit www.rowe-oil.com.au or contact 1800 350 622 to purchase.


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NAPA OFFERS A NEW RANGE OF PRODUCTS NAPA is proud to offer reliable brands with value for money Since NAPA has dived into the automotive aftermarket space, it has expanded to 37 locations across Australia. These locations offer a range of NAPA branded products, including a comprehensive suite of engine oils, timing kits, power steering kits, and filters for air, oil, fuel and the cabin. NAPA has also announced that drive belts and other high demand workshop products will be released later this year. NAPA Auto Parts Merchandise Manager – Filtration, David Cattunar, is very happy with the NAPA filtration range he’s developed for workshops. He is particularly proud of the quality of inclusions within the spin-on oil filter range. “Extra sealing between the gasket and base plate increases the performance of the anti-drain-backvalve by 98%. NAPA is one of the few brands in the

market that actually meets the SAE requirements for anti-drain-back valves; in many cases even the OE filters fail to meet the requirement,” David said. “NAPA Filters are taking oil filtration to a new level. We’ve developed a new synthetic blend media for our range of oil filters, delivering a premium quality filter with optimal life, flow and efficiency.” The team behind the launch of the NAPA range in Australia is the same team that was behind the launches of OEX, RDA Brakes and Great Whites. NAPA Auto Parts Merchandise Manager – Oil and Chemicals, Tania Karinja, is also excited about the NAPA range. “We’ve worked with local suppliers to ensure our products meet critical Australian standards, giving workshops the confidence to use NAPA engine oils on every service. Available in 5L, 20L and 205L in synthetic, semi-synthetic, mineral and diesel options, the NAPA range covers the needs of most of the Australian car parc,” Tania said. The NAPA branded collection contributes to the wider range of products available from NAPA Auto Parts, which includes the best-known brands in the automotive aftermarket. For more information about the NAPA branded products or the wider range of automotive

specialist and mechanical brands for workshops, speak with your local NAPA Auto Parts team. Visit www.napaparts.com.au/locations for your nearest branch.

phase of a part for the Bugatti Chiron meant a problem of dealing with extremely high temperatures was overcome.

weight, functional cooling channels integrated, and a higher part stiffness achieved through specific build techniques.

Using an SLM 280 twin laser, water-cooling channels were built directly onto a bracket serving as an active heat shield to the motor’s electric pump, a solution not possible using traditional production techniques.

The E-Drive housing was built using SLM Solutions’ latest machine, the NXG XII 600. Designed specifically for series production of parts this recently released laser system will greatly reduce dependence on part warehousing and issues associated with logistics and supply.

3D METAL PRINTING Bringing innovation to the automotive industry

Extensive experience with 3D metal printing in the automotive industry has meant SLM Solutions Group AG understands the requirements of vehicle part production. Audi first began using an SLM Machine to produce prototypes, and then moved to special application areas with redesigns and producing parts on demand. Using the latest 700W SLM laser system, Audi now produces parts for the Audi W12 engine. High performance racing vehicles are leveraging the opportunities 3D metal printing provides. “SLM Solutions is a powerful, long-term strategic partner for Divergent 3D, working with us to provide 3D metal printing hardware and software specific to the Divergent Adaptive Production System,” Divergent Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Czinger, said. “We believe that this will transform the way vehicle structures are designed, engineered, manufactured and assembled.”

Volumetrically, the largest functional titanium component built was the Bugatti Brake Caliper. Constructed using Ti6AL4V in an SLM 500 multilaser machine, tests conducted on the final product showed significant achievements both in a tensile strength of 1,250 n/mm and material density over 99.7 percent.

An example of Kevin’s unique design is in the front section of the Divergent3D.

The latest news comes from Porsche where a new E-Drive housing required innovative design topology.

“We would like to see the automotive parts industry take up the challenges of 3D printing for local part supply or even export to overseas vehicle manufacturers. We believe this is an opportunity for Australian businesses that is not to be missed.”

Complex geometry applied during the design

Lattice structures were optimised to reduce

For more information, visit www.raymax.com.au

“A number of SLM Solutions systems are in operation in Australia,” John Grace, the Managing Director of SLM supplier Raymax Applications Pty Ltd, said.

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INNOVATION AND APPLICATION Disc Brakes Australia has been driving innovation for more than 40 years

Proudly Australian, Disc Brakes Australia has a global reputation for designing and manufacturing quality braking components. From humble beginnings in Waterloo, New South Wales, today DBA is ready to write the next chapter in its already impressive story. The seed was planted in the 1970s when Phillip Joseph Sr. joined his father, Oscar Joseph, at Sydney Clutch and Brake Exchange in Waterloo. “Phillip was working alongside his father at Sydney Clutch and Brake when a customer came in, looking for a replacement brake rotor for his 1967 HR Holden,” Phil Joseph, General Manager, Operations, Disc Brakes Australia, says. When the customer mentioned that he couldn’t buy a genuine or aftermarket rotor anywhere, the father and son quickly identified a significant gap in the market and promptly put the wheels in motion, developing a product to meet this newly discovered demand. “My father Phillip went out, did some work at the foundry, and machined up 10 sets of replacement disc rotors with Oscar’s help,” Phil describes. Until this point, as replacement parts weren’t readily available, everyone used to constantly machine rotors, so having discovered an untapped market, it wasn’t long before all the HR rotors from the first production run were sold. “About six months after that initial production run, another customer enquired about replacement rotors for a 1968 XP Ford Falcon, and the same pattern followed. My father commissioned another production run at the foundry, the customer purchased a set, and the rest were put into stock,” Phil explains.

“The business just grew from there, and it wasn’t long before the range extended to include replacement rotors for a selection of the more popular vehicles.” It is interesting to note that Oscar had actually identified the future demand for quality replacement brake rotors, having registered the name Disc Brakes Australia more than 10 years before commissioning that first run of HR disc brakes. It wasn’t long before the father and son team outgrew the Waterloo shop, which just provided a brake and clutch exchange service. Taking a plunge, Phillip and Oscar moved into their own premises, allowing them the opportunity to build a dedicated manufacturing base and invest in research and development. “My father was certainly an innovator,” Phil remarks. “He understood the value of developing and where possible patenting new technology that would differentiate DBA’s product offering from our competitors, some of the best examples being the Kangaroo Paw ventilation technology, T2, T3 slots, and two-piece rotors.” DBA’s professionalism and expertise eventually

started to attract the attention of the local vehicle manufacturers, and from the 1990s the likes of Mazda, Mitsubishi, as well as Ford and Holden commissioned DBA to produce disc rotors for their Original Equipment Service (OES) – with the latter two arrangements continuing to this day. Impressed with DBA’s technical expertise, Ford took the partnership to the next level, relying on DBA as a development and prototyping resource for some of their Original Equipment brakes. Over the years, DBA has supplied Original Equipment performance brake rotors to FPV and HSV, including variants of the Falcon AU, Commodore VE, and the last generation Falcon FG-X. DBA currently employs more than 30 people working in production and related functions such as R&D, product design, procurement, and logistics, proving its commitment to product innovation and range expansion. “Australia has one of the world’s most complex vehicle car parcs,” Phil says. “Unlike many of our competitors who basically conform to the one-size-fits-all mantra, all of our replacement rotors are purpose-designed. As a result, we pride ourselves on covering everything from a straight OE replacement product for your everyday drive all the way up to performance applications, special applications, track day use, and even race applications. “Of course, each of those segments requires a very specific product, specific price points, and unique marketing. And I think that’s what we’ve been doing very well to cater for these different segments and offer the right products for those applications,” he adds.

DBA Manufacturing Plant in Silverwater (Sydney)

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Unlike many of its competitors who basically source imported products and market under their own brand name, DBA is proud of its history of innovation, commitment to local manufacturing where feasible, and its success in unlocking new export opportunities.


MEMBER FEATURE innovation manager, partnerships with some of the country’s top universities, and we’ve received government grants towards our innovation function,” Gideon says.

“Approximately a quarter of the businesses is now export,” Phil says. “We are currently selling in 40 markets across the globe, servicing the needs of people looking for performance upgrades or a higher quality product. But, again, it’s our local manufacturing capabilities, combined with our engineering muscle is the cornerstone of our success globally.” While DBA has long been considered the brake rotor market leader, braking performance is ultimately affected by pad choice. As a result, DBA recently launched a range of brake pads specifically designed to ensure customers would get the best results from their braking package. “For quite some time, everyone would buy their rotors from us and then look elsewhere for brake pads,” Phil says. “There are thousands of options out there, and people were struggling to identify the pads that would deliver the best performance when matched with the DBA rotors, so we launched our own brake pad offering with an extensive range of applications DBA Performance two-piece rotor and pads

that now extends to more than 700 SKUs,” he explains. Of course, the success of this family business started to pique the interest of significant players in the automotive aftermarket, and in 2018 DBA was acquired by GUD Holdings. “Being welcomed into the GUD group certainly provides many benefits, and it’s a testament to the blood, sweat, and tears the company founder and all our loyal employees have poured into the business over the years,” DBA Executive General Manager, Gideon Segal, explains. “GUD supports DBA in increasing resources around the strategy and structure for the business, and in DBA having a solid growth platform with an increased and more strategic focus on export markets.” GUD has long been recognised as nurturing a strong culture of innovation, and DBA plans to leverage this moving forward. “We’ve got a full-time research, development, and

DBA STREET SERIES OE-replacement Combo

“When combined with the support that GUD delivers to the business, we’re excited to take the company to the next level, and DBA already has a plan in development to further extend its already impressive range.” “Our ultimate goal is to own the entire wheel end,” Gideon says. There’s no greater test bed for automotive products than competitive motorsport, and DBA has joined forces with leading Supercar team, Tickford Racing as their exclusive brake partner. “Our relationship with Tickford extends well past their efforts in the Supercars Championship,” Gideon says. “We have worked closely with Tickford automotive and have a whole range of products ready for their applications, primarily for the Ranger and the Mustang. “Tickford have now listed DBA as an upgrade option for their Australian vehicle configurations, which is a huge win for us. We’ve always had that technology and that application but for Tickford automotive to take that on board is fantastic,” he adds. As one of the most respected and successful businesses in the Australian Automotive Aftermarket industry, DBA has been long-term supporters of the AAAA. “The AAAA is the primary channel for the exchange of industry knowledge in the automotive aftermarket,” Phil says. “I’m proud to say that my father, Phillip, was a very active member of the AAAA, and he was a driving force in training up the next generation of technicians and mechanics. “I can also say with confidence that DBA is the AAAA’s most awarded automotive manufacturer. I believe we’ve been recognised with a Manufacturer of the Year Award on more than 15 occasions” he adds. DBA and the AAAA have worked hand-in-hand, lobbying the government on braking and safety standards for car vehicles on many occasions. “The AAAA provide amazing support to the industry, so we support them in all their efforts,” Phil explains. “With the AAAA’s assistance, we pioneered several export markets, including the Middle East, China, and the USA. The association has provided invaluable assistance, helping Australian businesses get a foothold and grow penetration into these markets, and we couldn’t have done it without their assistance. “We have also extensively used the services of the AAAA’s Auto Innovation Centre to help us develop product.” To keep up with all the latest news from DBA as it starts writing history in this new chapter of its exciting and ever-expanding business, visit www.dba.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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BATTERY WORLD HELPS DRIVERS CHARGE AHEAD The company stocks a range of Century products to assist drivers Call outs for flat car batteries surged during the pandemic as vehicles were left idle, and now with winter well and truly here, cars are at greater risk of battery failure. At colder temperatures, a battery’s ability to provide sufficient power to start and run a vehicle is reduced. While you might be saving petrol by leaving your car unused, you’re actually reducing your battery’s performance and causing premature battery failure. Battery World encourages drivers to take an effort not to have a ‘set and forget’ mindset and become accustomed to monitoring your battery, stating that an excellent way to do so is by getting a battery monitor.

Century BM12V Battery Monitor Battery World says the Century BM12V Battery Monitor is the easiest way to keep track of your battery’s state of charge and your vehicle’s starting and charging systems. The BM12V helps prevent vehicle breakdown by transmitting real time battery data to your

smartphone. Easy to set up push notifications will warn you about low battery voltage and record your battery’s daily voltage levels to help identify potential issues. Through the App you are able to run vehicle crank tests and automatically record your trip duration. Backed with a 24-month warranty, the BM12V can be used for cars, 4x4s, trucks, caravans, motorcycles, marine and watercrafts, and lawn and garden maintenance vehicles.

Century 12V 12A Battery Charger If you are in need of a charger, Century’s 12V 12A Battery Charger will charge 12V conventional lead acid batteries in cars, 4x4s and SUVs, lawn and garden equipment, trucks, caravans and RVs and marine vehicles. This charger incorporates a unique and patented rejuvenation technology and high voltage equalising and peak pulse reconditioning to repair heavily discharged batteries and will activate from as low as 3V.

Other inclusions include eco-power mode, for ultra-low power consumption, and safety timers, to detect faults and prevent overcharging. Battery World says it is Australia’s leading battery retailer with over 20 years in operations and 111 stores nationwide. Battery World is a franchise network owned by Century Yuasa Batteries, Australia’s only and largest battery manufacturer. The stores stock over 14,000 products from small coin cell and AAA batteries to large truck batteries. For more information, visit www.batteryworld.com.au or head into your local Battery World store.

PYLONTECH RV12100 BATTERY Designed to excel in the 4x4 and recreational market Master Instruments says its Pylontech RV12100 battery brings a level of control not seen by a stand-alone deep cycle battery before. In the world of battery storage in recreational markets, many people have already moved from the once traditional lead acid format to rechargeable lithium solutions. Lithium Iron Phosphate, otherwise known as LiFePO4 or LFP, provides many benefits over lead acid variants which ultimately provides for a better total cost of ownership. Weight savings mean better fuel economy and an influence on towing ability, while greater usable capacity allows for longer run-times and deeper discharges without sacrificing service life. At the same time, no gassing means the batteries can be housed in living areas.

