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Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Australia believes that it has a responsibility to
assist in the education and training of automotive mechanics.
This is particularly important in
relation to the technical advances in
LuK Clutches and LuK Dual Mass
Flywheels now being used in modern
drive train systems.
This also applies to the wide
range of INA Engine Components
and FAG Wheel Bearing products
along with correct diagnosis and
Placing this initiative into action,
Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket
Australia Product Manager Brett
Sage was joined by the company's
Automotive General Manager Pierre
Marshall on a training visit to the rural New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga to provide
detailed product and repair training to their TAFE College automotive technician
apprentices and students recently.
The presentation addressed frequent issues encountered due to incorrect clutch or
dual mass flywheel replacement, while also pointing that these components are fitted as
original equipment to millions of vehicles worldwide, so these are the parts they will be
replacing as mechanics.
With one of every four cars manufactured being fitted with a LuK Clutch, this provides
an indication as to how this also applies to many cars on Australia's roads.
Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Australia also provided Wagga Wagga TAFE with
parts for its interactive engine and drive train training unit, including a LuK Dual Mass
Flywheel and LuK Self Adjusting Clutch.
Mr Marshall said the Australian vehicle population was changing at an unprecedented
rate, with many more European cars in both the passenger and commercial vehicle
"It is the apprentices in training now who will come across many of our advanced
products in the line of their work," he said.
"We know that TAFE colleges do not always have access to the latest clutch, engine
component and wheel bearing products, nor the latest information relating to the problem
diagnosis and replacement of these high tech parts, so we are pleased to assist them in
providing training and information."
Mr Sage said as one of the world's leading spare parts suppliers for the independent
automotive aftermarket, the company was pleased to assist apprentices and mechanics
across the country with detailed product information and replacement and diagnosis
training, while also introducing them to the tools that are available to assist them.
"The fact remains that many of our automotive technicians entering the industry have
either never seen or worked on advanced components such as our advanced LuK Self
Adjusting Clutches and LuK Dual Mass Flywheels, despite the fact that replacement of
these components will be commonplace for them now and even more so in the future,"
The presentation at Wagga TAFE included information relating to the types of engines
and drive train systems being used in modern cars, from the most economical to the most
prestigious, and light to heavy commercial vehicles.
Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Australia offers detailed training sessions to
automotive educational and vocational institutions and automotive repairer groups to
assist new and current technicians.
To find out more, contact Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Marketing Specialist
Allanah Poole on 02 8977 1017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE SMALL
The 2012 Australian International Motor
Show, held in October, was home to the
eagerly anticipated new look unveilings
for some small cars with big names.
An impressive number of manufacturers
selected the Sydney show to display new looks for
their small stars including the all-new Toyota
Corolla and the next generation Volkswagen Beetle.
Holden and Ford have both expanded their
small-mid size car ranges with Holden unveiling
the Barina CDX, the first in its range to feature its
new MyLink infotainment system while Ford also
took the wraps off the brand-new Focus ST.
Also unveiled ahead of their return to
Australian roads were the all-new Mitsubishi
Mirage and Nissan Pulsar, with Opel using the
show to confirm it will be bringing the Astra OPC
Honda revealed its newest small car variant,
the Jazz Hybrid whilst Suzuki Australia also had a
one-off Suzuki Swift concept taking centre stage
on its stand.
"New vehicle sales data from this year reflects
a continued increase in popularity of light, small
and medium-sized vehicles in Australia," Event
Director, Russ Tyrie, said.
"Manufacturers are across this trend and it is
definitely reflected on the floor of the show with
many unveiling new looks to existing popular
models and others unveiling brand-new small cars
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