7 May, 2024

Wire & Gas 2024: Asia-Pacific's Premier Event for Automotive Air-Conditioning, Electrical, and Thermal Management Professionals


VASA, the leading industry association, is thrilled to announce the launch of tickets for Wire & Gas 2024, Asia-Pacific's pinnacle event for professionals in the automotive air-conditioning, electrical, and thermal management sectors. Scheduled from August 23 to 25, 2024, in the heart of Brisbane, Queensland, this year's Wire & Gas convention promises unparalleled opportunities for education, networking, and industry recognition.

The event's program features an impressive lineup of expert speakers and trainers covering a wide range of topics, including hybrid and electric vehicles, air-conditioning, electrical systems, and emerging technological trends. Attendees can expect a diverse range of presentations, seminars, and panel sessions designed to provide valuable insights and foster professional growth.

The events confirmed speakers, with more to be announced:
  • Bob Ansett: Founder of Budget Rent A Car, renowned for his pioneering customer service and employee programs, and innovative marketing strategies.
  • Grant Hand: Founder of Automotive Training Solutions, a leading expert in vehicle climate control systems, sharing insights from his extensive automotive air-conditioning knowledge.
  • Kylie Farrelley: General Manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, providing critical insights into refrigerant emissions and environmental protection initiatives and the technician’s critical role in fighting ozone depletion and climate change.
  • Jeff Smit: Owner of two auto electrical and repair workshops in Sydney, and co-founder of The Automotive Technician network who advocates for continuous training in the automotive repair industry, sharing the latest in electric and hybrid vehicle technology developments.
  • Lesley Yates: Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, using data to help workshops and the broader industry address challenges such as workforce shortages and government regulation changes.
  • 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, offering expertise in implementing profitable business practices for automotive workshop owners with a focus on setting goals and tracking progress by using key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Aaron Feast: Alientech Academy trainer with three decades of experience from engine reconditioning and machining to engine conversions and diesel chip-tuning, delivering a presentation and demonstration on ECU/TCU cloning and re-flashing.
  • Oscar Vall: Infinitiev business development manager, discusssing hybrid and electric vehicle battery technologies including battery pack replacement, repair and remanufacturing, with an overview of hybrid/EV electrical systems and diagnostic methods.
  • Michael Bennett AM: Master of Ceremonies, bringing his wit, humour, and industry knowledge to the event as a Member of the Order of Australia and recipient of the VASA Legend Award.
  • Keegan Sparke: Acclaimed musician known for his engaging performances, returning to entertain Wire & Gas delegates for the third time.

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, the first-ever REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award, and the new Grant Hand Industry Mentor Award, alongside VASA's longstanding Pioneer and Legend awards.

Additionally, Wire & Gas 2024 marks the official launch of "Cool Mavericks," a comprehensive history book on automotive air-conditioning, authored by Mark Mitchell and Ken Newton. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the authors and have their copies of the book signed.

The event is supported by a diverse range of industry sponsors and partners, including Platinum Sponsor NAPA Auto Parts, CoolDrive Auto Parts, Honeywell, IM Group, The Automotive Technician, Diesel Help Australia, and Alientech, among others.

Aware of the current economic climate, VASA has worked to reduce the price of tickets to Wire & Gas 2024 by around 30 percent compared to the 2022 event, with special discounts available for VASA members. Exclusive accommodation rates have also been secured for attendees at The Westin Brisbane and the adjoining Four Points by Sheraton.

Wire & Gas 2024 is a must-attend event for professionals in the automotive air-conditioning, electrical, and thermal management sectors, offering a unique opportunity to stay at the forefront of industry trends, network with peers, and be recognised for their contributions to the industry. Book your tickets and accommodation today by visiting wireandgas.com.