Automechanika Names Green Award Recipients

The 25 exhibitors with particularly sustainable and resource-friendly products to be listed in the ‘Green Directory’ guide for visitors have been selected. The background to the competition: the deadline for receipt of entries for the Automechanika Green Directory was 1 June 2014. The competition was open to all exhibitors of Automechanika 2014. Altogether, 44 applications for inclusion in the ‘Green Directory’ were received. 17 entries (39 percent) came from companies based in Germany, 27 from other countries (61 percent). Each product entered could be allocated to one of eight different categories.

The highest score in the judging was achieved by Robert Bosch GmbH for its system of remanufacturing electronic automotive components. Explaining the jury’s decision, Dr Gerhard Angerer of Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI said, “Repairing, reconditioning and reselling defective electronic components is a future-oriented technology that is growing in importance. Robert Bosch GmbH has made supplying exchange electronic automotive components an economically attractive proposition, which represents a breakthrough in the practice of throwing away defective electronic products and means valuable raw materials are kept in the economic cycle.” The jury’s report also states, “Remanufacturing electronic components requires in-depth knowledge of the system architecture and complex test algorithms. The technology is applicable to both cars and trucks and is a model for other product groups where a throw-away mentality still exists today, e.g., in the field of entertainment electronics.”


All entries are examined with regard to their innovativeness and sustainability. Points are then given in the subsequent analysis of material and energy efficiency and emissions balance. The 25 entrants with the highest number of points are listed in the Green Directory, the ecological visitor guide to Automechanika 2014, which will be distributed at the fair and be available for downloading as an e-paper from at the end of August. On and in the exhibition halls, visitors will also find a striking green leaf as an orientation aid.

The 25 selected participants and products in the individual categories are:

Parts & Components
Industrie Saleri Italo S.p.A

Modular pump


Carwood Motor Units Limited

Remanufactured common rail diesel fuel pump


Borg Automotive Ltd.

Borg Automotive Remanufacturing Process


Delphi Diesel Systems Ltd.

Delphi Aluminium Cable Systems


Federal-Mogul Global Aftermarket EMEA

Ferodo Eco-friction


FTE automotive GmbH

Remanufactured brake callipers


Ultra Performance Energy Clear – CC6700


Arnott Europe

Remanufactured pneumatic spring


Haugg Kühlerfabrik GmbH

Cooler grill for batteries and power electronics


Electronics & Systems

Robert Bosch GmbH

Bosch 1:1 electronics remanufacturing





Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH

Remanufacturing of pneumatic brake-systems components



Valeo electric supercharger


Big Time Auto Parts Mfg. Co. Ltd.

Transparent, flexible LED brake, turn-signal and reversing light


Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.

Q90 LED work light



Pannex AG

New, highly effective and environmentally friendly tyre sealing agent


Lucidity Enterprise Co., Ltd.

Lucidity 22807 9-diode LED work lamp


IPV Inheidener Produktions- und Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH

12 volt automobile cool box with adjustable current consumption


Repair / Maintenance




MPS Micropaint Deutschland GmbH



Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Teroson EP 5010TR


Festool Group GmbH & Co. KG

Festool TURBO II stationary dust extractor system


Festool Group GmbH & Co. KG

Festool LEX 3 eccentric sander


Ionitec International AG

Ionitec Aton Paint Drying Robot


Service Station & Car Wash

GPS Service GmbH & Co. KG

Hydraulic plant operated with ‘aqua blue’


No entries were received for the Tuning, IT & Management and Repair / Diagnostics categories.

More Speakers For CRES At NACE

NACE management has decided to add more speakers to the very-much-in-demand Collision Repair Executive Symposium (CRES). Aimed at multi-shop operators, as well as operators looking for high-growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, CRES is an excellent day of education and networking opportunities for multi-shop operators.


