Around the Industry: Automotive Oil Change Association Announces Co-located Convention and Trade Show with International Carwash Association

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The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) and the International Carwash Association (ICA) recently announced their decision to co-locate AOCA’s iFLEX annual convention and trade show with The Car Wash Show, beginning next year. The Car Wash Show, the world’s largest carwash convention and trade show, attracted nearly 7,000 carwash and related business professionals this year — a 22 percent increase in attendance over last year. AOCA’s iFLEX, the International Fast Lube Expo, regularly attracts more than 700 attendees.

“This opportunity has been openly discussed for many years,” commented AOCA president Len Minco. “There is a great deal of overlap between our attendees, with carwash being a popular complement to the oil change business, and vice versa. Co-locating iFLEX with The Car Wash Show will provide attendees with many more opportunities to network and learn, and for exhibitors to reach a larger buyer audience.”

The Car Wash Show 2016 will be held May 9-11 in the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. AOCA supplier members wishing to exhibit should contact Carrie North, ICA’s director of sales, at cnorth@carwash.org or 312.673.5724. Plans have been made for successfully integrating fast lube suppliers into The Car Wash Show exhibition hall for 2016 and in future years.

“Adding the leading event in the fast lube industry to The Car Wash Show is just another example of how we are continually looking for opportunities to add value to our event for attendees as well as suppliers,” remarked ICA president Gary Dennis. “After successfully integrating the Western Carwash Association into our event earlier this year, we’ll now be able to offer an even greater menu of networking, education and products for attendees in 2016.”

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