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JUNE 2021

MOTORSPORT KEY TO SUCCESS FOR COOLDRIVE

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SERVICE YOUR CUSTOMERS’ VEHICLES

AIC OPENS NEW SA BRANCH


ABOUT THE COVER After a record sales year in 2020, ZF is taking its Oceania business to the next level.

REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Calendar.................................................... 4 New Members........................................... 4 AAAA Report ............................................ 7 News......................................................... 8 Products.................................................. 30

Business Services.................................... 96 Consumer Law......................................... 98 HR Matters.............................................. 99 Performance & Racing........................... 102 Storefront.............................................. 104

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KEEPING YOU INFORMED New 4WD Technician Course launched................................................................................ 8 Mandatory Data Sharing Law passes in the Lower House of Parliament................................. 9 AIC opens new SA branch.................................................................................................. 10 IP Expert applauds Mandatory Data Sharing Legislation..................................................... 11 Burson Automotive secures platinum AAA Awards sponsorship.......................................... 12 History evolves.................................................................................................................. 14 The last manufactured Holden........................................................................................... 16 GPC Asia Pacific acquires Rare Spares............................................................................... 17 Century Yuasa launches The Auto Electricians Club............................................................ 18

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FEATURES Cover Story: The next gen aftermarket is here with ZF........................................................ 22 Technofile: Opus IVS takes on VW underboost issue........................................................... 24 Product R&D: MANN+HUMMEL - a leading commitment to R&D....................................... 26 Member Feature: Airbag Man - leaders in Air Suspension................................................... 62 Servicing: Everything you need to know about vehicle servicing ......................................... 64 Replacement Parts: Parts for your customers’ vehicles ...................................................... 78 Trade Talk: Adam Pay - passion drives Pay to lead successful business.............................. 94 Members in Motorsport: Motorsport key to success for Cooldrive....................................... 98

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Publisher Cameron McLachlan for The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association ABN 23 002 271 454

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AAAA NEWS

CALENDAR 2021-2022 Automechanika Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main 14 – 18 September 2021 www.automechanika.messefrankfurt.com

AAPEX

Sands Expo & Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV 2 – 4 November 2021 www.aapexshow.com

SEMA

Las Vegas Convention Center, NV 2 – 5 November 2021 www.semashow.com

Automechanika Shanghai

National Exhibition & Convention Center, Puxi, Shanghai 24 – 27 November 2021 www.automechanika-shanghai.hk.messefrankfurt.com

Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 9 – 11 December 2021 www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow

Automechanika Dubai

Dubai World Trade Centre 14 – 16 December 2021 www.automechanika-dubai.ae.messefrankfurt.com

Automechanika Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia 15 – 17 March 2022 www.automechanika-kualalumpur.hk.messefrankfurt.com

Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo 2022

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 7 – 9 April 2022 www.aftermarketexpo.com.au

NEW MEMBERS All-U-Need Automotive 20 Torquay Road PIALBA QLD 4655 Ph: 07 4124 5380 E: steve@alluneedautomotive.com.au Alpine Performance Centre 579 Whorouly Road WHOROULY VIC 3735 Ph: 03 5727 1244 E: alpineperformance@iprimus.com.au Al’s Auto Parts 158 Sanger Street COROWA NSW 2646 Ph: 02 6033 4073 E: admin@alsautoparts.com.au AMV Automotive 91 Kelvin Road MADDINGTON WA 6109 Ph: 08 9493 0782 E: sales@amvautomotive.com.au ASG Motorsports Shed 14/71 Shipper Drive COOMERA QLD 4209 Ph: 07 5665 8674 E: aaron@intuneperformance.com.au Australia Towbars And Performance 30 Maud Street MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558 Ph: 07 5479 5555 E: reception@eurocarupgrades.com.au Auto Bars PO Box 917 SUNNYBANK QLD 4109 Ph: 0403 771 904 E: greg@autobars.com.au Auto Brake Parts Factory 10/5 Apoinga Street DANDENONG SOUTH VIC 3175 Ph: 03 9706 5596 E: sales@autobrakeparts.com.au Auto Fast Auto Parts 2/85 Mason Street CAMPBELLFIELD VIC 3061 Ph: 03 9357 9020 E: autofast@live.com Auto Parts Central Lithgow 219-221 Main Street LITHGOW NSW 2790 Ph: 02 6352 1200 E: lithgow@autopartscentral.com.au Auto Parts Tahmoor 108 York Street TAHMOOR NSW 2573 Ph: 02 4681 0344 E: autopartstahmoor2573@gmail.com AUTOADD 47 Sugarwood Drive THORNLIE WA 6108 Ph: 0419 044 781 E: sales@autoadd.com.au Automace Unit 7 Revelation Close TIGHES HILL NSW 2297 Ph: 02 4927 6666 E: sales@automace.com.au Avon Valley Mechanical 51 Old York Road NORTHAM WA 6401 Ph: 0497 847 827 E: sam.italiano@live.com.au AVR Dyno 22 Lasscock Road GRIFFITH NSW 2680 Ph: 02 6964 0467 E: admin.almet@iinet.net.au B & D Automotive Repairs 179 Camden Street ULLADULLA NSW 2539 Ph: 02 4455 4702 E: admin@badauto.com.au

Ballina Mechanical & LPG 1/48 Piper Drive BALLINA NSW 2478 Ph: 02 6681 5024 E: ballinamechanical@outlook.com Barrons Tyre & Mechanical 74-76 Dalgarno Street COONABARABRAN NSW 2357 Ph: 02 6842 1707 E: barronstyres@exemail.com.au Beeps Autoparts 194-196 Breen Street BENDIGO VIC 3550 Ph: 03 5442 5555 E: beeps@bigpond.net.au Bennets Exhaust & Mech Repairs 111A Edwards Street AYR QLD 4807 Ph: 07 07 4783 3294 E: sales@bennettsexhaust.com.au Ben’s Motor Repairs 50 Saleyards Road BENALLA VIC 3672 Ph: 03 5762 5322 E: bensmotors@bigpond.com Bob Parkes Muffler City 45-47 Charters Towers Road HYDE PARK QLD 4812 Ph: 07 4772 3233 E: admin@bobparkes.com.au Bonetigs Mobile Tow Bars Unit 1 / 102 Industrial Road OAK FLATS NSW 2529 Ph: 02 4257 8817 E: info@bonetigstowbars.com.au Bossco Auto Unit 1/12 Bernera Road PRESTONS NSW 2170 Ph: 02 8729 6777 E: joseph@bosscoauto.com.au Boyne Auto Parts Shed 2 / 1 Dennis Street BOYNE ISLAND QLD 4680 Ph: 07 4973 7826 E: boyneautoparts@gmail.com Bradleys Prestige 1/206 Governor Road BRAESIDE VIC 3195 Ph: 0412 225 894 E: bbra6230@bigpond.net.au Bridgestone Beaudesert 4X4 U3 128 Brisbane Street BEAUDESERT QLD 4285 Ph: 07 5515 9840 E: sales@beaudesert4x4.com.au Bridgestone Service Centre Fyshwick 96 Maryborough Street FYSHWICK ACT 2609 Ph: 02 6280 5454 E: bscfyshwick@outlook.com Bullseye Auto Parts 116 Pacific Highway TUGGERAH NSW 2259 Ph: 02 4353 1979 E: auto.man1@outlook.com Burnside Motors 1/1 Windsor Road NAMBOUR QLD 4560 Ph: 07 5441 1871 E: burnsidemotors@bigpond.com C&S Diesel Diagnostics & Services 1/49 Anderson Road SMEATON GRANGE NSW 2567 Ph: 02 4648 4010 E: candsdiesel@hotmail.com Canberra Carparts & Lubricants Front Entry via 1/26 Sandford Street MITCHELL ACT 2911 Ph: 02 6241 0099 E: robert@canberracarparts.com.au

AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN Mark Pedder (VIC) Pedders Suspension Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9706 3500

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Wayne Bryant (VIC), Repco Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9566 5444

SECRETARY Janelle Gonzalez (NSW), Blue Toro Pty Ltd Ph: 1300 258 386

TREASURER Don Cormack (SA) ADRAD Pty Ltd Ph: 08 8243 9888

Craig Baills (QLD), Highfields Mechanical Ph: 07 4696 7116

Sean Buckley (VIC), Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9815 9200

Craig Magill (VIC), Burson Automotive Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9914 5555

Darren Robinson (VIC), HELLA Australia Pty Ltd Ph: 1800 061 729

John Benson (VIC), Davies, Craig Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9369 1234

Steve Lewis (QLD), Supercheap Auto Ph: 07 3482 7900

Adam Pay (NSW), mycar Tyre & Auto Service Ph: 02 9680 6500

Graham Scudamore-Smith (QLD) Fulcrum Suspensions Pty Ltd Ph: 07 3892 9000

DIRECTORS

Stuart Charity Chief Executive Officer

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NEW MEMBERS Canberra Towbar Fitters Unit 2 / 36 Hoskins Street MITCHELL NSW 2911 Ph: 02 6113 0549 E: sales@canberratowbarfitters.com.au Central Auto Services Delahey Village, 179 Kings Road DELAHEY VIC 3037 Ph: 03 9362 1777 E: iliya@centralautoservices.com.au Central Coast Trailers Unti 2/7 O’Hart Close CHARMHAVEN NSW 2263 Ph: 02 4392 2709 E: info@centralcoasttrailers.net.au Charlestone Exhaust 2/17-17 Tucks Road SEVEN HILLS NSW 2147 Ph: 0420 595 289 E: croweeng@gmail.com Childers Auto Spares 28686 Bruce Highway CHILDERS QLD 4660 Ph: 07 4126 2688 E: childersauto@bigpond.com Chinchilla 4X4 Centre Corner Of Warrego Highway & Price St CHINCHILLA QLD 4113 Ph: 07 4662 7710 E: office@chinchilla4x4.com.au Chinderah Disc Mufflers 6/13 Morton Street CHINDERAH NSW 2487 Ph: 02 6674 5111 E: joelmudge@outlook.com Christopher Canik 3/126 Corner Hamilton & Hobart Street RIVERSTONE NSW 2765 Ph: 02 9627 8666 E: sales@ozcanopies.com.au City Muffler Centre 75 Kinghorne Street NOWRA NSW 2451 Ph: 02 4422 1758 E: shanefrench1972@gmail.com Clermont Motors 45 Racecourse Road CLERMONT QLD 4721 Ph: 07 4983 1193 E: tracey@clermontmotors.com.au Cleveland Exhaust & Suspension 19/57-63 Shore Street CLEVELAND QLD 4163 Ph: 07 3286 5999 E: sales@clevelandexhaust.com.au Coastal 4X4 55 Soloman Road JANDAKOT WA 6164 Ph: 08 9417 9930 E: steve@coastal4x4.net.au Coastline 2 Hinterland 2/42 Spencer Road NERANG QLD 4211 Ph: 07 5596 4522 E: exhaustcarcare@bigpond.com Coastwize Towbars 8 Marlowe Road ALBERTON QLD 4207 Ph: 0434 086 792 E: towbarsgc@gmail.com Cooroy Mechanical & Exhaust 3/6 Jarrah Street COOROY QLD 4563 Ph: 07 5442 6589 E: cooroymechanical@gmail.com Cowes Batteries and More 2/154-156 Thompson Avenue COWES VIC 3922 Ph: 03 5952 1044 E: info@cowesbatteriesandmore.com.au Dandenong Auto Parts 39 Plunkett Street DANDENONG VIC 3175 Ph: 03 9792 0234 E: dandenongautoparts@bigpond.com Diesel Power Unlimited 5 Brickworks Court GLENELLA QLD 4740 Ph: 07 4952 4135 E: dieselpowerunlimited@live.com.au Diesel Torque WA 9 Archibald Street MUCHEA WA 6501 Ph: 08 8862 1795 E: dieseltorquewa@hotmail.com Direct Suspensions Tenancy 1, 10/133 South Pine Road BRENDALE QLD 4500 Ph: 1300 662 920 E: a.irvine@directsuspensions.com Dunn and Watson 1/35 Millennium Place TINGALPA QLD 4173 Ph: 07 1300 210 549 E: sales@dunnandwatson.com.au

East Coast Auto Parts 2/24 Quail Street ST HELENS TAS 7216 Ph: 03 6376 2500 E: ecapst@bigpond.net.au East Coast Perf Tuning Unit 2/1 Moreton Close TUGGERAH NSW 2259 Ph: 02 3187 6922 E: admin@ecpt.com.au Edgeworth Auto Parts 702 Main Road EDGEWORTH NSW 2285 Ph: 02 4958 6469 E: accounts@edgeworthautoparts.com.au Eildon Industries 7-8 Main Street EILDON VIC 3713 Ph: 03 5774 2712 E: goldentroutcod@gmail.com Everest Autoparts & Accessories Unit 11 / 8 Wainwright Road MT DRUITT NSW 2770 Ph: 1300 940 924 E: vince@everestautoparts.com.au Exhaust Brothers Corner Enmore & Douro Street GEELONG NORTH VIC 3220 Ph: 03 5277 9719 E: exhaustbros1@bigpond.com Exhaust Power & Mechanical 15A Radford Place BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875 Ph: 03 5152 3440 E: exhaustpowerbairnsdale@gmail.com FAF Automotive 19 Melastoma Way ARUNDEL QLD 4214 Ph: 0478 491 777 E: admin@fafauto.com Fast Fit Exhaust Currajong 172 Hugh Street TOWNSVILLE QLD 4812 Ph: 07 4775 3444 E: info@fastfit4x4andexhaust.com.au Fastfit Automotive Services 601 Parramatta Road LEICHHARDT NSW 2040 Ph: 02 9569 4217 E: service@fastfitbullbars.com.au Fyshwick Exhaust Centre 2/129 Newcastle Street FYSHWICK ACT 2609 Ph: 02 6280 4336 E: notarasracing@live.com.au G&L Motor Repairs 34 Railway Terrace ROCKLEA QLD 4106 Ph: 07 3277 9080 E: grb3@bigpond.com Game Automotive 432 Stuart Highway WINNELLIE NT 820 Ph: 08 8984 4377 E: ironman4x4darwin@gmail.com Gert Van Der Westhuizen 33 Buckingham Drive WANGARRA WA 6065 Ph: 08 9409 2062 E: towlinktowbars@gmail.com Glossop Street Spares Unit 4 10-12 Luxford Road MT DRUITT NSW 2760 Ph: 02 9623 1544 E: adam@glossopstreetspares.com.au GNS Mechanical & Electrical 1/4 Grange Road LEUMEAH NSW 2560 Ph: 02 4620 7085 E: george@gnsmechanical.com.au Go Towin 41 Peel Street BALLARAT VIC 3350 Ph: 03 5332 7248 E: info@gotowin.com.au Goodyear Autocare Cleveland 73 Shore Street WEST CLEVELAND QLD 4163 Ph: 07 3286 4330 E: cleveland@goodyear.com.au Goodyear Autocare Merimbula 39 Merimbula Drive MERIMBULA NSW 2548 Ph: 02 6495 1980 E: merimbula@goodyear.com.au Goondiwindi Exhausts & 4WD Centre 10 Pharlap Court GOONDIWINDI QLD 4390 Ph: 07 4671 4364 E: admin@gundyexhausts.com.au Grantech Auto Marine Unit 1/189 First Avenue BONGAREE QLD 4507 Ph: 07 3408 4600 E: grantech@bigpond.com

Hannam Street Mufflers 19 Hannam Street CAIRNS QLD 4870 Ph: 07 4052 1551 E: sales@hannamstreetmufflers.com.au Hessions Auto Parts 117 Prince Street GRAFTON NSW 2460 Ph: 02 6642 3085 E: hessions@sctelco.net.au High Country 4X4 201 Mt Buller Road MANSFIELD VIC 3722 Ph: 03 5779 1900 E: accounts@hcp4x4.com.au Homefit Towbars 54 Munibung Road CARDIFF NSW 2285 Ph: 1300 552 923 E: homefittowbars@gmail.com House Of Automotive Unit 1, 8 Boag Road MORLEY WA 6062 Ph: 0412 583 177 E: houseofautomotive@hotmail.com Hughes Mechanical YP 60 Minlaton Road YORKETOWN SA 5576 Ph: 08 8852 1796 E: hughesyp@bigpond.com Hume Exhaust & Towbar Specialist Corner Scollay Street & Soward Way TUGGERANONG ACT 2900 Ph: 0400 155 545 E: services@canberraexhaust.com.au Independent Car Parts 2/1021-1027 Western Highway RAVENHALL VIC 3021 Ph: 03 9361 2004 E: mehmet@icparts.com.au Ingham Exhausts 4X4 & Welding 3 Haig Street INGHAM NQ QLD 4850 Ph: 07 4776 5060 E: inghamexhaust@bigpond.com JC Spares 103 Beardy Street ARMIDALE NSW 2350 Ph: 02 6771 4444 E: sales@jcspares.com.au JW Racing 180 Magnesium Drive CRESTMEAD QLD 4132 Ph: 07 3803 6368 E: info@jwracing.com.au Kam Auto Parts Unit 1 / 243 Sunshine Road TOTTENHAM VIC 3012 Ph: 03 9317 0055 E: kamautoparts@gmail.com Karinya Diesel Services 62 Dawson Highway BILOELA QLD 4715 Ph: 0407 320 255 E: admin@kds.tech KB Industries 56 Washington Street TRARALGON VIC 3844 Ph: 03 5135 5756 E: kbindustriesvic@gmail.com Kingston 4WD & Tyres 43 Patriarch Drive HUNTINGFIELD TAS 7055 Ph: 03 6227 2926 E: rjacobs@kingston4wd.com.au Kirrawee Mufflers 2/5 Ethell Road KIRRAWEE NSW 2232 Ph: 02 9542 4111 E: heidi@kirraweemufflers.com L&S Offroad 16 Jessop Crescent BERRIMAH NT 0828 Ph: 08 8947 4771 E: sales@lsoffroad.com.au Lakehaven Mufflers Unit 3 22-24 Arizona Road LAKE HAVEN NSW 2263 Ph: 02 4393 1360 E: lakehavenmufflers@gmail.com Lakes Auto Parts 305 The Esplanade LAKES ENTRANCE VIC 3909 Ph: 03 5155 2244 E: accounts@lakesautoparts.com.au Lange’s Auto Centre 44 Yass Road QUEANBEYAN ACT 2620 Ph: 02 6297 6969 E: info@langesauto.com.au Lifestyle 4WD 2/711 Beaudesert Road ROCKLEA QLD 4105 Ph: 07 9271 7500 E: lifestyle4wd@iinet.net.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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NEW MEMBERS Lilydale Mufflers And Towbars 32 Main Street LILYDALE VIC 3140 Ph: 03 9735 1955 E: lilydale.mufflers@bigpond.com Locked In Garage 5/28 Bakewell Drive PORT KENNEDY WA 6171 Ph: 08 9907 1922 E: lockedingarage@gmail.com Longreach Motors 33 Swan Street LONGREACH QLD 4730 Ph: 07 4658 1700 E: longreachmotors@bigpond.com M & M Mufflers Unit 19, 121 Coreen Avenue PENRITH NSW 2750 Ph: 02 4731 1040 E: penrithmufflers@tpg.com.au Macks Auto & Tyre Centre 90 Sharp Street COOMA NSW 2630 Ph: 02 6452 1433 E: sales@macksauto.com.au Macquarie Exhaust 27A Jindalee Road PORT MACQUARIE NSW 2444 Ph: 02 6581 0691 E: macexhaust@bigpond.com Mac’s Mufflers Strathpine 11/69 South Pine Road STRATHPINE QLD 4500 Ph: 0498 961 397 E: macsstrathpine@outlook.com Majestic 4X4 2 Holroyd Road MERRYLANDS NSW 2160 Ph: 1300 182 973 E: jacob@majestic4x4.com.au Mallee 4X4 285 Etiwanda Avenue MILDURA VIC 3500 Ph: 03 5023 6903 E: sales@mallee4x4.com.au Mates 4X4 14A Sette Circuit PAKENHAM VIC 3810 Ph: 03 5925 7799 E: jen@superute.com.au Mayday Auto Parts 224 McIntyre Road NORTH SUNSHINE VIC 3020 Ph: 03 9366 0688 E: mrmayday2@hotmail.com McCormack’s Auto Service 111 Rainbow Street SANDGATE QLD 4017 Ph: 07 3269 3294 E: sean@mccormacks4wd.com.au Mega Auto Parts 4/308 Koroit Creek Road WILLIAMSTOWN VIC 3016 Ph: 03 9399 9911 E: sales@megaautoparts.com.au Mega Gas Australia P/L 53 O.G. Road KLEMZIG SA 5087 Ph: 08 8369 1550 E: m.tesolin@megagas.com.au Megaparts 52 Medcalf Street WARNERS BAY NSW 2282 Ph: 02 4904 6066 E: sales@megaparts.com.au Mekong Spare Parts 1/42 Canley Vale Road CANLEY VALE NSW 2166 Ph: 02 9724 0691 E: chrisvuong168@gmail.com Men At Work Exhausts Unit 6/1440 New Cleveland Road CAPALABA QLD 4157 Ph: 07 3823 1955 E: info@menatworkexhausts.com.au Metro Auto Spares 23 Wenvoe Street DEVONPORT TAS 7310 Ph: 03 6424 7722 E: sales@metroautospares.com.au Midland Mufflers 59 Mitchell Street SHEPPARTON VIC 3630 Ph: 03 5821 7776 E: kyren@vrwe.com.au Mike Streets Auto Parts Shop 2 / 97 Archer Street WOODFORD QLD 4514 Ph: 07 5496 3299 E: mikestreets@bigpond.com Mildura 4WD Accessories 55 Seventh Street EAST MILDURA VIC 3500 Ph: 03 5021 3213 E: markraft4wd@bigpond.com

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Misch’s Mechanical 184 Commercial Road SALISBURY SA 5108 Ph: 08 8258 8000 E: misch@mischsmechanical.com MJC Auto Parts 118 East Street NARRANDERA NSW 2700 Ph: 02 6989 7131 E: enquiries@mjcautoparts.com.au Mobile Towbar Fitting 10-12 Keswick Court BURPENGARY QLD 4505 Ph: 07 3889 0123 E: mobiletowbarfitting@westnet.com.au Moparts Pty Ltd 10 Windsor Road CROYDON VIC 3136 Ph: 03 9725 5344 E: mopartscroydon@bigpond.com More 4X4 16 Chard Road BROOKVALE NSW 2100 Ph: 02 9905 4764 E: admin@more4x4.com.au Mr Mechanical 3/54 Ferry Road SOUTHPORT QLD 4215 Ph: 07 5618 1733 E: mrmechanicalcentre@gmail.com MYTUFF 4X4 Unit 13C, 4 Hompride Avenue WARWICK FARM NSW 2170 Ph: 02 8747 0325 E: info@mytuff4x4.com.au North East Exhaust & Brakes 195 Bridge Street BENALLA VIC 3671 Ph: 03 5762 5522 E: neebs@bigpond.com North Shore Towbars 517 Pittwater Road BROOKVALE NSW 2100 Ph: 0430 618 238 E: northshoretowbars@yahoo.com.au Northside Custom Exhausts 1/17 Brewer Street CLONTARF QLD 4019 Ph: 0413 404 804 E: northsidecustomexhausts@gmail.com NQ Springs & Suspension 321 Ingham Road GARBUTT QLD 4814 Ph: 07 4774 8859 E: admin@nqsprings.com.au Oak Flats Muffler Men 104 Industrial Road OAK FLATS NSW 2529 Ph: 02 4256 3740 E: Bradschell.ofmufflermen@outlook.com Ocam 4X4 Accessories Campbellfield 95A Merola Way CAMPBELLFIELD VIC 3061 Ph: 03 9357 0306 E: nick@ocam.com.au Ocam 4X4 Accessories Moorebank Unit 3 / 33 Heathcote Road MOOREBANK NSW 2170 Ph: 02 9136 0000 E: accounts@ocamglobal.com.au Ocam 4X4 Accessories Rocklea Unit 5 / 1927 Ipswich Road ROCKLEA QLD 4106 Ph: 07 3275 2132 E: accounts@ocamglobal.com.au O-Ex Auto & Equipment Sales 282 Peisley Street ORANGE NSW 2800 Ph: 02 6362 5601 E: sales@oexauto.com.au Outback Equipment 2/24 Lensworth Street COOPERS PLAINS QLD 4108 Ph: 1300 854 185 E: service@outbackequipment.com.au Outlaw Mechanical & Performance 29 Mansfield Street INVERELL NSW 2360 Ph: 02 2995 2357 E: outlawmcp@gmail.com Oznest 53 Rosedale Avenue GREENACRE NSW 2190 Ph: 02 9790 3841 E: oznest888@hotmail.com Paradise Service Centre Shed 2 / 54 Carlo Drive CANNONVALE QLD 4802 Ph: 0401 406 129 E: sales@paradiseservicecentre.com.au Parts 4 Automotive Ocean Grove 2/18 Sinclair Street OCEAN GROVE VIC 3226 Ph: 03 5256 3210 E: autoog@bigpond.com

Parts Central 103 Hardinge Street DENILIQUIN NSW 2710 Ph: 02 5881 7278 E: jossey@partscentral.com.au Parts On Hand 4/1445 South Gippsland Highway CRANBOURNE VIC 3977 Ph: 03 5998 4636 E: lyleturnball@partsonhand.com.au Parts ‘R’ Us 56 Newlands Road RESERVOIR VIC 3073 Ph: 03 9469 5540 E: partsrus@tpg.com.au Peninsula 4X4 2/8 Snook Street CLONTARF QLD 4019 Ph: 07 3883 0972 E: dlamont@peninsula4x4.com.au Peninsula Auto Spares 1/19 Redcliffe Gardens Drive CLONTARF QLD 4019 Ph: 07 3883 3311 E: anthony@peninsulaautospares.com.au Performance Suspension 9 Telford Circuit YATALA QLD 4207 Ph: 07 5529 2366 E: info@performancesuspension.com.au Pilgrims Exhaust Griffith 46 Bridge Road GRIFFITH NSW 2680 Ph: 02 69626511 E: pilgrimsexhaust@bigpond.com Pistons Auto Parts 2/21 Power Road BAYSWATER VIC 3153 Ph: 03 9729 9522 E: pistonsenginesparts@gmail.com Port Lincoln 4WD 28-30 Mortlock Terrace PORT LINCOLN SA 5606 Ph: 08 8682 2424 E: sales@portlincoln4wd.com.au Power Curve Performance 17 Windsor Road BURNSIDE QLD 4560 Ph: 07 5441 7779 E: admin@powercurveqld.com.au Powertech Group Pty Ltd 159 Woodpark Road SMITHFIELD NSW 2164 Ph: 02 9832 4910 E: sales@powertechgroup.com.au Powertune 4X4 & Car Service Centre 26 Turley Street IPSWICH QLD 4305 Ph: 07 3281 1050 E: ptsales@powertune4x4.com.au Pro Fit Australia 20 Market Drive GATTON QLD 4343 Ph: 07 5462 2333 E: sales@profitaust.com.au Quinlan’s Auto Spares 325 Townsend Road ALBURY NSW 2640 Ph: 02 6021 5311 E: chris@quinlansautospares.com.au Radiant Exhaust 41 Little Boundary Road LAVERTON NORTH VIC 3212 Ph: 03 9314 3735 E: trevor@radiantex.com.au Rapid Exhaust Systems 4 Chapman Street FAIRY MEADOW NSW 2519 Ph: 02 4285 2722 E: darren@rapidmufflers.com Redlands Tyre & Mechanical 2/18 Tombo Street CAPALABA QLD 4157 Ph: 07 3245 3129 E: redtyremech@bigpond.com Right Price Exhausts 53 Moss Street SLACKS CREEK QLD 4127 Ph: 07 3808 9211 E: sales@rpexhausts.com.au Rob Bliss Exhausts 264 Robinson Road GEEBUNG QLD 4034 Ph: 07 3265 2044 E: sales@robblissexhaust.com.au Roundabout Tyres And Auto 182-186 Barham Road DENILIQUIN NSW 2710 Ph: 02 5881 3702 E: admin@roundabouttyreandauto.com Rum City Exhaust Centre 16 Woondooma Street BUNDABERG QLD 4670 Ph: 07 4152 3522 E: rumcityexhaust@ifcom.com


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FOCUSED AND TACKLING THE BIG ISSUES

Our role at the AAAA has always been very dynamic, and the last 18 months has taken that experience to the next level Despite the challenges that have confronted us, we have remained focused on the strategies that are most important to our members and the broader industry. The guidance and passion of our Board of Directors has been critical to our success during these turbulent times. Our AAAA Board is made up of a diverse mix of industry representatives, who with their vast experience work with myself and the whole AAAA team to ensure our strategic goals reflect the best interests of the industry. At our most recent meeting, the AAAA Board deliberated and agreed on the four core pillars of the AAAA’s strategic objectives. These pillars, as outlined below, will continue to drive our work efforts: - Unified Industry: AAAA will bring the industry together for shared purpose and belonging, to create cohesiveness and enable us to strengthen our advocacy efforts for the industry. - Future Proof: AAAA will proactively monitor and anticipate future industry trends, assist members to adapt to the future and find growth opportunities despite/because of the disruptions. - Industry Voice: AAAA will represent and defend our members, which is critical to protect them from regulatory threats and promote fair competition. This work is done through our government relations and advocacy. - Member Strength: AAAA will provide services that support business sustainability and profitability and support industry growth. A great example of our work that encapsulates elements from all four of our core pillars is mandatory data sharing legislation. Work on the incoming law will continue to assist the industry to adapt to life under the new arrangements and to ensure the framework is in place to operationalise the Law. With the mandatory data sharing law now introduced to parliament and recently passing through the House of Representatives with unanimous support, we can start to shift more of our focus to other significant industry challenges. For more updates on the progress of this law, please see page 9 of this magazine. One of those challenges is skills shortages. I have spoken about this previously and I will continue to provide updates as we work through what is a very complex and multi-faceted issue for our industry. There is no silver bullet to fix this issue, however we are certainly up for the challenge and feel well-equipped to apply our deep industry

knowledge, relationships, and the essential insights of members to devise solutions that are in the best interests of the industry. With this in mind we are currently preparing a strategy document to scope the challenge faced by skills shortages and determine how best AAAA could mobilise the industry and government to develop a solution. On the issue of skills, I am very proud to report that in partnership with Kangan Institute, the AAAA’s 4WD Industry Council recently launched the pilot of the 4WD Accessories Technician Course. Our own AAAA research (available to members via our Member Portal), along with recent market performance, clearly shows the Australian 4WD industry is booming. The $6 billion industry comprises more than 2,000 businesses and employs over 70,000 Australians. The sector desperately needs an ongoing supply of the right skills in the industry, to keep growing and to meet consumer demand. The new 4WD Accessories Technician Course is a worthwhile and timely initiative to ensure we create opportunities to foster new talent and upskill existing employees and you can read more about it on page 8 of this magazine. Consumer awareness of their rights relating to servicing and repairing their vehicle is another major topic of priority for the AAAA. We are developing an important campaign to ensure consumers are aware of their rights in relation to vehicle warranties, capped price servicing, parts, and modifications. One of the most widespread misconceptions around new cars and warranties is that consumers have to have their car serviced at a dealership and fit ‘genuine’ parts to maintain that warranty. We must change that. If consumers are educated on their rights, they can make informed decisions about when, who and how their vehicles are serviced, repaired, and modified. At the workshop level, if consumers know their rights, it promotes a fair and level playing field for these businesses, who provide high quality servicing, using high quality parts, at a fair price, as a legitimate alternative to dealerships. Membership growth remains another key priority. From our Legal and HR hotlines, through to personalised advocacy support and exclusive research insights and tools, our members regularly tell us how valuable AAAA membership is for them. As more businesses and companies invest in AAAA membership, we can sustain and increase our ability to provide the advocacy, representation and services that strengthen our members’ businesses and the operating environment for the broader industry. If you are not yet a member and want to

learn more about the benefits of AAAA membership, please visit www.aaaa.com.au/member-benefits With our strategic goals and hunger to tackle the big issues for members clear, our energy has been further buoyed by recent AAAA events. While adhering to social distancing requirements, the AAAA has recently hosted several face-toface events and I know everyone that has taken part in these events has relished the opportunity to engage face-to-face with industry colleagues. I am very proud of the fact we can deliver these important activities for our members and deliver on our purpose to bring the industry together. Finally, I was extremely proud to attend the official opening of the new South Australian Auto Innovation Centre (AIC), located in Edinburgh, Adelaide – a location that boasts a great number of innovative automotive companies. This new facility, in addition to the Melbourne AIC, is the culmination of eight years of passion and hard work and opens up new product development opportunities for businesses to keep innovating and thriving. To read more about the SA AIC opening, please go to page 10 of this magazine. As always, if you have an industry issue affecting you or a suggestion on how we can better serve the automotive aftermarket, please reach out to us on info@aaaa.com.au or 03 9545 3333.

