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Irish Auto Trade Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2020 Irish Auto Trade Awards were presented at an invitation only event at Kilashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare yesterday, Thursday October 17.

In the Bodyshop category sponsored by Solera Audatex, PPG won the Paint Brand of the Year, while Autopaint Supplies Ltd, won the paint Distributor of the Year. Mackins Accident Repair Centre won the Bodyshop of the Year. Mirka won the Bodyshop Consumables Brand of the Year and Car-O-Liner won the Bodyshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year.

In the Tyre category, sponsored by Compliator, Bridgestone Ireland won Tyre Manufacturer of the Year. Kevin Burke Tyres won Tyre Distributor of the Year and Togher Tyres won Tyre Retailer of the Year.

In the Motor Factor category, sponsored by SWSNI, CD Group won Wholesale Parts Distributor of the Year, ZF Aftermarket won Automotive Parts Manufacturer of the Year and PartsforCars won Motor Factor of the Year. There were also wins for the Harris Group (CV Parts Distributors of the Year) and Ferdinand Bilstein UK (febiTruck).

In the Workshop Tools & Equipment category, sponsored by Fix Auto Ireland, Techplus Ltd won the Workshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year, Equipco Ireland won the Tyre Shop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year and P.J. Fallon & Son won the CV Tools & Equipment Supplier of The Year. Snap-On Tools won the Hand Tools Manufacturer of the Year, Milwaukee won the Power Tools Manufacturer of the Year, and Bosch won the Diagnostic Equipment Manufacturer of the Year.

In the Main Dealer Awards, sponsored by, Toyota won the Manufacturer / Distributor Of the Year Aftersales Programme and Ford won the Manufacturer / Distributor of the Year Trade Parts Programme. MSL Service Centre (North Dublin) won the Aftersales Main Dealer of the Year and Blackwater Motors won the Trade Parts Main Dealer of the Year.

In the HCV/LCV Awards, sponsored by, DAF Distributors Ireland won the HCV Aftersales Main Dealer of The Year and M50 Truck & Van Centre won the HCV Trade Parts Main Dealer of The Year. Rathcoole Commercial won the HCV/LCV Independent Workshop of the Year and Blueprint Autos Ltd won the Independent Workshop of the Year.

Auto Trade Awards 2020

Bodyshop Awards: Sponsor – Solera Audatex

Paint Brand of the Year: PPG (L-R) Stewart Myles, Head of Crash Repair at Audatex UK Limited, Mark Lawless (PPG), model Erin and Brian Bruen (PPG)
Paint Distributor of the Year: Autopaint Supplies Ltd (L-R) Stewart Myles, Head of Crash Repair at Audatex UK Limited, Tommy Harford (Autopaint), model Erin and Ciaran Fox (Autopaint).
Bodyshop Consumables Brand of the Year: Mirka (L-R) Stewart Myles, Head of Crash Repair at Audatex UK Limited, Stephen Bell (Mirka) and model Erin.
Bodyshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year: Car- O -Liner (L-R) Stewart Myles, Head of Crash Repair at Audatex UK Limited, model Erin, Theo English and Shane Fitzgerald (Car-O-Liner).
Bodyshop of the Year: Mackins Accident Repair Centre (L-R) Stewart Myles, Head of Crash Repair at Audatex UK Limited, Paul Mackin and Patrick Mackin (Mackins Accident Repair Centre) and model Erin.

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: PartsforCars 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 of the Year: Equipco Ireland Ltd
CV Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year: P.J. 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
HCV/LCV Independent Workshop of the Year: Rathcoole Commercial
Independent Workshop of the Year: Blueprint Autos Ltd

About our sponsors

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 company’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. 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. also provides the latest in telematics solutions with live real-time camera tracking. The offering is rounded off by a comprehensive range of the latest dash cams, at competitive prices to suit every pocket.
Cartell is Ireland’s first and most comprehensive automotive data supplier. Established in 2006, Cartell helps consumers make an informed choice when buying a used vehicle, including imported vehicles, by providing a user-friendly and cost-effective vehicle data checking service.

Cartell introduced the National Mileage Register (NMR) to Ireland which now contains over 32 million mileage readings. It set up the Motor Insurance AntiFraud and Theft Register (MIAFTR) in 2010 as a facility for insurers to make write-off records available to the dealers, consumers and the automotive industry, 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 calling for the 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 which deliver tailored vehicle intelligence data to insurers, financiers, parts suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, and all sectors of the automotive industry. The vehicle data range has continued to expand, now spanning Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands and Malta, with further coverage expected.

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 – Cartell is a totally independent company and is 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.

Fix Auto Ireland
Fix Auto Ireland, with a growing network of Fix Auto Bodyshops & Novus Glass Windscreen Centres in Ireland, offers an unrivalled value proposition for Irish consumers and work providers alike. The franchise, part of Fix 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 is built on trust. Their partners are at the cutting edge of the collision repair and autoglazing industry, and customers can expect the same quality of work and customer experience at each and every location.

Operations are led by Jonathan Penny (Managing Director), Denis Dineen (Network Director),Trevor Lee (Head of Operations Fix Auto), together with Stephen Maher (Head of Operations Novus Glass), all seasoned industry professionals with more than 100 years’ combined experience in the collision repair and autoglazing sectors.


Search Workshop Supplies (SWSNI) is Ireland’s leading supplier of Workshop Equipment and Consumables, offering a ‘complete solution’ for the Motor and Commercial Vehicle Industry since 1976. SWSNI is a Trade Distributor to the Commercial, Haulage, Quarry, Plant and Public Transport industries and Wholesale Distributor to Motor Factors nationwide.

Specialists in Garage fit-outs and leading Irish Distributor of major commercial vehicle, car and van equipment brands, supported by a vast Consumables product range, SWSNI manufacture tailored Pre-Pac Merchandising ranges, to include – Auto Consumables, Auto Abrasives, Auto Weld, Auto Wash and Auto Trim Clips.

SWSNI has been operating from its premises in Althnagelvin Industrial Estate since 1995, and operating to stringent quality procedures, the company sets out to offer a high quality level of service to all its customers.