The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has officially launched the 2024 Collision Repair Expo (CRE), which will be co-held with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAE) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11 to 13 April 2024.
With the theme ’The Future is Here’ and debuting a range of initiatives and features, the CRE showcases the latest collision repair equipment, products, tools and accessories, new technology and trends, plus a comprehensive training and education programme.
“We are excited to be preparing for another world-class Expo – an event run by the industry, for the industry,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA. “With the rapid pace of change, new challenges and incredible technological advancements, our industry is more excited than ever to come together to celebrate, learn, conduct business, and network.”
“The automotive industry in Australia is undergoing unprecedented change driven by the complexity of the car parc, changes in vehicle technology, and the changing capabilities and needs of our workforce and customers. Vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems, pass-through technology, embedded telematics (connected car), and hybrid and electric powertrains are on Australian roads today. These vehicles will need to be safely repaired and maintained for their useful life, anywhere in Australia.
“CRE 2024 will bring together experts from across the industry to provide the very latest information and practical tips on how and when businesses will need to adapt to these changes. The Expo aims to help visitors prepare for the future, to embrace and capitalise on the evolution of the industry, and the trends and technology that are rapidly developing.”
Sponsored by the SAPE Group, the CRE will feature educational sessions from industry experts on topics that matter to collision repair professionals, plus zones dedicated to ADAS calibration and diagnostics, EV repair techniques, and the latest tools and technology.
Other components include a modified and classic vehicle display area in the venue concourse, interactive displays, and competitions.
“In 2022, 90 per cent of visitors to the Expo said they were likely to recommend the Expo to a colleague, and 92 per cent said they were likely to attend Expo 2024. We can’t wait for April to open the doors and bring the industry together. We know visitors will have a fantastic time and arm themselves with the knowledge to thrive, ready for the exciting future that awaits,” said Charity.
The AAAA expects more than 400 of Australia’s leading brands to display across 21,000 square metres of floor space during the two expos. With free entry available to all members of the automotive trade, the combined fairs are expected to attract 9,000 visitors over the three-day event.
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