The Pylontech RV12100 is a battery designed to excel in the 4x4 and recreational market thanks to some key attributes, explains Master Instruments. This 12.8V battery has a 100Ah capacity rating in the popular NS70 footprint, allowing housing in existing battery boxes and other storage locations while being able to be mounted in any orientation. Master Instruments says it is the very clear interface present on the top of the battery that sets it apart from the rest. A simple On/Off button allows you to isolate the battery when not in use, and the clear LED State of Charge indicator provides a quick and easy visual capacity check to keep you in the know. Being able to isolate the batteries when not in use means your battery is ready to go the next time you venture out – eliminating self-discharge concerns. Pylontech has also built in an auto-balancing function between each battery that allows you to expand your system size. The RV12100 can be used in up to 2S (two in series – 24V 100Ah), or 8P (eight in parallel – 12V 800Ah) configurations. This flexibility allows you to easily expand your battery system size as your power requirements grow. If you have not heard of Pylontech before, Master Instruments says that will likely be because

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Pylontech have been more active in the low voltage HESS and SME Energy Storage Solution markets, with a huge following around the world. Master Instruments says Pylontech are LiFePO4 specialists with a focus on performance and safety. It says by being a vertically integrated company, Pylontech makes its products from the ground up so that every part of the build integrates seamlessly. Further, Pylontech is reportedly constantly developing new solutions, with two exciting new products for the 4x4 and recreational market due to drop in the very near future. If you are considering a lithium storage solution for your 4x4, caravan or boat, Master Instruments recommends that you check out the Pylontech RV12100 at your nearest battery retailer. For more information, visit www.master-instruments.com.au


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REDARC LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION TRAILER BATTERY CHARGER BCDC1212T launched

REDARC says it is proud to introduce its new and more versatile 12-volt, 12 amp input current limited on-trailer battery charger: the BCDC1212T. REDARC says the BCDC1212T is the ideal battery charger for trailers with electrical equipment and accessories (for example, hydraulic pumps, winches, fridges and so on) such as dump trailers, boat trailers, car trailers, liftgate trucks and camper vans. It is a 12-volt, 12 amp input limited charger and works in both 12V and 24V vehicles and is compatible with seven pin round trailer plugs for easy installation in any trailer. The BCDC1212T charges Standard Lead Acid, Calcium content, Gel, AGM or LiFePO4 batteries and is input current limited to ensure the current rating of the trailer plug is not exceeded. REDARC says this DC battery charger keeps the secondary battery charged whilst driving to a proven 100 percent state of charge. It allows users to save time by powering the battery throughout the day and removes the dependence

on AC mains charging, ensuring you’re always charged and ready to work. Designed for fast and easy installation, the BCDC1212T comes pre-wired with a customised wiring harness, designed to assist for smaller trailer mounted auxiliary battery box installations, and is supported with the release of new 23amp and 30amp fuse kits and a battery to fuse cable. The BCDC1212T can be installed in the nose cone of a trailer and allows use of the existing 12V auxiliary power available on many trailer plugs to charge an auxiliary battery installed on the trailer, which REDARC says makes it the easiest solution for on-board DC charging. “No longer do you need to charge your trailer’s battery overnight or in between jobs,” REDARC General Manager of Aftermarket Sales ANZ, Ben Marsh, said. “You’ll always have battery power for your dump, RV, utility, or landscaping trailer. Pull the plug and give yourself the freedom to travel and work where you want for as long as you want.

“The REDARC BCDC1212T will become your most powerful, compact, and reliable trailer accessory.” The BCDC1212T is moisture, dust, and mud resistant, designed and built in Australia by REDARC to be the highest quality and most reliable battery charger of its kind, says REDARC. Like all REDARC products, the BCDC1212T comes with nationwide support, including a twoyear “hassle free” warranty and after-sales service to answer any questions. For more information visit www.redarc.com.au/12a-lightduty-trailer-dc-battery-charger

DELKOR EFB AND AGM BATTERIES R&J Batteries is now offering an extended warranty on these products The exclusive distributor of Delkor batteries in Australia, R&J Batteries, is now offering extended warranty on Delkor Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) and Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries in Idle stop start (ISS) passenger vehicles. The warranty period on Delkor EFB batteries has been increased from 18 months to 24 months while the warranty on Delkor AGM batteries has been increased from 18 months to 36 months. This new warranty is applicable immediately and is retrospective on all Delkor EFB and AGM batteries purchased in the applicable periods. The warranty period for both EFB and AGM batteries in non-ISS passenger vehicle applications remains unchanged at 36 months. While Idle Stop Start (ISS) technology has significantly increased the demands placed on a vehicle’s battery, consumer expectations regarding battery service life have not changed.

This means that battery performance and durability has never been more heavily depended on and why brands like Delkor are recognising this demand. This increase in warranty periods is further evidence of the quality of Delkor batteries and the commitment both Clarios and R&J Batteries have in ensuring Delkor batteries provide the best in quality and value for customers. R&J Batteries explains that Clarios Delkor Corporation, the manufacturer of Delkor batteries, is an award-winning company which continuously strives to meet the growing demand for superior battery performance and durability by investing in world leading technology through their Delkor EFB and AGM range of passenger vehicle batteries. It states the patented PowerFrame Technology and other industry leading advancements continue to make Delkor EFB and AGM batteries a top choice for consumers. R&J Batteries says the PowerFrame grid is nearly three* times more corrosion resistant than other grid designs, minimising the risk of premature battery failure. It explains the PowerFrame grid technology pattern is optimised for full grid utilisation, providing more than 60 percent* superior electrical flow for better connectivity.

It says another benefit of this technology is the manufacturing of PowerFrame grids which uses 20 percent less energy and produces 20 percent fewer greenhouse gases than other manufacturing methods. The complete Delkor automotive battery range which includes AGM, EFB and calcium batteries is available at R&J Batteries and distributors across Australia. R&J Batteries’ extensive product portfolio is not limited to batteries. The range also includes lubricants from market leader, Fuchs, and battery accessories such as battery chargers, battery testers, jump starters, cables and battery terminals from Projecta, OzCharge and Redmax. For more information, visit www.rjbatt.com.au or call 1300 769 282. *Based on comparison to other grid designs in real world fleet testing. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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WHY DO YOU NEED A CAR BATTERY TESTER? In this article, AutoTest takes a look at the challenges of battery testing and offers a solution The electric charge your battery carries will not last a century – it can only carry so much electric charge for a specified amount of time and sooner or later it will discharge. In most cases, it is quite difficult to tell how much electric charge you have left. AutoTest explains that state-of-health is not measured, but instead is estimated based on available symptoms. It says that when testing a battery and trying to determine the state of health you must consider capacity (ability to store energy), internal resistance (ability to deliver current) and selfdischarge (cell integrity and health). The top indicator of a battery’s health is capacity (energy storage). A new battery should deliver 100 percent of the rated capacity. This means a 10Ah pack should deliver ten amps for one hour, so if the battery fails to perform after 20 minutes, then the capacity is only 33 percent. Lead acid starts at about 85 percent and increases in capacity through use before the long and gradual decrease begins, whereas Lithium-ion starts at peak and begins its decline immediately, but at a very slow pace. Knowing when to replace a battery is difficult, as battery problems only become apparent with

increased breakdowns, which may be caused by a lack of battery maintenance. AutoTest says more than 40 percent of all roadside car failures are battery-related, and 30 percent involve either a discharged or defective battery. Additionally, it says only a few starter batteries reach the average age of five years and the most common reason for battery failure is undercharge or sulfation. Further, failure during the warranty period is uncommon, with driving habits the main culprits.

The challenge of battery testing AutoTest says the key problem lies in the difficulty of testing batteries, and this applies to repair shops, retail outlets, and service garages. It states there is a significant shortfall in a reliable method of estimating the state-of-charge, which is based mostly on voltage and charge counting. Assessing capacity is the leading health indicator of a battery and measuring the open circuit voltage and checking the internal resistance do not provide conclusive evidence of battery stateof-health. While a dead battery is easy to check and most testers are 100 percent accurate, the challenge comes in evaluating a battery in the 80–100 percent performance range while in use. AutoTest says most service and repair workshops struggle to introduce good battery test procedures, but says this is where its Battery System tester can assist.

The AutoTest BST-380 Battery System Tester  The AutoTest BST-380 Battery System Tester uses the adjustable load test to decide whether a battery is still usable or needs to be replaced. These testers measure the voltage drop when a voltage load that is half the battery’s CCA rating is used. The load is applied for about 15 seconds and the voltage drop is measured. If the drop reading does not fall below 9.6 volts, then the battery is ideally conditioned, and is therefore, considered good. AutoTest explains that it not only gives a complete view of battery health, but is a conveniently portable, easy to use battery analysis tool designed for automotive service, fleet maintenance and breakdown assist diagnostic use which takes the guess work out of battery diagnosis and alerting you to replace batteries before they fail. The Battery System Tester is a professional quality unit that tests all 12V auto batteries, including new auxiliary batteries for hybrids. 72

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It uses advanced conductance testing technology to easily, quickly and accurately measure the actual cold cranking amps capability of the vehicle starting battery, the health of the battery itself, and common faults in the vehicle starting system and charging system. It can help maintenance personnel to identify problems quickly and accurately, thus leading to efficient vehicle repair.

Key AutoTest Battery System Tester features and benefits: • • • • • •

User friendly Built in Printer for an instant printout Test 12V/24V/30V batteries 100-2000 CCA (cold cranking amps) Polarity Reverse Protection Testing standards include a majority of the world’s battery standards, CCa, BCi, Ca, mCa, JiS, Din, ieC, en, Sae and G • Stores 100 test results • In-built real time clocks • Registered Australian Made and Owned

Test functions include: • • • • • •

Battery Test Charging System Test Start System Test Maximum Load Test Cranking Mode QC Mode

For more information, visit www.autotest.net.au


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BATTERY HEALTH IS CRITICAL NO MATTER THE WEATHER Hot Summer weather can actually be the start of many Winter battery problems Batteries can be damaged by high temperatures in Summer when heat is generated under the bonnet and the car is still using lots of functions that can heavily drain the battery, like running air conditioning. However, during Summer the warmth in the surrounding air can help the battery function well. It is then not until the cold weather strikes you realise you have a problem. “Customers often get a false sense of security as an undercharged battery will still be able to start the car in warmer months,” CTEK Director of Sales and Marketing, Robert Briggs, said. “When temperatures drop, the number of flat batteries increases with customers often inconvenienced and frustrated by their last service through no fault of the technician. “The cold weather can also mean that vehicle alternators and starter motors are at risk of premature failure if the battery isn’t properly charged. This is often not understood by the motorist who is often irritated that the car suddenly won’t start.

“Every time the vehicle is started, 150 – 350A is drawn from the battery. If motorists are only making a small trip, particularly with the recent restrictions in Melbourne, the alternator won’t have the time to replace the draw on the battery. “Over multiple short trips the charge within the battery will become lower and lower, placing it at risk of sulphation or even worse, failure.” To avoid customer frustration, CTEK recommends adding a battery health check on top of a vehicle’s normal servicing. Complemented by a battery charger, such as the CTEK PRO25S, workshops can test, charge and condition a vehicle’s battery during other vehicle work. CTEK recommends that for each vehicle that enters the workshop, the battery should be tested with a professional battery tester, like the CTEK PRO Battery Tester, and a report printed. If the battery voltage is below 12.6 volts, this is a critical voltage, and the workshop should ring the customer and recommend a battery service at an additional charge.

Step two is to charge the customer’s battery using a professional battery charger like the CTEK PRO25S. In some cases, the battery will need to be replaced meaning more revenue for workshops, and most importantly, customer satisfaction. When the customer returns to the workshop, CTEK advises showing them the printed report from the professional battery tester both before and after the battery charge to prove the voltage has increased. By doing this, workshops can increase their bottom line while delighting customers with a comprehensive service. The CTEK PRO25S starts from AU $600 RRP, and is available to purchase from Repco stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.ctek.com

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DRY CELL BATTERIES AND MOUNTING TRAYS Available from Rocket Industries

Rocket Industries stocks a number of dry cell batteries and mounting trays.

protects against the shock and vibration that can quickly destroy other batteries.

Odyssey Extreme Racing Battery

Further, the pure lead plates “mean more power”, with Rocket Industries stating that twice the overall power and three times the life of conventional batteries is offered.

The demands of racing demand a battery that’s up to the job, but also one that is lightweight and compact, so you don’t give any advantage to the competition. Rocket Industries says the Odyssey Extreme Racing battery is up to the task. Featuring rugged construction and packed tightly with pure lead plates, the non-spillable AGM design of the Odyssey Extreme Racing battery reportedly

The Odyssey Extreme Racing battery is ideal for a complete range of applications, including automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs and boats and racing.

Optima Batteries Rocket Industries says performance-minded people everywhere trust Optima batteries because they know that Optima keeps performing at peak power long after other batteries have failed. It says that these batteries are the battery of choice for those that are serious about performance, of fleet users, in farm and construction equipment, and in the US military. Optima batteries deliver power in extreme situations and are also known for dependability as a power source of choice for race professionals, off-road enthusiasts, car stereo installers, and vintage/classic car collectors. Rocket Industries says average drivers who

depend on their vehicle and need to get the most value, performance, and “peace of mind” out of their family car also recognise the many benefits of utilising the Optima and are increasingly switching over from conventional batteries.