STUART CHARITY Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS In this column, Capricorn Society’s Group Chief Executive Officer, David Fraser, shines a light on the importance of customer relationships

Since 1974, we’ve understood what our Members are up against. Whether it’s parts from our Preferred Suppliers, finance, operations, diagnostics or business protection, we make sure our Members have access to what they need to run a successful business. We encourage an industry where our Members can make decisions which are best for their business and Capricorn supports them in becoming a stronger business. At Capricorn, we see this as true sustainability. So how do we create a Member or customer centric business? By getting to know our Members or customers. Building authentic, productive relationships with our Members or customers allows us to provide them with better products and services that provide tangible benefits to them or in Capricorn’s case, your business. I highly encourage all of our Members to build relationships with their customers and listen to what they have to say. Not only will it provide valuable insights into the needs and wants of your customers, but it will also provide you with the immense joy and satisfaction we all strive for in our day-to-day roles. Through these relationships you can tailor your products and services to provide real value to your customers. Whether it is creating tiered servicing packages, offering different payment methods or even making it easier for your customers to book a service – making it easier for your customers and building those relationships will reward you ten-fold. If you are interested in how Capricorn can help you thrive, I encourage you to email join@capricorn.coop to arrange a visit from your local Capricorn representative. Alternatively, you can visit www.capricorn.coop to find out the full range of Member resources and benefits available. Yours cooperatively, David Fraser Group CEO, Capricorn Society Ltd For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit www.capricorn.coop 8

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NEW 4WD TECHNICIAN COURSE LAUNCHED The course has been designed to support a growing industry In an industry-first, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association’s 4WD Industry Council and Kangan Institute have joined forces to develop a program specifically for the growing 4WD aftermarket sector. The recent launch of the pilot program for the 4WD Accessories Technician Course, hosted at the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC), attracted over 60 industry representatives, 4WD business employees and Kangan Institute representatives who were all eager to be part of an important milestone for the 4WD industry.   The program represents a huge step forward, establishing a benchmark qualification that recognises the entry-level skills required to work in the 4WD industry. The course uses a blend of mechanical units, accessory fitting and electrical units and culminates in a Certificate II in Automotive Service Technology. Students will benefit from additional, exclusive ‘industry sessions’ specific to the 4WD modification and accessory industry. The course also creates a pathway for further education for students who wish to go beyond Certificate II. The Australian 4WD Industry is a six billion dollar industry comprising of more than 2,000 businesses and employing over 70,000 Australians, so producing a tailored 4WD training pathway is a worthwhile and timely exercise. “Our own AAAA research, along with recent market performance, clearly shows the Australian 4WD industry is booming. The sector desperately needs an ongoing supply of the right skills in the industry, to keep growing and to meet consumer demand,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.  “An industry-led solution was required. The 4WD Industry Council committed to developing a nationally recognised qualification that is relevant to the type of work undertaken in a 4WD accessories business,” 4WD Industry Council Chairman and 4x4 Strategy and Business Manager at GPC Asia Pacific, Ben Lavis, said. “After a great deal of hard work by so many, to be here launching the pilot program is a great moment for our industry.” Forming a partnership with Kangan Institute was crucial to bringing the program to reality.  “Kangan Institute has been instrumental in guiding us through the process to develop a program that would meet the immediate needs of the industry, with the flexibility to adapt and grow as we moved forward,” Ben said. The 4WD Accessories Technician course pilot program will run during 2021. For more information about enrolment, contact the AAAA via info@aaaa.com.au or 03 9545 3333. Continued industry involvement is critical for the ongoing success of this course. The AAAA encourages any 4WD organisations wanting to contribute to the exclusive industry sessions to contact Nigel Bishop on 0499 001 920 or nigel@aaaa.com.au For more information on the course, including an overview on the course content, please visit  www.4wdcouncil.com.au/resources/4wd-accessories-technician-certificate


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MANDATORY DATA SHARING LAW PASSES IN THE LOWER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT The law was passed in the House of Representatives with unanimous support on May 13 In a phenomenal moment for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket industry, the Mandatory Data Sharing Law which the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has campaigned for more than 12 years has taken another vital step forward. “After so many years of campaigning it was incredible to watch members of Parliament from the Government, Opposition and Centre Alliance party announce their bipartisan support for the legislation on May 13,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. “It was particularly pleasing to hear many of our members who hosted workshop visits be acknowledged in speeches by the individual MPs. “It does really drive home the significant impact that these visits had on MPs who then became champions for the cause amongst their Parliamentary colleagues – for that we thank, once again, all of the AAAA members who hosted these workshop visits over the last few years. “It is incredible to be so close to the finish line.” With the law now having passed the House of Representatives, the next and final steps is for the Senate to vote the legislation through for it to become law. Parliament has now risen, and the Senate does not sit again until June, however the AAAA anticipates the Law will be scheduled for debate and voting in the June Senate sitting weeks. The Honourable Dr Andrew Leigh MP introduced the second reading of the bill

ahead of its unanimous passing of the House of Representatives. “This bill is greatly welcomed,” Dr Leigh said. “This is a very good bill…it is a shame it has taken so many years to get to this point, but Labour supports and champions this reform and will be pleased to see it implemented as soon as possible.” In making his remarks, Dr Leigh highlighted the efforts of the AAAA in campaigning for this critically important law. “I want to acknowledge the important work done by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and the vital advocacy of Lesley Yates and Stuart Charity in making the strong case to Labour and the Government for these reforms. “And also, to Elyse Keyser from the AAAA for supporting a range of MP visits…the AAAA facilitated some 75 visits by members of Parliament to independent mechanics.” In his speech, Dr Leigh noted work is already underway around the issue of electronic log books. “There is one issue that has been discussed between the AAAA and Treasury, and that is around how independent mechanics will be able to update the digital service records for the cars they work on,” Dr Leigh said. The Assistant Treasurer, the Honourable Michael Sukkar MP, has been a true champion of the mandatory data sharing cause and is already taking action on the digital service records issue.

“This new scheme will set out a framework for access to service and repair information, including who must provide the information, who’s entitled to receive it and what access conditions will apply,” Minister Sukkar explained. “This government is committed to ensuring that we have a competitive automotive sector and a level playing field for all participants. “The scheme adviser, as outlined in the bill, will play an important role in monitoring the scheme’s implementation and will provide advice across industry in relation to its operation. “I want to note that once the scheme is operational I will, as a matter of urgency, be requesting the scheme adviser to consult with industry and report to me on issues surrounding the accessibility of information contained specifically within electronic logbooks. “This is because it is vital to the scheme’s success that repairers get the information they need and that it is affordable, accessible and provided in an appropriate time frame. “This scheme is designed to ensure consumers and independent repairers get a fair go when it comes to the servicing of motor vehicles. I want to thank all of the independent repairers throughout Australia whom I’ve been able to visit since the last election. “In formalising and finalising the bill…I want to thank them in particular. I thank all the industry bodies for coming together in good faith, in putting together this scheme.” For more information about mandatary data sharing law, please visit www.aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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AIC OPENS NEW SA BRANCH

TThe South Australian Auto Innovation Centre will help serve the broader automotive industry The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is proud to announce the South Australian branch of the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) has officially opened to the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Industry. Co-located with Brabham and Precision Buses at the Fusion Capital Holding facility in Edinburgh, the South Australian AIC is targeted at supporting the vast range of South Australian automotive product manufacturers in their research and development. The South Australian AIC branch launch follows the opening of the Victorian Head office in December 2019. The facility will provide a taste of the AIC experience in the heart of Adelaide. Boasting a clean and modern workshop with sophisticated automotive tools and equipment as well as access to vehicles, the new facility is the perfect place for local companies to conduct firstclass product development. An initiative of the AAAA, the AIC is a cutting-edge facility that will increase capability of automotive companies and aid in new product development for local and export markets. Utilising the latest technology and quality workshop equipment and providing crucial data

L-R: Jack Day, Stuart Charity, Luke Truskinger, Senator Rex Patrick, Heath Moore, Glenn Paine and Aidan Koay.

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and testing services, the AIC’s goal is to transform the automotive aftermarket industry. With access to new production vehicles, the AIC will obtain important vehicle data and use 3D scanning for companies to streamline new product development. Better data means better products and optimised integration of aftermarket products. Training and education are also key components of the AIC’s role in supporting the automotive industry, offering the perfect venue for automotive training on a range of technologies and new equipment, via a dedicated training facility. State-of-the-art robotic equipment delivers premium vehicle testing services for product manufacturers, including Sine-with-Dwell testing (ADR88) to validate Electronic Stability Control (ESC) performance, and brake performance testing (ADR31/35). The AIC will also provide product-level testing via static and dynamic loading plus vibration validation. On Thursday 29 April in front of a hundred industry representatives, sponsors, dignitaries and media, Senator Rex Patrick cut the ribbon to open the South Australian AIC facility in Edinburgh. Senator Patrick spoke to the assembled audience on the importance of a facility like the AIC that will support the Australian automotive and manufacturing sector and the aftermarket companies contributing in a meaningful way to the Australian economy. Joining the Senator in welcoming those in attendance and speaking of the vision of the AIC was AIC Managing Director, Luke Truskinger, and AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity. “The Auto Innovation Centre was the fruition of over five years work by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and was modelled on the SEMA Garage in the US,” Stuart said. “Thanks to Senator Rex Patrick and the Federal

L-R: Stuart Charity, Senator Rex Patrick and Luke Truskinger.

Government investment, we were able to bring this incredible asset to the aftermarket industry to reality. “Now both facilities are up and running, it will increase the industry’s access to the technologies, services and training and development opportunities the AIC can offer for their direct benefit.” The AIC offers a mix of key services to the automotive industry, including ADR testing and electronic stability control (ESC) validation. With access to key new target vehicles, the AIC will obtain important vehicle data, use 3D scanning to assist aftermarket companies’ product development and allow developers to get ‘hands on’ with these vehicles. The advanced workshop equipment and technology will be accessible to the industry and this includes the AIC’s investment into additive manufacturing through 3D printing equipment and training modules. The Centre of Excellence will be a Hub for automotive training and education, playing a key role in inspiring the next generation of automotive industry workers. The AIC offers the perfect venue to ensure industry personnel can maximise their potential.   “This is a fantastic new facility for the industry, so we welcome companies contacting us to discuss how the Auto Innovation Centre can directly assist their business,” Luke said. For more information, visit www.autoic.com.au


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IP EXPERT APPLAUDS MANDATORY DATA SHARING LEGISLATION Griffith University Professor of Law, Leanne Wiseman, has been a long-time supporter of the AAAA in its fight for fair competition in the automobile aftermarket Professor Wiseman has welcomed the recent passing through the House of Representatives of the mandatory data sharing legislation for which the AAAA has been campaigning for over a decade.

automotive industry but also other industries to see the first ever mandatory data sharing and right to repair legislation introduced into Parliament, where it has now passed with unanimous support through the House of Representatives.

For more on the passing of this law through the lower house of Parliament, please see page 9 of this magazine.

“I am very pleased to see the ACCC’s recent report which recommends that agricultural machinery be included as part of any broader right to repair scheme introduced in Australia; and be considered for inclusion in the motor vehicle service and repair information sharing scheme at the first review of the scheme.”

A long-time ally of the AAAA in the fight for this legislation, Professor Wiseman is not only a highly respected law Professor, but also Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA). She says the legislation will have wide-ranging impacts for not only the automotive industry, but also other vital Australian repair markets. In fact, Professor Wiseman reports the positive flow-on effects of the legislation to other industries are already beginning to be seen as it has coincided with the ACCC’s recent final report on agricultural aftermarkets recommending the agricultural industry be included in the scheme before it is officially enacted. “I have been working on intellectual property law in agriculture for the last 20 years, with the last 10 or so really focused on the issues arising from agricultural data (including more recently, the right to repair). This is because our farmers are unable to fix their $800k tractors as they simply do not have access to the software or the info they need, just like we have seen in in automotive,” Professor Wiseman explained. “There are a lot of shared issues between the industries and the difficulties around Right to Repair are especially marked in the agricultural space as farmers are currently excluded from the protection of Australian Consumer Law because of the high cost of their farming equipment. “It is very exciting and significant for not only the

It is clear from the report that the ACCC sees similarities between the competition issues in the motor vehicle space and that of agricultural equipment, stating that a primary concern in the agricultural arena is that access to, and competition within, after sales markets can be limited by warranty restrictions and technological restrictions. Further, it is stated that a key emerging concern is the control over and use of data and, while some voluntary measures have been adopted by the industry, further improvements would facilitate competition and enable informed decisions by purchasers. “The inclusion of agricultural machinery in the motor vehicle service and repair information sharing scheme, and the pending Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the Right to Repair within Australia (due to be released on June 30), may increase the ability of independent repairers to compete in aftermarkets,” Professor Wiseman said. “All of this means that the efforts of the automobile industry in having this mandatory data sharing legislation introduced to Parliament has successfully broken new ground and in terms of policy development. It is a very positive sign for recognising the Right to Repair in Australia for not just automotive, but many important Australian markets.”

Source: ACCC Agricultural Market Study, May 2021. Page 43.

Professor Leanne Wiseman

High Court decision furthers market freedom Another legal win for the aftermarket came recently with the High Court of Australia decision in the case of Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corp, which Professor Wiseman explains was one of the most important patent cases in Australia in decades. The High Court found that modifications made by Calidad to used inkjet printer cartridges, which allowed for reuse of the cartridges by consumers, was not an infringement of Seiko Epson’s patented product as it was not a ‘remaking.’ This was contrary to the original finding of the Federal Court where they ruled in favour of the printer manufacturer. In reaching its decision, the High Court was required to consider whether Australia should retain the principle that an ‘implied licence’ to use follows with the sale of patented goods or whether it should adopt a position in line with the US and EU Patent law that once a patentee sells its patented goods, all of its rights are ‘exhausted.’ In a win for all aftermarket players, the High Court adopted the exhaustion doctrine as the correct principle. Going forward the decision means patentees who seek to restrict downstream use or resale of patented goods will be required to impose any restrictions by way of contract. “This is important not only for market competition but also for environmental sustainability, as it means that equipment under patent does not necessarily need to be disposed of, it can instead be repaired and reused, as long as it is not remade,” Professor Wiseman said. “Whether you are talking about the automotive aftermarket or the agricultural industry or everyday consumer items what a broader Right to Repair means is that a consumer can take their product to someone who is not the authorised repairer.” To learn more about mandatory data sharing and the Right to Repair campaign, visit www.aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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BURSON AUTOMOTIVE SECURES PLATINUM AAA AWARDS SPONSORSHIP Burson has been a long-term platinum sponsor of the Aftermarket Awards event The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is pleased to announce that Burson Automotive has secured the Platinum Sponsorship for the 2022 Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards Banquet. Taking place in conjunction with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, April 7 – 9 2022, the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards Banquet is the most prestigious industry event on the aftermarket calendar. The event recognises the organisations and individuals who set the benchmark for excellence across a wide variety of categories, including manufacturing, products, service, innovation and marketing. Burson has been a long-term platinum sponsor of the Aftermarket Awards event, and the continuation of Burson’s sponsorship demonstrates huge support and excitement for the upcoming Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, and Aftermarket Awards.   “I’d like to thank Burson Automotive for their continued commitment to our industry. The value of Burson’s support of the Aftermarket Awards can’t be underestimated, and it helps us

achieve our goal of celebrating and acknowledging excellence at our industry’s night of nights,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. Burson Automotive is one of Australia’s largest trade specialist suppliers, and since 1971 has supplied automotive aftermarket parts, accessories and equipment to customers via its nationwide store and delivery vehicle network.   “Burson Automotive is proud to continue our sponsorship of the AAAA Awards Banquet. Every day we satisfy our trade customers in Australia through our industry leading range of parts and equipment, first class knowledge and experienced team,” Burson Automotive Executive General Manager, Steve Drummy, said. “Supporting this premier event that acknowledges excellence in the automotive aftermarket industry is something Burson sees as a great honour and privilege.” An initiative of the AAAA, The Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards Banquet will take place at Crown’s spectacular Palladium venue, where over 800 industry professionals from across the country will come together to celebrate the best and brightest companies and individuals in our industry. 

In addition to Burson, some of the industry’s biggest brands are also backing the Awards. The Gold Sponsor of the event is Dayco Australia, Ryco Filters is sponsoring the Marketing Award, and Supercheap Auto the Manufacturing Award. Supporting sponsors include: Hella, Mahle, Hella Pagid Brake Systems, Hella Gutmann Solutions, Scangrip, JB Weld, Formula 1 and RSP Automotive and Industrial. The Awards Breakfast is proudly sponsored by the great team at Ryco Australia. “We’ve been overwhelmed with industry support. We thank each and every company for their belief in this important industry event. We look forward to coming together in April next year to celebrate our wonderful industry,” Stuart said. For further information on the Aftermarket Award Banquet sponsorships still available, please contact Michelle Vizzutti on 03 9545 3333 or email michelle@aaaa.com.au For more details on Burson Automotive, head to  www.burson.com.au

DAVIES, CRAIG BOOSTS WAREHOUSE AND PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES Improvements have been necessitated due to increasing sales Australian-owned and operated auto cooling manufacturer, Davies, Craig says it has now increased storage and production space in its modern warehouse to cater for “the seismic upward shift in sales growth.” Davies, Craig says unprecedented sales activities over the past twelve months have necessitated the need to increase manufacturing levels and raise inventory of all EWP and Thermatic Fan build materials to cater for the increased demand for all Electric Water Pump (EWP) and Thermatic Electric Fan models. The enormous growth in on-line activities coupled with the substantial increase in export sales to Europe and the USA has reportedly been the major catalyst behind this initiative. As well as increased racking space, Davies, Craig explains the entire manufacturing area has been transformed to ensure both EWP and Thermatic Electric Fan models can be produced simultaneously. 12

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“In February 2020, we finalised 20/21 sales forecasts within weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic arriving on our shores in March,” Davies, Craig Managing Director, Richard Davies, said. “Our initial reaction at that time was one of caution and concerns regarding sales going forward. “From April 2020 onwards, monthly sales accelerated at an alarming rate and have continued in an upward trajectory since! “With our initial inventory levels, Davies, Craig was able to capture this demand but with current sales levels showing no signs of abating this necessitated a complete reorganization of our racking and manufacturing facilities to ensure we meet and exceed this increased demand.” Amongst the improvements are: • Increased pallet racking to manage increased storage of EWP and Thermatic Fan collateral. • New 4-Pump EWP Pressure Testing station (every EWP is pressure tested before being released for sale)

• Increased production space to cater for the increase to EWP assembly. • Further expansion of the Thermatic Fan production facilities. • Combined assembly area with wind tunnel testing and fan blade balancing as required. Davies, Craig says this upgrading of the EWP and Thermatic Electric Fan production facilities will help streamline its ability to meet increased customer demand for these high quality Australian-produced engine cooling products. For more information, visit www.daviescraig.com.au


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HISTORY EVOLVES

One of Australia’s oldest names in engine parts has expanded in a bold move forward Nason, a name synonymous with engine rebuilding in Australia for almost 75 years, has made a statement on its future with a major expansion to its central distribution warehouse plus the construction of a modern and spacious new administration building. Founded in 1947 by E.R Nason as a machine shop servicing the fledgling motor industry, Nason Engine Parts today portrays a very different modern image with a broad inventory base, direct representation in five states of Australia, and distribution throughout Australasia. Nason says its original Elizabeth Street, Melbourne landmark site, occupied from the time of the company’s inception, was the epicentre of the automotive trade until well into the eighties. The first move for the company was to a site in North Melbourne which almost tripled the floor space to 35,000 square feet, leaving long-standing employees of the company to ponder how they had coped for so long in such cramped conditions. The association of the name Nason with the automotive scene goes back even further to 1927 when E.R. Nason, an accountant with a mechanical flair, started up a motorcycle parts manufacturing business with an associate, Herb Pollard, under the name of Central Motor Engineers. Their first acquisition was a small engine reconditioning business allowing the duo to begin manufacturing hard-to-get motorcycle pistons and components. An innovative company for its day, the company was the first to cast an aluminium motorcycle piston in Australia. During the Second World War the company was called on from its newly built Maidstone factory to manufacture valuable components such as

pistons and parts, gaining in expertise throughout these years. On the death of his partner in 1950, E.R. Nason bought out Herb Pollard’s shares and his brother Syd joined the company. Prior to this, E.R. Nason had planned to start a separate business which would concentrate on supplying parts as well as reconditioned engines to the trade. Under the name of E.R.Nason and Co, the idea was revived and initiated, thus becoming the embryo of Nason Engine Parts today. Under the Nason name, the original Automotive Components Ltd (ACL) was founded in 1951. This company was later sold to Repco in 1965 and as a result of a management buy-out in 1986 the new owners reinstated the ACL Company name. In 1991 Nason was purchased to become part of the Headmod Group and a further shift was made to relocate it from the North Melbourne site to Mulgrave in 1992. Also acquired by the Headmod Group were Brisbane based Amalgamated Engine Parts in 1995, Adelaide based H.E.Sibley in 1998 and Engine Parts Australia of Sydney in 2001. The company’s Head Office and central distribution warehouse was relocated to a green-field site in Victoria’s distribution and manufacturing heartland of Dandenong in 2002 where it remains today. Whilst the face of Nason may have changed throughout these years with new multiple locations

L-R VACC CEO Geoff Gwilym, Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Angela Long, Nason GM Paul Magri and Bruce Parker

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and new ownership, the company’s culture has remained the same with long service employees carrying with them a lifetime of experience and traditional high levels of customer service. In 2011, Nason Engine Parts became the first international share holder for Australia and New Zealand in the Engine Pro Group of the USA. Founded in 1989 by independent distributors, Engine Pro sells high quality performance parts at very competitive pricing exclusively to engine rebuilders, machine shops and resellers. This is as a result of volume buying to service its 36 distribution centres throughout USA, Europe and Australasia. Today, the company says it represents Australia’s most extensive range of leading brand engine parts providing one of the greatest programs available to the trade. The range also includes Nason Engine Parts private label products under the NEP brand which currently covers engine gaskets and water pumps. In the high-performance engine category, the company also promotes such names as KB Icon Pistons, Eagle Crankshafts and Conrods, Hastings Piston Rings, Mahle/Clevite, Fel-Pro Gaskets, Melling Oil Pumps, Durabond Cam Bearings, ARP Performance Bolts and Driven Oil. Nason says the combination of its highly skilled and experienced long-serving staff; sales and warehouse facilities in five states coupled with strong marketing support, will ensure that the name of Nason remains synonymous with specialised automotive engine parts as the history of this industry continues to evolve. For more information, visit www.nason.com.au


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ABMARC MOVES TO AARC

The relocation allows AMBARC to offer even more support to Australia’s aftermarket Leading automotive engineering consultancy, ABMARC, has completed its move to the Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC). Located near Anglesea in Victoria, the AARC is now home to one of the world’s most advanced vehicle safety testing facilities with the completion of a $2.8 million investment to upgrade the existing facility and the introduction of a new suite of driver safety assist (ADAS) test equipment operated by ABMARC. ABMARC says it has selected world class equipment from Humanetics, including steering and braking robots, automated target vehicles, and pedestrian and cyclist dummies. The target platform can operate at speeds up to 100km/hr and also in wet weather, increasing its usefulness for vehicle R&D work. The system is also suitable for use with heavy vehicles to validate the effectiveness of automatic emergency braking or blind spot detection systems on trucks. Moving its business to the AARC in late 2020 also allows ABMARC to provide most of its testing and engineering services in one place.

In addition to ADAS testing, ABMARC supports clients through a range of engineering and test services to the light, heavy and associated aftermarket sectors, including: • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for GVM upgrades and design optimisation • Testing to a range of standards including ANCAP, EuroNCAP, UNECE, ADRs, SAE such as: Driver Safety Assist (AEB, LKA), ESC, braking (including trailer), noise, trailer sway, tilt test, constant radius and more • Durability testing • Vehicle and product evaluations and benchmarking (including off-road performance) • VASS engineering • Metrology and materials testing to support component strength analysis (perfect for GVM and GCM upgrades) • Emissions testing (laboratory and on-road with PEMS) • Engine calibrations • Electric vehicle testing • Small engine dynamometer • Controller design and manufacture (prototype) • Wiring harness manufacture (prototype) • Fuels and lubricants testing / performance validation

ABMARC also offers a range of second stage manufacturing services such as Commonwealth Government homologation (SSM) and vehicle conversions, stating that these capabilities provide an integrated services solution for clients. “We are excited to offer even more support to Australia’s aftermarket industry,” AMBARC Managing Director, Natalie Roberts, said. “Moving our business to the AARC allows us to offer a greater range of services in one place and benefits our clients greatly. “In our drive to improve road safety outcomes, we are also conducting important research, including to better understand the impacts that vehicle modifications may have on the effectiveness of driver safety assist technologies.” For more information, visit www.abmarc.com.au

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LAST MANUFACTURED HOLDEN VIC MANUFACTURING THE In this article, ACA Research asks if this is a AND INDUSTRY blessing in disguise for the aftermarket? DEVELOPMENT FUND This fund is open for applications now and there will also be another round later this year

Eligible small and medium Victorian manufacturing businesses can now access up to $500,000 through the Victorian Government’s Business Competitiveness Program to assist in the expansion of their operations and implementation of new adaptive manufacturing technologies and processes. Grants of up to 33 percent of eligible project expenditure (to a maximum grant amount of $500,000) will be allocated on a competitive basis for projects to be completed within 18 months of receiving the grant. Eligible projects include the purchase and commissioning of capital equipment, manufacturing product and process improvements, prototyping, evaluation and testing of new products and processes, and supply chain capability development.

It has been more than three years since the last Holden rolled off the Elizabeth production line, and the brand itself has also since been axed (as parent company General Motors exited righthand-drive markets globally). While this was somewhat of a shock, Holden’s demise had ultimately been on the cards for a while, with new vehicle sales trending down for several years in the lead-up to its eventual end.

to keep spending to ensure their vehicles remain operational. From a workshop perspective, we note that more than two thirds of the Commodores are pre-2010, suggesting service and repair needs (and costs) will continue to increase in years to come. Source: New Vehicle Sales, VFACTS 2012-21

Despite this, we can upon a closer look see life for the brand within the used car market, with Holden retaining its die-hard supporters, many of whom view it as part of the fabric of Australian automotive history. This is particularly true for the Commodore – first released in 1970, it quickly became the company’s most popular vehicle, and one of Australia’s go to family vehicles.

The Business Competitiveness Program is designed to assist small and medium manufacturers with an existing presence in Victoria to expand their manufacturing operations and implement new manufacturing technologies and processes that provide a critical foundation for generating sustainable new local jobs. The program aims to create jobs, increase industry competitiveness, and help strengthen local supply chains in traditional and emerging manufacturing sectors where Victoria has competitive advantages. The Business Competitiveness Program will be delivered in up to two competitive funding rounds per year, and applications will only be accepted when a funding round is open. Applications for the first funding round are now open, with a second round to open later in 2021 (August–September). For more information, visit www.business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs 16

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While many Commodores do remain on Australian roads today, the sobering fact is that every kilometer driven is one that will never be replaced. This drives nostalgia, and with nostalgia comes added value. We have seen the power of nostalgia at play recently, with some extraordinary sale prices at auction. A 2017 W1 Maloo Ute, one of four built by HSV after Holden’s factory closure, sold for $1.05 million early this year, and a VF Series II SSV Redline, the last one built in Australia’s factory, sold for $750,000. Whilst these prices are generally for vehicles with some special feature (eg. last one made in Australia), it begs the question of how long will it take for a ‘standard’ Commodore to become a collector’s item? To help us unpack this journey, we first need to look at how many are currently on Australian roads. As of January 2020, there are just over 860,000 registered Holden Commodores – which accounts for around four percent of the total car parc. Given the emotional engagement with the brand, it is likely that many owners will choose

Source: ABS Motor Vehicle Census, 2020

Despite GM’s departure from the market, it is therefore important for aftermarket players to continue to invest in the maintenance of these vehicles. Ultimately, the expected increase in demand for Holden Commodores, driven by a combination of Australian’s nostalgia for the vehicle and the finite number left on roads creates an opportunity for the aftermarket. The extraordinary prices that Holden fanatics are willing to pay for ‘collector’ vehicles substantiates how lucrative it may be to ensure that Australians continue to have access to their beloved Commodore. Given the demise of Australian manufacturing, this opportunity may never come around again. This column was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, the AAAA’s partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which 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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VICROADS LICENSED VEHICLE TESTER COURSES Available from Kangan Institute

Kangan Institute is one of Australia’s largest automotive training providers and since 1994, has been delivering VicRoads Licensed Vehicle training. This training currently takes place at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), conveniently located at Docklands in Victoria. Some courses are also available online.

About Licensed Vehicle Testing Although vehicle owners are responsible for keeping their vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition at all times, roadworthiness testing is undertaken to help minimise the possible hazard to road users including buyers of used vehicles where the vehicle may be in a potentially harmful condition, often without the owner being aware of it. A certificate of roadworthiness issued by a licensed tester is certification that a vehicle meets the roadworthy requirements and is fit for use on our roads. Automotive business directors and their staff can undertake the accredited training to upskill as well as diversify their business’ income stream.

Courses available: Light Vehicle Licensed Vehicle Tester: this course incorporates how to carry out a Roadworthy inspection in a thorough and efficient manner. This is done by demonstrating and following a logical inspection sequence, and the correct inspection techniques and application of VicRoads Standards and Regulations. Participants who successfully complete the course receive an examiners’ accreditation card and certificate. Heavy Vehicle Licensed Vehicle Tester: this course is based on the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) to provide a consistent test/fail guideline for Heavy Vehicle Inspections. Examiners will use the NHVIM to inspect and test a vehicle using the HV Examiner manual with the current equipment required under Licensed Vehicle Tester Licence conditions. Motorcycle Licensed Vehicle Tester: this course applies the standards relevant to the inspection of Motorcycles for roadworthiness, using all of the relevant VicRoads Standards and Regulations,

and a full understanding of the liabilities and responsibilities for an authorised examiner when inspecting a Motorcycle, and issuing a Certificate of Roadworthiness. Light Bus Tester Technical Examiner and Heavy Bus Tester Technical Examiner: the Bus Tester courses cover the accreditation component for participants to be aware of and understand their responsibilities in examining Small Buses (SB) Less than 4.5 Tons or Heavy Buses (HB) More than 4.5 Tons in in accordance with VicRoads requirements. For more information, visit www.kangan.edu.au/vic-roadslicensed-vehicle-tester-courses

GPC ASIA PACIFIC ACQUIRES RARE SPARES Rare Spares was founded in 1974, originally supplying new and refurbished parts for early model Holdens GPC Asia Pacific, best known for its Repco business, says it is delighted to announce its acquisition of RSP Automotive and Industrial (Rare Spares). Rare Spares has built one of the most trusted, respected, and recognised names in the automotive restoration market. Originally supplying new and refurbished parts for early model Holdens, it has diversified into a company that specialises in industrial rubber products, pressed metal products, clips and fasteners, and automotive OEM products. Repco has earned the trust of customers for almost 100 years. Its many achievements include famously partnering with Sir Jack Brabham in the 1960s for three Formula 1 Grand Prix wins in the BT19, powered by a Repco Brabham engine. In the 1970s Repco developed and built the F5000 engine for Formula 5000 racing, which won races in the Australian Grand Prix, the New Zealand Grand Prix, the Australian Driver’s Championship,

and the Australian Sports Car Championship. From 2021, Repco will bring fans the Repco Supercars Championship and the Repco Bathurst 1000. Recently, Repco was recognised as one of the best places to work in the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Entertainment category by the Australian Financial Review, and won Inside Retail awards for Best Instore Customer Service Initiative and Best Customer Service Team. “RSP and Rare Spares will continue to operate under the Rare Spares banner, under my leadership, and will be fully supported by the Repco crew,” Rare Spares Managing Director, Lance Corby, said. “In addition, my existing leadership team and operational structure will remain in place and the RSP and Rare Spares brands will continue to exist and grow in the market. “There is only upside to this, you won’t really see a change in the Rare Spares brand at all. Repco has a lot of tools that we can piggy-back off to help our development and supply faster to market – product sourcing, shipping and so on. There are so many synergies with the two companies working together.” GPC Asia Pacific has entered into a binding agreement with Rare Spares and subject to customary pre-completion requirements, this will take effect from 1 June.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the Rare Spares team join our GPC Asia Pacific family, and we’re fully committed to supporting the continued development and growth of Rare Spares under Lance Corby’s leadership,” Repco Australia Executive General Manager, Wayne Bryant, said. “We recognise that Rare Spares is an amazing business, and we are determined to build upon its legacy by continuing to operate Rare Spares stores, staffed by passionate and experienced car restoration experts. “The Rare Spares product offering is quite differentiated, but highly complementary to Repco’s broad range of auto parts and accessories and will enable us to provide car enthusiasts of Australia with a really compelling offer. “Rare Spares will operate alongside Repco and will ensure that automotive enthusiast and professional workshops customers have access to everything they need to love, fix and drive their cars now and into the future.” For more from GPC Asia Pacific, visit www.gpcasiapac.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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RYCO GROUP RECOGNISED IN BEST PLACE TO WORK AWARDS The news comes as RYCO continues to innovate and release new products The 2021 Australian Financial Review Best Places to Work awards has recognised the RYCO Group amongst the Top 10 workplaces in the Manufacturing and Consumer Goods category. Against some of the best names in the business, RYCO Group placed seventh in the category, a position RYCO Group Executive General Manager, Stuart Chandler, says is an enormous achievement. “I’m proud to report that RYCO ranked in the Top 10 in the AFR Best Places to Work competition,” Stuart said. “This is a fantastic achievement, and when you look at some of the other finalists, it highlights the magnitude of this award.” The award recognises the RYCO wellbeing program which prioritises mental health within the workplace, promoting sustainable working norms and encouraging smarter working practices. The wellbeing program reportedly demonstrates RYCO’s commitment to its team and the trajectory it will continue to take as a business.

