Automechanika Birmingham 2019 attracts highest ever visitor attendance

12,145 automotive industry professionals visited the hugely successful 2019 event

Organiser says the event delivered on its promise of bringing the entire UK automotive industry together against a backdrop of innovation, technology and networking.

Feedback from exhibitors was overwhelmingly positive and, as a result, 87 percent of space has been reserved for 2021 where exhibitors include: Schaeffler, ZF, Valeo, NGK, HELLA, Delphi, Denso, BM Catalysts, Mann Hummel and YUASA.

Martyn Houghton, senior manager IAM at ZF Aftermarket, said: “Automechanika Birmingham was a resounding success for us.

“Must-attend exhibition”

“The event has now established itself as the “must-attend” exhibition for motor factors and garages in the UK automotive aftermarket.

“We could positively engage with a high-quality visitor and promote our extensive portfolio of brands, products and new technologies.

“We are already working on plans to engage with visitors for Automechanika Birmingham 2021.”

Nigel Morgan, managing director of Schaeffler UK’s Aftermarket division, said: “We had a packed schedule of top training, interactive exhibits and special guests over the three days and our stand was busy throughout, engaging fully with visitors on how we continue to innovate the automotive aftermarket and work with them to support their business.

“As Schaeffler always delivers one of the most exciting and innovative stands at the event, we are already looking forward to Automechanika Birmingham 2021.”

From extensive research carried out by event organisers Messe Frankfurt UK, it was clear that the market demanded a focussed event for the UK independent garage sector.

As a result, the launch of The Big UK Garage Event led to the highest number of independent garages and bodyshops attending an Automechanika Birmingham event.

Key decision makers and owners

The Big UK Garage Event attracted key decision makers and owners, who benefitted from an enhanced Seminar Programme offering free CPD technical training and the largest selection of exclusive giveaways, discounts, prizes and deals worth over £26,000.

Jack Halliday, Automechanika Birmingham event director, said: “This has been the best attended Automechanika Birmingham to date.

“Working with exhibitors, we have strived to offer visitors across the entire automotive industry an experience that supports the running of their businesses and one that they will continue to benefit from in the future.

“The event in 2021 is already shaping up to be another fantastic showcase for the automotive industry.”

With an improved visitor layout, Automechanika Birmingham featured over 500 exhibitors from 21 countries. 120 companies exhibited at Automechanika Birmingham for the first time.

There was also an abundance of well-known faces at this year’s show, with celebrity appearances from Lord Sebastian Coe, Guy Martin, Nicholas Hamilton, Edd China and some of British Touring Car Championship’s (BTCC) top drivers.

For the automotive aftermarket, the new Aftermarket Power Network event brought together the most influential leaders across the full breadth of the UK automotive aftermarket, as Lord Coe joined the launch event to address and network with leading industry peers.

The Aftermarket Hall featured the Retail Accessories Village, Bodyshop Zone and the debut of the Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships. Returning for the second year, Automechanika Connect provided the ultimate match-making tool, allowing visitors the opportunity to pre-plan meetings with exhibitors to maximise their time.

With new product launches dominating the Aftermarket hall, along with announcements of key distribution agreements signed between companies, the event offered more than 100 hours of training seminars and debates, hosting industry experts who delivered sessions covering daily workplace challenges, industry developments and advanced technology.

Returning for another year, the Vehicle Production hall hosted the increasingly successful “Meet the Buyer” and “Open Forum” events, hosted by SMMT.

The events were successful in bringing together automotive buyers and suppliers to build relationships between OEMs, tier one suppliers and the supply chain.

Automechanika Birmingham will return to the NEC on 8 to 10 June 2021.

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ZF Smart Service to transform diagnostics

Aftermarket business says it’s well prepared and ahead of the curve when it comes to megatrend solutions.

ZF Aftermarket says that its Smart Service app will, in the future, allow mechanics to carry out reliable vehicle diagnoses and basic maintenance, such as replacing brakes or resetting steering angle sensors (SAS), using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Extremely simple to use and operate, the Smart Service app is loaded to a mobile device, the device is connected using the vehicle’s OBD interface and they communicate via Bluetooth.

