Top Brands Exhibit At 2017 Collision Repair Expo

Leading automotive body finishing materials, crash repair equipment, diagnostic and software brands from Australia and across the world have booked exhibition space at the 2017 Australian Collision Repair Expo to be held from 6 to 8 April, 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of everything required in an automotive panel repair workshop will be on display at the Expo hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). The theme for the 2017 Expo is Give your business a crash course – a timely topic in this period of change and challenge in the automotive industry.

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said technology will be an important focus of this Expo. “With today’s vehicles virtual computers on wheels, workshops depend increasingly on high technology tools and equipment to repair and enhance these sophisticated vehicles,” he said.

“At the 2017 Expo, we will highlight those rapidly developing technologies with 50-plus exhibitors’ product displays, an educational seminar program run over two days to allow visitors to pick the sessions that best meet their needs, and a range of networking opportunities. In addition to all the best paint and body finishing brands, the list of exhibitors for 2017 includes companies that work at the leading edge of crash repair consumables, equipment and tools. The leading edge products and services offered by these exhibitors are necessary to keep workshops in business in the future.

“Visiting the Expo provides workshop owners, managers and technicians the opportunity to view a wide range of solutions in one location. You can talk to the suppliers and compare their products and services right there and then. Your Expo visit will save time, help you research your needs in a convenient environment, and enable you to make decisions about which brands will work best for your business. A visit to the Collision Repair Expo website provides the A to Z list of industry suppliers that will be exhibiting at the 2017 Expo,” said Stuart Charity.

Expo presents “you have to be there” seminar program

As technology becomes a greater influence on collision repairers’ business models, Expo organisers have increased the focus on providing educational opportunities. Seminars at the Expo are free and will be held on Friday 7 April and Saturday 8 April. Pre-registration is required to help plan seating requirements.

Expo Seminar Coordinator Colin Bockman said the industry has asked for top international and local presenters to share their insight. “That is what we are working to deliver,” he said. â€œThe seminars will deliver awareness on the latest trends in line with how the Australian and New Zealand collision repair industries are being affected by technology advancements, commercial factors and other issues. For example, one seminar topic description reads: ‘if you need to know the real truth about consolidation, technology, the skills shortage and the risk of reduced claims, then this is the Seminar to attend’.

“The person who will deliver this seminar said he expects this session to be a myth buster regarding what are perceived to be the collision repair business owners’ worst fears. Information presented in the 2017 seminar sessions will help collision repair businesses plan their future with greater certainty. You will hear from Industry leaders who are in touch with the real world challenges.

“Expo visitors will walk out of these seminars feeling like they had to be there because the information went beyond commentary and delivered insights of real value to them. That is our litmus test,” said Colin Bockman.

The theme for the 2017 Collision Repair Expo is “Give your business a crash course” – a timely topic in this period of change and challenge in the automotive industry.

SEMA – Research The Floorplan For New Business

With less than three weeks until the opening of the 2016 SEMA Show, attendees are encouraged to use the SEMA Show floorplan to get acquainted with this year’s layout and to research new exhibitors.

The homepage features the Show Locations Map, highlighting the Show’s sections and the outside layout of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Clicking on any of the halls will bring up a large map of the layout, showing the companies and booth numbers within the hall. The drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner provides convenient links to areas throughout the Show, including the LVCC’s hall layouts, the Performance Pavilion and all three Silver Lots.

Buyers can use the search tool to locate companies by product keywords. As an example, a search for the term “exhaust” will produce a list of companies offering exhaust-related products, a button graphic with the number of those exhibitors per hall, and their locations on the floorplan. To navigate deeper, buyers can click on any of the buttons to bring up a larger version of the map, and the specific location and booth number for each company.

The link is

Automechanika Announces Winners Of The Innovation Awards

The winners of the Automechanika Innovation Awards 2016 have been announced. On 23 August 2016, the independent jury of nine experts reached agreement on eight award winners whose innovative solutions and future-oriented products will be presented for the first time in an interactive special show in the ‘Festhalle’ during the coming Automechanika Frankfurt.

The award winners were selected from a total of 130 entries, 58 of them from Germany and 72 from other countries. This represents an increase of approx. 30 per cent in the number of international entries compared to the previous fair.

The Automechanika exhibitors were invited to enter their innovations in the following eight categories: Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customizing, Repair & Diagnostics, Repair & Maintenance, Management & Digital Solutions, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning and OE Products & Services.