Representing the automotive aftermarket industry at the awards allowed RYCO the opportunity to showcase its commitment to the continual improvement of the workplace, Stuart said, adding that the award recognises the hard work of RYCO’s valued employees who continually strive to produce the best automotive filtration systems on the market. The news comes as RYCO continues to innovate and release new products supporting passenger, light commercial, heavy vehicles, and the booming 4x4 and recreational off-road arena. The range of existing filtration products joins the growing line-up of catch-cans, fuel / water separators, and vehicle-specific mounting brackets, all engineered right here in Australia. The often critical, preventative maintenance products coincide with the country’s passion to go and explore our own backyard. RYCO says its design and engineering team have kept pace, and with the end-of-an-era that is the

V8 diesel-powered Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, releasing its near-factory-fit catch-can and fuel / water separator kit. With the 4x4 market becoming very investmentcentric with customers really wanting to protect their purchase, RYCO says “there is simply no better way to do that than by installing a catchcan and fuel / water separator kit.” The RYCO Group has been protecting cars, trucks, four-wheel drives – and its employees – since 1936. For more information, visit www.rycofilters.com.au

CENTURY YUASA LAUNCHES THE AUTO ELECTRICIANS CLUB The company is putting its support into the Auto Electrical industry with the launch of the new AEC The automotive industry has seen huge changes over the last decade, with consumer demand moving more towards stop/start, hybrid, and even fully-electric vehicles much more quickly than expected. These new technologies mean that vehicles are also becoming progressively more complicated, especially when you factor in the additional electrical components required for modern safety features like radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking and self-parking systems. As you’d expect, all of this means that requirements for auto electrical work is at an alltime high. But for independent auto electrical businesses, there’s the struggle of keeping up to date with the latest technological advancements considering little to no training is provided by vehicle manufacturers. To make matters worse, small independent workshops also don’t have any official industry representation, and often find it challenging to stay competitive in a market which is becoming increasingly dominated by larger automotive workshop groups. Century Yuasa – Australia’s largest battery manufacturer and distributor – says it recognises the importance of independent auto electrical 18

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businesses, and recently launched a brand-new initiative called The Auto Electricians Club (AEC). Century Yuasa explains that the AEC is one of Australia’s largest connected networks of independent auto electrical businesses, dedicated to supporting some of the nation’s best independent electrical experts and helping to future proof their businesses in the rapidly changing automotive marketplace. Free to join for auto electricians, AEC members still retain their business identity and structure, whist also enjoying the benefits of receiving the latest in technical and product information, along with training programs to help keep their businesses up to date on the latest industry advancements. AEC is designed to support its members with the latest in marketing initiatives and tools and networking opportunities – allowing like-minded auto electrical specialists to share knowledge to further advance the industry. “For too long now the Australian Auto Electrical industry (AEI) has been grouped within the Auto Mechanical industry and especially in areas of training,” Century Yuasa General Manager, Stu Stanners, said. “Today the AEI has evolved into an extremely specialised sector of the auto industry with the technical development of the motor vehicle.

“Century Yuasa Batteries has created AEC to assist in training, marketing and more importantly creating networking opportunities for our specialist Automotive Electrical customers.” AEC members are also invited to participate in the annual national conference, which offers open discussion between members regarding future issues facing the industry, professional business coaching, product and technical training, and networking opportunities to share ideas and initiatives that will help grow their businesses. Century Yuasa says it is dedicated to its local AEC partners, expanding its member’s skills alongside the expanding industry. For more information on the Auto Electricians Club, call 1300 362 287 or email info@cyb.com.au


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DRIVING TO DIVERSITY

CoolDrive Auto Parts to participate in inclusive workplace project CoolDrive Auto Parts, one of Australasia’s largest automotive parts distributors, has signed on for the pioneering Workplace Diversity Project. Operated by the not-for-profit Tradeswomen Australia Foundation, the Workplace Diversity Project aims to improve diversity throughout the automotive industry, increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing factors and reduce preventable injuries.  “CoolDrive Auto Parts is proud to be considered for the Workplace Diversity Project,” CoolDrive Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said.  “The automotive industry has been selected for this program because it has traditionally featured a low level of diversity. “Our aim through this project is to enhance our reputation within the automotive industry as an employer of choice and ultimately be more proactive at creating an inclusive working environment. “Obviously, the program is currently in its early days, but we hope the lessons learned for

management, and the improvement of employee well-being, will be transferrable across the entire business.” Overall, the program plans to engage 500 workers across workplaces in the automotive industry within two years, with key deliverables including the development of Human Resources policies and procedures that support mental health and well-being, mentoring to managers, and ultimately the development of resources to be available for the broader automotive repair and maintenance industry.  From Worksafe’s perspective, the project also aims to improve workplace occupational health and safety compliance, improve systems of work, workplace culture, and employee health and wellbeing.  Facets of the program include the facilitation and reporting of focus groups to look at the barriers toward diversity, the development of internal reviews, the implementation of tools to increase diversity, management coaching, and the ongoing

culture testing of workplaces, with the pre and post-program testing of Workplace Wellness Insights. CoolDrive’s participation in the program is currently focused on its Victorian branches and head office, but the company plans to use the learnings from the project to create more inclusive working environments nationwide across all branches.  Other businesses who have signed on for the project include a range of automotive dealerships, Ventura Buses, Pedders Suspension, and Scania Trucks.  For further information on CoolDrive Auto Parts, please visit www.cooldrive.com.au

BAPCOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP FORMED BAPCOR Limited has assembled its Australian commercial parts businesses to form a new group The newly formed BAPCOR Commercial Vehicle Group is said to be Australia’s largest aftermarket distributor of commercial vehicle truck parts and accessories to suit American, European, Japanese, Trailer and 4WD vehicles used by transport equipment operators, repairers and wholesalers across Australia. With an inventory of more than 60,000 unique commercial vehicle lines and access to more than 300,000 line items, the BAPCOR Commercial Vehicle Group says its range covers every ownerdriver, repairer, fleet operator and reseller with premium quality parts and consumables including brake parts, lubrication, filtration, electrical, suspension and steering components, driveline components, transmission components, maintenance items, exhaust systems, workshop equipment and diagnostics along with aftermarket panels and consumables.

The BAPCOR Commercial Vehicle Group offers its trade and wholesale customers a number of the most trusted and established market leading brands across the commercial vehicle sectors. These outstanding local parts suppliers are joined by over 100 local and international parts manufacturers, to supply the needs of the transport industry.   BAPCOR also provides specialised parts for heavy duty mining, agriculture, construction, general industrial and 4WD vehicles, available from a national network of 26 Truckline stores, 17 CVG Light branches and five ATP wholesale distribution centres located across the country. The BAPCOR Commercial Vehicle Group says it also offers exclusive product ranges, Fleetline and Braketek, that present “outstanding value and total quality for heavy duty repairers and fleet service centres nationwide.” BAPCOR’s Fleetline range includes high quality replacement load restraints, mudflaps, safety signs, wheels, curtain tensioners, trailer

accessories and twist locks. The Braketek range offers quality replacement brake system products including brake shoe kits, spring brakes, slack adjusters, air tanks, brake drums and rotors, suzi coils, brake pads, hydraulic components, calipers, sensors, hoses and fluids. “When it comes to best-in-class light and heavy commercial vehicle parts, by being the biggest we bring a very unique competitive edge to this important and quality reliant aftermarket sector,” BAPCOR Mechanical Executive General Manager, Mathew Cooper, said. “Along with our vast product range, we have the industry’s most highly experienced and knowledgeable people offering the world’s most trusted brands across a national network of well stocked stores, ensuring prompt daily deliveries. “Combine this with competitive pricing and access to parts six days per week and you have the complete commercial vehicle parts solution.” For more information, visit www.bapcor.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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BOSCH TEAMS UP WITH MICROSOFT The pair will develop a software-defined vehicle platform for seamless integration between cars and cloud

Bosch has teamed up with Microsoft to simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of vehicle software throughout a car’s lifetime in accordance with automotive quality standards. They intend to develop a software platform to seamlessly connect cars to the cloud which will be based on Microsoft Azure and incorporate software modules from Bosch; enabling software to be developed and downloaded to the control units and vehicle computers. A further focus will be on the development of tools that increase efficiency in the software development process.

Bosch says this will drive innovation and reduce development costs for vehicle software within and across organisations while providing drivers quicker access to new functions and digital services. The collaboration combines the wealth of software, electronics, and systems expertise of the leading automotive supplier with Microsoft’s know-how in software engineering and cloud computing. Both companies intend to make the new software platform available for first vehicle prototypes by the end of 2021. “Bosch already securely updates car software over the air today. With the comprehensive platform for software-defined cars, we want to further empower automakers to develop new functions and get them on the road faster,” Robert Bosch GmbH Member of the Board of Management, Dr Markus Heyn, said. “Our collaboration with Bosch brings together the expertise of one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers with the power of the Microsoft cloud, AI and GitHub,” Microsoft Executive Vice President for Cloud + AI, Scott Guthrie, said. “With software quickly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry, our ambition is to help businesses accelerate the delivery of unique mobility services.” For more information, visit www.bosch.com.au 20

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NEW CONCEPT FOR AUTOMECHANIKA FRANKFURT IN 2021 This year’s show will be unlike any other with its once-only ‘Digital Plus’ format

Across the 14th to the 16th of September 2021, the primary focus of this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt will be on, in addition to a compact physical exhibition, offering all participants the opportunity to network and present their companies digitally. The new offer, which is currently being introduced to the industry, reduces trade fair preparations to a minimum. Next year, the leading international trade fair will return to its familiar format on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds from the 13th to the 17th of September, 2022. Organisers have decided to change course regarding preparations for the first-ever hybrid Automechanika, at least for the physical exhibition. “As a result of the continuing difficulties posed by the pandemic, we will not be able to satisfy our customers’ expectations for a leading international trade fair this September,” Messe Frankfurt Member of the Executive Board, Detlef Braun, said. “Not only does the event require official approvals, but it also has to be possible to travel internationally. “Yet this does not change the automotive industry’s need for a platform where they can do business this year – and our customers and industry associations agree. “That is why we decided to modify our concept for this year’s Automechanika: in keeping with the ‘plug-and-play’ principle, we are offering opportunities to exhibit and network in person on the exhibition grounds while keeping preparations, risks and costs to a minimum. “Next year we plan to once again hold Automechanika Frankfurt in its familiar trade fair format. That event will take place from 13 to 17 September 2022.” The new concept offers companies a range of presentation formats from which to choose, as well as various networking lounges where in-person

business encounters can take place in accordance with the applicable coronavirus protection measures. Companies that are unable to travel to Frankfurt due to travel restrictions can present their products on a digital platform, where they will also be able to meet and network with visitors digitally. Messe Frankfurt informed its exhibitors in March of the expanded digital opportunities on offer that promise to maximise exhibitors’ networking opportunities and international range. For the first time, exhibitors will have the chance to live stream their latest products and innovations. All participants benefit from digital matchmaking and the scheduling tools, as well as facilities for live chats and 1:1 video calls. Most of the videos, as well as the exhibitors’ product information and company profiles, will remain online even after the event has finished. The exhibition will be centred around the Festhalle in the eastern part of the exhibition grounds. An innovation show, networking area and product promenade are also planned. Visitors can also look forward to a captivating supporting programme focusing on the latest topics and trends. “Even before COVID-19, there had been a lot of pressure on the car industry to change – to increase investment in digitalisation, in supply chains that are resilient and intelligent, and to develop further,” Automechanika Frankfurt Director, Olaf Mußhoff, said. “Now the pandemic has made these concerns even more urgent. Some industry players have already responded to the new requirements with new business ideas, innovative concepts, and solutions. “I am already looking forward to all the fascinating presentations and discussions that will be taking place at Automechanika Academy in which visitors can participate on location and online via live stream.” The new ‘Future Mobility Park’ – an innovative test and experience circuit located outdoors at the heart of the exhibition grounds – is a showcase for solutions for tomorrow’s mobility. Right next door in the Festhalle, Hypermotion will be taking place at the same time as Automechanika. For more information, visit www.automechanika.com


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AMPA TAKES THE CHEQUERED FLAG The 2021 Taipei AMPA and Autotronics Taipei show was successfully held recently The in-person Taipei AMPA and Autotronics Taipei show, colloquially known as AMPA, wrapped up four days of exhibition and events in April, attracting over 10,000 visitors to witness the latest products produced by the nearly 400 exhibitors at the show. Show organisers state AMPA successfully “brought out the newest trends and developments the global automotive industry has to offer, further cementing its standing as the most important automotive trade platform in the world.” AMPA brought out corporations from all over

Taiwan including signature exhibitors and emerging companies. The EV and IoV Forums gave in depth coverage to the future of transportation, while celebrities shared their experiences with automobiles, all of which attracted nearly 2,000 total participants seeking new knowledge. Following the closure of the physical show, AMPA Online continued on through to the beginning of May, with more than 70,000 visitors viewing the online content and interacting with exhibitors at the showground. Among the visitors were C-level officials from Nissan, Yamaha, Hong Hai, and others, offering exhibitors the opportunity to communicate with some of the world’s most important automotive corporation leaders. More importantly, many buyers from emerging markets also registered for AMPA Online, providing exhibitors an opportunity to reach new markets. For example, Taiwan Brake Technology, Yes Energy, Hao Jheng, and others gave positive

reviews about AMPA Online, with the latter specifically mentioning they were able to reach Latin American buyers for the first time. Finally, PTT Oil, Keysight, and other international exhibitors stated that being able to attend AMPA allowed them to continue to promote themselves in one of Asia’s most important automotive markets. While the physical show was underway, AMPA Online allowed chat and videoconferencing functions. Once the physical show concluded, the continuation of AMPA Online through to May 6 allowed buyers and exhibitors to continue to exchange eBusiness card contact information as the virtual show continued the momentum. Next year’s Taipei AMPA and Autotronics Taipei will take place across April 20-23. For more information, visit www.ampaonline.com.tw

AUTOMECHANIKA HO CHI MINH CITY 2021 DEFERRED Organisers say the decision to defer the show has been made to yield more promising exhibition results Prolonged global travel restrictions continue to hamper the entry of non-residential visitors into Vietnam. As an international meeting point for players in the local automotive community, the limitations of face-to-face business exchange have led to organisers deciding to defer Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2021. Originally scheduled for 30 June – 2 July in 2021, the show is now set to take place from 29 June – 1 July 2022. Stakeholders reportedly agree that an effective industry gathering would only be possible once travel restrictions ease, and they look forward

to a series of pre-show events that maintain momentum in the market. Ongoing travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 have limited the accessibility of overseas players joining Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. From this perspective, both local and international exhibitors have backed the call to defer the show. Nevertheless, organisers say they are optimistic that global vaccination programmes will create a passage into the country and release market opportunities in the year ahead.  Activities at the show aim to explore the potential for further growth and development between local and overseas participants. On the other hand, the Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City team recognises the need to engage the local automotive community and is working with stakeholders to assess the format and topics of pre-show events that satisfy demand during the interim.  “As a responsible business platform that serves the regional automotive community, we believe the show’s wider global participation is fundamental to its success and effectiveness,” Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd Deputy General Manager, Fiona Chiew, said.

“The deferred show date will allow more time for borders to open up to overseas exhibitors and buyers. Meanwhile, our upcoming pre-show events aim to offer more experiences whereby industry players can unite for networking and knowledge-sharing activities. “We are thankful for our stakeholders’ continued support and look forward to seeing you at one of our related events soon.” Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, Chan Chao International Co Ltd and Yorkers Exhibition Service Vietnam. For more updates on new show date arrangements, please visit www.automechanika-hcmc.com or contact Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd on +852 2802 7728 or autoasia@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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THE NEXT GEN AFTERMARKET IS HERE WITH ZF After a record sales year in 2020, ZF is taking its Oceania business to the next level

Regarded as one of the world’s leading suppliers in the automotive aftermarket, ZF has close to 35 years of local operations servicing the industry right across Australia, New Zealand and the entire Oceania region. ZF services a diverse customer landscape in over 115 countries, with more than 10,000 workshop partners and over 9,000 employees worldwide. The business supplies and services original equipment quality technology and components for passenger cars, motorbikes, light trucks, heavy trucks, buses, construction and mining vehicles, plus agricultural equipment, marine and even railway applications. In Oceania, ZF has its Head Office in Blacktown (NSW), with sales and service representation in four other states as well as New Zealand; employing more than 70 people and working with over 25 service partners. As a business, ZF says it continues to define and embrace the latest in automotive technology to ensure the automotive aftermarket is future proofed.

The ZF Oceania Leadership Team

“Our Next Generation Mobility strategy underpins all that we do at ZF – to focus on developing and delivering technology solutions to make cars, commercial vehicles and other automotive see, think and act in order to reduce emissions and increase road safety,” ZF in Oceania Managing Director, Mark Lowe, said. “ZF Aftermarket is the second largest aftermarket organisation worldwide, benefitting from more than 100 years of innovation, technology, expertise and experience in developing OE quality parts. “Every single product available through ZF Aftermarket is quality tested with the latest equipment for the best possible quality control, ensuring we can keep our customers equipped for their business needs, both today and in the future.” The company’s range of automotive aftermarket offerings consists of driveline, chassis, steering and braking components from its primary premium brands – ZF, LEMFÖRDER, SACHS and TRW, as well as a broad range of services.

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Additionally, ZF offers its original equipment transmission lubricants range as an aftermarket product called ZF-Lifeguardfluid for passenger car transmissions, which is available for servicing or replacement for factory-filled fluids. These synthetic or semi-synthetic lubricants are factory filled on ZF transmissions, having been optimised to reduce friction and therefore fuel consumption, while also promoting the reduction in exhaust emissions.

LEMFÖRDER Steering and Suspension ZF Aftermarket’s LEMFÖRDER brand is considered to be one of the top brands in steering and suspension components. Through excellence in engineering, development and testing, it brings the benefits of generations of OE manufacturing expertise and a pioneering spirit to the aftermarket.

ZF is a global technology company suppling systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

Utilised as original-equipment fitments by more than 50 vehicle manufacturers worldwide, the LEMFÖRDER range of steering and chassis components includes stabiliser links, steering arms, idler arms, tie rods, control arms and suspension joints.

The group is well known for its extensive range of automotive transmissions which are fitted as original equipment to many different types of passenger vehicles.

For all LEMFÖRDER steering parts and chassis

ZF Transmission and Lubricants

The local ZF team

These are supported by a range of genuine spare parts for servicing and repair, with ZF carrying stock for up to 15 years after volume production has finished.

Also available are engine mounts, transmission mounts, axle bearings, suspension strut mounts and complete mounting kits.


ZF’s automotive aftermarket consists of a wide range of components from its primary premium brands - ZF, LEMFÖRDER, SACHS and TRW.

components, ZF says only premium materials are used to fulfill the utmost requirements with regard to design and production – for the best possible safety on the road.

SACHS Shock Absorbers and Clutches Another brand in ZF Aftermarket’s portfolio is SACHS, with premium grade shock absorbers and clutches. Locally, the SACHS range has over 3,000 shock absorber references, with a combination of mono-tube and twin-tube gas pressurised shock technology throughout the entire range. Additionally, over 385 strut mounts and bearings and more than 220 bump stop and boot kits are available. As part of its commitment to the local aftermarket, ZF in Oceania has also launched a standalone range of SACHS shock absorbers for four-wheeldrives, off-road and utility vehicles, known as SACHS MAX. Designed specifically with Australia’s harsh conditions in mind, the SACHS MAX offering features larger pistons and cylinders, with the increased bore size resulting in shock absorbers that are more durable, while continuing to offer the ultimate in safety. This big bore design results in a reduction of heat and subsequently an improvement of consistency with heavy loads in rough terrain, especially when towing. For those looking to enhance their off-road capabilities, the SACHS MAX design allows for

vehicle lifts of up to two inches depending on the make and model of the vehicle. The SACHS clutch catalogue for local applications continues to expand as well, and now numbers over 1,500 components which includes clutch covers and discs, flywheels and clutch release systems, for various applications including buses, agricultural and construction vehicles.

TRW Braking Range ZF Aftermarket says it is also leading the field with TRW OE quality components for passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, as well as motorcycles, with products also covering steering and suspension. The TRW brake program available from ZF in Oceania offers more than 9,000 part numbers, for products including brake pads and discs, as well as companion items like brake hoses, brake fluid, brake grease and brake cleaner. In recent times, ZF Aftermarket has developed products specifically for the e-Drivetrain market, which has resulted in many new innovations including the TRW Electric Blue brake pad for electric and hybrid vehicles. Another instance of innovative technology in play is the advanced copper-free COTEC coating applied to the friction material of all TRW brake pads as standard, resulting in shorter stopping distances. The TRW DTEC brake pads take the COTEC-range to the next level, by reducing rim surface dust by up to 45 percent, all while making significantly less noise.

ZF Aftermarket says it also offers a broad range of TRW steering and suspension components, for the complete ‘Corner Module.’

Local Services The company has seen significant growth in recent years, with new customers among wholesalers, vehicle and vessel manufacturers, transport companies, public transport authorities, mechanical engineering companies, wind power plant operators, shipping companies, as well as private car owners. Services provided by ZF in Oceania include a full workshop offering, providing the marketplace with remanufactured components in a variety of formats for different client needs. Featuring factory trained technicians, the local facilities utilise special diagnostic and test equipment and ZF genuine parts, supported by a ZF remanufacture warranty, while exchange units are available on many popular lines to minimise down times. ZF also offers a customised training service to customers, major fleet operators, industry associations, as well as its service partner network. The courses are designed to enhance the understanding of the various products and systems now available, expanding the technical knowledge of participants. For more information on ZF in Oceania and its family of brands and local service offerings, please visit www.aftermarket.zf.com/au . Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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TECHNOFILE

OPUS IVS TAKES ON VW UNDERBOOST ISSUE Opus IVS master technicians recently supported a customer with a VW experiencing turbo-underboost All Opus IVS mechanical repair solutions come with live repair guidance from IVS 360 OE-brandspecific master technicians. Opus IVS says its IVS 360 support is a unique offering in the automotive aftermarket, offering live repair guidance worldwide to help workshops and technicians fix complex vehicles safely and fast. 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. Opus IVS says IVS 360 provides technicians with the confidence to repair the most complex vehicles fast with live repair guidance from OE brand-specific master technicians. Opus IVS’ experts access remotely in real time directly to vehicle communication systems to diagnose, program and calibrate vehicles. Opus IVS says this eliminates the uncertainty for workshops, giving them the confidence to get the most complex vehicles back on the road safely and fast. Customers can quickly and easily request support from the IVS 360 team directly from their DrivePro device. The IVS 360 team recently supported a customer with an VW that was lacking in power and failed to attain top speed, identifying the cause and the steps needed to fix the problem as follows. Make: VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda Models: all vehicles with variable vane turbochargers. Symptoms: Vehicle lacks power and vehicle does not attain top speed Fault Code: P0299 = Turbo under-boost Repairing the fault: the following steps were provided to the customer:

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• Connect your Opus IVS device and check for any engine or engine management faults, especially any fault code indicating turbo under-boost. • If a fault code is present, connect a mityvac to the turbo waste gate, pull a vacuum and see if it holds. • If vacuum does not hold, the diaphragm has failed. Note that in most common-rail diesels, this diaphragm can be replaced separately. • If vacuum holds, then leave vacuum on and drive the vehicle in this state. Does the vehicle drive okay? • If the vehicle now drives okay, this indicates that all the turbocharger mechanicals are okay, and the fault lies with the turbo control. • Inspect the vacuum pipes and hoses for deterioration or disconnection to and from the control solenoid (N75). Check for the correct operation of the N75 valve. • If the fault is still present, this indicates a turbo mechanical problem because turbo control has been eliminated as a cause of the problem. There could be a problem with either: - The turbo itself - Blocked exhaust - Blocked or leaking intake • To rule out a blocked or leaking intake: - If you have a common rail engine, contact our IVS 360 Team to check the system under boost. - If you have a PD diesel engine and wish to test the intake boost system, you can do so with the engine on idle. Use your Opus IVS device: ENGINE ELECTRONICS >> MANUAL FUNCTIONS >> BASIC SETTINGS >> CHANNEL 11 >> TOGGLE BASIC SETTINGS

- This will boost the intake in steps so that you can check the system without driving the vehicle. You can also check the boost live data in measuring groups. This shows you the actual and specified boost pressure. Driving under load, the values should match, as you only get boost while driving.

• A blocked exhaust normally shows up in conjunction with a DPF fault or a warning light. Rule this out by reading the back-pressure and/or venting the exhaust system. • If the checks carried out have allowed you to rule out the above, then the turbo itself will need to be checked for internal damage. Repair or replace as required. IVS 360 support offers live repair guidance and remote programming services to help you fix complex vehicles safely and fast. All Opus IVS mechanical repair solutions come with live repair guidance from IVS 360 OEM brand-specific master technicians. For more information, visit www.opusivs-au.com or contact 03 8561 7600 or sales-au@opusivs.com


PRODUCT R&D

A LEADING COMMITMENT TO R&D MANN+HUMMEL prides itself on its research and development focus

Every year MANN+HUMMEL invests four percent of its sales revenue into research and development. It states that it is proud to be able to say its developers are among the best in the world, and that by using their expertise, MANN+HUMMEL is able today to meet future threats such as air pollution and water contamination with very creative solutions.

A global research network In the development of new technology, MANN+HUMMEL explains that it relies on a global network of researchers, universities and academic institutes. In this way, it says it is able to combine the expertise of MANN+HUMMEL’s team and these industry leaders to meet the challenges of the future. The flagship of MANN+HUMMEL’s research work is its Technology Center in Ludwigsburg.

North Carolina (USA) for example, we have founded our own Innovation Center. “There are also numerous joint ventures with universities in other countries and regions of the world.”

should not be allowed to penetrate the inside of the engine,” Werner said.

Nanofiber Filter Media for Engine Air Intake Filtration

“The application of a highly efficient air filter is therefore essential in order to protect the engine and its components, such as the turbocharger or mass air flow sensor, against increased wear and defects caused by dirt particles.

Nanofiber filter media from MANN+HUMMEL has reportedly set new standards for commercial vehicle air filters.

“MANN+HUMMEL develops nanofiber coated filter media for the highly efficient separation, also amongst others, of fine particles.

“Our R&D specialists, totaling more than 1,200 around the world, therefore work closely with universities and academic institutions.

MANN+HUMMEL says it offers an extremely high dust separation efficiency of up to 99.99 percent for the separation of particles together with low flow restriction and a long service life.

“These filter media from MANN+HUMMEL are characterised by a verifiably higher separation efficiency along with the high dust holding capacity.

“At the University of Applied Sciences in Raleigh,

“Combustion air always contains particles which

“A high-tech nanofiber coated filter media from

“It is here that we are working around the clock to further improve our products and ensure they meet the requirements of our customers,” MANN+HUMMEL Chief Executive Officer, Werner Lieberherr, said. “This is where we thoroughly test new products. In the development of these new technologies and products, closeness to industry and academic networks is important.

ISO 5011 separation performance tested with ISO fine test dust (ISO 12103-01: A2). Results from filter elements with same size under typical conditions for heavy duty engine air intake. Separation performance changes with the changed test conditions (filtration velocity).

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Flat sheet test with ISO fine test dust (ISO 12103-01: A2). Determination of fractional separation efficiency during the first 60 seconds. The curves shown are based on average values. Individual values may deviate slightly. Fractional separation efficiency changes with changed test conditions.


PRODUCT R&D “Standard media made from cellulose enable the separation of 99.9 percent of the total mass of dust particles in the air. The closely meshed nanofiber layers allow separation efficiency to rise to 99.99 percent. “The high separation performance ensures that also smaller particles are separated by the nanofiber layer of the filter media. “In order to determine the separation efficiency for a certain particle size, particles with a defined size are counted in the air flow upstream and downstream of the filter media. “The results are shown using fractional separation efficiency curves. The nanofiber layer applied to the carrier verifiably reduces the passage of fine particles and therefore offers greater protection for the engine and its sensitive components.”

R&D tools MANN+HUMMEL says it is clear it has the expert knowledge to develop high performance filter media which are configured to meet increasing customer requirements. MANN+HUMMEL is the first choice for vehicles which work in environments with a high level of soot or fine dust pollution. Typical application areas here are dusty construction sites, mines and car rallies.”

Good particle separation performance along with low flow restriction MANN+HUMMEL explains that it has successfully used nanofiber technology for a few years in a series of applications for the commercial vehicles sector. The nanofiber filter media consists of a carrier media and an extremely thin layer of ultra-fine polymer fibers. The fibers with a diameter of less than one

micrometer are approximately 200 times smaller than the fiber diameter of the carrier material. This leads to a considerable improvement in particle separation and at the same time, nanofibers offer a further advantage: despite the high separation efficiency, the flow restriction remains very low. “A comparison of the nanofiber filter media to the carrier material on its own demonstrates the performance which nanofiber technology offers filters,” Werner said. “In the test of filter elements according to ISO 5011, nanofiber filter media retained up to 10 times more dust compared to the carrier material on its own.

It explains that it uses simulations, laboratory tests and special analysis software to improve nanofiber coatings for customised applications and combines this technology with other media and materials. In the development process, MANN+HUMMEL uses analysis software (with a patent pending) which is able to automatically determine the fiber diameter distribution and pore size distribution from scanning electron microscope images of nanofibers. It explains that this distribution substantially determines the separation efficiency and flow resistance of the media. For more information, visit www.mann-hummel.com

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine Publisher, Cameron McLachlan, takes a look at the products driving the automotive aftermarket. cameron@aaaa.com.au Control of the pore size distribution of the nanofiber media by means of analysis software for targeted separation performance. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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FROM PENRITE COUPLING WARNING NEW The company has been Australian owned and operated for 95 years SGF says you should be wary of unspecified replacement driveshaft flexible couplings

Flexible Couplings are considered an extremely sensitive and key component in a vehicle’s drivetrain. SGF says original couplings are vehicle specific and are tuned and balanced to reduce or eliminate the vibration and disturbing harmonic frequencies generated at different RPMs, and of course to withstand the maximum torque generated by the engine.