Aeroflow Billet Battery Hold Down Trays Aeroflow Performance billet battery hold down trays are now available to suit popular batteries including Odyssey, Powermaster and Optima red and yellow top. Machined from 6061 billet aluminium for strength, Rocket Industries says the battery mount holds the battery firmly in place and provide a rigid base to mount to the vehicle; with a recessed bottom to lock the battery into place. It is available in both chrome or black anodised. For more information, contact Rocket Industries on 02 88251900 or visit www.rocketind.com

HEAVY DUTY BATTERY CHARGERS Schumacher’s DSR Heavy Duty range boasts four models After five years in the Australian market, Schumacher Asia Pacific says it is well and truly established as a supplier of high quality and competitively priced battery chargers and jump starter products for the Automotive Aftermarket industry. As it continues to grow, it says it is collaboratively working with its customers to understand their needs so it can jointly develop new products to meet market demands. As a global company with its own engineering and manufacturing facilities spread across the globe, Schumacher Asia Pacific says it is able to review Schumacher’s’ existing product range sold in other global markets to help meet Australian customer requirements. In 2018, Schumacher Electric purchased Italian Battery Charger Company, Electromem, which for more than 40 years has specialised in the production of battery chargers and jump starters in its facilities in Italy. Schumacher Asia Pacific says it is proud to introduce its new heavy-duty range of bench top and wheeled battery charger starters for the 74

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Automotive, Commercial, Agricultural, Mining and Industrial market segments. It explains these products were designed by its Italian engineers and manufactured in the Electromem facility in Crespano del Grappa, Italy, using the highest quality components and stringent quality control processes. There are four models in the DSR Heavy Duty range: two bench top chargers and two wheeled versions. All units are suitable for charging 12- and 24Volt batteries from four to 700 A/H, with battery chemistry type easily selectable. The charge currents range from a powerful 30 amps to 70 amps in both 12- and 24-Volt modes. Each unit is equipped with a boost start function ranging from 300 to 650 A maximum. There is also a power supply function that can be used by technicians as a reliable source for constant voltage as required.

transformer to achieve the high current required, with a modern and easy to use digital control panel. Also featured are high quality cables and heavy duty cast brass clamps, which with a 45-degree shape are reportedly “a game changer” when attempting to charge batteries which are still mounted in vehicles. When charging in manual mode the current can be easily adjusted using the precise potentiometer adjuster.

The DSR Heavy Duty range boasts robust and durable construction and are said to be assembled with the best quality components available in Europe.

With a two-year warranty for professional use, Schumacher Asia Pacific says the DSR Heavy Duty Battery Charger and Starter is an ideal choice for your heavy duty and intense battery charging requirements.

Schumacher Asia Pacific says they use a powerful

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BAINTECH SLIMLINE REPCO BATTERY SOLUTIONS DCS LITHIUM A range of batteries and battery chargers are BATTERY RANGE available from Repco

The space saving design offers a range of benefits and features

With the increase in popularity of Lithium Batteries, Bainbridge Technologies says its Slimline Lithium batteries with in-built 20A DC-DC Charging are proving to be a game changer for automotive installs.

Weighing in at just 11kg, and 50mm thick, Bainbridge Technologies says the 110Ah Slimline Lithium Battery is the only one of its kind to have in-built DC-DC charging functionality. Not only saving on space and weight, the unique in-built DC-DC design saves installers time and components needed for a dual battery set-up. The Slimline Battery can be placed in different orientations, making it perfect for behind seats, canopies, false floors, and rear wings. The Baintech Slimline 110Ah DCS Battery provides up to 100A of continuous discharge or charge and can be stacked in parallel to increase amp hour storage capacity. You can charge and discharge via the grey Anderson plug and charge from a DC source via the blue Anderson plug. The Grey Anderson acts as an input/output, allowing users to run loads or charge via regulated solar or AC charger. Made using Prismatic Lithium Iron Phosphate cells with an inbuilt Battery Management System (BMS), the battery and cells are fully encased in a heat sink Aluminium enclosure. The Slimline battery BMS is said to be a highly reliable solid-state device that is primarily designed to keep the cells safe and the overall pack from being damaged in the event of excessive voltage or excessive discharge. Engineered and locally manufactured in Brisbane, Baintech Lithium batteries have a fiveyear warranty, local after sales support, and point of supply. For more information, contact graham@baintech.com.au or call 1300 224 683 or visit www.baintech.com.au 76

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A full array of products are available to meet the battery and battery charger needs of Repco customers, including the following.

Batteries Repco Batteries are proudly supplied by Century Batteries Australia and incorporate advanced design features and hard-wearing internal components. Repco’s range of car batteries reportedly deliver longer life and dependable performance in Australia’s harsh climate and operating conditions. Repco also offers what it calls a “Hassle Free Warranty” which means if your battery fails within the listed warranty period, Repco will organise a replacement in-store. Also available is a free testing service, with Repco explaining that if your battery isn’t working properly, or you want to check on the health of your battery, Repco will test it for you. Repco also offers free recycling – simply take your old battery into a Repco store and they will recycle it for you. In 2020, Repco helped to recycle almost

30,000 batteries with the lead, plastic and acid components re-processed and manufactured into an array of other products including guideposts, cabling and even detergents.

Battery Chargers You can get the power you need with a battery charger  from Repco. Repco says it has the range to suit all types of batteries and charging requirements, with quality brands on offer such as  CTEK, Projecta and Repco’s own Repco battery chargers. Using a quality battery charger tailored to your specific requirements is your best bet to get you going and prolong the life of your battery, says Repco, which encourages you to browse and shop online or visit a store to discuss your battery charging requirements. For more information, visit www.repco.com.au

OMEGA PRO FULLY AUTOMATIC BATTERY CHARGER Available from Shinn Fu Australia

The Omega Pro Fully Automatic Automotive Battery Charger is made for professional workshops which need a versatile 12 Volt car battery charger. The Omega Pro Fully Automatic Automotive Battery Charger also provides extra value with built-in alternator check, battery tester and maintenance; to help promote a longer-lasting battery lifespan; alongside several safety features including overcharge and overheat protection, spark-free terminal clamps and short-circuit protection; meeting the AS/NZS 3350.2.29:2001 safety standards. With the INTEC POWER XT3 microprocessor, the charger delivers pulsating charging current throughout the eight charging stages: 1. Analysis – checks the batteries condition. 2. Soft Start – to prevent damaging the plates from sudden change in voltage. 3. Bulk Charge – the charging rate is at full power of the set Amps.

4. Absorption – to slowly top up the battery and fully saturate it. 5. Equalisation – a controlled overcharge to remove sulfate crystals. 6. Dynamic Analysis – performs test to determine the battery’s health. 7. Reflash – helps improve battery condition if the previous stage detects poor health. 8. Auto Maintenance – dispenses a float charge to keep batteries in fully saturated charge and optimum condition. For more information, visit www.shinnfu.com.au


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NEW UNDER-BONNET BATTERY CONDITIONER ANBI launches another innovative product

Following the successful launch of its innovative negative battery isolator switch, the ANBI Switch, the team at Digital Pulse Systems is excited to announce the launch of its new under-bonnet battery conditioner, the ANBI Battery Conditioner. The all-new ANBI Battery Conditioner transmits a high frequency digital pulse within the battery. These digital pulse frequencies break down the sulphates in the battery, extending battery life and increasing battery reliability. “Battery conditioner technology has been around for more than a decade, and in the more recent past, the technology has been integrated into a wide variety of battery chargers,”, General Manager, Digital Pulse Systems, Theo Brown said. “But of course, this only works if the battery in on-charge. Our all new, under-bonnet battery conditioner works to reduce sulphates when-ever the vehicle is in use.” Unlike other under-bonnet battery conditioners, the ANBI Battery Conditioner features a voltage cut-out that stops the unit drawing power when the vehicle is not in use. “The biggest issue with under-bonnet battery conditioners to-date is that when the vehicle is idle, they continue to draw battery power, which will run the battery flat quite quickly,” Theo explained.

“After intensive testing, we added a voltage cut out to the ANBI Battery Conditioner that removes the issue completely.” The main cause of battery failure is sulphates accumulating on the battery plates. Sulphate accumulation occurs when lead sulphates form on the battery plates during the normal recharge/ discharge cycles. Over time this sulphate builds up, lowering the batteries performance until the battery runs flat. With a recommended retail price of only $79.50, the ANBI Battery Conditioner comes in at about half the cost of a new battery. Representing great value when you consider that testing has shown it can extend battery life by up to three times. “Installing the ANBI Battery Conditioner will revive the battery that is low, and bring it up to an efficiency with extended battery life,” Theo explained. The ANBI Battery Conditioner can also resuscitate a low battery, when recharging, with the ANBI Battery Conditioner, installed on the battery, at time of charging. “Testing has proved that installing the ANBI Battery Conditioner onto the terminal of a flat battery prior to charging, can restore battery efficiency to approximately 80 percent,” Theo said.

The all-new ANBI Battery Conditioner has been tested to ensure it meets all international automotive specifications, proving that it will deliver outstanding performance, even in the most extreme conditions. The ANBI Battery Conditioner is suitable for a broad range of applications including automotive, marine, agricultural and industrial equipment. “The ANBI Battery Conditioner provides automotive workshops, tyre dealers and automotive electricians with an additional source of revenue that will improve profitability and increase customer satisfaction,” Theo said. “Keeping the ANBI Battery Conditioner in stock and recommending it to customers is a fantastic way to increase sales.” To find out more about how stocking and recommending the ANBI Battery Conditioner can increase the profitability of your business, visit www.anbiswitch.com.au or call 1800 290 812 for trade enquiries.

YHI POWER BATTERY PRODUCTS

Since 1994, YHI Power has been importing and distributing of high-quality batteries YHI Power battery products are suitable for Automotive, Truck, Tractor, Marine, Golf Buggies, Caravans, Motorcycle, UPSs, and Solar applications, and it also supplies Lithium batteries for Recreational Vehicles, four-wheel drives, and camping. YHI Power says it also has a full range of industrial batteries available for electrical equipment, such as sweepers, scissor lifts, scissor platforms and electronic street warning signals in flooded type and lithium. The team behind YHI Power says it is extremely proud of its nationwide coverage, having serviced thousands of customers and providing Australia wide warranty across Australia throughout the years. Its network includes more than 15 warehousing locations and over 40 vehicles from across Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory.

system operations in the whole lifecycle. Its smart management structure can accurately monitor the status of each component in the system to ensure stable system performance and safety of users. Key features: • Intelligent equalisation management • Over charging/discharging, over temperature and short circuit protection • Support six in series x six in parallel, for a total 36 batteries in a matrix • Suitable for RV, Energy Storage and UPS backup purposes

Neuton Power Premium – Heavy-Duty Truck Batteries

New Energy - 12.8V Lithium Batteries

YHI Power says the Neuton Power Premium Brand Truck Battery has a good range of Enhanced Flood Batteries (EFB) and Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) Batteries, featuring AGM and EFB battery technology developed to reduce C02 emissions and increase fuel efficiency by five to ten percent.

YHI Power says the Vision SP 12.8V battery provides a high IP rating to ensure safe and reliable

It says the Performance of AGM and EFB battery technology will deliver the significantly higher

cycle life that Stop-Start systems require and that they are exceptional durable in extreme conditions. AGM and EFB batteries are suitable for vehicle systems with large accessory electrical drains. Key features: • Exceptional durability in extreme conditions • For long haul applications • Accessible cell The above products are now available across YHI Power’s nationwide distributor centres. Distribution and reseller opportunities are also available. For further information, visit www.yhipower.com.au for your local distributor or call 1300 722 028. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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UNIQUE TPMS From Burg Design

Whether you are on or off-road, a TPMS is a very important safety feature which is classed as a ‘must have’ accessory for many drivers. Burg Design says the new PARKSAFE Tymate TPMS system comes with all the features you will ever need for your off-road excursion into all types of conditions. It says Tymate gives you clear visible  and audible alerts for puncture, low pressures, high pressures, fast leakage and overheating temperatures. Burg Design says a very special feature of the Tymate system is the unique flow-through external sensors with their own valve caps, which  allow  the user to very easily  reduce or increase the pressures without having to remove the sensors.

SPEEDPLATE EBA PRO This Finger Plate Wheel Balancing Mounting Solution is available from Repco

Repco says it is important to note that “70 percent of wheel balancing accuracy depends on the clamping tools.” It says that without the correct clamping tools, large remount errors are almost a certainty. Remount errors occur when a wheel is balanced to 0-0, removed from the balancing machine, remounted, and balanced again. If the balancer at this point shows a new unbalance, meaning it’s asking for more wheel weights to be added, Repco says the problem is either a worn or incorrect choice of clamping tool. Repco says it is an industry accepted fact that at least 70 percent of wheel balancing accuracy depends on the clamping tools rather than the wheel balancer itself. It says to achieve optimum balancing results and a smooth riding vehicle, it is necessary to centre and torque the wheel onto the balancing machine in the same manner the wheel is mounted onto the vehicle.

