Automechanika 2016, held in Frankfurt, Germany set a new record—136,000 visitors from over 170 countries—and encountered 4,820 exhibitors at the popular European trade fair.
The central theme at the world’s largest showcase for the independent aftermarket was Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility. Exhibitors offered an impressive demonstration of the ways in which the industry is changing as connected cars come to the forefront.
Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, explained, “With these impressive figures, Automechanika is continuing to build on its position as the world’s leading platform for the automotive aftermarket.”
In addition to countless impressive smart vehicles that are already connected, the struggle for data was one of the hottest topics of discussion at the trade fair. Because of this, Messe Frankfurt launched a new format, Connected Mobility, an international road show that will be making stops in other countries.
High satisfaction–visitors and exhibitors
It was reported that visitor satisfaction for the event was 95 percent with more than 80 percent of exhibitors reaching their visitor target groups. Many exhibitors said the quality of their talks with visitors was even better this year!
During a global meeting at the show, the global consumers’ freedom of choice and effective competition in the market for vehicle replacement parts, tools and equipment, servicing and repair was discussed by many representatives of automotive aftermarket associations.
The group discussed the challenges being faced to safeguard access to technical repair and maintenance information required to correctly service and maintain increasingly sophisticated vehicles throughout the world. They also discussed worldwide efforts to clarify consumers’ right to have their vehicle serviced and repaired by independent operators from day one during the vehicle’s warranty period.
Access to repair and maintenance information is crucial for fair competition and the provision of competitive aftermarket products and services—an issue that’s becoming more important as vehicles become computers on wheels. Another discussion focused on the growing threat to competition in the auto repair industry that’s being caused by a vehicle’s embedded telematics systems.
On a brighter note, the Automechanika 2016 Innovation Awards were presented to eight winners:
• Category Parts & Components: Robert Bosch – M Li-ion motorcycle battery (12 V starter battery, LTX12-BS)
• Electronics & Systems: On Board Defence – Portector
• Accessories & Customizing: Continental Reifen Deutschland – WinterContact TS 850 P with Taraxagum dandelion-rubber
• Repair & Diagnostics: NGK Spark Plug Europe – NCEM (NTK Compact Emission Meter)
• Repair & Maintenance: Corghi – UNIFORMITY
• Management & Digital Solutions: AVL DITEST – AVL DITEST Smart Service 4.0
• Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning: WashTec Cleaning Technology – MultiFlex side washing system
• OE Products & Services: Valeo – Valeo SCALA laser scanner
It was also announced that Automechanika Chicago and NACE | CARS would combine forces in 2017 in Chicago, USA… and what a show that should be!