International Experts To Lead Training At Collision Repair Expo

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that globally renown automotive speakers Dirk Fuchs and Robert Snook will lead the education programme at the Collision Repair Expo, to be held from 11 to 13 April 2024 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

According to the AAAA, the training programme will ensure workshops are prepared to repair electric and hybrid vehicles safely and efficiently, while providing insights into key business management challenges such as attracting and retaining staff and creating new revenue streams.

“Australia’s automotive landscape is rapidly changing and the businesses, which succeed tomorrow, will be those that have prepared today,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA. “This is why we have put such a focus on education for the combined expos, with a comprehensive line-up of free and paid training opportunities, plus other game-changing features to ensure this is a must-attend event for business owners, managers, and collision repairers.

“It is our mission at the AAAA to provide our members and trade visitors with the tools and knowledge they need to adapt to a fast-approaching future, and we look forward to seeing Dirk and Robert deliver these important learnings at the Collision Repair Expo in 2024.”

US-based Fuchs, founder and CEO of Electric Mobility Consulting, is an expert in hybrid and EV technology. With more than 20 years of automotive experience, his resume includes technical training roles in Volkswagen and ZF in Germany, as ZF North American Training Manager, and most recently, Director Technical Programs and Services at I-CAR.

Fuchs’ free-to-attend sessions are:

  • Prepare your Workshop for Electrification
  • EV Battery Handling and Service in Collision Repair
  • EV System Repair and Component Replacement

Fuchs will also host a special half-day training programme, Electric / Hybrid Vehicle Awareness, featuring an overview of EV system principles, high-voltage electric system hazards and safe EV working.

Snook is a multi-award-winning business owner, global keynote speaker, respected business coach, consultant, mentor, and trainer. Starting as a qualified automotive paint technician, Snook is now owner and CEO of Business Success Global, where he coaches and mentors people and organisations around the world.

He will host two seminars:

  • Solving the People Puzzle – Attracting, Recruiting, Developing and Retaining a Team Fit for the Future
  • Open Your Business Revenue Stream and Step Off the Hamster Wheel

“I’m looking forward to supporting the expo and sharing global insights on why businesses with the same resources operating in the same areas produce vastly different results, and what it is that the winners are doing,” said Snook. “My other session will help attendees address their recruitment issues with actionable ideas to develop and retain great talent in their business.

Access to the Collision Repair Expo is free to everyone in the automotive trade. To register, view the training programme, and optionally purchase a ticket for the special four-hour Collision Repair EV Training session with Fuchs, visit