Automechanika Riyadh 2020 To Open In February

Automechanika Riyadh 2020 will open its doors in three months at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Organisers are expecting to see over 125 exhibitors from more than 15 exhibiting countries, both local and international, in addition to 3500 visitors from the Kingdom.

The show will be held from 24-26 February, 2020, will run from 11 AM to 8 PM, and will feature exhibitors from Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, and the UAE among others as well as pavilions from Korea, the USA and China.

Organisers say people are excited to see what new and exciting opportunities will be coming up in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the construction projects aimed at attracting FDI into the country, the automotive Industrial Clusters are looking for manufacturers to setup shop in the country as well. Lucid Motors is on track to begin production in 2020 with the help of investments from Saudi Arabia.

Companies that are attending include Automotor France, Chloride Batteries, Jess Auto Industries, SIRAL SPA, AlTkamul AlTiqani Computers, Yenmark Motor Gomlek, Giant Manufacturing Inc. and many others. For those looking to exhibit, there are still prime spaces available to book using a booking form which can be found here.

New Cars Launched At Dubai International Motor Show 2019

With over 500 cars on display, the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) opened its doors to crowds of motoring enthusiasts and families who were seeking to catch a glimpse of this year’s best and most glamourous car launches and motoring-themed entertainment. Organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the show is being held until 16 November, 2019.

Organisers say the 15th edition of the show has brought to the region a number of launches, including Nissan’s new concepts, exclusively designed for customers in the Middle East; the Gazelle Storm, powered by a 4.8L 6-cylinder powerhouse, and the Navara Gazelle which offers unparalleled off-road experiences. Jaguar Land Rover hosted its regional debut of its new Range Rover, which is powered by the brand’s new six-cylinder petrol engine, and combines dynamic on-road handling, luxurious refinement, and the trademark Land Rover all-terrain capability.

Independent Chinese brand Hongqi unveiled its flagship crossover SUV, the HS7, equipped with advanced assisted driving. UAE-based STREIT Group, one of the world’s largest armoured vehicle manufacturers revealed the Streit Shaman 8×8; the amphibious automobile delivers a horsepower of 107kW and 350Nm torque, ideal for tackling all terrains.

General Motors revealed an array of models from Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, showcasing six new reveals with 36 models in total across all three brands. Chevrolet made regional debuts of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the fastest and most powerful in Stingray history, the new 2020 Onix saloon, and the 2020 Chevrolet Captiva crossover. Cadillac revealed its new CT5 sports saloon; and GMC showed off its new GMC Sierra line-up.

Using their state-of-the-art 3D modelling studio, Italdesign, brought to life students’ visions of the cars of the future. Sponsored by CAFU, the MENA region’s first fuel on-demand mobile application, the ‘My Car of the Future’ competition demonstrated how Italdesign’s team of creatives can quite literally sculpt a car from start to finish in a 3D virtual environment. The competition allowed students aged 6-13 from across the city to submit drawings of what they imagined the car of the future to look like. The chosen students will take home a small model of their designed car, the new Need for Speed game on Xbox, a poster of their design, and two grandstand tickets to Abu Dhabi F1.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring this initiative because we are one of the companies innovating the oil and gas sector, and it makes a lot of sense for us to help kids grow their creativity, their entrepreneurship and their innovation skills,” said Antonio Al Asmar, General Manager at CAFU. “We want to be sure the youth can see their dreams are not so far from reality.”

“This project was a demonstration of Italdesign’s range of expertise, showcasing the finest technologies in automotive design,” said Christian Bolognesi, Press Office Manager at Italdesign. “It was a fantastic feeling to see the students’ faces when their designs were unveiled.”

The show’s daily Visit & Win’ raffle draw had one lucky winner receive an AED$10,000 cash prize and two winners won Traxxas RC cars. Visitors to the show can enter the raffle every day for a chance to win.

The Dubai International Motor Show takes place until 16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Show is also inviting all women who have a keen interest in motoring to visit with free entry between 1-4pm on 12-14 November, and in an effort to celebrate women drivers from Saudi Arabia, the Show is offering free entry throughout the show for those women who hold a valid KSA driving license.

AMR 2020 To Feature Even More International Participation

Auto Maintenance & Repair Expo (AMR) will return next spring from 15-18 March 2020 at Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Centre. Spanning across the 120,000 square metres of the venue’s eight exhibition halls, more than 1300 overseas and domestic exhibitors are expected to participate in the AMR 2020 fair.

