Autopromotec Postponed To 2022

Autopromotec has postponed the 29th edition of the show to 25-28 May 2022 due to the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled to run on 26-29 May 2021.

According to Autopromotec, the decision came after a careful analysis of the present framework on a global scale, both from a hygienic and economic perspective.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to register high rates of contagion, and severe limitations to international travels persist,” said Renzo Servadei, CEO of Autopromotec. “A proper planning on the part of all the players of the sector is crucial to create a high-level event, but the uncertainty related to the measures to deal with the sanitary crisis makes it difficult [for] national and international exhibitors and visitors to plan their business travels well in advance.”

Autopromotec said the postponement will coincide with the automotive sector’s expected economic recovery, which analysts predict will occur in 2022. Following the postponement, the show will now take place in even-numbered years.

The company is working on a digital project to enable exhibiting companies to stay in contact with the global market during 2021. More details are expected to be announced at a later date.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City Delayed Again

Due to flight restrictions impeding business travel to Vietnam, Messe Frankfurt has postponed Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City to 2021. It was originally rescheduled to take place from 20 to 22 August.

Restrictions that came in to force in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continue to affect international travel to Vietnam, and organisers say that as a result, logistical uncertainty has hampered planning for the event’s international contingent with less than two months remaining before the trade fair was scheduled to open.

“As a responsible trade fair organiser, we hold a commitment to our participants that extends beyond the fairground to also include safe and practical travel to the venue,” said Stephan Buurma, member of the Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt Group. “Given that this cannot be guaranteed, we have decided that deferring [Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City] to 2021 is the logical course of action. Supporting government authorities, associations and industry players have shown great enthusiasm for [the fair] to return stronger in 2021, when exhibitors will have more time to plan their travel arrangements and the business circumstances will be more stable.”

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2021 will now take place from 30 June to 2 July at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Center.

AIA Cancels Canada Night In Las Vegas

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has announced that the 2020 edition of Canada Night has been cancelled due to ongoing uncertainty with COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for the health and safety of participants.

Canada Night was originally scheduled for 3 November and was supposed to have taken place during the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exposition (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Canada Night Committee of AIA Canada said it had decided that the best course of action was to cancel the event, citing uncertainty around cross-border travel restrictions and concerns about the ability to maintain social distancing both while travelling and while attending the event. The committee said the need for many companies to reassess travel expenses and sponsorship dollars in the wake of the financial cost of measures to control COVID-19 also played a part in the decision.

“This has been a hard year for the aftermarket, one where we’ve all had to make difficult choices,” said J.F. Champagne, President of AIA Canada. “Cancelling Canada Night is not a decision we took lightly. But at the end of the day, we have to do what is best for the health and safety of our members and our industry.”

Canada Night is an annual celebration of the Canadian automotive aftermarket, hosted by AIA Canada, and offers attendees an opportunity to connect, network and socialise with industry peers from across Canada and around the world.

Despite the setback, plans are already in the works for Canada Night’s return to AAPEX in 2021.

CIECA Debuts New Automated Build Process

CIECA has announced that the organisation has completed the 2020R1 release of the CIECA Standards for the collision repair industry.

“The highlight of the release is a new automated build process for the publication of CIECA Standards,” said Charley Quirt, CIECA’s technical project coordinator. “This is a significant change and will help ensure consistency and provide better quality assurance.”

The association will host its next CIECAst webinar, “CIECA 2020R1 Standards Release — Enhanced Quality Assurance Tools & Processes” on Tuesday 28 July at 11 AM CST. It will run for one hour and feature Andy Bober, a software engineer at Entegral who played a key role in the development of the release and will share information about the new build process. Bober has over 20 years of experience in information technology. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session.

To register for CIECAst, click here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) after the CIECAst webinar.

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City Rescheduled Again

The organisers of INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City have made the decision to delay the event a second time until 21 to 23 July 2021 at Centro Citibanamex. The show was originally delayed to September, but deliberation in the automotive community and consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen it rescheduled a second time.

“Amid continued market disruption in Mexico and an overall understanding that our exhibitors, visitors and staff are experiencing challenges, postponing the show is the best path forward,” said Constantin von Vieregge, President and CEO, Messe Frankfurt North America. “Nevertheless, it is our obligation to the markets we serve to continue to provide opportunities to connect through these uncertain times and beyond. We are continuing to innovate and develop new initiatives through investment of digital solutions to address this need.”

Organisers say they understand that nothing will ever replace face-to-face interaction, but the impact of the pandemic on the global business industry has been enormous and the July 2021 show will offer a fresh approach conducive to the ‘new normal’. The event will be guided by physical distancing guidelines, crowd-control measures and enhanced cleaning protocols.

Organisers say the event represents Latin America’s largest international trade show for the automotive aftermarket, OE manufacturing and service industry, and they look forward to “maintaining the position” where industry professionals can once again gather to do business and exchange knowledge and new ideas.

“Despite the current challenges, we are ready to begin preparations for our next edition and are extremely pleased with the continued support of the many leading domestic and international automotive companies planning to join us in 2021,” said Oscar Albin, President of Mexico’s National Auto Parts Industry. “Their value, coupled with the steadfast endorsement from our attendees, gives confidence in our decision and the future moving forward.”

Registration Open For AAPEX 2020

Registration has opened for the AAPEX 2020 show which will run from Tuesday 3 November until Thursday 5 November at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas.

Event organisers say they are preparing by following guidelines and practices laid out for the show by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with national and local government mandates. Additionally, AAPEX leadership and its planning team are working with The Venetian, Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center to implement recommendations and create an optimal on-site experience for conducting business, while focusing on the wellbeing of all in attendance.

