Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City Sets New Date

The organisers of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City have announced that the show will take place from 20 to 22 August at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC). The fair expects 360 local and overseas exhibitors showcasing the latest products, services and technologies.

Organisers hope the show will amplify the Vietnamese government’s call to localise and expand the country’s automotive manufacturing capabilities, from OE right through to the aftermarket, by nurturing more foreign investment and international cooperation.

International exhibitors at the show are expected to present the latest products, services and technologies to the local market. Organisers hope activities will improve Vietnamese talent in the automotive industry; facilitate business exchange between domestic and overseas players, as well as explore foreign investment opportunities that will inevitably lead to more localisation in the automotive manufacturing development.

Organisers say a recent forecast has predicted Vietnam’s GDP growth can still reach 6.3 per cent in 2020 as trade activities expect to pick up in the second half of the year. In efforts to achieve the 2020 growth target, the Vietnamese government plans incentives to maintain market performance like providing tax breaks and delaying tax payments that reduce pressure on businesses.

“Despite current global challenges, it is encouraging to see an upswing of vehicle sales in Vietnam, with a year-on-year increase of 41 per cent, during the first quarter of 2020,” said Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK). “It reaffirms the market’s strong growth prospects. Over the past three editions, the show has continued to highlight Vietnam’s development opportunities in the auto industry. The upcoming fair will be no exception. I am optimistic the show in August will be as successful as previous years, with the wide backing from many exhibitors, supporters, partners and visitors.

“The safety of our participants is a top priority for us. To ensure good hygiene standards are maintained during the preparation and across the three-day show, our team is working diligently to follow regulations recommended by the local authorities. For example, we will closely monitor fairground sanitation, proactively offer temperature checks, provide hand sanitiser for attendees and more. These measures will ensure Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City remains a safe business platform for all participants.”

Automechanika Frankfurt Postponed To September 2021

Messe Frankfurt, the convener of the Automechanika fairs, has announced the postponement of its flagship Automechanika Frankfurt exhibition. Organisers said the trade show was delayed due to the difficult conditions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and measures taken to stem its spread, including event bans and travel restrictions that continue to be extended on a regular basis.

Automechanika Frankfurt, along with its customers, partners and supporting associations have agreed to postpone the Automechanika Frankfurt event that was originally scheduled to take place from 8 to 12 September 2020. The new dates announced are 14 to 18 September 2021, effectively meaning that the show will be postponed more than a year after its original date.

“It simply would not have been possible for many of the exhibitors and visitors from over 180 countries to take part in the event under the conditions currently prevailing or those expected at that time, said Olaf Musshoff, Director Automechanika Frankfurt. “In agreement with exhibitors, representatives from industry, workshops and retail, associations and partners, we have rescheduled the event for autumn 2021.”

Olaf Musshoff.
Detlef Braun.

Automechanika Frankfurt will then resume its biennial rotation – the event will now take place in odd-numbered years.

“Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of everyone – exhibitors and visitors alike – taking part in the event,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. “With waves of the pandemic moving around the globe and many countries not expecting it to peak until the summer, I am certain that the decision to postpone Automechanika until September 2021 is the right one. Over the past two weeks in particular, we have been engaged in intensive discussions with our customers, partners and supporting associations, and they sent us a clear signal. By holding the event in 2021, we are responding to our customers’ wishes.”

18:30 AEST: Story updated with comment from Detlef Braun.

Automechanika Dubai Rescheduled To October 2020

Automechanika Dubai, the Middle East and Africa’s largest trade fair for the automotive service industry, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 18th edition of the event will now take place from 19 to 21 October 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“We stand united with the entire automotive aftermarket industry as we navigate these challenging times,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Show Director for Automechanika Dubai. “Automechanika Dubai is truly a global event, and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 meant potentially thousands of stakeholders are limited in their ability to plan ahead and attend the show at its original dates in June.

“Confirming the new dates proved particularly challenging on account of the show’s size, coupled with a very busy events schedule at the venue toward the end of the year, however we’re confident we’ve settled on a date that is most suitable for all stakeholders.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important for the automotive aftermarket to come together and ensure business continuity. As passionate advocates for the social and economic benefits of meeting face-to-face at events, we’re committed to staging another successful show in October.

“Our first priority is also to the health and wellbeing of our exhibitors and visitors. We’re therefore taking the sensible precautionary response, while carefully watching and taking the advice of the relevant local and global authorities. We’re working hard to ensure that all the appropriate health and safety measures will be in place for the show later this year.”

Organisers say this year’s event will showcase several exciting elements such as the Automechanika Academy, the Modern Workshop, and the Innovation Zone, which will keep the many thousands of trade buyers and industry professionals in tune with new market developments.

