MSO Symposium Set For NACE Automechanika

The MSO Symposium is set to take place in conjunction with the NACE Automechanika Show in Atlanta, providing the opportunity to discuss topics influencing the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium, on Thursday, 9th August, is led and attended by experienced, high-growth executives from the leading multi-shop operations within North America. According to the organisers, it is through the assistance of leaders from within these organisations that the MSO Symposium continuously delivers directly impactful information to its constituents.

With an expanded program for 2018, organisers say attendees will gain useful and original information from key decision-makers, while encountering unique opportunities to exchange business knowledge and conversation with so many developed leaders from within the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium’s programme is directly relevant for owners of large, yet independent collision repair facilities, OEM collision repair program managers, insurance professionals and members of multi-shop operators (MSOs).

The event is exclusive and only open to people within the above categories, as well as to a limited number of prominent industry sponsors who support the collision repair industry with information, equipment, and data solutions.

For more information visit msosymposium.com.

Automechanika Shanghai 2018 Returns With Digital Trends And New Zones

Expectations for this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai are high following last year’s record breaking show, hailed as the most successful in its history. The show is scheduled to take place from 28 November to 1 December at the NECC in Shanghai, and the entire automotive world is preparing for one of the most important dates on the industry’s calendar.

This year, exhibition space is estimated to reach 350,000 sqm. Within the show’s halls, an expected 6250 exhibitors will cross paths with over 140,000 trade visitors. A growing number of participants in 2018 will represent the show’s stronger spotlight on various trends and advancements which are now becoming abundant across the industry, namely within the sphere of digital automotive innovations.

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility – New for 2018

As one of the hottest topics for players across multiple industry sectors, show organisers said advancements in digitalisation are coming thick and fast. The likes of autonomous driving, car connectivity, electromobility and advanced systems all play a crucial role in moulding the future of the industry, and organisers said Automechanika Shanghai echoes this evolution in terms of visitors’ sourcing needs, exhibitors’ product developments and even with the show’s collection of fringe events.

Demonstrating the show’s strengthened emphasis on digital trends is the new area for ‘Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility’, which has been established in collaboration with the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce.

The area will feature the five most essential elements of car connectivity through exhibits, forums and interactive activities for private and public transportation. These are:

  • People: This area will focus specifically on in-car well-being, including the latest interior electronics for improved safety, personal entertainment and driver comfort
  • Vehicle: Visitors can explore several on-site car demonstrations, with a host of electric vehicles on display to bring the show’s connectivity concepts to life
  • Road: The area will also promote infrastructure of connected roads for autonomous driving, and will also look at the standards and regulations of more developed countries
  • Network: A number of leading international network and IT providers will gather in this area, demonstrating how connectivity continues to bridge the automotive sector with the online world
  • Cloud: Data management will be a key aspect here, allowing visitors to explore the ways in which car connectivity data can enhance fleet management, car sharing, and smart cities

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility also covers several aspects of new energy vehicle innovations, such as electric controls, charging infrastructure, battery technology, vehicle components and testing equipment. At the same time, various other industry sectors will demonstrate how these digital trends are filtering into many automotive markets. This includes the Parts & Components and Accessories & Customising sectors, as well as the Repair & Maintenance and Electronics & Systems sectors.

Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of show organiser Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, emphasised how Automechanika Shanghai continues to walk alongside the industry’s ever-changing trends.

“We have been lucky enough to witness a shift in attitude for automotive manufacturing in recent years. The industry’s ‘blue sky’ concepts are now a thing of the past, with the vast majority of innovations in digitalisation and connectivity coming to fruition across multiple sectors.

“The show’s representation of the entire supply chain, on top of its ability to attract the biggest names from around the world, allows us to represent this evolution in the most effective way possible,” she added.

Less Than Three Months To Go To NACE Automechanika

NACE Automechanika Atlanta will bring a host of show highlights along with a variety of segments that are expected to refresh the show. An array of show floor features include the OE Park for training directly from the manufacturers, Spray Zone with its cool paint techniques and Trucks Up Next for the latest in heavy duty products and services.

This is the largest automotive repair training event and trade show designed specifically for collision and service repair shop owners and technicians.

Over 75 seminars feature more than 40 leading experts, including:

  • G Jerry Truglia from Automotive Technician Training Services (ATTS)
  • Teresa Bolton from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
  • Mike Anderson with Collision Advice
  • Tony Passwater from AEII

Many special features will be happening on and off the show floor. Trucks Up Next will showcase heavy duty trucks, parts and accessories, while I-CAR Demonstration Depot will explain the latest industry developments and offer demonstrations by I-CAR certified trainers.

