Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine - March 2024

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MARCH 2024
All material appearing in Australian Automotive Aftermarket magazine is copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly forbidden without prior written consent. Contribution: Freelance contribution and submissions are welcomed by this magazine. No responsibility is accepted for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and transparencies. The opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the AAAA. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate, cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. The publisher reserves the right to omit or alter any advertisement and the advertiser agrees to indemnify the publisher for all damages or liabilities arising from the published material. ABOUT THE COVER Burson Equipment says it is proud to position itself as a leading provider of diagnostic solutions with a focus on staying abreast of technological advancements. 08 58 138 Publisher Cameron McLachlan for The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association ABN 23 002 271 454 7 – 8 Bastow Place, Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia Phone: 03 9545 3333 Fax: 03 9545 3355 Email: Website: Official publication of the AAAA EDITORIAL Tel 0409 570 643 PRODUCTION MANAGER Brigid Fraser, Tel 0413 009 122 ADVERTISING Dale Nugent Tel 0411 449 635 CAB Audited PUBLISHER Cameron McLachlan EDITOR Allan Edwards Calendar 4 New Members .......................................... 4 AAAA Report 5 News 6 Products 26 Services 134 Industry Personnel Updates .................. 136 Shopfront 137 PRTC 141 4WD 144 REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Level up your business at the Auto Aftermarket Expo 6 NVES Paper: robust debate needed .................................................................................... 7 AAAA delegation seeks support for the future of Australia’s auto manufacturing industry 8 AMR 2024 to take on sustainable development trends 10 Gates Australia offers ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ experience to RAS Apprentices ...................... 12 Shifting gears: unveiling the hidden dynamics of Australia’s used car market 14 AASRA talks workshop efficiency 16 Capricorn launches Rewards+ 18 Cover Story: Burson Equipment: your diagnostic specialists 22 Product R&D: AutoGuru - Book mechanics from Google Search ........................................... 24 Member Feature: Don Kyatt - Keeping it in the family 56 AAAExpo 2024 Preview: The countdown to the Expo is on ...................................................... 58 Brake, Clutch & Driveline: All the latest on brake, clutch & driveline 96 Special Feature: Mount Auto Equip Services - Introducing Zenith Z7 112 Auto Electrical and Lighting: Keeping on top of electrical and lighting nuances ..................... 114 Trade Talk: Top dog John Agostino retires 138 Members in Motorsport: Trico turning up the motorsport heat .............................................. 140 KEEPING YOU INFORMED FEATURES


Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

11 – 13 April 2024

Collision Repair Expo

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

11 – 13 April 2024

Taipei AMPA

Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1

17 – 20 April 2024

Automechanika Kuala Lumpar

Kuala Lumpar Convention Centre, Malaysia

8 – 10 May 2024

Autopromotec Bologna, Italy

21 – 24 May 2024

Automechanika Frankfurt Frankfurt Exhibition Grounds

10 – 14 September 2024

AAQ Australia

83 Inspiration Drive WANGARA WA 6065

Ph: 1300 446 478 E:


Shed 1, 7-9 Islander Road PIALBA QLD 4655

Ph: 07 4128 1113 E:

Bosch Car Service Seven Hills

49 Prime Drive SEVEN HILLS NSW 2147

Ph: 02 9620 6133 E:

Bossco 4x4

Unit 1/12 Bernera Road PRESTONS NSW 2170

Ph: 02 8729 6777 E:

Central Auto Parts

113 Banna Avenue GRIFFITH NSW 2680

Ph: 02 6962 7877 E:

Crossroads Automotive

2/71-73 Berrima Road MOSS VALE NSW 2577

Ph: 0416 599 673 E:

Finlease (Australia) Pty Ltd

1 James Place NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060

Ph: 0448 480 290 E:

Jax Tyres & Auto Charmhaven

Unit 7&8 / 6 Botham Close CHARMHAVEN NSW 2263

Ph: 02 4319 8522 E:

Jax Tyres & Auto Craigieburn

The Base, Building E/650 Hume Highway


Ph: 03 7302 1600 E:

Konnecting Group

Office 3, Building C, Level 1, 8 Bourke St MASCOT NSW 2020

Ph: 1300 131 131 E:

Ozwide Tools Pty Ltd

37/326 Settlement Road THOMASTOWN VIC 3074

Ph: 1300 807 034 E:

Parts 4 Automotive Bathurst

Unit 1, 36 Bant Street BATHURST NSW 2795

Ph: 02 6331 1466 E:

Parts 4 Automotive Bega

115 Gipps Street BEGA NSW 2550

Ph: 02 6492 5212 E:

Parts 4 Automotive Benalla

183 Bridge Street BENALLA VIC 3672

Ph: 03 5762 3633 E:

Parts 4 Automotive Hoppers Crossing

156 Old Geelong Road HOPPERS CROSSING VIC 3029

Ph: 03 8742 2108 E:

Procare Mechanical Service

16 Aspect Street TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350

Ph: 07 4638 5658 E:

Proserpine Auto Air & Electrical

Shed J2 2 Mann Street PROSERPINE QLD 4800

Ph: 0407 639 706 E:

Repco Authorised Service Devonport (Rotech Automotive)

76 Hiller Street DEVONPORT TAS 7310

Ph: 03 6423 4456 E:

Repco Authorised Service Huntingfield (Steve’s Auto Repairs)

Unit 2 / 27 Patriarch Drive HUNTINGFIELD TAS 7050


Repco Authorised Service New Norfolk (Danbar Automotive Pty Ltd)

9 Hamilton Road NEW NORFOLK TAS 7140

Ph: 03 6206 2170 E:

Repco Authorised Service Triabunna (Spring Bay Service Centre)

6 Vicary Street TRIABUNNA TAS 7190

Ph: 03 6257 3525 E:

Repco Authotrised Service Cooee (SLR Automotive)

44 Bass Highway COOEE TAS 7320

Ph: 03 6431 3512 E:

Rick’s 4WD Centre P/L

1/21 Lawrence Drive NERANG QLD 4211

Ph: 07 5596 6662 E:

TL Ranger Diesel

70/22 Dunn Cres DANDENONG VIC 3175

Ph: 03 8774 5213 E:

Transmission Physician Rebuilders Network

2 Bullock Creek Road MELDALE QLD 4510

Ph: 0412 060 906 E:

Vascar Auto Pty Ltd

1/22 Kalang Road CAMBERWELL VIC 3124

Ph: 0466 445 756 E:

Vehicle Engineering Australia Pty Ltd

5 Gregg Place CRESTWOOD NSW 2620

Ph: 02 6236 3009 E:

Winter Automotive Pty Ltd

898 Princes Highway SPRINGVALE VIC 3171

Ph: 03 9547 8499 E:

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Bryant Chairman AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN Wayne Bryant (VIC) Automotive Division, GPC Asia Pacific Ph: 03 9566 5444 DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Adam Pay (NSW) mycar Tyre & Auto Service Ph: 02 9680 6500 SECRETARY Janelle Gonzalez (NSW) Blue Toro Pty Ltd Ph: 1300 258 386 TREASURER Steve Drummy (VIC) BAPCOR Ph: 03 8878 1111 DIRECTORS Craig Baills (QLD) Highfields Mechanical Ph: 07 4696 7116 Michael Carnemolla (NSW) 313 Automotive Pty Ltd Ph: 02 9713 9476 April Harwood (NSW) JAX Quickfit Franchising Systems Ph: 1300 189 665 Colette Kirby (VIC) Logicar Australia Ph: 1300 322 782 Mark Pedder (VIC) Pedders Suspension Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9706 3500 Darren Robinson (VIC) HELLA Australia Pty Ltd Ph: 1800 061 729 Peter Rogers (VIC) Repco Authorised Service Ph: 0428 896 597


At the AAAA we have always backed up our words with action

As the National peak body for the entire aftermarket, we have a huge responsibility and unwavering commitment to protecting and promoting the industry, as we have done for over 40 years.

We are uniquely positioned to identify threats, consult with members, and respond strategically through our advocacy efforts, to ensure the sustainability and success of our industry.

A powerful example of taking action is our recent trip to Canberra with a delegation of AAAA members. A group of directly affected member businesses joined us as we campaigned for change to the Federal vehicle modification approval system which is currently handicapping our proud Australian automotive manufacturing industry.

Despite the AAAA actively flagging concerns to government before the current legislation was introduced in 2021, and being given assurances that an approval pathway for Second Stage Manufacturers (SSM) would be developed, this important inclusion was omitted from the Scheme. The current approval process for essential and routine commercial modifications prior to first registration is an extremely difficult, timeconsuming process which is strangling the ability of Australian automotive manufacturers to innovate and compete in a fair manner.

Some companies have already withdrawn from the SSM market due to frustrations with the approval process. Unless the system is fixed, we risk killing off what Australian engineering, design and manufacturing we have left, which will hamper Australia’s ability to evolve and meet changing automotive trends and a future low emission industry.

The current system is also having a knock-on effect to other sectors, from farmers to our mining industry, state and territory emergency service vehicles, and consumers who are looking to implement safety upgrades to carry or tow greater weight or to deal with Australia’s harsh terrain. With the issue steadily getting worse, it was clear

we needed to take a bold step to strengthen our position, help policy makers understand the burden the current system is imposing on Australian companies, and request immediate change.

Working with our affected members, we quickly lined up a group of representatives who were excited to form a delegation and accompany us to Canberra.

Under the lead of Lesley Yates, our Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, we arranged a range of meetings with key decisions makers to provide an opportunity for our members to use real world examples of the impact of the current process on their businesses and their customers.

I’m proud to say the delegation was a resounding success. We had very positive meetings with senior executives from the Department of Industry Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tony Pasin MP as well as the Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure’s Chief of Staff and the Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, The Honourable Senator Bridget McKenzie.

A number of commitments were made in those meetings, with all parties very clear that change is crucial for the future of the automotive manufacturing sector and the many essential sectors that rely on our industry.

I also want to thank our member representatives who were all fantastic in providing their time and expertise to support the campaign. We will maintain our pressure for change on this crucial issue. Our action doesn’t stop there. We always have and always will represent and defend our industry when its under threat.

Auto Aftermarket Expo and Collision Repair Expo

I can’t wrap up this column without reminding you of the biggest and most valuable industry event of the year, the Auto Aftermarket and Collision Repair Expo, which will be held in less than two months. You can’t afford to miss this epic showcase of equipment, tools, technology and training, all under the one roof in Melbourne from 11 – 13 April. And, entry to the Expo is FREE for anyone working in the automotive industry!

We’ve pulled out all stops this year when it comes to training, and the Expo will be the only place to learn from a magnificent line-up of international and local trainers. We’ve got Diagnose Dan and Sean Tipping, two of the world’s foremost diagnostics experts, conducting an exclusive training program for technicians wanting to fast-track their diagnostics capability.

We are also excited to host Dirk Fuchs, who is a highly sought after global leader on EV and Hybrid

technology and EV workshop setup, as well as Robert Snook, a highly respected international business coach who will focus on how businesses can find and retain great staff and increase their revenue streams.

Bill Hanvey, Chief Executive Officer and President of the US Auto Care Association will headline our Business Education training program. Bill will be joined by many of Australia’s leading industry figures to help businesses prepare for future success across a range of important topics.

The Expo Electrified and ADAS Technology Zones are two exciting new education and training features available to visitors, designed to satisfy industry demand for more information, tips and insights about these emerging areas of automotive technology, service, and repair.

All the training sessions, free and paid, as well as Trade Show entry, require registration. So, go to or to secure your spot –and bring your team, to increase the learning and inspiration across your entire business!

In addition to the world-class training, the combined Expos will see 400 incredible brands showcasing their latest technology, products, parts and services, while unique networking opportunities, competitions, and interactive displays will create an unmissable three-day industry celebration.

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How willing are you to embrace new technologies and new ways of doing things?

We like to think

that, as automotive business owners, we are great at adapting to change. After all, carmakers are inventing new tech for us to get our heads around all the time.

But we are about to find out how true this really is, because we are now living in a period of incredible and rapid change and it is going to fundamentally change our industry.

In twenty years’ time, as vehicles become increasingly connected, autonomous, shared and electric, our businesses may look very different.

This is one reason Capricorn has invested in Shift4Good, a global impact venture capital fund that aims to decarbonise the transport sector for goods and people.

It is backed by institutional financial investors and major industry players, with the goal of identifying and supporting the auto industry’s best emerging entrepreneurs with in-depth sector knowledge and financing.

But there’s more to ensuring the longevity of our businesses and our industry than just the technology. Of equal importance are the people who will work in our industry and lead it. We must encourage, grow, and support the next generation of technicians, business owners and entrepreneurs.

Two in five Members told our State of the Nation Special Report they were very or extremely likely to take on an apprentice in the future – a figure that’s up five percentage points on 2022.

Problematic, though, is the fact the data also shows 43 percent of Members lost an apprentice before the apprenticeship was finished.

So, we don’t just need to attract the next generation of talent, we need to retain it as well. The future is full of opportunity – it is exciting. Let’s embrace it.

For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit


The Expo, proudly sponsored by Repco, is the nation’s largest automotive trade event

Respected industry leaders will provide both a window into the future of the aftermarket and practical advice to address the industry’s biggest issues as part of a groundbreaking business education program at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.

The Repco-sponsored Expo will take place from the 11th to the 13th of April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, co-located with the Collision Repair Expo, and is the nation’s largest automotive trade event.

The free to trade comprehensive Business Education Training Program will cover the most important automotive business topics, led by many of Australia’s leading aftermarket voices and respected subject matter experts.

The speaker list is bolstered by a special attendance of Auto Care Association (USA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Hanvey.

“One of many incredible training opportunities at the Expo, the business education program will see our best business leaders give workshop owners and managers the knowledge they need to take the next steps to secure the sustainability and future success of their businesses,” Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

To help business owners understand the latest industry trends, and stay ahead of the pack, a special session ‘Global Auto Aftermarket Trends – Get The Edge’ will entail respected industry personalities sharing their top aftermarket trends, and how the trends will affect the industry, customers, and the bottom line into 2024 and beyond.

The automotive skills shortage is a major challenge for the automotive industry, and the ‘Skills Shortages – Five Top Tactics To Find And Keep Good Talent In Your Business’ session will arm attendees with pragmatic advice on the best ways to attract and retain great talent in their

business, with learnings coming from industry leaders at the coal face of this pressing industry issue.

The ‘Local Area Marketing – Top Three Tips For Achieving Your Goals’ session will share bestpractice tactics on how to market your business in your local area and attract and retain customers to help your achieve your business goals.

The incredible variety of sessions continues with more sought after topics including right to repair, preparing your workshop for electrification, improving work life balance, demonstrating the motor vehicle information scheme, and increasing business profitability.

The Business Education Program is just one of many incredible training opportunities available at the Auto Aftermarket Expo, which includes an exclusive Technical Training Program with leading international diagnostics experts Diagnose Dan and Sean Tipping.

The exciting new Expo Electrified Zone will offer unique opportunities to learn about EV and hybrid service and repair with hands-on and practical demonstrations, including live testing of EV motors and generators.

Meanwhile, the ADAS Technology Zone will showcase ADAS calibration demonstrations and answer important questions about this emerging and crucial component of automotive repair.

The Expo will also feature more than 400 leading brands showcasing the latest vehicle repair and servicing equipment, technology, parts, and accessories to thousands of trade visitors.

Combined with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards banquet, a networking event on the show floor, vehicle display area, celebrity appearances and competitions, the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo will be an unmissable three-day industry experience.

To learn more about what to expect at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and Collision Repair Expo, see the Expo Preview feature further in this magazine.

To reserve a place at one of the valuable Business Education sessions, or any other training sessions at the Expo, register at

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There’s been much discussion since the Federal Government released its New Vehicle Emission Standards (NVES) paper

Basically, the NVES is a policy document which aims to encourage OEMs to introduce vehicles to Australia that are cleaner and more fuel-efficient.

The NVES sets an annual limit on tailpipe CO2 emissions per kilometer for new vehicles, which applies to an OEM as an entity instead of concentrating on individual cars. It doesn’t legislate against any particular high emissions models, but instead requires each OEM to measure its total emissions.

It also introduces a scheme where OEMs can trade ‘credits’ between each other to reach the legal emission target set by the policy.

Most countries in the world already have similar emissions policies in place and the NVES in Australia is scheduled to take effect from the 1st of January, 2025.

The Government claims the NVES will save consumers money at the petrol pump, give new car purchasers more choice of cars, and most importantly, that it will reduce transport emissions, and therefore improve the air we all breathe.

There has been much debate around how the NVES will affect the Australian car parc. Some claim it is long overdue and will stop Australia from becoming a ‘dumping ground’ for high emission, or ‘dirty’ vehicles. However, others argue this will come at a cost, with car manufacturers having to increase the prices they charge to cover the increased costs of producing more fuel-efficient cars.

The policy makes no apologies for promoting new technologies, such as EVs, as a means for OEMs to achieve the new emission targets. As a counter argument to the increased initial vehicle purchase price, the NVES strongly puts forward the view that EVs are cheaper to run.

It is this assumption that is of concern to the aftermarket. We believe the modelling on ‘cheaper to run’ is dubious at best, with the notion you would save $350 per year on service and maintenance highly concerning.

In fact, we simply don’t know enough about how EVs operate on Australian roads. We know we have harsher conditions and our roads are tough on vehicles, as is our extreme environment. How this impacts on the health of EVs is largely unknown because we don’t yet have the long-term data.

The entire public debate and discussion around EVs thus far is all about which vehicles are brought into Australia, the purchase price, the charging infrastructure, and the incentives for purchasing at point of sale. The NVES continues this narrative without the consideration of what EVs will do on our roads and how we, as the aftermarket, are an integral part of the full EV story.

We do know regular EV servicing requires superior assessment of the health of the battery, which includes monitoring of cooling systems and the battery management system. As such, you simply can’t compare the servicing of internal combustion engines with EVs.

Quite simply, you are not comparing like with like. EVs are subject to heat and friction and these forces result in deterioration. EVs have suspension, steering systems, filters and brakes, which are systems common to both ICE and EVs, but there are also systems in ICE that don’t occur in EVs and vice versa.

In addition, many EVs have much higher kerb weights when compared to their ICE counterparts, and we know this will have an adverse effect on the wear and tear of many components. There are also more ADAS systems in operation on most modern vehicles and more to come.

The point here is we have an increase in complexity of our car parc. Greater complexity requires higher skill, and more technologically intensive tools and equipment. And yet the new efficiency options paper just ignores all of these unknowns and assumes drastic reductions in service and maintenance costs.

Stating all EVs are cheaper to run is not a good

investment in robust debate and a healthy future. It tells consumers they will save hundreds of dollars on vehicle maintenance when the data is not there to provide consumers with an educated and informed conclusion.

As an Association we are far from anti-EV. We understand EVs are coming. But we want a debate that is well informed and one which doesn’t mislead our customers because in the future, we are the ones who are going to be servicing EVs.

Generating a customer base that believes that EV won’t need to be driven into their local professional workshop for routine maintenance and repair is not good – it is not good for consumers, for road safety, or for future buyer decision-making.

We are asking the question that if we all agree as a community that EVs stack up as great for our environment – that they are a cleaner option and an investment in our future – then why is there a need to inflate the savings in repair and servicing? There is a similar dubious assumption in the new NVES options paper about the cost of replacing the battery. We know battery technology will evolve, and costs will reduce over time, but the assumption it costs only $5000 to replace an EV battery doesn’t seem to pass the pub test.

This is a public policy discussion about the future of vehicles on our roads and the effect on our climate. It should be a well-informed and well-educated debate. It should also educate the thousands of future EV car owners that they need to continue to have a great relationship with their local professional automotive technician, hence keeping their car safe, protecting the car occupants, maintaining the optimal condition of the battery, and ensuring good tyres and fully functioning driver alerts.

As an industry we need to combine our voices to address the myth that EVs don’t need servicing. The independent automotive aftermarket is part of the solution, and we are part of that future. As an Association we plan to make sure our voice is heard by the policy makers, because this not only affects the safety of the nation’s car parc and Australian consumers, it is paramount for the ongoing prosperity of our industry.

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The delegation met with MPs and Senators to raise the issues around the federal government approval process

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has led a delegation to Canberra to undertake urgent discussions to support Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry.

A delegation of 10 Second Stage Manufacturers travelled to Canberra on the 7th of February to seek constructive dialogue with the Department of Transport and key Members of Parliament. They sought to highlight the importance of the automotive manufacturing industry and how the current federal government approval process is affecting the industry’s key fleet customers including mining, farming, and our vital emergency services.

The current process of requesting approval for essential and routine commercial modifications prior to first registration is an extremely difficult, time consuming process for businesses which is strangling the ability of Australian automotive manufacturers to innovate and compete in a fair manner.

This action from AAAA and the manufacturing delegates demonstrates the importance and urgency of protecting the future of Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry.

Since the closure of Australia’s car manufacturing base, Australia’s extensive automotive design and engineering expertise has pivoted towards the manufacture of 4WD parts and accessories to ensure that vehicles are modified to handle Australia’s unique terrain and climate.

“This process is killing what Australian engineering, design and manufacturing we have left,” AAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

“Companies in our industry have already withdrawn from the market due to frustrations with the approval system.

“Unless the system is fixed, we risk killing off our domestic manufacturers, making it impossible for Australia to evolve and meet the demands of global automotive trends and the future low emission global automotive industry.

“The current system is hurting many sectors, from farmers to our mining industry, state and territory emergency service vehicles, and consumers who are looking to implement safety upgrades to deal with Australia’s harsh terrain.”

The AAAA actively flagged concerns to government about the potential negative ramifications of the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) Legislation before its introduction in 2021.

“We were guaranteed assurances that secondstage manufacturers would not be left out and a clear pathway for second stage manufacturers would be developed, but this did not happen,” Stuart said.

“Now it appears that a culture has developed within the Department of searching for reasons to block SSM applications.

“Combined with lengthy delays in reviewing applications, an ineffective IT system for mass commercial use and a very limited appeals process, we are experiencing near catastrophic impacts for the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, and flow on impacts for our customers.”

Australia is a world class leader in vehicle springs, shock absorbers, brake components, and many other important vehicle accessories.

Australian companies are designing and developing these products locally and are exporting them to the world.

This expertise enables the aftermarket to modify thousands of vehicles with upgraded systems to produce a final vehicle that is safe and fit for purpose and used by mining, agricultural, and emergency service sectors.

“There are a number of bureaucratic issues that are leaving Australian manufacturers playing a game of chance with every approval,” AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Lesley Yates, said.

“The current system lacks transparency, consistency, and accountability; all three aspects are needed for an approval process that is fit for purpose.”

Pedders Suspension was amongst the delegation of respected automotive industry companies in Canberra which are negatively affected by the current legislation.

“This issue is affecting the entire aftermarket industry and is having flow on affects to customers,” Pedders Suspension Director, Mark Pedders, said.

“A functioning approval system that balances speed in processing and clarity for applicants is vital to the Australian Aftermarket’s longevity, and we are fully supportive of AAAA’s approach to getting the issues addressed.”

The AAAA arranged meetings with a number of MPs and Senators during the trip, and the delegation was able to communicate the seriousness of the matter, encouraging the Government to take action as a matter of urgency to support the future of the automotive manufacturing industry.

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association is the only independent national body representing and supporting the automotive aftermarket industry. AAAA members are manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of automotive parts and accessories, tools and equipment and providers of service, repair and vehicle modification.

For more from the AAAA, visit

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The AAAA has welcomed a new Federal government initiative to crack down on unscrupulous and non-genuine training providers

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the peak body for the automotive aftermarket industry, strongly supports the legislation which will be an important step to remove dishonest and fraudulent RTOs that exist as a minority within the automotive training industry.

“We welcome this new legislation, which if passed, will make a positive difference to the automotive training sector and ensure new technicians are fit and ready to service and repair our country’s modern vehicle fleet,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

“The legislation will clean up unscrupulous behaviour from the small number of dodgy providers that seek to take advantage of students.

“These providers undermine the vast majority of legitimate, proficient training organisations that are doing a wonderful job training the next generation of automotive workers.”

The legislative changes will provide the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) with greater powers to prevent and remove non-genuine training organisations.

“Our industry is in the midst of a significant skills shortage, so we must remove any impediments that reduce the legitimacy and competency of workers training to enter the workforce,” Stuart said.

“The new law will address these issues, and ensure students are trained by reputable training organisations.”

The new legislation, the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Strengthening Quality and Integrity in Vocational Education and Training No. 1) Bill 2024 was introduced into Parliament by the Honourable Brendan O’Connor MP on Monday the 12th of February.

“We would like to congratulate Minister O’Connor for introducing the Bill, and his commitment to clean up what is an extremely important pathway process for young workers across the country,” Stuart said.

“We look forward to engaging on the Bill, and we would appreciate any support from our members and the wider automotive industry as we take steps to crack down on these kinds of operators.”

Minister O’Connor also spoke of the importance of this new bill for the future of the vocational education system.

“We are restoring integrity to the sector. We will weed out dodgy providers that exist in the sector, who seek to exploit students for a quick buck and compromise the integrity and reputation of the entire sector in the process,” O’Connor said.

“Most providers do the right thing and are in the business of education and training for the right reasons. They will benefit from the removal of non-genuine actors, who undermine integrity and trust in VET.”

For more from the AAAA, visit


It was the fifth information evening held since the ACIA was set up in May

Industry representatives recently attended an Australian Collision Industry Alliance (ACIA) event at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to discuss how the industry can work together to tackle the skills shortage in Australia.

The ACIA was set up in May of 2023 to inform the industry of the alliance’s strategy to attract new talent into the industry and to encourage businesses to join. Since then, it has held five of these information sessions.

First to take to the lectern at the most recent session was CIT’s Adrian Gibbons who told the audience that CIT has been training apprentices for nearly 100 years.

Adrian was also able to report that there has been a rise in enrolments for refinishing at the Institute and that nearly 40 percent of 2024’s intake are women.  Paint and Panel’s Sam Street explained how the ACIA came into being and its mission, while ACIA Directors Sarah Moynihan from Fortress and Rob Bartlett from Supply Side discussed the working groups, the board structure and what the ACIA has achieved in its first six months and plans for next year.

ACIA’s stand at the 2024 Summernats was also announced at the event.

“The response to the launch of ACIA from the industry has been very encouraging,” Rob said.  “People are realising that by working collaboratively we can actually make a difference, raise the profile of the industry and get the word out that there are many rewarding careers available.”

The Australian Collision Industry Alliance (ACIA) is a not-for-profit entity established to promote rewarding career paths and ensure the sustainability of an important industry: Collision Repair.

Through funding and support from a wide range of industry stakeholders, the ACIA strives to develop and drive innovative programs to attract and retain people for the industry.

The ACIA has 46 members to date, with this number reportedly growing with each event the Alliance hosts across Australia.

For more information, to join a working group or to become a member of the ACIA, email

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Across its three days AMR 2024 will showcase products across eight halls in an exhibition space of 100,000 sqm

AMR 2024 is expected to attract more than 1,200 exhibitors from around the world at the National Convention and Exhibition Center (Tianjin) across March 20th to 23rd.

As the mainstay of AMR, the Repair and Maintenance sector will offer expansive coverage of the aftermarket with leading domestic and overseas exhibitors.

The fair will also give more prominence to the Parts and Components sector in line with China’s rapidly growing market needs for electronic, intelligent, lightweight components and NEV components.

The sector will occupy over 40,000 sqm across Halls S11, S12 and S13 and more than 600 leading exhibitors have already confirmed to participate.

Green Repair and New Energy zone advancing the green automotive aftermarket

The returning Green Repair and New Energy zone (Hall S16) will be key in emphasising the value of sustainability in the repair sector.

With an exhibition space of 4,000 sqm for a skills contest, forum, training and independent showcasing, the zone aims to encourage innovative eco-friendly practices. It will focus on maintenance technologies, equipment and materials, as well as products and services related to NEV aftersales, testing, repair and coating.

In addition, AMR will stage the National Vocational Skills Competition 2024 at the Green Repair and New Energy zone to address one of the biggest subjects in the industry – skills development in the rising NEV aftermarket.

The anticipated transition towards the widespread adoption of NEVs also entails establishing national standards across China to ensure that providers offer high quality, safe and efficient services.

From this standpoint, the competition will demonstrate how a number of local brands and

vocational institutes are forging ahead with the use of new tools, technologies and green repair solutions. Its aim is to further promote collaboration in education and industry to nurture talent.

It will feature two single contests for the first time, namely the New Energy Vehicle Repairer and Vehicle Paint Finishing. The event calls for contestants from right across the mobility and logistics industry, including experts and students from educational organisations.

Conference themes to deepen cooperation in sustainable development

Alongside AMR 2024, The 6th International Automotive Aftermarket Conference will explore the economic landscape, industry development, technology trends and innovation, providing corporates with valuable insights on future market opportunities. The conference will host leading consultants, parts and components companies, and distributors to discuss green and futurefocused strategies for the automotive aftermarket. Themes will cover cutting-edge trends in the global aftermarket, NEVs in the independent aftersales market, and the transformation of the overseas vehicle market. The conference will analyse the international competitiveness of China’s auto parts companies and explore opportunities in NEV exports to open up new doors for domestic aftermarket enterprises.

Haidong Xu, Deputy Chief Engineer of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, will also give an in-depth overview of China’s automotive market forecast in 2024, with the speech to focus on key factors that promote the sustainable development of the industry by providing strategic market knowledge and approaches to achieve high quality transformation.

Offering an international perspective on the global landscape, analysts from Roland Berger will discuss the independent NEV aftermarket. In addition, the German consulting company, Wolk,

will also delve into the 2024 outlook of Europe’s automotive aftermarket.

In addition, The 19th China Automotive Aftermarket Top 20 Awards Ceremony and the 20th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the fairground. The awards celebrate products that demonstrate innovation, practicality and efficiency, holding significant influence in China’s automotive market and attracting the wide attention and participation of the industry.

These events form some of the 30 fringe activities that AMR is organising. Wider topics will cover the likes of NEVs and connected mobility, smart transportation, sustainable development and the use of industrial chemical standards in the automotive industry.

Other featured programmes include the China Motor Vehicle Inspection and Testing Industry Development Seminar 2024, the 3rd Green Repair and Maintenance Industry Forum, and The Automotive Aftersales Terminal Technology Service Innovation and Integration Development Forum. AMR will also offer New Energy Vehicles Factory Tours. Professional buyers from around the world can visit leading NEV manufacturing plants like FAW Toyota and Lixiang, as well as the C-NCAP crash-safety testing laboratory.

Participants can benefit from an in-depth inspection of some of the most sophisticated automobile manufacturing technologies along the production line and gain an understanding of how rigorous quality inspections can produce high quality NEVs.

The Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) is co-organised by China Automotive Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA), China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and China National Machinery Industry International Co Ltd (Sinomachint).

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The senior executive enjoyed a busy visit to Melbourne Dayco Chief Executive Officer, Craig Frohock, and Chief Human Resources Officer, R.J. Corning, made their first visit to Australia in December. Both senior Dayco executives took some time out of their meeting schedule to conduct an informal Q and A session with all Dayco Australia staff.

Following the open discussion, Craig and R.J. joined Dayco Australia Managing Director, APAC Aftermarket and ANZ Sales Manager, James Barrett, and the entire Dayco Australia head office team for a classic Aussie BBQ.

“It was great to be able to meet and have open discussions with our Australian management and

warehouse team and to thank them personally for the great work that they are doing across all areas of the business,” Craig said.

December also saw Dayco Australia celebrate another great year of continued growth and success with a Christmas gathering of all head office staff along with some very special guests in Melbourne on December 20, 2023.

Showcasing one of the Dayco sponsored BRT Ford Mustang Supercars onsite, staff were able to sit inside the stunning CoolDrive Mustang, take photos and gain a closer understanding of the intricate engineering work that creates the world’s fastest touring cars.

BRT Co-Team Principal and 2023 Supercars endurance race driver Tim Blanchard was joined by BRT Super2 driver Aaron Love, with Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 podium finisher, Porsche Carrera Cup racer and long term Dayco Ambassador David Russell at the Dayco Christmas BBQ.

All three special guests took part in fun and interesting interviews covering the exciting year of motorsport that had just been completed, their plans for the holidays, and a look ahead into the 2024 season.

“We were delighted to welcome our global Chief

Executive Officer and HR Director to Melbourne, making themselves openly available to all our staff as well,” Dayco Australia Managing Director, Arnold Mouw, said.

“They gained a detailed insight to our business in Australia, our customers, and our plans for continued growth in the automotive aftermarket sector.

“Our staff Christmas gathering was a great opportunity to personally congratulate “Dayco Dave” Russell on his outstanding 2023 Supercar endurance race results along with rookie Super2 racer Aaron Love becoming the first driver to win a race for BRT.”

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JAX Tyres and Auto Bathurst set to join list of new franchisees in 2024

In what was a difficult year for the industry, the opening of five new franchise stores and the hiring of close to 400 staff nationwide in 2023 has seen JAX Tyres and Auto buck the trend, providing a boost for local economies, creating jobs, and supporting community confidence, with those seeds set to bear even more fruit in 2024.

New stores in Charmhaven (opened 3rd July), Craigieburn (opened 6th June), Delahey (opened 28th November), Merrylands (opened 6th June), and Queanbeyan (opened 3rd October) have strengthened JAX’s national footprint, while bringing the company’s award-winning approach to customer service to more people.

As a community-centric business, JAX says its contribution goes significantly beyond the tyre and car maintenance service it provides to customers, serving as a source of gainful employment across all types of roles, with new hires across 2023’s five new store openings including mechanics, tyre technicians, wheel aligners, and more.

JAX says its ability to attract and retain staff is something the company is particularly proud of.

“In a notoriously tight labour market, JAX has been

able to bolster our team nationwide by embracing a diversity of skills that new recruits have been able to bring to the company,” JAX Tyres and Auto Executive Manager, People and Culture, Sharlyn Cavinta, said.

“Ambitious, adaptable new recruits have been supported by internal promotions, apprenticeship and trainee enrolments, giving more people than ever the chance to step up and show us what they can do.”

“For me, the key is creating the right working environment, so that for all our staff, it’s not just about getting the job done, it’s about wanting to help each other out and do what’s right for the customer,” JAX franchisee and owner of JAX Tyres and Auto Charmhaven, Glenn Hain, said of his experience finding and holding onto the right staff.

“Everyone on my team works with me, not for me, which is so important when it comes to keeping morale high and making sure that the talented people who come on board with us, always feel like they’re part of the JAX family.”

“It’s always a privilege to welcome new franchisees and their staff into the JAX family, and to know that

we are giving something back to the communities we serve that goes beyond our commitment to peace of mind driving, is endlessly gratifying,” JAX Tyres and Auto Chief Executive Officer, Steve Grossrieder, said.

JAX Tyres and Auto Bathurst is set to be the newest franchise store to join the JAX family in 2024, with more information to follow shortly. For more from JAX Tyres and Auto, visit

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From left - Dayco Chief Human Resources Officer RJ Corning, Dayco Australia Managing Director Arnold Mouw and Dayco Chief Executive Officer Craig Frohock at the company’s Australian head office and warehouse in Melbourne. Dayco Australia staff and management up close and personal with one of the Dayco sponsored BRT Supercars during a special Christmas BBQ with Dayco racers Dave Russell, Aaron Love and Tim Blanchard as special guests.


The latest evolution of Gates Australia’s apprentice rewards program puts apprentices in the thick of the action

Gates Australia, a leading provider of innovative automotive solutions, says it recognises the pivotal role that apprentice mechanics play in shaping the future of the automotive industry.

In 2022, a pioneering pilot program was initiated in collaboration with Repco Authorised Service (RAS) where apprentices were encouraged to submit a video explaining why they wanted to become an automotive mechanic.

The most compelling submissions were subsequently awarded an exclusive Supercars experience with the Penrite Racing Team, where they had access to a behind-the-scenes pit garage tour, meet-and-greet with the drivers and complete access to view the race from the Penrite Racing Corporate Suite.

Following the success of this campaign, the team has come up with a revised structure of this program that gives two apprentices a chance to spend a race weekend with the Penrite Racing Team, working in the pits as part of the crew.

To date, Gates Australia has had four apprentices participate at the Supercars Gold Coast 500 and Adelaide 500 rounds.

“I was extremely lucky to have been chosen to be a part of an awesome experience at the Gold Coast 500. The team was extremely welcoming as I found myself working with the team on Matt Payne’s Mustang. Everyone was very helpful and supportive in showing me all the steps that need to be taken to prep a V8 supercar for a race weekend”, RAS apprentice Kyler Clements, who attended the Gold Coast 500 experience, said.

“I found the experience of being involved with the Penrite Racing team to be an eventful and great way to see what it is like to be a part of the team and see how everyone has to already have a sense on what each other needs to do and what has been happening the whole time. I found that the experience was a fast pace in preparation for when it comes to the moment of the actual race and lots of checking and final checks,” RAS apprentice Mitch Frahn, who worked at the Adelaide 500, said.



will pay $11.5m for misleading consumers about consumer guarantee rights for serious vehicle faults

The Federal Court has ordered Mazda Australia Pty Ltd to pay $11.5 million in penalties for engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct and making false or misleading representations to nine consumers about their consumer guarantee rights.

Mazda made 49 separate false or misleading representations to the nine consumers who had experienced recurring and serious faults with their Mazda vehicles within two years of purchase.

Mazda ignored or rejected requests by the nine consumers for a refund or a replacement vehicle. It told them that the only remedy available was a repair, even though their vehicles had already undergone multiple unsuccessful repair attempts, including complete engine replacements. One vehicle had three engine replacements.

Ultimately, Mazda offered to refund only a portion of the vehicle’s purchase price, or offered a replacement vehicle only if the consumer made a significant payment, after multiple failed repair attempts.

“All of the consumers were given the ‘run-around’ by Mazda while it engaged in evasions and subterfuges, provided appalling customer service and failed to make any genuine attempt to consider and apply the consumer guarantee provisions of the Australian Consumer Law,” ACCC Deputy Chair, Catriona Lowe, said.

“The message to the new car industry is clear, substantial penalties can be imposed on businesses which misrepresent consumer guarantee rights.

“If a vehicle cannot be repaired within a reasonable time, or at all, consumers have a right under the Australian Consumer Law to a refund or replacement, and we expect car manufacturers to honour those rights promptly and without misleading consumers.”

The Court also ordered Mazda to pay a total of $82,000 in compensation to some of the consumers. Mazda consented to this order and has undertaken to pay a further $3,000 in compensation per vehicle.

“It is interesting to see how the team operates behind the scenes which you cannot do as a spectator, I was able to learn so much and see how well they work together, everyone has their role, and they are able to work so quickly,” RAS apprentice Kimberley Haldane, who also worked at the Adelaide 500, said.

“It was intriguing to be able to see firsthand some of the tasks performed, why it is done the way it is and to be able to help with some of those tasks,” Kimberley added.

Gates Australia explains the objective of this program is to reward apprentice mechanics and demonstrate to them that there is more to this industry than just the daily grind.

After the overwhelming success of its campaign in 2023, Gates Australia says it is thrilled to announce that it will be continuing this initiative through the 2024 Supercars season.

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“We are very pleased that the Court has ordered compensation for the consumers who had not received a full refund or replacement vehicle from Mazda,” Catriona said.

Mazda was also ordered to implement an Australian Consumer Law compliance program, publish a corrective notice on its website, notify dealers of the Court’s findings and pay a contribution to the ACCC’s costs.

Further information on consumer guarantees is available at consumer-guarantees

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The Australian Government has solidified its commitment to ANCAP

The Australian Government has once again solidified its commitment to boost the safety of new vehicles offered to Australian consumers, committing to fund the vital ANCAP safety rating program for a further five years.

Assistant Minster for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Carol Brown, confirmed the Government’s commitment during ANCAP’s 30th Anniversary commemorative celebrations in Sydney.

The Australian Government will commit $16.3 million over five years (2023-24 to 2027-28) to assist ANCAP in delivering and enhancing its highly-valued and independent passenger and light commercial vehicle safety test and rating program – including the prioritisation of ratings for electric vehicles.

The funding commitment will also assist ANCAP in expanding its influence to address road safety challenges among a broader range of vehicle types and market segments through the testing and provision of consumer information for commercial vans and large utilities (pick-up trucks).

“The Government’s National Road Safety Strategy places ‘Safe Vehicles’ as a cornerstone to road safety improvement,” Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator the Honourable Carol Brown, said.

“Encouraging the prioritisation and proliferation of vehicle safety features and promoting consumer and fleet uptake of newer, greener and inherently safer vehicles, are clear actions identified in the NRSS and we’re proud to support ANCAP in delivering these objectives.”

Over the past three years, the value of ANCAP in enhancing the safety of the Australian vehicle fleet is conservatively estimated at $442.2 million.

In 2021 alone, ANCAP says its influence in expediting the fitment of autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and centre airbags can be attributed to the saving of nine lives and a reduction of 236 serious injuries.

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When it comes to vehicle sales trends, we’ve historically focused on the new car market due to readily available and reliable sales updates, explains Fifth Quadrant

While the used car market is arguably more relevant to the aftermarket, it has had to take a backseat due to the absence of dependable data. Used car sales data is now however becoming more increasingly available, and we can dig into this to uncover trends around sales volumes, fuel types, and vehicle types.

This is important for automotive workshops as change of ownership is a key trigger for vehicles shifting into aftermarket servicing.

Through 2023, 2,074,535 used vehicles were sold (inclusive of passenger vehicles, SUVs, Utes, Vans and Buses), almost double the new sales of 1,165,008 vehicles (excluding heavy commercial). This highlights the sheer volume of vehicle circulation outside of dealerships, with most of these transactions happening on a person-toperson basis.

It is also important to note how many more passenger vehicles are being bought second hand. Despite SUVs owning more than half of the total new vehicle market, passenger vehicles still outnumber them when it comes to second-hand sales. There is clearly still a role for passenger vehicles, as a first car for new drivers, a reasonably priced second car for households, and so on.

If we compare new and used vehicle sales data for the month of January, two familiar faces emerge, with the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux securing the first and second spots in both sets of sales charts, underscoring their longevity and popularity in the Australian market.

Following closely behind though, we begin to see the popularity of passenger cars (and in many cases those with strong hybrid options), with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30, Toyota Camry, and Mazda 3 all proving popular in the used car market.

A notable entrant at 10th on the list is the Volkswagen Golf, which saw a remarkable 9.5 used sales to every ne new one for the month of January.

This highlights the importance of paying attention to used vehicle data, as popular models like the Golf continue to circulate widely despite weaker performance in the new market.

Shifting focus to fuel types reveals another notable contrast to new vehicles. Despite calling out the Corolla and Camry as models with a strong hybrid offering, just four precent of used vehicle sales in January were EVs or Hybrids (with almost two thirds running on petrol).

In contrast, around one in six new vehicles last month were ZLEVs, with petrol and diesel accounting for 82 percent of sales.

This underscores that whilst there is understandably a level of focus on the entrance of Hybrids and EVs into the Australian car parc, automotive workshops around Australia are likely to benefit from maintaining a greater focus on petrol and diesel operated vehicles for a while yet.

To summarise, as workshop operators strive to meet the ongoing demand for parts and services, understanding the preferences of consumers in the used car market becomes increasingly crucial. Moreover, the data underscores the continued importance of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles, even amidst the growing interest in hybrid and electric alternatives.

By staying attuned to these trends, aftermarket workshops can better adapt and thrive in the everevolving landscape of the Australian automotive aftermarket.