The Innovation Zone is a dedicated area at the centre of the show floor featuring presentations and product showcases from exhibitors that are steering the course for the regional and global automotive aftermarket.

Other features include the Truck Competence initiative, which exhibits the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

The Automechanika Academy will feature presentations such as Dubai’s automotive parts and accessories trade in 2019 by Dubai Customs, as well as AfriConnections, which explores rising opportunities in the African aftermarket.

More information is available here.

Automechanika Istanbul Postponed To June

Turkey’s International Automotive Industry Fair is being postponed to 25-28 June 2020 in light of the coronavirus being classified a pandemic and spreading so rapidly. The event will be held at the TUYAP Fair and Exhibition Center.

Organisers say they expected the 2020 edition to break a new record in exhibitors and visitors from many countries as it had in 2019. Despite the lack of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Turkey, organisers said they had taken into consideration international and Turkish domestic travel restrictions, along with responsibilities towards the elimination of public health risks, in joining many similar international fairs to postpone the event.

The fair is the world’s third largest and Turkey’s leading international automotive industry fair. The 2019 event set a record in Istanbul with 1397 attendees hosting a total of 48,737 visitors from all over the world. The fair gathers the Turkish, North African, European, and Middle Eastern automotive industries and acts as a meeting hub for Turkey and the surrounding region.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City And AMR Postponed Until Further Notice

Messe Frankfurt has announced that the Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) and Auto Maintenance and Repair (AMR) have been postponed in the wake of the recent coronavirus outbreak. Both shows were originally scheduled from 5 to 7 March 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City and 15 to 18 March 2020 in Beijing respectively. New dates are yet to be announced.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had declared the recent novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The assessment signifies that the spread of the virus has become a public health risk, with the WHO calling for greater international collaboration on disease control.

Following this, Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, urged the public to suspend non-essential crowd gatherings, while in Beijing, the municipality had already declared the highest level of public health emergency on 24 January 2020. Beijing started to carry out a series of disease prevention and control measures, advising citizens to avoid going to crowded places or taking part in public activities.

With these measures in place in the fairs’ two host cities, Messe Frankfurt said it had decided to reschedule AMHCMC and AMR. Updated show dates will be announced in the near future.

“As a responsible player in the global trade fair industry, Messe Frankfurt is committed to delivering a safe environment for business exchange across all of our trade shows,” said Stephan Buurma, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt Group. “Accordingly, the health of fairgoers, contractors and staff is our top priority, and we actively support local governments’ actions to prevent the spread of the virus.”

For enquiries on AMHCMC, contact Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd at +852 2802 7728, or email [email protected]. Updates can also be found on the show’s website: www.automechanika-hcmc.com.

For questions related to AMR, contact Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing) Co Ltd at +86 10 8472 8428, or email [email protected]. The show’s website is at www.amr-china.cn and features the latest information.

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.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 Embraces The Rising Made-In-Vietnam Automotive Market

Steering into its fourth edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) will rally a comprehensive automotive supply chain community for the OE (original equipment) and aftermarket by introducing the new automotive manufacturing & automation segment.

The community will help drive the Vietnam automotive industry towards localisation, industrialisation and modernisation by promoting made-in-Vietnam brands. 390 international and domestic exhibitors will gather across 10,200 sqm of the exhibition floor at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from 5 to 7 March 2020.

According to a recent report, the Vietnamese economy is expected to grow 6.7 per cent this year, the fastest growth rate among Southeast Asia countries. This robust economic strength is crucial to the sustainable development of Vietnam’s automotive industry. In order to support its development, the Vietnamese government has deployed a number of favourable policies to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the local automotive manufacturing sector for sustainable growth.

Already, many of the foreign companies are extending their footprint into Vietnam’s automotive market through various types of cooperation with the local companies. Data revealed by Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) has shown FDI in Vietnam reached a four-year high of USD $16.74 billion in the first five months of 2019. Among all, the manufacturing and processing sector accounted for 72 per cent of the total FDI received.

The inflow of FDI is expected to bring resources and technologies into the country, including skilled labour and technical assistance. These long-term investments will therefore heighten Vietnam’s automotive manufacturing capabilities and its supporting industries. In this view, the domestic industry holds great potential as it transits from an assembly to a manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia.

As a result, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 will play a leading role in rallying international and domestic cooperation among car manufacturers, dealers, distributors, exporters, importers, manufacturers, OEMs, retailers and more. In the effort to drive Vietnam’s status as an important manufacturing hub, the show will offer comprehensive product coverage of the entire supply chain from materials tools, precision tools and testing machines, product finishing, robotics and automation, to parts and components for vehicles.