Repco says that when using the SpeedPlate EBA Pro you need just to rotate one gear, and the other gears will follow along, stating it is fast, easy, and comfortable. Locking the chosen bolt pattern (PCD) in place is fully automatic through an innovative wave spring design; while wheel balancing accuracy is optimised through the use of interchangeable Torque Tips, which mirror the shape of lug nuts and therefore fit steel and alloy wheels correctly. Only the Torque Tips touch the wheel during the balancing process. Repco explains that the SpeedPlate EBA Pro is made in the USA to provide the best possible balancing accuracy, fantastic speed of operation, incredible durability, and all without the need for maintenance. For more information, visit www.repco.com.au

LICENSED GOODYEAR MERCHANDISE

Stand out from the crowd and promote your product and services with these eye-catching pieces Key features and benefits: • Real time display of temperatures and pressures on all tyres • External flow-through valve cap sensors for easy installation • Light weight, compact, anti-theft waterproof sensors   • Accurate pressure display readings 0 to 188 PSI on up to 17 wheels, including spare tyre • Auto alerts + or – 25 percent of your personal settings  • User friendly, easy to set up and easy to maintain • Kit includes everything you need to set up such as rechargeable display, universal mounting bracket, four sensors, signal repeater for trailers, USB charging cable, security locking tool set, spare parts • Two-year Australian warranty and technical support PARKSAFE  Tymate also offers compact non flow-through sensors if your valve stems are protruding too close to the edge of wheel rims. For further information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or sales@burgdesign.com.au 80

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Melbourne-based IQ Merchandising imports fullylicensed merchandise products from German company, Nostalgic-Art. The merchandise includes a range of retrodesigned items it says will look great in your display area and can be used as either promotional giveaways to customers, to dress up your waiting room or simply to sell. One of the licenses IQ Merchandising has is with the iconic American brand, Goodyear. The products available in this range include a wall clock, metal storage tins, ceramic and enamel mugs, tins signs in numerous sizes and designs, coasters, magnets and magnet sets, a money box and a thermometer. IQ Merchandising explains that all of these products are either made in Germany or to

stringent German control standards and feature beautiful retro designs and finishes. IQ Merchandising also has complete solutions for displaying its great range, including free-standing metal spinners and convenient Counter Display Units. Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Harley-Davidson, BMW, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Audi, Vespa, Citroën and Fiat are just some of the other global brands that contract Nostalgic-Art to produce their merchandise. IQ Merchandising invites you to enquire about any of the merchandise available for any of the above brands as well as ranges for Route 66 and the general motoring community. IQ Merchandising can also manufacture items with your branding to the same high-quality specifications and suggest you would be surprised at just how cheap they can work out for you. For more information and to see the full range, visit www.iqmerchandising.com.au or call Jim on 1300 881 664.


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HOLTS TYREWELD EMERGENCY PUNCTURE REPAIR For over 100 years, Holts’ mission has been to keep people driving Holts says its range of products has been designed and developed to solve everyday problems encountered by drivers, to get them back on the road. A flat tyre is an unexpected inconvenience and common nuisance to drivers and can happen anywhere at any time. Changing a flat on the side of the road is not only a nuisance, but can also be a dangerous task; and with new-car manufacturers opting for more boot space instead of a spare, for some drivers, a tyre change is not an option at all. Holts says it has the answer with its Holts Tyreweld Emergency Puncture Repair product. A “no tools necessary” option, Holts explains that its Tyreweld product has a unique twist button, automatic transfer system unlike other aftermarket tyre repair products. By simply attaching the end of the tube to the tyre valve and twisting the red button, the driver can move away from the roadside, whilst the Holts Tyreweld goes to work, dispersing into the tyre

in seconds and working instantly by coating the inside of the tyre to seal the puncture. Holts explains that the gas inside the can inflates the tyre, making it possible to drive on immediately. The temporary repair system is sufficient in getting the vehicle to the tyre shop for a full repair; withstanding a maximum speed of 80kph. Holts Tyreweld is a water-based rubber solution that can repair punctures up to 5mm in diameter, which accounts for approximately 95 percent of punctures. As it is a water-based rubber solution, Holts Tyreweld is not toxic; is easily washed or wiped away and is non-damaging to rims and tyres; and can easily be disposed of by tyre repair shops, as it is not hazardous or flammable. Taking up much less space than a spare tyre, Holts Tyreweld can be safely stored inside the vehicle in both hot and cold weather, as the Tyreweld cans are made from one piece of aluminium, and can withstand temperatures of up to 97°C. When

cold weather is at play, Tyreweld will work in temperatures as low as -10°C. Holts says that Tyreweld is compatible with all Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems and will not cause damage. The Tyreweld Emergency Puncture Repair covers tyre sizes for small cars, 2WD and 4WD vehicles, with three different sized cans. For further information, contact Filpro Automotive Australia on 0400 878 837 or arossiter@filpro.com.au

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ZF JOINS FORCES WITH GOODYEAR To offer enhanced tyre and fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles ZF has entered a long-term agreement with Goodyear, bringing together ZF’s advanced Transics-branded, Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) and Goodyear’s high performing tyre portfolio and mobility solutions.   Initially, ZF and Goodyear will offer European commercial vehicle fleets an integrated suite of fleet and tyre management applications supporting mixed and multi-brand fleets. Through an interoperable and flexible solution, based on a single telematics box, TXTRAILERPULSE, fleets can access the services and support of both companies, including Goodyear tyre data and full access to ZF’s Transics FMS solutions, TX-TRAILERFIT and TXCONNECT.  “ZF’s collaboration with Goodyear harnesses the expertise and extensive capabilities of two industry-leaders behind a shared conviction to offer European fleets and trailer builders the benefits of a one-stop Fleet Management Solution,” said Peter Bal, Business Leader – Digital Customer Services, EMEA with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Control System division.  “Our ability to supply an integrated solution, with reduced hardware investment, means Europe’s commercial fleets can benefit from simplified operations as they seek to gain further efficiency, enhance safety and improve cargo security. The system will also help fleets meet upcoming EU GSR5 regulations which require HCVs to be equipped with TPMS progressively from July 2022.” “Together with ZF, we will deliver a major step-

change to further drive results for transportation, logistics, fleet operators and manufacturers,” Goodyear Vice President, Commercial Europe, Grégory Boucharlat, said. “Providing strong differentiation with interoperable proactive tyre and vehicle management solutions and intelligent services, we continue to deliver the very latest, future-proof and customised support for our customers right across Europe.”  To provide fleets with an integrated Fleet and Tyre Management Solution, ZF and Goodyear will leverage real-time data generated from all makes of Trailer Braking Systems (T-EBS) and tyre sensors.  This will equip fleet operators and drivers with a wide range of actionable insights and smart functions. These are designed to optimise vehicle park usage while also helping to avoid road accidents and mitigate unscheduled vehicle downtime.

help significantly reduce the 200,000 roadside incidents reported each year in the EU. Supporting greener mobility, the rich, realtime data obtained from the trailer’s onboard systems and tyres, will enable fleets to optimise vehicle usage, reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. The partners estimate that the collaboration could realise an emissions reduction of up to two tons of CO2 per connected trailer.  In addition to customers being free to select either company as their supplier, the modular and extendable total mobility offer means they only need to buy the functionalities required and can upgrade, if additional services are required later.

Addressing market demand for more open and seamlessly integrated FMS, the collaboration will provide fleets with the combined benefits of both ZF’s fleet management services and Goodyear’s high performing commercial vehicle tyre portfolio. Simplifying the implementation of operational management systems for fleets, it will provide a With a clear focus on vehicle safety, the rich, integrated data set without the complexity interoperable solution will enable fleets and trailer of operating multi-vendor systems as well as builders to comply with the EU General Safety significantly reducing installation times. Regulation mandated advanced safety functions Supporting this comprehensive range of services, which come into effect from July 2022.  Providing advanced tyre and trailer operating ZF and Goodyear will offer strong pan-European health insights, as well as enhanced driver support for fleets. safety monitoring, the collaboration will also

For more from ZF, visit www.zf.com

PROMATA’S NEW TYRE PRESSURE MONITOR The “best-selling” Mata2E was launched earlier this year At the start of 2021, Promata Automotive launched Mata2E, the company’s latest tyre pressure monitor innovation and successor to Promata’s classic 10-sensor 4WD TPMS (Mata1E). Promata says the Mata2E is a solid product that is capable of monitoring car and caravan tyres and two spare tyres, with automatic hook-drop function. It is able to monitor pressures from 0~99 PSI with a large solar-powered LCD display and IP67 external sensors. Compared to its predecessor, the Mata2E has an improved display with a small sunshade that gives the LCD screen more heat-protection, a gorgeous stream-lined teardrop-style design, and luxurious carbon fiber that prevents sun glare and also matches the interior of the dashboard. 82

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Promata says that its Mata2E system has seen more demand than Mata1E and has sold out twice in the five months that it has been available. Mata2E kit comes with four external sensors for DIY installation. These lightweight external sensors only weigh nine grams and do not require tyre balancing when installed. Promata says the entire process is as simple as installing the external sensors on the tyre valves and sitting the display on the dashboard. For those who do not like clutter on the dash, also available is the 4WD TPMS MataC. Additional sensors can be purchased later to upgrade the system to 10 sensors (including up to two spare tyres.) Moreover, users can completely customise the high/low pressure settings per axle (from seven psi

to 99 psi), which makes it great for recreational vehicles. For very rough journeys, the Mata2E is also compatible with internal sensors. For this reason, mix-and-match configurations are also popular, such as four internal for car and four internal for the caravan. For a full list of Mata2E features including solar battery life for one charge and replaceable sensor battery, visit www.promata.com.au/product/mata2e


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MICKEY THOMPSON TYRES Available from Rocket Industries

Rocket Industries says Mickey Thompson Tyres are synonymous with breaking records and are one of the most trusted motorsport tyre brands in the world. M/T manufacture a large range of tyres for street and racing applications to suit all styles of vehicles, with the range including (but not limited to) the following.

ET Street S/S A street tyre that can be driven on the track, the ET Street S/S from Mickey Thompson is a high performance street to strip tyre with radial construction, R2 compound and more; offering 15- to 20-inch fitments. It has an equivalent tread void as the ET Street Radial II, redistributed for improved hydroplane resistance while providing plenty of tread contact for excellent dry traction. Rocket Industries says the proven R2 compound is the same proven compound used on the quickest “drag radials” on the planet and provides superior traction at the strip with little or no burnout required; while the tyre’s tubeless construction provides leak-free seal without the expense and hassle of tubes.

ET Street R A drag tyre that can be driven on the street, the ET Street R from Mickey Thompson is a D.O.T street legal (in America) drag tyre with proven race compounds and incredible traction. Rocket Industries explains that the minimal tread void of this tyre provides excellent tread-contact. It is available in most popular sizes and its tubeless construction provides leak-free seal without the expense and hassle of tubes.

Sportsman S/T Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T tyres are designed for original muscle car owners demanding performance, quality and style. Available with optional raised white letters or a black sidewall with a low-profile look, the tyre provides the wide all season performance handling muscle car drivers demand. It is available in popular sizes for muscle cars and features a flat tread profile for both handling and long tread life as well as radial construction for a smooth ride and long mileage.

Sportsman S/R Rocket Industries says the Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R is the “undisputed classic hot rod tyre.” The Sportsman S/R radial is built in Mickey Thompson’s unique “flamed” tread pattern which provides improved wet traction, and the extra wide rears with matching skinny fronts reportedly make for the best combination available. The matching front and rear tread pattern allows for staggered fitments. Rocket Industries explains that the radial construction of these tyres provides higher mileage and a smooth ride. Custom sizes are available for street rods and muscle cars, as are tyres for 15-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch wheel diameters. For more information, please contact Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or visit www.rocketind.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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BRIDGESTONE CONTINUES RECORD STREAK The company has again been named as Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted tyre brand Bridgestone has retained its title of both Australia’s and New Zealand’s Most Trusted Tyre Brand in the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands survey. The Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands survey is conducted annually by Catalyst Research, asking more than 3,000 Australians and 1,600 New Zealanders to rank brands across more than 70 product and service categories. This year marks the eighth straight year Bridgestone has won the coveted award in Australia, making it the only brand to have won the tyres category since it was introduced in 2014. For Bridgestone New Zealand, 2021 marked the fifth consecutive victory, with Firestone recording its fifth straight year as the highly commended brand. Since the tyre category was introduced in New Zealand in 2015, Bridgestone and Firestone are the only brands to have won the accolade, with Firestone winning the first two years and Bridgestone every year since 2017. According to Bridgestone Australia and New

Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche, maintaining trust is key to Bridgestone’s future business direction. “We’re proud to be named both Australia’s and New Zealand’s Most Trusted Tyre Brand again in 2021, especially in a year where trust has proven to be more important than ever,” Stephen said. “To win this award eight times in Australia and five times in New Zealand highlights that Bridgestone understands the needs of motorists. “By providing safe, reliable and quality tyres they can depend on, it forms the platform for how we will continue to be the trusted source of tyres and automotive solutions into the future.” Last year, Bridgestone announced its global midlong term business strategy, building on its core of being a trusted tyre supplier and becoming a leader in mobility solutions, living up to the new global tagline of ‘Solutions for your Journey.’ For Australia and New Zealand, this means an increased focus on Bridgestone’s network of stores and an ongoing commitment to understanding

customers’ needs and providing solutions to meet the evolving needs of the industry. “We remain committed to identifying the needs of customers, and delivering solutions that meet these needs and advance mobility,” Stephen said. “Australians and New Zealanders have an undeniable affinity with our brand, and we’re committed to strengthening their trust in us into the future by continuing to provide tyres, services and solutions they can put their trust in, meeting customers’ needs and advancing our industry.” For more information, visit www.bridgestone.com.au

RPM ACQUIRES EAST COAST TYRE WHOLESALERS This is RPM’s third acquisition since securing capital in January 2021 The RPM Automotive Group has established itself as a leader in the Australian Automotive Aftermarket.

able to supply Passenger Tyres from 12 inch to 22 inch in size, with a full range of PCR, UHP, 4WD, TBR and Run-flat Tyres.

The group includes a range of businesses that address everything from mechanical repairs to motorsport apparel and safety equipment. Now RPM is announcing a new addition with the acquisition of East Coast Tyre Wholesalers (ECTW).

RPM is also looking at potential revenue synergies from cross-pollinating customer-bases and crossselling both RPM’s and ECTW’s current product ranges. On the other hand, ECTW will benefit from the larger infrastructure and greater coverage that RPM offers.

This Sydney-based tyre and wheel importer already has a nationwide distribution network in place. The Australia-owned company has been trading for over 13 years.

