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ABOUT THE COVER Penrite is an Australian owned and operated company committed to innovation and continued investment in Australian manufacturing.

REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Calendar.................................................... 4 New Members........................................... 4 AAAA Report ............................................ 6 News......................................................... 8 Products.................................................. 28

Consumer Law....................................... 108 HR Matters............................................ 109 Shopfront.............................................. 110 4WD...................................................... 116 Performance & Racing........................... 118


KEEPING YOU INFORMED Farewell and best wishes to Elyse Keyser.............................................................................. 7 Future Fuels Fund revved up................................................................................................ 9 RPM Automotive Group strengthens NQ presence.............................................................. 11 Apprentice shortages a concern for future of the Automotive industry................................. 12 Bosch opens new Manufacturing Automation Centre.......................................................... 14 Revised car usage in a COVID-19 world.............................................................................. 15 Be on the alert for scams................................................................................................... 16 AAPEX and SEMA announce Health and Safety measures.................................................. 19


FEATURES Cover Story: Penrite - Investing in Australia........................................................................ 20 Technofile: Opus IVS takes on 2013 Range Rover issues.................................................... 22 Product R&D: Century Batteries - Made in Australia for local conditions............................. 24 Member Feature: Hayman Reese - 70 Years Strong............................................................ 70 Towing Systems & Vehicle Protection: All the latest in towbar & bullbar components......... 72 Oils & Lubes: Keeping your customers’ vehicles running smoothly...................................... 90 Trade Talk: Terry Penney: one of the Burson Auto Parts originals...................................... 106 Milestones: 70 years of MANN-FILTER............................................................................ 115 Members in Motorsport: Racing Together........................................................................ 120


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CALENDAR 2021-2022 AAAA led participation in international trade shows is suspended until our international borders reopen. AAPEX Sands Expo & Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV 2 – 4 November 2021 SEMA Las Vegas Convention Center, NV 2 – 5 November 2021 Automechanika Shanghai National Exhibition & Convention Center, Puxi, Shanghai 24 – 27 November 2021 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 9 – 11 December 2021 Automechanika Dubai Dubai World Trade Centre 14 – 16 December 2021 Automechanika Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia 15 – 17 March 2022 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo 2022 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 7 – 9 April 2022

NEW MEMBERS ARB Cockburn 3 Argong Chase COCKBURN CENTRAL WA 6164 Ph: 08 9417 3197 E: Auto Gear Wallan Shop 1, 51 High Street WALLAN VIC 3756 Ph: 03 5783 1200 E: Auto Masters Highbury 1013 Lower North East Road HIGHBURY SA 5089 Ph: 08 8263 0030 E: Auto Masters Karnup 1 Verdigris Road KARNUP WA 6176 Ph: 08 6365 6788 E: Auto Masters Labrador 1/ 197 Brisbane Road BIGGERA WATERS QLD 4216 Ph: 07 5500 5530 E: Auto Masters Slacks Creek 3361 Pacific Highway SLACKS CREEK QLD 4127 Ph: 07 3208 0828 E: Auto Masters Southport 39 Egerton Street SOUTHPORT QLD 4215 Ph: 07 5528 5558 E:

CCA Transport 16 Rivendell Drive TWEED HEADS NSW 2486 Ph: 02 5513 0416 E: Central Auto 4x4 1 Fitzgerald Close CASTLEMAINE VIC 3450 Ph: 03 5472 4333 E: Central Vic Diesel 5 Johnson Street MARYBOROUGH VIC 3465 Ph: 0428 770 297 E: Chickerell Street Exhaust 45 Chickerell Street MORWELL VIC 3840 Ph: 03 5134 8624 E: Chincogan Mechanical Repairs 10 Smith Street MULLUMBIMBY NSW 2482 Ph: 02 6684 3797 E: Chip Tuning Australia Unit 5, 133 Station Road SEVEN HILLS NSW 2147 Ph: 02 8090 1881 E: Clutch Industries Pty Ltd 136-138 Gaffney Street COBURG NORTH VIC 3058 Ph: 1300 369 787 E: CruiserLand Parts & Accessories 8 Old York Road NORTHAM WA 6401 Ph: 0497 847 827 E:

Auto Parts Guys 9 Hurst Street CRESTMEAD QLD 4132 Ph: 0447 678 928 E:

Diesel Tune Adelaide 95 Brighton Road GLENELG SA 5045 Ph: 1300 402 505 E:

Cammo Offroad 1/ 20 Speedwell Street SOMERVILLE VIC 3912 Ph: 03 5977 8655 E:

Emotiogence Pty Ltd 8 Little Jean Street UPPER FERNTREE GULLY VIC 3156 Ph: 3009 35547 E:

Carbitz 4WD Fitout Solutions 3 Industrial Drive COFFS HARBOUR NSW 2450 E:

Endeavour Tools 50 Jellico Drive SCORESBY VIC 3179 Ph: 03 9753 3800 E:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NEW MEMBERS Exhaust Plus Salisbury 23 Park Terrace SALISBURY SA 5108 Ph: 08 8281 0992 E: Extreme 4x4 Mech 1 By The Sea Road MONA VALE NSW 2103 Ph: 02 9979 6655 E: Fit My 4WD 33 Sir Donald Bradman Drive MILE END SA 5031 Ph: 08 8354 3349 E: Five Star Tow Bars 48 Raheen Avenue WANTIRNA VIC 3152 Ph: 1300 787 008 E: Flood Automotive 4/ 10 Mitchell Road MOOREBANK NSW 2170 Ph: 02 9601 7555 E: Franks Muffler Unit 2, 8 Wilson Street South LISMORE NSW 2480 Ph: 02 6622 4377 E: Garbz’z Garage 23 Francis Street PORTLAND VIC 3305 Ph: 03 5548 4832 E: Goldys Trailers & Towbars 649 Pacific Highway NARARA NSW 2250 Ph: 02 4328 5151 E:

Kangaroo Flat Auto Services 11 Lockwood Road KANGAROO FLAT VIC 3555 Ph: 03 5447 9536 E: Kaon 4x4 Accessories 58 Antimony Street CAROLE PARK QLD 4110 Ph: 07 3271 5424 E: Lifestyle 4x4 Springwood 3447 Pacific Highway SLACKS CREEK QLD 4127 Ph: 07 3884 9488 E: MFI Service Bodies 17 Southeast Boulevard PAKENHAM VIC 3810 Ph: 03 5940 4694 E: Motor Class Systems Australia 8/ 106 Dandenong Road FRANKSTON VIC 3199 Ph: 03 9781 4161 E: New Zealand Automotive Distributors 28D Moselle Avenue HENDERSON, AUCKLAND 0610 New Zealand Ph: 8362 886 E: NOCO 30339 Diamond Parkway, #102 Glenwillow OH 44139 United States Ph: 21 6464 8131 E:

Repco Authorised Service Jimboomba (Jimboomba Autocare) 4/ 2 Paul Court JIMBOOMBA QLD 4280 Ph: 07 5516 6678 E: Repco Authorised Service Kingaroy (G & M Auto Services) 4 Stawell Street KINGAROY QLD 4610 Ph: 07 4162 2282 E: Rhino 4x4 3/ 25 Progress Street MORNINGTON VIC 3931 Ph: 1300 885 841 E: Ringwood Training 3 Hill Street RINGWOOD EAST VIC 3135 Ph: 03 9845 7567 E: Salisbury Towbar Service 86 Brown Terrace SALISBURY SA 5108 Ph: 08 8258 2638 E: SG Off Road 136 McKenzie Street WONTHAGGI VIC 3995 Ph: 03 5672 5899 E: The Tyre Factory 321-323 Hume Highway LANSVALE NSW 2166 Ph: 02 8880 4628 E:

Parts 4 Automotive Whitsundays 9 Mill Street PROSERPINE QLD 4800 Ph: 07 4945 1998 E:

Towlink Towbars 33 Buckingham Drive WANGARA WA 6065 Ph: 08 9409 2062 E:

Peakhurst Tyres & Mechanical 9 Norman Street PEAKHURST NSW 2210 Ph: 02 9534 1568 E:

Trojan Camping and 4x4 1281 South Road ST MARYS SA 5042 Ph: 1300 393 898 E:

Hicks Automotive 145 Mort Street LITHGOW NSW 2790 Ph: 02 6352 1011 E:

Powerful 4x4 P/L Unit 3, 296 Hume Highway LANSVALE NSW 2166 Ph: 02 8004 9402 E:

Tyrepower 12/ 410 Century Circuit NORWEST NSW 2153 Ph: 0428 459 040 E:

HiTech Auto Electrical 589 Gardeners Road MASCOT NSW 2020 Ph: 02 9667 4008 E:

Premier Autocare 9A Amy Close WYONG NSW 2259 Ph: 02 4351 5111 E:

Unified Mechanical 12 Livotto Drive RICHMOND HILL NSW 2480 Ph: 0412 012 508 E:

Infinito Auto Industries LLP 6A, JP Nagar, Opp, of Vidut Nagar Vadodara, 390007 Gujarat India Ph: 748 600 3243 E:

Rapid Tune Strathpine 10 Dixon Street STRATHPINE QLD 4500 Ph: 07 3495 0229 E:

Ventura Offroad 29 Reynton Street CURRUMBIN QLD 4223 Ph: 0438 000 918 E:

JC Diesel 11 Bellingham Street NARELLAN NSW 2567 Ph: 02 4646 1770 E:

Razorback 4x4 15 The Crossway CAMPBELLFIELD VIC 3061 Ph: 03 8349 8698 E:

Jordan Investments South Australia Ph: 0438 455 236 E:

Repco Authorised Service Ayr (Timmy’s Auto Ayr) 276 Queen Street AYR QLD 4807 Ph: 0417 756 554 E:

Haig Park Service Centre 87 Grimwade Street MITCHELL ACT 2911 Ph: 02 6242 8245 E: Hawkesbury Offroad Centre 1/ 16 Wingate Road MULGRAVE NSW 2756 Ph: 02 4589 3700 E:

JRace Industries 1/ 49 Webb Drive MOUNT SAINT JOHN QLD 4818 Ph: 0449 999 747 E:

Repco Authorised Service Holtze (RoadPlus Automotive) 1/ 13 Mander Road HOLTZE NT 0829 Ph: 08 8932 5956 E:

Vibrant Performance 96-108 Newlands Road RESERVOIR VIC 3073 Ph: 0406 222 803 E: Whitsunday 4 X 4 11 Shute Harbour Road CANNONVALE QLD 4802 Ph: 07 4946 1669 E: Windsor Exhaust 13 Windsor Street RICHMOND NSW 2753 Ph: 02 4588 5533 E: Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine September 2021



A PARTNERSHIP THAT TAKES US FORWARD The AAAA was founded in 1980 with the purpose of representing, supporting, and fighting for the rights of member businesses, and protecting the broader automotive aftermarket industry Today, more than 40 years on, this mantra remains as true as ever. The direct value that we provide members is at an all-time high. We proudly represent and support more than 4,200 businesses across Australia, who have access to our specialised team, services, tools and resources that make a real difference to their businesses. Membership value can mean different things to different types of businesses, depending on where they sit in the supply chain. Our member companies include multinational groups that employ thousands of employees, through to small local workshops, collision repair and modification providers. At the crux of our tailored support offerings and continued work, is a deep understanding of the specific needs spanning the breadth of our membership base. We identify and respond to threats, challenges, and opportunities in all sectors of the automotive aftermarket. A recent, and prime example of AAAA membership value has come during these recent times of great uncertainty. As difficult as the Covid-19 pandemic has been for all businesses to deal with since it hit our shores in early 2020, our members have been extremely grateful for the invaluable advice and support AAAA has provided through these challenging times.

Our Covid-19 support to members and the broader industry has been industry leading.

Our members trust us as the preeminent source of timely, accurate and relevant advice on Covid19 restrictions across the country. To this day, our dedicated Government Relations and Advocacy team, led by Lesley Yates, refer to government sources for the very latest information and interpret and distil that into easy-to-understand communications, to give members what they need to know to run their businesses effectively.

We provide clear advice amongst a backdrop of often ambiguous and changing state-based Covid-19 restrictions. We gladly take on this responsibility because we know that in some cases, a business’ ability to stay open and operate safely comes down to advice that is received from us. We also know this advice is helping to remove stress and save our members’ time. Thanks to our suite of communication assets, including phone, email, social media, websites and our industry leading publication Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine, our members are able to access the information they need, when they need it. Our Membership Managers play a pivotal role in keeping members up to date on industry trends and changes. They travel the country to visit member businesses (when permitted) or in times of lockdown, are making calls to listen to member issues and challenges, and ensure they are maximising the AAAA resources, services and tools available to them. AAAA members continue to take advantage of our ever-evolving suite of industry leading research, our Workshop Health Check, Car Parc Data, quarterly dashboards and much more. Our Legal and HR Hotlines continue to rank as the most utilised and highly valued member benefit. Another great example of the breadth of our support is in relation to members involved in export. With international trade turned on its head in the last 18 months, AAAA exporters have confronted some of the most challenging conditions for international trade in living memory. The Government recently made changes to the Export Market Development Grant program, so we arranged a free and timely webinar for members with business advisers, Grant Thornton Australia. The Grant Thornton team offered updates on the latest export intel, and the best advice to understand the export grants on offer and how they might apply to member businesses. Our team’s diverse experience and capability


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has meant we have not taken our eye off other important issues during these tough times. We continue to work in the background on creating the industry body which will ensure the new Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme is implemented as intended. On a final note, I am very proud that the AAAA produces Australia’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo. It is fitting that the independent, national body representing the industry runs our industry’s premier show, as we have done for nearly 20 years. The show is only seven short months away and will take place at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre across April 7 – 9, 2022. Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to put everything in place, add exciting new features, and prepare for the best show the industry has seen. We look forward to hosting the nation’s best companies, with leading industry minds sharing the latest in technology and trends. We will share more on the Expo shortly so stay tuned. To learn more and get involved, check out our fantastic new Expo website at I want to take this opportunity to thank all AAAA members for their ongoing support and hope everyone stays safe as we transition through the current difficulties and look forward to better times ahead. To find out how you can join the AAAA and take advantage of our membership services, head to

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FAREWELL AND BEST WISHES TO ELYSE KEYSER The AAAA recently said farewell to its friend and colleague Elyse Keyser Many AAAA members would have had contact with Elyse in her role as AAAA’s Government Relations Policy Advisor over the past four years.

With persistence and tenacity rarely seen, the AAAA says “she embodies the AAAA advocacy ethos of annoying people until we get the right answer.”

The team at the AAAA was sad to say goodbye to her, but also delighted that she is about to embark upon an exciting and challenging role at the University of Melbourne, School of Business.

Elyse was an invaluable part of the team that delivered the new Mandatory Data Sharing Law in June of this year and the AAAA says it was particularly fortunate to have her in this role over the COVID period.

Elyse joined the AAAA Head Office in December 2017, relocating to Melbourne from Brisbane to take up her new role. The AAAA has valued her talent, her professionalism and her friendship. She is uniquely unflappable under pressure, a great writer and has had a strong commitment to adding value to every member that she spoke with and supported.

During this time Elyse researched and wrote an estimated 50+ articles and eNews updates to members, she responded to countless calls from members providing critical COVID advice on lockdowns, restrictions, signage, what it means to be a COVID Safe business, and provided information on state and federal business assistance.

During her tenure with the AAAA she also worked with AAAA members on corporate social responsibility including environment issues, inclusiveness and combating modern slavery. The AAAA thanks Elyse for her service and wishes her well in her new role.


The Auto Innovation Centre has new scan packages available for Hilux, Navara, Ranger, D-Max and more The Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) has been busy during ongoing lockdowns, conducting 3D scans of the newest vehicles in its fleet. The AIC says using its premium quality scan packages means companies can jump straight into the next stage of their product development, and get to market sooner. The latest vehicle scan packages released by the AIC include the following. For Ford Everest Titanium MY19: • Frontal Protection System • Roof For Ford Ranger PX3 XLT MY18: • Frontal Protection System • GVM Upgrade

For Toyota Hilux N80 SR5 MY20: • Frontal Protection System • Service Body / Rear Protection System • Roof • Underbody and Side Protection • GVM Upgrade

For Nissan Navara NP300 ST-X MY21: • Frontal Protection System • Service Body / Rear Protection System • Roof • Underbody and Side Protection • GVM Upgrade

These new scan packages come hot on the heels of other service expansions for the AIC, which have included the commissioning of a new Sentek Electro-Dynamic Vibration Shaker, new vehicles (including one of the first Nissan Navara D23 MY21 STXs) and scan data services. An initiative of the AAAA, the AIC is a cuttingedge facility that works to increase the capability of automotive companies and aid in new product development for local and export markets. Utilising the latest technology and quality workshop equipment and providing crucial data and testing services, the AIC’s goal is to transform the automotive aftermarket industry. The Victorian head office opened in December of 2019, and is now complemented by a South Australian branch which opened in May. Co-located with Brabham and Precision Buses at the Fusion Capital Holding facility in Edinburgh, the South Australian AIC is targeted at supporting the vast range of South Australian automotive product manufacturers in their research and development.

Also available are Custom GVM upgrade packages and the AIC invites you to let it know if you need another vehicle or area scanned.

To order a scan package or enquire about other vehicle scan packages, contact the AIC on 03 9545 3333 or

For Nissan Navara NP300 ST-X MY21: • Frontal Protection System • Service Body / Rear Protection System • Roof • Underbody & Side Protection • GVM Upgrade For Isuzu D-Max LSM MY20: • Frontal Protection System • Service Body / Rear Protection System • Roof • Underbody & Side Protection • GVM Upgrade

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Executive Officer, David Fraser, explains how Capricorn Mutual works to protect members

It’s not something we think of often, our insurance and protection. We normally set it and forget about it, only thinking of our protection when we need to make a claim. However, at Capricorn we always ask, how can we push the protection we offer to do better? Our non-profit mutual, Capricorn Mutual, was established to provide Capricorn Members with a competitive alternative to insurance. Today, over 9,000 Capricorn Members are part of Capricorn Mutual, meaning the Mutual is owned by and run for the same auto repairers it protects. Demonstrating our commitment to provide better protection for our Members, I’m proud to announce that in 2021, Capricorn Mutual will be rewarding eligible Members with a $6 million Loyalty Rebate. The financial performance of the business over prior years, particularly this last year, has enabled Capricorn Mutual to accumulate sufficient reserves to be financially robust, enabling us to provide a Member Loyalty Rebate. The Member Loyalty Rebate will be distributed to eligible Capricorn Mutual Members in the form of Capricorn Bonus Points. As a Member-owned organisation, we price our protections to make only a modest profit, just enough to cover our regulatory requirements. Returning excess funds to Members whenever it is safe and responsible to do so, is another way we push ourselves to make your Mutual better. Capricorn Mutual provides tailored protection products to vehicle repairers just like you. Unlike some traditional profit driven insurance companies, Capricorn Mutual is owned by the people we protect, so the more Members join the Mutual the stronger it becomes. With no shareholders to pay, our Capricorn Mutual Members always come first. Your insurer probably doesn’t return profits to you, so it’s a good thing Capricorn Mutual isn’t insurance. To see how you can become a Capricorn Member and take advantage of the protections offered by Capricorn Mutual, visit Yours cooperatively, David Fraser Group CEO, Capricorn Society Ltd For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit 8

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That was the finding of the second round of Messe Frankfurt’s customer survey

Known as the Customer Care Campaign (CCC), the survey was first conducted in autumn 2020 and then repeated in spring 2021. The goal was for local sales partners to contact Messe Frankfurt’s customers during the coronavirus pandemic, inform them of trade fair cancellations and support their efforts to participate in current and future trade fairs – all while invigorating Messe Frankfurt’s sales network. With its Customer Care Campaign (CCC), Messe Frankfurt put its sales network to work with the explicit purpose of gathering information on the pandemic’s impact straight from the source and learning about key details in different countries and regions to assist Messe Frankfurt’s planning. Companies expressed clear approval of the additional digital benefits offered by hybrid trade fair formats during the pandemic in particular. However: people want – and need – in-person trade fairs. “This is a clear vote of confidence for in-person events. Only three percent of respondents wanted to see events move entirely online. In fact, 67 percent of our customers would like events to take place solely in person, with another 30 percent expressing a preference for hybrid formats. In total, 97 percent of our customers remain convinced that in-person events are an essential component of trade fairs,” Messe Frankfurt President and Chief Executive Officer, Wolfgang Marzin, said. “We first conducted this survey back in 2020, and not only were our customers eager to share their views, but there was also a sharp rise in confidence been the first and second surveys. “Many of our customers saw their financial situations improve markedly during this time. There has also been an increasing readiness to take part in trade fairs nationally and internationally, both today and in future. Both of these factors have made us very optimistic here at Messe Frankfurt. Our customers are still here.” The response rate was also impressive, with 59,000 companies taking part in this survey. They were asked not only to answer the questions posed by sales partners, but as part of the second survey they were also called on to participate in a more in-depth market research survey. “The fact that more than 70 percent of customers surveyed provided us with qualified feedback is a sensational result that breaks all of our records,” Messe Frankfurt Vice President International Sales Management, Mirko Schubert, said. “With their latest campaign, our sales partner network demonstrated yet again their extraordinarily close ties with our customers. Analysis of the results has given Messe Frankfurt valuable first-hand knowledge that will benefit our trade fair concepts and planning. “Both Messe Frankfurt and its sales partners see further reasons for optimism in the findings, because very few of our customers have left the market during the pandemic. And our customers are ready for in-person trade fairs to return.”   The Messe Frankfurt Group is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. For more information, visit



403 new fast EV charging stations are set to be rolled out by five successful fund applicants On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) recently announced $24.55 million in funding to five applicants across 19 projects to expand Australia’s fast charging network for battery electric vehicles (EVs), in Round One of the Government’s Future Fuels Fund. The expanded funding pool, increased by $8.05 million from an initial allocation of $16.5 million, was made available after ARENA was impressed by the strength and number of applicants to the funding round. The successful applicants are: • Evie Networks: ARENA will provide $8.85 million to Fast Cities Australia Pty Ltd (Evie Networks) for the delivery of 158 public fast charging stations across eight regions.  • Ampol: ARENA will provide $7.05 million to Ampol Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd (Ampol) for the delivery of 121 public fast charging stations across four regions.  • Engie: ARENA will provide $6.85 million to IPAH Client Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (Engie) for the delivery of 103 public fast charging stations across four regions.  • Chargefox: ARENA will provide $1.4 million to Chargefox Pty Ltd for the delivery of 16 public fast charging stations across two regions.

• Electric Highways Tasmania: ARENA will provide $0.4 million to Electric Highways Tasmania Pty Ltd (EHT) for the delivery of five public fast charging stations across one region. Together, the five applicants will deliver 403 new fast charging stations, each capable of charging at least two vehicles concurrently at 50 kW or above. Catalysing a total investment value of $79.9 million, Round One will see a seven-fold increase in the number of fast charging stations in Australia’s most populated cities and regions. Charging stations will be built across eight geographic regions covering 14 of Australia’s most populous cities. In addition to networks in the capital cities in every state and territory, regional centres including Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Sunshine Coast will each receive a minimum of eight new fast charging stations to drive the uptake of EVs in regional locations. The Future Fuels Fund is a $71.9 million initiative announced in the 2020-21 federal budget to remove barriers to the uptake of new vehicle technologies. Round One aims to support the growing number of Australian motorists with EVs with a charging network across regional and capital cities, while subsequent rounds will focus on increasing EV charging capacity in regional

areas, reducing barriers to transitioning business fleets and increasing the use of hydrogen and biofuels in the transport sector. ARENA Chief Executive Officer, Darren Miller, said the increased funding pool will significantly expand Australia’s fast charging network and remove barriers to the uptake of EVs. “As the costs of electric vehicles come down, more consumers and fleet users are looking to go electric. Expanding the fast charging network will make it easier than ever to drive an EV in Australia,” Darren said. “The proposals we received were of such high quality, we were compelled to increase the funding. We’re delighted to be able to support more than 400 charging stations across the country.” Maps are available at


ARB and GME are raising funds for Beyond Blue with a special edition antenna After GME released the pink McGrath Foundation antenna, ARB’s Facebook page was flooded with comments asking for a version to support Beyond Blue. ARB and GME mutually agreed on the prospect of supporting a charity that has worked so hard, especially over recent times. In consultation with Beyond Blue, they have produced a blue antenna and are donating an impressive $40 from each sale directly to the mental health charity. In a time of uncertainty, instability and isolation, the power of communication and connection has been more apparent than ever. “While mental health has always been a serious and important topic, the last 18 months have been particularly difficult,” ARB Brand Marketing Manager, Mark Berger, said. “At ARB, we consider ourselves to be very fortunate to be associated with an activity that often provides people an opportunity to escape

the daily grind, to destress and to spend much needed time with family and friends. “Partnering with GME on this project was the perfect match given the importance of communication for those who battle with mental health. “We can only hope that a wave of signature blue antennas on the tracks provides a reminder amongst our 4WDing fraternity to always keep the lines of communication open, start talking, keep talking.” Beyond Blue is a well-known mental health organisiation that focuses on people affected by depression, anxiety and suicide. It provides information and support for all Australians to achieve their best possible mental health. The antenna is a 6.6dBi 1200mm antenna and has an interchangeable whip with the AS4700 series. Included in the package is the blue radome antenna, the antenna assembly, a 4.5m coaxial cable and plug as well as the FME to PL259 adaptor.

A limited edition antenna, you can purchase this product exclusively from any ARB store or stockist while stocks last. To contribute towards Beyond Blue directly, all ARB stores and stockists have a QR code on their counter for customers’ convenience. To donate, go to If you need support, please contact Beyond Blue directly on 1300 22 4636 or visit

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The prototype was worked on for over a year

Dave Mitchell, the Founder and Owner of High Performance Diesel, has created ZERO Automotive, a new company which designs and builds zero emission Toyota Series 79 LandCruisers. In these vehicles, the diesel drive train is replaced with a fully battery electric drive train, which produces a quiet, smooth ride with zero emissions. “The vehicle is called a ZED70, for Zero Emissions Drive and it has a number of promising applications that may cause people and businesses to prefer it over its diesel equivalent,” Dave said.


After nearly three decades, Martin Peart is retiring from Disc Brakes Australia In August Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) announced the retirement from the business of Martin Peart or, as he is known by most in the industry, Marty, after 28 years at DBA. Marty has been a central figure in building what DBA has become today. When Marty started in 1993, DBA had just moved into its current manufacturing facility in Silverwater (Sydney). Reflecting on his introduction to DBA, Marty shared “to walk into that brand new building, we could almost taste the vision that was to roll out over the next few decades.” It was this vision and determination that placed Marty as a very prominent name within the industry and led to his contribution to the current success of DBA. Marty was heavily involved in taking to market many products that are available today, particularly DBA’s performance product offerings featuring patented technology such Kangaroo Paw ventilation or the new slot designs T2 and T3, to name a few. These developments have helped to set DBA apart in the industry and be recognised on the global stage.

“These include environments where air quality is a concern such as underground or in the wilderness like National Parks or the Antarctic, where noise is a concern such as safari parks, or where robustness and maintenance cost reduction are required such as mining. You may prefer it because it is doing the right thing environmentally for future generations.” Shortly after the ZED70 was first launched in 2019, ZERO Automotive responded to a tender from OZ Minerals for an electric light vehicle. The company was chosen out of a selection of nine other bidders and this led to Dave creating a new vehicle featuring Lithium Titanate Oxide batteries, called the ZED70 Ti. “The two different battery chemistries used in the vehicles provide the ZED70 and ZED70 Ti with different performance characteristics for different operating conditions,” Dave said. “The ZED70 gives greater range on a charge… while the ZED70 Ti provides longer total life and can be used in multiple chassis where they are subject to arduous environmental conditions such as underground mining.” For more information, visit 10

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Marty successfully spearheaded DBA’s investment in Motorsport. This resulted in sponsoring V8 Race Utes for 12 years and even running DBA’s own race team as well as supplying products to many other categories locally and overseas. Those involvements were what drove DBA’s performance programs over the years, proving that the product can stand up to the crucial race conditions that it claimed. Marty’s passion for motorsport has stuck with DBA as it continues its support of many different motor racing codes including Supercars. “Certainly, DBA’s history shows its ability to look outside the square and challenge itself to be different in setting new standards in design and

technology, which has always appealed to me,” Martin said when quizzed about why he chose to stay with DBA for 28 years. “Working with (company founder) Phillip Joseph Snr and our very close-knit team who shared the same vision, was the reason to my longevity. It was never a grind and time went so fast.” It is this passion and dedication that helped Marty endure countless days on the road away from the family, carried by the support and the confidence that DBA’s customers showed in the brand. “Nothing surpasses the long-term gratification, genuine friendships and win-win results from building a brand from its embryonic humble beginnings to where it sits today, and the warmth, laughter and happiness that my DBA family and I have enjoyed along the journey with both customers and industry colleagues,” Marty said. Over the years, Marty’s involvement through DBA allowed him to experience first-hand what motorsport is all about. He drove many Australian race circuits like Bathurst, and even some famous overseas tracks such as Nürburgring or Silverstone. Marty states these as some of the highlights of his time with DBA. Away from work, Marty’s passion for motorsport and all things cars is prevalent in his daily life. He currently owns a 200 Series V8 Landcruiser as well as a 2006 SS Thunder six-speed manual, the first of the six litre V8s and has the CV8 Monaro upgrade on it (limited edition). “I don’t drive it much but when I do, it reminds me of my involvement in DBA’s motorsport and the thrill of owning V8s that I had as a young man,” Marty said. DBA thanks Marty for all the time and work he has put in for DBA over the last 28 years and along with the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine team and the AAAA, wish him all the best for the future.


RPM AUTOMOTIVE GROUP STRENGTHENS NQ PRESENCE The group has announced three strategic growth transactions RPM Automotive Group Limited recently announced the acquisitions of Queensland businesses, Carline Automotive - Cairns, Carline Automotive, and Revolution Racegear - Townsville and leased a new warehouse. The businesses have been integrated into RPM’s Performance and Accessories Division, effective 1 August 2021, while the FNQ warehouse expands RPM’s distribution footprint. “Providing a seamless customer experience serviced by our specialist staff across all our integrated brands is key to the success of RPM Automotive Group,” RPM Chief Executive Officer, Clive Finkelstein, said. “The recent acquisitions of Carline Automotive - Cairns and Carline Automotive and Revolution Racegear - Townsville are great examples of our next expansion phase, purchasing some of our franchisees and members as part of our forward integration plan. “While opening the RPM Autoparts Townsville distribution centre enable us to improve our store supply capability in Far North Queensland. Our new warehousing facility is fully equipped to support our vertical integration model and house the breadth of products we offer. “The acquisitions of Carline Automotive - Cairns

and Carline Automotive and Revolution Racegear - Townsville (a Carline Group subsidiary) is part of our strategy outlined in our prospectus to acquire several Carline automotive outlets in the medium term and provides an opportunity to add further value to the businesses through revenue synergies from cross-selling products, and cost synergies from the scale benefits of a larger RPM Group. “The acquisitions are value and earnings per share accretive, and well-funded from existing cash balances and share issues follow RPM’s recent capital raising. We continue to evaluate further bolt-on and strategic acquisitions in line with RPM’s focused growth strategy.” The acquisitions are strongly aligned with RPM’s existing strategy of expanding the business through accretive acquisitions. The combined retail businesses are forecast to generate $3.5 million in revenue and $525k in EBITDA in FY22. The two businesses will contribute around 15 percent to the Repairs and Roadside Division in FY22.

consideration comprising of $125k cash and $375k in RPM shares (valued at RPM’s 60-day weighted average price from signing of the sale and purchase agreement). The cash payments will be funded from RPM’s existing cash reserves.

RPM Autoparts Townsville distribution centre is expected to generate $3.75 million in turnover and over $300k in EBITDA in its first 12 months of trading (expected opening date 1 October 2021).

RPM also recently announced that it has executed an agreement with Collins St Value Fund (CSVF) for an equity placement of $2,500,000 at 30 cents per share, a slight premium to the current share price.

The total purchase price is $500k, with

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AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING SHOW POSTPONED TO 2022 The 13th edition of the show will be rescheduled

India’s leading trade fair focused on technologies for automotive manufacturing, the Automotive Engineering Show (AES) Chennai, has been postponed on account of the impacts of COVID-19. The decision has been taken in line with the advisories issued by the Indian government. The magnitude of public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating second outbreak of COVID-19 in India and advisories issued by the public health authorities, have led to the decision of the postponement of the show. Originally scheduled to take place from 1 – 3 July 2021 at the Chennai Trade Centre, the fair’s new dates will be announced after consultations with industry stakeholders in the coming months.   Given the circumstances, the organisers feel that this is the responsible and best course of action, prioritising the health and safety of the industry and the community at large. “This is a difficult time for all of us and it is our joint responsibility to work in line with the local government’s efforts to  take all precautionary

measures,” Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd Executive Director and Board Member, Raj Manek, said. “Right now, our focus is on the well-being of our exhibitors, visitors, employees and all stakeholders and pray for everyone to be safe and in good health. “We are committed to the show and to the industry and will take a decision on the new dates once we have a more stable health situation along with a healthy business environment.”

The road ahead

draw attention to in-vehicle digitalisation, EV technologies, automation and robotics that is set to drive its way in the automotive manufacturing industry in the coming times. 

The developments are critical towards the future growth of Indian automotive industry and aftermarket.

Through a series of insightful interactions for the auto, bus and coach, and aftermarket industries, the organisers will aim to keep the industry closely linked through virtual mediums like webinars, online b2b match-matching, product demonstration and live knowledge sessions throughout the course of lockdown and will continue to keep the sector players connected on upcoming developments until the fair opens its doors in 2022.

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The recent thrust by the government on voluntary vehicle scrapping policy together with the shift towards safety, digitalisation and EV is expected to phase out old vehicles, and encourage fuelefficient, environment-friendly alternatives.

