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The international automotive aftermarket is getting back together in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September 2022 and then in even-numbered years, occupying eight exhibition halls and around 200,000 square metres of exhibition space.

Automechanika Frankfurt features numerous new themes and showcases, including ‘Innovation4Mobility’, a section dedicated to new mobility, alternative drive technologies, connectivity and digitalisation, as well as the Automechanika Academy with hands-on workshops, and the Automechanika Innovation Awards. There will be a particular focus on the topics of sustainability, remanufacturing and the supply chain. Other areas of focus include training, professional development and recruiting.

Olaf Mußhoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt, is delighted with the positive feedback from the sector: “I look forward to seeing numerous international key players and trade visitors from all over the world back here in Frankfurt. It is a long- awaited opportunity to do business in person and enjoy an up-close experience of new products and live presentations.”

The Diagnostics & Repair category features numerous companies showcasing their newest solutions, including MAHA, Snap-on, Blitz Rotary, Texa, Hunter, Hella, Bosch, Mahle, Autel Intelligent (CN), Würth and LiquiMoly. The entire spectrum of Parts & Components for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles will be presented by companies such as Meyle, NTN-SNR, Schaeffler and Continental Aftermarket. Osram, Clarios and Lumileds are among the companies showing off their latest developments in the Electronics & Connectivity area.

Peter Wagner, Managing Director Continental Aftermarket & Services,states: “There is no doubt that Automechanika is the industry’s leading trade fair. This is where strategic discussions are held at the highest level – something that is finally possible again. That’s important, because the aftermarket is changing faster than ever. Whether it’s connectivity, data access, e-mobility or sustainability – there is a lot to talk about!”

The ‘Innovation4Mobility’ showcase presents pioneering solutions for connected vehicles and climate-neutral mobility and more products than ever before are highlighted by the Automechanika Innovation Awards. Show Director Olaf Mußhoff: “This sends a strong signal and shows just how innovative the industry is – something that is especially important with the current situation.”

Attracting young people and talents of all ages to the automotive aftermarket is a strong focus for the event and has put training, professional development and recruiting at the top of the agenda. Special events for pupils and newcomers are planned, as are accident repair management workshops and training for professionals. The industry’s new ‘Talents4AA’ initiative will be shining a spotlight on employment and career opportunities at the fair. Sustainability is another area of focus. This is the second time that Automechanika
will be hosting ‘Remanufacturing Day’. The event, which is held in collaboration with the international Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA), takes place on 14 September and features experts presenting the latest developments in remanufacturing and the circular economy. The topic will also be present in the exhibition halls, with a special green remanufacturing logo identifying those exhibitors offering products and services in this area. en/planning-preparation.html

auto:resource webinar – The future of automotive training

An auto:resource webinar will host a discussion on the new normal for training within the UK aftermarket in 2021 and beyond on Tuesday 30 March, 11am to midday, supported by Bosch UK and Alliance Automotive Group.

While the pandemic has applied the brakes on business operations in many ways, it hasn’t stopped the acceleration of new technologies, and therefore the need for training and upskilling for our garage and workshop staff.

However, lockdowns and social distancing measures have had a severe impact on traditional training courses and methods, both for training providers and the technicians in need of training.

The expert panel will discuss:

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Automechanika Frankfurt postponed to 2021

Due to restrictions in travel and gatherings due to the current pandemic, Automechanika organisers have decided to postpone this year’s show in Frankfurt until 14 to 18 September 2021.

Show director Olaf Mußhoff, stated: “It simply would not have been possible for many of the exhibitors and visitors from over 180 countries to take part in the event under the conditions currently prevailing or those expected at that time. In agreement with exhibitors, representatives from industry, workshops and retail, associations and partners, we have rescheduled the event for autumn 2021.

“Automechanika Frankfurt will then resume its biennial rotation – the event will now be taking place in odd-numbered years. Best wishes and please stay healthy.”

Automechanika ‘Garage of the Year’ open for entries

Automechanika Birmingham’s Garage of the Year competition is now open for entries. Sponsored by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) and run in partnership with Garage Wire, the competition is open to garages from across the UK and Ireland.

Entries can be made online but must be submitted before the deadline of 26 April 2019. Entrants may enter more than one category, explaining why their garage deserves to win the much-coveted prize, with the chance to walk away with £1,000.

