September 02, 2010 17:47 ET Online Seminar on September 7 to Focus on "The European Automotive Aftermarket" Featuring Leading Aftermarket Expert Dr. John Wormald

TROY, MI--(Marketwire - September 2, 2010) -, a unique marketplace for intelligence and resources for the global auto industry, today announced "The European Automotive Aftermarket" Online Seminar on doing business in European aftermarket. The Online Seminar will take place online and will be viewable via live webcast via the Internet around the world.

The one-hour event will feature Dr. John Wormald, a leading expert on the European automotive and aftermarket industry. After the presentation, attendees will be able to ask questions directly to Dr. Wormald via a 'live,' interactive Q&A session.

"The European automotive aftermarket is a huge but often neglected and poorly documented sector. It is a major source of profits for vehicle manufacturers, their franchised dealers and component suppliers. It has also been the subject of controversy and concern on the part of competition authorities in recent years," according to Dr. Wormald.

The presentation will cover these topics:

1. An overview of European aftermarkets, explaining their structures and how they function. This will cover the OES (franchised dealer) sector; the traditional IAM (independent aftermarket), home of the independent repairers and parts distributors; and the New Distribution sector with its chained service and retail formats. The crash repair sector will also be covered.

2. The financial contribution of the aftermarket, competition issues that result from it, the concerns and actions of regulators, the Block Exemption and the Right to Repair clause -- and where we stand today.

3. Potential changes in the short and long term, and the opportunities that exist for different players and potential new entrants.

The Company's past eleven Online Seminars has been attended by executives from over 25 countries, thereby making this a truly global event.

Complete agenda and registration for this event, as well as a complete list of upcoming events are available at The Seminar runs from 11:00AM to 12noon Detroit time (EDT); 17.00 to 18.00 hrs. Brussels time; and 23.00 to 00.00 hrs. Shanghai time. events have received "excellent" or "very good" ratings from 94 percent of more than 5,000 executives who have attended the events.

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