First-ever Schaeffler REPXPERT Conference hailed a ‘huge success’

Schaeffler’s first-ever REPXPERT Conference for UK garages has been hailed as a “huge success,” with high-profile speakers and technical and business content drawing the cream of the UK aftermarket.

The all-day event was held yesterday at Coventry’s Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC), and was designed to capitalise on the company’s regional REPXPERT Academy Live events. More than 200 people are reported to have attended.

“We are more than delighted by how the REPXPERT Conference was received by attendees,” said Matthew Selby, sales and marketing director at Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd.

“Representatives of the best businesses in the automotive aftermarket were able to hear from inspiring speakers, listen to the latest business advice, and learn more about our latest products. It was a huge success.”

Automotive journalist, TV presenter and content creator Abigayle André was host for the event, which kicked off with a presentation from GiPA’s Quentin Le Hetet. He looked at how garages can future-proof in a fast-changing world.

Next up was Colin Denton, star of TV’s Classic Car Garage, who discussed the ongoing importance of apprenticeships.
The stage was then set for a panel discussion featuring REPXPERT Ambassador Andy Savva ‘The Garage Inspector’, Matt Cleevely of Cleevely EV, Tim Benson of Oldfields Garage, Matt Wiseman of Wiseman Motor Services, and Dean Lomas of DC Lomas.

Following the inaugural REPXPERT Awards, three breakout lectures were held in the afternoon, led by Matt Cleevely of Cleevely EV, Louise Baker of Womanic, and head of Schaeffler REPXPERT Sven Olev Mueller.

Meanwhile, visitors could take in the Technical Zone, where they could see the latest innovations from Schaeffler, along with specially invited workshop service providers including Laser Tools and Garage Hive.

“It was an action-packed day,” said Selby. “We’ve had some fantastic feedback already. Thanks to everyone who came along and got involved.”