Time is running out to secure the last of the heavily discounted early bird tickets to VASA’s 2022 Wire & Gas conference, which will take place on the Gold Coast from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2022.
Wire & Gas 2022 promises to be a truly world-class event with speakers now able to travel from the United States and Europe to deliver an arsenal of knowledge and skills that will help attendees navigate the rapid technological change and hot competition facing the automotive repair sector.
The broad range of training topics, seminars and panel sessions on offer at Wire & Gas 2022 will also place attendees at the forefront of the accelerating hybrid and electric vehicle revolution – with the confidence that expertise in air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management systems will become increasingly valuable as more vehicles electrify.
Few are better placed to communicate this than world-renowned hybrid and EV repair expert Craig Van Batenburg from the United States, on his first-ever visit to Australia.
Full delegate passes are available from $985 inc GST for VASA members, with a further 10% discount available for multi-delegate bookings from within the same business. The discount on early bird tickets for VASA members is valued higher than the $199 cost of annual VASA membership.
Also, to help offset the inability of our New Zealand delegates to reclaim the GST on Wire & Gas ticket prices, VASA will apply a further 10% discount to tickets purchased by delegates from across the Tasman (as well as any multi-delegate discount).
Craig will be joined by Michael Ingvardsen, president of VASA’s European equivalent MACPartners and global technical training manager for Danish automotive thermal management manufacturer Nissens.
Stay tuned for further overseas speaker announcements for what will be a rare meeting of minds in the global automotive electrical and thermal management sector.
This international perspective will open a window into the future for Australasian Wire & Gas attendees, previewing what’s to come in this market and providing the unfair competitive advantage of learning from regions where vehicle electrification and the switch to new-generation refrigerants are much more advanced than they are here.
In the Wire & Gas spirit of future-proofing knowledge and skills in ways that can be immediately and profitably applied, the event will include a technical session with Michael Ingvardsen on variable-displacement compressors and the use of chemicals in air-conditioning systems, Clinton Brett of Diesel Help Australia will run training on diesel particulate filters and other emission control technologies and a leading trainer from The Automotive Technician (TaT) will teach advanced diagnostics using oscilloscopes and transducers.
Scene-setting panel sessions will bring together experts and visionaries from the world of automotive electrification, including Tim Washington whose companies Jet Charge and Chargefox are instrumental in building charging infrastructure, to exploring emerging opportunities with Bill Dunlop of GB Auto, Dave Budge of Jaunt Motors and Jeff Smit of TaT in converting existing vehicles to electric drive, as well as the kinds of skills, tools and other products required to maintain and repair the increasing numbers of electrified vehicles on Australasia’s roads.
AAAA government relations and advocacy director Lesley Yates will deliver a well-timed presentation about the unique Australian choice of repairer law that comes into effect on July 1, what it means for repairers, how it works and what the future might look like with new industries and new vehicles being included in the legislation over time.
In a seminar presented by Refrigerant Reclaim Australia general manager Kylie Farrelley, Wire & Gas attendees will also be updated on how they are contributing to a cleaner environment through Australia’s world-leading refrigerant stewardship scheme and how end-of-life vehicles fit into this picture.
Another highly topical panel session will be led by Refrigerants Australia executive director Greg Picker and feature experts in refrigerants, dangerous goods and workplace safety, to examine best practices and legal obligations when dealing with flammable refrigerants, including vehicles charged from the factory with R1234yf and arriving for service containing hydrocarbon refrigerants, as well as the position of and enforcement action by various agencies and authorities in the area of refrigerant safety.
Following great feedback to his performance at the 25th Anniversary Wire & Gas Gala Dinner in 2018, musician Keegan Sparke will again provide the soundtrack to our industry’s night of nights.