Winners from each category will be announced at a special evening dinner to be held at the National Motor Cycle Museum on 5 June 2019, with drinks available from 7pm after the second day of the show.

Automechanika’s Garage of the Year awards forms part of the Big UK Garage Event at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham, providing more benefits to thousands of garages planning to visit. With the garage audience growing year on year, the aim of this year’s event is to deliver more opportunities for garage businesses at the industry’s event.

The Big UK Garage Event will feature more for garages and will include exclusive show offers, big giveaways, competitions and some celebrity appearances. The event gives access to over 500 leading suppliers such as: Schaeffler, ZF, DENSO, MAHLE Aftermarket, Delphi Technologies, Valeo, Bosch, Hella, Bilstein Group, MANN + HUMMEL, NGK and Yuasa.

Garages will also receive free parking and free breakfast on arrival for their workforce. Other points of interest this year for garages will also include free technical training on hybrid and electric vehicles – CPD accredited by Global Skills Provider IMI. Garages will also see live demos from the industry’s top speakers and partners including Frank Massey, Andy Crook and James Dillon, the returning Workshop Training Hub, Technical Talks as well as the new Garage Equipment Showcase.

Garage of the Year 2019 categories include:

Jack Halliday, event director for Automechanika Birmingham, said: “As part of our expanded Big UK Garage Event, we are confident that Automechanika’s Garage of the Year 2019 awards will be the best yet. “With visitor registration for the event up and leading suppliers offering more for visitors, we’re pulling out all the stops to deliver a big day out for garages to improve their business on a daily basis. This is the last chance to visit Automechanika Birmingham because it won’t return until 2021. Why not try your hand at some of the competitions offered at Automechanika Birmingham and win some big prizes?”

Visitors can register to attend the event by booking their free ticket here:

Automotive industry comes together

More than 10,000 visitors are said to have attended last month’s Automechanika Birmingham event, reporting its new Garage Quarter as a major draw for independent workshops. Autotechnician hosted Technical Talks within the Workshop Training Hub, delivering presentations on the latest technology and workshop opportunities from the likes of Castrol UK, Delphi Technologies, ACtronics, Ecobat Technologies and Elta Automotive, as well as diagnostic advice from James Dillon, Andy Crook and Frank Massey.

The event featured 500 exhibitors from 26 countries, covering a total floor space of 9,400 square metres. It returns to the NEC again in 2019, before moving biennially to alternate with Automechanika Frankfurt.

Simon Albert, Managing Director, Automechanika Birmingham, said: “It’s been a fantastic event and has further developed the identity of Automechanika Birmingham going forward, underlining our commitment to unite the entire automotive industry.”

Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), provided an insight into the future of the automotive aftermarket. Her presentation covered the changing face of UK parts distribution and legislation. Williamson also noted how lifestyle changes will affect the trade in the future, saying: “Ownership of vehicles will change; renting vehicles by the day or even the hour will become more popular, particular among the younger generation.”

The speech revisited Type Approval, an ongoing theme of IAAF’s lobbying activities for the past three years. Williamson said IAAF has “fought hard to ensure a number of key amendments were included in the final legislation,” which was approved last month by the European Parliament.

Brexit was also a key issue, with Williamson reminding delegates that all EU legislation will be adopted in the UK as of March next year, but as Type Approval legislation doesn’t take effect until September 2020, “it now throws up a question of where this legislation now sits.”

Williamson concluded: “We as a sector need to ensure we keep up to date with the times. We must continue to invest in tools, equipment, people and of course training to ensure we’re able to cope with the myriad changes that are taking place in the automotive industry. We have a reputation for finding a way through – the threats are more complex but we’re certainly up for the challenge.”

Autotechnician filmed the first day of the show and spoke to several suppliers, trade bodies and visitors about pertinent issues, new equipment and support available. Head to our Facebook page, YouTube channel to see what they had to say.

UK motor industry body certificates live training of the whole damage repair process at Automechanika Frankfurt

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the only professional body for the automotive sector and Automechanika’s Global Skills Partner, has announced it will be awarding Continual Professional Development (CPD) certificates to visitors who attend the live training and learning seminars of the whole damage repair process at the world’s leading trade event.

