Body Repair Attractions Announced For Automechanika Frankfurt 2024

Automechanika Frankfurt has announced an extensive body repair programme for this year’s trade fair, to be held from 10 to 14 September. The Hall 11 attractions will feature lectures on repairing electric vehicles, practical workshops, live painting and a lounge for expert meetings. There will also be an after-work event on the Friday and presentations on classic cars, including selected show cars.

“Training and further education, the transformation of the industry, and ‘emotionalisation’ are core themes that we have defined for the entire Automechanika brand with 14 trade fairs worldwide. In Frankfurt, this concept is clearly reflected in Hall 11,” said Michael Johannes, Vice President Mobility & Logistics at Automechanika organiser Messe Frankfurt. “Over the past few months, the team has worked with industry insiders from the sector and the media to create a diverse and varied programme on highly topical themes.”

Two EV experts will give presentations on the technical challenges and higher costs of repairing high-voltage drives. Additionally, two panels with international representatives from leading paint manufacturers and key presenters from the collision industry will discuss the global development of body repair. At ‘Schadentalk’, decisionmakers from the body repair market will discuss changes in the industry, with the traditional talk on the Friday to be extended by ‘Schadenspots’.

Classic and collectible cars are also included in the stage programme, including a panel discussion where young entrepreneurs will talk about their vision, new business models and passion for historic vehicles. Professor Wolfgang Henseler, Managing Creative Director at the Sensory Minds agency, will explain how classic cars can become an investment, while Andy Schwietzer from PS.Speicher will talk about historic motorbikes from the same perspective. Additionally, Tobias Reichle and Florian Urbitsch, Managing Directors of ‘Nationales Automuseum The Loh Collection’, will explain how they made Friedhelm Loh’s world-class collection accessible to the public. Eve Scheer, a presenter, actress and racing driver, will lead through the entire stage programme in the hall.

In a major development, paint manufacturers have decided to return to Automechanika after a 20-year break, with their stands positioned next to the stage. A Saicozero paint booth will also be placed in the outdoor area of Hall 11 where live painting will be conducted for the first time during the event. Body and paint professionals looking for practical training can also take part in free, certified workshops in Hall 11.0. Topics include working on high-voltage and fuel cell vehicles, repair cost calculation with artificial intelligence, painting and digitalisation, finishing and polishing techniques, ADAS calibration, and diagnosis of onboard electronics. New topics include smart repair, sustainable plastic repair of bumpers and headlight housings (thermal), bonding, and bodywork workstations for repairing electric and multi-material-mix vehicles. Automechanika Frankfurt said the highlight of the week will be ‘Afterwork Friday’, where the industry is invited to enjoy live music and a “spectacular” evening programme.

In addition to the stage programme, a “high-class” selection of classic and collectible cars will be displayed, including a vehicle from ‘Nationales Automuseum The Loh Collection’, with the public to decide which car will be on display – one of 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos built, a Bugatti Type 57C Aravis, Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F1-2000, and a brand-new Mercedes-AMG One.

The award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ from Italian collector Corrado Lopresto and two selected classic motorbikes will also be on show at the trade fair. Additionally, on the Friday and Saturday, 100 historic vehicles will stop at the exhibition centre as part of the first ‘Rhein-Main-Klassik’ rally.

Some of the classic car speakers are featured in the Automechanika Classic Car Podcast ‘Passion meets Business’, where they talk to paint expert and presenter Juergen Book about the business. Organisers said episodes are now available in English for international listeners.