More than 100 delegates from across Scotland, northern England and Ireland participated in a series of training events and seminars, many provided by our own Schaeffler REPXPERTs, during the recent Autoinform Live event held at the GTG Academy in Glasgow.
Schaeffler joined fellow Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) members in welcoming technicians through the doors of the GTG Academy over the weekend of the 14 and 15 April.
Throughout the two days, Schaeffler’s ‘Mobility for Tomorrow’ module soon became the weekend’s hot topic of conversation between many delegates and some familiar faces from the REPXPERT team.
“Technicians were given an engaging and interactive insight into the innovations that are already on UK roads, such as thermal management modules and intelligent anti-roll control stabilisation systems.
Product Development Manager, Martyn Holt, who was part of a 17-strong team from Schaeffler, said: “Our E-Mobility module at Autoinform was very well-received, with many delegates taking an interest.
“Everybody who attended the interactive sessions said that they were keen to understand more about this important subject and were looking forward to Schaeffler offering more insights into the future of E-Mobility.”
Boost profit opportunites
Meanwhile, on the LuK 2CT dry double clutch course, 48 delegates were trained, assessed and certificated to IMI approved standards.
Following an introduction to the different types of double clutch systems, REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, advised technicians on the potential revenue stream available to them.
He also demonstrated the removal and replacement of a Volkswagen DSG clutch using a 2CT repair solution, developed exclusively by Schaeffler.
The delegates were then set the challenge of completing an assessment on a vehicle of their choice – all of those who were assessed for IMI certification passed.
REPXPERT, Tim Adams, was also on-hand at Autoinform Live to share his belt system and wheel bearing expertise. He gave an invaluable presentation to technicians about common installation errors, as well as some of more challenging ones!
Once all the hard work had been completed on Saturday, everybody involved in the event, including delegates and trainers, attended a three-course Gala dinner, where the conversation surrounding the day’s activities flowed well into the night.
“Appetite for knowledge”
Andy Savva said: “Autoinform was greatly attended; the organisation that goes into this event is immense, with some great training on offer, so it was particularly pleasing to see so much enthusiasm among the delegates.
“I have enjoyed coming to Scotland again, and I am already looking forward to the next event.”
Malcolm Short is the technical services manager at Schaeffler and is also the man responsible for ensuring that the training calendar runs smoothly.
He said: “Autoinform Live takes several months of rigorous planning and organisation, so it is very satisfying when the delegates take time to thank you for a job well done.
“Mechanics in Scotland seem to have a fantastic appetite for knowledge and improvement, so Autoinform Live is the perfect platform for them, and the GTG Academy provided the perfect venue.
“I can now start planning the syllabus for the next event, watch this space!”
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