The jury also decided to give a ‘Green Award’ for the first time as part of this year’s Innovation Awards. This special award goes to the most sustainable innovation of all entries and this year’s winner is Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH for the WinterContact TS 850 P tyre made of ‘Taraxagum’ dandelion rubber, the winner of the Automechanika Innovation Award in the Accessories & Customizing category.

The awards will be presented during the Automechanika Frankfurt opening ceremony in ‘Saal Panorama’ of the Forum at 10.00 hrs on 13 September 2016.

The members of the expert jury that judged the entries from Automechanika exhibitors were:

-Hartmut Abeln, Board Member, TÜV NORD Mobilität
-Prof Willi Diez, Director of the Institute for the Automobile Industry (IFA)
-Dr Axel Glanz, CEO, Innovations Institute and Spokesman of the Innovation Association for the German Industry (IDWI)
-Edwin Grabowski, Publisher of Car Wash Info
-Wilhelm Hülsdonk, Federation of the German Motor Vehicle Trade (ZDK)
-Wolfgang Michel, Editor-in-Chief, ‘kfz-betrieb’, Vogel Business Media GmbH & Co. KG
-Burkhard Riering, Editor-in-Chief ‘Automobilwoche’, Crain Communications GmbH
-Prof Axel Schumacher, Bergische University, Wuppertal
-Prof Helmut Tschöke, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg

All winners with the names of the products entered and a brief description can be found below.

Category: Parts & Components
Robert Bosch GmbH: M Li-Ion Motorcycle Battery (12 V starter battery, LTX12-BS)

Ultra-light motorcycle battery with lithium-ion technology: four times longer life span and significantly greater cycle resistance than comparable lead-acid batteries. Reliable performance even at high temperatures. Contains no acid. Leak proof and can be installed in any position. Completely maintenance free.
Hall 9.0, Stand B16

Category: Electronics & Systems

PORTECTOR is a professionally installed, tamper-proof device that prevents vehicle theft without a key. PORTECTOR prevents all nonauthorised communication with the vehicle’s systems using the on board diagnostic (OBD) port. PORTECTOR is connected to a model-specific port protector to make hard-wiring impossible.
Hall 4.1, Stand E51

Category: Accessories & Customizing
Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH: WinterContact TS 850 P with ‘Taraxagum™ dandelion rubber

Together with several partners, Continental has developed an alternative to the traditional cultivation of natural rubber: Taraxagumâ„¢ dandelion rubber from the root of the Russian dandelion. In the case of the WinterContact TS 850 P tyre, the tread is made completely of Taraxagum dandelion rubber.
FOR 0, Stand A03

Category: Repair & Diagnostics
NGK Spark Plug Europe GmbH: NCEM® (NTK Compact Emission Meter)

NCEM® is the world’s most compact and lightest multi-gas meter. It supports engine / vehicle testing facilities and the emission test under realistic conditions.

1. Compact and light
2. Easy to use and short start-up times
3. External power supply
4. 8 module slots (flexible and expanded functions)
5. Data collection via USB memory function
Hall 3.0, Stand B51

Category: Repair & Maintenance

UNIFORMITY is the first tyre fitting machine with a diagnosis function. With press roll and laser sensors, it detects rim and tyre defects and supports the operator during the radial-rim-tyre fitting and thus eliminates general vibration problems arising from geometric defects of material irregularities.
Hall 8.0, Stand B74

Category: Management & Digital Solutions
AVL DiTEST GmbH: AVL DiTEST Smart Service 4.0

Solve problems before they arise – supported by completely new service interfaces. Developments in the field of device networking mean that service can be redefined. The analysis of device information guarantees product orientation fully in line with customer requirements.
Hall 8.0, Stand C30

Category: Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning
WashTec Cleaning Technology GmbH: MultiFlex Side Washing System

The MultiFlex Side Washing System pivots backwards when washing the rear of the vehicle. It adapts flexibly to the contours of the vehicle and washes them with maximum contact, including under the rear spoiler, in bumper depressions and around the C pillars.
Outdoor area 10, Stand A08

Category: OE Products & Services
VALEO: Valeo SCALAâ„¢ Laser scanner

The Valeo SCALAâ„¢ is the first laser scanner for automobile mass production. The technology is a key factor for automated driving and operates by scanning the environment in front of the vehicle and detecting with extreme precision any obstacles in its path.
Hall 3.0, Stand A61

