Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

CV winners at Irish Auto Trade Awards announced

The winners of the 2020 Irish Auto Trade Awards have been announced with a number of winners in the commercial vehicle category.

In the HCV / LCV Awards, sponsored by, M50 Truck & Van Centre won the HCV Parts Main Dealer of the Year, while DAF Distributors Ireland Ltd won the HCV Aftersales Main Dealer of the Year title.

The HCV / LCV Independent Workshop of the Year Award, also sponsored by was won by Rathcoole Commercial, while Blueprint Autos Ltd won the Independent Workshop of the Year Award.

In the Motor Factor of the Year Awards category, sponsored by SWSNI Ferdinand Bilstein / febiTruck won the CV Parts Manufacturer of the Year Awards and the Harris Group won the CV Parts Distributor of the the Year.

In the Workshop Awards sponsored by FixAuto Ireland, PJ Fallon & Son won the CV Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year

The Irish Auto Trade Awards will be presented at an invitation only event at Kilashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, on Thursday, October 17.

Auto Trade Awards 2020

Bodyshop Awards: Sponsor – Solera Audatex
Paint Brand Of the Year – PPG
Paint Distributor Of The Year: Autopaint Supplies Ltd.
Bodyshop Consumables Brand of The Year – Mirka
Bodyshop Tools & Equipment Supplier Of The Year – Car- O -Liner
Bodyshop of The Year – Mackins Accident Repair Centre

Tyre Awards: Sponsor – Compilator
Tyre Manufacturer Of The Year – Bridgestone
Tyre Distributor Of The Year – Kevin Burke Tyres
Tyre Retailer Of The Year – Togher Tyres

Motor Factor Awards : Sponsor – SWSNI
Wholesale Parts Distributor Of the Year – CD Group Ltd
Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer Of the Year – ZF Aftermarket
CV Parts Distributor of the Year – Harris Group
CV Parts Manufacturer of the Year – Ferdinand Bilstein / febiTruck
Motor Factor of The Year – Parts for Cars Blanchardstown

Workshop Tools & Equipment Awards : Sponsor – Fix Auto Ireland
Workshop Tools & Equipment Supplier Of the Year – Techplus Ltd
Hand Tools Manufacturer Of The Year – Snap-On Tools
Power Tools Manufacturer Of the Year – Milwaukee
Diagnostic Equipment Manufacturer Of The Year – Bosch
Tyre Shop Tools & Equipment Supplier – Equipco Ireland Ltd
CV Tools & Equipment Supplier Of The Year – PJ Fallon & Son

Main Dealer Awards : Sponsor –
Manufacturer / Distributor Of the Year Aftersales Programme – Toyota
Manufacturer / Distributor of the Year Trade Parts Programme – Ford
Aftersales Main Dealer Of The Year – MSL Service Centre (North Dublin)
Trade Parts Main Dealer Of The Year – Blackwater Motors

HCV/LCV Awards : Sponsor –
HCV Aftersales Main Dealer Of The Year – DAF Distributors Ireland Ltd
HCV Trade Parts Main Dealer Of The Year – M50 Truck & Van Centre
LCV /HCV Independent Workshop Of The Year – Rathcoole Commercial
Independent Workshop of The Year – Blueprint Autos Ltd

About our sponsors is the exclusive distributor of Mobileye, a unique range of Collision Avoidance Systems, which can be retrofitted on cars, vans, buses and HGVs.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are changing the way we drive. More and more we rely on these systems for our safety and security.

ADAS systems can only guarantee safety and security if they are fitted properly, by experts working under just the right conditions and with the right equipment. has the knowledge and experience through its staff and partners, and is backed up by a growing network of specialist calibration centres in Ireland which ensures ADAS calibration can be carried out in the safest of conditions, guaranteeing pinpoint accuracy.

The offering is rounded off by a comprehensive range of the latest dash cams, at competitive prices  to suit every pocket.

A family run business, operating since 1976, SWSNI, is highly regarded as a leading supplier of workshop consumables to Motor Factors.

The company’s vast range of consumables include: Abrasives, Adhesives, Sealants and Tapes, Air Lines and Accessories, Assorted Boxes, Batteries,  Brake Pipe Fittings and Tools,  Cable Reels, Car Care products, Cutting & Drilling products, Drive Boots, Electrical Assembly, Fast Track Tubing, Flat Washers,  Hose & Tubing, Hygiene & Safety products, Impact Sockets, Knives and Blades, Lighting, Lubricants and Grease, Lubricants and Paint, Number Plate Accessories, Self-Tapping Screws, Screws, Threaded Inserts as well as Storage and Welding products.

