Registration has opened for the inaugural UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, the UK’s dedicated event serving the latest training, technology and tools to the nation’s garages and bodyshops. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-9 June, the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, presented by Automechanika Birmingham, provides the first opportunity for the industry to meet face-to-face on this scale since 2019, and get hands-on, learn, network and prepare for the fast-evolving landscape of the automotive industry.
The organiser of Automechanika Birmingham and auto:resource has launched The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event. The event targets training, technology, and tools for the garage and bodyshop sector. Messe Frankfurt said the event will “provide a focused opportunity for suppliers and their garage and bodyshop customers to engage, learn and facilitate progress, as we seek to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of the industry.” It said the event is a response to market demand, following a survey of more than 300 garages and consultation with suppliers.
Automechanika Birmingham has been moved to June 2023, maintaining its alternation with Automechanika Frankfurt, which recently moved its full form to September 2022 due to ongoing international travel restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers of Automechanika Birmingham, Messe Frankfurt UK, report that they made the decision following “close discussion with exhibitors and other key stakeholders in the UK aftermarket”.
Messe Frankfurt, the organiser of Automechanika Birmingham, has appointed Grant Elrick as the company’s new sales director. Elrick is responsible for all sales and commercial activity around the Automechanika Birmingham show.
Automechanika Birmingham 2021 has been postponed. The organisers, Messe Frankfurt UK, said the leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket would return on 7-9 June 2022. The company’s Frankfurt headquarters had already announced the postponement of Automechanika Frankfurt to September 2021. The decision to postpone the UK event follows several months of discussion with exhibitors and host venue the NEC.
The central focus of Ecobat Battery Technologies’ (EBT) presence at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham, was the launch of its One Box start/stop battery replacement solution, an initiative which proved to be one of the hits of the show.
Automechanika Birmingham has drawn to a close with 12,145 automotive industry visitors, according to the company’s figures.
Feedback from exhibitors was said to have been positive and 87 per cent of space has been reserved for 2021 where exhibitors include: Schaeffler, ZF, Valeo, NGK, Hella, Delphi, Denso, BM Catalysts, Mann Hummel and YUASA.
Last week’s Automechanika Garage of the Year saw Garage Wire arrange a dinner and awards evening for nearly 200 people at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 5 June. Avia Autos won the overall award and the £1,000 cheque whilst nine category winners were recognised too.
Automechanika Birmingham has opened today. The show, which aims to bring together professionals within the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector in the UK and Ireland, was opened by mechanic and motorcycle racer turned television presenter, Guy Martin at the NEC Birmingham (Halls 18-20). More than 500 exhibitors will take part, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and product launches in the aftermarket and vehicle production industry. The tyre segment is represented with stands for Yokohama and the National Tyre Distributors Association.
TecAlliance, known worldwide as a source of vehicle parts-related data, will exhibit its growing portfolio of services and solutions for multiple sectors of the aftermarket at Automechanika Birmingham.
Ecobat Battery Technologies (EBT), formerly Manbat, will use the dual platforms provided by its stand in hall 20 and the event’s official workshop presentation area at Automechanika Birmingham, to publicise its all-in-one, start/stop battery analysis and replacement solution, One Box.
In addition to its comprehensive range of original equipment (OE) parts across multiple product categories, Denso will present its unique e-Videns vehicle inspection tool, designed to assist workshops with customer relations and business efficiencies at Automechanika Birmingham.
Schaeffler is inviting workshop owners to send at least one technician to Automechanika Birmingham 2019, as the global original equipment manufacturer and supplier urges independent workshops to futureproof their businesses.
Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) will address challenges faced by the aftermarket in the digital era, when she delivers a speech to delegates at Automechanika Birmingham next month.