NSW shines in Australian auto awards

16 May 2011

NSW companies won a swag of awards at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo in Melbourne last week. The awards were a highlight of the trade expo organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA).

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner congratulated the companies saying their success highlighted the strength of the automotive aftermarket in NSW – it’s a source of superior manufactured products and jobs.

“Innovative design by NSW manufacturers of a range of top quality motorsport and high performance products has seen many of these companies break into international markets.

“The Department of Trade and Investment has worked with many of these NSW manufacturers to help them grow their exports. That support includes participation in major international trade exhibitions and tailored advice from our network of export advisers.

“Australia’s automotive aftermarket exports over $650 million of equipment each year to markets as diverse as North Asia, the United States, the Middle East and Europe.”

The Department of Trade and Investment’s program of international trade missions and exhibitions offers export-ready NSW companies an effective way to identify new international business opportunities and to acquire the knowledge and connections critical to export success.

NSW winners:

Disc Brakes Australia, Silverwater − Winner of the Gold Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Over $10 million annual turnover and Winner of Best New Aftermarket Product (Performance). DBA is Australia’s largest manufacturer and exporter of aftermarket disc brake rotors. The company’s US office manages a network of distributors throughout the US.

DBA’s Managing Director Phillip Joseph was inducted into the AAAA Hall of Fame at the expo.

Richard Lennox, Chief Executive Officer, Tridon Australia, Silverwater, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tridon Australia manufactures and exports an extensive range of hose clamps and tools.

Nulon Products, Moorebank − Joint winner of Best New Aftermarket Product (Chemical) – Additives and Lubricants. A family-owned company, Nulon produces more than 110 high performance products, including engine oils, coolants, transmission fluids and speciality lubricants.

Valvoline (Australia), Wetherill Park − Winner of Best New Aftermarket Product (Chemical) – Car Care. Established more than 130 years ago, Valvoline supplies automotive and industrial products in more than 100 countries.

Redranger, Somersby − Winner of the Silver and Bronze Awards for Terry Mahoney Excellence in Marketing under $10 million annual turnover. Redranger manufactures replacement and performance suspension and chassis components that are also exported to the US, where the company has recently established an office, UK and Europe.

Gulf Western Oil, Penrith − Winner of the Best Radio Commercial. The company manufactures a wide range of automotive and industrial products for workshops, earthmoving, retail, agricultural and industrial markets.

Geoff Rosenbaum, National Advertising and Marketing Manager, Motospecs, Asquith – Winner of the Outstanding Service to the Industry Award. Motospecs supplies service parts to suit Australian manufactured vehicles and Japanese 4WDs.