This column was prepared for AAAA Magazine by Fifth Quadrant, the AAAA’s partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which is delivered to AAAA members each quarter.

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ZF is making targeted investments in R&D and production in China

Global technology company ZF presented its innovative technology portfolio to more than 600 representatives from around 40 Chinese automobile manufacturers recently at its “Next Generation Mobility Days” customer event in Shanghai.

Seventeen concept cars with the latest technologies were available for test drives on the Shanghai Formula 1 race track. During driving demonstrations and technical discussions, customers were able to find out about the latest solutions for electromobility, automated driving, passive safety and connected chassis technology for software-defined vehicles.

Highlights at the Formula 1 race track in Shanghai included the first presentation of the purely electromechanical brake system ‘Dry Brake-byWire’ as well as Chinese premieres of the electrically powered concept vehicle EVbeat and the magnetfree electric motor I2 SM.

“The future of mobility is rapidly changing towards electrically powered, automated and softwaredefined vehicles,” ZF Board of Management member, Stephan von Schuckmann, said.

“In China, the largest and most dynamic automotive market in the world, we will continue to invest and grow together with our Chinese customers in China and worldwide – at ‘China speed’.

“We therefore see significant potential to increase our market share in China and the Chinese market’s current share of our global sales, which currently stands at a good 17 percent.”

World premiere: purely electromechanical brake system

The new electromechanical brake system, also known as ‘dry’ brake-by-wire, was presented to the public for the first time worldwide in Shanghai. This type of brake system no longer requires any brake fluid, so the brake pressure is no longer generated by the pressure of fluids in the hydraulic system, but by electric motors. The brake signals from the pedal to the electric motor are also transmitted purely electrically.

Compared to conventional brake systems, ZF says the new brake-by-wire system, just like the already introduced Integrated Brake Control (IBC), enables shorter braking distances, better recovery of braking energy and lower maintenance costs.

The innovative brake system for softwaredefined vehicles was developed in a network of ZF development centres in China, the USA and Germany.

China premiere: EVbeat concept car and magnet-free electric motor

Two major new developments in the field of e-mobility were presented in Shanghai for the first time in China – the EVbeat concept vehicle with the EVSys800 electric drive and the I2 SM magnet-free electric motor.

The EVSys800 drive in the Evbeat concept vehicle is a modular 800-volt drive and consists of silicon carbide power electronics, the electric motor, and a reduction gearbox.

Despite its extremely compact design and light weight, it is not stingy with performance in the EVbeat – the concept vehicle has a maximum torque of 5,200 Newton metres available at the rear axle, with a uniquely high torque density for road-legal cars of 70 Newton metres per kilogram of drive weight.

Thanks to the compact reduction gearbox and ZF’s patented ‘braided winding’ technology of the electric motor, the drive saves 50 millimetres of installation space in width and thus enables space-saving coaxial installation on the drive axle.

With a total weight of 74 kilograms, EVSys800, standardised to the same power as the latest ZF 800 Volt series drive, is around 40 kilograms, or a third lighter.

With the I2 SM electric drive, ZF says it has developed the world’s most compact and torque-tight electric motor without magnets and rare earths, and states this will be a sustainable and powerful alternative to conventional electric drives.

In contrast to the magnet-free concepts of so-called externally excited electric motors already available today, ZF says its I2 SM (In-Rotor Inductive-Excited Synchronous Motor) transmits the energy for the magnetic field via an inductive exciter within the rotor shaft. It explains this makes the motor uniquely compact with maximum power and torque density.

China’s positioning as a strategic market is further strengthened

The technologies presented at the Next Generation Mobility Days were jointly developed by ZF’s global and local teams, with many products developed by Chinese employees.

Serving the Chinese market with the best products and technologies is ZF’s long-term commitment to the Chinese market.

Since ZF entered the Chinese market in 1981, China has continuously strengthened its position as one of the company’s strategic core markets.

China is developing into an important location for ZF for the global introduction of products and technologies. For example, cubiX, the software for vehicle motion control, or electric drives with 800-volt silicon carbide were introduced in series production in China for the first time.

Over the past five years, ZF has increased its investment in research and development in the AsiaPacific region from €220 million in 2019 to €380 million in 2022. The share of R&D in sales has risen from 2.8 percent to four percent.

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New research about car buying intentions underscores the challenges of the Government’s plan to reduce Australia’s light vehicle emissions by 60 percent in five years

The ‘EV and Hybrid Vehicle Wave 2 Insights Report’ released by the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) shows that electric vehicle sentiment is shifting at a trickle rather than a flood, while most consumers plan for their next vehicle to be a SUV or Ute.

The research is a second wave of tracking EV sentiments across the community following a similar study conducted in December 2022, collecting feedback from a sample of 2,000 Australian drivers (representative by age, gender and household location across Australia).

“The proportion of the market open to buying an EV has grown but represents only one in four buyers, as the strongest barrier to considering an EV remains the higher purchase price,” AADA Chief Executive Officer, James Voortman, said.

“Most buyers are looking at a non-electric SUV or a Ute as their next vehicle. This is no surprise because these are the vehicles Australians love, but are also the cars most at risk of an overly aggressive vehicle emissions standard.

“It is also clear that consumers are less likely to buy a new one due to the current cost of living crisis. The last thing we need to do at this time is to further discourage consumers from buying new

cars which are safer, cleaner and greener than the old cars they replace.

“We urge the Government to study this survey and adopt an emissions policy which reduces vehicle emissions in a way that protects affordability, choice and the local automotive industry.”

Among the survey findings are:

• Two thirds state they’re going to keep their current vehicle for longer than initially planned due to cost of living pressures.

• Three in five say that they’re less open to paying more for EVs due to cost of living pressures.

• Respondents open to buying an EV for their main vehicle has grown from 21 percent in 2022 to 25 percent in 2024.

• Consumers are more likely to be intending on replacing their main vehicle in the next three years (61 percent, up from 53 percent).

• The price premium consumers are willing to pay for an EV over a traditional fuel type is eight percent up from six percent.

• More than two-thirds believe governments should be incentivising more customers to transition to EVs.


What’s the difference between your workshop and a dealer’s service department?

Every so often there is a major change or disruption to the Aftermarket industry.

Previously this has been due to technology changes such as carburettors to EFI. Suddenly everyone had to get their heads around scan tools and diagnostic trouble codes.

“There will be mechanics today with flared trousers and flowery shirts in the back of their wardrobe that remember this transition,” AASRA Executive Officer, Rodger Nardi, said.

“When I tried to think of an earlier disruption, I had to go back to the first electric starters vs turning a crank handle.

“The Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme is the first time Aftermarket workshops are on level pegging with dealership service departments.

“Whatever service, repair, diagnostic hardware, and software a dealer accesses, so can we.

“This covers every vehicle and light commercial

from the 1st of January 2002. If a brand-new model is released today, you can access all its service, repair, and diagnostic information.

“So how does this legislation potentially change what you have been doing for the last 25 years?

“You can now make a great leap in workshop efficiency by using a combination of aftermarket and genuine information.

“You are missing the major efficiency gain if you only use AASRA as a last resort for missing information.

“For example, you can subscribe to Toyota’s Techstream diagnostic software for $80+ per month. Based on 21 working days a month, that is $3.80+ per day, for which you get every Toyota DTC description, Technical Service Bulletins and if any ECUs/controllers need software updates.

“If using genuine information saves you 30 minutes, then it has paid for itself.

“You bill the subscription fee to the job and then

• 57 percent are not open to an EV due to perception that EVs cost too much, but this is down from 62 percent.

• 62 percent of respondents say their next purchase will be a SUV or a Ute.

“This research confirms what we already knew, Australians continue to preference SUVs when considering their next vehicle purchase, are very conscious of price given current cost of living pressures, and intention to consider an EV on the next main vehicle driven is lowest when replacing large SUVs and utes,” James said.

The AADA represents 670 new car Dealers in Australia that operate more than 3,000 dealerships that directly employ over 56,000 people.

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use the 30-minute gain on another job. Let’s say you save 30 minutes on one job per day. That’s over 120 hours saved per year (252 working days in 2024).

“So, to answer the initial question of ‘the difference between your workshop and a dealership?’ The waiting lounge and coffee machine!”

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Rewards+ gives Capricorn Members the opportunity to use their reward points to buy (almost) anything they want

Capricorn Society, Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative with more than 26,000 Members across Australia and New Zealand, has launched an exciting new addition to its Member Rewards program, Rewards+.

Capricorn Chief Experience Officer, Jacky Mills, said she is excited to launch Rewards+.

“At Capricorn, we want to make sure our Members have the very best experience,” Jacky said.

“The Capricorn Rewards program was already one of Australasia’s most generous loyalty programs and now with the launch of Rewards+ we’ve made it even better.

“Rewards+ gives Members more flexibility and creativity in how they use their Reward points –they might want to save them up to buy a new car or set themselves up for retirement with a caravan”.

Capricorn Member Caitlin Wright from In House Fabrication welcomes the addition of Rewards+

“Having access to the Capricorn Rewards Program is definitely one of the perks of being a Capricorn Member,” Caitlin said.

“Rewards+ makes a generous program even better.”

Rewards+ allows Capricorn Members to purchase items which are not readily available on the platform.

Products need to be tangible, worth more than $5000 and Members must have the full value of the item in points at the time of submitting the redemption request. Travel and services are excluded*.

For more information, please visit www.capricorn.ccop


They will reuse, repurpose and recycle Electric Vehicle batteries

Infinitev, an emerging leader in the electric vehicle battery sector, has partnered with Kia Australia, a progressive brand in the local automotive market, to transform the landscape of electric vehicle (EV) battery reuse, repurpose, and recycling solutions. With the rapid growth of the electric vehicle industry, the demand for battery technology is soaring. Recognising the immense potential in eco-friendly battery solutions, Infinitev and Kia Australia have joined forces to address the critical challenges associated with the entire lifecycle of EV batteries.

This groundbreaking partnership aims to leverage Infinitev’s cutting-edge expertise in sustainable technology and Kia’s renowned position as a global mobility solutions provider, to develop sustainable and scalable solutions for EV battery management. Together, the two companies say they will “set new standards of excellence and reshape the future of electric vehicle sustainability.”

“We are proud to have a holistic solution that addresses the environmental concerns associated with electric vehicle batteries,” Infinitev General Manager, Dickson Leow, said.

“Our innovative reuse approach ensures that the transition to a circular economy is not only sustainable but also reduces waste and preserves valuable resources.

“Through responsible battery management, we can accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and build a greener Australia.”

Leveraging cutting-edge R&D and with more than four decades of expertise in automotive electronics re-engineering, Infinitev says it has developed a comprehensive suite of battery lifecycle management solutions.

When a traction battery experiences diminished functionality within a vehicle, Infinitev initiates a rigorous protocol starting with a SafetyCheck – a meticulous examination encompassing both a physical and electrochemical safety assessment of EV batteries.

Following the SafetyCheck, Infinitev’s skilled engineers employ their proprietary HealthCheck diagnostic tools to conduct thorough performance evaluations of the battery pack and its individual modules.

This comprehensive assessment yields a precise characterisation, placing the modules into one of three distinct categories: A grade modules which are reused to build batteries for EV traction; B grade modules, which are repurposed for battery energy storage systems; and C grade modules, which are recycled by Infinitev’s partners to recover valuable materials

“We are currently in the very early stages of developing a solution tailored to Kia customers that will allow their electric vehicle batteries to be refurbished instead of discarded,” Kia Australia Chief Executive Officer, Damien Meredith, said. “What happens to an electric vehicle battery at the end of its life is an important consideration when it comes to EV buyers, so this is a very significant program.”

Kia Australia’s lineup of electric vehicles started with the introduction of the first-generation Niro in 2021. Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the large SUV Sorento followed along with the secondgeneration Niro, all adapted from platforms initially designed for internal combustion engine models. Kia says its journey towards becoming a truly sustainable mobility solutions leader really hit the mark with the introduction of its first vehicle built on a dedicated Electric Global Modular (E-GMP), the award-winning Kia EV6.

The EV6 will soon be joined by Kia’s new electric Upper Large SUV, the Kia EV9, both offering a holistic strategy for mitigating the environmental impact of a car, from design through to end-of-life disposal.

The companies state their collaboration marks a significant milestone in the quest for sustainable transportation. By combining their strengths, these two industry trailblazers state they will pave the way for a cleaner, greener future, revolutionising the way electric vehicle batteries are utilised, repurposed, and recycled.

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Amongst the line-up will be shows focusing on the automotive aftermarket, logistics and transportation

Messe Frankfurt will extend its footprint in the Central Asian market by establishing seven brand events in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The country’s strategic location as a crossroads of Europe and Asia positions it as a promising trade gateway and transportation hub, facilitating the economic development of neighbouring countries and access to the wider region.

The company’s stronger presence in the market will promote business opportunities and foster the sustainable development of pillar industries, including automotive, logistics and transportation, cosmetics, and textiles and clothing.

Messe Frankfurt Group Chief Executive Officer, Wolfgang Marzin, expressed his confidence in the extension of the company’s Asia portfolio in the region.

“As a global leader in the trade fair industry, our strategic manoeuvre in Central Asia should be a key indicator of the potential for greater economic globalisation,” Wolfgang said.

“The region is a connecting point between Asia and Europe, and lies within China’s Belt and Road, an initiative geared towards enhancing the integration between economies.

“In this regard, countries like Uzbekistan play

an important role in linking the east and west; its robust consumer market, opening political and business landscape, as well as geographical location, make it an attractive trading partner and investment destination.”

“Messe Frankfurt is an ideal partner for Uzbekistan to enhance its position in the global arena as our sales network in 180 countries and regions will attract the attention of companies across a number of industries,” Messe Frankfurt Group Member of the Board of Management, Stephan Buurma, said.

“For example, Uzbekistan is rising as a hotspot for textiles; while it is already one of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, there are also opportunities to import and invest in the modernisation of the textiles and clothing industry.

“Our market analysis also reveals a gap in trade fair activity for the automotive aftermarket despite the industry being an important pillar in the country’s manufacturing sector.

“Based on the business environment, Messe Frankfurt can lend its support with the introduction of seven brand events covering the Consumer Goods, Mobility and Logistics, and Textiles and Textile Technologies industry clusters.


RMIT Professor says we will be waiting some time for costs to ease

A supply chain and logistics expert says despite hope the cost of a cars would improve post COVID, it’s unlikely to happen in 2024.

“Many expected the pains of buying new and second hand cars in Australia to end in 2023, however car prices continued to rise and unfortunately this is unlikely to improve anytime soon,” Professor Vinh Thai said.

“There are several factors contributing to the availability and affordability of cars – and most of them come down to supply and demand issues.

“New car demand has been increasing in Australia, with a 15.4 percent increase in sales in 2023 compared to 2022, and many factories are still playing catch-up from delays caused by the pandemic.

“But there are other factors at play today which are also contributing to delays in manufacturing, shipping and sales of new cars.

“A global shortage of semiconductors is causing a delay in car manufacturing. These electronic chips provide power for battery management, in-car entertainment, driver assistance systems,

mapping applications and advanced driver warning systems and are an essential part in most new cars.

“A high demand on sparse Roll On-Roll Off carriers and the re-routing of car carriers due to the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea are causing delays in the shipping process. As Australia does not manufacture cars domestically, we fully rely on shipping transport for stock.

“On arrival at Australian ports there’s the issue of port congestion caused by a backlog from the pandemic, increasing demand for quarantine checks, shortage of labour and industrial disputes.

“These issues we face with getting new cars to Australia have increased the demand for second hand cars – leading to a supply-demand imbalance.

“Some customers are aggravating this by putting their name down for another car as they pick up their new car. They may also harness this demand and resell their used car for more than it is worth, potentially driving people in need of a car to opt for a new car instead, again, adding to the vicious demand cycle.

“We will cooperate closely with our trusted partner Business Media Central Asia (BMCA) on this business expansion.

“The company is already an established organiser of Automechanika Astana and Futuroad Expo Astana. With their local resources and our international network, we are in a strong position to launch these events successfully into the market.”

The line-up of shows include:

• Automechanika Tashkent; Futuroad Expo Tashkent; and Scalex Tashkent:

23 – 25 October 2024

• Heimtextil Uzbekistan; Texworld Tashkent; and Apparel Sourcing Tashkent:

6 – 8 November 2024

• Beautyworld Central Asia: 21 – 23 November 2024

For information about participating at Automechanika Tashkent; Futuroad Expo Tashkent; and Scalex Tashkent, please visit

“When the supply eventually catches up with the demand, we will hopefully see the issue ease. But this is unlikely to happen in 2024.

“In the meantime, the Government may need to step in to deter unethical buying behaviours.”  Professor Vinh Thai is professor of logistics and supply chain management and founder of the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network (AMLRN).

For more information, visit

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Nominations close on the 30th of June, 2024

Nominations are now open for the inaugural REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award, which will be presented to the winner at the 2024 VASA Wire and Gas convention that is scheduled to take place from August 23-25 in Brisbane.

This prestigious award, open to VASA members or those working in VASA member businesses, aims to recognise and celebrate the exceptional talent and contributions of individuals under 30 years of age within the automotive industry.

Intended to provide a platform that will honour the recipient’s achievements in front of industry leaders, experts, and peers, the biennial REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award will inspire others to develop their skills, talents, and

leadership qualities, creating a ripple effect of improvement throughout the automotive industry. As part of the award, the winner will receive a $5000 retail value prize of items of their choosing from the current REDARC catalogue.

The recipient will have the unique opportunity to connect with industry mentors and peers with a fully funded attendance to the 2024 VASA Wire and Gas Convention, including travel to and from the event, accommodation and registration.

Organised by VASA, Australasia’s peak trade association for specialists in auto air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management, the Wire and Gas convention is renowned for attracting the best brains in the business, delivering an arsenal of knowledge and skills that help attendees navigate the rapid technological change and hot competition facing the automotive sector.

Longstanding VASA member REDARC has more than four decades of experience in the research, design, and advanced manufacturing of power and safety solutions for 4x4s, RVs, and trailers. It says it makes the most rugged, reliable, and innovative voltage converters, power supplies, battery chargers, 12/24V management systems, and trailer braking products on the market.


The companies say their partnership will deliver “industry first innovation”

Mobility solutions provider Compass and iBodyshop, a leading provider of software to the collision repair industry, have announced they have joined forces to establish a smoother customer journey for all parties involved when a vehicle is repaired after an accident.

Compass states it has worked alongside iBodyshop across the last 18 months to deliver a “groundbreaking partnership that will streamline our service and enhance transparency with insurers around how long a rental vehicle is being used.”

“It has been our long-term goal to ensure we reduce the inconvenience for all involved in the repair of a vehicle, from our partners, through to their customers and most importantly the Insurer,” Compass Chief Executive Officer, James Frape, said.

“Through our partnership with iBodyshop, we have taken this one step further by ensuring all dates for the length of repairs are shared between our relevant systems.

“This means no unnecessary phone calls to clients or repairers asking when the car will be finished.

It will also ensure insurers can be confident in the knowledge that we have the exact dates of when repairs are finished.

“Backed up by telematics that we have in our vehicles, we are confident it will further reduce friction between parties. We will also be kept abreast of delays on vehicles, and then share this information with insurers, when required.

“As the trusted provider of replacement vehicles in Australia, this new relationship is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure a better experience for all, less wait times for customers, and less debates with insurers on length of hire.

“It is an exciting new chapter as we continuously strive to provide a better experience for all involved, and further enhancements over the next 12 months will showcase this further.”

“I totally agree with James – think of all the daily calls you receive from Claims Officers, Assessors, Insurer admin staff, Hire/Loan Car Companies, customers, and the like…eliminating just one of these calls would be welcome,” iBodyshop Managing Director, Steve O’Brien, said.

“We are thrilled to host the inaugural REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award at Wire and Gas 2024 as, like REDARC, VASA believes in nurturing and empowering the next generation of automotive professionals,” VASA President, Brett Meads, said.

“This award underscores REDARC’s commitment to fostering innovation, leadership, and excellence within the automotive industry, and the VASA board couldn’t be more proud for the association to be a part of it.”

Nominations for the REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award are now open and will close on June 30, 2024.

The winner will be selected in late July 2024, allowing ample time for travel and accommodation arrangements.

For more information about the award criteria and to nominate, please visit

“We have a saying at iBodyshop ‘death by a thousand cuts’ – we use this to target and automate those little tasks shops face every day that collectively take up most of the day, like update calls.

“Initiatives such as the Compass integration fall into this category, with so many shops short-staffed and overworked, efficiency gains such as this are desperately needed. Instead of fielding phone update calls, shops can focus on tasks that improve customer service, turnover and profitability.

“Compass is a fantastic company to work with and we look forward to phase two and three of the project slated to deliver even greater efficiencies as we strive for ‘One Touch’.”

For more information, visit or

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Diagnostic equipment is nothing new in our marketplace as we now approach 30 years of OBD2 standardisation

What is new though is the Electric Vehicle uptake and the expansion of technology in the heavy vehicle industry.

Burson Equipment says it is constantly monitoring the development in this area and attending training to stay ahead of its competitors.

“Our Equipment Specialists attend Training courses from every major diagnostic supplier. We travel as far as Europe to receive the latest up to date training and knowledge,” Burson Equipment General Manager, Peter Hewitt, said.

“Every Burson store nationwide has access to workshop equipment, so if your requirements are specific and you need help in understanding what equipment is best for you, simply speak to your local Burson store and they will arrange your very own Burson Equipment Specialist to visit your workshop at a convenient time.”

Burson Equipment further states that it is dedicated to aftersales in every manner, with a dedicated email address to serve its customers with software updates.

“This single point of contact – scantoolupdates@ – is all you need for all software and update support and will respond to your request within a timely manner to ensure that you are always up to date with the latest software for your diagnostic equipment,” Peter explained.

“Burson Equipment keeps in stock all of the update codes for Autel, has direct access to the

Jaltest website to reactivate your license, we have our own portal for the Launch Tech products, and we are in daily communication with Zenith and Autoland.”

When it comes to making purchasing decisions, Burson Equipment has some advice to offer.

“We understand that purchasing decisions can be overwhelming as to what tool will suit your business market. So here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding on which tool will suit your needs,” Peter offered.

“Am I focusing on servicing only? Do I need to be able to carry out wheel servicing repairs, or work with Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)? Do I need to include Key Programming? Is electrical diagnosis in my business, what about Oscilloscopes? Do we have a need for Electric

Vehicle coverage? Are heavy vehicles in my business plan?

“These are just some of the questions you should discuss with your Burson Equipment specialists when choosing a tool or multiple tools to keep your business viable.”

When it comes to products, Burson Equipment is proud to put a variety of brands and products at your disposal.

Amongst the range are Launch Tech, Autel Intel, Jaltest, Zenith and Autoland products, plus more. Launch Tech was one of the earliest aftermarket scan tool manufacturers to join the market.

“Launch Tech’s approach to tools is based on ‘add-on’ modules, meaning that your PAD V or PAD VII can be purchased as a comprehensive base unit that includes the J2534 VCI module, and

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from there you can purchase a Bluetooth TPMS Gun to expand your tool into TPMS programming,” Peter said.

“You can then further add the STD key reader or the XPROG programming module for total immobiliser coverage. The VSP600 will give you a 5.5mm bore scope, while a BST360 will give you 12-volt battery testing capability.

“And if you need oscilloscope functions, simply add the O2-2 scope box to your kit or a S2-2 wave form generator. If you need instant reports on paper, there is a portable WI-FI printer that you can keep at your work bay for convenience.

“You can also purchase the HD ‘Heavy Duty’ software to give truck coverage or add the EV software for Electric Vehicles and ADAS calibrating. All these different functionalities can be obtained from one tool.”

Autel Intel is one of the latest scan tool suppliers. “With a huge range of different tools that are designed for specific needs, Autel Intel has quickly become popular,” Peter said.

“For servicing tools, if you are concentrating on fast turnaround in your work bay and vehicle servicing is your game, then you may want to place the MX900 or DS900 series of tools in every work bay.

“Both these models in the 900 series can be purchased with TPMS functionality if you also involve tyre servicing in your business.

“Any Autel tool with ‘TS’ at the end of the name denotes TPMS functions. The 900 series has all the vehicle servicing functions you could ever need, such as service light clearing, SAS resetting, ABS, DPF, Parking Brakes, injectors and so on. They also have the standard fault code functions for all modules.

“When it comes to advanced diagnostics, Autel Intel’s Ultra series of tools includes the MS909, MS919 and the MSUltra.

“The Ultra series, excluding the MS909, is equipped with the VCMI J2534 pass through which has the oscilloscope, wave form generator and multimeter built in, giving the ultimate in vehicle diagnosis and repair. The MSUltra also has a ‘split screen’ option to allow for dual functionality.

“When it comes to ADAS calibration, the MSUltra series works in synchrony with the Autel ADAS calibration frames, IA900WA, and the IA800 Advanced.

“Meanwhile, the MS906 series falls in between the 900 and Ultra series of tools. These are extremely cost-effective tools for every workshop, and the MS906 is also one of the tools available with TPMS functionality.

“Our Burson Equipment specialists are trained in the use and correct procedures of ADAS equipment and can advise you of what your workshop will need to move in to the current and exciting development of ADAS technology.”

Peter explains that Jaltest by Cojali is another range Burson Equipment offers, which he says is leading the world in aftermarket heavy duty diagnostic equipment.

“With one hundred percent in-house hardware, software, and research and development, Jaltest has quickly taken over the world with its dedication and passion, with loyal customer satisfaction worldwide,” Peter said.

“The Jaltest software includes module location, pinouts, wiring diagrams and Info Plus which is a step-by-step repair walkthrough guide.

“The software can also be expanded to include Agriculture, Earthmoving, Material Handling, and all aspects of the Marine industry.

“Jaltest is a PC-based program, meaning if you have a PC with great performance to accommodate such a powerful program, all you need to purchase is the Link Box hardware and cables.

“Burson Equipment can also provide the Panasonic Toughbook or Rugged Tablet to complement this tool.”

Burson Equipment says it is proud to position itself as a leading provider of diagnostic solutions with a focus on staying abreast of technological advancements.

“With more than 30 years of experience and expertise in OBD2 standardisation, we are dedicated to addressing the evolving needs of the automotive industry, especially with the rise of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and technology expansion in heavy vehicles,” Peter said.

“Burson Equipment stands out from the crowd by sending its equipment specialists for training globally, ensuring they are well-versed in the latest developments.

“Each Burson Equipment store nationwide provides access to workshop equipment, and customers can consult with specialists to determine the most suitable tools for their specific needs.

“Offering a comprehensive range of diagnostic solutions, prioritising customer support, training, and staying ahead in the dynamic automotive industry, Burson Equipment is ready to assist you with your workshop needs.”

For more information, visit

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Reserve with Google and AutoGuru just made it faster and easier to book Aussie workshops online

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Reserve with Google has integrated AutoGuru’s booking engine into Google Search and Maps.

This makes it faster and easier for Aussie motorists to find and book scheduled servicing, repairs, and tyres directly from Google Search results, expanding the array of bookable services Google offers.

When given a choice, the majority of consumers choose to book accommodation, dining, and even beauty and health services online over picking up the phone.

COVID-19 significantly influenced the adoption of online purchasing and booking, particularly among millennials, Gen Y and Gen Z consumers.

Fortunately, the benefits of booking systems can be equally compelling for business owners.

Online booking systems can reduce unnecessary inbound calls asking for quotes and availability and should streamline booking reminders, rescheduling and cancellations, allowing staff to focus on service delivery and efficiency.

Another key benefit is that consumers are far more likely to give quality Google reviews if prompted

digitally the day after a service than if asked to do so over the counter, requiring them to write something on the spot or remember to do so in the future.

A well-designed booking system will automate the review request process to help business owners collect more reviews faster without thinking about it. says, “Google reviews can impact your local search rankings and matter significantly more than you might think. Building a strong review strategy is a crucial part of your SEO efforts that you might be overlooking.”

Search engine optimisation experts around the world consistently comment that quality Google reviews contribute to the prominence Google gives businesses in local searches and maps.

Achieving good local rankings may increase online bookings and calls, which can all be tracked and reported through a workshop’s Google Business Profile.

“We’re incredibly excited by the response we’ve received from workshops. This tech is exactly what they want and need to keep pace with techsavvy customers.” AutoGuru Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Eden Shirley, said.

‘We’re incredibly excited by the response we’ve received from workshops. This tech is exactly what they want and need to keep pace with tech-savvy customers.’
AutoGuru Founder and Chief Executive Officer Eden Shirley,

How does it work?

Reserve with Google is incredibly easy to use. Users simply click the ‘Book online’ button on participating Workshops’ Google Business Profile or the ‘Schedule’ button in Google Maps and Local Listings.

This launches a streamlined version of AutoGuru’s booking process where customers can specify their vehicle details, choose the required services, and get an instant quote from the specific workshop.

To book, they simply choose their preferred date based on the workshop’s availability and payment options, including pay on pick up, credit cards, PayPal, and buy now pay later (BNPL) providers Afterpay, humm, or Zip.

Do you have to join AutoGuru?

Reserve with Google is open to all aftermarket workshops and is NOT exclusive to pre-existing AutoGuru members.

Also, workshops don’t have to participate in the AutoGuru consumer marketplace or directories to activate Reserve with Google.

Workshops must have a Google Business Profile and set up an AutoGuru account to configure pricing, activate Reserve with Google, log in and confirm their bookings on a daily basis.

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How does AutoGuru calculate quotes?

Workshops have complete control over their pricing and can set preferred labour rates and parts pricing via the AutoGuru workshop Admin.

AutoGuru partners with Autodata to access manufacturer service and repair times, which it matches with tens of thousands of parts to enable their proprietary quoting engine to quote over 2.5 million vehicle services and repairs based on each workshop’s labour rate and parts markup.

Workshops can set different labour rates for each day of the week, including Saturdays, and individual fleet clients using FleetGuru and, which is typically used by workshops to acquire new customers.

How much does it cost?

There are no booking fees or commissions charged by AutoGuru to use Reserve with Google, and workshops don’t need to be existing AutoGuru members to sign up. AutoGuru charges a set-up fee and ongoing subscription to participate.

If the customer chooses to pay the workshop upon completion of the service, there are no additional fees or charges. Merchant service fees apply if the customer prepays with a credit card, PayPal, Afterpay, humm or Zip.

When does Reserve with Google launch?

Since announcing Reserve with Google to existing members, AutoGuru has been inundated with enquiries and has established an activation waitlist.

The first 100 workshops launched in February as part of a beta trial, and a second tranche of up to 300 workshops are scheduled to launch in March.

“Reserve with Google will officially launch to the auto industry at the AAAExpo in April,” Eden said.

“We are exhibiting and encourage all workshops to visit our stand, meet the team, and see Reserve with Google in action. Before then, if workshops are keen to get on the waiting list, they can visit the link provided at the end of this article and pre-register.”

Looking ahead

AutoGuru says it is committed to empowering auto workshops to thrive online and plans to extend its Workshop Direct Booking Technology to social media platforms and provide booking solutions to power up a workshop’s website.

This initiative is part of AutoGuru’s broader vision to support the automotive service industry’s adaptation to the digital age, ensuring convenience and efficiency for businesses and consumers alike.

AutoGuru is an award-winning automotive services technology company that operates a retail

marketplace for consumers to book car servicing and repairs and a Fleet Maintenance Portal used by some of Australia’s largest fleet operators.

More than 9,000 OEM and Aftermarket workshops process scheduled services, repairs and tyres online with AutoGuru per annum.

To learn more about Reserve with Google, visit the AutoGuru team at the AAAExpo from April 11-13 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at Stand N02, or go to

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Stabilus offers replacement Powerise electric tailgate systems

Stabilus, a well-known market leader in gas springs and dampers for the automotive industry and the independent aftermarket, also offers replacement Powerise electric tailgate systems for opening and closing.

“Unfortunately, it is still an unknown fact that replacement Powerise systems are available for DIY end users and garages,” Stabilus Managing Director, Gerd Kurz, said.

“There is still the perception that parts with electrical connections to the vehicle are a job for the service department of a dealership”

Stabilus says Powerise actuators are nearly as simple to replace as gas springs.

It states that as they are attached to the tailgate and the vehicle body with the same end fittings as the Stabilus gas springs, the only extra steps are the fitting of the grommet that protects the cables and plugging-in the electrical connector.

For each Powerise, Stabilus says it has comprehensive installation instructions which can be accessed on the Stabilus webpage by easily scanning the QR code on the packaging.

When you choose Stabilus Powerise, Stabilus says “you will receive the same high-quality part that was originally installed in vehicle.”

It states this is because “not only as the original manufacturer Stabilus guarantees a perfect fit and unmatched performance, but we also ensure the same state-of-the art safety features are included.”

Stabilus currently offers replacement Powerise for more than 80 vehicles and offers more than 1800 part numbers for replacement gas springs and dampers.

For more information, please visit or the Stabilus exhibition stand (J50) at the AAAExpo


From Command Auto Group

Command Auto Group says its new range of Command High-Definition Parking systems adopt the latest in Analogue High-Definition technology to produce crisp and clear images at an affordable level without sacrificing quality or longevity.

“For the past four decades, our passion has led to market leading excellence in the automotive aftermarket, our focus to improve and evolve ranges, and offers to provide the best products, technical support and services to our customers and consumers,” Command Auto Group Marketing Director, James Kennedy, said.

Command Parking Systems offers a wide range of applications to suit almost all passenger vehicles and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, including OE style solutions.

Key features and benefits:

• Multiple mounting bracket options now standard across all popular camera models.

• Up to 180o viewing angle.

• Full screen Mirror Monitors.

• Audible warning systems.

• Highest tier of build quality and ingress protection.

• Advanced pedestrian and vehicle detection warning system taking safety to the next level.

“With experience and creative initiative, our team are pleased to help you in creating your own custom solutions for cars, caravan, trailers, horse floats and even more demanding mining and similar commercial applications,” James said.

“Our success has resulted in the continued growth of our Australian run family company. All products are manufactured to the highest standard in ISO approved manufacturing facilities and are covered by Command Auto Group’s trusted national warranty service.

“We have created ranges and products that exceed their peers in quality, customer satisfaction, building trust and relationships with our customers and your customers, that you can trust in the Command Parking Systems range.”

For more information, visit or contact or 02 8853 2900.


The parts supplier has announced the expansion of its product portfolio

hsy has expanded its range with the addition of Varta Batteries across its national branch network. The company says that this exciting partnership brings premium performance and cutting-edge technology to Australian drivers seeking reliable battery solutions.

“Vatra batteries are specifically designed for European vehicles, ensuring optimal performance and a seamless fit across a wide range of car models. Their expertise extends to start-stop technology, making them a leader in fuel-saving innovation,” hsy Head of Customer Relationships and Marketing, Nick Redmond, said.

“Varta batteries provide reliable engine starts while contributing to reduced fuel consumption and emissions, offering environmental and economic benefits for customers.

“For over 125 years, Varta has been synonymous with German engineering excellence. Their commitment to precision technology and bestin-class manufacturing translates into superior performance and exceptional longevity for their batteries.

“The fact that Varta is the original equipment supplier for 80 percent of European-manufactured cars is a testament to their quality and reliability. Renowned brands like BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, and Volkswagen trust Varta to power their vehicles, making them a clear choice for hsy.

“By choosing Varta, customers invest not just in a battery, but also in a legacy of excellence and a commitment to continuous innovation. hsy is excited to embark on this new chapter alongside Varta, offering customers access to cutting-edge battery solutions that redefine both performance and reliability.”

Ordering Varta batteries is simple and convenient. Utilise the user-friendly myhsy platform or contact hsy’s dedicated sales team at 1300 133 129.

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Available at CoolDrive Auto Parts

More units have been added to the Jaylec Black Series range of high-performance alternators, with new fitments for 4x4, performance, and heavy-duty vehicles and machinery.

Fifteen new alternators are now available, almost doubling the range, which was first introduced in 2021.

The 4x4 segment has seen the greatest expansion, with eight new Black Series alternators providing options for the Nissan Patrol GU Navara, Toyota LandCruiser and Prado, Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X.

These new units join the current 4x4 Black Series alternators which are available for additional popular four-wheel-drives such as the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and F Series.

These alternators are a direct replacement, giving users the ability to run all the accessories they want, with the confidence that their battery packs will be fully maintained.

While in the performance arena, Jaylec has introduced a Black Series alternator, the BKS-

Currently in Australia alone, there are more than 20 million vehicles registered on the road, with only around four percent of these vehicles being EVs or Hybrids.

So, how do you help contribute to protecting the environment? According to Morey’s, there is one simple answer, “turn to Morey’s.”

The average passenger vehicle emits around 4.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year, and the larger the vehicle, the more carbon dioxide emitted. Even your Hybrid vehicle is going to be emitting carbon dioxide whilst running on its combustion engine. Only all electric vehicles and PHEVs running only on electricity have zero tailpipe emissions.

Morey’s says a well maintained vehicle is definitely going to help with this, although it states the use of fuel treatments like Morey’s Diesel Smoke Killer

110GM, for early US applications such as the 10SI Delco on small block Chev engines, which replaces the standard 78A alternator.

Additionally, the new BKS-110F6 alternator is suitable for Ford 6-cylinder 110A vehicles, replacing the standard 55A alternator.

These factory-look performance units enable fuel injection systems and dual thermo fans, while maintaining battery performance life.

In 2023, Jaylec welcomed two Black Series alternators for the heavy-duty transportation market, and this segment has seen another expansion with five new units added to the range.

For heavy-duty trucks, there is now a Black Series for Isuzu FRR, FSR and FTR models, which offers an increased output to 80A, plus a unit suitable for Mitsubishi FUSO 6D and HD engines.

These direct-fit alternators allow users to run a great number of accessories and extra electrical loads, such as work lamps, beacons, safety lighting, even fridges, while maintaining the batteries at a full stage of charge.

This most recent range expansion has also seen direct-fit Black Series alternators available for machinery such as the Hitachi Excavator EX200 and various heavy-duty equipment from Komatsu.

The entire Jaylec Black Series has been built to a high standard where reliability and performance are key, with the alternators designed specifically for vehicles that demand more than what the OE alternator offered – higher output (amperage) at lower cut-in speeds.

The alternators are designed to run high-demand components at idle, such as dual thermos-fans, injection systems, air conditioning, electric steering, monitoring systems, upgraded lighting systems, winches, while maintaining the battery at the desired levels.

Benefitting from a rigorous design and testing phase, combined with efficient cooling fans and the highest quality bearings, the Black Series alternators can replace and outperform the most popular units in the market today, CoolDrive Auto Parts said.

Finished in an environmental coating for maximum protection and a high-end look and feel, plus OEmatched fitment designs, CoolDrive Auto Parts says these units will bolt on first time, every time. All Jaylec Black Series alternators have been amperage rated Hot and Cold, which is a leading point of difference for the range in the industry. For further information, visit

for diesels and Morey’s Upper Cylinder Lubricant for petrol vehicles will achieve a much better result for a longer period of time.

As your vehicle burns fuel over time carbon deposits start to form, the longer this is left the more carbon builds up, vehicles then tend to run less efficiently and use more fuel, as well as producing more carbon dioxide through the exhaust.

Morey’s says the use of Morey’s fuel treatment prevents this excess carbon build up, creates a better fuel burn, cleans the combustion area, cleans fuel injection systems and lubricates moving parts and seals, which will also help with reducing costly repairs.

For your Hybrid vehicles, whether that be car or truck, if you don’t use the combustion engine a lot, your fuel could also go stale and reduce the

properties of the fuel. This can affect how the vehicle runs and poor fuel could also produce gummy residue that could cause damage internally or fuel blockages.

Morey’s explains that its Morey’s fuel treatments are also a fuel stabiliser, keeping your fuel at its peak for a longer period of time.

For more information, visit or contact the head office for your nearest re-seller on Free Call 1800 637 173.

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WORRIED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT? Morey’s says you should turn to its products


Terrain Tamer says the vehicle is now almost fully serviceable with its parts

Since first being released in 2021, the Toyota Landcruiser 300 Series has built a reputation for combining modern comfort with impressive offroad capabilities.

Boasting confident towing capacity, ample family space and an ability to take on Australia’s harsh conditions, the 300 Series is understandably a popular choice for long distance touring and family trips, which of course creates a need for replacement parts.

Terrain Tamer’s range for the FJA300 has grown in this time to ensure that the vehicle is almost fully serviceable with Terrain Tamer parts. On offer are all required filters, differential and wheel bearings, radiator hoses, and a range of brake parts including both rubber and braided brake hoses, a choice of OE Replacement or High-Performance disc rotors, and Fortified Brake Pads.

Along with these parts, a Suspension Kit is available, featuring Terrain Tamer Coil Springs

and Shock Absorbers, as well as both Front and Rear Terrain Tamer eLocker Kits, consisting of all vehicle-specific Terrain Tamer bearings and gaskets required for fitment of a Harrop Eaton eLocker, as well as the unit itself.

The ELocker is an electromagnetic locking differential with a simple ‘drop-in’ fitting process, which utilises forged Eaton, four pinion internal gears and allows front and rear axles to lock independently, without the use of compressors or air lines.

When unlocked, the ELocker performs as an open differential, best for general road use, transferring extra power to the wheel with the least resistance, and allowing them to rotate at different speeds.

However, when the driver is in low traction situations, such as mud, rock-climbing, or uphill driving, they are able to use a simple in-dash on/ off switch.

This activates the electromagnet, pushing the

locking pins into position in the back of the side gear and locking the differential, effectively capturing 100 percent of available torque, distributing it equally to both ends of the axle regardless of the difference in traction, and forcing the wheels to rotate at the same speed. Terrain Tamer explains the ELocker connects using two wires with dust and waterproof plugs, providing simplicity and ease of repair in the event of damage, and uses no consumable parts such as O-Rings, so requires little maintenance. To view all Terrain Tamer parts available for the 300 Series LandCruiser, visit

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ACDelco parts are now available for purchase on the Supercheap Auto website

When it comes to big names in motoring and motorsport, ACDelco and Supercheap Auto are two names that often stand out.

“ACDelco parts have been preferred by the automotive trade industry for over 50 years and, in an exciting new development, selected ACDelco products are now available for purchase in Australia on the Supercheap Auto website,” ACDelco General Manager Marketing, Chris Payne, said.

“(It was) timely to announce this partnership days before the opening round of the 2024 Supercars Championship season at Bathurst, as both brands are huge supporters of Australian motorsport.”

ACDelco Service Kits are available for most makes and models, including Holden Commodore, Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Camry, Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Triton and many more.

“Ordering an ACDelco Service Kit for a vehicle is as easy as typing in the rego and searching for ACDelco Service Kits,” Chris said.

“The kits are available as a ‘Click and Collect,’ or delivered straight to your door and most ACDelco Service Kits come with a fuel filter, oil filter, air filter and, where applicable, a cabin filter.

“They have almost everything you need to get the job done and represent great value for money.”

ACDelco is currently running a special offer – simply purchase an ACDelco Service Kit from Supercheap Auto and receive a Gen3 Camaro Supercar Pull Back Racer (Terms and Conditions of sale apply and can be viewed at, is subject to availability and is offered on a while stocks last basis).

At the recent Supercars season opener, ACDelco had an on-track presence thanks to the brand’s support of Aaron Borg in his Isuzu D-Max SuperUte

and Jarrod Hughes who has made the move to the Super2 Series in a Holden ZB Commodore.

In Supercars, ACDelco is also proudly associated with Red Bull Ampol Racing, Team 18 and, for the opening round of the season, also with Matt Stone Racing. For more information, visit and

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Helping engines perform to their full potential with minimal strain

With cost-of-living expenses on the rise, the last thing any vehicle owner needs is extra or unexpected repair and maintenance costs.

