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In response to the critical skills shortage in the automotive industry, The Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW) is calling on the NSW government to explore alternative options for apprenticeship training. Despite low unemployment rates, the industry continues to face a severe shortage of skilled workers, making immediate government action crucial. The NSW Treasurer’s Continue reading MTA NSW looks beyond apprenticeships

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and its Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) facility are gearing up for the electric vehicle (EV) revolution with the launch of a new initiative in collaboration with the Victorian Government’s ZEV Commercial Sector Innovation Fund. As part of this collaboration, a Ford F-150 Lightning electric ute – the only commercially Continue reading AIC readying aftermarket EV support

Zenvo Automotive, the Danish hypercar maker known for its aerodynamically striking vehicles such as the TSR-S, which featured an innovative pivoting centripetal wing, recently revealed its collaboration with Mahle’s powertrain division to develop a bespoke V12 engine that promises to be the most powerful road-going V12 ever created. At the heart of the Zenvo Aurora Continue reading Bonkers V12 quad turbo hybrid!

A coalition of automotive industry leaders in New Zealand and the AAAA have joined forces to push for NZ to introduce mandatory automotive repair information-sharing laws similar to those now in force in Australia. The NZ Choice of Repairer campaign is aiming to raise awareness and garner support for this matter with New Zealand’s parliament Continue reading Choice of Repairer campaign goes to NZ

This year’s New Zealand OEX Grant Hand training takes place from September 23-26 September in Auckland and September 29-October 2 in Christchurch. Courses on offer comprise Fundamentals of Automotive Air-conditioning (basic course), Analysis of Automotive Air-conditioning Systems (advanced diagnostic course) and Earthmoving & Agricultural Air-conditioning Systems. All courses cost $NZ595 + GST and run for Continue reading Upcoming OEX Grant Hand training in NZ

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a reduction target for HFC refrigerants, aiming for a 40 per cent decrease below historic levels from 2024 to 2028. This EPA regulation aligns with the goals of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, which seeks to reduce HFC production and consumption by 85 per cent Continue reading USA Commits to 40 per cent HFC cut between 2024 and 2028

Eight of the HVAC industry’s top experts – three of whom are VASA directors – are about to embark on this year’s future:gas refrigerant seminar series, which starts in Adelaide on August 1. More alternative refrigerants and technologies are on the horizon as the global automotive industry grapples with the technical challenge of simultaneously keeping Continue reading future:gas starts on August 1 in Adelaide

PFAS proposals and F-gas revisions in the European Union threaten to cause serious challenges, and industry groups are urging their members to promptly alert legislators to these issues. Current drafts of the European F-gas regulation amendment and the suggested PFAS revisions pose a threat to the existence of many air-conditioning refrigeration systems, including those using Continue reading European industry faces tough PFAS and F-gas restrictions

More automotive industry bodies have pledged their support for the 2023 future:gas refrigerant seminar roadshow, with MTA SA/NT, MTA WA and VACC joining the AAAA, TaT, SAE-A and VASA alongside Refrigerants Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and the Australian Refrigeration Council in helping organise, fund and promote this important industry-led education initiative. Corporate sponsorship from Opteon, Continue reading Automotive leg of future:gas 2023 approaching fast!

New Zealand’s carbon market, part of the government’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), has hit a two-year low this June, with carbon unit prices falling to NZ$48 (AU$44) per metric tonne of CO2 equivalent from a peak of NZ$88.50 (AU$82) in November 2022. Although this is unlikely to affect the price of R134a in the short Continue reading NZ carbon price slump could reduce cost of refrigerants but raises other concerns