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VASA VP Brett Meads outlines refrigerant risks to ARTSA Heavy Vehicle Fire conference in Sydney

VASA Vice-President Brett Meads delivered a talk to the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) conference about the causes and prevention of heavy vehicle fires in Sydney on August 15. Brett’s presentation provided an overview of the changes in refrigerants used … Continue reading

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Major auto retailer cops heavy fine for importing a bus containing R134a without a permit

IMPORTING a bus with an air-conditioning system containing R134a has landed a “major automotive retailer” in hot water. The News South Wales-based business copped a $12,600 fine under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act for bringing in equipment … Continue reading

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Campaign to redefine the Oxford Dictionaries definition of ‘car’

DESPITE winning 2019 World Car of the Year, 2019 European Car of the Year and numerous other accolades, the Jaguar I-Pace does not fit the Oxford Dictionaries definition of a car as it is not powered by an internal combustion engine. … Continue reading

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Redarc Electronics celebrates 40 years

TUESDAY August 27 marked the 40th anniversary of Redarc Electronics, which remains to this day a family business and has been owned by Anthony and Michele Kittel for 22 years.  Mr Kittel remarked that he was honoured to have been a part of … Continue reading

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EV & hybrid expert Craig Van Batenburg to train at Wire & Gas 2020

WORLD renowned hybrid and EV repair expert Craig Van Batenburg from the United States is confirmed to train at Wire & Gas 2020 on his first-ever visit to Australia. A workshop owner turned training provider through his Automotive Career Development Center … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Australian research behind new flammable refrigerants safety guide

A NEW guide on how to work safely on vehicles where it is known or suspected that flammable refrigerants may be present is now available for free download by VASA members and is essential reading. This document is the result … Continue reading

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Industry opposes ‘Retrofit and Modify’ Unit of Competency throughout consultancy process

VASA and other industry bodies including Australian Refrigeration Council and Refrigerants Australia are continuing to oppose the inclusion of a ‘retrofit and modify’ Unit of Competency now that feedback has been invited for draft training products in the Automotive – … Continue reading

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HVACR sector saving the planet, one refrigerant cylinder at a time

UNDER the stewardship scheme operated by Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA), the nation’s HVACR sector has prevented refrigerant emissions equivalent to more than 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide since 1993. To put it another way, this amount of CO2 would fill … Continue reading

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VASA members make 14h round-trips to attend Redarc event in Adelaide

WHEN Redarc Electronics approached VASA about helping attract local members to a free event at its recently expanded factory and headquarters in Adelaide, nobody expected people to make a 14-hour round-trip to attend. Yet VASA members Peter Henderson of Tumby … Continue reading

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Report reveals growth in Australian automotive manufacturing sector

THE number of automotive manufacturing companies in Australia has reached 300, up from 260 in 2015, according to research commissioned by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). Although the number of operating businesses has increased, overall revenue and employment in the … Continue reading

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