“I am delighted to welcome East Coast Tyre Wholesalers to the RPM fold. Our businesses are operationally aligned, often in parallel markets and tyre segments. We see attractive potential to add value and revenue to both businesses through cross-selling of products and tyre brands to different customer bases, as well as cost synergies as a result of the scale achieved,” RPM Chief Executive Officer, Clive Finkelstein, said.

RPM plans to integrate the business into its existing RPM Wheels and Tyres division. The asset purchase agreement totals $2.6 million with 67.5 percent in cash and 32.5 percent in equity. The acquisition will be effective September 1, 2021, and ECTW will retain its management team. RPM is excited about the benefits of adding ECTW to its roster. This includes expanding RPM’s presence in New South Wales. The RPM Wheels and Tyres Division will now have operations that essentially cover the East Coast of Australia. ECTW is also the exclusive distributor of several Passenger Tyre Brands, including Pace, Compasal and Zeta Truck Tyres. RPM states that ECTW is 84

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“This acquisition is funded from our recent capital raise and will be immediately earnings accretive. It is another example of our sustainable growth strategy designed to grow RPM into Australia’s leading business operating a diversity of brands across the transport and automotive aftermarket sectors.” ECTW is the company’s third acquisition following a successful round of capital raising in January

2021. RPM states that the acquisition of ECTW is strongly aligned with its goal of expanding the Group’s Wheels and Tyres wholesale and distribution platform. It’s also part of the company’s overall growth strategy with additional potential acquisitions on the horizon. RPM has stated that it remains on track to generate record results in FY21, with FY22 Group Revenue forecast to exceed $75 million. For more information visit www.rpmgroup.net.au


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BURSON AUTO PARTS MAKES A BIG SPLASH At the 2021 Goodyear Auto Care Conference

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

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.

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 across May 20 to 24.

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. “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,” Burson Auto Parts General Manager – Sales, Richard Rindfleish, said.   “We were delighted to be a Platinum sponsor and to have partnered with this growing and proactive automotive service and repair group.” For more from Burson Auto Parts, visit www.burson.com.au

HOW TO CHOOSE WHEEL CARE PRODUCT It is important to select the appropriate cleaner or polish for the finish on a car’s wheels Command Auto Group says cleaning or polishing wheels is easy and can be done with a spray product, a polish and applicator, or using a quality foam power tool like Mothers PowerBall2, PowerBall Mini or PoweCone 360.

Clearcoated painted and PVD The most common wheel finish on modern factory wheels is a clear or coloured plasticised urethane, clear coat or paint with the same grade of coating that can mar or become dull from abuse, improper washing or neglect. When seen in bright sunlight, a rainbow hue or light scratches may be visible, indicating they may need to be polished. For this finish, Command Auto Group recommends that the Mothers Foaming Wheel and Tyre Cleaner spray and Mothers Plastic Polish or PowerPlastic are used. For added protection, it recommends these are followed with Mothers ceramic or wax products such as CMX Ceramic Spray Coating; California Gold, Speed, Ultimate Hybrid Spray Wax; or Pure Carnauba Wax Paste.

Chrome Clad A plastic cover with a chrome-look finish that is bonded to an aluminium or steel wheel. Generally a light tap with your finger will indicate a plasticlike dull sound, or you might see a tell-tale gap between where the cladding meets the edge of the rim. Chrome clad should be protected with a ceramic coating or wax product and it should only be polished only when necessary. Command Auto Group recommends that you use CMX Ceramic Spray Coating; California Gold Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax; and California Gold or Speed Spray Wax products for protecting Chrome Clad wheels.

Chrome Plated Chrome is easily identifiable by the mirror-like finish and is often a factory or dealer option on aluminium or steel wheels. It is also popular in the aftermarket. Command Auto Group says modern chrome plating isn’t quite as durable as those years ago, and so says regular application with quality modern formulations prevent possible damage to the surface. For this purpose, it recommends the following products: Mothers Pro Strength Chrome Wheel Cleaner; California Gold Chrome Polish; and California Gold All-Chrome.

Bare (polished) Aluminium and Billet While this finish requires the most maintenance of any rim finish, Command Auto Group says the payoff is a brilliant shine. Aluminium is a relatively soft alloy that oxidises from exposure to the environment, dulling the finish over time. To ensure the finish isn’t coated, Command Auto Group recommends you simply rub a small amount of an aluminium or billet polish on the surface – it should immediately turn black (if it doesn’t, chances are the wheel is coated, so stop and use appropriate polish for clearcoated or painted wheels). When polishing aluminium, work in small sections to maintain a black buttery residue. It is important to keep the polish from drying, but if it does, simply add a little more polish and remove while wet to reveal a brilliant shine. Command Auto Group recommends the following products for this finish: Mothers Polished Aluminium Wheel Cleaner spray; Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish; and Mothers California Gold Metal Polish. For more information, visit www.motherspolish.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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GEAR UP WITH WHEEL PRODUCTS From Gear-X

Gear-X has an extensive range of wheel and wheel related products – so many that distributor HPP Lunds now has several catalogues to cover the collection.

The newest is the Gear-X Wheel and Tyre catalogue, which includes its tyre plug repair kits; with the larger coming in a handy carry case with several tools and plugs while the smaller has two hand tools and three plugs. Also featured in this catalogue are tyre valve cores, valve tools, valve stems, valve caps, brass tyre deflators and a tyre gauge. Another catalogue is devoted solely to wheel nuts, lock nuts and washers with sizes to suit metric and imperial bolts. Featured in this catalogue are open ended nuts, conical, mag and long shank versions of wheel nuts, and lock nuts. The third catalogue has a range of wheel trims to suit wheels from 13” to the largest at 16” with trims in bright silver, matt silver, black, black and silver, black and red or black and white as well as spinner style wheels in silver with red or blue, all in 14-inch or 15-inch sizes. A single band trim in silver is also available in 13-inch, 14-inch, 15inch and 16-inch sizes. Gear-X is a brand which is owned and distributed by HPP Lunds, with trade enquiries welcome. Catalogues are available in both hard copy and digital format. For more information, visit www.hpplunds.com.au or call Ben Leonard on 07 3722 1111. 86

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OMEGA WHEEL ARMS Available from Shinn Fu Australia

The Omega Wheel Arm is designed to clamp to the arm of the lift for easy hanging of removed tyres from the vehicle. The Omega Wheel Arm not only helps reduce trip hazards in the shop but also aids in the prevention of back injuries from the constant bending of technicians while placing the tyre on the ground, as it allows you to hang tyres at core height with minimal twisting and bending over. The cuff is adjustable both horizontally and vertically, allowing the Wheel Arm to be used with most two and four posts lifts, says Shinn Fu Australia. Shinn Fu Australia says the Omega Wheel Arm is a great accessory to efficiently hold tyres on a vehicle lift arm. It explains that the Omega Wheel Arm allows mechanics to put on or take off a tyre, on each side of the lift arm from the vehicle, in an easily accessible manner. The bar can be folded up or sideways when not in use to save space. With the Omega Wheel Arm, you can avoid

bending over to put down or pick up a tyre, with Shinn Fu Australia stating that the product makes tyre rotations and brake jobs a breeze. With a 180-degree positioning ball, it says it is easy to angle the bar to a desired position while two magnetic tool trays are included to keep your bolts for each wheel safe – you can simply place the trays on top. Omega Wheel Arms are sold as a set. For more information, visit www.shinnfu.com.au

CORGHI AUSTRALIA ON THE MOVE… The tyre equipment company will raise its investment in Australia

Corghi tyre equipment has recently announced it will increase its investment in the Australian market. “Corghi has a long and successful history in Australia,” Corghi Australia General Manager, Andrew Cornwell, said. “We’re increasing our range significantly with a greater focus on our heavy duty, hoist and diagnostic ranges and as a result, we’ve just moved to a much larger facility in Smithfield, New South Wales.” As a result, Corghi says both new and existing customers will benefit from access to a broader product range combined with additional training and aftersales service resources. “Corghi has been at the forefront of tyre changing technology for more than 50 years,” Andrew remarked. “Our design and build quality sets us apart from the majority of our competitors, but it’s our aftersales service that our customers appreciate the most and now that we have made the move into our new, larger Australian headquarters, our goal is to take service to the next level.” Corghi’s range of workshop equipment includes tyre changers, wheel balancers and aligners,

hoists, scissor lifts and diagnostic equipment all built to last and designed to increase productivity. The move signals Corghi’s intention to further increase market penetration, improve distribution and deliver higher levels of customer service. “This resource means that we’ll be able to assist tyre service centres and workshops get the best performance out of their Corghi machine which will help them improve workflow and ultimately productivity,” Andrew said. To find out more about Corghi Australia visit www.corghiaustralia.com.au, call the team on 1800 CORGHI (267 444) or visit its new facility located at Unit 5/8 Cooper Street, Smithfield NSW 2164.


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CAR PASSION DRIVES GINO TO SUCCESS

From selling hot pies at the footy to running a large automotive aftermarket business, IM Group’s Gino Ricciuti has always excelled IM Group’s Gino Ricciuti knew he was destined to work in the automotive industry right from when he fell in love with cars during the Dandenong street meets as a teenager. “From working at the service station through to spending my teenage years hanging out with my mates at the ‘Dandy’ drags on the weekends, my love of cars has been reinforced over the years,” he said. Born in Oakleigh in 1967 to Italian parents, Gino was the second of four children. He grew up in Springvale and went to the Sandown Park Primary school and then onto Clayton Technical school in the early ’80s. He started part-time work at the age of 13 pumping petrol at the local Caltex service station on Springvale Road after his school day. At the same time, he was selling newspapers on the side of the Princes Highway on Saturday mornings and selling hot pies to the football crowds at VFL Park in the afternoon. “These experiences clearly showed me that I wanted to be in a sales role in some capacity,” Gino said. Gino’s first full-time position was as a phone salesperson at HM Gem engines in 1987 when he was 18 years old. Being part of a rapidly expanding company and industry provided him with numerous career opportunities.

“I took the approach of jumping in feet first where I could, even though at the time I was probably under-qualified,” he explains. “I took on a role as a marketing manager in the early ‘90s without formal qualifications, but I then completed a marketing diploma at night school to gear up for the role. The management of HM Gem offered a lot of support and had great faith in me during this time.” It wasn’t long before Gino found himself at a crossroads in his career. “Once I’d completed my time at HM Gem, I was deciding between two roles in the automotive industry,” he says. “One was in a large corporate organisation; the other was with Injectronics (now IM Group). At the time Injectronics was a privately owned company. “I was looking for a role where I could add value and make a tangible difference. So, I chose to work for Rex Vandenberg at Injectronics. “I know I made the right decision, and I have enjoyed working with this company and being a major part of its outstanding growth major part of its outstanding growth for the last 17 years.” However, it hasn’t always been plain sailing. “There was a time as a manager where I should have trusted my initial instincts. I ended up choosing what might have been considered the easier path and the repercussions come back to bite me. I learnt a lot from that incident, mainly about backing myself,” Gino says.

There has been a lot that Gino has learnt about himself over the years. “I value being genuine, honest and open. I feel these are my strengths in dealing with people both in and out of the workplace,” he says. “Having worked in the industry for over 35 years, the longevity of my career is something I’m extremely proud of and I’d consider that a great strength.” So what would today’s Gino tell his younger self? “The main points I would try and emphasise would be that hard work and loyalty are still highly valued in today’s automotive industry. Plus a positive attitude also goes a long way to protecting and strengthening your brand,” he says. In fact, Gino believes a good attitude is “100 percent” the best attribute a prospective employee could have. “Someone with a good attitude and work ethic makes a great team member. Skills can be taught and enhanced on the job,” he says. Gino enjoys watching his AFL team, Carlton, play – even though results have been slim lately. “Unfortunately, they haven’t given me much joy over the recent years. I also love horse racing and getting to the track with mates is always fun,” he says. “I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, whether it be going out to dinner or a backyard BBQ. I’m a people person and enjoy having friends around.” Gino has been with his partner, Elizabeth, for eight years. He has a five-year-old son Oscar, who he says “keeps me on my toes.” “Whilst having a young child at my age can be exhausting, I really wouldn’t change it for the world. There is always something happening and I love watching Oscar grow and learn,” he says.

