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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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VASA member GB Auto goes viral with electric Toyota LandCruiser

THIS image of an Australian-spec Toyota 70 Series LandCruiser converted to electric drive was published online by VASA member GB Auto and went on to be shared almost 900 times on Facebook with 1200 comments and nearly 800 reactions. After … Continue reading

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Farrelley is new general manager of RRA

KYLIE Farrelley has been named as new general manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and successor to Michael Bennett, who will step down next month after 22 years. Farrelley joins RRA after almost 20 years at refrigerant manufacturer Arkema, having been an industry representative … Continue reading

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CoolDrive stocks tools, parts for hybrids and EVs

COOLDRIVE Auto Parts is supporting the growing number of hybrid and electric cars on Australasian roads with a range of 25 tools and chargers plus 180 related spare parts.  Among this offering is stock of Tolsten specialised tools such as … Continue reading

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