Automotive analyst James Carter will look at forced obsolescence at a ‘Knowledge Exchange’ event in Calgary on Sept. 13.
He’ll ask the question “Will the Automotive Aftermarket Be the Next Kodak?” at the day-long event hosted by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA).
Carter points out that Kodak’s fortunes changed when it did not keep up with rapidly changing technology. The automotive industry is now in the midst of similar rapid change, he argues.
“Connected, autonomous and electric vehicle technology are all likely to have a huge impact on the automotive aftermarket,” he says. “And when combined with changes in people’s attitudes to car ownership, driving and their overall mobility, the potential for wide spread industry disruption is very real.”
The event, to be held at the Delta Calgary South, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will also feature a look at the future direction of AIA and the aftermarket by AIA staffer France Daviault; and “What’s Driving Your Customers?” by Rick Nadeau of Quorus Consulting.
AIA staffer Andrew Shepherd will look at the automotive service and repair statistics, allowing shop owners to get an idea of how they compare to other shops.
The event will close with a service provider panel asking the question “What’s Keeping You Awake at Night?