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Autopromotec Conference 2018: "Workshop 4.0: digitization and new mobility trends, the future of car repair"

General Assembly of the automotive aftermarket 


The preliminary program of the second edition of the General Assembly of the automotive aftermarket are online, scheduled for 13-14 June at the Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna

Enrica Lazzarini

Autopromotec Conference, now in its second edition, is organized and managed by Autopromotec, and hosts some of the main protagonists of the industry from around the world. Strongly endorsed by AICA (Italian Garage Equipment Manufacturers Association), the conference purposes to define future development strategies for the sector’s operators; this initiative was successfully launched in 2016, and has since introduced important ideas in connection with the future “Workshop 4.0” project, which were unveiled during the last Autopromotec trade show.


The upcoming edition, scheduled for the middle of June, 13 and 14, will be held at the Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, the largest and most modern structure for events of this type in Italy.  


One of the hot topics of the 2018 edition, entitled "Workshop 4.0: digitization and new mobility trends, the future of car repair", will deal with the disruptive forces that are quickly and profoundly affecting the entire garage world: from digitization and connectivity to electrification, not to mention autonomous driving and shared-mobility.


Among the new mobility trends that are currently affecting the aftermarket sector, great attention will be given to electric and autonomous cars. An occasion for an open and frank discussion to review the current status of the infrastructures, what are the supply chain and car makers doing and which is the direction they are taking, and what will the repercussions be on the world of vehicle repair and assistance. Some of the main protagonists of the industry will be called upon to shed light on these aspects taking into account existing projects, future technological developments, possible complications related to technology and the necessary skills required to cope with them. Some of the participants are Pietro Berardi, Vice President of Renault Nissan After-sales USA; Fedra Ribeiro, Vice President of Global OES Robert Bosch; Luigi Staccoli, Executive Vice President of Pirelli Digital Officer; Alessandro De Martino, CEO Continental Italy; Dino Domenico Brancale, CEO of AVL Italia.


Vehicle electrification is increasingly gaining ground with consumers around the world: according to estimates, by 2030 the number of electric vehicles circulating in the main automotive markets (China, Europe, United States) will reach 164 million units, with sales volumes increasing over 65 times compared to the 2.5 million units recorded in 2017. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that electric vehicles are receiving great attention by all the top players in the sector, as shown by the consistent and substantial investments made in recent years, as well as relentless technological developments, not to mention European and World directives dedicated to the issue of emissions curtailment. As a consequence, timely and accurate training courses will be ever more vital in the future, with a view to creating new job opportunities for future generations.


Turning our attention on Autonomous Mobility, much remains to be done, both in terms of technology and regulations, but this appears to be the direction in which the sector as a whole is moving. Changes in this case, are deeper and more structural, with a large number of stakeholders involved, including public institutions, responsible for setting the standards regulating vehicle circulation, the use of public roads and civil liability.


During the conference a number of dedicated areas will showcase Start-ups and research labs, the perfect setting for discussions and B2B matching events.


The event has been scheduled for June 13 and 14, 2018 at the Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna.


The preliminary draft of the program as well as information on how to participate and register are available in the following website:

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