The below information applies to businesses in metropolitan Melbourne areas affected by the Stage 4 lockdown. It has been interpreted from publicly available information and advice compiled by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). Please call Business Victoria on 13 22 15 if unsure about your situation. Note: Full COVID-19 resources in the VASA members Continue reading Stage 4 lockdown advice for automotive businesses in Melbourne

AAAA COVID-19 Webinars

AAAA COVID-19 webinars

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association produces excellent, informative webinars to help its members navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and related government support. AAAA has kindly agreed to share these webinars with VASA members through the members-only section of the VASA website. VASA will update this page every time a new webinar is posted. Please also see Continue reading AAAA COVID-19 webinars

Sainsbury's refrigerated delivery truck using Dearman technology

Sainsbury’s is participating in a unique trial involving a zero-emissions cooling unit for a refrigerated delivery truck as the British supermarket giant aims to dramatically reduce its carbon emissions and cooling supplier Dearman looks to prove its engine technology. Well known for pioneering refrigerated truck technology, including a three-year field trial currently underway using Carrier Continue reading Dearman refrigerated truck tech trial

Scenes from 37th Open-ended Working Group Meeting in Geneva Photos by IISD/Mike Muzurakis (

Talks start for real in Geneva after years of deadlock By Refrigerants Australia executive director Greg Picker, reporting from Switzerland Negotiations on an HFC phase-down began in Geneva in April this year.  These talks are noteworthy because for the first time since the proposal to phase down HFCs was suggested in 2009, there was agreement Continue reading HFC phase-down hope

Singapore skyline

An investigation into a fatal August 2012 hydrocarbon refrigerant blast in Singapore has concluded, with the employer of the killed worker and their two injured colleagues fined $S150,000 ($A146,200). In a cruel irony, the workers were called to the job because Singapore authorities had issued notice of their intention to ban the use of hydrocarbon Continue reading $150K fine for deadly Singapore HC blast

Autodata wiring diagram

Autodata has added a series of updates in recent months including a host of new models, extra vehicle data – including at least 36 new air-conditioning wiring diagrams – and a range of feature enhancements. During March, 24 new models were added – including the Renault Megane (08-16), Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (12-16), Kia Sorento (15-16) and Continue reading Autodata adds more air-conditioning wiring diagrams

Microsocpe view of Vulcan Grip coating

A new industrial coating has caught our attention with its potential application for compressor pulleys and other automotive air-conditioning components, claiming benefits such as improved performance, reduced fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and greater durability. Dubbed Vulcan Grip and developed by US firm Extreme Industrial Coatings (EIC), the coating has been proven in heavy-duty agricultural Continue reading Pulley coating promises efficiency

Refrigerant cylinders F-gas

Australia’s federal government must consider emerging issues in Europe concerning refrigerant stockpiling and the need for accurate data as Australia moves towards an HFC phase-down. The government is expected to look to the EU as the model for fluorinated gas regulation aimed at dramatically reducing F-gas emissions – the target there being two thirds of Continue reading Australia must learn from massive HFC stockpile prompted by EU F-Gas regulation

Airgas refrigerant recycling

International study rates Australian stewardship Australia leads the world for refrigerant management but the UK has the highest refrigerant recovery rate, according to a research report published recently by the US Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Billed as the biggest attempt ever to determine the refrigerant ‘lay of the land’ on a global scale, Continue reading Australia leads the world at refrigerant management