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Building a pipeline of talent to address a skills shortage in the automotive industry is a key issue to emerge from Capricorn’s second annual State of the Nation report Capricorn, which represents more than 23,000 automotive members throughout Australia and New Zealand, commissioned research company TKP to conduct the research, which found attracting young people to the industry was of serious concern. While the majority of members run mechanical workshops (72 percent), a smaller number also operate panel and paint (seven percent), auto electric (six percent), commercial truck (five percent) and tyre and suspension (four percent). “The automotive industry is dynamic and evolving – cars are literally computers on wheels which makes for an exciting career especially if you’re into gaming or coding,” Capricorn Group Chief Executive Officer, David Fraser, said. “However, the automotive industry as a collective needs to have a serious conversation about how it plans on creating a pipeline of talent to address future labour shortages.” While the report found there were many positives in the industry such as making customers happy, the joy of problem solving and finding a passion working with vehicles; work-life balance was a problem, largely due to a shortage of skilled labour. “Thanks to government support, 39 percent of Capricorn’s members currently have an apprentice in their business, but many still believe their

business is too small to take on an apprentice, which is often just not the case,” David said. “Our members have been working an average of 24 years in the industry and running their own workshop for 17, so now really is the time to consider succession planning, and part of that may include considering taking on an apprentice.” Between 2016 and 2020, the number of graduate apprentices in the automotive and engineering trades fell 23.2 percent. “Our report found that two thirds of members have never been approached by a TAFE-like institution looking for an apprentice, yet three out of five members have been approached by someone who is seeking to start an apprenticeship, so there’s a clear imbalance there,” David said. “There’s a lot of government support and registered training schemes available for businesses to access, so if you’ve ever considered it, now is the time to bring on an apprentice and if you’re a young person looking for an exciting career take a look at the automotive industry.”  From 1 October 2021, the existing Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) will be replaced with a new, simplified and streamlined incentives program for employers of apprentices and trainees called the Incentives for Australian Apprenticeships (IAA).

The IAA was scheduled to commence in 2020, but due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers of Australian Apprentices, the Government delayed its implementation. The IAA program offers various incentive payments to employers during the period of an employee’s apprenticeship and is available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 30 June 2023. “It’s clear that many of our members are in a positive position where they need or would like to take on apprentices and given the government support available to do this, there’s never been a better time to start planning for the future,” David said. You can access the full State of the Nation report at

ONTIME DELIVERY SOLUTIONS SIGNS UP TO CARLTON RESPECTS WORKPLACE CHARTER The charter is a commitment by AFL football club Carlton toward gender equality and prevention of violence against women Ontime Delivery Solutions has signed up to the Carlton Respects Workplace Charter which provides a framework of actions to lead organisations to become more gender equitable workplaces. “Our Club is extremely proud of the Carlton Respects Workplace Charter, which is a pivotal part of our strategic objective to make Carlton Respects the most influential gender equality program in Australian sport”, Carlton Chief Executive Officer, Cain Liddle, said. “Ontime congratulates Carlton Football Club on this initiative and supports the mission to promote gender equality and prevent violence 12

against women,” Ontime Delivery Solutions General Manager, Walter Scremin, said. “We believe the Charter aligns strongly with our commitment to provide a safe and female-friendly working environment. We would love to see other companies also commit to the Carlton Respects Workplace Charter in a bid to stamp out genderrelated inequality and violence.” Ontime Delivery Solutions delivery contractor, Rebecca Gazzola, was due to deliver the match day ball to Carlton’s round 21 Marvel Stadium match against the Gold Coast Suns on 7 August, however this has been postponed due to COVID19. Rebecca has two daughters, Taylah and Alivia, who are also Ontime contractors.

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“It’s great to see Ontime support the Carlton Respects Workplace Charter. When Taylah and Alivia were thinking of coming to work at Ontime I didn’t hesitate to recommend them. I want them to work in an environment where they feel safe and respected,” Rebecca said. Ontime Delivery Solutions is a national transport and logistics company best known for its outsourced fleet management services. For more information, visit and


DAYCO RECOGNISED BOSCH OPENS NEW MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION CENTRE BY GM The company says it is elevating manufacturing Three Dayco facilities have been recognised by GM for the second consecutive year

Dayco has been awarded General Motors’ Supplier Quality Excellence Award 2020 for its outstanding performance in the year 2020. The award recognises Dayco’s manufacturing sites: Mt. Pleasant, USA; San Luis Potosi (SLP), Mexico; and Manesar, India. This marks the second consecutive year that Dayco has been presented with the prominent honour of delivering high-quality products to General Motors (GM).

Selected by GM’s global teams, the awardwinning suppliers have distinguished themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements with a very stringent set of quality performance criteria, in turn providing GM with innovative technologies and the highest quality in the automotive industry. “For Dayco, winning this prestigious quality award for its USA, Mexico, and India facilities for the second consecutive year is the recognition for a long-term, cohesive and innovative partnership,” Dayco President Global Hybrid Solutions, Michael Weiss, said. “It’s based on seamless professional excellence and the global supply of premium quality products to General Motors for engine and drive systems. “I congratulate the whole Dayco team who worked diligently in these unprecedented times, not allowing any compromise on quality, to achieve accolades from valued customers like General Motors and support the automotive revolution. “At Dayco, ‘Move forward, Always’ is forever at the core of whatever we do, and with 100+ years of customer trust, we have been consistently delivering world-class products, meeting industry standards and bringing futuristic technological advancements that safeguard the environment and reduce emissions.”   For more information, visit 14

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The global supplier of technology and services has opened its new $17 million Manufacturing Automation Centre in Clayton, Victoria. The purpose-built facility now houses Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS) and the Rexroth Drives and Controls businesses. The establishment of the new centre completes the consolidation of all Bosch’s businesses in Victoria at its Clayton campus, boosting strategic collaboration and innovation. “Manufacturing automation is now the fastest growing part of our business. We are leveraging our more than 50 years of manufacturing experience and factory automation know-how and drawing on the global expertise within the Bosch group, to help Australian manufacturers become fit for the future,” Bosch Oceania President, Gavin Smith, said. “Victoria is the place for innovators like Bosch Australia to grow and thrive, due to our skilled workforce, established supply chains, engineering expertise, education excellence, and research and development capability,” Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Martin Pakula, said. “We will continue to support businesses to capitalise on the opportunities and talent available in Victoria, ensuring we remain at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology.”

Automating manufacturing for Australian businesses Bosch says it is committed to strengthening the competitiveness of the Australian manufacturing sector. It states BAMS has become one of the country’s leading factory automation companies, working with a diverse array of blue-chip, mid-tier and start-up manufacturers to automate their manufacturing. Most recently, BAMS was engaged by digital diagnostics company, Ellume, to automate the high-volume production of its rapid COVID-19

tests. BAMS will build and install state-of-the-art automated assembly lines to increase production capacity. The manufacturing lines, which will provide Ellume with one part per second capacity, are built onsite in Clayton, for installation at Ellume’s Richlands facility in Queensland. BAMS is also building a further 16 lines for Ellume’s production facility in the United States. BAMS is highly regarded in the biotech sector, currently working with CSL to create a hightech automatic materials handling line for their manufacturing facility in Broadmeadows. BAMS was also part of the industry consortium led by Grey Innovation that built ventilators in the fight against COVID-19.

Hydraulics for the future Also occupying the new centre is the Victorian arm of Bosch Rexroth Australia. With significant investment in new equipment, the business has increased its support to customers in Victoria and offers advancements in repair and testing technologies, including industry 4.0 solutions. Bosch Rexroth Australia is focused on meeting its customers’ needs into the future. Its team of expert hydraulics and application engineers continually develop new technologies, working closely with local customers to develop state of the art solutions. It says this support provides technical solutions to design challenges in a changing global market. With a complete portfolio of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth represents a one-stop source for controls, electric drives, hydraulics, mechanics, and system solutions. For more from Bosch, visit



ACA Research analyses the latest Community Mobility Data and what it means for aftermarket players It is safe to say that COVID-19 has impacted the way we move, fundamentally changing ‘normal’ behaviours like going to work, and spending time in parks and public places. The question though is how this is impacting human mobility patterns, and in particular, vehicle usage. In mid-2020, we explored this issue using Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on movement patterns. We’ve now returned to that data, to see how we compare in mid-2021. At an overall level (Figure One), pandemic conditions continue to reduce movement. With that said, whilst time spent in many settings is well down, there is a greater level of activity than last year. This suggests that the community is becoming more resilient and has created new movement patterns that fit within community restrictions.

Australians are continuing to use personal vehicles on a regular basis. As could be expected, this varies significantly by state. Lockdowns of varying lengths and severity were imposed through June and July, and this is reflected in reduced retail and workplace movement. Interestingly, despite Victoria having comparatively less movement restrictions over this period than NSW, it registered the sharpest declines, perhaps reflecting the state’s previous lockdown experiences. Beyond a three-day snap lockdown in Queensland, the remaining states were relatively free from movement restrictions, with residents taking advantage of this as they largely returned to their normal habits, or in the case of Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, made up for lost time at retail and recreational spaces.

Highlighting this, we see that despite people going to work, parks, shopping, and recreation, time spent at public transport hubs remains low as we become more aware of the dangers of being in crowded, indoor locations. The combination of increased activity and limited public transport usage does however suggest Figure Two. Source: Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Report – By State

Figure One. Source: Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Report - Australia

Despite Victoria being the most significantly impacted, New South Wales is the state that spent the most time through this period locked down. We can see the impact of this by considering the time spent at parks and public spaces in NSW in response to the 2020 lockdown, compared to the current one.

Figure Three. Source: Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Report – NSW

The first lockdown (beginning 23 March 2020), saw a dramatic reduction in use of these spaces, with this remaining consistently low through the first month of lockdown. In contrast, we can see that the 2021 Greater Sydney lockdown has not reduced park and public space usage as drastically – with some days actually seeing increased time spent in these locations. This demonstrates that Sydneysiders are looking for ways to maintain their activity levels and obtain some sort of normalcy during lockdown, and again talks to a level of vehicle usage as they move around within their local areas. Ultimately, despite a level of activity, lockdowns mean that mobility will remain limited in the short to medium term. Once large sections of the country move back out of lockdown, we will again see a return to a greater level of activity, but this will most likely start with intrastate travel. This suggests a continuing level of higher demand for workshop services, as consumers prep for road trips, and pick up any servicing or maintenance needs they might have put off during lockdown. This column was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, the AAAA’s partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which is delivered to AAAA members each quarter. For more information, visit or contact Ben Selwyn on

TECALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW SALES LEAD FOR THE ASIA-PACIFIC Liew Chew Yee is stepping into the role of sales lead for the region TecAlliance says it is the world’s leading data specialist for the digital automotive aftermarket. Its Shanghai-based subsidiary TecAlliance China has recently announced a new addition to its leadership team, with Liew Chew Yee now the sales lead for the Asia-Pacific region.

“I am happy that he joins our strong team consisting of 100 employees in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. We have a strong focus on data production for the Asia-Pacific region, and Liew will push our enhanced customised offers to serve the markets’ needs.”

In this role, he will be responsible for TecAlliance’s long-term sales growth objectives and will also serve customers in Greater China, East Asia and South East Asia.

Liew Chew Yee has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Malaysia and an MBA from the University of South Australia and more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has worked for Nissan Motors, Silverstone Tires, TRW, VDO, DJ Auto, ABB and Delphi Technologies in Japan, Malaysia and China. His experience includes vehicle manufacturer product development, aftermarket sales, setting up full aftermarket distribution operation business units,

“Liew is a strategic addition to our leadership team, and his decades of expertise will be pivotal in further digitising the automotive aftermarket in our region,” TecAlliance Managing Director Asia, Matthias Moritz, said.

and project assignments.He will help TecAlliance China work toward its goal of further expanding into the Eastern Asian markets. For more from TecAlliance, visit

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Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $128 million in 2020 Payment redirection scams are the most common type of false billing scam impacting small businesses. These scams target a large range of businesses, including real estate, construction, law, recruitment, sports and community clubs, and universities. According to the ACCC’s latest Targeting Scams report, payment redirection scams were the most financially damaging scams for Australian businesses in 2020. Combined losses for these scams reported to Scamwatch, other government agencies, banks and payment platforms totalled $128 million last year. Reports to Scamwatch show that Australian businesses lost $18 million to scams in 2020, a 260 per cent increase on losses reported in 2019. “Small and micro businesses made most of the reports to Scamwatch and experienced an increase in losses in 2020, although larger businesses reported the highest losses,” ACCC Deputy Chair, Mick Keogh, said. Based on Scamwatch data alone, false billing scams were the most commonly reported scam by businesses and accounted for three quarters of total losses to businesses. Small and micro businesses accounted for almost 60 percent of these false billing reports. There are a range of false billing scams, but the

most common type was payment redirection scams, also known as business email compromise (BEC) scams, with 1,300 reports and $14 million in losses. This is a substantial increase from the 900 reports and $5 million in losses reported in 2019. In a payment redirection scam, scammers impersonate a business or its employees via email and request an upcoming payment be redirected to a fraudulent account. “One thing we know about scammers is that they will take advantage of a crisis,” Mick said. Businesses were also targeted by health and medical scams in 2020. About half of the $3.9 million in total losses reported to health and medical scams were from businesses, as they attempted to procure personal protective equipment for their staff to comply with government guidelines during the pandemic. Other scam types that impacted businesses throughout the year included phishing, identity theft and hacking scams. “It is so important for businesses to stay informed about scams so they can protect themselves,” Mick said. “The ACCC provides a range of resources for businesses on how to avoid scams on the Scamwatch website and in our media releases throughout the year.”

How to protect your business: • Ensure your staff know about your payment processes and what the warning signs are for false billing scams. • Take time to consider if a payment request is genuine even if you are told that it is urgent. • Check that emails that ask you for payments or provide you with bank details are real by checking the sender’s email address. • Check if a payment request is real by getting in touch with the business asking for payment using a contact method you have used before. If you’ve been scammed, you should contact your bank as soon as possible. You should also contact the platform that you were using when you were scammed to let them know what has happened. Businesses are encouraged to report scams to Scamwatch. To report a cybercrime visit the business reporting page at More information on scams is available at including how to make a report and where to get help.

NEW TOOL TO MEASURE SAFETY OF WEST AUSTRALIAN ROADS A tool designed specifically to meet the needs of local governments to assess the safety of local roads to reduce death and serious injuries will be developed by researchers from The University of Western Australia UWA and Western Australian Local Government Association’s (WALGA) RoadWise received funding from the Australian Government Office of Road Safety’s Road Safety Innovation Fund to identify a suitable safety ratings tool that could evaluate the safety performance of WA’s local roads network. The Safety Ratings for Local Roads project will help inform decisions on the State’s infrastructure projects and prioritise investment. UWA’s Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research will review existing road safety ratings tools in consultation with local governments and other stakeholders to establish the key criteria for a local government road safety rating tool in a new approach to road safety. The Centre will then develop a new tool that is simple and quick to apply so that all local governments can benefit from road safety ratings, without requiring access to the capability and resources that current tools require. 16

Associate Professor Paul Roberts said the team was looking forward to working with WALGA’s RoadWise to improve the safety of local roads. “Implementing a safety rating tool will provide local governments with high level information about their road network and support strategic decisionmaking to improve the safety performance of their road network,” Dr Roberts said. Professor Lynn Meuleners, Director of the Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research, said the Centre was delighted to be working with WALGA and RoadWise on this important initiative to improve local government road safety in WA. “Local government roads comprise more than 80 per cent of the road network in WA and incur nearly 60 percent of the fatalities and serious injuries,” Professor Meuleners said. “It is critical to develop tools that are practically applicable, with special attention to the resourcing

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and capability constraints often faced by local governments.” WALGA President and Mayor of the City of Wanneroo Tracey Roberts said the new project would provide an evidence base for assessing the safety of local roads and support local governments to prioritise infrastructure projects which had the largest impact on reducing death and serious injuries. The project will run over three years with completion in mid-2023. More information about this project is available at



A familiar figure has been promoted to a new position


The Capricorn Rising Stars trophy is heading to New Zealand

Hailing from Rangiora, North Canterbury, apprentice Ben Brown has demonstrated outstanding problem-solving capacity, commitment to excellence and a genuine love for automotive, to be named the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars, Apprentice of the Year. Capricorn Rising Stars is an initiative to recognise and reward Australasia’s top-performing apprentices so they may be retained in the industry long-term. These are apprentices who show initiative in their business, eagerness to learn and commitment to the automotive industry.

CoolDrive Auto Parts has bolstered its Marketing department, promoting Jock Harris to the position of General Manager – Sales and Marketing. Jock has been an integral member of the CoolDrive senior leadership team for over 12 years, joining the family-owned and operated business as its General Manager – Sales and Branch Operations in 2009. In this newly-created position, Jock will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day sales of CoolDrive’s 34 branches across Australia and New Zealand and implementing the business’s marketing strategy. “Marketing has become a huge, important and rapidly changing part of CoolDrive. Great marketing can make a large difference to a business and the team we have at CoolDrive is vibrant, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to help us grow and make a difference!” Jock said. Jock has over 30 years of automotive industry experience and is well-placed to take the CoolDrive business to the next level. “During Jock’s time at CoolDrive we have seen our sales grow exponentially, and improved operations at our branches,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said. “He is a proven performer, and we know he is the best person to oversee our marketing operations – we are very much looking forward to the future.” Based at CoolDrive’s Brisbane branch, Jock will be supported by Marking Promotions Manager Andrew Kan, who works out of CoolDrive’s Head Office in Melbourne. For further information on CoolDrive Auto Parts, visit 18

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By recognising the contribution of automotive apprentices and the bright careers they have ahead of them, Capricorn aims to help its Members continue to attract the best talent and keep more qualified repairers working in the industry. To claim the award, Ben beat out a record setting 600-plus apprentices who were nominated in 2021. This includes some truly outstanding candidates from a broad array of industry sectors including panel and paint, auto electrical, commercial/heavy diesel, tyre/wheel and general mechanical workshops located across Australia and New Zealand.   Capricorn Chief Executive Officer Automotive, Brad Gannon, said the number and high quality of nominations was a positive sign for the industry.   “It is clear the future is in safe hands with so many outstanding apprentices being nominated by Capricorn Member workshops. The record number of applications is also a tribute to the resilience and strength of our Members’ businesses that have continued to develop tomorrow’s qualified repairers in a year of disruption,” Brad said. “We at Capricorn look forward to helping these Members to strengthen their businesses further, to thrive not survive, in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Truly, we are stronger together.”   CWR Motorsport’s Mel Ward described Ben as the perfect fit for their workshop.   “We took on Ben our apprentice in August 2020. To say the least, it is the best thing we have done. Ben has a fantastic work ethic, he is polite, and great with the customers,” Mel said. “He is passionate about not only his mechanic side of the job, but also has a lot of ideas and vision to help us to grow our business. He has proved to be invaluable, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.”

These sentiments were echoed by Ben who attributed much of his success to the support received by his employers at CWR Motorsport. “Chris Ward is well known in the motorsport field, and equally regarded as an honest, professional, and remarkably skilful automotive engineer. This has afforded me learning opportunities I didn’t know existed, developing skills I had only dreamt of, working amidst the motorsport sector,” Ben said. “I firmly believe it’s all about perspective and attitude. I have an appetite for knowledge and a passion to be the best at what I do. I treat every job as an opportunity to develop my skillset and knowledge. By doing this I hope to become the best technician possible.”  As the 2021 Capricorn Rising Star, Ben will receive $5,000 from Castrol. The CWR Motorsport team will also benefit from enrolment in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program. Capricorn congratulates Ben and all the Capricorn Rising Star nominees who are sure to be industry leaders of the future.   Capricorn also gives its thanks to Capricorn Preferred Suppliers and program sponsors Castrol, Repco and The Workshop Whisperer for their continued support.  Look out for Capricorn Rising Stars to return in 2022 as Capricorn seeks to support their Members to recognise, reward and retain more outstanding apprentices.  To join Capricorn and benefit from membership in Australasia’s largest cooperative, call 1800 327 437 or visit


AAPEX AND SEMA ANNOUNCE HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES The premier automotive aftermarket shows will be held in Las Vegas in November AAPEX and the SEMA Show, which organisers state are the two events that make up the automotive aftermarket industry’s premier trade gathering during the first week in November, have released information regarding health and safety measures for their respective events in Las Vegas, Nevada. AAPEX will be held across November 2-4 at the Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum while SEMA will be held across November 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The co-owners of AAPEX – the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test administered prior to arrival in order to attend the 2021 event. AAPEX co-owners also are evaluating the potential for onsite testing for those unable to be vaccinated or to obtain a negative PCR test prior to the show. These measures will be administered through a third-party verification platform and on-site

screening. Additionally, while subject to change, as of July 30, 2021, Nevada is requiring masks for all indoor events in Las Vegas. AAPEX will announce more details in the near future. SEMA Show organisers say that they are taking into account that the COVID-19 landscape is changing week to week. The SEMA Show is working with state and local health authorities to announce more in the coming weeks concerning safety measures that will be required in November. While subject to change, as of July 30, 2021, Nevada is requiring masks for all indoor events in Las Vegas. AAPEX and SEMA organisers state they are 100 percent committed to ensuring a great Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas. As the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve, health and safety measures will be updated for the respective shows to provide the best business opportunities for those attending. With the Venetian Clean Commitment and the

LVCC’s GBAC Star Facility Accreditation in place, organisers are looking forward to welcoming the industry back to its live events. With combined exhibits of more than 2,000 manufacturers and suppliers slated to participate and very strong buyer registration to date, show organisers say now is the time to reconnect. To register for AAPEX, visit For more information on the SEMA Show, visit


Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2022 is redefining the matchmaking experience to reconnect the automotive community Automechanika Kuala Lumpur is acclimatising to a new age of trade fair experiences with its S.E.T. (Sourcing, Training and Entertainment) of upgraded activities. The show’s reconfigured business matching service, Match Up, brings together optimised processes, people and expertise to stimulate market growth in the international automotive community. This all-year-round networking service helps link up potential partners and allows participants to explore the local and overseas auto service industry. Players can already start capitalising on the fair’s extensive global industry resources leading up to the physical show across 15 to 17 March 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Malaysia is a top contender for companies laying down roots, as its automotive industry has been a key contributor to the nation’s economy for years. Off the back of last year’s repressed activity in the automotive industry, a shift in supply networks has resulted in many players eyeing up different markets and channels to establish buyer-andsupplier relationships.  With local policies presenting favourable

conditions to stimulate market growth in the automotive supply chain, the country’s position plays a significant role in its overall industrial transformation, digitalisation, and electrification. This inevitably reinforces growth and development in automotive manufacturing and automation, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, the Internet of things (IoT), and logistics. With this in mind, Automechanika Kuala Lumpur revives its ‘S.E.T.’ of hybrid activities and digital solutions before, during and after the show. The objective is to draw attention to dynamic prospects in the automotive service industry and supply chain through the show’s communication channels and social media campaigns. For example, its advanced business matching service, Match Up, aims to create more means for participants to examine and explore new business opportunities. In addition, it utilises a database of 600,000 buyer and supplier contacts from Automechanika shows in Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai to connect the regional automotive community with the rest of the globe. “As the automotive industry kicks into gear, it is crucial that players take advantage of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur’s connections in Match Up, in addition to its other wider media

resources,” Messe Frankfurt (HK) Deputy General Manager, Fiona Chiew, said. “The service opens up more communication channels for companies looking to expand into markets like Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania and South America. Through this, professionals will be able to identify business prospects and discuss new tools, technologies and management systems in the service sector.” A professional consulting team from the organisers will offer continuous guidance to help answer the business needs of participating companies.   In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, organisers of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will follow government guidelines to ensure appropriate measures are in place to safeguard the health and safety of all stakeholders at the show. To sign up for Match Up, please click go to For more information about the show, please email the organiser at 

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PENRITE: INVESTING IN AUSTRALIA The Australian owned and operated company is committed to innovation and continued investment in Australian manufacturing

Whilst many other companies and industries have chosen to move manufacturing overseas, Penrite Oil explains that it has continued to invest in local manufacturing and production, employing Australians to produce world quality products right here in Australia. Penrite has been doing this since 1926 and in the last five years, has built an entirely new blending and distribution facility at its Dandenong South Head Quarters in Victoria, installing state of the art blending machinery and packaging facilities to streamline the production process for its lubricants. The new Dandenong facility, along with Penrite’s Crestmead facility in Queensland, ensures that Penrite is able to blend and keep up with production levels that meet ever-increasing product demands. During the past 18 months whilst in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Penrite has also continued to invest in stock holding of raw materials despite challenges created by the pandemic. Penrite says that its base oil holdings are now over a million litres more than what they were five years ago, while its finished goods inventory has increased by nearly 400 percent. Nearly 400 SKUs are manufactured at its new Dandenong South production facility and over 100 SKUs at its Crestmead facility.

Being an Australian owned and operated manufacturer for 95 years, Penrite says it can blend products for local supply, which means there is no need to wait years for products to catch up and arrive from an overseas parent company. Penrite states that it has always continued to innovate in the category and is the established leader in being first in getting products to market in this country. It says that time and time again, Penrite has been able to introduce the newest and latest

specifications of products to the trade and retail sectors, sometimes years ahead of the competition. For example, it states that product ranges such as Penrite’s Enviro+ were the first products introduced to Australia for modern fuel efficient, low emission engines that met international OEM approvals and standards. Penrite’s list of innovations continues with OEM approved coolants, specialised power steering and suspension fluids, ATFs, gear oils, greases and additives. All the while, Penrite has been able to supply the trade and retail sectors with products that meet and exceed manufacturer requirements. Penrite explains that its innovation has not just revolved around actual product and specification, as it has also led the way in packaging development to suit both consumer and trade requirements. Penrite was the first manufacturer in Australia to offer both standard six litre and then seven litre engine oils to satisfy the requirements for modern vehicle sump capacities. It says it was also the first manufacturer to include pouring funnels as part of its packaging, IML labels that do not peel off even when wet, the ENVIRO BOX 20 Litre bag in a cardboard box that reduces packaging waste by 85 percent and recyclable plastic and cardboard packaging that complies with APCO (Australian Packaging Covenant) tertiary primary and secondary packaging requirements.


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Penrite says it strives to minimise any environmental impact by reducing emissions and developing safe and sustainable production, packaging, storage and distribution methodologies.

warranties, so finding the correct products for your vehicle has become more complex than ever.

The 21st Century has seen the lubricant market become more complex than ever with manufacturers demanding products that suit and meet their needs.

Not happy with being first to market with new product, Penrite says it was the pioneer in bringing 21st Century technology to finding and recommending the correct products for each application with the introduction of instore touchscreens to help consumers identify the correct lubricants for their vehicles.

OEM approvals and Industry specifications have become the norm in maintaining manufacturer

Penrite Touchscreen replaced printed books in stores that could no longer maintain the increased

range and specifications required by modern vehicles. The Penrite Touchscreen was soon copied by other oil companies and other industries and is now the established standard in finding the correct products for vehicles. Penrite says it was also the first to offer on-line apps for both desktop and mobile devices as well as providing a registration checking service via these apps to assist store staff and consumers and today continues to innovate to bring a better class of lubricant to its customers. Penrite also invests back into the market in Australia, supporting Australian people through its Brand Ambassador program and sponsorship arrangements. The same Penrite products purchased by customers are used by the Penrite Ambassadors and sponsored parties in all forms of motorsports throughout Australia and New Zealand in areas such as V8 Supercars, V8 Jetboats, PRO MX Series, Australian Superbikes, Drag Racing, Sprint Cars, Historic Racing and Go-Karts as well as many other racing types. Fast approaching 100 years of Australian production, Penrite says it continues to lead the way in lubricant manufacturing in Australia. Whether it be the latest specification product, packaging innovation or what product to use, Penrite says it is the innovator that other companies follow. To find out more about Penrite and its Australian Made products, please visit

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OPUS IVS TAKES ON 2013 RANGE ROVER ISSUES The IVS 360 Team recently supported a workshop with a Dynamic Response Suspension Fault on a 2013 Range Rover Opus IVS OEM-Trained Master Technicians support customers in the automotive aftermarket via its IVS 360 diagnostic support service delivered from its Head office in Oxford, UK. Opus IVS says using the DrivePro’s market leading diagnostic software and extensive product knowledge, its IVS 360 team identifies the cause and steps needed to fix vehicle faults. It says IVS 360 provides technicians with the confidence to repair the most complex vehicles fast with live repair guidance from OE brand-specific master technicians. Opus IVS’ experts remote in real time directly to vehicle communication systems to diagnose, program and calibrate vehicles. This eliminates the uncertainty, giving workshops the confidence to get the most complex vehicles back on the road safely and fast. Globally, the IVS team provides essential diagnostic support to thousands of customers, with the aim of improving efficiency and profitability in their workshops. Diagnostic support cases range across a wide range of vehicle brands and are managed through the OEM-Trained Master Technicians who are experienced brand specialists. A recent IVS 360 case involved a Range Rover 2013 model year, with a suspension fault. Using his extensive Land Rover expertise, IVS 360 Master Technician Terry Oakfield supported the customer with the following advice. Brand: Land Rover Model: Range Rover L405 Year: 2013 Symptoms: ‘Suspension’ fault displayed on instrument panel cluster. Critical warning message (red) of red triangle with exclamation mark displayed, signifying a critical warning which should be looked at immediately with details of the warning shown in the message centre. Fault codes: • C1041-22 Front Axle Piston Pressure Sensor [Signal Amplitude > Maximum] • C1043-22 Rear Axle Piston Pressure Sensor [Signal Amplitude > Maximum] Using Opus IVS diagnostic software and his extensive product knowledge for Jaguar/Land Rover, Terry provided the necessary steps to find the fault using the fault codes and initial information provided. Recommendation To begin, Terry suggested some initial ‘first checks’ to begin the process of identifying the fault: 22

Fault code C1041-22 Front Axle Piston Pressure Sensor - Signal amplitude > maximum. ▪ Dynamic response front actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve coil negative circuit short circuit to ground/open circuit. ▪ Sensor fault. ▪ Dynamic response front actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve - internal failure. 1. Check the dynamic response front actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve coil negative circuit for short circuit to ground/open circuit. • Repair circuit as required, clear DTC and retest. 2. If fault persists, check, and install a new dynamic response valve block as required and reset adaptive data. Clear DTC and retest. C1043-22 Rear Axle Piston Pressure Sensor Signal amplitude > maximum. ▪ Dynamic response rear actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve coil negative circuit short circuit to ground/open circuit. ▪ Sensor fault. ▪ Dynamic response rear actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve - internal failure. 1. Refer to the electrical circuit diagrams and: a. Check the dynamic response rear actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve coil negative circuit for short circuit to ground/ open circuit. b. Repair circuit as required. c. Clear DTC and retest. 2. If fault persists, check, and install a new dynamic response valve block as required and reset adaptive data. Clear DTC and retest. Terry explained to the customer that there was a valve block located on the underside LH centre inner sill, and that the fault still remained. Terry then asked the technician to check the wiring on the valve body but specifically for the Front axle piston-side pressure regulating valve coil: Connection Detail • C3CL54E: Module-Control-Dynamic response Location Right A-pillar Brown with 23 cavities • C31-M1: Main harness to valve block harness Black with eight cavities • C1CL41H: Valve Block-Dynamic response Location Beneath vehicle – Left Hand Front under the plastic tray between inner sill and floor pan Black with four cavities • C3CL54E-02 White-Brown to C31-M1-08 to C1CL41H-04 Power supply • C3CL54E-03 White-Green to C31-M1-02 to C1CL41H-01 Ground supply

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Check for short circuit to ground, short circuit to power, short circuit to another circuit, open circuit, resistance and with connectors undone at each end Load test the wiring with a suitable bulb (21w or 55w H7). Terry then asked the technician to check the wiring on the valve body but specifically for the rear actuator piston-side pressure regulating valve coil: Connection Detail • C3CL54E: Module-Control-Dynamic response Location Right A-pillar Brown with 23 cavities • C31-M1: Main harness to valve block harness Black with eight cavities • C1CL41G: Valve Block-Dynamic response: Valve Block-Dynamic response Location Beneath vehicle – Left Hand Front under the plastic tray between inner sill and floor pan Black with four cavities • C3CL54D-05 Black-Violet to C31-M1-10 to C1CL41G-04 Power supply • C3CL54D-04 Black-Grey to C31-M1-04 to C1CL41G-01 Ground supply Check for short circuit to ground, short circuit to power, short circuit to another circuit, open circuit, resistance and with connectors undone at each end Load test the wiring with a suitable bulb (21w or 55w H7). Terry explained that as the code states negative circuit short to ground/open circuit, the code is pointing towards the Black-Grey and the WhiteGreen wires being shorted to vehicle ground or open circuit. Repair The customer reported back that the fault lay within the connector C31-M1: Main harness to valve block harness Black at pins 02+04 were loose and backed out, creating an open circuit. Opus IVS supports thousands of technicians and workshop owners with OEM brand-specific diagnostic support. From symptom driven advice through to complex repair guidance, Opus IVS says it provides the knowledge and expertise to get from fault diagnosis to successful repair in minimal time, reducing costs and downtime for today’s modern workshop. For more information on how Opus IVS can support your workshop, visit or email


MADE IN AUSTRALIA FOR LOCAL CONDITIONS For over 90 years Century Batteries have been designing and building their iconic blue and yellow batteries right here in Australia – and now it’s official Since 1928, Century says it has been committed to Australian workers and consumers by designing and building its extensive battery range in Australia. Century says the fact that it designs and manufactures batteries in Australia also brings with it additional benefits. Because the products are built here, they can be tailored specifically to suit particular applications and also be designed to handle the harsh conditions that Australia is famous for. To further emphasise this commitment to manufacturing in Australia, Century Batteries has partnered with ‘Australian Made’ to incorporate their renowned logo on all locally made Century products. Since September 1, all locally made Century products are now proudly wearing the official green and gold “Australian Made” logo to help consumers identify products which were produced in their factory in Carole Park, Queensland. The logo is Australia’s most recognised and widely used country of origin symbol and ensures products that carry the logo are certified as genuine Australian made products – which in Century’s case is something that has been going on for almost 100 years.

are Australian made – because the flow on effects for the Australian economy are profound. Thanks in part to its Australian manufacturing facility, Century currently employs over 600 people and puts over $100 million back into the local economy every year – with over 98 percent of components from their locally built battery range sourced from Australian suppliers. A marine battery must be able to handle the repeated wave pounding of rough seas off our coastline, while a 4x4 battery needs to withstand

For retailers and workshops across Australia who stock Century products, Century says the benefits are obvious. The “Australian Made” logo is reportedly recognised by 98 percent of consumers, and as a result is a powerful marketing tool which will help Century capitalise on their main point of difference over competing brands – batteries built in Australia, for Australian conditions. The importance of this should not be underestimated, it says, stating that Australianmade products have experienced a surge in support during 2020 and 2021 - with research reportedly showing that 93 percent of Australians are more likely to buy a product that is ‘Made in Australia.’ In recent times Century has seen a resurgence of support for locally made products, with many consumers stating that they would be willing to pay more to purchase and support products which 24

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the sweltering heat of being under-bonnet on a hot summer’s day in some of the most remote areas of the country. Century says this sort of refinement can only be achieved through decades of local product testing and development. The benefit of building batteries in Australia also means that Century has a more consistent supply of locally held stock throughout the year when some other battery importers might be struggling. The recent pandemic has reminded consumers about the importance of supporting Australian Made products, and Century says its network of


34 distribution centres across the country means that no matter where you are, there is a dynamic supply of stock to service your business and help your customers. To help your business keep pace with the latest changes and advancements in the automotive arena, Century says it also offers resellers access to a comprehensive online battery training program. It is regularly updated with the latest battery technology and training information to ensure your workshop is powered with the most up-to-date information and skills when it comes to batteries.

