ASA Announces New Dates, Location For MSO Symposium 2019

The Automotive Service Association has revealed the dates and location for the 8th Annual MSO Symposium and Technology Telematics Forum (TTF).

Next year’s events will coincide with the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana on 24-25 July 2019. The two events were originally scheduled to take place during NACE Automechanika in 2019.

Due to pending changes surrounding the trade show, ASA’s Board of Directors said it had elected to move the event this year to coincide with CIC. The association said it will work closely with Messe Frankfurt regarding the future direction of NACE Automechanika, with announcements to be made in the near future regarding 2019, 2020 and beyond.

“We are looking forward to the continued growth and success of both programmes,” said ASA Chairman Roy Schnepper, AAM. “The MSO Symposium has evolved into the marquee event of the year where the most influential people in the industry gather. We appreciate the support we receive from all the industry stakeholders including insurers and OEMs.”

Bob Wills, AAM, ASA’s Chairman-elect, said ASA understands that there are many questions surrounding the future of the NACE Automechanika trade show.

“We are working very closely with our partners at Messe Frankfurt to make decisions as quickly as possible,” Wills said. “We will make those details available as soon as possible.

“We recognise the needs and value derived from a trade show have shifted, and we are devising a plan that best addresses those changing needs for our members and the industry as a whole.”

PPG Promotes Adventure, Top Artists At SEMA 2018

PPG has announced that attendees at this year’s SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center are in for an adventure when they visit booth 24601. The one-of-a-kind display will feature custom vehicles, distinctive artwork pieces, advanced automotive refinish products and other surprises.

The company says visitors will not want to miss the unique artwork created by some of the most talented artists in the industry. PPG has more than 30 of the custom car world’s top artists participating this year, with the company promising an incredible display of artistry and showmanship.

“Our goal is to always have fun with the booth and appeal to different customer senses,” said Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray, PPG Director, Marketing Communications, Automotive Refinish. “People experience things in different ways, so we hope to resonate with a couple of their senses. We take our paint offerings seriously, but we know the wonders that can be created with a little imagination. It’s always fun to see people react to the artwork.”

Some of the industry’s top names will be at the PPG booth for meet-and-greet sessions, mingling with visitors and signing autographs. Renowned painters Charley Hutton and Bobby Alloway will take centre stage, as well as Tom and Mitch Kelly. Each year, the father and son duo design exclusive, one-of-a kind collectible posters for the show.

“Honestly I’m still humbled to be a part of the PPG booth,” said Hutton. “It’s always the buzz around SEMA. PPG knocks it out of the park with its themes and exhibits, and I love meeting other painters and craftspeople from around the country and the world. Regardless of what language you speak, we all have the same love of the automobile. If I can answer one question or give other painters advice that helps them, then SEMA is a success for me.”

Racing fans will enjoy meet-and-greet sessions with the John Force Racing Team and Tasca Racing. Kenny Youngblood, one of drag racing’s most talented graphic artists, also will be at the PPG booth with his latest creations. In addition, Mark Worman and team from the hit reality TV series on muscle car restoration, Graveyard Carz, will be on hand to sign autographs.

Axalta And Karma Automotive Bring Innovative Colour And Design To SEMA 2018

Axalta has announced it is teaming with Karma Automotive to display its Axalta-painted Revero at Axalta’s exhibit space #22391 during the 2018 SEMA Show.

The Karma Revero is a luxury electric vehicle with a unique design that is complemented by the colours it comes in, including Corona Del Sol, Borrego Black and Ocean Veil.

As the exclusive exterior paint supplier to Karma, Axalta says it will feature the Revero and its environmentally-inspired collection of colours.

“We are thrilled to bring this stunning vehicle to the SEMA Show,” says Axalta’s North American Color Marketing Manager, Nancy Lockhart. “The Revero on display features a colour named ‘Corona Del Sol’ which translates to ‘crown of the sun.’ It’s a rich shade of red that really has to be seen to be believed.”