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From small acorns, big oak trees grow Injectronics began in 1983. Rex Vandenberg and his brother started out by repairing Delco ECM’s along with other electronic parts and selling them as exchange units, with Rex a pioneer in this field. IM Group was established in 2012 to house the integral Injectronics brand. Other brands such as RAE Ignition Distributors and MAP Keys and Remotes were also added along the way while the company also became the exclusive ANZ market distributors of the popular American brand, Dorman. In 2017, the IM Group was acquired by GUD Holdings and Goss Vehicle Mechatronics was moved into the IMG portfolio of brands. IM Group is now an important part of the GUD automotive arm which comprises several leading aftermarket brands. “We consider Injectronics as our very own innovation hub, providing the aftermarket with testing, repair or remanufactured solutions for electronic parts for anything from passenger

vehicles, all the way to heavy-duty earthmoving equipment control modules,” Gino explains. “Our immediate future also includes an exciting move into the Electric / Hybrid Vehicle space.” Gino believes that Goss provides the aftermarket with a true alternative to Genuine OE products. From automotive sensors, injectors, air mass meters, EGR valves, throttle bodies and all ranges in between. Dorman is an American company for which IM Group has exclusive distribution rights in Australia and New Zealand. “Innovation is at the heart of the Dorman brand, and our product offering is extremely wide and varied, manufacturing and selling only products that are known to fail. Anything from dipsticks to oil coolers and pre-pressed hub assemblies,” Gino says. “We have an extremely strong distribution network in Australia and New Zealand, including GPC, BAPCOR, Wesfil and many independent resellers. “We are always working towards our strategy of

‘Solving our customers electronic and mechatronic needs fast.’” Gino explains that the move under the GUD umbrella was the turning point in the business. “Whilst Rex was a fantastic businessman and person to work for, he also acknowledged that he had taken the business as far as he could,” Gino says. “The sale of the business to GUD Holdings has allowed IM Group to spread our wings into some very exciting spaces.” He also says there are plenty of challenges ahead for IM Group, but he believes the business is up to the task. “Our customer service and being first to market with our new and emerging ranges sets us apart from our competitors. We are extremely nimble and can make changes on the go,” Gino says. “Rapidly changing technology and the smarts that are being utilised in electronic and mechatronic components, has historically and always will be our greatest challenge. “The ability to reverse engineer products as well as research how each module communicates with each other, programming and other technologies is constantly challenging us as a business. “In the past you may have had one or two modules communicating with each other to run the car; however, the number of modules in today’s modern vehicles that are all interconnected and communicating is another challenging aspect of what we do. “We see hybrid and electric vehicles as a natural progression to our existing business and skill set. While the on-road numbers of EVs are still quite low, we expect these numbers to rapidly increase over the next few years and we want to position ourselves at the forefront of developing programs for the Australian and New Zealand aftermarket.” IM Group has created a third business segment which it has internally called CHEV (Circular Hybrid and Electric power solutions). The three pillars of focus will be: • Focusing on products from a Circular Economy/ Environmental perspective, developing second, third and even fourth life opportunities for automotive products. • Developing programs solely focused on hybrid and electric vehicles (non-ICE). • Exploring alternative uses for products that can no longer be used in the vehicle, such as power storage for lithium batteries, and ultimately end of life recycling of components. “Our focus is on the long-term commercial ability of any programs we develop, and as such, this is an IM Group and GUD financial investment and step into this future space,” Gino enthuses. “We are extremely excited about this new business segment, as it reinforces the IM Group already strong reputation of being an innovative leader in the industry.” For more from IM Group, visit www.im-group.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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HELLA AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY The company provides the aftermarket with many new and innovative products HELLA Australia is marking a major milestone, celebrating its 60th anniversary as a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality products and services to a wide range of customer groups including parts wholesalers and retailers, vehicle manufacturers and specialists across Australia. HELLA Australia Managing Director, Darren Robinson, said he sees a bright future ahead for the Australian company. “HELLA Australia was established in 1961 as the first HELLA production facility outside Europe,” Darren explained. “The company was set up to develop and produce lighting for Australian vehicle manufacturers who wanted products that were developed specifically for the unique requirements of Australian vehicles and road users, and to reduce freight times and cost. “With a large production facility in Australia and with the development of HELLA’s state of the art factory in New Zealand in 1973, both aftermarket and special Original Equipment customers benefitted from the local presence and the HELLA brand gained an undeniable reputation for quality, innovation and durability that remains to this day.” More recently, HELLA Australia has diversified its offerings to the retail and trade markets, ensuring it remains at the forefront of the rapidly accelerating changes in vehicle technology by expanding its product portfolio to deliver and support the most advanced automotive technology in use today and into the future.

“Today, HELLA Australia comprises four separate sales divisions, all supported from our 5,800 square metre head office and warehouse in Mentone, Victoria,” Darren said. “Specialist sales and technical teams are a large investment for the company, we truly believe that we need dedicated people with specific experience and passion for each of the numerous customer groups we supply, to ensure we deliver world class service, technical advice and support for their individual requirements. “Our independent Aftermarket Division supports our wholesale distributors and, while lighting remains a key focus, our product portfolio supports workshops with a wide product range comprising of HELLA lighting, electrics and electronics, HELLA PAGID Brake Systems, MAHLE AC and Thermal management programs, and SCANGRIP lighting. “All these European brands are leaders and innovators in their respective fields, and all have a no compromise approach to quality. “Workshop Equipment is our newest division, having only been set up two years ago. It is staffed by a great team of technical specialists who are focused on providing access to our HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS range of diagnostics and ADAS calibration equipment, as well as providing training and technical support via our technical helpline. “We have invested heavily in this area, as we see significant growth potential as vehicle technology

Dr. Walter W.J. Uhlenbruch AO, Founding Managing Director of HELLA Australia, officially opened HELLA Australia’s new National Headquarters with current Managing Director, Darren Robinson.

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continues to develop, and we believe that we have a duty to train and support independent workshops so that they can carry out the same work that the vehicle manufacturers’ franchised workshops provide. “HELLA Australia’s Special OE Divisions for On Highway and Off Highway offer lighting, electrical and electronics solutions for local manufacturers across a wide range of applications including truck, trailer, municipal, leisure, emergency services, mining, marine and agriculture sectors.” With this array of products and services aimed at such a wide swathe of the transport industry, HELLA lives by a series of corporate values that ensure consistency across the company’s activities. “Our products are innovative, designed and manufactured to be of the highest quality and performance, and to perform under the most extreme conditions, whether the products are in use at sea, on road or gravel tracks, at mines or construction sites. With such high levels of performance and a long lifespan they provide great long-term value,” Darren said. “As a global company of more than 35,000 employees who advocate a local focus, we rely heavily on our employees in Australia to drive our business. We have a high level of technical know-how within the business and our people are dedicated and passionate, as well as possessing a desire to continuously develop and improve. “Our company values – Caring, Passionate, Progressive, Accountable and Collaborative – were written by our employees and are truly embedded throughout our company.” “Alongside our values we have a set of guiding principles. These are: to focus on individual customer needs; to ensure that we are easy to


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deal with; to have a flexible, can-do attitude; that product quality is never compromised, and that we deliver what we promise. “But whilst we place a high emphasis on our people, we know that ultimately it is our customers that make our company, that spend their money with us, that help to build our brand, and that drive us to improve. We never lose sight of the fact that it’s our customers that ultimately pay our wages. “By focusing on our local values and our guiding principles, we will become a better partner, a better company, and a better employer, which in turn will lead to more sales, more jobs and a more rewarding work-life balance for our employees.” The HELLA Group celebrates its 122nd anniversary this year, and HELLA Australia is firmly committed to remaining a successful partner to the automotive industry as it continues to evolve. “Our global annual sales top nine billion dollars, and we have more than 35,000 employees, many

of whom are involved in intensive, cutting-edge research and development. We have a strong company, and we are dedicated to delivering future-proof solutions to all our customers,” Darren said. “The pace in which our industry is changing is relentless and keeping pace requires huge commitment and financial investment. Globally HELLA invests around 10 percent of its annual sales into research and development; that is approximately $1bn each year. “This consistent level of investment over many years means that HELLA continues to be a key supplier to the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, which in turn allows us to bring these products and technologies to support our aftermarket and Special Original Equipment customers,” Darren says. “As a global Original Equipment supplier, our processes and testing regimes are peerless. As

a result, our customers gain access to the new products and technology they need to drive long term growth; our parts last longer, reducing costly replacements and labour claims, and their performance is consistently high, so that both our reputation and our customers’ reputations remain strong.” With a rich heritage, strong corporate structure and diverse product and services portfolio in Australia, Darren says the future for HELLA Australia remains exceptionally bright. “The growth of European vehicles will continue in Australia, and the longer-term shift to electric vehicles will open many opportunities for us, as HELLA is a key supplier of electronics for this growing market,” he said. “With factories located globally, we have opportunities to tailor our product range to best suit local market needs. And critically, around 45 percent of the products we sell today come from our production facility in New Zealand, so we are very well placed to respond to market demands in a timely manner.” With the introduction of HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS, HELLA Australia has transitioned from being a parts supplier to providing products and services to support independent workshops in the repair and maintenance process, including the re-calibration of ADAS cameras and radar sensors, for example. By seamlessly and speedily transferring the parts, knowledge, and expertise it receives from its Original Equipment division, its joint venture partners and its suppliers, HELLA Australia says it can provide the aftermarket and its many specialist vehicle builders with many new and innovative products. “Our main focus at HELLA Australia is to play our part in ensuring the long-term success of local vehicle manufacturers from the many customer segments we support, and importantly the longterm survival of the independent aftermarket,” Darren said. “We will do this by continuing to provide the highest-quality products, by expanding our product ranges, and by providing high levels of service and technical support. Our employees also set our local aspiration ‘to keep Australia moving, safely’ and with the ongoing support of our customers, we will work together to ensure our roads, our waters and our workplaces are a safer, more enjoyable place to be. “On our 60th anniversary, on behalf of everyone at HELLA, past and present, I would like to thank all of our direct and indirect customers (workshops, fleets, engineers and end-users) for choosing to use our products and for your long-term support of HELLA in Australia. We really value the trust that you place in us, and we look forward to supporting you in the years to come.” For more from HELLA Australia, visit www.hella.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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APPLICATION OF WARRANTIES AND CONSUMER GUARANTEES AND ACL AMENDMENT REMINDER This article considers the question: do the consumer guarantees apply to goods and services where there is also a warranty in place? If the customer meets the definition of consumer under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), then, depending on the circumstances, both the consumer guarantees and the warranty may be applicable.

Warranties and Consumer Guarantees A warranty operates as a contract between the person providing the warranty (the manufacturer or the supplier), and the consumer. It is a promise made by a manufacturer or a supplier to a consumer. On the other hand, the consumer guarantees are a statutory guarantee provided under the ACL. Consumer guarantees apply automatically and cannot be contracted out of.

Know your obligations Under the ACL both suppliers and manufacturers have obligations in respect of the consumer guarantees. If a warranty is given for a product the consumer guarantees will continue to apply and are not limited by the warranty. Further, more than one person may have a consumer guarantee obligation in relation to the same product. This gives consumers several avenues to seek a remedy for the failure of a product, including: • through the warranty (if there is one); • through the supplier’s consumer guarantee obligation; or • through the manufacturer’s consumer guarantee obligation. Consumer guarantees apply for a reasonable period based on the nature of the product, meaning that the consumer guarantee may continue to apply to a product after a warranty period has expired.

Responsibility to assist consumers The consumer guarantee obligations continue to apply to both suppliers and manufactures regardless of a warranty. Responsibility for assisting the consumer lies with the person the consumer approaches for assistance (provided the person has an obligation in relation to the product). By way of example, both the supplier and manufacturer of a vehicle must meet consumer guarantee as to acceptable quality (ACL section 54), if the manufacturer also provides a oneyear warranty on that vehicle, and the vehicle is defective so that the consumer guarantee as to 92

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acceptable quality has not been met and the claim can be made under the warranty, then: • if the consumer approaches the manufacturer of the vehicle for a remedy during the oneyear warranty period, the manufacturer has an obligation to provide a remedy pursuant to the warranty and the consumer guarantees; • if the consumer approaches the manufacturer of the vehicle for a remedy after the oneyear warranty expires, the manufacturer is obligated to provide a remedy pursuant to the consumer guarantees; • if the consumer approaches the supplier of the vehicle for a remedy during the one-year warranty period (rather than the manufacturer), then the supplier is obligated to provide a remedy to the consumer pursuant to the consumer guarantees; • if the consumer approaches the supplier of the vehicle for a remedy after the oneyear warranty period has expired, then the supplier is obligated to provide a remedy to the consumer pursuant to the consumer guarantees. As a general overview, if the supplier carries an obligation in relation to a consumer guarantee, then the supplier has an obligation to assist the consumer if approached and should not redirect the consumer to the manufacturer to obtain a remedy. Instead, the supplier may be able to seek an indemnity from the manufacturer (see below).

Indemnity in favour of the supplier If a consumer guarantee has not been met, and the supplier has provided the consumer with a remedy, the supplier may be able to rely on the indemnity provided by the manufacturer in favour of the supplier under the ACL, in relation to the following: • the consumer guarantee as to acceptable quality (ACL section 54); • the consumer guarantee as to fitness for a disclosed purpose, which is made known by the consumer to the manufacturer either directly or through the supplier (ACL section 55); • the consumer guarantee in relation to the description applied to the product by or on behalf of the manufacturer (or with the express or implied consent of the manufacturer) (ACL section 56). If the supplier seeks to enforce the right of indemnity against the manufacturer the supplier must do so within three years of the earlier of the

first day of the discharge of the liability or the day on which the consumer commenced proceedings against the supplier.

Reminder – ACL Amendment Among other eligibility requirements to meet the definition of ‘consumer’ under the ACL, the monetary threshold for an individual or business to be a consumer for the purpose of the ACL will change from goods or services acquired for $40,000 or less, to $100,000 or less, on and from 1 July 2021. Please refer to Industry Legal Group’s March article, ‘Increased Access to Consumer Guarantee Remedies’, or contact Industry Legal Group for further information regarding the definition of ‘consumer’ under the ACL and its limitations.

Takeaways The key takeaways are: • The consumer guarantees continue to operate even where a warranty exists. • A warranty does not limit the consumer guarantees. • Consumer guarantees apply automatically and cannot be contracted out of. • The supplier has a right of indemnity against the manufacture in certain circumstances. • The monetary threshold to access consumer guarantee remedies increase to $100,000 on and from 1 July 2021. This document is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Industry Legal Group if you require legal advice.

AAAA Member Benefits Industry Legal Group provides advice to members on commercial law matters. If you have any questions relating to the above information, please contact Industry Legal Group on 1300 369 703 or aaaa@industrylegalgroup.com.au


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CHANGES TO CASUAL EMPLOYMENT

The recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) change workplace entitlements and obligations for casual employees Specifically, the FW Act has been amended to include the following among other changes: 1. an obligation on employers to provide casual employees with a Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS); 2. a definition of casual employment (Definition); and 3. an entitlement for eligible casual employees to covert to permanent employment (Casual Conversion).

