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The Repco Group, the largest supplier in
the Australasian automotive aftermarket
parts and accessories sector, has
celebrated the opening of its 400th store in
Australia and New Zealand.
Since its inception more than 90 years ago, Repco
has pioneered the automotive parts industry in
Australia, providing car enthusiasts and mechanics
with expert knowledge and an unmatched range
stocking the very best products available in the market.
“We have been a part of every key milestone in
Australia's motoring history and now we are proud to be
rewriting the history pages with the opening of our
400th store across Australia and New Zealand,”
Executive General Manager of Repco Australia and
Strategic Marketing and Merchandise Australia and
New Zealand, Gary Dunwell, said.
“We continue to set high standards of customer
service for the industry and are proud to do it better
than anyone else, all thanks to our unmatched parts
portfolio, our loyal suppliers, our 400-strong network of
stores and world-class distribution centres covering all
states and territories across Australia.”
To celebrate the 400th store milestone, key Repco
suppliers including Bosch, Bendix, Castrol, Clutch
Industries, Gates, Monroe, Nolathane, PBR, Proex,
Ryco and Whiteline are offering a series of exclusive
promotions and giveaways for Repco trade customers,
all featured in Repco's Trade Solutions.
The Repco Group welcomed three new stores on
board in recent months, including the opening of new
stores in Baldivis in Western Australia, Braeside in
Victoria and the relocation of the Melton store in
Melbourne's western suburbs.
VACC URGING FEDERAL
GOVERNMENTS TO REVIEW
The VACC was disappointed to learn that GM Holden will cease production
in Australia in 2017 and is urging the Federal Government to review the
VACC Executive Director, David Purchase,
said Holden was an iconic brand that has
manufactured “wonderful” Australian cars for
nearly 70 years.
“This would have been a very difficult
decision to make,” he said.
“It’s a huge blow to the state and national
economies and we trust the 1600 workers in
South Australia and 1300 workers in Victoria
losing their jobs will receive all the assistance
they need to transition to new employment.
“The news from General Motors is not wholly
unexpected, but this announcement comes at a
time when the Productivity Commission is
reviewing automotive manufacturing in this
The VACC has also reiterated its call for state
and federal governments to review the whole
In support of its national association, the
Australian Motor Industry Federation, the VACC
has repeated its call for a considered approach
to how the entire automotive industry will look in
“We are pleased to hear that Holden will
retain sales, parts distribution centres and its
design studio in Australia after 2017,” Mr
“What we need now is for all automotive
industry parties, including the retail sector, to
be involved in mapping out a sustainable
industry for the future.”
The VACC also believed car buyers should
not be put off by Holden’s announcement.
Among VACC’s more than 5000 members
are new and used car dealers, many of them
“History shows us that when Mitsubishi and
Ford announced they were ceasing car making in
Australia, the popularity of the brands did not
diminish,” Mr Purchase said.
“We expect Holden’s VF Commodore and
Cruze, in particular, to be just as appealing to
car buyers this week, as they were last week.
“The Holden range includes many great cars
and buyers should not be concerned about
buying a Holden, the availability of parts,
servicing or the brand’s resale value.”
ITS AUSTRALIA APPOINTS
ITS Australia has launched its international ambassador program to help
promote the 23rd Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress.
The 2016 ITS World Congress to be held
at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition
Centre from October 10-14 is expected to
attract more than 5000 delegates.
In preparation for the event, ITS Australia
have appointed 11 global ambassadors to
help promote the event.
On behalf of ITS Australia, Chief Executive
Officer Susan Harris thanked the 2016 World
Congress Ambassadors for their time and
“We look forward to engaging more people
from more countries to this important role,”
“We are grateful to have the support of a
growing network of high profile ambassadors
from around the globe who are committed to
working with us to promote the 23rd World
“Many of our World Congress ambassadors
have experienced our unique lifestyle and
environment, so in addition to promoting the
benefits of the 2016 World Congress program,
they are able to make their own personal
contributions to the ambassador role.”
Ms Harris also believes the 2016 ITS
World Congress will bring the world’s leading
transportation, infrastructure and Intelligent
Transport Systems (ITS) academics and
executives to Melbourne.
“In addition to ITS businesses, the
congress attracts the full range of industry
stakeholders, including academia, business
and private users of the technologies and
government officials,” she said.
“Scores of international colleagues have
already expressed strong interest in visiting
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