Head­ing to Au­tomechanika

Motor Equipment News - - NEWS - By Cathy Parker.

If you are into au­to­mo­tive ser­vic­ing, parts or ac­ces­sories, the bi-an­nual Au­tomechanika Frankfurt at Messe Frankfurt is the place to be. This is the largest show cov­er­ing the in­dus­try, and it is hard to com­pre­hend the size un­less you go.

Mo­tor Equip­ment News has been lucky enough to at­tend the show a num­ber of times. To cover it all you need at least three days, and that’s just to get around with­out much stop­ping and talk­ing.

Ob­vi­ously those in the in­dus­try will fo­cus on their spe­cific area (say work­shop equip­ment), but will then need time to meet with po­ten­tial or cur­rent part­ners in the pala­tial of­fices and cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties that many of the ex­hibitors build into their stand.

This year’s event runs from Tues­day Septem­ber 16 through Satur­day Septem­ber 20. The last show in 2012 had a record 4,597 ex­hibitors from 74 coun­tries, and around 148,000 vis­i­tors from 176 coun­tries and cov­ered 305,000 sq.m of space (about 75 acres).

The whole ASB Show­ground’s would fit in the floor space of one hall, and many have mul­ti­ple sto­ries plus some walk­ing be­tween each hall – main tip: take com­fort­able shoes!

This year one of the key themes is in Hall 10, which is themed “Mo­bil­ity of the Fu­ture”, look­ing at al­ter­na­tive drive trains.

Olaf Musshoff, di­rec­tor, Au­tomechanika Frankfurt com­ments: “Nat­u­rally, hy­brid and e-ve­hi­cles will be on show, as will ve­hi­cles with other al­ter­na­tive fuel sys­tems, such as hy­dro­gen and gas. How­ever, they are not the fo­cal point. In­stead, the em­pha­sis will be on tech­nol­ogy, as al­ways at Au­tomechanika.”

Apart from this, ex­hibits cover au­to­mo­tive parts and sys­tems, both OEM and af­ter­mar­ket, ac­ces­sories and tun­ing, re­pair and main­te­nance (es­pe­cially tools and work­shop equip­ment), with a large re­fin­ish­ing sec­tion, IT and man­age­ment, and the ser­vice sta­tion and car wash sec­tors.

There will be at least two Kiwi ex­hibitors there in Pro­form Plas­tics and Air­plex In­dus­tries, plus we un­der­stand one or two more.

Mo­tor Equip­ment News will be at­tend­ing, so look out for cov­er­age in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber is­sues.

More de­tails are avail­able at www. au­tomechanika.messe­frank­furt.com

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