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Victoria Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva

Victorian Companies Sweep The Field At The AAA Awards

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Victorian companies have swept the field at this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Association Awards (AAAA), taking out the majority of the Best New Product and Media awards and the prestigious Kim Aunger Young Achiever award.

Attending the awards at the industry banquet yesterday evening, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva said the automotive aftermarket sector was a significant and valued part of Victoria’s wider manufacturing industry that would continue to receive strong support from the Victorian Government in the 2011-12 Victorian Budget.

“The automotive aftermarket sector in Victoria is responsible for contributing around $2 Billion to the annual economy and employs some 9,000 people in our state alone.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

“The Victorian Government recognises the vital role the automotive aftermarket plays in manufacturing, distributing and supplying a range of products, from service replacement parts to appearance, comfort and performance accessories, tools and service equipment.”

“We will continue to provide a stable and pro-business, economic environment in which manufacturing businesses can invest and prosper.”

“The State Budget delivers $7.9 Million for technology-focused initiatives such as the establishment of formal commercialisation networks for collaboration and technology transfer, which will be of great benefit to the automotive aftermarket industry.”

“A major contributor to Victoria’s annual export revenue, a $3 Million funding boost for targeted export development programs, will also significantly support the sector.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

Mr. Dalla-Riva commended the award winners for their contributions to the Victorian and Australian automotive aftermarket segment.

Victorian 2011 AAAA Victorian winners include:

• Jason Oliver from Black Widow Enterprises Pty Ltd – Kim Aunger Young Achiever;

• Gates Australia – Terry Mahoney Excellence in Marketing Over $10 Million Annual Turnover Gold award;

• Robert Bosch Australia – Terry Mahoney Excellence in Marketing Over $10 Million Annual Turnover Silver award;

• Black Widow Enterprises – Excellence in Manufacturing Under $10 million Annual Turnover Gold award;

• Injectronics Australia – Excellence in Manufacturing Under $10 million Annual Turnover Silver award;

• AutoCap Australia – Excellence in Manufacturing Under $10 million Annual Turnover Bronze award;

• Penrite Oil Company – Best Print Media Advertisement and TV Commercial;

• Pedders Suspension – Best Website;

• Brown & Watson took out four categories:

– Best New 4WD Aftermarket Product for its Narva Driving Lamp Kits – ‘Extreme’ & Ultima 225;

– Best New Aftermarket Product (electrical) for its Projecta Pro-Charge Battery Charger;

– Best New Aftermarket Product (parts) for its Narva 7″ L.E.D Headlamp Replacement;

– Best New Packaging for its Narva Ultima 225 Driving Lamp Packaging;

• Pro Quip International – Best New Aftermarket Product (accessories) for its SeatSnug child safety device.

The AAAA coincide with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo from 12-14 May at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, one of Australia’s largest expos featuring 400 exhibitors over 21,000 square metres (5 acres) of floor space, many of whom manufacture in and export from Victoria.

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