AUTOMOTIVE repairers from across the West Coast gathered at the Ceduna Sailing Club on Tuesday, October 15 for the Capricorn trade industry night.
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Repairers from Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Penong, Smoky Bay and Wirrulla learned of the latest Capricorn developments, as well as meeting with suppliers from Adelaide.

Capricorn has met with local repairers before at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, but changed the format for this event, with a trade format with 10 suppliers followed by a sit down dinner.

Capricorn area manager Terry Brooks said the company trades under a cooperative approach.

“Members enjoy it because they get a 30 day instant credit trading account through a supply network of 1300 suppliers, including Repco, Bursons and Kumho Tyres,” he said.

“Capricorn provides an opportunity for members to network with like minded businesses and open their eyes to copious supply channels.”

Also present at the trade show was SA/NT sales manager Darren Arthur, who introduced Capricorn into South Australia in 1989 in Adelaide.

Since then it has grown to include nearly 14,000 members across the state.

Mr Arthur said it hasn’t been surprising to see how it has grown during this time.

“I’m not surprised about how it’s spread, but I’m surprised on how it’s been embraced by our country members,” he said.

“It’s now 24 years old in South Australia and continues to get growth.”

Many of the members present at the trade night spoke of why they have appreciated their membership with Capricorn.

Val Vowles of Streaky Bay Crash Repairs said it has made buying parts for their business much easier.

“We don’t have to worry where we buy parts from as we use the Capricorn book which lists all suppliers,” she said.

“Buying through the Capricorn scheme is also good because when we purchase parts we also get reward points, which end up as shares in the company.”

Noel Greatbatch of N & C Agricultural of Wirrulla said in the past it was difficult to buy parts at an efficient price.

“The fact was we couldn’t buy at an efficient price to be competitive,” he said.

“10 years before (becoming members) we had to fight to get a good price, with Capricorn we get a good price straight away.”

Local members appreciated the chance to catch up with suppliers from the city and gain information on the latest products.

BATTERY TALK: Andrew Nicholls of Ceduna Autopro (left) talks with Kym Vonthethoff of Independant Battery Distributors of Adelaide.

DISCUSSION: Ian Kuchel of Lakeside Nissan in Adelaide (left) talks with Darren Hocking of Hocko’s Auto Repairs in Ceduna at the Capricorn trade night.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES: Leon Veerhuis of Ceduna Machinery (centre) meets with Rod Crain of Repco in Port Lincoln (left) and Shawn Spargo of Australian Motors in Adelaide at the Capricorn trade night at Ceduna Sailing Club.

MEMBERS MEET UP: Rod Tonkin of Tonk and Jake Automotive in Ceduna (left) meets with Graham Rudloff of Hi Tech Diesel Injection from Adelaide at the Capricorn trade show at the Ceduna Sailing Club.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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