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Market Dynamics Changing in vehicle ownership and driving patterns, ride-sharing, collision avoidance technologies, usage based insurance and vehicle telematics are just some of the latest factors influencing the current marketplace. Learn from insurance and collision industry executives about how these trends having impacted today’s market and will influence the future market for collision repairs.
Moderator: Russell Thrall III, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, CollisionWeek
Participants: Joseph Funk, Vice President, AIG Complex Casualty Claims
Susanna Gotsch, Director, Industry Analyst, CCC Information Services, Inc.
**NEW** Randy Hanson, Claim Director, Allstate Insurance


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Maximizing Capacity Utilization Collision repair operating models are constantly evolving in response to both the marketplace and the desire to continuously improve the business. Increasingly, successful repair facility operators are focusing their operations on maximizing their capacity utilization to assure top level Key Performance Indicator performance and assure growth.
Moderator: Erick Bickett, CEO, Fix Auto USA
Participants: Paul Krauss, President and CEO, Craftsman Auto Body
**NEW** Don Mikrut, Vice President of CarCare Collision Centers
**NEW** Joe Amodei, Founder and CEO of The Collision Centers of New York
**NEW** Rick Wood, co-CEO of Cooks Collision Centers
**NEW** Mark Sanders, President and Chief Operating Officer, Caliber Collision Centres
**NEW** David Braun, Principal with Nexsyis Collision, Inc.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch Break


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Changing Vehicle Design and Increasing Repair Complexity Everyone knows that the vehicles repaired today are vastly different from those of just five years ago. And, the pace of change will continue for many years to come.
Learn how the industry is:
Planning their investments in plant and equipment necessary to repair the every changing automobile
Building cultures geared for technical excellence
Assuring the right car, gets the right repair, by the right technician at the right repair facility
Moderator: Roger Wright, Industry Executive
Participants: Bill Brower, Vice President & Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Marty Iverson, Executive Vice President of Business Development for North America, Innovation Group
Patrick Burnett, Associate Vice President of Property and Casualty Claims – Material Damage, Nationwide Insurance
Aaron Marshall, Marshall Auto Body
David Goldstein, Senior Vice President – Operations (California and Nevada), Caliber


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Anatomy of an Acquisition Geared to small and mid-size MSO’s, this “mock” acquisition will go through the various steps of a transaction, looking at critical issues from both the buyer and the seller’s viewpoint. Topics will include pre-sale preparation, understanding how businesses are valued, confidentiality, due diligence, deal structure and negotiation strategy.
Moderator: Marcy Tieger, Managing Director, Symphony Advisors, LLC
Participants: John Walcher, President of Veritas Advisors, Inc.
Will Johnston, Vice President of Acquisitions, Service King

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Industry Support Surges For Collision Repair Expo

Industry support for the Australian Collision Repair Expo continues to grow with exhibitors having already booked more than 90% of the available space 10 months out from the 16-18 April, 2015 trade only event.

Organised for the collision repair industry by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the Expo will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said the 2015 Expo is experiencing the quickest ever uptake of exhibition space and sponsorship packages. “We welcome the AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes brand as the major corporate sponsor for the third time,” said Stuart Charity.

“Almost all sponsorship packages have been taken, which is a powerful endorsement for this Expo. Crash repair industry suppliers support this show because it delivers what exhibitors want – thousands and thousands of quality trade visitors.

“A committee of senior industry leaders help set the direction for this event and they understand the workshop owners, managers, technicians and apprentices who attend the Expo, because those visitors are also their customers.

“In addition, we get feedback from actual and potential show visitors through formal research. With all this knowledge of the market we truly make it an Expo for the industry by the industry.

“The comprehensive display of vehicle body finishing materials, crash repair equipment and tools will be balanced by a seminar program featuring industry experts presenting the latest technologies and trends in workshop processes and management.

“With this tremendous support from the industry we look forward to a bumper Collision Repair Expo in Melbourne next April. I suggest that crash repair industry suppliers wanting to exhibit at the 2015 Expo should quickly contact Exhibition Director Tony Francis at or call on (03) 9654 7773.

“We are delighted too with the remarkable industry support received for the co-located Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo. More than 75% of that show’s exhibition space has been sold. The Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo features state of the art vehicle repair and servicing equipment, replacement parts, tools and accessories, has its own industry seminar program and an Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards program.

“Together, the Collision Repair Expo and the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo will present more than 400 leading Australian and international brands displayed across five acres,” said Stuart Charity.

