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Countdown to AAAA Expo begins with record industry body support

VASA is among a record number of Australasian industry bodies participating in the 2017 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo, which which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6-8 April 2017 and is again shaping up to be a must-see event.

In addition to more than 300 local and international exhibitors confirmed to showcase their wares, the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association of New Zealand, the Automotive Undercar Professional Association, the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers, Motor Trade Association of Queensland, the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia and the Specialty Equipment Market Association of the USA will be at the Expo.

Stuart Charity, executive director the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) that organises the Expo, said the event’s growing industry organisation engagement will “offer visitors extraordinary exposure to state of the art products, technologies, learning and networking opportunities”.

A number of side events such as VASA’s free R1234yf seminar and conferences of the Australian Automotive Service Dealers Network, Capricorn Society, Kmart Tyre and Auto Service, Monroe, Repco, Repco Authorised Service, Ultra Tune and the Automotive Undercar Professional Association compliment the Expo’s comprehensive educational program.

One topic that will be covered is “Finding and Keeping the Best Technicians”.

Facilitated by industry consultant Colin Bockman, in an interview style session, attendees will be able to ask questions of the panellists including Ron Atkinson of Future Auto Service Centres, Craig Baills of Highfields Mechanical and Offroad, Michael Murphy of Rapid Tune Chadstone and Rob Walker of Apprenticeships Matter.

These workshop owners will share the successful formulas they have adopted in their businesses. This session will run from 3.15pm to 4.00pm on Saturday 8 April, 2017.

Entry to Expo seminars is free and bookings are essential to help organisers plan seating arrangements and can be done at:

Mr Charity said that under the 2017 Expo’s theme of “Build a Better Auto Business”, the whole event “will be focused on helping service and repair businesses to improve and grow their operations”.

“That is why this is a trade only event. It is focused on you and your business. And entry to the Expo is free for industry professionals.”

As a trade-only event, admission is free for qualified members of the automotive industry and all visitors must register. Further information and registration is available at

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