The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced the official opening of its new Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) in Adelaide. The cutting-edge facility offers new technology and services to fast-track product development for the South Australian manufacturing industry.

Held on 29 April in Edinburgh, the AIC opening saw nearly 100 industry representatives, sponsors, dignitaries, and media come together to join this historic industry moment in a new ‘Centre of Excellence’. Underscoring the significance of the event for South Australia and Australian manufacturing, Senator Rex Patrick was the guest of honour, who symbolically cut the ribbon to declare the industry leading facility open for business. Patrick was joined by Jon Gee MP, State Member for Taylor; AIC Managing Director Luke Truskinger, and Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA.

“We are proud to launch this facility in Adelaide, a location that boasts a great number of innovative aftermarket companies,” said Charity. “This facility, in addition to the Melbourne AIC centre, is the culmination of eight years of passion and hard work, and opens up new product development opportunities for businesses, while playing a role in supporting the health of this great industry.

“Bringing these centres to life has been an incredible effort. I would like to thank the Federal Government’s commitment to manufacturing, and investment in these incredible facilities, as well as Senator Rex Patrick’s unwavering support. The vision of the AAAA and AIC Boards, and our hugely supportive Champion companies was crucial. Finally, our passionate AIC Managing Director Luke Truskinger, and the AIC team have worked wonders to activate these services in the market.”

For Truskinger, opening the South Australian facility is another exciting opportunity to further serve the aftermarket.

“We can’t wait to start utilising our unique technology, equipment and know-how to improve development capabilities of our diverse and exciting automotive aftermarket businesses here in S.A, nationally and beyond,” said Truskinger. “Our core purpose is business support, so we welcome enquiries on how the centre can directly assist with any bespoke business requirements.”

The AIC offers state-of-the-art robotic equipment to deliver premium vehicle testing services, including Sine-with-Dwell testing (ADR88/89) to validate ESC performance, and brake performance testing (ADR31/35). Product level testing includes vibration testing, hydraulic durability, tensile testing and a shock dyno, while additive manufacturing capability offers further product development opportunities.

The AIC offers a database of premium-quality vehicle scan data, thanks to high-tech scanning and processing equipment. The cutting-edge workshop is available for hire for company use, ADAS calibration, as well as for automotive training and education activities.