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The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) today announced Mr Neville Gibb, the President of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia, has been appointed AMIF Chairman for the next two years.

“I am honoured to be elected by my state and territory colleagues into the role of National Chairman of the Australian Motor Industry Federation. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge and express deep appreciation to outgoing Chairman, Maurie Pinfold, from the NSW Motor Trades Association, for his considerable contributions and leadership during the formative two years of the Federation” Mr Gibb said.

“I look forward to working with all state and territory Motor Trade Associations, the Victorian and Tasmanian Automobile Chambers of Commerce, and AMIF Chief Executive Officer, Richard Dudley, to further progress the retail automotive sector in Australia.

“There are many challenges facing our members, like the body repair industry which is currently responding to an evolution in technology and the constant pressures of forced cost reductions by insurers. 

There are also a number of issues facing the new car sector due to the large number of imported brands sold in Australia and the ability of local dealers to continue to be profitable as a result. And the independent service station sector continues to face the might of the supermarket giants, which AMIF has and will continue to fight to ensure the sector remains competitive.

“All these issues and many more need appropriate policy responses and as Chairman of AMIF I will continue to work with my state and territory colleagues to progress them further. I will also continue to follow-on the good work already completed in AMIF’s ‘Automotive 2018 – An Industry at Crossroads’ platform and will continue to drive the issues identified,” he said.

Neville Gibb is a prominent new car dealer from the South Australian rural centre of Jamestown. The Gibb family has been members of the South Australian Motor Trade Association for more than 50 years. Neville has been a member of the MTA-SA board since 1997, President of the South Australian Association for the last three years and Deputy Chairman of AMIF. During his time Neville has seen a large number of changes in the retail, service, repair and recycling sectors of the Australian automotive industry, including the significant technological advances and has gained a deep understanding of the issues facing the industry. He has overseen a number of key policy issues for the MTA in South Australia, and has been significant contributor to MTA-SA’s push for mandatory vehicle inspection scheme at change of ownership among many other state and national issues.

Further Information: Richard Dudley, CEO AMIF 0412 146 828