Automechanika Shanghai Update

The 2014 edition of Automechanika Shanghai to be held 9 – 12 December 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China, has attracted local governments from Wenzhou and Ruian who want to transform the auto parts industry through their connection with the show.

The local governments are keen to use Messe Frankfurt’s enormous industry resources to help them upgrade and transform the domestic auto parts industry. To highlight the international development of Wenzhou’s and Shanghai’s automobile and motorcycle parts industry, they will organise activities such as a press conference, matchmaking events for auto parts purchase and business collaboration, as well as sending invitations to domestic and overseas auto parts companies asking them to invest in Wenzhou.


Representing the show organiser, Mr Jason Cao, Chairman of the Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: “We are honoured to organise a series of activities promoting the domestic industry image with local governments from Wenzhou and Ruian. Furthermore, we are delighted that more local governments are recognising Automechanika Shanghai as a pioneer in supporting the local auto parts and aftermarket enterprises, to help them expand to global markets as well as motivate enterprises to upgrade and transform. By cooperating with us, the local governments assist in further enhancing the Automechanika Shanghai platform so that it can effectively lead and support the development of the local auto parts industry.”

Hu Ganggao, Wenzhou’s Deputy Mayor added: “A global high-end, professional trade fair such as Automechanika Shanghai offers product trading, brand encounters and the sharing of information technology. In addition, the different promotional activities organised by local government organisations during the show will help to build up the branding for regional industry clusters, as well as providing an important platform for investment, trading, technology, and capital connection. All these things will help our industry development.”


This year’s show, which is the world’s second largest international trade fair for automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services, after the Automechanika show in Frankfurt, Germany, will cover 220,000 sqm of exhibition space comprising 17 indoor halls and 10 outdoor tent halls. The organisers expect to attract 4,800 exhibitors from around the world and more than 86,000 visitors from the whole automobile industry chain, from car manufacturers, distributors, 4S shops, and repair workshops to car care service centers, as well as retailers.

Ji Xuecheng, General Manager of CNAICO outlined the reasons behind an expected increase in exhibitors and visitors. He explained: “Automechanika Shanghai has achieved excellent success in China’s first tier city and mature markets. At the same time, we are putting further efforts into the second and third-tier cities which are offering us enormous growth potential. In addition, we are also targeting emerging markets which include Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America. This will result in more exhibitors and visitors than last year’s show.”


Accessories & Tuning Key Brand Hall makes its debut

Domestic car owners wanting high quality specialised automotive products, and the demand for tuning products in China’s first-tier cities, is expected to grow by 30 to 50 percent in 2014. In response to this increasing market demand, the show organisers have decided to group the leading Accessories & Tuning companies in a new Accessories & Tuning Key Brand Hall (Hall N1).

The organisers are working closely with the exhibitors in this new hall to create the best buyer experience. This includes making sourcing easier for buyers who are looking for high quality accessories and tuning products, and providing them with VIP services.

Leading brands already signed up for the new hall include BOTNY, BULLSONE, CARORI, GLARE, GRAFITYP, GRANITIZE, Huadian Powerful, Johnson, JUNDA, LIQUI MOLY, LOPAL, Rowe, Sinoma, Sonax, STARWORKS, stop+go, Turbo, WD-40, YAKIMA and YUNHAN. These and other Accessories & Tuning Key Brand Hall exhibitors have access to an exclusive integrated brand promotion package which offers new products and brand exposure to global buyers from the whole auto chain before the show. In addition, as well as enhancing their brand image, exhibitors will be able to network with target buyers at fringe programmes. The show organisers will also support exhibitors by highlighting the new Accessories & Tuning Key Brand Hall in show materials and onsite advertising.

Other new show developments include an upgraded VIP buyer programme which offers exclusive services for qualified premium buyers during the show, such as logistical services to facilitate their fair visit, one-to-one matchmaking meetings between buyers and exhibitors, a customised on-site fair schedule that offers visits to manufacturers, and an onsite VIP lounge offering a dedicated networking area serving complimentary refreshments and services.
For further information about the Shanghai show, please visit 

NACE Announces Detroit Tours

NACE is offering organised technical and historical cultural tours in Detroit. All attendees will have the opportunity to register for any of the nine tours, featuring historic city locations, OEM plant and factory tours, as well as tours of Canada.

