• A montage of VASA 2022.
    A montage of VASA 2022.

VASA has announced the launch date for Wire & Gas 2024 which will be held in Brisbane, Queensland.

The event is for professionals in the automotive air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management sectors and is

scheduled for 23-25 August, 2024.

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Building on the success of previous years, Wire & Gas 2024 offers an enriching program featuring expert speakers and trainers covering topics ranging from hybrid and electric vehicles to air-conditioning, electrical systems, and emerging technological trends as well as the business acumen required to prosper in a fast-changing industry.

Attendees can expect a diverse range of presentations, seminars, and panel sessions designed to provide valuable insights and foster professional growth.

Confirmed speakers include Bob Ansett, founder of Budget Rent A Car, renowned for his pioneering customer service and employee programs and Grant Hand, founder of Automotive Training Solutions and a leading expert in vehicle climate control systems.

There are still more speakers to come but confirmed speakers so far include:

Kylie Farrelley: general manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia;

Jeff Smit, owner of two auto electrical and repair workshops in Sydney, and co-founder of The Automotive Technician network;

Lesley Yates, director of government relations and advocacy for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association;

Clinton Brett, founder of Diesel Help Australia, a fifth-generation heavy vehicle mechanic and diesel fuel injection specialist providing specialised education in common rail technology for diesel vehicles and heavy machinery;

Geoff Mutton, co-founder of The Automotive Technician network.

Aaron Feast, Alientech Academy trainer with three decades of experience from engine reconditioning and machining to engine conversions and diesel chip-tuning.

Oscar Vall, Infinitiev business development manager.

Master of Ceremonies for the event is Michael Bennett AM, recipient of the VASA Legend Award.

Entertainment will be provided by acclaimed musician, Keegan Sparke.

One of the highlights of Wire & Gas 2024 is the inclusion of prestigious awards recognising excellence in the industry.

The Gala Awards Dinner will feature the inaugural Australian Refrigeration Council's ARC Award for Best Refrigerant Management in the mobile sector, alongside the first-ever REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award and the new Grant Hand Industry Mentor Award as well as VASA’s longstanding Pioneer and Legend awards.

Wire & Gas 2024 also marks the official launch of Cool Mavericks, a comprehensive history book on automotive air-conditioning.

Authored by Mark Mitchell and Ken Newton, who will be on hand at Wire & Gas 2024 to sign copies of the book, Cool Mavericks delves into the intriguing evolution of automotive air-conditioning, celebrating the pioneers who shaped this indispensable aspect of modern vehicles.

Attendees can look forward to engaging with leading industry sponsors and partners, including Platinum Sponsor NAPA Auto Parts.

Many more businesses, including CoolDrive Auto Parts, Honeywell, IM Group, The Automotive Technician, Diesel Help Australia and Alientech will also be represented at the event, their support instrumental in making Wire & Gas 2024 possible.

Cognisant of inflationary pressures, VASA has worked hard to reduce the price of tickets to Wire & Gas 2024 by around 30 per cent compared to the 2022 event. As always, special discounts are available for VASA members.

Visit the official website wireandgas.com to book your tickets and accommodation, and secure your place at this premier industry event.