Penrite has just released its new Diesel Winter Fuel Treatment additive. The product is said to be ideal for use in alpine areas or in locations where temperatures are expected to fall below zero degrees and where winter fuel is not available. Diesel fuel can form wax crystals at very low temperatures. This can block injectors and prevent fuel from reaching the cylinder. The new Penrite Diesel Winter Fuel Treatment is a single dose product. It is designed to be added to the fuel, where it works by lowering the CFPP (Cold Filter Plugging Point) of the diesel fuel so that wax formation is below the bulk temperature of the fuel. This is important in alpine areas where the risk of wax formation is greatest. In off-road applications such as agriculture, the product may be used in storage tanks and in equipment in the case of an unexpected cold snap occurring before Alpine Fuel is available. Diesel Winter Fuel Treatment is also ideal for use prior to snow and skiing trips, 4WD and off-roading in high mountain regions, diesel fuel supplies stored in subzero degree temperatures, and in farm, agricultural and mining equipment which is used in colder climates. One 375ml bottle treats up to 100 Litres of diesel fuel. To find out more about Penrite and its Australian Made products, visit www.penriteoil.com.au

SGF says you should beware of copy couplings that can cause vibration and noise issues and, in most cases, early failure. Generally, it says many other low-quality couplings in the market take a convenient ‘one coupling fits many applications’ approach that is prone with potential NVH problems. SGF says its couplings are OE and supplied to many OEMs around the world. It states each coupling is specifically engineered and NVH tuned for a particular vehicle model. SGF is a German company specialising in torque transmission and anti-vibration solutions. Unlike many copy couplings available, SGF says it utilises its trademark Tenpu fibre technology: a combination of cord inlays vulcanised within select rubber compounds that operate in tension rather than pressure or shear load. It says the Tempo fibre reinforcement fibres transmit the majority of the torque whilst the design enables the tuning of the coupling for the specific reduction of each vehicle’s NVH characteristics, resulting in optimal damping and the elimination or reduction of noise and vibration, improved tolerance to shock loads and compensation of radial, axial and angular misalignments. Its couplings also have a highpower density ratio. For more information, contact sales@sgfasiapac.com 30

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CTEK INTRODUCES CS FREE Power to go, wherever you are

CTEK has launched what it says is the world’s first battery charger and maintainer with revolutionary Adaptive Boost technology in Australia. It says it is this Adaptive Boost technology that allows the innovative new charger to get a flat battery going quickly and safely – without the need for plugging into mains power, as it is a portable charger you can use wherever you go. The CS FREE features an internal lithium battery that charges the battery through the unit’s fast USB-C input, and when fully charged, the unit will reportedly hold its charge for up to a year, allowing it to be stored in a vehicle for whenever it is needed. Unlike traditional boosters or jump starters, CTEK says the CS FREE analyses the battery using Adaptive Boost technology, which works out the quickest and safest way to power up and protect the battery to get motorists back on the road within 15 minutes, without damaging the battery or the vehicle’s electronics. In addition to its portable capabilities, when plugged into mains power the new CS FREE acts as a maintenance charger, allowing it to be a complete three in one product that is capable of maintaining the long-term health of your battery. For the modern workshop, CTEK says this useful tool is perfect for use for day-to-day maintenance charging, while also having the benefit of portability for battery related issues when testing out on the road. To learn more about the new CS FREE, go to page 20 of the AAAA’s annual 4WD Special or visit www.ctek.com.au


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HUGE GROWTH IN HULK 4X4 CATALOGUE AT COOLDRIVE The new offering is five times larger than the original CoolDrive says massive growth in the Hulk 4X4 range of four-wheel-drive equipment and outdoor living accessories has seen it release a second edition catalogue, with the expanded offering over five times larger than the original issue. Available at CoolDrive branches nationally, the now 112-page full-colour catalogue is packed with the latest products available to cater to the everincreasing interest in camping and outback trekking. “We’re very proud here at CoolDrive of the development of the entire Hulk 4X4 range, with this catalogue representing a huge product development push in a short period,” CoolDrive Product Manager, Ben Fraser, said. “The Hulk 4X4 range truly stacks up with any offering available in the marketplace, with an allencompassing range that now caters for practically every off-road situation.” The catalogue is divided into nine chapters encompassing all parts of the outdoors lifestyle, including aftermarket parts, 4WD accessories and safety kits, as well as accessories to make the most out of touring and camping.

Featured are the many new product lines introduced to the range since the last catalogue, including aluminium loading ramps, a range of portable emergency power supplies/ jump starters, as well as the Portable Power Pack which CoolDrive says is the original and most advanced battery box, providing transportable power anywhere. There has also been an expansion to the Dual Battery Tray range, made from powder-coated steel for extra protection, with products suiting popular models from Ford, Holden, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota. Another handy new innovation from Hulk 4X4 is the Smart Eight Way Switch Panel, which is programmable to control multiple LED lights or electrical devices from an intuitive panel. The significantly expanded Hulk 4X4 lighting range has also been catalogued, with new driving lights and lightbar options complementing the already comprehensive range of minebars, work lights and camping lights. Hulk 4X4 has also partnered with Pro Quip to

introduce a new range of Jerry Cans, all certified to AS2906:2001 Australian standard, colour coded to reduce the possibility of using incorrect fuels, and designed to fit standard RV racks with their space-saving design. Other highlights include an adjustable vehicle door step, universal front seat covers, portable compressors, off-road jockey wheels, a wide range of free wheel hubs, brake upgrade systems, and stainless steel exhaust kits. For further information, visit www.hulk4x4.com.au or www.cooldrive.com.au or your local CoolDrive branch.

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EVENTURI RELEASE CARBON INTAKE For the GR Yaris

The Queen’s Enterprise Award winning company has launched its signature Carbon Fibre Intake for the new Toyota GR Yaris and is coming to Australia through Scuderia Autoart. An icon was born with the new GR Yaris and now Eventuri has developed a unique carbon fibre intake system for the new rally homologation model from Toyota. Launched globally, the carbon fibre intake is now available in Australia through Scuderia Autoart, the official importer and distributor of bespoke performance brands from around the world. From passion for cars and performance, Eventuri was founded by a team of engineers and enthusiasts with a background in Aeronautics and says it has established itself as a global benchmark in its segment. Transferring its technology and expertise, Eventuri has specially designed and engineered each component of the intake to provide the turbo with a smooth and free flowing path. With glossy and matte carbon finish variants,

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the GR Yaris intake has been developed through extensive data logging of temperatures, flow rates and dyno testing. Since the all-wheel-drive sports car comes with a turbocharged engine, heat and volume were the main considerations during development and has been designed to offer the highest possible flow rate whilst maintaining the lowest intake temperatures possible. By ensuring a sealed system, Eventuri says it has improved on the Intake Air Temperatures of the OEM airbox whilst increasing the internal volume to reduce the pressure drop, and therefore reduced pumping losses of the turbo, allowing it to operate more efficiently and reach peak boost sooner to increase performance. Going into the numbers, the intake reportedly achieves a performance increase of 11.2kW and 24Nm that has been tested by various reputable tuners globally who have all reported similar results. These results show an increase in torque and power across the entire RPM range, not just at

the peak RPM, explaining why the car feels more responsive and is able to accelerate faster through the gears. The GR Yaris intake system uses the Eventuri Patented Carbon fibre Housing, which provides an aerodynamically efficient airflow path from the filter to the turbo. Due to its unique design, the intake invokes the Venturi effect and maintains laminar flow conditions to reduce the drag on the turbo. After high demand for performance parts for the new GR Yaris, the first deliveries will arrive at the end of June 2021 through Scuderia Autoart and its nationwide dealer network. For more information, visit www.scuderia-autoart.com


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TGC NITRILE GLOVES From The Glove Company

Dion Hoy, the owner of Advanced Mechanical Services, recently reviewed The Glove Company’s TGC Nitrile Gloves. “TGC Black Gloves are the best I have used. My team and I use them daily. I find we work a lot faster and efficiently when wearing them, we can put them through their paces and know they won’t break or interrupt our workflow,” Dion said. “They really are ‘The World’s Toughest Gloves’; they are stretchy, grippy, and best of all, they do not sweat as much as other gloves thanks to the Low Sweat Comfort Technology. “For years I struggled to find a good glove for my team. None of the other gloves we tried held up, so we would just use our bare hands. “I came across The Glove Company at the 2017 Australian Automotive Aftermarket trade expo. The team there took the time to chat with me and explain the difference between their TGC Black gloves versus generic gloves. “I was sceptical, but they assured me the TGC Gloves were custom engineered specifically for the Automotive Industry. Their CEO spent his

youth working in the Automotive industry before becoming a chemical engineer. He realised there was no glove that could withstand the work we do. So, he created one. “They offered my team and I sample packs, they claim you have to try them for yourself to see, and then you’ll never go back. A couple days later the team and I grabbed them out and put them to the test, and wow they really were tough. “The Low Sweat Comfort Technology worked, you can feel the difference compared to other gloves. I can easily wear one pair per car service and not worry about them tearing or being punctured. They hold up to brake cleaner, oils, turpentines, fuel. “I’ve never used a pair of gloves so strong or with such an excellent grip. The whole glove is textured with a special micro texture. I grab spanners, filters, greasy hoses and not have them slip from my hand. “Just recently I tried the TGC Orange gloves, which are the exact same glove but hi-vis orange for something different. They didn’t disappoint either.

I think the team prefer them in summer as being orange, they found them cooler to wear outside as they don’t absorb the heat as much. “I find the TGC Orange are great for preventing cross-contamination too, as you can easily see what is on your hands. Now we always keep a couple of cases of both TGC Black Nitrile Gloves and the TGC Orange Nitrile Gloves in the workshop. I can’t imagine working without them.” For more information, visit www.theglovecompany.com

ILLUMINATE YOUR WAY WITH LED

LED Autolamps offers a range of lighting solutions for your workshop Designers and manufacturers of high-quality LED Automotive lighting, LED Autolamps, says it is excited to release a new range of heavy-duty rechargeable lamps.

PL175 penlights Heading up the new range are the slim and compact PL175 penlights which LED Autolamps says are a perfect size which fits neatly in your pocket using the steel pocket clip while being bright enough for quick and instant convenience. The light also features highly efficient COB LEDs – outputting 200 lumens for the main light – and a handy top torch for those hard to see places. Meanwhile, hands-free operation is made simple with a super-strong bottom magnet with the added flexibility of a 360° ball mounted base directing the light exactly where you need it.

HH420 workshop inspection wand The HH420 workshop inspection wand features a 250mm flexible neck extension and a superbright, heavy-duty build. This lamp’s stand-out features include a superstrong magnet and a nifty fold-out hanging hook for added flexibility with hands-free operation, both inbuilt into the base. 34

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A battery-saving economy mode with a powerful main light is easily controlled by an on/off dimming wheel that gives precise control of the light output from 50 lumens to a “massive” 700 lumens at full power. It also comes with a top-mounted torch for those hard to get at places.

WTB100 and WTB115 mini dual-beam rechargeable work lights LED Autolamps says the WTB100 and the WTB115 mini dual-beam rechargeable work lights ensure no task will be left unlit with dual 20-degree spot and 120° flood beams, and four power levels. Level one is the directed spot beam with 250 lumens and 400 Lumens output, respectively, while the next three levels control the flood lamp with “incredibly bright outputs” of 100 lumens, 350 lumens, and 700 lumens for the smaller WTB100 and 350 lumens, 700 lumens, and a whopping 1400 lumens for the larger of the two, the WTB115. Getting the light exactly where you need it is easier with a 180° tilt-adjustable base that not only is a super-strong magnet but has the added benefit of a nifty handhold for added convenience, says LED Autolamps. It says these lamps are an absolute must for your vehicle or toolbox, being small enough to fit in your

pocket yet powerful enough for any lighting task you have at hand.   The entire range offers fast USB charging with a low power discharge and maximum brightness and built-in toughness with basic ingress protection, hardened polycarbonate lens, and oil and chemical resistant bodies. LED Autolamps says they are super-efficient with a cool 6500K light and a CRI of over 80 crucial for correct colour rendering and are easily identifiable with bright red markings.   Manufactured to CE and RoHS with no hazardous materials, the new rechargeable inspection lamp range offers a two-year peace of mind warranty and are presented in a single retail blister pack with USB charging cables included.   For further information, visit www.ledautolamps.com for your local distributor or call 03 9466 7075.


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LEADING THE WAY

Auto Electrical Imports says it is leading the way with its safer, innovative lighting solutions Auto Electrical Imports (AEI) says it is constantly looking for ways to improve the safety of people and equipment. AEI has recently launched the second generation of its IONNIC LED Beacons, with “exceptional” safety features offering peace of mind for all onroad vehicles. The GEN 2 IONNIC 103 and 106 LED Beacon range builds upon the success of the original IONNIC Beacons. With an all-new hybrid lens design and a more thermally efficient base, AEI says the new GEN 2 103 and 106 series beacons provide improved performance along with industry proven reliability. The GEN 2 IONNIC LED Beacon range includes new optics that reportedly offer brighter and more consistent output, providing better visibility in any type of environment. They bring hybrid TIR and Linear design together for “superior” light output while the polycarbonate outer lens offers high durability and impact resistance. The increased surface area of the new GEN 2 LED

Beacon base provides improved heat dissipation that allows for increased light output while the new more thermally efficient design delivers better cooling and a brighter, safer beacon. The IONNIC 103 LED Beacon lights have a SAE class one rated output with 12 user selectable flash patterns, which can be set specifically to suit application or site requirements. They are offered in single and dual colour variants as well as permanent or magnetic mount types. The lights are designed and built to withstand the toughest of environments with a vibration resistance rated to SAE J575 and a polycarbonate lens for high durability. They are low profile at only 64mm tall, reducing the risk of damage from external potential hazards.

the safest and most innovative products for the automotive, construction and mining industries for more than 30 years. “At Auto Electrical Imports we pride ourselves on providing the absolute best safety lighting solutions for the automotive industry,” AEI Managing Director, Norman Haupt, said.

The IONNIC 106 LED Beacon includes all the same features and specification of the 103 series while being offered in a taller 117mm profile ideal for applications in which a higher profile beacon is required.

“We know that to be successful in the automotive industry, it is most important to evolve and respond to change, and we are proud to have a proven history in designing and building innovative systems to meet all of our customers’ needs.”

AEI says it has been a specialist in supplying

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BLIND SPOT DETECTION SYSTEMS Available from Burg Design

With electronics technology moving so fast in the auto industry, keeping up with it is near impossible however Burg Design says it has been at the forefront every step of the way for over 50 years under the brand of ParkSafe.

Burg Design says it is the original pioneer of OEM quality assured Ultrasonic Front and Rear Parking Sensors in Australia offering the very first sets into our market  over 30 years ago by directly supplying many thousands of sets to numerous motor vehicle manufacturers and importers as well as aftermarket installers. Burg Design says it is still at the forefront of this ever expanding automotive electronics industry with the recent development  of an extensive range of top-quality Reversing Cameras, Monitors, and Blind Spot Detection Systems (BSD) for all types of motor vehicle applications as well as Agriculture.  Burg Design has just released what it says is the most advanced range of Radar/Microwave Blind Spot Detection Systems (BSD) and Ultrasonic Parking Systems ever offered for sale in Australia that are suitable for the aftermarket. It says the range offers easy installation on all types of cars, RVs, utes, vans, buses, trailers and small and large commercial Trucks.  Burg Design says all of the ParkSafe products are thoroughly quality tested for performance  and durability before being released to market. Further, it states all ParkSafe products come with a minimum three to five years’ warranty, depending on the item and its application. For more information, visit www.burgdesign.com.au 38

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NEXT-GEN BATTERY MASTER ISOLATION SWITCH Available now from REDARC

In late 2020 REDARC released its next generation Battery Master Isolation Switch that fulfils the requirements of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard. Since its launch in 2016, REDARC says the proudly Australian Made BMIS (Battery Master Isolation Switch) has been trusted by OEs like Kenworth to safely isolate vehicle batteries when required and ensure a reliable performance while the vehicle is operating. During the development of the BMIS, it underwent extensive independent testing and validation including rugged field trials to ensure the unit could be fitted as OE equipment. REDARC says this is a prime example of collaboration and cooperation with an OEM to ensure a world best product outcome. Soon after the release of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard AS2809:2020, REDARC was proud to release the next generation BMIS (V2), fulfilling the requirement for a Master Isolation Switch under that standard. The new Australian standard is referred to within the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) which sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail. The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association affirms that compliance to the Australian standard is required to make road tank vehicles conformant to the legislated standards. Owners and operators of Road Tank vehicles rely upon the manufacturers of safety components like REDARC to assure compliance and reliable safety. REDARC Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, explained isolation switches are assessed as part of the full vehicle safety system under these standards, and this is why REDARC ensured the BMIS meets the criteria and enables the vehicles to operate safely in those conditions. “We have been working for over 30 years (since 1989) with the truck original equipment manufacturers, supplying products they can rely upon. We continue to work closely with our customers to provide products that meet their needs as well as industry standards,” Anthony said. “The upgraded compliance of the BMIS is another example of how our design engineers strive to set the industry benchmark for innovation in electronic vehicle technology.” The BMIS V2 is now available in Australia to comply with AS2809:2020 and in New Zealand

where vehicles are required to meet the DG Tank wagons requirements. Two BMIS models are available: the 4PN (positive, negative isolation - part number BMIS4PNV2KIT) and the 4PP (positive, positive isolation - part number BMIS4PPV2KIT). There are also supporting accessories in the BMIS-AP Adaptor plate and BMIS-CK connector kit. Designed and tested to meet stringent industry standards, REDARC says the BMIS reassuringly exceeds the requirements of large diesel engines in 12V and 24V systems and features an ISO 26262 rated dual redundancy system to avoid false triggering that can cause unnecessary electric shutdowns. The BMIS is easy to install from new or as a retrofit. The BMIS-AP Adaptor Plate reportedly makes retrofit installation as simple as possible. For new installations, REDARC recommends the BMIS-CK Connector Kit used on vehicles where a factory harness is not available.

Key features: • Meets requirements of the AS2809:2020 Dangerous Goods Standard • Durable, UV resistant housing which is resistant to rocks and fluids • Dual redundancy feature to avoid false triggering • Continuous self-checking function with an inbuilt LED diagnosis tool • Lockable in the off position for improved safety and theft prevention • Easy to install from new or as a retrofit • Compatible with existing roll-over sensors • Reviewed by independent safety experts REDARC says you can pair the BMIS with a roll over sensor for an enhanced safety solution, explaining that the BMIS can be complemented by REDARC’s Roll Over Sensor (ROS - part number ROS1224.) The ROS enables trucks to meet roll-over sensing requirements by signalling the isolation switch to disconnect power to the truck system in the event of a truck rollover while the BMIS is designed to safely isolate the vehicle batteries. For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au/heavyvehicle


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CARBON NEUTRAL LUBRICANTS Driving sustainability

Shell has a target to become a net-zero carbon emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner. As the biggest supplier of lubricants in the world, Shell Lubricants says it has a large part to play in delivering this1. The delivery of carbon neutral lubricants takes Shell one small step closer to reaching this goal. Shell says these lubricants help keep the world moving by ensuring machinery can operate consistently and efficiently at the peak of its performance. But behind this performance, there is an ongoing need to balance increased operational output with reduced environmental impact; and as demands evolve, expectations change too. Customers and consumers expect brands to offer solutions that make it easier for them to make sustainable choices. For motorists, it is important to improve the fuel efficiency of road transport in the future and therefore have the lowest impact on the climate. Shell says advanced engine oils such as its Shell

Helix Ultra Carbon Neutral offer the same great performance and reliability customers have come to expect and meet the highest American Petroleum Institute’s SP engine oil standards – and is now available with the added benefit of being carbon neutral2. As well as helping avoid or reduce emissions through material choices and operational efficiencies, Shell says the lubricants are now carbon neutral thanks to carbon offsetting through Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits. Shell aims to offset the annual emissions of more than 200 million liters of advanced synthetic lubricants, expecting to compensate around 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking approximately 340,000 cars off the road for one year (Shell notes that actual emissions from driving are sensitive to underlying assumptions). This represents a key milestone in Shell Lubricants’ multi-year strategy to help customers manage their sustainability needs and its ambition

to reduce the carbon intensity of its products by avoiding, reducing, and offsetting emissions. Since 2016, Shell says it has reduced the carbon intensity of its lubricants manufacturing by over 30 percent, and over 50 percent of electricity used in its lubricant blending plants now comes from renewable sources. For more information, visit www.shell.com 1 Kline & Co [https://www.shell.com/business-customers/ lubricants-for-business/news-and-media-releases/2019/shell-retainsleadership-of-global-lubricants-market-for-thirteen-consecutive-year.html 2 “Carbon neutral” indicates that Shell has engaged in a transaction where an amount of CO¬2 equivalent to the CO2e amount associated with the raw material extraction, transport, production, distribution, usage and end-of-life of the Lubricants has been avoided as emissions through the protection of natural ecosystems or removed from the atmosphere through a nature-based process.

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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF RISLONE Rislone Super Concentrated Fuel Injector Cleaner Twin Pack released For its Centenary, Rislone has released a special twin pack of its ever-popular Super Concentrated Fuel Injector Cleaner. Rislone says its Super Concentrated Fuel Injector Cleaner with Upper Cylinder Lubricant is the best all-around fuel additive to use with every tank of fuel. According to Rislone, the complete fuel system tune-up helps eliminate noisy injectors and fuel pumps, rough idle, hard starting and hesitation. High performance additives maximise power, performance and kilometres while helping to save petrol by cleaning and lubricating fuel injectors, it says. Rislone adds that regular use in both summer and winter maintains optimum engine efficiency and power; smooths rough idle and eliminates hard starts for cleaner, quieter operation. It also claims the product cleans fuel injectors, increases kilometers and saves on high fuel costs at the pump. The company explains that Upper Cylinder Lubricant helps prevent cylinder, ring and piston wear along with lubricating valves and guides giving longer engine life.

The Fuel Conditioner and Treatment protects and lubricates all parts of the fuel system including the fuel pump and injectors allowing more power and performance, it adds. It can be used with all petrol, ethanol E10 E85 and diesel fuels and also all fuel injected, turbo, direct injected and carbureted engines. The EZ Nozzle applicator works in all vehicles including those with capless fuel tanks. Rislone Fuel Injector Cleaner is compatible with Rislone Diesel Treatment and Rislone Octane Booster. One bottle is concentrated to treat up to 76 litres of petrol or diesel fuel. It is safe to use on vehicles with oxygen sensors, catalytic converters and particulate filters and it will not void a manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty.

upper cylinder of an engine; however, this action starts in the fuel tank. In the fuel tank, UCL helps prevent rust and corrosion and this process continues into the fuel lines. UCL also lubricates and protects the fuel pump, giving it a longer life and quieter operation.

The unique formulation allows it to work in both petrol and diesel fuel engines. For diesel applications this fuel additive complies with the federal low sulfur content requirements for use in diesel fuel motor vehicles and non-road engines.

The next step for the UCL formula is to lubricate the injectors, allowing them to work more efficiently. Not only are cylinder deposits cleaned, including gum and varnish, but as the UCL treats the upper cylinder the lubricating film helps to prevent carbon from sticking so that it can be burned. This film completely lubricates the upper piston, rings, guides, valves, and seats.

The Rislone Upper Cylinder Lubricant (UCL) additive is specially designed to lubricate the

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eliminating the need for a lip around the edge.

tailored to the exact pattern of your screen, leaving no opportunity for light to come through and so keeping your vehicle nice and cool.

RUBBERTREE ACCESSORIES

Quality, tailor-made accessories for your vehicle Rubbertree is a ‘NZ/AU based and made’ online automotive accessories store with more than 2,000 patterns on file; providing quality tailored and in some cases manufactured to order solutions specifically for your vehicle. This includes Car Mats, Boot Liners, Seat covers and Sunshades, to name just a few, with these aftermarket parts designed for your vehicle to look and function better and protect the value of your asset. Rubbertree says it strives to supply you with a quality product tailored to the exact fit of your vehicle. Every Car Mat comes with a clipping system unique to what you have in your vehicle so the mat sits in place, and has a non-slip backing. There are three different types of carpet and rubber to choose from, ensuring there is something for everyone. All of Rubbertree’s rubber is non-slip, odourless and waterproof. The rubber is designed with a textured surface to capture all the dirt and spills, 42

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Rubbertree’s carpet offering ranges include Classic, Luxury and Platinum carpet – each with a different pile, colour options and non-slip backing and finished off with a stylish binding. Rubbertree explains it also has a range of different materials available for Seat Covers, with each designed to suit a different lifestyle and purpose. Each cover is tailor made to your vehicle so “the cover becomes one with the seat,” with Rubbertree stating that it has covers to suit everyone. Tailor made Sunshades are Rubbertree’s newest addition to its product range. These shades are

The Sunshade also protects the interior of your vehicle from the harsh sun rays – all it takes is a simple release of the Velcro strap and your Sunshade is ready to go. Rubbertree says its exterior and Ute accessories range include everything from Gap stops and Sunshades to things as simple as air-vent phone holders and bumper protectors. It states that once again, all these products are tailored to your vehicle. For more information, visit www.rubbertree.com.au


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NEW FROM THINKWARE

The T700 4G LTE Connected Dash Cam has been launched Whether you want to protect yourself with undeniable evidence when an incident occurs onroad, capture an event while the vehicle is parked or simply want to record your off-road journey to show your mates, a dash cam will capture every moment. Thinkware says it has an extensive range of dash cams suited to every driver’s needs and has recently launched its brand new T700 Connected Dash Cam. With 4G LTE technology on-board, the T700 Dash Cam connects to your smartphone in real-time from anywhere around the world.

The Australian Version of the T700 Dash Cam works with all major network SIM Cards including Telstra, providing extensive coverage throughout Australia. Simply insert an active 4G nano SIM Card (not included) with SMS and internet data into the dash cam to gain remote access to the Connected Features including:

• Remote Live View: view real-time footage from

the dash cam in the vehicle with a click of a button. Real-Time Parking Impact Video: receive an instant notification and access parking incident footage via the Thinkware Connected App. Emergency Contact Messaging: in the event of an emergency due to an accident or when the manual SOS button is pressed, the location and video is automatically communicated via SMS to the registered mobile emergency contact number. Vehicle Status and Driving History: monitors the vehicle’s motion status including vehicle battery voltage check. This also includes the monitoring of driving history with data analytics on driving behaviour and travel history such as date, time, and distance of journeys. Captured the Image of the Most Recent Parking Location: in Parking Mode, this enables you to view vehicle location through the dash cam’s front and rear-view cameras at Full-HD quality. Remote Firmware Data Update: conveniently

upgrade and update firmware and speed cam data remotely to enhance dash cam features and maintain optimal operation. In addition to these innovative Connected Features, the dash cam also records in Full HD resolution front and rear, producing clear footage of your drive both on-road and off-road. The internal GPS, together with its Safety Camera Alert function, helps to provide location information and warn you of red light and speed cameras. Additionally, it is equipped with the Lane Departure Warning System, Front Collision Warning System, Urban Front Collision Warning System and Front Vehicle Departure Warning. For more information, visit www.thinkware.com.au

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TRW ELECTRIC PARK BRAKE PORTFOLIO EXPANDED New actuator repair kit added

The TRW Electric Park Brake (EPB) has become standard equipment in many vehicle classes in recent years, causing an increase in aftermarket demand with many vehicle owners looking for an alternative to the complete replacement of the EPB brake caliper. ZF Aftermarket says its TRW brand now meets this need with its new actuator repair kit. Like many other comfort features, the EPB was first established in the upper vehicle classes but is increasingly now being used in volume models. Advantages of the EPB include increased driver comfort, more freedom for the car’s interior designers, and allowing the possibility of new driver assistance functions. Although the EPB variations with actuator integrated into the brake caliper are considered

very reliable and durable, damage can still occur – as with any technical system. Workshops are able to make use of ZF Aftermarket’s extensive product range for repairs. Under the TRW brand, ZF says its Aftermarket organisation offers spare parts for virtually all brake repair cases, and a new service-oriented product has now been added to the EPB portfolio. Until now, workshops have had to replace the entire EPB brake caliper, even if only the actuator was defective. The electric actuator can fail even if the mechanical part of the brake caliper is still intact, more often after a long period of the vehicle standing idle – when the brake pads can detach from the disc and thus overload the engine.  ZF Aftermarket says this is why it now offers the new actuator repair kit as a low-cost and resourcesaving alternative to complete replacement.  The kit consists of the electric actuator, two fastening screws and an O-ring, with which the EPB can be repaired in a short time and at low cost for the customer.  The actuator repair kits will soon be launched for the following models: Audi A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, TT, Q3, Q7, Q8; BMW 5 series, X3, Z4; Jaguar F-Type Convertible; Seat Ateca, Leon, Alhambra; Skoda Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb; and Volkswagen Golf VII, Passat, CC, Arteon, Tiguan, Touareg. ZF Aftermarket also has plans of extending its range

of complete TRW EPB brake calipers. New to the range will be versions for the following models: Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8 as well as Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8 and R8; and BMW 8 Series Coupé/Gran Coupé/ Convertible. The brake calipers will be available in the same colours as used in the original equipment (OE), including black, red, grey and ultramarine. Some vehicle manufacturers use an attractive colour design not only for the EPB, but also for the caliper of the service brake. Therefore, ZF Aftermarket also offers a wide range of coloured brake calipers which can be fitted to many models from the Volkswagen Group, as well as cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Peugeot and Land Rover. The product range also includes spare parts for luxury cars and sports cars. High-performance and high-quality brake calipers in the OE colour are available under the TRW brand for sports cars such as the Lamborghini Gallardo and the MercedesBenz SLC, and also for powerful SUVs such as the Range Rover Sport and for top sports models such as the Audi S6 or BMW M8. For more information, visit www.zf.com/au

INTRODUCING RHINOHIDE ARMOR The only available 4WD protection system that is rated for highway use In 2016 Australia saw the release of an innovative new idea for 4WD enthusiasts: Rhinohide. When Rhinohide was launched, it offered a robust 4WD paint protection system that allowed users to venture down the tightest of tracks and explore the most challenging conditions before emerging with their paintwork unscathed. The Rhinohide product got national coverage with its debut on Australia’s Shark Tank and piqued the interest of not one, but three of the ‘sharks,’ resulting in Rhinohide Founder, Marc Berryman, taking investment from Dr Glen Richards and Andrew Banks.

Because of this, in 2020 under the restraint of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Rhinohide product development team went back to the drawing board to overcome these issues. The team spent almost 12 months undertaking extensive research and development to redesign the system from the ground up. “The new Rhinohide product is the clear leader in removable 4WD protection systems and the only available system that is rated for Highway (speeds of up to 130km/hr) as well as off-road use,” Rhinohide Founder, Marc Berryman, said.

The small Australian company’s initial concept used magnets to hold the custom moulded high impact ABS panels to the vehicle.

“It is also the only system which allows paintwork to breathe and avoid chaffing from the system itself thanks to a unique air gap between the panel and the paint surface.

The magnetic system, whilst capable, did have some limitations – in particular, it could not be used on the highway and also required routine maintenance and cleaning.

“The panels are the clear class leader in attachment technology, with their new Armor-Lock Attachment providing impact absorption through a patent pending ‘shock absorber’ built into the mechanism.

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“The system is also the only detachable panel protection system to have a security fastener with tamper-proof key to give peace of mind against it being stolen when parked in carparks, something no other magnet system can compete with. “It really is the world’s toughest panel protection system.” To learn more about the Rhinohide Armor system, please see page 16 of the AAAA’s annual 4WD special, or visit www.rhinohide.com.au


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OPTIBELT DELTA CHAIN CARBON TIMING BELT Driving high performance vehicles forward

High torque applications such as superchargers on drag cars and high-performance motorcycle drives demand a high-performance product which is where Optibelt says its Optibelt Delta Chain Carbon timing belt excels. The Optibelt Delta Chain timing belt can reportedly provide 100 percent power transmission compared to high performance rubber timing belts. The polyurethane construction combined with the carbon fibre cords of the Optibelt Delta Chain Carbon delivers a product that is resistant to contamination by water, a wide range of chemicals, oils and fluids. At the same time, the wear resistant red bonded fabric increases the sheer strength of the teeth meaning that constant and fast acceleration is possible, making the Optibelt Delta Chain Carbon the perfect partner in style and high-end performance, says Optibelt.

