A record number of visitors gathered at the NEC event in June to source tooling and equipment, workshop support, and take advantage of free training sessions – we report on some of the highlights from the show.
Taking a day out of a busy workshop to head to a work exhibition is not everyone’s cup of tea, however, droves of technicians and workshop owners converged on the largest UK trade event last month, which returned to Birmingham after a four-year absence. A record 14,402 visitors attended the exhibition, an increase of 19% on the 2019 show – with 6,750 workshop professionals keen to discuss new avenues, equipment, and training face-to-face. A total of 511 suppliers showcased cutting-edge technology, product launches and services to help drive repair businesses forward and support technicians with evolving processes and essential tooling. Reactions from both visitors and exhibitors autotechnician received over the three days were very positive, reporting the visit to be worthwhile; with numerous connections being made and ways to evolve both careers and business opportunities back in the workshop.
The event saw the first ever Automechanika Birmingham keynote conference, in addition to 190 hours of free skills training, and interactive features such as the Modern Garage, Paint & Spray Live, Collision Repair Live and the EV Training Academy. The event also opened its doors for the first time for students and the next generation of talent, with Automechanika Birmingham’s Talent and Skills Conference.
Automechanika Birmingham returns in 2025 and the UK Garage and Bodyshop Show, also located at Birmingham NEC, will return in June next year, specifically aimed
at workshops – with a focus on tools, training and technology.