The world’s largest automotive trade exhibition comes to Birmingham this June, bringing together more than 550 equipment, parts and tools suppliers with thousands of trade visitors between the 7th and 9th June at the Birmingham NEC.
Having attended the Automechanika Frankfurt for a fair few years now, we can guarantee it’s the place to be if you want to see how the future of vehicle service and repair is shaping up and to talk to the innovators who are bringing the products and services to market to enable work on the latest vehicle technologies. It’s also a fantastic place to consider and compare the many parts, tools and workshop equipment on offer, see them in action and discuss your requirements with technical staff. There’s also free training on offer so there’s plenty of justification for some time out of the workshop.
77% of exhibitors offer aftermarket products & services
Let’s break it down
The event will showcase all areas of the automotive aftermarket – covering everything from parts & components, electronics & systems, management & digital solutions to car wash, care & reconditioning.
Repair & Maintenance is a central focus, of course, providing the latest workshop equipment and tools in addition to bodywork repair, the maintenance and repair of vehicle superstructures (caravans/motorhomes and custom vehicles), workshop refitting equipment, oils & lubricants and recycling and disposal services.
There will also be many suppliers showcasing their accessory and customising products – from roof boxes, trailers and carrier systems to sports exhausts, car wrapping equipment, infotainment devices and tyre bay accessories.
You will be like a wide-eyed child in a sweet shop.
Take something away with you
As well as show promotions and freebies, leading industry experts will provide a mixture of practical advice and keynote presentations on the latest industry developments in three dedicated theatres. Visitors can take in seminars on the changing car market & industry forecasts; connectivity & advanced vehicle IT; skills, apprenticeships & training; updates on the MOT, certification & qualification and Technical Seminars organised by autotechnician magazine, sponsored by TecRMI. We have gathered the best tech experts in their field to share practical tips and advice on how to prepare for changing vehicle technology.
During the afternoon on Wednesday 8th June, the following seminars will take place in the Technical Seminar Theatre, Stand H2B in Hall 11: TecRMI on technical service and repair data, Neil Pattemore on telematics and in-vehicle data, Frank Massey on battery technology, James Dillon on the implications of the connected car on vehicle diagnostics and Peter Coombes on vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
Full details here
Plan your visit
The show is open 7-9th June 2016 9:30am-4:30pm in Halls 9, 10 and 11 at Birmingham NEC. Entrance is free but you need to register for a ticket at www.automechanika-birmingham.com, using code AUT002.
If you plan to travel by car, the NEC is just eight miles from Birmingham town centre and close to major motorways, use postcode B40 1NT on your Sat Nav. If you are after a completely hassle-free experience, for £20 you can pre-book a guaranteed ‘NEC Express’ parking space close to the halls. Book online up to midnight the day before the show at www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/car-parking and avoid any potential queues at parking kiosks.
You can pay £12 on the day for standard parking with cash or by card at one of the kiosks or pre-pay the day before online, as above. A regular, free shuttle bus takes visitors from the car parks to the show entrance.
Motorcycle parking at the NEC is free.
Travel by train is also straightforward as the NEC sits right next to the Birmingham International rail station – just follow signs from the train platform. Many trains are direct but if not, you can grab a connecting train from Birmingham New Street.
The organisers have arranged discounted hotel rates for visitors to the show, call TSC Hotels on 01335 345655 if you require accommodation for Automechanika Birmingham.
Just in case…
The NEC is pretty hospitable – alongside your usual eateries, cloak rooms and facilities, there’s also ATM machines (the ones outside NatWest on the Piazza in Hall 4 don’t charge), access to free WiFi and mobile charging units available at the Piazza and Atrium suitable for most major mobile models (£2 for 50 minutes).
Preview of exhibitors here