Driving development for Australia’s first designed and built performance electric motorcycles Savic Motorcycles says it is the first in Australia to design and build high performance electric motorcycles. These exceptional motorcycles required an exceptional drive and for this Savic says it called on the engineering expertise of international leading drive belt manufacturer Optibelt, who specified the Optibelt Delta Chain Carbon timing belt for this application. Compared with a roller chain drive, Optibelt Delta Chain carbon timing belts are cleaner, lighted, smoother and quieter and require no adjustments resulting in less maintenance and a longer life cycle. All these qualities were essential when designing a drive system for these highperformance motorcycles. The man behind the Savic Motorcycles is 28-year-old engineer, Dennis Savic, who together with a rapidly growing team, has developed three different specifications of their electric motorcycles, the C-Series. This follows the launch of their concept prototype at the 2018 Australian Motorcycle Expo, their second-generation prototype in November 2019 and the production prototype in 2020. The motorcycle prototypes are all direct drive to the rear wheel where the in-house designed rear wheel pulley has three spokes which line up perfectly with the spokes of the rear rim, which is also designed and developed by Savic and his

team. The belt width running on the motorcycles is 36mm which is the widest belt in the EV market according to Savic principal, Dennis Savic. The range offered now comprises three models being the Alpha fitted with an 11kWh battery for a 200 km range; the Delta with a 9kWh battery offering a range of 150km; and the commutefocused Omega with a modest range of 120km. All are reputedly competitively priced, starting from approximately $12,990 AUD. With the prototypes now virtually complete, compliance testing underway and the first production run of 50 motorcycles all pre-ordered, the team expect to commence production by mid2022. For more information, visit www.optibelt.com

TRICO LAUNCHES NEW RANGE New Exact Fit speciality wiper blades now available As modern vehicles grow in complexity, so do the wiper systems employed on them, resulting in the addition of several specialty wiper arm types and connections. In order to stay one step ahead of the development, Trico says it has introduced a range of blades designed specifically to meet the needs of these vehicles and arm types. Its new Trico Exact Fit specialty beam blade wipers have been designed to fit a range of modern and late model arm types. The range has been launched as a direct OE replacement and features Trico’s patented frameless sprung steel beam, as well as a 100 percent natural, UV treated rubber element and slim line design blade. Each blade is supplied with an exact fit connection which Trico says ensures easy, seamless fitment

straight out of the box with no adaptors required. The new Trico Exact Fit range has been built to meet the needs of three specialty wiper arm types – French Bayonet (Renault), Fitted Zone (Subaru/ Mazda) and Slide lock (Mercedes) – and has been designed to complement Trico’s already popular multi-fit bean blade programs. Trico says the addition of these three new specialty ranges can ensure your workshop has the right wiper fitment cover for over 99 percent of the Australian car parc. The Trico Exact Fit fitted zone range covers the new “FZ” arm type found on new Subaru and Mazda vehicles and is available in lengths from 400mm to 700mm. The Trico Exact Fit French Bayonet range is compatible with most late model Renault and Citroen vehicles including the popular Renault

Megane and is available in blade lengths 350mm to 700mm. The new Exact Fit Slide Lock range is designed to exclusively fit the new Mercedes wiper arm connection found on most new Mercedes vehicles from 2018 onwards and is available in lengths 450mm to 700mm. The new Trico Exact Fit range is available for order today and Trico says finding the right wiper blades has never been easier, thanks to the three-step vehicle application guide which can be found at www.tricoproducts.com.au Trico says that as a leader in global windscreen wiper blade manufacture, it has always been the brand that offers superior wiper performance and quality. For more information on Trico Wiper Products, call 03 9271 3288 or visit www.tricoproducts.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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NEW EUCA 15L BAG IN A BOX RANGE No more hard to recycle or dispose of plastic drums The team at Euca has re-introduced its whole liquid cleaning product range, now available in its new eco packaging that it says will eliminate unwanted land fill and solve the recycling problem encountered with the current use of bulk 10lt and 20lt Plastic drums. Euca’s desire is to change how you buy and handle bulk liquids, and currently on offer is the ability to trial its unique “Bag in a cardboard Box” 15lt Containers. Euca says that although the existing plastic drums are designated “recycle #2, being a good recycle plastic, the issue has always been in councils accepting these drums and then the recycling companies actually recycling them due to not knowing what chemicals had been stored in them.” The recycling of a drum has required washing the drum three times, removing the cap, tap and any other accessories and removing the label. It says that obviously, this ends up becoming too hard for many and so most of the drums have been going to landfill.

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The new Euca Eco Box is Designed to help our precious ecological system via a huge reduction in the use of plastic, less transportation fuel use, minimal water cleaning required and a decline in landfill use.

Key features: • Easy to use, set up and pour straight from the box; • Can be used to refill any other container; • Box made from 30 percent recycled cardboard material; • The cardboard is again recyclable; • Plastic bladder is recycle #4 LDPE – it just requires a quick rinse and drop off at any supermarket soft plastic REDcycle bin; • 70 percent less plastic used to make the bladder compared to a plastic drum; • Lessening of landfill plastic due to ease of recycle compared to Plastic Drums; • Reduction in freight / oil use / pollution as 7000 bladder bags fit on one pallet in transit where 7000 plastic drums takes seven semi-trailers to move;

• No need to wash drums, allowing for massive precious water savings; and • No need to transport drums on mass back to recycle, allowing for more pollution savings. Euca – part of Proud Products – says it has a comprehensive range of premium quality products that covers all aspects of sanitation and cleaning at extremely effective costs based on use. Proud Products is a family-owned business with everything made in Altona Victoria, using all locally sourced raw materials. For more information, visit www.eucaonline.com.au


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NEW DBA STREET SERIES BRAKE PADS Launched only two months ago, these new brake pads are already exceeding expectations Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) says the uptake of its new DBA Street Series brake pads range two months on from its local launch into the Australian market has been nothing short of impressive. This all-new product line of Street Series brake pads from DBA is aimed at the OE replacement market and was launched nationally in April. The company says the program has already exceeded its expectations. “After only two months it is fair to say that our new product is being well received by the trade and fitters alike,” DBA Marketing Manager, Lars Mehlan, said. “Product availability in the market is strong with a large network of brake specialists committed to the program, and we are also about to launch some major trade initiatives.” Lars says the initial success is testament to the hard work that has gone into developing the program. “The whole team has done a fantastic job. We have put our decades of braking development experience into this product, and we now have a pad that matches our long-established Street

Series rotor range in terms of market coverage, product quality and performance,” Lars said. A number of technical features around the pad design and friction composition have been employed to create a brake pad that according to DBA consistently performs at OE level, if not better. Depending on the exact specifications of the application, DBA offers either a ceramic or semimetallic formulation for the best result. All friction material undergoes thermal stability profiling (TSP), which in conjunction with the titanium dioxide-infused bed-in stripe leads to the shortest bed-in times and optimal braking performance. The friction material used is copperfree for low dust emission in accordance with NSFI regulations. The brake pads feature chamfers to reduce brake harshness and facilitate drive comfort, slots for improved thermal stability, and application-specific multi layered elastomeric coated shims for reduced braking noise. Each set of Street Series brake pads is supplied with high temperature lubricant, detailed bedding-in

instructions, and sensors and other hardware where applicable, ensuring installation times are kept to a minimum. DBA has introduced an impressive 750 different SKUs as part of its initial launch program, claiming a market-leading 95 percent-plus coverage for every application. The parts are catalogued in DBA’s online database accessible via their website. Each part number also comes with a comprehensive listing of corresponding brake rotors as well as alternative DBA performance brake pads. The all-new range is being distributed via DBA’s seven distribution centers around Australia and New Zealand for immediate availability. For further information, contact DBA at 1800 730 039 or sales@dba.com.au or visit www.dba.com.au

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COMMAND GO THROTTLE CONTROLLER Sales and vehicle application growth as rapid as the performance provided

Command Auto says it has led the market in ECU cruise controls for over 30 years and is a natural fit for the latest electronic technology. It says with the new Command Go Throttle Controller, you can transform the acceleration performance of your vehicle while reducing throttle lag and increasing vehicles responsiveness. Command Auto offers a national stockist and installer network, and point of sale displays are also available. The Command Go Throttle Controller is suitable for more than 700 vehicle applications and has been developed and tested on Australia’s most popular vehicles.

Key features and benefits: • • • • • • • • • • •

Reduces throttle lag. Adapts to driving habits. Six different modes. Nine different sensitivities per mode. Anti-theft function for added security. Suits Automatic and Manual transmissions. Unique Smart Learn function. Provides a smooth acceleration. Easy plug and play installation. Discreet dash mount display. Back-lit LCD display.

Modes Include: • Eco Mode – best for fuel economy, slower acceleration.

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• Intelligent [Intelli] Mode – detects and monitors driving habits, elects appropriate acceleration setting. • Boost Mode – improved throttle response time, smooth acceleration. • Sport Mode – quick throttle response, increased acceleration when exiting corners, best all-around effect. • Elite Mode – superb acceleration performance. • Bypass Mode – accelerates as normal factory setting. • Anti- Theft Function (ATF) – ATF will lock the throttle inhibiting the car from accelerating • One-Touch Overtaking Function – M button will jump directly to Elite Mode (while driving) to facilitate overtaking. For more information, visit www.commandauto.com.au


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PRO QUIP CELEBRATING 30 YEARS ON TOP “The little Aussie company with the world’s largest fuel and water can range” For 30 years now, Pro Quip International has been supplying the Australian market with its everexpanding Pro Quip Metal Jerry Can Range. Pro Quip started out in 1990 with just one colour (green) and two sizes (10L and 20L) before working with the Australian Defence Force, Government Departments and Regulatory Bodies saw this range expand to 60 varieties incorporating three sizes and over ten AFAC Approved colours. As the preferred supplier to the ADF, all Australian Fire and Emergency Services and numerous Government Departments, Pro Quip says it has been able to bring this range to the Automotive, Industrial, Agricultural, Mining and 4WD Aftermarkets, “particularly to those who recognise the need for quality and functionality over just price.” To complement its extensive Metal Jerry Can Range, Pro Quip has also been providing its Australian Made Plastic Fuel and Water Can Range for over 20 years now. With 30 varieties incorporating seven colours and

six sizes, including the new Australian-exclusive 15L Plastic Fuel Can, Pro Quip says its overall Fuel and Water Can Range far exceeds anything else on offer in the world. Both the Metal and Plastic ranges are supported by “the most comprehensive array of spare parts and accessories,” including mechanical and automatic Shut-Off Pourers, Flexible Pourers, replacement Seals and Caps. In addition to the Pro Quip Branded Fuel and Water Can ranges, Pro Quip says it continues to distribute some major international brand names in the Australian market. Pro Quip says the US-made Safe Jack range of Bottle Jack and Hi-Lift Jack Accessories are a great example of it bringing the highest quality option to Australia. The Safe Jack range reportedly provides safety and confidence for those modified and lifted 4WD vehicles that are beyond the capabilities of the OEM jacks provided. Pro Quip says that whilst some businesses attempt

to copy products with cheaper, sub-standard materials and workmanship, Pro Quip remains committed to the best, safest and highest quality Safe Jack range. The Off Road and 4WD market is a very important segment for Pro Quip and interacting with its customers has become a key contributor to continually assessing the market needs and developing products accordingly. With thousands of followers on Instagram (proquip_intl), Pro Quip regularly features stunning images of what Four Wheel Driving is all about, with customer submitted photographs of some of the most beautiful corners of the Country. To see the full Pro Quip range, visit its newly revamped website at www.proquip.com.au

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TOUGH-AS MATS Manufactured in South Australia, from Australian sourced materials

Tough-As Products says it is the Australian market leader in premium padded work mats and covers. Tough-As Products have designed the Multi Mat which is ideally suited to the 4x4, off road and camper enthusiast. The Multi Mat is a 1.5m x 0.5m padded mat which is 10mm thick and weighs just 1kg. The mat is perfect for keeping you clean and dry when making running repairs or checking equipment down on the ground. The Multi Mat works as a padded barrier from the harsh ground when kneeling and lying down, giving you comfort and protection while being compact and easy to stow away.  Tough-As says padded work mats should be an essential part of your tool kit when going into the Aussie outback, keeping you out of the dirt when checking over the vehicle and setting up camp.

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT RANGES Making the AutObarn and Autopro difference

BAPCOR Retail says it has introduced a series of premium quality automotive tools, equipment, and accessories ranges exclusive to its 245 store AutObarn and Autopro retail network. AutObarn and Autopro now reportedly offer customers unprecedented choice and value through these new exclusive product ranges. Amongst the additions is the new, trade quality, Chicane Tools range. Taiwan manufactured to ANSI standards and providing a full range of hand tools and tool storage equipment, BAPCOR Retail says this value priced, complete tool range was developed to provide trade quality tools and equipment to auto enthusiasts and technicians at unprecedented value for money.  Most Chicane Tool products in the range are supported by a lifetime warranty with the initial exclusive range covering 250 products including hand and speciality tools along with ergonomically designed and functional workshop storage units. Testament to the quality that can be expected from the Chicane Tools range is the selection and utilisation of these tools and storage units by one of Australia’s leading Supercar teams, Tickford Racing.  Another exciting new product range from AutObarn and Autopro is the Vyking Force pressure washer, generator and accessory range.

Key features and benefits: • Protect your knees, hips and back. • Keep your clothes, tools, and parts clean and organised. • Stays clean - grease and dirt wipes off. • Durable, premium grade PVC outer. • Closed cell, soft high-density foam inner. • Welded Seams for long life (no stitching). • Chemical and stain resistant. • Waterproof. • Made for Australian conditions with a fiveyear UV warranty. • Tear and cut resistant. The Multi Mat comes in a variety of colours and can be individually personalised with your name, logo or club emblem. Tough-As Work mat distributors are also being sought in key territories around Australia. For more information, visit www.tough-as.com.au or ask about Tough-As products at 4x4 retailers around Australia. 58

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

automotive panel and surface repair product range alongside other BAPCOR Retail and Trade outlets. BAPCOR Retail says this range of highquality paints, undercoats, sandpapers and associated panel repair products represents outstanding value for money while offering DIY repairers reliable quality. BAPCOR Retail says its exclusive Rough Country product range ensures 4WD enthusiasts are also very well serviced at both AutObarn and Autopro, providing a range of quality recovery equipment, off road components, touring products, trailer accessories and camping products including 12-24 Volt fridges and a full range of driving lights. Complementing the Rough Country 4WD product range is the XPlorer range of outdoor adventure products including roof racks, tie downs, caravan accessories, wheel and tyre accessories, vehicle mirrors and much more. Ensuring DIY enthusiasts have access to quality electrical equipment and consumables, the exclusive Voltage range of electrical globes and battery chargers / jump starters from AutObarn and Autopro provide quality and reliability to this key automotive aftermarket product segment. The Garage Tough (GT) range of entry level hand tools and DIY products are said to provide everything that a car owner needs to have in the garage. Progressing this concept is the Extreme Garage range of workshop tools and lifting equipment. This exclusive range is said to let automotive enthusiasts kit out their garage into their own repair workshops using strong and safe trade quality products including a new range of power tools and tool kits.  “The worldwide sourcing and development of our exclusive automotive product ranges is a key pillar in BAPCOR’s commitment to provide the broadest range of quality parts, tools, accessories and equipment to Australian car owners,” BAPCOR Retail General Manager-Private Label, Richard Wood, said. “The breadth of our exclusive automotive product brands and ranges ensures that any AutObarn or Autopro store is a complete one-stop destination for our customers’ automotive requirements.” For more information, visit www.bapcor.com.au 


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SNAP-ON TRITON-D10 DIAGNOSTIC TOOL Includes scan, component test information and lab scope capabilities Speed and certainty are an essential part of modern automotive fault diagnoses. Being able to isolate an issue confidently not only reduces costly downtime but allows you to fix the problem quickly and improves your bottom line. Snap-On says this is where its new TRITON-D10 comes in. Rugged, fast and equipped with the latest scan, component test information and lab scope capabilities, the TRITON-D10 allows technicians to dig deep into the systems of a vehicle and evaluate performance against comparative data to make accurate and efficient decisions on every complex repair. “Our latest scan tool allows technicians to act quickly when a vehicle comes into the workshop and needs a diagnostic evaluation. This new superfast intuitive scan tool doesn’t bog you down by showing unrelated data, but only what you need to know for the job,” Snap-on Tools Diagnostics Team member, Paul Lynch, said. “Using Fast-Track Intelligent Diagnostics, the TRITON-D10 filters data and delivers smart shortcuts to allow technicians access to information directly related to the diagnostic trouble code. “The Snap-on TRITON-D10 takes the guess work out of automotive fault diagnoses, and provides

technicians with the answers they need to complete the repair efficiently and confidently.” Snap-on says Fast-Track Intelligent Diagnostics systematically eliminate unnecessary information to provide technicians with only the specific data and resources that they need to make repair decisions on the vehicle under the current circumstances.

Hardware Designed and built specifically for the automotive industry the TRITON-D10 features a durable, streamlined design with thin, rugged handgrips, an integrated scope with enhanced memory for capturing intermittent glitches and a 255mm or 10-inch capacitive colour touchscreen display.

Software The TRITON-D10 offers sophisticated verification and testing functionality, including advanced graphing features and OEM-level data, plus a guided Component Test Meter/scope for verifying component failures with known good results. With an industry leading two second boot-up time, as well as a super-fast full system code scan, Snap-on says technicians can get to work right away.

unnecessary distractions getting in the way. FastTrack Intelligent Diagnostics enhances workflow and, along with Smart Data for relevant vehicle and code-specific PIDS, allows access to pre-filtered functional tests and guided component tests to verify repairs.

Customer support

Experienced-based software

The TRITON-D10 comes standard with Snap-on Customer Care, plus 24/7 online training and support, industry-focused national online training, flexible financing and exclusive access to the Snap-on Cloud.

Working with complete confidence means getting the answers that technicians need without any

For more information, talk to a participating Franchisee or other sales representative, or visit www.diagnostics.snapon.com

NEW CAR STACKER

STENHØJ Australia has widened its product range Molnar Car Stackers are now available for the automotive sector. With many automotive sites growing in popularity, STENHØJ Australia says clients have been coming to it asking for solutions to be able to retain their same inner-city location whilst expanding their car parking facilities. It says vehicles are often being stored longer at workshops and need to be stored safely without causing overcrowding. It says the solution is its new Molnar Car Stackers, which help create efficiency and profitability while being easy to use.

The stackers are said to allow workshops and dealerships to increase returns by maximising useable space, and to create extra work bays for extra cash flow and greater efficiency and significantly increased profitability. Two different models are currently available: the Molnar Laser 4.3CP (three car stacker) and the Molnar Laser 2.2CP (two car stacker). STENHØJ Australia says it has been calculated that if a work bay can generate $1,000 per day, this equates to $250,000 extra cashflow per year, resulting in $1,000,000 extra cash flow over a four-year period. By introducing Molnar Car Stackers, workshops and dealerships can increase the number of work bays on their site, thus improving efficiency while avoiding the cost involved to relocate to larger premises, or outside of their current locality. The new Molnar Parking System serves as dependent parking, above-ground parking, without requiring a pit. “Lower space has to be free to allow access for

parking on the lifting platform,” Molnar Parking Business Development Manager, Kevin Dawes said. Kevin says he has recently received feedback following an install of a new car stacker in a South Australian dealership that the business’ customers are extremely impressed with the Molnar Car Stackers and the impression of having created a very modern workshop. Molnar car stackers carry the same values as Molnar hoists: ISO9001 certified production, three years warranty, national installation/service network and strong after sales support. For more information please, contact 1-300-MOLNAR (1300 665 627), or Kevin Dawes direct on 0488 468 488 or kda@stenhoj.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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LEADERS IN AIR SUSPENSION From movie sets to the middle of the outback, you never know where Airbag Man will pop up next

For more than 20 years, the team at Airbag Man has built a robust business built on solid foundations. This proudly Australian-owned and operated family business was established in 1995 by Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Richard Clamp. As Australia’s leading distributor for worldrenowned Air Spring Manufacturers, Firestone and Dunlop, Airbag Man prides itself on designing and manufacturing unique, high-quality air suspension systems. “Our range includes air suspension systems to suit hundreds of vehicle types in the automotive industry from light passenger to heavy transport as well as industrial and agricultural applications,” Richard said. Airbag Man says it has revolutionised the vehicle suspension industry, allowing vehicles to carry loads and tow safely. “As a company, we are well proven in working with large or small manufacturers or individuals on projects to incorporate airbags as actuators or vibration isolators,” Richard explained. “Our knowledgeable engineering department has extensive experience and is committed to working closely with customers to design solutions specifically for their individual applications.” As you would expect, Richard and his team have in-depth product knowledge, but what sets this business apart is the unique company culture. Needless to say, the talented team at Airbag Man “love bagging things!” “While enthusiasm for our products is key, we have

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gone to great lengths to build an awesome team,” Richard said. “We have continually reinvested in the company to ensure it is strong and ready to grab hold of new opportunities, and of course able to weather the harshest storms like the global COVID-19 pandemic.” Airbags have many advantages when dealing with actuation and vibration isolation. “Specialising in the use of these fantastic products has been interesting and challenging. It has seen us work with design engineers from many different sectors, including for diverse applications such as film special effects,” Richard explained. Today, Airbag Man says it has built a reputation as one of the world’s most trusted air suspension manufacturers. Richard believes that extensive product testing in Australia’s harsh, off-road conditions is key to the business’ success globally.

“Our suspension products are well proven in Australia’s harsh off-road conditions with thousands of satisfied users,” Richard explained. “We can confidently say we were the first in the world to put a Nissan Patrol 4x4 on full air suspension, as well as the first caravan. “We pride ourselves on producing well-designed and easy to install air suspension products, and that has helped us secure our success globally.” Adding weight to its commitment to quality, Airbag Man has been ISO 9001 Quality Assurance accredited for more than a decade. “We aim to continuously improve our products and service levels and we can’t do it without our awesome staff, who all live the company philosophy every day,” Richard said. While Richard established the company in late October 1994 and officially registered Airbag Man in January 1995, he started his journey in 1977 in heavy transport industry automotive engineering. “I’ve always had a passion for automotive engineering,” Richard remarked. “I started as a mechanic in the last 1970s and quickly became interested in what was, at the time, emerging air suspension technology.” Following his start as a mechanic, Richard progressed to the position of fleet engineer – a role in which he was responsible for developing and commissioning air suspension solutions throughout Europe and Asia. After moving to Australia, Richard imported some of the first modern generation of semi-trailer air suspension. He launched it to the market with great success, off the back of which he seized on the opportunity to open an overall airbag specialist business, and Airbag Man was born. “We started in a small rental house with an initial stock order of $5000,” Richard described.


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Today the company holds a stock of over $4 million at any one time, and is in the process of building a new, purpose headquarters which, when completed, will have a footprint of 3,500 square meters – more than twice the size of its current location.

and robust air suspension systems right here in Australia is at the core of the success of the Airbag Man business, Richard and his team have also invested extensively in building a global distribution network that includes many wellrespected companies.

“As airbag and air suspension specialists, we have many diverse sectors that we service,” Richard explained.

“In manufacturing, components, and distribution, we only work with the highest quality partners,” Richard said.

“From the special effects industry through to the industrial, agriculture and of course the light vehicle sectors, we are continually growing new markets while continually investing in product development.”

“This ensures our customers are receiving the best product and the highest levels of service, no matter where they are located in the world.

Of course, Airbag Man also provides a wide variety of solutions for more traditional applications including light and medium commercial vehicles, RVs, 4x4s, motorhomes, caravans, performance, and emergency services. While designing and manufacturing innovative

“Of course, we are always developing new markets, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has made this a challenge in the recent past, we are still working tirelessly to expand the brand’s global footprint.” Richard explains that the team at Airbag Man is acutely aware of their economic and environmental responsibilities and understands they need to

continually respect everyone and everything that can affect or be affected by their actions. For example, the new headquarters will be wholly solar-powered and will have a provision for electric vehicle charging. Like many successful businesses in the automotive aftermarket, Airbag Man has enjoyed a long relationship with the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association. “We joined the AAAA soon after we launched the business,” Richard said. “We could see a need for strength in numbers in the aftermarket to address issues that potentially can adversely affect us all in the aftermarket industry together. “The AAAA has and still does a great job in that and helps us with advice in many areas as well as keeping us updated.” To discover more about this unique and innovative Australianowned, family business, visit www.airbagman.com.au

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CASTROL EXPANDS OFFER GET AWAY FROM USING 205L DRUMS With launch of GTX 5W-30 RN17 Alemlube says it can design an oil transfer optimisation solution catered for your business

A leading supplier of lubrication and workshop equipment, Alemlube explains that for more than 50 years it has been providing turnkey workshop solutions to the automotive and transport industries in Australia and New Zealand.

Storage of oil and waste oil is vital for a clean, safe workshop environment. Alemlube manufactures, supplies, and installs oil storage tanks to suit your requirements. It says all of its tanks are manufactured to Australian Standards and are designed and installed according to and in respect of critical OH&S regulations. “We can transform your existing business with complete fluid storage and transfer solutions for bulk oil storage and dispensing, as well as waste oil solutions,” Alemlube Workshop Equipment Product Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Grimwade, said. “Profitability is increased with a workshop operating efficiently and more quickly. “Another advantage of investing in a system is being able to purchase lubricants and other fluids in larger quantities enabling a better acquisition price for those products.” Alemlube says it can deliver tailored fit-outs for every sector of the industry, including: • Automotive Workshops • Automotive Dealerships • Wheel and Tyre Service workshops • Automotive Smash Repairs • Heavy Duty Truck workshops • Auto Electrical Workshops • Motorcycle Workshops • Rental Vehicle Fleet Workshops • Government and defence workshops • Auto / 4WD Speciality Outlets For more information, visit www.alemlube.com.au 64

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With engine technology in the Australian carparc advancing rapidly, the need for lubricant suppliers to maintain pace of their own product development has never been more pronounced. With Renault looking for lubricants that can deliver improved oxidation performance, piston cleanliness and sooted valvetrain wear performance in their latest technology engines, Castrol has recently launched Castrol GTX 5W-30 RN17. A full synthetic engine oil, Castrol GTX 5W-30 RN17 carries Renault RN17 approval, Renault’s latest 5W-30 mid SAPS service fill specification for petrol and EURO 6 diesel vehicles. This makes it suitable for use in a range of Groupe Renault (Renault, Mitsubishi, Nissan) vehicles including late model Mitsubishi Express vans. The specification has also been designed for turbocharged gasoline direct (TGDI) engines and includes gasoline particulate filter (GPF) protection. Importantly for workshops looking to consolidate lubricants, the Renault RN17 specification is

fully backwards compatible in applications where RN700 and RN710 approvals are called for. As one of the world’s most trusted engine oils Castrol GTX is designed to specifically help extend engine life and like all Castrol GTX products, the Double Action formula of Castrol GTX 5W-30 RN17 is designed to clean away old sludge and is demonstrated to protect against new sludge formation better than tough industry standards (API SN Seq. VG Sludge test limit). To learn more about Castrol GTX 5W-30 RN17, speak to your local Castrol rep, call Castrol on 1300 554 890, or visit www.castrol.com.au

VALEO REGLOSCOPE PRO Precise, fast and efficient headlamp alignment correction Valeo has introduced its new Valeo Regloscope which it says makes it easier for mechanics to check and correct headlamp alignment. The precise adjustment of the alignment of headlamps is essential to avoid dazzling other road users and to comply with regulations. Garage floors are not always perfectly flat and a dedicated area is sometimes necessary to avoid making inaccurate measurements.

It states this is a definite economic advantage, for both in-house workshops and truck garages

Thanks to its Flex Set modules that are placed against a front wheel and a back wheel of the vehicle, Valeo says its Regloscope Pro measures the horizontality of the floor with a laser and calculates the necessary compensation.

As technical check-ups become stricter, complying with regulations is essential. Valeo says lighting is one of the top three reasons for failing a technical check-up that demands a second verification (along with tyres and brakes).

Accurate lighting settings for any type of technology With its 1.80 m mast, the Valeo Regloscope Pro can be adapted to all car and truck headlamp heights in order to correct the settings of all types of lamps (fog lamps, low-beam lamps and full-beam lamps) that use existing (halogen, xenon) and emerging technologies (LED, matrix).

Proven added value for customers

The Valeo Regloscope Pro performs a complete diagnostic of the lamps in less than five minutes and prints out a diagnostic report.

Significant time-saving

The system is also instructive, because if an adjustment is necessary, it produces a pre- and post-adjustment report that explains the need for the operation and proves that the problem has been solved.

Valeo says its Regloscope Pro is so easy to use and efficient that you will be able to increase the number of vehicles you can work on in a given period of time.

For more information, email vsao.australia.mailbox@valeo.com

Valeo says this clear and detailed report highlights any hazardous parameters, in comparison with the optimal settings.


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NEW PITBULL PLIERS

GEARWRENCH says automotive and industrial mechanics have a new best friend Pliers are among the hand tools that automotive and industrial mechanics use every day, but that doesn’t mean they have to be mundane.

we know that grip is critical to getting the job done. Those two goals are at the core of everything we put into our PitBull Pliers.”

Instead, GEARWRENCH says it is proud to unleash its new line of PitBull Pliers designed with features and functionality that it says will quickly turn them into a mechanic’s best friend.

Tongue and Groove Pliers

“Professional technicians we talked to said that the most important things they looked for in their pliers are grip and cutting ability,” GEARWRENCH Product Manager, Steven Tokouzis, said. “We know they’re cutting day in and day out and

The PitBull K9 Tongue and Groove Pliers with dipped handles feature the innovative K9 jaw system with teeth that can grip and turn with up to a 35-degree offset angle. GEARWRENCH says the narrow profile provides 40 percent greater access than the competition.

Solid-Joint Pliers GEARWRENCH says professional technicians can now cut with 35 percent less force thanks to the pivot-forward design and laser-hardened cutting edges of all four GEARWRENCH PitBull SolidJoint Pliers (linesman, long-nose, universal and diagonal). It says the innovative designs also translate to 50 percent longer cutting life, meaning techs aren’t replacing their pliers over and over once they’ve gone dull. All four styles are available in dipped handles for easy cleaning.

• Linesman: designed with a cross-hatched jaw for better grip, a fish tape channel for flat steel fish tapes and a reaming head for deburring pipes. • Long-Nose: designed with a cross-hatched jaw for better grip, a fastener grip area to turn nuts and fasteners, and a nail/wire holder right on the jaws. • Universal: designed with a cross-hatched jaw for better grip, a crimping joint for crimping non-insulated connectors, and a fastener grip area to turn nuts and fasteners. • Diagonal: designed with a 20-degree angle for flush cutting and a reaming head for deburring pipes. All PitBull Pliers feature pinch-stop design to prevent blood blisters brought on by pinching handles. For more information, visit www.gearwrench.com.au

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BURSON IS “BIGGER IN BATTERIES”

Millions of cars across Australia require battery replacement each year Burson Auto Parts says many of its stores and trade customers have been experiencing a major increase in battery issues over the last year. It says this uptick in battery failures and replacement rates is directly linked to the major changes in private family vehicle and business vehicle usage during that period. This was combined with significantly reduced Taxi vehicle, ride share vehicle and both light and heavy-duty commercial vehicle use during 2020.  The vast majority of vehicles on Australian roads today are also more electronically complex, meaning that traditional automotive batteries no longer suit most modern vehicle applications.   In past decades there were five to ten automotive battery variants that technicians needed to select from to replace batteries in their customers’ cars. Fast forward to 2021 and Burson Auto Parts now offers its trade customers more than 50 different types of automotive batteries. Immediate access to the most advanced battery solutions has never been more important for automotive repairers than it is today. Originally required to simply assist in starting a vehicle engine, now automotive batteries are also a central power hub for high-tech vehicle safety, control and entertainment systems. Most modern cars are equipped with cameras,

radar systems, anti-lock braking control systems, electric power steering, heating, ventilation / air conditioning along with ancillary systems, placing greater power demands on vehicle batteries than ever before. This makes the selection of the right battery for each vehicle critical to ensure the safe and reliable operation of all onboard systems, including stop/start technology. With this vast diversity in battery types and specific vehicle battery applications, it becomes tough for automotive repairers and service centres to have the right battery on hand whenever needed. Attempting to stock or have on consignment every battery that a modern workshop needs doesn’t support productivity or profitability.  Together with Burson Auto Parts’ technology partner and fellow BAPCOR company, Federal Batteries, Burson Auto Parts says it has boosted its product range offer to create a holistic battery solution for repairers nationwide. Burson Auto Parts says its almost 200 stores across Australia ensure prompt access for older “just maintain” vehicles all the way through to prestige, sports, start-stop and hybrid models, along with light and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It says this broad battery range availability removes the need for large and often under-utilised, purchased or consignment-based battery stock holdings that take up valuable workshop space. 

The Burson Auto Parts battery range is said to be now so comprehensive that it covers 100 percent of the Australian vehicle car parc through premium quality brands including Century, ONmech, TECHCHG and VARTA. Federal Batteries has been powering Australian industry for over 30 years with proven products and detailed technical expertise. These two BAPCOR companies have joined forces to best support the trade through this exclusive battery supply partnership.  From basic flooded batteries to advanced battery technologies such as AGM and EFB including OE options, Burson Auto Parts says it provides the right battery solution underpinned by exceptional service. For stand-alone, multi-site or national workshops, 1,800 team members are at the ready through 195 nationwide Burson Auto Parts locations, to provide advice and organise the prompt delivery of battery orders using a fleet of 800 vehicles. With over 30,000 parts orders delivered daily, Burson Auto Parts says dedicated customer service is assured when you select it as your battery destination.   For more about the Burson Auto Parts battery range, call 1300 BURSON (1300 287 766).

MTA QLD SUPPORTS FUTURE SKILLS With launch of new training courses

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) says it is proud to announce the launch of a suite of training courses aimed at delivering skills in the area of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), in collaboration with ADAS Solutions Australia. The series of non-accredited courses are reportedly the first of their kind in Australia for the automotive industry and MTA Queensland says they will play an important role in developing pathways for new skill sets necessary to support the future evolution of the industry. The collaboration with ADAS Solutions Australia will see the introduction of three courses, each exploring different features of ADAS.  The ADAS Awareness course is a one-day program aimed at those working in the automotive industry who require an overall understanding of ADAS and their importance in modern vehicles. 

