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With various networking formats – from the exclusive CEO Breakfast and networking lounges to the daily Happy Hour – Automechanika offers many opportunities to exchange ideas and network with other professionals from all over the world.

CEO Breakfast: a special kind of Kick-Off

CEO Breakfast

This year, Automechanika Frankfurt will once again kick off with a CEO Breakfast on 10 September at 7 a.m. before the trade fair officially opens its doors. Executives from the industry are invited to network in an exclusive atmosphere. After Mika Häkkinen, football referee-legend Dr. Pierluigi Collina is this year's guest of honour at a Fireside Chat. This will be followed by a high-calibre CEO talk with representatives of Schaeffler, Continental and ZF.

Dr. Pierluigi Collina
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Dr Pierluigi Collina: a life for football
Pierluigi Collina was born in Bologna in 1960. He began his career as a football referee at a young age, later alongside his economics degree at the University of Bologna and his training as a financial consultant. He was persuaded by a classmate to take part in a refereeing course. Highlights of his career include various final matches, including Nigeria-Argentina (1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta), the legendary Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich in 1999 and the World Cup final between Brazil and Germany in 2002. Collina also officiated at the European Championships in 2000 and 2004.

Networking lounges: simply get into a conversation


At the trade fair, you can talk to speakers and experts on various specialised topics and exchange ideas with them. The topic-specific networking lounges, which are located directly in the exhibition halls, are the ideal meeting place:

At the Sustainability Court in Hall 5.0, everything will revolve around strategies for the circular economy, while on Wednesday the focus will be on remanufacturing.  

Meet innovators, engineers and developers who are working on solutions for the mobility of tomorrow in a relaxed lounge atmosphere at the top-class expert forum "Innovation4Mobility" in Hall 3.0, which will cover topics such as electromobility, vehicle-integrated photovoltaics, vehicle-to-grid, software-defined vehicles, sustainable fuels, hydrogen in automotive applications, data platforms and much more.

The body and paint industry will be holding a lively meet & greet in Hall 11.1 in the Lounge, which is located near the centrally located stage. Here you can not only talk to body & paint experts, but also get to know influencers.

In the E-Commerce Lounge in the Festhalle you can talk to professionals about online retail and e-commerce.

Networking Events: drinks and more

Happy Hour

Daily happy hour
For relaxed networking with live music and drinks, Automechanika Frankfurt invites all participants to the outdoor area Agora every day from 5.00 p.m.

Afterwork Friday Party
Things will get lively on 13 September 2024 from 5 p.m. in the centre of Hall 11.1 when the international body and paint industry meets for the Afterwork Party. In addition to show acts, there will be live music and drinks.

Join the Women Automotive Networking Event

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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, 11 September, as the Women Automotive Network invites you to join them for an afternoon of connection and collaboration.

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Established in 2019, the Women Automotive Network stands as a pioneering international platform dedicated to championing women and their allies in the automotive industry. The mission is clear: to cultivate strong leaders, drive transformative change, and foster diverse leadership across the automotive sector. Whether you're an industry veteran, a rising star, or simply passionate about empowering women in automotive, you are invited to be part of the vibrant community of over 34,000 supporters. Together, let's shape the future of our industry and empower the next generation of leaders.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to network, learn, and inspire at the forefront of automotive innovation. Join this event and be part of something extraordinary!