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 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.

Participation High As Automechanika Shanghai 2019 Closes

The 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 3 to 6 December 2019, has recorded even more industry participation than ever before. 159,728 visitors connected with 6590 exhibitors across the show floor (2018: 150,568 visitors, 6,269 exhibitors). During the four-day show, the automotive ecosystem through more vertical and horizontal integration in the entire value chain was illustrated, while activities around the fairground brought exhibition themes, emerging products, services and technology, and rising trends to life.

Celebrations of the show’s 15th edition milestone were felt all around the fairground and participants were particularly keen to express the fair’s quick growth and influence, not just in the domestic market, but the international industry too. Its automotive ecosystem was channelled through the fairground’s new zones and fringe programme events in efforts to connect a wider automotive community. As a result, more finance firms, insurance companies, research institutes, talent management experts, start-ups, as well as players across the entire supply chain made their way to the show.

The news comes after the fair expanded many of its themed zones and areas. For example, the enhanced Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility sector shed light on the latest innovations for electromobility, intelligent vehicle technology, car connectivity, mobility services, smart road systems and lightweight materials.

Other areas that proved immensely popular among participants were the improved Customising sector featuring interior, exterior and high-performance customisation, as well as the Motorsports & High Performance zone and the Supply Chain & Chain Store zone. Here, attendees explored the latest aftermarket trends and delved into new business models for the proliferating service and chain store segment. Other sectors included Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories, Repair & Maintenance and REFIEN (Tyres & Wheels).

Automechanika Shanghai 2019 also marked an increase in international participation across the board. To illustrate, overseas exhibitor participation rose by four per cent with representation from a total of 46 countries and regions. Exhibitors from Belarus, Lithuania and Saudi Arabia returned to the fair as Kazakhstan and Macau made their show debut.

There was an upward surge of visitor participation by six per cent, reaching an impressive total of 159,728 delegates, while overseas attendance was also felt in force throughout the exhibition.

This year, a total of 65 fringe programme events ran concurrently with the main show. Throughout the fairground, each event received high praise from industry experts who took part and presented the latest global updates and local developments in the entire automotive supply chain. Many new fringe events, reflecting key fair trends, were also welcomed for the first time this year, such as the debuting Body & Paint World Championships, Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility Innovation Technology Conference, China Auto Dealer Supply Chain and Financial Innovation Summit 2019 and International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) China 2019.

New Cars Launched At Dubai International Motor Show 2019

With over 500 cars on display, the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) opened its doors to crowds of motoring enthusiasts and families who were seeking to catch a glimpse of this year’s best and most glamourous car launches and motoring-themed entertainment. Organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the show is being held until 16 November, 2019.

Organisers say the 15th edition of the show has brought to the region a number of launches, including Nissan’s new concepts, exclusively designed for customers in the Middle East; the Gazelle Storm, powered by a 4.8L 6-cylinder powerhouse, and the Navara Gazelle which offers unparalleled off-road experiences. Jaguar Land Rover hosted its regional debut of its new Range Rover, which is powered by the brand’s new six-cylinder petrol engine, and combines dynamic on-road handling, luxurious refinement, and the trademark Land Rover all-terrain capability.

Independent Chinese brand Hongqi unveiled its flagship crossover SUV, the HS7, equipped with advanced assisted driving. UAE-based STREIT Group, one of the world’s largest armoured vehicle manufacturers revealed the Streit Shaman 8×8; the amphibious automobile delivers a horsepower of 107kW and 350Nm torque, ideal for tackling all terrains.

General Motors revealed an array of models from Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, showcasing six new reveals with 36 models in total across all three brands. Chevrolet made regional debuts of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the fastest and most powerful in Stingray history, the new 2020 Onix saloon, and the 2020 Chevrolet Captiva crossover. Cadillac revealed its new CT5 sports saloon; and GMC showed off its new GMC Sierra line-up.

Using their state-of-the-art 3D modelling studio, Italdesign, brought to life students’ visions of the cars of the future. Sponsored by CAFU, the MENA region’s first fuel on-demand mobile application, the ‘My Car of the Future’ competition demonstrated how Italdesign’s team of creatives can quite literally sculpt a car from start to finish in a 3D virtual environment. The competition allowed students aged 6-13 from across the city to submit drawings of what they imagined the car of the future to look like. The chosen students will take home a small model of their designed car, the new Need for Speed game on Xbox, a poster of their design, and two grandstand tickets to Abu Dhabi F1.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring this initiative because we are one of the companies innovating the oil and gas sector, and it makes a lot of sense for us to help kids grow their creativity, their entrepreneurship and their innovation skills,” said Antonio Al Asmar, General Manager at CAFU. “We want to be sure the youth can see their dreams are not so far from reality.”