The Rockin’ Rides Car Show and Reception is produced by the Atlanta I-CAR Committee and will be hosted on the NACE Automechanika show floor. It will be home to some of the most unique custom cars, along with time honoured antiques and a few of the newest vehicles stocked with the latest technology. The car show is free with pre-registration to the trade show.

NACE Automechanika will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall B1, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, 8 August and Thursday, 9 August from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Friday, 10 August from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

There will also be co-located events. These include the APRA Big R Show, the Assured Performance Network Business Development Summit, the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Golf Tournament, the MSO Symposium and the Technology & Telematics Forum.

Atlanta offers many attractions and special events during the northern summer, making for a great tourism location and ideal for unwinding after the show. Some of the companies that have their headquarters in Atlanta are Mercedes-Benz USA, Coca-Cola, CNN, UPS, Delta and many others.

Automechanika Dubai – 1-3 May 2018

The upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 has sparked fresh optimism in the UAE automotive aftermarket, with international manufacturers gearing up for new business opportunities as final preparations fall in place ahead of the global mega event.

The Middle East’s first ever World Expo is expected to attract more than 25 million people from across the globe, while a price tag of at least US$9 billion suggests the host Emirate is pulling out all the stops to create state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.

With US$3 billion worth of venue-related construction contracts awarded in 2017 alone, the increase of commercial and heavy-duty vehicles along with cars is expected to effect a corresponding rise in demand for spare parts and accessories, tyres and batteries as well as a host of maintenance and upkeep-related infrastructure and services.

The business potential has injected new impetus for international players in the automotive services industry, with more than 1,900 from 57 countries preparing to showcase their latest products and services at the 16th edition of Automechanika Dubai in 2018.

Companies exhibiting at the three-day event, which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, are targeting large-scale business growth up to, and beyond the six-month global showcase.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Automechanika Dubai is the Middle East and Africa’s largest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and services industry.

Automechanika Dubai 2018 spreads over six product sections of Parts & Components; Electronics & Systems; Accessories & Customising; Repair & Maintenance; Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning; and Tyres & Batteries.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Mega events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 do have a multi-sectoral impact on the region with the increase in expenditure for new infrastructure, support systems, logistics and commercial facilities.

“The impact is reflected among exhibitors at Automechanika Dubai 2018, many of whom are anticipating an injection of aftermarket products and services demand, with the expected rise of vehicle parc.  It may also favourably impact Dubai’s total auto parts trade in the coming years, which in 2016, was worth US$10.6 billion,” Pauwels added.

Automechanika Dubai’s global influence is highlighted by the presence of 25 country pavilions and 36 international trade associations, while 90 per cent of exhibitors, and 52 per cent of the 30,000-plus visitors are expected to come from outside of the UAE.

The annual showpiece will return with its popular Truck Competence initiative, where more than 1,500 exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

It will also feature the popular Automechanika Academy – a series of seminars, presentations, and workshops about key issues and regulations that affect the automotive aftermarket, and the African Buyer-Seller Meet, connecting suppliers with buyers from the world’s second largest continent.

More information about is available at: www.automechanikadubai.com.

Automechanika Riyadh Opens Its Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Show Floor Hours For NACE Automechanika Atlanta Announced

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

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

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

Automechanika Shanghai 2017 Closes With Record Breaking Figures

The 13th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 29 November to 2 December 2017, has posted its most successful results to date. The event is Asia’s largest for the automotive parts, accessories and services industries, and represents the entire supply chain for business exchange, marketing, networking and education on a global scale. This year’s edition once again demonstrates the show’s impressive growth path, with the final figures for this year exceeding all expectations:

  • Visitors: 130, 928 (2016: 120,671) – 9 per cent increase
  • Exhibitors: 6,051 (2016: 5,756) – 5 per cent increase
  • Scale: 340,000 sqm (2016: 312,000) – 9 per cent increase

The success of the fair and its expanded sector representation was clearly reflected on the show floor, particularly through the brand new REIFEN Zone for tyres, wheels and rims, as well as in the expanded Electronics & Systems sector and the E-Mobility & Infrastructure Zone. Visitors were impressed with the exciting displays within the Motorsports & High Performance Zone, and also with the increased number of international pavilions on offer during the fair.

On top of this, even more positive feedback came from Automechanika Shanghai’s many concurrent fringe events, which this year totalled 57. These included the highly anticipated Connected Mobility Conference, as well as the AIAG Auto Parts Purchasing Leadership and Suppliers Summit and the 3rd Summit: Merger and Acquisition Strategies for Chinese Automotive Corporations in the Overseas Markets. The fair’s participants considered each of these aspects to be a vital source for expanding their business across Asia’s entire automotive industry, and have expressed their satisfaction with this year’s edition.

The next edition of Automechanika Shanghai will take place from 28 November – 1 December 2018.

Automechanika Shanghai 2017 Officially Open

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

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

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

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

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

Running at the same time today are the following events:

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

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