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Textar pledges to nurture young talent with IMI Skills sponsorship


Date: 23-Mar-2020

Premium commercial vehicle braking brand, Textar, is once again playing its part to nurture young talent in the motor industry by sponsoring the IMI Skill Auto 2020-21 competition. 

Skill Auto is a skills competition that can be entered by students and apprentices studying towards level three in automotive technology, body repair, refinishing and heavy vehicle engineering. 

As part of the sponsorship agreement – for the third year running –  Textar is offering hands-on experience to the students and IMI member events by hosting informative training talks and college visits. 

Commenting on Textar’s involvement in the competition, David Massie MIMI, Skills Competition Manager, said: “We would not be able to deliver the high standard of competition expected from us without the support from organisations like TMD Friction which brings specialist knowledge and expertise, helping us ensure we are following the latest procedures and practices in the challenges we set our competitors. The Skill Auto team is very grateful for the enthusiasm from people like Scott Irwin and his colleagues who have been outstanding in their commitment, not only to the competitions, but to enhancing the whole experience for all participants.”

Scott Irwin MIMI, Head of Technical Training at TMD Friction, added: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the IMI over the years. The team is incredibly dedicated to helping aspiring CV mechanics, which is something we are very passionate about as a company. Student mechanics are the future of the industry, so it’s important that they learn the correct techniques and best practice to keep themselves, and drivers, safe in the workshop and out on the road.” 

Textar also contributes to The IMI’s student portal, a resource for young mechanics to learn more about mechanical tasks, along with the technical processes and best practice that underpins them. 

Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI concluded: “TMD Friction are a great partner, who share our values with regard to the development and nurturing of young talent in our industry.  We are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.”

Textar friction products for commercial vehicles are a perfect combination of superior braking performance, long service life and low disc and drum wear. This first-class quality can be found across the entire range of more than 600 disc brake pads and drum brake linings for commercial vehicles.

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