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Another ADS Achievement

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Technical training, seminars, a tradeshow and social events made up the program for the ADS Latin American Regional event recently held on April 29-May 3 at the Marriott San Jose in Costa Rica. A total of 148 attendees participated in the event from 73 different companies representing 19 countries from Mexico to Argentina as well as the United States and Europe.

Prior to the start of the event, ADS sponsored a three-day training course on “Advanced Common Rail Injectors.” Fourteen ADS members participated in this class, which combined theory as well as hands-on training.

The ADS Latin American General Committee celebrated its 51st anniversary. In 1961, Alfredo Christlieb Ibarrola, together with several other visionaries, started the group which has thrived and grown since then. As is customary, the meeting started with the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcome reception in the trade show, which gave the attendees an opportunity to renew acquaintances. Thanks to the 24 exhibitors and their support of this meeting, once again, we had a sellout tradeshow where exhibitors were able to demonstrate their latest products and services.

The opening introduction, made by Latin American Committee Chair Eduardo Drexel, informed the delegates of the committee’s activities over the last year, which included a significant increase in Latin American members and other developments that were planned out at last year’s ADS Latin American Regional in Bogota, Colombia. Following the opening were presentations from various manufacturers and suppliers on their new products and services, especially those specific to Latin American region.

On the evening of April 30, ADS member LTD Central Turbo Diesel, S.A. hosted an “open shop/house” where attendees were treated to shop tours, refreshments and a full evening of entertainment by owners, the Oconitrillo family and all shop employees.

All attendees were treated to a visit on May 1 to The Rainforest Adventures Park, an expansive 1,200-acre private ecology reserve—the ultimate combination of Costa Rica’s rain forest, bird watching and zip line experience. The day was highlighted by a high-flying canopy aerial tram tour through the treetops, highlighting pristine flora and fauna that gave attendees a special opportunity to learn and better appreciate the rainforest conservation.

The Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) is the diesel industry’s leading trade association with hundreds of corporate and individual members worldwide. Its mission is to provide programs and services to its members, which will assist them in achieving success in the operation of their businesses in the diesel industry throughout the world. ADS members are primarily independent repair shops and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of fuel injection equipment, governors, superchargers or turbochargers. For more information visit the ADS Web site at or contact ADS Headquarters at 816.285.0810 or

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