A long-standing inclusion in its range of additives and lubricants, Flashlube’s Injector Cleaner was originally developed as a solution to the problems presented by the reduction of sulphur in petrol.

Flashlube says it has since proven with continued use that it is also a relatively inexpensive fuel treatment that can help remove harmful deposits, prevent new ones from forming, enhance vehicle performance, improve mileage, and reduce longterm vehicle maintenance costs.

Without the lubricating properties of sulphur present, Flashlube explains there is nothing present in modern fuel to prevent a vehicle’s injectors, pumps, and upper cylinder area from becoming clogged with carbon gum and varnish, affecting the ability to run at peak performance and efficiency.

These build ups can ultimately cause reduced fuel economy, and issues with acceleration, rough running, and hard starts.

Flashlube states its Injector Cleaner addresses this, cleaning intake valve deposits for easier starting, as well as fuel injectors and carburettors, ensuring that the engine is able to perform to its full potential with minimal strain.

It says this effectively extends its service life and reduces harmful exhaust emissions released into the environment as fuel burns.

Flashlube Injector Cleaner is highly concentrated, with a treat rate of 1ml to 1L of petrol and is safe for catalytic converters and oxygen sensors.

It is available in 50ml, 150ml and 1L bottles and Flashlube says you will see best results when it is used at each fill.

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A wide range of solutions for the aftermarket are available

DENSO is a global leader in cuttingedge Automotive, Mobility, Agri Tech and Innovative Technologies worldwide.

“We are a trusted Tier 1 automotive supplier and influencer providing thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, and electronic systems to carmakers and other manufacturers around the world,” DENSO Head of Marketing and Product APAC, Sarica Malhotra, said.

“With presence across 35 countries, our diverse network enables us to deliver global and regional solutions to meet societal needs. “So, whether you are on the road, in a warehouse, a farm, or a mine, know that DENSO is the quiet force behind your vehicle moving you forward.”

DENSO explains that its extensive aftermarket product offering is built on decades of experience in global OE manufacturing and supply. It states every component is designed with the highest original equipment quality, precision, and undergoes rigorous safety and performance tests.

DENSO’s aftermarket range includes:

• Starter Motors and Alternators

• Automotive and Bus Air Conditioning

• Engine Cooling and Thermal Control

• Engine Management Sensors

• Superior Spark Plugs, Glow Plugs and Ignition Coils

• Repair, Filtration and Wipers

• Heavy Duty Application Products

• Mechanical and Common Rail Diesel Products

Reliable cooling solutions

DENSO states that its radiators and condensers are engineered to exacting standards, undergoing rigorous durability and function tests.

Crafted from premium aluminum, DENSO condensers resist corrosion while specialised core designs prevent airborne material buildup in both components.

Exceptional durability

DENSO starter and alternators are lightweight, highly efficient, and durable under the most grueling conditions.

DENSO says they mount with a minimum of installation issues and provide years of reliable service – offering you “real bang for your buck.”

Superior spark plugs

DENSO invites you to discover its diverse range of spark plugs tailored to meet your car’s needs.

From nickel plugs like the Nickel TT, featuring a unique twin tip electrode design for efficient combustion, to the Iridium TT, which DENSO says boasts six times harder and eight times stronger construction than platinum for longevity up to 100,000km with its 0.4Mm diameter iridium center electrode, minimise misfires by requiring less voltage.

For serious racers, the Iridium Racing plugs offer ultimate performance, meticulously engineered to excel in high-rev, high-horsepower, and hightorque applications under extreme conditions.

Outstanding oxygen sensors

DENSO oxygen sensors are engineered with precision to monitor exhaust gas oxygen content and catalytic converter efficiency, utilising highquality materials such as stainless steel, PTFE, fluorine rubber, aluminum oxide, platinum, and ceramic.

In rigorous testing, DENSO says its oxygen sensors demonstrated twice the resistance to silicone and lead poisoning compared to leading competitors.

Expert diesel engineering

Diesel engines combine excellent fuel economy and power, making them very popular as passenger and commercial vehicles on Australian roads.

DENSO explains that its common rail injection system operates at a high PSI, achieving “unparalleled fuel economy and power while meeting stringent emission regulations.”

“We are so much more than just car parts!” Sarica said.

“Our sustainable manufacturing practices are aimed at achieving a greener future of zero CO2 emissions from factories.

“We are committed to contributing to the electrification of vehicles and actively addressing energy use to support the carbon neutrality of society through the capture and reuse of CO2.”

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Available from CoolDrive Auto Parts

Aunger continues to grow at CoolDrive Auto Parts with a comprehensive new range of gaskets and seals expanding the iconic Australian brand’s offerings.

Specifically designed to meet the high standards of professional mechanics, CoolDrive Auto Parts says the new Aunger gaskets and seals meet any engine management needs to keep modern engines running smoothly.

From graphite head gaskets to silicon rocker cover gaskets, OEM quality NOK seals to valve regrind sets, and oil pan gaskets, this new range from Aunger has mechanics covered with precisionengineered solutions.

Constructed from the highest-quality materials, CoolDrive Auto Parts says these gaskets and seals ensure exceptional performance and longevity even in the most demanding conditions.

Headlining the new offerings are cylinder head gaskets which are crafted from high-grade graphite materials, known for their excellent sealing properties and durability, which ensures a tight and reliable seal even under high-pressure conditions.

To further enhance strength and integrity, stainless steel bore binding or MLS (multi-layered steel) construction are utilised, depending on the specific requirements of each engine.

Rocker cover gaskets are vital in sealing the rocker cover to the cylinder head, preventing oil leaks and ensuring the mechanical stability of the engine.

CoolDrive Auto Parts explains that Aunger’s rocker cover gaskets are made from high-quality silicon, which offers exceptional mechanical stability and resistance to compression set, ensuring a longlasting and reliable seal.

They also provide exceptional sealing integrity across a wide temperature range, ensuring the engine’s performance in various operating conditions.

NOK seals are utilised by Aunger for its engine oil seals, which play a crucial role in preventing oil leaks and maintaining proper lubrication within the engine.

CoolDrive Auto Parts explains NOK is a renowned supplier known for its superior quality and longevity in sealing technology, and by using genuine NOK in its products, Aunger ensures the highest level of quality and reliability for its customers.

An essential part of engine maintenance is valve maintenance, and Aunger’s new valve regrind sets have been meticulously engineered to deliver precise fit and performance, ensuring smooth operation and sealing integrity of the valves.

Additional products in the new range from Aunger


With Rhino Linings Polyaspartic Flake Flooring

Rhino Linings invites you to transform your concrete spaces with Rhino Linings Polyaspartic Flake Flooring Solutions.

Designed for durability and aesthetic appeal, Rhino Linings says its Polyaspartic Flake Flooring System offers a seamless, three-dimensional coating that is not only visually stunning but also incredibly easy to maintain.

Crafted specifically for concrete substrates, Rhino Linings’ Polyaspartic Floor System is a comprehensive solution comprising up to four Rhino products.

“We start by addressing any imperfections in the concrete with Rhino concrete repair or Rhino Linings ArmaFloor 200SC,” Rhino Linings Marketing Manager – Australasia, Lance Meredith, said.

“This ensures a smooth and flawless base for the subsequent layers.

“Next, we apply ArmaFloor 500AU as a pigmented prime coat, providing a solid foundation for the decorative elements.

“The multi-coloured Rhino Linings Flake Chips are then incorporated according to your desired

appearance, adding depth and texture to the flooring.

“Finally, we seal the design with a topcoat of ArmaFloor 500AU clear coating, locking in the vibrant colours and enhancing the overall durability of the surface.”

Lance says the Rhino Linings Polyaspartic Flake Flooring System offers a range of properties that make it ideal for various applications.

“With a quick three-hour touch time and a 24-hour return to service cure time, you can enjoy minimal downtime during installation,” Lance said.

“Additionally, the flexibility of the system helps to minimise cracking, ensuring long-lasting performance.

“Our flooring solution boasts superior chemical resistance properties, making it suitable for hightraffic areas such as garage floors, car park floors, and commercial kitchen floors.

“Plus, its UV stability prevents fading, maintaining the vibrant appearance of your space for years to come.

“Whether you’re upgrading your garage, transforming a commercial space, or creating the

include exhaust and inlet manifold gaskets, along with full gasket sets.

CoolDrive says with its industry-leading iShop ordering system, workshops are guaranteed to find the right part and fit for their vehicles via the user-friendly vehicle part search function.

Aunger offers a three-year/100,000km warranty on all its gaskets and seals.

With a rich history spanning more than 50 years, the Aunger range also includes shock absorbers, suspension components, car care products, wheel hub assemblies and bearing kits, and workshop equipment.

For further information on the Aunger range at CoolDrive, or to find a branch, visit

ultimate entertainment area in your home, Rhino Linings Polyaspartic Flake Flooring System is the perfect choice.

“From warehouse floors to rumpus rooms, man caves to she sheds, our versatile solution can be tailored to suit any environment and decor style.

“Even boat decks and commercial bathroom floors can benefit from the durability and aesthetic appeal of our Polyaspartic Flake Flooring System.

“Contact us today to learn more about how our innovative system can elevate your space and provide long-lasting beauty and functionality.”

For more information, visit or call 1300 887 780.

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Quality portable refrigeration for the great outdoors

Having a reliable and high-quality refrigeration solution should be a key consideration for anybody planning serious touring, or simply to add convenience for shorter getaways closer to home – no matter what the requirements, National Luna will likely have a fridge to suit with its Legacy range.

Part of the Brown and Watson International (BWI) stable, which also includes reputable brands such as Narva, Projecta, KT Cables, KT Solar and BOAB, National Luna fridges have been manufactured in South Africa for over 30 years. They were originally designed and developed to meet the rigorous needs of the World Health Organisation for carrying vaccines, due to their low amp draw and ability to keep to very low temperatures in extremely hot, tough environments.

Individually tested

Key benefits of the National Luna Legacy range are its use of premium components, advanced manufacturing processes and intensive testing – all Legacy models undergo testing in a 43° Celsius climate-controlled chamber to ensure performance criteria are met, and that they’re ready for use in extreme Australian conditions.

Quality construction

Also aiding durability and performance is a combination of aluminium interior, tough 316grade stainless steel exterior construction and 60mm high-density insulation for superior cooling. Unlike lesser plastic fridges that use a separate refrigeration plate, National Luna’s aluminium construction coupled with copper cooling piping, allows for a much more efficient cooling plate area. This specification helps keep temperatures stable

across the whole interior; it also cuts running time and reduces temperature ‘pull down’ time when new contents are added to the fridge.

The quality components extend to low-draw compressors, which were designed by National Luna specifically for its fridges. The advanced compressors feature intelligent, programmable electronic control that automatically operates in high-speed ‘TURBO’ mode until the temperature set point is reached, after which it transitions to operate in the energy efficient idle mode, ensuring optimal power consumption. And with an AC/DC electronic power supply (with automatic switching as standard) the fridges will operate from 9.6 volts to 31.5 volts DC as well as AC voltage ranging from 100 to 240 volts.

Breadth of range

The Legacy range is available in twin bin and single bin variants. There are five choices in the single bin range beginning at 40 litres and extending to 52, 55, 80 and finally to 125 litres respectively. The dual compartment range starts with a larger 50-litre model and extends to 60, 72, 90 and 110 litres. These models feature Dual Control Technology that offer the added versatility of two separate, individually controlled fridge/freezer compartments, giving owners four setting options: freezer/freezer; fridge/fridge; freezer/fridge or fridge/freezer. Single bin models function as either a fridge or a freezer.

Brand Manager, Michelle Cochrane, said National Luna enjoyed a proud heritage while also occupying a leadership position in the market, being known for its superior quality, low amp draw, and innovation.

“National Luna has earned an excellent reputation in Australia as a manufacturer of high-quality portable refrigeration solutions, thanks to their superior construction methods, advanced technology and range versatility,” Michelle said.

“The latest Legacy models build on this proud heritage with a choice of refrigeration solutions ranging from smaller 40-litre capacity units that are ideal for weekend getaways and smaller vehicles, through to large 125-litre models that are perfect for extended touring. The ability to select between Twin Bin, and Single Bin models, gives the user flexibility for application in using as a fridge or freezer, or both. All National Luna Fridge Freezer models benefit from clever technology, durable construction, and versatility.”

National Luna’s Legacy fridges are backed by a three-year warranty and are available from and supported by a nationwide network of dealers, with a National Serviceability Network for added support.

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A great tool for every toolbox

In the dynamic realm of automotive aftermarket repairs and do-ityourself projects, having access to the right tools can make all the difference.

Among the array of instruments, Warren and Brown Technologies says one standout is the Tite-Reach Extension Clamp, renowned for its innovative design and unparalleled practicality.

Targeted towards the automotive aftermarket demographic, this tool is said to be a must-have addition to every enthusiast’s toolbox, unlocking newfound efficiency and versatility in repair endeavors.

Encountering those frustrating moments when a bolt seems just out of reach or waiting for a scalding hot component to cool down before proceeding with repairs are all too common experiences.

However, Warren and Brown Technologies says the Tite-Reach Extension Clamp offers a groundbreaking solution to these challenges, redefining accessibility and streamlining the repair process with its revolutionary features.

A key highlight of the Extension Clamp is its impressive jaw opening capacity, accommodating nuts and bolts ranging from 3mm (1/8”) to 28mm (1.125”) wide.

This versatility eliminates the need for multiple tools, simplifying workflow and enhancing productivity.

Whether tackling automotive repairs, plumbing installations, or various projects, the Extension Clamp ensures a secure grip on workpieces of various sizes, guaranteeing precision and efficiency.

Unlike traditional pliers that necessitate continuous pressure to maintain grip, the Extension Clamp’s vice-like design securely holds items in place without constant effort.

This feature is particularly advantageous in tight spaces, minimising the risk of dropping components and facilitating confident workmanship, even in the most challenging environments.

The Extension Clamp’s utility extends beyond automotive applications, finding relevance in diverse industries such as airline maintenance and general repairs. Its adaptability and reliability have earned it accolades among professionals and enthusiasts alike, underscoring its status as an indispensable tool for various tasks, says Warren and Brown Technologies.

The company invites you to consider the convenience of effortlessly compressing gas lines and hose clamps, or the ability to access previously inaccessible areas with its impressive 25cm (10”) reach.

It encourages you to visualise securely holding wires for soldering or aligning nuts for threading in confined spaces, thanks to the firm grip of the Extension Clamp.

In essence, Warren and Brown Technologies says the Tite-Reach Extension Clamp transcends its status as a mere tool; stating it is a game-changer that empowers individuals in their repair and DIY endeavors.

It says the Tite-Reach Extension Clamp’s exceptional versatility, vice-like grip, and extended reach set it apart from conventional pliers, elevating the standard of craftsmanship and efficiency in projects.

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Cutting-edge technology ensures great results When it comes to delivering top-notch quality and precision in the moulded carpet industry, Tru-Fit Carpets says it takes pride in employing cuttingedge technology to enhance its manufacturing processes.

According to the company, Waterjet technology is one of the best solutions for industrial cutting applications.

It says that it remains a widely used automotive industrial processing technique, encompassing floor carpets, floor mats, boot covers, and underbonnets.

Tru-Fit Carpets says it specialises in utilising advanced cutting technologies tailored to the unique characteristics of carpet materials.

“Precision cutting is crucial in ensuring that our carpets meet the highest OEM standards in terms of size, shape, and design,” said Tru-Fit Carpet’s Neville Ploeg.

“Our state-of-the-art cutting equipment is specifically designed for textile materials, allowing us to create carpets with intricate patterns and seamless edges. This technology enables us to produce custom designs and unique shapes, providing our clients with a wide range of options to suit their preferences.

“The efficiency of our cutting processes translates into increased productivity and faster turnaround times for our clients. With our focus on precision, we minimize material waste, contributing not only to cost-effectiveness but also to our commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing practices.

“In addition to cutting-edge technology, our dedicated team of experts ensures that every

product undergoes rigorous quality control measures. From selecting the finest materials to the final inspection, we strive to deliver products that not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Whether you’re seeking premium car carpets to enhance the interior comfort of your vehicle or durable, under-bonnet carpets designed to withstand the rigors of engine compartments, TruFit Carpets says it is your trusted partner.

“Our relentless pursuit of excellence in manufacturing ensures that every carpet we produce is a testament to quality, durability, and style, making us a leader in both the carpet and automotive industries,” Neville said.

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Kid-friendly vehicle seat replacements are now available Vehicle Engineering Australia is proud to present to the market its kid-friendly vehicle back seat replacements and console to adult seat (for RAM 1500 TRX) replacements.

Kids seats four across

Vehicle Engineering Kid Seat’s four across kid seats have been created in response to market needs for those wishing to carry four children in their car while also having two adults in the front row.

The Australian Commonwealth Transport standard (VSB5) stipulates clearly the minimum width each

seat must be and the shoulder height range of the children.

Additional requirements require lap/sash inertia seatbelts to be fitted to each seating position as well as individual child restraint anchor points.  Vehicle Engineering Kid Seat’s four across kids’ replacement back seat meet these parameters, and also features ‘anti-submarine’ straps to stop the child slipping forwards and out of the seat belt when the car comes to a sudden stop. Two ISO Fix points are also provided to allow child capsules/baby seats requiring this functionality to be used.

“Our expert child-friendly vehicle backseat manufacturers specialise in modifying the backseat of your vehicle to make it safe and convenient for children and their car seats,” Vehicle Engineering Australia’s John Wilson said.

Console to adult seat replacement – for RAM 1500 TRX

Also available from Vehicle Engineering Australia is the front console adult seat replacement for the RAM 1500 TRX.

“The replacement of the console with an adult seat also comes in response to the market, allowing an additional adult or larger child to be seated in the front row while having the benefit of a lap/sash inertia seatbelt when the new console lid is flipped up,” John said.

“Some big 4WD US Utes already have a flip up centre console, but these are not fitted with a lap/ sash inertia belt, and only with a lap seat belt. The RAM TRX does not have a flip up centre console.”

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Those behind the product invite you to “unlock a new era for all of life’s adventures”

Born with the mission to ensure the most adventurous experience possible, AstroAI says it is proud to launch its all-new T2 Heavy-Duty Tire Inflator.

Perfect for road trips and off-road rides, AstroAI says the T2 Heavy-Duty Tire Inflator is a rugged performer with unmatched versatility.

The AstroAI T2 Heavy-Duty Tire Inflator features AstroAI’s “revolutionary” TurboRise Technology, which incorporates advanced manufacturing techniques and high-quality materials, like pure copper wires and ferrite, to produce powerful, reliable, and efficient motors.

With dual metal motors and twin metal cylinders, AstroAI says the AstroAI T2 boasts improved performance and a longer continuous working time of 40 minutes, allowing for full inflation of four tyres in a row, ensuring a hassle-free trip wherever you roam.

Additionally, its LCD screen provides accurate readouts, while its intuitive button controls allow users to preset and monitor the inflator’s pressure value. Further, it will automatically shut off when

the preset value is reached, while the extra-long hose can easily reach every tyre, perfect for heavyduty vehicles like RVs, ORVs, SUVs, and trucks. It is also compatible with cars, bicycles, air mattresses, and other large inflatables.

As an automotive tool and home appliance supplier headquartered in the United States, AstroAI has always focused on a variety of product lines ranging from tyre inflators, tyre gauges, and car jump starters through to multimeters, fridges, freezers, and car cleaning tools.

AstroAI says it has integrated a complete system with digital marketing, supply chain management, online and offline sales channels, and customer service.

From NPD (New Product Development) to Warranty Service, AstroAI says it aims to provide customers with products and services “beyond imagination.”

Having shipped over 10,000,000 products to more than 30 countries under its own brand, AstroAI, the company says it has established a strong reputation among global customers.

With ODM, OEM, branding, NPD, and private labeling services available, and an annual manufacturing capacity of 4,000,000 pieces, AstroAI says it caters to customers’ demands as “an unmatched one-stop solution.”

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“A pioneer for the mobility of the future,” FUCHS says it is leading the way in this area

With many years of experience and in-depth automotive expertise, FUCHS explains it develops lubricant solutions to meet the needs of its customers both today and in the future, therefore “cementing its vision of ‘Being First Choice.’”

FUCHS says its BluEV Technology range builds the bridge between existing and new products and their application in conventional vehicles with combustion engines as well as hybrid vehicles.

Selected engine oils, gear oils and service fluids from FUCHS will be labelled with BluEV Technology, identifying existing and new products that are suitable for use in hybrid vehicles.

Engine Oils

In particular, the interaction between the combustion engine and electric motor in hybrid vehicles, as well as the frequent start-stop behaviour, places new and additional demands on the engine oil.

FUCHS says its BluEV Technology engine oils address precisely these requirements and ensure full protection against wear that can be caused by this arduous duty cycle.

Three premium performance engine oils, TITAN GT1 FLEX 5 SAE 0W-20, TITAN GT1 FLEX C23 SAE 5W-30 and TITAN GT1 PRO C-3 SAE 5W-30, are said to meet the requirements of combustion powered vehicles but can also be used in selected hybrid vehicles, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications.

Transmission/Gear Oils

As vehicle manufacturers rely on the same or related designs of automatic, continuously variable, dual-clutch, or even axle transmissions for hybrid vehicles, gear oils needed are often based on already established specifications.

FUCHS says its BluEV Technology gear oils are therefore suitable for most modern hybrid vehicles. On offer are its TITAN ATF 6400 with BluEV Technology, TITAN ATF 6008 with BluEV Technology, and TITAN ATF 6009 with BluEV Technology.

Service fluids

Due to their modern technological status, newly developed hybrid vehicles require service fluids that meet the latest requirements.

Service fluids include brake fluids, coolants and power steering fluids.

FUCHS says its BluEV Technology brake fluids offer the best protection against steam bubble formation due to their high wet and dry boiling points, while the low viscosities of the brake fluids enable excellent brake response times, ensuring maximum safety.

Meanwhile, the BluEV Technology label on the FUCHS coolants confirms the excellent heat rejection from internal combustion engines in hybrid vehicles, but also from indirect cooling of the electric motor and battery.

Amongst the range is FUCHS’ TITAN CHF 202 with BluEV Technology.

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Giving CUVs more ground clearance and off-road fun Crossover models are constantly gaining popularity. The interstage between passenger car and SUV is highly demanded also on the Australian market.

Bilstein asserts that currently, there are “hardly any” suspension tuning products for this segment, stating that it now offers a special upgrade for these models for more off-road driving fun: the Bilstein B8 TerraSport.

This shock absorber is specially developed for CUVs (Crossover Utility Vehicles) and provides more ground clearance and thus significantly better off-road capability, says Bilstein.

Depending on the application, the Bilstein B8 TerraSport lifts the CUV by one to two inches. With this additional ground clearance, even rough terrain in the outback can be safely cruised, while day-to-day ride quality on the roads is improved at the same time.

The patented degressive valving reacts immediately to changing surface conditions and adjusts the suspension setting accordingly so that the wheels maintain optimum contact with the ground.

A crossover vehicle with the Bilstein B8 TerraSport upgrade can safely explore back-country terrain – without compromising ride comfort or quality, says Bilstein, which also states its well-proven gas pressure technology ensures the damping oil does not foam even under high loads and outside temperatures but retains its full damping force.

Even when fully loaded, travelling to a camping spot for a night in the wilderness is just as safe as driving back home in poor road conditions, with the Bilstein B8 TerraSport handling the lifting easily and allowing for safety and ride comfort even with an elevated gravity centre.

Installation is easy, as the new shock absorbers are mounted on the vehicle’s factory coil springs using the existing OEM mounting locations. Therefore, no additional lift springs are required to achieve the ground clearance and thus gain off-road capability – an additional cost advantage to the already favourable price/performance ratio, says Bilstein.

Only for vehicles with separate spring and damper elements a urethane spacer is used on the rear axle for lifting. Additional wear is avoided by aligning the vehicle to the factory specifications.

Like all Bilstein products, the Bilstein B8 TerraSport shock absorbers are specifically tested and tuned for each vehicle model – always with the optimum driving behaviour in mind.

BILSTEIN B8 TerraSport shock absorbers are currently available for the following models: Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Maverick, Jeep Renegade, Subaru Crosstrek/Subaru XV Crosstrek, Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, and Toyota RAV4. Other applications will follow in 2025.

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Syntium 7000 Hybrid 0W-20 is a fully synthetic lubricant designed to keep your car at the optimum operating temperature

The operating environment for oil couldn’t be harsher or more difficult, with today’s smaller, more compact engines running hotter than ever and crowded stopstart traffic raising operating temperatures even more.

PETRONAS states its Syntium 7000 Hybrid 0W-20, which is specifically developed for Hybrid engines, is a fully synthetic lubricant formulated with CoolTech+ at the cutting edge of its fluid technology. It says its technology effectively reduces friction between moving parts to reduce the heat generated, offering enhanced wear protection and optimum engine efficiency for the full drain interval, and delivering optimal performance with lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Constantly switching between internal combustion engine (ICE) and electrical power places greater stresses and demands on the engine of a hybrid car with increased friction causing excessive heat generation which leads to higher fuel consumption and emissions as well as increased wear and risk of engine failure. Hybrid vehicles therefore require dedicated lubricants with high wear protection features.

PETRONAS Syntium 7000 Hybrid 0W-20 is suitable

for petrol-electric hybrid vehicles. It is formulated to provide protection against low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI) for turbo charged direct injection gasoline powered vehicles and meets the latest API SP specification.

According to PETRONAS, its new Syntium with CoolTech+ technology efficiently removes heat produced by friction and combustion, maintaining performance right up to the scheduled oil change and providing exceptional oxidation resistance that is 68 percent better than the industry benchmark.

PETRONAS states that because of this exceptional resistance to heat-related engine damage and ability to maintain its cool, PETRONAS Syntium with CoolTech+ technology offers up to 37.8 percent better protection of important components against wear and harmful deposits. It says the oil’s exceptional cleanliness also contributes to a longer engine life and lower maintenance costs.

PETRONAS is the official technology partner to the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, which it explains helps it to engineer high performance, bespoke engine oil, race fuel and other lubricants, greases, and fluids.

The Malaysian company states a critical part of the team’s success lies in the car’s unrivalled ability to convert fuel into useful work. It says most engines only convert around 35 percent of the potential fuel energy into power, but PETRONAS says its technology enables the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One car to achieve more than 50 percent thermal efficiency – making it the “most efficient racing engine ever created.”

PETRONAS Syntium 7000 Hybrid 0W-20 and other PETRONAS Lubricants can be purchased through resellers and authorised distributors in Australia (including ASV Euro Car Parts, Oil and Energy, JSN and CoolDrive Australia) and New Zealand (including Cooldrive NZ and Aktron).

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Quick, long lasting and easy to apply

RevEng is proud to offer the market what it describes as the best Headlight Restoration product on the market.

“At RevEng we only want the best products that are available on the market so to achieve this sometimes we need to import a product even it means sourcing it from over 12,000 kms away,” RevEng Auto Supplies Director, Andrew Nicholls, said.

“As most workshop staff would know, more and more headlights are required to be polished than ever before, whether it is due to low quality polycarbonate lenses or the harsh Australian sun or a combination of both perhaps?

Whatever the reason may be, some car manufacturers appear to be more prevalent than others.

“After many trials we believe we have the best Headlight Restoration product on the market that is quick, long lasting and easy to apply.

“Our workshop customers often cannot believe their eyes as they challenge us to restore the worst of the worst headlight lenses, and the time it takes to perform the job (all of five minutes) is a massive bonus for them too.”

The RevEng Headlight Restoration Kit does not require any sanding, polishing or taping up of paint work and does not require any further treatments once complete.

The two-part kit is made up of two pretreated cloths known as Part One and Part Two. Part One removes the yellow oxidised stains and then once dry (two minutes), Part Two, a single use Ceramic Coated treated cloth, creates the clear lenses and protects for a period of up to 18 months.

“We have come across many workshops that have a sanding and buffing kit that they purchased for hundreds of dollars, only to have it sit in a box rarely used as it is very time consuming and requires pre application preparation,” Andrew said.

“Once they see our process they always say ‘I will never use my sanding and buffing kit again.’

“The ease and speed at which this job can be completed is very important to workshops as it allows them to complete Rego inspections in a timely manner and or add it as part of a service without effecting their time efficiencies.

“The only real drawback with the restoration process is it cannot get wet within the first 24 hours as it needs to cure for long lasting success, so rainy days can mean rebooking in the car for another time.”

For a free demonstration, contact RevEng by calling 0419 488 895 or emailing

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Vehicles, and especially light commercial vehicle (LCV) chassis, are designed to manage a wide range of loads

Arnott explains that suspension solutions are developed for average loads, providing the maximum possible comfort when the vehicle is empty and concurrently providing necessary safety when fully loaded.

Consequently, the suspension can be too strong, making the ride harsh for an unloaded vehicle.

On the other hand, Arnott says the suspension is too weak for permanently loaded vehicles, causing premature wear of the steel suspension and an uncomfortable driving experience.

Arnott explains many LCV manufacturers use either conventional coil set-ups or leaf spring configurations in their suspension systems.

It says the advantage of using coil springs is that it provides more overall comfort, whereas a leaf sprung suspension, due to its progressive nature, can cover heavier loads.

Arnott says Air helpers offer an adjustable solution to manage cases of more permissible gross weight or increases in the maximum permissible axle load. The spring reinforcement optimizes the suspension, increasing the safety and usability of the vehicle.

Due to not overstressing the suspension, Arnott says air helper springs eliminate premature wear and tear and improve drivability, increasing the vehicle’s lifespan.

Air Helper Springs

Arnott Air Helper Springs are designed and engineered to complement your suspension, preventing it from sagging with increased payload and providing extra stability and increased ride comfort.

Air helpers offer an adjustable solution to manage cases of more permissible gross weight or an increase in the maximum permissible axle load.

Arnott says the spring reinforcement optimises the suspension, increasing the safety and usability of the vehicle.

Arnott says Air helper springs are the most convenient and flexible solution because no matter if the vehicle is empty, permanently partly loaded or always fully loaded, it always has the capacity of providing the best possible drive comfort and maximum safety and stability.

Since the suspension is not overstressed, Arnott says air helper springs eliminate premature wear and tear and improve drivability, increasing the vehicle’s lifespan.


Unique Auto Parts says the secret is the use of quality parts

Unique Auto Parts explains that its primary mission is offering affordable and quality solutions for the repair of European vehicles without compromising on customer service.

Unique Auto Parts says it is well known in the industry for supplying new parts for Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Mini, Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Volvo, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Alfa, Fiat, and Land Rover. This includes parts for passenger and commercial vehicles.

Over the years Unique Auto Parts has formed relationships with some of the world’s most prominent aftermarket manufacturers and has the exclusive import and distribution rights for JP Group, Quinton Hazell and Carlube products, while brands including Meyle, Trucktec, Victor Reinz, Bosch, Hella, SKF and Mahle make up just a small number of Unique Auto Parts’ impressive list of quality suppliers.

Sensors play a pivotal role in engine management

and ensuring that cars are fitted with quality sensors which can be relied on is vital.

Unique Auto Parts has a large range of sensors and solenoids, including but not limited to oxy sensors, crankshaft sensors, coolant temp sensors, oil pressure sensors, knock sensors, DPF sensors, exhaust temp sensors, and camshaft variable solenoids.

In addition to sensors, Unique Auto Parts also stocks other vital components including fuel injectors, air flow meters and idle speed actuators.

Engine maintenance also extends to ensuring that you help keep your car keep its cool when the summer temperatures begin to rise.

Unique Auto Parts says the best way to do this is to guarantee that all the major components of your engine’s cooling system are of the best quality so that they can function at their peak, stating that it can help you out with all the integral cooling components such as water pumps, thermostats, radiators, expansion tanks and hoses.

Arnott says Air helper springs are designed and tested in the USA or in the Netherlands and use only the highest quality components.

With 35 years of experience in engineering suspension and air springs, Arnott says the designs are optimised to create an easy-to-install product with fewer pneumatic connections to minimize the risk of leakage.

Key features and benefits:

• Prevents rear end sagging

• Carry increased weight/payload

• Levels unequal weight distribution

• Increases ride comfort

• Additional stability

• Premium brand multi-ply air spring sleeve

• Pre-assembled “plug and play” components

• Metric threads and tubing

• Air springs can be inflated independently

• Assembled in the EU

• Detailed installation resources available

For more information, visit

Ordering parts is quick and easy, simply provide a VIN or registration number and Unique Auto Parts says its team can ensure that the right parts are received very time.

With five fully stocked warehouses around Australia, Unique Auto Parts states it is well situated to offer a premium delivery service using a combination of its own fleet of delivery vehicles and the fastest and most efficient couriers. It is also a Capricorn preferred supplier, so have your CAP number ready when you call.

For more information, call 1300 864 864 or visit

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Available for purchase now from Hi-Tech Metrology

Creaform, a business unit of AMETEK, Inc and a worldwide leader in automated and portable 3D measurement solutions, announced late last year the latest addition to its flagship HandySCAN 3D line-up, the MAX Series.

The handheld MAX Series line of industrial 3D scanners, designed and manufactured in Canada, offers an impressive 3D scanning area of approximately 1m x 1m and was developed to acquire accurate 3D measurements of any large and complex surfaces.

Featuring multiple scanning modes that allow users to choose between the fastest scanning time or maximum resolution, the new portable 3D scanners offer a level of versatility that will enable professionals to optimally measure any large parts and assemblies (up to 15m).

Thanks to its volumetric accuracy of 0.100 mm + 0.015 mm/m, ISO 17025 accreditation and compliance with the VDI/VDE 2634 part 3 standard, the MAX series provides metrologygrade results, making it ideal for quality control, precision link between parts with tight tolerancing, and demanding reverse engineering of large parts.

Additionally, the new scanners still feature Creaform’s powerful dynamic referencing


The Scissor Lift plays an invaluable role, says Logicar

In the bustling world of automotive maintenance there exists a humble yet indispensable tool that often goes unnoticed: the car scissor lift.

While flashy advancements in auto technology steal the spotlight, the unassuming scissor lift quietly supports the backbone of the industry, enabling mechanics to perform their duties efficiently and safely.

Logicar says it wants to shed light on the invaluable role that car scissor lifts play in the automotive repair and maintenance landscape.

Safety is paramount in any automotive workshop, and Logicar says car scissor lifts provide a stable and secure platform for lifting vehicles off the ground.

Allowing mechanics to access crucial components underneath without compromising safety, scissor lifts offer a controlled and uniform elevation, minimising the risk of accidents or injuries.

Logicar says car scissor lifts are renowned for their versatility and space efficiency and are beneficial for smaller garages and workshops where workspace is at a premium.

Additionally, scissor lifts come in various weight capacities and configurations, catering to a wide range of vehicle types and sizes, from compact cars to heavy-duty trucks.

algorithms, allowing for accurate and rigorous 3D scans of any object, whether in the lab, on the shop floor, or in the field.

The system is plug-and-play and quick to set up. The 3D scans can be easily and seamlessly integrated into any CAD software, speeding up and simplifying product development, 3D inspection and reverse engineering processes of large parts and assemblies.

The MAX Series has all the attributes that made the HandySCAN 3D line-up a reference in the industry: true portability, blue laser technology, integrated photogrammetry, live meshing, and more. It also offers new key features, guaranteed to simplify any scanning process:

• Flex Volume: this enables the user to scan with remarkable quality at a short standoff distance and measure large parts at very high speed from a longer standoff distance.

• Smart Surface Algorithm: its sophisticated image processing, combined with artificial intelligence, optimises surface measurements for unparalleled tracking, better performance, better readings of difficult, contrasted finishes, and a simpler scanning process.

• Real-Time Calibration: the MAX Series

integrates the calibration step directly into the scanning workflow, performing it automatically and seamlessly.

Hi-Tech Metrology was founded in 1992 to support and promote the Sheffield Measurement range of Coordinate Measuring Machines throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Today it says its extensive range of metrology and scanning equipment combined with a complete array of support services and offices throughout Australasia enable it to tailor complete solutions incorporating hardware, software, and engineering for virtually any measurement or reverse engineering task.

The HandySCAN 3D MAX Series is available for purchase now from Hi-Tech Metrology.

For more information, visit or free call 1800 283 095.

When considering a Scissor Lift, Logicar says you should determine the following:

1. Weight capacity – for the vehicles you’ll be lifting.

2. Lift height – the maximum lift height for your applications. Scissor lifts have different maximum lift heights, so choose one that provides enough clearance for your intended tasks.

3. Platform size – ensure the platform dimensions are suitable for the types of vehicles you’ll be lifting. Larger platforms provide more workspace and can accommodate a wider range of vehicle sizes.

4. Power source – they are typically available in electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic models.

5. Safety features – prioritise safety features when selecting a scissor lift. Look for features such as safety locks, overload protection, emergency stop buttons, and safety ramps.

6. Ease of use – assess the ease of use and userfriendly features of the lift. Look for intuitive controls, smooth operation, and ergonomic design elements that enhance usability and productivity. Features like remote control operation and automatic leveling can also improve efficiency.

7. Durability and build quality – invest in a scissor lift with sturdy construction and durable materials that can withstand frequent use in a demanding automotive environment. High-quality steel construction and robust components will ensure long-term reliability and performance.

8. Warranty and support – check the warranty coverage and after-sales support offered by the manufacturer or dealer. A comprehensive warranty provides peace of mind and ensures prompt assistance in case of any issues or concerns with the lift.

For more information on reputable quality scissor lifts in the Australian market, Logicar Australia says you should look no further than its Heshbon range.

For more information, visit or call 1300 322 782.

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From investing $600 in a dream, to running a multi-national 4WD parts company: the Don Kyatt story is an inspirational one

More than five decades ago, Frank Hutchinson and Don Kyatt were both working at genuine parts supplier GV Clarks when they decided to take a huge risk and leave the company to go into business for themselves, each investing $300 in 1969 to set up Don Kyatt Spare Parts.

Each morning Frank would leave early for work and visit all of the workshops asking what parts they needed. He would then visit GV Clarks, where he and Don had arranged an account with a 30 percent discount, and purchase all the required parts, returning to the workshops with those parts and on-selling them with a 10 percent discount. This saw Don Kyatt Spare Parts operating on a 20 percent margin in a win-win arrangement for everyone.

“Don and Frank didn’t have much money. Both of them had jobs after hours. Don was a cleaner, and Frank used to pull beers at the local pub,” explains Frank’s son Brent Hutchinson, who is now General Manager of Don Kyatt Group.

“They started with only $600, but they had a massive catalogue of GV Clark stock.”

One of Don Kyatt Spare Parts’ early customers was Bill King, who owned bus touring company AAT Kings. Bill converted Bedford 4WDs into mini buses with which he would take customers deep into the Australian outback, visiting famous landmarks such as Uluru.

Bill’s buses needed to be reliable and often the standard components couldn’t handle the extreme Australian outback conditions he subjected them to.

Don Kyatt Spare Parts began strengthening and modifying suspension parts for Bill’s buses and that’s how the company found its niche in developing and supplying 4WD components under the Terrain Tamer brand.

“Bill would break things on his way, which can be very dangerous, and so he would then bring the broken part back to Frank and it was Frank’s job to source a stronger part from overseas or to modify a part here in Melbourne,” Brent explains.

“Often Frank would use his network of mechanics in Melbourne to modify gears, modify suspension… even working on small things like developing a protective area for the radiators that would otherwise harvest grass which would block the radiators.

“It becomes so important when it is life and death if you get stuck out there with a 4WD full of people. Suddenly making sure it is reliable becomes very important.”

Today Don Kyatt Spare Parts has branches in Australia, New Zealand, France, Fiji, PNG, South Africa, and Chile.

Brent says it is the innovation and customer service that Frank and Don were famous for when they set the company up that remains its biggest asset 55 years later.

While Don sold his shares to the Hutchinson family in 1991 and passed away a short time later, Frank still works full time in the company.

“It is very rare to have the Founder, the same Managing Director working five or six days a week, 55 years later. It is that buildup of knowledge and consistency of service that continues to stand us in good stead to this day,” Brent said.

In 1995 Don Kyatt Spare Parts purchased the FlashLube brand from Wolfgang Kluenner.

“It is all bottled and blended here. But you could drive down an Autobahn in Germany and see FlashLube in the service stations. So, it is a proud export. I know at one stage, we were the biggest exporter of anything between Australia and Croatia,” Brent says.

Brent is very clear when it comes to who Don Kyatt Spare Parts’ customers are.

“Certainly the mechanic needs to fit what we make,” he explains.

“We are not an accessory company. We don’t do bull bars and canopies that could be fitted by most people; reconditioning a diff, changing wheel bearings and brake pads for instance needs to be done by a mechanic.

“Everything we do strategically is about how we get to mechanics and the easiest way to provide them with the world’s best product and the world’s best customer service.”

In fact, Brent describes Don Kyatt Spare Parts’ competitive advantage as being able to service and reach the market quickly through its extensive network of branches both nationally and internationally.

“Locally we can get almost anywhere overnight, which is really crucial to our promise of service. And then export wise, we’ve got eight international branches,” Brent says.

He also believes being a well-resourced private family company as opposed to a big conglomerate that has to answer to shareholders means they are small enough to be agile, while having the funds to remain innovative.

Brent gave the example of a recent radiator development where a 40,000 US dollar outlay was required for tooling alone. He also pointed out that it would be a five-year investment before that product line is likely to break even.

“We’re thinking five, 10, 15, 20 years ahead. Some of our competitors are thinking three months ahead about their next dividend,” Brent says.

“It is no use having all these great ideas and not being able to fund them. We are not a billion-dollar business, but we are not a tiny business either. We are a medium sized business, but it is just that perfect sweet spot for being able to do we want to do.”

According to Brent, the big decision that made the company what it is today was the decision to push into the international market, starting with New Zealand. “Forty years ago we went into New Zealand, and it was like the first man coming out of the cave.

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Brent (left) and Frank Hutchinson (right) with Bill King from AAT Kings.

It was a huge, huge financial investment for a company which at the time didn’t have much money. But what happened is we got confidence and did it again, and then we got confidence and did it again.

“The decision in the seventies for a guy with a briefcase to travel to Japan, travel to Thailand and so on when he had a young family with no mobile phone and no internet was massive for the company.

“And I say the company, but when you’re a familyowned business, it is your family home that’s on the line if everything goes bad.”

Brent says that developing the Terrain Tamer brand early on was also a critical decision.

“It has taken 50 years to get it to where we always wanted it to be with such a complete range,” Brent says.

“We do our own design, which is our promise to the market – nothing hits that branded box or packaging without our design and our testing.

“The Terrain Tamer brand has more than 60,000 lines now, so even if someone tried to copy it, and many have with a lot of big cheque books, it would take them 50 years to get to where we are today.”

Brent says a current challenge for Don Kyatt Spare Parts is developing IT systems that can help it match companies like Amazon for online ordering and

distribution. This includes translating all product descriptions into no less than 16 different languages. Speaking of challenges, while all the talk in the industry is about the impact EVs will have on the aftermarket, Brent believes Don Kyatt Spare Parts is in a good position to meet that particular challenge head on.

“Suspension, brakes, bearings, all those moving parts are all still required,” Brent says.

“They also need radiators to keep batteries cool. So, there’s a whole bunch of things that we need to develop.”

He also believes that many EV components will need to be re-engineered to survive Australian conditions.