Messe Frankfurt has once again worked closely with exhibitors and trade associations to create an interesting professional-development programme for trade visitors from the workshop sector with eleven workshops for repair specialists from the collision-damage segment being held throughout the fair, from 11 to 15 September 2018. Experts will hold the three-hour courses in German during the mornings and English in the afternoons

Bringing together thousands of automotive supply and aftermarket companies on an international platform, the IMI is partnering with organisations like Bosch, DEKRA and BMW to give visitors the opportunity to gain CPD points through training seminars whilst they visit the event. Supporting the need for individuals to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date in today’s rapidly changing industry, the IMI’s CPD certificates demonstrate the person’s knowledge on new products, services and skills after attending a live training seminar during Automechanika Frankfurt.

Raising the awareness of the importance of vocational skills and training across the automotive sector, the IMI will be giving their stamp of approval by certificating the training courses taking place across the 5 days. Training topics include systematic car damage assessments, high-voltage systems, paint refinishing, and bodywork repairs for the BMW 5 Series.

The IMI’s partnership with Automechanika Frankfurt attracts thousands of automotive supply and aftermarket companies on an international platform, and both organisations are committed to promoting the attractiveness, value and results of skills development and personal learning.

Mark Forshaw, Business Development Manager at the IMI, said:

“The IMI is delighted to be working with a variety of CPD partners at Automechanika Frankfurt as part of a new initiative to enhance peoples experience when visiting the show. The training available will give people the opportunity to gain further knowledge, whilst receiving CPD points from the IMI during their visit.

“As the only automotive specific professional body, we continue to champion quality training and believes it’s more important than ever to invest in our workforces. By providing employees with the skills and knowledge we can help secure a strong future for our sector.”

Olaf Mußhoff, Director Automechanika Frankfurt said:

“Education and the promotion of young talent is an important topic today, not only in Germany but worldwide. We are glad that we have found with IMI a very competent and important partner, who actively supports us with his international know-how in further education trainings.”

Please note – participation by advance registration only

 In view of the high degree of interest expected to be shown in the workshops, the participants are asked to register for one or more of the courses on the Automechanika website by 31 August. Participation in all courses, all of which will be held in the Galleria between Halls 8, 9 and 10, is free of charge.

Detailed descriptions of the individual workshops and the registration form can be found here < >

The CPD value of the training events will be calculated by IMI CPD technical experts to ensure IMI guidelines are met. The CPD points will contribute towards the retention of IMI Membership and Professional Registration – as well as being recognised across 57 countries.  All attendees can find the CPD credits they’ve been awarded on both the digital and hardcopy versions of their certificate.

Video: Automechanika Birmingham

Today is the second day of Automechanika Birmingham – the Workshop Quarter is open until 7pm tonight – head  to the NEC and see the latest products and take advantage of some cracking show deals and competitions. Autotechnician’s Technical Talks will run between 10.30 and 2.15 tomorrow, the final day of the largest aftermarket trade show in the UK, Thursday 7th June. Come and say hello…

An electric future?

Battery specialist ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT) will deliver a technical presentation within the Technical Training Hub in the show’s ‘Garage Quarter’, to give technicians a glimpse of the future by addressing the realities of the growth in lithium battery technology and the responsibilities faced by workshops as the global trend for electric vehicles continues. See Page 47 for Technical Talks schedule.

Back on its stand (H81), alongside the VARTA range, EBT will display the Lucas portfolio, as well as its own Numax offering, to demonstrate the depth and breadth of products in its substantial armoury.

Start/stop equipped vehicles, the continuing trend towards fully electric alternatives, environmental responsibilities and the wider opportunities outside of the traditional automotive sector are all points of interest that many visitors will want to discuss and for which EBT has many compelling solutions. We therefore look forward to welcoming visitors to both the technical presentation and our stand, to demonstrate how we can travel the road together and look forward with confidence to a bright future.”

“Automechanika again provides us with the ideal occasion to connect with our customers and end-users, to help them gain a clear understanding of the challenges – and accompanying opportunities – that the latest technical developments present,” explains the company’s Sales Director, Paul Payne.

PHONE: 01743 218 500

Drill down to underlying faults

Using its TechAssist technical expertise, Elta Automotive will be highlighting the importance of comprehensive diagnosis before changing one of the ever-increasing number of sensors in the modern vehicle during its ‘See Sense’ presentation at the show.

Elta says that although an incredibly important component, the air mass sensor, for example, has become the ‘first item on the list’ to resolve many a problem, when it is often merely a symptom and not the actual cause of the issue. Drilling down to find the underlying fault is the key to the correct prognosis and as well as yielding better results, following a structured procedure will improved workshop efficiency by saving time and money.

