Australia’s Best Recognised At The Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards

The best and brightest of the automotive aftermarket industry were celebrated and formally recognised in two incredible awards events at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.

The Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards Banquet, presented by Platinum sponsor Burson Auto Parts is the aftermarkets most prestigious national awards event, and took place on Thursday evening in the spectacular Melbourne Room at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre’s.

The aftermarket industry’s night of nights is a major highlight of the Expo, with nearly 700 industry guests coming together to celebrate and recognise excellence in the automotive aftermarket industry across a wide range of award categories.

Three new awards were also introduced this year, the Automotive Sustainability Business Award, the Automotive Education Excellence Award and the Women At The Wheel award.

The evening also marked the opportunity to honour a number of worthy individuals: Anthony Kittel from REDARC Electronics received the Outstanding Service To Industry award, Lex Gelmi from Pedders Suspension & Brakes was awarded the Kim Aunger Young Achiever Award, while Margaret Dymond – Penrite Oil Company, and Jeff Smit – The Automotive Technician, became worthy inductees into the AAAA Hall of Fame.

The memorable evening was hosted by sports personality Russell Robertson, and TV presenter Neroli Meadows, with the evening’s soundtrack provided by DJ Emma Peters, adding to the buzzing atmosphere in the room.   

“The awards dinner was a truly special night that reinforces my admiration for this incredible industry. The vibe was electric, and importantly we were able celebrate and reward those achieving great things in our industry. Congratulations to all our award winners at the Gala, and the Innovation Awards Breakfast. It is inspirational for all of us.” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the Australian Auto Aftermarket Association. 

The Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards breakfast, sponsored by Ryco was held before the opening of the Expo on Thursday, and saw nearly 300 guests treated to an inspirational morning where the companies producing the most innovative products, services and campaigns in the industry were recognised.

The Auto Aftermarket Expo, proudly sponsored by Repco, is the nation’s largest automotive trade event, featuring 400 leading brands as well as comprehensive training and networking opportunities for thousands of trade visitors across 11 – 13 April.  

The 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards’ Honour Roll follows:

Excellence Awards

Kim Aunger Young Achiever
Lex Gelmi, Pedders Suspension & Brakes

Outstanding Service to Industry
Anthony Kittel, REDARC Electronics

Hall of Fame Inductee
Margaret Dymond, Penrite Oil Company

Hall of Fame Inductee
Jeff Smit, The Automotive Technician

Terry Mahoney Excellence in Marketing
Nulon Products Australia            

Excellence in Manufacturing
FMP Group       

Excellence in Export
REDARC Electronics       

Excellence in Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Award
Repco Authorised Service           

Automotive Education Excellence Award [NEW]
Clinton Brett – Diesel Help Australia       

Women at the Wheel [NEW]
Priscilla Robb    

Excellence in Repair & Service – Chain
Maryborough Service Centre (Repco Authorised Service)
Daryn, Petrina and Dana Brims

Excellence in Repair & Service – Independent Workshop
Radical Automotive, Cody McKay

2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards               

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (4WD)
Zeder Corporation – Upgraded Front Steering Knuckle Kit

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Accessories)
Brown & Watson International  – IDC25X DC to DC Charger

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Electrical)
REDARC Electronics – TVMS Rogue

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Parts)
FMP Group – General CT Rotors

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Performance)
Garrett Advanced Motion – Garrett G-Smart Module

Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product (Tools & Equipment)
CoolDrive Auto Parts –    Powerduction 37LG

Most Innovative Community Impact Program
mycar Tyre and Auto     

Most Innovative Marketing Campaign
mycar Tyre and Auto     

Most Innovative E-Commerce Solution
Zeder Corporation         

Automotive Business Sustainability Award [NEW]          
REDARC Electronics

2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo Stand Awards               

Best Stand 36 sq Metres or Under

Best Stand Over 36 sq Metres

CLICK HERE for a selection of photos of both awards presentations.


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