“A lot of the EV technology is being developed in America and China miles away from outback Australia. That is where we as an industry in Australia have always been strong,” he said.

“This is the best testing ground for a 4WD application, which is the reason you see so many Australian brands at the international shows in the 4WD niche because we’ve got the world’s best playground.

“So, once it gets here, we as an aftermarket industry will be able to capitalise on that. It is like, ‘okay the EV of 2030 has arrived, but is it going to be able to travel across the Simpson Desert and what

weaknesses will it have and how do we improve that?’ And then we all get to work.”

When asked if there’s any desire to move away from the private family business structure, Brent just smiles and says, “no, we’re having too much fun. We’re not a money-orientated company. One secret is that everything gets reinvested back into the company.

“Frank drove the company’s delivery vehicle home for the first 40 years because if you’re going to buy new cars, you can’t then buy the gearboxes to sell.

“Plus we’ve got close to 200 people now to look after, including a lot who have been in this company for a long time.”

Brent believes the family business philosophy and the story behind the business is why Don Kyatt Spare Parts has developed such a loyal customer base, and the company consciously uses its story to market its products.

“Customers don’t need to know the ins and outs of every single product. They just need to know our story and then they can trust us because they know where we’re coming from. If they know us as people, then they know what’s standing behind the brand.” Brent concludes.

To learn more about the Don Kyatt Group, visit

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Flashlube’s popular Valve Saver Fluid and Pre Filters. Don Kyatt Group’s Tottenham Head Office Heavy Duty Bearing Kit and the Terrain Tamer famous parabolic leaf spring.



The AAAExpo will come to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre across April 11-13

The Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo) is the nation’s biggest auto aftermarket event, and it is free to attend for anyone in the trade.

“With some game-changing features lined-up, the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo is a must-attend event for business owners, managers and technicians,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

“Designed by the industry for the industry, AAAExpo will deliver a multitude of opportunities for visitors to connect, learn and build their businesses.”

With the theme of ‘The Future is Here,’ the AAAEXpo – expected to host more than 9,000 trade visitors – will showcase the latest vehicle repair and servicing equipment, parts, tools and accessories, new technology and trends.

“The automotive industry in Australia is in the midst of revolutionary change driven by the complexity of the car parc, rapid changes in vehicle technology, and the evolving capabilities and needs of our workforce and customers,” Stuart said.

“Those that prepare today will be the ones who succeed tomorrow, and it is our mission at the AAAA and with AAAExpo to provide our members and trade visitors with the tools and knowledge they need to make the right future-focused decisions for their businesses.”

Here are the top ten reasons you can’t miss the Expo if you are an automotive technician, workshop owner, parts supplier, importer, retailer, manufacturer, or service provider.

1. 400 leading brands: see the biggest and best local and international automotive brands showcasing their exciting products and services to thousands of visitors across an incredible 21,000sqm of floor space.

2. Business education program: this program for business owners and managers will feature industry experts and provide you with the knowledge to improve business performance and adapt to technological changes.

3. Technology, tools, and equipment: the Expo features the largest collection of innovative, exciting automotive technology, tools, and equipment to improve workplace efficiency and profits.

4. Technical training program: supercharge your diagnostic capability with an exclusive training program led by international experts Diagnose Dan and Sean Tipping – discounts apply for AAAA Members.

5. Expo Electrified Zone: experience hands on training and learn how to diagnose, service and repair EV/hybrid vehicles effectively in a dedicated space with the latest EV tools, equipment, and PPE.

6. ADAS Technology Zone: get the answers you need on everything related to ADAS calibration. Featuring demonstrations led by experts, free advice, and the latest equipment.

7. Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards: the automotive aftermarket’s most prestigious awards event, recognising excellence in our industry, celebrated by over 800 guests during a spectacular evening.

8. Networking event: one of the few national industry networking events to connect with colleagues, grow your business and get inspired, all on the Expo trade show floor.

9. 4WD Innovation Zone: a unique opportunity to experience some of the best brands involved in 4WD modification and accessories, and to see their latest parts, products, and technology.

10. New Product Showcase: discover the best in new automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools, and equipment with the prestigious New Products Showcase. Registration is free for members of the trade –register now at

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The 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAE) and Collision Repair Expo (CRE) is the biggest automotive aftermarket trade show in Australia

This year’s expo promises to bring thousands of auto trade visitors from Australia, New Zealand and beyond together under one roof.

The Australian Auto Aftermarket Association (AAAA) Leadership Team and Board looks forward to welcoming all expo visitors to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for a unique chance to network, learn, and build both their businesses and careers.

What a significant milestone the 2024 expo is, being just the second of its kind since emerging from the disruption imposed upon us all during the COVID pandemic.

The expo’s magnitude reflects the incredible support of many. On behalf of the AAAA Leadership Team and Board, I would like to thank all exhibitors who are helping to make the Expo happen.

I would especially like to thank all our amazing sponsorship partners (see opposite page). Without your support, these prominent industry events would be challenging to run and important opportunities may not be realised. Your support and investment are truly appreciated.

Through the expo, we’re bringing together the industry’s best and brightest while showcasing hundreds of the country’s leading companies.

The International Pavilion is also back this year, connecting expo visitors with suppliers from across the country and across the globe, right in the heart of Melbourne.

Trade repairers have told us that they wanted business-building opportunities so we have responded to that strong demand. The 2024 expo includes a range of informative seminars that will deliver many valuable opportunities for visitors to connect, learn and build their businesses. We’re thrilled with the expo speaker line-up and thank all speakers in advance for their participation.

Our industry is constantly evolving, so several exciting new features further elevate the 2024 expo. Two new zones will be launched, one focused on EVs and one on ADAS calibration. A 4WD Innovation Zone has similarly evolved since its inaugural appearance in 2022. Visitors are bound to be even more impressed at the growth and diversification of this year’s 4WD Innovation Zone. Undoubtedly, the AAAA expo brings our industry together in a way unlike any other. I am both personally and professionally proud that Repco and NAPA are major exhibitors at the event and that Repco is the major sponsor of the expo.

Repco and NAPA, as part of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), are automotive aftermarket industry leaders and we recognise the expo as a catalyst for industry growth, learning and advancement. For any auto trade business or specialist seeking to further strengthen their position as a trusted, innovative industry leader, the 2024 expo is the place to be.

Future focus is a key part of our purpose at GPC, where we play a significant role in keeping the world moving. We have high ambitions for growth, networking, partnership and emerging capabilities.

Expo auto trade visitors are a highly influential global group. Repco and NAPA’s strong presence in the expo enables our teams to connect with fellow industry leaders, influential decisionmakers and pioneers whose innovations will support and shape our industry going forward. To us, the expo is an unparalleled chance to deepen our relationships with our customers and suppliers. Such connections empower us to create opportunities for our industry and the businesses, individuals and communities within it, to thrive. The expo is not just a chance for Repco and NAPA to showcase what they do. It is also an opportunity

for us to learn and gain valuable insights into how we can continue to enhance our Customer Value Propositions (CVPs) and be better supplier partners for our customers.

The expo will showcase diverse capabilities, products and solutions from across our industry and we are genuinely excited to learn and share at this industry leading event.

The 2024 Expo is an event not to be missed and we look forward to connecting with all participants at the expo, seminars and industry events being conducted across the three days, Thursday the 11th to Saturday the 13th of April 2024.

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Wayne Bryant, CEO Automotive Division, GPC Asia Pacific (Repco) and Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Chairman.


The Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and Collision Repair Expo will deliver a comprehensive technical training and business education program to show attendees

Australia’s biggest auto aftermarket event is set to deliver a game-changing line up of educational opportunities set to help workshop owners and automotive technicians elevate their knowledge and make sure they are ready for the future of the automotive aftermarket.

A wide array of must-attend training programs for technicians and workshops will be held across both events at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, covering both technical (aftermarket and collision repair) and business management topics with leading local and international experts.

Circuit Analysis (Technical Training) –Wednesday 10 April, 1.00pm – 5.00pm – paid session

With Sean Tipping, learn how to assess any electrical circuit in the vehicle, from battery cables to communication networks and everything in between. Using foundational concepts and test methods, you will build the confidence to diagnose any circuit issue with accuracy.

Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Awareness (Collision Repair Training) – Wednesday 10 April, 12.00pm – 4.00pm – paid session

This fantastic course with Electric Mobility Consulting CEO, Dirk Fuchs, provides a great overview of EV systems and safety and is designed for technicians and anyone else involved in EVs as part of their work. Learning outcomes include how to identify different types of EVs, EV system principles, the hazards surrounding high voltage electrical systems, and how to safely work around these vehicles.

AdBlue and Diesel Aftertreatment Diagnostics in 2020 Engines + Lin Bus Diagnostics (Technical Training) –Wednesday 10 April, 1.00pm – 5.00pm and Friday 12 April, 9.00am – 1.00pm – paid sessions

With Danny ‘Diagnose Dan’ Versluis, increase your understanding, and diagnosis capability of diesel emission control systems, including AdBlue / SCR Troubleshooting, explore Euro 6 DPF challenges, plus learn and solve the latest LIN bus alternator issues. This training is held on both Wednesday and Friday.

Parasitic Draws (Technical Training) –Thursday 11 April, 9.00am – 1.00pm – paid session

Tackle the often-frustrating world of parasitic draws. Finding the source of a draw on a modern vehicle’s battery can be challenging with the abundance of control modules and networks. With Sean Tipping, you will learn effective test methods, processes, and case studies to help narrow down the drain.

EV Diagnostic Challenges, Thermal Management Mastery and Network Troubleshooting (Technical Training) –Thursday 11 April, 9.00am – 1.00pm and Saturday 12 April, 8.00am – 12.00pm – paid sessions

Master a range of important current and emerging real world diagnostic issues including advanced vehicle network diagnosis, EV, and Hybrid diagnostic challenges, plus a fascinating discovery session on the mechanics of EV heat pumps, in this training with Diagnose Dan. This training is held on both Thursday and Saturday.

Solving The People Puzzle – Attracting, Recruiting, Developing and Retaining a Team Fit for the Future (Collision Repair Training) –

Thursday 11 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm and Friday 12 April, 11.00pm – 12.00pm – free sessions

Why do we struggle to recruit staff and bemoan a shortage of people, when there has never been more people on the planet? How have the winners become talent magnets, while others just have “bloody staff”? The key is to build a team, instead of just filling a vacancy. In this training with Business Success Global CEO, Robert Snook, learn highly relevant, transferable, people insights and ideas that you can take away and implement immediately to start solving the people puzzle in your business. This session is held on Thursday and Friday.

EV Battery Handling and Service in Collision Repair (Collision Repair Training) –

Thursday 11 April, 1.00pm – 2.00pm – free session

Using real-world examples, in this session with

Electric Mobility Consulting’s Dirk Fuchs, you will learn how to diagnose a high-voltage battery and perform a formal risk assessment after receiving a crashed EV. Understand batterymanagement system data (BMS), including thermal management, cell balancing, battery maintenance, and how to jump start high-voltage batteries in non-plug-in hybrids. Learn the importance of battery enclosures and coolant testing to prevent battery failures, and the best early warning methods to protect workshops.

Global Automotive Aftermarket Trends –

Get The Edge (Business Education Program) –Thursday 11 April, 1.30pm – 2.30pm – free session

Explore key Australian and International trends in the automotive aftermarket to stay ahead of the pack. Automotive leaders including AAAA CEO Stuart Charity, BAPCOR’s Steve Drummy, GPC Asia Pacific’s Wayne Bryant, and Bill Hanvey, the head of the US’s Auto Care Association, will share their Top Five trends and their unique views on how these trends will affect our industry, our customers, and the bottom line into 2024 and beyond.

Local Area Marketing - Top Three Tips For Achieving Your Goals (Business Education Program) –

Thursday 11 April, 3.00pm – 4.00pm – free session

Creating a well-recognised brand in your local area is an extremely valuable exercise, putting your business top of the ‘shopping list’ for customers. So how do you market your business in your local area to attract and retain customers? This tailored session will provide

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Dirk Fuchs Sean Tipping
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you with top ideas and tactics any business can use to maximise their cut-through in the local community. Industry experts with outstanding experience in automotive including AAAA’s Tiffany Conway, Pedders’ Adam Gillick, Repco’s Suzie Commons, and AusGarage’s James Payne, will share their top three tips, to help you achieve your business goals.

Network Diagnostics (Technical Training) –

Friday 12 April, 9.00am – 1.00pm – paid session

Control module communication faults are increasingly common in modern vehicles due to the growing number of modules. In this training with Sean Tipping, you will grow new skills to confidently diagnose signal wire and CAN BUS networks using case studies and simple test methods.

Right To Repair. Fair and Open CompetitionAre We There Yet? (Business Education Program) –Friday 12 April, 11.00am – 12.00pm – free session

A celebration and a reflection of the Australian OEM repair and service information sharing Law. Is the law working? What is the next frontier in our campaign for fair and open competition? A fascinating discussion about all the issues that affect a car owner’s right to choose, including access to service information, parts, warranty, capped price servicing, logbook servicing and our next big frontier – Telematics. Speakers include AAAA’s Stuart Charity and Lesley Yates, as well as the head of the Auto Care Association in the US, Bill Hanvey.

Demonstrating Australia’s Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (Business Education Program) –

Friday 12 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm – free session

The new Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS) allows independent repairers to obtain dealer level diagnostic and programming information from vehicle manufacturers. How does this system work? Join a demonstration of the scheme portal from Rodger Nardi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA), with AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, as MC. Even if you have already joined AASRA, this session will allow you to get an update on the system and ask questions.

Skills Shortages – Five Top Tactics to Find and Keep Good Talent in Your Business (Business Education Program) –

Friday 12 April, 1.00pm – 2.00pm – free session

The skills crisis won’t be solved with one solution; finding and keeping employees needs a combination of different techniques. In this session MCed by the AAAA’s Lesley Yates and featuring Auto Care Association (US) Head Bill Hanvey, mycar Tyre and Auto’s Adam Pay and Konnecting Group’s Fred Molloy, you will receive pragmatic advice on the best-known tactics to find new team members and keep them engaged in your business. For another perspective, learn valuable lessons on how the US has addressed their massive labour gap.

EV System Repair and Component Replacement (Collision Repair Training) –

Friday 12 April, 2.00pm – 3.00pm – free session

Stay safe during the repair process of compromised vehicles by learning how high voltage systems work. In this session with Electric Mobility Consulting’s Dirk Fuchs, you will gain an understanding of what to know and what necessary measurements have to be performed when replacing high voltage components. The difference between EV and ICE vehicle AC systems, how to perform Insulation tests and equipotential bonding will also be explored.

Open Your Business Revenue Stream and Step Off

The Hamster Wheel (Collision Repair Training) –

Friday 12 April, 3.00pm – 4.00pm and also

Saturday 13 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm – free sessions

Why do businesses with the same resources operating in the same areas, produce vastly different results? What is it that the winners do that

the others don’t do – and what have the winners stopped doing, that the others still do? Packed full of Aha! moments and takeaways, learn how to step off that hamster wheel and leave those “Uh oh” moments behind, so you can enjoy more time, more money, and less stress too in this session with Business Success Global’s Robert Snook. This session is held on both Friday and Saturday.

How to Condemn a Control Module (Technical Training) –Saturday 13 April, 8.00am – 12.00pm – paid session

Have you ever been 90 percent sure that a control module is faulty, but still wonder if something else is causing the problem? In this training with Sean Tipping, dive into testing methods and thought processes that will assist with the remaining 10 percent so you can make a confident diagnosis.

Prepare Your Workshop For Electrification (Business Education Program/Collision Repair Training) –Saturday 13 April, 10.00am – 11.00am – free session

AAAA’s Lesley Yates will set the scene for your preparations, with EV car parc data to support the ‘when’ to trigger investment in your EV workshop infrastructure, while Electric Mobility Consulting CEO Dirk Fuchs will fast track your preparations for your workshop to safely and efficiently repair electric and hybrid vehicles. Receive best practice recommendations for workshop layout, required space, vehicle isolation areas and specialist tooling, and learn how thermal runaways can be detected early and counter measures.

You’ve Earned a Holiday and Yes, You Can Take It (Business Education Program) –

Saturday 13 April, 11.00am – 12.00pm – free session

Don’t have time to take a break? In this session with Highfields Mechanical’s Craig Baills, Fifth Quadrant’s Ben Selwyn, and Capricorn’s Bradley Gannon, learn potential strategies to bring back the important work life balance: how to train up your workforce to make sure the workshop can operate without you; and engaging local underutilised resources – for instance, recently retired mechanics can contribute to management. And there’s a bonus, with a lucky door prize for a romantic weekend away.

Stop charging an hourly rate (Business Education Program) –Saturday 13 April, 1.00pm – 2.00pm – free session

Let’s plug the leaks in your service revenue. The profitability of your workshop is created in the moments when the service advisor/workshop manager is creating an estimate. If the service advisor/workshop manager falls short on the estimate, profits are dramatically impacted. Pricing and producing the labour component properly are key to your profits. This session with AAAA’s Nigel Bishop, Leondis Automotive’s Peter Leondis, and Smart Mechanic’s Kosta Kantilaftis will help you increase your workshop profitability! For full information and to register to attend, visit and

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The ADAS Technology Zone will put the spotlight on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

The ADAS Technology Zone is set to enthrall visitors to the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo) and Collison Repair Expo (CRE) as it puts the focus on the critically important skill of ADAS calibration.

Created by the AAAA with ADAS technology experts from ADAS Solutions Australia, the zone will feature dedicated seating and a stage, which will showcase the latest ADAS equipment and calibration techniques from a variety of suppliers. The zone, tailored specifically for collision repairers, automotive repairs and those working in

vehicle modification, will provide ADAS calibration demonstrations, training and specialist advice focused on best practice.

“Almost every passenger vehicle sold in Australia today has some form of ADAS,” ADAS Solutions Australia Director, Adrian Parkes, said.

“As such, it is vitally important that the automotive and collision repair industry understands the systems and components commonly used by manufacturers, and what these systems and components are designed to do, as well as the repair requirements and processes of the ADAS’ commonly found on passenger vehicles today.

“Covering ADAS fundamentals, components, calibration and providing live demonstrations with ADAS technicians, we will provide attendees with the chance to improve their knowledge base, ask questions and discuss real world issues and scenarios they face in the industry.”

The AAAA says it is very proud to be partnering with ADAS Solutions Australia to bring this vitally important subject matter to life.

“Together, we will provide attendees with equipment demonstrations, peer networking opportunities, and access to ADAS calibration experts, to help attendees to better understand


Filtration company to showcase its quality Supercars inspired products at AAAExpo

Ryco says it is passionate about developing filtration applications not just for passenger vehicles, but for motorsport enthusiasts and performance vehicles alike. It was this that lead to its Official Filtration Partnership with the Australian Supercars Championship.

When first connecting with Supercars, Ryco understood that the category wanted to extend engine life on their vehicles to reduce rebuild frequency, with filtration playing a key role.

Race vehicles have traditionally used filters prioritising fluid-flow under the belief that by reducing flow restrictions this would in-turn increase engine performance. This meant Supercars teams were using filters with media that would act closer to the way a sieve does; allowing high flow but not filtering anywhere near what’s necessary to prevent engine damage.

With this in mind, Ryco developed a bespoke range

of air, fuel, and oil filters that could be applied to the new GEN3 platform. The development of these filters provided ideal filtration efficiencies, both maximising engine life while also delivering outstanding performance. Importantly though, it meant that future iterations of these filters would include applications for passenger vehicles.

Ryco engineers have continued to design new ways to transfer this successful technology to passenger vehicles. Ryco’s latest release, the A5001R Ryco NanoCel High Efficiency Air Filter, was developed and tested in Australia to do just that.

It is made of nano-fibre coated media with patented honeycomb cell pleating construction, which was the inspiration behind the name, Ryco NanoCel. A5001R includes the unique Supercars seal and incorporates a total of 4.2 times more filtration media compared to the OE equivalent which only has 1sqm of media. Importantly, it’s design kept true 4x4 enthusiasts in mind, with the filtration media being both flame retardant and hydrophobic, meaning that in either extremely dry conditions or water crossings, it never loses its functionality.

Testing the filters after each race has proven

and navigate the complexities of ADAS calibration,” AAAA Director of Membership, Marketing and Events, Tiffany Conway, said. “The ADAS Technology Zone will address the important questions repairers and modifiers have about incorporating ADAS calibration into their service offering, either in-house or outsourced to a business partner, while presenting the most comprehensive opportunity for attendees to getup-close-and-personal with ADAS equipment, learn what’s best for their business, and get all the answers they need from ADAS industry experts.”

To register to attend the Expos, visit or

that high efficiency filtration will not negate a vehicle’s high-performance capabilities. The research that has gone into Supercars confirmed definitively that dust ingestion directly correlates to engine wear and engine life. It has meant that this project now extends further than motorsport, to an interrogation into how this technology can be translated into advancements in passenger vehicle filtration. A5001R is just the first of these offerings, with more in development to provide customers with options that will be the first of their kind on the market.

For more information see Ryco at stand J14 or visit

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The next generation of automotive technicians will go head-to-head at the upcoming Expo

The Flying Spanners competition will add an exciting new dimension to Australia’s largest industry event to help encourage and promote the future of the automotive industry.

The competition will involve teams of automotive students from different Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) competing against each other to rebuild an engine faster than the opposing team, using only hand tools.

Each team will be made up of two members currently undertaking automotive training and studying towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE, with no age restriction A limit of two teams per education facility will apply, and the teams can come from any automotive field.

The team to complete the rebuild to the required standard in the fastest time while keeping within the competition guidelines will be declared as the inaugural AAAExpo Flying Spanners winners, receiving a prize in recognition of their achievement.

“This exciting new Expo feature will not only challenge and celebrate the industry’s next generation but is also a great way to involve our important training organisations in what we are doing to educate and inspire all members of the auto aftermarket,” AAAA Director of Membership, Marketing and Events, Tiffany Conway said.

“Our industry is crying out for talented technicians so at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) we are laser focused on doing all we can to foster the next generation.

“This includes showcasing the latest new technologies and industry innovation, new generation vehicle diagnostics, and EV training, and we are also looking forward to seeing the spanners flying in a friendly, interactive competition between automotive students.”

One of the RTOs to participate in Flying Spanners at the 2024 AAAExpo will be Kangan Institute.

“At Kangan Institute, we are extremely passionate about fostering the next generation of automotive talent through our Automotive Centre of Excellence,” Kangan Institute Manager of Commercial Vehicle and Engine Technology, Gavin Cribb, said.

“We are very excited to see our teams in full flight at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, going head-to-head with some of our country’s best and brightest students.”

While Flying Spanners is sure to attract plenty of attention, there is also lots more on offer at Expo for the industry’s up and coming technicians.

“Offering extensive training and education opportunities, the AAAExpo is an amazing place for young technicians and apprentices to learn more about the industry and receive training from world leading experts,” Tiffany said.

“From diagnostic training to our Expo Electrified and ADAS Technology zones, there is a long list of cutting-edge learning opportunities here at Expo to help them prepare for the work that lays ahead of them.”

To register to attend the Expo, visit

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Parts supplier looking forward to welcoming attendees

Australia’s own Burson Auto Parts is looking forward to welcoming attendees from every corner of the country to the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAE) being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 11 to 13.

The expo is set to welcome a record number of trade visitors who are invited to visit the Burson Auto Parts stand at K14 throughout this jampacked three-day event.

Being an industry leader in the automotive trade aftermarket, Burson will be showcasing its rich history as Australia’s preferred trade supplier of vehicle parts, tools, workshop equipment and accessories.

With over 50 years of operation in a highly competitive market, Burson’s continued success is based on relentless store and product range expansion, as well as a focus on giving first-class, knowledgeable service to an ever-growing trade customer base.

Today, Burson Auto Parts has over 213 stores nationwide, supplied by state-of-the-art distribution centres located in Tullamarine, Victoria and Redbank, Queensland.

With over 1,000 delivery vehicles on the roads, our delivery is to be there for our customers with the right product to help assist their business needs.

In addition to its own expansion, Burson Auto Parts is committed to supporting its 40,000 trade customers and helping them grow their businesses.

Like its customers, Burson’s team consists of automotive industry professionals and car enthusiasts. The core of the business is powered

by a can-do attitude – get things done while doing the right thing.

Thanks to a team that will go above and beyond, Burson is confident its customers will find the solution they need at any of its stores.

With over 1,000 supply partners across countless categories, Burson Auto Parts stocks more parts than any other automotive chain.

Both our trade customers and do-it-yourself enthusiasts are guaranteed to get quality products. Burson aims to showcase the latest and greatest parts, tools and aftermarket equipment that meets the demands for Australian trade businesses and customers.

The team believe in providing tangible opportunities for our network to touch, feel and learn how Burson is the solution for them.

In addition, our stand presents an opportunity for you to gain insight into Burson’s cuttingedge technology through leading diagnostics equipment, including interactive diagnostic scan tool displays that best suit your automotive service and repair specialisations.

These include Burson Equipment’s latest Drive Over Inspection equipment, world leading ADAS equipment and state-of-the-art Jaltest and Autel diagnostic scan tool products.

Burson Equipment is Australia’s trade specialist supplier of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, and workshop equipment.

Our emphasis is on continued store and product range expansion that is matched by first class knowledge and service for our growing trade customers.

The Equipment team will be showcasing its Hunter wheel service equipment range along with world number 1 hoist equipment from Rotary, as well as the latest Rotary wheel service range.

All of this will be supported by Australia’s most experienced workshop equipment team, who will provide expert advice throughout the bumper three-day trade show.

Attendees will also witness live demonstrations of the latest equipment software. Through industry-leading product education and ongoing feedback and testing, the Burson team has further iterated on the innovative Burson EzyParts online ordering system to help independent automotive workshops operate more efficiently.

The highly successful Burson EzyParts 2.0 will be on display at our stand, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on with the platform.

This program has allowed mechanics to identify, quote, order and fit the correct parts for any job.

Plug in your rego number and watch as all your car’s parts and components appear on screen, ready to be ordered at a click of a mouse!

Burson is set to have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and recommend getting to the stand early to have the best chance at winning the Major Prize!

“The opportunity for the Burson team to engage with so many of our trade customers in the one place is highly valued by all of us. We look forward to welcoming all attendees to the Burson and Precision stands at the 2024 AAA Expo.”, stated Steve Drummy, Executive General ManagerBapcor Trade.

Burson Auto Parts says its team will be thrilled to have you join them during the event at Stand K14, and are excited to help you in any manner possible when it comes to your trade requirements.

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AAAExpo is set to feature a brand-new Expo Electrified feature zone

This exciting new feature zone for the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo) and Collison Repair Expo (CRE) will allow attendees to get up close and personal with EV/Hybrid service and repair on a whole new scale.

The exciting new Expo Electrified Zone will offer unique opportunities to learn about EV and hybrid service and repair with hands-on and practical demonstrations including live testing of EV motors and generators, all delivered by the experts from The Automotive Technician’s (TaT) EV and Hybrid Network.

TaT Technical Editor and Director, Jeff Smit, said Expo Electrified is a must for anyone looking to make sure they can best service their clients in this emerging space.

“Electrified vehicles are currently transforming from a trend to the mainstream, reshaping the roads and the way we can service our customers,” Jeff said.

“We are excited to bring real hands-on component

testing to the Expo Electrified Zone, giving an opportunity for you to carry out real tests on real EV and Hybrid motors.”

Focused solely on EVs and Hybrids, Expo Electrified builds on the Workshop of the Future feature area which ran at Expo in 2022.

“Such is the pace of technological advancement in the EV and Hybrid space, and with vehicles increasingly Hybrid or EV powered – accounting for seven percent of new car sales in 2023 – the time is right for this growing and dynamic field to have its own dedicated space at our Expo,” Tiffany said.

Designed to give attendees exposure to the latest in EV technology and techniques, the Zone will also feature the latest in EV tools and workshop equipment, EV Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and display a Ford F-150 Lightning EV, provided by the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC).

“The value of getting ready for the EV evolution has never been clearer, and excitement around

this new and rapidly evolving technology is building quickly,” AAAA Director of Membership, Marketing and Events, Tiffany Conway said.

“As such, we are very excited to offer the Expo Electrified Zone to technicians and workshop owners wanting to get ahead of the curve, and seeking the chance to learn from awesome teachers and state-of-the-art equipment at Expo.”

To register to attend the Expos, visit or


Australia’s booming 4WD market will take centre stage at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo

The hugely popular 4WD Innovation Zone will once again showcase the latest in this burgeoning space at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.

Co-located with the Collision Repair Expo and presented by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the free to attend Auto Aftermarket Expo, proudly sponsored by Repco, represents the only comprehensive trade show for the nation’s $25B automotive repair and service industry.

Following its successful debut at the last Expo held in 2022, the 4WD Innovation Zone will again showcase the latest in 4WD parts, products, accessories, and equipment from leading brands across the 4WD sector.

“There are more than 5.5 million 4WDs on the roads in Australia, presenting fantastic

opportunities for our country’s more than 2,100 businesses servicing the 4WD aftermarket to expand their ranges, improve the quality of their parts and accessories, and invest heavily in everything from production to promotion,” AAAA 4WD Industry Council Chair, Emma Laukens, said.

“At the 4WD Innovation Zone, show attendees will be able to see new products first, with many leading companies using the Expo to launch or provide sneak peeks of their latest offerings.

“With the 4WD industry continuing to see strong growth and representing a large part of Australia’s automotive manufacturing and ingenuity, the opportunities in this space for members of the aftermarket is huge – we look forward to seeing the 4WD Innovation Zone provide show goers with unique opportunities to do business in this exciting industry sector.”

It is no secret that Australians are obsessed with their four-wheel-drives, and with SUV/4WDcategory sales accounting for more than half of the vehicles sold across the country in 2023, revenue from the sale of 4WD parts and accessories is expected to continue to deliver outstanding growth.

“The Auto Aftermarket Expo aims to educate and inspire our industry members with the latest in equipment, technology and training, and the 4WD Innovation Zone is set to do just that,” AAAA CEO, Stuart Charity, said.

“This dedicated zone will bring together manufacturers, resellers, and retailers to share, promote, network, and sell their latest technology, products, tools, and equipment in a unique and industry specific B2B environment.

“The 4WD aftermarket sector generates $6B in revenue from the manufacture, distribution and sales of parts and accessories each year and with this sector continuing to be one of high confidence, the 4WD Innovation Zone will truly be an exciting space at the Expo and one which will deliver important opportunities for our members.”

The Auto Aftermarket Expo, co-located with the Collinson Repair Expo, takes place 11-13 April 2024 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition. To register to attend the Expos, visit or

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Visit the AutoTest team at Stand C04

AutoTest Products is set to make a statement at the upcoming AAAExpo, eagerly returning to showcase its award-winning Australian-made and designed state-of-the-art vehicle testing equipment.

Exhibiting at stand C04, the AutoTest team says it is excited to reconnect with valued customers, engage with distributors, and welcome new faces to explore what it describes as a groundbreaking product line-up.

As an ISO 9001 Quality accredited manufacturer, AutoTest asserts that “it stands out as the sole quality-accredited roadworthy equipment producer in Australia.”

The company further states that its commitment to excellence extends to NATA-accredited calibrations, ensuring its products meet the highest industry standards and adhere to international benchmarks through ILAC.

AutoTest focuses on developing testing and diagnostic instruments with a primary emphasis on producing accredited, roadworthy-compliant testing products.

It says its brake testers, accredited by NATA, align with Australian Standards and Design Rules, guaranteeing precision, quality testing, and prioritising passenger and vehicle safety.

With an impressive track record of more than 60,000 products sold worldwide, AutoTest boasts a diverse product range that includes a combined

Gas and Smoke analyser, AutoStop brake performance meters and calibrators, suspension meters, eNoise sound level meters, acoustic calibrators, light transmission meters, brake fluid testers, battery analysers, and noise and vibration equipment.

It says one standout product is the AutoGas Four or Five gas analyser, a user-friendly tool designed to enhance the measurement of vehicle gas efficiency.

AutoTest explains that this Portable Four and Five Gas Analyser offers versatile capabilities, measuring CO, HC, CO2, O2, and NOX contents in petrol, CNG, LPG and Diesel vehicle exhausts.

Further, AutoTest says this product’s RPM measurement and OBD feature, compatibility with Windows-based operation, and compliance with OIML R99 (ISO 3930) Class 0 make it a cuttingedge solution for vehicle testing.

AutoTest says that its commitment to excellence is further reflected in the product’s portable, lightweight design, standard accessories including a sampling probe assembly, battery cable assembly, oil temperature probe, and inductive pick-up.

Optional accessories such as an accelerometer sensor pick-up, NOX sensor, and Gas test software for Windows provide additional flexibility. Calibration is recommended at 12-month intervals, ensuring ongoing accuracy.


Products, experts, and a new launch will feature at Trico’s AAAExpo Stand

Trico – which asserts it is “the world’s leading automotive windscreen wiper manufacturer” –will have a strong presence at Australia’s largest automotive trade show, the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.

The Expo will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 11th to 13th, with Trico to showcase the company’s entire aftermarket product range along with some brand-new product lines that it says are sure to be big sellers for repairers and auto parts re-sellers nationwide.

New products include the expanded Trico Exact Fit Range that now features Haval and MG vehicle applications, ensuring automotive repairers nationwide are equipped to meet growing wiper replacement product demand from owners of these popular vehicles.

Trico’s experts will be on hand throughout the 2024 AAAExpo located at Stand N42 and are looking forward to discussing any trade customer requirements, gaining feedback and providing information on the technology that makes Trico

the leading choice for quality wiper product replacement.

The AAAExpo will also highlight how Trico is increasing its trade customer engagement to ensure that the company is best meeting Australian automotive workshop owner and technician requirements.

As a part of this commitment, Trico customers will be able to view the company’s updated website which provides an easy to use platform to provide feedback relating to wiper blade replacement, fitment, and any other vehicle application issues.

Trico’s premium Force, Tech, Shield and Clear replacement wiper blade product ranges will be on display at the 2024 AAAExpo, where trade visitors can see and feel the quality that Trico says ensures their customers are driving out of their workshops with totally clear vision.

No AAAExpo is complete without the launch of something brand new to the Australian and New Zealand automotive aftermarket and Trico is no exception to this rule.

AutoTest products find applications in garages, workshops, regulatory authorities, and service testing stations, catering to a global market through direct supply and a robust network of international distributors spanning Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, Africa, and the US.

AutoTest invites you to visit its team at stand C04 at the AAAExpo to witness its commitment to innovation, quality, and roadworthy compliance in the realm of vehicle testing equipment.

While visiting AutoTest at Stand C04, mention Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine to receive a 10 percent discount on all AutoTest products.

For more information, contact AutoTest products on 03 8840 3000 or visit

The company will use this major Australian trade show to unveil its latest project: The Trico Authorised Wiper Expert Loyalty Program – speak to the Trico team at the AAAExpo to find out more.

“The AAAExpo provides us with three busy days of interacting face to face with our customers, gaining important feedback and providing product training, information and support,” Trico Asia-Pacific Sales Manager, Adam Rickard, said.

“The entire Trico Australia team is looking forward to this massive industry event and to revealing an exciting new product to join our world-leading Trico aftermarket range.”

For more information, visit Trico at the AAAExpo on Stand N42 or go to

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Zeder Corporation will be bringing its offerings to the AAAExpo

In the ever-evolving world of automotive aftermarket services, Zeder Corporation says it emerges as a beacon of innovation and excellence.

With the strategic merger of industry giants Fulcrum and Redranger, Zeder Corporation explains that it has catapulted to the forefront as the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of automotive polyurethane bushings and a vast array of related accessories.

Spanning continents, with operations rooted in Australia, the US, UK, and Vietnam, Zeder Corporation says it stands as a testament to global leadership and local expertise in the automotive aftermarket sector.

Under the expansive umbrella of Zeder Corporation are prestigious brands that have become household names in the automotive industry, including SuperPro, Whiteline, Nolathane, Formula 4x4, and Fulcrum Suspensions.

In Australia alone, the amalgamation has created the largest automotive steering and suspension entity, which Zeder Corporation says allows it to boast an unparalleled Wholesale and Retail Workshop presence across the nation.

The vision post-merger is ambitious yet focused

– accelerating global expansion through strategic mergers and acquisitions complemented by significant investments in innovation, information technology, manufacturing, logistics, human resources, sales, and marketing.

The goal is clear: to reinforce and expand Zeder Corporation’s global dominion in the automotive aftermarket industry.

For over four decades, Zeder says it has been at the forefront of the industry, earning multiple awards and accolades for its contribution to the automotive world.

Those behind the company state the hallmark of Zeder’s success lies in its commitment to innovation, quality, and value; principles that resonate across the globe through its products and services.

The company not only caters to the aftermarket automotive industry on a business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) level but also supports other globally recognised brands through its private label manufacturing program.

Zeder’s product portfolio is as diverse as it is vast, with more than 30,000 SKUs and counting.

It says this expansive range caters to every conceivable need within the market, including

bushing kits, complete arms, sway bar links, sway bars, hardware, lowering kits, bracing, strut mounts, lift kits, and bespoke suspension products. Further, Zeder states that each product stands as a testament to its “unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation.”

As Zeder Corporation continues to forge ahead, it says its vision for the future is clear: to maintain its standing as a global leader in the automotive aftermarket industry while pushing the boundaries of innovation and quality.

For enthusiasts, professionals, and casual consumers alike, Zeder Corporation says it represents the pinnacle of automotive aftermarket solutions – “where excellence meets innovation.”

For more information, visit

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You can visit Swan Automotive Parts on Stand F23

Swan Automotive Parts is continuing its twenty-year history in the Australian automotive parts industry with its own range of Swan Ignition Coils, Swan Fuel Pumps, Swan Wiper Blades, and Pistol Automotive Cleaners. It also distributes Sealwel Cooling System Cubes.

“All of our Swan branded parts are made by a worldleading OEM supplier, with this manufacturing process enabling us to offer our customers the highest quality parts that either match or exceed original manufacturer specifications while competing with, if not outperforming, other brands on the market,” Swan Automotive Parts Marketing Manager, Steve Butrakoski, said.

“With our focus on quality, this approach has ensured that our wide customer base has the upmost confidence in our brand, which is why they keep coming back and also why we are continually expanding the base.

“Another advantage of being the owner or direct distributor of our automotive parts is that we are able to offer our customers the best price without compromising OEM quality.”

Swan Automotive Parts will be exhibiting much of

its range at this year’s Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, including the following products:

• Swan Ignition Coils: Swan Automotive Parts stocks a full range covering American, Australian, European, Korean, and Japanese cars. “Our extensive range is not matched by many other brands, as they have gaps in their catalogue. These gaps force consumers to have to search for various brands in order to have access to a complete range,” Steve said.

• Swan Fuel Pumps: With 80 parts numbers (and still growing), Swan Automotive Parts covers most of the popular petrol vehicles, and with the popularity of diesel vehicles, it has also started to expand its range to cover them.

• Swan Wiper Blades: Swan Automotive Parts’ range of wiper blades and refills covers 99 percent of vehicles, including Electric Vehicles (EVs).

• Pistol Automotive Aerosol Cleaners: Steve says what makes Pistol so popular with mechanics and unique against the other brands on the market is that these cans can be sprayed at any angle, and even upside down, without clogging

or splattering. The size of the can is also twice the size of most of the competitor brands.

• Sealwel Cooling System Cubes: Swan Automotive Parts says this product is popular with mechanics, particularly engine rebuilders, as Sealwel can prevent cooling system issues by cleaning, sealing, and lubricating the cooling system.

When you visit this year’s Expo, Swan Automotive Parts invites you to please stop by and say hello to its team, explaining that one of its staff members would be happy to start a conversation and hear about what brings you to the Expo.

“We are not only about product quality, we also believe in the personable touch of customer service,” Steve said.

To learn more about Swan Automotive Parts, visit

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SWD Group will have a range of Aussie made products on show

SWD Group says it is very excited to be showcasing its high-quality products at the upcoming Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, with a focus on its Australian designed and made TAG Towbars, Redback Extreme Duty Exhausts, and Lukey Mufflers.

SWD Group will be located within the 4WD and Performance Hub at Stand Q14, right next to the exciting AAAA 4WD Feature.

The company invites you to drop by and say G’day to the team and explore the “amazing range of Australian made products that TAG, Redback and Lukey have to offer.”

TAG Towbars and Towing Accessories

SWD Group says the TAG stand will be a must see, with all of the latest products on display. You can compare the difference between the TAG (XR)

Extreme Recovery Towbar and TAG (HD)

Heavy Duty Towbar options or check out the New and Improved Galvanised Rear Step with dedicated holes for sensor brackets.

You can also explore the extensive range of TAG Towing Accessories such as Ball Mounts, Wiring Harnesses, Bike Carrier Accessories, Weight Distribution Hitches, Plugs, Trailer Adaptors, and more.

The highly regarded Brink European towbars range will also be on display, including EV specific options, as well as the usual wide range of detachable towbars.

CURT Towing Accessories will also be making an appearance, including the very popular CURT Rebellion and CURT Rockerball Shockdrop accessories, as well as its exciting range of brake controllers including its “best-in-class” Bluetooth Brake Controller the CURT Echo.

Lukey Mufflers

SWD Group says there’s still only one muffler that looks, sounds, and performs like a Lukey Muffler: a Lukey Muffler.

It states it is the only muffler with over 60 years of Australian heritage, recognised for “its unrivalled build quality, high-flow performance, and classic sound.”

Now Lukey is kicking off the year with a strong

lineup of new Australian Made mufflers, all 430 Stainless Steel, Heavily Packed, and available in Straight Through, Reverse Flow or Chambered Options to suit all sound preferences.

These exciting new mufflers will be on display at the show, and SWD Group says it can’t wait to show you the quality of these Aussie made mufflers.

Redback Extreme Duty Exhausts

SWD Group says you should not miss the new Redback Display, featuring a full five metre long RXD system for the 79 series Landcruiser.

It says this is a fun and engaging way to showcase this high quality, Australian made product that the 4x4 Market knows and loves.

To explore the range online, visit or call 1300 669 122.

For more than 30 years, Pro Quip says it has established itself as not only a well-recognised brand, but as a market leader in supplying the Australian Aftermarket with the highest quality Metal Jerry Cans and Australian Made Plastic Fuel and Water Cans.

At the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, Pro Quip will proudly exhibit its broad range of Fuel and Water Transport and Storage solutions, including several new and innovative lines that uphold and complement the brand philosophy of quality, durability, and safety.

Pro Quip says its newly released Pro Quip 2L Proper Fuel Can is a product that sets a new benchmark in the industry.

It states it is the first of its kind to be both Australian Standards and UN DG Packaging approved, highlighting Pro Quip’s dedication to leading the market with products that are both safe and compliant.

The DC04 steel body, highly durable external powder coating, fuel resistant internal coating,

and passivated aluminium screw cap all combine to provide the customer with a compact, strong, and convenient Fuel Can that is built to last, explains Pro Quip.

The unique anodised aluminium Cap with embedded magnet create an incredibly strong, yet easy-to-open and convenient closure setup.

Topping off the renowned quality Pro Quip Metal Jerry Can with this setup represents a significant advancement in convenience, whilst maintaining the ethos of quality, safety, and customer focus, says Pro Quip.

The implementation of the ‘Safe-T-Pour’ Technology across the 5L Plastic Fuel Can range is also a significant step forward in consumer safety and feature-rich design.

The ‘Safe-T-Pour’ range incorporates the patented Fill and Stop Pourer, allowing for automatic flow shut-off with no spills, no overfills and most importantly, no fire flashbacks.