Having been successfully piloted in the UK, the next step is to introduce this innovative product to the wider UK market, followed by a European and then global launch.

Martyn Houghton, senior manager IAM at ZF Aftermarket, explains: “We know that in the past, many independent workshops have shied away from investing in expensive stationary diagnostic units.

“With ZF Smart Service, we have developed a particularly efficient workshop tool, a digital screwdriver, if you like, that no tool box should be without.”

Well prepared and ahead of the curve when it comes to providing solutions for megatrends such as mobility, safety, efficiency and autonomous driving, the business understands that with vehicles growing smarter and customers more demanding, the job of the workshop is becoming significantly more complex.

ZF Aftermarket believes that empowering and enabling the technicians of today with the correct tools, support and know-how will help secure the integrity of the aftermarket of tomorrow, benefitting all players.

Tailor-made product and service portfolios

Passionate in ensuring the modern technician is well-equipped to cope with the changing landscape, ZF Aftermarket delivers technical support, information & training through its ZF [pro]Tech workshop concept.

“We will see an increase in electrically powered vehicles and transportation systems that are highly automated or even driving autonomously, especially in urban environments,” explains Wayne McCluskey, technical training manager, ZF Aftermarket.

“As a manufacturer of the accompanying products in OE quality, we have first-hand knowledge. We designed a high-voltage (HV) training concept at an early stage – and have watched this become a bestseller in our comprehensive training program portfolio.”

The training gives workshop employees the necessary key competencies to master the complex range of topics surrounding future technology.

ZF Aftermarket’s modular blended learning concept ensures optimal success whilst reducing attendance time and lowering costs.

The training course offer is continuously updated in line with market need, and July 2019 will see the debut of: ‘Introduction to Electrical Engineering’.

Another new addition to the ZF [pro]Tech family is ‘start’.

Complementing, yet operating independently of the training courses, ZF Tech ‘start’ is a technical support and information hub which is available to garages via distributors for an affordable, one-off fee.

For further information, please click here.

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Coated brake discs brings longer lasting protection, reports Delphi Technologies

Delphi disc lasted 700 hours longer than OE and aftermarket brands during independent testing.

Delphi Technologies say its coated brake discs beat the competition during the test, lasting more than 720 hours of salt spray corrosion resistance, versus less than 24 hours for a premium black painted disc and the plain OE.

The added protection ensures a quality, long-lasting disc that installers can fit with confidence.

With no oil to clean off, they are much quicker and easier to fit, saving garages labour and service time too.

“We know the key to a profitable brake service is fast, right-first-time fitment,” says Neil Fryer, vice president, Global Marketing, Product and Strategy, Delphi Technologies Aftermarket.

“Our coated brakes are designed so they can be unpacked and installed straight from the box, saving valuable time and money.”

“We also understand that distributors and garages want the best products for their customers.

“The competitive testing proves what we’ve known all along – that with our coated brake discs, they can have it all – money-making repairs with products they are proud to recommend and install.”

An independent, specialist material laboratory conducted the head-to-head product testing, using a popular PSA application.

In accordance with ASTM B117-16 regulations, the lab put Delphi Technologies, the OE and five leading aftermarket competitor painted brake discs through 720 hours of intense salt spray exposure.

After 24 hours, the Delphi Technologies’ coated brake disc showed only moderate corrosion in a few areas.

It continued to perform strongly throughout the full test.

Disparity between fully coated, painted and plain discs

In sharp contrast, both the OE and a premium painted disc, suffered complete corrosion within 24 hours, and were withdrawn from the procedure, highlighting the disparity between fully coated, painted and plain discs.

“Cast iron brake discs are susceptible to corrosion from road salt, dirt and water,” explains Fryer.

“That’s why we apply an environmentally friendly water- and zinc-flake-based Geomet coating across the entire surface of our discs, including the top hat, outer rim, internal veins and friction faces.

“As these tests show, this significantly enhances protection.”

And, while painted or partially coated discs may look just as good when installed, any benefits are short lived.