A complete list of tours is available online. Registration is encouraged in advance, however, will be available on-site for tours that have not reached capacity.


Date: Wednesday July 30 or Thursday July 31.
Time: Board bus at 9:00 am Depart COBO Center 9:15 am 
Return to COBO Center 12:30 pm.
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a five-part experience that includes: Legacy Theatre, Art of Manufacturing Theatre, Observation Deck Tour, Assembly Plant Walking Tour and Legacy Gallery.
Tour Price: $25.00 per person.


Date: Wednesday, July 30 or Thursday July 31 or Saturday August 2.
Time: Board bus at 11:45am, Depart COBO Center 12:00 pm, Return to COBO Center 5:00pm.
More than 80 years ago, The Henry Ford was formally dedicated by its founder, Henry Ford, and his friend and mentor, Thomas Edison. Today, The Henry Ford is a national history destination with an incomparable collection documenting the American experience. The Henry Ford’s unparalleled collection and expertise furthers its position as a global resource for American history and innovation.
Tour Price: Adults/Seniors – $49.00 per person, Children (5-12yrs.) – $39.00


Date: Friday, August 1 or Saturday August 2.
Time: Board bus at 8:45am Depart Cobo Center 9:00 am – Return to Cobo Center 3:00pm.
Greenfield Village visitors experience 300 years of American history through 83 authentic historic structures, four living-history farms and nationally renowned artists creating one-of-a-kind 19th- and 20th-century pieces in pottery, tin and glass.
Today, The Henry Ford, is a national history destination with an incomparable collection documenting the American experience. The Henry Ford’s unparalleled collection and expertise furthers its position as a global resource for American history and innovation.
Tour Price: Adults & Seniors – $49.00, Children (5-12yrs.) – $39.00


Date: Wednesday, July 30 or Thursday July 31
Time: Board bus at 12:45 pm, Depart COBO Center 1:00 pm, Return to COBO Center 2:45 pm
Take a tour through the central hub of OnStar operations in Detroit. OnStar has an 18-year history of providing safety, security and connectivity services to customers. Located in the Renaissance Center, the OnStar Command Center documents the company’s evolution over the years, hosts their central operations and showcases some of the latest advancements.
Tour Price: $20.00


Date: Wednesday July 30 or Thursday July 31
Time: Board bus at 8:30 am, Depart COBO Center 8:45 am, Return to COBO Center 12:30 pm
One of the true purposes of the General Motors Heritage Center is to share the history and accomplishments of General Motors, and to inspire ideas for the future. The GM Heritage Center serves as a showplace for the vehicles of the GM Heritage Collection, and as the home of the Heritage and Media Archive. The Collection is made up of approximately 600 cars and trucks.
TOUR PRICE: $20.00


Date: Thursday July 31 or Saturday August 2
TIME: Board bus at 7:45am, Depart COBO Center 8:00 am, Return to COBO Center 11:00 am
The tour of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly begins with an introductory video and brief presentation, then ventures by motorized cart into the plant for a thorough look at the General Assembly area.
Tour Price: $20.00 per person


Date: Wednesday July 30 or Friday August 1
Time: Board bus at 8:30 am, Depart COBO Center 8:45 am, Return to COBO Center 4:00 pm
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson, and their four children. Carefully preserved with original family furnishings and art, the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot mansion is elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, ornate plaster ceilings, Tiffany stained glass and custom- made hardware, and filled with fine and decorative art.
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum opens to a two-story atrium in which a rotating tower majestically showcases the automaker’s iconic concept vehicles. From the atrium, visitors can access two floors of distinctive exhibition galleries and the garage-like atmosphere of the lower level.
Tour Price: $45.00 per person, both locations combined.


