Industry returns as it embraces WAI support

Buying groups, motor factors and independent garages have all embraced WAI’s new range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and vehicle sanitiser kits as the industry returns to a ‘new normal’ during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of three layer face masks, KN95 masks and face cloths along with over 2000 vehicle sanitiser kits have all been distributed into the automotive aftermarket and WAI managing director, Richard Welland has been delighted with the response so far.

He said: “It’s been an extremely difficult and distressing two months for everybody in the automotive aftermarket and wider world. We have, through our global footprint, reputation and supply chain expertise been able to get the market moving again in the safest way possible.”

WAI has introduced the STERI-7 brand into the automotive aftermarket with a brand new vehicle sanitiser kit. Technicians simply need to spray the ready-to-use disinfectant inside the vehicle, follow the instructions and close the doors.

A few seconds later bacteria, viruses and spores on that surface will be eradicated up to 99.99%.

Once it has been left to dry, a reactive barrier is created on the surface, which will then regenerate to give up to seven days’ added protection.

The product has been tested, and is effective against many commonly occurring bacteria, yeast and viruses that are known to be highly transmissible and can result in infections and illnesses.

Users are recommended to use 50ml per use, meaning there is enough per kit for 100 vehicles. The STERI-7 vehicle kit also comes complete with a five-litre pump sprayer, 100 ‘This vehicle has been sanitised’ stickers and a pack of 10 disposable masks.

David Clarke, managing director of Autosupplies Group, said: “These kits are enabling us to offer additional reassurance to garages and in turn local motorists by sanitising the inside of their vehicle after it has been worked on.

“WAI has gone above and beyond to help keep automotive aftermarket businesses operating during the pandemic and we’re very pleased to bring this solution to our customers – independent garages – as they continue to service and repair vehicles needed for essential travel.”

Hayley Pells of Avia Autos, Automechanika Birmingham Garage of the Year, said: “I’ve got mine. Thank you for putting this together. How do we fit parts if we can’t do it safely?”

This was echoed by Vic Clarke, owner of AutoCentre Rushden, who said: “We’ve promoted the kit’s use on our local area’s Facebook page, and we have already had six MOTs booked in because of this. It adds confidence to our team and customers.”

WAI has also been able to source and donate much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to charities, hospices and hospitals across the UK.

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