Denso is looking for garage partners to join its new air conditioning service repair network.
The company, which has been operating a similar network in Spain since 2006, is now rolling out the concept in the UK and other countries in Europe.
Five A/C specialists have already been appointed in the UK.
According to Denso, there is a large and growing demand for A/C compressor repair in the independent aftermarket.
Around 85% of Europeâ€™s 200m vehicles currently have air conditioning installed.
â€œWe wanted to help solve the specialist A/C skills shortage, as well as moving repairers away from imitation and low quality remanufactured components,â€ said John Reid, the companyâ€™s field service engineer.
Garages that join the network will have access to Denso tools and the OE parts that are inside Densoâ€™s A/C Compressors.
They will also be provided with normally restricted OE technical documentation, including repair and test manuals.
Prospective members must complete a technical training programme before being accredited.