“The Karma Revero is the world’s most exclusive grand touring luxury electric vehicle and is as visually dynamic as it is exhilarating to drive,” claims Jim Taylor, Karma Automotive’s Chief Revenue Officer. “Few cars in the world can match the stunning design, luxury and efficiency of the Revero,” continued Taylor.

“Our business and product plan is driven in part by collaborating with partners like Axalta, whose expertise help us accelerate product development and differentiation.”

Saudi Arabia’s Automotive Sector Set For Rapid Transformation

Saudi Arabia’s automotive ecosystem is set for a rapid transformation in the coming years, with 20 per cent of the female population, or three million drivers, expected to be added to the Kingdom’s roads by 2020, according to a recent whitepaper.

An October 2018 report said the June 2018 lifting of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, along with recovering oil prices and economic policies aimed at boosting consumer spending, will result in an eight per cent per year increase of passenger vehicles sales until 2022.

The whitepaper, published by global research company Aranca, added that in addition to new car sales, the positive impact of a new customer segment over the next one to three years will be felt in the Kingdom’s automotive aftermarket, which was valued at US$7.4 billion in 2017.

According to Aranca, the Saudi Arabian car parc stood at 7.3 million in 2017, with 438,000 new passenger cars and 110,000 new commercial vehicles sold for the year. Tyres accounted for the greatest slice of revenue in the Saudi spare parts market, with a 30 per cent share in 2017 (US$2.2 billion), followed by lubricants (US$1.4 billion), batteries (US$400 million), and other components (US$3.4 billion).

Aranca’s whitepaper was published ahead of Automechanika Jeddah 2019, the only dedicated trade show for the automotive aftermarket and service industry in the Kingdom’s western region. The third edition of the three-day event will take place from 26-28 February 2019 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, with more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries locked in for the show, awaiting fresh opportunities. Many of these opportunities will likely arise in Saudi’s western regions of Madinah and Makkah, where more than one million women are expected to get behind the wheel by 2020.

The whitepaper further said that key industry players are already taking initiatives to capitalise on opportunities created by women being allowed to drive, including the creation of women-only car showrooms, automotive insurance claims centres and driving schools dedicated to women.

Meanwhile, the rising car parc is setting the stage for solid growth in the Kingdom’s aftermarket. Aranca said 10 million vehicles will ply Saudi roads by 2022, including 6.5 million passenger vehicles and 3.5 million commercial vehicles. As a result, demand for spare parts and related automotive services will grow six per cent annually, reaching a value of US$9.8 billion in 2022.

A market ripe with opportunity will be underlined by the 3rd edition of Automechanika Jeddah, which is co-organised by Dubai-based Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Saudi-headquartered ACE Exhibitions.

“Consumption of auto spare parts and services in Saudi Arabia will grow at a healthy rate in the coming years, aided by the addition of a whole new segment of the population that is now allowed to drive,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Automechanika Jeddah’s Show Director.

“Longer warranty periods, growing vehicle parc, and environmental factors that lead to high wear and tear on car parts also provide added impetus in the auto aftermarket, with Automechanika Jeddah 2019 presenting an unrivalled platform for global suppliers to tap into emerging opportunities.”

The international presence at Automechanika Jeddah 2019 will be underlined by five country pavilions from Germany, the USA, Turkey, Korea and China. The trade show is expected to attract more than 4000 Saudi trade visitors, as they seek solutions across seven product groups: Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customizing, Repair & Maintenance, Dealer & Workshop Management, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning, and Tyres & Batteries.

The show will also feature the Truck Competence initiative, where more than half of the exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repair and care.

Aranca’s Saudi automotive aftermarket whitepaper is available to download on the Automechanika Jeddah’s website at www.automechanikajeddah.com.

BASF Will Feature Four Of The Best At SEMA 2018

BASF Refinish Automotive Coatings, located at booth #20353 in the Racing and Performance area of Central Hall, will feature four customs at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) Show 2018.

