The 2019 Collision Repair Expo – SAPE’s Biggest Ever Display

The SAPE Group (Sydney Automotive Paints & Equipment) says it is proud to, once again, be the official major sponsor of The Collision Repair Expo (CRE), held concurrently with the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket (AAA) Expo from 4-6 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Building on the success of the Collision Repair Expo in recent years, the SAPE Group says it has committed to expanding its presence at the show, doubling its footprint with four stands spanning 216 square metres – one of the biggest displays at the event.

Stand AD2 and AE2, located near the show entrance, will span 180 square metres and display the latest collision repair technology, products and equipment from international brands such as Celette, GYS, Jollift,  Autorobot, Innovative Tools, Prowotech, Kamatec and IRT/Drester.

A contingent of international guests will be on hand to discuss the latest products on the market. Confirmed guests include Pierre Nicolau and Ratan Youti Samal (Celette France), Cédric Ouguergouz  (GYS France), Jarkko Venäläinen (Autorobot Finland) and Andrea Callini (Jollift Italy).

The first of the smaller stands, AF14, will span 18 square metres and showcase SAPE’s consumables range including Juice Polishes, POR-15 and Scangrip. The company will launch new products, including the much-anticipated Juice Endurance and N-Cut, plus new detailing and work lights from Scangrip.

The second of the smaller stands, AE52, also spans 18 square metres and will feature Roar Advanced Finishing’s automotive range of compounds, glazes and buff pads.

“The Collision Repair Expo is a great flagship event for our industry,” said SAPE Company Director, Paul McMartin. “This year we aim to display many of our popular range of products along with some new and innovative ones which will span over four large display spaces.”

AMR 2019 Expands Special Zones, Introduces German Pavilion

The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) will take place from 21 to 24 March 2019 in Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Centre. As one of Asia’s leading repair and maintenance trade shows, the fair has expanded many of its special zones for 2019, and for the first time will host the new German Pavilion. Organisers say the show’s latest addition will allow visiting buyers to explore a more comprehensive exhibiting platform and enable them to connect with some of the most influential names in the global market.

This year’s fair will feature more than 1300 exhibitors across 120,000 square metres of space, covering the most recent advances in garage and collision equipment, testing, diagnostics equipment and tools, repair, car care, parts and more.

In recent years, the automotive industry across China and throughout Asia has seen continued growth driven by increasing vehicle ownership. The trend is expected to continue rising in the coming years, which has encouraged key players across the value chain to tap into the country’s automotive market. With this, the repair and maintenance sector in particular is seeing more demand for new and innovative product ranges and services.

Show organisers say this demand can be seen first-hand at AMR, where they forecast that over 8000 brands from across the world will exhibit. A number of regional and overseas participants have already confirmed their place at the show, including 3M, Atlas, Autel, Axalta, Baozhongbao, Beiersdorf, Bright, Celette, Corghi, DeVilbiss, Festool, Fly-eagle, Guangli, GYS, Hunter, Launch, Mirka, Monarch, Saint Gobain, SATA, Snap-on and Yokistar, from countries such as Greece, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, the United States and more.

In a new development for 2019’s show, the German Pavilion will be making its debut at the fair. The area has already been highly anticipated by many buyers from the Chinese market, as it provides a one-off opportunity to approach some of the most influential European companies in the sector.

“To help maximise the experience for both our exhibitors and visitors, we are excited to welcome the first German Pavilion to this year’s edition of AMR,” said Fiona Chiew, Managing Director for Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing). “The exhibitors in this devoted area will be able to offer insights into specific sectors of the industry such as the aftermarket, which is already a very established field in Europe. We believe that this new collaboration will compliment China’s quickly growing repair and maintenance market.”

This year at AMR, organisers say visitors will benefit from more strategic hall planning to provide enhanced coverage and easier navigation across different areas of the repair and maintenance sector. Halls have been categorised into specific zones to support matchmaking for both buyers and exhibitors; these zones include Spare Parts, Car Care, Lubricant Oil and traditional Repair and Maintenance, each of which will feature special sectors to better highlight the industry’s most intricate areas. For example, the aftermarket and new energy vehicles sectors will have their own dedicated area to cover each of these specific trends, while spare parts and lubricants will span across 20,000 square metres of space alone.

Away from the zone’s exhibitors, a total of over 30 fringe events will also run concurrently with the show. Here, industry experts will hold seminars, forums and other activities to reflect the latest global developments, current themes and regional trends across the industry.

Organisers say some of the significant trends under the spotlight within the fringe programme include lubricant oils and the automotive aftermarket supply chain, the development of the repair industry under environmental policy changes, and how the automotive aftermarket is influenced by the development of new energy vehicles. Other interrelated topics will focus on the challenges and opportunities for traditional automotive parts dealers, workshop profit patterns and marketing strategies for tyre shops. Participants can also attend the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Brand Festival, which is being hosted at AMR.

For all overseas visitors who pre-register online, organisers say they will sponsor VIP services including accommodation, transport, AMR lounge access and assist with visa applications. For further information about AMR visit www.amr-china.cn.

Automechanika Shanghai Closes, Reports 15 Per Cent Increase In Visitors

The 14th Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 28 November to 1 December 2018, has recorded a substantial rise in attendees compared to the previous show.

