Monday, August 19Serving the aftermarket

Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors

Automechanika Birmingham has officially opened its doors as it returns to bring together leading brands and senior professionals from the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sectors from across UK & Ireland.

A packed audience saw mechanic and motorcycle racer turned television presenter, Guy Martin, officially “cut the ribbon” and open the doors to the show at 9.30am, welcoming visitors from all areas of the automotive industry.

Ideal networking hub

Held in the heart of the UK, Birmingham’s extensive automotive history and accessible location makes it the ideal place to network and discuss the future of the industry over the next three days. With more than 500 exhibitors, visitors including parts distributors, garages, tyre fitters, retailers, dealerships and vehicle manufacturers are given the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and product launches taking place throughout the aftermarket and vehicle production industry.

Big names exhibiting 

Leading suppliers exhibiting for 2019 include: Schaeffler, ZF, Hella, Yuasa, Denso, Delphi Technologies, Valeo, NGK, Bosch UK and Mann Filter, with 120 new exhibitors including: Shell, Brembo, Sherwin Williams, APEC Braking, SIA Abrasives, KYB, Anest Iwata, Pioneer and Thatcham Research

Packed seminar programme

What’s more, this year’s seminar programme features forum sessions and technical talks, from over 75 expert speakers, trainers and key players, tailored to garages, factors and suppliers, including more than 100 hours of free training seminars and debates for technicians.

Those attending the free CPD technical training sessions, accredited by Automechanika Global Skills Partner, IMI, will qualify for a free IMI certificate of attendance, which rewards technicians with CPD credits. 

The Big UK Garage Event

Automechanika Birmingham Launch The Big UK Garage Event, the event’s new initiative geared towards helping garages grow their business. Simply by attending, visitors can claim savings of over £5,000 with exclusive show deals, the opportunity to win more than £21,000 worth of competition prizes and the chance to receive some big giveaways worth over £300 to those first through the doors.*

New Bodyshop Zone

To feed demand from bodyshop professionals, a new Bodyshop Zone and the new Automechanika Body & Paint World Championship, alongside the Bodyshop Training Hub featuring collision repair, paint and refinishing training as well as live demos from expert trainers.

Showcasing innovation 

This year sees a wide selection of showcases aimed at all areas of the automotive industry for visitors to glean the most up-to-date information on products and technology. The Garage Equipment Showcase compares the latest large garage equipment, including lifts and ramps, from leading suppliers such as Hofmann Megaplan and Snap-On.

Returning for the second year, the Remanufacturing Showcase features products from thought leading exhibitors highlighting the growing opportunity in this sector, including Turbo Technics, Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions and Remy.

Jack Halliday, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, explains: “The automotive industry deserves an enormous amount of credit for coming together at Automechanika Birmingham to do business and celebrate innovation within the sector. 

“2019 is the last year before the show returns in 2021, so pre-event registration numbers have been looking extremely strong, with an increase in the number of motor factors and garages registering.

“This is also reflected in the number of major suppliers that are exhibiting, to ensure the latest products, services and technology are showcased to the UK market before 2021.”

Automechanika Birmingham is currently taking place from 4-6 June at the NEC in Halls 18, 19 and 20.

Visitors will receive free breakfast vouchers at the entrances and garages benefit from free parking at the NEC.

Visitors can register to attend the event by booking their free ticket here: https://automechanika-birmingham-2019.reg.buzz.

You can also follow the action on twitter with @autorepairfocus and watch out for our daily videos from the event.