Automechanika Riyadh Opens Its Doors

The inaugural edition of Automechanika Riyadh opened for business where more than 150 exhibitors from 21 countries are showcasing their latest solutions to the automotive aftermarket in the Kingdom’s Eastern and Central regions.

Spanning 6500 square metres and running for three days at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Automechanika Riyadh 2018 was inaugurated by Eng. Mansour Abdullah Al-Shathri. Vice Chairman of the Board of Riyadh Chamber.

The biennial three-day event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Saudi-based ACE Exhibitions, and features country pavilions from Germany, USA, Turkey, Korea and China, underlining the importance of the Saudi auto parts, maintenance, and services industry to the global aftermarket community.

It will alternate between the existing Automechanika Jeddah, with the two trade fairs combined offering a dual gateway to Saudi’s entire aftermarket and auto services industry, from Jeddah, Mecca, and Medinah to the West, and Dammam, Dhahran, and Al Khobar to the East.

There was an enthusiastic response on the opening day from trade buyers and transport, fleet and logistics decision makers, as they had direct access to the world’s leading aftermarket brands across six product groups of Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customizing, Repair & Maintenance, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning, and Tyres & Batteries.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “With nearly half of Saudi’s 8,500 aftermarket outlets located in the Eastern and Central regions, it made sense to introduce a dedicated Automechanika trade fair in the Kingdom’s Capital.

“Saudi Arabia is already the Gulf region’s largest auto aftermarket, with revenues from tyres, batteries, lubricants, and other engine components and accessories valued at more than US$7.1 billion in 2017.

Automechanika Riyadh is the 17th global instalment of Automechanika. It will alternate with Automechanika Jeddah, which will next take place in February 2019.

Show Floor Hours For NACE Automechanika Atlanta Announced

Moving from its two editions in Chicago, NACE Automechanika is setting up shop in Atlanta for the 2018 edition. Why Atlanta? The company says it is listening to its exhibitors and attendees, staying true to its mission and remaining focused on ways to better serve the industry. Georgia is home to more than 3500 international firms including KIA Motors and Porsche Cars North America, holding the top ranking in the country for the lowest cost of doing business.

With hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of attendees, NACE Automechanika Atlanta will likely lead the industry in a showcase of the latest technology covering the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket.

Show floor hours have now been announced. NACE Automechanika Atlanta will be from 10 AM to 5 PM August 8 and 9, and from 10 AM to 2 PM on August 10.

INAPA 2018 Jakarta Almost Sold Out

The 10th edition of INAPA 2018 will be taking place from 22 – 24 March 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta) together with Tyre & Rubber Indonesia 2018, INABIKE 2016, Bus & Truck Indonesia 2018, RailwayTech Indonesia 2018 and INAFASTENER 2018 to be expanded up to up to 30% bigger scale and expected to attract more than 35,000 professional from 40 countries.

The exhibition area will be divided 7 area:

  1. Automotive Parts & System
  2. Bike, Parts and Accessories
  3. Commercial Vehicle and Parts (Truck, Bus, Forklift, Rail)
  4. Vehicle Equipment, Maintenance, Tool and Fastener
  5. Tyre, Wheel and Rubber Chemical
  6. Automotive Battery
  7. Lubricant (for Transportation & Manufacturing) – Lube Indonesia 2018

Indonesia economic growth in 2018 is targeted to reach 5.4% which is considered very realistic. Improvements occur in the commodity sector (palm oil, cacao, etc), manufacturer expansion, coal, and petroleum price is getting high. On the other hand, the investment for commodities have been rising high. The aggressive of infrastructure development in some remote areas also will drive equitable economic growth. This is good news for automotive industry to supply more Indonesia areas.

In terms of market size, Indonesia is the Biggest Car and Bike Market in SE Asia. Indonesia accounts for about one-third of total annual car sales in ASEAN. Indonesia not only has a large population (over 260 million populations) but is also characterized having a rapid expanding middle class. Together, these two factors create a powerful consumer force. The ratio of cars to the population in Indonesia (12:1) is still low compared with other countries in this region. Therefore, still provides a potential market for car encouraging producers to increase their production capacity.