Finally, Pro Quip will be unveiling a new and innovative range of Plastic Fuel and Water

Can Pourers that cater for both Fast Pour and Controlled Flow situations, preventing spills and showcasing Pro Quip’s ongoing commitment to product development and environmental stewardship.

Pro Quip encourages you to visit its team on Stand S04 at the 2024 AAAExpo to experience firsthand the quality and innovation that has been the hallmark of the Pro Quip brand for over three decades.

For more from Pro Quip, visit

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ZF will showcase its dedication to the local automotive industry at the AAAExpo, with product displays from its family of brands

ZF in Oceania will utilise the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo) to showcase its dedication and commitment to the local automotive industry.

A global technology company, ZF says it is a valued partner to the local industry, due in part to its existing OE partnerships with global vehicle manufacturers, and its broad product and service offering.

This is particularly prevalent in the automotive aftermarket, with ZF focused on expanding its offerings for hybrid and electric vehicles.

In a nod to the event’s theme of ‘The Future is Here,’ ZF in Oceania will be promoting its ZF [pro] Tech concept, as part of ZF’s ongoing commitment to workshops across Oceania.

With the complexity of the modern motor vehicle, it is becoming a challenge for independent workshops to stay on top of all the latest technical information.

ZF [pro]Tech provides a simple intuitive online portal, with quick access to technical information, including installation instructions, OE service information, as well as online training.

It also details repair reference times, torque specs, and whether special tools are required.

The information available via [pro]Tech covers ZF and its brands, as well as updated OE manufacturer service campaigns covering the whole vehicle (not just ZF products).

ZF [pro]tech is for automotive workshops and wholesalers, as well as ZF’s own service network.

Also showcased on ZF’s stand will be the latest products from ZF and its family of brands – ZF transmission products, LEMFÖRDER steering and suspension components, SACHS shock absorbers and clutches, TRW braking, and suspension products from WABCO.

Motor racing legend, Craig Lowndes, will also be appearing on the ZF stand in his role as ZF Product and Technical Expert.

As part of its commitment to the futureproofing the local aftermarket, and enabling the next generation of mobility, ZF in Oceania has also partnered with AAAA for a new industry excellence award.

The inaugural ‘Automotive Education Excellence Award’ recognises teaching organisations, trainers, and educators who are achieving excellence in automotive education – and this year, it will be proudly sponsored by ZF.

AAAExpo is on from April 11-13 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. ZF in Oceania will be located at Stand K2.

For further information on ZF and its products and services, visit

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Megabus will be on-show at AAAExpo

The Megabus team says it is excited to invite you to the Megabus Showcase at the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, where it will be unveiling an immersive experience centred around four dynamic zones.

These zones are designed to highlight how Megabus helps businesses manage their entire workshop ecosystem with simple, smart and scalable Aftermarket Software Solutions.

1. Workshop Zone:

Discover how Megabus is transforming workshop operations with innovative tools for scheduling, digital video inspections, time and attendance, resource allocation, inventory management and industry leading integrations.

See firsthand how Megabus solutions enhance efficiency, productivity, and performance, empowering workshop owners to stay ahead in a competitive market.

2. Back Office Zone:

Managing back-office operations can be complex, but Megabus says it simplifies it.

At the Expo Megabus will show you how with demonstrations of its flexible invoicing tools, Xero integration, Mpay payment gateways, customer portal, and communications including two-way SMS.

Staff management is also made easy with integrated rostering, HR and payroll tools, plus Megabus can talk you through hardware options to help your business thrive.

You can also learn how the Megabus platforms empower workshop owners to focus on providing exceptional service to their customers.

3. Services and Support Zone:

At Megabus, customer success is the priority. In this zone, you can discover Megabus’ range of additional services and support options, including comprehensive onboarding, personalised training and round-the-clock technical assistance, dedicated back office, payroll and bookkeeping management.

Megabus states, “we are dedicated to ensuring our customers have the tools and resources they need to thrive.”

4. Industry Zone:

In the Industry Zone Megabus will be showcasing the power of its integrations to leading partners and platforms across the automative aftermarket. Direct connectivity between Megabus’ platform and key industry players means you will have information at your fingertips like fitment guides, VIN and plate lookups, parts catalogues and website integration.

Megabus invites you to engage with its team of industry experts, participate in informative sessions, and experience the transformative power of Megabus solutions.

“Whether you’re a sole trader or part of a large enterprise, we’ll be demonstrating how Megabus software delivers Simple, Smart, Scalable Software to help drive your business further,” Megabus said.

For more information, visit

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The company will seek to demonstrate why it continues to be a trusted partner to automotive workshops

CoolDrive Auto Parts says it will once again demonstrate why it is a leader in the Australasian automotive aftermarket at the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo).

The CoolDrive stand (M24) will showcase its own family of brands including Jaylec electrical and rotating products, Jayair air-conditioning products, Jayrad engine cooling components, Hulk 4x4 electrical and offroad accessories, AFI engine management components, Aunger automotive accessories, Bremtec Brakes, Ignite lighting, Racer Industries motor racing parts and components and Excess Injectors.

CalOffroad 4x4 suspension systems will also be displayed on CoolDrive’s stand, with CoolDrive stating it offers the highest quality and best performance available for offroad vehicles. As a trusted partner to automotive workshops, CoolDrive will also be showcasing its expansive

tools and equipment range at AAAExpo and providing hands-on demonstrations to attendees.

The CoolDrive team will also focus on the company’s renewed diagnostics range, which features all manner of software, scan tools and complementary equipment, with CoolDrive and GYS France team members available to discuss the most appropriate solutions for individual workshops and their specific needs.

Diagnostic product solutions from Bosch, GYS, Prologics, Launch, Autel, CPS, and Ariazone will also be displayed.

Another element that sets CoolDrive apart in the industry is its technical training offerings to workshops across Australia and New Zealand –these too will be highlighted at AAAExpo.

CoolDrive says it understands the importance of training and staying up to date with ever-changing vehicle technology. In 2024, the CoolDrive technical training team will partner with Bosch and TaT to once again deliver a comprehensive schedule of training events.

CoolDrive’s experienced technical training team consists of automotive industry trainers, trade teachers, dealership technicians, and partnerships with industry associations.

For attendees at AAAExpo in need of refreshment,


Everything from lighting to 4WD parts and automotive repair solutions will be on show at the HPP Lunds AAAExpo stand

HPP Lunds has been a regular exhibitor at the prestigious Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and knows the importance of having a solid presence.

HPP Lunds says it will showcase one of its most popular ranges of products at the AAAExpo with the full gambit of JB Weld products it says are mainstays of the automotive repair trade on show. Featured will be silicones, superglues, repair casts, threadlockers, exhaust repair products, and bonding agents – products for any surface with a guaranteed result.

Formula 1 Auto Car products will also be a major highlight at the show for HPP Lunds as the company has just launched a new Colour Wax range which will supplement its existing products of paint protectants, cleaners, scratch pastes, and cleaning accessories, such as drying and wash cloths.

Formula 1 Colour Wax hides minor scratches and swirls with a special Nano Polymer formula that bonds to paint finishes to smooth and seal.

HPP Lunds also has its own range of parts for the aftermarket with its Lunds 4x4 products, which

has been a major supplier of aftermarket products for Toyota LandCruiser, Hilux, and Nissan Patrol vehicles for more than 30 years.

With more than 4,500 parts stocked and more than 23,000 catalogue entries, HPP Lunds says Lunds is a serious player in the 4WD non-genuine parts arena. Also on show will be Gear-X products, HPP Lunds’ range of general automotive accessories that covers areas from storage to tie downs, wheel products, mirrors, tools and jump starters.

And as a supplier of Pro-Speed products, HPP Lunds also offers the workshop a range of brass fittings that are precision machined and available in a range of thread types BSPT, NPT, BSP; with the company’s trained workforce able to offer assistance in selecting the correct fitting.

For the tradie the company has also launched the Herculiner brand to the Australian market, a do-ityourself brush-on bed liner kit.

In three easy steps a ute bed can be covered with a tough, textured polyurethane coating just like professional spray-on liners.

the CoolDrive stand will feature a dedicated ‘Racer Industries Bar,’ providing hot and cold drinks, snacks, or maybe even a late afternoon beverage.

Capping off CoolDrive’s commitment to AAAExpo is the CoolDrive Racing Ford Mustang Gen3 Supercar which will be displayed in the event’s foyer.

For further information on CoolDrive Auto Parts, visit or see the team at AAAExpo on stand at M24.

HPP Lunds says Herculiner prevents rust and won’t chip, flake or peel; and can be applied to many different types of surfaces, such as concrete, plastic, rubber, metal, wood or fibreglass.

HPP Lunds is also a major supplier of Philips Automotive lighting products.

HPP Lunds invites you to visit its stand (M42) at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo to view the full range of products.

For more information, visit or or call Ben Leonard on 07 3722 1111.

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CORGHI’s experienced technicians will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the new additions

CORGHI appreciates the importance of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo and has designed a stand that will showcase its best and latest products for Australian workshops.

CORGHI says it understands the Australian marketplace and will be showing equipment fully compatible with that marketplace and its equipment users.

CORGHI’s PROADAS system will feature on the stand alongside CORGHI’s exciting new equipment specifically launched for the Australian market at the show – the Exact Quattro Wheel Alignment System, Clamp-On-Tyre Quick Clamping System, and the new fully automatic Artiglio Master Force Tyre Changer.

CORGHI is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ADAS calibration machines.

PROADAS is CORGHI’s universal modular system developed to check and calibrate driver assistance systems.

With the PROADAS system you get maximum precision and accuracy through the use of integrated technology, optical sensors, and contactless laser distance sensors.

There is immediate system positioning, and the software contains preloaded positioning values that allow a single operator to follow the guided step-by-step instructions to complete the task. Alongside the PROADAS on centre stage will

be the CORGHI Exact Quattro wheel alignment system which is compatible with the PROADAS calibration system.

This new high-tech wheel aligner can perform a wheel alignment and pre-check for cars and lightduty vehicles utilising four Hi-Q cameras to ensure thorough precise and accurate readings.

This will be complemented by CORGHI’s new Clamp-On-Tyre quick clamping system, a quick no rim contact clip-on wheel-clamping solution light enough for one person to use and easily adjustable for a wide range of tyre and wheel sizes.

Clamp-On-Tyre fastens straight on to the wheel with no contact with the rim to prevent any damage.

Also on the stand will be the new CORGHI Artiglio Master Force Tyre Changer, a fully automatic and hydraulic tyre changer with a smart contactless system.

The CORGHI Artiglio Master Force allows the operator to multitask increasing workshop efficiency.

Where better than the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo 2024 for CORGHI to launch three exciting new products, there you can experience for yourself the future of workshop tyre and wheel processes.

All CORGHI equipment which will be featured at the AAAExpo is available for purchase right now.


Empowering technicians with essential electrical safety solutions for working on EVs and hybrid vehicles

As the automotive industry undergoes a profound shift towards electrification, ensuring safety in handling electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs and HVs) becomes increasingly paramount.

Answering this critical need, GTX Trading proudly introduces its latest innovation: the EV and HV Service Safety Kits, carefully assembled to safeguard technicians and workers operating in the electrified automotive landscape.

At the heart of these kits lies specialised gloves sourced from Novax International, which according to GTX Trading are esteemed for their outstanding insulation properties.

Featuring rubber gloves insulated up to 1000V, leather protector gloves, and glove liners, these accessories offer unparalleled protection against electrical hazards, all while maintaining dexterity and comfort, says GTX Trading.

Complimenting the gloves are the CAT-rated insulated voltage tester and digital clamp meter, allowing technicians to accurately measure voltage and current levels.

This capability ensures both safe working conditions and precise troubleshooting in EV and HV systems, enhancing overall operational safety. Furthermore, the inclusion of 1000V-rated insulated flat head screwdrivers and cable cutters completes the toolkit, providing technicians with the confidence and precision needed to conduct maintenance and repairs effectively.

According to the company, GTX Trading’s EV and HV Service Safety Kits represent a significant commitment to innovation and safety standards, providing a comprehensive suite of equipment and tools tailored to meet the unique challenges posed by electric and hybrid vehicles.

CORGHI’s experienced technicians will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the new additions to the extensive CORGHI range of products. They will also be ready to discuss any workshop needs that you may have including wheel and tyre equipment for cars, trucks, motorbikes, heavy duty truck, bus and agricultural equipment as well as workshop ancillary equipment such as compressors and air conditioning units.

CORGHI manufactures and offers a full range of tyre equipment machinery from tyre changers and wheel aligner to wheel balancers, wheel lifters and workshop hoists. You can visit the team at AAAExpo on Stand G28.

For more information visit or call 1800 267 444.

Whether you’re an experienced technician servicing EVs or an emergency responder tasked with handling electrical incidents, GTX Trading says these kits are indispensable for ensuring safety and operational efficiency in every task.

GTX Trading claims that with its commitment to innovation and safety, the electrified automotive future is not only within reach but also safer than ever before. It says trust in GTX Trading’s EV and HV Service Safety Kits will pave the way towards a sustainable and secure automotive landscape. For further information on GTX Trading’s EV and HV Service Safety Kits, please visit or email

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Solutions for today, tomorrow and the future will be on show at AAAExpo

The Motion technology company, Schaeffler, will be showcasing its portfolio of future-oriented repair solutions for combustion engines, hybrid and electric vehicles at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo).

This year, Schaeffler will give visitors the ability to come face to face with some of the technologies they can expect to see coming through their workshops within the next few years.

The company is presenting many new products from its LuK, INA and FAG brands at its stand and is also taking a close look at how it can further contribute to garage businesses through its REPXPERT platform which will also be represented on the stand.

With its repair kit for e-axles, the “Schaeffler E-Axle RepSystem - G” and many other displays, Schaeffler says it is keeping its focus on where the industry is heading.

“Schaeffler is well prepared for the increasing repair needs of hybrid and electric vehicles and has always brought new technologies and expertise from original equipment into the

independent aftermarket. Staying true to this approach is particularly evident this year,” Head of Schaeffer Automotive Aftermarket Australia, Warren Barnett, said.

“With our smart repair solutions and digital service offerings through REPXPERT, we help garages meet the growing challenges of e-mobility and digitalisation.

“At the same time, we ensure that they are still able to repair traditional combustion engines in an efficient way. This will enable garages to continue providing full service to their customers.”

This year, Schaeffler’s stand (J18), is structured around Future-Readiness with focus being placed on the needs of customers including repair solutions that garages require today and in the near future. Schaeffler will also be presenting new technologies emerging from vehicle development.

In addition to repair solutions, support is the focus topic at the stand – especially the service brand REPXPERT, which will have its own feature area.

Visitors can also experience changing an Overrunning Alternator Pulley (OAP) using special tooling

and explore many features of REPXPERT portal, including Schaeffler ‘s OneCode: The QR code can be found on the LuK, INA and FAG packaging and expands the company’s digital service offering with a particularly easy-to-use solution.

Schaeffler is also dedicating a big part of its presence at the AAAExpo to the topics of future mobility and sustainability and will use an interactive application to inform about the Group’s and Aftermarket division’s sustainability activities. To learn more about Schaeffler, visit

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When it comes to automotive maintenance, using the correct tools is paramount

This is especially so for tasks involving critical components like ball joints, control arm bushes, and universal joints.

Tridon says the Toledo Ball Joint C-Frame Press Kit is a must-have tool that ensures efficiency and safety in the workshop.

The Toledo Ball Joint C-Frame Press Kit features a C-Frame design with various sleeves and adaptors for pressing or drawing bushes with a maximum force of four tonnes.

This design allows for precise and controlled application of force, essential for tasks like ball joint replacement.

Constructed from heavy-duty forged steel, Tridon says this kit offers exceptional strength and durability, which is crucial in today’s automotive servicing and repairs.

Safety is a top priority when working on vehicles, and the durability of the materials used in the Toledo C-Frame Press Kit ensures reliable operation, reducing the risk of accidents, says Tridon.

This kit is also highly versatile, making it an allencompassing solution for various applications. From removing and installing ball joints to handling upper and lower control arm bushes, as well as universal joints, Tridon says this kit streamlines the workflow by eliminating the need for multiple tools – this not only saves time but also enhances the overall efficiency of the maintenance or repair task at hand.

Tridon says the Toledo Ball Joint C-Frame Press Kit is an essential tool for automotive suspension and undercar maintenance.

Its heavy-duty forged steel construction ensures strength and durability, emphasising safety in the workshop.

Suitable for various AWD, FWD, and RWD passenger and light commercial vehicles, including heavy applications, this kit is a comprehensive solution for professionals and enthusiasts committed to safety, efficiency, and quality results.

“When you require high quality, reliable, and precise automotive tools, Toledo has got you covered, trusted by professionals since 1947,” says Tridon.

The Toledo Ball Joint C-Frame Press Kit will be on-show at the Tridon stand (I42) at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo across April 11-13 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, visit

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The company will be launching new product at the April 11-13 expo in Melbourne

Gates Australia, a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions, has announced its participation at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo).

This year, Gates Australia will be surprising its attendees by launching its newest 4WD product along with other popular automotive products at stand K42.

The Gates Australia stand at AAAExpo will have a dedicated theme catering around the upcoming product launch.

Gates Australia says its team is excited to participate in this year’s expo and share its innovative products with attendees.

Alongside its newest product launch, Gates Australia will also be featuring a comprehensive selection of automotive products, encompassing EV – electric water pumps and modular hoses, whilst also featuring its popular Timing Component Kits and Micro-V Kits.

These versatile products are designed to cater to various vehicles and applications.

Attendees can also expect to see interactive displays at the Gates Australia stand and network with other professionals in the industry. They will also have an opportunity to ‘Spin the Wheel’ and win exciting instant prizes.

Distributors, resellers, and workshops are encouraged to attend the AAAExpo to learn about new products and increase sales.

Gates Australia is a leading provider of advanced automotive solutions, dedicated to delivering cutting-edge products and services to customers worldwide.

With a strong focus on innovation, reliability and performance, Gates Australia says it continues to redefine the automotive industry, setting new benchmarks for excellence.

For more information, visit


The Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo is one of the finest areas to showcase the ingenuity and talent inherent in our industry’s engineers

Many of these engineers are members of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A) through their participation in a university competition called Formula SAE-A.

The competition enables students to display their engineering prowess through the design and manufacture of their own open wheel motor racing vehicle, and then compete with Universities around Australia and overseas.

Attracting more than 1000 people, the event is run annually with the electric vehicle category dominating the competition including a growing autonomous vehicle element, currently a demonstration category.

The competition still includes the internal combustion engine segment but with a diminishing number of universities participating.

Designing and building these vehicles while completing an engineering degree means that once these young engineers graduate, they are

ready to work with practical hands-on experience – a big plus for future employers.

Formula SAE-A is a great recruitment tool if you are looking for the finest engineers in the country. There is no better place than the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo for potential companies to showcase their products and services and discuss the opportunities for engineering work with these young engineers, many of whom will be attending the show as they are ready and willing to work in the automotive sector.

To learn more about Formula SAE, visit


The ‘brand awareness specialists’ will be on show at stand C27

Promotional merchandising involves employing selected products to help advertise your goods and services and stimulate brand awareness.

“There are thousands of various products available that will fit your budget and meet your market penetration requirements, and that’s where we come in, with industry experience and product insight to help you help your business,” Blue Shark’s Rob Hubsch said.

“We are passionate about your brand; delivering unique, quality merchandise to help drive sales, develop awareness and build brand integrity.

“A successful 10 years in business this April is testament to our expertise, product knowledge, relationship with suppliers and service quality provided since 2014.”

Rob explains that you can expect the following key elements when working with Blue Shark:

• Resources – cover all elements to build brand awareness.

• Experience – “we know your market, the current trends and what will assist in your brand in being at the forefront of your stakeholders’ mind,” says Rob.

• Purchasing Power – extensive global sourcing capabilities.

• Creativity – through innovation and ability to conceptualise.

• Assurance – “we deliver to brief, at expected quality and on time,” says Rob.

“Our extensive trading partners include both local and offshore manufacturers and suppliers. In addition, we can offer in-house artwork and professional design support,” Rob said.

“This year’s AAAExpo marks BlueShark’s 10 year anniversary, so drop in at booth C27 and celebrate this milestone with us!

“Come and browse through our extensive product displays befitting the automotive industry, encompassing promotional giveaways, retail and event merchandise, trade incentives and GWP.

“At Blue Shark, we are brand awareness specialists giving you innovation with bite!”

For more information, visit

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Rob Herrod will be visiting the stand of Shell Lubricants distributor, Lubewise

Herrod Performance Chief Executive Officer, Rob Herrod, has built Ford performance engines most of his professional life.

Over the years, Rob has developed and built many performance Mustangs such as the limited edition Scott McLaughlin car and more recently the very limited edition special Dick Johnson Racing 40 year anniversary model with a supercharged engine and bespoke components producing 800HP.

Rob also collaborated with Ford Australia to build the R-SPEC Mustang, which is an achievement very few have achieved.

“I’ve collaborated with Ford for the build of 500 R-SPEC Mustangs that I built in the Ford plant in Broadmeadows. These vehicles were sold in every Ford dealership in Australia and fully warranted by Ford,” Rob said.

“In the history of Ford only two people have had a


collaboration with Ford, in the late 60s it was Carroll Shelby, and then myself in 2020.”

In 2023 Herrod Performance also developed the Gen3 Supercars engine program for Ford and was the official supplier of engines to every Ford team racing in the Supercars series.

The engine developed by Herrod was a 5.4 litre Coyote V8 engine, and in developing the engine, Herrod Performance also exclusively used Shell Helix Ultra motor oil for testings and validation on all cars and spare engines.

Rob only uses Shell Helix Ultra motor oil in the engines and speaks of the importance of lubricating your engine to get the best results, on and off the track.

“I don’t like to cut corners on our cars, and it is the same with all our parts and motor oils,” Rob said. “When it comes to lubricants for our engines, we have been using Shell Helix Ultra motor oils for many years, and they are the best in the business.”

Engine oil plays a crucial role in ensuring that race engines provide sustained performance by reducing friction, protecting engine parts from wear, and displacing the large amounts of heat generated within the power unit.

Vehicle owners should be aware of the motor oil that their mechanic uses in their vehicle, as motor oils play an integral role in vehicle performance.

Join Pedders Suspension and Brakes, one of Australia’s leading brake, steering, and suspension specialists, at this year’s AAAExpo

Pedders invites you to visit its stand at AAAExpo to discover first hand how Pedders’ innovative products and solutions can enhance the comfort, safety, reliability and performance of vehicles. A highlight of the Pedders product display will be interactive demonstration of Pedders LoadRyder.

Pedders LoadRyder is an innovative Onboard Scales system that provides real-time payloadmonitoring capability to a range of popular load-carrying vehicles, displaying accurate vehicle weight metrics to the driver.

The system features model-specific calibration to alert the driver when their vehicle is overloaded and beyond its GVM limit.

This information can also be made available to vehicle fleet managers to alert them when one of their vehicles is overloaded and therefore unsafe and illegal for drivers and passengers.

This system is an Australian-first and a musthave for major vehicle fleets where OH&S requirements and chain of responsibility are relevant.

Another standout feature of the Pedders show display will be interactive Electric Secondary Park Brake (ESPB), a testament to Pedders’ commitment to innovative safety solutions.

The ESPB works in conjunction with the factory park brake as a back-up safety feature using an electric park brake caliper, commonly seen in modern cars. The ESPB ensures the appropriate clamping pressure is always applied by the park brake for consistent and reliable performance.

The motorsport arena has a long history of being the test bed for Shell’s fuel and lubricant products to see what efficient gains can be transferred to its passenger car road products.

Rob explains that “it does not matter if the vehicle has five kms or 50,000 kms, when it arrives at Herrod Performance, we drain the oil and change it to Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40. This is part of our process, and we do this as Shell Helix Ultra provides ultimate protection and keeps engines closer to factory clean.”

If you would like to learn more about Shell Helix motor oils or Herrod Performance, Rob Herrod will be visiting the AAAExpo across April 11-13 –you can find him at the stand of Shell Lubricants distributor, Lubewise (G05) between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

To learn more about Shell Helix motor oils, visit

This minimises the risk of a vehicle rolling away, providing peace of mind and enhanced safety.

The Pedders range of Suspension, brake and steering solutions will also be on show, and is a showcase of its expertise in delivering performance, reliability and enhanced safety.

Pedders invites you to visit its stand to experience its commitment to quality, innovation, and being specialists in its field.

While at the stand, you can engage with its experts, delve into its product range, and see why Pedders remains a preferred choice for a huge range of aftermarket solutions.

For more information visit

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Auto Talent says it is taking the lead

In an industry that thrives on innovation and leadership, Auto Talent says its proud sponsorship of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Awards’ Women at the Wheel Award is a testament to the company’s commitment to fostering gender diversity and empowerment within the automotive sector.

This prestigious award aims to spotlight an individual who is a role model and an inspiration to others.

Auto Talent Founder and Director, Brooke Marangos, embodies the spirit of the Women at the Wheel Award. With a career that exemplifies a proven track record of success, Brooke has leveraged her position to champion the cause of female advancement in the automotive aftermarket.

“Being a proud sponsor of the Women at the Wheel Award is not just an honour for Auto Talent; it is a reflection of our core belief in the incredible talent and potential of women in this industry,” Brooke said.

“Our support for this award reflects our belief in the power of leadership and mentorship to inspire change.”

Brooke’s passion for recruitment and the automotive sector has positioned her company as a catalyst for change, driving an agenda for equality and recognition.

This passion was recognised when Auto Talent received the Sourcr Best Recruiter, Automotive, VIC award in 2023.

Under Auto Talent’s sponsorship, the Women at the Wheel Award aims to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of women in the automotive aftermarket.

“By highlighting the success of women in our industry, we hope to inspire future generations and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable automotive community,” Brooke said.

The Women at the Wheel Award sets forth specific criteria for its entrants, emphasising a balanced focus on professional success and contributions to gender diversity.

Entrants must demonstrate a proven track record of success in their profession, role, or business, accounting for 50 percent of the award’s weighting. Equally important, with another 50 percent weighting, is their contribution to the advancement of women in the automotive aftermarket industry.

This includes direct mentorship, holding positions on industry councils, engaging in public advocacy for female advancement, increasing the diversity of roles occupied by women, and other relevant projects or activities.

Brooke’s commitment to these principles is clear. “It is about more than achieving personal success. It is about lifting others as we climb, creating pathways for women in the automotive industry, and challenging the status quo,” Brooke said.

The partnership between Auto Talent and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) in presenting the Women at the Wheel Award is a powerful alliance poised to drive significant change” to something like ‘Auto Talent applaud the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) for presenting the inaugural Women at the Wheel Award in 2024. This award will elevate and celebrate the impact of inspiring women in the industry.

“Together, we aim to not only celebrate individual achievements but also to spotlight the collective effort required to support and advance women in the automotive industry,” Brooke said.

“This initiative not only marks a significant step forward in recognising the invaluable contributions of women to the automotive aftermarket but also sets a precedent for future endeavours aimed at fostering diversity and inclusion.”

Through such impactful actions, Auto Talent and Brooke Marangos say they are not just shaping the present but are also laying the groundwork for a more inclusive and dynamic future for the automotive industry.

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The iconic Australian company will be launching its all-new ‘Upgrade Performance’ line of 4WD products, amongst others

As the 2024 AAAExpo approaches, Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) is gearing up to showcase its latest and expanded line of products to the AAAA audience of automotive professionals.

With a commitment to innovation and reliability, DBA says it “remains the trusted name in the automotive world.”

DBA, known for its iconic and reliable brake technologies, is set to unveil its growing product range that caters to a diverse array of segments, including 4WD, performance driving, electric vehicles (EV), and everyday vehicle use. This expansion underscores DBA’s dedication to meeting the evolving needs of modern drivers across different sectors.

In response to the rising popularity of 4x4 vehicles, DBA will be launching its new ‘Upgrade Performance’ product lines, adding to its already impressive offering of 4WD braking products. The new segment will initially include three new product lines.

Due for imminent launch is a comprehensive range of Steel Braided Hoses, providing an extra layer of reassurance for those who venture off-road and put additional strain on their vehicles.

Secondly, DBA is addressing the importance of hand brake performance with the unveiling of an Electric Secondary Park Brake upgrade for selected 4WD models.

This upgrade replaces the rear caliper and incorporates the secondary park brake into the system. The comprehensive kit includes switches, ECU, wiring, and, if necessary, trim panels.

DBA says this enhancement is poised to elevate safety and the overall driving experience by ensuring more efficient and reliable hand brake functionality.

The final notable addition to DBA’s product line is the introduction of a Dual Diaphragm Brake Booster for 4WD models known to have underperforming brake booster capabilities.

The booster is aimed at enhancing braking power at reduced pedal effort. It is designed to replace the original part installed on the vehicle and is compatible with the original master cylinder or DBA Street Series master cylinders. Further 4WD products are expected to be launched to the market later in the year.

In addition to the 4WD segment, DBA is set to showcase its full range of OE-replacement Street Series parts at the expo, including rotors and drums, pads and shoes, calipers, hydraulics, and sensors.

On the other end of the spectrum, the company’s range-topping Performance line of 5000 Series

rotors and XP and RP pads caters to the highperformance vehicle segment.

The AAAExpo serves as the perfect platform for DBA to inform its partners and trade customers about the new additions to its product program. Attendees can expect to witness firsthand the impressive SKU-count across a myriad of braking parts that DBA brings to the table, solidifying its reputation as a leader in braking solutions.

DBA’s presence at this year’s AAAExpo comes at a time where the company invests significantly into its ‘future readiness.’

Having doubled both sales and SKU-count over the past five years and with further expansion on the horizon, DBA has recently increased its capacity in Warehousing, Operations, Product Management, Marketing and Administration. Later in 2024, to accommodate its ongoing growth, the business will move to a new, state of the art facility in Sydney.

You can visit DBA at the AAAExpo at Stand L42. For further information, contact DBA on or 1800 730 039.

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AAAExpo will be the biggest industry event to address the EV transition for workshops and workers

With comprehensive training and demonstration opportunities led by local and international EV experts, the Expo is Australia biggest automotive trade show and an unmissable experience for anyone in the automotive trade.

To meet the diverse needs of the industry as it gears up to service and repair EVs, the Expo will feature unprecedented training and education opportunities relating to EV and Hybrid vehicles.

“The Auto Aftermarket Expo will be the destination of choice for technicians, workshop owners and collision repairers across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, with the largest collection of EV and Hybrid experts ever assembled in Australia,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

“The Expo will cater to those beginning their EV training journey, through to advanced EV diagnosis and repair, plus workshop owners looking for best practice on how to best prepare their workshop for EV service and repair.”

The exciting new Expo Electrified Zone, to be located on the Expo trade show floor, will provide visitors hands-on training and practical demonstrations including live testing of EV motors and generators, all delivered by the experts from The Automotive Technician’s (TaT) EV and Hybrid Network.

Sessions are free to attend but must be booked in advance when registering for the event due to limited places.

EV service and repair training is bolstered by renowned international EV training specialist, Dirk Fuchs. Based in the US, Dirk, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Electric Mobility Consulting, will travel to Australia for the first time to host four incredible EV training sessions.

Dirk’s free-to-attend sessions will cover topics including preparing workshops for electrification, EV battery handling and service in collision repair, and EV system repair and component replacement.

Dirk will also host a special half-day training program titled ‘Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Awareness.’

This highly valuable course provides a thorough overview of EV system principles, highlights high-voltage electric system hazards, and emphasises safe EV work practices.

Given the anticipated high demand, ticket prices for this session offer great value.

The exclusive Technical Training Program is another major feature of the Expo. This program is led by two more international experts, Diagnose Dan and Sean Tipping.

Diagnose Dan will conduct a special session focusing on EV and Hybrid diagnostic challenges, a fascinating discovery relating to EV heat pump mechanics and network troubleshooting.

The free Expo Business Education Training Program for workshop owners will also cover EV, with a dedicated session on how to best prepare your workshop for electrification, led by AAAA’s Director of Advocacy, Lesley Yates, and Dirk Fuchs from Electric Mobility Consulting.

Complimenting the incredible training opportunities will be a number of EV specialist exhibitors, showcasing the latest and greatest in EV service and repair technology.

“The pace of technological advancement in the EV and Hybrid space is staggering, and with EV and Hybrid powered vehicles accounting for seven percent of new car sales in 2023 the Expo is perfectly timed to provide these incredible training opportunities for our industry. If you want to prepare yourself or your workshop, it’s a must attend event,” Stuart said.

Far from focusing on just EV, the Auto Aftermarket Expo will also feature more

than 400 leading brands showcasing the latest vehicle repair and servicing equipment, technology, parts, and accessories to thousands of trade visitors.

Combined with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards banquet, a networking event on the show floor, vehicle display area, celebrity appearances, competitions and much more, the Auto Aftermarket Expo will be an unmissable three-day industry experience.

To register for any of the EV training sessions, or other incredible training sessions at the Expo, head to and select your sessions to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

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The Collision Repair Expo is the nation’s biggest collision repair event

Co-located with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, the free to attend Collision Repair Expo (CRE) is proudly sponsored by SAPE Group and will bring together the industry’s best and brightest. Presented by the Australian Auto Aftermarket Association (AAAA), CRE will feature the largest collection of innovative collision repair technology, tools, and equipment to improve workplace efficiency and profits.

Meanwhile, an exclusive Collision Repair Training Program will help attendees supercharge their EV collision repair skills while learning important business improvement strategies, featuring international experts Dirk Fuchs and Robert Snook.

“The 2024 Collision Repair Expo will bring together experts from across the industry to provide the very latest information and practical tips on how and when businesses will need to adapt to the revolutionary changes occurring in the Australian car parc,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

Also featured will be the ADAS Technology Training Zone, Expo Electrified Zone and the Lowbake Spray Booth – an interactive crowd favourite allowing visitors to see the latest techniques, paints and technology being used via live demonstrations by the major refinish companies.

Major sponsor SAPE is a leading Australian distributor for Glasurit and Baslac paints for BASF Australia and also supplies a vast array of collision

repair equipment and consumables to vehicle repair facilities around Australia.

“Continuing our partnership with the 2024 Collision Repair Expo as Major Sponsor was important for SAPE. It is a great opportunity to support an event that brings the industry together and really lifts us up,” SAPE Managing Director, Paul McMartin, said.

Registration is free for members of the trade – visit to register.


Take a pit stop at this year’s AAAExpo and enjoy a free coffee thanks to Capricorn Society

The Capricorn booth is your place to sit and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo).

Capricorn says its friendly team will be there to have a chat about all the benefits of being a Capricorn Member, all whilst you enjoy a coffee and a break from the day’s action.

Capricorn explains that its Members have access to a range of Member benefits including Risk Protection, a wide Preferred Supplier network, Travel, Member Events, and Capricorn’s exclusive Rewards program.

Capricorn invites you to chat to its team at the AAAExpo to find out more about the additional ways in which Capricorn can assist your businesses to succeed, including the opportunity for finance pre-approval allowing Members to make capital purchases to improve your business.

Capricorn Society has more than 26,000 members across Australia and New Zealand who use over 2000 Preferred Suppliers to build stronger businesses. Proudly operating by cooperative principals, Capricorn will celebrate 50 years of operation later this year.

Capricorn says, “we look forward to seeing you at the Expo!”

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A wide array of braking products is on offer from CoolDrive Auto Parts

CoolDrive Auto Parts says it is continuing to prove itself as the newest leader in braking with one of the most comprehensive product ranges and service offerings available to workshops across Australia and New Zealand.

CoolDrive’s braking range covers street, performance, off-road and track vehicle applications, with products from the world’s best braking brands.

Bremtec Brakes

Headlining the braking range at CoolDrive is Bremtec Brakes, a world-class braking brand and a trusted solution for distributors, technicians, and enthusiasts alike.

CoolDrive says innovation and speed to market are at the heart of Bremtec, which is said to be continuously developing new vehicle applications, ensuring that workshops have access to the latest braking solutions for their customers.

Bremtec offers a complete range of automotive aftermarket brake products, manufactured to exceed original equipment specifications, and tested to the extreme to ensure an exceptional balance of performance, reliability, and comfort.

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Bremtec Brake pads are now manufactured without copper, making them ecofriendly.


Reinforcing CoolDrive’s braking credentials are Fremax brake discs and drums, offering an ideal combination of quality, innovation, and safety. All Fremax products are manufactured with a high-carbon metal alloy to ensure better braking performance and a longer life, with an innovative paint offering increased protection against rust. Fremax has also introduced a new ‘Safety Check’ technology, which indicates the right time to change brake discs, taking away any uncertainty, for maximum safety.


The Bosch braking range at CoolDrive is headlined by the Blue-Line range of brake pads, which is suitable for Australian, Asian, and European vehicles.

The OE quality parts are available in an assortment of friction materials, including ceramic, copper-free ceramic, and low metallic, with the Bosch braking product line delivering benefits such as smooth, quiet stopping power, all while lowering rotor wear.

As a key OE partner, Bosch ensures its brake discs and brake pads deliver top braking performance, achieved through the use of premium materials and high-quality standards.


Also available are Brembo high performance brake upgrades for track day enthusiasts, club racing, or for drivers who demand the utmost performance for their car.

CoolDrive also stocks Brembo brake discs and pads, which provide coverage to an impressive 96 percent of the Australian car parc.

These Brembo brake discs and pads are available in Low-Metallic, NAO and Xtra ranges, with Brembo matching the ideal friction material to each application, all while offering high performance and minimal noise.

Project Mu

CoolDrive is the national distributor for Project Mu’s high-end brakes and braking products.

Originating in Japan, Project Mu is a specialist manufacturer with a focus on providing the best quality braking products for applications including street performance, track days, club racing, drifting, and professional motorsport. This includes OEM street replacement pads and discs, performance brake upgrade kits, right through to world class motorsport pads.


Wrapping up the main product lines at CoolDrive is the Stolz FEX and SFZ Series premium performance braking system upgrades for a host of applications, including general and performance racing.

CoolDrive’s BrakeBook

What truly sets CoolDrive apart in the industry is its BrakeBook, which is recognised as one of the most comprehensive and accurate braking catalogues. BrakeBook is the pinnacle of fitment data for vehicles on Australasian roads with its strong depth of OE references and real-time updates.

BrakeBook simplifies the ordering of replacement parts, with users able to search in a variety of ways, including through vehicle make and model, a VIN search, rego search, or by part number.

BrakeBook covers CoolDrive’s entire braking product ranges, as well as quality consumables such as brake fluids, cleaners, greases, and lubes. CoolDrive also offers its customers a dedicated braking Support Team to assist with any technical queries.

For further information on CoolDrive Auto Parts and its comprehensive braking range, visit

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Available now from Aeroflow Performance

The Ford nine-inch differential has long been an industry standard when it comes to strength and reliability when handling high payloads or high horsepower in street and racing conditions.

Since this is not going to change any time soon, Aeroflow Performance has added a range of nine-inch differential crown wheel and pinion sets with gear ratios including 3.25:1, 3.50:1, 3.70:1, 3.89: and 4.11:1, which will suit most applications.

Aeroflow says its street performance ring and pinion Ford nine-inch differential gears are strong but quiet performers, which have been manufactured from 8620 grade steel to handle some of the harshest conditions.

They are designed with a gear tooth surface finish which reduces both friction and heat for long races and high torque conditions.

Further, Aeroflow Performance uses high grade steel in both the ring and pinion gears, with fitment designed to OEM specs, offering these in a 28-spline pinion with the previously mentioned gear ratios to suit a variety of applications.

The new Street Diff Gear range is in stock now and available from www.aeroflowperformance. com and all distributors.

Aeroflow Performance Products explains it is a leading name in the automotive aftermarket industry, specialising in high-quality performance parts and accessories.

With a diverse range of products including fuel systems, plumbing components, and engine dress-up accessories, Aeroflow caters to the needs of car enthusiasts, racers, and professional mechanics alike.

Renowned for its commitment to innovation, reliability, and performance, Aeroflow says it continues to set the standard for excellence in the automotive performance market, delivering top-tier solutions for enthusiasts worldwide. For more information, visit


From ClutchPro, the standard clutch replacement division of Australian Clutch Services

Located in Wingfield, South Australia, ClutchPro says it has a strong reputation of providing the highest quality aftermarket standard replacement clutch kits, components, systems, and accessories to the Australian automotive aftermarket.

It explains that the ClutchPro range has been developed over two decades to provide exceptional range coverage and value through its clutch kit program.

The ClutchPro range encompasses both clutch kits and components to ensure that the required accessories are available for the entire clutch system, from the pedal all the way through to the flywheel.

ClutchPro offers complete clutch kits, master cylinders, slave cylinders, hydraulic lines, pedal rubbers, fork and pivot ball kits, bolts, bearings, dowels, transmission guide tubes and even specialist tools.

The range also incorporates the latest technology with DCT clutch kits and tools available for a wide selection of vehicles.

The team at ClutchPro say they are heavily focused on providing more than just the bare minimum in each kit, offering various options where possible to ensure the customer can select the best kit for the job.

The kits are available in various combinations such as just the pressure plate, friction disc and release bearing, through to complete kits that include a concentric slave cylinder and replacement flywheel.

ClutchPro also includes an alignment tool and spigot bearing in its ClutchPro Plus kits which cover most popular applications.

Furthermore, ClutchPro offers a range of individual accessories and hydraulics to support customers with the entire clutch system.

“We often find that the clutch failure is due to an associated component such as a failed bearing,

hydraulic components or actuation component such as a clutch fork,” Australian Clutch Services (ACS) General Manager, Simon Acton, said.

“We offer a comprehensive range of clutch system accessories as individual items, allowing the customer to purchase a complete clutch kit and all of the associated accessories in the one order.”

ACS incorporates strict quality control procedures and in-house research and development to ensure the kits meet or exceed OE quality and performance.

“Our in-house research and development process is a major part of the success of both our ClutchPro range as well as our performance brands, Xtreme Clutch and Xtreme Outback, which are exported around the world,” Simon said.

“We are focused on quality, range and value with our ClutchPro program and we are always focused on providing the ultimate aftermarket solution for trade customers who require availability of clutch kits and also the associated components.

“ACS has been in operation for over 30 years, and we understand the importance, now more than ever, of having the stock available for customers to access as quickly as possible.”

The ClutchPro and entire ACS range of products are available through an extensive distributor network throughout Australia, backed by ACS warehouses in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin and Perth.

ACS says these distribution locations allow it to provide prompt service and get customers’ cars back on the Australian roads.

For more information, please visit or call 1800 CLUTCH.

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Mastering the restoration of Brake Calipers

Febest Auto Parts says that in the realm of automotive repair, few tasks demand the finesse and precision required for the revitalisation of brake calipers.

These integral components play a pivotal role in the braking system, exerting control over the brake pads and ultimately dictating the vehicle’s stopping power.

Yet, as time and mileage accumulate, wear and tear inevitably degrade their performance, presenting both challenges and opportunities for mechanics and auto parts professionals alike.

The art of rebuilding brake calipers stands as a testament to craftsmanship and expertise in the field.

It entails a meticulous process of disassembly, thorough inspection, and strategic replacement of worn components.

While the task may seem daunting to the uninitiated, seasoned professionals understand its potential rewards: not only can it breathe new life into genuine calipers, but it can also

yield substantial cost savings compared to the procurement of brand-new units.

This is where Febest Auto Parts says it comes in as “a trusted supplier renowned for its comprehensive selection of high-quality aftermarket components.”

From seals, pistons, slide pins to boots and hardware kits, Febest Auto Parts says it equips professionals with the precise elements necessary for the meticulous restoration of brake calipers.

