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News   February 25, 2014   by CARS Magazine

NACE/CARS event set for July 28- August 2 in Detroit

The two biggest changes to NACE/CARS 2014 include the new location in Detroit and the new summer dates, July 28-August 2. The anticipated growth or renaissance of the event coincides with the renaissance and revitalization of Detroit. The Motor City is a logical place to take advantage of growth in the automotive industry and improvement in the overall economy while NACE and CARS see a renaissance from recent years.


Chrysler and Mopar, Ford, General Motors and ACDelco, Honda, and Nissan have already committed to a strong presence at NACE/CARS 2014, each with larger exhibits than in recent years. With so many positive changes taking place around the event, it makes sense for these companies to play a key role in the show.

“The car manufacturers have the most current information and knowledge on the latest advancements in technology and repair methodologies. Their participation is critical to the success of the show since the industry leaders attending will be seeking to expand their knowledge and remain current with the quickly changing automotive repair industry.” said Dan Risley, ASA executive director.

With a position in both collision repair and mechanical repair, the OEMs have an opportunity to serve two important market segments at one industry event. And in addition to displays, attendees can expect to see presentations, seminars, and training on the most up-to-date OEM technologies.

"We are excited to continue the launch of the all-new Ford F-150, the toughest, smartest and most capable to ever be introduced, at this year’s NACE in Detroit,” said Paul Massie, Ford’s powertrain and collision marketing manager. "Ford has a long-standing history with ASA and the 2014 NACE and CARS show is a great venue to deliver information to repair professionals about this exciting, new truck."

"We’re excited about exhibiting at NACE/CARS again and showing our support for the collision and mechanical repair industries,” stated Gary Ledoux, assistant national manager for American Honda Motor Company. “I think this is going to be a great show and another opportunity to interact with Honda customers and business partners. All roads lead to Detroit in July!"

The two biggest changes to NACE/CARS 2014 include the new location in Detroit and the new summer dates, July 28-August 2. The anticipated growth or “renaissance” of the event coincides with the renaissance and revitalization of Detroit. “The Motor City” is a logical place to take advantage of growth in the automotive industry and improvement in the overall economy while NACE and CARS see a renaissance from recent years.

“Our team, including members of the ASA Board of Directors, ASA Michigan members and staff, our event management company, and show contractors, have spent significant time in Detroit planning NACE/CARS 2014. Everyone has been impressed, and the city will be a great host. We believe visitors are going to be thrilled with the hotels, restaurants, convention center, amenities, safety and security, family attractions, and overall friendliness of Detroit,” said Risley.

Along with NACE/CARS, a series of automotive repair industry events and co-located meetings will take place July 28-Aug. 2, 2014. Early in the week there will be a series of Board and other private meetings. Tuesday will host the CIC quarterly meeting. Wednesday will highlight the I-CAR conference and gala 35th anniversary networking reception. Thursday and Friday will be the NACE/CARS expo along with numerous NACE and CARS business and technical sessions, the MSO Symposium, the Mechanical Symposium and on-site I-CAR training. Technical presentations end at noon Saturday, August 2.

The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) will host a special event during NACE/CARS 2014 as well. CCIF is an important resource for the Canadian automotive repair market. Co-locating a special summer meeting in conjunction with NACE/CARS 2014 will allow Canadian repair professionals to stay current on important industry issues and trends while viewing the latest technology, services, and training opportunities offered during Industry Week.

The CCIF meeting will feature expert speakers and panel discussions followed by an exclusive cocktail reception. Attendees will be able to connect with other Canadian industry leaders at the first-ever CCIF Special Event at NACE/CARS.

“CCIF represents the heart of the Canadian automotive repair market and to have this group host a special meeting during NACE/CARS for their constituents is very exciting,” stated Dan Risley, ASA Executive Director. “This decision supports the ongoing plan for international growth of NACE/CARS and fits with the direction of Industry Week, which is bringing the automotive repair industry together for education and networking

“We are looking forward to hosting this special meeting during NACE/CARS 2014,” said Leanne Jefferies, CCIF Director, Collision Programs, AIA Canada. “Many of our forum attendees and partners plan to attend NACE, and with the new location so close to Canada, this is a logical step for CCIF.”

Vincent Romans, North American collision industry expert, will give an overview of the state of both the Canadian and US Collision Repair and Property and Casualty industries. He will address many of the following topics and will provide a framework for MSOs and collision repairers to consider alternatives. The topics he will cover include:

*The Evolving MSO Marketplace

*Industry contraction, consolidation, convergence and constructive transformation

*Market size, MSO leaders and rankings, segments and market comparison

*Collision Repair Industry Trends

*P & C Insurance Industry Trends

Sponsorship is available for $1500. Sponsor Benefits include:

*5 event badges (additional badges are $85/badge)

*Logo recognition on “Special Event at NACE” webpage on CCIF website

*Logo recognition on event signage

*Logo recognition on event program

Sponsorship opportunities will be available shortly and you can download and complete the sponsorship form. Here: http://www.ccif.ca/uploads/2014_CCIF_NACE_Sponsorship.pdf 

Cost to attend NACE/CARS is $85 per person. Registration will be available shortly and you can download and complete the registration form here: http://www.ccif.ca/uploads/2014_CCIF_NACE_Registration.pdf


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