The 2022 Collision Repair Expo will feature a Workshop of the Future Pavilion designed to show attendees how to prepare their business for the future.
The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the expo organiser, said the fully enclosed Pavilion stretches across 225 square metres of floor space. It will feature a layout replicating a futuristic workshop, bringing together state-of-the-art equipment and technology with regular presentations from industry experts across four key zones: Workshop Management Systems, EV / Alternative Fuel Repair Techniques and Workshop Equipment, ADAS Calibration Equipment, and Diagnostics and Tooling including J2534 Pass Through Technology.
“The theme for this year’s show is ‘The Future is Here’ and that is what we truly believe – the future is here now,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA.
“The vehicles being sold in showrooms, and those which have been on the road for the last couple of years, are changing what customers need across both mechanical and collision repair for a whole range of reasons. We are seeing technology moving ahead at break-neck speed.”
The AAAA said subject matter experts will deliver impartial information about automotive repair business requirements.
“We will provide the information needed to make educated decisions on what to potentially specialise in, how to evolve and what is needed to make positive business changes to keep meeting customer needs,” Charity said.
“This will all be delivered free of charge to Expo visitors in an impressively appointed demonstration and presentation pavilion in the heart of the 2022 Collision Repair Expo. Attendees will be able to ask questions and can come back through the Pavilion at various times across the three days to enjoy presentations on the different key topics.”
Charity described the Pavilion concept as “a bit of a game changer”.
“[The Expo] has always been about showcasing the very best companies and their equipment, and now we’re adding what our research tells us are the areas that workshops specifically want to better understand, and we will deliver this in a very objective environment.”
The AAAA said the Pavilion is just one of the event’s many new developments. For the first time, the Expo – sponsored by SAPE Group – will incorporate a standalone seminar stage on the CRE show floor. The seminars will deliver a free comprehensive training and education programme sponsored by I-CAR and display live demonstrations from the onsite Lowbake Spray Booth via a big screen.
Other components include a modified and classic vehicle display area in the show concourse, celebrity appearances, interactive displays and competitions, the all-new 4WD Innovation Zone, and an expansive range of exhibitors.
Co-located with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, the Collision Repair Expo will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7 to 9 April 2022.