Serving as a platform for both local and international players from the automotive parts, accessories, equipment and service sectors, final figures suggest visitors at the show rose by 15 per cent since 2017, reaching a total of 150,568. As Asia’s largest automotive trade fair, organisers said they also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants alike during the four-day period. The overall final figures for this year’s show reflect the continual growth across each aspect of the show:

  • Visitors: 150,568 (2017: 130,928)
  • Exhibitors: 6269 (2017: 6051)

The news comes after the fair expanded many of its themed zones and areas – the brand-new Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility area was able to shed light on the most interesting current and future developments of the industry, from digitalisation and alternative drivetrains to autonomous driving and new mobility services. Other areas that organisers said proved immensely popular amongst participants were the collection of dedicated zones scattered across the halls, including the debuting Chain Stores Zone and the Remanufacturing Zone, as well as the returning REIFEN (tyres) sector for the latest tyre, wheel and rim products.

This year, a total of 57 fringe programme events ran concurrently with the main show. Throughout the fairground, organisers said each event continued to receive high praise from industry experts who took part and presented their ideas and visions for the future of the industry. Many fringe events also debuted for the first time this year, such as the Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility Summit 2018 and the Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2018, both of which reflected the themes and trends across the showground.

Organisers have also marked an increase in international participation across the board. With 43 exhibiting countries and regions around the fairground, newcomers from Luxembourg joined the list of returning countries, along with the likes of the Czech Republic, Lebanon and Slovenia along with the other established overseas participants.

Overseas visitors also saw an increase of 22 per cent. Participants were particularly keen to express that this not only helped create new channels of communication for international buyers trading with Chinese firms, but also allowed for more business exchanges across other international exhibitors and buyers.

Automechanika Shanghai Highlights Events Programme Of Upcoming 2018 Show

While more than 140,000 automotive buyers are preparing to descend upon the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in a few weeks for Automechanika Shanghai, organisers say they are working behind the scenes to ensure the high expectations of the show’s fringe programme are met. This year’s show will see some 50 fringe events take place, covering a strong collection of topics and pressing issues related to the entire automotive world.

Altogether, over 250 senior level representatives are taking part as speakers in this year’s fringe programme at Automechanika Shanghai, held from 28 November to 1 December 2018. The events are expected to inspire participants with new ideas, provide the latest industry trends, expand their business networks and shed light on the industry’s future developments.

The aftermarket in China continues to grow at a rapid rate, and the sector is the country’s biggest market for automotive developments. This continued growth has been met with a number of new opportunities and challenges, so organisers say the show will shine a spotlight on this topic through the Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2018 on 29 November. The event will gather leading companies from the automotive aftermarket sector, including the China Automobile Dealers Association, Fix Auto China and Carzone amongst many others.

The summit will explore growth hotspots and potential across both domestic and international markets, whilst also forecasting future developments and collaboration opportunities for the sector. The summit will also cover the differences and impacts of e-commerce between the US and Chinese multinational automotive parts manufacturers in the aftermarket industry, the development of service chain stores, the outlook of independent workshops, financing, insurance and more.

Meanwhile, the AIAG Auto Parts Purchasing Leadership and Suppliers Summit on 28 November, organised by the Automotive Industry Action Group, has invited purchasing executives from GM, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, PACCAR, Volvo, Geely, NIO, Bosch, BorgWarner, Cummins, Valeo and other OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers to share their sourcing strategies and requirements, as well as their quality management systems in Asia and China. The platform will serve as an opportunity to learn and exchange thoughts on sourcing and quality with hundreds of purchasing leaders across the supply chain.

Meanwhile, the global automotive industry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation at all fronts, from autonomous driving and digital disruptions, to the rise of sharing economy and social trends. To address this, organisers say several related conferences will shed light on the future of service and mobility, including the Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility Summit 2018 on 28 November.

The summit will invite renowned domestic experts and scholars to discuss current and future developments in the areas of car connectivity, new energy vehicles and autonomous driving. Specific reference will be given to the differences between China and Germany in terms of safety standards and the implementation challenges of autonomous driving, as well as blueprint sharing for the future of service and mobility.

Elsewhere, the advancement of automotive materials has been playing an increasingly important role in the automotive manufacturing and design process, and particularly for automotive light-weighting. Held on 28 November, the Application of Advanced Composite Materials in New Energy Vehicles Summit 2018 will talk the audience through the application of advanced composite materials across the entire production cycle of new energy vehicles, from design, product development and manufacturing, to moulding and cost efficiency. This will provide solutions for many of the difficult problems the industry faces. In addition, a dedicated display zone, titled ‘Advanced Composite Materials & Automotive Lightweight Innovation Application’, will showcase the contribution of advanced composite materials at the fair.

In recent years, the buzz around environmental protection has swept across the automotive aftermarket in China, and traditional service sectors are now facing an increasing amount of pressure to cope with higher environmental requirements. The Green Automotive Painting Summit 2018 on 29 November will discuss current industry developments in terms of environmental protection policies, environmental products and solutions to upgrading business in terms of materials, painting technologies and operations. Representatives from leading companies in this field, such as Festool, Fix Auto, Jingzhongjing, MAXLINK and Yatu Advanced Materials will take part in the event.

Aside from the above fringe events taking place during Automechanika Shanghai this year, a number of other seminars, conferences and summits have been arranged for participants to explore. Additional events will include the likes of:

  • Autohaus China 10th Shanghai International Dealer Summit
  • Automotive Parts Industry Development Summit
  • Collision Industry Summit
  • Intelligent Technology of Public Transportation Seminar
  • Key Automotive Electronics Technologies Forum
  • Service Chain Stores Forum
  • Supply Chain Innovation of Automotive Aftermarket Parts Forum
  • The 4th Summit: Merger and Acquisition Strategies for Chinese Automotive Corporations in the Overseas Markets

For further information about Automechanika Shanghai 2018 and the show’s concurrent fringe programme, visit www.automechanika-shanghai.com.

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]