GAAS Show Features Look At Top Industry Trends

Presenters at the 2014 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) will give attendees a look into the future. Bill Long, president and chief operating officer of AASA and Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader for IHS Automotive will present “What’s Driving Change Now? Top Trends and the Aftermarket Implications,” on Tuesday, May 20. The presentation will provide both an overview of key trends and a look at how they will impact the aftermarket over the next eight to 10 years.

“One of the trends we’ll touch on is the accelerating globalization of OEM production and the increased leveraging of global platforms,” explained Seng. “As OEMs ‘chase’ the increasing global VIO, they are looking to transform their global production footprint. The aftermarket must understand the new and evolving world of global platforms and modular architecture in order to maximize the efficiency of the aftermarket global supply chain.”

In addition, Seng says the presentation will challenge the aftermarket to understand OEMs who are utilizing technology to both meet the increasing CAFE standards, “but also to change consumer behavior and build a relationship with the car owner beyond the standard warranty period.”

GAAS is May 20 - 21 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. To download the registration brochure and view the latest copy of the agenda, visit The two-day Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, now in its 19th year, brings together industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the worldwide automotive aftermarket and influencing its future.

Each year the net proceeds of GAAS are invested in the organization’s scholarship fund to help students get their automotive aftermarket career started. Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions from individuals, companies and foundations. To date GAAS, has awarded scholarships to more than 1,800 students representing $1.8 million in aid.

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