From a bursting panel of speakers to live demonstrations, training sessions and a bustling trade expo, Autocare 2018 was a huge success

The first-ever running of AAAA’s Autocare Convention hosted 600 delegates and 2,000 mechanical repair, collision repair and parts supply professionals alongside delegates from New Zealand and even further abroad.
On offer across the two-day event were no less than 50 convention plenary sessions as well as an extensive array of seminars and training events.
Amongst the presentations delivered by 40-plus experts were a range of invaluable key note speeches from industry heavyweights such as Bosch’s Nikki Gerling; Simon Edwards, Richard Birks and Ron Klein of TKP; I-Car’s Jason Bartanen; The Workshop Whisperer, Rachael Sheldrick; Saul Eslake of the Corinna Economic Advisory; and Diagnostics Network President, Scott Brown.
Alongside the keynotes, attendees also benefited from an expansive list of workshops, live training sessions and demonstrations – so many experiences were on offer in fact, there simply isn’t enough room here to list all of our valued contributors. Because of this, we look forward to reviewing a number of the presentations from Autocare 2018 in more detail in the coming editions of this magazine.

Aside from the formal seminars and key note presentations, those taking in the free Autocare Convention trade exhibition were treated to displays from more than 100 companies, along with free hourly training sessions and demonstrations taking place on the AutoMate and I-CAR training stages and the Lowbake portable spray booth within the convention.
With the support of Platinum Sponsor Repco and Diamon Sponsor I-CAR as well as a host of Gold, Silver and Bronze supporters, Autocare 2018 was also highlighted by visits from ACCC Chairman Rod Sims and the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP.

“To say that we are delighted with our inaugural Autocare Convention is an understatement,” AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity, stated.
“The plan to bring a major industry event like this back to Sydney after an absence of five years was a bold one. Like always, our industry banded together to support this new education led convention concept. The industry’s support included a sold-out trade display that featured more than 100 companies, along with generous sponsorship support.
“This enabled us to deliver a wide selection of pre-eminent speakers from around Australia and across the globe to this bumper event.”
Planning is already underway for the next Autocare Convention, scheduled to take place in 2020.
“We firmly believed the industry needed an event like Autocare with its primary focus being education and training to assist businesses to adapt to the disruption and change that is taking place throughout the industry,” Stuart said.
“The outstanding success of Autocare 2018 confirmed this, giving us the confidence to work on making the Autocare 2020 Convention even more beneficial for our members and the industry as a whole.”