Virtual Experiential Demos At SEMA Show

The hottest trends in Virtual Reality (VR) video and Augmented Reality (AR) video will take center stage at the 2016 SEMA Show, where Showgoers can view a series of automotive-themed experiential demonstrations and learn how the technology can be applied to all areas of automotive aftermarket product sales, marketing and development. Featuring live VR broadcasting, 360-degree video, and fully immersive VR and AR experiences, the SEMA VR Experience will be located in SEMA Central, one of the top locations of the SEMA Show found in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

One of the highlights of the SEMA VR Experience is a captivating 360-degree video presentation of the Diamond Bar, CA-based SEMA Garage, including a tour of the Installation Center, Emissions Lab, Photo Studio, 3D Scanner and 3D Printer and more. The complete SEMA VR Experience will include:

• Live 360-degree Video Broadcast Demonstration: With special cameras placed around the SEMA Show, see how 360-degree video can enhance live social media event broadcasts.
• SEMA Garage 360-degree Video Tour: Join Overhaulin’s “AJ” as she virtually transports you to a complete tour of the 15,000-square-foot SEMA Garage facility.
• BFGoodrich Are You Driver Enough VR Experience: Immerse yourself in a tire-test driving experience with virtual instructors by your side.
• BFGoodrich Baja 1000 VR Experience: Sit in the cockpit of an 850 Horsepower Trophy Truck with Baja 1000 champion Rob MacCachren.
• Optima Batteries Power of Legends VR Experience: Sit in the middle of the action with a series of Optima Batteries ProPower Ambassadors from the worlds of professional road racing, off-road racing, water skiing and bass fishing!
• Augmented Reality Parts Catalog Demonstration: Using sophisticated viewing technology, see how a parts catalog can come to life, with floating 3D holograms of parts literally floating off the catalog pages.
• Augmented Reality Car Customization Demonstration: Using new AR technology, see a full-size sports car come to life before your eyes, and have the opportunity to select body color, racing stripes, wheels/tires and other modifications in virtual reality.

“The SEMA Garage 360-degree video tour is a great reason in and of itself to check out all of the cutting edge demonstrations at the SEMA VR Experience,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events. “The added bonus is that SEMA Showgoers will be able to experience how virtual reality and augmented reality work, and learn how these new experiential video technologies can benefit their bottom line.”

VR and related technology such as augmented reality, which powers Pokeman Go, are quickly being used as sales tools and influencing customer behavior. Businesses are able to use VR to tell stories and create deep, meaningful experiences. Showgoers can experience this amazing new video technology by visiting The SEMA VR Experience, located at SEMA Central during the SEMA Show, Nov. 1-4, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.

Repair Specialists Workshops In English At Automechanika

Workshops for repair specialists at Automechanika Frankfurt are a longstanding tradition and, this year, trade visitors can choose between twelve different professional-development courses – free of charge and in German or English.

The half-life of knowledge on the internet is about five years. In other words, anyone who does not regularly keep up-to-date will soon be left well behind in the world of digital business. Although half-life times in skilled crafts and trades are significantly longer, knowledge in this field now tends to age faster and is constantly being supplemented by new knowledge, without which it is hardly possible to repair and maintain modern vehicles correctly.

Therefore, Messe Frankfurt has once again worked closely with exhibitors and trade associations to create an interesting professional-development programme for trade visitors from the workshop sector with twelve workshops for repair specialists from the collision-damage segment being held throughout the fair, from 13 to 17 September. New this year: experts will hold the three-hour courses in German during the mornings and English in the afternoons.

Repairing tomorrow’s technology today

This year, the popular professional-development programme is characterised by three focal points: firstly, complete and precise damage assessment and cost calculation; secondly, working on hybrid and fuelcell vehicles; thirdly, taking account of driver assistance systems when calculating, repairing and re-commissioning damaged vehicles.

With this programme, Messe Frankfurt and the companies supporting the twelve workshops with speakers and equipment link up with the ‘Tomorrow´s Service & Mobility’ special exhibition in the ‘Festhalle’ where experts present their future-oriented technological ideas, such as the driverless car and a completely networked world of mobility.

The practical presentations given by experts at the workshops for body and paint repairs in the Galleria will cover, inter alia, the question of how modern assistance systems for partially autonomous vehicles should be handled and repaired correctly after a collision.