“With Febest Auto Parts’ unwavering commitment to quality and reliability, professionals can confidently undertake caliper rebuilds, knowing that they’re utilising components engineered to exceed industry standards,” Febest Auto Parts’ Steven Zdraveski said.

“Moreover, the practice of rebuilding brake calipers transcends mere cost-effectiveness; it embodies a commitment to excellence and a dedication to optimising vehicle performance and safety.

“By harnessing their expertise and leveraging Febest’s premium components, professionals can

elevate their service offerings, instilling confidence in customers and ensuring the longevity and reliability of their vehicles.

“In the realm of automotive repair, the mastery of rebuilding brake calipers distinguishes the proficient from the exceptional.

“With Febest Auto Parts as a trusted partner, professionals have access to the tools and components needed to excel in this demanding discipline, ensuring that every restoration project achieves unparalleled quality and durability.

“Embrace the opportunity to enhance your expertise and elevate your craft with the art of rebuilding brake calipers. Rest assured, if you are not up to the task, Febest also offers complete caliper assemblies too.”

For more information, visit

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GMB says it is leading the way when it comes to manufacturing OE quality automotive components to keep you moving

GMB explains it has established itself as a trusted manufacturer with a commitment to excellence, innovation, and unmatched performance.

From driveline components to wheel hub assemblies and more, GMB says its complete range of products are trusted by mechanics across the globe.

At the heart of every vehicle’s powertrain lies a complicated network of driveline components, responsible for transmitting power from the engine and transmission, ensuring smooth acceleration and efficient power delivery.

GMB states that its driveline components, including complete wheel hub assemblies, wheel bearings and universal joints, are engineered to withstand the demands of daily driving while delivering reliable performance.

With advanced materials and market leading manufacturing techniques, GMB says it ensures its driveline components meet the highest standards of durability and reliability, providing confidence to tackle any road with ease.

Driveline Components

GMB states its driveline components are meticulously engineered to meet the demands of modern vehicles, with advanced materials and innovative designs that optimise performance and durability.

Whether navigating city streets or tackling off road adventures, GMB says drivers can trust its driveline components to deliver the power and reliability they need to keep moving forward.

Wheel Hub Assemblies

The wheel hub assembly plays a crucial role in supporting the vehicle’s weight and enabling smooth rotation of the wheels.

GMB explains that its wheel hub assemblies are engineered to withstand the constant motion and varying road conditions, providing drivers with optimal performance and safety.

With precision-machined components and advanced materials, GMB says its wheel hub assemblies deliver smooth, quiet operation and long-lasting reliability, ensuring a comfortable


No matter your vehicle or driving style, RDA Brakes says it has you covered

RDA Brakes products are available through NAPA Auto Parts and accredited dealers.

The team behind RDA Brakes says the brand offers an ever-expanding multi-tier range of brake pads which is one of Australia’s largest brake rotor, drum, shoe and pad ranges.

The three-tier range accommodates different vehicle types and driving styles, from every day to performance and even light commercial. All RDA Brake pads are backed by an 18 month, 30,000km warranty.

RDA Brakes explains that its GPMAX Brake Pad offers the latest in low-metallic technology and composition for everyday general driving, providing a responsive pedal from cold to 450°C.

Meanwhile, the Phantom Brake Pad range uses the latest ceramic fibre technology and composition for low dust and quieter operation, giving a responsive pedal from cold to 550°C.

There is also an Extreme Heavy-Duty range for towing, 4WD, and light commercial applications. They are tested to provide pedal response from cold to 600°C.

Also in the RDA Brake catalogue is a robust range of replacement rotors which incorporate features you would see from OEM manufactured rotors, says RDA Brakes.

The RDA standard replacement rotors are finished with RDA’s GEN 3 Anti-Rust coating which increases surface rust resistance on non-braking areas.

Not only does this corrosion resistant coating provide exceptional protection long after fitting,

and secure driving experience for drivers and passengers alike.

Universal Joints

Constructed from high-quality materials and engineered to withstand the rigors of constant motion and torque, GMB asserts that its universal joints are built to last.

From the precision-machined components to the high-strength bearings, GMB says every aspect of its universal joints is designed with durability and reliability in mind, ensuring years of trouble-free operation under the most demanding conditions. With a commitment to quality, reliability, and performance, GMB says its range of products –including water pumps and fan clutches, steering and suspension components, timing belt kits and timing components, drive belts and drive belt tensioners, universal joints, wheel bearings and hub assemblies – are OE quality parts at realistic prices. For more information, contact GMB on 1300 007 132 or visit to find your nearest authorised stockist.

but it also saves time and money during fitment, says RDA Brakes.

This corrosion resistant coating means the rotor is not coated in the typical thin oil that requires removal using an additional brake cleaning product. RDA rotors are ready to be fitted straight out of the box.

All RDA rotors are heat tempered to ensure longer life in the metal composition and structure and ground finish to enhance initial brake performance. This trusted and comprehensive range is not limited to recently released vehicles but also includes vehicles dating back to the 50s.

For more information, please visit for your nearest store.

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The “world leading” products now feature as part of Burson Auto Parts’ brake range

Burson Auto Parts recently announced the introduction of what it describes as the “world leading” Brembo brake product range to the Australian company’s comprehensive aftermarket brake offering.

Founded in 1961, Brembo has a long-standing reputation for providing innovative automotive brake product solutions both for OEMs and for the aftermarket.

Burson Auto Parts says the Italian company leads the world in the design and production of aftermarket replacement and high-performance braking systems for premium quality passenger car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle manufacturers.

The premium quality Brembo brake products joining the Burson Auto Parts range consists of replacement brake pads and rotors to suit a vast

number of local, European and Asian passenger and commercial vehicle applications.

Brembo joins the Burson Auto Parts stable of premium quality replacement brake products offered to general automotive repairers and brake specialists across Australia in direct response to customer feedback.

Featuring alongside Brembo in the wellestablished and highly trusted Burson Auto Parts brake products range are Australia’s Bendix and DBA along with the Pagid, Protex, IBS and Motorgear brands.

“The introduction of the world renowned Brembo range of brake pads and rotors to the Burson Auto Parts brake offering enhances what is already an outstanding replacement brake product range,” Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Merchandise and Procurement, Martin Kean, said.

“Adding premium quality Brembo brake products to our brake range responds to strong trade customer demand to meet the increasing number of makes and models visiting their workshops daily.”

Burson Auto Parts says the addition of Brembo to this “unparalleled and industry leading automotive aftermarket brake products range makes Burson

Auto Parts the trade’s one-stop destination for all replacement brake products to suit all types of vehicles.”

Brembo brake pads and rotors will be available for fast delivery from the national Burson Auto Parts store network from early March 2024. For more information, visit


Xtreme Clutch says its Performance CSCs are changing the game for engine and transmission conversions

Xtreme Clutch reports that it has seen a great response from the market for its performance concentric slave cylinders, designed as a universal fitment for high performance street and motorsport applications as well as vehicles that are having engine or transmission conversions.

As a division of Australian Clutch Services, Xtreme Clutch developed its performance CSCs in-house as a universal solution for conventional motorsport focused systems.

Designed to support Xtreme Clutch conversion kits, these CSCs needed to provide a universal style fitment with adjustability of height to allow for the

dimensional differences seen when changing a transmission or engine from the factory unit.

Xtreme Clutch says the introduction of these performance CSCs as well as changes to its conversion kit process to make it smoother for customers has seen a significant increase in the success of the conversion program.

“Our conversion kit program has always been a popular solution for those replacing their engine or transmission with a unit from a different vehicle,” Australian Clutch Services Mechanical Engineer, Stewart Furze, said.

“One area that often let this process down was the supply and cost of conventional motorsport style concentric slave cylinders.

“We have now gone and developed our own unit that provides an even broader fitment capability, and we carry stock to shorten the timeframe to produce one of these customised clutch solutions.”

The CSCs incorporate a billet 6061 alloy housing, high quality EPDM rubber seals and a threaded adjustment sleeve (where required) for universal applications.

They are also available in a variety of kits with

different mounting options to suit various applications, including custom spacers for specific applications such as the Mitsubishi Evo.

“Another benefit of these CSCs is being able to integrate them into some of our pull to push style multi-plate kits, such as the new twin plate organic upgrades we have just developed for the Porsche 996/997 GT3 and Cup cars,” Stewart said.

Xtreme Clutch offers several release bearing options that can be pressed onto the piston of the CSCs to suit different clutch diaphragms and specific kits also include braided clutch lines and a bleeder line that extends outside of the bellhousing to make clutch bleeding as easy as possible.

The CSCs are available in select performance upgrade clutch kits as well as individual items. For more information, please visit or call 1800 CLUTCH.

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TrakRyder eXtreme Big Brake Kits are ideal for vehicles used to tow or carry heavy loads, or enthusiasts after the ultimate in braking performance from their 4×4

If you’re a four-wheel driving enthusiast, you know how important it is to have reliable brakes. The last thing you want is your brakes to fail when you’re driving over harsh terrain, located far away from civilisation. Big brake kits provide a safer braking system for many 4WDs and can make a remarkable difference in both stopping power and distance.

Pedders says its TrakRyder eXtreme Big Brake Kits are Ideal for vehicles used to tow or carry heavy loads, or enthusiasts after the ultimate in braking performance from their 4×4. The company says the Pedders eXtreme Big Brake Kit offers a serious increase in stopping power and a significant reduction in braking distances.

The kit is available for many popular 4×4 models and comes in both front and rear upgrade packages depending on the model. Each kit includes high-performance large-diameter slotted and dimpled geomet-coated front brake rotors, monster six-pot 2-piece aluminium brake calipers with forged pistons, Pedders Kevlar Ceramic Brake Pads and Braided Brake Lines. Pedders also offers upgraded Brake Rotors and Pads. It says its range of Slotted and Geomet Coated Brake Rotors and Kevlar Ceramic Brake pads are a must-have for any vehicle travelling off the beaten track to ensure your vehicle is safe, reliable, and responsive when you need it most.

If you’re ready to upgrade your four-wheel drive braking system, Pedders has a range of big brake upgrade kits to choose from. Pedders offers professional installation services to ensure that your new brakes are installed correctly. Pedders asks: what’s stopping you?

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The experts at Bendix encourage you to keep an eye on your brake fluid

The hotter months of the year see many motorists couple the caravan or boat to their passenger car or four-wheel-drive and head off on an extended road trip.

And while responsible owners will have their workshop undertake a precautionary pre-trip vehicle health check, especially if they intend to cover large distances in remote areas, when it comes to brakes, one important area that can be overlooked is the condition of the brake fluid. A combination of hot temperatures and the added braking demands placed on fully loaded vehicles – often towing as well – can quickly expose older or contaminated brake fluid.

Although the braking system is classed as a closed system, over time it can absorb small amounts of moisture through imperfect seals, microscopic holes in rubber hoses or even if the cap is left off the brake fluid reservoir for too long. This moisture can gradually mix with the brake fluid increasing its water content.

Having water within a hydraulic fluid is not a good thing. As well as reducing the transfer force of the brake fluid which affects how effectively pressure applied at the brake pedal is maintained all the way to the brake calipers or drums, it can also lead to a lower boiling point for the fluid. Hot temperatures amplify the problem, as do demanding driving conditions, such as when towing.

If the brake fluid does reach boiling point, bubbles in the brake system can form, leading to a spongy brake pedal feel which can delay braking response and diminish the brake force that ultimately reaches the calipers or drums. Both these scenarios will lead to increased stopping distances.

Along with providing stopping power, two secondary functions of brake fluid are to lubricate all the moving parts within the braking system and to help dissipate heat within the system, leading to reliable and predictable braking performance.

Like most fluids and oils used in a vehicle, the brake fluid should be periodically changed to ensure it remains fresh and uncontaminated, which in turn ensures the braking system is operating at its full potential.

Owners should consult their service manual to learn more about their vehicle’s brake fluid changeover schedule, and are advised to conduct a precautionary test if likely to be driving in hot and demanding conditions.

Checking the braking fluid

To check the quality of the brake fluid, the owner or their mechanic can use an electronic brake fluid tester; the probe is dipped into the brake fluid reservoir and the tool analyses its quality, providing an estimate of the moisture within the fluid. More basic ‘strip’ tests are also available, which perform a similar function.

If the brake fluid does need replacing, a fluid that is in keeping with the vehicle’s OEM parameters and which has an appropriate DOT (Department of Transport) rating should be used.

DOT, which is normally available in DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5, and DOT 5.1, refers to the fluid’s wet and dry boiling points. A reference point for dry boiling point is when the fluid is brand new, while wet boiling point is when the fluid is one to two years old and already has some moisture content.

As an example, dry boiling temperature for a DOT 4 fluid would be over 230°C, while the wet boiling temp could be closer to 155°C.

As a general rule, the higher the DOT rating, the higher the boiling point and longevity of the fluid. DOT 4 fluids are the most widely used, says Bendix, which explains it offers both high performance Polyglycol DOT 3 and DOT 4 fluids, “providing optimum performance in both hydraulic and conventional braking systems, meeting stringent Australian and U.S specifications.” Bendix states, “they’re a great choice to meet the rigours of demanding summer driving.”

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Fersa’s cutting-edge solutions for heavy-duty trucks and electric vehicles

The Spanish corporation Fersa explains that it specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of mobility solutions, highperformance bearings, and electromechanical components for the OEM, T1 and Aftermarket sectors of automotive, industrial, and energy applications.

Fersa Bearings, one of the brands of Fersa, specialises in heavy-duty vehicle bearings and Powertrain solutions for European and American truck applications, offering innovative, complete, and high-quality solutions manufactured in Spain

for the rebuilding, maintenance, and repair of heavy-duty vehicles.

Fersa Bearings is currently offering solutions such as its Clutch System, its AMT and Differential Rebuilding Kits and its Wheel-End Sets, which Fersa says are the perfect fit to repair the most popular American transmission and differential applications, as well as the most widely used wheel-end axles with high-performance bearing sets, complete hubs, seals and spacers for heavyduty trucks.

Meanwhile, another of the group’s brands, PFI Bearings, specialises in high-quality bearings for electric cars, vans, and light commercial vehicles. Fersa and PFI Australia’s distribution warehouse is based in Melbourne allowing for fast delivery of its products via its wholesale partners. PFI also lists its entire product range on the popular Oscar catalogue, which is widely used throughout Australia and New Zealand, and the Fersa product range is constantly being updated. PFI has also released a brand-new e-catalogue, which can be found on its website, while Fersa’s online catalogue can be accesses via its website.

The catalogues for both brands offer support to the greatest part of the automotive market, giving solutions for automated transmissions and highefficiency differentials for trucks, as well as for electric vehicles’ Drive Units and Compressors.  Fersa is headquartered in Zaragoza, Spain, and is present on five continents, with a global workforce of more than 850 employees and a global structure that includes six state-of-the-art production centers, 19 distribution centers and four international R&D centers, to support and service customers in more than 100 countries.

For more information, visit or

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Over the past five years Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) has significantly broadened its product range

Disc Brakes Australia’s product range now extends beyond Brake Rotors to encompass various lines of Brake Pads, Calipers, Hydraulic Cylinders, Brake Hoses, and Brake Fluid.

DBA says this continued expansion and increased SKU count results in an industry-leading car parc coverage, solidifying DBA’s reputation as “the trusted name in all aspects of braking.”

DBA explains that its in-house Research and Development department allows it to stay ahead of the curve and position itself at the forefront of innovation.

Further, with its ‘first to market’ approach, products are being engineered promptly as new vehicles enter the market.

Not only does the company focus on cuttingedge solutions for the latest vehicles, but it also dedicates resources to branching into new product lines for the existing car parc, demonstrating its commitment to serving Australia’s car mechanics and automotive enthusiasts alike.

The company says its relentless pursuit of advancements has given rise to industry-defining product features.

Among these innovations is the iconic patented “Kangaroo Paw” vein design. This design enhances rotor performance by reportedly providing up to 20 percent better heat dissipation, resulting in improved braking effectiveness and a longer lifespan for the brakes, thus ensuring durability and safety on the road.

In addition to the Kangaroo Paw design, DBA says it also boasts other technological marvels.

Thermo-Graphic Heat Paint, a colour-changing paint, serves as a visual aid to monitor temperature changes and rotor fatigue.

And having set a new standard in brake technology, the patented T2 and T3 slot patterns, each featuring uniquely designed CNC-machined slots, ensure a quieter, more responsive, and smoother braking experience.

“It comes down to trust. Our customers simply know how well the product works,” DBA General Manager Sales ANZ, Shane Jeffreys, said.

“Demand for our product from our retail and trade partners is stronger than ever, and we know that this is largely owed to the quality of our product.

“With the recent additional investments in warehousing and logistics, we will be able to offer our customers the service to match our world-class product.”

Beyond product innovation, DBA has strategically invested in further growth to ready the company for the future.

With both sales and SKU range having more than doubled over the past five years and further expansion on the horizon, DBA has recently increased its


Made in Korea, available from Interequip

AutoPro Up has been established in South Korea for more than 22 years and in that time Interequip says it has been dedicated to manufacturing brake lathes and workshop presses with high precision and quality.

Starting from the grass roots, AutoPro Up says it has built up its own reputation all over the world by supplying high quality equipment with very competitive prices.

Interequip, its exclusive importer, explains that it visits the AutoPro Up factory each year and reports that it is equipped with high-tech manufacturing equipment including laser cutters to manufacture each component of the machines, including parts with heat treatment of tooling and cone fixtures to ensure maximum durability and precision.

So, if you are in the market for a press with spring compressor or a brake lathe, Interequip says you should look no further than AutoPro Up as it says nothing beats AutoPro up in quality and price.

The off-car brake lathes models include DBL4000 (for disc only max arbor weight 60 kg) and DBLStar (for disc and drum, max rotor/drum weight 70 kg).

Optional truck cones and flywheel adaptors, chuck adaptors and so on are also available for purchase and all are manufactured by AutoPro Up.

AutoPro Up says it also manufactures reliable quality workshop presses with spring compressors “at a very good price.”

For more information, please contact Interequip on 18000EQUIP (1800 037 847).

capacity in Warehousing, Operations, Product Management, Marketing and Administration. Later in 2024, to accommodate its ongoing growth, the business will move to a new, state of the art facility in Sydney.

As DBA continues to innovate, it is thrilled to present its extensive product lineup at this year’s AAAExpo at stand L42. The team invites visitors to come by its stand to understand how its products are designed to meet and exceed customer expectations, by offering superior braking solutions for a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. DBA will proudly showcase its full range of OEreplacement Street Series parts at the expo, including Rotors and Drums, Pads and Shoes, Calipers, Hydraulics and Sensors.

For those seeking to learn about DBA’s 4WD upgrade program, the 4000 Series Rotors and SP and XP Pads will be on display, as well as the brand-new range of Dual Diaphragm Brake Boosters and steel braided hoses. Finally, the company’s range-topping line of 5000 Series Rotors and XP and RP Pads caters to the high-performance vehicle segment.

For further information, contact DBA on or 1800 730 039.

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Providing a “seamless shift to unparalleled performance in classic and modern rides”

UniClutch, a groundbreaking Australian-made performance clutch system, made its grand debut in the Australasian and US markets when it forged partnerships with Repco and NAPA in 2023.

Now, the UniClutch US team has unveiled an exciting video showcasing the installation of UniClutch’s patented flex-fit system in two iconic but vastly different vehicles: a classic C1 Corvette and a contemporary WRX.

In this video, you can join the UniClutch and NAPA Autotech Research team (USA) for a thrilling UniClutch installation journey as

Autotech Training Programs Manager Jim entrusts his cherished 1957 Corvette which is steeped in sentimental value from his father, and UniClutch USA representative Mike presents his 2023 WRX.

In the video the UniClutch is dissected, providing an in-depth exploration of its design, specifications, setup procedures, and “unparalleled” benefits.

Jim proudly introduces his 1957 Corvette, boasting a formidable 480-horsepower 350 small block Chevy engine.

Plagued by clutch issues such as chatter, vibrations, and slippage, Jim opted for the UniClutch Sport with an impressive 1100Nm torque rating.

The streamlined installation process eliminates the hassle of flywheel removal or machining.

Post-installation, Jim lauds the remarkable improvement in pedal feel, smooth actuation, and serene engagement of his beloved classic.

Next up, Mike shifts the spotlight to the 2023 WRX, showcasing the UniClutch rated at 750Nm.

UniClutch simplifies the installation process,

abolishing the need for flywheel removal or machining, thereby saving precious time and effort.

The efficiency of the installation ensures a swift clutch replacement, freeing up hoist time for a quicker return to the open road.

UniClutch says its innovative technology revolutionises clutch upgrades with its seamless installation, adaptability, and unparalleled performance enhancements.

Whether you are driving a timeless classic like the C1 Corvette or a cutting-edge machine like the WRX, UniClutch says it promises uncompromising performance.

To check out the video, visit


Proudly Australian made

Pfitzner Performance Gearbox (PPG) says it is proud to introduce its latest product, the new PPG Honda K-Series Sequential Gearbox.

Engineered with precision and tested for superior performance, PPG says its new sequential for the Honda K-Series is “the ultimate for motorsport success.”

Taking the existing Honda K-Series gearbox as the starting point, PPG identified the need to provide racers with a solution not only to convert their race cars to a sequential gearbox but to utilise already existing large inventories of H-Pattern PPG gears and other key components such as billet bell housings and front transfer cases to make for a smart and cost-effective upgrade path.

The new PPG solution has been conceived not only to provide a full motorsports sequential option for existing K-Series racing applications but also to enable the new sequential gearbox to allow for a fifth and sixth gear option which in turn opens up to a large selection of gear ratios and thus further widening the appeal for the new PPG Sequential solution.

PPG says this not only enables drag racers but allows circuit racers, roll racers and many other high Hp applications to utilise the new PPG Honda K-Series Sequential gearbox.

As well as proprietary PPG dog engagement gears and motorsport derived sequential barrel and selector forks, the new sequential package comes fully equipped with key motorsport components such as a dual channel, contactless rotary sensor; motorsports load cell; fully dressed DR25, Deutsch plug terminated wiring loom, and a low friction gear shift cable with fire and heat protection included.

Also included is a low mass, low friction shifter design, allowing for an optimised lever position to reduce the distance not only from the steering wheel but most importantly the gear shift distance, which is just 42mm.

PPG says the preassembled actuator and shifter streamline the installation process, saving you time and effort.

Proudly Australian-made, PPG states every component of its gearboxes adheres to the rigorous ISO 9001:2015 standards.

The company further states that its commitment to precision and quality is further exemplified by the extensive QA checks that each part undergoes.

“Motoring enthusiasts, the time has come to unleash your true potential. With Pfitzner Performance Gearbox’s ultimate gearshift

upgrade, you’ll experience lightning-fast gear changes, unmatched durability, and advanced monitoring capabilities. Elevate your performance and leave your competition in the dust,” says PPG.

For more information, visit

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Part of Formula One since 1975 and with more than 500 Grand Prix victories using its own braking systems, Brembo’s success in the world championship is obvious.

Now, Brembo has developed new braking systems customised for each team and will supply most of the single-seaters with hydraulic (calipers, master cylinders and by-wire units) and friction components (carbon discs and pads).

A look at carbon discs

Over the past 20 years, Brembo has revolutionised the concept of discs in Formula One.

In the early 2000s, Brembo carbon discs had a thickness of 28mm with a maximum of 72 holes in a single row and a diameter that exceeded 10mm. Today, the diameter has increased from 278mm to 328mm for the front axle carbon disc and from 266mm to 280mm for the rear one, with a thickness of 32mm and a number of holes between 1,000 and 1,100 at the front, while there are 900 holes at the rear in the most extreme setup in terms of cooling.

For the 2024 championship, the teams supplied by Brembo will use two different types of carbon discs: “wide spline” and “single-sided spline.”

In the “wide spline” specification, the thickness of the friction ring – the part in contact with the bell – is equal to the thickness of the disc, while in the “single-sided spline” specification, the thickness of the friction ring is lower than the disc thickness. This second solution may promote a different disc ventilation strategy and better wheel corner packaging but at the expense of optimal mechanical stress on the carbon, limiting the potential for ventilation punctures.

The choice between these solutions depends on the specific needs of each team based on the design of the individual cars.

Brembo Group calipers for all teams

In 2024, Brembo’s comprehensive presence on the starting grid is further confirmed by the fact that the Brembo Group will once again supply its brake calipers to all 10 teams.

Specifically, nine teams will be equipped with Brembo calipers, while one team will be supplied with AP Racing calipers, a company based in Coventry and part of the Bergamo-based group. Brembo will provide calipers with up to six pistons to all drivers on the grid – which is the maximum number set by the regulations – made of solid aluminum and nickel-plated.

Pumps, BBW, and Clutches

Five teams will be supplied with brake pumps from Brembo and AP Racing, and four teams will install by-wire units developed by Brembo in their cars.

These units aim to manage rear braking, instantly varying the dissipative braking contribution based on regenerative input and ensuring the correct balance between the front and rear axles.

Eight teams, on the other hand, will mount clutches manufactured by AP Racing.

Customisation, telemetry and maintenance

Every Formula One car is set up differently. Brembo engineers worked with each team to define the optimal ratio between weight and stiffness of the new brake calipers.

Thanks to its long-standing expertise, Brembo says it has designed a brake caliper for each team that allowed them to reach the targeted ratio.

Some teams will prefer lighter but also less rigid calipers, while others will adopt stiffer but heavier solutions.

It is a delicate balance that has lead Brembo

By using sensors in the wheel corners, teams will be able to know the temperature of the discs and calipers at all times.

Based on the data collected, Brembo says the teams’ engineers will be able to support the driver in the optimal management of the single-seater’s temperature and braking balance.

Brembo’s ambition

Brembo claims it leads the world in the design and production of high-performance braking systems and components for top-flight manufacturers of cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles.

Founded in 1961 in Italy, Brembo says it has a long-standing reputation for providing innovative solutions for OEMs and aftermarket., while also competing in the most challenging motorsport championships in the world, winning more than 600 titles along the way.

Brembo says it is guided by its strategic vision: “Turning Energy into Inspiration” and that its ambition is to help shape the future of mobility through cutting-edge, digital, and sustainable solutions.

With more than 15,000 people across 15 countries, 32 production and business sites, nine R&D centers and with a turnover of € 3,629 million in 2022, Brembo claims it is the trusted solution provider for everyone who demands the best driving experience.

To learn more about Brembo, visit

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Brembo will supply all of the F1 World Championship teams in 2024


An automotive diagnostic scan tool for cars and trucks

Mount Auto Equip Services is proud to introduce the all-new Zenith Z7 to the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The company states that the Zenith Z7 represents the latest in innovation in wireless multi brand bi-directional automotive diagnostic scan tool technology, and promises to redefine the way you work on vehicles.

It has been manufactured in Korea by EZDS, engineered in Japan, and is backed by the same locally based support team which has been behind the G scan 1, 2, 3 and Zenith Z5 diagnostic scan tool models here in Oceania since 2009.

“Continuing on with the best ongoing quality assured diagnostic program, the Zenith Z7 delivers the same trusted, high end, advanced universal OE level software, with decades of domestic diagnostic experience,” Mount Auto Equip Services’ Ben Hanson, said.

“The ‘all in one’ Oceania software package is exactly that, including all advanced software capabilities combined, such as ADAS calibrations, J2534 Pass Thru, Electric and Hybrid HV battery functions (SOH, SOC) and Security Gateway Access.

“The Zenith Z7 is a world class, premium quality, ruggedised 10.1” FHD industrial tablet made in Korea, featuring EZDS’ unparalleled diagnostic software program familiar to the Australian/New Zealand market for over 15 years.

“Driven by a fast, powerful 2.2GHz octa-core processor for optimum performance, speed and efficiency in the workshop, it truly is a result of engineering excellence.”

The Zenith Z7 is not just a scan tool, explains Mount Auto Equip Services.

“With its cutting-edge features and slick design, the Zenith Z7 enhances your business, improving productivity and speed while adding to your bottom line on early models to the latest 2024MY cars, light commercial and heavy duty vehicles when it comes to diagnostics,” Ben said.

“What truly sets the Zenith Z7 apart is its exquisite design.

“Crafted with precision and attention to detail, the Z7 is a result of two decades of dedication

to the automotive industry which strengthens any workshop, adding a touch of expertise to a business and elevating your technical skill level to new heights.”

The Zenith Z7 features the Android 11 operating system for fast and easy menu selection, quick boot up, multi-tasking, fast networking and enhanced security and boasts the latest tablet features including NFC and AI which will also combine during operation to help optimise the user experience.

“The Zenith Z7 is a professional, workshop friendly device which provides a crystal clear, field optimised display in bright sunlight conditions,” Ben said.

“The user-friendly operating system allows you to utilise OEM website login portals via the browser as required and to instantly switch between apps or sites for code calculators, security gateway access accounts (for example, FCA), information and so on.

“With advanced graphing, recording and logging of vehicle data analysis, fast vehicle electronic glitches can be monitored and captured, recorded, saved and reviewed, or quickly passed onto a customer for fast approval to repair.”

The Zenith Z7 supports 12v and 24v vehicles with Bi-Directional functionality to perform functions such as key programming, DPF regeneration, injector pilot learning, steering angle calibration and electronic park brake service mode. Also offered are automatic transmission re-learning

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functions, module coding and programming, HV battery functions on electric and hybrid models, and much more.

Adding to all this, the Zenith Z7 also features fast Topology all system scan ability, wireless connectivity from the Z7 tablet to VCi module via the latest Bluetooth technology, internal support for the latest vehicle protocols including CAN FD and DoIP, ADAS calibration software, and advanced J2534 Pass Thru ability for OEM diagnostic and programming software. You can also boost your Z7 with accessories such

as multi-meter, oscilloscope, data logging ability, or add information from Haynes Pro Workshop Data subscriptions for cars and/or trucks.

Meanwhile, the Smart update system allows the user to remain up to date very easily using a Wi-Fi connection, and files can be printed or shared via Bluetooth easily.

The user can also provide feedback online via the Log Data function for software modification requests or added functions if required.

Further, the professional Pre/Post scan diagnostic report function provides for intuitively designed

time and date stamped diagnostic reports to be created quickly and effortlessly, including workshop and customer details, diagnostic trouble codes, saved data analysis image files, camera images, personalised notes, workshop logo and more. These reports can be saved, emailed or wirelessly printed straight from the car in just seconds.

“The Zenith Z7 offers diagnostic software programmed by engineers and developed in combination with automotive technicians,” Ben said.

“It includes fast access to Service function menus and Auto selections, personalisation of the menu layout, remote assistance and support, all backed by the same professional, local technical support team to help and assist.

“The Zenith Z7 represents the future of automotive diagnostics, a future where accuracy, reliability, efficiency, and speed converge to create a truly exceptional diagnostic experience.

“Whether you are looking to bring your workshop into the future, service or work on the latest model vehicles, or enhance your skill level as a technician, the Zenith Z7 is the perfect solution for all your diagnostic needs.”

Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo attendees will be able to see the Zenith Z7 up close and personal at the Mount Auto Equip Services Stand (C24). For more information, visit or contact Mount Auto Equip Services on 02 9905 8055 or

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Projecta has unveiled a functional new range offering increased versatility

Projecta’s new 12V Semi-Flexible Solar Panels are available in two models, a 12V 100W (SPF100-MC4) unit which is perfect to service small and medium appliances, or a larger 12V 180W variant (SPF180-MC4) which is ideal to charge the battery banks servicing multiple or large appliances.

Both models feature high efficiency monocrystalline solar cells that more effectively convert sunlight to power, allowing the panels to remain compact (1035mm x 520mm x 3mm and 1520mm x 680mm x 3mm) while still providing strong output.

Another key benefit of the panels is their 400mm maximum bending radius, which makes them suitable for mounting to a greater range of surfaces, for added versatility whether fitting to the caravan, boat, motorhome, four-wheel drive, or other vehicle.

For users requiring a more permanent installation, the panels come with a durable rubber adhesive backing, allowing owners to mount them firmly and securely – when installed correctly, the panels should stay in place for over 20 years.

The panels’ light weight (2kg and 3.5kg respectively) also makes them easy to handle when fitting, while barely adding to the weight of the vehicle. And for ease of use, the range is prefitted with MC4 type connectors.

The Semi-Flexible Solar Panel range is designed to complement Projecta’s popular range of DC chargers, solar controllers and lithium batteries, and help provide a complete off the grid solution on the road.

The range is backed by a five-year warranty* and is available from leading caravanning, camping and four-wheel-drive outlets nationwide for recommended retail prices of $770.00 (SPF100-MC4) and $1,144.00 (SPF180-MC4).

For more information, visit

*Two-year warranty for materials and workmanship / Five-year warranty for at least 80 percent output.


From Trailer Vision

Trailer Vision says it stands as a pioneering force in trailer plug and socket connector technology, consistently driving innovation within the automotive industry.

The company says it is proud to unveil a fresh array of certified design products, which have been meticulously crafted to meet and exceed Australian standards.


The innovative TV-GS7 is a cutting-edge three-in-one, seven-pin flat trailer plug connector by Trailer Vision. Engineered with its exclusive patent pending Tornado Spring electrical terminal connection technology, it enhances electrical connectivity by surrounding the male terminal pins.

This design not only fosters a secure connection but also prevents terminal pin closure when coupled with the mating seven-pin trailer socket connector, which also integrates Tornado Spring technology within its female barrel socket pins. Additionally, the tornado spring inside the barrel of each pin applies pressure to the end of the male plug pins, ensuring a superior electrical connection.

TV-12FP and TV-12FS series

Trailer Vision says its TV-12FP 12-pin trailer plug and TV-12FS socket are the latest must-have essentials for your trailer setup.

These newly certified designs boast covers adorned with rippled finger grips, ensuring effortless manoeuvring when connecting and disconnecting trailer sockets and plugs.

With an exclusive custom cable gland and nut, Trailer Vision says cable retention becomes a worry of the past, even with heavier cables, bidding farewell to outdated rubber sheaths.

The company says you can say goodbye to struggles and hello to seamless connections, as this series effortlessly handles heavier cables and conduits with ease.

Trailer Vision says you can experience the pinnacle of technology with the TV-12FS series, featuring the groundbreaking Tornado Spring technology, guaranteeing a steadfast electrical connection every time.

Plus, with options for open or closed reed switches, it says compatibility with reverse sensors becomes a breeze in the TV-12FS-NO-NC.


Trailer Vision says its new TV-BB5 trailer electrical breakaway system, with Rover CTA approval, sets it apart as one of the few to achieve this prestigious certification.

Developed in collaboration with a local test authority, extensive time was dedicated to crafting a high-quality breakaway solution for trailers up

to four axles, featuring innovative patent-pending warning technology.

The introduction of the TV-BB5 is driven by the evolving rules and regulations governing new trailer manufacturing across Australia.

Trailer Vision says that with its Rover CTA certified TV-BB5 trailer electrical breakaway system, you can rest assured that you are investing in top-tier quality and compliance.


Trailer Vision says the hot new product for vehicle enthusiasts in 2024 is the TV-TWIN-50 dual connector and the TV-TWIN-50 dual connector cover housing.

Engineered to cater to the rising demand for dual 50-amp Anderson Style connector mounts, Trailer Vision says this cutting-edge unit provides unmatched UV protection and features patented cover locking tabs for each mating connector, ensuring a secure connection from trailer to vehicle. Its sleek design not only enhances aesthetics but also offers versatility, allowing for seamless mounting of any trailer connector socket underneath.

Trailer Vision says you can simplify your tow bar electrical setup with ease, as the TV-TWIN-50 dual connector cover ensures efficient wiring harness management, delivering convenience at every turn.

TV14569-7-12 and TV14665-7-12

Trailer Vision says, “don’t forget to check out the TV14569-7-12 and the TV14665-7-12 Duo incorporating Ander style connector cover and trailer socket.”

In response to overwhelming demand, Trailer Vision says it is proud to introduce the all-new three-pin self-install Anderson style LED screw connection power connector, which it says revolutionises installation with its secure and straightforward design.

As the need for auxiliary wiring for charging DC to DC systems grows, three-pin style connectors are rapidly gaining popularity.

But that’s not all, says Trailer Vision, which explains that accompanying this release are brandnew covers tailored to fit the three-way connectors, ideal for vehicle tow bar flush mount and trailer installations.

For more information, visit or email or call 02 6645 2722.

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LV Automotive is ready to help with its “cutting edge” work lights

Safety and efficiency are paramount in any workspace, and LV Automotive says its latest line-up of work lights, proudly distributed by JAS Oceania, promises to elevate both to new heights.

Among the standout offerings is the LV9036 80W LED Pole Mount Work Light.

“This is a pioneering solution that boasts a unique design tailored to meet the demands of heavy-duty environments,” JAS Oceania Lighting Product Manager, Ben Fraser, said.

It features a pole mount design, allowing this work light to be removed when required. The automotive industry is used to this feature in the

warning beacons sector, but this is new territory for work lights.

Certain machines like road profilers and other agricultural machines remove all the beacons and can now remove the work lights at night, too. This can combat vandalism or even theft of products.

It also features an in-built switch and handle, reverse polarity protection, and a polycarbonate lens.

“This powerhouse ensures optimal visibility while adhering to stringent safety standards such as ECE R10 compliance,” Ben said.

Also on offer are the LV9140, LV9141 and LV9133 series of lights.

“The LV9140 and LV9141 LED Work Lights are equally impressive, featuring wide flood beams of 70 degrees and delivering raw lumens of up to 9600,” Ben said.

“Built to withstand the rigours of industrial use, these lights combine durability with functionality, sporting die-cast aluminium housings, stainless steel mounting brackets, and IP68 and IP69K ratings for unparalleled resilience against the elements.

“Continuing the tradition of excellence is the

LV9133, a game-changer in the realm of work lights.

“Renowned for its curved front 120-degree ultrawide flood beam and impressive luminosity of 9500 Lumens, this powerhouse has paved the way for innovation by introducing the LV9133C.

“This upgraded Combo Beam (Spot and Flood) maintains the same unrivalled beam pattern while incorporating three spot lenses in the centre row of the work light, extending the reach to over 200 meters with pinpoint precision.

“Whether illuminating construction sites, mining operations, or off-road adventures, LV Automotive’s work lights offer a beacon of reliability, safety, and performance.

“As we forge into a future where safety is paramount, you can trust in LV and JAS to light the way.”

For more from JAS Oceania, visit

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Keep your fleet or workshop moving

In light of the ongoing shift in the automotive sector towards electric mobility, workshops are facing the pressure to power up for the imminent influx of electric vehicles (EVs), trucks and buses.

While the transition to electric is still unfolding, the need for intelligent electric vehicle infrastructure is significant.

Infrastructure can be complex and requires an investment of time and resources.

Therefore, it is important to not only plan these works ahead of time, but ensure you have a reliable partner that is able to provide on-going support and maintenance.

EVSE says it has been a trusted provider of EV charging solutions since 2015.

The company claims it deeply understands the paramount significance of efficiency and productivity in operational environments.

According to EVSE, that’s precisely why it undertakes comprehensive project management, handling every aspect from inception, installation, load management, all the way until completion, while also providing steadfast ongoing support.

It says its extensive product portfolio offers workshops, fleets, and industrial sites a range of tailored turnkey solutions to meet their specific requirements.


Roadvision invites you to unleash your vehicle’s full lighting potential and redefine your driving experience with its new S8 Stealth Series.

Roadvision says the new S8 Stealth Series will elevate your driving experience and set a new standard in lighting performance, while offering a unique blend of “contemporary design, powerful illumination, and unmatched durability.”

“Our commitment to innovation, durability, and performance is at the core of our product development,” Roadvision Product Manager, Andrew Bird, said.

“We strive to redefine what’s possible in automotive lighting, and the S8 Stealth Series Driving Lights are a testament to that commitment.”

With contemporary black mounting hardware and innovative dual colour HALO Daytime Running Lights (DRL), these sleek eight-inch lights feature a stylish bezel-less design.

The white/amber HALO DRL not only enhances safety during the day, but also adds a distinct visual flair to your vehicle.

It has provided solutions for LDV dealerships, NSW Health, SIXT car rentals and numerous Local and State Government sites.

EVSE’s most recommended charging stations for workshops and dealerships are the Ocular Titan and Ocular Roam, high-performing DC charging stations.

The Ocular Roam sets itself apart with its exceptional mobility, making it a valuable asset in any workshop environment.

It is a compact DC charger (available in 20kW or 30kW) on wheels, featuring a lengthy power lead. This charger is suitable for all electric vehicles but the ability to navigate with ease makes it particularly ideal for use in a dynamic workshop environment.

EVSE says you can boost efficiency by bringing the charger to your vehicle rather than your vehicle to the charger.

With a 32 Amp-3phase outlet to the DC power, it can charge significantly faster than other portable chargers.

EVSE says these are currently being implemented across Australia for high volume workshops. Meanwhile, the Titan remains a best-seller for EVSE, offering a powerful and reliable charging solution in a compact package.

With an impressive 60kW of power, it is capable of fully charging a 540kWh Electric Truck in just six-nine hours, making it an ideal overnight charger or a convenient option for charging between tasks.

Its versatile design allows for easy installation, whether pole-mounted or wall-mounted, enabling workshops to optimise space utilisation without compromising operational efficiency.

EVSE says its expert team is ready to provide a free consultation to scope your site for charging infrastructure and provide a full solution including installation, software, load management, project management and on-going support.

For more information, contact EVSE on 1300 406 210 or

Included with the S8 Stealth Series is a unique light cover that enables the HALO DRL to remain visible when in use.

Boasting 24 x 6W Cree LEDs per light, the S8 Stealth Series illuminates with an impressive 7937lm per light. With this level of lighting prowess, these lights ensure exceptional visibility in various driving conditions, making them ideal for off-road adventures, says Roadvision.

Projecting a remarkable beam penetration of 768 metres (1086 metres per pair) at one lux, thanks to Roadvision’s Thermal Management Technology, the S8 Stealth Series deliver effective illumination for objects at a considerable distance, crucial for off-road driving and long-distance visibility.

Significantly contributing to the longevity and dependability of the lights, Roadvision explains that its Thermal Management Technology enables maximum light output while protecting the light from excessive heat.

Backed by a seven-year warranty, Roadvision says the S8 Stealth Series are built to withstand the toughest Australian conditions.

Featuring robust yet lightweight aluminium housing and durable polycarbonate lenses, these lights are resistant to damage from rocks, debris, and the elements.

The S8 Stealth Series also deliver the benefits of nine-inch light output while enjoying a sleeker, more rugged appearance, and the eight-inch driving lights come with a low-profile mounting bracket to optimise the use of your bull bar space.

“The S8 Stealth Series Driving Lights are a gamechanger for those who demand the best in lighting for their 4WDs and trucks,” Andrew said.

“These lights redefine what is possible in terms of performance, durability, and design, offering a unique and powerful lighting solution for any offroad adventure.”

For more information, visit

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Club Assist says it is keeping its eye on the future of mobility

Leveraging its expertise in energy storage and history of technology innovation, Club Assist says it is developing cutting-edge solutions to support roadside assistance and the future of mobility through a reliable real-world solution.

Club Assist is partnering with automotive clubs RAA and RAC to support electric vehicle (EV) owners and give EV drivers who have run out of charge an emergency boost.

Adapting to change

Many Australians may be considering making the switch to an EV and one of the main barriers is in knowing how and where they will charge, particularly if they run out of charge while on the road. A ‘flat’ EV would typically need to be towed to the nearest charging site or to the owner’s address.