Operating to stringent quality procedures, the company sets its store out to offer a high quality level of service to all its customers.

SWSNI has been operating from its premises in Altnagelvin Industrial Estate since 1995 consisting of large office and warehousing facilities.

Fix Auto Ireland
Fix Auto Ireland, with a growing network of Bodyshops in Ireland offers an unrivalled value proposition for Irish consumers and work providers alike.

The franchise, part of Fix Auto World is developing strong relationships with work providers to simplify the claims process and promote transparency for consumers.

The Fix Auto brand is strong and distinctive and and is built on trust. Franchisees are at the cutting edge of the collision repair industry, and customers can expect the same quality body work and customer experience at each and every location.

Operations are led by Jonathan Penny, in partnership with Denis Dineen, both seasoned industry professionals with more than 60 years’ combined experience in the collision repair sector.

Solera Audatex
Founded in 1987, Audatex has redefined global knowledge and data insight for the vehicle repair industry. It’s integrated technology solutions allows the company to connect bodyshops, insurers and service providers – empowering all to make quicker, smarter decisions.

Through its innovative software portfolio, Audatex ensures the highest standards of efficiency for the automotive, home and pet industries. The comany’s smart technology products and services are backed by one of the largest databases in the world, creating an unmatched understanding of customer and industry needs – now and in the future.

Part of the Solera group, Audatex has access to leading industry experts, enabling it to deliver a unique offering of technology, consulting and shared services. Supported by Solera’s rigorous data analytics and six-sigma process discipline, Audatex’s international presence helps it to identify successful processes worldwide and tailor them to benefit customers in the local markets where they reside. Trusted the world over and active in nearly 90 countries, Audatex processes more digitised automotive insurance claims than the rest of the claims processing industry combined, with 320 million transactions annually – equating to eleven every second.

In order to continue to challenge expectations and deliver best-in-class customer satisfaction, investment is a key priority at Audatex.The company invests time, money and resources to improve its systems, shorten cycle times, reduce expenses and optimise efficiency.

Its ongoing programs of both data and product development keeps Audatex one step ahead of the curve, so that its clients always have access to the most advanced solutions in this inter-connected world.

Audatex’s mission started in 1987 and will continue into the years to come – to develop its expertise, apply its experience, and provide intuitive solutions for all the industries it enters, now and always. was established in 2006 to help buyers make an informed choice when buying a used vehicle, including imported vehicles, by providing a user-friendly and cost-effective vehicle data checking service.

The company introduced the National Mileage Register to Ireland which now contains 25 million mileage readings. It set up the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud and Theft Register in 2010 as a facility for insurers to make write-off records available to the trade and public, successfully lobbied the Government for introduction of dedicated legislative provisions in the area of vehicle “clocking” and it has been a consistent and vocal advocate for change in the industry including by calling for release of An Garda Siochana stolen motor vehicle data in the public interest and calling on the Government to regulate written-off vehicles in Ireland.

Cartell now provides products and services to all sectors of the automotive industry including vehicle manufacturers, insurers, financiers and the aftermarket.

The company is involved in other initiatives too: it has acted as title-sponsors of the International Rally of the Lakes since 2010. It also recently partnered an initiative in the field of electric and autonomous vehicles called Electronomous and a social media platform – is a totally independent company and fully Irish owned.

Compilator, formerly known in Ireland as TEAM Systems, is the sponsor of the Tyre Trade Awards.

Compilator was founded in 1995 by Anders Paulcén, who combined his experience from working in his family’s tyre workshop with his great interest in computers.

Compilator brought to market the first computerised tyre hotel in 1999, and is now the market leader for tyre trade and fast fit software solutions in Northern Europe.

Over the years, Compilator has developed solutions to continuously respond to new demands. It’s broad knowledge allows Compilator to understand your work day, as well as what drives your business.

With Compilator as a partner, you will always have access to an updated and easily managed system, with complete control of every step.

In September 2016, Compilator acquired Team Systems Ltd., and its affordable and easy-to-use solutions are used by more than 2,500 sites across the UK and in Ireland.

Compilator is focusing on development and innovation, assuring its customers that they will always be at the front of new technology.