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The premier convention for the repair, service and
parts sectors of the Australian automotive
aftermarket industry, Autocare 2018, is set to be a
must-attend event for the nation’s independent
automotive repairers, with the Mechanical Repair
stream of the convention including a vast array of
outstanding key note speakers and educators.
This world class panel of convention presenters will
join thousands of industry professionals on May 4
and 5, 2018 at the Sydney International Convention
Centre for the inaugural Autocare Convention, the
industry’s major education and networking event
organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket
According to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of
the AAAA, the scope and structure of Autocare
2018’s Mechanical Repair stream of presenters
and key note speakers has surpassed all
“The bumper Autocare 2018 schedule of key note
presentations and technical training sessions
combine outstanding global and local expertise with
specific focus on market research, customer trends
and emerging technologies to ensure that attendees
will be able to learn from their experiences and gain
the knowledge required to position their businesses
to prosper into the future,” Stuart said.
“We 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
The convention is presented by Platinum sponsor
Repco and Diamond Sponsor I-CAR, and is
supported by a host of the industry’s most
successful companies including Brown and Watson
International, Ryco / GUD Automotive, ASV Euro
Car Parts and Pedders Suspension, together with
over 80 Silver and Bronze Autocare 2018 partners.
The convention also includes a gala dinner, live
training and technical demonstrations along with a
special outdoor feature car display and a trade
display featuring over 100 of our market leading
companies demonstrating the very latest in
technologies and services.
Autocare 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 Mechanical Repair stream of the event
across both days at the Early Bird reduced cost of
$200 (inc GST) per delegate, or you may select to
attend one day of the convention at the cost of
$110 (inc GST) per delegate for registrations made
by midnight on March 15, 2018. Following that
date, the standard registration rates are $240 (inc
GST) for two days and $135 (inc 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
For all the details on what the Mechanical Stream will entail
as well as further information on what to expect from
Autocare 2018, please visit pages 17 to 23 of this magazine.
2018 MECHANICAL REPAIR STREAM PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
The AAAA anticipates that over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the combined
two day formal Convention Program and free trade display and onsite activities
VASA, the industry association for those in the
business of automotive air conditioning, electrical
and engine cooling, will deliver a ‘Life After R134a’
refrigerant seminar at the AAAA Autocare
The seminar will be part of the official education
program of the Sydney event, to be held across May
4 and 5, 2018.
The Life After R134a seminar will provide an
overview of new industry standard air-conditioning
refrigerants that are now replacing R134a globally
in new vehicles.
Automotive air-conditioning refrigerant R134a has
been used for around 20 years now, but times are
changing with at least two new gases – R1234yf
and R744 – now adopted by global car
Business opportunities abound for early adopters
of this shift. Australian dealerships and collision
repairers are already relying on aftermarket
specialists to diagnose, repair and re-commission
R1234yf systems in late-model vehicles.
Major insurance companies are also in the process
of building databases of businesses equipped and
trained to handle the new refrigerants.
In addition, Australian repairers have already
noticed an accelerating number of brands are
importing vehicles using R1234yf. A handful of
high-end German luxury cars now use R744
(carbon dioxide), with this technology expected to
soon trickle down to mainstream models sold
across the globe.
Delivered by VASA Vice-President Brett Meads, Life
After R134a explains the history and evolution of
automotive refrigerants, the drivers of change
including ozone depletion and global warming
potential, how industry has responded to overseas
legislation controlling HFCs, a comparison of
current and new refrigerant characteristics
including flammability, changes to equipment,
components and working procedures brought about
by new refrigerants and the related standards,
licensing and legislation.
The first vehicles using R1234yf started arriving
on the Australian market in 2014, so if you service,
repair or re-commission automotive air-conditioning
systems, now is the time to act.
VASA will also be exhibiting at booth C31 of
Autocare’s trade display area, with experts on hand
to talk about the latest in automotive air
conditioning, electrical and engine cooling.
About Brett Meads
Brett Meads has more than 30 years’ experience
in the automotive sector. He has experience in
many aspects of modern enterprise and holds
formal qualifications in education, engineering,
automotive and business.
With a focus on automotive HVAC systems, Brett
has acted as a consultant to Federal and State
Government departments, ARCtick, Refrigerant
Reclaim Australia, GHD Engineering, CoolDrive,
Supercool, RACQ and TAFE.
As a long-time advocate of training and VASA
member since its inception in 1992, Brett has
served as the industry association’s Vice President
since 2013 and is central to the development and
delivery of its SightGlass Training program.
For more from VASA, visit www.vasa.org.au
LIFE AFTER R134A SEMINAR
The seminar is set to highlight business opportunities for early adopters of R1234yf
refrigerant at Autocare Sydney
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