Century explains that its ‘Battery Finder’ portal also enables you to quickly choose the right battery for any vehicle, and even provides fitment instructions and a time estimate for the work – making it easy for you to produce quick and accurate quotes to your customers. Century is also an active player in the Australian media landscape, supporting several high-profile personalities and organisations including the Supercars Championship, Supercars Team 18 / IRWIN Racing, Andrew Ettingshausen from Escape with ET, Team Bray Racing, and Australia’s most

popular automotive YouTube channel Mighty Car Mods. With the help of these activities, Century says it has remained the most recognised battery brand in the Australian marketplace. Century Yuasa invites you to contact your local Century Yuasa representative on 1300 362 287 for more information on its extensive range of products and to understand how your business can benefit from becoming a stockist. For more from Century, visit

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine Publisher, Cameron McLachlan, takes a look at the products driving the automotive aftermarket.

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You can try the latest M18 Compact and Mid-Torque Impact Wrenches with a Milwaukee JSS visit Milwaukee says its Job Site Solutions (JSS) team consists of experienced, trade-specialised experts, with knowledge across all modes of transport. Its explains that its specialists come to you with the best advice and the best range of transportation-focused power tools, hand tools, and accessories from Milwaukee Tool—tailored to your specific workshop needs. “Milwaukee has grown vastly in the transportation sector,” Milwaukee Tool Transportation Specialist for South Victoria (Australia), Jason Harding, said.

NEW EWP MOUNTING PLATE New from Davies Craig

Iconic Australian automotive cooling manufacturer Davies Craig Pty Ltd says it is proud to announce the arrival of the new Electric Water Pump Mounting Plate. It says this innovative mounting solution is an expansion of the mounting option currently offered by Davies Craig and adds a new dimension to the technique by which EWP customers can secure their remote-mounted pump. The new Davies Craig Electric Water Pump (EWP) Mounting Plate offers a discrete, lightweight and space-saving mounting solution for the remotemounted EWP115 Alloy (only), EWP130 and EWP150 models. Davies Craig says this beautifully finished, black anodized aluminium plate offers enhanced mounting flexibility and adaptability greatly assisting with a preferred soft-mounting solution for the EWP by providing rubber ‘cotton reel style’ dampeners, isolating the pump from vibration. This latest EWP Mounting Plate accessory is said to give EWP customers yet another excellent, flexible option when it comes to installing their pump. Davies Craig says it has always acknowledged the lightweight remote-mount EWP range can be self-supporting while connected to the coolant hose along with a wide variety of supercharger/ turbocharger applications.

“A Job Site Solutions visit is a good experience for the end user. “Being a mechanic myself, and being an end user prior to working for Milwaukee (Tool), I understand the hesitancy in wanting to invest in new automotive tool technologies, being unsure if it’s the right solution for me.” “Milwaukee Transportation Specialists come in and assess the way your workshop runs. We then show you customised solutions to help you overcome your specific challenges, including our latest range of next-generation products. “The demonstration of the tools, getting your hands on them, you’ll see that, ‘yeah, this is a good benefit to our workshop. It’s going to really help us in our work.’ “From repairs and maintenance to body work and detailing, our transportation specialists ensure that the tools you have on hand, your ways of working and your workshop’s safety and efficiency are maximised.” To trial the latest Milwaukee tools in your workshop with a Milwaukee Transportation Specialist, speak to its dedicated team or book a test drive online by calling 1300 645 928 or visiting jobsite-solutions 28

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The Davies Craig EWP Mounting Plate (part

#8710) represents another ingenious EWP mounting option. The kit components include: • One EWP Mounting Plate • Five M4 Rubber Bushes • Five M4 Nyloc nuts • Five M4x16mm Bolts • Five M4 washers Davies Craig believes this “excellent” new mounting accessory will suit most of the engine cooling or water to air intercooler applications. The company also acknowledges that in some circumstances relating to engine designs and the nature of the specific cooling system involved you may require other installation methods not outlined here. For more information, visit


Front Parking Sensors have always been a fairly difficult and time consuming installation however PARKSAFE has now developed a new wireless system. It is said to not only be fast and easy to install, but also comes with technically advanced features such as the compact size LCD Digital  Display with accurate distance and direction of objects plus GPS Auto Power ON/Off Speed Controlled Switching, Adjustable Beeper volume and the vehicle’s Battery Voltage. With the PARKSAFE Wireless System, Burg Design says installation time has been cut to less than one hour. The Waterproof ECU is mounted in the engine bay and the power + and - can be connected directly to the car battery. The PARKSAFE sensors come with four specially designed  rubber grommets so as to shield the ultrasonic sensors from the metal surface  of

bumper which then eliminates the possibility of interference and false alarms. The next and final step is the easy part, says PARKSAFE, it says just find a suitable location on the dashboard to mount the display unit and connect to Acc + and -. The PARKSAFE Wireless System comes with a three-year warranty. For further information, please contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or or visit


VOLKSWAGEN AUSTRALIA CHOOSES MAHA For its state-of-the-art VW, AUDI and SKODA training centre

MAHA Australia introduced its range of ZS Square in-ground two post lifts around five years ago. Since then, MAHA Australia says the lifts have gained significant momentum in the segment, partly due to the solid and practical design. MAHA explains that its German made in-ground two post lifts have been installed around the globe for decades and state they continue to stand the test of time, proving their reliability. Volkswagen Australia has recently installed ten MAHA ZS Square two post lifts into its state-of-the-art training centre in Melbourne. These units will be used to conduct important technical training of Volkswagen dealership technicians from all over Australia. MAHA explains that there are various advantages of MAHA ZS Square inground lifts over conventional two post lifts, such as the fact that when they are not in use, there is the option to completely recess the entire lift into the floor and so provide the user with unobstructed work space and use of the valuable workshop floor. Further to this, MAHA says the vehicle doors can be open without hitting posts and the life expectancy of the lift is over 30 years in a busy dealership situation. The ZS Square achieves its rigidity with a square sheath over the hydraulic

cylinder, allowing a square to be more rigid than a cylinder. MAHA lifts have an over two metre lifting height thanks to its offset square lifting posts. The hydraulic lifting rams are mounted inside these posts to protect them from dust, debris and foreign objects which could cause damage. Available from 3500kg up to 6500kg capacity, MAHA’s range of in-ground lifts carry a two-year warranty with parts available locally in Australia. There are also no cables, bushes, pulleys or mechanical components to adjust resulting in high reliability, low on-going service and maintenance costs, says MAHA, which states another advantage of the ZS Square is that it doesn’t need to be installed during a new workshop build, as they can also be retro-fitted to an existing workshop if required. If you are looking for premium quality workshop equipment, MAHA Australia encourages you to get in contact its team today. For more information, call 1800 006 242 or visit

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BAPCOR BRINGS NEW LIFE TO PROTEX The Protex brand offers premium quality brake system replacement products BAPCOR says it is the Asia Pacific’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company and states that its goal is to provide the Australian automotive trade with the most comprehensive range of world class replacement parts. In working toward that goal, its Specialist Wholesale Division, BAPCOR Mechanical, has made a significant investment in revitalising the Protex brand. BAPCOR says Protex has been an industry leader for premium quality brake system replacement products for 30 years. With the help of BAPCOR Mechanical, Protex is now able to offer an impressive product range of more than 20,000 SKUs. It says it has products for the vast majority of vehicles being driven on Australia’s roads, including two new premium quality Protex ranges in addition to the core Ultra brake product range Protex 4WD and Protex Ultra Performance brake components. Protex brakes are an upgrade compared to standard OE replacement brakes. BAPCOR says Protex brakes give repairers options to meet more


demanding 4WD and high-performance vehicle driving requirements. It states that these brakes are a step up for drivers that want more specialised performance from their brakes. The Protex brake product range includes hydraulic components, drums, hoses, shoes, calipers and brake kits. BAPCOR says this comprehensive product range ensures every repairer has easy access to any braking component for vehicles of any age or commercial application from one national supplier. BAPCOR says its enhanced and upgraded Protex brakes range features some of the latest innovations in advanced brake component design. This includes the corrosion inhibiting Ultracoat Z360 brake rotor coating, which also allows for faster fitment while optimised rotor vane designs help to prevent warping and ensure ideal heat dissipation. The new Protex multi-layered brake pads have optimised shims, chamfer and slotting to reduce noise and vibration; and all Protex Ceramic brake

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pads feature a pre-scorched surface for instant braking performance. “This completely redeveloped Protex brake product range represents BAPCOR’s commitment to total quality and end customer safety through the outstanding braking performance that can be expected when selecting any Protex product,” BAPCOR Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey, said. “It is clear that the trade has embraced the Protex range since we revamped it just over one year ago, and we are committed to continual product quality and range growth into the future.”  For more information about Protex parts, visit


NEW 385 SERIES LAMPS LED Autolamps says these new lamps are distinctive in design and offer unparalleled quality LED Autolamps says it is proud to announce the release of its latest 385 series range of exciting, dynamically lit rear combination lamps with distinctive new designs offering loads of choices. The first thing you notice is the sleek inner LED reflector, either in bright chrome, red chrome, or black chrome, depending on the model. LED Autolamps says the real magic happens in active mode, with Stop, Indicator and reverselit functions surrounded by the outer ring of the diffused lens tail light which light-up brilliantly – ensuring all road users will have clear notice of your vehicle’s intentions as each function is lit up. LED Autolamps says this new benchmark for style and design will have your customer’s vehicle and trailer looking amazing but, more importantly, will make them shine brighter than everyone else. LED Autolamps says these lamps include specially designed integrated circuitry with the latest LED lighting technology and second to none quality. Further, it says it doesn’t matter if you have a 4x4 tray truck, caravan, or semi-trailer as there is an option that will suit your needs. LED Autolamps offers the following three designs: 1. 3852 Series with super bright chrome reflector and a red diffused taillight. 2. 3853 Series with bright red chrome with clear

lens and red diffused taillight and a dynamic sequential indicator. 3. 3855 Series with black chrome clear lens and grey/white diffused taillight which lights up red. All of these lamps offer Stop/Tail/Indicator and Reverse functions as standard and all options available measure 387mm x 105mm x 30mm. LED Autolamps says it has also cleverly hidden any signs of screws or fittings with an innovative new mounting base design. This feature allows surface mounting with screws and the main lamp clips in securely into place, completely concealing the base providing a neat, clean finish. As well as exceeding the required standards with rigorous ADR or ECE approvals, LED Autolamps says these lamps will not only enhance and make your particular application shine but also ensure your vehicle/trailer is road legal and compliant in all states of Australia with a nine to 32 Voltage range and low operational current draw making them perfect for battery systems. LED Autolamps says it produces products designed and manufactured to last and that these

lamps are extremely tough constructed using UV resistant high impact plastics and are sealed and tested to IP67 standards. It says vibration and impact resistance with no moving parts ensures these lights are made fit for purpose and up to any challenge in Australia’s harshest road environments. LED Autolamps said its entire operation is certified to ISO9001:2015, the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard. It explains that its main production facility is certified to IATF16949:2016 standards, “your guarantee of conformity of production, exceptional service technical expertise, and dedicated after-sales care.” The 385 Series is available in bulk and twin retail blister packs with a handy function simulator button included, so your customers can see a sample of the diffused tail function or dynamic sequential Indicator on particular lamps. The new 385 Range Rear Combination offers a five-year warranty. For more information, visit or call 03 9466 7075.

INTRODUCING CRC EVAPO-RUST A “super safe” rust remover

CRC Industries has expanded its range of heavyduty corrosion protection products with the addition of a powerful, effective and “super safe” rust remover, EVAPO-RUST. CRC’s EVAPO-RUST has been specifically designed to remove the toughest rust while being safe on the user. The powerful formula is non-toxic, non-scrubbing and reusable. “At CRC, we are always looking at developing and acquiring innovative products to help our customers do their job easier and safer. I am pleased to say that EVAPO-RUST meets these criteria,” CRC Managing Director, Murray Walbran, said. CRC explains it acquired the world leading rust remover brand globally in April 2021 as a synergistic fit to its existing corrosion protection category. It also builds on the company’s commitment to deliver eco-friendly solutions for rust treatment and corrosion prevention.

Now made locally, EVAPO-RUST’s super safe formula is solvent free, non-flammable, contains no VOCs and emits no fumes or bad odours. EVAPO-RUST effectively removes rust but will not harm un-rusted steel or other metals. It is also safe on plastic, PVC, Viton and non-oxide-based paints. “Another compelling feature is that EVAPO-RUST is reusable, making it a cost-effective rust remover. It can be used over and again until it stops working,” Murray said. Available in a one litre and five litre bottles, the award-winning solution is simple to use, without the need for mixing; simply decant the product and soak the rusty parts. Applications for EVAPO-RUST include rusty tools, hardware, automotive parts, household items and antiques. “EVAPO-RUST boosts CRC’s position as a global market leader in corrosion protection products for the automotive, industrial and DIY market

segments,” Murray said. “It strengthens our commitment to offer innovative products that protect, preserve, and maintain our customers’ assets with safe, effective, and environmentally friendly solutions.” EVAPO-RUST has been awarded the Outstanding New Technology Award in Industrial Cleaning by CleanTech magazine, and was the Winner of the R&D 100 award for Cleaning Technology and the Popular Mechanic Editors’ Choice Award. CRC is a recognised supplier of professional quality aerosol and bulk lubricants, cleaners, anti-corrosion and maintenance and repair operation products. For more information, visit

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There is a Bosch spark plug for almost every automotive application, says CoolDrive CoolDrive Auto Parts, which says it is Australasia’s leading automotive aftermarket parts distributor, continues to grow its impressive product offering; recently welcoming the Bosch spark plug range to the fold. Since inventing the first commercially viable spark plug in 1902, CoolDrive Auto Parts says Bosch has continually been at the cutting edge of spark plug development.  Driven by precision and through working closely with vehicle manufacturers, Bosch develops its spark plugs to the specific requirement of each engine to deliver optimum performance and excellent anti-seize and corrosion protection. “The higher demands of modern engines with petrol direct injection require spark plugs designed specifically to the requirements of each combustion chamber,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Category Manager, Jarrod Hurst, said. “That is where Bosch spark plugs excel, featuring precise spark installation depth, projection and indexed ground electrodes as required. “Bosch spark plugs are unique in the industry, in


that they are heavily influenced by motorsport, bringing racing technology onto the roads. “For instance, the use of the cup connector, improvements to insulator designs and the use of precious metals have all come from innovations in the motorsport arena. These are supported by patented production techniques, like the continuous wave laser welding process and the Bosch-developed nickel coating process for corrosion resistance.”  The Bosch offering at CoolDrive begins with the Standard spark plug range, capitalising on Bosch’s established technology and high market coverage to deliver reliable quick starts and hassle-free fitment.  The Precious Metal Line consists of three distinct product ranges – Platinum, Double Platinum and Double Iridium – which are also available at CoolDrive.  The Platinum spark plugs deliver improved ignitability, performance and a longer service life, with a tapered ground electrode that ensures effective burn, combining with the innovative nickel-yttrium alloy for increased wear resistance.

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Taking the Platinum range to the next level, are the Double Platinum spark plugs, which offer greater performance and long service life due to the platinum alloy centre and ground electrode, and a high wear resistance due to the double precious metals. Capping off the range are the Double Iridium spark plugs that deliver exceptional ignitability and performance thanks in part to the unique iridium alloy, as well as improved durability with the use of fine wire and continuous laser welding technique during production. With a fitment range covering passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles, there is a Bosch spark plug for almost every automotive application.  For further information on the Bosch spark plug range available at CoolDrive, or to find a branch, visit


DICTIONARY OF POPULAR SUSPENSION ERRORS: PART 1 The BILSTEIN Academy is seeking to clarify technical misunderstandings Is it necessary to pump twin-tube dampers before installation? Does the air suspension bellow tear when lifting vehicles with the engine running? What helps against the notorious “morning sickness?” BILSTEIN says a lot of half-knowledge is circulating around the topics of shock absorbers, air suspension and so on, which has long since been part of the “Dictionary of popular suspension errors.” This ‘book’ is still purely hypothetical, but in the opinion of the BILSTEIN Academy, if it were real the first entries could be as follows.

Pumping twin-tube dampers BILSTEIN says sometimes information is spread that it is absolutely necessary to “pump” twin-tube dampers before installation in order to vent them but that this is a misconception. It states the fact is that twin-tube shock absorbers are installed in a vertical position or up to a

maximum of 45° inclination but stored horizontally at the dealership. However, it says this “change of position” has no relevance for the installation and the so-called “pumping” is unnecessary. It states that if there is still not enough oil in the inner tube/working tube after installation, this is not a problem at all, as when the shock absorber starts “working” later, it sucks in the required oil itself. That’s why Rainer Popiol, head of the BILSTEIN Academy, offers the following simple tip: simply remove the shock absorber from the packaging and install it.

Morning sickness The same applies to the so-called “morning sickness” with twin-tube shock absorbers. BILSTEIN explains that this phenomenon is based on the fact that the shock absorber oil cools down overnight, thereby reducing its volume. As a result, it contracts, so that in the end there may be too little oil in the inner tube. The movement of the piston rod / working piston, however, quickly sucks in supply through the bottom valve and compensates for the deficit. If the oil warms up, the volume also increases again quickly.

Air suspension The subject of air suspension is also a story full of misunderstandings, says BILSTEIN, which explains that one popular theory is that when vehicles are lifted with the engine running, the

air suspension bellows are pressurised until they burst; at least if the workshop mode has not been activated. But Rainer says this is not the case. “Many workshops or inspectors anticipate a problem here that does not exist in this form at all. It is correct that in the case described, air is rather let out and the bellows are therefore not loaded by overpressure,” Rainer said. “Strangely enough, the opposite problem occurs in reality: there is a risk that the vehicle is deflated onto an unpressurised or at least partially deflated air spring. In this case, the component can indeed be irreparably damaged. “The BILSTEIN tip: if the vehicle has a jacking mode, use it on the lift. If this is not available or was forgotten during lifting, the air spring should be filled with a suitable diagnostic device before lowering.” For more information, visit Photo: Copyright BILSTEIN 2021.


303 Products invites you to go beyond ceramic 303 Products Australia would like to welcome you to what it calls the future of automotive exterior protection, with the launch of its newest detailing product: 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating. 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating is a grapheneoxide based spray coating said to provide superior and long-lasting protection to the exterior of the vehicle, but without expense, or time spent applying a professional coating. 303 Products says the quick and simple-to-use spray on, wipe off product offers a high level of protection for over one year, enhances gloss and paint clarity, evacuates water quickly from the surface, and lowers surface temperature to reduce water spotting.  303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating can reportedly be applied in direct sunlight unlike many products

on the market today, is layerable, and is safe for use on a variety of surfaces, including paint, glass, trim, plastic, chrome, metal, and even vinyl wraps. 303 Products are distributed exclusively in Australia by Trico Products Australia. “Over the past few years SiO2 Sealants and Ceramic Coatings have taken the market by storm,” Trico Products Australia National Marketing Manager, Mike Morgan, said. These are great products, but in an ever-evolving market, we are always looking towards the future for innovative technology that we can incorporate in our products. “This is where our 303 Graphene Nano Spray Coating comes in. It combines the ease of use of SiO2 Spray Sealants, with the protection of Ceramic Coatings.

“We wanted it to be an effective product that was not too intimidating to use. On top of the ease of use, the Graphene-Oxide based formula allows a range of other benefits, as noted above.” For more information, call 03 9271 3288 or visit or

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WHITES’ BIGGEST LIGHT YET BREMTEC PRO-LINE GREAT Offering a bigger and better driving light BRAKES The range is impressing at CoolDrive

The Bremtec Brakes range at CoolDrive Auto Parts continues to go from strength to strength with the recently updated PRO-LINE heavy duty disc brake pad range. Aimed at drivers seeking an upgrade from standard or OEM equipment, the PRO-LINE disc brake pads have been engineered with Bremtec’s next generation Ceramic+ formulation to deliver exceptional braking.

CoolDrive Auto Parts explains that using the highest-grade friction composites available, the PRO-LINE disc brake pads are uniquely blended with ceramic fibres, graphite, fillers and binders and then compressed at a greater rate than normal disc pads. The result of this unique process is increased density of the friction material, providing Bremtec’s PRO-LINE heavy duty disc brake pads a greater stable operating temperature when braking, even under heavy loads.

For nearly 10 years, Great Whites’ lights have illuminated Australian highways and 4WD tracks. Great Whites says it understands the importance of increased visibility on the roadways and the company has referenced recent reports that have found that 38 percent of all fatal accidents occur at night and 14.6 percent of all road crash deaths involve articulated trucks or heavy rigid trucks. With this in mind, Great Whites says it has designed its biggest light yet, the 250 series. It explains that this round LED light features a 250mm face along with 24 high-powered LEDs that can operate in both 12V and 24V vehicles. This light has been designed to provide increased invisibility, especially in poor weather conditions. The 250 series is also the first Great Whites light to include the added feature of an integrated amber bar and lights that will assist drivers in difficult conditions such as fog, dust and even grain on farms. Great Whites says the increased visibility will make the road safer for long-haul truck drivers that have to drive in all kinds of weather. “The 250 Series is designed to take pride of place on the country’s biggest vehicles, improving visibility in all conditions and lighting over 1km ahead with each pair,” Great Whites Merchandise Manager – Lighting, Luke Bolton, said. “These larger faced lights will reduce the need for so many forward-facing lights on trucks, with

fewer, high powered driving lights doing the trick. Best of all, they don’t look out of place in front of huge radiators and chunky bull bars.” The 250 series has 10,300 effective white lumens and 700 effective amber lumens. It comes in a black or alloy finish. Barry Lillis, Lighting Product Manager, points out the importance of quality when it comes to driving lights. “There are much cheaper lights on the market, but they’re cheaper for a reason. When your livelihood depends on those lights working, they’re nothing you should scrape on,” Barry said. In addition to the 250 series, the Great Whites range includes the 170 Series, 220 Series and Bars to meet the lighting needs of long-haul truck drivers. Every light in the Attack range comes with a three-year warranty. For more information, visit or your local NAPA Auto Parts for more information.

ACDELCO POWER TOOLS HIT THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET Engineered to manage the toughest jobs

GM Trade Parts says it is excited to announce that a dynamic range of professional quality, cordless ACDelco power tools is now available through 200 Holden Service and Parts outlets across Australia. The result is said to be a longer lasting, cleaner and quieter disc brake pad for optimum braking in heavy-duty conditions. With over 4,000 part numbers covering 21.5 million cars, Bremtec Brakes’ range of aftermarket brake pads, discs and sensors offers optimal braking performance for all vehicle types. CoolDrive Auto Parts is a partner distributor for Bremtec Brakes, with its full product range available from its branch network across Australia and New Zealand and online. For further information on the Bremtec Brakes range at CoolDrive, visit 40

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With nine new tools plus accessories being introduced into the catalogue, consumers of ACDelco products have an ever-expanding portfolio to choose from. “Designed and built for the automotive technician, the new ACDelco power tool range offers power, agility and enhanced reliability to complete vehicle repairs properly, first time, every time,” GM Trade Parts Director Aftersales, Paul Rietveld, said.

polishing, ACDelco has you covered with their range of quality tools,” Paul said. GM Trade Parts says ACDelco is recognised as a world leader in the automotive market and the ACDelco product range is dependable, durable and engineered to manage the toughest jobs.

The ACDelco Power Tools selection consists of industry leading, professional power tools, making them a great choice for all consumers.

All ACDelco cordless battery packs come with a two-year warranty, while the power tools themselves feature a three-year warranty as standard.

“Whether you’re fastening, drilling, grinding or

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NEW TURBOCHARGER From Garrett Advancing Motion for 2014-2018 Volkswagen / Audi 2.0 TSI MK7

Garrett Advancing Motion says its PowerMax direct fit performance turbocharger kits are engineered for increased engine performance while maintaining OEM direct fitment. With professional engine calibration and tuning, the optimised compressor aero will increase flow and outperform the stock turbocharger. Garrett PowerMax turbocharger upgrades for the Volkswagen and Audi MK7 2.0L TSI engine platform are engineered to increase engine performance while maintaining OEM installation specifications. Garrett Advancing Motion says the Stage One (485 BHP*) and Stage Two (600 BHP*) upgrades maximise efficiency and air flow compared to the OEM turbocharger; while high temperature, Mar-M alloy turbine wheel and twin scroll stainless steel turbine housings are rated for up to 1050° C. These turbochargers are fully assembled with a calibrated electronic actuator and ancillary components for direct OEM fitment. These turbochargers will replace OE Turbocharger Part Numbers IS12 06K124713L, IS20 06K145875M and IS38 06K145722H. Stage One features: • Direct-fit stage one with 485HP | 362kW (flywheel) power capability (onvehicle results)* • Complete assembly with electronic actuator • +17 percent compressor flow compared to IS38 turbo (stock Golf R) • GTX Gen II compressor aerodynamics • Mar-M alloy turbine wheel and twin scroll stainless steel turbine housing rated up to 1050° C • Latest generation of journal bearing rotating group with 360° reinforced thrust bearing Stage Two features: • Direct-fit stage two with 600HP | 447kW (flywheel) power capability (onvehicle results)* • Complete assembly with electronic actuator • +59 percent compressor flow compared to IS38 turbo (stock Golf R) • G Series compressor and turbine wheel aerodynamics • Mar-M alloy turbine wheel and twin scroll stainless steel turbine housing rated up to 1050° C • Latest generation of ball bearing rotating group For more information go to or contact your nearest Garrett Official Performance Distributer * Performance results of this product are highly dependent upon your vehicle’s modifications and tuning/calibration. The horsepower numbers represented above are based on actual on-vehicle testing. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine September 2021



NEW KYB STRUT KIT LAUNCHED “Everything you need, in one box”

Global OE suspension manufacturer KYB has introduced an all-new Strut Kit range, providing a simplified product offering for customers with everything they need in one box. KYB says the new strut kit is perfect for customers who want longer lasting components, reduced fitting costs and the confidence of a perfect fit – first time, every time. “The strut is a crucial part of the vehicle’s steering system and greatly affects alignment angles, so it is important to ensure this part is in optimum condition for vehicle safety,” KYB Senior Product Manager, Larry Coulthard, said. “If you are in the situation where a strut has failed, it is highly likely that the strut mount, dust boot and bump stop will have worn out as well. “Because of this, we recommend all related components should be replaced at the same time to avoid further problems and optimal performance. “While replacing struts will restore the vehicle’s suspension to like new condition, replacing the strut mount, dust boot and bump stop at the same time will ensure the prolonging of the strut’s life by providing enhanced protection and support. “Replacing these parts all at the same time will also allow you to save on labour time, with the kits coming complete with everything you need in the one box. “And thanks to the fact that the kits are vehicle-specific by design, you can est assured each part is ideal for its corresponding make and model for a perfect fit.”

Sixteen vehicle-specific Strut Kits have been released in this initial new product launch from KYB with kits for additional vehicles set to be introduced in the future. “KYB is one of the largest worldwide manufacturers of OE shock absorbers, so who better to develop and manufacture AM replacement suspension components!” Established in 1919, KYB says it has become a world leader in the development and application of hydraulics technology. KYB’s components and products are sold in more than 100 countries, with proficiency in engineering and manufacturing helping earn KYB the Demming Prize for total quality control. KYB Shock Absorbers is distributed by NGK Spark Plugs Australia. For more information, please visit

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Australian innovator and technology leader in braking systems, Bendix, has announced the latest Ceramic technology “EV-Hybrid” brake pads to meet the changing needs of EV braking systems. It says the new Bendix EV-Hybrid brake pads are cleaner and greener for the environment. Made from organic materials for minimal environmental impact, the new EV-Hybrid brake pads have been specifically designed in the Bendix Ballarat R&D department. The new pads are said to ensure a low environmental impact while ensuring low dust and noise levels. Bendix says this new development ensures low particle emissions when braking resulting in cleaner wheels and longer disc brake rotor life. The new brake pads have been specifically formulated for electric and hybrid vehicles, for quiet braking and low noise, with excellent vehicle range availability to be announced before years end.


The Bendix EV-Hybrid brake pads are made from copper-free organic brake friction materials and are certified to the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) ‘N’ rating. Bendix says this rating confirms the Bendix EVHybrid brake pads contain less than 0.5 percent of copper by weight and permits Bendix to use the AASA LeafMark ‘N’ icon. Certification as ‘N’ rated under the AASA LeafMark reportedly backs Bendix’s commitment to copperfree brake pads, to minimise environmental impact. “The AASA LeafMark for friction materials represents one of the most stringent environmental standards for brake materials (US based) and the Bendix EV Hybrid material has been tested and accredited by an independent lab and certified to meet this high standard. Bendix has decided to go down this path to further advance its corporate environmental credentials as an environmentally progressive company to be prepared for the

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future,” Bendix Product Manager, Ian Campbell, said. “The brake pads packaging come in FSC Certified (FSC C129869). Packaging with FSC Mix Certified means at least 70 percent of this packaging comes from FSC certified or recycled material, while 30 percent is made from controlled wood. This is also helping to minimise impact to the environment, and is 100 percent kerbside recyclable.” Bendix says a further advantage of the newly developed EV-Hybrid brake pads is that they incorporate the Bendix Green Titanium Stripe for instant friction without the need for bedding in the brakes on installation, saving both time and money for both the installer and the customer. For more information, visit


MEGUIAR’S SUPER DEGREASER Strong, fast and safe

Meguiar’s says these three attributes maximise turnaround times and turnover, which is what Meguiar’s Super Degreaser is all about. Spray it on, wait 30 to 45 seconds and hose off with a strong jet of water. That’s all it takes, says Meguiar’s, which states as well as being fast acting, its free rinsing formula prevents unsightly white residue stains, while its herbal fragrance creates a pleasant work environment.

to four parts water to one part degreaser (4:1 ratio). For light to medium duty cleaning, as well as general-purpose cleaning, Super Degreaser can be mixed up to as much as 10 parts water to 1 part degreaser (10:1 ratio). Meguiar’s encourages you to grab one of its handy, multi-purpose spray bottles when you pick up your Super Degreaser.

It’s ability to break down and efficiently whisk away dirt, grime and grease will reportedly exceed your expectations.

The generously sized, 945ml bottle holds plenty of fluid to get the job done, while the matching highflow, chemically resistant spray nozzle makes for quick application.

While designed as a spray-on, hose off product, for those ultra-severe, baked on build ups, Meguiar’s says you’ll get best results by agitating the surface with a brush and better still, with low VOC, it doesn’t “gas you to death” while it cleans.

Clear side markings make dilution a breeze – and you can also see at a glance how full it is thanks to its opaque construction. Plus the printed area on the front makes it a snap for you to clearly label what’s inside.

Being a professional-grade formulation, Meguiar’s Super Degreaser comes in concentrate form – which means you don’t have big containers of water sitting around tying up valuable space.

Unlike other harsh degreasers, when diluted to 10:1, Meguiar’s Super Degreaser is paint safe – making it ideal for cleaning those areas where accidental staining from overspray is a concern. This can be especially helpful for cleaning exterior

For heavy duty cleaning, like in engine bays, dilute

areas – just don’t allow formula to dry on the surface. With strong and fast acting for the toughest jobs and residue-free performance – all without sacrificing cleaning power and with a pleasant fragrance – Meguiar’s says the product delivers a massive win for your workshop. The product is available in 3.8L and 19L sizes through Repco and other select autoparts retailers. For more information, call 1800 347 570 or visit

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TOPO DC POWER Offering lithium power solutions

EXEDY’S COMMERCIAL RANGE With this range, EXEDY says quality comes first

Portable battery systems have come a long way since they were first invented. They have had to evolve in order to keep up with the heavy demands for power in today’s society. The introduction of lithium battery technology was a game changer, completely revolutionising how power is stored and used. TOPO DC Power, based in Perth, says it is leading the way in innovation with its Centrefire portable lithium battery pack. The earliest version of the Centrefire was built into an army surplus ammo tin, but today it comes in a rugged, custom built case. Centrefire is designed so that it can be used either as a portable unit or as a vehicle’s second battery. The 12-volt, 72 Ah, lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePO4) offers an impressive 864 watts of power and weighs only just over 10kg.