In recent years, aftermarket has become one of the main sources of profit in the automotive supply chain. Show organisers says the market value of the global automotive aftermarket expects to see annual growth of three per cent, surging from the current €800 billion to €1200 billion by 2030. In terms of car ownership, the number of vehicles on the road has already reached 250 million in China, with more reports saying the current automotive aftermarket is already valued at ¥1300 billion. By 2025, its market value will grow further by 55 per cent, therefore holding infinite business opportunities for the automotive aftermarket.

Over the past 37 years, AMR organisers say the show has served the Chinese automotive aftermarket by continuing to evolve and grow along the drastic changes in the market, sitting on the driving seat in China’s automotive repair and maintenance industry as it flourishes and becomes more international. Putting the equipment, tools and consumables of repair and maintenance and car care at its core, consistently integrating the latest industry trends and extensive resources, AMR organisers says the show is able to gather quality and professional industry buyers at the fair, which is now recognised as a top trading platform to facilitate sourcing and helping foreign enterprises expand into Chinese and Asian markets.

To further heighten the fair experience and sourcing efficiency, AMR 2020 is set to have a more strategic hall plan in order to highlight the latest products and dedicated services in each sector. Hall allocation will enhance business matching efficiency and the experience for both buyers and exhibitors. For example, there will be specific zones including mechanical, collision, tyre repair, car wash and car care, testing and diagnostics, and repair tools in the Repair & Maintenance sector to better match buyer needs.

Elsewhere, in order to keep up with rising industry trends, the 2020 edition will introduce extensive resources for tyre, lubricant, car care, washing and customising, commercial vehicle, chain stores, emergency roadside assistance, integration of production, and education by hosting concurrent events and special zones.

Numerous sectors will further expand into featured zones, including:

  • The Parts and Components hall, will highlight the latest replacement parts, auto components, supply chain, customising and auto electronics.
  • The Lubricant zone, which will present all kinds of lubricant and oil products for automotive use: engine oil, diesel oil, base oil, engine lubricant oil, transmission fluid, cleaning oil and many other maintenance accessories.
  • The Commercial Vehicle zone, which will bring together prominent brands offering auto parts and components for the aftermarket. The zone will showcase a variety of repair and maintenance products and services for commercial vehicles.
  • The Car care, Washing and Customising zone, which will focus on showcasing products for car washing, car beauty and customising. Numerous live demonstrations will also be carried out in the zone.

According to show organisers, recent market research stated that the repair and maintenance sector in China has big potential as it is now one of the world’s biggest automotive aftermarkets after 20 years of rapid development. In fact, it is the second largest sector and occupies 20 per cent of the Chinese automotive aftermarket. AMR staff say the show establishes a bridge for foreign enterprises to expand their business into China’s automotive market, bringing in more choices and business opportunities to local dealers and customers.

With the global sales network of Messe Frankfurt, AMR 2020 will go further to “bring forward an international market”. In terms of overseas exhibitors, the list has expanded to more than 100 companies in the show portfolio, among which are several overseas pavilions from different countries and regions:

  • The German pavilion first debuted at AMR 2019 with huge success. It will return to the fair in the 2020 edition with an even bigger exhibition space of over 300 square metres. The pavilion will present the latest repair and maintenance products and services from over 30 German companies and brands.
  • The Malaysia pavilion will debut at AMR 2020.
  • The Taiwan pavilion will greatly extend participation from the previous edition.
  • More international exhibitors from Egypt, France, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and the USA are being organised.

In addition, organisers say the level of international participation at AMR 2020 can again be seen in the composition of visitors and buyers, with the fair welcoming first-time buyer groups from Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kazan in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

To better service these local and overseas participants, there will be more than 30 fringe programme events organised during the three-day fair. Highlights are expected to include the 2nd Automotive Aftermarket Awards for China’s Top Chain Brands, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Annual Meeting, the Rising Terminal Conference 2020, Tyre Marketing Summit, LubTop 2019 Award, National Parts Dealer Conference, China Auto Beauty Championships, the 5th Auto Diagnostics Master Finals, Green Repair and Maintenance Industry Forum, China Aftermarket “Northwest Day” Special Event, AMR 2020 China Aftermarket Crossover Banquet, the Integration of Production and Education Forum, and many more.

The show’s seamless business matchmaking services will also offer targeted business interactions with an “enhanced” sourcing efficiency, according to organisers.

CIECA Announces New November 2019 Webinar

CIECA has announced its next CIECAst webinar: “This Changes Everything: The Impact of New Technologies on the Auto Physical Damage & Claims Ecosystem – What Repairers and Other Collision Industry Stakeholders Need to Know”.