“This project was a demonstration of Italdesign’s range of expertise, showcasing the finest technologies in automotive design,” said Christian Bolognesi, Press Office Manager at Italdesign. “It was a fantastic feeling to see the students’ faces when their designs were unveiled.”

The show’s daily Visit & Win’ raffle draw had one lucky winner receive an AED$10,000 cash prize and two winners won Traxxas RC cars. Visitors to the show can enter the raffle every day for a chance to win.

The Dubai International Motor Show takes place until 16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Show is also inviting all women who have a keen interest in motoring to visit with free entry between 1-4pm on 12-14 November, and in an effort to celebrate women drivers from Saudi Arabia, the Show is offering free entry throughout the show for those women who hold a valid KSA driving license.

AMR 2020 To Feature Even More International Participation

Auto Maintenance & Repair Expo (AMR) will return next spring from 15-18 March 2020 at Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Centre. Spanning across the 120,000 square metres of the venue’s eight exhibition halls, more than 1300 overseas and domestic exhibitors are expected to participate in the AMR 2020 fair.

In recent years, aftermarket has become one of the main sources of profit in the automotive supply chain. Show organisers says the market value of the global automotive aftermarket expects to see annual growth of three per cent, surging from the current €800 billion to €1200 billion by 2030. In terms of car ownership, the number of vehicles on the road has already reached 250 million in China, with more reports saying the current automotive aftermarket is already valued at ¥1300 billion. By 2025, its market value will grow further by 55 per cent, therefore holding infinite business opportunities for the automotive aftermarket.

Over the past 37 years, AMR organisers say the show has served the Chinese automotive aftermarket by continuing to evolve and grow along the drastic changes in the market, sitting on the driving seat in China’s automotive repair and maintenance industry as it flourishes and becomes more international. Putting the equipment, tools and consumables of repair and maintenance and car care at its core, consistently integrating the latest industry trends and extensive resources, AMR organisers says the show is able to gather quality and professional industry buyers at the fair, which is now recognised as a top trading platform to facilitate sourcing and helping foreign enterprises expand into Chinese and Asian markets.

To further heighten the fair experience and sourcing efficiency, AMR 2020 is set to have a more strategic hall plan in order to highlight the latest products and dedicated services in each sector. Hall allocation will enhance business matching efficiency and the experience for both buyers and exhibitors. For example, there will be specific zones including mechanical, collision, tyre repair, car wash and car care, testing and diagnostics, and repair tools in the Repair & Maintenance sector to better match buyer needs.

Elsewhere, in order to keep up with rising industry trends, the 2020 edition will introduce extensive resources for tyre, lubricant, car care, washing and customising, commercial vehicle, chain stores, emergency roadside assistance, integration of production, and education by hosting concurrent events and special zones.

Numerous sectors will further expand into featured zones, including:

  • The Parts and Components hall, will highlight the latest replacement parts, auto components, supply chain, customising and auto electronics.
  • The Lubricant zone, which will present all kinds of lubricant and oil products for automotive use: engine oil, diesel oil, base oil, engine lubricant oil, transmission fluid, cleaning oil and many other maintenance accessories.
  • The Commercial Vehicle zone, which will bring together prominent brands offering auto parts and components for the aftermarket. The zone will showcase a variety of repair and maintenance products and services for commercial vehicles.
  • The Car care, Washing and Customising zone, which will focus on showcasing products for car washing, car beauty and customising. Numerous live demonstrations will also be carried out in the zone.

According to show organisers, recent market research stated that the repair and maintenance sector in China has big potential as it is now one of the world’s biggest automotive aftermarkets after 20 years of rapid development. In fact, it is the second largest sector and occupies 20 per cent of the Chinese automotive aftermarket. AMR staff say the show establishes a bridge for foreign enterprises to expand their business into China’s automotive market, bringing in more choices and business opportunities to local dealers and customers.

With the global sales network of Messe Frankfurt, AMR 2020 will go further to “bring forward an international market”. In terms of overseas exhibitors, the list has expanded to more than 100 companies in the show portfolio, among which are several overseas pavilions from different countries and regions:

  • The German pavilion first debuted at AMR 2019 with huge success. It will return to the fair in the 2020 edition with an even bigger exhibition space of over 300 square metres. The pavilion will present the latest repair and maintenance products and services from over 30 German companies and brands.
  • The Malaysia pavilion will debut at AMR 2020.
  • The Taiwan pavilion will greatly extend participation from the previous edition.
  • More international exhibitors from Egypt, France, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and the USA are being organised.

