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Hella Australia celebrated another record result for
the last financial year with increased returns across
all of the company’s divisions.
The automotive lighting equipment manufacturer has managed
to achieve growth in all of its major business divisions while also
meeting and exceeding stringent Hella Group operational key
The company can also report increases in Hella Australia’s
local and export original equipment design and manufacturing
business, coupled with the continued success of the constantly
expanding Hella Mining product range.
The Australian division of this privately-owned multi-national
company claimed it sets global benchmark levels of efficiency,
quality and customer service.
Hella Australia CEO, Olavi Rantala, said Hella Australia
enjoyed another record result despite the very challenging
“This is a direct result of our clear vision of introducing
aftermarket products that meet our customers’ requirements while
also offering premium quality with dedicated customer service
and support,” he said.
“We are proud to support our many loyal customers, who, in
turn, have supported Hella Australia across many years.”
Mr Rantala said the company was proud to bring the world’s
best automotive lighting aftermarket products to Australia.
“Our local manufacturing and design expertise will continue to
further develop innovative lighting products that are delivering
high value to both local and global customers,” he said.
Along with vehicle based lighting products, Hella Australia
also made major sales with the Australian designed and
manufactured Hella Hypalume LED floodlight along with the Hella
AS 5000 LED worklamp.
Hella Australia’s team of dedicated employees and management at the
company’s manufacturing plant and head office in the Melbourne suburb of
TO CEASE LOCAL
Marshall Power has advised employees of the company’s
intent to cease its local battery manufacturing in
Edinburgh North, South Australia.
This announcement affected factory employees, with manufacturing at the
plant planned to conclude by the end of 2014, when the site will operate as a
“This was a very difficult decision and not one made lightly. We are very proud
of our manufacturing history and to lose some of our dedicated team members
is always a last resort. We must ensure long-term viability and sustainability for
the larger employee group,” Marshall Power Australasian Sales and Marketing
Director, Andrew Duncan, said.
A meeting of all employees took place at the plant in early February and
counselling and outplacement services were offered.
The business owns a range of leading automotive battery brands including
Exide and Marshall, which will continue to be sold across Australia and New
Zealand. Some of these products have been manufactured locally while others
have been imported.
The business will continue to supply Australian car manufacturers and our
Australasian aftermarket customers.
“This announcement is not attributable to any one specific factor and is not
related to any decisions made by Australian car manufacturers. This is a
commercial decision taken by our business,” Mr Duncan said.
I-CAR ANNOUNCES FULL
TIME INSTRUCTOR IN
I-CAR Australia CEO Richard Pratt
recently announced the engagement
of a fulltime instructor to operate in
the Victorian market.
Mr Pratt said Jason Trewin had joined I-
CAR’s fulltime staff as a local instructor and
will operate from an office in Thomastown.
“Jason has been an I-CAR Instructor for a
number of years and is well known in the
Victorian market,” Mr Pratt said.
“His presence will not only improve our
ability to deliver, but it will also provide
additional support to what is already a strong market for I-CAR.
“The consistent growth experienced by I-CAR continues right across Australia
and following the recent I-CAR board meeting, planning to open additional
regional offices to meet demand has already commenced.
“Overall planning for course delivery will be facilitated out of head office in
Brisbane, but Jason will have a degree of flexibility which will allow him to work
closer with our member network in Victoria.”
Mr Trewin can be contacted at email@example.com
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