The webinar will run for one hour on Tuesday 12 November at 11 am CST and will feature Stephen Applebaum, Managing Partner of Insurance Solutions Group.

Applebaum will share his subject matter expertise and insights into the business disruption being experienced by participants across the entire vehicle insurance ecosystem. It will include insurance carriers, collision repairers and all the supply chain partners and customers.

“Today, like never before in the history of our industry, change is constant and accelerating and trying to understand and keep up with the changes is challenging,” said Applebaum. “Harder still is predicting the future and how to plan for it and continue to succeed and grow.”

CIECA says Applebaum is a frequent chairman, guest speaker and panellist at Insurance Nexus North America and other industry conferences, while contributing to major insurance industry publications. The company says he has a passion for coaching, mentoring, business process innovation and constructive transformation, applying disruptive technology, and managing organisational change in the North American property/casualty insurance industry and trading partner communities.

To register for the CIECAst, click here.

Following the CIECAst webinar, attendees will be able to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi).

MSO Symposium Early Bird Registration Ending Soon

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the eighth annual MSO Symposium will take place on 4 November in Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to SEMA Show.

Similar to past years, the event’s agenda, timing, and content is driven and directed by industry leading members who voluntarily serve on the programme’s advisory board.

Last year’s event represented more than 4000 collision repair facilities with a total annual revenue exceeding US$7 billion. The programme has evolved to now include insurers, OEMs and large independent repair facilities.

The ASA says that attendance is limited and registrants must qualify to attend – the event is open to insurers, OEMs, multi-shop operators and single-location repair facilities with revenue exceeding US$3 million in annual sales. Early bird rates are also available for a limited time.

“The MSO Symposium continues to bring together the multi-shop owners and operators, dealers, franchisees and repair networks from all across North America,” said Roy Schnepper, ASA Immediate Past Chairman. “This exclusive is event where only collision industry repairers, insurers, and OEMs can gather.”

To register for the MSO Symposium, click here.

Equip Auto 2019: Repairing Today, Preparing Tomorrow

Equip Auto, a premier international trade show for automotive aftersales and services for mobility, is expecting to receive 95,000 professional visitors and host 1200 exhibitors at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 15 to 19 October 2019.

“Since 2017, Equip Auto has established itself as the unifying meeting for the industry, bringing together all the reference professional organisations,” said Philippe Baudin, Chairman of Equip Auto. “I wish to maintain this commitment so that all visitors have a single event in France, located at the heart of all the major transformations, to meet, exchange, make discoveries and spend an enjoyable time with other professionals.”

Equip Auto organisers say the show has reasserted its ambition to establish itself as the imperative international trade show for aftersales and services for mobility for all vehicles. Positioning itself at the heart of industry issues, the show aims to enables professionals to gain optimal insight into the market by giving them the means to “repair today and prepare tomorrow” – the exhibition’s signature.

Owned by the French Federation of Vehicle Industries and Equipment (FIEV) and the French Bodywork Federation (FFC) while supported by trade body partners, the exhibition says it revolves around three values which make up its DNA: Business, Innovation, Hospitality.

“These three values take the form of numerous actions and new features to enable industry stakeholders to decode the sector’s challenges, find out about current solutions and adopt innovations which are already available to prepare for tomorrow,” organisers said.

For this show edition, organisers aim to balance out visitor flows by focusing on a clear and effective sector organisation to save time and increase contact opportunities on stands. This means each hall will have a specific focus:

  • Hall 1: Vehicle equipment, parts and components; Maintenance and distribution networks; Bodywork and painting; Univers VO (Car remarketing), Washing and service areas, lubricants, vehicle care products
  • Hall 2.2: Vehicle equipment, parts and components; Maintenance and distribution networks; Services for professionals
  • Hall 3: Repairs, maintenance, tools and diagnostics; Tyres, wheel rims and accessories

The organisers are also focusing on having more visible and frequent signage for easier wayfinding, wider aisles to connect the three halls efficiently together, improved entry through hall 3 with direct access from the exhibition centre’s main gate (gate A), and an even balance of leading brands between the three halls.

One of the events relevant to collision repair is Equip Auto’s Bodywork-Paint Village, which will play host to the results and the prize-giving ceremony of the fourth Bodywork-Paintwork Competition. This competition is open to French pilot training centres in the ANFA network in the bodywork and repairs branch, rewarding students who, through their technical and artistic skills, have proven the best in shaping and painting a piece of bodywork.

