Body And Paint To Star In Frankfurt On One Of Five Automechanika Academy Stages

Body and paint will feature prominently in the Automechanika Academy at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt trade fair, with the stage located in Hall 11.1 to be a focal point for repairers seeking to learn about future topics in collision management.

In addition to a presentation on the repair of electric vehicles on the Wednesday of the fair, expert panels will discuss sustainability, the legal framework and success factors for body and paint companies at the ‘Schadentalk’. Additionally, on the Tuesday and Wednesday, international representatives from leading paint manufacturers will discuss current market challenges and possible solutions.

Automotive professionals wanting to gain further practical training can take part in free workshops organised by body and paint companies. Topics include working on high-voltage and fuel cell vehicles, repair cost calculation with AI, painting and digitalisation, finishing and polishing technology, ADAS calibration, onboard electronics diagnostics, headlight adjustment and SMART repair.

The classic car industry, which now has a permanent place at the fair, will host presentations and panels covering topics such as digital parts procurement, the tokenisation of classic cars, recruiting new talent for classic car companies, and historic motorbikes. Eve Scheer, a presenter, actress and racing driver will lead the stage programme.

Automechanika said the rapid pace of change in the automotive industry creates a need for further training, with discussion about new developments and technologies continuing to grow in recent years.

“This is why we have significantly expanded the Automechanika training and lecture programme and developed new networking formats,” said Olaf Musshoff, Director at Automechanika Frankfurt. “We are offering all participants the opportunity to update their knowledge, discuss with experts and network with automotive professionals from all over the world on a total of five stages, each located in the thematically related halls.”

A broad range of topics across various sectors will occupy the other four stages of the Academy programme.

For the first time, there will be a podium dedicated to the topic of sustainability in all its facets. The new format, featuring an exhibition area, stage and networking lounge, aims to promote dialogue between various industry participants on the topic of sustainability. The first day will focus on production, from extended producer responsibility to synergies to decarbonise the aftermarket value chain through to the digital product passport.

On the Wednesday, the third Remanufacturing Day will take place in cooperation with the internationally renowned Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA).

Experts will present topics and developments in the circular economy and remanufacturing. On the Thursday, the focus will be on supply chains – from the last mile in logistics and materiality assessment to the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). On the Friday, the focus will be on the circular economy, where experts will talk about take-back systems and remanufacturing, solutions and best practices from the circular economy, and buying versus repairing.

The Innovation4Mobility area in Hall 3.0 will feature a stage and networking lounge, making it the central point of contact for topics such as future mobility. On the Tuesday, experts will talk about vehicle-integrated photovoltaics, experiences and possible applications, including for commercial vehicles. The topic of bidirectional charging and the electric vehicle as an electricity storage system will be discussed on the Wednesday morning, while sustainable fuels will follow in the afternoon.

The following day will commence with ‘hydrogen in automotive’ applications, looking at the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-powered combustion engines. Software-defined vehicles, data management, vehicle communication, connectivity, and in-car entertainment will be on the agenda in the afternoon. The Friday will be dedicated to other forward-looking technologies and provide insights into current mobility strategies and the latest developments in Korea. On the Saturday, the discussion will revolve around the topic of the supply chain, with the highlights to include the ‘Fight Clubs’, in which a human competes against a machine (AI with voice recognition).

Another Automechanika Academy stage will focus on mechanical diagnosis and repair; car wash, care and detailing; and oil, lubricants and fuels.

Automechanika will also launch an interactive space for the Generation Z audience in Hall 3.1. The Gen Z: AMBITION area will feature games, sports and lifestyle areas, food zones and its own Club Stage. The area aims to show the next generation how exciting and diverse the automotive aftermarket and its professions can be.