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Enjoy your 2015 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo experience

Visiting Australia’s largest display of vehicle repair and servicing equipment, replacement parts, tools and accessories – the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo – will provide you with Innovation – all the latest products and services from the industry leaders, Inspiration – get new ideas to take your business to the next level, and Education – a comprehensive program of free seminars by industry leaders covering the topics that matter.

To be held 16 to 18 April 2015 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, this action packed industry event is hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). Executive Director Stuart Charity said the growth of the biennial event has been rewarding for the hard working industry organising committee.

“This Expo continues to be a sell-out, which means the range of new products and technologies on display for visitors is huge. Together with the co-located Collision Repair Expo it covers more than five acres,” he said.

New Products Showcase
A special attraction of the 2015 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo will be an expanded Industry Awards program. “These awards recognise the very best of the new products that entered the Australian automotive aftermarket in the past two years,” said Stuart Charity.

“You can see this collection of top technologies in only one place – and that is the Expo’s New Products Showcase. In addition to these award winning products, a large number of companies will use the Expo as the launch platform for their innovative new products and services.

Select and book your seminar seat
“The education element of the Expo has now developed as a major attraction for business owners, managers and technicians. There will be two days of seminars delivered by industry experts covering both business operations and technical subjects.

“Held on Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18, the seminar sessions are very popular so bookings are required to ensure your entry. Visit http://www.aftermarketexpo.com.au/seminars to get additional information about the seminars and to secure your seat,” said Stuart Charity.

Industry organisations meet and network at Expo
Each year the number of industry organisations that host meetings and functions around the Expo expands. “This is a satisfying result of the organising committee’s commitment to deliver an event run ‘by the industry for the industry’,” said Stuart Charity.

“In 2015 we have more than 30 leading industry associations, professional bodies and companies hosting activities that are co-located with the Expo. This aspect of the Expo has grown in importance with the event now recognised as the industry’s national networking hub.

“This huge gathering of industry identities offers an unrivalled networking opportunity. It is your once-in-two year chance to get inspiration from sharing ideas and experiences,” he said.

Enjoy the city of Melbourne
It need not be all work and no play for Expo visitors. On Friday 17 April registered visitors can enjoy a relaxed happy hour from 6.00 to 7.00 pm with colleagues. “This is a free event thanks to sponsorship from Gates Australia,” said Stuart Charity.

“In addition to catching up with colleagues during Expo, you can also enjoy being part of some major industry social functions. On opening day – Thursday 16 April – you can join in the celebrations at Crown’s Palladium Ballroom with winners of the AAAA’s two industry awards programs.

“At a 7.45 to 9.30 am breakfast sponsored by Hella Australia, the AAAA will host the Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards which recognise the best new products and services. The breakfast will finish in time for you to enter the Expo when doors open at 10.00 am.

“That night from 7.00 to 11.00 pm the AAAA will host the Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards at a banquet sponsored by Burson Automotive. These awards acknowledge excellence demonstrated by our industry’s people and their organisations, as they strive to shape a better and more profitable Australian automotive aftermarket.

“Featuring Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Giaan Rooney as MC and entertainment by Dave Hughes, this banquet offers extraordinary networking opportunities with up to 700 people representing the who’s who of the Australian auto aftermarket.

“Bookings for these prestige events are essential. To secure your tickets contact the AAAA National Office on 03 9545 3333 or info@aaaa.com.au,” said Stuart Charity.

Discount accommodation and tourist activities
The Expo can also offer a business deductable short break for interstate visitors to marvellous Melbourne. Enjoy Melbourne’s signature destinations and events, or a touch of first class indulgence at discount rates negotiated for you by the organising team.

Among the activities are Melbourne International Comedy Festival, an indulgent day spa, Phillip Island Penguin Tour, or explore Melbourne’s exciting food scene on a walking Foodie Tour. Visit the Expo website at http://www.aftermarketexpo.com.au/ to book your choice.

In addition, accommodation rates have been negotiated specifically for exhibitors and visitors. You can book your Expo accommodation and travel through dedicated agent Ozaccom+ at: Toll Free (Australia only) 1800 814 611, E: ozaccom@ozaccom.com.au, or T: +61 (0)7 3854 1611.

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