More than 630 guests attended the third annual Irish Auto Trade Awards at Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Saturday night. Big winners on the night were 247 Lighting, which scooped the Parts Manufacturer of the Year title and J&S Automotive, which landed the Wholesale Parts Distributor of the Year title.
Bobby Kerr pictured during the Auto Trade Expo 2016 Awards.
Volkswagen and Ford came out on top in the Manufacturer / Distributor categories. Volkswagen Group Ireland – Trade Link won the Manufacturer / Distributor of the Year – Trade Parts programme, while Ford Ireland won the Manufacturer / Distributor of the Year – Aftersales programme.
On the night Walshs Toyota, Kilkenny won the Aftersales Main Dealer of the Year crown, and JDM Trade Parts won the Trade Parts Main Dealer of the Year.
In the Bodyshop section Sikkens scooped the Paint Brand of the Year, National Autoparts won the Paint Distributor of the Year title for the third consecutive year, while Indasa landed the Bodyshop Consumables Brand of the Year award.
Other bodyshop award winners included ShopBodyshop Direct, who were awarded the Bodyshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year title, and Cromax who won the Bodyshop Refinishing Innovation.
Goodyear Dunlop won the Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, while Mullingar-based Mileage Tyres won the Tyre Distributor of the Year. Techplus won the Tyre Shop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year for the third consecutive year. Bridgestone won the Tyre Innovation Award for its DriveGuard tyre.
Tools & Equipment
PJ Fallon & Son retained the Workshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year title, while Snap-on won the Hand Tools Manufacturer of the Year. The were joint winners in the Power Tools Manufacturer of the Year category with Universal Air Tools (Techplus) and Sealey ( HBA) sharing the honours. Bosch landed the Diagnostic Equipment Manufacturer of the Year title.
Truck & Bus Awards
Finol picked up its second Transport Parts Distributor of the Year title in three years
Bridgestone won the Tyre Innovation Award, Continental took the Tool Innovation award, FAG won the Transport Parts Innovation, Federal Mogul Motorparts won the Green Innovation and Bosch landed the Parts/Components Innovation.
Modern Tyres in Boucher Road, Belfast won the coveted Tyre Retailer of the Year title, while Laverty Motor Factors took the Motor Factor of the Year title.
The Bodyshop of the Year award went to Pratt’s Bodyshop, Carlow, while Donnellan’s Auto Services won the Independent Workshop of the Year award.
D. Dennehy Ltd won the HCV Aftersales Main Dealer of the Year, MUTEC won the HCV Trade Parts Main Dealer of the Year and Rathcoole Commercial won the LCV / HCV Independent Workshop of the Year
The final award of the night – the Exceptional Achievement Award – went to Gilbert Tunney MBE, founder of GT Exhausts, who received a rapturous standing ovation as he went up to collect his well deserved award.