The Club Assist solution tops-up a stranded EV with enough charge to either get to their destination or a local recharge station. In just 15 minutes, it can put approximately 10-15 kilometres of range into a typical EV.

Comprising batteries, an inverter, a control system and charging cable, the device delivers this top-up service for EV drivers.

The solution can be scaled to suit different operational requirements. Club Assist says a popular configuration carries a total of 60 kilometres of electric range, enabling multiple rescues throughout the day.

The modular battery design can be expanded for increased range to meet varying needs of more rural areas or frequent usage scenarios, or even reduced if a lower weight solution is required.

Designed to also enable onboard recharging while a roadside service vehicle is traveling between jobs, either from the vehicle’s electrical system or from rooftop solar panels, the device is able to remain ready for the next rescue. At the end of the day, the charger can be easily plugged into a standard power outlet for charging.

Amping up for the future

As the adoption of EVs continues to rise, there is a growing need for reliable and convenient charging infrastructure, as well as EV-specific roadside solutions. Club Assist states it has worked with Arizon

International and Powerplant Services to develop its unique mobile EV charging solution, as it supports motoring clubs with new services to meet the needs of EV owners.

It says detailed research has gone into developing the design of the prototype and testing of the solution.

The mobile EV charger is now undergoing trials in two states to gather operational data. Club Assist says this will be key to the continued evolution of the charging device and to facilitating the consumer confidence required for the transition to EVs in Australia.

For more information about the mobile EV charging solution, visit


In the ever-evolving world of automotive technology, having access to accurate and up-to-date repair information is crucial for every workshop

Haynes believes its HaynesPro is a must for auto electrical, lighting, braking and mechanical diagnostic repair information.

These intricacies demand precision and expertise, and according to the company, HaynesPro provides just that.

HaynesPro covers an extensive range of vehicles,

ensuring that mechanics have the right data at their fingertips.

Whether it is diagnostics, maintenance procedures, or repair instructions, HaynesPro offers step-by-step guidance via its Vehicle Electronic Smart Assist (VESA). This results in increased efficiency and reduced downtime.

Furthermore, with the continuous evolution of vehicle technology, the ability to access the latest information is invaluable, and HaynesPro Data delivers this seamlessly.

A vehicle’s braking system is the core of vehicle performance, and HaynesPro says its Vehicle Electronic Smart Assist (VESA) is a game-changer.

It provides in-depth insights into Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) systems, allowing technicians to pinpoint issues accurately and quickly.

Whether it is troubleshooting an engine warning light or understanding complex sensor readings,

this simplifies the diagnostic process, making it a vital resource for modern mechanics.

HaynesPro says its Workshop Data is an indispensable tool in an industry that demands precision, speed, and adaptability, empowering automotive professionals to provide top-tier service and repairs to their customers.

HaynesPro invites you to reach out to its sales team today at and discover the ways HaynesPro can enhance your business.

Scan the QR code for your 30-day free trial of HaynesPro or visit

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Accurately measure state of charge on a new battery or after battery reconnection

With state of charge, time remaining and current flow at their fingertips, REDARC says your customers can concentrate on the adventure ahead.

Further, at “up to five times more accurate than the leading competitors,” REDARC says that with its Smart Battery Monitor, your customers can trust that ‘Two Hours Left’ means ‘Two Hours Left.’

When the REDARC Smart Battery Monitor is connected to a battery, whether it is a new install, battery replacement, or has simply been disconnected for another reason, it will need to learn about the battery it is connected to in order to show an accurate State of Charge (SoC). To do this, the Smart Battery Monitor needs to be configured using the RedVision Configurator App.

The App defines the behaviours and operation of the Smart Battery Monitor and informs the Smart Battery Monitor of the auxiliary battery specifications.


The battery needs to fully charge using a BCDC, Battery Management System or other 240V charger.

This process allows the Smart Battery Monitor to understand that the battery has a full state of charge to use as a reference point for calculations on time till full or flat.

It is also integral in ensuring it displays state of charge correctly. During this process the battery will show as empty and 0 percent SoC will be displayed on the RedVision user app.

Even a brand-new battery, fresh off the shelf or out of the box, may not be fully charged. The length of time before the battery is full, will depend on the type and size of the battery, its state of charge when charging commences, and the size of the battery charger used to charge the battery.

The State of Charge will automatically display as 100 percent when the Smart Battery Monitor is satisfied that the battery is full; this is determined by voltage and current settings.

LED Autolamps says its Bulletproof Series is revolutionising trailer safety

For over two decades, LED Autolamps says it has been at the forefront of innovation in vehicle lighting, earning a reputation for reliability and excellence.

It is now excited to introduce its newest breakthrough: the Bulletproof series of trailer lamps.

This collection features three universally sized models, each boasting a fresh, modern design combined with “unmatched” durability.

“The Bulletproof series immediately captivates with its sleek, innovative design,” LED Autolamps National Sales Manager, Ashley Piper, said.

“The standout feature is its distinct blackened, lens-free look, ensuring full functionality without compromising style.”

The 210 series, designed specifically for boat trailers, integrates Stop/Tail/Indicator functions, a Reflex Reflector, and a concealed licence plate lamp.

The 211 and 212 series enhance trailer visibility with Stop/Tail/Indicator functions and an inbuilt Reflex Reflector, catering to a wide range of trailer types.

Crafted for the toughest conditions, the Bulletproof series by LED Autolamps was engineered with resilience in mind.

“We’ve adopted a robust polycarbonate build and

encapsulated the LEDs and circuitry in a flexible, black resin designed specifically for extreme durability,” Ashley said.

“This commitment to quality ensures that the 210, 211, and 212 series can withstand shock, vibration, and environmental challenges, including UV, acid, alkali, and saltwater exposure, surpassing Australian Road standards and achieving ECE approvals.

“LED Autolamps is so confident in the durability and performance of the Bulletproof series that we offer an unprecedented 10-year warranty. This guarantee reflects our trust in the protective resin and rigorous IP68-rated testing the products undergo.”

The Bulletproof range is available in three sizes to cater to various trailer needs: the 210 series for boat trailers, the compact 211 series, and the rectangular 212 series for small to medium trailers.

LED Autolamps explains that each model is equipped with stainless steel fittings and tinned copper wiring for exceptional environmental resistance and longevity.

Operating at 12 Volts, these lamps meet ECE R10 EMC standards, minimising electrical interference. As part of the ECCO Safety Group, LED Autolamps says it adheres to the highest quality

Once the battery is configured correctly through the user-friendly RedVision configuration app, REDARC says installation is as quick as it is easy. With only three connection points you can start monitoring within minutes. A simple addition to any 12-volt power system, REDARC says the Smart Battery Monitor is the easy choice for keeping track of secondary batteries. For more information, visit

standards, with ISO9001:2015 certification and IATF16949:2016 accreditation for its main production facility.

LED Autolamps says this ensures consistent product quality, exceptional service, and reliable supply, backed by expert technical support and dedicated after-sales care.

The 210 series is available in a twin retail blister pack and as single units for OEM manufacturers. A comprehensive 10-metre lamp and cable kit is also offered, providing everything needed for trailers up to 10 metres. The 211 and 212 series come in twin retail blister packs and single units for OEMs.

For more information, contact LED Autolamps on 1800 815 000 for assistance and information on local distributors or visit

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Offering safety, reliability and performance

For over 140 years, Knipex has been exclusively producing tools in its founding location of Wuppertal in Germany.

Renowned for pioneering solutions across multiple industries, Knipex says it is proud to unveil its latest innovation: the 002105EV Insulated EV Kit, a comprehensive toolkit designed specifically for the meticulous maintenance and inspection of Electric Vehicles (EVs).

The kit comes complete with 29 insulated tools, including pliers, open-ended spanners, and a 3/8” ratchet set – all VDE-tested and carefully organised in a durable tool case with the ProfiCode locking system.

The colour-coded foam insert not only enhances visibility but also guides mechanics to the designated places for removed sockets.

Offering a user-centric approach, the case features removable tool panels, enabling customisation based on individual preferences, ensuring easy access to tools during EV service.

Knipex insulated tools not only meet statutory requirements, but also reportedly guarantee the greatest safety, reliability, and performance.

Every insulated tool undergoes, one by one, a dielectric strength test at 10,000V AC (approved for work up to 1,000V AC), with Knipex stating this guarantees a reassuring safety buffer. Other procedures check the reliability of the insulation towards heat, cold, tensile, and impact force.

Knipex says you can depend on its tools to navigate the evolving automotive landscape and invites you to stay ahead with the 002105EV Insulated EV Kit.

The Knipex Insulated EV Kit on-show at the Tridon stand (I42) at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo across April 11-13 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, visit


Milford Towbar Wiring

Complementing Milford’s Towbar range is an extensive catalogue of vehicle specific, Plug-andPlay Trailer Wiring Harness kits.

“Milford’s superior performance and quality are just some of the key features that have led to its distinguished reputation as a preferred accessory supplier amongst OEMs,” Milford Fleet and Marketing Coordinator, Erin Horgan, said.

Every Milford Trailer Wiring Harness kit is 100 percent bench tested prior to packaging and shipping.

“Milford provides all onsite testing in our state-ofthe-art testing Rover and NATA Certified facilities at our Adelaide location,” Erin said. “Each unique kit is purpose designed to achieve 100 percent compatibility with the vehicle’s electronic circuitry.”

Milford explains that a focus on OEM design integration is maintained throughout the development and production process.

“This ensures reliable functionality of all vehicle operating systems including engine and drive train management, modern safety requirements such as Trailer Stability Programming (TSP), Lane Collision Avoidance, Active safety braking and Park Distance Controls (PDC),” Erin said.

“And also of course, the most fundamental of requirements: incandescent and LED brake lights, turning signals and live wire connections.”

Correctly specified wire diameters, termination methods and materials, Milspec / OE style plugs, pre-programmed Analogue and CANbus ECUs (where required), and dedicated vehicle fitting instructions are included in every Milford Trailer Wiring Harness kit.

Many Milford trailer wiring harness kits also feature the very latest C2 failure alert mode (which identifies any illumination or power fault on the trailer or caravan).

“This inbuilt warning system far exceeds OEM offerings, making it a valuable addition to each towing package,” Erin said.

All Milford Towbar, Trailer Wiring Harness kit and Towing Accessories are protected by a nationwide technical assistance hotline and lifetime replacement warranty.*

For more information, Free Call 1800 MILFORD or visit

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Unique Auto Parts has recently introduced three new brands to its range of electrical, ignition and lighting parts

Joining the Unique Auto Parts product offering recently are the Valeo, Vaico and Vemo brands.

Unique Auto Parts says Valeo is a leader in electrical systems and a key player in the global market when it comes to OEM parts for passenger and light commercial vehicles.

Unique Auto Parts stocks a wide range of Valeo electrical parts including a range of sensor, alternators, and starter motors.

Similarly, Unique Auto Parts says Vaico and Vemo provide another OEM quality option when it comes to auto- electrical and lighting options.

In addition to the three above mentioned suppliers, Unique Auto Parts also sources electrical and lighting parts directly from well-known manufacturers Bosch and Hella.

Hella’s main focus has always been the design and manufacture of automotive lighting and electrical equipment and it offers a wide range of state-ofthe-art electrical and lighting options for both passenger and commercial vehicles.

Unique Auto Parts stocks a wide range of Hella products including camshaft sensors, crankshaft sensors, oil level sensors, fan resistors, glow plug relays, oxy sensors, air con pressure sensors and ignition coils.

The Bosch name is synonymous worldwide with reliability and quality and for this reason Unique Auto Parts says it keeps its warehouse shelves stocked with great Bosch products

This range includes air flow sensors, oxy sensors, alternators, starter motors, spark plugs and nonelectrical items such as wipers.

For more information, call 1300 864 864 to be connected to your nearest UAP branch or visit

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Providing convenient and reliable power away from mains

An increasing array of accessories and equipment designed to make time off the grid easier and more convenient is placing added demands on power management systems.

This has lead Projecta to release its new IntelliRange 12V Power Management Boards.

Along with providing convenient and reliable power when away from mains, Projecta’s IntelliRange Power Management Boards are simple and efficient to install.

As a complete and fully engineered solution, Projecta says owners can save hours of labour when installing a system themselves, or hundreds of dollars if their auto electrician is doing the job.

A further advantage of offering complete Power Management Boards is that each system can be installed with the correct cables and fuses every time, preventing potential issues like power outages or damaged batteries.

The new boards are also designed to suit a variety of applications – both recreational and trade –and are ideal for installation in vehicles including four-wheel drives and utilities, RVs, caravans and camper trailers.

The boards also provide the convenience and aesthetic appeal of locating all electrical accessories and components such as USB ports,

various 12V sockets, connector plugs, switches, DC to DC charger and inverter in one location, resulting in a neat and professional appearance. Depending on the model selected, the new Intelli-Range boards can successfully power and manage a range of appliances from lower current drawing items such as fans, lights, phones and cameras through to more powerhungry equipment including fridges, microwaves, toasters, hair dryers, coffee machines and even induction cooktops and air conditioners in the case of the ICB3000 model.

Available in six models (ICBDC, ICB1000, ICB1500, ICB2000, ICB3000 and ICB2000-HD) common features across the range include multi chemistry compatibility covering Gel, AGM, Calcium and Lithium, offering the versatility to use with all popular battery types.

Projecta says this flexibility also provides futureproofing should owners want to change their battery at a later stage. All variants are also solar panel compatible.

Model dependent, system performance can be monitored via either an in-built display or with Bluetooth using any smart device.

For added protection, all models aside from the entry level ICBDC are equipped with a low voltage


The company has expanded its range of Direct Fit and Direct Fit Plus LED Headlight Globes

JW Speaker, a pioneering name in the world of advanced lighting solutions, has been busy expanding its user-friendly Direct Fit and Direct Fit Plus LED Headlight Globes.

Engineered to redefine driving experiences, JW Speaker says these cutting-edge headlight globes promise absolute ease of installation and exceptional illumination on the road.

The company says its Direct Fit and Direct Fit Plus LED Headlight Globes represent a breakthrough in automotive lighting technology.

Designed to seamlessly integrate with a wide range of vehicles, these globes provide a simple and hassle-free upgrade from traditional halogen bulbs to state-of-the-art LED lighting.

With a plug-and-play installation process, motorists can effortlessly elevate their driving visibility in a matter of minutes.

Emphasising superior lighting output, the Direct Fit series delivers a powerful beam pattern that effectively brightens the road ahead, ensuring

heightened safety and reducing eye strain during night-time driving, says Invision Sales, distributor of JW Speaker products.

“The Direct Fit Plus series takes performance to another level,” Invision Sales Managing Director, Wayne Blackman, said.

“The premium fan cooling means these bulbs will not only last an incredibly long time but deliver optimum lighting performance.

“Also, due to the new-collar design and smaller bulb size, both the standard Direct Fit and Direct Fit Plus H7 bulbs are now compatible with most unique H7 retaining/clip systems and headlights.

“Additionally, the Direct Fit Plus LED Headlight Globes deliver up to 2800 Lumens per bulb, emitting a stunning 5700K White light colour with just 26W per beam.

“With ultra-long-life expectancy and shock resistance, these globes are engineered to endure extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to +130°C.

disconnect function, protecting expensive deep cycle batteries from over-discharge.

Another key benefit of the new range is heavyduty engineering and construction that’s designed to withstand demanding local conditions and applications.

The boards feature a sturdy and long-lasting heavy-duty steel mounting body that’s further enhanced by a powder-coated finish.

The range is also equipped with circuit protection, giving Projecta the confidence to offer a generous five-year warranty across the line-up.

The boards are available for purchase from leading automotive, caravan, camping and specialist battery / generator outlets Australiawide.

For full details and specifications, please visit

“The IP65 weather-resistant design ensures they perform reliably even in adverse weather conditions.”

Wayne says the launch of the Direct Fit and Direct Fit Plus LED Headlight Globes reinforces JW Speaker’s position as a leader in cutting-edge automotive lighting solutions.

“With a commitment to customer satisfaction and safety, JW Speaker continues to drive innovation in the automotive industry, providing lighting solutions that set new standards in safety and performance,” Wayne said.

For more information, visit or call Invision Sales on 03 9336 2066.

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Prolec’s latest range of compact all weather PDM kits are easy to design, build, and lift

Prolec says it has created an innovative all-in-one solution to one of the most common problems when a customer wishes to add electrical accessory and overflow circuits to a vehicle.

Prolec’s new FRH PDM Kits provide the user with a quick and easy way to design a clean, compact, sealed fuse relay holder with a professional OEM quality look and build.

Prolec explains that its FRH Series Power Distribution Module Kits are designed to be compact, extremely flexible, rugged, and are “the simplest way to add accessory circuit protection and power distribution to almost any vehicle.”

It says the Prolec FRH PDM Kits obsolete the previous messy inline fuse holder cables and cumbersome non-waterproof relay blocks. They allow the user to locate all of the circuits into one small enclosure designed to house an extensive range of off the shelf components. It also allows the user to quickly design, build and install a custom uncomplicated assembly into their vehicle.

Once the user has chosen the most suitable kit

size for their requirements, then all they need to do is to add the desired cables, terminate them, and plug in the components to complete their custom project build.

Prolec explains that the kits are extremely flexible in that they can accept a very broad range of components and variety of component combinations.

Those accessory components include mini blade fuses, LED indicating mini blade fuses, mini bladed circuit breakers (TI, TII and TIII), Mini blade diodes, resistors, shunts, transorbs, ISO 280 relays including ultra micro (four pin), micro (four or five pin) and mini (four or five pin).

An optional Diode-Key accessory is also available which fits into the PDM base. The FRH PDM Kits are available in two sizes – 12 Way and 24 Way.

Each kit includes a cover, base with seal, CPA, TPA, an assortment of genuine Delphi Packard 280 Tanged Metri-Pack terminals, seals, cavity plugs and a stainless steel bracket.

Economy manual crimping, ratchet crimping and terminal removal tools are also available.

The FRH PDM Kits are IP66 rated when all cavities are filled. The cover and base are made of thermoplastic material which can withstand temperatures of -40 to 125 degrees Celsius ambient temperatures.

For further information please contact Prolec on 03 9521 6133 or visit

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The benchmark for Start-Stop proves to be an indispensable companion in electric vehicles as well An increasing number of electric vehicles (EV) are entering the Australian car parc as EV popularity builds.

The emergence of hybrid and electric vehicles has intensified the demands of the low-voltage power net and redefined the role of the 12V battery, which functions as a critical safety component in all EVs providing redundancy and peak load support.

When these cars enter independent Aftermarket workshops, they need to be able to provide the right service as the maturity level of electric vehicles increases.

Investing in training, tools and the right products will be key differentiators and enablers for workshops in developing their ability to manage the increasing technological complexity of nextgeneration vehicles – and VARTA says it can help out in both areas with the VARTA Silver Dynamic AGM portfolio and the VARTA Partner Portal’s training offerings.

VARTA says its AGM technology was developed in close cooperation with leading car manufacturers and “has long become the benchmark for the most demanding applications.”

VARTA Batteries are distributed exclusively in Australia by Federal Batteries.

“The new VARTA Silver Dynamic AGM xEV battery is specifically designed to work in perfect tandem with virtually any type of a high-voltage battery

in full hybrid, plug in hybrid and battery electric vehicles,” Federal Batteries’ Product Manager, Mike Morgan, said.

“The combination of both technologies ensures optimal vehicle performance by delivering constant power and crucial safety functionality.

“The VARTA Silver Dynamic AGM xEV technology even has sufficient spare capacity to power vehicle systems that are yet to come.

“As the world’s leading battery manufacturer, VARTA is the number one supplier for all major car manufacturers.

“VARTA products are fulfilling all OE requirements and that is why well-known manufacturers such as Mercedes, Volkswagen or BMW are fitting their cars with VARTA batteries.

“Already today, six out of 10 new cars including EVs in Europe are equipped with a VARTA battery.

VARTA Silver Dynamic AGM batteries have proven their reliability for years, with both lab- and real-world testing demonstrating their superior performance in key OE focus areas.”

VARTA states the key features and benefits of its AGM technology include:

• Designed to withstand short distance driving and urban traffic due to superior recharge capabilities

• High degree of predictability of electrical performance over the entire lifetime


LED performance headlights with hassle free fitment

Hassle free installation is the new norm in retrofit LED headlights and something Philips Automotive has been refining for decades.

Now available to the market are the Ultinon Access 2500 LED headlights from Philips.

“With the reliability you would expect from one of the world’s top 50 global brands known for its lighting innovation, Ultinon Access 2500 bulbs are meticulously manufactured to OEM standards and are fitted with quality Lumileds LED chips,” Philips Sales and Business Development Manager ANZ, Reece Walker, said.

“The ultra-compact design of the range, ensures that they are the same footprint as a standard halogen globe, making them an easy direct fit, with no adapters required, and compatible with a wide range of car makes and models.

“Using cutting-edge technology and meticulous product refinement, Ultinon Access bulbs offer

consistent light that’s up to 150 percent brighter than the minimum legal standard for halogen bulbs whilst projecting a stylish white light at 6000 Kelvin. Their optimal light spectrum makes road signs more visible and allows drivers to react faster.”

It is widely known that powerful LEDs produce more heat, which can reduce light output and shorten bulb life.

“Ultinon Access LEDs are equipped with AirCool technology, an advanced heat management system created by Philips, featuring an innovative heatsink design,” Reece said.

“AirCool dissipates heat fast, giving the bulbs increased lifetime and providing problem-free performance.

“Philips have kept the finger on the pulse with easy to fit products like Ultinon Access and will be bringing a similar product to the Australian

• Superior vibration resistance due to high degree of compression

• Maintenance-free with a non-spillable design

• Three times the cycle life compared to conventional batteries

“The coming years will prove to be quite challenging for IAM workshops,” Mike said.

“But these challenges, if adequately addressed, can also lead to big opportunities.

“The 12 V battery will continue to play a significant role in all forms of electric vehicles – from the ones already on the market to future models.

“Mechanics installing VARTA AGM batteries guarantee ‘like-for-like’ or even upgrade replacement, as well as the best service and safety for their customers.”

The new VARTA Silver Dynamic AGM xEV battery range will be available in Australia from early April. For more information, go to

market in the coming months in the form of Ultinon WeatherVision LED, which are designed to colour match halogen bulbs but jam-packed with LED performance technology.”

Ultinon Access 2500 bulbs come with Philips’ two-year, “no fuss” warranty and are available through Philips resellers nationwide.

For more information, please visit

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The company says the new system will significantly improve safety

The new seat belt system from ZF Passive Safety Systems will reportedly significantly improve the belt force limitation by adapting to the size and body weight of the vehicle occupants.

At the core of the technology is the Multi-Stage Load Limiter (MSLL), which is primarily responsible for the individual system adjustment.

It helps to further reduce the consequences of accidents for all occupants and enables vehicle manufacturers to meet the increased requirements of the NCAP Roadmap 2030.

The innovative approach of this technology lies not only in the individual control options of the component itself, but also in the extended possibilities for interaction with other safety systems. This turns the seat belt with the MSLL switchable force limiter into an intelligent, flexibly controllable safety device.

Modern restraint systems already intervene in accidents at a very early stage. In the event of an unavoidable crash, the belt tightens around the body before the crash (pre-tensioning) to reduce belt slack and decelerate it in a controlled manner after the impact and finally transfer it forwards into the airbag.

The systems are based on representative, standardised test subjects (dummies). However, in the future, the NCAP crash test will require even better protection for individual vehicle occupants.

“The demands on the adaptivity of safety systems are increasing - both in the expectations of end customers and in the NCAP test criteria. Our new belt system makes it easier for vehicle manufacturers to meet the increased requirements and specifically reduces the consequences of accidents by adapting even better to the occupant,” ZF Passive Safety Technology Division Head, Rudolf Stark, said.

In order to reduce the forces acting on the body in the event of an accident, many seat belt systems already have a two-stage controllable load limiter (SLL), which was an important step towards adaptivity. To provide even more flexibility, ZF now offers its

belt tensioner with multiple switchable load limiter (MSLL).

The MSLL has a multi-stage design and can vary the restraining forces even better over the entire course of the crash.

The system makes it possible to respond individually to people of different stature and to control the belt forces appropriately.

In the future, the path to more variability in belt forces will lead via the sensory recording of the interior in order to recognise even better which people are sitting where and which belt forces are to be applied individually in the event of a serious or minor collision.

Various sources will be used for this - in addition to interior cameras, which, for example, detect when the driver operates the infotainment with their right hand or turns their head towards the rear occupants, the seat belt system itself can provide valuable information.

This is because the sensors in the belt can measure the belt pullout length and thus allow conclusions to be drawn about body circumference and therefore stature and weight.

In addition, there is the link to the active safety systems and their sensors outside the vehicle, from the camera to the radar.

For the networked restraint system, for example, it is important to know from which direction an impact is coming.

In this way, the MSLL can offer small and light people better adapted individual protection in the event of moderate accidents (with impact speeds of up to 35 km/h). This applies, for example, to children in the rear seat.

Older people, who have a higher risk of injury due to age dependent changed bone structure, can also benefit from this.

In addition, the system also potentially improves occupant safety for heavy people in overload accidents (with impact speeds above 56 km/h).

For further information on ZF in Oceania, and its products and services, please visit

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As all professionals know, effective problem identification is the first port of call of any job in the workshop

However, many might not be aware that to achieve the highest quality scan, consistent battery support is essential.

CTEK Regional Sales Manager for APAC, Paul Oddy, says he has seen the pitfalls of inadequate diagnostic troubleshooting setups in workshops nationwide with precision, time efficiency and safety all put at risk with poor performing battery management solutions during this critical part of any workshop job.

“Fundamentally, when vehicle voltage levels fall below normal levels during a diagnostic reading, the accuracy of the results delivered should be questioned,” Paul said.

“With unclear data on hand, you reduce your chances of successfully rectifying the customer’s issue, risk damage to the vehicle’s electricals and add unnecessary time, complexity, and cost to each job.”

CTEK states reliable battery management products that can deliver a consistent 60A power supply and 12V battery support voltage are critical in ensuring those issues can be avoided.

Furthermore, products that allow selectable output voltages ensure that a manufacturers’ minimum service specifications can be adhered to within the nearest 0.1V.

“Having complete control over the system ensures the technician can remove any variables that could impact the result,” Paul said.

“In addition to that, CTEK has been able to manage sudden power spikes with products such as our PRO60, minimising the influence of the external influences that are impossible for us to ever fully control, but could cause mischief right at the wrong moment.”

Finally, derating is another issue to consider when curating an effective battery management system for diagnostic work.

Heat, an issue particularly strong here in Australia, can cause a battery charging system to drop the output voltage it delivers, when hooked up to a vehicle for diagnostics – this fluctuation in power can influence the results delivered in that initial test.

“We’ve seen significant uptake for the PRO60,

thanks to its advanced fanless cooling system eliminating derating, reverse polarity protection bringing added safety, its complexity-reducing eight-step ‘auto adaptive’ charging process and ability to operate with all types of 12V lead-acid and Lithium LiFePO4 battery chemistries,” Paul said. “Workshop owners are able to reduce lost time and cost through installing state-of-the-art battery charging systems that ensure every diagnostic check, day in day out, remains as accurate as the last.”

For more information about PRO60, visit

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R&J Batteries has been the sole distributor of Clarios’ Delkor brand in Australia and New Zealand for 25 years

Clarios says it has proven once again why it is one of the best battery manufacturers in the world after winning two back-to-back awards recently.

Its popular Delkor brand has won the prestigious 2023 Korean Standard Quality Excellence Index (KS-QEI) award for the 18th consecutive year, while Clarios was also the 2023 winner of the World Sustainability Awards’ “Circular Economy Award.”

2023 Korean Standard Quality Excellence Index Award

The KS-QEI is a quality evaluation model developed by the Korean Standards Association (KSA) and the Korean Society for Quality Management (KSQM).

The index assesses product quality and usage based on the evaluation of real users including customers and industry specialists.

Delkor received the highest score among contenders in the automotive battery category in the six usage quality criteria (reliability, safety, performance, durability, accessibility, usability) and in the three emotional quality criteria (image, novelty, cognition).

Clarios states this is an impressive feat that no other battery brand has achieved before.

R&J Batteries is the exclusive distributor of Delkor batteries in Australia and New Zealand.

“The main driver behind our dedication to Delkor is the unparalleled quality of the product,” R&J Batteries Chief Executive Officer Stuart Hamilton said about the company’s long-standing relationship with Clarios.

“We have visited the factory on many occasions and have seen firsthand the lengths they go to in R&D, QA and engineering to ensure the quality of their product is vastly superior to any other South Korean made battery.”

Clarios states it is a global leader in advanced energy storage solutions, manufacturing one third of the world’s automotive batteries and supply batteries suitable for leading automotive manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia.

Further, Clarios says it continuously strives for manufacturing excellence while keeping technology and sustainability at the heart of its operations.

As the demand for high-performing batteries for vehicles with advanced equipment increases, Clarios says it continues to invest in developing technologies that are environmentally friendly.

It says its range of Delkor AGM batteries are a suitable choice for modern and advanced fuelefficient vehicles with high electrical demands including those with Idle Stop Start (ISS) technology and regenerative braking.

2023 World Sustainability Awards’ Circular Economy Award

In October 2023, Clarios battled 14 other shortlisted companies to emerge as the winner of the 2023 World Sustainability Awards’ Circular Economy Award.

The Circular Economy Award is given to an organisation that is leading the way towards a more circular model of business.

The circular economy strives for a more sustainable future where materials and products are continuously reused, recycled, and retained. After household recyclable materials such as glass bottles, aluminium cans and paper, the conventional car battery is the most recycled consumer product in the world.

Clarios turns nearly 200,000 old car batteries into new ones every day. All of this is possible due to Clarios’ closed-loop system which encompasses battery design, manufacturing, transportation, recovery, and recycling processes for a successful circular economy.

It recycles approximately 8,000 batteries every hour of every day across its global operation. Up to 99 percent of materials in Clarios batteries can be recovered, recycled and reused to make new batteries.

The manufacturer also uses 90 percent less energy and releases 90 percent less greenhouse gases

by using recycled materials instead of virgin raw materials.

“We are proud of this recognition from the World Sustainability Awards and honoured to be among many other industry leading companies striving to operate sustainably,” Clarios President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Wallace, said.

“We look forward to continued collaboration with our customers, partners, suppliers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to meet the ongoing challenge of building a sustainable future.”

R&J Batteries’ long standing association with Clarios formed based on mutual values and passion for supplying high quality and long lasting batteries for customers in Australia and New Zealand.

As the sole distributor of Clarios’ Delkor brand of batteries in the region for the past 25 years, R&J Batteries is committed to making Delkor products accessible to everyone.

To achieve this goal, the battery distributor has been running the popular Delkor Battery Specialist program.

The Delkor Battery Specialist program aims to assist stockists increase sales of Delkor batteries by granting access to a multitude of marketing collateral, tools and resources.

It follows a tiered structure which allows businesses of varying sizes and scales to participate, providing support according to individual business needs.

The comprehensive Delkor range includes automotive batteries, commercial batteries, deep cycle batteries, marine and leisure batteries and lawn batteries.

The complete range is available via R&J Batteries’ branches in Australia.

For more information about Delkor batteries or the Delkor Battery Specialist program, please visit or call 1300 769 282.

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UFI Filters says it is ready for the transition to new energy vehicles UFI Filters, a leading company in filtration and thermal management as well as hydrogen-filtration technologies, says it has taken a further step forward in electric mobility with the provision of the transmission oil-cooling system on Audi and Porsche’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE).

The PPE-platform, developed by the brands for its modularity, is intended to underpin a large number of premium and luxury battery electric vehicles. Each new mid-range model, such as the Porsche Macan EV, Audi Q6 e-tron, A6 e-tron Avant and A6 e-tron Sportback – as well the RS versions –will feature a UFI cooler on transmissions mated to the front and rear e-motors, ensuring excellent performance says UFI Filters.

UFI thermal management systems are manufactured in the modern plant in Poland (Europe), 100 percent owned by the Italian Group, using aluminium vacuum-brazing technology to provide a more robust and cleaner product.

UFI coolers also play a key role in keeping the transmission oil temperature within optimum operating values. In addition, thanks to the cross counterflow configuration, increased efficiency is experienced.

The front cooler consists of aluminium plates, with 11 layers for the passage of oil and 10 for the coolant, while the rear cooler consists of 14 layers for the oil and 13 for the coolant. The coolers are configured in diagonal counter-flows.

This means that the oil and coolant flow in opposite directions, crossing each other’s paths on alternating layers.

This configuration extends the contact time of the liquids for the heat transfer process and, as a result, the temperature management capacity improves as does the cooler’s efficiency.

“Technological innovation and forward thinking are part of UFI’s DNA, and this e-mobility project is proof of that,” UFI Filters Group Chairman, Giorgio Girondi, said.

“We are very pleased about the Volkswagen Group’s confidence in our thermal management systems. It once again underlines the performance of UFI components.”

UFI Filters for BEV, plug-in and hybrid vehicles supply cutting edge thermal management solutions, made in water-cooled and vacuum-brazed aluminium, such as heat exchangers for e-axles, to optimise the temperature of the transmission and


Niterra says its spark plugs offer superior ignitability and lower emissions

As emission regulations become increasingly stringent, the pressure on vehicle manufacturers to reduce emissions and improve efficiency has risen significantly.

Niterra says it is the world’s largest original equipment manufacturer and OE supplier of spark plugs and as such, it is continually growing its range of precious metal spark plugs.

NGK states that its precious metal spark plugs deliver superior ignitability when compared against conventional spark plugs, and are designed to meet and surpass the modern requirements of vehicle manufacturers.

“We have developed a series of innovative techniques that allow us to include precious metals such as Iridium and Platinum in our spark plug manufacturing process,” Niterra Australia, Group Product Manager, Larry Coulthard said.

While a number of spark plug manufacturers produce a precious metal range, Niterra says it is driving this technology further to improve performance, longevity, and to lower emissions.

Precious metals such as the ones described by Larry have much higher melting points over traditional metals such as nickel.

“Incorporating precious metals into our spark plug

range allows centre electrode diameters to reduce from 2.5mm using nickel, to 0.6mm using iridium or 0.8mm using platinum, which reduces the quenching effect and improves ignitability,” Larry said.

Quenching occurs when heat energy is lost from the hot flame kernel to the cooler electrodes, as the flame attempts to expand and combust the air/fuel mixture. Reducing the centre electrode diameter decreases this effect.

NGK says the results are impressive and installing precious metal spark plugs delivers improved acceleration, smoother idling, and improved fuel consumption.

“In addition to using Iridium and Platinum in our precious metal range, we also manufacture with high-grade alumina silicate ceramic,” Larry said. “This creates a stronger insulator, reducing dielectric punch-through, which is caused by the spark exiting through side of ceramic.

“To complement this, our cores are manufactured using 98 percent pure copper to increase heat dissipation for reliable starts and to prevent the spark plug overheating.”

To ensure quick, easy, and precise fitment each and every time, all NGK spark plugs feature cold-rolled threads that prevent cross-threading and damage

connecting the e-axle coolant with the rest of the cooling system, battery chillers to cool the battery, and coolant battery heaters to keep the battery temperature under control in all conditions. Furthermore, thanks to the know-how in the production of plastic components, UFI Group can also provide coolant flow valves to electrified vehicles, that can modify the path of the thermal coolant circuit according to the requirement of the battery and electric motor.

With all of this product portfolio developed and produced by a specialised Business Unit, UFI Filters says it is ready for the transition to new energy vehicles.

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to cylinder heads and trivalent metal plating that negates the use of anti-seize during installation.

NGK has an extensive range of spark plugs to meet each OE manufacturer’s requirements.

“It is important to remember that even though many plugs with similar part numbers may look the same, each part number has its own characteristics, with some changes not physically visible,” Larry said.

“These differences are imperative to the operation of the engine and straying from the recommended plug can result in some loss of performance or even severe engine damage.”

For peace of mind, always ensure you use a plug recommended to meet the OE specification. This will avoid any damage and ensure peak performance of your vehicle.

For technical inquiries, call Niterra on 1300 55 40 59 or visit

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In the fast-paced world of the motor trade industry, where the rumble of engines and the flash of auto lights are the norms, the significance of tailored insurance cannot be overstated.

For businesses entrenched in the complexities of auto electrical and lighting, navigating through the myriad risks without the right protection is akin to driving at night without headlights.

AB Phillips says it stands as your steadfast protector amid the complex tides of industry risks.

“More than just providing policies, we deliver a promise that your business is really covered, crafting a safety net from the most robust and inclusive coverage available,” Jaidyn Moore of AB Phillips said.

“Motor trade insurance is not a mere requisite; it is essential for a resilient business model for those in the vehicle industry, especially for professionals in the auto electrical and lighting sectors.

“This specialised form of cover shields your business from the dynamic challenges inherent in dealing with vehicles.

“Whether you’re an independent operator tinkering with car electronics or a full-scale dealership illuminating the way with advanced lighting solutions, the right insurance policy from AB Phillips guarantees you’re really covered.

“Our expertise in tailoring insurance solutions speaks volumes of our commitment to your business’s security and growth.”

Exclusive, market-leading cover

AB Phillips states that its motor trade insurance facility is not just a policy – it is a pledge.

“Developed in an exclusive partnership with leading insurers, our offerings stand unparalleled in the market,” Jaidyn said.

“We ensure your business is protected with comprehensive features, such as faulty workmanship coverage that exceeds double the industry standard, up to $50,000.

“Our policy also extends to activities involving watercraft up to 12 meters in length and includes essential protection against fire, theft, and when test driving client vehicles.

“These are not just benefits; they are our commitment to your business’s protection and prosperity.”

Specialised coverages for the motor trade

The motor trade demands more than generic insurance policies. Recognising this, AB Phillips says it has curated specialised coverages which resonate with the auto electrical and lighting trades.

“From Electronic Equipment and Machinery

Breakdown covers that shield against unexpected equipment failures to Driving Risk Cover that provides peace of mind for workshop employees, we ensure every aspect of your operation is protected,” Jaidyn said.

“These specialised extensions are a testament to our ‘Really Covered’ promise, ensuring that your business is shielded on all fronts, letting you focus on what you do best: revving up the motor trade.

“At AB Phillips, we pride ourselves on a claims process that is as streamlined as the vehicles you work on.

“Understanding that time is of the essence, we’ve designed our claims procedure for quick resolution and minimal disruption, allowing your business to resume operations swiftly.

“Being ‘Really Covered’ means more than just financial protection; it means having a partner that stands by you, ensuring a smooth journey back to business as usual.

“Our dedicated claims team is committed to guiding you through every step, reinforcing your confidence in our support.”

Tools and trade insurance

In the trades industry, your tools are not just accessories; they are the lifeline of your business.

Recognising their value, AB Phillips explains that it offers comprehensive tool and tradie insurance, protecting the very essence of your trade.

“These additional covers are designed to complement your main motor trade insurance,” Jaidyn said.

“They ensure that every aspect of your business, from the tools you rely on to the vehicles that carry your brand, is protected under a robust safety net.”

Small businesses form the backbone of the motor trade industry, each with unique insurance needs that demand bespoke solutions.

“At AB Phillips, we simplify the process of obtaining comprehensive coverage,” Jaidyn said. “By offering customisable and affordable insurance options, we ensure that small businesses can enjoy being really covered without the complexity often associated with insurance products.

“Our approach is tailored to fit the unique contours of your business, allowing you to drive forward with confidence.”

The road through the motor trade industry is filled with opportunities and challenges.

“Ensuring that your business is protected with the right insurance is crucial for navigating this landscape,” Jaidyn said.

“AB Phillips stands out as a beacon of comprehensive protection and expertise in the industry. We are not just insurers; we are partners committed to the success and security of your business.

“Don’t let the complexities of insurance steer you off course. Contact AB Phillips today to discuss how we can tailor a motor trade insurance policy that ensures your business is secured.”

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Jaidyn Moore on 0498 586 211 or visit

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Paul Wilkey says he can help

As an accredited and professional Business broker working with The Finn Group, Paul Wilkey and Finn Business Sales have had the pleasure of assisting business owners in the lifechanging capitalisation of their equity from their business.

“Selling a business is a complicated process in entirety, however when done in a systematic process with the owner supported and guided through the whole process it can be a rewarding outcome for the owner,” Paul said.

“Along with selling businesses, equally important is business acquisitions for those that want to grow – a well planned acquisition can be a great growth strategy.

“Be it selling, purchasing or even business mergers, these are my specialities and my professional passions.

“Being a part of and with the support of the Finn Group, which is the largest Business Broking network in Australia, along with my industry


experience ensures we provides customers with both great service and selling experience.”

Paul says the size and capability of the Finn Group is essential, with it receiving more than 60,000 buying enquiries a year, currently managing over $500 million in combined business sales, and attracting enquiries from private equity Firms around Australia.

“We sell businesses from all industries, however with over 38 years of experience in the Automotive industry, I love selling automotive businesses,” Paul said.

“My experience includes more than 30 years in business management holding senior National Sales and Operations roles within Australian and International listed companies, and also includes a long-term management role within a privately owned family business.

“Having had experience with numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies

Embracing Neurodiversity in the Automotive Aftermarket

In the dynamic world of the automotive aftermarket industry, innovation is the engine that propels businesses forward.

As companies strive to meet evolving consumer demands and stay ahead of the competition, they must tap into every available resource to drive efficiency and creativity.

One such resource often overlooked is the pool of neurodivergent talent.

Neurodiversity, encompassing conditions like autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Dyspraxia, and Dyscalculia, offers unique strengths that can revolutionise the automotive aftermarket sector. While some may view these conditions as challenges, they are, in fact, wellsprings of untapped potential waiting to be harnessed.

Consider this: in Australia, one in five individuals live with a disability. Within this demographic lies a wealth of talent, yet misconceptions and biases often hinder their integration into the workforce.

With around half a million working-age individuals actively seeking employment, the automotive aftermarket industry stands to gain significantly by embracing neurodiversity in its hiring practices.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), approximately 30 to 40 percent of the population is neurodivergent, yet a startling 34 percent of Australia’s neurodivergent community remains unemployed.

This statistic underscores the urgency for businesses within the automotive aftermarket sector to reassess their recruitment strategies and tap into this diverse talent pool.

But why should automotive aftermarket businesses prioritise neurodiverse hiring initiatives?

The reasons are clear and compelling. Wheelnutz Garage, which is a one-of-a-kind community organisation located in South East Queensland, says research shows that individuals with disabilities are less likely to take sick days, have fewer workplace accidents, and are four times more likely to stay with their current employer compared to their nondisabled counterparts.

It says neurodivergent individuals bring a unique perspective to the table, with unparalleled problem-

and selling a family business, I have a great understanding of both the sellers needs and buyer’s expectations.”

Paul prides himself on honesty and integrity and is passionate about working with people to secure the best possible price for their business. He invites you to contact him for a confidential and no obligation chat about selling your business, exit planning or your next acquisition.

To contact Paul, call 0458 772 945 or email

solving skills, attention to detail, and innovative thinking. In an industry where precision, creativity, and adaptability are paramount, these qualities can be game-changers.

Embracing neurodiversity isn’t just about fostering inclusion; it is a strategic business decision that can drive growth and innovation in the automotive aftermarket industry.

By tapping into the diverse talents of neurodivergent individuals, businesses can gain a competitive edge, enhance efficiency, and cultivate a workplace culture that values diversity and empowers every team member to reach their full potential.