When it comes to commercial vehicles, EXEDY says it understands the importance of quality and how failures due to poor quality can result in not only costly repairs, but also loss of income due to time spent off the road. As a long time supplier of OEM clutch parts to numerous commercial vehicle manufacturers, EXEDY says the quality of its products speaks for themselves. EXEDY says its increasingly comprehensive range of Truck Tuff clutches caters for all your commercial vehicle clutch needs, whether it is for a Japanese, American or European commercial vehicle, a light tray back, medium to heavy rigid or B-double. As the primary OEM clutch manufacturer for Isuzu, Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso and Nissan UD, EXEDY says it supplies clutch product for over 80 percent of the domestic Japanese commercial vehicle market. For this reason, EXEDY says it is the only choice when it comes to quality Japanese commercial clutch product. The EXEDY TTK series of clutches ensures your American heavy commercial drivelines are taken care of. Developed in conjunction with the American driveline specialists Illinois Auto Truck, the EXEDY TTK series includes an extensive choice of 14 to 15.5 inch organic or cerametallic, single (14 inch only) or twin plate clutch applications. For further information on the different options

The unit also comes with a built in 40-amp DC-DC vehicle charger as well as a 25-amp solar charger, which ultimately saves the user money. An external 10-amp mains charger keeps the unit topped up when it is not in use. For those requiring extra storage, TOPO also offers its Long Range Lithium series in either a 144 Ah or 216 Ah. These are fitted standard with both DC-DC and solar charging. In addition to its lithium battery range, TOPO DC also has its Mag series 12-volt distribution boards. These power sockets come in a variety of configurations up to four way and can also be individually switched. The larger boards can even be connected together using the supplied cables to create a completely customised power solution. TOPO DC Power says that it stands behind the products it produces with after sales care that it says is sadly missing from many businesses today.  For more information, visit or call 08 9457 7809.



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available in the TTK series clutch range, please refer to the TTK Chart available from listings within the EXEDY online Clutch Finder. EXEDY also carries an extensive range of clutches for European light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles. Vehicle makes include Volvo, Scania, IVECO, MAN, MACK (Renault), DAF and Mercedes Benz. More information about clutch kit details and inclusions for all of the above ranges can be found on the EXEDY website. EXEDY says you can rest assured the product you buy has been specifically designed and engineered to suit your vehicle and has been manufactured using the highest quality materials. It warns you to be wary of cheap imitations as short-term gain can lead to costly associated repairs down the road. For more information, visit

Making cable crimping easy and reliable

Narva now offers a handy DIY Terminal Assortment, containing 200 of the most popular blade, bullet and cable joiner terminals in a convenient durable plastic case. The compact and economical kit is designed for workshops and the DIY handyman to perform basic repairs or modifications to vehicle accessory wiring without investing in a full-sized, professional connector assortment. Included with the kit is Narva’s ‘Tradesman’ plierstyle crimping tool with cushioned handles. Suitable for crimping red, blue and yellow insulated and non-insulated terminals, the tool is also capable of stripping and cutting wire from 2.5mm-6mm, as well as cutting bolts M2.5 to M5. The terminal assortment is comprised of 2.53mm and 4mm flared vinyl-insulated male and female blade and bullet terminals, as well as fully insulated (butt splice) cable joiners, also in 2.53mm and 4mm sizes.

Narva’s DIY Terminal Assortment (P/No. 56525) is available from automotive outlets nationwide. Narva is Australian owned and is a leader in the development, manufacture and supply of automotive lighting and electrical components for the automotive, marine and transport industries. For more information, visit


NEW JAS OCEANIA STARTERS AND ALTERNATORS The Auto Electrical specialist has expanded its range JAS Oceania says it is excited to announce that it is the new Australian distributor for Mahle products, further bolstering its extensive range of Starters and Alternators. As a full-range wholesale distributor for Mahle, JAS Oceania’s product range provides a comprehensive selection across industrial and agricultural rotating units for both petrol and diesel engines in trucks, buses, agricultural and construction machinery. “The expansion of the Mahle range, through JAS provides great opportunities for both businesses to the industry,” JAS Oceania GM Marketing Electrical, Steve Douglas, said. “As an Auto Electrical Specialist we are always looking at ensuring we can provide the right part first time to our customers. “Expanding our supply of products from OEM manufacturers, particularly with Mahle, provides improved convenience of availability for the trade.” Mahle Director and General Manager Aftermarket Asia / Pacific, Christian Kuechlin, said the company has years of industry knowledge and experience

in these applications with European quality and history. “Mahle is known as being driven by performance and these products are designed for long life and maintenance-free operation under heavy duty applications,” Christian said. The brand was previously manufactured and sold under the Iskra name, which was established in 1990. The alternator product range includes two basic designs regarding the cooling of the electric motor: compact alternators with internal fans and classic alternators with external fans. Individual families of alternators are available with 14 V and 28 V DC rated voltage and output current up to 270 A. External fan alternators are specially designed for operation under adverse environmental conditions, such as dust, mud, salt, high-frequency vibrations, and high electrical and thermal load, which are standard for agricultural and construction equipment. Compact alternators are designed for a wide range of applications where lower noise, compact design,

and operation at higher rotational speeds are specifically required, for example, in automotive and commercial vehicle applications. In the Starter Motor range there are various versions ensuring long life under adverse operating conditions. They provide outstanding resistance to salt, fog, humidity, water, dust, mud, vibration, extreme temperatures, and aggressive liquids. As an Auto Electrical specialist, JAS Oceania says it has an extensive range of quality rotating units conveniently available across Australia backed up with technical support “to get the right part, first time.” For more information, visit

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Driveline Auto Parts is a national aftermarket transmission component supplier When it comes to choosing between the various coolers in the market, cooler construction plays an important part in today’s modern installations. Driveline Auto Parts explains that factors in deciding which style of cooler to use include oil flow capacity; low pressure drop; available size; minimum air flow disruption and hose end fitting type and size. It says says a low pressure drop plate and fin type cooler is 30 percent more efficient than a tube and fin type cooler because the cooling circuit operates at a regulated low pressure. It says hydraulic engineering formulas equate that a 90-degree bend has the same restriction as 7.5m of straight pipe and states most tube type coolers have 180-degree bends (that is, 2 x 90-degree bends at the end of each run) and there are usually five of these bends in each cooler, so

that is the equivalent of 75m of cooler line, resulting in increased pressure drop in a tube and fin type cooler. It notes a much larger surface area is also required to achieve the same cooling capacity compared to a plate and fin type cooler. The plate and fin cooler can be distinguished by the parallel plates that run horizontally and looks just like a mini radiator. Driveline says this type of transmission cooler is more efficient than the tube and fin type, mainly because the larger surface area allows for more fluid to contact the cooling surface. Fluid is forced through each row of smaller plates that help to cool the fluid faster and more effectively. When it comes to selecting the right size cooler for the vehicle, the rule of thumb is to select the largest size you can comfortably fit in the space available. It notes correct hose sizing is also critical. Vehicle specific kits are becoming more popular, with most manufacturers offering either a GVM rating or a thermal unit rating to help with size selection if the unit is a custom fit up. When deciding if you should install the cooler in series, or to fully bypass the radiator, Driveline says fully bypassing a failed heat exchanger is often more cost effective and eliminates the potential for any

future coolant and oil contamination. Consideration should also be given to the prevailing climate, with vehicles operating in hotter conditions leading to extra heat load being placed on the cooling system. After installation, an important tip is to always remember to top up the transmission fluid after installing an oil cooler. Normally around one liter will suffice but be sure to follow the vehicle manufacturers recommended fill procedure and to use the correct Automatic Transmission Fluid for the vehicle. Driveline Auto Parts has a full range of coolers available. The Coolmaster Off Road range includes cooler kits for popular 4x4 applications such as Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Patrol, Holden Colorado, Ford Everest, Ford Ranger, Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Prado, Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Amarok. For more information, visit

INDUSTRY-LEADING BATTERY TERMINAL AND BOSS SOLUTIONS Digital Pulse Systems has released two new products Following the announcement of its innovative underbonnet battery, the team at Digital Pulse Systems says it is excited to announce the launch of two new products, the ANBI Battery Terminal and the Battery Boss range. Available in both positive and negative configurations, ANBI Battery Terminals and the Battery Boss are manufactured using high-quality Bronze C85800, which meets International Automotive Standards. “Following the lessons learned during the rollout of our Negative Battery Terminal Isolator range, we discovered that there was room in the market for quality battery boss’ and terminals,” Digital Pulse Systems General Manager, Theo Brown, said. “Many of our stockists reported issues with battery terminals cracking and failing when tightened.” To avoid these failures, the team at Digital Pulse Systems reprofiled the contact area for a better fit, and it says that, combined with the use of Bronze C85800, delivers a much more robust terminal. “While our new Battery Terminals are a little more expensive than the others available on the market currently, we’re confident that mechanics and automotive electricians will choose to fit ANBI terminals to help avoid customer returns and redos,” Theo said. 52

“All ANBI terminals are precision forged and machined to ensure the best possible fit.” ANBI’s new Battery Boss is suitable for Sealed Lead Acid batteries with 8mm bolt terminals. “Our Battery Boss adaptor allows additional accessories to be fitted quickly while retaining the 8mm bolt terminal,” Theo said. The ANBI Battery Boss also features a 12mm Knurl, where others only have an 8mm Knurl. “Increasing the depth of the Knurl provides greater terminal grip,” Theo said. Digital Pulse Systems says choosing to manufacture both products using Bronze C85800 significantly increases their physical properties, as highlighted below: • Melting Point – Liquidus 1650F • Melting Point – Solidus 1600F • Density Ib/ 68F – 0.305 • Specific Gravity – 8.44 • Electrical Conductivity % IACS at 68F – 20 • Thermal Conductivity Btu/ sq ft/ hr/F at 68F – 48.5 • Specific Heat Capacity Btu/ lb /F at 68F – 0.09 • Modulus of Elastic Tension ksi – 15000 “The extended ANBI range provides automotive

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workshops, tyre dealers, and automotive electricians with an additional source of revenue that will improve profitability and increase customer satisfaction,” Theo said. “Keeping the complete range of innovative ANBI products in stock and recommending it to customers is a fantastic way to increase sales.” To find out more about how stocking and recommending the ANBI Battery Conditioner can increase the profitability of your business, Digital Pulse Systems invites you to contact its team. For more information, visit or call 1800 290 812 for trade enquiries.



IM Group says Dorman is changing the game with improved OE replacement parts Growing a local foothold through IM Group, Dorman products offer a new aftermarket alternative for consumers. Serving the US automotive aftermarket since 1918, IM Group says Dorman has grown to dominate automotive maintenance by releasing parts and components once exclusively available through OEMs. Today, it produces over 80,000 products for consumers, with numbers growing every year.

Unlocking ‘dealer only’ parts Dorman’s approach is to offer an aftermarket alternative to products that have previously been ‘dealer only.’ It starts with getting access to warranty data from OEMs in the US, then creating aftermarket solutions for components that typically show up as warranty items. Car manufacturers in the USA are mandated to make this information available. Australian product managers extensively evaluate products from US markets, then apply them to Australia’s needs before supplying the items here. Dorman has delivered its products and repair

solutions to Australia and New Zealand for the past five years. Sold exclusively by the Innovative Mechatronics Group (IM Group), thousands of these parts and components are now available to suit a wide range of global vehicles.

Not just replicated, but remodeled for the better IM Group says Dorman’s aftermarket parts are proving to be an increasingly valuable part of the IM Group of brands. It says what makes them truly unique is the fact that they’re designed to not only replicate the model, but to fix the issue that brought it to maintenance. IM Group explains that the products are only manufactured based on issues with the OEM part or component. As a result, the design and build are reportedly improved for a better and longer lasting experience. For example, a factory oil filter adaptor on certain vehicles will leak when the plastic material warps over time. Dorman’s solution is an OE FIX oil filter housing made entirely of aluminum for durability. This

premium product will be available soon to providers in Australia and New Zealand.

Products available to suit many vehicles IM Group explains that the Dorman product range extends to passenger vehicles, diesel vehicles, and heavy-duty applications. It includes many subcomponents to fix common OE faults, saving you and your customers valuable time and money. The IM Group is the only authorised reseller of Dorman products in Australia and New Zealand. You can find Dorman products stocked at Repco, Burson, and a selected number of independent parts resellers. For more information, please contact IM Group at 1300 308 050 (Australia), 0800 536 547 (New Zealand) or visit

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CLUTCHPRO ADDS TO ACTUATION RANGE The actuators come as complete units for a direct fit replacement The ClutchPro brand by Australian Clutch Services (ACS) continues to expand its range of hydraulics and actuation components, including several dual-clutch transmission actuators. The range of actuation components adds to the already comprehensive range of accessories including clutch forks and boots, pivot balls, guide tubes, clutch cables, bolts and bearings. The new actuators suit a variety of Hyundai and Kia models including the Hyundai i30, i40, Veloster SR, Kona, Elantra and Tucson as well as the Kia Cerato and Rio. ClutchPro specialises in standard replacement style clutch kits and accessories for passenger and light commercial vehicles. Covering thousands of applications including European, Japanese, Korean and American vehicles, ACS explains that ClutchPro has been developed to offer the most comprehensive range whilst retaining the highest levels of quality and performance. The range also reportedly incorporates the latest


technology including dual-clutch transmission clutch kits and associated dual-mass flywheels. Whilst integrating the latest in technology, ClutchPro says it has reviewed and added speciality actuation components including DCT and AMT clutch actuators to support workshops requiring these components when replacing the clutch kit. “It is always our goal to offer the latest technology to the aftermarket and ensure our customers have access to the components they need, even when these components are highly specialised. Our latest actuators are perfect examples of this and have already proven popular in Australia,” Australian Clutch Services Sales Manager, Colin Jevons, said.

for workshops looking for installation efficiency, quality and service.” ClutchPro also offers specialist tools for those installing replacement clutch units in dual-clutch transmissions. These tools are often vehicle specific and necessary for both the removal and installation processes.

“The ClutchPro brand has been developed to provide the complete clutch solution for workshops around the country.

To help support workshops looking to take on these jobs, ClutchPro has introduced a tool hire program aiming to minimise the high capital investment for workshops to purchase these tools, ideal for workshops just starting to take on DCT work.

“With our extensive distribution network and comprehensive range of components for the entire clutch system, ClutchPro offers the ideal solution

For more information on the ClutchPro range, please visit or contact any Australian Clutch Services distributor nationwide.

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ASV is thrilled to be launching its new brand into the automotive industry ASV Euro Car Parts says it is pleased to introduce ASV Airbags, new premium aftermarket air suspension products for luxury European vehicles. ASV Euro Car Parts says these products are backed with a generous warranty not seen with any other competitor and are built with the highest quality parts. ASV are stockists and suppliers to many of the biggest automotive brands in the world, including: • Bosch; • Mann Filter; • Hella; • Magneti Marelli; and • Brembo. Introducing its own brand to the automotive market is an exciting step for ASV as it continues to expand its operations and offerings to the auto industry. ASV says its decision to introduce its own brand has been developed and refined by its years of experience in the automotive industry and its close relationships with its customers and stakeholders both here in Australia and the global aftermarket community.

In recent years, the team at ASV says it collectively identified a noticeable a gap in the market for quality, new air suspension systems available for the high-end European vehicles in Australia. With a focus on customer centric solutions, the team at ASV say it has developed ASV Airbags to fill this void and ultimately improve the global standard of the air suspension product category. Using German parts and European technology, the all new ASV Airbag products have all been extensively tested for quality and performance. With high-quality components, ASV says the products are suitable for all European vehicles including high end brands like: • Porsche; • Bentley; • Mercedes Benz; • Audi; and • BMW. Designed and tested for quality, and ensuring customer satisfaction, ASV says ASV Airbags are setting a new precedent for air suspension

products by offering a very generous 24-month/ 60,000km warranty. With over 30 years of automotive experience, ASV says it is a specialist in the European automotive aftermarket. From humble beginnings in Sydney’s Northern Beaches as an independent vehicle wrecker specialising in recycled European car parts, it says it has grown to now be Australia’s largest seller of new and used European spare car parts. With branches across Australia and New Zealand, ASV says its name is trusted by mechanics and auto professionals to deliver quality parts. For more information, visit

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By now, many technicians and workshops are performing diagnostics and/or programming in some form using a J2534 device However, there are many still yet to take the step for their own various reasons.

such as Windows 10 64 bit for example, to perform diagnostics and flash programming.

Mount Auto Equip Services says to help transition into the world of J2534 without spending endless hours searching the internet for websites and processes, there are ways to speed up the steep learning curve.

Complying with the system requirements of the manufacturer could prove important if support from that OEM is required after a subscription is purchased.

Firstly, there is equipment required. It is recommended to be prepared with a quality, reliable vehicle voltage stabiliser. This allows the technician to work on the electrical system of the vehicle for extended periods, knowing the voltage level or fluctuations were being controlled the entire time. This is most important to have the control during module programming to ensure the transfer of data is occurring under managed conditions. Mount Auto Equip Services recommends the Autoland PS-M2 vehicle power stabiliser. It says this reliable unit has recently been upgraded to support multiple voltage settings and the latest VRLA, GEL and AGM battery types. Next a quality laptop with Windows operating system is to be considered. Before choosing a laptop, it is recommended to visit a few OEM websites of the vehicle manufacturers you wish to work on, and view their own system requirements

Mount Auto Equip Services explains that a J2534 device or interface can be very different in their level of capabilities. It recommends the Drew Technologies Cardaq Plus 3 to be considered when getting started for a number of reasons. It states that this device is the most capable J2534 device on the market and importantly fully supports SAE J2534-1 and J2534-2, CAN FD, 4 CAN channels, V05.00 APi and DOIP. It says these specifications are what makes the difference between what you will/won’t be able to successfully perform via J2534, and will give you the confidence that the Cardaq will have the ability to perform the function at hand, and continue to into the future as the vehicle technology grows. Mount Auto Equip Services encourages you to “go with the experts,” stating that Drew Technologies, in cooperation with the industry, “was instrumental in writing, creating and maintaining the J2534 industry standard.” Upon purchasing a Cardaq Plus 3, it says you can

then proceed to download the J2534 Toolbox software that comes with the device. Mount Auto Equip Services says this Toolbox software is invaluable, and becomes your personal assistant to help you through the J2534 processes. It states there is a large amount of very useful information including the OEM website links to access, walk through processes to download and install, step by step videos to follow, up to date announcements and OEM known current issues being handled. This program is an excellent starting point for your personal journey into J2534, which is available free to download for any Drew Technologies device owner. For more information, please contact Mount Auto Equip Services Pty Ltd by calling 02 9905 8055 or visit

PLASTIC DENT RESTORATION TOOLS The tools have been 3D printed using BASF Forward AM Material Plastfix says it is the automotive industry’s leading plastic restoration and specialty tools supplier. It has cooperated with Forward AM, the brand of BASF 3D Printing Solutions, to deliver an innovative, yet simple, 3D printed set of plastic repair hand tools to be used on automotive plastic parts such as bumper covers. The tools named ‘PlastiPush’ have been designed and used with great results by the Plastfix Team across their USA, Australian and New Zealand client base. Plastfix says they have evolved to their present form through continuous improvement and are now ready for market. Led by industry pioneer Mario Dimovski, the Plastfix Team has worked through various prototypes of tool designs and 3D printing materials to identify the best combination for restoring damaged automotive plastic parts to their original OEM condition.

3D printing has accelerated the process in a way that would not have been possible through traditional injection molding with the ability to develop various prototypes for testing and small batch end-product runs. The tools give collision repair technicians the ability to push out impacts using heat and manipulation to restore thermoplastics like polypropylene back to their original shape. Plastfix explains this is different from the traditional approach by most of the collision repair industry of using fillers or generic hand tools that can damage the plastic after heating. On the other hand, the Plastipush tools provide technicians the ability to deliver a quality filler free repair process giving the plastic part the same characteristics and performance capabilities as intended by the OEM. The PlastiPush Tools set comes in three separate sizes, with two custom tips on each end

engineered to not stress the plastic part during the repair process at the point of contact, through messaging the damaged part back to its pre accident condition with the 3D printed material absorbing some of the pressure during use. “What a great occasion this is for the collision repair industry. We not only bring these tools to the broader market, but also highlight the benefits of 3D printing. This allows a small company like Plastfix to launch an innovative solution, with the support of the material experts at Forward AM,” Mario said. For more information, visit

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Command Auto Group has released “possibly the largest bonnet and boot Gas Strut Program” in Australia The Tuff Support range of gas springs and lift supports was developed with the purpose of providing the aftermarket with the largest range of gas springs applications. The Tuff Support brand has been distributed by Command Auto Group for over 10 years and the full range will be listed in the AutoInfo Oscar program. Command Auto Group says it has had a complete price overhaul, making its offer competitive with over 250 part numbers at one price and over another 150 in price blocks, reportedly making stocking and selling this range easier than ever. The range is comprehensively supported through Command Auto Group’s national sales team and internal customer service team. The ultimate benefit for customers and their consumers is being able to offer consistent service with superior quality for the most popular vehicles on the road today, says Command Auto Group.


To ensure customers receive continuous reliable product, up to date product range, and timely deliveries, Command Auto Group says the Tuff Support range is manufactured in a state-of-theart ISO9001 and TS16949 certified manufacturing facility, working with the OEM sector in the area of product development and co-design, and becoming an OEM supplier to manufacturers around the world. Command Auto Group says its products are covered in the aftermarket industry with an extended five-year warranty. The bodies of its gas springs are made of highquality seamless tubes, treated with phosphate before painting to increase protection against corrosion, and help the special grade paint adhere to the body of the gas spring strongly. The rods are machined on centerless grinding and polishing machines and treated with centerless

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rollers to obtain a smooth surface resulting in longlife. Rod diameters are checked with lasers for imperfections and diameter fluctuations to meet OEM specs and heat treated and nitrated for hardening and resistance to corrosion. The two-point spray gun paint system seals extremities and hard to reach places of the body of the gas spring for better protection against deterioration of the paint and corrosion. Internal components such as seals, washers and O-rings are procured from suppliers who are TS16949 and ISO9001 certified manufacturers. Display stands, product application and merchandising are available for point of sale and stainless steel struts are also available for marine and specialty applications. For more information, visit



CTEK has provided a number of tips on how Australian motorists can reduce their emissions Statistics show that less than one percent of new car sales in Australia this past year were electric. This puts Australia far from its reduced emissions goal as a recent report from the Climate Council stated that 75 percent of new car sales need to be electric by 2030. CTEK says it is the leading global brand in battery charging solutions and while the company acknowledges that new technology is needed, it says there are several steps that Australian motorists can take right away to lower emissions in their vehicles. It states that workshops can increase consumer

awareness of the actions that reduce emissions, which can help increase business while also helping the environment. One action that CTEK recommends is keeping tyres inflated. Under-inflated tyres increase the rolling resistance of a vehicle, which leads to motorists using up to three times more fuel than is necessary. Motorists should check their tyre pressure regularly every two weeks at a minimum. This will reduce fuel consumption and increase awareness of tire condition. Another emission-reducing idea is to utilise stopstart technology. A report published by the Royal Automotive Club of Queensland stated that stopstart technology can reduce fuel consumption by five to eight percent. CTEK also recommends that motorists follow a vehicle service schedule, including steps like checking engine performance, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly, and checking the petrol cap. All of these actions can support lowering emissions.

Another idea for lowering emissions is regularly checking the vehicle battery. Stop-start batteries need to have the capacity to restart the engine every time the vehicle idles. To check a motorist’s battery health, CTEK recommends investing in a professional battery tester, like the CTEK PRO Battery Tester. This not only tests the battery but also prints out a customer report and if the battery voltage is below 12.6 volts, CTEK says the workshop should recommend a battery service. Further, CTEK says the workshop should use a professional battery charger, like the CTEK PRO25S, to complete the job. For more information on the CTEK PRO Battery Tester and the CTEK PRO25S visit

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DBA COMPLEMENTS ITS COMPREHENSIVE ‘STREET SERIES’ PROGRAM A new range of brake calipers is now available

DBA has just launched a new range of braking components by adding OE replacement calipers to its comprehensive, ever-growing offering of Street Series products. “With our braking expertise of over 40 years we set out to bring to market a range of calipers that perfectly complements our long-established range of Street Series brake rotors, as well as our recently launched, market-leading range of Street Series brake pads,” DBA Product Manager, Tony Doyle, said. DBA’s Street Series braking products are designed to provide a no fuss “bolt off, bolt on” experience for the mechanic. Tony says DBA’s launch strategy is demand driven,

with the first applications now being available for popular 4WD models. “Before year’s end the number of SKUs will at least triple to cover further popular cars, SUVs and LCVs. Ultimately, we want to offer a similarly comprehensive market coverage for our Street Series callipers as our customers have come to appreciate for our Street Series rotors and pads,” Tony said. Part of DBA’s commitment to the market as a premium brake supplier is to offer valuable technical advice. It says brake calipers are an integral part of the vehicle’s braking system, however their critical role in stopping a vehicle is often not well-known or understood. In fact, they are seen but very seldom serviced, replaced or discussed. The main calipers are designed to be a robust part of the brake system. However, over time, the heat generated in driving can cause a breakdown in the seals within the pistons and caliper piston bores. There are a number of tell-tale signs that you may have issues with your calipers, such as the vehicle pulling to one side when applying brakes; fluid leaks; and a spongy or soft brake pedal. If you do have a faulty caliper, it will result in reduced braking ability. Uneven brake pad wear

may also result in the case of sticking caliper slide pins which will create bias in wear characteristics. Further signs of ineffective caliper operation may be the experience of abnormal noise. At any service interval it is imperative the entire brake ‘system’ is checked and reviewed. The effective braking of a vehicle relies on all parts of that system working in unison. While attempting to repair a leaking or otherwise faulty caliper is not uncommon, DBA says studies show that the time required to do so, in combination with running the risk of the fault reoccurring within a short period of time, makes a replacement of the caliper the more economical solution. DBA’s Street Series brake calipers are available as single units for direct OE replacement and require no modification to the vehicle. They are being supplied including brackets, however without brake pads to allow for universal caliper-pad combinations. To learn more about DBA’s new Street Series caliper range, email, visit DBA’s online Part Finder at, message DBA on Facebook, or call 1800 730 039.


BAPCOR, the Asia Pacific region’s largest automotive aftermarket specialised company, says it is continually updating its comprehensive Roadsafe 4WD drive product range which is available exclusively from the company’s national trade and retail channels. Roadsafe has been an Australian specialist in steering and suspension products for more than 40 years. Roadsafe is said to be renowned for its industry leading on and off-road product development expertise and innovation that continues to lead the way in quality replacement parts for Australia’s highly specific and discerning 4WD market. Roadsafe provides one of the largest 4WD parts ranges across a number of key product groups, including rated recovery tow points, diff drops and upper control arms, panhard rods, long rods, trailing arms, driveline spacers, bracketry, strut mounts, battery trays and underbody protection. By offering such a detailed 4WD product range, Roadsafe provides application specific solutions 64

that are comprehensively tested and constantly updated to best suit the highly diverse Australian 4WD car parc. BAPCOR’s Roadsafe 4WD range covers everything from daily driving 4WDs to Specialist Offroad vehicles. BAPCOR says total quality is assured through Roadsafe’s in-house research and development that includes gruelling cyclic, FEA, destruction and drop testing regimes that ensure only the most durable and reliable parts make it to your 4WD workshop. Drawing on one of the largest ranges of automotive chassis parts available in Australia, these resources enable Roadsafe to innovate by providing complete solutions for 4WD vehicle specific applications, focusing on each vehicle’s steering geometry and driveability.  BAPCOR says all Roadsafe 4WD replacement parts meet or exceed OE specifications, offering exceptional performance that is supported by a comprehensive national warranty. 

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“The quality engineering behind every Roadsafe 4WD component ensures exceptional performance and reliability,” BAPCOR Product and R&D Manager, Troy Schipper, said. “The Roadsafe 4WD range is without a doubt one of the largest available, backed by four decades of experience and knowledge from our people who know and understand the specifics of 4WD vehicles.”  To find out more about the Roadsafe 4WD product range, visit



Raymax Applications says it is proud to bring laser technology to the automotive parts sector New laser cladding technologies make it possible to manufacture low-wear brake discs that can lead to a significant reduction in fine dust emissions and particles disbursed on roads and race circuits.

material and its manufacturing processes can still be retained, but decisive parameters are optimised by a powder-based additional layer which is welded on by means of a high-power diode laser.

Laser metal deposition (LDM) generates high quality coating and cladding with a lifetime that can exceed the durability of galvanic coatings.

To provide even more benefits, a wear-protecting layer made of tungsten carbide for example, pure corrosion-protecting layers, can also be applied.

Introduced by Laserline GmbH, a German company producing laser systems for industrial use, inhouse research and development meant Laserline high-power diode lasers can be used for repair and hard facing by applying material more resistant to wear than the base material of the original product.

The process of cladding causes a metallic fusion bond created between the applied powder and the base material, but the thermal load on the base material from the laser beam, is low.

Practical applications are numerous in Australia, from cladding large turbine blades to the landing struts of helicopters. Raymax Applications explains that cladding with laser technology produces low-wear brake discs on a grey cast iron basis. It says the comparatively inexpensive base

This enables particularly fast process speeds with real advantages being gained as practically no distortion is seen in the brake discs. The use of high-power diode lasers for this process is in contrast to other thermal processes.

abrasion-resistant surfaces, reduced brake dust load and extended service life.

Friction between brake disc and brake linings generates heat and fine dust which is deposited on the vehicle rim and on the road.

It says laser-coated brake discs are not only suitable for current combustion engines, they will also be used in future electric vehicles, where brake discs will have to meet the need for low particulate emissions.

Raymax Applications explains that the advantages of laser-coated brake discs are corrosion and

For more information, contact Raymax Applications on

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Out of sight and at times overlooked, is the cabin filtration system fitted to all modern vehicles.

Autel says it is the world leader in providing professional vehicle diagnostic equipment

Cabin filters play an important role in improving driver comfort, awareness and safety. They utilise an innovative heat-treated charcoal, or carbon layer capable of neutralising pollutants for cleaner air inside the vehicle cabin.

Newer model cars and trucks may feature the new technology ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).

Replacing Terrain Tamer’s particulate cabin filters, these new Carbon Active filters include an activated carbon layer.

These systems integrate data and AI technology to improve occupant safety and help to prepare for the future of autonomous driving.

The porosity of the charcoal used in creating this carbon layer acts to trap noxious and unpleasant odours and gases such as exhaust and ozone, that might otherwise find their way into the cabin via the vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The many types of ADAS technology include Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Lighting Control, Automatic Braking, Automatic Parking, Blind Spot Detection, Collision Avoidance Systems, Driver Drowsiness Detection, GPS Navigation, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Lane Departure Warning Systems, Night Vision, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.

Particularly useful in areas with slow moving traffic, high pollution and strong odours, the properties of this Carbon Active layer also work to reduce potentially harmful and allergy causing particles such as soot, dirt, dust and pollen, in the

same way that a particulate filter would, providing cleaner air, better breathing and passenger comfort. A good cabin filtration system is also essential in bushfire areas, where it should always be changed once an emergency has passed. Terrain Tamer’s Carbon Active Cabin Filters are now available for a wide and growing range of Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Volkswagen, Ford and Holden vehicles. For more information or for a list of available applications, call 1300 888 444 or visit

HPP LUNDS ADDS NISSAN PARTS TO ITS INVENTORY The company is expanding its range for off-road vehicles

Mechanics need a reliable tool to assist them in diagnosing and troubleshooting these types of systems. It’s also important that mechanics have the capability of carrying out the reprogramming required to complete the repair work. This is getting more complicated as cars are getting more intelligent. Autel says it provides the tools for diagnosing and reprogramming ADAS and that it has the answer for the increasingly high technical demand when it comes to autonomous light vehicles. It operates with an engineering team based in China, collaborating with tool owners around the world, and with data supplied from the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Autel says that its customers can upgrade from an Autel scanner to a full ADAS calibration system and mobile windscreen repair system to further maximise profits from specialised repairs. For more information, contact Interequip Pty Ltd on 18000EQUIP (1800037847) or or visit 68

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For years HPP Lunds says it has offered an impressive range of high-quality replacement parts for the Toyota LandCruiser and Hilux, two of the most popular off-road vehicles worldwide. Its inventory includes a wide selection of driveline, suspension and body hardware components that are imported directly from international aftermarket suppliers. HPP Lunds is now expanding its offerings to accommodate Nissan’s top-selling off-road vehicle models, the Patrol and Navara. The newly introduced range includes diesel primer pumps, spindles, steering knuckles, door rubbers, and weatherstrips with more parts to come. Looking at one category in particular, HPP Lunds stocks a wide range of diesel primer pumps with aftermarket pumps for Toyota’s 2L/3L, H/2H, 1HD, 1HZ, 1KD, 1KZ and 1VD engines. Now the company also offers parts for Nissan ZD30, TD42 and YD25 engines. These diesel primer pumps prevent fuel from flowing away from the injection pump back into the fuel tank while the vehicle’s electrical system is in operation.

They can also be used to remove air from the system when it has been drained or removed for servicing. Additionally, diesel primer pumps can be used to bleed the fuel system to remove air locks. All of HPP Lunds’ parts are imported directly from manufacturers in China, Taiwan and Japan, and stock is also available from its Brisbane Warehouse. The company says these parts are carefully selected from trusted international manufacturers to offer trouble-free fitment and top quality. All components are covered by a 12-month warranty and HPP Lunds’ call centre has 4WD Specialists available to help customers find the right part and ensure it will fit the vehicle. For more information or for a copy of the catalogue, contact HPP Lunds’ Jason Mulcahy on 1300 306 781.


