A highly impressive schedule of keynote speakers, leading local and international industry figures and events will form Australia’s premier automotive aftermarket industry convention, Autocare 2018, on 4-5 May at the Sydney International Convention Centre.

Autocare 2018 is an event focused on education, information and industry development, designed to address the latest developments, trends and issues facing the automotive aftermarket parts and service supply chain sector. Organised by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the national body representing the $14bn Australian automotive aftermarket industry, the event leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that anyone involved in the automotive parts manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and retail sectors will benefit from taking part.

Rod Sims, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), will provide the opening keynote address, in which he will outline the major findings and recommendations arising from the watchdog’s market study into the new car retailing industry and its implications for the Australian automotive aftermarket industry. Sims will also outline what the ACCC intends to do to ensure that the independent aftermarket can have confidence in the future.

Other highlights of the speaker program include Saul Eslake, one of Australia’s best known and trusted macro-economists, and leading social commentator Bernard Salt from The Demographics Group. The AAAA has also made a significant investment in ground-breaking consumer research, the findings of which will be presented for the first time at the convention by leading automotive market research firm TKP.

According to Stuart Charity, Executive Director of the AAAA, the scope and structure of Autocare 2018 has surpassed all expectations: “The bumper Autocare 2018 schedule of key note presentations and supply chain industry sector-focused speakers combines outstanding global and local expertise with specific focus on market research, customer trends and emerging technologies to ensure that our members will be able to learn from their experiences and gain the knowledge required to position their businesses to prosper into the future.

“The convention also includes a gala dinner, live training and technical demonstrations, along with a special outdoor feature car display and a trade display featuring over 100 of our market leading companies demonstrating the very latest in technologies and services,” Charity added. “We anticipate over 3,000 automotive professionals will attend the combined two-day formal Convention Program, free trade display and onsite activities, making Autocare 2018 an education, networking and business development event that should not be missed.”

Autocare 2018 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre on 4-5 May. Full program details and online registration can be found at www.autocare.org.au