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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

EVs and effective communication to be addressed in first IAAF Industry Briefing Session of the year

Date: Friday 18 February 2022

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is kickstarting its series of Industry Briefing Sessions for 2022, with the first session delivering an insight into the future of the EV market, as well as offering members tips on how to get the best out of their team through effective communication.

Taking place at the headquarters of aftermarket component supplier Corteco in Rugby on 24th March, the event will be headed up by Head of Membership Development, Mike Smallbone and will take place at 10.00 until 11.30am.

Corteco is also providing lunch and refreshments, giving those in attendance the chance to network after the event.

IAAF welcomes back seasoned speaker, Steve Carter of Train4Auto Consultancy, who will deliver his usual engaging talk on what’s driving the EV market today and beyond.

Carter, an expert on the topic, will delve deeper into the continued rise of electrification of vehicles, sharing key facts and figures while exploring the effect this will have on the aftermarket supply chain.

Aftermarket results expert Roberto Dal Corso, from the Dal Corso Group, will be the session’s second guest speaker, discussing how to develop communication skills that will keep a team on track when dealing with tough challenges.

Dal Corso will specifically offer advice on how to leverage communication in order to improve team performance, increase engagement and secure results. Key areas Dal Corso will explore is building a team’s learning capacity; leveraging positional power to increase a team’s ability to perform; and increasing influence through candour and curiosity.

Smallbone said:

“The past few years have not been without challenge, with a number of issues affecting the market as a result of Brexit and the pandemic, including increasing costs and availability. With the automotive aftermarket undergoing constant change, this is set to be another exciting year full of opportunity for those willing to embrace the ongoing industry developments, and our line-up for the first industry session of 2022 will help members futureproof their businesses and communicate more efficiently with their team and the wider market.”

The event is free of charge and exclusive to all IAAF members; spaces are limited, so early notification to the IAAF office of your wish to attend in person is advisable. Those who are unable to attend can still register to ‘tune in’ to the briefing via a livestream, by emailing, with details to be announced closer to the date.

Corteco will also be recording the event for members to watch at a later date.