Changes in tech and training covered by IAAF Industry Briefing

Published:  26 March, 2019

The impact of technology on the garage sector and the changing face of training were just some of the topics covered at the first Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Industry Briefing of 2019.

Held at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on Thursday 21 March, the sold-out event was kick-started by IAAF Head of Membership Development Mike Smallbone. He updated members on all the latest industry developments including the Your Car, Your Choice campaign and its new pilot project in Chesterfield, as well as a policy and lobbying update on key areas including Type Approval legislation, the Extended Vehicle concept and the Block Exemption Regulations review. There was also a reminder of this year’s IAAF Golf Day events in conjunction with automotive industry charity BEN, to be held this summer.

Ben Stockton from new IAAF member Our Virtual Academy then took the speaker’s slot, addressing attendees on upskilling vehicle technicians using video technology to enhance their knowledge and expertise.

This was followed by GiPA’s Quentin Le Hetet who gave the audience a glimpse of the future thanks to aftersales market intelligence, with a discussion on what the next five years held for the independent aftermarket.

Mike Smallbone said: “Our fantastic speakers have helped us deliver another highly useful and insightful session to our members. The fact that this was a sell-out proves just how popular these sessions are becoming, which provide not just an excellent networking opportunity but also invaluable information and data relating to the industry that our members can benefit from.”

The next meeting will be hosted by Involution in its new company premises in Leeds on Thursday 20 June.IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment by emailing Ann Silvester at

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