25th Automechanika Frankfurt Closes, Records Visitor Increase

Automechanika Frankfurt has concluded, following five trade fair days with a record number of exhibitors, more visitors than the 2016 show and a new record for exhibition space.

 The event drew 136,000 trade visitors from 181 countries, and of these, more than 10,000 were at the event for the first time. More than 80 per cent of exhibitors said they had achieved their goals for the event.

“The 25th Automechanika Frankfurt was the biggest and most international event in its history,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

“From 11 to 15 September 2018, more than 5000 companies presented their new products and solutions in an area of around 315,000 square metres. The feedback from our customers has been unmistakable. Never before has the Automechanika Frankfurt fair been so focused on the future. All areas of the automotive aftermarket – industry, retail and workshops – have responded to megatrends that include connected cars, networked workshops and clean vehicles, offering an amazing range of innovations for the international group of professionals in attendance these past few days.

“In all 23 exhibition hall levels and in the outdoor exhibition area, things were really humming.”

US paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, which was making its first-ever appearance at an Automechanika trade fair worldwide, used virtual reality to present new products and a new training app.

As a counterpoint to the emphasis on the digital world, the new Classic Cars exhibition area enjoyed an impressive debut at the trade fair. 75 per cent of exhibitors in this new area were very satisfied, including parts manufacturers, paint suppliers, start-ups and associations.

The next Automechanika Frankfurt is scheduled to take place from 8-12 September 2020.

Rock Artist ZZ Ward To Perform At The SEMA Show

Amidst business activity and networking at the 2018 SEMA Show, attendees will be treated to live music by blues-inspired, rock-pop artist ZZ Ward.

Performing at numerous SEMA Show activities, including the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet and SEMA Ignited (the official after-party that is open to the public), the Los Angeles-based vocal artist will entertain show goers throughout the week of the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The schedule kicks off on Monday 29 October at the Exhibitor Appreciation Reception, featuring the Media Exclusive Vehicle Reveal. The fedora-rocking guitarist will continue during the week in SEMA Central, where industry icons, celebrities and influencers are interviewed on stage. Before her final SEMA appearance at SEMA Ignited, Ward will perform at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on Thursday 1 November.

Said to be the industry’s premier awards ceremony where the Person of the Year is announced, the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet is open to all SEMA show goers. The banquet includes dinner, an awards presentation and entertainment from Ward, who made headlines earlier this year when NBC kicked off the second half of its NASCAR season coverage with her singing Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”.

Exhibitors qualify to obtain a limited number of free tickets to the banquet. All show goers are also able to purchase banquet tickets at www.semashow.com/banquet.

The 2018 SEMA Show takes place from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November in Las Vegas.

NACE Automechanika Atlanta 2018 Opens Its Doors

NACE Automechanika has now opened for business at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The opening day included several mechanical, collision and management classes, along with many hands-on demonstrations, presentations and innovative product displays from exhibitors including Gtechniq North America, Pro Spot International and The Matrix Wand.

One of the sessions was presented by David Luehr, the founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions. He was in high spirits as he presented his session, The Winning Mindset of America’s Greatest Body Shops, in the morning on the first day of the show.

“Right now is the best time to be in the collision repair industry,” said Luehr. “Perfecting all of the technical aspects of the business is only a part of the body shop success equation. The right winning mindset can overcome more challenges and take you, your business, and your team further, into limitless potential.”

General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced the launch of the GM Collision Repair Network at the show. The company also used a morning presentation to speak with repairers about joining techniques GM utilises as a result of ‘light-weighting’ efforts.

“Today’s light-weighting of structures drives new engineering designs as well as new material usage,” said Joe Villanueva with GM Service Engineering, during his presentation. As an example, he spoke about the 2019 LD Chevrolet Silverado, soon hitting dealerships. The vehicle’s weight has been reduced by more than 200kg through the use of aluminium parts such as bolt-on cowls, tailgates, doors and bonnets. Aluminium doors are now full replacement only, with no door skins available, said Villanueva.

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.

CAPAS 2018 Concluded On A High Note

The fifth edition of The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) successfully concluded on 26 May 2018 at the Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center in China.

