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A series of free online automotive air-conditioning webinars that took place in early June are now available to view online. Topics covered include system diagnosis, variable displacement compressors and the future of refrigerants, delivered by Michael Ingvardsen, who is president of VASA’s continental counterpart MACSPartners Europe and technical training manager at Nissens Automotive. Among the Continue reading Recordings of free auto-AC webinars now online

Workshops hard-hit by COVID-19 but appreciate government assistance, optimistic about future

The automotive service and repair industry has experienced a downturn caused by COVID-19 that is worse than that of the retail sector and almost as deep as that facing hospitality, according to survey data from the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association. However, Australian workshops are reportedly more satisfied with government assistance than all other small business Continue reading Workshops hard-hit by COVID-19 but appreciate government assistance, optimistic about future

NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

As part of national COVID-19 relief measures, the New Zealand Transport Agency is allowing vehicle owners a reprieve on mandatory Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) checks until October 10, but the NZ Motor Transport Association warns this could result in years of havoc for both workshop owners and motorists if left unrevised as lockdown restrictions lift. Continue reading NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

Latest automotive refrigerant survey from RRA

Since 2013, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia has worked with VASA member workshops to conduct regular surveys of which refrigerants are installed in vehicles that are having air-conditioning work done at metropolitan and regional locations around the country. The study records how many vehicles are charged with R134a, R1234yf, hydrocarbons and mixtures of hydrocarbons with other refrigerants. Continue reading Latest automotive refrigerant survey from RRA

Refrigerant Reclaim Australia launches educational video series

Although it may be preaching to the converted among VASA members, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia has launched a series of videos aimed at raising awareness of the important role played by HVACR technicians and contractors in preventing environmental damage. Presented in a light-hearted and humorous manner, but with a serious message, the videos explain the benefits Continue reading Refrigerant Reclaim Australia launches educational video series

AAAA, HVIA push for auto repair and parts to be classified ‘essential business’

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia are campaigning for the government to include automotive parts and repair services on the ‘essential business’ list, enabling them to remain open under lockdown conditions in order to support emergency vehicles, essential transportation services and those who will need to support the most vulnerable members Continue reading AAAA, HVIA push for auto repair and parts to be classified ‘essential business’

MACS Worldwide celebrates 40 years

VASA’s North American counterpart, Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide, celebrated its 40th anniversary with more than 700 attendees, 37 speakers and 70 exhibitors at its recent training event and trade show in Nashville. MACS president and chief operating officer Elvis Hoffpauir said the anniversary was celebrated “in grand style” and included a visit to Continue reading MACS Worldwide celebrates 40 years