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Expo on track to grow by 50 percent.
The automotive repair and service industry will return to Detroit next summer July 21-July 25 for NACE | CARS 2015. With Industry Week coming together again, key companies are contracting for 2015 exhibit space at a record-setting pace.
More than 8,000-plus attended NACE | CARS 2014 and related Industry Week events. Decision-makers and shop owners came from throughout the U.S. and more than 20 additional countries to find the latest tools and technology for their shops. Many exhibitors reported making numerous sales throughout the show, and that is driving their decision to return for 2015.
Once again, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) – which sponsors NACE | CARS – is partnering with numerous associations, events and groups including I-CAR, NABC, CREF, MERA, CCIF, CIC and more to continue Industry Week as the place for the entire automotive repair market to network. NACE | CARS 2014 showed significant support and benefits for an industry-wide event, and 2015 is off to a roaring start.
Exhibitors have already contracted for more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space for the 2015 expo. This is 30 percent ahead of last year’s early space draw and equal to the total 2013 exhibit space. ASA is now forecasting a 50 percent increase in expo size for its return to the Motor City.
Leading OEs such as Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Nissan are all back with the same or larger space from 2014, showing their support for NACE | CARS and Industry Week as the destination for the automotive collision and mechanical repair industry in 2015.
With the return of major suppliers including CCC, NAPA, PPG, Chief, Garmat, Celette, Enterprise, Car-O-Liner, Global Finishing, LKQ, UniCure, Painters Supply and more, the vendor and supplier community is committing to Industry Week and the mission of ASA and its partners to grow an event for the industry, by the industry. Exhibitors in the 2014 event generated many leads from shop owners throughout the U.S. and internationally, which is driving their return in 2015.
“We were very pleased with the workflow, the educational seminars and the venue,” said Jeff Kern, president of Car-O-Liner. “I especially enjoyed the CRES symposium. Many of our key accounts were here, and we are happy to have the opportunity to spend quality time together with them.”
Kurt Lammon of Urethane Supply Company said, “NACE is back! We were happy to be here and are happy with the turnout of shops and distributors.”
John Brill of Steck Manufacturing said the show offered something for everyone, which added a new sense of excitement: “It’s great to see all the training and education on aluminum. Life is back at the show.”