Date: Wednesday, July 30
Time: Board bus at 12:45 pm, Depart COBO Center 1:00 pm, Return to COBO Center 5:00pm
Take a trip back into time with a visit to Windsor. A professional and entertaining guide will introduce you to some of the rich history of the area. You will experience a tour of the Canadian Club Brand Center, the location made famous by Hiram Walker’s legendary Canadian Club whisky.
Tour Price: $39.00 per person


Date: Saturday, August 2
TIME: Board bus at 8:45am Depart COBO Center 9:00 am – Return to COBO Center 3:00pm
Windsor is rich in both history and the arts. The region’s dedication to preserving and sharing their history is strong and proud. Tour highlights include: The Odette Scultpure Park, Walkerville, Willistead Mansion, and Olde Sandwich Towne.
Tour Price: $44.00 per person

GM Heritage Centre

CAPAS: Program Covers Different Sectors‏

The first edition of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) will be offering a fringe program line up covering different industry sectors when it is held 21 – 23 July 2014 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, China.

CAPAS is a one-stop trading platform in Southwest China covering the three main automotive industry sectors of Parts & Components, Accessories & Tuning, as well as Repair & Maintenance. It is organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, and the Sichuan Council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT-Sichuan). The 35,000 sqm show covering three halls, is expected to attract more than 700 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors.

Commenting on the show and its diverse range of fringe programs, Mr Jason Cao, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd said: “The show is a one-stop industry platform not only offering trading and marketing, but also offering information exchange. Messe Frankfurt focuses on fringe programs which provide exhibitors and visitors with added value so they can achieve better results. It’s the key to retaining a trade fair’s vitality.”

To help local enterprises know more about the Southwest China market, there will be a “CAPAS Academy” supported by the Sichuan Provincial Automotive Engineering and Marketing Commission, the Chengdu Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association (CDAMRA) and the Chengdu Automobile Industry Academy. This event will invite speakers from the Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau, the School of Transportation and Automotive Engineering from Xihua University and the Chengdu Transportation Committee Road and Transportation Administration.Themes include an introduction to the automotive market in Sichuan Province and Southwest China, local market business investment policies, and the current aftermarket situation, as well as future developments.

The other seminar is called “Automotive Repair Technology Innovation Forum” and is co-organised by the Auto Maintenance Professional Committee of Sichuan Province. The forum includes two themes “How to Overcome Challenges in Repair Technical Development” and “How to Make Use of E-commerce to Gain More Customers”. Aimed at repair and maintenance service providers, it seeks to help solve technical issues such as training, remote technical support, and team development, as well as how to increase business with e-commerce, to expand marketing channels and strengthen customer trust.

Mr Liang Wanming, Chairman of the Auto Maintenance Professional Committee of Sichuan Province said: “Through this event, we can help our members solve technical and management difficulties. Futhermore, the show gives us an opportunity to talk with exhibitors/manufacturers and connect end users with manufacturers. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Other fringe events include:

A matchmaking event supported by Sichuan Jinhengde West Holding Group Co Ltd which will be attended by major parts and components dealers in the Southwest region.
Exhibitors Tenneco will offer the “Product Presentation and Secondary Distributor Network Introduction” seminar and eBay’s seminar is called “eBay Motors – Automotive E-commerce Development Forum”.
The topic of “Increase Export Profit and Establish Self-owned Brands Seminar” will analyse the export situation for Chinese auto parts enterprises and the European auto parts aftermarket sector, as well as discussions on how to increase export profits and build up a brand.

Domestic and international buyer delegations to attend the show

To help exhibitors develop more sales channels in Southwest China, Messe Frankfurt and its co-organisers are using their comprehensive databases and industry trade fair experience. For example, an invitation to visitors, including the main local R&D and purchasing departments of auto makers and parts manufacturers, and automobile industry parks, has been sent.

In addition, more than 3,600 Parts & Components, Repair & Maintenance and Accessories & Tuning dealers in the local market will be specially invited to source at CAPAS. Furthermore, 2,000 end users will be invited to meet the show’s leading brands and manufacturers to help widen brand influence.

Exclusive services will be available to qualified premium overseas buyers during the show, including information about the Southwest China market and a customised fair schedule which offers a tour to car manufacturing plants and auto cities for auto parts distribution. Currently, there are confirmed overseas buyers from Australia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, UK and US.

