Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s premier trade show for the automotive industry, triumphantly returned this year, witnessing an unprecedented number of attendees after a four-year hiatus.
“This is undoubtedly the best Automechanika Birmingham to date.”SIMON ALBERT, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EVENT ORGANIZER MESSE FRANKFURT UK.
The event proved to be an essential platform for business-to-business networking and learning, as it attracted a record 14,402 visitors, marking a 19% increase from the 2019 event.
The trade show welcomed an total of 6,750 garages, workshops and bodyshops, underlining its significance as a vital hub for the UK automotive sector.
“This is undoubtedly the best Automechanika Birmingham to date,” said Simon Albert, managing director of event organizer Messe Frankfurt UK. “The overwhelming positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike, coupled with the number and quality of attendees, is incredibly rewarding for my team, our exhibitors, partners, and suppliers, who have all collaborated closely to deliver the event.”
This year’s event featured a broad range of 511 suppliers from 23 different nations, including renowned industry leaders. These companies showcased innovative technology, products and services to senior decision-makers ranging from end users and distributors to retailers and vehicle manufacturers.
The automotive industry stands at the precipice of significant legislative changes. Recognizing this, Automechanika Birmingham hosted its inaugural keynote conference, offering 190 hours of free skills training. The conference facilitated discussion on the industry’s most pressing issues, such as electrification and the future of the MOT.
Automechanika Birmingham 2023 also provided an invaluable opportunity for industry members at all levels, including students and emerging talent, to enhance their skills. Its Talent and Skills Conference offered insights and expert knowledge from the sector’s top professionals. In a bid to foster diversity, over 100 individuals attended the Women Automotive Network drinks reception.
The event doubled its offerings in terms of skills training and hands-on demonstrations. A total of 192 hours were dedicated to sessions and interactive features, including the Modern Garage, Paint & Spray Live, Collision Repair Live, and the EV Training Academy. The Automechanika Birmingham Garage Awards, sponsored by LKQ Euro Car Parts and hosted by the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), were held to commend industry achievements.
The IAAF’s chief executive, Mark Field, reflected on the significance of the event, expressing gratitude to the organizers for providing a national platform for the automotive community.
Following the success of the event, more than 80% of the exhibition space for Automechanika Birmingham 2025 already has been booked. Many exhibitors will also be showcasing at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Show, set for June 2024 at the Birmingham NEC. This separate event aims to cater exclusively to the end users of the automotive aftermarket, focusing on tools, training and technology.
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