Calculating, repairing, testing

This process begins with the damage assessment and calculation. If assistance-system components are located in the area affected by the collision, they could be damaged or, if not, must in any case be dismantled for the repair work, itself not an easy task. Furthermore, they must be refitted precisely and recalibrated after the repairs have been completed.

Only in this way can the operational and road-traffic safety of the vehicle be guaranteed. These steps mean extra work that must be taken into account when assessing and calculating the damage. Accordingly, the workshops on ‘Systematic Damage Assessment of Collision Damage and ‘Digital Repair Cost Calculation and Communication’ will focus on these challenges for workshops and illustrate them with live demonstrations.

Held for the first time at the 22nd Automechanika in 2012, the workshop about working on the high-voltage systems in hybrid vehicles is being expanded this year to include basic knowledge about fuel-cell vehicles. After successfully completing the workshop, participants will be able to describe themselves as having been instructed for working with intrinsically safe high-voltage systems (in accordance with the requirements in Germany).

Also significantly expanded and up-dated are the workshops on ‘Headlight adjustment and on-board electronic diagnostics with reading out the fault memory’ and ‘Wheel Alignment / Calibration of Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)’. As in the case of damage assessment and cost calculation, the assistance systems fitted to almost all modern compact to big cars have a considerable impact on the entire repair process. With reference to practical applications, the workshops show the aspects to which repair specialists must pay special attention.

Adjusting camera systems is also on the agenda. The precision with which radar sensors need to be calibrated and the fatal consequences of even the smallest deviations from the values specified will be the subject of another demonstration during the workshop.

The professional-development programme from 13 to 17 September also includes workshops on new body sealing technology, innovative materials and composites in automobile manufacturing and new repainting techniques.

The companies cooperating with Messe Frankfurt on the body and paint workshops include Adam Opel AG, BASF Coatings/Glasurit, Beissbarth, BMW, Carbon, Car-o-Liner, DEKRA Automobil GmbH, Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Farécla, Festool GmbH, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, L-Tec, Robert Bosch GmbH, SATA, Sehon, Toyota, Vosschemie GmbH, Wieländer + Schill and the Technical Academy of the Automobile Trade


Participation by advance registration only

In view of the high degree of interest expected to be shown in the workshops, the participants are asked to register for one or more of the courses on the Automechanika website by 19 August. Participation in all courses, all of which will be held in the Galleria between Halls 8, 9 and 10, is free of charge.

Detailed descriptions of the individual workshops and the registration form can be found on the internet at

Film about the workshop programme on YouTube at

Further information can be found at, in our blog at and at and

Heavy Duty Repair Training To Debut At NACE | CARS 2016

NACE | CARS is featuring Heavy Duty programming this year for the first time ever. Training on heavy duty collision and mechanical repair will take place Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11.

This inaugural program includes:

• Dean Hancock, Collision Advice – Heavy Duty Damage Analysis
• John Spoto, 3M – Working Smarter, Not Harder Through Consistent HD Repair Procedures
• Mark Hawkins, Redline Detection – Quickly Find Hidden Leaks in Heavy Duty Trucks, Causing Power, Performance, Fuel Economy, and DPF Regeneration Issues
• Dave Scribner, Car-O-Liner – Opportunities in Heavy Duty Truck Collision Repair

In addition to the training classes, a number of companies exhibiting on the show floor will highlight their HD solutions, including Car-O-Liner, ProLine, Yukon Gear & Axle, Pro Spot International, NAPA, GYS Welding, BASF, Audatex, Bad Dog Tools, and many others. Registration for any of the HD classes includes access to the expo where visitors can see live demos, test drive the 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks, attend OEM & I-CAR training, and more.

Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, stated, “Many of our collision repair and service company partners support the heavy duty market and we’ve had numerous requests for training programs in this area. We are excited to launch our first classes in Anaheim during NACE | CARS 2016 this August. We have presenters with a wealth of knowledge and experience they’ll be sharing with shop owners and managers. This is just the start of a growing program.”

Registration for the HD programs is open at or

along with all other events taking place during NACE | CARS 2016 in Anaheim, August 9 – 12.

These include the CIC summer meeting; the CREF Golf Fundraiser; CAA programs; I-CAR classes, training, and demos; NABC, SCRS Board and open meetings; and featuring NACE | CARS 2016 Conference + Expo from Wednesday through Friday (Expo Thursday and Friday only).