Alan Povey, TechASSIST Programme Manager, will present at 1pm on both Tuesday and Thursday of the show at the Workshop Training Hub.

The supplier of electrical and vision related components is also using Automechanika Birmingham as the centre-piece of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The family-owned business supplies products to the independent aftermarket under various brands, including its own ELTA label and both Lucas Electrical and XEVO, as well as for some of the leading names in the industry.

“Automechanika in June is an extremely important occasion in the company’s proud history,” says Managing Director, Ian Hallam, “as it will be the first national appearance of our new brand and marks a turning point for the business, as we embark on the next 25 years of our development.

“As well as providing the opportunity for us to engage with visitors… we are using the occasion to project our technical competence through the show’s seminar programme.”

ELTA is also sponsoring the ‘Large Garage’ category of the ‘Garage of the Year’ awards, held during the event.

PHONE: 01675 466 999


Automechanika news

Did you take time out to visit Automechanika Birmingham last month? We spent three days at the show, running the Technical Talks stand and Interactive Workshop area, meeting with suppliers to find out about the latest product news and training initiatives, and we could have easily spent another three days there!

Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 20.41.19The event was 70% bigger than last year, with over 800 exhibitors showcasing their latest tools and services to save the independent garage time, generally make their life easier and boost revenue.
Each day, Autotechnician ran a packed schedule of technical seminars to a full house of technicians. James Dillon, Frank Massey and Andy Crook covered diagnostics, GDI and battery tech respectively. Experts from Dayco, Bartec, Delphi, Hella, TecAlliance, Actronics, the IMI, ECOBAT and Primalec gave presentations on evolving technologies and repair/maintenance issues surrounding ADAS, R1234YF servicing, TPMS, the circular car and electric/hybrid – it was great to see so many of you there.
Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 21.15.41Around 12,000 visitors came to the national show at the NEC and
we took a few readers along to experience the event for the first time – Stuart White of Complete Car Maintenance in Surrey as well as Ross Kemp and Elisa-Jane Bramall from Scantec Automotive in Sussex (sporting their favourite polo shirts
Ross spoke with Launch UK about its CR and CRP Series of handheld testers and liked the idea of having the smaller, less expensive tools to free up other equipment when performing more basic functions, “There’s nothing worse than having to wait just to carry out a service reset, or even worse…for a tech to be pulled off a diagnostic job half way through because someone needs the tool!” As new business owners, the couple were impressed with what the event offered – chatting with existing and potential new equipment suppliers and taking in some of the many technical presentations on offer.
Stuart White of CCM spoke to Schaeffler at length regarding OESAA and its eye-watering range of aftermarket components and OE technology and organised a training session for his team of technicians back in Surrey while he was there. With technical support in mind, he then caught up with Michael Gougeon at Valeo to find out about its new connected hotline, which is part of its Tech Care programme. Once an app is downloaded, users can share video footage of the task in-hand with a Valeo tech on the phone, to get instant product support and installation advice.
The subject of training was a hot topic at the ZF/TRW stand, which featured an autonomous urban vehicle full of TRW tech. Its [pro]Tech and [pro]Tech plus workshop concept continues to evolve, providing members with online and physical training covering the assembly, repair and servicing of power steering units and clutches, to the
trouble-shooting of 6HP and 8HP automatic transmissions and torque converters as well as a new ASTronic 2 transmission course.
Visitors to the Delphi stand were among the first to see the launch of the new high-pressure diagnostic toolkit HD3000, for use on any vehicle type or fuel injection technology. The tool’s designed to help workshops grow their diagnostic capabilities, while substantially reducing the investment needed to undertake this type of repair.
Visitors to the Denso stand were treated with a visit from the charming Rebecca Jackson – presenter/blogger and racing driver come Salsa enthusiast, who has set her sights on Le Mans. More on Rebecca to follow… Denso were also excited to be branching out into a new arena with its e-Videns vehicle inspection tool. This vehicle health check tool is currently being trialled within UK workshops. You can register your interest at And again, more of this in the next issue!
Next year’s event at the NEC Birmingham will run between 5-7 June 2018 and will feature an improved layout with aftermarket suppliers in Halls 19 & 20 and a dedicated Workshop Quarter in Hall 18.