The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has changed the dates of the 2024 Collision Repair Expo and co-located Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo following the release of clashing dates for the 2024 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Originally scheduled for March, the expos will now take place from 11 to 13 April 2024 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
According to the AAAA, the new dates will ensure the expos have the full attention of the industry, making them a successful and valuable experience for exhibitors, sponsors, and thousands of Australian and international trade visitors.
“Given the impact the unavoidable clash with the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix had on 2022 expo visitor numbers, the spike in accommodation rates, and flight costs for interstate and international exhibitors and visitors, and complications for companies who are involved in both events, retaining the original dates in March was an unacceptable proposition,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA.
“With the new dates locked in, the AAAA looks forward to delivering the biggest and most impressive Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and Collision Repair Expo ever. We invite everyone in the automotive trade to join us in April for this valuable event to learn, network, and experience the best our industry has to offer.”
The AAAA estimates the expos combined will attract 9,000 trade visitors and bring together more than 400 leading brands to showcase the latest vehicle repair and servicing equipment, technology, parts and accessories. Additionally, the event will host dedicated training programmes led by respected industry experts, the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards banquet, a networking event, vehicle display area, and interactive display.
The AAAA said further announcements, including the opening of registrations, will be released shortly.