Nominees and Finalists for the Automechanika Frankfurt’s Innovation Awards have been chosen

ZF Friedrichshafen AG – ZF Aftermarket Turning Assistance System CV Retrofit Solution

The submissions for Automechanika Frankfurt’s Innovation Awards clearly illustrate the aftermarket’s trend towards smart digital solutions.
A 14-member international panel – for the first-time including experts from Australia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the USA – met on 21 July to determine which of the 133 submissions from 99 companies were most deserving. Amongst the panel was Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity.
The independent panel has selected the best products and assigned them to three award classes: ‘Nominee’ for innovative products and solutions, ‘Finalist’ for outstanding technological innovations, and ‘Winner’ for the top product in each category.
The panel ended up selecting 96 ‘Nominees’ and 35 ‘Finalists’. The companies chosen as the winners of the coveted Innovation Awards will not be announced until the awards ceremony at Automechanika, which is taking place on 13 September at 5.00pm in “Harmonie” hall in the Congress Center.
“The sheer scope of this year’s submissions is impressive, ranging from rescue systems for vehicles with battery fires and radar-supported turning assistance systems for trucks all the way to highly complex laser scanners able to measure entire vehicles in a matter of minutes,” said
Dr Gerhard Angerer, an expert assessor who helped evaluate the submissions.
“The digitalisation trend has also continued to accelerate, with approximately one third of submissions coming from this area. Forward-looking topics like new mobility, alternative drive systems and sustainability were also prominent in the submissions received.”
Five of the finalists have also been recommended for the Green Award, which will also be presented during the awards ceremony at Automechanika Frankfurt.
This year marked the first time that the panel of representatives from associations, industry, retailers, academia and the media has been expanded to include international aftermarket experts.
The products submitted were evaluated based on the following criteria: degree of innovation and excellence of the solution, cost effectiveness, user benefit, functionality and user-friendliness, market potential and relevance to the aftermarket, quality, durability and safety, as well as their contributions to sustainability, energy efficiency, climate protection, environmental protection and resource conservation.

Schaeffler – LuK GearBOX hoch e

Innovation Award Finalists

Electromobilty Category:
• SAS Vignal Group – SESA Tunes Advanced AVAS and Multi-Function Audible Solution
• Autel Europe – Maxicharger DC Wallbox
• AVL DiTest – AVL DiTest HV SAT
• CTEK – Njord Go EVSE

Data and Connectivey Category:
• Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH – ContiConnect 2.0
• WESP – Parts Performance Dashboard
• Herth+Buss Car Parts – Herth + Buss Product Detector
• Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH – Fast Track AI
• AVL-DiTEST – VClone

Workshop and Service Solutions Category:
• MAHLE Aftermarket GmbH – Battery Diagnostics Feature for Diagnostic Tool TechPRO from MAHLE
• Beissbarth GmbH – Q.DAS: Modular Digital Driver Assistance Systems (FAS) Calibration
• GelKoh GmbH – LiBaRescue
• Oxyhydrogen Technologies S.L. – OXHYTECH DPF PLUS
• MAROLOTEST – MAROLO E-lift and E-Motofixe
• ZF Friedrichshafen AG – WABCO Modular ABS Sensors
• Robert Bosch GmbH – Bosch ADAS ONE Solution Software

Parts and Technology Solutions Category:
• EnerSys (EH Europe GmbH) – ODYSSEY Battery
• Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH – Braking Torque Reduction System
• Schaeffler – LuK GearBOX hoch e
• Brembo – Greenance Concept

KMWE Michael Köberlein – CLAIR 5000 MULTI

Body and Paint Category:
• Celette France SAS – Eagle – Electronic Car Body Measurement System
• Multichem Sp. z.o.o. – Profix Refinish Systems – All Colours of Innovation
• KMWE Michael Köberlein – CLAIR 5000 MULTI
• Carbon GmbH – CBR Carbon Body Repair System
• Herrmann Innovations – IONSTAR

Car Wash and Care Category:
• Lederzentrum GmbH – ColourScannerPRO – Scanner incl. Formula Database
• Lake Country Manufacturing – UDOS 51E
Accessories and Customising Category:
• CTEK Sweden AB – CTEK CS ONE fully automatic battery charger and maintainer with APTO technology
• Dropracks AS – Dropracks – Elevating Roof Racks

Commercial Vehicles Category
• Hunter Engineering Company – Quick Check Commercial Autonomous Vehicle Inspection
• ZF Friedrichshafen AG – ZF Aftermarket Turning Assistance System CV Retrofit Solution
• SAF-Holland Group – SAF TRAKr electric axle for regenerative braking

A list of all companies awarded as nominees and finalists can be found in the Automechanika exhibitor search on the show’s website (simply search for ‘Innovation Award nominee’ or ‘Innovation Award finalist’ in the search bar.)

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