During a planned press conference at its booth at 9:30am on Tuesday, 30 October, BASF will present four unique vehicle builds:

  • Chip Foose 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible – by SEMA Hall of Famer Chip Foose
  • Goolsby Customs 1974 Plymouth Duster – by Jonathan Goolsby; a drag-race car restored to its glory days for driver Beth Hazelwood
  • Customs by Kilkeary 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible – by Tim Kilkeary; customized from bumper to bumper
  • Roadster Shop 1970 Chevy Camaro Widebody – by the Illinois-based shop.

The BASF booth will also showcase a custom 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide built by CamTech.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2019 Confirmed With Industry Support From Near And Far

Automechanika is one of the world’s most prestigious trade fair brands for the automotive service industry, and next spring will see the show return once again to the heart of Vietnam. With extended participation from international and local industry parties, the 2019 edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is set to be held from 28 February – 2 March at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC).

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is a regional trade fair for the automotive service industry in Vietnam. Since the debut show in 2017, the show has quickly become a leading event for Vietnam by bridging local industry with international peers for business connection, information exchange and educational opportunities.

Stepping into its third year in Vietnam, organisers say the 2019 show has even bigger plans to respond to the market’s enthusiasm, both domestically and abroad. The exhibition floor will be expanded to 10,200 square metres, allowing 380 local and international exhibitors to meet with an expected 8600 trade visitors during the three-day event.

Vietnam is developing as the next automotive assembly hub in Asia. The industry is expecting a higher volume of automotive parts to be imported into Vietnam as a result of a significant tax cut on imported parts and components, and recent reports suggest that the country is shrinking tariffs of imported car components from 2018 onwards. The move gives the rising automotive market even greater support as it encourages investment into the country’s ever-growing car manufacturing industry.

Today, organisers say many foreign players are eyeing the country as their next sweet spot for business growth, while local companies are also looking to grasp new opportunities as a result of these promising developments.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City received recognition from both the foreign and local markets, with many industry players agreeing that it is an effective platform to expand their business in the growing Vietnam automotive market. As such, organisers say more representing industry associations are pledging their support for Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City. For instance, the Rubber Plastic Manufacturers Association (RUPA), the Vietnam Association for Supporting Industries (VASI) and the Vietnam Automobile Transportation Association (VATA) will all join another 11 existing international and local organisations to become the show’s official supporters in 2019. Having the endorsements from these additional local associations also means the show now has broader coverage across Vietnam, which allows organisers to promote the event to even more domestic visitors.

New supporter VATA has over 1500 members, including engineers, entrepreneurs and company leaders, and 50 sub-organisations across the nation. Its chairperson, Nguyen Van Thanh, said: “We heard a lot of positive feedback about Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and have seen its significant development from the previous editions. In terms of its quality and professionalism, we are glad to become an official supporter for the show. We will introduce the show to our members through various channels, including website, e-newsletters and our official publication Vietnam Automobile Transportation Magazine. Participating in the fair will definitely allow them to expand business networks and enhance their technical skills by joining the show’s concurrent events, such as fleet management conference and training.”

The 2019 show is expected to house nine overseas pavilions. A new pavilion from Hong Kong is anticipated to join other international pavilions from China, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, the Middle East, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand on the show floor.

“Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is no doubt a regional trade fair with a high level of global presence at the same time,” said Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd.

“The 2019 show will welcome exhibitors from more than 17 countries and regions, to meet trade visitors from over 44 countries and regions.”

“Likewise, over 40 per cent of trade visitors at the last edition expressed strong interest in the commercial vehicle sector. As such, the next show will continue to see numerous renowned global players such as LIQUI MOLY, a lubricant specialist, to bring a diverse range of products for passenger and commercial vehicles. This means fairgoers will be able to see the leading technologies and latest industrial solutions in one spot,” she added.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, Chan Chao International Co Ltd and Yorkers Exhibition Service Vietnam. It is one of 17 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and North, Central and South America. For more information about the show or to download press materials, visit www.automechanika-hcmc.com. Alternatively, contact Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd on +852 2802 7728, or email [email protected]

Axalta Announces 2018 SEMA Show Event/Appearance Schedule

Axalta has announced the schedule of events in its booth, #22391, during the 2018 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada from 30 October to 2 November 2018.