The ADAS Technician course is a two-day intensive program for automotive professionals with prior ADAS diagnostic experience, who are required to understand, diagnose, and calibrate ADAS systems in light-vehicles. The ADAS Vehicle Glass course is a one-day program aimed at automotive glazing specialists, who are seeking an understanding and awareness of ADAS front camera (windscreen) diagnostics and calibration.  “With ADAS becoming increasingly common and complex in modern vehicles, it is imperative that individuals working in the automotive industry are equipped with the necessary skills to install, maintain and repair such systems,” MTA Institute General Manager, Paul Kulpa, said.   “MTA Queensland is proud to offer state-of-the-art training in an area of growing need for the industry and look forward to joining ADAS Solutions Australia in delivering the courses.” 

“We are delighted to be collaborating with MTA Queensland to be the first in the market in Australia with this much needed training,” ADAS Solutions Australia Director, Adrian Parkes, said. “The coming together of the two brands ensures a high quality, award winning training platform through which we can deliver our expert, technically competent training modules.” The ADAS training courses will be conducted at the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence at Eight Mile Plains. For more information and to register, please visit www.mtaq.com.au/industry-training Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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BURSON AUTO PARTS INTRODUCES SEVEN LITRE ENGINE OILS Longer oil drain intervals on modern vehicles means larger engine sump capacities These larger sump capacities are driving the need to challenge the standard engine oil container sizes which for decades have been centred around five litre capacities with step ups to ten and twenty litres. Burson Auto Parts says it has enjoyed a highly successful association with its lubricant partner, PEAK Lubricants, for more than 25 years. This has ensured that Burson Auto Parts delivers automotive workshops, the industrial sector, heavy vehicle and DIY enthusiasts with “the right specification lubricants at excellent value pricing.” In order to provide the best value and efficiency for Burson Auto Parts trade customers, the Australian company has introduced seven litre Burson engine lubricants, complementing the traditional five, ten and twenty litre capacity range. Popular Burson engine oil grades and specifications included in the new seven litre range are: Part No

Description

BLVX7L

BURSON LVX 10W30 SN/CF MINERAL 7L

BSS10407L

BURSON 10W40 SEMI SYN SM/CF 7L

BDOG7L

BURSON GLOBAL 15W40 CI-4/SL 7L

BDOSS10407L BURSON 10W40 CJ-4 SEMI SYN DIESEL 7L BUFS5307L

BURSON ULTRA 5W30 FULL SYN 7L

BC3D7L

BURSON C3 5W30 FULL SYN 7L

To make way for the new Burson Auto Parts seven litre engine oil range, all six litre containers will be discontinued. While five or seven litres may be the correct exact capacity for certain engines, it is also very common for the requirement for specific grade engine oils to be larger, requiring a five and a seven-litre quantity or in the case of Diesel engines, a ten litre and five litre quantity may be the best option or even a seven litre and a five litre. “By having the option of a seven-litre lubricant quantity, Burson Auto Parts is assisting automotive workshops to reduce the instance of left over unused oil in containers which often are not enough for another job, but are too much to dispose of and waste. This is all about maximising efficiency and minimising wastage,” Burson Auto Parts Category Manager, Gareth Walker, said. Burson Auto Parts has a long history of supplying Australia’s automotive repairers with premium quality Burson Oils, providing the broadest range of oil grades and specifications to handle automotive workshop “just in time” lubricant requirements. This is particularly important considering the vast and growing number of makes, models and engine sizes on our roads. Burson Auto Parts says Burson Synthetic engine oils meet the ever-expanding requirement

for passenger car oils suitable for the latest specification vehicles entering the aftermarket. Burson 5W30 C3 Full Synthetic and 10W40 Semi Synthetic are amongst the most popular across both the trade and DIY sectors. These high-quality lubricant products have been engineered to perform to the expectations of the most discerning motorists and are highly credentialed for maximum vehicle application coverage. The Burson engine oil range is made up of more than 20 different grades and specifications and with the pack size options of 1, 5, 7, 10, 20, 60, 205 and even 1000 litre IBC’s along with pump into workshop solutions. Add to that the Burson Auto Parts program of gear and transmission oils, coolants, grease, brake fluid and workshop chemicals and Burson Auto Parts says it is easy to see why this program leads the way for workshops. For more information, visit www.burson.com.au

SPIKE IN JOBS INSPIRES LUBE MOBILE RECRUITMENT DRIVE Lube Mobile offers mechanical servicing for vehicles of all sizes

Mobile mechanical service provider Lube Mobile is bolstering its workforce in line with the increasing volume within its network. Lube Mobile offers mechanical servicing for vehicles of all sizes with its convenience and value ‘come-to-you’ proposition. It currently has more than 240 mobile service vans located in all major Australian cities. The company is now undertaking a recruitment drive to stay on top of increasing demand – with customers realising the additional benefits of mobile servicing during the COVID-19 period – and is on the hunt for qualified mechanics with a customer centric attitude to continue to match the demand on the business. The mobile service provider has a commitment to customer service and convenience, and according to Lube Mobile General Manager, Shane Cox, the business looks beyond skills alone 68

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for its mechanics – with passion and motivation complementing their knowledge. “Lube Mobile is different to any other mechanical service provider. We go to the customer and conduct the service on their terms, which means our mechanics operate in different ways to workshop based mechanics,” Shane said. “Our mechanics are so much more than mechanics. They are also their own service advisors and customer service representatives, which is why we place so much emphasis on having the right fit for our business.” Trust and transparency are key focuses for Lube Mobile, with customers benefiting from upfront quotes and approval before any work is conducted. “Our customers have a high expectation of us, so we look to employ mechanics that not just have the knowledge, but also the standards to live up to and surpass our customers’ needs,” Shane said.

As well as logbook and scheduled servicing, Lube Mobile offers a host of services for cars of all sizes including mechanical repairs, intake system cleaning, battery services, brakes and suspension upgrades, and with a fleet of dedicated fitment vans, even tyres. For more information, visit www.lubemobile.com.au or call 13 30 32.


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AEROFLOW AIR AND OIL FILTERS Distributed by Rocket Industries

Rocket Industries says that like the rest of the Aeroflow range, Aeroflow’s Air and Oil Filters represent great value for money.

Aeroflow Air Filters Designed for excellent filtration, Aeroflow’s range of re-useable cotton air filters and air cleaner assemblies were developed and manufactured using the latest technology to give your motor increased airflow capacity while preventing harmful dust and debris from getting inside your engine and causing damage. The range includes universal round element filters, pod filters, panel filters and OEM replacement filters. Aeroflow filters are made from cotton that has been dyed black and pre-oiled with clear oil ready for use. This means that when you wash and clean your filter it retains its colour, unlike some other brands. Responding to the current trend of stealthy black engines and chrome and black drivelines, Aeroflow has gone with black cotton that complements its black or chrome assemblies and answers the market’s call for a good-looking air filter. Aeroflow’s complete air cleaner assemblies in black or chrome fit most popular carburettors and are also available with an economy paper filter element. For maximum increase in air flow, Aeroflow offers its Full Flow cotton filter tops separately or as a complete assembly. A great range of breathers and accessories are also available. Aeroflow explains that its cotton filters are engineered for durability and says with the proper care, may last the lifetime of your vehicle. Aeroflow recommends you use Aeroflow cleaning and reoiling kits to wash and re-oil your air filter at service intervals to keep it working at optimum levels.

Aeroflow Engine Oil Filters Aeroflow oil filters have been designed to incorporate all the latest technology to provide great filtration with minimal restriction so your engine performs at its best with great protection. Aeroflow filters use an improved coil spring design to replace the commonly used “leaf” style spring and incorporate CNC machined thread for a precise fit. An Ultra High-Temp silicone anti-drain back valve in some models helps to prevent dry starts increasing engine life. An extra-thick backing plate and housing offers superior strength and pressure fatigue resistance which provides added protection against pressure surges in racing applications. Its construction also includes a hi-flow heavy duty base plate that features a fully tucked double seam. Aeroflow oil filters use a Buna-N rubber gasket which is compatible with most racing fuels and lubricants. A 24mm - 15/16” hex release nut allows simple and easy removal and incorporates a hole for use with lock wire. Aeroflow explains its oil filters use a premium pleated synthetic blend media for increased filtration at high flow rates with minimal pressure drop as well as a louvred center tube that allows more flow area and eliminates media wear during pleat movement. They are available for most popular makes and models. For more information, contact Aeroflow distributor Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or shop online at www.aeroflowperformance.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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SCAN IT Interequip offers a range of Carman and Autel diagnostic scan tools It is a pretty universally accepted notion that information is key to servicing modern vehicles. Interequip says that is why it is recommending a two for one deal on scan tools. It says Chinese manufacturer Autel and Korean manufacturer Carman offer scanner solutions which cover both old cars and new cars. Interequip says its two for one deal must be one of the best value propositions available today. It states the offer represents “the most honest approach in the industry to scan tool capabilities and widens the gap between Interequip’s offerings and the rest of the industry, effectively filling the need independent repairers have to service and repair modern vehicles.”

Autel has cheaper service tools such as MD808Pro or MX808 which cost lower than $700, while the entry professional tool, DS808, is Autel’s basic scan tool which is able to perform normal fault code and service light resets. It can also read live data, perform sensor activations and perform DPF burn offs, release electronic park brakes and calibrate steering angle sensors. It is delivered with a OBD2 connector and also older vehicle specific connectors as an option. Autel also has advanced deep level programming scan tools, such as the Maxisys Elite which can reprogram ECUs or the Ultra, which is a scope and scanner in one tool and includes subscribed information for repair. The Carman range of scan tools is again different from the Autel range and has long history of diagnostic development and software. Interequip says the Carman range is especially good for older Asian cars. For more information, go to www.interequip.com.au or contact Interequip on 18000EQUIP or email info@interequip.com.au 70

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TRAINING TO BECOME A BETTER SERVICE OPERATOR The level of service can vary from workshop to workshop and is usually dependant on some key factors, which includes the knowledge and efficiency of the workshop employees

With any small business, it takes regular learnings and improvements to keep up or be ahead of the competition. To become better in your field of expertise and to be preferred workshop of choice within your local community, change is required and needs to occur constantly. To keep up with the times and challenges of operating a small business, Bosch says its workshop concept “Bosch Car Service” is “a proven business partnership that actually works.” The concept has been around for 100 years and is a global success for over 15,000 independent workshops in 150 countries. Partnering with Bosch will reportedly provide workshops with many support features including business and technical training. As each course is completed, participants are able to put these learnings into practice and make significant and positive changes in the workplace, creating a prosperous and organised business, well into the future. There are two types of training programs offered by Bosch. The Bosch Service Excellence program is a business training program that is exclusively available to the members of the Bosch Car Service network. The program provides a framework that takes the network’s service quality to the next level, offering the tools and know-how to empower Bosch Car Service workshops to run their businesses successfully and grow in a highly competitive industry. Bosch says it also helps to increase the efficiency of operational processes, minimise costs and increase overall customer and employee satisfaction. Course topics include Brand, Staff and Customer Management; Workshop Processes and Quality Management; Operational Optimisation; Financial Management; Work Health and Safety including Mental Health; and Communication and Marketing Management. The cost of the Bosch Service Excellence program is fully inclusive in the concept’s annual fee and is highly regarded by the worldwide network of independent workshops. The second type of training offered by Bosch

is its globally renowned and extensive Bosch Automotive Technical Training Program. Bosch says the affordable Bosch Automotive Technical Training courses are available to all workshops, regardless of whether they belong to the network or not. All course details are available via the Bosch Training Solutions website and a discount also automatically applies for Bosch Car Service members upon enrolment. Due to continuously changing technology and servicing requirements, Bosch explains it is important for workshop technicians to attend technical training as often as possible. It is also highly recommended for workshop owners to dedicate regular technical training to keep their technicians abreast of the latest and most up to date information required to make the right and most efficient choices when servicing and repairing vehicles. An investment in training is what makes the difference between a tradesman and a technician, and will add a competitive edge to any workshop focussed on customer satisfaction, productivity and profitability.

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CLEAR FLOOR OR FLOOR PLATE HOISTS? Genesis Equipment takes a look at this important question Genesis Equipment says one of the most significant considerations when buying a two-post hoist is whether you should choose a clear floor or a floor plate hoist. It says understanding the difference in how these hoists are constructed and set up will help you determine which model will be suitable for your workshop.

Clear Floor Hoists As the name suggests, clear floor hoists keep the ground below the vehicle and hoist free from obstruction. In these models, the cables and hoses are housed above the vehicle. Clear floor hoists may require more height to allow space for the overhead bar. So, while they may not fit in every garage, the fact there are no obstructions on the floor below the vehicle offers significant benefits for hassle-free, efficient servicing. The bar across the top serves several functions: 1. It provides a secure place for hoist operating cables to run;

2. It houses a padded overhead safety shutoff bar; and 3. Offers structural support in the two-post hoist to prevent the posts from bowing or moving during lifting. Genesis Equipment says Bendpak’s XPR Series of clear floor hoists are ALI approved and available in symmetric, asymmetric and extra tall options.

Floor Plate Hoists A floor plate hoist has a metal bar running across the ground between the two posts to house the cables. As such, it can be more challenging to manoeuvre other servicing equipment under the vehicle. However, on the flip side, this type of hoist tends to be better for spaces with lower ceilings with its shorter frame. Floor plate hoists are generally better for workshops and garages with lower ceilings, as the bar housing the cables sit across the floor. Genesis Equipment says the XPR Series of

Bendpak Floor Plate hoists has a reinforced steel base plate built to be sturdy and durable.

Deciding between a Clear Floor and Floor Plate Hoist Genesis Equipment says if you are still undecided about whether you should go with a Clear Floor or Floor Plate Hoist, its expert workshop specialists can help. To discuss your decision, you can contact the Genesis Equipment team on 1300 694 363 or enquire via www.genesisequipment.com.au

KEEP IT CLEAN

It is important to properly clean and oil your K&N Filters As a rule of thumb, K&N Filters says you should do a visual inspection of your filter about every 24 thousand kilometres for regular highway driving. K&N Filters explained to Street Muscle Magazine that you may have to inspect your filter more frequently if you live where there is a lot of dust or dirt roads, as your environment will impact the amount of service your filter will require. “K&N air filters can go up to 50,000 miles before they require cleaning under normal highway driving conditions. They should be cleaned more often in dusty conditions. You should also clean them more often for the best appearance on an exposed element air filter,” K&N’s Tim Martin said. K&N says although some visible dirt on the filter is okay and it may actually help the filter’s ability

to clean the air entering it, the filter should be cleaned and recharged when you are unable to see the aluminium mesh that encapsulates the filter. K&N sells recharge kits which contain the correct cleaner and oil to service your filters. It manufactures both cotton fibre filters and synthetic fibre filters. Your filter application will designate which type of filter you have, so make sure you purchase the correct cleaner for your filter. If you find that your K&N filter needs to be recharged, remove it from your vehicle and gently tap it out to remove the heavier dirt from it before spraying it with the K&N cleaner. Spray your filter with the K&N cleaner liberally and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. Rinse the element from the inside first with low pressure water, then rinse it from the outside. For very dirty filters, you may have to repeat the cleaning procedure and rinse again. Shake the filter out to remove excess water and allow it to air dry for a couple of hours. If you must speed up the process, you can use a hair dryer with no heat to help dry the filter. Do not use high pressure air because it will destroy the filtering capabilities of the filter’s microfibers and also void its warranty.

Once the filter is dry, you can now apply the oil. If using the aerosol type oil, spray the filter with one good coat of oil and let it saturate for about 20 minutes, then if required, touch up any areas that need it until you have a uniform coating of oil. If you are using the squeeze bottle oil, apply the oil going lengthwise along the pleats, making sure to apply it to each pleat, then let it wick for about 30 minutes, before installing it. K&N Filters are available from Rocket Industries. For more information, visit www.rocketindustries.com.au or call Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900. Supplied by Rocket Industries Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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VALVOLINE CHEMICAL PRODUCTS For Professionals

Valvoline says its chemicals help deliver maximum value to workshops by providing professional grade consumables to automotive services. In Australia, Valvoline has been in operation for over 120 years servicing the automotive aftermarket with an array of high-quality lubricants and specialised solutions From maintenance products to cleaners, Valvoline says these are essential products any workshop must have. Valvoline says its Professional Series products improve preventative maintenance services by offering advanced technologies to protect systems and maximise operational life. Such Valvoline chemicals have been designed to give workshops the ability to improve service quality, increase customer satisfaction and add value to your business by generating incremental workshop revenue. Valvoline says it offers a great range of high-quality technical sprays that work as problem solvers and has introduced six new products into the range. These preventative maintenance and workshop consumable chemicals have been imported from Europe to service the local market.

Introducing Valvoline’s new range of preventative maintenance products: • DPF Cleaner 400ml (Part Number: 877070): Valvoline DPF Cleaner is a tool to loosen and remove ash deposits in diesel particulate filter systems, without disassembly. • EGR Cleaner 500ml (Part Number: 877071): Valvoline EGR Cleaner is an exhaust gas recirculation cleaner to dissolve deposits in the EGR valve, air intake system, manifold and inlet valves. It can be used to restore air flow to the engine, improve power and acceleration as well as help reduce exhaust smoke. • AIRCO Cleaner 500ml (Part Number: 877067): Valvoline Airco Cleaner is a high-quality cleansing foam to condition and optimise the function of the air conditioning in a vehicle.

Introducing Valvoline’s new range of workshop consumable products: • Ceramic Grease 500ml (Part Number: 877055): Valvoline Ceramic Grease is a metal free ceramic grease, to treat parts which are subjected to heavy workloads and/or exposed to very high temperatures. It is suitable for ABS

brake systems, lambda sensors, brake parts, exhaust parts, screwed connections which are exposed to high temperatures. • Contact Cleaner 500ml (Part Number: 877066): Valvoline Contact Cleaner is a spray to clean electrical contacts. It is suitable for switches, batteries, contact points, printed circuit board switches and multiple sockets. • Gasket Remover 500ml (Part Number: 877063): Valvoline Gasket Remover is a spray for fast and easy removal of dried adhesives and seals, as well as hardened sealing materials in cars and machine parts. It is suitable for use in cylinder heads, gearboxes, exhausts, crankcases, sanitary fittings, water and oil pumps and electro engines. For more information, visit www.valvoline.com.au

SCORING A TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT Mann-Filter says the difference is all in the details On the surface, filters often look very similar. On taking a closer look, however, you can see striking differences in quality.

• Top protection for engine, airflow sensor, and other sensitive components.

Mann-Filter says only close scrutiny will reveal more about the design, materials, and features of these quality filters.

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When it comes to the Mann-Filter Air Filter, it says the key features to consider are as follows:

Filter medium: • Application-specific filter medium according to OE requirements. • Full filtration capacity within the entire maintenance interval plus reserve capacity. • Consistently high engine performance.

Seal: Tight-fitting Mann-Filter PUR foam seal Perfect fit in the filter housing. Sealing contour adapted to the housing. Durable in all common temperature ranges. Maintains the required elasticity over the entire maintenance interval.

Stabilisation • Optimum pleat geometry and stability even under intense loads. • Special embossing process of the filter medium. • High-quality impregnation with high chemical resistance and mechanical stability. • Provides the best conditions for a properly working airflow sensor. • Consistently high filtration performance, even under damp and wet conditions. • Stabilisation

Safety • Protective fleece medium on the air filter (prefiltration in dusty environments plus water and snow separation).

• Improved protection against vehicle fires thanks to flame-retardant impregnation of the filter. Mann-Filter says the risk of fire after contact if a smoldering cigarette is sucked in is reduced significantly. Mann-Filter says its air filters reliably protect the engine from wear, thereby preventing unwanted and often expensive repairs. As such, it says they are an investment in long-term customer satisfaction and trust. With more than 1,670 different types of air filters in original equipment quality, Mann-Filter says it covers nearly 97 percent of the European passenger car and transporter fleets. For more information, visit www.mann-hummel.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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YOUR GLOW ONE DUAL-CLUTCH KNOW Metal vs Ceramic Glow Plugs OIL FOR ALL Available now from MotorActive

Rowe Hightec DCG II is a high-performance, double-clutch gear oil that reportedly meets around 30 different specifications. MotorActive explains that this enables this one lubricant to suit virtually every DCT, DSG, PDK, S-Tronic and twin-clutch transmission that is likely to roll into Aussie workshops.

It states that Hightec DCG II is a premium quality lubricant specially tailored to the low wear, low friction and long service life requirements of the modern dual-clutch transmissions manufactured by Getrag, ZF AG, Borg-Warner, Schaeffler Group and others. It is said to provide maximum protection against wear, corrosion, sludge and sticking – all the way from sub-zero temperatures through to extreme heat and stress. Those behind the product say Rowe Hightec DCG II also enables spontaneous and sporty gear changes, plus slip-free operation, even under very high torque loads. MotorActive warns that using ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid), or a traditional manual transmission lubricant (gear oil) in a dual clutch transmission typically results in catastrophic failure of the gearbox.

As more and more manufacturers are specifying ceramic plugs as OE fitment; it is becoming increasingly important to correctly identify the correct replacement part. “It is critical to ensure you do not replace ceramic glow plugs with metal plugs,” NGK Spark Plugs Australia Senior Product Manager, James Filshie, said. “In many cases, replacing ceramic plugs with metal ones can cause a reduction in performance and in extreme cases, the result can be permanent engine damage.” Ceramic glow plugs are engineered to perform under the most extreme conditions. Compared to a metal glow plug, NGK says its ceramic glow plugs have a more robust ceramic heating element which is encased in a ceramic insulator. “This pure ceramic design unique to NGK has extremely good thermal conductivity properties and can withstand very rapid heating times over extended service periods,” James said. “On the other hand, metal plugs feature a metal heating coil within a hollow metal tube, similar to a radiator tube.” NGK says it is the only glow plug manufacturer to produce ‘Pure Ceramic’ glow plugs with a ceramic heater and insulator, stating that the advantage of NGK’s innovative design means that both the conductor and the insulator have identical thermal properties, ultimately providing superior durability. “Other brands of ceramic glow plugs are manufactured using a metallic conductor and ceramic insulator,” James said. “As a result, these two components have different thermal properties, meaning they will expand and contract at different rates during heating and cooling cycles, this increases the risk of the ceramic insulator cracking and reduces service life.”

NGK says its unique combination of both a ceramic heating element and ceramic insulator allows its ceramic glow plugs to reach higher temperatures than metal type glow plugs, enabling the engine to reach operating temperature more quickly. In addition, due to the robust nature of the ceramic heating element and ceramic conductor, post-glow times of up to ten minutes can reportedly be employed. “Be warned, we have tested a variety of cheap ceramic alternatives and found many are actually metal glow plugs. This is concerning as fitting a metal plug where a ceramic plug is specified can have serious consequences,” James said. “These cheap ceramic alternatives end up being overheated due to electrical overload and their service life is reduced.” NGK says this is because ceramic glow plugs are designed to reach higher temperatures faster and hold these temperatures for longer. It states fitment of a metal glow plug in these applications pushes the metal glow plug beyond its capabilities, resulting in premature failure.   “When replacing glow plugs it is critical to select the correct part number,” James said. “When a glow plug with different thermal characteristics to OE specifications is installed the glow plug controller cannot identify when an incorrect glow plug has been installed and will continue to supply voltage as pre-programmed.” This can have one of two results. Firstly, overheating as too much voltage will be applied for extended periods, which reduces service life, or secondly, the plug will not reach peak temperature, reducing engine performance. “Always remember, glow plugs are  not interchangeable. Identifying and fitting the correct glow plug for your specific vehicle is critical,” James said.

Rowe-Oil Hightec DCG II is made in Germany and can be ordered in can be ordered in one, five and 20-litre sizes.

“Don’t risk your reputation, choose the correct NGK Glow Plug for the engine and feel confident in a job completed to specification.”

It is is available now through MotorActive, which can be contacted on 1800 350 622.

NGK says all of its glow plugs are designed to suit the specific requirements of each individual make and model to ensure that your customers’ engines perform at their peak.

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NEW FILTRATION RANGE NOW AVAILABLE From NAPA Auto Parts

Australia’s newest name in the automotive aftermarket says it is proud to release its range of NAPA Filters for common passenger motor vehicles. The range includes air, oil, fuel and cabin filters and are produced with quality and value at top of mind. GPC Merchandise Manager - Filtration, David Cattunar, says his team worked hard to source the right facility to produce a filtration range that could provide the right level of quality to meet workshop and consumer expectations. “Nobody who cares about an engine will pick up

a filter and think ‘that’ll do’, so we made sure our range meets or exceeds OE standards, but without the OE price tag,” David said. “Each NAPA Filter includes features you’d expect from OE or market leader filters to ensure we’re providing value every time you purchase any filter in the range. “We’ve tested our filters to SAE standards to ensure the best performance, longevity and flow to reduce engine wear, and best of all, they satisfy new car warranty requirements.” With quality and value at top of mind, NAPA Auto Parts says it makes sense that its air filters utilise media technologies that put them at the very top end of market quality to ensure contaminants are collected effectively and ensure filter efficiency and longevity. Likewise, it explains most of the NAPA oil filters utilise a specifically developed synthetic blend media to deliver optimum filtration, efficiency and life, and include an anti-drain back valve, where applicable on OEM filters.

For inside vehicles, each NAPA cabin filter features anti-viral activated carbon media which prevents pollen, odours, gases, mould, fungus, bacteria and certain viruses such as Influenza Type A from entering the HVAC system. The NAPA Filters are the latest in a range of quality NAPA branded service parts and consumables including oil, wipers and drive belts. Not only does NAPA Auto Parts stock a range of quality NAPA branded products, it says it is also home to the world’s leading service brands including Ryco, Penrite, NGK, Gates, OEX, Milwaukee Tool and many more. For more information, visit www.napaparts.com.au for your local branch.

ONLINE TRAINING FOR EVS The do’s and don’ts

EV charging and conversions specialist, EVUp, says that in Australia it is expected that around a third of all new vehicles sold by 2024 will be battery electric vehicles (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

Identification of an EV Firstly, can you identify a BEV or PHEV when it comes to your workshop? Look for the mandatory blue diamond ‘EV’ sticker on both numberplates, plus badging on the side, front or rear of the vehicle that says ‘EV,’ ‘Zero Emissions’ or ‘Hybrid.’ You should also ensure you can identify high voltage cabling before working on an EV. Generally, all cables and components that are orange – conduit or plastic covered wires – are high voltage, as are the components they terminate to. This is a good time to mention personal protective equipment (PPE), as insulated tools, fire resistant long trousers or overalls and gloves relevant for work to AS2225:1994 and AS 2161.1.2016 should be procured for enhanced safety of your team.

Handling EVs in your workshop When moving EVs around a workshop, extra care must be taken. Ensure the ignition key is on (to

allow release of the electric handbrake), place the vehicle in neutral, engage the handbrake and disconnect the 12V accessory battery. Under no circumstances should an EV be lifted via the battery pack. For example, a floor scissor lift should never be used to raise the electric vehicle for servicing. Some EVs will require hoisting jacks, which are often carried by the EV owner.

EV safety inspection You should conduct a thorough safety inspection before servicing work is carried out, including checking all HV connections are firmly joined, and looking for water ingress into seals, damage or snags in HV cabling and battery pack integrity. An inspection of the charging port and equipment, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension can then be carried out. Most importantly, a ‘state of health’ check of the EV traction battery should be completed using an appropriate scanning tool to determine if the battery management system (BMS) and charging module have any cells at fault or charging failures.

EV servicing Because they have fewer moving parts, EVs need less servicing than other vehicles. However, some common faults include:

• faulty sensors, such as proximity sensors for park assist and doors; • faulty charging cables and charge ports; • HV traction main fuse due to excessive current draw (such as hard acceleration); • driveaway protection failure (while vehicle is connected to charging); • battery balancing - check fault codes to diagnose; and • BMS systems due to uneven battery voltages.

EV HV Safety Training To prepare yourself and your team for the transition to low-emission transport, EVUp says it has worked with a group of EV experts in Australia and New Zealand to build a quick and cost effective online training course. AAAA members can access this course with a 10 percent discount – to register using this discount, go to www.evalliancetraining.thinkific.com and enter the coupon code ‘AAAA member.’ For more information, visit www.evup.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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NEW KYB STRUT KIT GATES LAUNCHES ‘PROTECT THE RIDE’ CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED You want to keep your customers happy and keep Everything you need, in one box

KYB has introduced an all-new Strut Kit range which it says provides a simplified product offering for customers, with everything they need in one box. KYB says the new kit is perfect for customers who want longer lasting components, reduced fitting costs and the confidence of a perfect fit. “The strut is a crucial part of the vehicle’s steering system and greatly affects alignment angles, so it is important to ensure this part is in optimum condition for vehicle safety,” KYB Senior Product Manager, Larry Coulthard, said. “If you are in the situation where a strut has failed, it is highly likely the strut mount, dust boot and bump stop will have worn out as well.

their cars on the road

However, replacing one part of the serpentine, cooling, or timing systems isn’t enough and can result in unhappy customers returning with additional repairs sooner rather than later. When you have a vehicle in your workshop, Gates Australia encourages you to be system smart and avoid comebacks by doing a complete repair. The new ‘Protect The Ride’ campaign from Gates Australia focuses on this complete system repair message to ensure more profitable jobs for workshops and less customer comebacks.

Working on an Alternator? Gates Australia says you can protect against a dead battery by ordering a belt, tensioner and pulley every time. It says that according to alternator manufacturers, up to 70 percent of the alternators that are returned to the factory are for a “no charge” situation and lack of belt tension was the main problem.

Working on an AC Compressor? Gates Australia says you can protect against the heat by ordering a belt, tensioner and pulley every time, stating that a slipping belt reduces the performance of the compressor and creates heat for the compressor bearings. “Because of this, we recommend all related components be replaced at the same time to avoid further problems and optimal performance. “While replacing struts will restore the vehicle’s suspension to like new condition, replacing the strut mount, dust boot and bump stop at the same time will ensure the prolonging of the strut’s life by providing enhanced protection and support. “Replacing these parts all at the same time will also allow you to save on labour time, with the kits coming complete with everything you need in the one box. “And thanks to the fact that the kits are vehiclespecific by design, you can rest assured each part is ideal for its corresponding make and model for a perfect fit.” Sixteen vehicle-specific Strut Kits have been released in this initial new product launch from KYB with kits for additional vehicles set to be introduced in the future. KYB Shock Absorbers are distributed by NGK Spark Plugs Australia. For more information, please visit www.kyb.com.au/product/strut-kit/ 78

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Replacing a Serpentine Belt? Gates Australia says that when it comes to replacing a Serpentine Belt, you should also order a tensioner and pulley every time. It says 99.8 percent of serpentine belts are forced to fail by another worn component and states here is no real test to know if the idler pulleys have enough grease or to make sure your tensioner is not wearing out. (Source: Reasons for replacement according to IMR INC. Automotive Research.)

Working on a Water Pump? To protect against overheating, Gates Australia says that when working on a water pump, a belt, tensioner and pulley should also be ordered each time. It explains that a failed damper in the

tensioner will transfer engine torsional vibration through the belt and into the water pump shaft, forcing premature failure of the bearings.

Working on a Radiator? Gates Australia says you can protect against roadside breakdowns by ordering an upper and lower radiator hose every time you are working on a radiator. It says this will allow you to preempt your customers’ roadside breakdown from radiator hose failure.

150,000 kilometers? Replace today! Gates Australia recommends that you protect against system failure by replacing belts and tensioners at 150,000kms every time. Failure modes are hard to determine, so it says you should go beyond visual inspection and base your replacement recommendations on mileage. As part of the Protect Your Ride campaign Gates Australia has launched an overview of the program with a video on the importance of complete system maintenance targeted at the automotive consumer. This video is available to view at https://info.gatesaustralia.com.au/PTR.html The second phase of the program is the launch of the ‘Protect The Ride’ cooling system maintenance campaign. A dedicated web page has been setup and includes a detailed training video around the importance of cooling system maintenance and around modular hoses. Mechanics are encouraged to visit the page at https://info.gatesaustralia.com.au/ptr-cooling.html After watching the training video, mechanics can then complete the form on the page including a question relating to the video to go into the draw for a $500 EFTPOS/VISA card or a runners-up prize of one of fifty ‘Protect The Ride’ merchandise packs. In the coming months Gates Australia will also release new components of the campaign covering the Accessory Belt Drive System (ABDS) and Synchronous Belt Drive System (SBDS). For more from Gates Australia, visit www.gatesaustralia.com.au


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PEDDERS TRAKRYDER REAR DISC BRAKE CONVERSION KIT To suit Mitsubishi Triton MQ, MR, 2WD and 4WD with ABS Pedders says it is proud to officially release its drum to disc brake conversion kits to suit the rear of the Mitsubishi Triton MQ, MR, 2WD and 4WD models (kit suits ABS models only.) Pedders says that independent Australian engineering test results have proved that at 100kmh the TrakRyder rear disc braking system stopped sooner than original equipment, while requiring just 50 percent of the braking force. It says this is an amazing result that enhances load carrying and towing performance.

