Free “Life After R134a” seminar this weekend at the Automotive Aftermarket Expo in Melbourne

TWO free seminars will take place at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo to provide an overview of the new industry standard air-conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which is now replacing R134a globally.

Delivered by VASA, a supporting association of the Expo and peak body for the Australasian automotive air-conditioning, electrical and engine cooling industry, the hour-long information session will take place at 10.30am on Saturday April 8 and be repeated at 2.30pm the same day.

Topics covered will include the history and evolution of automotive refrigerants, the drivers of change including ozone depletion and global warming potential, how industry has responded to overseas legislation controlling HFCs, a comparison of current and new refrigerant characteristics including flammability, changes to equipment, components and working procedures brought about by new refrigerants and the related standards, licensing and legislation.

Included in the sessions will be the opportunity for questions and answers.

The information provided in these free seminars is intended to help prepare automotive repair businesses, including smash repairers, for refrigerant changes under the title: “Life After R134a”.

If you service, repair or recommission automotive air-conditioning systems, now is the time to act.

VASA member workshops report that a growing number of brands are already importing vehicles using R1234yf and insurance companies are interested in building a database of businesses equipped and trained to handle the new refrigerants.

Session times and location: 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday April 8 in Hospitality Suite 1 at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo, accessed via the organiser’s office within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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