Now in its 34th year, NACE | CARS 2016 will feature numerous opportunities for technical training, business education, demonstrations, networking, and technology showcases for stakeholders, owners, managers and technicians in the collision and service repair industries.

No other event offers this level and diversity of repair training while bringing together all facets of the automotive industry like NACE | CARS. Targeting business owners, management and technicians, this exposition and conference brings together all market segments for the latest and most comprehensive repair solutions, services, education, products and technology.

Complete Demonstration Schedule Announced For NACE | CARS 2016

NACE | CARS has released the complete schedule for demonstrations during the Expo, taking place Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

This year’s Expo features expanded OE involvement and demonstrations, such as those described below, on the latest products, materials & technology, and the latest solutions available to assist in business growth. These demonstrations provide a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with the newest technology, tools, and equipment.

Thursday, August 11

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2017 Ford Super Duty®: “Drive the Future of Tough” Tour, Outdoor Expo
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Federal-Mogul: Garage Gurus Technology Van Equipped with Product Samples and Interactive Demos, Outdoor Expo
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Apollo Sprayers: Spray Equipment-Paint Saving Demos, Booth 445
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ProLine Tool & Supply: Manual Lift/Moving Equipment Demos, Booth 653
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pro Spot International, Inc.: Aluminum Welding, Spot Welding, Rivet/Rivet Removal, Plastic Welding & Repair Demos, Booth 403
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.) Demo, F.R.E.E. Demo Area
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Autologic Diagnostics: Autologic Assist – the first and only cloud-based, vehicle-connected, fully integrated, aftermarket automotive diagnostics solution, Booth 782
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Spray/Coating Demo: Rich Evans Spraying Vintage Flats, Outdoor Expo
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BMW Carbon Fiber: Damage Assessment and Repair Methods, I-CAR Stage
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. F-150 Apron Tube Replacement, I-CAR Stage
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Spray/Coating Demo: Rich Evans Spraying Vintage Flats, Outdoor Expo
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Remote Vehicle Diagnostics with Astech2, I-CAR Stage

Friday, August 12

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Remote Vehicle Diagnostics with Astech2, I-CAR Stage
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rivet Bonding Hands-On Skills Development (RVT01), Outdoor Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2017 Ford Super Duty®: “Drive the Future of Tough” Tour, Outdoor Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Spray/Coating Demonstrations, Outdoor Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Federal-Mogul: Garage Gurus Technology Van Equipped with Product Samples and Interactive Demos, Outdoor Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Apollo Sprayers: Spray Equipment-Paint Saving Demos, Booth 445
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ProLine Tool & Supply: Manual Lift/Moving Equipment Demos, Booth 653
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pro Spot International, Inc.: Aluminum Welding, Spot Welding, Rivet/Rivet Removal, Plastic Welding & Repair Demos, Booth 403
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MIG Brazing: Honda Accord B-Pillar Replacement, I-CAR Stage
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. BMW “New 7 Series”: New Design, Technology, and Repairs, I-CAR Stage
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.), F.R.E.E. Demo Area
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Remote Vehicle Diagnostics with Astech2, I-CAR Stage

Demo description details can be found by downloading the app. To download, search “NACE CARS” from within the app store.

Additional advantages of purchasing a $35, two-day expo pass include:

• Admission to the all-new industry-wide reception Wednesday evening, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm to kick-off the 2016 event – the Party on the Plaza, hosted by the OEM Collision Repair Roundtable
• OEs will be displaying their latest technologies and offering free classes with an Expo Pass purchase how to repair their 2016 and 2017 vehicles
• Custom and classic cars on display
• Access to a beer garden with domestic, import, and craft brews
• Live spray booths with daily demonstrations by the pros, including Rich Evans, television personality and custom automotive designer
• Access to key information, including the BAR discussion and the CA Department of Insurance presentation covering key issues affecting repair shops

No other event offers this level and diversity of repair training while bringing together all facets of the automotive industry like NACE | CARS. Targeting business owners, management and technicians, this exposition and conference brings together all market segments for the latest and most comprehensive repair solutions, services, education, products and technology.

Make your plans to attend NACE | CARS 2016 in Anaheim and find additional information at or Connect directly to registration by clicking here.

Equip Auto 2017 Returns To Paris Expo At The Porte De Versailles

Jacques Mauge, Chairman of Equip Auto was delighted to welcome more than 400 representatives from the automotive aftersales industry on Friday 3 June at a special evening held in the prestigious setting of the French Republican Guard headquarters.

