In­no­va­ti­on A­wards win­ners an­noun­ced

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Win­ners of Au­to­me­cha­ni­ka Jo­han­nes­burg 2017’s In­no­va­ti­on A­wards com­pe­ti­ti­on we­re an­noun­ced at the tra­de fair’s o­pe­ning at Nas­rec ne­ar Jo­han­nes­burg last Wed­nes­day, 27 Sep­tem­ber.

Six pro­ducts out of ne­ar­ly two do­zen that we­re en­te­red we­re ho­nou­red for their in­no­va­ti­ve qua­li­ties fol­lo­wing e­va­lu­a­ti­on by a ju­ry of au­to­mo­ti­ve ex­perts. The ju­ry con­sis­ted of Gi­de­on de K­lerk, (chair­man Par­tin­form), John El­l­mo­re (Re­tail Mo­tor In­du­stry - RMI), Da­vid Fur­lon­ger ( Fi­nan­ci­al Mail), Nor­man Lam­precht (Na­ti­o­nal As­so­si­a­ti­on of Au­to­mo­ti­ve Ma­nu­afc­tu­rers SA - Naam­sa), Re­nai Moo­thi­lal (Na­ti­o­nal As­so­ci­a­ti­on of Au­to­mo­ti­ve Com­po­nent and Al­lied Ma­nu­fac­tu­rers (Naacam) and Jak­kie O­li­vier, (RMI CEO). The a­wards we­re con­ve­ned by Wyn­ter Mur­doch, e­di­tor of Au­to­mo­bil.

The com­pe­ti­ti­on was o­pen to any re­cent­ly in­tro­du­ced au­to­mo­ti­ve pro­ducts which the ma­nu­fac­tu­rers or dis­tri­bu­tors dee­med worthy of re­cog­ni­ti­on. The ran­ge of en­tries in­clu­ded so­phi­sti­ca­ted e­lec­tro­nic au­to­mo­ti­ve pro­ducts, spa­re parts, tools and fu­el ad­di­ti­ves.

The gold cer­ti­fi­ca­te went to Bosch’s KTS Di­ag­nos­tic Te­ster which ju­ry mem­bers des­cri­bed as a small, su­per-ef­fi­cient de­vi­ce which pro­mo­ted di­ag­nos­tic com­pe­ten­ce and works­hop ef­fi­cien­cy u­sing sim­ple, quick and e­a­sy-to-o­pe­ra­te techno­lo­gy. The jud­ges said the a­bi­li­ty to quick­ly and accu­ra­te­ly di­ag­no­se vehi­cle pro­blems was in­te­gral to pro­fes­si­o­nal, high qua­li­ty re­pair work - and the KTS re­pre­sen­ted an ex­am­ple of a sta­te-of-the-art techni­cal aid. The u­nit is ma­de in Ger­ma­ny and was in­tro­du­ced in South A­fri­ca in A­pril.

The sil­ver cer­ti­fi­ca­te went to Mon­roe’s OE S­pectrum shock ab­sor­ber. It ma­de its pu­blic de­but at the tra­de fair. “To­day’s dri­vers ex­pect wor­ld-class con­t­rol and s­teer­ing re­spon­se, wit­hout the harshness as­so­ci­a­ted with ma­ny con­ven­ti­o­nal ri­de con­t­rol techno­lo­gies. Mon­roe has re­spon­ded with a shock ab­sor­ber for the af­ter­mar­ket which of­fers twi­ce the u­su­al num­ber of in­ter­nal tu­ning points to pro­mo­te dri­ving pre­ci­si­on, a­gi­li­ty and re­spon­si­ve­ness. “In this sen­se, the pro­duct helps to sup­port ro­ad sa­fe­ty. W­hat’s mo­re, it’s bac­ked by an ex­ten­ded fi­ve-y­e­ar war­ran­ty,” the ju­ry com­men­ted.

The bron­ze a­ward was won by Q­wer­ty Ty­re So­lu­ti­ons’ S­tr8-Lign W­heel A­lig­n­ment u­nit - a lo­cal­ly de­sig­ned and ma­nu­fac­tu­red por­ta­ble sy­stem which the jud­ges ra­ted highly for the pro­mi­se it sho­wed in de­li­ve­ring cost-ef­fecti­ve be­ne­fits for works­hop and in-the-field ap­pli­ca­ti­ons. De­ve­lo­ped in Dur­ban by star­tup or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on Q­wer­ty, the la­ser-ba­sed sy­stem took two y­e­ars to re­ach ma­nu­fac­tu­ring sta­ge. Sin­ce A­pril, it has been un­der­going tes­ts with vehi­cle ma­nu­fac­tu­rers, w­heel a­lig­n­ment spe­ci­a­lis­ts and in­du­stry bo­dies, a­mong them Toyo­ta Ga­zoo Ra­cing, T­ho­mas Ty­res, Su­paQuick and Tu­neTech BMW.

Highly Com­men­ded cer­ti­fi­ca­tes we­re a­war­ded to Gon­do­lier, for its Wal­com Car­bo­nio 360 S­pray Paint Gun, Jack­hub, for its e­lec­tro­nic vehi­cle jack and Wi­se Cracks, for its A­pol­lo Windscreen re­pair kit.

The re­pair kit is ma­nu­fac­tu­red in Port E­li­za­beth and was des­cri­bed by ju­ry mem­bers as “very ne­at, com­pact and cle­ver­ly thoug­ht out.” Their view was that it would pro­ve i­de­al for ser­vi­ce pro­vi­ders who tra­vel from cu­s­to­mer to cu­s­to­mer, whi­le re­mai­ning e­qual­ly han­dy for use in works­hop ap­pli­ca­ti­ons.

The Wal­com S­pray Gun is ma­nu­fac­tu­red in I­ta­ly. It was jud­ged to be well sui­ted to a va­ri­e­ty of pa­nel shop ap­pli­ca­ti­ons thanks to its er­go­no­mic de­sign, lig­ht weig­ht and ro­bust con­structi­on.

The Jack­hub e­lec­tro­nic jack was des­cri­bed as li­ke­ly to find fa­vour a­mong pri­va­te mo­to­ris­ts as well as in­du­stry pro­fes­si­o­nals for its sim­ple plug­in and jack-up sy­stem.

The a­wards we­re pre­sen­ted to re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of e­ach of the win­ning com­pa­nies by Kon­stan­tin von Vie­reg­ge, CEO of Mes­se Frank­furt South A­fri­ca, or­ga­ni­sers of Au­to­me­cha­ni­ka Jo­han­nes­burg.

From left: P­hi­lip Lutz (Mon­roe), Fran­cois Mou­ton (Jack­hub), Se­an Mul­ler (Q­wer­ty), Se­an Tow­sen (Bosch), Ca­rel Ven­ter (Wal­com), Quin­tin Brass (Wi­se Cracks).

From left are Wyn­ter Mur­doch (e­di­tor of Au­to­mo­bil and con­ve­nor of the a­wards), Se­an Tow­sen (Bosch) and Kon­stan­tin von Vie­reg­ge (CEO of Mes­se Frank­furt South A­fri­ca). P­ho­to: QuickPic

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