The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association staff and members were saddened to hear of the recent passing of industry stalwart Peter Armstrong
Peter was extremely popular amongst his peers in the Automotive Aftermarket fraternity and was highly respected by all who knew him.
Peter commenced his career in 1965 with Patons Brake Replacements (PBR) as a Sales and Marketing Cadet and progressed to become a Technical Representative in the power brake equipment department.
In 1971 he moved to Canada to a position of Sales Representative with Repco Auto Parts, Canada and was transferred to Repco Parts USA in 1974. Peter spent the next five years with the automotive industry in a managerial position with Mandrake Management Consultants, Toronto, Canada.
He returned to Australia in 1981 to take up the position of Victorian Sales Manager with Better Brakes, and in 1985 was promoted to National Sales Manager and transferred to their Head Office in Sydney. In 1987 Peter was employed by Melbourne Clutch and Brake as NSW State Manager to create a NSW division for that company.
Peter joined Independent Brake Supplies (IBS), in 1993 as the National Sales Manager overseeing the five state branches. It was then renamed IBS Auto Solutions upon acquisition by Australian Truck & Auto Parts in 2008 which itself was renamed to Australian Automotive Distribution (AAD), at which time Peter was appointed General Manager of IBS. During the later parts of Peter’s working life he then as a result of structural changes became State Manager for AAD in NSW, which incorporated the Sydney sites of the three businesses that were previously known as ATAP, IBS and Partco. Peter remained in this position until his retirement in August 2019.
Peter was the past Chairman of the NSW brake specialist division of the Motor Traders Association (MTA) and past National Chairman of the brake division.
Peter was a National Councillor of the AAAA for 17 years and was President of the Association from 2000 to 2002. He was inducted into the AAAA Hall of Fame in 2013.
Peter is survived by wife Jan and sons Craig and Shaun. He was father-in-law to Dianne and Pop to Tianna.
Staff and members of the AAAA extend their condolences and sympathies to Peter’s family.