NACE Automechanika Atlanta 2018 Opens Its Doors

NACE Automechanika has now opened for business at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The opening day included several mechanical, collision and management classes, along with many hands-on demonstrations, presentations and innovative product displays from exhibitors including Gtechniq North America, Pro Spot International and The Matrix Wand.

One of the sessions was presented by David Luehr, the founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions. He was in high spirits as he presented his session, The Winning Mindset of America’s Greatest Body Shops, in the morning on the first day of the show.

“Right now is the best time to be in the collision repair industry,” said Luehr. “Perfecting all of the technical aspects of the business is only a part of the body shop success equation. The right winning mindset can overcome more challenges and take you, your business, and your team further, into limitless potential.”

General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced the launch of the GM Collision Repair Network at the show. The company also used a morning presentation to speak with repairers about joining techniques GM utilises as a result of ‘light-weighting’ efforts.

“Today’s light-weighting of structures drives new engineering designs as well as new material usage,” said Joe Villanueva with GM Service Engineering, during his presentation. As an example, he spoke about the 2019 LD Chevrolet Silverado, soon hitting dealerships. The vehicle’s weight has been reduced by more than 200kg through the use of aluminium parts such as bolt-on cowls, tailgates, doors and bonnets. Aluminium doors are now full replacement only, with no door skins available, said Villanueva.

MSO Symposium Set For NACE Automechanika

The MSO Symposium is set to take place in conjunction with the NACE Automechanika Show in Atlanta, providing the opportunity to discuss topics influencing the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium, on Thursday, 9th August, is led and attended by experienced, high-growth executives from the leading multi-shop operations within North America. According to the organisers, it is through the assistance of leaders from within these organisations that the MSO Symposium continuously delivers directly impactful information to its constituents.

With an expanded program for 2018, organisers say attendees will gain useful and original information from key decision-makers, while encountering unique opportunities to exchange business knowledge and conversation with so many developed leaders from within the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium’s programme is directly relevant for owners of large, yet independent collision repair facilities, OEM collision repair program managers, insurance professionals and members of multi-shop operators (MSOs).

The event is exclusive and only open to people within the above categories, as well as to a limited number of prominent industry sponsors who support the collision repair industry with information, equipment, and data solutions.

For more information visit msosymposium.com.

CAPAS 2018 Concluded On A High Note

The fifth edition of The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) successfully concluded on 26 May 2018 at the Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center in China.

As a platform for the automotive industry in Southwest China, this year CAPAS gathered 583 exhibitors (a 12 per cent increase) from China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the US. Each of these industry leaders gathered together with 18,016 visitors (a four per cent increase) across 45,000m2 of exhibition space.

Following the show’s conclusion, Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said she was pleased to see how CAPAS has grown alongside the industry.

“By catering to the auto market’s transformation in recent years, this fair has helped improve the competitiveness of attending industry players,” said Chiew. “One example is through its showcase of solutions for new environmental protection policies, which allows both exhibitors and visitors to tackle key challenges in the industry. I believe the show will continue to do this in the future too.”

This year, CAPAS featured six theme zones on the show floor: the Automobile Lifestyle Zone, the Commercial Vehicle Zone, the E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone, the Made in Sichuan Zone, the Quick Fix, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone and the Supply Chain Procurement Zone. Positive feedback suggested that the clear zonings and complete range of product offerings helped buyers and exhibitors to have a more efficient business matching experience during the fair.

CAPAS launched the Quick Fix, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone, attracting many well-known chain store brands to participate such as Fix Auto, GAPE China, Jingdian Auto, Tyreplus and more. Fix Auto made its debut appearance at CAPAS, using the zone to target the fast-developing Southwest China market. Speaking at the show was John Zhou, Vice President for China Regions. He said: “During CAPAS, we are featuring an integrated services package for the repair market, assisting the companies in creating standardised service procedures whilst also improving their operations, productivity, competitiveness and costs.

“The aftermarket sector in the entire Southwest region has very good development potential. The implementation of environmental protection policies has led to an upgrade of the entire industry, which matches well with our own business concept. We have met our target customers at CAPAS this year, and we expect to continue participating similar exhibitions in the future.”

The next edition will be held from 23-25 May 2019. For more information, visit www.capas-chengdu.com or email auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

Automechanika Shanghai 2018 Returns With Digital Trends And New Zones

Expectations for this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai are high following last year’s record breaking show, hailed as the most successful in its history. The show is scheduled to take place from 28 November to 1 December at the NECC in Shanghai, and the entire automotive world is preparing for one of the most important dates on the industry’s calendar.

This year, exhibition space is estimated to reach 350,000 sqm. Within the show’s halls, an expected 6250 exhibitors will cross paths with over 140,000 trade visitors. A growing number of participants in 2018 will represent the show’s stronger spotlight on various trends and advancements which are now becoming abundant across the industry, namely within the sphere of digital automotive innovations.