For more information about CAPAS, please visit, or email

NACE Claims Largest Conference Programme

The NACE/CARS Expo & Conference will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, from July 30 until August 2. The event claims the largest conference programme in its 32-year history, including:

-Technical training headlining the advancements and future tech trends
-Business management education from industry-leading experts
-Live demonstrations featuring cutting-edge techniques
-Daily networking opportunities to strengthen your business
-Technology showcases for stakeholders, owners, managers and technicians

Register today for NACE by logging on the NACE advertisement on the right side of the front page.

Automechanika Dubai 2014 SOLD OUT‏

As expected every year, Automechanika Dubai has sold out yet again with waiting lists for all five sections of the show; Parts & Systems, Repair & Maintenance, Tyres & Batteries, Service Station & Car Wash and Accessories & Tuning. This year’s show has filled up 12 halls: Halls 1-8 and Sheikh Saeed Halls 1-3 as well as the Trade Centre Arena of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Year in and year out, Automechanika Dubai hosts the world’s largest German Pavilion for the automotive aftermarket industry, and this year is no different.

The German Pavilion is located in Halls 7 & 8 and will take up 5,200 sqm of space with 83 exhibitors taking part in this year’s edition of Automechanika Dubai. Companies that will be showcasing their products and technologies include top notch manufacturers such as Schaeffler Group, Bosch, BPW, Jost, Axalta, ZF, Rema Tip Top, Europart, Bilstein, Mann+Hummel, Meyer Glitza, Liquimoly, Kaercher, SAF Holland, and many more.

We look forward to welcoming you at Automechanika Dubai on June 3-5, 2014.

1,482 Exhibitors from 58 Countries
90% International Exhibitors
24,141 Trade Visitors from 130 Countries*

(*2013 actual figures)

Strong Line Up For New Show CAPAS‏

The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) has announced that the Sichuan Council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT-Sichuan) will join the show as a new co-organiser.

This strong alliance together with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd,helps to position the show as an important annual event.

CAPAS, which makes its debut from 21 – 23 July 2014 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, is a one-stop trade platform in Southwest China covering the three main automotive industry sectors of Parts & Components, Repair & Maintenance as well as Accessories & Tuning.

With its abundant local resources, CCPIT-Sichuan will also organise a special product zone called Sichuan Auto Parts Zone which is expected to attract many local key auto parts manufacturers and suppliers who will showcase their latest products and technologies in an exhibition space of 1,500 sqm. At the zone exhibitors will also be able to expand their sales channels, make contact with the local end user market and strengthen their brand image.

Commenting on the new trade fair, Mr Li Gang, Chairman of CCPIT-Sichuan said: “There are more than 400 automotive and auto parts manufacturers in Sichuan Province, making the auto parts industry one of Sichuan’s most important manufacturing sectors. I am pleased that CCPIT-Sichuan is co-organising the show as it will help foster automotive industry development in Sichuan and Southwest China.”

National Association and Regional Pavilions Confirmed

With the Chinese government’s Western Development project and the new Silk Road economic belt, Southwest China is gaining more importance due to its vast market potential.

As the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone is China’s leading advanced automobile, key components and commercial vehicle manufacturing base, the China Commercial Vehicle Parts Market Federation will organise a commercial vehicle parts pavilion. Mr Yan Lixing, the Federation Chairman commented:  “Our members will be able to better understand the latest aftermarket information through exhibiting at this quality trade platform.  The show is also a premium platform for strengthening Southwest China’s commercial vehicle aftermarket industry.”

There will also be pavilions fromNingbo, Taizhou, Wenzhou and Yuhuan. The Wenzhou pavilion will feature many leading engine brands including Joinhands, Kaituo, Kangsong, Ossca, Ruili and Songtian. It is supported by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Wenzhou City Committee, the Ruian Automobile & Motorcycle Parts Industry Association, and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Ruian Sub-Council. 

