Automechanika Frankfurt has concluded, following five trade fair days with a record number of exhibitors, more visitors than the 2016 show and a new record for exhibition space.
The event drew 136,000 trade visitors from 181 countries, and of these, more than 10,000 were at the event for the first time. More than 80 per cent of exhibitors said they had achieved their goals for the event.
“The 25th Automechanika Frankfurt was the biggest and most international event in its history,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
“From 11 to 15 September 2018, more than 5000 companies presented their new products and solutions in an area of around 315,000 square metres. The feedback from our customers has been unmistakable. Never before has the Automechanika Frankfurt fair been so focused on the future. All areas of the automotive aftermarket – industry, retail and workshops – have responded to megatrends that include connected cars, networked workshops and clean vehicles, offering an amazing range of innovations for the international group of professionals in attendance these past few days.
“In all 23 exhibition hall levels and in the outdoor exhibition area, things were really humming.”
US paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, which was making its first-ever appearance at an Automechanika trade fair worldwide, used virtual reality to present new products and a new training app.
As a counterpoint to the emphasis on the digital world, the new Classic Cars exhibition area enjoyed an impressive debut at the trade fair. 75 per cent of exhibitors in this new area were very satisfied, including parts manufacturers, paint suppliers, start-ups and associations.
The next Automechanika Frankfurt is scheduled to take place from 8-12 September 2020.