Automechanika Shanghai 2017 Officially Open

The 13th edition of Automechanika Shanghai opened yesterday. For the first time ever, the fair covers 15 halls of the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai and celebrates its largest ever and highest quality edition:

There are 6051 exhibitors (5 per cent increase) covering an area of 340,000 square metres (nine per cent increase) and an expectancy of 130,000 visitors (eight per cent increase).

A total of 19 country and region pavilions can be found on the show floor, as well as an increase in 14 per cent of overseas exhibitors compared to last year.

Located at the North Hall, the E-Mobility & Infrastructure Zone has a larger exhibitor participation and enhanced product coverage this year. It showcases many different aspects of electric vehicles, such as electric controls, batteries, charging infrastructures and key auto parts.

The world of tyres, wheels, rims and related products is displayed at a dedicated area in the West Hall, for the sector’s most innovative products and research.

Running at the same time today are the following events:

  • Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2017
    Theme: Online vs Offline vs O2O – The Battle for the Future of the Aftermarket
  • Connected Mobility Conference Shanghai
    Theme: Autonomous Driving and AI Application in Connected Mobility
  • China Auto Technology Achievement Commercialization & Investment Forum
    Theme: Connected Car Technology Development and New Technologies Presentation
  • China Collision Industry Summit – CCIS Auto Insurance and Aftermarket Cooperation Seminar
    Theme: Dialogue between Automotive Aftermarket and Collision Car Industry
  • Car Racing Experience Sharing by Mr Rao Long, the Champion of TCSA

The show runs from 29 Nov until the 2nd of December.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City

The second edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City will open its doors once again from 25 – 27 April 2018, with an even more ambitious show planned following a successful first year. The three-day fair has now become Vietnam’s leading regional trade fair for the automotive service industry, which is complimenting the country’s position as a frontier for growth within the sector. Organised by Messe Frankfurt, Chan Chao International Co Ltd and Yorkers Exhibition Service Vietnam, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2018 is expected to house 360 exhibitors and welcome 8,500 visitors at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam has experienced a noteworthy boost in economic development in recent years, mostly thanks to a growing population, increased personal income and a stronger demand for more advanced technologies. This boost has also naturally worked its way into the region’s auto industry, with more people now looking for higher quality living standards and having more disposable income compared to previous years.

What’s more, recent figures suggest that the country’s auto sales surpassed 300,000 for the first time last year, resulting in an impressive 24 per cent year-on-year increase. Forecasts expect this figure to grow further in 2017 and beyond, highlighting the sheer boom for the industry in the region.

As such, Vietnam has now become a new home for the Automechanika brand, and after an encouraging response from visitors and exhibitors at its 2017 debut, it’s become clear that there is a huge amount of potential for the fair’s future success within the ASEAN region and beyond.

During the course of the show, each of the comprehensive exhibiting categories have been tailored to suit every corner of the auto industry:

– Parts & Components
– Electronics & Systems
– Accessories & Customising
– Repair & Maintenance
– Dealer & Workshop Management
– Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning
– Alternative Drive Systems & Digital Solutions

Keynote Session To Open Each Day At AAPEX 2017

For the first time, each day of AAPEX 2017 will start with a keynote session! We invite you to attend these events and hear from experts on:

• The Future of the Vehicle (Oct. 31) – “The Future of Mobility and the Aftermarket,” Neal Ganguli, Deloitte Consulting LLP,
• The Future of the Buyer (Nov. 1): “Navigating Omnichannel Successfully,” John Kinsella, VP, FitForCommerce, and the former Vice President, Experience Architecture & Center of Expertise at Lowe’s.
• The Future of the Shop (Nov. 2) – “Grease, Code and Customers: You’re Entirely Right About All the Wrong Stuff,” with a panel including Chris Cloutier, shop owner and technology creator, Golden Rule Auto Care; and Tyler Reeves, president & GM of National Accounts, Interstate Batteries. Scott Shriber, publisher, Counterman Magazine, will moderate the discussion.

Keynote sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., in the Venetian Hotel, Palazzo Ballroom.