In addition, organisers say the level of international participation at AMR 2020 can again be seen in the composition of visitors and buyers, with the fair welcoming first-time buyer groups from Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kazan in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

To better service these local and overseas participants, there will be more than 30 fringe programme events organised during the three-day fair. Highlights are expected to include the 2nd Automotive Aftermarket Awards for China’s Top Chain Brands, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Annual Meeting, the Rising Terminal Conference 2020, Tyre Marketing Summit, LubTop 2019 Award, National Parts Dealer Conference, China Auto Beauty Championships, the 5th Auto Diagnostics Master Finals, Green Repair and Maintenance Industry Forum, China Aftermarket “Northwest Day” Special Event, AMR 2020 China Aftermarket Crossover Banquet, the Integration of Production and Education Forum, and many more.

The show’s seamless business matchmaking services will also offer targeted business interactions with an “enhanced” sourcing efficiency, according to organisers.

The 11th Edition Of INAPA Coming Soon

The 11th edition of INAPA will return to JIExpo in Jakarta from 18-20 March 2020 with more than 15,000 attendees and 1000 exhibiting companies. In 2019, INAPA become the biggest annual meeting place for automotive aftermarket players in ASEAN.

Indonesia has set an ambitious target on the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) with 2.1 million electric motorcycles and 2200 electric cars expected to take the road by 2025. The Indonesian government has set fiscal incentives, such as import tariff incentives for battery-based EVs and their supporting technology and materials, as well as value-added tax deductions and tax incentives for imported goods related to investments in the EV industry.

INAPA 2020 will focus on EVs, technologies, components and EV manufacturing solutions (EVMS). Organisers feel the show will present an opportunity to feature the latest trend and technology for EVMS including battery, electrical powertrains, components, IT systems, material, equipment and services.

Organisers say that the Indonesian automotive industry has become an important pillar of the country’s manufacturing sector as many of the world’s well known car companies have reopened manufacturing plants or expanded production capacity.

Indonesia is one of the largest automotive markets according to Static Indonesia, with over 135 million vehicles in operation in 2017.

You can find more information at www.inapa-exhibition.net or www.ev-indonesia.net.

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.

CIECA Announces New November 2019 Webinar

CIECA has announced its next CIECAst webinar: “This Changes Everything: The Impact of New Technologies on the Auto Physical Damage & Claims Ecosystem – What Repairers and Other Collision Industry Stakeholders Need to Know”.

The webinar will run for one hour on Tuesday 12 November at 11 am CST and will feature Stephen Applebaum, Managing Partner of Insurance Solutions Group.

Applebaum will share his subject matter expertise and insights into the business disruption being experienced by participants across the entire vehicle insurance ecosystem. It will include insurance carriers, collision repairers and all the supply chain partners and customers.

“Today, like never before in the history of our industry, change is constant and accelerating and trying to understand and keep up with the changes is challenging,” said Applebaum. “Harder still is predicting the future and how to plan for it and continue to succeed and grow.”

CIECA says Applebaum is a frequent chairman, guest speaker and panellist at Insurance Nexus North America and other industry conferences, while contributing to major insurance industry publications. The company says he has a passion for coaching, mentoring, business process innovation and constructive transformation, applying disruptive technology, and managing organisational change in the North American property/casualty insurance industry and trading partner communities.

To register for the CIECAst, click here.

Following the CIECAst webinar, attendees will be able to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi).

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.

MSO Symposium Early Bird Registration Ending Soon

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the eighth annual MSO Symposium will take place on 4 November in Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to SEMA Show.

Similar to past years, the event’s agenda, timing, and content is driven and directed by industry leading members who voluntarily serve on the programme’s advisory board.

Last year’s event represented more than 4000 collision repair facilities with a total annual revenue exceeding US$7 billion. The programme has evolved to now include insurers, OEMs and large independent repair facilities.

The ASA says that attendance is limited and registrants must qualify to attend – the event is open to insurers, OEMs, multi-shop operators and single-location repair facilities with revenue exceeding US$3 million in annual sales. Early bird rates are also available for a limited time.

“The MSO Symposium continues to bring together the multi-shop owners and operators, dealers, franchisees and repair networks from all across North America,” said Roy Schnepper, ASA Immediate Past Chairman. “This exclusive is event where only collision industry repairers, insurers, and OEMs can gather.”

To register for the MSO Symposium, click here.