Once again, there will be 10 different product groups for the passenger, commercial vehicle and motorcycle segments on display at the fair. These include Accessories & Customising, Parts & Components, Electronics & Connectivity, Diagnostics & Maintenance and Alternative Drive Systems & Fuel to name a few. In addition, there will be six product groups tailored for the new automotive manufacturing & automation segment like Manufacturing of Automotive Parts & Components, Automation, Automotive Production Equipment and System, Automotive Inspection and Quality Control, Automotive Design and R&D and Automotive Material.

Comprehensive upgrades on existing sectors offering

The 2020 edition will continue to elevate the show offerings in line with the market trends and demands. With Vietnam becoming the fourth largest motorcycle market in the world, the fair will continue to highlight the motorcycle segment. In fact, the motorbikes market has an annual growth rate of 10 per cent and is expected to reach 11 million units on the road by 2025. Under the influence of stringent environmental standards and policies, the huge demand is expected to shift from the traditional petrol type to the new electric motorbike. As such, a line-up of overseas suppliers for electric motorcycle auto parts and components will converge at the show with renowned national brands to provide a wide selection of products for buyers.

On the other hand, the passenger and commercial vehicle segments will also remain a fair focus. With local consumers now having increased purchasing power and a better standard of living, the Accessories & Customising product group will highlight the thriving personalised and auto lifestyle market in Vietnam. Based on statistic revealing that more than 90 per cent of the accessories and parts in Vietnam are imported, the product group will feature a wider variety of auto part products from a line-up of overseas brands to fulfil the consumer needs.

A unique industry event for “Business, Workshops and Experiences”

The upcoming edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 captures the theme of “Business, Workshops and Experiences”, and will offer fairgoers an all-round show experience to allow business and pleasure to co-exist at the fair. For example, the Business Matching programme returns as an effective and efficient platform, bridging local and international players and helping to foster new business relationships.

Elsewhere, a host of training workshops, seminars and conferences will also enhance knowledge sharing. Built upon theoretical discussions, international experts and industry professionals will come together to perform workshops with practical and live demonstrations. They will discuss diagnostics, maintenance, fleet management and many more other focused topics.

Speakers will also share their views on Industry 4.0, automation, smart factories, assembly and productivity in the local automotive industry. Attendees will, therefore, be able to learn about the latest local industry developments and related policies. The sessions offer insight into how local players can overcome the challenges arising from industry transformation, which will help them stand out from other ASEAN countries.

The show also presents two exclusive and lively fringe events. The Auto NITZ party is set to feature live music performances from famous local DJs and dance groups, turning the show floor into a dance floor. The Drift & Stunt shows will energise the show’s atmosphere as stunt performers stun crowds with their thrilling outdoor performances. All these entertaining events offer the taste of an exciting automotive lifestyle. Visitors can cultivate and immerse themselves into these networking activities at the fairground.

Body & Paint Championships In South Africa: Taking The ‘Big Five’ To The Finals

With a lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros on the bonnet, Etienne Dutoit is heading to the finals of the Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships in Frankfurt. The painter was named the national winner by the jury in South Africa on 21 September 2019 with a car bonnet displaying an impressive interpretation of the South African flag.

For Dutoit this means one thing: he’s going to Frankfurt! The professional painter won the second round of the international Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The competition was supported by SATA, Kansai Plascon, Launch Technologies and Kapatal Brands.

The top three finalists all chose the South African flag as their motif, yet their different interpretations and approaches to the subject matter gave rise to three unique car bonnets. Whereas Hannes Trollip played with various textures, Thomas Holder focused on a flag with gentle transitions on a black background. The winner’s design was notable for its creativity, symbolism and precision. In addition to the ‘big five’, Dutoit integrated a variety of elements into each colour zone of the flag in order to emphasise the significance of each – from the country’s beauty and cultural diversity to its dark past. He poured approximately 135 hours into his creation.

Dutoit, who works for Plascon, explains: “I wanted to create something that illustrates South Africa’s diversity and its history. You rarely get the chance to create something like this in your daily work. Designing this car bonnet was a time-consuming and nerve-racking process, but I wanted to do it right, and to create something that I could be proud of. I gave it my all.”

The bonnets were evaluated by a panel of experts according to criteria that include the uniqueness of the design, its relevance to the theme, harmonious colours, the use of environmentally friendly products, the operational safety and management of the workshop, the type and configuration of the spray guns used, and much more. The panel comprised Wolfgang Auer, Editor-in-Chief of FML and co-founder of the international Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships, Michel Malik, CEO of BodyShop News International, Ian Groat, publisher of Automotive Refinisher South Africa, and Joshua Low, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt South Africa.

