Au­to­care con­ven­tion a suc­cess

Motor Equipment News - - PANEL & PAINT -

The Aus­tralian Au­to­mo­tive Af­ter­mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion’s (AAAA) in­au­gu­ral Au­to­care Con­ven­tion held at the begin­ning of May at Sydney’s In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre has been hailed a ma­jor suc­cess.

Pre­sented by Plat­inum Spon­sor Repco and Di­a­mond Spon­sor I-CAR, along with a host of Gold, Sil­ver and Bronze spon­sors, Au­to­care 2018 has proven it­self to be a very im­por­tant and much needed ad­di­tion to the Aus­tralian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try event land­scape.

The in­au­gu­ral Au­to­care Con­ven­tion saw more than 2,000 au­to­mo­tive pro­fes­sion­als from me­chan­i­cal re­pair busi­nesses join their col­li­sion re­pair and parts sup­ply col­leagues, uni­fied in their de­sire to be well pre­pared for the cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges of this con­stantly evolv­ing in­dus­try.

Me­chan­ics, tech­ni­cians, panel re­pair­ers, man­age­ment staff and busi­ness own­ers from ev­ery Aus­tralian state and Territory were rep­re­sented at Au­to­care 2018, along­side del­e­gates from New Zealand and fur­ther abroad.

More than 600 Au­to­care 2018 del­e­gates at­tended more than 50 con­ven­tion ple­nary ses­sions, sem­i­nars and train­ing events that were con­ducted through­out this ma­jor two-day, ed­u­ca­tion-driven event.

Many more took ad­van­tage of the free Au­to­care Con­ven­tion trade ex­hi­bi­tion that fea­tured more than 100 com­pa­nies, along with free hourly train­ing ses­sions and demon­stra­tions tak­ing place on the Au­to­Mate and I-CAR train­ing stages and the Low­bake por­ta­ble spray booth within the con­ven­tion.

The suc­cess of this in­au­gu­ral ed­u­ca­tion led au­to­mo­tive af­ter­mar­ket con­ven­tion has laid the foun­da­tions for the plan­ning to be­gin on the next Au­to­care Con­ven­tion, sched­uled to take place in 2020 ac­cord­ing to AAAA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Stu­art Char­ity.

“We firmly be­lieved that the in­dus­try needed an event like Au­to­care with it’s pri­mary fo­cus be­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to as­sist busi­nesses to adapt to the dis­rup­tion and change that is tak­ing place through­out the in­dus­try. The out­stand­ing suc­cess of Au­to­care 2018 con­firmed this, giv­ing us the con­fi­dence to work on mak­ing the Au­to­care 2020 Con­ven­tion even more ben­e­fi­cial for our mem­bers and the in­dus­try as a whole,” he said.

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