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Keynote address looks at the future of the aftermarket
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has provided an extensive insight into the future of the automotive aftermarket in a speech delivered to a packed audience at the Aftermarket Theatre at Automechanika Birmingham.

In her speech, which covered the changing face of parts distribution, legislation and future connectivity, Wendy also touched on how lifestyle changes will affect the trade in the future. The speech also revisited the IAAF’s campaign on EU Type Approval, where the organisation was instrumental in securing a number of key amendments to the EU legislation.

The technological change in vehicles was also discussed and Wendy said it was imperative for parts suppliers and distributors to ensure they have access to accurate information to supply and fit the correct part. Underlining the rate of technological changes, she showed two videos looking at autonomous vehicles and how vehicle manufacturers are prepared for this lifestyle change. “The big challenge with autonomous vehicles,” she said, “will be access to information to repair these vehicles.”

Wendy also discussed how ownership of vehicles will change and how renting vehicles by the day or even the hour will become more popular, particular among the younger generation.

The YourCarYourChoice campaign was also highlighted, as it continues to gather momentum as the number of supporting companies increases.

In closing, Wendy said, “We as a sector need to ensure we keep up to date with the times. We must continue to invest in tools, equipment, people and of course training to ensure we’re able to cope with the myriad of changes that are taking place in the automotive industry. We have a reputation for finding a way through. This time the threats are more complex but we’re certainly up for the challenge.”

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