This exceptional event was the occasion to officially launch the 2017 edition of Equip Auto and set out its new ambition: ‘To Be The Essential Venue For Discovery And Insight Into The Ongoing Disruptive Trends Of The Automotive Sector’.

Jacques Mauge expanded on his objectives: “While maintaining the very strong connections which have steadily been built between Equip Auto and the aftersales distribution, repair and maintenance activities; the two-yearly meeting of the profession also has a duty to be in step with a changing market, and as a medium term aim, to be universally acknowledged as the definitive international trade show in services for connected mobility in Europe.”

To help Equip Auto 2017 lay the foundations for this clearly-stated ambition, the FIEV created a steering committee, bringing together, in addition to its partner the French Bodywork Federation, representatives from trade bodies CNPA, FEDA, FNAA, GNESA, SNCTA and Syndicat des Professionnels du Pneu.

After several months of preliminary discussions, three strategic priorities were identified and will serve as a road map for the coming years:

Build Business. This priority sets out to develop the presence of the entire sector: manufacturers, OEMs, distributors, repairers, etc. New market players related to connected mobility (insurers, lenders, telematics operators, etc.) will also make an appearance, generating contacts and business with the firms attending Equip Auto.
Innovate And Plan For The Future. This strategic theme aims to reinforce Equip Auto’s DNA by offering visitors the means firstly of easily identifying and understanding the sector’s leading technological trends, and secondly of embracing a forward-looking vision of the automobile as an urban and road-based mobility solution.
Come Together In A Convivial Environment. This priority will in particular come to life through the organisation of networking events. The convivial atmosphere of the industry will also be illustrated through a grand gala dinner organised during the show.

These three priorities are supported by the show’s powerful international dimension which is an integral part of its identity and which will be reinforced starting in 2017, with special guest buyers invited from major international importers and distributors.

This new strategy, which received a warm welcome from the profession, will be further bolstered by a change of venue for the exhibition. Future editions of Equip Auto will be held at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, where the show will occupy halls 1, 2 and 3. This change of address at the heart of Paris is backed up by the new pledge of Equip Auto 2017:

“Capital Meetings For Automotive After-Sales: Paris 2017.”

Make a date for 17 – 21 October 2017 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Registrations On The Rise For Autopromotec 2017

Autopromotec Bologna Pre-Registrations On The Rise for 2017

Autopromotec, one of the specialised international exhibitions of automotive equipment and aftermarket products that will be held at the Bologna Trade Fair Center (May 24-28, 2017), has just disclosed the first figures related to 2017 pre-registrations.

These figures have been sourced from the Information Form, a non-binding document that both repeat and potential exhibitors sent to the Show Organizers to help them plan the 2017 floor layout based on actual space request.

At the end of April, 761 companies had submitted pre-registration information, 9 per cent more than the same period in 2014. Over 10 per cent of these pre-registrations are from first-time exhibitors, 30 per cent of whom come from such big European automotive markets as Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland.

Early figures already show which halls are going to draw larger numbers of exhibitors, namely the ones devoted to spare parts, diagnostic lines, tire equipment and tires, the latter having strongly increased over the past few years thanks to new manufacturing companies from the Far East.

Autopromotec CEO Renzo Servadei says: “Our exhibition has been steadily expanding and proving to be the benchmark event, held in odd-numbered years, for the whole automotive aftermarket industry, and early figures seem to confirm it. We have many requests from first-time exhibitors, and long-time repeat exhibitors often request larger exhibit space. Additionally, international attendance has grown over the past few editions, as a result of increased promotional activities aimed at enhancing international recognition of the show and the “Made in Italy” business.” Servadei then concludes: “Autopromotec constantly provides updates on the latest technologies that will be soon affecting workshop activities and that no trade operator can afford to ignore.”

Autopromotec CEO Renzo Servadei


Higher Production Percentages In Sichuan Propel Automotive Market Forward

The rapid growth of the Sichuan area in Southwest China has spurred the desire to further explore the market possibilities. According to the 2015 China National Economic Statistics, the car production per centage is higher in Sichuan at a 9.1 per cent increase over last year than the national average increase of 2.7 per cent. Overseas and local companies are exploring more of what the Southwest China region has to offer. To capitalise on this forward movement, the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) has established a Strategic Partners programme, which will provide added benefits to industry-leading brands to make the advantages of joining the show that much more valuable.