The schedule includes appearances by top automotive builders, artists, and special guests to showcase Axalta’s refinish and original equipment coatings and colour.

Headlining Axalta’s schedule on Thursday 1 November at 2:00pm is the unveiling of Nevermore, a piece of fine art created by “Impossibly Real” artist Peter Maier with Cromax refinish paint. Maier is world-renowned for his lifelike art featuring animals, cars, people, and products. His work is currently on exhibit in the Butler Institute of American Art and often sells for US$100,000 or more. During this special event, Nevermore co-collaborator and pinstriper, Andrew “Pooch” Cappuccio, will join Maier onstage where they will greet attendees and autograph reproductions of the piece for the first 150 people in line.

Also on the schedule, and for a second consecutive year, are the wildly popular Middlecott Sketchbattle duels emceed by Jamie Little, NASCAR pit reporter for Fox Sports. In-booth duels occur on Tuesday 30 October at 10:00am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm, as well as on Wednesday 31 October at 9:30am and 11:30am. The main event and Axalta-sponsored Middlecott Sketchbattle Experience is at 8:00 pm at the Industrial, 2330 Industrial Road in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday 31 October from 1:00pm to 4:30pm, artist Kristian Baena of Zac Brown Customs will be demonstrating automotive airbrush art. Long-time SEMA Show favourites, Paul Quinn and DeWayne Connot, will follow with pinstriping demonstrations on Thursday 1 November at 9:30am and 3:30pm, and on Friday 2 November at 9:30am and 1:00pm.

“Meet the Builder” discussion sessions with the builders of the custom vehicles in Axalta’s booth will occur on Thursday 1 November at 11:00am with Dale Boesch, winner of the 2018 National Street Rod Association’s Builder of the Year award, and on Friday 2 November at 11:00am with Big Oak Garage, a 2015 Great Eight Ridler finalist.

To learn more, visit axalta.us/sema2018.

Sherwin-Williams Showcases “Mastery of Refinishing” At Automechanika 2018

Sherwin-Williams, through its Automotive Finishes division, brought over 100 years of experience in vehicle refinishing to life at Automechanika Frankfurt.

The event follows Sherwin-Williams’ successful acquisition of Valspar last year and is already generating significant success and opportunities for the combined business and this was a key talking-point at Automechanika.

“This was a great first event for us as a combined organisation in Europe which generated significant interest in Sherwin-Williams, our refinishing brands and our tools to support digital colour matching,” said Theo Wemmers, Executive General Manager Automotive EMEA.

“It was also an excellent opportunity to meet partners and customers, explain how we are looking to help their businesses become more profitable and productive, and discuss the latest trends in vehicle refinishing.

“These are exciting times for Sherwin-Williams and we look forward to accelerating the growth potential of our partners and customers.”

The theme of the company’s stand at Automechanika Frankfurt was ‘Mastery of Refinishing’, telling the story of its decades of experience in vehicle refinishing as well as its focus on digital innovation. A virtual reality refinishing experience received high engagement with over 700 participants, a preview of its brand-new digital spectrophotometer (due for release in 2019) and demo of its new online training programme brought the digital focus to life.

Important highlights from the show included a series of launches and announcements about the company’s major refinishing brands, including:

DeBeer – Delegates learned about the DeBeer Difference and how a brand with over 100 years of heritage is as committed today as it ever was to providing quality products, unmatched service and support.

Octoral – The bold campaign promoting the visionary approach of this premium brand was featured at Automechanika, forming one of the event’s most eye-catching displays.

It was announced that Prospray will become available in more markets in the EMEA region in 2019, giving more customers access to the brand’s passion for perfection.

The range of eight new body fillers, part of the Spralac BodyWorks range was also launched at the show.

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.