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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Philips completes the ranks of UK Top Garage and Top Technician Partner Brands for 2021

Date: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Lumileds, the developers, manufacturers and marketers of Philips automotive lighting products globally, are proud to announce that Philips Automotive Lighting has become the final name included as a main sponsor partner for this year’s Top Garage and Top Technician awards scheme.

As an OE supplier of lighting for one in every three new cars manufactured in Europe, Philips products have always been associated with quality in the automotive sector. This message is now set to be further advanced through this new partnership.

Becoming a main partner of Top Technician and Top Garage fits perfectly with the Lumileds and Philips ethos that quality is vitally important, and that excellence of product and service not only gets the job done well, but is also likely to provide customers with the best, most cost-effective solution for their needs. Everyone involved is proud to be part of this initiative to promote excellence in the UK marketplace and keep advancing garage standards.

This is the mindset that has brought Philips Automotive Lighting to Top Technician and Top Garage as Lumileds UK and Ireland Country Manager, Richard Armstrong explains.

“We want to align ourselves with the UK’s top workshops and technicians, because these are the people who understand the ethos that excellence is a key to success - and it can’t be taken for granted, it needs to be earned.”
“This event is not only about skills and business acumen, but also the celebration of all the independents up and down the country,” enthuses, Philips Automotive Ambassador, and Chief Judge for the Top Garage awards, Andy Savva - ‘The Garage Inspector’. “I’m thrilled that Philips Automotive Lighting, certainly the most trusted name in vehicle lighting, is supporting the competition as one of the main sponsors.”

The format of the awards means that Philips vehicle lighting products will actually feature in the competition as part of the practical assessments, particularly with Top Technician, which includes various tests that the entrants undertake at both the semi-final and final stages.

Ten years ago, the Philips Workshop Lighting range was born - using high quality LED lighting from the outset which offers mechanics optimal and comfortable light to work on a job without tiring the eyes. Since then the range has developed using new technology to constantly improve the various types of light and lamp designs that make up the Philips range. The semi-finalists and finalists of Top Garage and Top Technician will get to use the latest generation of Philips workshop lighting and inspection lights.

“Philips workshop lamps are constantly evolving,” explains Richard Armstrong, “so the opportunity of working with those, at the top of the profession, who will use our lights, gives us valuable feedback to help ensure future generations of Philips products are as good as they can possibly be.”

The Semi-finals of Top Technician and Top Garage will be in September with the Finals and awards ceremony on October 8th.

Entries close on 31st May and more details of how to enter can be found at