The new programme is launching at the forthcoming CAPAS fair to provide the opportunity to examine that marketability. CAPAS will be held 19 – 21 May 2016 in 35,000 sqm of exhibition space at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center.

Strategic Partners at CAPAS strengthen partnership with show and obtain promotional benefits

There will be five Strategic Partners involved with CAPAS for the upcoming three editions from 2016 to 2018. The goal is for leading brands to promote and explore the Southwest China market and achieve greater success through a partnership with the CAPAS organisers. The Strategic Partners include Liqui Moly GmbH, Ruili Group Ruian Auto Parts Co Ltd, Shanghai Musicson Tech Co Ltd, SKYFIL Auto Parts Manufacturing Co Ltd and Wenzhou Ruiming Industrial Co Ltd. The partnership will allow brands to tap into the Southwest China region’s large potential market.

By promoting themselves at CAPAS, companies will have their brand image elevated by increased advertising at a major industry event. An increasing number of high-quality buyers attend the show looking to source new products and find the latest advancements in the industry. This year, 16,000 global buyers are expected, including highly-qualified professional dealers, agents, distributors, wholesalers, service providers, auto parts and car manufacturers as well as retailers.

Liqui Moly is known worldwide as one of the leading engine oil, lubricant, additive and car care manufacturers in Europe and is Germany’s number one brand for automotive engine oils. Liqui Moly has been a loyal exhibitor since the first edition of CAPAS and they have dutifully participated in the show each year.

Liqui Moly’s Marketing Manager, Gao Suhuai believes Southwest China’s automotive market has high potential for growth and the area is also the primary region for Liqui Moly products’ promotion. He explained: “In recent years, the sales of Liqui Moly have grown quickly in the Southwest China market. As a result, we want to further increase the promotion of our products in this region and explore more business opportunities in order to further enhance the sales growth in the Southwest China market.”

Shanghai Musicson Tech Co Ltd is an agent for the world famous German brand Sonax and is also a Strategic Partner this year. The company primarily engages in foreign automotive beauty care products, car audio products, agents and branding business, and joined CAPAS as an exhibitor last year.

The company has many goals in continuing its participation in CAPAS, said Luo Changgeng, Vice President of Shanghai Musicson Tech Co Ltd. “We hope to expand the brand’s visibility and influence through the growing exhibition. The Southwest China market is a big piece of the pie to be developed and we’re hoping to be a part of that development. We’re also hoping to probe more into the customer service market where there are more opportunities for advancement in the market and challenges for us.” The company plans to exhibit several products at CAPAS this year, including the Sonax automotive beauty care line, AUTOPROFI automobile maintenance products, perk fragrant joss stick buckles, Chamäleon putty, among many other exclusive items.

SKYFIL Auto Parts Manufacturing Co Ltd is another loyal company that has been exhibiting with CAPAS since its inception. SKYFIL is a professional automotive filter manufacturer. The company is a member of the China Internal Combustion Engine Industry Association. SKYFIL’s leading products include petrol, diesel, oil, transmission and air filters. The company has also become an OEM filter supplier to selected engine manufacturers in China.

By continuously participating in CAPAS, SKYFIL has established a presence within the automotive parts aftermarket in the Southwest China region. Miao Puyun, General Manager of SKYFIL said, “Our goal is to provide a further understanding and recognition of our products to more domestic and foreign clients and grow our customer base.”

Joining CAPAS as an exhibitor for the first time is Wenzhou Ruiming Industrial Co Ltd. As one of the leading aluminium products manufacturers in China, Whenzhou Ruiming Industrial Co Ltd was established in Zhejiang Ruian City, China’s capital of motorcar and motorcycle spare parts. The company specialises in the R&D, production and sales of aluminium products.

Wenzhou Ruiming Industrial focuses its business on aluminium cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, intake manifolds, cylinder head covers, brackets and other spare parts. It is also a tier 1 supplier of the acclaimed foreign and domestic car manufacturers: Caterpillar, Changan, DFM, FIAT, GAC, GM, SAIC, SGMW, VOLVO, among others.

There were several factors that encouraged first-time CAPAS exhibitor Wenzhou Ruiming to join the show. “We hope that through this exhibition, we will understand the market and also help to expand the automotive parts and aftermarket services market in the region,” said Han Yuming, President of Wenzhou Ruiming.

CAPAS 2016 will be occupying three halls with more than 730 exhibitors from around the world. The exhibition is organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan).

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