Dutoit’s remaining competitors at the finals in 2020 will be chosen in the months ahead. Great Britain’s national winner was selected back in June, while the participants from China, Mexico, Dubai and Germany will be determined in the upcoming rounds. The next round will take place from 3 to 6 December 2019 at Automechanika Shanghai.

With his car bonnet, the national winner from Johannesburg has succeeded in telling a piece of South Africa’s history. To do so, Dutoit used a variety of techniques and created elaborate templates. The blue area of the flag, with ornaments and white accents, symbolises the sky and the sea. Various shades of green illustrate the beauty of South Africa’s forests, yellow depicts the sun and the country’s rich trove of natural resources, and when the black area of the flag is viewed from a certain angle, a silhouette of South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, can be seen.

To create his shade of red, Dutoit mixed a variety of reds and integrated water-droplet effects. “This symbolises the blood and tears that were shed during South Africa’s struggles on the road to freedom,” he said. The bonnet also depicts South Africa’s ‘big five’ animals, spread out over the outline of the African continent: the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros.

While the panel has already chosen a winner, voting is still ongoing for the People’s Choice Award. Hundreds of trade visitors to Automechanika Johannesburg seized their chance to view the bonnets and vote for their favourites. Now, other interested individuals and paintwork fans can vote for their own favourites online – voting is open until 2 October 2019. The participant with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, as well as a surprise package from SATA valued at approximately €700. Vote for your favourite at www.automechanika.com/vote.

More information is available at: www.automechanika.com/wettbewerb.

Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships: Round 2 In South Africa

The Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships will be held in South Africa for round two, following the debut in Great Britain. The next winner for the final round in Frankfurt in 2020 will be determined at Automechanika Johannesburg, which is taking place from 18 to 21 September 2019.

The second round of the competition will require painters to design the hood of a car using a variety of techniques. Each hood design is meant to be inspired by the country in which the Automechanika event is taking place. In the first round of the competition at Automechanika Birmingham, participants used a wide range of motifs, including Union Jack flags, poppies and Brexit.

The national winners from Great Britain and South Africa will be joined by four other contestants for the final round. One of the remaining participants will be chosen later this year at Automechanika Shanghai, with two more being chosen next year at Automechanika Dubai and Automechanika Mexico City. The German finalist will be determined on the first two days of Automechanika Frankfurt, after which an international grand prize winner will be selected.

Automechanika Johannesburg has been taking place every two years since 2009, with the most recent event welcoming around 600 exhibitors and over 12,000 visitors.

“I am planning to integrate the colours of the South African flag into my entry,” said Etienne DuToit, one of the entrants in the Johannesburg event. “My artwork will show our hero Madiba (Nelson Mandela), as well as our ‘big five’: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo. I will be spraying the rhino red to raise awareness of the danger the species is in due to poaching. This competition gives me the opportunity to showcase my skills using different techniques and shows how proud I am to be a South African citizen.”

The participants’ car hood creations can be viewed in Hall 6, Stand 6E017 throughout the event, and the national winner will be announced on 21 September. The competition is being supported by various international and regional firms in the field of body and paintwork, including SATA GmbH & Co. KG, Kansai Plascon, Kapatal Brands and Launch Technologies SA.

Competition Name
Date
Automechanika Johannesburg18-21 September 2019
Automechanika Shanghai3-6 December 2019
Automechanika Dubai7-9 June 2020
INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City22-24 July 2020
Automechanika Frankfurt
(Germany’s national winner along with the finals)
8-12 September 2020

Messe Frankfurt Reports Record Growth

Trade show organiser Messe Frankfurt announced that its sales grew seven per cent in 2018, achieving record levels. Messe Frankfurt is the organiser of the Automechanika brand of fairs worldwide.

Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, announced at a press conference that the group succeeded in setting a new record of around €718 million in sales.

Officials noted that Messe Frankfurt is retaining its third-place position in a challenging and international competitive environment, as well as being well ahead of all German competitors and all worldwide trade fair companies with its own exhibition infrastructure.

According to the annual financial statements for financial year 2018, Messe Frankfurt’s consolidated annual net income for 2018 was more than €50 million, around 25 per cent up on 2017.

With a total of 507 events worldwide in financial year 2018, more events were held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella than ever before, drawing almost five million people.

“The very high levels of customer satisfaction throughout our various industry sectors are central to the success of our events worldwide,” Marzin said.