Tech Zone speakers confirmed for this weekend

James Dillon has been a leading light in the electronic and technical aspects of motor vehicles for the past 20 years. This self-employed, hands-on, plain speaking technician has a real knack for taking complex subjects and putting them in plain language with humour, real-world examples and thought provoking questions. He has worked with electric vehicles since 2004 and his experience to date will open your eyes to both the opportunities and threats the electrification of motor vehicle presents to you and your business.

Topic: Vehicle Service and Repair, near future trends and technology. In this session, James will take a look at trends in motor vehicle technology, including the electrification of motor transport. This interesting and technically biased session will help you identify opportunities and develop your service and repair offer to capitalise on them.

Saturday: 11:00
Sunday: 11:00

Keith Walsh, MKW Motors, is a partner in MKW Training, Bosch’s training centre for Ireland and MKW Motors, the Bosch Car Service Centre in Dublin where he specialises in diagnostics, and carries out repairs to all makes and models.

Topic: Vehicle Networking – An overview and a logical approach to fault finding. Keith will be looking at the lay out of vehicle networks, how networking impacts diagnostics and the current and future developments in this area

Saturday: 12:00
sunday: 14:15

Benno Schockman, MPM Oils, a mechanical engineer, has been with MPM Oils since 2011 as Technical Manager and product advisor. Before joining MPM, Benno worked for Castrol / BP as a Technical Advisor for Lubricants in the Netherlands and the UK.

Topic: Benno will give a talk on the company’s position in the market, its OEM product range and future trends in engine oil in relation to the automotive aftermarket.

Saturday: 13:00

Patrick Stüdemann, Meyle, is an International Technical Trainer at Hamburg-based manufacturer MEYLE AG. He completed his apprenticeship at Mercedes Benz, followed by a German masters degree in automotive technologies. Patrick Stüdemann has been working as a technical trainer in the Independent Aftermarket for 10 years.

Topic: Automatic Transmission oil change

Saturday: 14:30

Mike Sadler, Denso. Part of the DENSO team since 2012, Mike is the Technical Specialist responsible for technical support on all products for UK & Ireland. Armed with a strong technical background, Mike has recently been touring the country as part of the launch of the e-Videns tool. The innovative vehicle inspection tool proactively detects potential future defects in a vehicle and provides mechanics and driver with an easy to read report. Unique to DENSO, the health check module compares live data with reference data to assess the health of an engine.

Topic: How e-Videns, can save your workshop time and money.

Saturday: 15:30

Alistair Mason A.A.E. M.I.M.I., Shaeffler, senior REPXPERT Alistair Mason is a familiar face at training events across the UK and Ireland. For everything you need to know about Schaeffler OE components and systems and LuK, INA, FAG and Ruville repair solutions, Alistair is your man.

Topic: Schaeffler, Reducing Emissions for Tomorrow.


Jim Gilmour, Our Virtual Academy, has worked as a script writer for Our Virtual Academy for two and a half years. Previously, Jim worked as a technical consultant for the Bilstein group delivering technical training on hybrid and electric vehicles since 2009. As a trainer he has worked both in the independent aftermarket and for manufacturers such as Porsche, Toyota, Lexus and Bentley.

Topic: The Electric Engine.

Sunday: 13:00

Brian Newell, ZF Aftermarket, has been in the automotive industry for over 40 years, starting his career as a student engineer at Austin Morris (British Leyland) studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering. After working for the car manufacturer for nearly 11 years, he went on to work for several Tier 1 OE suppliers, involved with various vehicle components and systems. For the last 10 years or so, Brian has worked in the aftermarket sector, joining TRW as Sales Manager for diagnostics. More recently he has taken the role of Technical and Training Manager providing support across the TRW braking, steering & suspension product lines. His current role at ZF aftermarket is to develop the ZF [pro]Tech concept and manage the Field Technical Sales team.

Topic: Professional Expertise for High-Voltage Systems from ZF.

Sunday: 15:15