First Edition Show Attracts Many Leading Brands

A number of world famous domestic and international brands including eBay, Hengst, Huirun, Ossca, Ruili, Zhuzhou Torch and ZX Shock have confirmed their attendance at CAPAS due to the show organiser’s strong global network and resources.  In addition, the show is receiving strong support from the China Aftermarket Forum (CAF) and some of its members such as Affinia, BPI, Dayco, Tenneco and Valeo, will exhibit at the show.

World leading parts manufacturer Affinia has been actively expanding its market in China and aim to strengthen their brand image at the show.  Mr Scott Lu, Product Manager for WIX FILTERS for Affinia Trading (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: “The automotive aftermarket in Southwest China offers great potential. We would like to explore more opportunities in this region because the demand for automotive products is strong.”

eBay is the leading global online marketplace for automotive and motorcycle parts and Mr Tao Pang, Business Development Senior Manager for eBay Motors Great China commented: “Southwest China is an emerging market for the automotive industry and is an important region for eBay. There are a lot of eBay sellers from this region who have successful businesses selling automotive parts to the global market.  Therefore, at the show we hope to help manufacturers and suppliers to make use of our platform in order to enter the overseas markets.”

CAPAS is expected tomore than 20,000 trade visitors and 700 exhibitors who will showcase their full range of automotive OE and aftermarket products and services in three halls covering an exhibition space of 35,000 sqm.

For more information about the show, please visit, or email

Strong line up for new show CAPAS in motoring industry

Automechanika Chicago 2015

Messe Frankfurt, producer of Automechanika, the leading international brand of automotive trade shows, and Advanstar Communications, one of the largest tradeshow organizers in the U.S., will join forces to launch Automechanika Chicago. The show will be the 14th Automechanika event around the globe, and will take place April 24-26, 2015, at McCormick Place.

Automechanika Chicago will showcase the newest tools, equipment and products in the market and will be the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical training and management classes for automotive technicians and shop owners. The event will leverage the world’s most-trusted show brand – Automechanika – with Advanstar’s leading automotive publications for the service repair and collision repair segments, Motor Age and Auto Body Repair Network (ABRN).

The launch of Automechanika Chicago was announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a press conference. Chicago was chosen as an ideal location for the venture because it is centrally located in the U.S. and easily accessible for drive-in attendees and air travel. McCormick Place will serve as home to Automechanika Chicago on a biannual basis starting next year.

“We are excited about our partnership with Advanstar. Our combined experience in launching successful events only strengthens our ability to service this untapped niche within the automotive aftermarket industry,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the

Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.


The U.S. automotive aftermarket has maintained steady growth of more than 3.4 percent annually, fueled by an aging vehicle population where the average vehicle age is 11.4 years. These trends along with an explosion of new technology means technicians must keep pace. Automechanika Chicago will be THE venue for shop-level training in North America.

Michael Johannes, Brand Manager of Automechanika, said the show’s shop-friendly environment “will allow visitors, from technicians to shop owners, to really get a feel for the new product offerings through the various demonstrations, management seminars and technical training sessions. With the number of diverse product categories exhibiting at this one event, attendees can experience the latest advancements in a very efficient manner.”

Advanstar Communications

Headquartered in California with offices across the United States and abroad, Advanstar Communications has a portfolio of more than 50 trade shows, 100 conferences, 30 publications, and 200 electronic products and websites, including auto industry brands Aftermarket Business World, ABRN, Motor Age and

“Anyone who has attended any Automechanika show around the world knows the power of that brand in the automotive industry,” said Joe Loggia, Advanstar CEO. “Teaming with them on Automechanika Chicago gives us a chance to share our expertise as trade show producers by utilizing the Advanstar Automotive Group’s ability to connect daily with hundreds of thousands of shop owners and technicians.

This partnership is a perfect way for us to engage those readers and draw them to Chicago for a one-of-a-kind event.”

Chris DeMoulin, Advanstar Auto Group’s executive vice president, said, “Automechanika Chicago will be designed specifically for shop owners and technicians as we seek to make it the largest training event ever produced in the U.S. marketplace. Attendees will find a show floor packed with the latest products and innovations for independent shop owners and technicians and get top-notch classroom and hands-on training.”

Messe Frankfurt’s Detlef Braun