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The 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo - A showcase of innovation and economic strength. With exhibition space for the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo sold out, visitors will see and experience the largest display of vehicle repair and servicing equipment,... more.
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AAAA executive director Stuart Charity says these are the only awards of their type in Australia.
"Our aim is to acknowledge organisations and individuals who set the benchmark for industry performance," says Charity.
This trial agreement has failed to deliver tangible outcomes for the owners of Australia's 17.6 million motor vehicles," says Stuart Charity, executive director of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA).
AAAA executive director Stuart Charity says the 'Vehicle Data Sharing Federal Election Scorecard' being distributed nationally is a simple document listing of each of the parties' responses to the request for their policies. "We are heartened to see that all of these parties have stated their unequivocal support for the consumers' right to choose their preferred repairer," says Charity. Since the voluntary agreement on data sharing was signed in December 2015, only a handful of car companies have increased the availability of repair and service data to independent workshops via their websites. Only one out of the 68 car brands selling in Australia have fully complied with the voluntary agreement by sharing all the critical information required for today's vehicles, such as technical service bulletins and software updates and pin-codes for the many computers built into them. According to Charity: "Vehicle manufacturers have adopted smoke and mirrors tactics to stall access to technical data by independent workshops. As vehicles become more complex with each new model release, this limits consumers' choice of repairer by forcing them into the car manufacturers' dealership service centres. "The AAAA is satisfied that the positive responses from the political parties mean that regardless of the election outcome, the nation's vehicle owners and their independent repairers can now look forward to government action to ensure we have an open and competitive vehicle repair and service sector," says Charity. The event will see Senator Muir and AAAA executive director Charity launch the 'Choice of Automotive Repairer Code of Conduct'.
As CEO of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Stuart Charity explains, the practical benefits of his association's advocacy strategy have been demonstrated in recent months by two issues on opposite sides of the country that, if left unchecked and unchallenged, would have had a detrimental impact on members.
Stuart Charity said the Build a Better Auto Business theme is reinforced at this Expo with a comprehensive two day free seminar program designed to deliver proven ideas and techniques that you can actually implement into your business the following week.
"The industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. By selecting seminar topics from the... The post Seminars present practical business tips appeared first on Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo. Stuart Charity said the Build a Better Auto Business theme is reinforced at this Expo with a comprehensive two day free seminar program designed to deliver proven ideas and techniques that you can actually implement into your business the following week. "The industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. Well over 1,000 industry leaders will attend these combined events presenting an unrivalled networking opportunity. Stuart Charity said there are also other industry associations offering great co-located business networking and learning events. "With each Expo held, we enjoy increasing involvement from local and international automotive Associations and organisations. The Expo has become the regional hub for the automotive service and repair sector to get together," he said. Visitors wanting a relaxing break and refreshments while touring the exhibits will enjoy the Gates Australia sponsored free networking Happy Hour from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm on Friday 7 April. The Australian Automotive Service Dealer Network (AASDN) will host a meeting on Saturday 8 April at 10.30 am to explain the membership benefits this network offers workshop operators. The awards are organised by Expo host, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said these are the only awards of their type in Australia. The theme for the 2017 Expo is Build a better auto business - a timely topic in this period of change and challenge in the automotive industry. AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said technology will be an important focus of this Expo. "With today's vehicles virtual computers on wheels, workshops depend increasingly on high technology tools and equipment to service, repair and enhance these sophisticated vehicles," he said. "At the 2017 Expo, we will highlight those rapidly developing technologies with 300-plus exhibitors' product displays, an educational seminar program run over two days to allow visitors to pick the sessions that best meet their needs, and a range of networking opportunities. "In addition to all the best parts and accessories brands, the list of exhibitors for 2017 includes companies that work at the leading edge of system diagnostics, maintenance and repair. The products and services offered by these exhibitors are necessary to keep independent workshops in business in the future. "Visiting the Expo provides workshop owners, managers and technicians the opportunity to review a wide range of solutions in one location. You can talk to the suppliers and compare their products and services right there and then. "Your Expo visit will save time, help you research your needs in a convenient environment, and enable you to make decisions about which brands will work best for your business. A visit to the Auto Aftermarket Expo website provides the A to Z list of industry suppliers that will be exhibiting at the 2017 Expo," said Stuart Charity. New Product Awards Showcase An important part of Expo is the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards program. Competition is strong among parts, accessories, tools and equipment suppliers for the prestigious awards offered in a range of categories. Stuart Charity said the Innovation Awards program is a long standing tradition and attraction at the Expo. "This product awards program encourages innovation and celebrates excellence in the aftermarket," he said. "Suppliers strive for an award to gain the national recognition that follows success. Specific seminar themes were selected following qualitative research among aftermarket businesses across Australia. These themes will offer you solutions to vital business concerns, including: • Accessing diagnostic and solutions data. • Understanding the rapidly evolving fault finding modes. • Identifying the right scan tools for your business model. • Finding and keeping top technicians. • Plus much more! Seminars where you don't turn off your mobile phone AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said the Auto Aftermarket Expo seminars will be delivered by top Australian and international automotive experts. Exhibitors will introduce the latest parts and accessories, tools and equipment required to service, repair and enhance today's "computer on wheels" vehicles. AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo is on track to sell out. Executive Director Stuart Charity said the growth of the biennial event has been rewarding for the hard working industry organising committee. "This Expo continues to be a sell-out, which means the range of new products and technologies on display for visitors is huge. Together with the co-located Collision Repair Expo it covers more than five acres," he said. New Products Showcase A special attraction of the 2015 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo will be an expanded Industry Awards program.
Executive Director AAAA A comment piece titled 'In the National Interest - Why Australia needs a National Automotive Repair and Servicing Portal' to be released this morning to members of Federal Parliament, the AAAA warns that without Government action and the bipartisan support of the Opposition, the owners of 13.5 million cars in Australia could face a 'technology black hole'. AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity said,"Computers control vehicle safety, environmental and road performance of the 13 million family and work cars Australians drive every day". Mr Charity said "Currently there is no guarantee that tens of thousands of independent mechanics in the automotive repair and servicing industry across the nation, not aligned to dealerships, can access basic information from manufacturers of behalf of millions of Australian vehicle owners".