New exhibitor record and more visitors at the 25th Automechanika Frankfurt
Automechanika Frankfurt concluded on 15 September following five trade fair days with a record number of exhibitors, more visitors than in 2016 and a new record for the amount of exhibition space. The event drew 136,000 trade visitors from 181 countries – another record . Of these, approx. 10,000 were at the event for the first time. 82 percent of exhibitors said they had achieved their goals for the event (2016: 78). The megatrends at the fair were digitisation, clean vehicles and classic cars.Click here for the complete final report
Peter Wagner, Head of the Independent Aftermarket Division, Continental
'In keeping with the 25th anniversary, this Automechanika was one of the best we have experienced. Our exhibition stand was full until the last day. Trade visitors showed great interest in our products, as well as in our digital services and solutions. All in all, it was an outstanding event for showing how we can make dealers and workshops fit for the future.'
Olaf Henning, Member of the MAHLE Group Executive Board and Head of the Aftermarket Business Division
'The twenty-fifth anniversary of Automechanika is a special year for us at MAHLE, too. Along with the thirtieth anniversary of our air-conditioning service, our customers and other visitors to the fair were able to discover further new products in our portfolio. This year, under the motto ‘Future Solutions. For your Success’, we have shown on two stands how we are making workshops fit for future challenges. With the takeover of BRAIN BEE and the adoption of thermo-management products by Behr Hella Service, we are growing steadily as a solution provider and will become an ever more important partners for our customers. This elicited enormous interest among visitors at Automechanika. The positive feedback has further confirmed us in our conviction that we have initiated the right steps.'
Thomas Brenner, Head of Marketing and Sales at Excellence WashTec
'We are happy to congratulate Automechanika on its twenty-fifth anniversary and on its successful curtain-raising event in the new Hall 12. WashTec has been at the fair since its beginning and is proud of being a part of this success story.'
Otto Christ, Management board of Christ AG
'The optimum and easy-to-find placement of our exhibition stand at the main entrance in the new Hall 12 meant that we could present More than CAR WASH live to our customers. We focused particularly on showcasing as many exhibits as possible in their functioning state to international trade visitors – Car Wash 4.0 to grasp, experience and understand.'
Isabelle Quintin, Marketing Manager, Martinsindustries
'The facility of the new hall 12 was extraordinary, and we are very pleased with the quality of visitors coming from all over the world. We noticed how the audience were receptive and were looking for new products/solutions that will enhance their operations and how well educated they are about Tire Equipment business.'
Rafael Tomás, CEO Corporate & Sales Developmen, Istobal
'We are pleased to have shared with all the Automechanika family this 25th Anniversary of a pivotal biennial trade fair for the automotive industry, where the technological evolution of the vehicle wash and care sector has had once more a strong presence.'
Julia Fischer, Marketing Manager, Mirka GmbH
'Automechanika in Frankfurt is the highlight of the sector for us every two years. In 2018, we once again welcomed numerous visitors from home and abroad to our exhibition stand and are delighted with the excellent reception given by customers to our numerous new and improved products. Our latest innovations – Iridium, a premium paper abrasive, and Novastar, a premium film abrasive – attracted a great deal of attention among our numerous trade-fair visitors.'
Li Donglin, Chairman and Secretary of the Party Committee of Zhuzhou Institute Ltd.
'After years of research and development, our products are applied to the field of pure electric passenger vehicles and special vehicles, hybrid cars, etc. and we’re making efforts to become the global foremost service provider in providing solutions to the motor drive system of new-energy automobile. Through Automechanika Frankfurt 2018, we have met many new partners in this industry, who will help us to enter this new market worldwide.'
Jari Pfander, Marketing & Communication Manager, SATA GmbH & Co. KG
'We had a very successful week in Frankfurt. Automechanika is the meeting place for our sector where we are involved in innumerable personal discussions that would normally be spread over the whole year. For us, the fair is an outstanding opportunity to present new products, to obtain direct feedback from dealers and customers and, of course, to see where the sector’s trends and expectations are heading.'