HAYMAN REESE: 70 YEARS STRONG The brand says, “We know towing”

The humble tow bar is an everyday item which many Australians fit onto their cars and behind that shiny tow ball, is a multimillion-dollar industry. One market-leading brand which stands out is Hayman Reese, which in 2021 is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Harking back to the late 1940s when post-war Australia was headed by Prime Minister Robert Menzies and the Snowy Mountain Scheme was getting underway, Australians were starting to explore the country in increasing numbers. A friend asked Eric Hayman to build him a tow bar to tow his newly acquired caravan. He built two, one for his friend and another which he quickly sold at a country agricultural show. He could not have dreamed that it would be the first step towards building an Australian icon. Eric Hayman was not new to manufacturing; he had been making bicycle spokes in a small South Melbourne factory for some time. The tow bar business quickly became the focus of his attention and he set about making them in earnest. In 1972 a major milestone was reached: a large American towing products company, by the name of Reese, was on the lookout for global partners and started working closely with Eric Hayman’s business. Seven years later a new entity was formed, and Eric Hayman was appointed as the first Managing Director of Hayman Reese. As part of this partnership Hayman Reese introduced several key pieces of technology to the Australian market: weight distribution systems for safer towing and the Hayman Reese signature 50mm ‘square-hole’ Hitch Receiver tow bar. Until that time most tow bars had been a fabricated product with fixed mounting points and were not easily detachable. Hayman Reese says the 50mm square tow bar hitch was a game changer and states that it remains the Australian industry standard today. 1972 also saw the company leave South Melbourne and move to a larger facility in Dandenong. The Hayman Reese business is now located in a stateof-art engineering, manufacturing and warehouse facility in Keysborough. With over two hundred staff on site, Hayman Reese designs, tests and manufactures a wide range of products all under one roof, in what it says is the largest facility of its type in Australia. Now part of the locally owned AutoPacific Group, the Hayman Reese DNA remains at the core of the organisation. “Hayman Reese has been a keen participant in the Australian automotive aftermarket since the 70

FX Holden went on sale,” AutoPacific Group Chief Executive Officer, Jason Kieseker, said. “Our products have been helping Australians on worksites and on weekends since the 1950s it’s a great achievement and something we are extremely proud of.” With the loss of the local automotive manufacturing industry Hayman Reese remains one of a few local manufacturers of automotive components. “It’s a challenge we have successfully overcome through a culture of consistent improvement, having a local manufacturing capability is central to our business. It’s important both to our customers and us,” Jason said. With such a long history it’s still possible for Hayman Reese to build towbars which have not been offered for decades. The company’s Keysborough manufacturing facility still houses the original drawings and tooling to produce towbars for every current towing vehicle as well as cars now seen as irreplaceable classics. Since the very first towbar, Hayman Reese says it has strived to provide customers with everything required to equip a consumer with the safest towing solution. Each solution is sold as a complete kit, including comprehensive fitting instructions that enhance the ease of installation. The Hayman Reese journey simply started with a towbar but has expanded to include SmartClick Wiring Solutions, Brake Controllers, Weight Distribution Systems as well as application specific products such as X-Bar, a tailored design 4WD solution.

Hayman Reese Towbars Since introducing its innovative 50mm x 50mm hitch receiver style to the market, Hayman Reese says it has continued to be at the forefront of towbar innovation. The 2000s saw Hayman Reese change the way

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that towbars were painted. Previously, towbars were merely dipped in paint, which could allow foreign objects to destroy the paint integrity. It says its introduction of the MetalShield three stage corrosion protection system has significantly increased the longevity and quality of the painted towbar. Firstly, towbars are shot blasted, preparing a clean uniform surface free from imperfections or foreign objects. This is followed by a preprotection surface using electricity to create an adhesive bond between the raw metal and the e-coat. Finally, the towbar is powder coated to ensure maximum durability against rust and corrosion. Hayman Reese says the finished result gives its towbars a quality finish that surpasses the performance of many others in the market. Another Hayman Reese innovation in towbars is its SmartPin anti-rattle technology, engineered to combat any annoying rattle that motorists might experience. Unique to the market, the SmartPin utilises two small ‘keyways’ in the hitch receiver that the SmartPin slots into. Once the accompanying nut is tightened, the SmartPin is held in place, providing sufficient pressure against the hitch receiver and tow ball mount to prevent rattle. Hayman Reese says it pushed the boundaries again with the release of the X-Bar towbar in 2018.

MEMBER FEATURE brake controllers has reportedly been shown to achieve better results with many caravan stability systems and Hayman Reese says it is amongst the preferred choice of caravan manufacturers. Overall, continuing to offer both types of brake control solutions gives customers the choice to select the perfect product to meet their needs. To further facilitate the fitment of Hayman Reese brake controllers, in 2015 Hayman Reese released a range of brake control harnesses. Clicking into the existing Hayman Reese SmartClick towbar wiring harness, the brake control harness range reduces fitment time and again removes the complexity of integrating with specific vehicle wiring systems.

Weight Distribution range

Beyond the traditional single function of towing, the X-Bar reportedly delivers on the needs of 4WD enthusiasts in terms of clearance, recovery rating and strength. The Hayman Reese X-Bar has three dedicated recovery points, rated up to eight tonnes, can increase clearance by up to 100mm and Hayman Reese says it has the strength to withstand heavy towing and recovery without compromise.

Wiring Solutions Innovation in towbars was only the start for Hayman Reese. At a similar time to the release of MetalShield, Hayman Reese also introduced what it calls the simplest solution for wiring a towbar – the Hayman Reese SmartClick wiring system. Taking the complexity out of splicing, cutting, matching and soldering wires, the vehicle specific SmartClick looms are designed to be ready to plug into the existing vehicle wiring, drastically reducing fitment time and margin for error. It is included in towbar kits for most modern vehicles. Modern vehicles can use CANbus wiring, single wire dual voltages, low voltage or even low current signals to operate the tail lights where trailer wiring connects. Determined to not allow this to be a become an issue for fitters, Hayman Reese’s wiring solutions include an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that works by reading the status of vehicle tail lamps and powers the trailer lamps from the

battery power source without generating any fault codes in the vehicle system. The ECU isolates the vehicle’s existing tail lamp circuits and transfers the power to the trailer lamps, preventing overload and providing protection against any trailer wiring faults, which is especially necessary for vehicles using an electrical control method like a Pulse Width Modulation. Paired with SmartClick harnesses, the inclusion of ECUs alleviates the fitment concerns encountered with the ever-changing intricate wiring systems in modern vehicles. Each Hayman Reese ECU carries the ACMA RCM mark (formerly known as ‘C-tick’). The RCM mark means that all Hayman Reese ECUs meet and adhere to Australian Electromagnetic Compatibility Standards and will not interfere with expensive and sensitive electronics critical to safe operation.

Brake Controllers Any trailer weighing over 750kg is required by Australian law to have a braking system installed. Electric and electric over hydraulic brakes, commonly found in RVs and boat trailers, require a brake controller to control the voltage output to the trailer brakes. The Hayman Reese Guardian and Compact brake controllers utilise a proven timer-based system to increase the voltage to the trailer brakes over a length of time, increasing the braking force. Great for lighter loads or off-road towing, the robust timer-based systems still have a place in the harsh Australian terrain. The Guardian IQ and Compact IQ brake controllers take this technology one step further, using proportional braking technology to provide an even easier solution for consumers. Reacting to the changing velocity in the vehicle, when the brake pedal is pressed, the brake controller will adjust the voltage sent to the trailer brakes to slow the trailer with ease. The technology being used in Hayman Reese proportional

The concept of weight distribution is to spread the weight applied at the rear of the vehicle, when towing, more evenly across all axles. This allows for greater stability and less stress on pressure points, as the towing load is distributed across a larger area. When originally released, Hayman Reese had a ‘trunnion’ style spring bar concept. This suited most caravans at the time as they had a similar A-frame depth and coupling position. Over time, as caravans changed to accommodate the developing requirements set by the market, the traditional ‘trunnion’ style spring bars were no longer a ‘onefits all’ scenario. Rather than maintaining the status quo, Hayman Reese developed the ‘round bar’ style of spring bar, providing increased clearance around the A-frame. Presently, both styles are still sold, each within their own weight ranges: ‘Trunnion’ style accommodating consumers with a shallower A-frame or bottom mounted coupling, whilst ‘round bar’ systems meet the needs of top mounted couplings with deeper A-frames. Hayman Reese weight distribution systems have become an integral part of a towing system. The success of these systems has become so predominant over the years that the development of most new caravan coupling systems considers the integration of weight distribution as mandatory to ensure the safety of the vehicle and its occupants.

SmartCode – Hayman Reese’s newest technology Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated with new features that need to be adjusted when towing. Hayman Reese says that without an intelligent towing solution, like SmartCODE, the vehicle will not operate at its full capability. This can result in error lights appearing on your dash, or reduced functionality including Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and Reverse Park Assist. Hayman Reese says SmartCODE ensures a vehicle operates at its full capability when towing. For more information, visit

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Rival aluminium bumpers protect 4WDs without the disadvantage of a bulky and heavy steel bull bar Available through Drivetech 4x4 and NAPA Auto Parts, the stylish aluminium bumpers are designed to last the toughest environments and can be matched with underbody armour to protect vehicles from rocks, logs and scrapes. Drivetech 4x4 Business Manager, Ben Lavis, is quick to point out the Rival range is easy to install, using OE mounting points so no drilling or modification is required and with LED lighting integrated into the bumper. “Rival bumpers are constructed from a lightweight yet rugged 6mm aluminium alloy body, with 5mm steel mounting brackets enabling them to protect without the weight of a traditional bull bar,” Ben said. “Their distinctive design not only enhances the look of a vehicle but also increases its approach angle to improve performance.” Each Russian made bumper is vehicle specific for the front and rear, suiting the styling and size of leading models including HiLux, LandCruiser, Ranger, Navara, Amarok and Triton to name a few.

Importantly, each Rival front bumper includes a winch mount and integrated recovery points. The skid plates and under body armour are using 6mm aluminium with stiffening ribs to provide maximum strength. Powder coated with a corrosion resistant polymer, the range can include plates to protect arms, radiator, engine, gearbox, transfer case and fuel tank, depending on the vehicle. The protective underbody armour is laser cut and will not decrease ground clearance once installed. The design includes apertures for water and dirt drainage as well as airflow venting, and the concealed fit makes for minimal damage during off-road driving and connect easily with Rival aluminium bumpers for a full protection solution. Although Rival’s bumpers, underbody armour and skid plates add a new level of protection to 4WDs, NAPA Auto Parts notes that they also produce a range of roof racks, tailgate assist kits and bonnet strut kits to ensure the rest of the vehicle has an enhanced level of performance.

For more information on the range of Rival products, as well as 4WD products from other leading brands, NAPA Auto Parts invites you to contact its team at your local NAPA Auto Parts branch. To find your nearest NAPA Auto Parts location, visit

HAYMAN REESE’S X-BAR For serious off roaders

Merging 70 years of towing expertise with a tough off-road design and vehicle recovery top of mind, Hayman Reese says its X-Bar is a truly innovative towbar. Designed for flay tray and tub variants, the X-Bar is available for a range of top selling crew cab fourwheel-drives. Fitted with forged recovery points rated up to 8,000kg, the X-Bar is designed to deliver on the most important needs for off-road enthusiasts.

Recovery rated With off-road caravan and camper trailer sales booming, the demand for towing products for fourwheel-drive enthusiasts is also increasing. X-Bar is the first towbar to come standard with three recovery points rated to a maximum of 8,000kg. This gives serious off-roaders a safe and tested recovery option with their towing solution.

Maximum clearance The flat tray version of the X-Bar is designed to increase clearance where possible and is positioned up to 100mm higher than a standard OEM towbar allowing maximum ground clearance over rough terrain. 72

The integrated bash plate complements the clean design and keeps wiring safe and out of the way.

Superior strength Designed to handle the most challenging of off-road situations, Hayman Reese says the X-Bar is built with stronger and thicker side plates and centre cross tube when compared to a standard towbar. The forged side recovery points are rated at 4,000kg each and the centre point is rated at 8,000kg. A forged trailer ball mount is used for increased strength and durability. Further, Hayman Reese explains that the X-Bar is ADR compliant and has been tested thoroughly to ensure it will stand the test of time in the harshest of conditions.

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Attention to detail Hayman Reese explains that special attention has been paid to wiring plug locations to help ensure maximum protection and adequate space to set up for your specific towing needs. The tub version of the X-Bar includes a sleek designed cover plate to ensure a clean look when not towing but lifts up to provide easy access to shackle points and trailer plugs when towing. Hayman Reese says the X-Bar encompasses the quality synonymous with the Hayman Reese name, and comes standard with MetalShield twostage paint protection and SmartClick vehicle specific wiring solutions. For more information, visit


BUILT TO PERFORM ECB says it has the largest range of frontal protection products dating back to vehicles made in the early 1990s

Established in 1971, East Coast Bullbars (ECB) manufacture Alloy Frontal Protection Products including Bullbars and Nudge Bars for passenger vehicles, 4WDs, SUVs, light commercial vehicles and trucks. ECB states that all of its Australian made products are “built to perform, not built to a price,” with a strong focus on designing and building products that are fit for purpose and provide maximum protection with minimal weight. “Every product we design is built for the tough Aussie conditions and meet all ADR requirements,” East Coast Bullbars National Sales and Marketing Manager, Gaven Paterson, said. “The new vehicle market is continually evolving and improving with new technology and improved safety features and crash avoidance systems. “As such, our R&D department is continually developing new products to suit the constant stream of new vehicle arrivals. Our objective is to create solutions for our customers and provide products fit for purpose. This avoids long lead times and waiting for products to be made in factories overseas and shipped to Australia.”

Why fit a Bullbar? The two main reasons people want to fit a Bullbar is for protection and convenience. A good quality Bullbar will protect the front of your vehicle and all the important mechanical components and offer superior protection from animals and even wayward drivers and will also protect in dense scrub when off-road. A good-quality Bullbar will absorb most impacts and protect the bits of the car that matter – namely the radiator and cooling system. A good quality Bullbar will also provide a great base from which to attach other essential off-road kit such as winches, light bars, LEDs and antennas. “With the release of modern vehicles, new systems, radar systems and headlight washers,

we have had to incorporate these systems into our bars,” Gaven said. “This extends the testing period, as we need to fully complete testing on each of these components as well as the standard tests. We hand make a sample bar from the design and test-fit each product prior to starting the manufacturing process. “The different options available for Frontal Protection Products today are endless, from a bumper over design to a bumper replacement, no loops to three loops, a Winch Bullbar or a simple Nudge Bar to fit extra lighting too. “The options are varied and ultimately up to the individual as to what it is that is important to them. The first question should be, is it ADR approved? This is very important for many reasons. The first being, are you covered (insurance wise) in the event of an accident or collision, if you have a product fitted that is not ‘designed to work’ with the vehicle and has not been tested and approved to the Australian Design Standards then sadly you may not be covered by your insurance company.”

Benefits of alloy

• Suspension upgrades are unlikely to be required. • Increased fuel economy and increased tyre longevity thanks to carrying less overall vehicle weight. • Environmentally friendly as less fuel consumption provides an economically ‘Greener Choice.’ • ECB alloy bullbars and Nudge Bars will not rust or corrode and will remain aesthetically pleasing for years to come. • Avoid visible rust and corrosion which will impact the resale value of a vehicle.

ECB’s commitment to the future of Australian Manufacturing and keeping jobs here East Coast Bullbars has achieved IATF 16949 Certification, which it explains is the highest quality standard recognised by automotive manufacturers. “ECB is pleased to announce we have achieved the globally recognised IATF 16949 certification,” Gaven said.

With “no compromise in strength or design,” ECB says its alloy bullbars offer a distinct advantage over the same designed steel bullbars.

“Credited as the highest international quality standard in the automotive industry, this certification solidifies our commitment to operate at the world’s best standards.

It says alloy products won’t add unnecessary weight to the front end of a vehicle or to the customer’s wallet, and states that alloy ensures its products remain highly corrosion and rust resistant, whilst maintaining vital strength.

“ECB is only one of a handful of companies in Australia to achieve this status and it could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees implementing it over the past year.”

Other benefits include:

The IATF 16949 standard provides a further set of guidelines above ISO 9001 standards and contains supplemental requirements specific to the automotive industry.

• Reduced weight contributes to less wear and tear on the vehicle and engine components.

These Quality Management Systems (QMS) are a collection of policies, processes, and documented procedures that define the set of internal rules that govern how ECB creates and delivers products throughout its reselling network. “It validates our culture of continuous improvement not only with our products but in creating safer working conditions and eliminating waste that allows us to work safer and more efficiently ensuring you are delivered The World’s Best Alloy Bullbar,” Gaven said. For more from East Coast Bullbars, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine September 2021




The system allows you to simply mix and match your adapter to a compatible shank The Mister Hitches Australia team has developed its Multi-Hitch Mix “N’ Match system to give the user a quick fit adapter towing hitch system allowing for matching a variety of adapters to a compatible shank to give greater height adjustment. The adapters have been designed and tested in Australia and meet the testing requirements of ADR62/02 and AS4177.


Terrain Tamer explains that its range of HeavyDuty Wheel Bearing and combination Swivel Housing Kits have been specifically designed and manufactured for heavy towing vehicles and those operating in extreme conditions. Practical for unforgiving terrain and extreme applications such as mining, the kits are comprised of bearings that have been made in Japan, with a Rockwell hardness rating that is 2.5 points higher than the OE equivalent. Terrain Tamer explains these bearings combine a new forging technique with an upgraded heat treatment procedure to enable a longer service life. The kits also include an innovative new range of Heavy-Duty hub seals which rotate on their own internal surface, without relying on the condition of the shaft and thus eliminating wear on other components. These seals utilise a labyrinth construction to better prevent the loss of oil and lubricating fluids and better protect against the ingress of dirt

All adapter kits are rated at GTW 3500kg, TW 350kg when used with any of the five Mister Hitches compatible shanks. All adapter kits come with two x 16mm hitch pins and clips (double shear rated at 10,000kg), two x 16mm to 19mm shank sleeves to reduce the excessive movement of the hitch on the shank, one x Anti-Rattle grub screw and one x Allen key tool.

The MHMHBM ball mount adapter can be inverted, and the shank can also be inverted without loss of rating integrity. MHMHBM is compatible with Stone Stomper and most brands of Couplings (for example, Do35 etc.) Mister Hitches Australia says it is the first to develop an adjustable Clevis mount hitch and the first in Australia to develop an adjustable Poly Block adapter. It says it should be noted that the adapter kits have been tested with the Mister Hitches genuine 4.5t shanks and the warranty is void if the adapter is used with a non-genuine Mister Hitches shank. For more information, visit 76

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and other contaminants, making them perfectly suited to harsh, muddy and dusty conditions and ensuring both extended seal and bearing life. As with all Terrain Tamer bearing kits, the HeavyDuty kits also include all required components, such as gaskets, nuts, gear lever seats and bushes, boots, washers etc, and all parts are covered by a 12-month warranty. Terrain Tamer Heavy Duty Bearing Kits are now available for a growing number of Toyota Hilux and Landcruiser models. For more information, visit or call 1300 888 444 to speak to the parts team.

HYUNDAI BULLBARS IN BRISBANE Allbar Vehicle Products design and manufacture premium quality bullbars available for a range of Hyundai vehicles

The company says it develops bull bars that are designed to last. Allbar Vehicle Products states that “it doesn’t believe in making poor quality products and therefore its range of Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe bars are built for safety and longevity.” Further, Allbar Vehicle Products says its range is perfect for off road use, stating that when you need a sturdy and powerful design to take to the great outdoors, “you can always rely on one from Allbar Vehicle Products.” Allbar Vehicle Products explains that its team uses years of design experience and expertise to manufacture products that will ensure the safety of your vehicle and the passengers within. “We believe in using the highest standard of workmanship each time we produce a new

product,” Allbar Vehicle Products Owner, Iqbal Hussein, said. “Our team have a dedication to creating vehicle components that you can always rely on. We use the highest quality materials during production to ensure our products are durable and efficient. “They will provide an optimal standard of protection from the elements on the road as well as from threats like kangaroos and other species that are susceptible to being hit. “If you would like to find out more about the range of Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe bull bars available for purchase at our store, feel free to get in contact with our friendly team of staff. “We are dedicated to providing an exceptional standard of service for our valued customers, and will be happy to assist you with any questions you have.” For more information, call Allbar Vehicle Products on 07 3279 6422 or visit


NEW BOCAR BULL BARS FOR ISUZU D-MAX The ultra-robust Bocar Stockade series of Bull Bars has expanded to suit the powerful new 2020 Isuzu D-MAX Boasting a leading-edge steel body construction with Ø63 mm rounded tubing, Bocar’s latest Bull Bar is said to be tough enough to keep up with the Isuzu D-MAX at work, play, or off-road. Pricing starts at $1,499 without fitting and $1,862 with fitting. “The 2020 Isuzu D-MAX is designed for Australia’s rugged environment. It’s a remarkable vehicle that delivers impressive durability without compromising on safety, style, or comfort,” Aeroklas Australia Head of Customer Experience and Retail Strategy, Matt Logan, said. “We are truly proud to release a Bull Bar to match the calibre of this vehicle.” The Stockade series of Bull Bars are engineered for performance. The steel body is finished with a matt-black powder-coat, a contemporary choice that complements any shade of D-MAX. The Bull Bar, which comes in at 80kg, also features in-built winch compatibility and comes standard with a high-quality three-in-one LED light (indicator, park, and DRL). Additional housing for fog lights is available if required. “We have been innovating in the industry since the 1970s, and we couldn’t be happier with our black steel Bull Bar range,” Matt said.

“Bocar stands behind the quality of its products, and that’s why the Stockade Bull Bar range comes with a two-year, 40,000 km warranty.” Bocar says it is dedicated to protecting the safety of its customers. The Bocar Bull Bar to suit 2020 Isuzu D-MAX is Australia Design Rules (ADR) approved, which sets out the national standards for vehicle safety. It’s also airbag compatible for total peace of mind. “Isuzu D-MAX owners are sure to be impressed by the sheer durability of our newest Bull Bar,” Aeroklas Australia General Manager, Greg Kelly, said. “Anyone looking to upgrade their vehicle can

purchase genuine Bocar products directly from us via our Aeroklas Fitment Centres or Flexiglass Branches, with one of our authorised resellers or with their local vehicle dealer.” Bocar and its trusted network of resellers and dealers are ready to equip Stockade series Bull Bars on the newest 2020 Isuzu D-MAX. Aeroklas Australia says customers have access to several game-changing customisation options, too, including fog light housing and winch installation. To get an instant quote on Bocar’s Bull Bar to suit 2020 Isuzu D-MAX, visit or reach out via or call 1300 022 200 for more information.

STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE Raw 4x4 explains how to achieve the best suspension set-up for towing The current pandemic has forced many Australians to holiday at home, which has seen an increase in the number of caravans, campervans, trailers and boats being towed by 4WD vehicles on Australian roads.

type and damper technology can significantly improve the vehicle’s handling and ride comfort for both the loaded and unloaded conditions.

Raw 4x4 knows that towing changes the dynamic performance of a vehicle in terms of handling and braking performance.

Raw 4x4 states that it has a full range of coil and leaf springs designed with multi stage or progressive rate spring rates at various weight ratings to improve the weight carrying ability of the tow vehicle.

It further explains that compromises need to be made to balance the load carrying ability of the vehicle when towing, versus the comfort levels for everyday driving.

To further complement the suspension range, a tiered offering of shock absorbers and struts are matched to the suspension components to improve the ride and handling of the vehicle.

Setting up a vehicle for the occasional towing of a boat or caravan can result in a harsh and uncomfortable ride, and leads to the vehicle sitting too high; which is why a clear understanding of the load being towed and how often this will occur will assist in putting the best towing package together.

For towing, the Powerdown engineering team highly recommends the Raw Nitro Max shock absorber range, that is based on Powerdown’s innovative truck shock absorber technology.

Raw 4x4 explains that a clever selection of spring

It says this design has proven itself over millions of kilometres and with a precision tuned speed sensitive disc valve design, delivers the ultimate

amount of control for towing without sacrificing a comfortable ride. For more information, visit

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CONSUMERS LOOK TO LOCALLY MADE BULLBARS TUFF Australia has introduced new bullbars with the help of the Auto Innovation Centre Increasing demand for locally manufactured 4WD accessories has opened-up opportunities for TUFF Australia according to the company’s General Manager, Mark Casey. “The demand for bullbars, side rails and trays has been very strong in the past 12 months and we have bought adjoining properties in order to expand our factory footprint in Toowoomba, Queensland,” Mark said. Research and development has been a major focus for the company that is approaching its twentieth anniversary and new models continue to be launched. The company recently introduced a range of bullbars for the new Nissan D23 MY21 Navara model which was developed with the assistance of the AAAA Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) in Adelaide. “We approached the Nissan product line development a bit differently and relied on scans from the AIC – this was great asset for our engineering team and saved time and money,” Mark said. “TUFF was one of the original backers of the AIC concept and it is marvellous to see the results of this ambitious project and the practical benefits for the whole industry.

“There is a significant amount of technology on the front of current vehicles and this presents challenges for Australian manufacturers as they design products to withstand the rigours of our unique conditions while maintaining the technical functions of vehicles such as adaptive cruise control. “The AAAA will no doubt continue to make sure independent manufacturers are not closed-out from making quality accessories for all makes and models. This is critical as OEMs will continue to make closed loop systems so they can only be accessed by their technicians. We can now see the state and federal governments have woken up to the advantages of a local manufacturing base and have provided useful incentives to modernise our factories. “Aside from the advocacy of the AAAA and the encouragement of government, manufacturers will need to take advantage of the opportunities and invest in the future – we see talented people and their development as the best way to secure our path forward and we now have 14 apprentices in our factory. With the shortage of skilled boilermakers and sheet metal workers we have to grow our own.

TUFF Mechanical Engineers Ary Santony (left) and Ruhaan Kanpurwala (right) with R&D Manager Ty Austin working on TUFF Australia bullbar brackets.

“We have also ordered a state-of-the-art folding press from Japan to process our parts – this will give TUFF added productivity and allow us to do more elements in-house. Everything has to be done as efficiently as possible – there are great opportunities but material and labour increases mean we have to reduce our waste and increase overall productivity at TUFF.” For more information, visit


Allin Towbars says it offers top-grade Australian designed and made towbars and towing accessories South Australian family owned and operated business Allin Towbars has been in operation for 75 years. The business is currently owned and managed by four sisters, second generation from the Gynell family. As a female and family friendly business with a fun, positive and “can-do” attitude that radiates throughout the organisation, Allin Towbars explains that it employs 29 highly professional staff who aim to provide the best possible products and services. “We manufacture and install a wide range of Australian-designed-and-made towbars and towing / 4WD accessories that suit most makes of vehicles,” Allin Towbars Managing Director, Penni Donato, said. “All of our products are strictly tested and ADRapproved to meet the high standards and protect our customers’ safety. “As one of Australia’s top towbar manufacturers, we produce, supply and fit towbars direct to the automotive trade and to the general public. “In addition to bulk manufacturing, we provide custom fabrication services to cater for your specific towing requirements. 80

“Our towbars can be fitted directly to the car either at our workshop, from mobile installers or by resellers in their workshops. “While we are an ARB and Redarc stockist and installer, we supply and fit rear steps, light protectors, SmartBars, electric brakes, dual-battery systems, weight distribution hitches, towing mirrors and many more caravan and 4WD accessories. “We are a truly reliable one-stop shop that could meet all your towing needs. “We are also proud  aftermarket  suppliers to the market’s leading car manufacturers. “Allin Towbars is proud to be considered the topof-mind aftermarket product to South Australia’s leading automotive dealerships. “Our unique  stainless steel  cover plate design is known as the neatest and most compact towbar on the market. “Our attention to customer needs is well praised by clients and has contributed to the steady growth of the business. “We are well known throughout the industry for our complimentary technical advice and support and our return customer dedication is highly valued and welcomed.

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“A close relationship with the caravan and camping industry allows us to assist both the new and experienced caravan enthusiasts with technical support and towing safety tips. “Renowned for our friendly, efficient and reliable service, Allin Towbars has the expertise to fit your vehicle with a towbar that will last a lifetime: that’s guaranteed with a life-time warranty. “Whether you are looking to mount bike racks, to tow a 6x4 trailer or maybe something more heavy duty such as a boat, horse float or car trailer, Allin Towbars have a solution for you.” For more information, visit or call 08 8352 5155.



Hayman Reese towbars are now available at CoolDrive Auto Parts. “Hayman Reese is the most recognisable and respected name in towbars and towing solutions in Australia, with 70 years of experience and the biggest range in the market,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Category Manager, David Heydrich, said. “All of its towbars are designed and engineered in Australia specifically for Australian vehicles, which ensures superior performance and the highest quality.” Headlining the range is Hayman Reese’s Class Four towbar range for heavy duty applications. The Class Four heavy-duty towbars include industry leading features such a 50mm x 50mm square hitch receiver – with complementary weight distribution kits also available – and a removable trailer ball mount with Hayman Reese’s trademarked SmartPin to reduce rattle.

REPCO’S TOWING SYSTEMS The warmer months are approaching and it’s time to start planning those outdoor activities Whether you’re planning an off-road adventure or weekend escape, it is important to ensure your towing requirements are taken care of. Repco explains that it has partnered with top quality brands in the automotive industry to provide a comprehensive range of towing solutions; from Tag Towbar Kits to Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Systems, and accessories such as coupling locks, tow balls, mirrors, and tow hitches. Weight Distribution Systems are extremely important to maintain a level ride height from your vehicle to the object you are towing. From a caravan to a trailer, boat, or horse float, each set up is different, and it is crucial to select the correct weight distribution system. Factors such as the towball weight of your caravan or boat, the coupling type and drawbar dimensions will influence the system you require. Hayman Reese’s Weight Distribution Systems

are available in 258LB: Intermediate, 600LB: Medium Duty and 800LB: Heavy Duty. Repco states the correct set up will ensure your vehicle will steer, ride, and handle as designed, and help to minimise unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle and caravan. If you need advice, Repco says its highly trained team is ready to help and invites you to visit a store, or shop or browse online. With its comprehensive range, Repco say you’ll be sure to find a solution to meet your towing needs. For more information, visit

IRONMAN 4X4 RAID SERIES A new era of rugged yet sophisticated vehicle protection systems

Also available at CoolDrive is the range of Hayman Reese’s X-Bars. With a centre recovery point rated to 8,000 kilograms and outer points to 4,000 kilograms, all X-Bars feature increased thickness side arms, custom-forged 700-grade steel recovery points and tow ball mounts, and high-tensile Australian Standard Grade 10.9 fasteners, making them ideal for off road usage and recovery. All Hayman Reese towbars and X-Bars are tested to industry standards for Static Overload, Durability and Recovery to meet Australian Standards AS/4177 and ADR 62/02 in a NATA accredited laboratory. They also feature the company’s unique twostage surface protection which helps to stop rust and resists fading and flaking to keep the towbars looking newer for longer. The impressive Hayman Reese range available at CoolDrive features products suited for popular manufacturers such as Ford, Holden, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen. For further information, visit 84

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In ‘one giant leap’ for Ironman-kind, the release of Ironman 4x4’s Raid Series is said to provide a glimpse into the future for vehicle protection systems design in Australia. The initial August 2021 release is targeted to Jeep owners, with designs crafted specifically for Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT models. Ironman 4x4 explains that the sleek yet rugged design is a key feature, and when integrated across all elements, delivers a seamless and stylish total vehicle package while also including all the traditional and modern features and benefits. The Raid Series Full Length Bull Bar, includes airbag compatibility, provision for parking sensors, 3,500kg rated recovery points and high lift jack points, is 9500lb winch compatible, with removable top plate. All of this captured in a stylish single loop design with integrated light bar and spot or flood cube lights. The Raid Series Side Steps showcase a simple and clean twin two-inch tubular design. The bolt in design prevents any hassle of welding or drilling on installation and treadplate ensures easy step and grip. The SRS side airbag compatibility and

a textured powder coated finish (consistent with front and rear bar also) deliver on safety and durability. The Raid Series Rear Bar, includes all the same features as the front bar and an option for a spare wheel relocation kit for the Wrangler JL. The Raid Series bars can also be personalised with clear and amber spot or flood cube lights and red flood cube lights (rear bar only). Until the end of September, Ironman 4x4 is offering a limited quantity of discounted total vehicle packages which includes front bar, rear bar and sidesteps plus selection of light options for the Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT. For more information, contact Ironman 4x4 Senior Marketing Manager Robert Knott at or for sales opportunities, contact Ben Campbell at



There are a few things that often catch out installers of modern electric brake controllers (EBC) REDARC says it always recommends referring to the user manual which provides specific installation instructions. This is paramount to follow so that your customer has the best user experience, and most important of all, safest experience when using their brake controller.

Power Supplied Via Relay

Brake Signal Pickup

Inadequate Wiring or Connectors

The requirements for a suitable connection of an EBC trigger wire are quite specific. It must provide battery voltage output while the vehicle brakes are applied / 0 volts output while the vehicle brakes are not applied. It must also accept battery voltage when the brake controller manual override is operated and illuminate at least the trailer’s brake lights.

Under full braking force, a trailer can draw as much as 25 amps, and as a result poor wiring gauge and/or poor connecters can cause issues. Cheaper components such as blade fuses and crimp terminals are often not up to the task of currents of this magnitude and can deteriorate over time.

Unsecure/Loose Mounting REDARC says good EBCs, like REDARC’s Tow-Pro range, can be mounted in any orientation. It is important that the EBC is mounted securely as its internal components rely on a solid mount to know how hard the vehicles brakes are applied, so it can vary its output accordingly.

EBCs should be powered directly from the battery via a circuit breaker. This is because you want to retain trailer brakes even if the ignition cuts out unexpectedly, also removing power clears the unit’s calibration which results in rough braking until recalibration.

Dashboard too thick When choosing a suitable mounting location, it is important to consider the thickness of material the controller will be installed on, as well as what’s hidden underneath. For REDARC’s Tow-Pro range the remote head must be installed in material between 1.25 – 3.75mm thick so that the override button can be depressed correctly.

