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.

Show Floor Hours For NACE Automechanika Atlanta Announced

Moving from its two editions in Chicago, NACE Automechanika is setting up shop in Atlanta for the 2018 edition. Why Atlanta? The company says it is listening to its exhibitors and attendees, staying true to its mission and remaining focused on ways to better serve the industry. Georgia is home to more than 3500 international firms including KIA Motors and Porsche Cars North America, holding the top ranking in the country for the lowest cost of doing business.

With hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of attendees, NACE Automechanika Atlanta will likely lead the industry in a showcase of the latest technology covering the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket.

Show floor hours have now been announced. NACE Automechanika Atlanta will be from 10 AM to 5 PM August 8 and 9, and from 10 AM to 2 PM on August 10.

INAPA 2018 Jakarta Almost Sold Out

The 10th edition of INAPA 2018 will be taking place from 22 – 24 March 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta) together with Tyre & Rubber Indonesia 2018, INABIKE 2016, Bus & Truck Indonesia 2018, RailwayTech Indonesia 2018 and INAFASTENER 2018 to be expanded up to up to 30% bigger scale and expected to attract more than 35,000 professional from 40 countries.

The exhibition area will be divided 7 area:

  1. Automotive Parts & System
  2. Bike, Parts and Accessories
  3. Commercial Vehicle and Parts (Truck, Bus, Forklift, Rail)
  4. Vehicle Equipment, Maintenance, Tool and Fastener
  5. Tyre, Wheel and Rubber Chemical
  6. Automotive Battery
  7. Lubricant (for Transportation & Manufacturing) – Lube Indonesia 2018

Indonesia economic growth in 2018 is targeted to reach 5.4% which is considered very realistic. Improvements occur in the commodity sector (palm oil, cacao, etc), manufacturer expansion, coal, and petroleum price is getting high. On the other hand, the investment for commodities have been rising high. The aggressive of infrastructure development in some remote areas also will drive equitable economic growth. This is good news for automotive industry to supply more Indonesia areas.

In terms of market size, Indonesia is the Biggest Car and Bike Market in SE Asia. Indonesia accounts for about one-third of total annual car sales in ASEAN. Indonesia not only has a large population (over 260 million populations) but is also characterized having a rapid expanding middle class. Together, these two factors create a powerful consumer force. The ratio of cars to the population in Indonesia (12:1) is still low compared with other countries in this region. Therefore, still provides a potential market for car encouraging producers to increase their production capacity.

Automechanika Shanghai 2017 Officially Open

The 13th edition of Automechanika Shanghai opened yesterday. For the first time ever, the fair covers 15 halls of the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai and celebrates its largest ever and highest quality edition:

There are 6051 exhibitors (5 per cent increase) covering an area of 340,000 square metres (nine per cent increase) and an expectancy of 130,000 visitors (eight per cent increase).

A total of 19 country and region pavilions can be found on the show floor, as well as an increase in 14 per cent of overseas exhibitors compared to last year.

Located at the North Hall, the E-Mobility & Infrastructure Zone has a larger exhibitor participation and enhanced product coverage this year. It showcases many different aspects of electric vehicles, such as electric controls, batteries, charging infrastructures and key auto parts.

The world of tyres, wheels, rims and related products is displayed at a dedicated area in the West Hall, for the sector’s most innovative products and research.

Running at the same time today are the following events:

  • Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2017
    Theme: Online vs Offline vs O2O – The Battle for the Future of the Aftermarket
  • Connected Mobility Conference Shanghai
    Theme: Autonomous Driving and AI Application in Connected Mobility
  • China Auto Technology Achievement Commercialization & Investment Forum
    Theme: Connected Car Technology Development and New Technologies Presentation
  • China Collision Industry Summit – CCIS Auto Insurance and Aftermarket Cooperation Seminar
    Theme: Dialogue between Automotive Aftermarket and Collision Car Industry
  • Car Racing Experience Sharing by Mr Rao Long, the Champion of TCSA

The show runs from 29 Nov until the 2nd of December.