Craig Van Batenburg will make his first visit to Australia for VASA’s 2022 Wire and Gas event

VASA, Australasia’s trade association for specialists in auto air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management, will help place attendees of its 2022 Wire and Gas conference at the forefront of the hybrid and electric vehicle revolution that was seen to be in full swing at the recent Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.
Wire and Gas is renowned for attracting the best brains in the business, so it is fitting that the event will feature world-renowned hybrid and EV repair expert, Craig Van Batenburg, from the United States on his first-ever visit to Australia.
A workshop owner turned training provider through his Automotive Career Development Center (ACDC) in Worcester, Massachusetts, Craig’s peerless knowledge of vehicle electrification stems from his first hybrid car purchase in 1999. He began delivering hybrid vehicle training resources in 2000 before expanding into electric vehicle training resources from 2008.
The automotive industry is witnessing a rapid electrification of everything from passenger cars to heavy vehicles and earthmoving equipment. It is also becoming clear that as vehicle electrification becomes increasingly mainstream, the disciplines of air-conditioning, electrical and thermal are converging.
As such, Wire and Gas 2022 will place a heavy focus on the changes and opportunities facing the automotive repair industry as electrification gathers momentum. This topic is expected to radically broaden the event’s appeal, particularly among young people considering or embarking on a career in the automotive sector.
Craig will be joined by Michael Ingvardsen, president of VASA’s European equivalent MACPartners and global technical training manager for Danish automotive thermal management manufacturer, Nissens.
Further overseas speaker announcements will be made in due course, for what will be a rare meeting of minds in the global automotive electrical and thermal management sector.
Closer to home, AAAA Government Relations and Advocacy Director, Lesley Yates, will update attendees about the unique Australian choice of repairer law that comes into effect on July 1, what it means for repairers, how it works and what the future might look like with new industries
and new vehicles being included in the legislation over time.
Wire and Gas 2022 will take place from July 29-31 at the lavishly refurbished JW Marriott Gold Coast and landmark VASA HQ/SuperTest facility in Ormeau, Queensland.

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