Media Release

South Africa's Leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry targeting Trade Visitors from the Sub-Saharan Region

6 - 9 May 2015
Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec

17th June 2015

Roger Houghton
Fax          +27 11 494 5004
houghtonr@mwebbiz.co.za
www.automechanikasa.co.za

Dave Stalker retires - A legend has left the building

Any industry, any organisation, any noteworthy project or successful partnership, is driven by personalities - lead and influenced by people. Sometimes those people are, or become, high profile, household names. But sometimes they exist, operate and thrive in the relative anonymity of the B2B world of service provision. No less influential, no less invaluable but often unrecognised.

SADFIA's (South African Diesel Fuel Injectors Association) Nuts and Bolts conference, held at this year's Automechanika Johannesburg, saw long overdue recognition shown to such a man, Dave Stalker, who is respected throughout the diesel injector community. He was presented with a trophy acknowledging his outstanding contribution to the field. A lifetime achievement award, if you will.

In a world seemingly determined to grimly hold on to secrets and cleverly conceal ideas, Dave Stalker, who retired in May this year, saw the value of information dissemination. Ironically, Dave attributes the very existence of SADFIA as the reason for his willingness to share this knowledge, stating that as a member of the association he could operate as a "neutral".

While he is also cognisant of and thankful for his position with Bosch - providing him with access to cutting edge tech - it was the "healthy rivalry" within SADFIA which pushed all involved to "move the levels of service and understanding forward".

Peter Nell - Product Manager Diesel & Turbo, MIDAS Group - is quoted as saying, "His dedication to training and sharing of knowledge will leave a lasting legacy." Ewald Faulstich - Director, Automotive Aftermarket South Africa - said that Stalker's "experience is irreplaceable" and will be "sorely missed"; while Andy Roth - Desamark Chairman and owner of Diesel-Electric Rand - commented on the void that Dave's retirement would leave in the diesel injection and vehicle repair fraternity.

When asked to reflect on the award which he'd been given, the predictably understated Stalker simply said, "It was unexpected and humbling. To be recognised by one's peers is a massive honour". I asked Dave what his wishes are for the future of the industry and his reply was unsurprisingly magnanimous. He is convinced that SADFIA-organised workshops - as opposed to corporate based initiatives - should command the future of the industry. Again, he suggests that working as a group, the diesel (and fuel) injection industry can better understand the technology and therefore provide increased levels of service.

Today, and in his short- to medium-term future, there is a 1972 MGB restoration project with Dave Stalker's name on it but he isn't walking away from the game completely. "I'll still have my hand (and my thoughts) in a few industry-related projects from time to time".


Background information on Automechanika Johannesburg

Automechanika Johannesburg is part of the global group of Automechanika automotive aftermarket business- to-business trade shows and business events with its portfolio of 15 trade fairs in 14 countries (4 continents).

Automechanika Johannesburg is licensed to SA Shows Messe Frankfurt (Pty) Ltd, part of the Messe Frankfurt Group. It is the largest event of its kind on the African continent and serves South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa since 2009

For more information visit www.automechanikasa.co.za

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers, generating around €550* million in sales and employing more than 2200* people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 120* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.

The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 per cent and the State of Hesse 40 per cent.

Further information on the company can be found at www.messefrankfurt.com
* preliminary numbers (2014)


Dave Stalker


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Roger Houghton on 012 998 1771 or at houghtonr@mwebbiz.co.za

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