AUTOMECHANIKA FRANKFURT PRIORITISES PERSONAL INTERACTION AND DIGITAL NETWORKING
With a focus on innovative products and trends alongside professional development and networking
The aftermarket sector will finally be meeting face-to-face again at Automechanika, from 14 to 16 September 2021.
The organisers report there is a strong demand for personal interaction, as around 75 percent of the approximately 200 exhibiting companies want to have physical stands at the exhibition.
It says what’s new is that Automechanika will take place at the same time as Hypermotion – the tradeshow of the logistics industry – at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre.
They report this will give the automotive sector valuable inspiration, for example, with regard to resilient supply chains, fleet management and IoT systems.
At the same time, this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus will be held in a more compact form, with a different model adapted to suit the prevailing situation, and also with a wide range of online products and services.
“I’m really pleased that our ‘plug and play’ offer of fully equipped stands has been so well received and that so many companies who’ve signed up want to meet in person again in Frankfurt,” Automechanika Frankfurt Director, Olaf Musshoff, said.
“However, even those who are not coming to Frankfurt can take part in our wide-ranging complementary programme. Thanks to our new online features, we’ll be providing additional options for presentation, for networking and for a wide international reach.”
There has been considerable from companies worldwide, with exhibitors set to come to the show not only from Germany, but also from Belgium, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Turkey, India, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, China, Taiwan and Australia.
Programme highlights at Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus
As an innovation showcase, training centre and test lab for car dealerships and repair shops, the Future Repair Shop 4.0 will be working with the Institute for the Automotive Industry (IfA), demonstrating tomorrow’s technologies, processes and business models at the trade show. There will be eight learning stations on the customer journey with a focus on aftersales, giving visitors a hands-on experience of technological change. Motor industry professionals can gain valuable expertise and fresh inspiration for their own business in the future.
Digitisation and new technical developments are posing new challenges to car repair shops on a daily basis. As before, hands-on workshops will be held at the trade fair. They will take place in cooperation with well-known partners and will be directed at car repair shops, in particular.
There will also be several live accident repair demonstrations, hosted by FabuCar and the Car Doctors (Die Autodoktoren).
In addition, the Automechanika Academy will be running a wide-ranging programme on all three days. Recent developments on the topics of Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility, Electromobility, 3D Printing and Car Wash will be presented in several visionary talks, given by professionals, and will be debated in panel discussions. Anyone who runs a car repair shop will be particularly interested in Schadentalk (a vehicle damage chat show) as well as a range of talks and panel discussions on the day-to-day business of a car repair shop.
In times of climate change and environmental protection, the topic of a circular economy and remanufacturing is becoming increasingly relevant.
The first Automechanika Remanufacturing Day will be therefore held on 15 September, in cooperation with APRA (the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers’ Association). On this occasion, several professionals will be presenting the topic from various angles, with opportunities for questions.
For more information, visit www.automechanika.com