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Automechanika Innovation Awards: Pioneering products given even bigger role with new concept

1 Mar 2022

Full speed ahead for the automotive aftermarket: in September 2022 Automechanika Frankfurt will be honouring pioneering products and solutions with a new concept for the Automechanika Innovation Awards. Companies have until the end of April 2022 to enter their products in the competition. Nominees, finalists and winners can look forward to lots of media attention.

Be it electromobility, mobility services, autonomous driving or intelligent software for workshops and car dealerships, manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive aftermarket have a wealth of new products and innovations on tap for the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt. Products that are particularly notable are honoured with the coveted Innovation Awards. The 2022 event also features a new awards concept. Olaf Mußhoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt, explained: “In times of radical change, innovations are more important than ever. That is why we will be doing even more this year to highlight the products and solutions that are submitted – not only during the trade fair itself, but also in the run-up to the event. We have also adapted the categories in keeping with the latest developments in the automotive aftermarket."

New categories
Digitalisation, networking, sustainability, electromobility and other alternative fuels are megatrends that have long since arrived in the automotive aftermarket. Innovative products and solutions can be expected not only in electromobility and other alternative drive systems, but also in in the area of data and connectivity – including for commercial vehicles.

That is why the new ‘Innovation4Mobility’ showcase will be making its debut alongside the Innovation Awards. Here, industry, science and start-ups present their solutions for networked vehicles and climate-neutral mobility in tech talks, networking sessions and product showcases, including with the award-winning submissions from the Automechanika Innovation Awards.

This year’s exhibitors can submit their innovations in nine categories: E-Mobility, Data & Connectivity, Workshop & Service Solutions, Parts & Technology Solutions, Body & Paint, Car Wash & Care, Accessories & Customizing, Commercial Vehicles, and Motorcycle.

International panel of experts
The submitted products are examined and evaluated by an independent panel of experts. This year’s panel has been expanded to include international aftermarket experts, including representatives from the industry, retail and associations such as AAAA, IBIS, MEMA, RMI etc. Submissions for the Automechanika Innovation Awards will be accepted until 30 April 2022. Further details on the application are available online at innovation-award.automechanika.com.

Products will be evaluated according to the following criteria: degree of innovation, excellence of the solution, functionality, user-friendliness, user benefit, cost effectiveness, relevance to the aftermarket, safety, durability, and quality – as well as contributions to climate protection, environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainability.

Awards ceremony
The exclusive awards ceremony will be held on the first day of the trade fair, 13 September 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Shining a spotlight on innovations
To generate even more publicity for the innovations submitted, this year’s award will be conferred in three classes for each category: ‘Nominee’ for those products and solutions nominated for an award, ‘Finalist’ for second- to fifth-place finishers in each category, and ‘Winner’ for the top product in each category. The finalists and winners of the Innovation Awards will be showcased for the media, with the winners and their innovations being suitably honoured at the awards ceremony.

The next Automechanika will take place from 13 to 17 September 2022 in Frankfurt.

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* Preliminary figures for 2021