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility – New for 2018

As one of the hottest topics for players across multiple industry sectors, show organisers said advancements in digitalisation are coming thick and fast. The likes of autonomous driving, car connectivity, electromobility and advanced systems all play a crucial role in moulding the future of the industry, and organisers said Automechanika Shanghai echoes this evolution in terms of visitors’ sourcing needs, exhibitors’ product developments and even with the show’s collection of fringe events.

Demonstrating the show’s strengthened emphasis on digital trends is the new area for ‘Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility’, which has been established in collaboration with the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce.

The area will feature the five most essential elements of car connectivity through exhibits, forums and interactive activities for private and public transportation. These are:

  • People: This area will focus specifically on in-car well-being, including the latest interior electronics for improved safety, personal entertainment and driver comfort
  • Vehicle: Visitors can explore several on-site car demonstrations, with a host of electric vehicles on display to bring the show’s connectivity concepts to life
  • Road: The area will also promote infrastructure of connected roads for autonomous driving, and will also look at the standards and regulations of more developed countries
  • Network: A number of leading international network and IT providers will gather in this area, demonstrating how connectivity continues to bridge the automotive sector with the online world
  • Cloud: Data management will be a key aspect here, allowing visitors to explore the ways in which car connectivity data can enhance fleet management, car sharing, and smart cities

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility also covers several aspects of new energy vehicle innovations, such as electric controls, charging infrastructure, battery technology, vehicle components and testing equipment. At the same time, various other industry sectors will demonstrate how these digital trends are filtering into many automotive markets. This includes the Parts & Components and Accessories & Customising sectors, as well as the Repair & Maintenance and Electronics & Systems sectors.

Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of show organiser Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, emphasised how Automechanika Shanghai continues to walk alongside the industry’s ever-changing trends.

“We have been lucky enough to witness a shift in attitude for automotive manufacturing in recent years. The industry’s ‘blue sky’ concepts are now a thing of the past, with the vast majority of innovations in digitalisation and connectivity coming to fruition across multiple sectors.

“The show’s representation of the entire supply chain, on top of its ability to attract the biggest names from around the world, allows us to represent this evolution in the most effective way possible,” she added.

Less Than Three Months To Go To NACE Automechanika

NACE Automechanika Atlanta will bring a host of show highlights along with a variety of segments that are expected to refresh the show. An array of show floor features include the OE Park for training directly from the manufacturers, Spray Zone with its cool paint techniques and Trucks Up Next for the latest in heavy duty products and services.

This is the largest automotive repair training event and trade show designed specifically for collision and service repair shop owners and technicians.

Over 75 seminars feature more than 40 leading experts, including:

  • G Jerry Truglia from Automotive Technician Training Services (ATTS)
  • Teresa Bolton from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
  • Mike Anderson with Collision Advice
  • Tony Passwater from AEII

Many special features will be happening on and off the show floor. Trucks Up Next will showcase heavy duty trucks, parts and accessories, while I-CAR Demonstration Depot will explain the latest industry developments and offer demonstrations by I-CAR certified trainers.

The Rockin’ Rides Car Show and Reception is produced by the Atlanta I-CAR Committee and will be hosted on the NACE Automechanika show floor. It will be home to some of the most unique custom cars, along with time honoured antiques and a few of the newest vehicles stocked with the latest technology. The car show is free with pre-registration to the trade show.

NACE Automechanika will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall B1, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, 8 August and Thursday, 9 August from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Friday, 10 August from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

There will also be co-located events. These include the APRA Big R Show, the Assured Performance Network Business Development Summit, the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Golf Tournament, the MSO Symposium and the Technology & Telematics Forum.

Atlanta offers many attractions and special events during the northern summer, making for a great tourism location and ideal for unwinding after the show. Some of the companies that have their headquarters in Atlanta are Mercedes-Benz USA, Coca-Cola, CNN, UPS, Delta and many others.

2018 SEMA Show Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2018 SEMA Show is now open for the annual trade show that will be held from Tuesday 30 October until Friday 2 November 2018, in Las Vegas.

Registration is offered in three categories: Attendee, Exhibitor, and Media.

Attendee: Distributors, retailers, installers, buyers, and those in public relations and marketing should register using the “Attendee” link. Applicants may be required to submit proof of employment in the industry. Additionally, approved domestic attendees who register and choose the “Click To Confirm” link in the emailed confirmation before Oct. 12 will receive their badges in the mail. Approved international attendees who register before Sept. 14 will receive their badge at the international address provided in their application.

Attendees may sign up for special events and seminars during the application process or by using the “Special Events Tickets Only” link at www.semashow.com/register.

Among the special events are those offered by the Society of Collision & Repair Specialists (SCRS), Tire Industry Association (TIA), Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), and the SEMA Show Education program, adding up to over 100 sessions addressing all aspects of small business, industry trends and opportunities, collision repair, professional development training, Advanced Vehicle Technology, and more.

The “Exhibitor” registration link is for company personnel working in the booths of exhibiting companies. The primary contact at the exhibiting company may register the entire staff at one time quickly and easily using the unique password and user ID that was provided via email.