The kit is inclusive of all of the necessary hardware to update the rear drum brake to Pedders TrakRyder Rear Disc Brake. The kit includes a pair of Pedders TrakRyder Geomet coated and slotted disc brake rotors, and a set of TrakRyder Kevlar Ceramic brake pads.

Key features and benefits: • Easier inspection as the car owner does not have to remove the wheels to look at the disc brake system. • Increased stopping power over drum brakes. The pad area is smaller, but clamps more efficiently while brake pedal feel and modulation are improved. • The disc brakes are completely self-adjusting and have less moving parts. • It takes longer for the disc brake to achieve brake fade, because they have a wider surface area that is directly exposed to air. • Brake mounting is very easy with only two bolts needing to be removed to replace brake pads.

• Disc brakes drain water quickly whereas once water enters a drum brake, it stays there longer, hindering braking efficiency. • The kit is inclusive of all of the necessary hardware to update the rear drum brake to a Pedders TrakRyder Rear Disc Brake. • The kit includes a pair of Pedders TrakRyder Geomet coated and slotted disc brake rotors, plus a set of rear TrakRyder Kevlar Ceramic brake pads. • ADR certified and extensively tested to support our Australian design rule certification. • Fitting instructions supplied. • Two-year/40,000km Nationwide Warranty. For further information, please contact your local Pedders Suspension specialist or visit www.pedders.com.au

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DAYCO ROUNDS OUT DAMPER PRODUCT LINE OFFERING Thanks to new manufacturing agreement with HFAK for viscous dampers Dayco – a leading engine products and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavyduty, and industrial market segments – says it has further strengthened its manufacturing footprint in China by partnering with Jiangsu Hongfeng Co, Ltd (HFAK) in the manufacture of its viscous damper product line. This partnership will allow Dayco to expand its best-in-class solutions for commercial vehicles and heavy-duty applications. HFAK has more than fifteen years of experience manufacturing silicon oil dampers for diesel engines in China. Dayco says its global research and development capabilities coupled with HFAK’s lean manufacturing expertise will allow Dayco to provide customers with a full line of premium viscous dampers. “Dayco is committed to delivering our customers the most innovative, top of the line solutions. Combining Dayco’s product technology with

HFAK’s viscous damper production experience, will allow Dayco to deliver on that promise swiftly,” Dayco Executive Vice President OE Sales and Business Development, Wouter Nijenhuis, said. This partnership is part of Dayco’s global strategy to strengthen its footprint across regions, bringing the manufacturing of viscous dampers closer to customers. Additionally, Dayco is preparing in-house production for viscous dampers in various locations globally with plans to start production in India later this year. Dayco explains that more than 2,500 hours of research, design, and testing go into every product that Dayco makes – and says viscous dampers are no exception. Designed to maximise power system stability while minimising noise, torsional crankshaft vibrations and harshness, Dayco says this premium line of dampers helps prevent crankshaft failures and extends the lifespan of associated components

while improving a vehicle’s overall fuel economy. With this new addition, Dayco rounds out its damper product line offering. Dayco says innovation and creativity, coupled with analytical and empirical validation, are key factors that distinguish it as “the technical leader in damper products.” In addition to viscous dampers for commercial and heavy-duty applications, Dayco will also be offering viscous dampers with decouplers for premium light and heavy-duty vehicle applications. For more information, visit www.dayco.com

ONE MILLION LANDCRUISERS IN AUSTRALIA NEED PARTS HPP Lunds is ready to supply the LandCruiser parts you need Toyota Australia has more LandCruiser owners than anywhere else in the world with more than one million sales in Australia and more than 10 million worldwide. This very popular off-road series includes the Prado and dates back to 1954, making it one of the longest running one-make vehicles on sale in the country. Its popularity has been ongoing with the 80 Series being one of the oldest off-road vehicles on sale globally after the original Land Rover Defender range. The current generation of the 200 Series LandCruiser is now around 15 years old and the iconic 70 Series is more than 30 years old. Such an impressive longevity especially in a ‘built to go anywhere’ vehicle means that parts must be available and easy to source to keep these workhorses on the road. This is where HPP Lunds says it excels. The company states it has been at the forefront of parts supply for LandCruisers for many years and offers a dedicated call centre to assist owners to source the right part. To hunt down parts HPP Lunds also offers an easyto-use catalogue where parts are listed as they pertain to each model with the years covered from 1964 through to 2015. LandCruiser Prado models are also covered from 1996 to 2009.

Most line items in the catalogues come with notes to add clarity, for example whether the ball joint is left or right, or whether the component is for the front or rear differential. Approximately 99 percent of HPP Lunds’ parts are directly imported from the manufacturers with stock available in the Brisbane warehouse. Both catalogues are available in hardcopy and can be downloaded from www.hpplunds.com.au HPP Lunds 4WD parts are also listed on AutoInfo (Oscar) with more than 28000 entries.

New parts added to the range HPP Lunds’ range of driveline, suspension and body hardware components now includes directreplacement air bag clock springs (aka spiral cables), diesel primer pumps and free-wheeling bubs (aka manual locking hubs). HPP Lunds’ free-wheeling hubs are available to suit Toyota LandCruiser and are said to be ideal aftermarket replacements for factory-fitted hubs or manual locking hubs that have failed. HPP Lunds says these manually operated hubs are a quick and easy way to switch between 4×2 and 4×4 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. HPP Lunds says all components are covered by a 12-month warranty against manufacturing faults. For more information or to obtain catalogues, contact HPP Lunds’ in-house 4WD specialist, Jason Mulcahy on 1300 306 781. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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STREET SERIES ROTORS INJECTRONICS TO DBA INCREASE CAPACITY Disc rotors that “tick all the boxes” Thanks to new Sydney location

Injectronics will expand its capacity this month with the opening of a new facility in Sydney. Based in Victoria since 1984, Injectronics’ new Arndell Park location will bolster the level of technical support it offers to the automotive industry, while also improving turnaround times for the testing and repair of electronic and mechatronic components for its customers.

“Injectronics is thrilled to announce the opening of our new Sydney location,” Injectronics Executive General Manager, Gino Riccuti, said. “The new facility will increase the capacity of our operations, which means we’ll have even greater ability to offer the level of efficiency and service our customers have come to expect. “It’s also important that we’re able to widen the scope of our free advice and technical support hotline. It’s a service we take a great deal of pride in being able to offer the trade.” Injectronics says it is widely recognised as Australia’s leading supplier and repairer of automotive electronic components. It offers testing and repair service of a range that includes ABS modules, audio and navigation systems, body control modules, climate control modules, electronic brake modules, electronic control models, electronic gear selector modules, electronic steering locks and switches, ignition modules, instrument clusters, throttle bodies, and transmission control modules. Injectronics says that on top of its award-winning service, it is always ready to service the trade via its online resource library. Its website offers technical resources including trade and technical bulletins, videos, catalogues and brochures, and a live chat facility. Injectronics is a proudly Australian company that employs over 50 staff across two locations nationally. For more information, visit www.injectronics.com.au 82

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A lot has been written about high-performance brake technology, and Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) rightly points to its technical expertise and the numerous patents under its belt when it comes to the design and manufacturing of highend performance rotors. However, sometimes it is useful to also take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum and remind oneself what makes a great OE replacement rotor, and what sets it apart from the inferior designs available in the market. Workshop owners and mechanics value a hassle-free experience for themselves and their customers. That’s why using the right parts for their customers’ needs is crucial. Vehicle owners getting their cars serviced, on the other hand, expect the parts to be fit for purpose, technically reliable, and value for money. DBA says its Street Series disc rotors tick all the above boxes, stating that they offer rotor technology that is often advanced over the original part at a considerably lower cost. It says it can do this as it applies a range of unique technical features to its products – in other words, it explains that even basic OEM brake applications often receive an inadvertent ‘upgrade’ when replaced with a Street Series product. As a result, it says the driver enjoys a better braking experience at an affordable price.

Key features: • DBA’s ‘Kangaroo Paw’ ventilation design: this unique ‘diamond and tear drop pillar’ vane design is available for most applications. It can increase heat expulsion by up to 20 percent over conventional designs, keeping the rotors cool under heavy braking, thus minimising brake fade and overall extending product life and reducing costs. • A CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) machine turned finish: this process is applied to all DBA rotors. CBN finish ensures an even transfer layer,

which is important for the modern brake pad, leading to better pedal feel and reducing the potential for pad “knock” and resulting premature wear. • En-Shield Protection: a zinc/aluminium waterbased coating is applied to the rotor surface and then baked on. The resulting film protects the rotor within from corrosion and keeps its visual appeal over the service life. En-Shield coating also alleviates the need to clean rotors prior to installation, saving fitment time and preventing rust. • Various surface configurations: DBA offers four different surface designs to meet the exact braking requirements of the application. The most popular variants are plain - usually the closest to a direct OE replacement - and DBA’s patented T2 design, featuring CNCmachined, bi-symmetrical slots. These slots facilitate the exit of friction dust and gases whilst also enhancing the pad bite. The result is a quieter, smoother and more responsive braking experience. DBA explains that its Street Series rotors are designed for optimal alignment and performance with DBA’s range of Street Series brake products, which is constantly being expanded. This includes: • Brake pads: the all-new Street Series brake pad range was recently introduced to the Australian market and is already seeing a strong uptake by the industry. With a mix of ceramic and semi-metallic friction formulation to best suit each vehicle application, the 750+ part numbers cover over 95 percent of the Australian car and LCV population. • Brake calipers: a recent addition to DBA’s line-up of brake products, this range of OE replacement calipers is now available for popular models and is constantly being expanded for greater coverage. • Brake fluids: DBA says its various DOT grades are the ideal choice when a hydraulic fluid change is part of the service. For more information on the full range of Street Series OE replacement products visit www.dba.com.au or contact DBA on sales@dba.com.au or 1800 730 039.


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LED AUTOLAMPS LAUNCHES NEW 3854 RANGE Distinctive in design and unparalleled quality

LED Autolamps says it is proud to announce its new 3854 series range of exciting, dynamically lit rear combination lamps. The first thing LED Autolamps says you will notice is the sleek chrome clean lines surrounded by the outer ring of the diffused lens tail function. It says the real magic happens when in active mode; when the sequential indicators light up in a dynamic sequence dividing the super bright stop lamps and reverse lamp function, ensuring all road users have clear notice of your vehicle’s intentions as each operation is lit up. LED Autolamps says this new benchmark for style and design will have your customer’s vehicle and trailer looking amazing but, more importantly, making them shine brighter than everyone else. It says these lamps include specially designed integrated circuitry with the latest LED lighting technology and quality which is “second to none.” LED Autolamps says it doesn’t matter if you have a 4x4, tray truck, caravan or semi-trailer; there is an option that will suit your needs with three designs on offer: 1. Black chrome with tinted lens and grey diffused tail lamp, which lights up red. With stop/tail/indicator/reverse functions. 2. Bright chrome with clear lens and red diffused tail, which lights up red. With stop/tail/ indicator/reverse functions. 3. Bright chrome with a red lens and red diffused tail lamp, with this version being a stop/tail/ indicator without reverse function.

All options available measure 387mm x 105mm x 30.5mm. LED Autolamps has also cleverly hidden any signs of screws or fittings with an innovative new mounting base design. This feature allows surface mounting with screws then permits the main lamp to be clipped securely into place, completely concealing the base providing a neat, clean finish. As well as exceeding the required standards with rigorous ADR approvals, LED Autolamps says these lamps will not only enhance and make your particular application shine but also ensure your vehicle/trailer is road legal and compliant in all states of Australia. They possess a serviceable 9-32 Voltage range, and low operational current draw, making them perfect for a wide variety of applications and battery systems. LED Autolamps explains the lamps are extremely tough constructed using UV resistant high impact

plastics and are sealed and tested to IP67 testing standards. Further, it states that vibration and impact resistance with no moving parts ensures these lights are made fit for purpose and up to any challenge in Australia’s harshest road environments. LED Autolamps says its entire operation is certified to ISO9001:2015, the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard, and states its main production facility is certified to IATF16949:2016 standards. The range is available in bulk and twin retail blister packs with a handy function simulator button included. Distinctive in design and with “unparalleled” quality, the new 3854 range Rear Combination offers a five-year warranty. For more information, visit www.ledautolmaps.com or call LED Autolamps on 03 9466 7075.

VALEO HYDROCONNECT WIPERS WITH BONUS OFFER As winter arrives, drivers need to prepare for wet weather to ensure they’ll travel safely on the road For vehicle repairers it’s the ideal time to look after your customers by checking wipers and replacing worn or damaged wiper blades. Unfortunately, keeping enough stock of the many different wipers to suit modern vehicles can be a challenging and costly exercise. However, Adrad says there is a way to provide high quality replacement wipers to suit the majority of vehicles without breaking the bank. It says Valeo HydroConnect wipers include multiconnection options with Valeo’s Easy-Clic system that allows the upgrade of a conventional blade to Valeo’s flat blade technology in a quick and simple process. With just 14-part numbers, Adrad says the range can accommodate a massive 85 percent of the European car parc.

Flat, soft wiper blades combine advanced aerodynamics for reduced wind noise and quiet operation with smooth, efficient sealing for excellent water removal. The asymmetrical spoiler design ensures excellent wiping performance thanks to its even pressure on the windshield – even at high speed. Adrad says Valeo is recognised for its advanced technology “as the world’s largest OE supplier of wiper blades, so you can be certain that HydroConnect wipers will deliver on performance and durability.” To make it even more compelling to stock your workshop with Valeo HydroConnect wipers, Adrad and Natrad Trade Online now has a tasty bonus offer available when you purchase wipers during its “HOT Double Bonus Offer” from June 1-15.

Simply purchase any 20 Valeo HydroConnect wipers during the promotion period using the special order form and you can select either a three-in-one Barrel Charcoal Smoker or a Mini Spit Charcoal Roaster as your special reward. Or order any 30 of the wipers, and you can take home both prizes. For full details on how you can participate in this promotion, call Adrad customer service on 1800 882 043 or send an email to customerservice@adrad.com.au For more information, call Adrad customer service on 1800 882 043 or Natrad Trade Online on 1800 628 723. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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OE-QUALITY SHOCK ABSORBERS

Bilstein’s B4: for active and passive applications for European and premium cars Many motorists rely on the recommendation of their workshop when selecting wear parts and rightly trust the expertise of the professionals. According to Bilstein, product quality should be the most important thing for these professionals in order to satisfy their customers. It says it demonstrates what is possible in the aftermarket with its B4 shock absorber product range, which reportedly incorporates the full experience of Bilstein as an original equipment manufacturer. With many applications for European and premium cars, the B4 series includes many different variants with amazing features.

It says the specifications are meticulously matched to the respective vehicle model and yet, the workshop does not have to deal with the details. It says there is no need to choose between several options as “Bilstein B4 always stands for OEidentical quality and automatically supports all standard features.” Bilstein says one example is the Agility Control suspension fitted to some Mercedes-Benz models. It states the only fully-fledged aftermarket alternative to the standard shock absorber is the Bilstein B4 with DampMatic technology and the Bilstein comfort valve.

The same applies to cars with actively controlling dampers, with Bilstein stating that its matching spare parts are marked with the suffix DampTronic and are often the only alternative to the highpriced OE products. Even for vehicles with air suspension, Bilstein says there is an attractive solution in the form of Bilstein B4 air suspension modules. Bilstein products are available through a select group of distributors in the Australian market, including through CoolDrive Auto Parts. For more information, visit www.bilstein.com

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HOW TO DESTROY A NEW TURBO CHARGER IN THREE SECONDS Garrett says the number one cause of turbo failure on a new or worn turbo is oil contamination Anytime a turbo charger is repaired or replaced on a vehicle, Garrett says you must replace the oil feed line. Due to the oil feed line running close to the exhaust manifold and turbine housing, this will result in a build-up of a baked on carbonised layer on the internal section of the feed line.

The second way that oil contaminants can enter the turbo is after major engine maintenance where close attention needs to be taken to ensure all oil galleries, supply pipes and oil coolers are thoroughly cleaned and or replaced to stop turbo bearing failure.

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This hard deposit material can not be cleaned out effectively by washing or even sand blasting which will result in small particles cracking off during the install procedure.

Before replacing a turbocharger, Garrett says it is important to conduct a thorough diagnostic check of the engine systems and find the root cause of the vehicle’s problems.

Garrett explains that on first start up, these particles will be pushed into the turbo chargers bearing system, resulting in failure within seconds and the vehicle will not even make it out to the road from your workshop.

A lack of power, noisy operation, excessive smoke or oil consumption could result from a faulty fuel injection system, restricted or blocked air filter, a damaged exhaust system or a lubrication problem. Also, it recommends that you check the engine crankcase pressure, stating that a higher-thannormal reading can be caused by piston bypass or a blocked breather system, and this requires immediate attention. The preliminary steps before replacing a turbo are as follows: A. Question the customer on failure symptoms; B. Check the vehicle intervention and repair history; C. Run the vehicle to reproduce claim; and D. Run the diagnostic equipment as recommended by the car manufacturer; this will allow you to

read the error codes of the Engine Control Unit and indicate in which direction to look for the problem. If the diagnostic check does not uncover any obvious cause, make sure that an extensive trouble shooting analysis is completed on key areas such as foreign objects, lack of lubrication, oil contamination, over-speeding of the turbo and excessive temperature. This is important because turbo damage can often be a symptom of an underlying problem rather than the cause itself. Garrett says you should not diagnose turbocharger failure by turbo replacement, as this can be very costly as the replacement turbocharger could be destroyed in seconds if the root cause is not found and rectified. For more technical information and training, visit www.garrettmotion.com and click on the turbo replacement tab to go to Garrett’s Installer Connect.

EXTRA TUFF PERFORMANCE New range now available from Exedy

Exedy says it is excited to announce the launch of its Safari Extra Tuff 4WD clutch range.

vehicles that are used in the toughest conditions,” Mark said.

Designed specifically for modified 4WDs, it says this new range signals the start of the next evolution in heavy duty clutches.

“They are also perfect for towing a heavy van or boat or in any situation where the transmission of increased torque through the drivetrain is required.”

“The 4WD market has exploded in Australia and with more people than ever planning to vacation locally, the appetite for modifications has hit an all-time high,” Exedy Australia Senior Product Manager, Mark Davis, said. Building on the popularity of its proven Safari Tuff Clutch offering, Exedy says the Extra Tuff range pushes the boundaries of performance and technology. “As 4WD engine outputs increase and drivers are asking more from their vehicles, our new Safari Extra Tuff 4WD clutch range has been built specifically for vehicles with modified ECUs and other performance modifications as well as

Designed and assembled in Exedy’s Australian facility using quality components from its Japanese factories, Safari Extra Tuff clutch kits feature premium friction material, spheroidal graphite anti burst pressure plate casting, in specific applications additional drive straps and an anodised cover pressing to limit corrosion. “Our Safari Extra Tuff clutches deliver a minimum 25 percent increase in clamp load force when compared to our Safari Tuff range, making them an excellent choice for off-roaders who enjoy the challenge of pushing their 4WD to the limit offroad,” Mark said.

Exedy says its Safari Extra Tuff clutches are the right choice for serious 4WDs “when the going gets Tuff.” With close to 50 Safari Extra Tuff kits in the range, including for popular applications such as Toyota V8 Landcruiser, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Patrol, Exedy says it has you covered if you have a modified 4WD. For more information, visit www.exedy.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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CLUTCHPRO CONTINUES DCT RANGE EXPANSION New standard replacement style kits and six new actuators have been introduced ClutchPro continues to add to its already comprehensive range of Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) clutch kits and components with the introduction of several new replacement kits and actuation components. The new additions include standard replacement style kits to suit Audi A3, S3, Q3 and Volkswagen Golf MK7 models as well as six new actuators for various Hyundai models. ClutchPro is a part of Australian Clutch Services (ACS) and is focused on standard replacement style kits for passenger car and light commercial applications as well as medium to heavy commercial applications through the ClutchPro Commercial brand. Offering high quality through in-house testing and development along with an exceptional range of clutch kits and replacement hydraulics, ClutchPro says it offers a total clutch solution for the trade. The ClutchPro range is available through ACS’ nationwide distribution network and includes replacement kits, dual-mass flywheels, hydraulics, clutch cables, accessories and tools. Over the past several years, ClutchPro has developed a clutch program for DCT applications

due to the increasing demand for these components in the Australian market. “Dual Clutch Transmission technology is becoming more commonplace in the Australian automotive aftermarket,” ACS Business Development Manager, Colin Jevons, said. “We have been working to cover as many of these applications as possible whilst also incorporating repair kits, actuators, flywheels and specialist tools to support our distribution network and workshops around the country.” The new additions add to an already comprehensive range including over 20 different clutch kits to suit an extensive range of makes and models. ClutchPro stocks both wet and dry style DCT kits and include shims for setup and replacement bearings where required. “Our current offering covers the vast majority of applications fitted with DCT transmissions,” Colin said. “Many of these kits will suit several makes and models and it is important to understand the differences between different applications as they often change between build dates.”

ACS also offers a tool hire program for the specialist tools required for these applications. The tool hire program is available with the purchase of an applicable clutch kit through an ACS distributor. “The implementation of our tool hire program as well as the expansion of our range of kits and components to the aftermarket are making DCT clutch replacements more accessible to workshops around the country than ever before,” Colin said. “We have also developed a range of DCT technical videos to help support workshops looking to take these jobs on and will continue to provide technical support through our experienced sales and technical support team here in Adelaide.” For more information, please visit www.australianclutch.com.au or call 1800 CLUTCH.

PAT SENSORS RANGE EXPANDS

Hundreds of Crank Angle Sensor and CAM Angle Sensor parts have been added to the PAT range Premier Auto Trade has continued to develop its comprehensive range of replacement vehicle management components. PAT says its commitment to the aftermarket’s supply requirements has driven the expansion of its Crank Angle Sensor (CAS) and CAM Angle Sensor ranges.

includes more than 365 sensors, covering more than 93 percent of vehicles. PAT has also expanded its range of Electric Fuel Pumps, Ignition Coils and Oxygen Sensors by hundreds of part numbers.

PAT explains that its recently expanded and experienced product development team is constantly reviewing the fifty plus categories it offers to customers.

PAT says these expansions tie into over 25 years’ worth of the company developing “the most extensive range of vehicle management components in the Australian Aftermarket, with over 10,000 product lines from the world’s leading manufacturers.”

The team understand issues related to poor quality parts and make the informed decision of what goes in the PAT box to ensure you only ever receive the highest quality components.

It adds that “when you supply and fit products from PAT, you can expect a product designed and tested to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.”

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Premier Auto Trade’s Premium range includes quality products from Bosch, Delphi Technologies, Pierburg, FAE, Hitachi, Denso, TI Automotive, Hella, Airtex, NTK, Continental, Bremi, Valeo, Walker Products, YEC and Intermotor. The PAT Icon series is an offering representing PAT’s heritage in quality automotive products, and is covered by a Two-Year, 40,000km warranty.

All products are listed in the OSCAR electronic Aftermarket parts catalogue system from AutoInfo, including reference images for easy identification. The full range of products are available via a network of specialised resellers and leading automotive groups. For more information, visit www.premierautotrade.com.au


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ROADSAFE COMPLETE REPLACEMENT CONTROL ARMS Available from Burson Auto Parts stores nationwide Roadsafe – one of Australia’s leading undercar component suppliers for the automotive aftermarket for over four decades – offers innovative suspension repair components covering a vast range of almost five million vehicles. Applications cover 4WDs, SUVs, local and imported passenger vehicles, and light commercial vehicles, with the range constantly expanding to meet Australian car parc replacement requirements. Roadsafe says it recently introduced a suspension replacement innovation that saves workshop labour time and money while ensuring an accurate and complete control arm and related bushings replacement. Roadsafe Replacement Control Arms reportedly ensure that general automotive technicians and suspension specialists are fitting a completely brand new, OE quality specified control arm as a bolt in replacement with no pressing required. The use of Roadsafe Replacement Control Arms

reduces suspension component fitment issues, by eliminating the process of fitting new parts into unknown worn components. Whether the reason for repair is worn suspension arm bushes or a worn ball joint, the other components fitted to the arm have done exactly the same amount of work over its lifespan, so in reality while still serviceable, these components could be on borrowed time, requiring dismantling a second time in the near future. Another complication with modern vehicles is the use of what are referred to as “time positioned” bushes. This is where the centre hole is offset rather than being dead centre of the bush.  The complication here is when pressing in a new bush, the positioning of the bush is absolutely critical and if pressed in only a few degrees out can lead to alignment issues, harshness, noise and most importantly, shortened service life of the bush. This usually leads to a come-back job that no workshop needs.

To eliminate all of these issues and create a better result for your customers, while saving workshop time for your business, you can replace the complete suspension arm and get the job right the first time. The Roadsafe Replacement Control Arm range includes upper arms, lower arms, radius arms and strut rods across both front and rear replacement applications. The quality of these automotive aftermarket suspension components is backed by a 40,000-kilometre, two-year warranty. For more information, call your local Burson Auto Parts store on 1300 BURSON (287 766) or visit www.roadsafe.com.au

HOLLEY’S BILLET FUEL PUMPS Available from Rocket Industries

The Holley HP and Dominator electric fuel pumps are quality high-performance pieces. Holley explained to Street Muscle Magazine that the pumps are manufactured with a billet housing and incorporating the tried-and-true gerotor type pump design, these pumps are built for durability and really shine under race conditions. They can be used for street applications with no worry about fitment or fuel supply issues, although it’s probably a little overkill for your everyday grocery getter. With a rated lifespan of more than 100,000 miles there is an added degree of confidence and peace of mind that you won’t have any fuel supply issues with the Holley billet inline electrical HP and Dominator fuel pumps.

“The HP pump is a single gerotor-style pump in a heavy-duty anodized billet aluminium housing. It is capable of supporting up to 1,050 horsepower in a naturally aspirated carburetted application,” Holley Performance’s Liz Miles said. “The Dominator billet electric fuel pumps feature two independent pumps in a single housing that can be operated simultaneously or individually.” But why would you need two electric pumps? “One pump can be running all the time while the second pump is triggered by any electronic signal you can think of. It can be triggered by boost, low fuel pressure, nitrous, or a simple toggle switch,” Liz said. “This keeps from recirculating an unnecessary amount of fuel before and after racing while providing a backup or booster pump on demand.”

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• Fully submersible in-tank for custom applications, space savings and less plumbing • Compatible with 12v to 18.5v systems for street or race use • Compact (7.5” Long x 3” Wide x 2.75” Tall) for easy installation on frame rails or other tight areas • Proven durability beyond 3,000 hours in gasoline or diesel fuels • Weighs only 3.1 lbs. • Current draw at 43 PSI and 13.5 VDC is 8.6 Amps Liz maintains that the Holley HP and Dominator electric fuel pumps, “last longer, flow higher and sound better than other electric pumps and they have a budget friendly price tag.” For more information, visit www.rocketindustries.com.au or call Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900. Supplied by Rocket Industries


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PASSION DRIVES PAY TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS Transforming mycar into one of Australia’s leading automotive brands is a proud achievement for Adam Pay mycar Managing Director, Adam Pay, always knew he was going to work with cars, even when he was a kid. “I’ve always loved cars and knew from a young age that I’d enjoy working in the automotive industry, as did my parents, who encouraged me to pursue an auto apprenticeship,” Adam said. “It was the combination of hard work and doing something I loved that ultimately opened up great opportunities and led me on this rewarding career journey.” Born and raised in Daventry, Northamptonshire in the UK, Adam moved to London in his early 20s before relocating to Australia in 2004. “I’ve been into cars for as long as I can remember, and I still have an obsession with them. I decided to take on my apprenticeship based on my passion for motors, starting with VW and Audi in 1988 – I really enjoyed it, particularly the technical aspects of the work,” Adam said. “My first job was at a petrol service station filling up cars. I had a great boss who took the time to teach me and nurture my interest in the auto sector. I loved the job and it led me to spending time in the workshop on weekends. “After I completed my apprenticeship, I ventured off to manage pubs in London for a few years. One day I heard an advert on the radio. Kwik-Fit, a big chain of fast fit workshops in the UK, were looking for team members and I thought ‘why not?’ “I went for the job and started shortly thereafter as a Tyre Technician, which was the beginning of my journey. “With hard work and passion, I worked my way through the ranks to eventually become Division Director, managing a large portfolio in the UK. “I moved to Australia in 2004 and accepted a role with what was Kmart Tyre and Auto Service (KTAS) as a Store Manager in Brisbane. With the same dedication and enthusiasm for the auto industry that I had in the UK, I worked my way up to eventually become Managing Director in 2013, and led the business through the major overhaul to become mycar in 2019.” Adam is instrumental in leading the evolution of mycar as it grows beyond its KTAS origins. “We trademarked the name ‘mycar’ in the late 1990s; however, we officially launched in 2019 following a rebrand from our KTAS origins, which began in Australia in 1969,” he explained. 94

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“We completely revamped our brand with a fresh look, store signage, branded vehicles and everything else in between, all in under 12 months. We have since moved away from the KTAS brand and operate as a full-service automotive destination, with customers and team members at the centre of our core vision. “Now, I couldn’t imagine us going by any other name but mycar. “The change at mycar has been significant. We have transformed into a company that speaks more about the type of work we do and the relationships we have with our customers. “We’ve been on an important and rewarding journey to truly understand how we can serve our customers better, and we pride ourselves on helping them with a warm and personable approach, and a team who have a genuine love of cars. “Our customer-centric approach sets us apart. We call it ‘People First.’ We go beyond the technical needs of customers. We look at the person behind the wheel and think ‘how can mycar add value to your experience as a customer?’ “Our sense of care extends beyond just our customers to our most valuable asset – our people. We have created a workplace where trust, care and expertise are valued, so that our team can be their best selves at work. “Part of it stems from our flat structure at mycar, I’ll often show up to one of our stores and end up working on the shop floor to better connect with

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our team members, or spend a few hours sitting with the Customer Team to understand how we can better serve our customers. Our commitment to caring for our customers is at the centre of everything we do; and we champion the message of ‘People First’ across our business. “Our goal is to help our customers with all their car care needs, no matter where they are in Australia, and we plan to open many more stores in the future, so we continue achieving this goal. “We want our customers to leave us feeling like they have been cared for. It builds trust and ensures that they come back to let us help them again. “We’re a growing national business with 269 stores across the country serving millions of different customers each year. We have a wide customer base, from those that have never lifted their bonnet, to genuine enthusiasts.” Adam describes his strengths as “honesty and enthusiasm.” “I am lucky in that I live and breathe cars and have


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always enjoyed being around people, which are two strengths that show in my day-to-day role. I believe it is important to be able to get people excited and feel inspired about what we can achieve together,” he explained. Like most businesses across the globe, the last 12 months have brought about some enormous challenges for mycar. “We had to make some tough business decisions due to COVID-19. I am proud of what we achieved, as it has resulted in us being where we are today. There were some genuinely sleepless nights, but looking back, we focused on what is most important – our people and our customers,” Adam said. “Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, I am proud to say that we didn’t lose a single team member as a result of the pandemic, and were able to open seven stores in 2020.” Adam believes there is something to learn from every decision, even the ones where the results were not what you were hoping for.