REDARC says the word Tow-Pro has become synonymous with EBC and towing safety, with REDARC continuing to set the benchmark for easy-to-use, safe trailer and towing braking. It states that the REDARC Tow-Pro range has a controller to suit every towing need. REDARC’s Tow-Pro Elite V3 features both inertia-sensing and user-controlled modes, communicated through the illuminated LED dial. It says both the Tow-Pro Elite and Tow-Pro Classic are simple to install and can be seamlessly mounted in a blank switch panel, on the dashboard or centre console. The Tow-Pro range is also compatible with both electric and electric/hydraulic trailer brakes. For more information on the Tow-Pro range, visit

PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE With new products from ARB

ARB says it is constantly working on expanding the products available in its range. The following vehicle protection products have been recently added to the ARB portfolio.

Summit Bar for D-Max X-Terrain

Rear Bar for Jeep Gladiator

Featuring fog lights, twin jacking points and provisions for driving lights and UHF aerials, the Summit Bar is a popular choice for 4WDers and is priced from $2,380 (Australian East Coast metro).

ARB invites you to combine functionality, strength and protection with the ARB Rear Bar for the Jeep Gladiator. The ARB Rear Bar can be fitted in conjunction with the OE tow bar or the Hayman Reese tow bar and features two ARB Jack or Hi-Lift jack points and twin chassis-mounted rated recovery points. The Jeep Gladiator ARB Rear Bar starts from $1,365 (Australian East Coast metro).

Expanding the range of bull bars to suit the new Isuzu D-MAX, the Summit Bar is now available to suit the X-Terrain model.

Rock Sliders for Jeep Gladiator ARB says its multi-folded chassis mounted Rock Sliders for Jeep Gladiator provide protection to the Gladiator’s side sills. Finished in an Intregrit powder coat, the Rock Sliders match ARB’s entire JT protection range. The JT Rock Sliders are $1,283 (Australian East Coast metro). Also recently released by ARB are the following: • Soft Shackle update: the popular ARB Soft Shackle has received an update, making it easier and safer to use. Features now include a braided outside shield, a slide lock loop and extra length. The ARB Soft Shackle is $59 (Australian East Coast metro).

• Air Locker for Nissan Navara NP300: a front locker for the 2015+ Nissan Navara NP300 is now available. ARB Air Lockers engage instantly and at any speed, meaning you don’t have to lose momentum before tackling an obstacle. The Air Locker is $1,095 (Australian East Coast metro) • Frontier Tank for Ranger and Everest: ARB says you can travel further with the Frontier Tank for the 2019+ Ford Ranger Raptor and 2015+ Ford Everest. This 120L tank is a replacement for the 80L OE tank and is the perfect accessory for long-distance tourers. The Frontier Tank for the Ranger Raptor and Everest is $1,235 (Australian East Coast metro). For more information, visit

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Thanks to a partnership with TAG Towbar, Brink products are now available locally Brink says its name has been synonymous with towbar expertise for over a hundred years. Thanks to its core values of innovation, ease of use and safety, Brink says it has become a global market leader in designing, testing and manufacturing European detachable style towbars in addition to a wide range of vehicle specific wiring kits. Thanks to a partnership with Australian towbar manufacturer TAG Towbar, the Brink product range is now available for the local market through its national towbar installer and distribution network. Brink says its sleek, precision-fit detachable towbars set the benchmark for quality as they are designed and manufactured in European OE manufacturing facilities for the aftermarket. It says because of this, vehicle dealerships and customers alike trust Brink as an affordable, alternative towing solution. The most popular Brink product is easily the Vertical Detach style, as it becomes completely invisible after use.

When not towing, you can take out the ball and store it in the boot of the car. With most towbars, you can also fold away the socket plate behind the bumper. Depending on the vehicle, there is also the diagonal detaching style towbar or the fixed (swan neck) towbar. All styles have an electro-coated premium finish, the perfect match for luxury European-make SUVs. Brink towbars are designed and tested to meet R55 (UN/ECE) requirements which are equivalent to ADR 62/02 under ISO 1176:1990 and ISO 7237:1993. TAG is a proudly Australian owned company, manufacturing towbars and towing accessories for over 35 years. TAG offers a range of towbar styles, including Standard (Class 2) and Heavy-Duty (Class 4) applications, galvanised rear steps and a comprehensive plug-n-play wiring range. To complement its towbar products, TAG offers an extensive range of high-quality towing accessories.

50mm Square Hitch Tow Ball Mounts, Pintle Hooks, Anti-Rattle Pins, Zinc Tow Balls, Weight Distribution Hitches, Plug Adapters, and more are available to complete any towing setup. For more information, visit and


Whether it’s a trailer, boat, caravan or camper, hauling that extra weight behind your vehicle means the engine has to work harder Typically, factory-fitted cooling systems will need some extra help to cope with the increased heat generated when the engine and transmission are under load. The payload and frequency of towing will dictate how much you need to upgrade your vehicle’s cooling system. Another important factor is the operating environment. Hilly terrain or surfaces such as dirt, sand and mud will require slower travelling speeds which reduces air flow. Adrad has the following advice on options for enhancing cooling performance that can be applied in isolation or combinations to suit your needs.

Coolant Adrad says while it may seem odd, a less expensive coolant can deliver increased cooling. Testing shows that Adrad corrosion inhibitor coolant can transfer heat up to 40 percent more effectively than a traditional 50 percent glycol coolant. The high water content of corrosion inhibitor makes it thermally more efficient, however this practice is not suitable for sub-zero environments. Adrad’s Australian made corrosion inhibitor coolants are available in traditional and organic formulations. 88

Radiator and Intercooler Depending on the age and service history of the vehicle, a new OE quality radiator or intercooler may be enough to manage infrequent or light towing duties. Upgrades can range from heavy duty radiators with extra rows up to custom high performance alloy radiators and intercoolers for optimum cooling. Adrad says it has a wealth of experience in this area (along with Australia’s largest selection of radiators) and can provide you with great advice.

Transmission Cooler An auxiliary transmission oil cooler may often be fitted as part of a “towing pack.” Adrad says this indicates that the standard oil cooler is unlikely to cope with heavy work and upgrading this oil cooler will improve performance. Adrad offers the Dana Tru-Cool range of universal oil coolers which feature several sizes and performance options.

Fan More air flow means better cooling. Adrad offers a selection of high performance fans from Spal and Maradyne that are designed for long life, durability and harsh environments.

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The fan motor is encased in a fully-sealed housing that is 100 percent dust and waterproof. Adrad says their high-quality engineering and construction deliver proven performance to exceptional levels on the road, the race track and even in extreme offroad conditions. These products are all available across Australia and are supported by Adrad’s national warranty and distribution network. To find your nearest stockist, please contact Adrad on 1800 882 043 or enquire at



Prestone is now available in 208L drums

For the past 94 years, Prestone’s mission to provide the finest automotive fluids in the world has been at the core of its business; and it says this has kept its technologies ahead of the rest with industry leading innovations. Filpro Automotive explains that Prestone – the one-stop coolant solution – has been perfecting its coolant formula since 1927 to help drivers defy the elements and most importantly defy corrosion. Prestone is an OEM global supplier and is used as first fill by multiple leading vehicle manufacturers, which means the coolant will not void manufacturers’ warranties. Filpro goes on to explain that Prestone can be used in every passenger and light commercial vehicle on the market. It is compatible and mixes safely with any other colour or brand of coolant, and will take on the original cooling system colour when used as a top up. This eliminates the need for workshops to carry three or four different colour coolants, and now with 208L drums of Prestone All Makes All Models Coolant available in Australia, Prestone is helping professionals enjoy the benefits of a new found simplicity. Unlike most other brands of coolant inhibitor packs, Filpro says Prestone’s patented Cor-Guard inhibitor technology is designed specifically to start working immediately, protecting cooling system parts against corrosion and pitting for longer engine life. Filpro explains the advanced inhibitor package instantly layers and bonds to the cooling system components, immediately stopping the spread of cavitation, erosion, corrosion and rust. Prestone Coolant / Antifreeze has a universal formula that can be used in all makes of vehicles from cars, SUVs, CUVs, Minivans and light commercial vehicles to light and medium duty trucks; with gas or diesel engines; and in radiators with aluminium or cast iron components. For more information, contact Filpro Automotive on 08 8193 9675 or explore the Prestone range at 90

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MOBIL 1 TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP PIONEERS INNOVATION A Formula One race car is an engineering marvel

It is the most technically advanced piece of machinery on the planet – designed by the world’s best engineers to compete in the most technically demanding sport. Despite their ground-breaking engineering and mesmerising innovation, F1 cars must comply to an incredibly stringent set of technical specifications. One of their most strictly controlled specifications is the engines. Here, the introduction of new engines and/or engine specifications is essentially banned. It was little wonder whispers, rumours and finger pointing began running rife through the F1 paddock when Red Bull Racing demonstrated a significant step-up in performance at the 2021 French, Styrian and Austrian Grand Prix. Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton went so far as to publicly suggest that something fishy may have been going on. Red Bull’s Team Principle, Christian Horner responded, “We have a new oil from ExxonMobil. So, I think they can take all the credit for the fact that Lewis keeps pointing at our engines. The engines are the same specification.” ExxonMobil’s Global Motorsport Technology Manager, Tomek Young added, “ExxonMobil delivered a revolutionary new oil – that has helped push the team forwards. New components were incorporated that translate into an ability to run the engine across a wider range of operating conditions and not be wound back.” Mobil 1 says these results are a direct result of Mobil 1 not just being a sticker on the car – rather, they’re an integral part of the team as a technical partner. As Red Bull Racing’s fuel (Esso) and lubricant (Mobil 1) partner, ExxonMobil’s chemists worked alongside engine manufacturer Honda to deliver an absolute performance advantage. It says the key is the revolutionary additives package designed for the new Mobil 1 RB16B engine oil.

Oils are so much more than just viscosity – that’s only half the story. Their additives package represents up to 30 percent of the final product, and ultimately define the oil’s performance under the extremes of temperature and pressure. This pioneering innovation came from an unusual source – the cosmetics industry. Using naturally derived, bio-sourced components, Mobil 1 has created a molecular structure that mimics the skin’s protective barrier. It enables the lubricant to microscopically cling to the metal’s surface – without increasing parasitic drag or aeration of the oil, while simultaneously enhancing thermal efficiency. The benefits of enhanced thermal efficiency cannot be understated. An F1’s tightly packaged, 1000hp, turbocharged, 2.4L, hybrid-electric powerplant generates an incredible amount of heat. Temperatures routinely exceed 950C, with the engine’s lubricating oil responsible for dissipating over 40 percent of that heat. Mobil 1 says the real-world advantages of its new, fully-synthetic lubricant is the ability of Honda to run the tightly homologated engine hotter and at record efficiency levels, for longer – with less deposits and without incurring the typical reliability penalty. Mobil 1’s chemists didn’t develop this revolutionary additives package overnight. It is the culmination of eight years of intensive R&D. However, the opportunity to collaborate directly with Honda and Red Bull ramped up its development, enabling ExxonMobil to bring this new innovation properly into play. This is why Mobil 1 views F1 as the ultimate testing ground. It says that what it learns out on the racetrack is directly reflected in the technologies found in every Mobil 1 lubricant. Mobil 1 says the benefits flow both ways too: “workshops benefit from Mobil 1’s world renowned assurance of quality, while their prudent customers get peace-of-mind knowing they’re getting the best.” Mobil 1 is distributed in Australia by MotorActive. For more information, visit


YOUR DRIVELINE LUBRICATION NEEDS COVERED Rowe offers a diverse range of premium driveline lubricants When you think of brands like Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, VW and Porsche, terms such as technical innovation, exceptional build quality and renowned reliability are what come to mind. Each of these prestigious German automakers pride themselves on living up to the Teutonic reputation for engineering excellence. With its modern, state-of-the art plant located in Worms, Germany, lubricants specialist Rowe says it embraces this same philosophy. Since launching in 1995, Rowe says it has experienced relentless year-on-year growth, noting that this is quite an achievement considering Germany is by far the largest lubricant manufacturer in Europe. Rowe says its growing success clearly demonstrates the respect and enviable reputation this 100 percent made-in-Germany brand has earned for itself. A key to Rowe’s phenomenal growth has been the popularity and widespread adoption of their driveline lubricants.

By working hand-in-hand with local German automakers as well as the vehicle servicing industry – plus maintaining 100 percent control of every aspect of every drop – Rowe says it is able to deliver “premium lubricants that consistently outperform the opposition.” One of the insights Rowe has picked up from working with the OEMs and the aftermarket, is that unlike engine oils, the change intervals for driveline lubricants tends to be extremely long – with oil changes typically performed every few years at best. With this understanding, extended durability along with extraordinary wear protection for the entirety of even the longest service cycle, are top priorities for all Rowe driveline lubricants. The drivelines in modern vehicles also require an extremely diverse array of highly specialised and specifically engineered lubricants. Rowe explains that it covers them all, including DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission), DSG (Direct-Shift Gearbox), PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) and CVT (Constant Velocity Transmission).

In addition to its traditional ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid), Rowe also offers hypoid gear oils for manual transmissions, differentials and axle gears. With such a diverse range of premium driveline lubricants, Rowe says it is able to fulfill the lubrication needs of virtually every vehicle found on Australian roads. Rowe’s full line up of engine oils, driveline lubricants, hydraulic and steering fluids along with dedicated racing products are distributed in Australia by MotorActive. For more information, call 1800 350 622 or visit

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THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS Penrite has been Australian owned and operated for 95 years The trend in modern vehicle manufacturing over recent years has seen the introduction of smaller capacity, higher output engines that deliver lower fuel economy and emissions over previous generation engines. To go with these changes, the industry has also developed newer, higher performance engine lubricants that meet the specification requirements of the manufacturers and address issues such as: • LSPI (Low Speed Pre-ignition) • Turbo Charger deposit control • Improved fuel economy • Emission control device compatibility • Stop/Start protection • Improved wear protection • Reduced sludge formation Industry bodies such as the API (American Petroleum Institute) and ACEA (Association des Constructeurs Europeens de l’Automobile) saw the need for aftertreatment compatible specifications to cover newer low viscosity engine oils such as 5W-20 and 0W-20. In 2016, ACEA introduced a new specification to its MID SAPS catalyst compatible sequence with the introduction of a C5 variant.

This specification was designed for use in high performance petrol and light duty diesel engines where advanced aftertreatment systems such as Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs), Gasoline Particle Filters (GPFs) and Three Way Catalysts (TWC) are used. The new C5 specification had the same SAPS levels as ACEA C2 and ACEA C3 but with a lower HTHS viscosity between 2.6 and 2.9 mPa’s. This new specification improved fuel economy by two percent over a typical C3 product. In 2021, ACEA also introduced a C6 specification Mid SAPS level, engine oil for improved fuel economy, for aftertreatment system compatibility. It is intended for use at extended oil drain intervals in passenger car and light-duty gasoline and DI (Direct Injection) diesel engines designed and OEM-approved for engine oils with HTHS viscosity of minimum 2.6 mPas.

0W-20 variant to its range to satisfy requirements for manufacturers such as BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. Not happy to rest on its laurels, Penrite says it has since updated Enviro+ C5 0W-20 to now meet API SP Resource Conserving, ILSAC GF-6A and the new ACEA C6 specifications. It is also API licensed which Penrite says ensures quality and satisfaction.

Relative to C5 these engine oils also provide low speed pre-ignition and wear protection for turbocharged gasoline DI engines as well as turbocharger compressor deposit (TCCD) protection for modern DI diesel engines.

Penrite explains that recently this specification is now the choice of Toyota for its Turbo Diesel Hilux, Land Cruiser Prado and Fortuner models manufactured from the 5/2020, stating this is also the only specification requirement for these vehicles.

Penrite says it saw the need for this specification in the Aftermarket and so introduced its Enviro+ C5

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The AutoTest Brake Fluid Tester tests the boiling point of brake fluid in less than 30 seconds AutoTest says the most reliable method of determining the efficacy of your brake fluid is to boil it; which is exactly what the AutoTest Brake Fluid tester does. AutoTest says many brake fluid testers measure just conductivity, not boiling point, making it very difficult to determine its efficacy which is determined by boiling point. Brake fluid is designed to have a high boiling point, to withstand the high temperatures generated during braking. The one major drawback, due to its chemical composition, is that it absorbs moisture. This can be moisture from the air (via the breather hole in the master cylinder cap) or via the rubber hosing. The more moisture in the brake fluid, the lower the boiling point. This increases the risk of “brake fade.” Under heavy driving conditions or on steep, winding roads or stop-start braking at high speeds, brake fluid boils and turns to vapour, and the brake pedal goes straight to the floor with no braking action. This is known as “vapour-lock.” AutoTest says if the police are called to such an accident, unless 92

they test the boiling point of the brake fluid, all will appear normal as the brake fluid will have cooled back down, the brake pedal will feel firm, and the driver will be faced with some serious questions. Brake fluid is a safety-critical item, but how many drivers ask to get their brake fluid checked? AutoTest says the only approved way to test for moisture in brake fluid is to boil it. On the back of every bottle of brake fluid is a chart showing the “dry” (uncontaminated), and “wet” (contaminated) boiling points of all the various grades of brake fluid. Brake fluid manufacturers use what’s called an ERBP (Equilibrium Reflux Boiling Point) test to determine the boiling point of brake fluid. In a lab this can take hours to set up and complete. The AutoTest Brake Fluid tester is designed to test the boiling point of the fluid in the car in less than 30 seconds, with digital accuracy. AutoTest says it works on all grades of brake fluid and shows clearly what the fluid has boiled at, and what the DOT minimums are for each, making the fluid change decision easy for the technician and the customer.

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Once the brake fluid has been changed, garages can offer to re-test the brake fluid to clearly show the improved results on the new fluid. AutoTest says consumers should also be aware that new brake fluid from a sealed bottle must be used for every brake change as there have been cases where brake fluid has been left in an opened bottle, effectively making the “new” fluid as contaminated as the old. For more information, visit


BRAKE FLUID ADVICE From the experts at Bendix

Bendix says that according to research, many motorists do not understand the critical role that brake fluid plays in braking, nor do they know or understand why this should be tested and changed regularly. In this important area the mechanic plays a vital role in explaining why testing and changing brake fluid during a vehicle service is important to vehicle and passenger safety. Leading Brake manufacturer Bendix provides some helpful tips to pass on to your customers plus information on the correct procedures to test and change this important fluid. A special video can be watched at com/bendixtv to assist in this process. When changing brake fluid, the experts at Bendix recommend using the hard-working formulas of Bendix High Performance DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluids as these are a high performance Polyglycol type fluid designed for the optimum performance of hydraulic and conventional brake systems. Brake fluid is designed with a high boiling point to withstand the extreme temperatures generated during braking and needs to be checked to ensure it meets the exact temperature requirements. Both DOT 3 and DOT 4 are hydroscopic fluids which absorb moisture when exposed to air. This can occur in instances where the reservoir cap is opened or through brake lines where the moisture level can build up over time through microscopic pores in the line. This is a normal process of the brake fluid’s life

cycle and moisture absorption prevents pooling and corrosion on metal components in the system. Elevated moisture levels over time reduce the boiling point of the fluid, resulting in a reduction of effectiveness of the brake fluid. In hot weather conditions or under heavy vehicle braking, moisture can vaporise, causing the system to lock leading to a soft brake pedal or complete brake failure. Two common tools are used to test brake fluid, being a Conductivity Tester or a Boiling Point Tester. Conductivity Testers estimate the moisture content by converting the conductivity into an estimated boiling point. Since brake fluids vary in formula, Bendix says such a test will not provide a result unless the tester is calibrated to the manufacturer’s product when new. The tester recommended by Bendix is one that heats the brake fluid to determine the correct boiling point. Such a test takes less than a minute to accurately measure the boiling point and confirm if the brake fluid has absorbed too much moisture to be safe. “In just twelve months brake fluid will have absorbed approximately two percent water reducing its boiling point by 75 degrees,” Bendix Marketing Services Manager, Ian Bott, said. “Once the brake fluid has been changed it is important to bleed the system to remove any air bubbles trapped in the line which may cause a

spongy brake pedal and in extreme cases, brake failure. Go to the special video at bendixtv for further assistance.” Bendix DOT 3 High Performance Brake Fluid is suitable for use in ABS/non-ABS disc and drum brakes and hydraulic clutch systems in cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles where FMVSS DOT 3 fluids are specified. This fluid is straw in colour for ease of identification. Bendix DOT 4 High Performance / Heavy Duty Brake Fluid is suitable for use in ABS/non-ABS disc and drum brakes and hydraulic clutch systems in cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. DOT 4 fluid is dyed blue in colour for easy identification. Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 brake fluids are available in 500ml and 4 litre bottles plus 20 litre drums and instructional Bendix videos can be viewed at For further information free call the Bendix Brake advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas – 8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST, email or visit


The company is responding to trade demand with new products Sticking firmly to its mission of introducing new and improved products for the professional motor mechanic, JLM Lubricants – a global brand serving the automotive aftermarket – has launched three new products. New to the market from JLM Lubricants is: • a multi spray; • an engine oil stop leak; and • a spark plug/injector loosener. With the Injector Loosener JLM states that it is “providing a lifeline to injectors that would otherwise have to be drilled out.” The strong cooling effect (max -40degrees Celsius) causes micro cracks, releasing the bond between the injector and the engine to enable disassembling without breaking.

“It’s not always the case that a stuck injector is destined to be drilled out,” JLM founder, Gilbert Groot, said. “With this product the stuck injector or spark plug can be loosened but should it be impossible to extract the mechanic knows they’ve done everything possible before resorting to drilling. “Our inspiration for this product was on the back of the global reaction to our GDI Cleaner.

professional mechanic in the 40 countries where our products are used.

“Mechanics were asking for this as a natural partner.

“Our mission is to innovate, improve and react without delay when we can see a compelling need to go back to the drawing board.

“The two go hand in hand as part of the modern mechanic’s toolkit and the motorist is spared the cost of footing the bill for a new injector. “We remain steadfastly committed to the

“These three products are the tip of the iceberg with more to follow in quarter two.” For more information, visit

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XR BRAKE FLUID For racing only

Wilwood says its new XR race-only* brake fluid is the highest performance brake fluid for every level of motorsports, used successfully by F1, FIA World Endurance, MotoGP and World Rally Championship competitors. The new “extreme” XR Race-Only brake fluid formula has been in development for some time and was tested by top-level race teams throughout 2020. It has a 645-degree Fahrenheit boiling point, and Wilwood states it delivers “the best, most consistent pedal feel from start to finish, in the most adverse high-temperature racing conditions.” Wilwood explains that its XR Brake Fluid features a proprietary blend of high-performance polymer electrolytes and borate esters provide the highest resistance to aeration, plus: • Lowest compressibility available • Lowest moisture affinity available • Highest temperature resistance It has been designed for extreme temperature and endurance racing and boasts premium packaging with an airtight safety seal which ensures fresh, clean fluid upon opening. XR Race-Only Brake Fluid has reportedly been formulated to deliver the absolute best, most consistent pedal feel, start to finish, even in the most adverse racing conditions. For racers, the wet boiling point is irrelevant; only a high dry boiling specification matters. It says if the brakes are bled and filled with fresh fluid before events as part of your pre-race ritual, you will never absorb enough moisture to lower the dry boiling point. Wilwood explains that its XR Race-Only brake fluid has one of the highest dry boiling points of any readily available fluid. Every can of XR brake fluid is sealed airtight from the factory to keep out moisture and ensure optimum performance. Once opened, the container should be kept in a zip lock bag for future use. For more information, contact Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or visit *For off-highway use only. Not DOT approved. 96

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NAPA AUTO PARTS SLIDES INTO WORKSHOPS The NAPA engine oil range covers the needs of most of the Australian car parc

With 39 locations nationally and growing, NAPA Auto Parts says it is quickly becoming “the first choice for automotive electrical, air con and mechanical specialists around the country.” With a market leading range at every location, NAPA Auto Parts says the choice for workshops to choose its products is clear. NAPA Auto Parts Merchandise Manager – Oils and Lubricants, Tania Karinja, says it is the wide range from leading brands that keeps specialists coming back. “As a GPC business, it’s important to align ourselves with the leading brands that our customers know, trust and can rely on,” Tania said. “We’ve proudly partnered with Penrite to lead our Oils and Lubricants category; not only is it an iconic Australian brand, it has always been a number one brand for us to protect all moving parts in a vehicle.” With more locations open, NAPA Auto Parts says more mechanics and automotive specialists are choosing it to keep engines running smoothly and are finding extra value in the range of NAPA branded products. What started as a range of oils has now expanded into filters, wipers and more. Available in 5L, 20L and 205L in synthetic, semisynthetic, mineral and diesel options, the NAPA engine oil range covers the needs of most of the Australian car parc.

Each type of oil is available in a range of viscosities, with all options meeting Australian OE specifications. “We’re having great success from our range of NAPA engine oils. You’d be hard pressed to find a modern vehicle that couldn’t use NAPA oils on any of its regular logbook services”, Tania said. Penrite’s full range of trusted oils and lubricants is available through NAPA Auto Parts ensuring engines, transmissions and differentials are working smoothly, no matter the size of the vehicle. NAPA Auto Parts says it is here to support the needs of trade, industrial, commercial and mining workshops, which means it stocks the wider Penrite range to suit passenger motor vehicles, trucks, heavy equipment and more. For more information about NAPA Auto Parts, NAPA branded products or the wider range of automotive specialist and mechanical brands for your workshop, speak with your local NAPA Auto Parts team. Visit to locate your nearest branch


Repco says it offers the widest range of oils for your vehicle Repco explains that it stocks market leading brands, with its engine oils coming in an array of viscosities – including Semi Synthetic, Full Synthetic or a Mineral – so you can be sure you will be able to find the right product for your vehicle. It says choosing an oil has never been so easy at Repco, as by using its REGO SEARCH customers can find the right product for their vehicle by simply searching their registration number on Its wide selection of brands include Penrite, Castrol, Shell, Nulon and Valvoline, with Repco explaining that its customers are able to benefit from “cutting edge technology and the highest grade formulations.”

Repco also offers its customers Repco branded engine oil, which has been designed “to also suit a range of engine types and applications at an everyday competitive price.” Repco invites you to come and visit its stores today, stating that its friendly staff are there ready to give you a helping hand. For more information, visit



“The ultimate under the bonnet range” Bar’s Leaks says it has a reputation as one of the world’s most effective and easily used automotive additives, stating it has been one of the most trusted and locally manufactured names in the automotive chemical industry since 1947. When Bar’s Leaks is added to the cooling system, it works to protect against leaks and corrosion. When adding the product to a radiator, Bar’s Leaks explains that its secret ingredient ‘Rhizex’ quickly dissolves under heat and circulation, releasing tens of thousands of individual Rhizex particles which continually circulate throughout the entire cooling system, sealing up any leaks along the way. Bar’s Leaks explains that this is quite different to other ordinary Stop leaks that patch or plug cooling system components. It states that “this revolutionary product effectively stops the build up of rust and corrosion, lubricates the water pump seal, prevents internal and external seepage, and seals all external leaks in heads, blocks, and radiators to give excellent engine protection.” It is a product that is compatible with all quality coolants and anti-freeze. Two sizes are available in the Bar’s Leaks Stop Leak: 150gm for the smaller and four-cylinder engines and 340gm for six and eight cylinder engines.

The Bar’s Leaks range also includes Bar’s Leaks Radiator Cleaner – A Bar’s Bugs rep states that “our Radiator Cleaner is designed to remove all internal rust and corrosion from the radiator and heater cores, engine block and head. The result is a cooling system that operates more efficiently, giving better heat dissipation.” The 140g Radiator Cleaner is recommended for use in all engines including aluminium, with Bar’s Leaks explaining that it is harmless to metals, rubber and water pump seals whilst being nontoxic and non-acidic. It recommends that you use Bar’s Leaks Radiator Flush Gun (RFG) where possible to assist system flushing. Bar’s Leaks, Stop Leaks and Radiator Cleaner stockists include Auto One, Burson Automotive,

Basco, Blackwoods, CoolDrive, Repco, Matador Wholesale, Racer Australia Pty Ltd and Petrol and Convenience stores. For more information on the Bar’s Leaks range, visit Bar’s Leaks explains that there is also a useful facts and question page online that can be helpful when trouble shooting or when wondering if a Bar’s Leaks product is right for your vehicle. It invites you to visit faq and if you still have questions regarding a product, it states its team are on hand to help. For assistance, contact Bar’s Leaks on or 02 9524 5236.

X-1R ENGINE OIL TREATMENT With free Octane Booster

Burg Design are the exclusive Australian distributors of X-1R products. To prove a point of how effective X-1R really is, Burg Design says it has now released a new trial pack of the famous Engine Treatment that includes a free bottle of Octane Booster. It says when these two products are added to the engine oil and the petrol fuel tank you can not only hear the difference, but you can also actually feel the difference too with more power, reduced fuel

consumption and a much quieter and smoother running engine. Burg Design states, “while others make claims, we have the proof.”

Engine and fuel additives that really work Burg Design says that X-1R Performance Products have been developed, proven and used daily by the NASA Space Technology team. Over 21 years ago, NASA faced a very serious situation and closure when the traction bearings in the Shuttle Crawler broke down due to carrying the heaviest object in the world out to the launching pad. Soon after, Burg Design explains that the engineers and industrial chemists at NASA and the X-1R Corporation got together to see if they could develop a unique lubricating grease that could help resolve this major problem. This is what they did and the rest is history; and soon after NASA and X-1R Corporation joined forces in the development of what Burg Design calls “the most technological and proven range of lubricants in the world.”

Burg Design says the program isn’t just useful when it comes to space exploration, with major vehicle makers such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Proton said to be using X-1R additives in engines and transmissions. It says X-1R products are well known around the world as “the most tested and proven range of additives money can buy.” X-1R Products are on display at the Smithsonian Institute Hall of Fame Washington, DC, USA as well as the Kennedy Space Centre. For more information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277

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BURSON COOLANT RANGE High quality products from Burson Auto Parts

Burson Auto Parts has expanded the Australian company’s own brand of premium quality engine coolants. The Burson coolant range has offered repairers high quality green and red coolant formulations for decades and in order to meet the specific requirements of several vehicle manufacturers. There are a number of key objectives that well formulated engine coolants need to achieve. They must be highly effective at transferring heat, be able to prevent corrosion, cavitation and scale formulation, along with providing freeze protection if required. In 2017 Burson added blue and pink Burson Long Life Coolant to the range to provide coverage for the specific chemistry and performance formulation requirements of late model Japanese and Korean manufactured vehicles meeting the ASTM D3306 and JIS K 2234-2006 Class II performance requirements set by the OEMs.

of VW Group spec TL 774 J (G13) which is specified for most late model VAG vehicles.

the wrong formulation can lead to the premature failure of cooling system components.

This formulation is referred to as Si-OAT which stands for Organic Additive Technology (OAT) with low Silicate content.

To find the right coolant for the vehicle, Burson Auto Parts says there is no better resource for mechanics than Burson EzyParts.

Burson Auto Parts say the Burson program was the first aftermarket coolant program to include the Si-OAT violet product.

The complete Burson coolant range now includes:

These formulations are often referred to as P-OAT which stands for Organic Additive Technology (OAT) with Phosphate Inhibitors.

With more OEM specification around coolant than ever before, it is important to ensure the correct formulation is used.

The latest addition to the program is the violet coloured formulation. This meets the requirement

The dye colour of the coolant is an indicator but doesn’t guarantee the correct spec and using

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Burson European Coolant (Violet) Burson Long Life Coolant (Blue and Pink) Burson Long Life Organic Coolant (Red) Burson Long Life Coolant (Green) Burson Radiator Corrosion Inhibitor (Green)

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Clean and protect with one treatment For over 80 Years, Wynn’s Professional has been the leading global manufacturer of innovative automotive products designed to clean, protect and lubricate regardless of whether your customers’ car is brand new or decades old. One of the most popular products in Wynn’s Professional extensive range of additives and treatments is its Engine Flush. This premium professional formula safely cleans and prepares the engine for the addition of clean oil. Don’t put clean oil into a dirty engine,” Wynn’s Professional, Australia Brand Manager, Sarah McNeill, said. “Wynn’s Engine Flush is a pre-oil change engine flush that internally cleans vital engine parts, removing harmful deposits, sludge, and varnish that impede oil flow. “The build-up of contaminants can cause premature engine wear, loss of engine power, and increased oil consumption, ultimately leading to a drop in oil pressure. “The treatment also provides a high degree of

protection to the engine components, seals, and gaskets that can help reduce fuel consumption.” Wynn’s Engine Flush has been specially designed to gently dissolve and remove internal engine contaminants by suspending them in a high level of dispersants. “Many workshop owners include a Wynn’s Engine Flush as part of their standard servicing,” Sarah said. “When quoting a service, they include the cost of the treatment and explain the advantages of the treatment to the customer.” In addition to cleaning the engine, Wynn’s Professional Engine Flush also protects internal metal components from harmful contaminants between oil changes and promotes a more thorough draining of used oil. “Our unique formula reduces oil consumption resulting from blocked oil drain return holes by effectively dissolving old, highly oxidised oil,” Sarah said. “This also reduces the risk of the new oil becoming contaminated.”

Professionally formulated with detergents, dispersants, and anti-wear additives, Wynn’s Professional Engine Flush even provides engine lubrication protection during use.​ Wynn’s Engine Flush is suitable for all petrol, diesel and LPG engines in cars and trucks. For more information, visit

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TRW BRAKE FLUIDS PETRONAS LUBRICANTS INTERNATIONAL Delivering safety and performance AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES WORKSHOP PROGRAM Many of today’s vehicles feature advanced technologies including anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability programmes (ESP). As these technologies develop complementary products, such as brake fluid, need to act quickly to maximise safety and performance. Whenever a vehicle’s brakes are used, the brake fluid heats up and, as brake hoses get older, the amount of moisture that gets into the system increases, resulting in a lowering of the brake fluid’s boiling point. If the brake fluid reaches boiling point, ‘vapour lock’ can occur, potentially resulting in brake failure. ZF Aftermarket recommends that workshops regularly check a vehicle’s brake fluid, with annual changes advised.