Automechanika Shanghai 2017 Bigger Than Ever

Asia’s automotive industry is undergoing rapid technological changes, thanks to the world’s ever-growing consumer demand for new energy vehicles, faster workshop speeds, increased customisation options and improved in-car technologies. Many of the region’s aftermarket enterprises are subsequently looking for a more technological edge, more environmentally friendly products and processes, and superior repair and management standards.

This opportunity is already being brought to life at Automechanika Shanghai, Asia’s largest trade fair dedicated to the global automotive service industry. This year, the fair will welcome around 6000 exhibitors and 130,000 visitors, and is also expected to house some of the latest advancements from both the global and domestic automotive industries.

Take for example Astrace, a Chinese glass window film and paint developer which has various brands within the aftermarket sector. The company is exhibiting for the first time at Automechanika Shanghai 2017, with the goal of expanding into some of Asia’s most promising regions.

Kris Yang, Manager of International Business at Astrace, explains how Asia has a huge role to play in the sector’s future growth: “Our operations are already very well established in China, and like many other players in the aftermarket sector, we’re looking to broaden our horizons to the likes of Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. These regions are all experiencing a growing presence in the sector, and with the help of Automechanika Shanghai we’re hoping to capitalise on this growth.”

“Asia’s aftermarket industry, and its film sector in particular, is experiencing more and more developments in the likes of heat blocking, UV protection, reflectivity and safety. What’s more, the industry is looking to take these innovations a step further by adding even more value for consumers. This includes the likes of films which can harvest energy to power cars, and intelligent glass displays which can display information to passengers, for instance.” Yang added.

Another company looking to take advantage of this trend is adhesives business Henkel, who says that Asia’s growing numbers in terms of car sales and ownership is also an attractive prospect for the sector. “Compared to the overseas market, the growth momentum in the Asian auto industry appears to be more obvious, with car ownership in China alone surpassing 200 million in March 2017,” says Shaohua Fang, APAC Vehicle Repair & Maintenance Business Director for Henkel.

“Thanks to this, as well as the growing expectation for higher quality and improved service, the aftermarket sector in the region expects a 30 per cent year-on-year growth in the coming years, becoming a trillion-dollar industry by end of 2018,” Fang added. He expressed how Automechanika Shanghai is an “ideal platform” for businesses to keep abreast of these trends and to gain stronger positions in the region.

Automechanika Shanghai will take place from 29 November – 2 December at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. This year will see the fair expanded to 330,000sqm. A new REIFEN zone will showcase the very latest tyre, wheel and rim products, while upgrades to the E-mobility & Infrastructure zone will see an even stronger focus on electronics, systems, and future solutions.

A number of key industry players, including Autoyong, ADAYO, Astrace, CARZONE, Eneos, Fangxing Rubber, Fleetguard, Fuchs, Henkel, Huitian, Isuzu, Linglong, NEXTEV, SINOTRUK, TEN-D Energies and Zhengao Auto will participate at the fair for the first time. Meanwhile, exhibitors returning to the show include the likes of ACDelco, Asia-Pacific Electrical, BAIC, BASF, Bullsone, China Changan, Continental Automotive, ContiTech, CRRC, Cummins, Dayco, DENSO, Interstate Batteries, Launch, MA-FRA, Mahle, MANN+HUMMEL, Mobiletron, MOTUL, SATA, Schaeffler, SINOTRUK, SK, Snap-on, SONAX, Valeo, Valvoline, VIE and ZF.

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MSO Symposium Establishes A New Record

More than 300 collision industry executives attended the annual MSO Symposium, representing approximately $6.3 billion in annual revenue from more than 2400 collision repair locations, as reported by The Roman’s Group.

This year’s Symposium featured a robust programme and strong attendance from multiple industry facets. There was increased participation from the car manufacturers. Insurance industry attendance exceeded expectations, with representation from numerous companies, including 8 out of the top 10 largest insurers. Additionally, Susanna Gotsch, CCC Information Services Inc., and Vincent Romans, The Romans Group, kicked off the event with important outlooks and business forecasts. The Advisory Board, led by this year’s Chairman, Paul Gange, President & CEO, FIX Auto USA, did a fantastic job of bringing top speakers and subject matter to Chicago.

