14 – 18 September 2021 Frankfurt am Main Take part

Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships

Automechanika is holding the first international Body & Paint competition in the trade fair’s history. Workshop professionals will be competing against one another at six Automechanika shows worldwide, from England to China. The national event winners will then travel to Frankfurt for the grand finale at Automechanika from 14 to 18 September 2021.

About the World Championships

Car is sprayed with paint

In 2020 Automechanika Frankfurt will feature Body & Paint as an independent product group for the very first time. In celebration of this occasion Automechanika launches the international competition – with events taking place in six countries: the UK, South Africa, China, Dubai, Mexico and Germany. In each country Body & Paint professionals will design the bonnet of a car while using the country in which the Automechanika fair is being held as their inspiration. In each location, a panel of experts is charged with picking a national winner who will then get to go to Frankfurt for the finals. In addition, trade visitors will be able to help select the people’s choice winner by voting for their personal favourites at the event and online. The winner of the people’s choice award will receive a surprise package sponsored by SATA.

Voting for each show will be open for 14 days after the first day of the show.

‘Outstanding craftsmanship combined with creativity and a great deal of emotion – when getting ready for Automechanika 2020 in Frankfurt and at the event itself, we experience things for which there is often no time in our everyday lives. Paint is so much more than a thin coat of colour on an object, and the ways our customers demonstrate this are truly impressive. Painters’ passion and dedication in pursuit of absolute perfection are what inspire us to develop top-quality products and services.’

Tina Allhoff

‘At SATA we are driven by the desire to equip painters around the globe with the very best tools with which to pursue their trade. That is why we are especially pleased to see our products being used here, making them part of this exciting competition. We wish all the participants every success!’

Jari Pfander

‘I was very impressed with the designs presented in Birmingham. The participants of the championship managed to capture the essence of the UK’s body and paint sector: creative, skillful, diverse and bold.’

Jack Halliday, Show Director Automechanika Birmingham

‘We are so excited to be a part of this exciting competition as it gives all spray painters the opportunity to showcase their skills. We strive to be the choice in vehicle refinishing through continued research and development, introducing new product technologies as well as investment in our people and equipment. We wish all participants best of luck!’

•	Bavita Valab, Marketing Manager: Performance Coatings, Kainsai Plascon

‘All over the world, the participants in this competition are demonstrating their creativity, skill and love of their profession. It is a fascinating and wonderful experience to witness this shared passion in person. With each national event, anticipation for the grand finale at Automechanika Frankfurt 2020 continues to grow.’

Wolfgang Auer, Editor in Chief FML

‘The Automechanika show is a world-class platform for the industry, and the Body & Paint Championships offer us an excellent chance to present our products and technology.’

Kelly Shi, Marketing Manager von Yatupaint

Winner Shanghai

Round 3 in Shanghai

Yatupaint and BASF China were taking advantage of the opportunity to present their products and services to the 160,000 visitors. The Jury voted for the candidate Sun Xiao Shuai, sponsored by SATA.

Winner design Body & Paint Johannesburg

Round 2 in South Africa

The second stage of the Body & Paint World Championships took place from 18 to 21 September 2019 during the 6th edition of Automechanika Johannesburg. The competition was supported by SATA, Kansai Plascon, Launch Technologies and Kapatal Brands. All contestants chose a design representing the South African flag.

Congratulations to Etienne Dutoit who won the competition in Johannesburg and will go on to the finals in Frankfurt 2020!

Anthony Fryett from Autostyl, winner of the championship in Birmingham

Kick-off in Birmingham

The first stage of this contest took place at Automechanika Birmingham from 4 to 6 June 2019. With the support of DeBeer Refinish and Octoral as headline sponsors, as well as SATA, five workshop teams presented their designs at the event while offering visitors insight into the creation of their artworks with pictures and making-of videos.

Congratulations to Anthony Fryett from Autostyl, who won the championship in Birmingham and will go on to the finals in Frankfurt in 2020!

Competition locations and dates

Automechanika Dubai

Automechanika Dubai

postponed to 19-21 October 2020

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City

postponed to 21. - 23. July 2021

Automechanika Frankfurt

Automechanika Frankfurt

14. - 18. September 2021

Congratulations to all winners. We are very muck looking forward welcoming you at Frankfurt for the finale!

Automechanika Birmingham winner Anthony Fryett

Automechanika Birmingham

4. - 6. June 2019, Winner: Anthony Fryett, Autostyl

Automechanika Johannesburg

Automechanika Johannesburg

18. - 21. September 2019: Winner: Etienne Dutoit, Plascon

Automechanika Shanghai

Automechanika Shanghai

3. - 6. December 2019, Winner: Sun Xiao Shuai, Shanghai Zhongguo Baohong Automobile Sales & Service Co Ltd

„People’s choice award“

Visitors of Automechanika

Congratulation to the winner of the people’s choice award! Ian Lai won with his piece of art „Quintessence of Chinese culture“. He got 218 votes. Altogether almost 700 people voted for their favorite bonnets.

Sponsored by



  • SATA GmbH & Co. KG
  • Sponsor for: all participating shows
  • Website: 
  • Sponsor of People’s Choice Awards

DeBeer Refinish

Logo Octoral


  • Octoral
  • Sponsor for: Automechanika Birmingham
  • Website:
  • Sponsor of National Winner Automechanika Birmingham
Logo Glasurit


Logo Carbon


Axalta Logo


Cromax Logo


Spies Hecker Logo

Spies Hecker

Standox Logo


Logo Miracle Europe

Miracle Europe

Logo Plascon


Logo Kapatal Brands

Kapatal Brands

  • Kapatal Brands
  • Sponsor for: Automechanika Johannesburg

Logo Launch


Logo yatu


  • Yatu
  • Sponsor for: Automechanika Shanghai
  • Website:
Logo R-M


Reading tip: spotlight on ‘Body & Paint’

Michael Johannes, Vice President of the Mobility & Logistics Sector of Messe Frankfurt

Body & Paint professionals all over the world come together at our international Automechanika shows. But what does the trade fair offer for the Body & Paint sector? Read more in the interview with Michael Johannes, Vice President of the Mobility & Logistics Sector of Messe Frankfurt.

Read the Interview

Support the Body & Paint sector:

Become a sponsor for the Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships


If you are interested in getting involved as a sponsor for either a national show or the entire championship, please contact the show directs for more information:

Automechanika Birmingham, 4. - 6. June 2019

Jack Halliday

Jack Halliday

Automechanika Johannesburg, 18. - 21. September 2019

Tracy Gouden

Tracy Gouden

Automechanika Shanghai, 3. - 6. December 2019

Clara Tam

Clara Tam

Automechanika Dubai, 19. - 21. October 2020

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City, 24. - 26. September 2020

Kim Porter

Kim Porter

Automechanika Frankfurt, 14. - 18. September 2021

Olaf Mußhoff

Olaf Mußhoff

Interested in becoming a sponsor for more than one show?


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