VASA confirms return to Aftermarket Expo

VASA will be among more than 300 exhibitors already confirmed for the next Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6-8 April 2017.

By early October the Expo had already sold out almost 90 per cent of its floor space, including to long-standing major naming rights partner Monroe and a number of VASA member manufacturers and distributors.

The latest parts and accessories, tools and equipment required to service and repair modern highly computerised vehicles will be on display at the Expo, which is hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA).

“We always engage aftermarket businesses in developing aspects of the Expo and we appreciate the contribution made by our consultative group of exhibitors”, said AAAA executive director Stuart Charity.

“In my role I am fortunate to visit all the major aftermarket trade shows. I can honestly say that our Expo is world class in every respect.”

In addition to the vast trade show hall, the AAAE will include a comprehensive two-day program of free seminars for ticketholders, in line with the event’s theme of “Build a Better Auto Business”.

Delivered by Australian and international experts, seminar topics will include how to pre-empt and resolve common faults, selecting the right scan tool and ways to make your customers happy to pay for your expertise in keeping their vehicles safe and reliable.

“The seminar content will provide you with practical information and tips that can be used immediately in your business to improve the bottom line,” said Mr Charity.

Seminars will take place on Friday April 8 and Saturday April 8. Pre-registration is required to help plan seating requirements.

The Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards program will return, with exhibitors encouraged to lodge their entries at www.aftermarketawards.com.au before 10 February 2017. An awards showcase will be displayed in the exhibition hall.

Mr Charity described the Expo as a “must attend event for anyone working – or wanting to work – in this industry”.

“If you only attend one industry event in 2017, make it the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo,” he said.

As a trade-only event, admission is free for qualified members of the automotive industry and all visitors must register. Further information and registration is available at www.aftermarketexpo.com.au.

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