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AAAA to open Automotive Innovation Centres in Victoria and South Australia

THE Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) will establish state-of-the-art Automotive Innovation Centres in Victoria and South Australia to provide local automotive product designers and manufacturers with the tools, advanced technology, vehicles, expertise and the collaborative environment required to innovate, design and … Continue reading

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VASA members scoop Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards

A NUMBER of VASA members were among the proud recipients of prestigious Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards, held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne before an audience of 850 people. CoolDrive Auto Parts founder John Blanchard Senior (pictured below) was inducted … Continue reading

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See you in Melbourne at the Aftermarket Expo!

VASA is proud to be exhibiting at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo for the third consecutive time. Members are encouraged to say g’day at the VASA booth (number T36). Free registrations for this trade-only event are available at aftermarketexpo.com.au. More … Continue reading

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Hyundai Kona EV on sale: 449km range for $60K

IT HAS begun. The age of the affordable mainstream EV with range-anxiety-busting battery capacity is upon us. OK, at $59,990 plus on-road costs in Australia the Hyundai Kona EV is still a cool $24,000 more expensive than the equivalent petrol … Continue reading

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More Women in Leadership funding available

AN ADDITIONAL round of scholarship funding has been allocated for women in male-dominated sectors, with a particular emphasis on automotive. Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s automotive sector, … Continue reading

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Big shake-up of NZ training sector proposed

A PROPOSED national NZ Institute of Skills and Technology would take command of programme design, administration and enrolments for 16 polytechnic campuses and 11 industry training organisations (ITO) around New Zealand. ITOs would be replaced by employer-led Industry Skills Bodies … Continue reading

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Cautious welcome for Australian government’s repair information sharing consultation paper

THE Australian federal government has released consultation paper about mandating the sharing of vehicle service and repair information between car companies and independent repairers. Although this step toward a mandatory code has been broadly welcomed, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association … Continue reading

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Official HWSA position paper on flammable refrigerants

THE Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) has released a position paper on the use of flammable refrigerants in the workplace. It does not mince its words on the subject of retrofits: “Refrigerant gases must be compatible with the refrigeration … Continue reading

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Aftermarket Expo seminar program announced

A PROGRAM of 10 free educational seminars has been announced for the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and co-located Collision Repair Expo that will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6. Here is … Continue reading

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Michael Bennett steps down from RRA GM role, elected chair of ARC board

REFRIGERANT Reclaim Australia general manager Michael Bennett has stepped aside from the leadership role, having steered one of the world’s most successful and effective refrigerant stewardship operations since 1993. Mr Bennett will remain involved with specific RRA projects and support … Continue reading

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