Contaminants, especially during winter months, can quickly and easily penetrate the paint or any unprotected surfaces, leading to corrosion and accelerated wear and tear.

In addition to increased protection, Delphi Technologies’ coated brake discs also offer significant advantages for the installer.

Because there is no oil to clean off, technicians can simply unpack and install straight from the box.

The strong Geomet coating on the hub mounting surface, also makes brake disc removal easier, because there will be less corrosion, and therefore less adhesion.

“These tests prove it’s what’s on – and under the surface in terms of engineered quality and durability – that counts when it comes to brake discs,” Fryer adds.

To learn more about Delphi Technologies’ brake disc lineup click here.

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New Garage Wire survey to snapshot state of business for independent garages

Take part in this short survey to give a ‘snapshot’ of the state of the aftermarket

Garage Wire has launched a new ‘state of the aftermarket’ survey aimed at finding how business is for independent garages.

A simple structure asks garages to rate business now compared to six months ago and to estimate how business will be six months in the future.

The answers for range from ‘much worse’ to ‘much better’ enabling a simple average to be taken on garages’ perception of how things are now compared to previously and how optimistic they are about the future.

“The reaction of the independent aftermarket to wider economic trends has always been complex,” said managing director James Onions.

“The feeling now seems to be that consumers are nervous about the UK economy and their personal finances may be under pressure but then driving is absolutely essential for many people too.”

Historically the aftermarket has proved relatively immune to fluctuations in the economy.

Whilst downturns dramatically effect new car sales, independent garages and the wider supply chain have been seen to benefit as drivers’ hold onto cars longer, incurring more maintenance needs and turn to independents in great number to service older cars and to save money over franchised dealers.

“The big difference this time is probably Brexit uncertainty,” added James.

“There’s a lull now in media coverage but many motorists may be reluctant to spend or apprehensive about the future.”

The survey can be completed in 5 minutes by following the ‘More Details’ button below.

The aim is to take the temperature of the market at six month intervals. Results will be shared in the near future.

Take part in the survey now.

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Croydon garage adopts board of shame to deal with non-paying customers

Garage Wire reports Fiat 500 owner currently named and shamed after failing to pay bill for clutch and master cylinder replacement

MOTaPlus Ltd in Croydon has taken to naming and shaming non-paying customers by writing their name and vehicle details on a white board located outside the workshop for all to see.

Garage owner, Gary Pritchard told GW that he adopted the board “out of principle” after helping a customer only for them to bounce a cheque for a £40 MOT.

“Put it up out of principle”

He said: “I first put it up out of principle after a customer came in for an MOT following a recommendation.

“She called us up, desperate for a test because she didn’t have an MOT but it was a Saturday and we were fully booked up.

“To help her out though, we told her to come down and we’d get it done to get her out of trouble.

“We MOTd the car and it failed on a couple of bulbs and a few other small bits, which we put right and didn’t even charge her for it.

“She wrote a £40 cheque out for the MOT and off she went.

“A couple of weeks later, we noticed the cheque didn’t go through and after looking into it I found out that she parked around the corner and stopped the cheque.

“From there on, the board has stayed up.”

Amuses genuine customers

Gary says the board has gone down well among his genuine customers, with many finding it amusing and even taking photos of it.

He added: “I’ve not had many on there at all and those that have been on there have had plenty of warning.

“It’s all about embarrassment.

“I trust everyone on face value and if they fail to pay I’d rather just embarrass them and warn other garages around here.

“It’s not about the money, it’s the principle.”

Currently the owner of a white Fiat 500 features on the board of shame after failing to pay two bills for a clutch and a master cylinder.

Gary said: “The lady that’s on there at the moment is local.

“I’d rather embarrass her than waste my time chasing”

“I know where she lives and I could go and knock on her door but I’d rather embarrass her than waste my time chasing her.

“We fitted a new clutch and we told her it had a fault on the slave and master cylinder but she didn’t want it repaired at the time.

“Of course, that soon failed but we put it right for her.”

The lady in question had already made a couple of payments towards her initial bill for the clutch replacement and made one more following the later repair but has since failed to make any further payment.

How do you deal non-paying customers? Share your comments and experiences below.