“You might look at some decisions in hindsight and think, ‘I could’ve done that better’ or ‘I can learn from that’ but never do I say, ‘that’s completely wrong’. Every action comes with reasoning and when you work with a good team, it’s not about identifying mistakes or having an attitude focused on looking for errors,” he said. “It is about focusing on how you do better next time. That said, I have made a few mistakes in my time, I just try to turn them into a positive.” In fact, Adam is convinced that bringing a positive attitude and a commitment to do better is more important than any other skill. “Skills can be taught, but passion, determination and enthusiasm provide the drive needed to improve those skills. My mantra has never changed: love your team, love your customers, work hard, and deliver results! It’s why we always put people first at mycar,” he said. Adam’s advice to anyone wanting to break into the industry is to enjoy the company of the people

that you work with, and always look after your customers. “Always look for the opportunity in front of you, beyond what it is on paper. People often view a career in the auto industry primarily as a technical one, when it’s so much more than that,” he said. “The auto industry is full of people who are passionate about cars, helping people, new technology and maintaining the classics. It is important that as an industry, we harness that passion and enjoyment, let it grow, and watch people move into parts of the sector that they might not have even known existed. From technical, managerial, to leadership roles – it’s all there.” On a more personal note, Adam makes sure he still has time to enjoy life and has a simple set of hobbies – walking, and spending time with his family. “Being from the UK, I have a lot of appreciation for the fantastic weather in Australia, so you’ll often catch me outdoors on the weekends, enjoying time with my family and going on long walks. I’m sure the family love it just as much as I do,” he said. “My wife and three children genuinely mean everything to me. Whilst my wife and I are from the UK, our children are Australian through and through. I had my wife’s support when I was building my career at Kwik-Fit, and she was the one that pushed me to move to Australia. I’m forever grateful for her support.” For the automotive industry at large, Adam sees future challenges, especially around attracting talent to the sector. “The auto industry has more jobs than people to fill them and, historically, a high turnover rate. While mycar’s turnover rate is half the industry average, the chronic skill shortage is a challenge for all of us in the automotive sector,” he explained. “mycar is always looking for talented team members to join the team, and we’ve built our development programs specifically to address this. We believe that as a leader in the Australian automotive industry, we have a big role to play in addressing industry challenges like the skill shortage and we are looking to close the gap for the benefit of the entire industry. “Outside of the skills shortage, other challenges include increasing vehicle technology and building our online presence, to which we have solid plans in place to address both and continue to adapt to meet changing customer needs.” Adam has been a huge contributor to the AAAA, and believes the Association is an important advocate for the industry. “The Australian automotive sector is made up of a wide spectrum of voices and stakeholders, so having a central, independent voice to advocate for the industry at large is vital. The AAAA brings with it a decades-long track record of success advocating for a healthy and growing automotive sector, which aligns with the core values of mycar,” he concluded. For more on mycar, visit www.mycar.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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FOOD: THE SECRET TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A GREAT WORKPLACE Capricorn’s alliance with Woolworths at Work can help Capricorn, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, has more than 23,000 automotive business owner Members across Australia and New Zealand. That translates to many hungry staff to keep healthy, happy and alert when at work. While there are so many employee engagement theories being used by businesses, there is one rather obvious one that tends to get overlooked: food. While food and eating is a basic human requirement for survival, it is also something that is incredibly social as we naturally tend to eat in groups. This makes food and eating a very powerful tool to help create and maintain an excellent workplace culture.   Massively successful companies like Google and Facebook identified the workplace culture power of food several years ago, providing their staff members with lunch and healthy foods to eat all day every day. 

and it is also a chance to chat and get to know each other better. If you really want to supercharge that feeling of camaraderie, consider providing the lunch for your staff. It doesn’t have to be every day, perhaps just once a week or month, but it will help to put everyone in a great mood. It also helps to make staff members feel more valued, which also leads to longer staff retention. Similarly, providing a well-stocked snack bar with free and healthy foods to eat not only creates excellent goodwill within your team, it can also improve productivity. According to World Health Organisation research, eating healthy food during the day can boost your brain power by as much as 20 percent. This is opposed to staff members heading off to the shop to get energy drinks and chocolate bars during breaks which lead to a blood sugar spike and the inevitable crash that then makes them lethargic and unproductive.

Accepting that every small business cannot take it to that extent, there are the following food related ideas that you might like to leverage with your own team, no matter how large or small.

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

Make lunchtime an event: eating lunch together in a designated place is brilliant for building relationships between staff members and management. It encourages open communication,

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

If you’re ready to embrace the idea that the way to an employee’s heart is through their stomach and you’re keen to leverage the power of food to build a great workplace culture, then Capricorn says taking advantage of its alliance with Woolworths at Work is a must.                                                                 Woolworths at Work is now available to Capricorn Members, which means you can order groceries and everyday essentials from Woolworths on your trade account and have them delivered directly to your workshop. This makes it so easy to have quality food available at your workplace, promoting a healthier and more rewarding working environment for your team. Capricorn Members earn reward points with every dollar spent and get free next day delivery when they spend more than $99 (where available), while also enjoying Woolworth’s “Fresh or its Free Guarantee.” Capricorn says this is a smarter, easier and healthier way to shop and a very easy way to create and maintain an excellent workplace culture through good food.   To find out more, visit www.capricorn.coop/shop

NEED HELP IN RUNNING YOUR HIGH VOLUME SERVICING BUSINESS? Have you considered employing an apprentice?

Having an apprentice or two in your team can improve the productivity of your business and taking on a person that has completed a preapprenticeship is a simple way of taking on staff that are job ready and ready to hit the ground running. Finding suitable staff for your automotive workshop has always been a challenge, in fact the automotive industry has experienced a skills shortage for a number of years. So why not train your own staff to do the things you need them to do your way? By taking on an apprentice you are helping address this skills shortage and are giving someone meaningful employment and the skills to help them start a lifelong career in the automotive industry. 96

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Teaching an apprentice, sharing your years of knowledge of servicing, diagnosing, and repairing vehicles can be very rewarding. Apprentices can work as part of a team servicing vehicles, preparing vehicles for pick up, keeping your work areas safe and clean and looking after your parts and stock levels. After some experience and as they become more confident, they can go on to the more complex jobs in the workshop. Box Hill Institute explains that it has an employer program that is designed to take the hassle out of employing an apprentice in your business. The program gives AAAA members access to their Certificate II pre-apprentice students that have the required skills and knowledge to start their automotive career as a productive member of your team.

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice and being part of the program, please call Roger Phillips or Mark Liberto on 03 9286 9623 or email them at automotive.programs@boxhill.edu.au Box Hill Institute is a leading provider of automotive training and is located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs with campuses in Box Hill and Lilydale. For more information, visit www.boxhill.edu.au


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Smart Send says there are a number of elements you should consider if you are planning to go online In the results of the AAAA’s Industry Council Market Study, ‘Developing eCommerce Platforms’ was listed in the top five strategies nominated by 4WD parts businesses looking to grow revenue over the next two to three years. The 4WD parts industry is not alone in this either. Due to COVID-19, SmartSend says it has been inundated with queries from bricks and mortar retail businesses looking to go online, wanting to know what they should consider when it comes to shipping options and fulfillment for their ecommerce stores. “In our 15 plus years as courier aggregators we have invested serious time and money in developing and perfecting shipping technology solutions for ecommerce,” Smart Send Director, Steven Visic, said. “When merchants evaluate ecommerce platforms most look at how feature rich, cheap or expensive a platform is and it’s usability. “These are all great things to take into account, but we look at it from a different angle altogether – shipping.” Shipping may be a boring topic for some, however Smart Send says it is one of the most important things to get right if you want to scale quickly in ecommerce. After all, when your business starts ramping up (and this can happen overnight if you’re doing things right) you don’t want to be behind the eight ball, unable to get goods shipped out easily and efficiently. Smart Send recommends considering the following points when evaluating a new ecommerce platform or transitioning to a new platform: • Hosting – server/hosting configuration is one of the biggest roadblocks when self-hosting your ecommerce solution. If you have developers that can help that’s great, but if not, look for a platform that hosts your site for you. • Shipping APIs – does the platform provide an easy to digest API for developers to integrate with? If not, you may be stuck with no third-

party apps/plugins or minimal choices to streamline your shipping. • Support – can you get quick and easy support (with a human and not just ‘knowledge base’ articles)? Test this by lodging two or three support tickets over a week and see what the response times are or if they simply point you to self-help solutions. • App/Plugin store – is there an easy one stop location to access apps or plugins to help your workflow and save money/time? Also are there lots of choices (Smart Send says that if there are not many, this most likely means it is a new platform or has no Shipping APIs available, or it’s too difficult to integrate with).

What is an API? An API (Application Programming Interface) is a gateway that allows software to talk to other software and governs how that conversation takes place. It allows a developer to write code to one piece of software, that can then carry out certain actions, without a developer having to write that software from scratch.

Shipping Apps Anyone that has used shipping apps knows they can’t do without them now. Particularly as your sales grow considerably, higher volumes of orders need to be shipped. In this day and age, you can’t afford to be manually entering order information to generate shipping bookings and shipping labels and more importantly, you don’t need to as there are many solutions that can streamline or even automate these processes. Most of these work via an API that is provided by your carrier or shipping provider. Shipping apps can provide the following time saving benefits when completing bookings for shipping (ie. fulfilling orders): • No need to manually re-enter your customer’s name, phone number, delivery address, email address into the shipping platform. • No need to manually re-enter the product/s weight and dimensions of item/s from the customer’s order into the shipping platform. • Generates real time shipping quotes for you to choose from. • Bulk fulfillment options – you can choose a range of orders to fulfill at once. • Auto fulfillment options – set some fulfillment rules around when orders can be automatically fulfilled, pull up a chair and the app does the rest. • Returns PDF shipping labels to your store automatically once orders are fulfilled. • Updates tracking numbers in your webstore admin automatically upon fulfillment.

“We find shipping apps can save up to 95 percent of your time when fulfilling orders. If you’re a large operation, imagine the cost savings this can bring to your bottom line,” Steven said.

Added Value Benefits of Shipping apps Apart from saving you time in the logistics part of your business, shipping apps can also add value in the following ways: • Present real time shipping quotes at checkout to your buyers. • Present flat rate or free shipping rates at checkout for buyers. • Set up shipping rules/zones via SKU, postcode ranges, countries, cart value, etc which enables you to present a custom shipping rate to buyers at checkout. • Enable ‘packages’ to be saved for quick use when fulfilling orders. • Smart Packing ‘real time’ algorithms can combine multiple products in the cart into one condense shipping package to save on shipping costs and shipping labels. • Generate PDF shipping labels to print. • Generate picking slips. • Provide merchant with warnings of order or shipping issues. • Automatically update receiver of goods with a tracking number/link to allow them to track the order themselves. Smart Send says if you are looking for help or objective/unbiased advice on shipping or going online, its team is more than happy to help. To book a time to chat with the Smart Send team, go to www.smartsend.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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TRADE PROMOTIONS

Trade promotions are a great way to promote your business, retain customers and attract new customers However, if choosing to run a trade promotion, you must be careful. Trade promotion competitions are regulated under various State and Territory legislative regimes and requirements vary between the States and Territories. This article provides an outline of different types of trade promotions and an overview of the matters that may be required to be attended to by the various States and Territories to run a trade promotion. Importantly, the requirements vary between the States and Territories. If you have questions or concerns about the requirements for a trade promotion that your business would like to run, please contact Industry Legal Group.

Types of trade promotions Trade promotions used to promote a business may be based on a game of skill or a game of chance. A game of skill is where the winner of the trade promotion is selected based purely on skill. A common game of skill is to answer a question in 25 words or less, with the most creative response winning. The winner in a game of skill is determined by a process of judging each entry against a set criteria, importantly, each entry must be considered against the criteria to determine the winner. A game of chance is where the trade promotion winner is selected by chance, for example by way of a draw. There is no skill involved in a game of chance with the winner determined only by chance or luck.

Will a permit be required to run a trade promotion? Some States and Territories require the business to obtain a permit to run particular trade promotions. Whether a permit will be required may depend on the type of promotion or game and the prize pool.

Are terms and conditions required? Terms and conditions are required for trade promotions. Specific items required to be included in the terms and conditions may vary between the States and Territories. There may also be restrictions on the types of prizes that may be offered.

Can a trade promotion be run across several States and Territories? If a business wishes to run a trade promotion across several States or Territories, or nationally, the requirements of each State or Territory in which the business wishes to run or offer the trade promotion will need to be considered and complied with. Where trade promotions are run online it is particularly important to be aware that the laws of the States and Territories vary and must be complied with if the trade promotion is offered in that State or Territory.

Other considerations When promoting and advertising the business’ trade promotion, remember to comply with laws relating to advertising, in particular the Australian Consumer Law.

If the trade promotion is promoted by way of a social media, such as Facebook, the terms and conditions of use for the social medial platform may also have requirements relating to the running or advertising of the trade promotion.

Where can I find information on trade promotion requirements? When running a trade promotion, it is important to check that your business is complying with State and/or Territory requirements in which the trade promotion is offered. Information relating to the requirements can be found on the website of the government authority responsible for trade promotions in the relevant State or Territory and/ or by contacting Industry Legal Group.

Takeaways The key takeaways are: • there are requirements to comply with to run a trade promotion; • the requirements vary between the State and Territories; and • check the requirements before running a trade promotion by contacting Industry Legal Group and/or the relevant government authority in your State or Territory. 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.

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SUPER GUARANTEE PERCENTAGE INCREASE FROM 1 JULY 2021

The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate is set to increase to 10 percent on 1 July 2021 The minimum SG rate is currently 9.5 percent. The SG rate is set to increase to 10 percent on 1 July 2021 and then continue to increase by 0.5 percent each year until it reaches 12 percent on 1 July 2025.

Table of SG rate increases Period

SG %

1 July 2002 – 30 June 2013

9.00%

1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014

9.25%

1 July 2014 – 30 June 2021

9.50%

1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022

10.00%

1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023

10.50%

1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024

11.00%

1 July 2024 – 30 June 2025

11.50%

1 July 2025 – 30 June 2026 and onwards

12.00%

Source: Australian Taxation Office

However, it was announced in the 2021 budget that the Government plans to remove the $450 monthly minimum income threshold. The Government plans to introduce legislation to make this change by 1 July 2022, meaning that more employees will receive SG contributions.

Minimum SG payments generally The minimum SG payments are calculated as a percentage of each eligible employee’s earnings (ordinary time earnings) and must be made to a complying fund and received in the fund by the quarterly due dates, which are 28 days after the end of each quarter. However, some funds require employers to make contributions monthly. Employers must pay SG contributions electronically and send the associated information electronically in a standard format to meet SuperStream requirements (subject to some exceptions). For more information on what is included in ordinary time earnings, contact Employer Assist.

Who is eligible for superannuation?

What do employers need to do?

Currently SG contributions must be paid for the following employees (subject to some exceptions): • employees 18 years old and over who are paid $450 or more (before tax) in a month; and • employees under 18 years old, paid $450 or more (before tax) in a month and who work more than 30 hours per week.

Employers should do the following: • contact their payroll provider prior to 1 July 2021 to ensure the change will be implemented (ie. SG rate increased to 10 percent) from 1 July 2021. • review contracts and the type of remuneration structure adopted for each employee:

- Inclusive: If an employee is remunerated through a superannuation inclusive package, the employee’s pay may be reduced to accommodate the increase in SG contributions (depending on the terms of the contract and provided this does not result in the employee being worse off compared to their minimum statutory or award entitlements). Alternatively, the employer may decide to increase the employee’s total package so that their take home pay does not decrease. - Not Inclusive: If an employee is paid SG contributions on top of their pay, the employer will need to budget for the upcoming change.

• notify employees of the change. 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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MOTORSPORT KEY TO SUCCESS FOR COOLDRIVE CoolDrive Auto Parts and the Blanchard family have been involved as competitors and sponsors with multiple facets of Australia’s motorsport industry for decades It all started with CoolDrive Founder, John Blanchard Senior, who has been involved in rallying, hill climbing, and circuit racing as both a driver and mechanic and today is well known for his work as a patron and advisor with the Victorian Historic Racing Register.

As if launching a whole new standalone Supercars team wasn’t enough for one year, CoolDrive Auto Parts and the Blanchard family has also taken its involvement in motorsport even further recently with the acquisition of leading motorsports parts supplier, Racer Industries.

John Senior’s son, also named John, is the current CoolDrive Auto Parts Managing Director and has been a successful racer most notably in the cutand-thrust world of Formula Ford racing, before later enjoying several seasons racing BMWs in Touring Car events.

“Motorsport is in the DNA of CoolDrive, it has been an integral way of life not only for our family but the wider business since CoolDrive was founded in 1977,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Operating Officer, Tim Blanchard, said.

The family’s love of the sport has continued with third-generation racer Tim Blanchard (current CoolDrive Chief Operating Officer), John’s son, who is also a well-regarded Supercars driver. Tim has enjoyed six full-time seasons in Supercars and still competes today in the endurance races following a very successful career in Formula Ford here and in the UK. But even when they aren’t racing themselves, the involvement of the Blanchard family and CoolDrive Auto Parts continues unabated. In 2021, the Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) was formed by Tim and John to compete in the Supercars Championship, operating from CoolDrive’s Head Office with respected racer Tim Slade as their driver. Their first event as a standalone team created headlines after crashing out with only a handful of laps to go while fighting for a podium after starting on the front row.

The creation of BRT in the Supercars Championship is far more than just a branding exercise. “By bringing the full operations of the race team to our Head Office, our staff have been given the opportunity to actively be part of the team instead of just watching the car the business sponsors on TV,” Tim said. “BRT is set up as another department of our wider business and therefore every other department – whether it be Finance, HR, Marketing, Admin or Logistics – all have a part to play in ensuring the BRT Ford Mustang makes it to each event and is competitive.” Another part of the staff engagement program for CoolDrive through BRT is the opportunity for staff members to join the race team for the weekend. “For each event, one lucky staff member joins the crew and travels with the race team, assisting with set up, tyres, car preparation and repairs throughout the race weekend,” Tim said.

“These opportunities to be part of the race team aren’t just limited to staff either, with customers often seen going for hot laps or being given guided tours of the garage or workshop.” For CoolDrive Auto Parts and the entire Blanchard family, the decision to launch the Blanchard Racing Team was the natural next step of what had already been a long-term commitment to Supercars racing. That commitment began at the end of the 2016 season, when CoolDrive Auto Parts formed what was known as Tim Blanchard Racing, purchasing a Racing Entitlements Contract and having Brad Jones Racing (BJR) maintain the running of the entry. Tim was originally the driver, with Macauley Jones 100

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taking over when Tim retired from full time driving in 2018. In 2020, the team separated from BJR and took responsibility of the entire team operation, rebranding as the Blanchard Racing Team and launching as CoolDrive Racing ready for the start of the 2021 season. “The experience with BJR allowed us to learn a lot and set ourselves up for this next step,” Tim Blanchard said. “Our long-term vision by investing in a Racing Entitlements Contract back in 2016 was to one day control our own destiny, with Supercars still providing the perfect platform to promote our core automotive business and the ability to provide opportunities for both staff and customers to feel part of the team in a way no other sponsor could offer. “We’re investing strongly in this project with highquality equipment, a top-line facility, and very skilled people. “There is no doubting that motorsport is who we are, it is the DNA of both our family and our business; and already there have been plenty of benefits from the creation of BRT for the wider CoolDrive business. “Apart from the promotional and staff engagement opportunities, the high level of collaboration and team work combined with the high standards required from a professional sports team has given the wider CoolDrive business exposure to ideas on how to continue to improve and innovate across relevant departments. “Our involvement also allows us to speak directly

to our customers, the majority of whom we’ve learned along the way are interested in the sport in one form or another. “We are now able to share this passion together while providing our customers with a community they can actively support and get involved in to be ‘part of the family, part of the team.’ “For example, our involvement has enabled us to provide our customers with incentive programs and experiences that money can’t buy, which provides a point of difference for our business and exciting outcomes for our customers. “At the end of the day, it is a way to give back to the automotive community that supports us. “We truly see motorsport as a valuable platform from which to promote our brand and to demonstrate the performance and quality of our products. “The audience we are able to access through our motorsport involvement is one that is genuinely engaged with a real interest, enthusiasm and passion for all things automotive. “And that isn’t all – over the years, many of our relationships with suppliers and customers have started through meetings at motorsport events. “It is certainly true that over the years, our motorsport involvement has proved to be a very useful networking and relationship building tool and a key driver for brand awareness and relationships with our customers. “The motorsport community is very loyal and effectively just like CoolDrive, is one big family. We are very pleased to be able to play the role that we do and are looking forward to a great year ahead.”

From the 1st of July, leading Australian motorsport parts supplier, Racer Industries, will join CoolDrive Auto Parts. “We are excited to welcome the Racer Industries business to CoolDrive,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said. “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. “With Racer Industries joining CoolDrive, all of your motorsport parts, apparel and equipment will now be available to purchase on your CoolDrive Trade Account in each of our 35 branches across Australia and New Zealand as well as on iShop at www.cooldrive.com.au or the www.racerindustires.com.au website. “These purchases will also be eligible for Capricorn points by using your Capricorn account at CoolDrive. “Our investment in Racer Industries recognises the passion our customers have for Motorsport and given us the opportunity to support them in a whole new way.” For more information, visit www.cooldrive.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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DAYCO DAVE FINISHES THIRD IN EPIC BATHURST SIX HOUR Dave Russell partnered with Grant Sherrin for the gruelling race Dayco Australia ambassador and highly experienced endurance race driver David Russell finished third after an epic 2021 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst Six Hour Production Car race. Paired with 2019 Bathurst Six Hour champion driver Grant Sherrin, the BMW M4 duo drove a fast-paced race all day, remaining within reach of the race leaders for the majority of the gruelling race. Perfect pit stops combined with an excellently planned race strategy saw Dave in a position to contest for the win when he took over the final driving stint with just over one hour remaining in the Easter Sunday Bathurst race. The Dayco sponsored driver was tasked with having to make up an 11 second deficit on race leaders and BMW M4 rivals Shane Van Gisbergen (driving with Robert Rubis and Shane Smollen) and Tim Leahey (driving with Beric Lynton).  Dave was promoted into third position with 54 minutes remaining when rival Tim Slade pitted with tyre issues, setting the fastest lap times of the final stint in pursuit of Tim Leahey.  Shane van Gisbergen was leading the final stages with a five second penalty issued by the stewards of the meeting for a Safety Car infringement was

hanging over his charge for the victory. Tim Leahey was three seconds behind and Dave in third, a further three seconds in pursuit with 25 minutes remaining in the epic Production Car race. With 12 minutes to run, a mistake from Tim Leahey saw Dave get within striking distance of his BMW powered rival, with the two embarking on a close battle across Mount Panorama for second place, with Shane van Gisbergen extending his lead to 11 seconds.  By the chequered flag and after 105 laps of racing, Dave finished in third place behind Tim Leahey and Shane van Gisbergen; the three BMW teams separated by 17 seconds after six hours of racing. This result is Dave’s second Bathurst Six Hour race podium adding to his outstanding record with

class wins and victories in every format of Bathurst Production Car endurance racing. “It is great to be on the podium with Grant, he did a fantastic job in his second stint to get our strategy back on track. The Sherrin Racing team did a phenomenal job with our pitsops all day. It’s satisfying to bring our car home in third, ultimately we didn’t have the power on the straights, but we gave it all we had,” Dave said.   After qualifying second and gaining another Bathurst outright podium, Dave looks forward to returning to Bathurst in October, co-driving with Brodie Kostecki and the Erebus Motorsport Supercar team in the Repco Bathurst 1000. For more from Dayco, visit www.dayco.com

constructed West Hall, the SEMA Show will include exhibits in all four halls, seminars in dozens of meeting rooms, networking events in nearby ballrooms and special displays and interactive attractions in the outdoor areas. Having been separated for more than a year, manufacturers are making plans to impress the industry with enhanced booths and unique displays. “We are hearing an overwhelming response from exhibitors,” Tom said. “They have nearly two years’ worth of innovation to share, and they will be showing it off at the SEMA Show. Based on what we are hearing, exhibitors are pulling out all the stops.”

Since 1967, organisers say manufacturers of automotive aftermarket parts have relied on the SEMA Show to debut their new products, showcase new trends and conduct business. Made up mostly of small- to mid-size manufacturers with a deep passion for turning everyday drivers into one-of-a-kind works of art, exhibitors take center stage as they unveil groundbreaking and ingenious products that enhance the performance, styling and functionality of cars, trucks and SUVs. To apply for booth space or register to attend the show, go to www.semashow.com

RECONNECT AT 2021 SEMA

Exhibitors are pulling out all the stops to pave the path for a monumental gathering Following Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s recent commitment to reopen the state at 100 percent capacity by June 1, SEMA Show organisers say exhibitors are demonstrating their commitment and excitement for the 2021 SEMA Show by securing booth space at the event taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The industry has spent the past year separated, and businesses are anxious and eager to reconnect in person,” SEMA Vice President of Events, Tom Gattuso, said. “We’re seeing more and more manufacturers sign up to exhibit at the SEMA Show every day.” More than 1,200 companies are already confirmed to exhibit at the event on November 2-5, at which time the SEMA Show will mark the first industrywide in-person gathering in almost two years. Manufacturers are able to secure space up until the event in November. Utilising the Las Vegas Convention Center’s newly 102

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BOSCH TO DEVELOP ELECTRONIC VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR FORMULA E The development will be part of a new long-term partnership between Bosch and Dragon/Penske Autosport

Bosch Motorsport and the Dragon/Penske Autosport Formula E Team have agreed on a long-term technology and engineering partnership for the Los Angeles and UK headquartered racing team’s cars in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Within the framework of this cooperation, Bosch will be developing an electronic vehicle management system specially tailored to the requirements of the Formula E vehicle along with the corresponding hardware and software components required. The system core is represented by the central MS 50.4P vehicle control unit (VCU). Apart from the motor functions and central energy management, the MS 50.4P also controls other vehicle functions such as brake energy recovery and the display in the driver cockpit. “Collaboration with Dragon enhances our successful involvement as a series sponsor of Formula E,” said Dr Markus Heyn, member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH. “With this partnership, Bosch underscores its claim as a leading supplier of powertrain management solutions, both in electromobility for production vehicles and in electrified motorsports.” Plans entail deploying the innovative vehicle management system in a race for the first time in spring 2021. Preparations are already underway, and Bosch is also planning to develop an entire electric powertrain for Formula E season 9. The central VCU offered by Bosch represents the heart of the vehicle electronics for the electric race cars of the Dragon/Penske Autosport Team.

Bosch has developed a bespoke vehicle wiring harness to provide optimum integration within the cars. Bosch also equips the Team’s development car with data loggers to improve the Team’s research and testing capabilities. In order to optimally adapt the new vehicle electronics to the overall vehicle, Bosch provides its RaceConnect LTE cloud solution during development and test driving for transferring telemetric data and data analysis. This provides the race team engineers with all the important parameters and data on the vehicle, powertrain, and tyres, enabling them to be analysed and optimised swiftly and efficiently. As the Formula E regulations prescribe the use of many systems, the performance of the electronic system makes a decisive contribution to racing success. Moreover, with the race energy management function of the MS 50.4P the vehicle’s driving performance is adapted dynamically so that the fastest possible lap time can be achieved with a specified amount of energy. What is more, the central vehicle control unit also ensures maximum energy recovery rates in the interplay between the electric and hydraulic brakes, and adapts the powertrain and brakes to the individual race conditions, thereby optimising vehicle feedback to the driver. For more from Bosch, visit www.bosch.com.au

ACS PARTNERS WITH TICKFORD RACING WILDCARD ENTRY The wildcard entry is being steered by Thomas Randle

Australian Clutch Services will be partnering with Tickford Racing for their wildcard entry in the 2021 Supercars Championship. The wildcard entry will be a Tickford Racing built Mustang driven by 25-yearold Thomas Randle. Thomas has already completed his first round at the OTR SuperSprint where he showed great pace in the #55 Ford Mustang including an eighth place finish in race 10. The remaining two rounds for the wildcard entry include the Darwin round at Hidden Valley Raceway and the Perth Round at Wanneroo raceway. “We are excited to be partnering with Tickford Racing and Thomas Randle for 2021,” Australian Clutch Services General Manager, Simon Acton, said. “Thomas Randle is a great talent and we look forward to supporting a young driver who shows enormous passion and commitment to the sport. “ACS have had a long history in Motorsport all over the world and we look forward to returning to Supercars in 2021.” Thomas has an impressive background in Motorsport including Australian Formula Ford, Formula 4, British Formula 3, Formula Renault 2.0 and even a round in Formula V8 3.5 with Comtec Racing. He made his main game Supercars debut at The Bend in 2019 and put in a great performance competing with the main game drivers. He then went on to win the 2020 Super2 Title with MW Motorsport and this year finished in second place for the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship.

“It’s fantastic to have the team at Australian Clutch Services onboard the #55 Tickford Racing Mustang for our wildcard program,” Thomas said. “Being Adelaide based it’s great to have the first of our three wildcard rounds in South Australia.” Australian Clutch Services’ leading brands include ClutchPro, Xtreme Clutch, Xtreme Outback, ClutchPro Commercial, AG Clutch and Classic Clutch. Operating for more than 30 years, Australian Clutch Services offers an extensive range of complete clutch kits, flywheels, hydraulics, accessories and tools through a nationwide distributor network. For more information about the ACS range, please visit www.australianclutch.com.au or call 1800 Clutch. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine June 2021

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FRANCHISE GROUP GIVES THE MIDAS TOUCH TO RACING SERIES

Midas is throwing its support behind the popular Queensland Improved Production series The trusted automotive servicing, repair and tyre replacement franchise group is bringing the Midas touch to Queensland’s exciting Improved Production motor racing series in 2021. The renowned Midas logo appears on the sides of each car competing in the five round 2021 Queensland Improved Production Championship, along with a separate National Improved Production Championship event.    “It is great to support a state racing series that has so many mechanics and motoring enthusiasts involved,” Midas National Operations Manager – Service, Ryan Deal, said. “This is what Midas Auto Care is all about, bringing together automotive experts and doing the best they can technically to produce the best performing cars for our customers.  “One of our Queensland Midas Franchisees and many of our customers take part and attend these events, so we are delighted to bring the Midas touch to the 2021 Queensland Improved

Production Championship, promoting Midas Auto Care stores as the destination for all servicing, repair and tyre replacement requirements.” Midas Franchisee Justin Wade owns two Midas franchises, located in Capalaba and Tingalpa, and boasts an impressive racing resume. Justin has been racing in the Improved Production Series since 1988 and across his career he has won both the Queensland and National Improved Production championships and also raced in Formula 4000 open wheelers.He was also the Lotus Cup Endurance Champion in 2006. Justin also competed in the Australian Safari in 2004 and won the Motorcycle 450cc Class. “I have been a part of the Midas family since 2000 with our Tingalpa and Capalaba sites going from strength to strength during this time,” Justin said. “I have been a mechanic since I was just 15 years old, starting out with a motorcycle apprenticeship in New South Wales. 40 years later and I am still doing it.

“I think it is great that Midas has thrown its support behind the Queensland Improved Production Series in 2021 and I am looking forward to carrying the Midas stickers on my car this year.” One of the most relevant, diverse and exciting motor racing categories, this series features production based Touring Cars that have been “improved” for motor racing purposes. The diversity of Improved Production racing fields sees it include Mazda RX7s, BMWs, Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, Commodores and Falcons among others, ensuring there are cars competing to suit every motor racing fan or motoring enthusiast. To find out more about the Queensland Improved Production Championship, visit www.ipraqld.com For more from Midas, visit www.midas.com.au

AUTO ONE STORE AND SUPPLIER AWARDS PRESENTED The awards were presented in late April via a Zoom teleconference, which was well attended by stores

The impact of COVID 19 has affected many parts of the automotive industry, and for national reseller Auto One, a significant casualty was the group’s inability to host a National Conference in 2020. A crucial element of the Auto One Conference is the annual Store and Supplier awards, which has traditionally been held at the Gala dinner at the conclusion of the Conference. Despite the conference not proceeding last year, the group has continued to acknowledge the high performers in the group throughout a challenging year in 2020, even without the formality of the dinner. The awards were handed out as follows. National Supplier of the Year is voted on by all Auto One and A1 Autoparts members. For 2020, the award was won by Wesfil, who continue to provide market leading service to the group. The award was accepted by Wesfil Managing Director, Terry Cooper, who entertained all with another colourful and passionate acceptance speech. Auto One Corporate Store of the Year  was awarded to Auto One Singleton, with Adam Thiecke and his dedicated team polling extremely highly in all criteria for the award. 104

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A1 Autoparts Store of the Year was presented to A1 Autoparts Wauchope. Laura Hamilton and family have taken their business to the next level from humble beginnings, combining great service, proactive local engagement and comprehensive use of the full A1 Autoparts offer. Auto One Store of the Year – Category 1 – Auto One Morley.  Adam Marjoram and his team at the Morley store have been relentless in their pursuit to continually improve the business, brought about  by continued improvements in merchandising, high levels of customer service and refining the product mix to align with the demands of the local customer base. Auto One Store of the Year – Category 2 – Auto One Castle Hill. Store owners Simon Hall and Karl Witzlsperger continue to carve out a great niche

for themselves in the local area and scored highly in areas such as customer service and qualified advice. Auto One Store of the Year – Category 3 – Auto One Browns Plains.  Well-deserved recognition for Mat Cali, Manager Darlene Campbell and their team who were all in attendance at the presentation.  The store scored highly in merchandising, customer service, local engagement and innovation – launching several new initiatives throughout 2020. Auto One extends its thanks and congratulations to all the award winners and is looking forward to an exciting 2021 National Conference, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from 9-11th August. For more from Auto One, visit www.autoone.com.au


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