“Our focus for the MSO Symposium is to bring together the leaders and influencers from the insurance and collision repair industry. Executives and owners in the collision repair industry are treated to a day of education, collaboration, and networking,” stated Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. “The MSO Symposium is the one event that brings repairers and insurers together to the benefit of the industry and, ultimately, the consumer.”

“The ASA board and management was pleased to see the great turnout and positive response to the 2017 MSO Symposium. Although we will continue to make improvements with more networking and presentations, we are very pleased with the results and appreciate the support of sponsors who make all of this possible,” said Roy Schnepper, Chairman of ASA.

It was announced that the 2018 MSO Symposium will be in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center, in conjunction with NACE Automechanika.

Meet Dave Luehr Author ‘The Secrets Of America’s Greatest Body Shops’ At NACE AUTOMECHANIKA

Industry expert Dave Luehr will present “The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops Series”. Luehr will present the following speaker sessions:

Greatest Production Systems
July 26 at 1 p.m.

Greatest Servant Leadership
July 27 at 1 p.m.

Discounted copies of the book will be available at the conference. Click here to learn more.

You can also receive a 10 per cent discount when you buy the book from the publisher’s website: the CreateSpace eStore.

Enter the discount code: P8ELKUTG

For questions and more information, email [email protected].

MSO Symposium 2017 Complete Agenda & Speaker Lineup Announced

The MSO Symposium, the exclusive and preeminent meeting for executives in the collision repair industry, has announced the complete agenda and speaker lineup for the 2017 event. The sixth annual MSO Symposium will take place Wednesday, July 26 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, during NACE AUTOMECHANIKA CHICAGO

The dynamic agenda is available below, with content aimed at providing vital business growth insight and strategy, created by this year’s Industry Advisory Board.

6th Annual MSO Symposium Agenda
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Registration & Check-In
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Private Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — A Look Into the Future: Susanna Gostch, CCC Information Services
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — A Snapshot of the Collision Industry Today: Vincent Romans, The Romans Group, LLC
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Moving Parts: How Insurers are Responding to Vehicle Technology and Reparability Challenges and the Growing Influence of OEMS: Kyle Thompson, USAA; Sandee Lindorfer, Allstate; Chris Andreoli, Progressive; Russ Hoffbauer, State Farm; Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors, LLC (Moderator)
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — The OEM Paradigm Shift: Gary LeDoux, Honda; John Eck, GM; Benito Cid, Mercedes Benz; Mark Mandl, Ford; Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors, LLC (Moderator)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Refreshment and Networking Break: Sponsored by BASF
3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. — What I learned from growing and exiting my MSO: Lessons from those who have “Been There / Done That”: AJ Leone, Main Gate Management, LLC; Pat James, Retired MSO Owner; Aaron Clark, Assured Performance Network; John Walcher, Veritas Advisors, Inc. (Moderator).
4:10 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. — To Certify or Not to Certify: Jim Keller, ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Joe Amodei, The Collision Centers of New York; Rick Wood, Cooks Collision; Vince Brock, Procare Collisions Centers; Russell Thrall III, CollisionWeek (Moderator)
4:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — State and Federal Government Policies Do Impact Your Business: Wayne Weikel, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Bob Redding, Automotive Service Association
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Private MSO Symposium Reception

Executives representing MSOs, along with multi-location and single location collision repair executives are invited to attend this closed meeting. The event is also open to property and casualty insurance company executives.

Paul Gange, President & CEO, Fix Auto, commented, “Similar to years past, this program is being developed with guidance and direction from leadership in the industry. The Advisory Board determined that the content and speakers for 2017 reflect the issues attendees want and need to help grow their businesses.” Paul is serving as Chairman of the Advisory Board and the Master of Ceremonies.

Dan Risley, President and Executive Director, ASA, stated, “This continues to be one of the premier events in the industry dedicated to the most progressive operators in the collision repair market. It can be best characterized as the premier event where executives from the collision and insurance industry coalesce. In addition to an exemplary lineup of speakers and content, the networking opportunities to share knowledge and information amongst peers across various segments of the industry is unparalleled.”

For information and to register, please visit