CEIS Small business employers must provide a copy of the CEIS to all existing casual employees (employed before 27 March 2021) as soon as possible after 27 March 2021. All other employers must provide a copy to existing casual employees as soon as possible after 27 September 2021. Employers are still required to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) before, or as soon as possible after, they commence with the employer. However, employers must also give every new casual employee a copy of the CEIS at the same time. Copies of the CEIS and the FWIS can be accessed on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Definition - Casual Employee A person is a ‘casual employee’ of an employer if: • an offer of employment made by the employer to the person is made on the basis that the employer makes no firm advance commitment to continuing and indefinite work according to an agreed pattern of work for the person; • the person accepts the offer on that basis; and • the person is an employee as a result of that acceptance.

In determining whether, at the time the offer is made, the employer makes no firm advance commitment to continuing indefinite work according to an agreed pattern of work for the person, regard must be had only to the following considerations: • whether the employer can elect to offer work and whether the person can elect to accept or reject work; • whether the person will work only as required according to the needs of the employer; • whether the employment is described as casual employment; • whether the person will be entitled to a casual loading or a specific rate of pay for casual employees under the terms of the offer or a fair work instrument. A regular pattern of hours does not of itself indicate a firm advance commitment to continuing and indefinite work according to an agreed pattern of work. The question of whether a person is a casual employee is to be assessed on the basis of the offer of employment and the acceptance, not on the basis of any subsequent conduct of either party. A person who commences employment as a result of acceptance of an offer of casual employment remains a casual employee until: • the employee’s employment is converted to permanent employment; or • the employee accepts an alternative offer of employment (other than as a casual employee) by the employer and commences work on that basis.

Casual conversion In addition to existing casual conversion clauses in some Awards, the FW Act now includes obligations and entitlements for offering and/or requesting casual conversion in certain circumstances. For instance, employers (other than small business employers) must offer casual employees the ability to convert to permanent employment if: • they have been employed for a period of 12 months; and • during at least the last six months of that period, they have worked a regular pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which, without significant adjustment, the employee could continue to work as a full-time employee or a part-time employee (as the case may be). However, an employer will not be required to make an offer if there are reasonable grounds not to make the offer and the reasonable grounds

are based on facts that are known, or reasonably foreseeable, at the time of deciding not to make the offer. Reasonable grounds for deciding not to make an offer include the following: • the employee’s position will cease to exist in the period of 12 months after the time of deciding not to make the offer; • the hours of work which the employee is required to perform will be significantly reduced in that period; • there will be a significant change in either or both of the following in that period: o the days on which the employee’s hours of work are required to be performed;

o the times at which the employee’s hours of work are required to be performed; • which cannot be accommodated within the days or times the employee is available to work during that period; • making the offer would not comply with a recruitment or selection process required by or under a law of the Commonwealth or a State or a Territory. The FW Act sets out requirements for making, accepting and refusing an offer. This article is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Employer Assist for advice.

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LCA TAKES CARE OF YOUR COMPLIANCE NEEDS Licenced Certifiers Association members are experts in vehicle safety requirements and are available to assist all workshops and mechanics The Licenced Certifiers Association (LCA) explains that it is a group of dedicated VSCCS certifiers committed to a high standard of business governance and vehicle safety inspection practices while remaining transparent and maintaining integrity in its dealings with customers and regulatory bodies. LCA members are registered with Transport for NSW by the Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS). They are licensed individuals who are qualified and experienced in the automotive industry and licenced to inspect non-standard and import vehicles and certify vehicle compliance with NSW vehicle safety standards for modified, individually constructed and imported vehicles. LCA members have carried out many thousands of compliance inspections over the years and have helped many people looking and modifying vehicles throughout NSW jurisdiction in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast, Wollongong, and in all other NSW country regional centres. LCA members have vast experience in all areas of the transport industry covering all categories of vehicles, including passenger vehicles and 4WDs, light vehicles, heavy vehicles, buses, motorcycles, IVCs, hot rods and imports. The Licenced Certifiers Association says using a LCA member of the VSCCS can take the hassle out of modifying your vehicle by ensuring safety compliance and guaranteeing the vehicle is fit for purpose, having compliance to the statutory requirements with rules and regulations of Transport of NSW when registering your vehicle in NSW. A number of AAAA members are also LCA members:

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Region: Sydney Automotive Compliance Pty Ltd Contact: Scott Herning Email: scott.herning@hartrite.com.au Location: 7 Allira Place Hassall Grove NSW 2761 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle and Buses. Australian Ultimate Suspension Contact: Ken O’Keefe Email: ken@ultimatesuspension.com.au Location: Unit 16-17, 124 Ham Street, South Windsor NSW 2756 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD and Light Commercial. BlackSnow Contact: Ronald Mark Gillies Email: mark@blacksnow.com.au Location: Unit 26, 45-51 Huntley Street Alexandria NSW 2015 Modification Categories: Motorcycles, Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle, Buses, ICV and Imports. Curratechnic Pty Ltd Contact: Peter Weatherby Email: curratec@bigpond.com.au Location: 9 Madeira Ave, Kings Langley NSW 2147 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle and Buses. GForce Compliance Contact: Gregory South Email: greg@gforcecompliance.com.au Location: Unit 3, 9 Maxwell Place Narellan NSW 2567 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle, Buses, ICV and Imports. John Oste Engineering Contact: John Oste Email: johnoste@live.com.au Location: 2/40 Lionel Street Ingleburn NSW 2565 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle and Buses. Kreative Enterprises Pty Ltd Contact: Ian Carpenter Email: kreativeent@bigpond.com Location: Unit 16-17, 124 Ham Street South Windsor NSW 2756 Modification Categories: Cars 4WD, Light Commercial Leeder Quality Services Pty Ltd Contact: Terence John Leeder Email: tjleeder@optusnet.com.au Location: 2 Edward St Guildford West NSW 2161 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle, Buses, ICV and Imports.

Region: South West S.J.R Industries Contact: Shane Rinaldo Email: shane@sjrindustries.com.au Location: Willandra Avenue Griffith NSW 2680 Modification Categories: Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle and Buses

Region: Hunter and Northern NSW Rod Bods Downunder Contact: Ian Davis Email: rodbods@hotmail.com Location: Lot 119 Pacific Highway, Nabiac NSW 2312 Modification Categories: Motorcycles, Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle, Buses, ICV and Imports.

Region: Western NSW Kernow Engineering Pty Ltd Contact: Treeve Andrew Email: treeve@kernowengineering.com.au Location: 17 Catto Close, Orange NSW 2800 Modification Categories: Motorcycles, Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle, Buses, ICV and Imports.

Region: Southern NSW Fink Engineering Contact: Troy Brodie Email: bluexp@optusnet.com.au Location: Unanderra NSW 2526 Modification Categories: Motorcycles, Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle, Buses, ICV and Imports. JME Engineering Contact: Mark Woods Email: mark@jmeengineering.com.au Location: 14 Orangegrove Avenue Unanderra NSW 25267. Modification Categories: Motorcycle, Cars, 4WD, Light Commercial, Heavy Vehicle and Buses.


MEMBERS IN MOTORSPORT

FROM THE GRASSROOTS UP

Burson Auto Parts is passionate about supporting all levels of Australian motorsport and is reaping the rewards As a proud Australian company, Burson Auto Parts says it has always been its primary goal to support the development levels of the sport alongside the more high-profile categories. “Our involvements range from the grass roots levels of competition all the way through to TCR Australia,” Burson Auto Parts General Manager, Marketing, Anthony Hughes, said. “This sees us involved in everything from karting and open wheelers to the Excel series, where we support two teams. “We are also proud to be a part of the Motorsport Australia Junior Development Program, and Motorsport Australia has certainly put a great effort into ensuring we are recognised as a proactive supporter in finding our country’s future motor racing champions. “Our highest profile involvement would be that of our TCR Australia sponsorship of father and son pairing, Jason and Ben Bargwanna. “We certainly feel privileged to be partnered with a driver the calibre of Bathurst champion Jason. Jason and the Garry Rogers Motorsport team (which runs the Bargwannas’ TCR entry) are constantly coming up with great ideas for our involvement and they really understand what the sport needs to deliver from the sponsor’s perspective. “This has certainly made this involvement in particular very rewarding because it is not only us pushing to make things happen, but the team is also always bringing great ideas forward to keep us moving in the right direction. “That isn’t all either – we are also very proud to support the FIA Girls on Track program to assist young women to pursue careers in motorsport, whether that be through driving, engineering or becoming a mechanic; and are pleased to be involved in historic racing, motoring museums, jet boats and a vast number of smaller local racing teams and enthusiasts.”

While the breadth and depth of Burson Auto Parts’ support of Australia’s motorsport scene is undeniable, so too are the rewards this comprehensive program delivers to the leading trade specialist supplier of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories and workshop equipment. “It all contributes to keeping Burson Auto Parts at the front of mind of our valued trade customers,” Anthony explained. “We find that motorsport, at all of its levels, appeals strongly to automotive technicians. We also know that many of our customers are involved in the sport themselves at some level. “While we gain broader profile coverage through our major TCR Australia team sponsorship, it is the combination of everything we do in the sport at all levels that helps to keep Burson Auto Parts front of mind for our trade customers. “There is also no doubt that enquiries from new suppliers both locally and abroad seeking to be a part of our extensive automotive aftermarket product portfolio has been encouraged by our motorsport involvement of recent years. “We do as much as we can to leverage our involvement through trade media coverage, internal communications, direct customer communications, advertising and promotions as of course, there is no point investing in motorsport as a branding and promotional platform if you are not also investing in leveraging it strongly. “All of the promotional and marketing activity that we have done around our motor racing involvement has been extremely successful for us and we look forward to continuing this work well into the future.” The benefits are clear for Burson Auto Parts’ customers also. “We are always working hard to ensure our program delivers benefits to our customers, and we find that many of our customers attend racing events and

enjoy the fact that we are involved in the sport,” Anthony said. “We also involve our suppliers in our program, which results in special trade customer promotions where we give away rides and tickets to events. “At the same time, our regional managers are able to offer our customers opportunities and experiences that would not have been possible if we were not involved.” In 2020, the investment strategy for Burson Auto Parts underwent a slight shift as it sought to best deliver on the interests of its trade customer base, with the benefits already flowing in. “Prior to 2020, Burson Auto Parts was involved in Supercars with Paul Dumbrell in the Super2 Series, which worked extremely well for us,” Anthony said. “At that time, we also supported the Touring Car Masters category and gained strong coverage from that as well. “However, from 2020 we re-evaluated our motorsport marketing and decided on keeping all of our grass roots level involvements while changing our higher-level involvements strategy to include a TCR Australia team. “We did this as we like the idea of being a part of a new and exciting motor racing series which we feel better reflects the cars being driven and maintained by our customers. “This change has also enabled us to be a major player in the sport and be separated from our major trade business competitors.” For more from Burson Auto Parts, visit www.burson.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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SAFETY SUMMIT SUPER SUCCESS

A number of important presentations were addressed throughout the AIMSS summit The first ever Australian Institute of Motorsport Safety (AIMSS) Motorsport Safety Summit was held in June with a number of high-profile guests tackling the biggest safety issues and showcasing the latest developments in the sport.

COOLDRIVE AND RACER INDUSTRIES JOIN FORCES CoolDrive Auto Parts is further expanding its motor racing interests

The company recently announced a new partnership with Racer Industries, Australia’s leading motorsport parts supplier. From 1 July 2021, all Racer Industries’ products will be available to CoolDrive’s trade customers online and via its branch network, with the automotive parts distributor to eventually take the business into its fold. “We are excited to welcome the Racer Industries business to CoolDrive,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said.

Hosted by RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship host, Jessica Dane, and opened by FIA President, Jean Todt, the online event presented a mixture of cutting edge discussions, panel debates and live scenarios, promoting  a two-way conversation between presenters and participants. From Formula 1 stars Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean to Triple Eight Race Team Principal Roland Dane and FIA Stewart, Garry Connelly, there was plenty of valuable information shared across the day. A number of important presentations were addressed throughout the summit with motorsport safety developments, rescue and medical topics all covered. AIMSS Chairman Garry Connelly said the Summit was an innovative and interactive event, designed to highlight the impressive technology and work being undertaken. “The AIMSS Motorsport Safety Summit is a wonderful initiative that will help further showcase the skills, technology and ingenuity of those working tirelessly to improve safety in our sport,” Garry said.   “The Summit attracted an international faculty representing the Asia Pacific region, who are all invested in progressing motorsport safety. “We were delighted to welcome some of the biggest names in motorsport to this Summit. They all have a passion for making motorsport the safest it can be, and their unique insights were highly informative.” For more information on the Australian Institute of Motorsport Safety, visit www.aimss.com.au 96

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“Our passion for performance and racing products is demonstrated through our CoolDrive Racing Supercar team, but with Racer joining CoolDrive, we are able to take this to a whole new level and provide a unique offer to our existing customer base and improved service to Racer’s customer base. “CoolDrive has been expanding its performance product offering in recent years, and this move allows us to significantly expand our performance product range while adding the racing specific offering to complement it.” Racer Industries will remain a stand-alone business within CoolDrive, with its Co-Founder and Managing Director Ryan McLeod continuing to oversee its operations. “After starting Racer in 2005 with Paul Morris, this new partnership with CoolDrive offers us the opportunity to leverage off CoolDrive’s resources to really grow the Racer business to new heights,” Ryan said. “Using CoolDrive’s extensive and renowned national trade and distribution network, we will be able to offer all trade customers direct access to our range of racing products. This is an industry first in Australia and is big news for our customers and suppliers. “We see huge potential for Racer in the coming years especially in the Trade industry where

CoolDrive are so well known to provide a service on a national level not many others can replicate.” Racer Industries’ Co-Founder Paul Morris echoed Ryan McLeod’s sentiments. “The Blanchard family are the people to drive Racer Industries into the future, we have parallel family and business values,” Paul said. “I’m proud of what Ryan has achieved with the business so far, his knowledge of the racing industry, combining with the CoolDrive operation is the right move for the business and our customers.” The Racer Industries’ product range covers the entire gamut of motor racing parts and components from leading brands including OMP, Sparco, Recaro, Project Mu, Racelogic, Quickcar, Longacre, Tilton, Premier, and Schroth to name a few. As part of the partnership, CoolDrive will take over distribution of Project Mu high-end braking products to further enhance its comprehensive brakes program, which currently includes other well-known brands including Bremtec, Brembo and Bosch. CoolDrive will also handle distribution of category specific items including wheels, fire systems and fuel cells for the Supercars category, where Racer Industries is the appointed supplier. CoolDrive, a family owned and operated company, has had a vested interest in Australian motorsport for decades with three generations of racers within the family and the business, and motorsport at the very foundation of the CoolDrive organisation. In 2021, CoolDrive Racing launched its own standalone team within the Supercars Championship, with the Blanchard Racing Team taking to the grid with Tim Slade at the helm. For further information, visit ishop.cooldrive.com.au


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CASTROL EDGE INTRODUCES PERFORMANCE MAKERS A new campaign for Castrol EDGE featuring Cameron Waters and Mighty Car Mods has launched Castrol recently announced the launch of its new campaign for Castrol EDGE engine oil, dubbed ‘Performance Makers,’ which features video assets of some of its most prominent brand ambassadors pushing their performance to the very edge. The brand-new campaign sees Tickford Racing driver Cam Waters jumping behind the behind the wheel in an exciting arsenal of cars including his Supercar, his speedway Sprintcar, and his own Ford Mustang. Castrol EDGE is hard at work in all three of his rides, providing Cam with the confidence to push them right to the edge and deliver the results he needs in competition, and the performance he craves on road.