As a platform for the automotive industry in Southwest China, this year CAPAS gathered 583 exhibitors (a 12 per cent increase) from China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the US. Each of these industry leaders gathered together with 18,016 visitors (a four per cent increase) across 45,000m2 of exhibition space.

Following the show’s conclusion, Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said she was pleased to see how CAPAS has grown alongside the industry.

“By catering to the auto market’s transformation in recent years, this fair has helped improve the competitiveness of attending industry players,” said Chiew. “One example is through its showcase of solutions for new environmental protection policies, which allows both exhibitors and visitors to tackle key challenges in the industry. I believe the show will continue to do this in the future too.”

This year, CAPAS featured six theme zones on the show floor: the Automobile Lifestyle Zone, the Commercial Vehicle Zone, the E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone, the Made in Sichuan Zone, the Quick Fix, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone and the Supply Chain Procurement Zone. Positive feedback suggested that the clear zonings and complete range of product offerings helped buyers and exhibitors to have a more efficient business matching experience during the fair.

CAPAS launched the Quick Fix, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone, attracting many well-known chain store brands to participate such as Fix Auto, GAPE China, Jingdian Auto, Tyreplus and more. Fix Auto made its debut appearance at CAPAS, using the zone to target the fast-developing Southwest China market. Speaking at the show was John Zhou, Vice President for China Regions. He said: “During CAPAS, we are featuring an integrated services package for the repair market, assisting the companies in creating standardised service procedures whilst also improving their operations, productivity, competitiveness and costs.

“The aftermarket sector in the entire Southwest region has very good development potential. The implementation of environmental protection policies has led to an upgrade of the entire industry, which matches well with our own business concept. We have met our target customers at CAPAS this year, and we expect to continue participating similar exhibitions in the future.”

The next edition will be held from 23-25 May 2019. For more information, visit www.capas-chengdu.com or email auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.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.

Early SEMA Booth Space Applications Due March 30

Companies that submit booth space applications for the 2018 SEMA Show by Friday, March 30, are eligible to participate in the Priority Space Selection process. The space selection process, beginning April 30, is based on exhibitor seniority, and provides companies with the opportunity to choose the best locations for their Show displays.

Leading up to the selection process, each company will be contacted via email with their booth selection date and time range.

About an hour prior to the time to select, exhibitors are encouraged to be prepared by viewing the 2018 Show’s online floorpan. Updated every 30 minutes, exhibitors can see as the Show begins to take shape and monitor their desired section to gain a general idea of where they want to display.

Between April 24–27, each primary contact should take time to check their email, including their “junk” folders. Companies that have not received a correspondence by April 27 or that want to change the primary Show contact listed on the application should email sales@sema.org or call +1 909-396-0289.

The 2018 SEMA Show is scheduled for Tuesday 30 October until Friday 2 November 2018, in Las Vegas. There’s still time to participate in the Priority Space Selection Process. Reserve a booth space for 2018 now by visiting www.SEMAShow.com/buyabooth.

‘Revolution In Motion’ – 39th Bangkok INT’L Motor Show

Grand Prix International PLC announced that the concept for “The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show” is “Revolution in Motion”.

Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grand Prix International PLC and the Organizing Chairman of the 39th Bangkok International Motor Show said that “Bangkok International Motor Show is the No. 1 Motor Show in ASEAN, certified by OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles), to be listed on the Global Motor Show calendar”.

More than 30 car companies will participate in the show this year, including Japanese brands Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Suzuki and Koreans’ KIA and Hyundai. From Europe and the USA, Audi, BMW, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Jaguar, Porsche, Land Rover, Volvo, MG, Ford, Maserati, Chevrolet will also participate.

There will be 15 motorcycle brands joining the show including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Royal Enfield amongst others.”

The show will be held at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thani, Bangkok, Thailand, from March 28 to April 8, 2018, for 12 days in total, and will be open from midday to 10pm every weekday and from 11am to 10pm on weekends and public holidays.

From April 2 to April 8, 2018, Grand Prix International PLC also hosts another car event dubbed the 10th Bangkok Used Car Show 2018 under the concept of “Quality Used Car”, held at the Exhibition Hall 2 – 4, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. This is for those looking for a quality used car offered at a reasonable price from a reliable dealer with “No Deception” guarantee.

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.