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. We encourage exhibitors to give serious consideration to entering the Innovation Awards. For further information, or to lodge an entry, visit www.aftermarketawards.com.au. Entries close on 10 February 2017.
“The 2017 winners will join a who’s who of the automotive aftermarket. Among the recent winners were 4X4 driving lights experts Ashdown Ingram, solar panels from technology specialist Brown and Watson, a triple clutch system from performance specialists Clutch Industries, together with many other big names.
“Innovation Awards judging will be completed before the Expo and all entries will be displayed in a special New Products Awards Showcase located in the exhibition hall.
“This provides Expo visitors with the exclusive opportunity to see the latest award winning products – the ones that your customers will soon be asking for in your store or at your workshop,” said Stuart Charity.
Expo presents “you have to be there” seminar program
As technology becomes a greater part of the work done by automotive technicians, Expo organisers are meeting the need for increased educational opportunities with a comprehensive seminar program. Seminars at the Expo are free and will be held on Friday 7 April and Saturday 8 April. Pre-registration is required to help plan seating requirements.
Expo Seminar Coordinator and Sessions Facilitator Colin Bockman has 30 years experience working with the challenges workshop owners face. “In the competitive service and repair markets, customers demand value for money. Business profits depend on your ability to charge a fair price for your work,” he said.
“To help you address this element of your business, one Expo seminar topic will cover the vital issue “Make your customers happy to pay for your expertise”. There are some simple yet very effective ways to shift the customers’ perceptions about valuing what you do to keep their vehicles safe and reliable.
“The information presented in this seminar session is designed to help you convert sceptical shoppers into loyal repeat customers. To learn about these techniques you have to be there,” said Colin Bockman.