The International Aftermarket Meeting 2017 (IAM17) will be held during Autopromotec on Thursday, May 25 in Bologna, Italy. The event organizers say it will be one of the most high-profile events in the AutopromotecEDU calendar of seminars with the topic of “Mobile Solutions: Opportunities and challenges for the Automotive Aftermarket.”
Josef Frank, former senior adviser, aftermarket, and former director, aftermarket at CLEPA, chairman of the event, “By the year 2020, an entire generation of ‘connected’ people, the so-called C Generation, will have grown up in an digital and connected world, and digital technology and its tools will be a second nature to this group. Their familiarity with technology, reliance on mobile communications, and desire to remain in contact with large networks will transform the way we work and consume. This megatrend is already affecting the automotive industry and the aftermarket.”
IAM17 provides an opportunity for the aftermarket community to hear from experts what these changes and transformations mean for the sector. The first contribution, after an introduction made by Associazione Nazionale Fra Industrie Automobilistiche (ANFIA), will focus on the Italian market and will be presented by GiPA. In the second presentation, Tim Armstrong, vice president of planning solutions at IHS Automotive, will show the long-term outlook for new mobility solutions around the world and look at the impact on automotive demand and the knock-on effects for the aftermarket industry.
In a third part, Matthias Knirsch, business development director at Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, will describe the changes in the value chain, including where the role of the consumer will be different, the speed of innovation due to connectivity and the need for a clear legal framework.
The fourth presentation by Sebastian Ruffino, business unit manager at BRIDGE, TomTom, will explain how navigation systems will change and will present BRIDGE, a system that offers a flexible platform where businesses can integrate the power of TomTom technology into their business processes.
Last but not least, in the fifth presentation, Fotios Katsardis, CEO at Temot International, will analyze the implications of mobile solutions in the supply system.
The complete IAM17 conference schedule and the AutopromotecEDU calendar will be available soon on autopromotec.com.