- article submitted by Autocare
premier convention for the repair, service and parts sectors of the Australian
automotive industry, Autocare 2018, is set to be a must-attend event for the
nation’s crash repairers, with the collision repair stream of the convention
including a vast array of outstanding keynote speakers and educators. The
convention will be held on May 4 and 5, 2018 at the Sydney International
by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare 2018 is
presented by Diamond sponsor Repco and Platinum sponsor I-CAR. These companies
are joined by industry leaders such as SAPE, Lowbake and iBodyshop, together
with over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.
AAAA is delighted to announce that the Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims, will provide the opening keynote address
at Autocare 2018. Mr Sims’ address will outline the major findings and
recommendations arising from the ACCC’s market study into the new car retailing
industry and its implications for the Australian automotive aftermarket
industry, including their recommendation to introduce a mandatory data sharing
scheme in Australia.
2018 will also welcome the US-based Director of Industry Technical Relations from
I-CAR, Jason Bartanen, who will provide a detailed presentation on Collision
Repair Technology. Bartanen will share his extensive knowledge of the changing
nature of materials being used in automotive vehicle construction, along with
the impact of driver assistance systems, among other important issues. He will
also provide an educated insight into where the collision repair industry is
likely to be by 2023.
O’Brien from DNS Technologies will present a keynote session that will provide
tips to help you get off the business treadmill by looking outside the square
and identifying where improvements can be made to the poor cousin of investment
and advancement in body shop – the office.
Gerling, the Automotive Aftermarket General Manager of Bosch Australia and New
Zealand, will address the future of mobility in an address titled “Electrified.
number of informative panels have also been assembled for the collision repair
stream of Autocare 2018. These panel discussions will provide the collision
repairers of Australia with access to some of the most influential identities
of the industry. These include a Global OEM panel looking at the impact of advanced
driver assistance systems, which will provide attendees with an understanding
of how this technology is inter-connected within the vehicle, the importance of
correct diagnoses and recalibration, along with how this all relates to
approved repair procedures.
will also be a separate panel of OEMs, suppliers and I-CAR looking at the use
of materials that were once considered exotic, such as stronger and lighter
steel, aluminium and composites that have now found their way into the
mass-market. This workshop will discuss the impact these materials have on the
need for ongoing training and development of technicians and the necessity of following
recommended repair techniques.
representatives from a range of global automotive coatings companies will
discuss advancements in refinish coatings technology and their impact on the
application and drying processes.
panel of insurers and industry associations will debate the perennial question
on Choice of Repairer as they attempt to separate fact from fiction and provide
greater clarity to not only the repairer, but also the car owner.
panel of industry consolidators will discuss the trend towards consolidation in
the industry. While this continues to be one of the industry’s more
controversial issues, this workshop is designed to provide a forum for the
sharing of views to demystify the impact it has on the industry and bring some
reality back to the discussion.
included in the Autocare 2018 program is a panel of developers and future leaders
who will discuss the talent gap and what the industry is doing to reignite the
passion for what has become a strong and professional industry.
pre-eminent provider of industry training programs, I-CAR, along with being a
Diamond Autocare Convention partner, has an integral involvement in the collision
repair stream of this education-led industry event, together with many more
will be joined by several of the collision repair industry’s biggest names,
including Lowbake Australia, who will have their portable spray booth in
operation, demonstrating their long-term commitment to the development of the
industry. They will also be providing live demonstrations of refinishing
technology at the venue’s unique outdoor deck display area.
who’s who of the collision repair industry will also have trade display areas
at Autocare 2018, including 1Q1, Axalta Coating Systems, Bodyline Imports
(Autolac), Car-O-Liner Australia, Dent Wizard Tools, DNS Technology, Fix Auto
Australia, GPI Automotive Products, Henkel Australia, Kemppi Welding Machines,
Nippon Paints, Quotimation, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Sydney Automotive Paints
& Equipment, Thatcham-Escribe, Truflow Spray Booths, Valspar Automotive
Australia, and many more.
convention also includes a gala dinner and live training and technical
demonstrations along with a special outdoor feature car display. The AAAA
anticipates that over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the combined
two-day formal convention program, free trade display and onsite activities.
All of this makes Autocare 2018 an education, networking and business
development event that should not be missed.
to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of the AAAA, the peak national body
representing the $14 billion Australian automotive aftermarket industry, the
scope and structure of Autocare 2018’s collision repair stream of presenters
and panels is truly impressive.
bumper Autocare 2018 schedule of keynote presentations and collision repair
industry sector-focussed speakers combine outstanding global and local
expertise with specific focus on market research, customer trends and emerging
technologies to ensure that attendees learn from their experiences and gain the
knowledge required to position their businesses to prosper in the future,” Mr
are delighted to have assembled such a strong group of industry, business and
research identities for the inaugural Autocare Convention in Sydney next May,
which should not be missed for those who seek a long and successful future in
the Australian collision repair industry,” he added.
2018 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre on May 4 and 5,
2018. Attendees are encouraged to register early to attend the collision repair
stream of the event across both days at the early bird reduced cost of $200
(incl GST) per delegate, or you may select to attend one day of the convention
at the cost of $110 (incl GST) per delegate for registrations made by midnight
on March 15, 2018. Following that date, the standard registration rates are
$240 (incl GST) for two days and $135 (incl GST) for one day.
full Autocare 2018 Convention event and program information, online
registration, secure payment portal and accommodation booking service can be
viewed at www.autocare.org.au.