Performing at the highest level of competition, Cam is no stranger to pushing the limits and neither are the team of engineers and mechanics at Tickford Racing that ensure his Supercar is always race ready. The two-time Bathurst 1000 winning squad has worked with Castrol since its debut in 2003 and exclusively uses Castrol EDGE in its Ford Mustang Supercars. Australian automotive legends and YouTubers, Mighty Car Mods, also feature in the campaign. The duo are long-time Castrol faithfuls, using products in their builds and across their many projects for over a decade. Castrol says Castrol EDGE has been an integral part of Mighty Car Mods’ process of pushing the boundaries past ‘is this possible’ to ‘should this exist.’ “Quite simply, Cameron Waters and Mighty Car Mods embody performance and are among the best at what they do,” Castrol ANZ Brand and Product Manager, Jan Willink, said. “Castrol EDGE has always played a vital role in Mighty Car Mods and Tickford Racing taking their performance to the edge with both partnerships extending well over a decade. “Whether a road car, sprintcar, or supercar, Castrol EDGE with Fluid Titanium is formulated to reduce friction and unlock performance in any vehicle. It’s just part of the reason why

manufacturers, mechanics and drivers around the world choose Castrol EDGE.” A full synthetic engine oil, Castrol EDGE has been developed as Castrol’s most advanced engine oil and the product of years of development. With up to 10 percent of power in engines lost due to friction, Castrol EDGE with Fluid TITANIUM has been designed to withstand the pressure and ultimately, reduce friction by up to 20 percent compared to the same oil without Fluid TITANIUM. For more information, visit www.castrol.com.au

SINGLE OR TWIN DISC CLUTCH?

In this article, McLeod Racing – whose products are available from Rocket Industries – takes a look at this question McLeod Racing explains that twin disc clutches dissipate heat better, which is important for a car that sees a lot of track time. On a street cruiser, your clutch shouldn’t be getting as hot as on a race car, so it says the single disc clutches, like the Street Pro  or the  Super Street Pro  clutches, will work just fine for your 300-500 horsepower street machine. It explains a twin disc clutch can work, but you’re probably spending more money than you need to, and you never really get to take full advantage of the performance aspect of a twin disc clutch. The twin disc clutch is designed for higher horsepower applications, and for performance. Likewise, an aluminium flywheel is much lighter than a steel flywheel, and having that lightweight

flywheel can help you make horsepower quicker in a racing environment. “There is no stored energy with an aluminium flywheel, so stoplight to stoplight can be a problem. You have to get the revs up before you release the clutch, or you’re likely to stall the engine.” McLeod Racing Technical Sales Manager, Billy Mieczkowski, said. “A steel flywheel is going to have better inertia, which makes it much easier on you and your clutch for regular street driving. Steel has a lot of mass and that makes it easier to engage the clutch. “An aluminium flywheel provides less driveability for a street car, and should only be used for performance applications.” A steel flywheel is still fine for a weekend warrior, or occasional autocrosser; but if you’re driving the car primarily on the street, Billy recommends the steel flywheel. For cars with upwards of 500+ horsepower, like the Demon, a twin disc clutch would be a better

consideration. Not just for that additional friction material, but because it will give you more clamping force with similar pedal effort, and it also helps to dissipate the heat quicker in a racing environment – especially since the engine is typically revving much higher when the clutch is functioning. When you’re pushing down on the clutch pedal, and you have several hundred horsepower waiting for you to release that clutch, a twin disc clutch can mean a few tenths of a second. But for getting from one stop light to another, McLeod Racing would rather help you get a clutch better suited for your application. There’s nothing wrong with going big, but going smart is always the handsdown winner, it says. McLeod Racing products are available from Rocket Industries. For more information, visit www.rocketindustries.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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X-BAR BY HAYMAN REESE Designed for serious off-roaders

The X-Bar by Hayman Reese is said to be the ultimate off-road towbar. Hayman Reese explain that the bar’s signature red recovery points are a key design feature for serious 4WD enthusiasts. The X-Bar is available for most top-selling crew cab 4WDs with differing designs for tray and tub variants. Depending upon the towbar it is replacing, the cab-chassis X-Bar can improve clearance by up to 100mm vertically and improve departure angles of five degrees compared with OEM and other aftermarket towbars. The integrated bash plate and protected trailer plug mounts also provide additional off-road protection.

Engineered with recovery in mind, the X-Bars recovery points are rated at up to 8,000 kg depending upon the bar style and point location. To improve rigidity, Hayman Reese explains the X-Bar is fitted with much thicker side arms than a standard towbar. The X-Bar ute body series also features a quickrelease cover designed to protect plugs and wiring. When not towing, the closed cover plate provides a clean appearance to the vehicle, hiding the hitch pin, shackle and plug points. Picking up on the lines of the towbar, the closed cover plate adds to the overall integrated appearance of the ute body X-Bar. Under towing conditions, the cover plate lifts and locks to allow easy access to plug sockets and shackle points. Similarly, an open cover plate maximises offroad clearance and minimises impact damage in extreme conditions. For more information, visit www.x-bar.com.au 98

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AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE CAR IS A UTE HPP Lunds has an entire catalogue devoted to the HiLux According to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) statistics the Toyota HiLux is Australia’s favourite car after notching up its fifth win in a row during 2020. It was also Australia’s most popular commercial vehicle for the 23rd year in a row. Last year was also the 20th year in a row that the HiLux was number one in the NT, and it has spent 14 years as number one in Queensland and 13 years at the top of the charts in WA. Toyota reported that more than 45,000 HiLux utes were sold in 2020, and this year in January it took out top spot as the best-selling vehicle overall as well as the top selling 4x4 vehicle. HPP Lunds has an entire catalogue devoted to the HiLux and the range is constantly updated with new parts for the driveline, suspension, body hardware, and now includes direct-replacement air bag clock springs (aka spiral cables), diesel primer pumps and free-wheeling hubs (aka manual locking hubs). All components are covered by a 12-month warranty against manufacturing faults and are carefully selected to offer trouble-free fitment and top quality. HPP Lunds free-wheeling hubs are available to suit Toyota LandCruiser and HiLux models built between 1975 to 2016 as well as the Nissan Patrol GQ. These high-quality free-wheeling hubs are ideal aftermarket replacements for factory-fitted hubs or manual locking hubs that have failed due to wear or damage. These manually operated hubs are a quick and easy way to switch between 4x2 and 4x4 drive modes in part-time 4WD vehicles by turning the control knob to disconnect the front wheels from the axle and differential, giving increased fuel economy and reduced drivetrain wear during normal road use when four-wheel drive is not required. HPP Lunds air bag clock springs are available to suit Toyota Hilux KUN26 (both with and without VSC – Vehicle Stability Control), 100-series LandCruiser and 120-series Prado.

Clock springs are a fragile electronic component located behind the steering wheel air bag which provide a vital connection between the air bag and other electronic components on the steering wheel and the vehicle’s wiring harness and control modules. These spiral cables are a common failure item in these vehicles, causing an air bag warning light to appear on the dashboard and an accompanying fault code to be stored in the vehicle’s diagnostic system. The large range of HPP Lunds diesel primer pumps includes Toyota 2L/3L, H/2H, 1HD, 1HZ, 1KD, 1KZ and 1VD engines, and Nissan ZD30, TD42 and YD25 engines. Diesel primer pumps prevent fuel flowing back to the fuel tank and away from the injection pump while the vehicle’s electrical system is in operation. They are also used to bleed the fuel system to remove air locks, or to remove air from the system when it has been drained or removed for servicing. Approximately 99 percent of HPP Lunds’ parts are directly imported from the manufacturers with stock available in the Brisbane warehouse. Both the HiLux and the LandCruiser catalogues are available in hardcopy but also can be downloaded from the company website at www.hpplunds.com.au Lunds 4WD parts are also listed on AutoInfo (Oscar) with more than 28000 entries. For more information or to obtain a copy HPP Lunds 4WD specialist, Jason Mulcahy, on 1300 306 78.


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NEW FROM ARB

ARB is constantly expanding its product range A range of new products have been added to ARB’s portfolio recently, including the following.

Summit RSTB Hilux 2020 Combining functionality, strength and protection with the ARB Rear Step Tow Bar for the Toyota HiLux, this rear bar is compatible with the vehicle’s sensors and features a 50mm hitch with a 3.5T rating, two ARB Jack or Hi-Lift jack points plus provisions for trailer wiring, compressor outlet and Anderson plug. The Toyota HiLux ARB Rear Step Tow Bar starts from $1,768 (Australian East Coast metro).

Ascent Canopy Window Vent Catch Turn your lift-up Ascent canopy window into a pop-out window and back again with the Ascent Window Vent Catch. It is fully integrated into existing window hardware and can be used to provide additional ventilation for fridges when camping. The ARB Ascent Window Vent Catch is $49 (Australian East Coast metro).

Sportguard Tailgate Protectors Protect your tailgate from damage with the Sportguard Tailgate Protector. Easy to clean and

manufactured from tough, durable polyethylene plastic, the Sportguard Tailgate Protector is easy to install at home. Currently available for limited vehicles, check the website for availability. The Sportguard Tailgate Protector is $145 (Australian East Coast metro).

Isuzu D-MAX and 2020 Mazda BT-50. This 133L tank is a replacement for the 76L OE tank and is the perfect accessory for long-distance tourers. The Frontier Tank for the D-MAX and BT-50 is $1,235 (Australian East Coast metro).

Summit Sahara Bar Hilux 2020

A new integrated 20-inch LED light bar is now available on the Sahara Tube. The body of the light is powder-coated in a stealth black finish and features a light tint to the lens to provide an unobtrusive look. The spot/flood combo provides 445M at 1 Lux and up to 44m spread of light. Currently available for limited vehicles, check the website for availability. This light bar is priced from $615 (Australian East Coast metro) plus wiring harness. For more information, visit www.arb.com.au

Expanding the range of bull bars to suit the new Toyota HiLux, the Summit Sahara Bar is now available to suit the SR/SR5 model. Featuring fog lights, twin jacking points and provisions for driving lights and UHF aerials, the Summit Sahara Bar is a popular choice for 4WDers. This bar is priced from $2,193 (Australian East Coast metro).

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Sahara Tube 20-inch Light Bar

DON’T GO OUT IN THE SUN UNPROTECTED QwikShade can protect your vehicle

Would you go out in the sun unprotected? Then why expose your expensive motor home and contents to harsh UV and summer heat? Down Under Distribution says its new range of quality sun shades, QwikShade, eliminates UV and heat entering the vehicle’s windscreen to keep the inside cool and private when you need it.  QwikShades are manufactured to fit the windscreen and can accommodate rear vision mirror rain sensors if fitted.    Securely mounted to the windscreen, it is easy to open and close the shade in seconds using the genuine leather pull tab and the self-retracting/lubricating mechanisms.  The reflective woven solar fabric reflects the harsh UV Rays and heat, and the custom design gives optimum windscreen coverage giving both ultimate shade and privacy.  If you need to remove the shade at any stage, this can be easily done because of the glass bonded windscreen mounts. Optical vision is not impaired due to the slim design, which incorporates retracted 50/50 spilt shade and polycarbonate self-retractors.  Those behind the QwikShade product say a two-year warranty gives peace of mind that your expensive motorhome will not only look great, but also be protected against the harshest UV in the world.  For more information, call 1800 304811 or email sales@qwikshade.com.au (Dealer enquiries welcome). Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2021

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BAPCOR WORKSHOPS AND SERVICE DIVISION IMPLEMENTS GROWTH STRATEGY BAPCOR Limited has placed significant focus on its consumer facing Australian automotive service division of late The Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist company, BAPCOR Limited, explains this division incorporates 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

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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. BAPCOR says 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,” Rob said. “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 three-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 percent year on year as a result.  “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.  “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. “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.” BAPCOR says an added motivation for independent workshops to become Midas Auto Care franchisees relates to increasing the future value of their business. It states that 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,” Rob said.   BAPCOR says its 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,” BAPCOR Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey, said.  “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.” For more from BAPCOR, visit www.bapcor.com.au


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