The International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation, revolving around seven categories with a gold trophy winner in each of them, is awarded by a judging panel of 48 journalists from 10 countries. Helping boost brand awareness and trigger new business, organisers says the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation pay tribute to emerging technologies in aftersales and are acknowledged as a prestigious accolade in many countries, reflecting an international dynamic around the know-how, skills and innovations of firms.

The competition is open to all exhibitors across all sectors represented at the show. The categories are as follows:

  • Bodywork equipment and paint
  • Lubricants, vehicle care products, washing, roadside services
  • Original equipment
  • Parts, equipment and components (replacement)
  • Tyres – Wheel accessories and services
  • Repairs, maintenance, garage equipment
  • Services for professionals (IT, software publishers, DMS, management solutions, etc.), services for connected mobility.

Equip Auto will host a gala evening to be held at Collège des Bernardins in the centre of Paris, which will bring together nearly 300 guests for a friendly and festive celebration. The awards for the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation will be presented at this evening.

Automechanika Shanghai 2019 Embraces The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem

The upcoming 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai is set to take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) on 3 to 6 December 2019 (Tuesday to Friday). The show expects to host over 6,270 exhibitors across the impressive 350,000 sqm of exhibition space, which will occupy the venue’s current exhibition area. A growing number of special sectors, zones and fringe programme events will amplify many of the latest advancements and rising trends throughout numerous areas of the industry.

Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said: “Over the past 14 editions, Automechanika Shanghai has continued to thrive alongside Asia’s automotive industry; China has now become the world’s largest auto market.  When the show first opened its doors back in 2004, it hosted just 235 exhibitors and 9,000 visitors. In 2018, a staggering 150,568 visitors filtered through every corner of the NECC. It has continued to embrace change and nurtured development by way of new themes and elements. Looking to the future, we plan to collaborate further with research institutes, universities, industry organisations, finance and insurance firms, and the wider automotive community, so that we can work together and advance the fair’s automotive ecosystem.”

Developing an automotive ecosystem

Automechanika Shanghai will echo the progressing concept of the automotive ecosystem. The developing term comes as a result of rapid advancements in the industry that are currently remapping the automotive value chain. It zooms in on the concept of connectivity; not just through emerging technology, but also the notion of networks and knowledge sharing. As a result, Automechanika Shanghai will place more focus on digitalisation, future technologies and services, as well as shaping more opportunities in the fringe programme, to work closer with research institutes and the wider auto community.

Digital trends spark new opportunities

The Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility sector will, once again, become a central area of the fair to demonstrate the show’s strengthened ability for emphasising digital trends and connectivity. As such, the sector shines a light on communication between the vehicle, infrastructure, pedestrians and networks. With this in mind, exhibitors will cover the latest innovations for electromobility, intelligent vehicle technology, car connectivity, mobility services, as well as lightweight materials and more.

The evolving supply chain and aftermarket

The automotive service sector continues to be one of the most important aspects of the fair, as many maturing automotive markets, like China, are becoming more established. The rise of China’s automotive aftermarket will bring forward new business opportunities to its underlying sectors and will rely on the continuous smart transformation of the supply chain. On account of this, the Supply Chain and Chain Store zone returns to address many of the changing needs in the transforming local auto market.

Customisation continues to soar

Customisation is another area that is seeing a steady progression. Sitting side-by-side, Customising will span across Hall 6.2 and 7.2, to cover an expansive total of 44,000 sqm of space. The sector is set to include the latest trends for exterior, interior and high-performance customisation. It will feature sport exhaust systems, sport air filters, and sport chassis, as well as engine tuning, audio modification, seats, recreational vehicles (RV) and off-road vehicle modification. Personalisation will also be a key element in the sector with interior design, body work elements, car wrapping, spray painting, and airbrush systems on display.

Additionally, the automotive lighting industry has undergone a new wave of transformation. Organic light-emitting diode (OLED), laser and intelligent lights have led to more creative and technological innovation throughout the sector.

In addition to the Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility and Customising sectors, the exhibition will host thousands of other exhibitors across five other product categories. Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories, Repair & Maintenance and REIFEN (Tyres & Wheels) will offer comprehensive coverage of the entire supply chain.

Autopromotec Connects Aftermarket With Motorsport

Autopromotec says it will offer an “interesting” new development celebrating the connection between the aftermarket sector and motor racing. For the 2019 show to be held in Bologna from 22 to 26 May, Autopromotec will inaugurate “Autopromotec Motorsport”, an initiative sponsored by ACI Sport and the Motorsport section of ANFIA (National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain).

At Autopromotec 2019, the Autopromotec Motorsport initiative will create a dedicated pathway through the trade show’s pavilions where it will be possible to see and touch products that contain the same technology used in racing vehicles.