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REPXPERT INA and FAG training day gets 10/10 rating

Course covered INA belt system and FAG wheel bearing technology best practice, installation and problem diagnosis

Schaeffler’s latest training day at the REPXPERT Academy in Hereford has been rated ‘10 out of 10’ by one of the attending technicians.

Members were given some practical demonstrations before being set a number of tasks by REPXPERTs Tim Adams and Andrew Vaux.

One invaluable session was how to accurately install an INA timing belt tensioner on either a VAG 1.9-litre or 2.0-litre TDi, using the INA-designed stud alignment tool to help avoid potentially expensive belt system failures.

Tim and Andrew also showed the group how to change the timing belt on a Ford 1.8TDCi, illustrating how using best practice can help avoid system failure.

The pair revealed that the method can also be applied to Vauxhall, Honda, Renault, VAG, Range Rover and Iveco applications.

The delegates were also presented with INA front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) systems, incorporating multi-ribbed belts, overrunning alternator pulleys (OAP) and overrunning alternator decouplers (OAD), as well as the INA crankshaft pulley decoupler fitted to BMW, Volvo and Vauxhall applications.

Another aspect of the training was an analysis of different timing drive configurations, as well as the latest intelligent water pump designs and thermal management technology.

Switching to FAG, the REPXPERTs gave practical demonstrations of the Hub 2.1 (Gen.2) wheel bearing, showing how to use the special tools that are required to guarantee a safe and correct installation.

There was also a presentation about wheel bearing evolution, and how this humble part has evolved to help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

One of the attending technicians, Gary Butler-Holmes, said: “I learnt a lot, and the course refreshed my memory on key factors.

“Highly regarded by all technicians – a 10 out of 10 from me.”

John Hall added: “The two presenters certainly had a wealth of knowledge between them on the subjects and were more than willing to get stuck in.

“They not only discussed the topics but demonstrated them as well.”

David Painter said: “I do like to have a full understanding of what tasks I am giving my staff, so we can try to avoid making expensive mistakes.

“What was of particular interest to me was the VAG stud tool and the FEAD drive with OAPs.”

Automechanika Birmingham

Schaeffler will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham 2019 between the 4th and 6th June (19S140), and amongst the augmented and mixed reality exhibits, which will offer visitors the chance to experience the ‘garage of the future’, a series of new training dates will be announced.

As well as the popular INA and FAG module, there will be several new sessions that focus on LuK double clutches, which proved successful throughout 2018 and the early part of this year.

All these workouts are designed to prepare technicians for work entering their workshop now and in the future.

For further information about REPXPERT, please click here.

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Guy Martin to open The Big UK Garage Event at Automechanika

Mechanic, TV presenter and best-selling author to open most exciting event yet

Mechanic and motorcycle racer turned television presenter, Guy Martin, will officially open The Big UK Garage Event at Automechanika Birmingham 2019, held at the NEC from 4 to 6 June.

In what is shaping up to be the most successful Automechanika Birmingham to date, Morris Lubricant’s brand ambassador will “cut the ribbon” and open the doors to the launch of The Big UK Garage Event at 9.30am, welcoming visitors from all areas of the automotive industry.

On Tuesday 4 June Guy Martin will feature on Morris Lubricants stand K110 and also give a special interview at 1:45pm in the Aftermarket Seminar Theatre.

Lincolnshire born Guy Martin is a British motorcycle racer, truck mechanic and hands-on engineer best known for his successful motorcycle road racing career, and most notably for grabbing the headlines in the Isle of Man TT races.

But, in recent years, his career has taken off in a different direction presenting the series How Britain Worked and Speed with Guy Martin.

During the series Guy broke the British record for outright speed on a bicycle, hitting an amazing 122.4 mph and smashed the world gravity-powered sledge speed record.

2019 exhibition

With visitor registrations significantly up from this time in 2018, Automechanika Birmingham is set to successfully unite the automotive industry again this June.

The event then won’t return to the NEC before 2021.

