Like MACS Worldwide, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, with festivities to take place at the Autocare 2020 convention that will take place at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 19 and 20.
The AAAA has announced the full speaker line-up for Autocare 2020, again splitting the presentations into three ‘streams’ aimed separately at technicians, workshop owners and automotive suppliers.
For technicians, the topics will include: ‘CAN BUS Diagnostics and Automotive Programming Using J2534’, ‘Forward Thinking – 5 Ways Repairers Must Take The Initiative – Now’, ‘Hybrid Vehicle Training’, ‘Scan Tool Data Interpretation and Oscilloscope Fundamentals’ and ‘DPF Forced Regeneration Not Required’.
Topics for workshop owners comprise ‘3 Ways To Connect With Your Female Audience’, ‘Planning Succession For Your Business’, ‘Challenges & Opportunities In The Australian Automotive Repair And Service Industry’, ‘Driving Business Performance – Maximising Business Tools To Increase Profit’, ‘Find And Keeping Great Employees – What Can You Do Better?’, and ‘Future Technologies’.
For those in the supply chain, the sessions will be: ‘Vehicle Modifications – The Future’, ‘How to Sell to Women Who Love Cars’, ‘Challenges & Opportunities in the Australian Automotive Repair And Service Industry’, ‘The Future Of Digital Marketing’, ‘Transport Challenges Of The Future’ and ‘Trends In Automotive Product Development, Testing & Validation’.
VASA Vice-President Brett Meads will deliver session in the “Mechanical Repair – Technical” stream at 1.15pm on Friday June 19 entitled “Forward Thinking – 5 Ways Repairers Must Take The Initiative – Now”.
Brett will talk about how the proliferation of hybrid and electric vehicles is causing a convergence of automotive technologies, providing well-prepared repairers with opportunities not seen since we turned our backs on carburettors.
Brett will talk about how the convergence of air-conditioning, driveline thermal management and electrical systems, as well as the rapid emergence of other technologies, is delivering significant opportunities now and into the future.
One thing is clear: Automotive diagnostics is about to come in from the cold and take centre stage in workshops. Brett will describe how this is incredibly positive news for repairers and outline how the changes will demand strong diagnostic skills and reward them with strong workshop revenue.
VASA will also run an exhibit in the trade show area of Autocare 2020, access to which is free for those in the automotive industry.
Early bird tickets to the educational sessions are $165 for a one-day pass or $275 for a two-day pass until April 30, after which prices increase to $220 and $330 respectively.
Learn more and book tickets: www.autocare.org.au