All exhibitors with a direct link to the racing world will be identifiable by a special symbol – a chequered flag with the Autopromotec Motorsport logo in the centre. The visit is also supported by a guide made available to visitors during the days of the trade show, listing all the companies in the sector participating at the fair.

To spotlight the companies involved in the initiative, Autopromotec Motorsport will also have its own booth dedicated entirely to racing in Hall 31 Bis, near the “Quadriportico” of the exhibition centre. Organisers says it will be possible to experience the ‘aura’ of competitions, walking through pit lanes set up to recreate the paddocks of motor racing and learning about the services offered by the main trade associations as well as schools, universities and other educational institutions.

As part of AutopromotecEDU, organisers say the Autopromotec Motorsport initiative will also present a series of specific conferences on the topics that motor racing has in common with aftersales, such as the pursuit of safety, reliability and performance. These conferences are:

  • Motorsport as a research opportunity for product innovation – 22 May, Link Room, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Those who compete in the world of motorsport win with highly qualified and specialised human resources – 24 May, Link Room, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Automechanika Frankfurt Broadens Its Scope

The leading international trade fair for the automotive aftermarket is creating new structures for the 2020 event, both thematically and physically, on the exhibition site. Organisers say the portfolio will now be more clearly organised, particularly in the fields of workshop equipment and future mobility.

Automechanika Frankfurt will feature a strongly differentiated portfolio when it takes place from 8 to 12 September 2020. The event is taking advantage of the reconstruction of Hall 5 to “create important synergies” on the exhibition grounds and bring related themes together in the same locations. In future, products and solutions in the ‘Accessories & Customizing’ area will be grouped together in Hall 12, ensuring that this theme can be found in the direct vicinity of the workshop exhibition in Halls 8 and 9, which will now be called ‘Diagnostics & Repair’.

For the first time, the product groups based in Hall 11 will receive their own designation from the next Automechanika – ‘Body & Paint’. They will be supplemented by a comprehensive supporting programme in the adjacent Portalhaus.

The Festhalle will continue to serve as the stage for “tomorrow’s mobility” and will now focus in particular on ‘Mobility as a Service & Autonomous Driving’ and ‘Alternative Drive Systems & Fuels’. Organisers say the classic cars business was extremely popular at Automechanika 2018 and will be expanded further. Synergies were also achieved for workshop and tyre retailers at the last event, so Automechanika 2020 will be expanding to include the new ‘Tires & Wheels’ product group. This theme will remain in Hall 12, where it will be found alongside ‘Car Wash & Care’.

New brand presentation

Every two years Automechanika revamps its brand presentation, which features on the cover of the current trade fair catalogue, as well as in the event’s advertisements, posters and websites.

“‘Excellence in every detail’ – our kick-off campaign offers our customers a clear brand promise,” said Olaf Musshoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt. “We want our presentation to showcase the wide variety of products at the trade fair, an array that has long since moved past cars.”

The new theme now features three types of vehicles for the first time: cars, trucks and motorcycles. The vehicles have been composed from car parts and accessories that were made available for photographs by Automechanika exhibitors. The theme comprises hundreds of car parts that have been photographed and combined digitally.

Automechanika Jeddah 2019 Announces Extended Hours And New Venue

The countdown to Automechanika Jeddah 2019 has begun, with more than 80 exhibitors from 15 countries making their final preparations ahead of Saudi’s dedicated trade fair for the automotive aftermarket next week in Jeddah.

Taking place at a new venue – from 26-27 February 2019 at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel – Automechanika Jeddah is set to present the latest trends and innovations from some of the biggest names in the global automotive aftermarket and services industry.

The Automechanika brand’s Sub-Licensor Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Saudi-based organiser ACE Group also announced extended timings for the biennial event, with thousands of expected Saudi trade buyers and auto professionals granted free entry from 10am – 9pm on both days.

“The extended timings will ensure visitors can maximise the time to meet more exhibitors over these two days,” said Nathan Lloyd, Chief Operating Officer of Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “There is plenty to look forward to, including innovative product launches, industry workshops, seminars, and of course valuable business networking.”

Automechanika Jeddah returns with its Truck Competence initiative for products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, while the global presence is underlined by five country pavilions from Turkey, Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Also returning is Automechanika Academy in partnership with Autolink and Institute of the Motor Industry, where C-Level recruitment in the automotive industry and developments in electric and hybrid vehicles are among the key topics discussed by industry experts.

More information is available at www.automechanikajeddah.com.