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See you at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo!

Several members of the VASA board will be staffing the association’s booth at the 2022 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, located at stand U24, which is conveniently close to the seminar theatre, cafe and product showcase areas. All are welcome to drop by for a chat!

Expo registration now comes with an entry into a $3000 Visa gift card prize draw and there will also be a ‘Hot Shots’ competition for attendees who send in a photo from the event – 10 winners will be awarded a $1,000 Visa gift card. 

Recently announced for the Auto Aftermarket Expo is the opportunity of an exclusive first look at Australia’s soon to be released mandatory repair information sharing platform, direct from the expert who pioneered the technology.

Donny Seyfer, who is executive director of the United States National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will travel from the US to Australia for the expo, where he will deliver two seminar sessions.

He will share his considerable experience of data sharing in the US and demonstrate the system that will support Australia’s soon to be released Secure Data Release Model (SDRM). 

The Australian platform will be based on the tried and tested NASTF model that has been effectively facilitating the secure transfer of diagnostic and reprogramming information between vehicle manufacturers and independent repairers in the US for more than a decade.

SDRM will also provide repairers with access to immobiliser, pin and keycode information plus electric and high voltage vehicle repair information.

Another expo attraction will be the cutting-edge Workshop of the Future Pavilion, a world-first concept designed to fast-track the automotive industry’s understanding of, and transition to, servicing and repairing the future generation of vehicles.

Unlike anything previously seen in the industry, the Pavilion will visually resemble a future workshop and host a complimentary training program for attendees on the topics that matter from industry experts.

‘The Customer Experience’ session will focus on customer connectivity and be presented by Peter Rogers, National Manager of Repco Authorised Service. The ‘Running My Workshop’ seminar is hosted by Lesley Yates, AAAA’s Director of Advocacy and covers how to get EV ready, and EV accreditation. Jeff Smit, Technical Editor of The Automotive Technician will speak at the ‘Working on Vehicles of the Future’ session which will explain mindset, process and technical capability. 

Another two other sessions are titled ‘Workshop Equipment and Pass-Through Technology’ which covers the skills and equipment technicians will need, brought to you by Brendan Sorenson, Director at The Automotive Technician, and ‘Working with ADAS Technology’ which focuses on vehicle calibration, by Darren Todd, Senior Technical Trainer at Robert Bosch.

The sessions at the Workshop of the Future Pavilion compliment the expo’s main seminar series, which aims to educate the industry on the latest critical topics as part of the event’s mission to foster the sustainability and success of the automotive aftermarket.

Topics will range from mandatory data sharing to EVs, the skills shortage, business development and many more.

Expo registration and seminar bookings are free to those in the trade. Seminar capacity is limited so apply online now.

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