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When Automechanika Frankfurt opened its doors last month, the 24th edition of the trade fair broke a variety of records. The number of exhibitors had increased from 4 660 in 2015 to 4 820, while the number of exhibitors from foreign countries had increased from 74 to 76.
The fair covered 305 000 square metres – occupying the entire Messe Frankfurt exhibition area – and incorporated new areas of focus among traditional parts, accessories and equipment displays.
Detlef Braun, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, said the show served as a barometer for the automotive sector – and the top position of the retail trade within the segment was re ected in the new records.
According to the Institute for Retail Research in Cologne, business sectors that were represented at the fair accounted for total revenues of about €1,35-trillion (about R21,71-trillion) in the European Union’s 27 countries in 2015, up 4,8% compared with gures for the previous year.
They included suppliers of original equipment – encompassing vehicles, components, accessories and tyres – as well as retailers and service providers in the maintenance and repair industry.
Major topics covered at the show included future concepts of mobility and modes of transport, including corresponding would be needed to keep evolving forms of transport maintained.
“The entire motor-vehicle trade is keeping a weather-eye open. Many of our customers, who work in the eld of motor-vehicle parts, the retail trade and the workshop industry, were here to get to grips with new products and new areas of business,” said Braun.
He added that against this background, Messe Frankfurt had invested in some new events at this year’s show and would be spreading its wings a little in future as far as topics and formats were concerned.
“We are thinking beyond the automotive aftermarket and are extending our portfolio to include conferences, roadshows and festivals for the whole automotive sector, including transport and logistics.”
One of the new series of conferences was, for example, an international roadshow dubbed Connected Mobility, which was launched at Frankfurt with further sessions planned for Automechanika Shanghai in December and Automechanika Austin in March next year.
Braun said Messe Frankfurt had also introduced a number of new shows to the Automechanika portfolio, including the Automotive Engineering Show in India, the Futuroad Expo in Johannesburg and Comtrans in Moscow, as well as the logistics fairs, Materials Handling and Scalex. In two years’ time, to coincide with the 25th edition of Automechanika Frankfurt, the Reifen Expo – a tyre show – will be co- located with the event for the first time.