This year’s event will have some new and expanded areas on the show floor, including Repair Shop HQ, a built-out six-bay shop for product demonstrations in the new Joe’s Garage, a tyre section, alternative fuel and diagnostics and telematics sections, and two new training theatres on level one. A new robotics and warehouse equipment/logistics section will be added to level two, now known as Automotive Aftermarket Central. The new Caesars Forum Conference Center, which is accessible from the Sands Expo by crossing a short footbridge, will feature pavilions dedicated exclusively to international suppliers.

“We know from numerous feedback channels that the industry is eager to reignite their business partnerships this fall and take advantage of the opportunities presented during recovery,” said Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of Auto Care Association. “For many, it’ll be the first time they see their partners and associates in person since the year began and we are working hard on their behalf to safely facilitate those connections.”

“Through our close connections with automotive aftermarket suppliers, business leaders and government officials, we hear and feel the tremendous need, virus permitting, to reunite and reignite our industry,” said Paul McCarthy, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association President and COO. “If we can have an opportunity for our essential industry to reconnect and drive growth, we need to take it. AAPEX will enable the aftermarket to strengthen the relationships that drive our businesses and come together to develop new strategies for the challenges ahead.”

Online registration is US$40 until Friday 9 October and will become more expensive the later people register after the date. With AAPEX registration, buyers can also visit the SEMA Show which is scheduled to take place the same week in Las Vegas.

AAPEX is a trade-only event and is closed to the general public.

Elite Body Shop Solutions Announces June 2020 Webinar

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions has announced its next free Elite Webinar Series, “The 6th Secret – Leveraging the Power of the Mastermind”. Luehr will both present and host the webinar on Tuesday 23 June at 1 PM CDT.

In the webinar, Luehr will teach what he says is one of the most important success ingredients for a modern-day collision repairer – the people that we surround ourselves with.

“The one single commonality among all of the world’s most successful collision business owners is simply the groups they associate with,” said Luehr.

The programme will offer practical advice on how shops can quickly become a part of a powerful force while remaining independent.

Elite Body Shop Solutions says the key talking points will include:

  • Survival of independence depends on the power of peer groups
  • The leveraging of social capital leads to wealth
  • How industry titans have been leveraging masterminds for years to crush the competition
  • How to multiply by ten your success through “The Law of Reciprocity”
  • Finding a peer group to amplify success
  • Elite’s new masterminds and its benefit for customers towards success

You can register by clicking here, however if you are unable to attend the live event, you can watch the recorded webinar by joining the Elite Body Shop Academy for free here.

CIECAst June 2020 Webinar Detailed

CIECA has announced that its next CIECAst webinar, “Back to the Future of Collision Repair & How CIECA Brings All Industry Segments Together”, will be held on Tuesday 30 June at 11 AM CST. It will run for one hour and feature Erick Bickett, past CEO and co-founder of Auto Center Auto Body (ACAB) Automotive Group and Fix Auto USA.

Bickett will talk about the current landscape of the collision repair industry and what changes are expected to happen in the future. He will discuss how the industry has been affected by COVID-19 and offer businesses tips on what people need to do to prepare and be sustainable for the long-term. Bickett will also talk about the role CIECA plays for all segments of the collision repair industry.

“CIECA is the only industry organisation providing standard methods of electronic commerce used by the entire collision industry community,” said Bickett.

Bickett and his partner started ACAB in 1984 and founded Fix Auto USA, which was sold along with ACAB to Driven Brands in April this year. Over his 39-year career, Bickett has been involved in the establishment of several other companies, including Caliber Collision and CynCast, a technology company serving thousands of collision repair shops that was later sold to Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Bickett and his partners also set up the Collision Career Institute (CCI), an educational organisation that supports apprenticeships in the collision industry.

To register for CIECAst, click here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) after the CIECAst webinar.

IBIS Releases ‘Leading Lights’ Webcasts

The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) has unveiled its new series of thought leadership-based webcasts called Leading Lights, which are available on demand and free of charge.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBIS says it has designed the webcasts to help inspire and equip people with the knowledge and insight to lead their businesses to a healthy point as things gradually return to normality and economic recovery.

IBIS says that each Leading Lights webcast features a luminary speaker who will face issues, present solutions and galvanise action around a topic or set of topics relevant to all sectors of the industry.

The first two webcasts feature Frederik Bisbjerg, Chief Strategy and Business Acceleration Officer at Noor Takaful, along with Eric Devos, President of GiPA.

Bisbjerg discusses the impact the pandemic has had on both insurance companies and body shops. He also explores things happening right now and the changes businesses need to make to survive the new normal.

Devos looks at the effects and consequences the pandemic is having on the automotive aftermarket, based on the output of GiPA’s surveys carried out on the car parc and aftermarket consumer behaviour.

To view the IBIS Leading Lights webcasts, click here.

IBISConnect Africa Announced For July

The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) has announced IBISConnect Africa 2020, a live, interactive, online event, will be broadcast between 10 AM and 1 PM SAST on Thursday 23 July. The theme of the event is “Strength Through Collaboration”.

Topics that will be covered will include how the African market can learn from the new UK salvage code of practice, why it’s important for Africa to adopt a low energy technology and sustainability policy, and a comprehensive overview of the South African collision repair market and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The delegate experience will encompass a visit to IBIS partners’ virtual exhibition stands, peer-to-peer networking using one-to-one and one-to-many online chat functionality, and a seat in the virtual auditorium to watch the event from the delegates’ “reality of their safe haven of choice”.

For more information on IBISConnect Africa, to view the agenda or to register, click here.