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Hanley Wood Trims ASRW Expo Schedule to Two Days

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR

Dallas, TX – The schedule for the Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), which includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), will be changed this Fall to open up more time for attendee networking and session attendance while compressing the exhibit hall hours into two days.

The 2012 show in New Orleans, LA, drew 16,652 attendees and 237 exhibitors. The show floor topped 53,500 nsf. The 2011 show in Orlando, FL, drew 19,221 attendees and 246 exhibitors in 60,000 nsf.

In 2011, the show was moved to the East Coast after running in Las Vegas for seven years. “The industry responded very favorably to the change, and we had an 18% increase in attendance over 2010,” said Shelby Hausler, associate show manager, Hanley Wood. “Last year was a very solid event for us, but it was nearly impossible to top our attendance figures from 2011.”

Hanley Wood Exhibitions, which manages the event for the Automotive Service Association (ASA), said the total hours for exhibits would remain the same, but the exhibit hall would be open two days instead of three.

“This new show structure was crafted to foster a deeper level of networking and community among attendees and within the industry and provides a solution to a long-time industry need identified through our research,” said Ron Pyle, president, ASA.

The event will take place October 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The exhibit hall will be open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., October 17-18. Educational sessions take place on all three days.

Reach Shelby at (972) 536-6318 or shausler@hanleywood.com