Exhibitor badges are not to be used for non-employees, including contest winners, contractors, customers, and vendors. Exhibitors from the USA and Canada who register before Oct. 12 will receive their badges in the mail. International exhibitor badges will be available for pickup on-site upon presenting a matching government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s license.

During registration, exhibitors will also be able to order complimentary tickets to the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, which is attended by around 3000 Showgoers and considered by many to be the industry’s premier celebration.

Journalists covering the SEMA Show can register for complimentary media credentials using the “Media” link. Applicants may need to supply proof of media affiliation, such as by-lined articles or other published work. All approved media will be able to pick up their credentials on-site in the SEMA Show Media Center, a fully functional pressroom with all the tools necessary to assist with reporting from the event.

“The SEMA Show is the world’s leading automotive trade event and where the $41.2 billion specialty aftermarket industry gathers every year to conduct business,” said SEMA Vice President of Communications & Events Peter MacGillivray. “Registering early for this year’s SEMA Show will expedite the registration process and can save applicants money and keep them up-to-date on Show news and developments.”

For more information about the 2018 SEMA Show, log on to www.semashow.com.

To register for the 2018 SEMA Show, visit www.semashow.com/register

AMR 2018 Opens In Beijing, China

The newly formed joint venture company Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing) Co Ltd is set to present the revamped Automotive Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) with an improved product range to better serve China’s dynamic automotive aftermarket. As one of Asia’s largest repair and maintenance industry events, AMR 2018 will attract 1200 exhibitors and approximately 60,000 trade visits are expected to explore the unwavering business opportunities and developments in 110,000 sqm of trade space. The show is co-organised by the China Automotive Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA) and the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA) and will be held from 1 – 4 April 2018 at the New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC) in Beijing.

While the evolving aftermarket sector has experienced surging demand for diversified and innovative products, the production, distribution, end-use and service sectors in the auto supply chain have also been transforming to adapt to these changes. Tapping into this challenging business has become a clear objective for more than a thousand of AMR’s participating repair and maintenance equipment, tools and consumable suppliers. This influential industry platform has attracted key international and domestic companies, including Axalta, Beissbarth, Bright, Car-O-Liner, Celette, Corghi, Festool, Fly-Eagle, Hunter, Kapci, Launch, Maha, Mirka, Panda, Piusi, Rav, Rupes, SATA and Snap-on, each looking to maintain a competitive edge in the dynamic market.

Extensive supply chain coverage in product zones

This year’s AMR has added a brand-new Car Care and Spare Parts Hall, to better serve distributors and the end-users such as workshops, 4S shops, trading companies, chain stores, car care shops, tyre shops and car washes. The specialised hall can help participating suppliers of repair equipment and tools, car care and spare parts such as APG, Biaobang, BPI, Juxuan, Leoch, Luoshi, Sensen, Sontian, Sorl and Wepp to build up their brands and create stronger connections with end-users.

The hall will join the show’s existing areas dedicated to Tools & Tyre equipment and consumables, Cleaning, Car Care, Refinishing, Collision Repair, Garage, Chain Store, Testing & Diagnostics, brand equipment and an international zone. The expanded offerings at the show will better reflect the most current industry trends and address multiple sourcing needs of all sorts of buyers.

In addition, the show’s organisers have also put more efforts in visitor recruitment, allowing exhibitors to link up with a wider range of buyers. So far, more than a thousand overseas visitors have registered for the show, with over half of them being new attendees. Meanwhile in China, the organisers have worked closely with key trade associations in Beijing, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Tianjin and Guangdong Province to organise key buyer delegation visits at the show.

Automotive Maintenance & Repair Expo 2018 (AMR 2018) will be held from 1 – 4 April at the New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC).

For more information, please visit www.amr-china.cn or e-mail sara.qin@china.messefrankfurt.com

Early SEMA Booth Space Applications Due March 30

Companies that submit booth space applications for the 2018 SEMA Show by Friday, March 30, are eligible to participate in the Priority Space Selection process. The space selection process, beginning April 30, is based on exhibitor seniority, and provides companies with the opportunity to choose the best locations for their Show displays.

Leading up to the selection process, each company will be contacted via email with their booth selection date and time range.

About an hour prior to the time to select, exhibitors are encouraged to be prepared by viewing the 2018 Show’s online floorpan. Updated every 30 minutes, exhibitors can see as the Show begins to take shape and monitor their desired section to gain a general idea of where they want to display.

Between April 24–27, each primary contact should take time to check their email, including their “junk” folders. Companies that have not received a correspondence by April 27 or that want to change the primary Show contact listed on the application should email sales@sema.org or call +1 909-396-0289.

The 2018 SEMA Show is scheduled for Tuesday 30 October until Friday 2 November 2018, in Las Vegas. There’s still time to participate in the Priority Space Selection Process. Reserve a booth space for 2018 now by visiting www.SEMAShow.com/buyabooth.