The automotive aftermarket industry has much to gain from embracing neurodiversity. By recognising the unique strengths and perspectives that neurodivergent individuals bring to the table, businesses can position themselves for success in an ever-evolving market landscape while championing diversity, inclusion, and innovation. For more information, visit

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The company says the appointment will allow it to accelerate innovation and drive growth

Following a period of significant client growth, leading auto marketing agency DBC2 has appointed Jason Fisher to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment is part of DBC2’s long term growth strategy ahead of the agency announcing a brand refresh and expanded proposition in early-2024.

As a new shareholder of the business, Jason joins DBC2’s Board of Directors and will work alongside Founder and Managing Director, Dale Brittain, and Creative Director, Anthony Crivelli.

Jason’s immediate remit encompasses day-today agency operations and its business growth strategy as the agency moves towards launching an expanded offering.

Dale said Jason brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in the automotive sector to DBC2, making him an ideal leader to spearhead DBC2’s ambitious growth strategy.

“Australia’s automotive market is undergoing rapid transformation bringing tremendous opportunities for DBC2 to make a significant impact,” Dale said.

“We need someone of Jason’s calibre on the team to help us achieve the goals we have always strived to realise.

“While it is business as usual for me and DBC2’s team, Jason’s smarts will help the agency achieve these goals; he is a highly successful businessman with a passion for innovation, and a key understanding of market trends and the importance of delivering the perfect customer experience every time. I can’t wait to see where our partnership will lead.”

Previously Jason established Australia’s premier database marketing company for OE dealerships, CRMA, in 2008, leading the customer retention marketing business to become the premier agency of its kind in Australia, which is still going strong today. He will maintain an active role in CRMA in addition to his DBC2 responsibilities as he can see massive opportunities for both businesses.

“Having spent my entire career in the auto industry I cannot be more thrilled to join DBC2 at such an exciting time for the sector,” Jason said.

“I look forward to working with Dale and his talented team to drive innovation, enhance client satisfaction and solidify DBC2’s position as a leader in automotive marketing.

“I will build heavily on DBC2’s past legacy of success but with a new strategy and brand offering underway we will be aiming to set new benchmarks in the industry. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Peter takes over from Jürgen Buchert who retired at the end of 2023

The Shareholders’ Committee of TecAlliance has decided to appoint Peter van der Galiën as the new Chief Executive Officer of TecAlliance GmbH. Peter started in the role on 1 January 2024.

He succeeds Jürgen Buchert, who retired at the end of 2023 after 22 years as Chief Executive Officer of TecAlliance GmbH and Caruso GmbH.

Jürgen, who holds a degree in business administration, began his career in 1989 at a renowned parts manufacturer and, after holding various professional positions in Germany and abroad, joined TecCom GmbH as Managing Director in 2001.

In 2010, he merged TecDoc with TecCom, which then became TecAlliance GmbH. With further acquisitions, he systematically completed the solution portfolio in the following years and

initiated globalisation. Today, TecAlliance is represented in more than 25 countries with its own subsidiaries and is supported by a professional partner network.

In 2017, Jürgen founded the industry initiative for telematic data, Caruso GmbH, which has since established itself as a leading provider in Europe and expanded into the Americas and Asia-Pacific. He is also a member of a number of important national and international associations.  His successor, Peter van der Galiën, has many years of experience in the areas of strategy, sales and marketing as well as digitalisation and also brings many years of international management experience to the table.

Peter’s path led him to Motorola in 1992 after studying computer science. In the following 17 years, he acted as Managing Director of Motorola B.V. Netherlands and was part of the European Executive Management team and Director of Sales for Motorola ECC Europe. In 2009 he joined the Haynes Group as Global Director of Sales and Marketing for HaynesPro, their Professional Automotive Data division.

Following steep growth of HaynesPro he was appointed as Managing Director of the HaynesPro Group and Executive Director on the Supervisory Board of Haynes Publishing P.L.C., in 2015. He was a founding member of ADPA (European

Automotive Data Publishers Association) and acted as their Vice President for over six years.   “Jürgen Buchert is a proven and well-connected industry expert who has decisively shaped the TecAlliance Group during his 22-year tenure and developed it to its current importance as an industry solution in the global aftermarket. For this, he deserves our warmest thanks,” TecAlliance GmbH Shareholders’ Committee Chairman and PHINIA Inc Vice President and General Manager Global Aftermarket, Neil Fryer, said.

“As much as we regret his decision to go into welldeserved retirement, we wish him all the best for the future. However, I am delighted that we were able to find a very qualified successor in Peter van der Galiën. On behalf of the entire Shareholders’ Committee, I wish him every success for the challenges ahead.”

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The new Westside Auto Service store can be found at 37 Ewing Street, Bentley WA Westside Auto is set to launch an innovative megaworkshop in Bentley, Western Australia, which it says is poised to elevate automotive servicing to new heights in the area.

Westside Auto says this new facility is more than just a service centre, stating it is a comprehensive hub for vehicle care, offering fixed, fair-priced services and repairs to ensure unparalleled customer satisfaction.

“Originating as a local used car dealership in 2002, Westside Auto Wholesale has evolved into Australia’s largest independent single-site automotive superstore, sprawling across over 24 acres in Bentley,” Westside Auto Chief Executive Officer, CJ Jayasinghe, said.

“The driving force behind this success is founder Bob Fowler, a veteran with over 50 years in the motor vehicle industry. His commitment to integrity, transparency, and excellence has been the foundation of the business.”

With a strong focus on online sales and consistently delivering over 1000 vehicles monthly, Bob is now


directing his vision towards expanding Westside Auto’s operations to include a cutting-edge retail and fleet service centre.

“The new workshop is an architectural marvel, featuring 120 work bays, and 64 hoists, with the potential to expand to over 80 hoists,” CJ said.

“This one-stop auto-shop provides a comprehensive suite of automotive services with Fixed Price Service Specials, designed to fit every need and budget.

“For those looking to upgrade their ride, experience a wide selection of retail solutions, including rims and tyres, with professional fitting and alignment, plus batteries, window tinting, and more.

“As the largest single-site workshop in Australia, it exemplifies Westside Auto’s commitment to meeting the growing needs of its clients with efficient and affordable servicing and repairs.”

CJ emphasises the importance of affordable vehicle servicing in today’s economic landscape.

“In the current economy, cost-effective vehicle

The off-road vehicle accessories specialist is now in Queensland

Hamer 4x4 has expanded its operations with a new location at 26 Strathwyn Street in Brendale replicating the services of its successful Melbourne warehouse and workshop in the Sunshine State.

Hamer 4x4 says the move marks a significant step in bringing top-quality customer service and expert solutions closer to the Queensland market.

The strategic location of the new flagship store, workshop, and distribution centre in Brendale is designed to cater to the automotive needs of offroad enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers while also servicing local 4x4 shops and car dealerships.

“This prime spot ensures convenient access to a comprehensive range of products and expert vehicle services, enhancing the overall offroad experience for Queensland’s thriving 4x4 community,” Hamer 4x4 Marketing Manager, Mark Gelo, said.

Hamer 4x4’s product range includes a wide variety of 4x4 accessories, from vehicle protection and performance enhancements to convenient vehicle-specific accessories.

“With a focus on the Australian market, our brand continually develops new product lines outside of bull bars, rear bars, and underbody protection, enabling enthusiasts to tackle challenging terrains and personalise their vehicles,” Mark said.

Mark reports the expansion into Queensland

is being driven by the state’s growing off-road industry and its vibrant community of 4x4 enthusiasts.

“Queensland’s diverse landscape, ranging from rugged terrains to coastal beaches, has fuelled a strong demand for 4x4 vehicles and accessories,” Mark said.

“This explosive surge in demand and the numerous off-road events and gatherings have made Queensland an ideal location for Hamer 4x4’s expansion.

“Despite competition from well-known names in the off-road and broader automotive industry, Hamer 4x4 aims to stand out by providing distinctive products, outstanding customer service, and maintaining higher inventory levels. This strategy is designed to make shipping and pickup more cost-effective.”

The expansion into Queensland offers numerous benefits for Hamer 4x4, including increased market share, growth opportunities, and an expanded customer base.

By establishing a presence in Queensland, Hamer 4x4 can tap into a larger market of off-road enthusiasts, thus enhancing its brand visibility and aligning with its strategic automotive expansion plans.

“Our expansion into Queensland represents a

servicing is essential. Our goal is to ensure that vehicle owners can access convenient and affordable maintenance, alleviating the concerns about cost and the need to delay timely services,” CJ said.

“Our approach is key to fostering long-term customer relationships, a cornerstone for our continuous growth. Mirroring the transformative impact we had in the used-car market with our candid and innovative business model, we are now set to apply the same principles to revolutionise the service industry.”

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strategic move to cater to a dynamic market driven by a passion for off-road adventures and a commitment to delivering high-quality products and services,” Mark said.

“It also opens new avenues for sales and distribution, allowing us to engage with a broader audience of off-road vehicle owners.

“Our commitment to high-quality products and fostering a community of off-road enthusiasts aligns perfectly with the Queensland market’s demand for rugged exploration and adventure.

“Furthermore, the logistical advantages of the new location will enhance the overall efficiency of our supply chain. The Queensland workshop will serve as a central hub for inventory, reducing delivery times and costs across the dealer network and thereby improving service quality and customer satisfaction.”

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Thirty eight years ago, the founder of Tough Dog Suspension chose family over traveling the world and since then, he hasn’t looked back

The 22nd of December 2023 marked John’s last official day in the global business he built initially beginning with three partners and an investment of just $3,000 each.

John began his career as a Qantas flight attendant, not as an engineer or mechanic, but as a determined person looking for the next great opportunity.

Working internationally meant half his time would be spent with long stints overseas, the other half with family at home.

Having an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to always be connected to family inspired John to look for a side hustle through his travels that would enable him to return home on a permanent basis, allowing more family time.

After importing cars for a time, he eventually developed a relationship with G Brothers Mercedes in Mona Vale and began importing car parts.

Not long after this in 1984, Tough Dog began, albeit under a different name at that stage.

“Coming from a service background (Qantas Cabin Crew) and working for an iconic brand (Qantas), I took the principles of quality products and good service and built the Tough Dog brand around those principles,” John said.

“Things break, but it is the way you respond to those incidents that make your products stand apart and makes the customer feel that even though there was a mishap, the company stands behind and rectifies any issues that may occur.

“In any small business, there is never enough time or people to do what needs to be done.

“I have always led by example and always was ready to step into the breach and lend a hand wherever and whenever it was needed.

“That I believe is the main reason why people came to believe in what I was doing and were prepared to go that extra yard.

“I can’t express my thanks enough to the many staff over the years that have worked above and beyond to make this company what it is today.”

Establishing a business in the mid-80s wasn’t easy, especially when interest rates soared, hitting over 18 percent, forcing start-ups to rethink the way they accessed capital to build an inventory.

For John and Di Agostino, this meant selling the family home to extract the equity they needed to breathe life into Tough Dog – a risky move, but one that would ultimately pay off.

As with most startups, Tough Dog began from humble roots in a garage on the Northern Beaches, rebadging and selling imported shock absorbers. However, John knew the limitations of importing and reselling product. For the business to grow it needed to innovate, to start developing its own products, and so he set about building a strategy to create his own market leading suspension products.

Known then as Bulldog 4way Suspension, Tough Dog had its first big break in the early 90s when one of the first Coil Over Hydraulic Shocks were developed, and the business began to boom.

The innovation didn’t stop at products, with new and innovative markets also sought out. The business went on to become one of the first to create cab mounts that connected truck cabins to chassis with their suspension, leveling the ride out and providing a far smoother journey, much to the delight of truck drivers and their chiropractors everywhere.

In the years that followed Tough Dog would go on to grow at a rapid rate, forcing the organisation to relocate to larger premises six times as the business continued to expand.

While the business grew and continued to innovate and build on its success, one thing remained a constant for John and the team at Tough Dog: the core of the business was always about family.

After working at Tough Dog for around 30 years, Simon Vella, Director of Product Development, affectionately described the operating style of the business as, “similar to the chaos of a 1980s Italian fruit shop in Marrickville.”

“It was always run like a bit of a fruit shop, Johnny came from a fruit shop, so I think that was just natural for him,” Simon said.

“Things were fast paced, emotional, spur of the moment stuff with everything always happening all at once.

“But that’s the thing about a family business, everyone just gets in and gets things done. The one thing that Johnny taught a lot of us in this place was, you do what you have to do to get things done, you roll your sleeves up and you just get into it.”

This family-owned Italian business, while frequently described as chaotic, always shared a common theme, ‘family before everything.’

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A early 4Way Suspension shop in Hassall St, Parramatta NSW Founder of Tough Dog Suspension Mr. John Agostino retires

Every school holiday John’s kids would be in the business helping out, with Roy Agustino, John’s eldest son, remembering being in the factory at just eight years old.

“Yeah, they couldn’t slow me down right from the early days,” Roy said.

“I remember I’d have a go at anything and everything. From packing screw packs to washer packs, to when I got older cutting, painting and finishing, I had a crack at everything.”

Reflecting on his father’s approach to the business over the many years Roy said, “Dad was always a very caring and generous person. He acknowledged that through his hard work, other people worked hard and he looked after them, he was always one that really lead by example when it came to work ethic.”

Fondly known as Captain Chaos, John has always led the business from the front, being hands on in everything from taking out the bins to creating the next leading innovation in suspension.

Tough Dog General Manager, Ed Crowther, spoke about his experience working with John, and his strong sense of integrity.

“John’s the consummate old school gentleman believing your word is your bond. You know you can trust him whatever he says, he’ll always make it happen,” Ed said.

This ethos helped John strengthen and form longstanding relationships which have built significant value into the business over many years.

Businesses like 4 Tracks in Malaysia, Tough Dog’s very first export customer, is still with the business. It began trading in 1992 and has consistently bought from Tough Dog for over 30 years now.

While John is heading into retirement, it doesn’t look like he will slow down anytime soon.

“Retirement is just a transition to something else,” John said.

“I swim in the ocean every day. Nothing cleanses the soul like a dip in the ocean.

“I have purchased a Can Am Trike and I ride most days. I consider myself a very lucky man as Di and I have four children and eight beautiful grandchildren, and they all live within cooee of us.

“And of course there will be the odd trip thrown in for good measure!”

John gained his motorbike licence just two years ago at the age of 70, and while John’s family were

not overly impressed with his new hobby, they struggled to talk him out of this newfound passion – which is unsurprising, as in business and in life, John has always been a decisive leader who’s view, like most successful founders, is difficult to sway once he has made up his mind.

Roy spoke about John’s new passion, saying “we all tried to talk him out of it, but it was just like Johnny, he was out to prove us all wrong and went ahead anyway.”

John has been a guiding hand and mentor for many in Tough Dog and his legacy will be the vast knowledge he has imparted on the team, and the strong sense of integrity and family values that sit at the core of the business.

“I always looked up to John, definitely in my eyes he was always the man,” Simon said.

“You always know with John that if he gives you his word, he will fall on his sword trying to deliver on it. I think this is something that we all hold true and will continue to remain part of the culture at Tough Dog well into the future.”

Tough Dog has long been a member of the AAAA, with John stating that its services have proved invaluable to him as he built his business over the years.

“Tough Dog has attended many overseas exhibitions on the AAAA stands, without which, especially in the early years, would have been impossible for Top Dog to afford to attend,” John said.

“Domestically, it is invaluable to have an organisation that firstly keeps you informed about the goings on in the industry, secondly represents its members at the highest levels of government, and thirdly provides services that would be beyond most members capacity to afford.”

Australian Auto Aftermarket Magazine wishes John all the best for his retirement.

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John’s black Porsche 911 - one of the vehicles John imported and later sold Roy Agostino (John’s eldest son - standing), Claire Agostino (John’s eldest child daughter inside vehicle to left) with sister Stephanie Agostino (inside vehicle to right)


A strong sports marketing platform is assisting Trico to stay ahead of its competitors

Trico is one of the world’s leading Original Equipment and automotive aftermarket manufacturers of windscreen wipers and wiper blades.

Founded in the USA as the Tri-Continental Corporation, for over a century Trico has been an integral brand in the development of the windscreen wiper.

Today, Trico designs and manufactures full wiper systems, wiper blades, arms, motors and linkages, including Original Equipment solutions for numerous automotive brands throughout the world. By focusing on a constantly expanding range and total product quality, Trico has become a highly trusted veteran brand of the Australian automotive aftermarket.

To help ensure its position in the market, Trico Australia presently has two significant motor racing involvements that assist greatly in promoting the brand both to the automotive trade and to do-ityourself enthusiasts.

Firstly, the Phillip Island Classic each year always proves to be an excellent motoring enthusiast targeted event.

Organised by the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR), Trico presents a number of races at this extremely popular annual classic car specialised motor racing festival.

Trico’s second major Australian motorsport involvement has just commenced this year with the company’s title sponsorship of one of the country’s most exciting and relatively new motor racing categories, the 2024 Trico Trans Am Series.

Inspired by the ‘Trans American’ racing formula which originated in the USA during the 1960s, the Trico Trans Am Series has captured the imagination of Australian motorsport fans with its brand of cutand-thrust racing action featuring purpose-built, V8-powered race cars in the body styles of iconic American muscle cars.

The Trico brand will feature prominently across the Trans Am Series, including the front windscreen banners of every car competing in the series.

In addition, the Trico Pole Award will also see the fastest qualifier of each round win a cash prize of $1,000.

The Trico Trans Am Series promises to be a highly competitive contest in 2024, with a quality group of drivers set to challenge reigning series champion, James Moffat, for the title.

“This is the first time that Trico has taken naming rights of an Australian motor racing series,” Trico Asia-Pacific Sales Manager, Adam Rickard, said.

“Trans Am has grown significantly in Australia during the relatively short time since the superloud, fast and panel-rubbing racing series was introduced to this country.

“The 2024 Trico Trans Am Series features young up and coming drivers along with a number of Supercar drivers either competing full time in the series or making guest race appearances. This adds to its fan appeal significantly while also adding to the excitement of each race.”

While Trico explains it is renowned as one of the world’s best known windscreen wiper product brands, being involved in motorsport serves to keep the Trico brand at its customers’ front of mind.

“There is no doubt that having a significant presence in motorsport works and is highly effective as a branding platform,” Adam said.

“Our signs are placed on the windscreens of every Trans Am car competing, and that further links our brand and our short but sharp slogan of ‘World’s Best Wipers’ to our customers extremely well.”

As this is the inaugural season of Trico’s involvement with the Trans Am Series, it is too early to judge overall effectiveness and customer impact just yet.

Having said that, following the 2024 season opening round at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway in February, Trico says the initial signs are very promising given the positive reactions gained from several major trade customers and retailers.

To ensure it is appropriately leveraging its sponsorship, Trico is actively communicating with the automotive and motorsport media, supplying images and news stories throughout the year.

Point of sale merchandise, workshop posters and other marketing initiatives are on the way and Trico is also entertaining customers and guests at each 2024 Trico Trans Am Series event throughout the season.

“In regard to our motorsport based marketing, we look for outstanding value, a definite link to our products, and the ability to leverage our involvement to the maximum level possible,” Adam said.

“It isn’t about how much you spend or invest; it is about the value that you get from your motorsport marketing investments.

“If you are not willing to invest in leveraging your involvement in motorsport, you are not making the most of it.

“The sign on the car is just a fraction of what is required to make your involvement work in increasing your branding and ultimately to increase your market share through sales.”

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Jett has stepped up to the Dunlop Super2 Series for 2024

NAPA Auto Parts says it is pleased to confirm its continued support of Jett Johnson and his rise through the Australian Supercars ranks.

Jett will step up to the Dunlop Super2 Series category, competing with AIM Motorsport in an exTickford Racing Gen2 Mustang.

The new drive is another step in his rise through the motorsport system. Jett won the 2022 TA Muscle Car Series before taking second place in last year’s Dunlop Super3 Series driving a Nissan Altima.

In 2024, Jett returns to a Ford – the brand that is synonymous with his family’s amazing legacy – and is excited about the season ahead.

Jett will be part of a two-car Mustang team under AIM Motorsport, with Zane Morse driving the second car. Renowned engineer Erik Pender will tune Johnson’s Mustang each race weekend.

“It’s great to continue my motorsport journey with

NAPA Auto Parts into the Dunlop Super2 Series,” Jett said.

“Last year was terrific to learn the circuits in a Supercar, understand how to get the most out of the tyre in qualifying and really prepare myself for the next step into Super2.

“It’s a big step, but it’s a challenge that I’m ready for.

“This simply isn’t possible without the support of Titan Caravans, NAPA Auto Parts, all of my other partners and of course my family. They have my back and I’m really excited for the 2024 season.”

GPC Asia Pacific Executive General Manager –Marketing, Mitch Wiley, said NAPA Auto Parts is proud to continue its support of Jett into the Super2 category.

“This will be the third year that we have teamed up with Jett as his climbs his way through the motorsport ranks, and we can see that he is starting to make his own mark on the sport,” Mitch said.

“Jett is a perfect fit for the NAPA Auto Parts Motorsport Academy, and we look forward to bringing academy members more content and more support during the 2024 season.”

Jett’s #117 will also carry support from new motorsport sponsor Titan Caravans, a Queensland


The company has become a naming rights partner with the team

Bendix has joined forces with Matt Stone Racing (MSR) as the new naming rights partner on Nick Percat’s Chevrolet Camaro for the 2024 Supercars Championship.

Bendix has a strong involvement in Supercars with its trade partners, and also fielded the Bendix ULT4WD SuperUte last year, but this is the first time Bendix has taken naming rights of a race car in Australia’s top motorsport category.

Percat’s MSR Bendix Racing Team Gen3 Camaro was first revealed in early February sporting the famous number 10.

“It is great to have such an iconic Australian

automotive brand like Bendix partnered with Matt Stone Racing and Supercars this year,” Matt Stone Racing Team Owner, Matt Stone, said.

“There is a lot of continuity with Bendix and many of our other partners that are involved in the automotive space. It really bolsters the strength of the MSR family of partners as we head into a big season.

“The Bendix Racing Team Supercar looks great.”

FMP Group Australia – Bendix Chief Executive Officer, George Kyriakopoulos, said the company was very excited about its new association with MSR, and the opportunities the partnership would bring.

“Bendix is looking forward to racing in the Supercars category in 2024,” George said.

“As the preeminent motorsport category and one of Australia’s most watched sports, Supercars is a natural fit for us. We are as passionate about cars as our customers, and quite frankly we are ready to race!

“Bendix is Australia’s leading braking brand with an extensive range of braking components including brake pads, rotors and accessories.

family-owned and operated business, as well as Shell V-Power, Pirtek and other long-term partners.

“Titan Caravan’s Australia is proud to be supporting Jett on his motorsport journey alongside his other blue chip sponsors in 2024 and beyond,” Titan Caravans Australia Managing Director, James Creswick, said.

“My family has had a strong interest and following in Australian motorsports for many years, and to be able to support Team Johnson along with the Johnson family is a true honour and privilege.

“The whole Titan team is really looking forward to cheering Jett on this year and many years to come!”

Jett’s rise has great synergies for NAPA Auto Parts, which will enter its fourth year providing the NAPA Motorsport Academy to aspiring stars.

The free service offers tuition, guidance and best practices for all grassroots racers. The academy is free and available for all racers to sign up to.

For more information on the NAPA Motorsport Academy, visit

Whether it’s Bendix GCT for passenger vehicles or Ultimate 4WD to suit four-wheel-drive vehicles, Bendix has you covered.

“For those with a more sporting intent, Bendix also offers Ultimate+ Brakes and Rotors as well as Street Road Track Pads – we understand that vehicles come in all shapes and sizes: passenger cars, EVs, SUVs and 4WDs.

“All products are extensively tested, so drivers can Brake with Confidence, and now with MSR, Bendix can Race with Confidence.”

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The new-look Blanchard Racing Team is cutting a fine figure as the Supercars season gets underway

CoolDrive Auto Parts’ owned and operated Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) is turning heads with a brand-new look for its expanded two-car assault on the 2024 Supercars Championship season.

For its new second entry, Snowy River Caravans has joined BRT as the naming rights partner, and its striking teal colour will be displayed on James Courtney’s #7 Mustang.

Meanwhile, Aaron Love has joined the main series line-up in the #3 CoolDrive Racing Mustang, which will proudly display the iconic blue of CoolDrive Auto Parts, which says it is Australasia’s leading family-owned automotive parts supplier for the automotive trade.

“The journey from one car to two is a testament to BRT’s growth and potential. We are incredibly

excited about this two-pronged attack in 2024 with our dynamic duo of drivers in James and Aaron and cannot wait to see what we can achieve together,” BRT Co-Principal, Tim Blanchard, said.

“We are hungry for success and ready to make our mark on the championship.

“Thank you to our naming partners, Snowy River Caravans and CoolDrive Auto Parts, for their support in making this possible.”

In his first season at BRT, James Courtney will once again partner with Snowy River Caravans to bring the teal back to the podium.

As one of the most experienced drivers in the field starting his 19th Supercars season, James is motivated to lead his new team and mentor teammate Aaron Love in his first full-time main series season.

“The teal livery on the Snowy River Caravans Mustang looks absolutely spectacular,” James said.

“The entire team has put in a lot of work during the off-season, and our results will speak for themselves.

“I look forward to working with Aaron this year. He is truly one of the rising stars of the sport, and I am eager to help push him and our team forward.”


Pedders has been the official control spring supplier for the Supercars championship since 2017

Pedders Suspension and Brakes has been proud to be the Supercars Gen3 Official Control Spring supplier since 2023, following a five-year extension to its existing partnership with the Repco Supercars Championship.

The Pedders Damper by SupaShock was already a highly successful part of Supercars racing, and last year became the Official Control Spring used by all Teams racing in the Gen3 Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros.

Ahead of the 2023 season, the Pedders R&D department worked closely with Erebus Motorsport and the Supercars Technical Department which was charged with the development of the Gen3 Camaro and Mustang, to deliver a world-

class motorsport-specific spring set that had been engineered to the highest of standards.

The Gen3 Pedders control springs are manufactured by Pedders at its spring plant, located in Keysborough in South East Melbourne.

The entire Pedders Suspension and Brakes network is extremely excited to be the Official Suspension Partner of the Supercars Championship, and a Supercars category supplier.

“Our Australian owned franchise operation is a proud supporter of Australian motor racing and Australian manufacturing,” Pedders Suspension and Brakes Managing Director, Scott Pedder, said.

“We loved our existing partnership with Supercars, and the opportunity to create the Control Spring for all Supercars teams as they raced in Gen3 from 2023 was too awesome to ignore, so we jumped at it.

“Product innovation is a key driver for our business and motorsport is part of our brand’s DNA. We enjoy watching, competing and manufacturing parts to enhance the performance and experience of vehicles.

“We are competitive by nature. We love the thrill of

Aaron is making his Supercars main game debut in 2024, following a promising Dunlop Super2 series campaign by taking victory at Bathurst and completing both the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 as a wildcard entry in the main series. He is eager to showcase his talent and support the growth of the BRT team.

“I’m thrilled to continue my journey with BRT. The CoolDrive Racing Mustang looks fantastic as usual and I am proud to drive it in 2024,” Aaron said.

“The BRT crew had been working around the clock during the offseason and I am confident we will experience success this year.

“I’m excited to drive alongside James, a Supercars champion, and learn from him to further build my knowledge in the sport.”

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racing and the challenges it presents.  It makes us compete on a higher level.

“Our lessons learned on the racetrack are lessons we integrate into the design and manufacture of our great range of products.

“We enjoy enhancing our customers’ vehicles to make them perform, carry loads and tow better and this is how we improve the customer experience… by racing.”

“Having a top quality Australian company creating the racing springs that assist our Gen3 cars is great news for our Supercars teams,” Supercars Chief Executive Officer, Shane Howard, said.

To learn more about Pedders, visit

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The event has announced a new partnership with Liqui Moly Australia

Leading Australian automotive community, Motor Culture Australia (MCA), says it is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Liqui Moly Australia, the renowned German lubricants manufacturer.

This strategic partnership will see Liqui Moly align with MCA on all national events across 2024, ensuring premium brand visibility and audience engagement through a series of strategic initiatives.

“We’re excited to elevate our community members’ experience by partnering with a trusted brand like Liqui Moly, who have a passion for automotive excellence and, at the same time, thrive on community engagement,” Motor Culture Australia Executive Director and Founder, Thomas Fu, said.

Liqui Moly will secure a premium stall position at every MCA event, guaranteeing a front-row seat to all the action.

Likewise, the partnership is under an exclusive arrangement, ensuring Liqui Moly remains the only auto care and lubricants brand at all national MCA events.

“We have spent a good amount of time looking at the car enthusiast community groups here in Australia as we wanted to align ourselves with a brand that represented everything we want in a

partner,” Liqui Moly Australia Marketing Manager, Belinda Narbey, said.

“We are recognised in Australia and around the world for our support in motorsport however there is so much more we do.

“Looking for a way in which we can demonstrate this, we wanted to find the right brand to support and where they could support us too.

“We tested out the partnership at the Gold Coast 500, where we had the Liberty Walk Supra from MCA on display which garnered a lot of attention and has given MCA a new fan base at the same time. We are looking forward to what 2024 will bring for us both.”

Liqui Moly’s branding will be prominently displayed on all digital event banners, offering continuous exposure. Additionally, the partnership will be highlighted through Facebook, Eventbrite, and email campaigns, ensuring a broader audience reach.

“Liqui Moly has a strong international brand following which has been built over many years, so we hope this collaboration will enhance the experience of our event attendees and open up our events to a new avenue of motor enthusiasts,” Thomas said.

The collaboration includes real-time event story features and a dedicated MCA brand ambassador


At the same time, the tyre and mechanical retailer has announced a new alliance with Team 18

JAX Tyres and Auto says it is thrilled to announce the continuation of its successful partnership with Supercars driver David Reynolds, and an exciting new collaboration with Team 18 for the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

Having begun in 2019, JAX Tyres and Auto’s partnership with David Reynolds rolls into 2024 with the JAX brand set to feature on Reynolds’ helmet and suit, and on the rear wing end plate of both Team 18 cars, including Reynolds’ #20 Tradie-backed Chev Camaro and Mark Winterbottom’s #18 Dewalt Racing car.

As well as featuring on the pit boom gate, Team 18’s pit crew helmets will continue to feature JAX’s signature yellow livery.

JAX Tyres and Auto Chief Executive Officer, Steve Grossrieder, expressed his excitement about the continued partnership.

“We are delighted to extend our collaboration with David Reynolds, a true icon in Supercars racing,” Steve said.

“Our journey with David has been incredibly rewarding and we are proud to stand by his side as he embarks on this new chapter with Team 18.

“We believe in the power of long-term partnerships and this alliance reflects our commitment to excellence and passion for the sport.”

David Reynolds, who has joined Team 18 for the 2024 season, shared his enthusiasm about the extended partnership with JAX Tyres and Auto.

“I’m thrilled to continue working with JAX Tyres and Auto. Their support has been invaluable and together we’ve achieved great success on and off the track,” David said.

Team 18 owner, Charlie Schwerkolt, also expressed his excitement about the collaboration.

“We are pleased to welcome JAX Tyres and Auto to the Team 18 family. Their commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our goals, and we look forward to achieving great success together in the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

story discussion, providing a narrative that resonates with automotive enthusiasts. Furthermore, Liqui Moly will appear in event wrap-up videos, offering greater exposure for both brands beyond live events.

“Alongside our partner BTuned, Liqui Moly is also set to sponsor our new track car which is currently under construction,” Thomas said.

“This high-performance vehicle is slated for a grand reveal at our very first two-day Festival of Motorsport with Queensland Raceway on the 18th and 19th of November this year, which we are all very excited about.

“We also have the pleasure of offering Liqui Moly’s product range to our giveaway car winners to support their vehicle aftercare at home.”

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With David Reynolds behind the wheel, we believe we have a winning combination,” Charlie said.

This announcement follows JAX Tyres and Auto’s continued support of motor racing at both a national and grass-roots level.

Activity in 2023 included the Pink Helmet initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness month at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, which saw David Reynolds turn his helmet from JAX Yellow to Pink in support of the National Breast Council Foundation at a race in which he emerged victorious.

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Embrace a new era of 4x4 performance with CalOffroad’s Nitro Pro suspension

Said to deliver unparalleled handling, performance and control, the Nitro Pro range has been designed, tested, and manufactured in Australia by the experts at CalOffroad.

The new range from CalOffroad is ideally suited for four-wheel-drivers seeking a suspension upgrade, a higher load carrying capacity, more comfort for touring, better 4x4 capacity, or wanting a lift of up to two inches.

Nitro Pro suspension products boast twin tube construction which allows higher oil capacity and a lower gas rate to reduce shock temperatures, and a 18mm induction hardened chromed piston rod for increased strength and to maximise durability.

The larger internal bore and diameter piston deliver increased rebound damping and damping force capabilities, with the units gas-pressurised to 60psi to reduce foaming, performance fade, and noise.

This means the shocks’ 54mm body can hold more oil at a lower gas pressure to ultimately dissipate heat faster and deliver long-lasting performance.

The full displaced valving controls rebound, but also adds to compression damping capability, which means high control forces can be achieved without high pressure inside the damper.

Damping forces are precisely controlled thanks to the slip-ring rod guide with Teflon-impregnated bronze bearing, and a T-shaped slip-ring that flows to the seal, while the two-part Epoxy coating ensures superior stone chip and corrosion resistance.

The double-bonded strut bushings with an OEstyle natural rubber provides extended durability, even with high accessory loads.

The Nitro Pro shocks are also protected from dust and debris thanks to a tough polypropylene dirt shield which also reduces noise levels on stone and rocky road surfaces.

Nitro Pro offers application-specific fitments to suit vehicles exposed to varying conditions, load, and weight factors, including GVM requirements.

CalOffroad’s connection to Australia’s remote and outback destinations and its local offroad testing

facility in Australia enables constant testing, continuous refinement, and development of cutting-edge products for local conditions. With decades of experience, CalOffroad says it “stands at the forefront of 4x4 suspension systems, offering the ultimate in quality and performance.”

The new Nitro Pro range from CalOffroad is now available from all CoolDrive branches in Australia and New Zealand, and online at

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The new Elite tray has been released following a 2.5 year investment

Norweld, a leading Australian premium 4WD aluminium tray and canopy manufacturer, has unveiled what it describes as a groundbreaking new generation tray design – the result of significant investment in research and development worth $750,000.

The first new ute tray release from the company in three years, Norweld says the Elite tray “reflects its commitment to offering the toughest, most durable products built to thrive in Australia’s harsh conditions, cementing its position as an innovative, market-leading manufacturer.”

The Elite tray launch comes after Norweld’s most successful year to date. Expanding to meet demand, in 2023 Norweld opened two new purpose-built facilities spanning 2,367sqm in Brisbane’s north and 2,573sqm in Perth and added more than 35 staff while experiencing 20 percent year-on-year company growth.

Norweld Director Jaime McIntosh said the new Elite tray represented the very best in Australian design, material quality and cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities that customers have trusted for more than 50 years.

“Our new Elite tray is the result of many years of hard work, investment in innovative equipment and manufacturing techniques, and feedback gathered

from thousands of Norweld customers who put our products to the test every day,” Jaime said.

“We’re proud to have the support of a passionate community of Norweld customers that share our love for exploring Australia’s tough terrain in their 4WD.

“The Elite tray has been designed to take that experience to the next level, offering a sleek, modern design that’s made to thrive in any environment and offer practical functionality that ute owners need.”

Developed by Norweld’s in-house team of design and engineering experts, backed by over 50 years of aluminium fabrication and manufacturing expertise, Jaime said the Elite tray would take the business into the next phase of growth.

Key features and benefits:

• Lower profile, ‘bolt on’ side profile design, colour-coded to match each vehicle

• Adjusted headboard height to provide clearance for popular ‘Rhino-Rack’ or ARB roof rack with allowance for solar panels and other accessories or modifications

• Complex headboard extrusion in new mandrel bent profile for improved aerodynamics

• Height allowance for inclusion of 130L upright fridge within Norweld’s range of canopies

• Integrated Anderson plug mounts and tie down points in the headboard for securing large items

• 40L water tank for standard dual cabs vehicles, and 58L for extended Toyota Land Cruisers, extra cab and single cab vehicles

• Lightboard design with Norweld exclusive taillights and unique bolt-on panels for ease of replacement

• Constant torque hinges on toolboxes and enhanced drawer design with lock functionality

• Custom made, gravity-fed water filler and tap engineered for standard hose fittings

• Various mudguard options to suit car and wheel designs

Norweld guarantees a lifetime warranty on the workmanship of its aluminium fabricated products. The Elite tray is now available to order. For more information, visit

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Rova Range Automotive has a wide array of parts available for these vehicles

For those of you that love your Land Rover or Range Rover, Rova Range Automotive says it has been achieving great customer satisfaction with its Parts Division, specialising in sourcing and supplying Land Rover and Range Rover aftermarket products, including APT parts.

“We have just recently finished the fit out of all of the APT underbody protection for a Land Rover Discovery 4, for the purposes of an extended family trip around Australia,” Rova Range Automotive Owner, Jason Robinson, said.

“This upgrade was designed to offer the pinnacle of protection and circumvent any potential risks involved in taking the vehicle off road.”

Rova Range Automotive Parts Manager, Adam Goudge, said having confidence that your vehicle is not going to let you down is of paramount importance.

“Having that confidence really maximises the whole travelling experience. It is worth doing as it really adds to the feeling of confidence in your vehicle, especially if you’re travelling into more remote areas,” Adam said.

“As one of only a few Xlifter suppliers in Australia, Xlifters have also become one of the more popular added extras for off roading at Rova Range Automotive, as you can adjust the height and level of the vehicle, which is useful for everything from transiting over water to rock climbing to camping out.” Late last year Adam sourced a re-conditioned genuine 3.0L 24V DOHC V6 TC Land Rover diesel engine and sent it to Tasmania. Just prior to that, he had a similar engine go to a workshop in NSW.

“Adam’s ability to source parts and products is second to none in this niche market,” Jason said.

“Supplying the right part at a good price is our aim and with over 25 years of experience, we have the


Australia’s premier outdoors lifestyle event will return to the Brisbane Showgrounds from March 15-17

The 2024 National 4x4 Outdoors Show will be filled with exciting activities and unforgettable memories from Australia’s favourite pastimes across its three days.

Event organisers say this year’s show is shaping up to be one of best yet, with all the top products from the 4x4 aftermarket to the latest campers, caravans and accessories, outdoor adventure, and tourism and apparel, interatctive displays, informative presentations and live entertainment.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the show back to the Brisbane Showgrounds, and have a plethora of new, improved and exciting features bound to excite even the most seasoned outdoor lover,” National 4x4 Outdoors Show Event Director, Jon Perry, said.

“Aussies love nothing more than hitting the open road and heading out bush for a few days of camping. Our show ensures they are fully equipped with all the right information, tools and accessories to make their trip easy and enjoyable.

“There will once again be a wide range of show-only specials and bargains, together with an array of interactive displays, tips and insider hacks, reinforcing the event’s reputation as a must attend.”

For ticket sales and further details, visit

knowledge and the resources to supply only quality replacement parts.

“We guarantee that our products are genuine and sourced only from reliable suppliers because we won’t compromise our reputation by offering inferior parts or service.”

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Leisure-Tec Australia has expanded its product offering

Leisure-Tec Australia has recently added world leading Italian refrigeration manufacturer –Vitrifrigo – to its stable of caravan, motorhome, camping and 4WD premium products.

Leisure-Tec Australia says it delivers innovation to the lifestyle industry in Australia, specialising in providing more comfort to customers on the move.

It states the addition of the new Vitrifrigo Chromelock series of light weight and slimline refrigeration products to its portfolio will provide caravanners, motorhome owners, vanlifers and 4WDers with the luxury refrigeration they deserve.

Leisure-Tec Australia Chief Executive Officer, Paul Widdis, said with Vitrifrigo being added to its distribution in Australia, it would provide caravan and motorhome manufacturers with the opportunity to provide their customers with a world leading premium brand, as well as DIYers and 4WD enthusiasts.

The new range of caravan, camper trailer and motorhome fridges include 250L, 150L, 130L, 115L and 90L Upright Fridge/Freezers, while the new range of 4x4/dual cab, caravan and camper trailer fridges includes 85L and 60L Upright Fridge/Freezers. In addition, and unique for 4X4/ dual cabs, caravans, camper trailers and vans, is the new 30 Litre drawer fridge.

Leisure-Tec Australia distributes three major brands - Truma, myCOOLMAN and Milenco –and states that its products “are not only on the front line of innovation, they also enrich the lives of our customers, encouraging them to get more out of life and make living life off the beaten track a reality with all of the comforts of home.”

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For unexpected breakdowns

As a leading global provider of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions, Gates Australia has developed a range of 4WD emergency kits.

These kits are designed to provide drivers with everything they need to tackle unexpected breakdowns. Whether on the side of the highway, off-roading in the bush or stranded in an isolated location, a 4WD emergency kit can save the day from an unexpected hose or belt failure.

Each kit is specifically tailored to cater to 4WD and high kilometer vehicles and is available for a wide range of popular makes including Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, and Mitsubishi Pajero.

Each kit includes a range of essential parts, such as radiator hose(s), V and/or Micro-V belts, and hose clamps.

Packaged for compact storage in your vehicle, drivers can replace worn parts wherever they are, giving them peace of mind knowing they have everything they need to navigate any situation that comes their way.

The radiator hose(s) are manufactured to fit upper, lower and bypass, heater and other coolant applications with OEM specifications and is engineered to resist electrochemical degradation – the leading cause of hose failure.

The V and/or Micro-V belts feature advanced technology that matches the OE size, construction, and materials to ensure optimal vehicle performance.

The hose clamps are designed to provide secure and reliable connections between hoses and fittings.

But Gates Australia says perhaps the best thing about these kits is their convenience.

With everything packed into a single compact/ reusable bag, drivers can easily store the kit in their vehicle and have it on hand whenever they need it.

The Gates 4WD emergency kits are available from all Gates automotive distributors in Australia and New Zealand.

If you are not sure whether there is a kit available for your vehicle, you can simply go to and search for your vehicle for a complete parts listing. For more information, visit


To suit Nissan Patrol Y62 and Toyota Hilux SR and SR5

Ironman 4x4 says its Raid Bar is where form truly meets function and are a great option for those who appreciate sharp looks, while still achieving improved approach angles, greatly improved frontal protection, light mounting and full winch compatibility.

With a sleek urban design, with the toughest of tough-track capabilities, the Raid Bar is available for Nissan Patrol Y62 and Toyota Hilux SR and SR5.

Ironman 4x4’s Raid series program incorporates all factory OEM safety features. Safety is not limited to the factory features, Ironman 4x4 performs in-house FEA and ADR compliance testing and complies with all state and territory regulations, meeting industry standards

Key features and benefits:

• Winch cradle mounted directly to the chassis for the strongest and safest possible winching platform for the harshest recovery situations.

• The bull bar is made from 3mm steel, and the winch cradle is made from 5mm steel.

• Winch cradle with included clutch handle access and line visibility.

• Included two 5-tonne recovery points and 4mm skidplate.

• Provison for centre light bar, cube or fog lights.

• Vehicle safety features maintained with radar and sensor compatibility.

• Centre plate and underpans designed with additional airducting to maximise airflow to the intercooler.

• Matte black textured powdercoat finish.

• For Toyota Hilux SR and SR5, the kit will include two versions of headlight infills, one to suit the SR model and one to suit the SR5. For more information, visit

146 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2024 4WD

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