The first round of exhibit space draw for the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) 2014 show is complete, and more than half the exhibit floor is sold out. “This represents a significant change in events and a strong commitment on behalf of the automotive market to support the only national show solely dedicated to both the collision and service repair industries,” said Dan Risley, ASA President. “Last year, we sold approximately 24,000 square feet. We’ve already surpassed that by 20 percent in the initial space draw and are on pace to sell out. The show will feature more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and another 30,000 dedicated to live demonstrations and show cars.”
Companies that booked space come from all segments of the collision and mechanical repair markets, including OEMs, parts suppliers, estimating system and information providers, insurance companies, and training companies.
NACE/CARS will take place Monday-Saturday, July 28-August 2, 2014, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI, and will be held in conjunction with Industry Week 2014, a series of automotive repair industry events and co-located meetings, including board and other private meetings, Collision Repair Education Foundation annual golf fundraiser, Collision Industry Conference (CIC) quarterly meeting, Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), gala 35th anniversary networking reception, Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) meeting, NACE/CARS expo, business and technical sessions, MSO Symposium, Mechanical Symposium, on-site I-CAR training, and technical presentations.
In addition, the ASA and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) jointly announced on March 7, 2014, that the inaugral OEM Technology and Innovation Expo will be held on August 1, 2014, as part of Industry Week.
The OEM Expo will include panel discussions with OEM experts, product and application demonstrations, and connected vehicles to give attendees a hands-on experience.