Comprising main areas for the Aftermarket andThe Big UK Garage Event more than 500 exhibitors will pack into Birmingham NEC as they promote their products and services to the expanding visitor audience of independent garages, motor factors, retailers, bodyshops and dealerships

The Big UK Garage Event, geared towards helping garages grow their business will offer exclusive show deals, big giveaways and competition prizes worth over £26,000, plus celebrity appearances from 7 BTCC drivers and Edd China across the 3 days.

Garage perks

Garages will also benefit from free technical training in the Workshop Training Hub and Bodyshop Training Hub, all accredited by the IMI and enabling garages to add to their CPD points.

Major brands exhibiting include: Schaeffler, ZF, DENSO, MAHLE Aftermarket, Delphi Technologies, Valeo, Bosch, Hella, Bilstein Group, MANN + HUMMEL, NGK and Yuasa.

Other exhibitors include Snap on, Sealey, Launch UK, Hickleys, Pichler, Franklin Tools, Morris Lubricants, Hofmann Megaplan, Tool Connection, Stanners Garage Equipment and many others.

Jack Halliday, event director of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “It’s fantastic that Guy Martin is officially opening The Big UK Garage Event at Automechanika Birmingham 2019 and only adds to the buzz there is around the event as we countdown to it.

“There’s so much for visitors to see and do at the event – if there is one place to visit this year, The Big UK Garage Event will offer the most valuable day out of their business all year.”

Visitors can now book their free ticket by clicking here.

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Barking up the right tree: canine encounter inspired suspension bushes five times more durable than rubber

What does a dog called Suba have to do with polyurethane suspension bushes? Polybush explains how its products save the automotive industry and the NHS money

Polybush has claimed that its polyurethane suspension bushes have the ability to last up to five times as long as rubber alternatives, reflecting on the humourous beginnings the brand had to inspire its products.

The company essentially started at a Wrexham factory where Suba picked up a piece of polyurethane elastomer which ended up being her favourite chew toy.

Overtime, her owner Roy noticed that the polyurethane was completely untarnished and free of bite marks and this triggered a series of events.

Roy, having worked closely with suspension bushings before, began to think “if only bushes were as tough as that polyurethane, they wouldn’t need to be changed so often.”

Easier to fit

He approached manufacturers Bonaprene Products LTD, and together they began to create polyurethane bushes that – Polybush claims – were not only easier to fit, but far longer lasting than their metalastic counterparts, with varying benefits depending on design.

Very quickly, demand increased and the creation of bushes became a large operation, with many types of bushes being distributed internationally, as far as Columbia, the Middle East, Africa and India.

Due to the business growing so quickly, Roy (and Suba) had to make the difficult decision between selling the business and cruising the Mediterranean in his yacht.

At this point Bonaprene took on the bush business in its entirety and Roy set sail to enjoy his retirement.

Bonaprene kept the division separate from its own industrial activities naming it “Polybush”.

The Polybush division has its own dedicated design, marketing, sales and administrative staff.

The business has continued to grow over the years and is proud to manufacture OE products that are supplied directly into many types of industry including commercial and retail.

Ideal material for suspension bushes

A company statement said: “Polyurethane is an ideal material for suspension bushes as it is a combination of high tensile strength and elasticity, which translates into immense durability even in the toughest conditions.

“As well as no perishability or wear, it will spring back into shape effortlessly to absorb huge levels of shock making for a more comfortable ride.

“They require no special tools for fitment, have four-five times longer life span than rubber bushes, and are generally easier to fit.

“Polybush has solved many issues within different markets ranging from MOT failures, to costly recurring replacements on large fleets.

Huge cost saving

“An example of a huge cost saving is a bush that was designed for the ambulance market.

“The bushes were suffering premature wear due to their intense usage, but the parts required were not available separately meaning a full ARB and spring replacement was needed on a regular basis.

“Polybush was able to design a bush that solved the problem of premature wear, fitted perfectly into the current ARBs, and decreased fitment time significantly.

“This change saved the NHS £700 per-vehicle in parts alone.”

For more information on Polybush, you can call 01978 664316, visit the website here, or even head over to their factory in Wrexham.

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Automotive bulb performance upgrades provide unique sales opportunity for factors

OSRAM releases point of sale (POS) materials for factors and garages to stock latest products and upgrades.

