Collision Repair Program

SPEAKERS

PROGRAM

 

Day 1
04 May 2018
Day 2
05 May 2018
08:30 - 09:30

REGISTRATION

Official Opening

Welcome Address by Graham Scudamore Smith, President, AAAA and Stuart Charity, Executive Director, AAAA Minister Address by The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Federal Member for Deakin, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
The Hon Michael Sukkar MP
Graham Scudamore-Smith
Stuart Charity

Keynote 1: Competition in the Australian Automotive Industry

The ACCC has developed a strong interest in our sector over the past 24 months; increased monitoring of anti-competitive trends, new car sales enforcement action, capped price servicing investigations, warranty enforcement undertakings and investigations into log book servicing.  In 2017, the ACCC completed the most comprehensive review of competition and consumer issues ever undertaken in the new car retailing industry including independent workshop access to dealer level repair and service information. In this presentation ACCC Chairman Rod Sims will outline how nation’s competition watchdog sees our industry, the level competitiveness of our sector and how they monitor specific areas of anti-competitive and anti-consumer behaviours.  Find out what the ACCC intends to do to ensure that the independent aftermarket can have confidence in a future in which consumers are able to exercise choice of repairer and parts, a future in which fair and open competition is monitored and enforced.
Rod Sims
11:00 - 11:30

MORNING TEA

Keynote 2: Electrified. Connected. Automated. The future of mobility

Bosch believes the future of mobility will be electrified, connected and automated. As both a leading supplier to car manufacturers and with a large presence in aftermarket, Nikki will discuss the likely impact on the aftermarket industry from a supply chain and workshop perspective.
Nikki Gerling
13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH – sponsored by Molnar

Workshop 1 (Concurrent Option 1): Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Sophisticated collision avoidance technology has become omnipresent in the cars of today, and of course the rapid advancements in automotive technology will only add to this complexity. The collision repairer of tomorrow will need to understand how this technology is inter-connected within the vehicle, the importance of correct diagnoses, the importance of recalibration and how this all relates to the approved repair procedures.
Jason Bartanen

Workshop 1 (Concurrent Option 2): Choice of Repairer

With a plethora of new information, recent advertising campaigns and social media engagement, this perennial question will be debated in detail as we attempt to separate fact from fiction and provide greater clarity to not only the repairer but also the car owner. If previous discussions on this topic are anything to go by, this is a workshop not to be missed.
15:30 - 16:00

AFTERNOON TEA

Workshop 2 (Concurrent Option 1): Advancements in Refinish Coatings Technology

Whilst the technology being built into the cars of today (and tomorrow) is both highly visible and highly promoted, the advancements in automotive refinish coatings technology is less well understood. These cutting-edge developments are having a significant impact on the application and drying processes and having a full understanding of this impact will be critical to your success as a collision repair professional.

Workshop 2 (Concurrent Option 2): Exotic Materials in New Vehicle Construction

Once known as exotic materials, the use of stronger and lighter steel, aluminium and composites have all found their way into the mass-market. The modern collision repair professional must fully understand how the changing nature of materials on modern motor vehicles will impact their business, accelerate the need for ongoing training and development of technicians and the necessity to follow recommended repair techniques.
08:30 - 09:30

REGISTRATION

Keynote 3: Collision Repair Technology

I-CAR’s Director, Industry Technical Relations, Jason Bartanen shares his extensive knowledge of the changing nature of materials used in automotive construction and the impact of driver assistance systems. He discusses the current situation, the impact on our industry and provides and insight into where we are likely to be in 2023.
Jason Bartanen
11:00 - 11:30

MORNING TEA

Workshop 3 (Concurrent Option 1): Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Sophisticated collision avoidance technology has become omnipresent in the cars of today, and of course the rapid advancements in automotive technology will only add to this complexity. The collision repairer of tomorrow will need to understand how this technology is inter-connected within the vehicle, the importance of correct diagnoses, the importance of recalibration and how this all relates to the approved repair procedures.
Jason Bartanen

Workshop 3 (Concurrent Option 2): Choice of Repairer

With a plethora of new information, recent advertising campaigns and social media engagement, this perennial question will be debated in detail as we attempt to separate fact from fiction and provide greater clarity to not only the repairer but also the car owner. If previous discussions on this topic are anything to go by, this is a workshop not to be missed.
13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH – sponsored by Molnar

Keynote 4: Are you on the business treadmill and don’t know it?

Managing a modern body shop is so complex and time consuming there is little or no time to look outside the square. Is what you’re doing best practice? Do other shops carry out the same tasks more efficiently? Could the shop floor be more productive if the office was on top of things? Are you on a treadmill doing the same thing every day and hoping for a different result? The pressure to lower the cost of repairs is relentlessly mounting year after year – they’re not going to wait for you. In this session we’ll help you look outside the square and identify where improvements can be made to the poor cousin of investment/advancement in body shop – the office.
Stephen O’Brien
15:00 - 15:30

AFTERNOON TEA

Workshop 4 (Concurrent Option 1): Restructuring the Collision Repair Landscape

The trend towards consolidation in the industry continues to be one of the more controversial and emotional issues in the collision repair industry. The innovators who led this change have not always been the most popular in the industry and have in fact disrupted the status quo. The “movers and shakers” share their view and attempt to  demystify the impact on the industry and bring some reality back to the discussion.

Workshop 4 (Concurrent Option 2): The Talent Gap

Although we see the emergence of new talent coming through the apprenticeship programs, we still face the perennial issue of technicians staying in the industry, creating a talent gap. In addition, there is a new level of talent required in this increasingly technological environment. Find out what the industry is doing to reignite the passion for what has become a strong and professional industry.

Closing Address

Introduction by Paul Marinelli, Managing Director, Marinelli PR Closing Address by Stuart Charity, Executive Director, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association
Paul Marinelli
Stuart Charity

Program subject to change.  Tickets non-refundable.