The new program is designed to help businesses grow through sales of PETRONAS products

PETRONAS Lubricants International Australia has launched a program targeting Independent Workshops in Australia to help automotive businesses sell PETRONAS products to their customers. PETRONAS Lubricants International Australia announces that by being a part of this new program and working with its technical and professional team, your business could benefit from its commitment to continuously driving innovation. At the same time, it says you can enhance your workshop brand identity; access the PETRONAS Training program; benefit from a winning range of products, brand new merchandising kit, seasonal sales promotions and collateral and digital marketing support; and enjoy easy product selection thanks to the Lube Selector App while being supported by a trusted and professional distributor network.

PETRONAS Lubricants training program Available from ZF in Oceania is the TRW brake fluid range, which caters for a wide range of vehicles, including those with drum brakes through to highperformance vehicles with ABS and ESPs. Driven by safety, all TRW brake fluids are tested to the extreme and exceed international DOT specifications. The range incorporates the latest technology to make vehicles safer, with a blend of advanced lubricants, stabilisers, antioxidants and corrosion inhibitors to help minimise wear and maximise performance. TRW DOT 3 is designed for vehicles with front and rear drum brakes, as well as hydraulic clutch systems. Some Japanese car manufacturers recommend DOT 3 for their vehicles with ABS and ESP. TRW DOT 4 is recommended for vehicles with disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. It is also suited for vehicles with disc brakes all round, and those fitted with ABS. The DOT 4 ESP is suited for vehicles fitted with ABS and ESP, while the DOT 4 GT is for high-performance vehicles. TRW DOT 5.1 is designed to complement the very latest ESP and is ideal for heavy, highperformance cars with its low viscosity. For more information on the local TRW braking range, visit 100

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PETRONAS says that as part of the workshop program, it will train participants to succeed in business. It states that in order to ensure you can exceed your customers’ needs in a highly qualified and professional manner, PETRONAS will provide you with both products and technical and commercial online training. It says this will keep you up-to-date and prepared on the technological evolution of engines, equipment and new generation lubricants.

Useful training for your everyday work PETRONAS explains that its advanced technical courses explore various aspects of the world of lubricant and lubrication, including but not limited to: • Characteristics of lubricant and additives. • Performance specifications. • Analysis of lubricants used. • Understanding how the state of the oil can influence the life of the components. • New technologies for improving products. PETRONAS believes its long-term commitment to R&D into new solutions is illustrated in the characteristics and benefits of its most recent laboratory technologies, °CoolTech and ViscGuard. At the end of the training session a Participation Certificate is issued. Further, PETRONAS Lubricants says its commercial consultancy can help you in your choice and management of the products according to

specific requirements and in promoting your work in the market.

The PETRONAS story can be your story PETRONAS is ranked amongst the largest corporations in the world by the Fortune Global 500. PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants arm of PETRONAS and manufactures and markets a full range of highquality automotive and industrial lubricant products in over 90 markets globally. PLI is the technical resource behind PETRONAS’ Technical Partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, and is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of the team’s fluid technology solutions with customised lubricants, fuel and transmission fluids to power the Silver Arrows. Currently ranked among the top 10 leading global lubricants companies, PLI says it is delivering on the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of high-quality lubricants, functional fluids, greases and coolants for the automotive sector.

Why work with PETRONAS Lubricants? According to PETRONAS, the reasons to work with its program are many. It states that its products have been engineered by experts. Further, it explains that its program and its products are backed by years of experience and research technology in the sector of lubricants and functional fluids, consultancy and high-class work, which allows PETRONAS Lubricants to increase the value of your workmanship and grow your business so that customers select you in their time of need. For more information about PETRONAS Lubricants International Australia’s Workshop Program, contact PLIA major distributors CoolDrive, Oil and Energy, Pacific Petroleum, Global Lubricants Distributors, and ASV Euro Car Parts. Alternatively, visit or contact PETRONAS Lubricants International on or 02 8833 4200.



Diesel fuel additives offer a number of advantages. Primarily additives provide lubrication throughout the fuel system – a vital ingredient missing from our low Sulphur fuels. Responsive Diesel Fuel Conditioner was developed here in Australia especially for Common Rail Diesels but it is suitable for all diesel fuel systems. It lubricates moving parts, cleans and provides anti-corrosion protection for diesel fuel pumps, injectors and all fuel and engine system components. 

This fuel lubricant and conditioner has a powerful Nano formula that has been specifically designed for Common Rail fuel systems. The conditioner includes an anti-bacterial biocide but does not contain water dispersants which is often found in other fuel additives that allows water to combine with fuel and flow past filters and water detection units where it causes catastrophic damage in diesel vehicles. Some labels claim to dissolve water, as water is disastrous in common rail fuel systems. Responsive Engineering explains there is no magic to these additives; they just use a dispersant (like detergent in oil). It says the water doesn’t disappear so it is actually more dangerous for the common rail fuel systems as the water emulsifies with the fuel. Responsive Engineering explains that unless you have Water Watch installed, no filter can even see it let alone remove it before it gets into the fuel system, causing major damage. It is very effective in assisting your pre-filter water warning systems to detect water and warn you before water gets into the fuel system components.

By simply putting in a diesel fuel additive when you next fill up, Responsive Engineering says you can reduce fuel consumption and emissions, reduce wear and tear on moving parts and protect components. It explains that its bottle is designed to fit into the door pocket so it’s always in the vehicle and 150ml will treat up to 1200 litres of fuel. Responsive Diesel Fuel Conditioner is only available from Responsive Engineering or Specialist Tools Australia. For more information visit or call 02 6280 4334.


Boyle Industries offers a range of great promotional products, including Oil Barrel-Shaped Money Boxes Whether for on-sale purposes or as a promotional tool for your brand, Boyle Industries has a range of licensed branded and generic products imported from Germany available. With the focus in this month’s magazine being on oils and lubes, Boyle Industries says it is an appropriate time to highlight to you its very popular oil barrel-shaped tins that can be used as either a money box for your loose coins or as a handy desk-top container for pens and markers. It says its German supplier’s retro-inspired designs are proving very popular, not just in the current environment but as demand for nostalgic products in general increases around the world. The money boxes are available off-the-shelf in various licensed designs including HarleyDavidson, BMW, Volkswagen and Moto-Guzzi for $7.00 each. There is also a generic US Oil Co company design. Alternatively, Boyle Industries says it can get these functional tins made up in your logo and design

for $6.00 each plus GST with a minimum quantity run of 1000. The tins measure 12cm high and 9.5cm in diameter and so are a perfect size “no matter what the use.” The lid is removeable so they can be used over and over again as a money box, or you can take the lid off and use it as an open container. Boyle Industries says these money boxes are a great way to have your brand constantly in front of your customers, sitting on their desks or in the workshop. Particularly for businesses that have been around for a long time, Boyle Industries says a retro styled design is a perfect way to instil in your customers a sense of that longevity and give them the reassurance that comes with dealing with a successful brand. Boyle Industries says its supplier manufactures licensed merchandise for leading global brands including Harley-Davidson, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Goodyear, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Vespa, Fiat,

Moto Guzzi, Mini and Coca-Cola. It says you can be assured that your branded product would be made to the same exacting standards that these companies demand. Boyle Industries offers a range of retro-inspired products including not only money boxes but also tin signs, thermometers, clocks, storage tins, mint tins, ceramic and enamel mugs, metal coasters, keyrings and magnets – all of which are available to be manufactured in your company branding. For more information, call Rowen from Boyle Industries on 03 9874 2266 or visit

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FUCHS LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCTS The company continues to innovate

With an evolving car parc it is no surprise that FUCHS Lubricants, with two world class manufacturing plants and laboratories in Australia, continues to innovate with the launch of three new engine oils.

TITAN GT1 FLEX 5 SAE 0W-20 FUCHS Lubricants says this innovative low viscosity fully synthetic engine oil covers ACEA C5/ C6 as well as API SP RC and ILSAC GF-6A, making it applicable to an extensive range of the latest European and Asian petrol and diesel vehicles (including many Hybrids) where a SAE 0W-20 oil is specified. TITAN GT1 FLEX 5 SAE 0W-20 also covers a large range of new Toyota diesel and petrol vehicles requiring ACEA C5 or API SP 0W-20 oil and carries the new BMW LL-17 FE+ and MB 229.71 / 229.72 approvals.

technological developments. This product also covers all prior VW 504 00 / 507 00 SAE 5W-30 approvals.

TITAN GT1 LONGLIFE IV SAE 0W-20 This fully synthetic oil combines FUCHS’ latest technology additive to deliver a solution for both petrol and diesel VW vehicles that require VW 508 00 / 509 00 oil specifications.

This fully synthetic engine oil has been specifically designed for VW vehicles, both petrol and diesel, and is 504 00 / 507 00 approved.

TITAN GT1 LONGLIFE IV SAE 0W-20 is also suitable for Porsche vehicles requiring the new C20 approval and a number of latest model diesel Toyota vehicles calling for a 0W-20 ACEA C5 oil such as Hilux Diesel (Facelift 6/20), Fortuner (Facelift 6/20), and Prado (Facelift 8/20).

As engines continue to be developed to deliver reduced fuel consumption, lowered exhaust gas emissions and extended service intervals, it is critical to have the right lubricant to support such

The innovation does not stop there, one should not forget about the other innovative products in the range. Known as “THE GAME CHANGER”, TITAN GT1 FLEX 23 SAE 5W-30 is the jewel in the crown


of the TITAN range, covering ACEA C2 and C3 as well as API SN requirements in a single product. TITAN GT1 FLEX 23 SAE 5W-30 also features a range of major OEM approvals including BMW, Mercedes Benz and VW, and is ideal for a large range of petrol/diesel vehicles such as Toyota’s Land Cruiser, HiLux and HiAce fleets and a number of Holden vehicles. With a local history spanning over 100 years, FUCHS says it is proud to be a part of, and support, the Australian Automotive aftermarket industry. Committed to is value proposition of ‘Australian Made with German Technology that pays back’, FUCHS explains it has invested in two local world class manufacturing plants and laboratories and is the only lubricants manufacturer to produce lubricants, coolants, greases, and additives in Australia. For more information, contact 1800 180 013 or visit

CIRCO MF1200+ RACING BRAKE FLUID New product now available through Motorsport Brakes CIRCO’s MF1200+ Racing Brake Fluid has been specially formulated in the UK to provide the highest performance under racing conditions where braking systems must operate at extremely high temperatures, making it suitable for all top levels of motorsport from GT3, NASCAR and WRC down to performance production cars. “CIRCO Brake pads have been winning races for years, including this year’s Bathurst Six Hour and are the control brake pad supplier for categories such as TA2 Australia and the RX8 Cup,” Motorsport Brakes Director, Marty Beckton, said. “With the new release  of the MF1200+ Racing Brake Fluid, we can ensure competitors have a fluid as capable as their brake pads. “The best part about this fluid being Dot4 is it is interchangeable with almost every brake fluid used in performance street vehicles too. So, whether you use your car on the street, track days, racing or rallying, this fluid works perfectly.” MF1200+ has advanced moisture resistance 104

properties and low levels of viscosity for rapid actuation of all the brake system components due to how readily the fluid flows from the master cylinders, through the brake lines, into the ABS modulator (if equipped), and throughout the brake calipers, as well as low levels of compressibility. It is not aggressive on seals and offers a High Lubricity resulting in less wear of the brake system’s moving parts. MF1200+ conforms to and exceeds the current specification U.S. FMVSS No.116 DOT 4 and is street legal in every country including the USA and Canada. Its typical dry boiling point is 328°C (623°F) and its typical wet boiling point is 204°C (399 °F). Motorsport Brakes is a supplier of premium brake friction products to the Australian and NZ performance and competition markets. All Australian distribution of CIRCO products is warehoused at the MSB base in Yatala, Queensland. The business operates inventory

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management software which allows for B2B access by Trade and Wholesale partners for all stock and ‘overnight’ purchases. To become a dealer of CIRCO Brakes, contact Motorsport Brakes, CIRCO Brakes’ exclusive Australian distributor, on 07 3412 3643 or at For more information, visit


TERRY PENNEY: ONE OF THE BURSON AUTO PARTS ORIGINALS Many people have contributed to Burson Auto Parts’ 50 years of success One of the people that helped to create, nurture and build Burson Auto Parts from the ground up over an outstanding 32-year career with the company, is its former General Manager of Operations, Terry Penney. Terry first came in contact with Burson Auto Parts co-founder Ron Burgoine while working at a service station in Melbourne back in 1972. Ron started doing business with the service station bringing carpet off-cuts sourced from Ford Australia that he and partner Garry Johnson had made into car mats by a home-based, hard-working team..  These mats became incredibly successful, heralding the start of what was to come with these two Aussie automotive entrepreneurs. Gradually Ron and Garry expanded their range of parts and accessories that Terry sold on consignment at the service station. Terry recalls looking forward to Ron’s visits as he would bring fish and chips every Friday with their new deliveries of stock.  Terry was the mechanic at the service station and a fellow by the name of Andrew Schram (who would go on to forge an incredible 40-year career with Burson Auto Parts) was his apprentice. The quartet of Garry, Ron, Terry and Andrew had no idea at the time how integral each one of them would be in creating what has become an Australian automotive aftermarket business institution in the years to come.  Terry’s enthusiasm and professionalism was well noticed by Ron Burgoine, who told him that he had the “gift of the gab” and would be great in sales, offering Terry a job in 1975 as a Cash Van Driver with the now four year established Burson Auto Parts company.  


Three years of being one of the top selling Burson Auto Parts cash van drivers followed, creating outstanding rapport with his trade customers. Terry would head to the company’s first warehouse in Heidelberg twice per week to replenish his stock and it was during one of these visits that Garry Johnson made him an offer that would shape the rest of his career. “Garry approached me and said that they were looking at opening their first store, the former Lapco Auto Parts shop in Braybrook (Melbourne) that was complete with racking and was perfectly set up for us,” Terry said. “Garry wanted me to manage it and despite not knowing a lot about store management – in fact nothing at all, I took the opportunity and quickly realised that I needed some help.  “I called my mate Andrew Schram and told him we were opening up a store and I needed him on board. When he said ‘I don’t know anything about that,’ I replied with ‘Neither do I, but we are doing it!’”  As Terry and Andrew had worked together before, they shared similar hard-working ethics and gelled brilliantly as the first Burson Auto Parts store manager and second in charge. Both of the enthusiastic spare parts store debutants dived into their roles head-first and would actually compete with each other as to who could do the fastest puncture repair or shelf stocking among many other duties. This is where Andrew started the role that would occupy the rest of his entire professional career, selecting the store’s stock in order to have exactly what their customers needed. 

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The Original Burson Auto Parts management team (from left): Andrew Schram, Terry Penney and company co-founder Garry Johnson.

Terry and Andrew also actioned something from that first Burson Auto Parts store that forever changed the face of trade based automotive parts sales and service. “We were looking at ways to improve our service to our rapidly growing numbers of trade customers. At that time, our competitors would do parts deliveries twice a day, once in mid-morning and once in the afternoon,” Terry said. “We knew that our customers needed better service than that, so we introduced on-demand delivery of parts. This was incredibly successful for us, the trade loved having the parts as soon as they needed them and as we all know, this service is now a staple of the automotive parts business in Australia.   “I am very proud of how we were the first to do that, as having come from the workshop floor ourselves, we understood how important it was for workshops to get their parts as they needed them, in order to provide prompt service to their customers.”  Garry brought his marketing prowess to Burson Auto Parts’ focus on customer service and promoted the company as “The Fastest in the West” given its location and its emphasis on providing the trade with the fastest possible service. The synergies of Garry and Ron’s business expertise combined with Terry and Andrew’s auto mechanical knowledge were already becoming obvious. Terry managed the inaugural Burson Auto Parts store for two years before the start of the company’s expansion with the opening of the Aussie company’s second store in the bustling central location of City Road, South Melbourne. Terry oversaw this super-successful store for three years before making the move to a new store closer to his home territory in Essendon, which as

TRADE TALK me so much and we remained side by side for the rest of my career.” Terry went from supervising new stores to becoming the company’s head of sales and even took care of the company’s delivery vehicle fleets over the years. He was also involved in human resources as well for what had become a 70 store Burson Auto Parts network. There wasn’t a part of the Burson Auto Parts business that Terry was not involved in across his remarkable 32-year career with the company. “We were extremely thin at the executive management level – for the entirety of my career it was Garry, Andrew and myself running everything. We knew then that the time was coming where the reins needed to be handed over for Burson Auto Parts to take its next leaps forward. Darryl Abotomey and his Bapcor team have certainly done and continue to do this.

Terry Penney (third across) with long serving Burson Auto Parts store managers Leo Contessa, David Jeffrey and Les Groom adorning their favourite AFL team guernseys.

a mad Bombers fan suited him fine. After another successful four years there, Garry Johnson made Terry another offer that would see his career continue to ascend with this burgeoning auto parts business. “As the company was growing and given my experience with opening and running new stores, Garry asked me to become a Store Supervisor overseeing the performance of some ten stores by that stage,” Terry said. “This would occupy the next few years and it was a welcome break from the duties of stocktaking and replenishing stock by hand, writing invoices by hand to each and every customer, manual accounting of takings, banking etc - absolutely everything was manually done in the stores, computers were still a long way off. “I had even put together a store set-up team and I would jump into the car with them and drive to each new store location and have it set up within a couple of days ready for business, no matter where they were along the Eastern Seaboard or in regional areas.

“We continued the store expansion program for several years and I moved into the Heidelberg head office to work alongside Garry to plan new store locations to best suit the requirements of our growing trade customer base. Andrew Schram had also moved into the head office by this time, firmly focused on locating, establishing, developing and securing relationships with premium quality product suppliers. “Business was going extremely well; we had more stores and we had managed to develop a strong rapport with the trade. It was at this time that Garry and Ron Burgoine split, which was sad from my perspective as I was very close friends with Ron, it was because of his belief in my potential that I became a part of the company. “From that point my relationship with Garry became much stronger. His professional and personal guidance helped me so much in the years that followed. I never made it to secondary school, I had worked full time from the age of 14, so I was clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I had a very determined, hard working ethic. Garry taught

“I am so incredibly impressed and proud at what Darryl and his team have achieved since taking over the company and making it a part of the AsiaPacific’s largest automotive aftermarket company with Bapcor. They have some outstanding people who have grown and developed since I retired in 2007 and some incredibly impressive new people who have been integral to the company’s truly remarkable growth and success. “I knew and I am sure that Garry and Andrew also knew that we had run our race with the company – we had taken it as far as we could. I had retired before Garry sold the business, as I promised I would at 60 years of age – and that was definitely the right thing for me to do as the stress for such a small management team was becoming too much. Andrew and I had gone from being mechanics in a service station to becoming company directors of one of nation’s top trade parts suppliers during our careers. “It was time for new leadership that respected and continued the successful business culture that the three of us had so carefully crafted over the years and I have been so impressed with Bapcor’s management, commitment to the Australian automotive trade and preservation of the Burson Auto Parts business culture.” Aside from watching the company grow so strongly during his retirement, another source of extreme pride for Terry is that his son, Aaron, has followed in his father’s footsteps in working for the company. Aaron Penney is one of Burson Auto Parts’ National Key Accounts Managers, having joined the team in 2020. The celebration of Burson Auto Parts’ Golden Anniversary represents an excellent opportunity to recognise Terry Penney, the first ever Burson Auto Parts store manager and his immeasurable contribution to the success of this outstanding Australian automotive aftermarket company. For more from Burson Auto Parts, visit

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Each time a business accepts a vehicle for repair, the business enters into a bailment relationship with the customer, under which the business is the bailee and the customer is the bailor What does this mean for your business? One of the most important things to bear in mind is that as bailee, the business has a duty of care in relation to the vehicle.

What is the duty of care? When the business enters into a bailment arrangement it has a duty of care to take care of the vehicle as is reasonable in the circumstances. For example, maintaining insurance to cover vehicles subject to a bailment arrangement. The business is required to take reasonable care such as a person would take in respect of their own vehicle, not to take every possible precaution to protect the vehicle. Considerations include keeping the vehicle secure and taking reasonable care when moving the vehicle, for example when test driving or moving the vehicle inside the workshop. If damage is sustained to the vehicle, the specific circumstances will be considered in deciding if the business did take reasonable steps to take care of the vehicle. Consider if the precautions taken by the business to take care of the vehicle are precautions that the business reasonably could and should take to prevent the loss or damage to the vehicle in the circumstances. If there is damage to the vehicle, then it is the business that must prove that the business took reasonable care of the vehicle, and that the business was not negligent.

What types of bailment arrangements are there? A bailment arrangement can exist for reward, but also without reward. A bailment arrangement for reward is where the bailee receives payment from the customer and the relationship is contractual in nature, for example, a customer pays the business to repair a vehicle. A gratuitous bailment arrangement is one where payment is not made to the bailee, for example, an item is lent to a

person, or a person agrees to store an item without payment. Using the example of the repair of a vehicle, a bailment arrangement will exist where a vehicle is delivered by the customer (bailee) to the business (bailor) and the business voluntarily takes possession of the vehicle. There are different ways in which possession can be established and it does not need to be immediate. Another, important factor is that there is an express or implied understanding that the vehicle will be dealt with in a particular way, for example the vehicle will be redelivered to the customer.

Sub-bailment A sub-bailment arrangement may also exist where the business gives the vehicle to a third party to conduct work on the vehicle. For a sub-bailment arrangement to exist, the third party business must voluntarily accept the vehicle from the business who is the bailee, knowing that the owner of the vehicle is the customer of the business who is bailee. For example, a vehicle is left with the business and requires some specialist work not performed by the business, where the business gives the vehicle to a third party business to conduct the work, then that third party business can become a sub-bailee. If a sub-bailment arrangement with a third party business exists, the third party sub-bailee has the duty of care in respect of the vehicle owed by a bailee to a bailor, so that the customer, as bailor, may make a claim directly against the third party sub-bailee for any damage to the vehicle.

Can I charge storage fees? A business does not have the right to charge storage fees on the basis that a bailment arrangement exists. If the terms and conditions used by the business include a clause that allow the business to charge storage fees, then

reasonable storage fees can be charged in accordance with those terms (we recommend informing the customer in advance that such a clause is included in the terms and conditions).

What if a vehicle under a bailment arrangement is not collected? There are instances where a vehicle is not collected by the customer. If this happens the business can take steps to dispose of the vehicle under the relevant disposal of uncollected goods legislative regime of the state or territory in which the business is located. Please contact Industry Legal Group for information regarding the disposal of uncollected vehicles as there are specific steps and notifications required that vary between the states and territories.

Takeaways The key takeaways are: • if a business accepts a vehicle from a customer, it has a duty to take care of the vehicle as bailee; • a bailment arrangement does not allow the business to charge storage fees; and • if the vehicle is not collected the uncollected goods regime for the state or territory in which the business is located should be followed to dispose of the vehicle. This document is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Industry Legal Group if you require legal advice.

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The High Court has set aside the orders made by the Full Court of the Federal Court in WorkPac v Rossato [2020] FAFC 83 (Rossato) and declared that Mr Rossato was a casual employee Importantly, the High Court confirmed that a casual employee is one who does not have a firm advance commitment to ongoing work, and that the assessment of this is governed by the terms of the employment contract and not by the conduct of the parties.

Background and the earlier Federal Court Decision Mr Rossato was employed by WorkPac between 28 July 2014 until 9 April 2018 under six consecutive contracts. Following the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 (Skene), Mr Rossato claimed that he was not a casual employee and sought an order for payment of outstanding entitlements (annual leave, personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave and public holidays), under the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) and the applicable enterprise agreement (EA). In response, WorkPac commenced proceedings seeking declarations that: • Mr Rossato was a casual employee and not entitled to paid entitlements under the FW Act or EA. • Alternatively, Mr Rossato’s pay included a casual loading which was in part paid in lieu of the entitlements and WorkPac was entitled to ‘set-off’ any amount owed to Mr Rossato in respect of those entitlements. • Alternatively, WorkPac was entitled to restitution of the casual loading paid or the amount paid in excess of the permanent entitlements under the EA. The Full Court of the Federal Court concluded that: • Mr Rossato was not a casual employee and was entitled to the paid annual leave, personal/ carer’s leave, compassionate leave and public holidays claimed.

• WorkPac had not made payments to Mr Rossato in discharge of his outstanding entitlements to paid annual leave, personal/ carer’s leave, compassionate leave or public holidays and was not entitled to the “set-off” it claims. • WorkPac was not entitled to restitution of the monies it claims, either on the basis of a failure of consideration or mistake. The Full Court, influenced by the approach in Skene, determined that Mr Rossato was not a casual employee despite being employed and paid as such. It reached this conclusion on the basis that his employment arrangements (including stable, regular, and predictable work) indicated a ‘firm advance commitment’. Employer Assist invites you to refer to its earlier articles on the decisions in Rossato and Skene for more information.

High Court Decision The High Court decision makes it clear that where the terms of the employment relationship are committed to a written contract by the parties, those terms must be considered to determine the character of the employment relationship. The terms of the contract between Mr Rossato and WorkPac were considered by the High Court to identify if they established a firm advance commitment to continuing work beyond the completion of an assignment. Some of the key considerations of the High Court in determining whether there was a firm commitment to continuing work included: • contractual clauses providing that employment was on an assignment-by-assignment basis, including that Mr Rossato could accept or reject the offer of an assignment and that WorkPac was not obligated to provide an assignment, indicated there was no firm advance commitment to continuing work; • contractual clauses providing that an assignment could be unilaterally varied by WorkPac on one hour’s notice and could be unilaterally terminated by either party on one hour’s notice, indicated there was no firm advance commitment to continuing work; • the provision of a roster does not go to a firm advance commitment to continuing work beyond the completion of an assignment, and the contractual terms set out directly above are inconsistent with the making of a firm advance commitment to continuing work beyond the completion of an assignment;

• the parties agreed to a loading to be paid in lieu of entitlements, such as annual or personal leave, indicating casual employment; and • the use of the word ‘casual’ may be a factor in interpreting the contractual rights and obligations of the parties to a contract for employment. The High Court unanimously determined that Mr Rossato was a casual employee and not entitled to the benefits claimed. In light of this, the Court did not need to consider WorkPac’s set off and restitution arguments.

Casual Employment Contract The High Court Rossato decision highlights the importance of having a contract in place for casual employees which supports the position that the employment relationship is not a firm advance commitment to continuing work beyond the completion of an assignment. While employees may be able to convert from casual employment to future permanent employment where specified factors are met under the FW Act and/or applicable Award, it is none-the-less prudent to enter into a casual employment contract in the event a retrospective employment status claim is made.

Fair Work Act A statutory definition of ‘casual employee’ was inserted into the FW Act after the Rossato decision but before the High Court Decision. This definition should also be taken into consideration when drafting an employment contract of casual employees. This article is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Employer Assist for advice.

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Parts 4 Automotive Pty Ltd group was formed to bring together a group of independent automotive businesses throughout Australia Recently, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine took the opportunity to sit down with Parts 4 Automotive member and owner of Automotive Parts Central, Ben Falcke. The Falcke family has a long and successful history in the automotive aftermarket, and Ben is actually the third generation to work in the family business. “It all started back in the 1950s when my grandfather opened a wrecking yard. But it wasn’t long before he added a brake and clutch rebuild service to the business,” Ben said. The business grew quickly, and Ben’s grandfather started working with Repco and opened two locations in New South Wales in Bathurst and Lithgow. “We had workshops at both locations,” Ben explained. “We’d sell automotive parts to local workshops as well as completing work on a large variety of vehicles including passenger, commercial, industrial and agricultural machinery.” Ben’s father had already joined the business at this stage, and after cutting his teeth in the workshop and behind the counter, he recognised the value of focusing their efforts on expanding their product range. “It was a tough decision, but we decided to close the workshops at both stores,” Ben said. “It was a real turning point for the business as we quickly grew our product range, and we quickly developed a reputation for quality service and advice with the local workshops in both regions.” Staunchly independent, Ben and the rest of the Falcke family know how hard it is to battle against the larger automotive parts chains. “We ran the only independent automotive parts stores in both regions,” Ben said. “It’s hard work competing with the big multinational companies, especially on price. Sometimes we struggled to get a fair deal from wholesalers and importers.”


It’s a story played out time and time again. Independent automotive parts stores across the county really struggle with volume, and some of the bigger parts suppliers often ignore them. “We started looking around for a group that would help us increase our buying power, as well as recognising our commitment to remaining independent, and that’s when we discovered Parts 4 Automotive,” Ben said. Parts 4 Automotive has more than 70 members across Australia, all of which enjoy the benefits of being part of this powerful buying group while at the same time remaining fiercely independent. “The Parts 4 Automotive model is extremely attractive,” said Ben. “It allows members to purchase stock at competitive pricing, provides them access to marketing and promotional activities, and above all, helps secure their future in this extremely competitive industry.” In addition to providing access to a more extensive range and more competitive pricing, Ben has come to appreciate the camaraderie that is shared between the group’s members. “One of the biggest things I value as a Parts 4 Automotive member is meeting other like-minded people,” said Ben. “We all do the same thing in the same part of the industry, but we’re not competitors, so we’re there to support each other’s business.” Parts 4 Automotive members enjoy frequent regional meetings, in addition to being invited to an annual, national conference and trade show, so there are plenty of opportunities for members to connect. “The Parts 4 Automotive member functions deliver real value,” Ben said. “They encourage networking, and I find that I get a lot of support and advice. We share tips and tricks and all sorts of stuff that I can take back to my business and action.

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“Obviously, my business operates in regional areas, and there are no other independent resellers in Bathurst or Lithgow, so it’s always nice to be able to talk to someone else in the industry and bounce things around. “You just don’t get that opportunity when you’re going it alone, and in the past, that made me feel quite isolated.” Ben and all the Parts 4 Automotive members understand the value of their independence. “Not many people realise the value independents add to the automotive aftermarket,” Ben said. “We help strengthen the industry as a whole. Consumers benefit because we provide more competition against the big boys. This increases the level of service and ensures pricing stays competitive, and that’s a good thing for customers everywhere. Basically, we help to level the playing field.” Parts 4 Automotive members also receive financial advantages, primarily by supporting their extensive list of preferred suppliers. “Being a Parts 4 Automotive member also means I get access to an attractive rebate program that is easy to manage,” Ben said. “All I have to do is support our preferred suppliers and pay within their trading terms. The team in the Parts 4 Automotive office looks after the rest, and I just get an annual check. It’s that easy.” Since joining the group in 2017, Ben has reported strong growth in both sales and profitability that he attributes directly to the increased product range and buying power that Parts 4 Automotive members enjoy. “For me becoming a Parts 4 Automotive member has added real depth to my business,” Ben said. “I have access to more products and better pricing, and that, combined with the member support network, will secure the future of my business for decades to come.” To find out more about the benefits Parts 4 Automotive delivers to members, contact Kim Mamouney on 0418 532 307 or or visit


SNAP-ON TOOLS CONGRATULATES LONG-TIME FRANCHISEE Chris Edwards has been a Snap-on Tools franchisee for 30 years

When Snap-on opened its franchise model in Australia in the late 1980s, a Western Australian mechanic by the name of Chris Edwards was one of the first to embrace Snap-on Tools in his own garage. Chris says he understood the outstanding quality and was using them daily. He was thrilled at the idea of a salesperson coming directly to his business, appreciative of the time savings involved and the importance of a one-on-one relationship. Before long, Chris was ready to begin his own franchise and began researching an opportunity in Bunbury, an hour-and-a-half from his current home in Perth. Chris and his wife made the move in 1991 and the rest, as they say, is history. “I was a mechanic who was using the product. I was in the trade, and I was genuinely excited by Snap-on Tools. I’d always been interested in sales and in selling a quality product. It was something I believed in, and I think that made taking the step into working for myself quite logical, really,” Chris said. “Tools have always appealed to me. It’s why a Snap-on franchise just seemed like a natural fit. I knew small business would be something of a challenge, but I was a young bloke with blind enthusiasm, and I was quick to discount the people who said I’d go broke.” In fact, quite the opposite has been true for Chris in his journey as a Snap-on franchisee. His business smarts have seen him become a member of the prized Snap-on Million Dollar Club, a select group of franchisees bringing in a turnover of more than one million dollars per annum. Chris says that although technology has had a major impact on the industry, his day-to-day routine of visiting mechanics at their place of work is still a proven method of doing business. Through

Ajit Ponnambalam, Managing Director of Snap-on Tools Australia and New Zealand, congratulates Chris Edwards on celebrating 30 years.

COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Chris’ business remained open, proving not only essential to his customers, but also financially resilient for him as a franchisee. “Even in this environment, there’s no doubt that providing the right tools for a mechanic to do their job is essential. The automotive repair industry is an essential service,” Chris said. “Things are always advancing and adapting, and as a former mechanic, I know how important it is that you move with the times. The guys and girls I sell to know that as well. “For me personally, I’ve seen a lot of change in 30 years. Automation has changed a lot of product lines over time and there’s a much higher demand for electronic and diagnostic tools now than there has been in the past. “It’s also changed the way the business operates, which is great. It gives me more time to talk to the customer, and as we all know, customer service is critical to the success of any business.”

As a franchisee, Chris says the support from Snap-on has been of invaluable assistance in helping him adapt and grow his business. The programs offered and the training and support provided helps Chris stay ahead of the latest developments, giving his customers the most upto-date information possible to assist with their investment. “I’ve been visiting many of the same businesses for 30 years now and those customers are still buying tools from me, growing their tool kits, and updating their tools as technology changes,” Chris said. “The one thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the support Snap-on offers. They’re just great. They move with the times and they’re always there to help. I wouldn’t be doing this for as long as I have if that kind of support wasn’t available. It makes a massive difference in helping you sell a product. That’s what’s made it easy for me.” Snap-on explains it is a leading developer and manufacturer of tool and equipment solutions providing premium tools for professional tool users across Australia and has a reputation for outstanding quality. It says its unique franchise model transports its impressive tool range direct from workshop to workshop, customer to customer, day-in day-out via dedicated franchisees, just like Chris Edwards. Snap-on states that it began in 1920 in the US and today is one of the longest-running, most successful franchises in the world. It says that getting involved is simple and satisfying for anyone wanting their own business, stating that it is never too late to give it a go. To find out more about a Snap-on franchise opportunity near you or start your discovery tour, visit

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DENSO invites you to tap into the expertise and knowledge of its Diesel Network The explosive growth of diesel-powered passenger and commercial vehicles in the Australian market, coupled with a combination of compromised fuel, has seen a spike in the number of diesel-powered vehicles turning up at service centres.   Such repairs can be expensive, usually involving the replacement of the fuel pump, common rail, injectors, associated fuel lines and cleaning of the tank.

