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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

IAAF Annual Conference 2018

Date: 2018/12/12

The IAAF Annual Conference, sponsored by Impression Communications, addressed some of the ongoing issues that loom large and threaten to impact the aftermarket in 2019 and beyond, including the future UK-EU relationship, the danger of counterfeit goods, fast evolving technology and vital legislation to access in-vehicle data, as it hosted one of the largest conferences to date.

Held for the second year running at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes on 6 December, the venue once again served as an ideal backdrop for around 150 attendees who gathered to listen to compelling deliveries from keynote speakers, all sharing their invaluable insight into various hot topics exploring IAAF’s key theme, ‘The automotive aftermarket marketplace in 2019 and beyond.’ 

  • Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, welcomed guests and summarised the likely scenario of the next 12 months ahead, citing “economic uncertainty” and “profound transformation” faced by the aftermarket. 
  • IAAF Head of Membership Development Mike Smallbone, who brought attendees up to speed with all the federation’s developments and activity over the past 12 months.
  • Donald MacDonald from the Department of Transport then gave an update on market surveillance and EU exit, looking at the future of the UK-EU relationship in light of Brexit. 
  • Gerald Ratner delivering his keynote speech on ‘The Rise and Fall . . . and Rise Again’ which covered his dramatic downturn in fortune in the 80s. 
  • The Intellectual Property Office’s Des Staggemeier, gave an alarming talk on the rise in counterfeit goods and the impact on the UK, pointing out that the latest figures for fake products accounted for 4% of national import, equating to a staggering £9.3 billion.
  • Jenni Jaques from the AEO, addressed the role exhibitions have in today’s high-tech world.   
  • Quentin Le-Hetet from GIPA took to the stand to illustrate what the next five years hold for the independent aftermarket, highlighting the development of mobility, PHEVs and the VMs’ strategy as key influential factors. 
  • Neil Pattemore from FIGIEFA, covered the latest technical threats emerging from the UK and Europe, with an update on progress made in the last 12 months. 
  • Steve Carter of Train 4 Auto Consultancy Ltd provided a compelling overview on the rapidly evolving changes taking place with Hybrid, PHEV and Hydrogen Fuel Celled vehicles.   
  • Dr Julia Saini from Frost & Sullivan examined the future of mobility, illustrating the five pillars of digitalisation that are set to transform the automotive industry. 
  • Lawrence Bleasdale, IAAF president, then brought proceedings to a close, in what was his final conference address before stepping down in February when current Vice President Terry Knox will take over the role. 

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