Gerd Heinemann, CEO, BBE Automotive GmbH
'We are delighted that Automechanika had the courage to introduce the subject of classic cars at an international trade fair. Our press conference on the presentation of the new classic-car study at the fair was a complete success. The response was great and numerous positive comments were made. Our discussions with visitors and exhibitors showed that Automechanika is not in competition with other public events with this subject. On the contrary, it is a format for international contacts and professionals from the domestic market. We are looking forward to the next edition.'
Artur Oswald, Founder, Retromotion GmbH
'For our young start-up, Automechanika was the very first fair at which we made a presentation as an exhibitor. We were able to make numerous valuable contacts to specialist workshops, as well as renowned dealers and parts suppliers. Coverage by the trade press was also extraordinarily good. I hope that, following the successful première, the subject of classic cars will continue to gain in significance.'
Thomas Rosenberger, Editor-in-Chief of numerous automotive publications, ETM-Verlag, and organiser of the first Automechanika Truck Symposium
'The keenly discussed buzzwords at the symposium included Digital Vehicle Scan – about the future of vehicle-service reception. How Digital Vehicle Scan can simplify and speed up vehicle reception was explained by Bernhard Wasner, CEO of Josef Paul GmbH. Also, Benjamin Hellbusch of Schmitz Cargobull spoke about digital vehicle files. The advantage: all relevant service data are always linked to the vehicle – and, in addition, Dekra provides the data from the regular technical inspections on an exclusive basis.'
Wineth Malvar, Marketing Manager Brand Communications, The Sherwin-Williams Company
'Automechanika 2018 provided the platform for Sherwin-Williams to showcase our ‘The Mastery of Refinishing’ theme, focusing on our refinish brands DeBeer, Octoral, Prospray and Spralac, as well as our innovative digital color and training solutions, which drew an unprecedented number of visitors to our stand. We're looking forward to another successful exhibit at Automechanika Frankfurt 2020!'
André Sobottka, Member of the board, MEYLE AG
'This year’s Automechanika in Frankfurt has been a huge success – we were able to welcome many guests and partners at our new location in Hall 4.0 and present our new, big MEYLE stand with lots of innovative products, better parts and clever solutions for the IAM. A special highlight: We received the Automechanika Innovation Award in the 'Repair and Maintenance' category for our MEYLE-HD slot bushing kits – a special prize honoring our engineering and manufacturing competence. A big thank you to all customers, partners and friends and also to our entire MEYLE team. We are looking forward to Automechanika 2020!'
Louise Eriksson, Global Head of Sales Marketing AM, OSRAM
'As the leading international trade fair in the aftermarket, Automechanika is the ideal platform for us to present our product highlights and innovations to a broad audience of trade visitors. And this was confirmed once again this year. We are particularly proud of the Automechanika Innovation Award, which we received for the first LED Headlight from Osram for retrofitting to the VW Golf VII.'
Simon Young, Business Development Manager, Selson
'We are producing air jacks and torque multipliers in Great Britain and have been at Automechanika for the last eight editions. For us, the quality of the lead as improved and we look forward to the boost that Automechanika provides our business.'
Santiago Rodrigo Pérez, CEO Goodtooltrucks
'We had an overwhelming and unexpected success in our first appearance at Automechanika Frankfurt with contacts of more than 100 different countries.'
Gerhard Stadler, Head of Global Sales & Product Management Vehicle Wash, Kärcher
„At Automechanika 2018, we were able to present our unrivalled new products in detail to an audience of trade visitors from car dealerships and workshops, for example, our new Klean!Star iQ gantry car wash with intelligent side brushes and high-performance drying system, as well as our middle-class, cold-water, high-pressure washer. The new and modern Hall 12.0 provided an attractive setting where we could hold numerous business discussions with our customers.“
Impressions Automechanika 2018
We have many impressions of products, events and encounters. Here you will find a selection of pictures of the Automechanika Frankfurt 2018. Printable images for download can be found in our press section.