PEDDERS WORKSHOP IQ WINS GOLD IN DESIGN AWARDS Workshop iQ allows Pedders to further empower its store owners, managers and technicians Pedders says it is extremely proud to announce that its new Workshop iQ digital business platform has won gold in Driven x Design’s 2021 Melbourne Design Awards program. The Pedders business is currently undergoing an intense digital transformation program and central to this is its partnership with the Pronto Woven team. The first major component to this program is its innovative Workshop iQ store management software platform. Workshop iQ allows Pedders to further empower its store owners, managers and technicians, while making more informed strategic decisions at the business level.

Previously, nearly all of these items had to be replaced with new components, resulting in expensive repair bills. DENSO Australia says it has introduced a remanufacturing program to offer a more viable repair option; supported by its extensive service repair network.   Introduced over 30 years ago, this specialist network boasts more than 100 workshop members in the Australia/Oceania region.  These certified repairers are factory trained and fully equipped with the latest tools to diagnose and repair diesel vehicles and use only genuine parts.  The repair process for high-tech injectors has to be stringently controlled, so these certified repairers must carry out and conform to stringent worldwide emission tests. Additionally, all DENSO injectors are calibration coded to ensure optimum engine performance is achieved after the repair.   Before your next diesel service, DENSO says you should ask: • Is your fuel injection system repaired with genuine DENSO parts?  • Is your injector calibration coded?  • Will it be installed by a DENSO certified repairer?  To learn more about DENSO’s remanufactured injectors, injector coding and fuel pumps, visit DENSO Australia’s YouTube channel. To find your nearest DENSO service dealer, please visit  112

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The Workshop iQ platform provides Pedders with a massive opportunity to drive business success while also improving its relationship with Pedders’ customers and its understanding of what drives them. Workshop iQ further empowers Pedders Technicians with critical product, vehicle, and customer information ensuring they complete jobs correctly and in the most efficient manner. Through Workshop iQ, Pedders says its Store Managers also experience improved workflow and quoting efficiency, allowing them to spend more time building relationships with their customers and planning long-term business objectives.

Pedders says its business now has improved data to drive more efficient and effective business decisions which will see Pedders  continue  its strong growth path into the future. “Workshop iQ is an innovative product that will enable our people to continue to provide specialist advice and quality work. It also brings our people’s knowledge and skills together in one platform,” Pedders Managing Director, Scott Pedder, said. While Workshop iQ was envisioned, designed and commissioned by Pedders, the Pronto Woven team have built the platform from the ground up with input from Pedders stores, the head office executive team and its Technology and Systems Department. Pedders says Pronto Woven has done an exceptional job in bringing Workshop iQ to life and while Pedders is in the early phases of rollout across its store network, Pedders says the business and its customers are already seeing the benefits of this new system.

Customers benefit from improved transparency, communications and information, providing them with images, video and direct feedback from Pedders’ specialist workshop Technicians  direct to their smart phone, PC or tablet.

“Workshop iQ is a major step forward in automating the workflow in our Pedders stores and underpins our commitment to quality, efficiency and customer service excellence,” Program Lead and Head of Technology and Systems, Simon Richardson, said.

This program has been designed to take the Pedders experience to the next level for staff, customers and franchisees.

“Workshop iQ allows us to enhance our customer conversations, provide better service and run more efficient workshop operations. “Building this platform has been a true partnership between Pedders and the Pronto Woven team and has focused on the key tenants of anytime, anywhere, any device plus single source of truth and next level customer service. We are very excited about our digital future and our ongoing Pronto partnership.” Pedders is thrilled to see Pronto Woven receive the Driven x Design Melbourne Design Gold Award for Pedders Workshop iQ and says it looks forward to the continued collaboration on this program and future Pedders digital systems. For more from Pedders, visit



Box Hill Institute has a number of training courses available for your staff As business owners, we all have staff to manage and part of that process is to make sure your staff have the skills they need to perform their tasks. “I speak with many apprentices as part of my job. Some say they are bored at work and do the same things on the same vehicles day in and day out. The others say that their work is interesting and varied every day,” Box Hill Institute Manager of Automotive (Faculty of Trades), Michael Cope, said. “Do you want a bored apprentice that turns up, does their eight hours and leaves without learning anything new? Or would you like to employ an engaged apprentice that looks forward to the challenges of the day? “By keeping your workers engaged you are nurturing them to perform better and become valued members of your workforce. “This may mean moving them around in the workshop, so they learn all aspects of the business or sending them to training to make them more confident and capable members of your business “Use their strengths and weaknesses to see where they fit best in your business.” Box Hill Institute has a number of training courses available for your staff including: • Automotive Air Conditioning certification to enable technicians to apply for the Arctick Refrigerant Handling Licence and work on motor vehicle air conditioning systems.

• VicRoads Licenced Vehicle Tester accreditation to carry out and issue roadworthy certificates on light vehicles in Victoria. • Pre apprenticeship training for existing workers that don’t hold an automotive qualification or people that want to get into the automotive service and repair industry at the entry level. • Automotive Apprentice Training, which is the training required to become a qualified automotive technician. Box Hill Institute also offers evening short courses in MIG, TIG and ARK welding for those wishing to brush up on their welding skills. To find out more about employing an apprentice, Box Hill Institute encourages you to call Roger Phillips or Mark Liberto on 03 9286 9623 or email them at For information on other automotive programs such as Automotive Air Conditioning or VicRoads Licensed Vehicle Testing, please visit and search for ‘automotive.’

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ARE YOU MISSING OUT ONLINE? 83 percent of Australians shopped online in 2020 Four hundred and seventy-five million dollars of car parts and accessories were sold online in Australia in the past year. There’s never been a more compelling case or a more opportune time as right now to take your parts and accessories business online, whether you’re a retailer, manufacturer or distributor. There’s a little more to selling car and motorcycle parts online than you might realise. It takes trust to buy online. Trust that what is written about the product is accurate. Trust that the photos of the product are real. Trust that the retailer will actually send what you’ve ordered. Trust that if something goes wrong, you’ll be well looked after and the situation rectified quickly. Most importantly, trust that the product is absolutely compatible with your specific vehicle or motorbike. Instilling trust in all these areas takes careful planning. As an online retailer or wholesaler, it is absolutely worth the investment in time, energy and money to ensure your product descriptions, images and attributes are accurate, complete, and easy to understand. Because online shoppers can’t see you and you can’t see them, it is vital that you give them every reason to feel confident buying from you.

Zellis says it has been designing and building high converting ecommerce webstores for automotive parts and accessories retailers and wholesalers for the past seven years. According to Chief Executive Officer Tim Davies, the biggest challenge it continues to encounter is clients who don’t or won’t accept the importance of accurate, complete and well-structured product data, and deployment of compatibility fitment protocols to power a reliable and customerfriendly part finder. “It’s frustrating because we know how much money they’re leaving on the table by not doing it right at the start,” Tim said. Data is the invisible foundation of every high performing webstore. It doesn’t organise itself automatically and often source data provided by manufacturers and suppliers is incomplete and poorly structured. The task of gathering, structuring and optimising product data and images for ecommerce is typically tedious and slow, and therefore costly. Thus, many retailers and wholesalers aspiring to break into ecommerce fall horribly short, and end up struggling to attract customers, let alone have them return for more. A few years ago, fed up with the high cost and

effort of compatibility tagging, Zellis says it set out to make data work more accessible and affordable. Zellis Auto is a new proprietary automotive fitment solution using Australia’s own Redbook vehicle and motorcycle data and images. The new fitment tagging methodology has slashed the time (and hence cost) of tagging products to their compatible vehicles by 90 percent. Zellis Auto also includes the same fast and easy fitment tagging to eBay’s vehicle and motorcycle data definitions. According to eBay, listings with fitment applied sell more than 40 percent more compared to listings without it. For more information, visit or contact Zellis on 1300 935 537.

MARKINSON’S MOMENTUMPROERP SYSTEM An ineffective ERP system could be losing you business The automotive wholesale industry is facing enormous challenges with the loss of product knowledge as older team members retire, leaving new team members struggling to find solutions. This means more than knowing if a part is in stock; it is about having streamlined wholesale ERP solutions that can manage and monitor every aspect of your business both operational and strategic. Markinson says an ERP system can do this and can give you a competitive advantage that can grow your business, and build your reputation. It also means your teams are more effective, as many tasks can be automated therefore freeing them up to provide better service to your customers. For the mid-market automotive wholesale industry the right business solution requires consolidation of key business functions; including managing and monitoring sales, service, marketing, finance, stock control, and customer orders all with a single solution.  114

Markinson explains that a successful automated system should: • Simplify the management and distribution of stock across multiple locations; • Know when customer demand is changing; • Capture knowledge and help to retain your best people; • Have flexibility when sourcing alternate product solutions; • Automate regular data updates, such as price changes and stock reordering;  • Improve your cashflow by identifying slow moving and obsolete stock; and • Address supplier issues and opportunities.

providing streamlined solutions designed for midmarket automotive wholesalers to consolidate and automate key business functions. The system is adaptable to specific business requirements and is available in a range of flexible delivery options to suit business needs and budget.

Having this intelligence at your fingertips can place you ahead of your competitors and unlock your future potential.

Markinson began as a one-man business in 1986, and today is reportedly achieving continuous yearon-year growth.

Markinson explains that one automated ERP solution that provides all of this is Markinson’s MomentumProERP.

It says its success lies in its vision to be a key partner to every clients’ transformation, with a focus on being ‘stronger together.’

MomentumProERP is a single ERP platform

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70 YEARS OF MANN-FILTER The brand says it is “proud of every wrinkle”

Premium filtration brand MANN-FILTER is celebrating its 70th birthday in 2021 and looking back with pride on a successful history of development which it says sets the course for a promising future with great confidence. Adolf Mann and Dr Erich Hummel established “Filterwerk Mann + Hummel” back in 1941 in Ludwigsburg, as it was called back in the day. Eight decades later, MANN+HUMMEL has grown to become a leading filtration expert, employing more than 21,000 people at over 80 locations, with sales totaling 3.8 billion euros (in 2020, approximately 6.1 billion AUD). MANN-FILTER was there from the very beginning and is still part of the company today as a globally valued brand.

MANN-FILTER: then and now 70 years ago on August 16, 1951, MANN-FILTER was first registered as a trademark. What started as a small national brand in Ludwigsburg also gained international popularity starting in the 1960s. Today, the premium brand says it is an undisputed force in filtration technology for the automotive and industrial sectors worldwide. It states that its filters combine the entire knowhow and experience of the MANN+HUMMEL

Group in a comprehensive product portfolio; and in 100 percent OE quality for the aftermarket around the globe. “We look back with pride on the very successful 70-year history of our premium brand, which we continue to write every day,” MANN+HUMMEL Vice President Sales IAM Europe, Simon Frick, said. “We are taking the anniversary as an opportunity to thank our customers around the world – for their many years of loyalty and for good and successful collaboration. This development would not have been possible without our customers.” MANN-FILTER says it has managed to become an icon with cult status over the years with its striking yellow-green color scheme. For a few years now, it has been enjoying the same success in motorsports as well, with its yellow-green mamba generating a lot of excitement among its growing fan base.

Award-winning worldwide MANN-FILTER says the fact that it “is a big hit” is evident from the many awards it has received worldwide and states the fact that customers independently choose their favourites further reinforces this. “Our numerous awards make clear how much our customers appreciate MANN-FILTER. We

are very proud and happy about every single one, such as the ‘Best Brand’ award from ETM Verlag in cooperation with the Automechanika trade show,” Simon said. “To receive this award for the tenth time in a row on our 70th anniversary is a great gift and a great honour. It motivates us to continue developing innovative products for vehicles and machines while offering comprehensive service packages.”

A glimpse into the future “Seven decades of successful brand history also means we bear a great responsibility for the future. And it goes without saying that we want to live up to this obligation,” Simon said. “To meet the challenges ahead, we are developing the filters of tomorrow in the vehicles and machines of today. After all, we want to still make the same promise to our customers in the future: MANN-FILTER – Perfect parts. Perfect service.” For more information, visit

BURSON AUTO PARTS MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY With the Museum of Vehicle Evolution

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts has extended its 50th Anniversary celebrations to regional Victoria by becoming a partner of an exciting new chapter of our country’s motoring heritage and culture. Burson Auto Parts has joined forces with the Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE), located in the Victorian rural city of Shepparton. MOVE is a community based, not for profit enterprise that is creating a cultural heritage attraction for all motoring enthusiasts to visit and enjoy. MOVE was established with significant funding gained from the Australian Federal Government, the Victorian State Government, the City of Greater Shepparton and the transport industry.  Scheduled to open in August this year, MOVE presents the history of transport all the way from bicycles to motorcycles, cars and trucks, featuring a series of iconic vehicles that helped to build modern Australia.  Burson Auto Parts is marking its 50-year history at MOVE with a presentation sponsorship of the

Southern Wall of the car museum, including signage, a display area and video wall brand coverage at this impressive new complex. Burson Auto Parts will also be using MOVE for regional Victorian customer and staff training events, providing all guests with access to a highly unique and interesting motoring venue that is sure to be well received. 

Burson Auto Parts Southern Wall signage

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

started by company founders Garry Johnson and partner Ron Burgoine who sold parts from the boots of their cars to mechanics, to becoming a preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment after opening its first store in Victoria back in 1971.

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

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

Burson Auto Parts has grown from a business

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Black Ops Offroad says this is the most explosive 4x4 throttle controller in the world After many months of research, development, and testing, Black Ops Offroad says it is excited to launch its newest product, Throttle Grenade. The goal of the development team was to create for 4WDers a superior alternative to the currently available throttle controllers, which they described as outdated and generic. The company says it has created the most technologically advanced and user friendly 4x4 throttle controller on the market. Throttle Grenade was developed with a state-ofthe-art dual 32bit chipset, which is four times faster than its rivals. This innovative technology has allowed Black Ops to calibrate the Throttle Grenade to specifically upgrade the offroad capabilities of 4x4 vehicles. This throttle controller includes several features that make it stand out in the market. It has an LED user interface with Throttle boost gauge and easy to navigate 4x4 modes. It also has an intelligent light sensitive controller display with automatic brightness and a lightning

speed USB cable that offers easy install and faster processing. The braided CPU harness is tough and long lasting, and there is a simple five-minute plug and play installation. Offroad specific modes and special features have been integrated into the Throttle Grenade in order to enhance the performance of 4x4 vehicles. The CRAWL mode has been calibrated for crawling, flexing, winching, wet road conditions, advanced hill climbs/descents, and self/assisted recovery. It has been engineered to accurately dampen the throttle response. The SAND and MUD mode has been calibrated for sand/mud/snow terrains, water crossings, and performance on road driving. It reportedly offers enhanced throttle response parameters for sand and mud driving. The OFFROAD mode is designed for steep rut-free hill climbs, on and off-road towing, performance offroad driving, and snatching. The XPLODE mode enhances the response,

acceleration, and performance. The ANTI THEFT mode provides extra security by disarming the vehicle’s throttle. There’s also a grenade launcher feature that gives an instant boost to the 4x4’s throttle response and capabilities. Throttle Grenade retails for $349 with free shipping Australia wide. Black Ops Offroad says it is backed by a market leading three-year product replacement warranty and a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee. Throttle Grenade is available online at and through selected 4x4 distributors and resellers.

MAXLINER AUSTRALIA 4WD ACCESSORIES Maxliner has been in business for over three decades Whether your customers are buying a ute or SUV to get the job done or to take on their next adventure, Maxliner Australia says it has the Automotive Aftermarket gear engineered to perform every time, while looking great. Maxliner has been in business for more than 30 years and supplies and exports to some of the world’s biggest vehicle manufacturers globally through its teams based in Australia, Thailand and Europe. It says this makes it one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers and distributors of plastic-based aftermarket 4WD accessories. The company says its Australian engineering, sales, marketing, and administration team have over sixty years of experience in the Australian automotive industry, offering customers access

to global expertise and innovation backed by local industry knowledge and service. With its manufacturing facility firmly established in the heartland of Australia’s number-two source of new vehicles sold in Australia, Thailand, and partnerships with vehicle manufacturers internationally, Maxliner Australia says its R&D team has indisputable access to new vehicles.

Products include:

storage, and design elements like sports bars. • Floor Liners – the Maxpro range of Floor Liners offers a perfect fit and finish. Made from highquality TPX plastic, they protect the floor of a vehicle, use existing factory retention systems, and in 2020 Maxliner Australia installed them in half a million vehicles. Backed by a lifetime warranty, Maxliner Australia says you can sell its mats with confidence. • Styling – the latest introduction to the Maxliner Australia product lineup is its styling range. Front, side, and rear styling products are available. Maxliner Australia says its engineering team uses the latest CAD technology to design the styling range to fit each vehicle perfectly, allowing customers to customise their vehicles and provide protection from driving hazards.

• Ute Accessories – a comprehensive range of aftermarket ute accessories covers everything from canopies, hard lids, tub protection,

For more information on sales, distribution or stockists, please contact Maxliner Australia on 1800 592 192 or

It says this access means it is able to get new products to customers faster. The full range of automotive aftermarket products distributed through Maxliner Australia are designed, engineered, manufactured, and tested through its fully integrated global development and production teams. Maxliner Australia says this ensures every Maxliner product produced will meet performance, quality, and reliability expectations. It says its team is unwavering in its commitment to design and develop aftermarket products that not only meet, but exceed, the exacting standards of the original equipment manufacturer’s products.


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Improving 4x4 handling and performance and prolonging tyre life Part of the fun of owning a 4x4 vehicle is customising it with accessories, rims, larger tyres, suspension lift kits, and more. However, there is a downside as these adjustments could have a negative affect on the vehicle’s wheel alignment. After some upgrades are installed, the vehicle will require both Camber and Caster adjustments to get the suspension geometry back to OEM settings. This could contribute to handling and driveability issues like steering wheel vibrations, uneven tyre wear, and drifting over the road while driving. SuperPro Control Arms were developed to address these issues and improve overall handling and performance. SuperPro says its Control Arms are manufactured from a hybrid of high stress, cold formed steel tube and forged steel, have an adjustable position ball joint and are also fitted with SuperPro bushes. The SuperPro 4x4 Upper and Lower Control Arm is made in Australia with Aussie steel. It’s

advertised as a complete kit solution with ultimate adjustability. SuperPro says it solves alignment issues and contributes to a longer tyre life, and states it has been approved for use nationally and has been certified and confirmed to exceed OE specifications while also coming with a lifetime warranty. The SuperPro Upper Control Arms come with the Camber and Caster adjustable ball joints, which can return the Camber and Caster to the correct settings. SuperPro says this will result in increased clearance and optimum wheel alignment settings. These adjustable ball joints are also fitted with the SuperPro polyurethane bushes and SuperPro says that these arms have been designed to reduce tyre wear and increase vehicle safety. The SuperPro 4x4 Fixed Upper Control Arms are said to be ideal for a “conventional” 50mm lift. SuperPro claims these arms are easy to install in order to achieve correct alignment via the OE adjustment mechanism on the lower arms and states they offer an increase between +2.5 and

+3.5 degrees of caster and up to 1.5 degrees of negative camber. Finally, the SuperPro Standard 4X4 Control Arms are also built with high strength, OE grade Aussie steel. These arms come with pre-installed SuperPro Bushings and an in-built camber and caster change to suit lifted vehicles and include up-rated camber bolts for four positions, OE quality ball joints, and an in-built droop increase to give an overall even vehicle lift. These arms were designed with FEA to exceed OE specifications for strength and durability. For more information, visit


Burg Design says the ParkSafe Multifunctional digital information display is a must have accessory for increased driving safety. Burg Design explains this unique driving instrument features a bright and clear illuminated digital colour display screen displaying important information such as battery voltage, elevation, altitude, pitch, roll, an electronic compass, an adjustable speed and over speed meter with alert warning buzzer, a thermometer, and electronic clock. It also boasts auto screen brightness, adjustable volume and GPS data collection. All of this comes in a smart looking instrument that is designed to be easily mounted permanently in a suitable position on the top of the dashboard and secured in place with the 3M backing tape provided. Burg Design says installation is almost ‘plug and play.’ The product is 15.5cm wide, 6.5cm deep and 4.4cm high and uses DC10-30V power. It is protected by a 24-month warranty. Alongside the ParkSafe Multifunctional Digital Information Display, Burg Design also offers a wide array of other products. For more information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or or visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine September 2021



NEW SMART WORKSHOP TOOLS From Harding Performance

Harding Performance has teamed with MAGICMOTORSPORT to bring you a new range of workshop ECU/TCU cloning and programming tools. In the European electronic performance field for over 23 years, Harding Performance says it has supported over a hundred dealers to provide dealership alternatives to workshops.

PEDDERS ENJOYS BREAK THROUGH SUPERCAR SPONSORSHIP The suspension and brakes company backed Erebus and Will Brown in Townsville

Erebus Motorsport brought the virtual world to reality when it hit the streets of North Queensland for the Townsville 500. At the event Will Brown’s Holden carried the same colours Pedders Suspension and Brakes Managing Director Scott Pedder donned when he drove to victory in the 2014 Australian Rally Car Championship, and then again in last year’s Supercars Eseries celebrity race. Scott claimed victory in the virtual event and the winning livery was then recreated with Will Brown’s #9 Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore in Townsville. “Pedders has a rich history in motorsport and performance  that now spans more than 70 years,” Scott said.

In 2021 it has teamed up with MAGICMOTORSPORT of Italy to distribute and support its new range of FLEX hardware and software. Harding Performance says the FLEX tool has the ability to clone many of the current engine and transmission control units, including securitycoded units that would normally require a genuine dealer visit.

“For many of those years we’ve been involved in the Supercars Championship, but Townsville represented the first time our very own Supercar ran with our own livery, as we backed young gun Will Brown through our existing partnership with Erebus Motorsport. “We debuted a Pedders Supercar during the Supercars Eseries last year and it was only right that we brought it to life. “It was also great to be able to share this milestone with a few other partners that we work closely with, including  Hayman Reese,  Atomic Batteries,  Humm  and  RBE, and in particular our great  Townville Pedders  franchisee Peter Theofanes.”

With FLEX in your workshop, Harding Performance says you have the ability to bring that revenue inhouse, and attract new customers, both in trade and retail. The tool also has the capabilities to deliver factory software updates to many types of control modules. Finally, Harding Performance says the tool gives you access to a huge range of tuning software, engine and transmission upgrades, with thousands of files available and certified through its tech centre. The product is supplied and supported from Harding Performance’s facility in Brisbane, and it says it has tech staff available on 1300 730 949. For more information, visit 118

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Those brands all featured across the predominantly red and white livery, while the iconic Pedders Suspension and Brakes branding took pride of place on the bonnet, windscreen banner and car sides. “I was so pleased to see our Pedders Suspension and Brakes livery go from virtual to reality,” Pedders Senior Executive of Brand and Marketing, Adam Gillick, said.

“Motorsport is a big part of our DNA at Pedders, and we were so proud to finally have our own Supercar to celebrate the event in Townsville with our long-term franchisee Peter Theofanes. “I’d like to take this opportunity to also thank the team at Erebus and Luke Wilson from RBE who were both instrumental in formulating the finer details of this amazing commercial partnership. To all of our sponsors that came on board, we thank you for your support in this journey.” The livery was a familiar one to Will, who ran a similar design as a wildcard in last year’s Supercars All Stars Eseries finale. “It’s exciting to have such an awesome brand like Pedders on the car,” Will said at the livery launch. “I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the team at Pedders pretty well over the past year; they’re an awesome group.” Erebus Chief Executive Officer, Barry Ryan, said he is eager to expand on the existing partnership with Pedders after the two brands joined forces at the beginning of 2020. “I grew up with Pedders being the brand you used to make your car faster and I personally love seeing this come to life,” Barry said. “Scott (Pedder) is extremely passionate about the motorsport industry which is really beneficial to our relationship. He and his company are the perfect fit for our team.” Pedders Suspension and Brakes is also creating a limited-edition model of the car which ran in Townsville, which will be available to the public in Pedders stores across Australia. For more from Pedders, visit



A range of high-performance synthetic racing oils and lubricants is available from Rocket Industries Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation has grown to manufacture more than 100 quality products. This includes motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives, and the popular WaterWetter cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine, and industrial applications. Red Line Synthetic Oil formulates fully synthetic oils and chemically advanced additives using the world’s finest base stocks (not cheaper petroleum blends). Its motor oils are specially designed to provide the highest protection, lowest friction, and exceptional cleanliness for your gasoline, diesel, motorcycle, or marine engine. Red Line gear oils are built to withstand extreme loading and high temperatures and its Water Wetter Super Coolant can reduce coolant temperatures by as much as 30°F. Rocket Industries says Red Line Oils is considered number one in the world. From a 3,500HP dragster to a 3.5HP lawnmower it says Red Line has fully

synthetic products, which will deliver a stunning level of protection and efficiency gains. Whether it be everyday motoring in the family car or running a heavy-duty truck fleet business, farm equipment or earthmoving machinery, racing, jetskis or model aeroplanes, Rocket Industries says Red Line Oils has your lubrication demands covered; with high performance products that deliver complete protection, extended component life and impressive fuel efficiency gains. Rocket Industries explains that Red Line Oils utilises a wealth of expert knowledge about available technologies and responds to technical challenges, satisfying the high demands of the performance industry. It states Red Line’s employees are enthusiasts that stay on top of the racing and performance car sectors, ensuring that their product recommendations allow customers to significantly improve performance. It explains that formulating full-synthetic oils and chemically-advanced additives with the world’s finest base stocks, Red Line’s motor and gear

oils use superior ester base stocks. These provide added stability at high temperatures and superior film strengths at lower viscosities where more power can be produced. With an impressive line up including Red Line Motor Oil, Red Line Gear Oil and Red Line Transmission Fluid, these specialty lubricants are created for the latest motor cars , race engines, high-revving four stroke motor cross bikes, ATVs, sports bikes, and V-Twins. Made for power, Red Line motorcycle and powersport lubricants are designed to resist the shearing action and keep the viscosity within the desired specification while providing superior wear protection. For more information about the right Red Line lubricant for your application, contact Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or visit

NEW TOP FUEL SERIES CALENDAR ANNOUNCED The organisers of Summernats will promote Australia’s newest drag racing show Australia’s Top Fuel teams have launched the new Australian Top Fuel Championship. The new national series will include Victoria and Western Australia for the first time in years and will feature the four current Australian Top Fuel teams.

access to top quality racing no matter what track they’re close to, whether that’s at our new Australian Top Fuel Championship, the ANDRA Australian Drag Racing Championship, 400 Thunder, or any number of other great events,” Andy said.

Jim Read Racing, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing, PremiAir Racing, and Rapisarda Autosport International have all committed to the new championship.

“Other auto shows I’m involved in like Summernats, Red CentreNATS and Rockynats have become iconic events because of their festival atmosphere. We want to see Australian Top Fuel drag racing become just as much of a must-go event.”

The event’s calendar has recently been finalised with the Australian Top Fuel Championship including six races across four states and territories in 2022, with at least six Top Fuel cars planning to race at each round. With the first round scheduled for January 2022, and the Grand Final locked away in June, drag racing fans around Australia will be treated to six months of nitro burning action. The series will have a massive focus on fan engagement, giving spectators unprecedented access to the teams, the drivers, the cars, and all the action in the pits. Promoting the Australian Top Fuel Championship are Nathan Prendergast of Ignition Productions and Andy Lopez of Out There Productions, the promoters of the famous Summernats. Both have extensive experience in delivering motorsport festival events. “It’s exciting. More cars, more racing, more tracks, and more fans. Aussie drag racing fans can get

Top line team owners and drivers are excited to be a part of the new series. “Lamattina Racing is excited to be hitting more tracks with a full field of Top Fuel racers,” Phil Lamattina said. Peter Xiberras of PremiAir Racing added, “each round of the national series will be exciting and engaging so we can get more fans through the gates to watch Top Fuel race with other quality brackets.” “Victorian and WA fans have been wanting Top Fuel championship events, so it’s great to add these regions to the mix,” said Rapisarda Autosport International’s Santino Rapisarda. The Australian Top Fuel Championship will include three brand new events, and the remaining three races will be partnerships with existing series. The Championship will not be running alongside 400 Thunder in 2022.

“We want to thank the 400 Thunder series for the last few years. Even though we’re not part of 400 Thunder in 2022, we encourage fans to continue supporting them,” Jim Read Racing’s Bruce Read said. This exciting new series can only help grow the popularity of drag racing and encourage fans across Australia to support their local track and attend as many events as possible.

Australian Top Fuel Championship Full Calendar: • Round 1 - January 21-22, 2022 - Sydney Dragway • Round 2 - February 5-6, 2022 - Australian Nationals Calder Park Raceway • Round 3 - March 5-6, 2022 - Westernationals - Perth Motorplex • Round 4 - April 9-10, 2022 - Heathcote Park Raceway • Round 5 - May 6-7, 2022 - Nitro Champs - Sydney Dragway • Round 6 - Grand Final details to be announced For more information on events promoted by Summernats, visit

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Viva Energy (the exclusive licensee of the Shell brand in Australia) is proud to back the Racing Together program as part of its comprehensive motorsport program Shell lubricants have enjoyed a long and successful association with motorsport. With years of contribution to technical partnerships in motorsport and Shell’s commitment to innovation, Shell has been able to take what is learnt from the track and transfer that knowledge into high quality products for motorists.   One of the programs Viva Energy is proud to be a part of is Racing Together. Racing Together aims to address the lack of indigenous representation in the motorsport industry here in Australia from the ground up, by creating STEM opportunities and motorsport career pathways for 12- to 18-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Shell V-Power Racing Team Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Story, also director of the Racing Together board, together with Viva Energy, recently announced a new three-year partnership with the programme.    The partnership between Racing Together and Viva Energy ties in closely with the energy company’s vision for reconciliation as a nation where Indigenous people have equal and equitable opportunities to reach their destination. Viva Energy aspires to contribute to a society that is enriched by cultural diversity. As part of its role with the program, the Shell V-Power Racing Team ran a special indigenous livery at the Darwin Triple Crown, with the livery designed by Racing Together team member, Braedyn Cidoni.  “The opportunity to highlight Racing Together and its objectives at the Darwin Triple Crown by way of an Indigenous livery supported by all of our partners and put together by Braedyn, who is the Racing Together race driver, is something of a remarkable story,” Ryan said.   “I am very proud to be associated with the Racing Together organisation as a director, and what ties everything together for me is that Viva Energy, our

The Shell V-Power Racing Team livery designed by Racing Together’s Braedyn Cidoni.

major sponsor, is also a significant supporter of the project. “We’re partners in racing, and we’re partners in business. The opportunity to raise awareness and to increase involvement in both STEM and motorsport for young Indigenous Australians is something that we should all aspire to.”   Seventeen-year-old Braedyn was thrilled to not only be the driver for Racing Together but also to have designed the Supercar livery. His work was inspired by artist Allison Millcock’s “Turtles Crossing Cultures”.  “While Allison’s art represents her longing to connect with her ancestors, I used the turtle to highlight the environment and the wildlife that we need to protect and added the snake to represent the fierceness and power behind the Racing Together team,” Braedyn said.   “I have always wanted to be a race car driver, and the Racing Together programme has given me the opportunity to do that. I couldn’t believe I was selected out of everyone to be the driver.  “Our team has many different roles like engineer, mechanic and social media, and everyone is so happy to be part of the team – we’ve bonded and all become really good friends.”  Racing Together also fields a small race team, manned by 10 indigenous teenagers, in the Hyundai Excel championship rounds and they competed at the Darwin Triple Crown.

An unrivalled test bed Shell has long used the motorsport arena as a test bed to unlock performance and efficiency gains that can be transferred to its road products, and Shell Helix Ultra is no exception. The company’s rich history in motor racing started with Ferrari in 1929 and has since spanned a wide variety of global competitions; from Formula 1 to MotoGP, the World Rally Championship, Australian Supercars and Formula E. Shell says it is proud to partner some of the top 120

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motorsport teams in the world’s most competitive championship series. From Innovation Partner to Scuderia Ferrari, Technical Partner to Ducati Corse in MotoGP and BMW in Motorsport, Shell V-Power Race Team in Australian Supercars to Co-Title Sponsor to the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, the racing Shell has access to is second to none. This portfolio was further enhanced in 2019, with Shell partnering with Nissan in the world’s fastest developing motorsport, Formula E. “In the fast-paced, high-pressure world of motorsport, demands on the engine are vastly different from your everyday road drive,” Shell AP MD Technical Director, Serena Lim, said. “Across all motorsport series, engineers are being challenged to make sure that race engines can deliver maximum performance over longer distances and with greater efficiency. “In these circumstances, 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. “With years of contribution to technical partnerships in motorsport and Shell’s commitment to innovation, we are able to take what is learnt from the track and transfer that knowledge into high quality products. “For example, inside a Formula One engine, race lubricants are under huge pressure and must withstand peak temperatures in excess of 1,000°C, at 15,000RPM. Shell, in partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, has designed Shell Helix Ultra 0W low viscosity oil to withstand the toughest environments, whilst delivering maximum performance and efficiency. “Our partnerships are the ultimate test bed for our products, challenging them to perform in some of the most extreme conditions and ensuring our customers are getting the very best.” To learn more, visit

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