OSRAM, the global automotive aftermarket lighting brand, has released a series of product upgrades and POS materials to support factors and garages, all of which are available from The Parts Alliance.

Lighting and signalling offer some of the most profitable opportunities in the automotive aftermarket, according to the brand.

In a statement, the company explained why their products represented a lucrative sales opportunity for the factors and garages. They said: “OSRAM is able to help garages, workshops and factors supplying and servicing the automotive aftermarket to maximise their profit potential from bulb sales.

“We know a thing or two about lighting.

“At the forefront of traditional and new trends in vehicle lighting, we are experts in the field.

Upgrade alternatives

“The full OSRAM portfolio allows garages and stockists to offer not only the same OSRAM Original Equipment (OE) product that was fitted when the vehicle was built, but also a choice of leading upgrade alternatives.

“Most recently, the relaunched range of PERFORMANCE upgrades – NIGHT BREAKER – allows drivers to maximise light on the road ahead to see further and ultimately be safer as a result.

“To assist garages, workshops and factors in adding value to their businesses, a full range of point of sale materials to stock and present the premium, OE-quality range is available.

Available from The Parts Alliance

“From rotating floor displays to compact counter displays, there is an attractive and organised way to stock, store and display these leading performance upgrade bulbs to suit everyone; all of which are available from The Parts Alliance and its members.

“All of the stands are supplied empty allowing flexibility to choose what bulb portfolio garages and stockists want to offer to their customers.

“Strategically placed, the displays will surely attract impulse buyers.

“‘Offer customers a choice and they are likely to upgrade’ is OSRAM’s motto.

Understanding product differences

“For years now, the tried and tested OSRAM Bulb Menu (available for both Halogen and HID (xenon) lighting technologies) is the perfect tool for understanding the difference between buying and fitting a standard OE bulb, and buying and fitting one that provides brighter, whiter light such as NIGHT BREAKER LASER (next generation) that produces up to 150 per cent more brightness.”

To differentiate between the bulbs on the market today, the Bulb Menu attempts to simplify OSRAM’s bulb offering, allowing consumers to make an informed choice in a bulb that is right for them.

For more details on the OSRAM product portfolio and sales displays, either email the company at automotive@osram.co.uk or visit the website here.

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Don’t miss your chance to be a ‘Garage of the Year’

The industry will gather 5th June to celebrate the achievements of independent garages across nine categories. Don’t miss your chance to win by taking a few minutes to enter – but hurry, there’s only a week to go before entries close…

Automechanika Birmingham’s ‘Garage of the Year’ awards are being hosted in association with Garage Wire at the National Motorcycle Museum on the 5th June. The deadline for entries has been extended until Sunday 5th May.

Sponsored by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) the competition is open to garages from across the UK and Ireland.

It takes just a few minutes to enter as many of the nine
sub-categories as garages want to, with the overall winner once again set to
receive £1,000.

All garages shortlisted in one or more categories will get two free tickets for the awards drinks and dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum. Located little more than a stone’s throw from the NEC, and with the awards event running from 7pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of independent garage excellence either before or after a daytime visit to Automechanika Birmingham.

The Parts Alliance are again sponsoring the ‘Best Small Garage’ category. Other categories include ‘Best Large Garage’, ‘Commitment to Training and Standards’, ‘Garage Owner of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Achievement’, ‘Auto-Mechanik’, ‘Best Community Initiative’, ‘Business Innovation’ and ‘Technical Innovation’

“We’re excited to be involved again,” said Simon Moore, Head of Marketing at The Parts Alliance. “We’re hoping lots of our garage customers, particularly those around Birmingham, will get involved and enter as it promises to be a great which will help showcase all the great work independent garages do as unsung heroes for UK motorists.”

Automechanika’s Garage of the Year awards forms part of the Big UK Garage Event at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham. This will include exclusive show offers, big giveaways, competitions and some celebrity appearances. The event gives access to over 500 leading suppliers.

Garages will also receive free parking and free breakfast on arrival for their workforce.

Entries can be made online now.

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