Body & Paint reloaded: Automechanika Johannesburg (18.-21.9.2019)

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 8 to 12 September 2020.

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.

‘It is great to be able to see the creativity and artistry with which the painters approach their task. We are proud to be a part of this industry, and are looking forward to seeing what the first round of the competition has to offer at Automechanika in Birmingham.’

Wineth Malvar

‘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

Kick-off in Birmingham

Anthony Fryett from Autostyl, winner of the championship 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!

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Competition locations and dates

Map with the competition locations and dates

Automechanika Birmingham winner Anthony Fryett

Automechanika Birmingham

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

Automechanika Johannesburg

Automechanika Johannesburg

18. - 21. September 2019

Automechanika Shanghai

Automechanika Shanghai

3. - 6. December 2019

Automechanika Dubai

Automechanika Dubai

7. - 9. June 2020

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City

22. - 24. July 2020

Automechanika Frankfurt

Automechanika Frankfurt

8. - 12. September 2020

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

Vote now!

Visitors of Automechanika

Which team deserves to win? Let us know by voting for your favourite design. The team with most votes will receive a surprise package sponsored by SATA. Voting for each show will be possible for 14 days after the first day of the show. Next date: 18 September 2019 for Automechanika Johannesburg.

People’s Choice Winners:
Birmingham 2019 - Kevin Lewis, Sunderland College


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, 7. - 9. June 2020

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City, 22. - 24. July 2020

Bridget Ferris

Bridget Ferris

Automechanika Frankfurt, 8. - 12. September 2020

Olaf Mußhoff

Olaf Mußhoff

Interested in becoming a sponsor for more than one show?


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