The automotive air conditioning, electrical and thermal management event will be held across August 23 to 25

VASA says it is thrilled to announce the launch of tickets to Wire and Gas 2024, which it says is Asia-Pacific’s pinnacle event for professionals in the automotive air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management sectors.
Scheduled from August 23 to 25 at a new venue in the heart of Queensland’s capital – The Westin Brisbane – this year’s Wire and Gas convention promises “unparalleled opportunities for education, networking, and industry recognition.”
Building on the success of previous years, Wire and Gas 2024 offers an enriching program featuring expert speakers and trainers – including the AAAA’s Lesley Yates – covering topics ranging from hybrid and electric vehicles to air-conditioning, electrical systems, and emerging technological trends as well as the business acumen required to prosper in a fast-changing industry.
Attendees can expect a diverse range of presentations, seminars, and panel sessions designed to provide valuable insights and foster professional growth.

Confirmed speakers are as follows, with more to be announced:

  • Bob Ansett: Founder of Budget Rent A Car, renowned for his pioneering customer service and employee programs, and innovative marketing strategies.
  • Grant Hand: Founder of Automotive Training Solutions, a leading expert in vehicle climate control systems, sharing insights from his extensive automotive air-conditioning knowledge.
  • Kylie Farrelley: General Manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, providing critical insights into refrigerant emissions and environmental protection initiatives.
  • Jeff Smit: Owner of two auto electrical and repair workshops in Sydney, and co-founder of The Automotive Technician network, advocating for continuous training in the automotive repair industry.
  • Lesley Yates: Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, leading advocacy campaigns and addressing industry challenges such as workforce shortages and government regulations.
  • Clinton Brett: Founder of Diesel Help Australia, a fifth-generation heavy vehicle mechanic and diesel fuel injection specialist providing specialised education in common rail technology for diesel vehicles and heavy machinery.
  • Geoff Mutton: Co-founder of The Automotive Technician network, offering expertise in business coaching and implementing profitable business practices for automotive workshop owners.
  • Michael Bennett AM: Master of Ceremonies, bringing his wit, humour, and industry knowledge to the event as a Member of the Order of Australia and recipient of the VASA Legend Award.
  • Keegan Sparke: Acclaimed musician known for his engaging performances, returning to entertain Wire and Gas delegates for the third time.

One of the highlights of Wire and Gas 2024 will be the inclusion of prestigious awards recognising excellence in the industry.
The Gala Awards Dinner will feature the inaugural Australian Refrigeration Council’s ARC Award for Best Refrigerant Management in the mobile sector, alongside the first-ever REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award and the new Grant Hand Industry Mentor Award as well as VASA’s longstanding Pioneer and Legend awards.
Wire and Gas 2024 will also mark the official launch of Cool Mavericks, a comprehensive history book on automotive air-conditioning.
Authored by Mark Mitchell and Ken Newton, who will be on hand at Wire and Gas 2024 to sign copies of the book, Cool Mavericks delves into the intriguing evolution of automotive air-conditioning, celebrating the pioneers who shaped this indispensable aspect of modern vehicles.
Attendees can look forward to engaging with leading industry sponsors and partners, including Platinum Sponsor NAPA Auto Parts.
Many more businesses, including CoolDrive Auto Parts, Honeywell, IM Group and Alientech will also be represented at the event, with their support instrumental in making Wire and Gas 2024 possible.
Cognisant of inflationary pressures, VASA says it has worked hard to reduce the price of tickets to Wire and Gas 2024 by around 30 percent compared to the 2022 event. As always, special discounts are available for VASA members.
Additionally, exclusive accommodation rates have been secured for attendees at The Westin Brisbane (five-star hotel) and adjoining Four Points by Sheraton (four-star hotel).

For more information and to book tickets and accommodation, visit www.wireandgas.com