Automechanika Frankfurt to offer expanded training, networking opportunities at this year’s show

Olaf Mußhoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt, says the show has expanded its training and lecture program and introduced new networking formats. Participants now have the opportunity to update their knowledge, engage in discussions with experts, and network with automotive professionals from around the world across five stages located in themed halls.

Expanded training and networking opportunities at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt underscore the importance of staying current in the rapidly evolving automotive industry, says Olaf Mußhoff, Director of the show.

“This is why we have significantly expanded the Automechanika training and lecture program and developed new networking formats. We are offering all participants the opportunity to update their knowledge, discuss with experts and network with automotive professionals from all over the world on a total of five stages, each located in the thematically related halls,” said Mußhoff.

The Automechanika Academy is set to offer a wide array of presentations, talks, and panel discussions on pressing issues and the latest developments in the automotive aftermarket across five stages. This initiative comes as the need for further training and discussions on new technologies and developments has grown significantly in recent years.

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Sustainability Court

For the first time, Automechanika Frankfurt will feature a podium dedicated to sustainability. The Sustainability Court will promote dialogue on sustainability in all its facets, with an exhibition area, stage, and networking lounge. Topics covered will include production responsibilities, decarbonizing the aftermarket value chain, and the digital product passport. The program includes the third Remanufacturing Day in collaboration with the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA), focusing on the circular economy and remanufacturing. Supply chain topics will also be addressed, including logistics, materiality assessment, and corporate sustainability reporting.

Innovation4Mobility

Hall 3.0 will host the Innovation4Mobility forum, featuring discussions on vehicle-integrated photovoltaics, bidirectional charging, sustainable fuels, hydrogen in automotive applications, and software-defined vehicles. The forum will also delve into data management, vehicle communication, connectivity, and in-car entertainment. Forward-looking technologies and current mobility strategies, particularly from Korea, will be showcased, with Saturday dedicated to supply chain topics and a unique Fight Club event pitting humans against AI.

Diagnosis & Repair

A new stage in Hall 8 will start with market developments, including emissions testing and particle counting. Electromobility topics such as battery trading, checks and innovations will be discussed. Other topics include exhaust emissions, sensors, technologies, recruiting young talent and the maintenance and repair of electric vehicles.

Body & Paint

Hall 11.1 will focus on future topics in collision management, including the repair of electric vehicles, sustainability, legal frameworks and success factors for body and paint companies. International representatives from leading paint manufacturers will discuss market challenges, while the classic car business will cover digital parts procurement, tokenization of classic cars and recruiting new talent. Free workshops on various practical topics will be available in Hall 11.0.

Car Wash, Care & Detailing and Oil, Lubricants & Fuels

Hall 12.0 will cover car wash, care, detailing, oil, lubricants, and fuels. Topics include detailing procedures, leather repair, fabric cleaners, ceramic coatings, and sealing products. The International Detailing Association (IDA) will offer a certification course. The CEO talk will provide insights into the oil, lubricants and fuels sector and vehicle washing topics will be discussed.

AMBITION: A Dedicated Area for Gen Z

For the first time, Automechanika Frankfurt will create an interactive space for Generation Z in Hall 3.1, featuring games, sports, lifestyle areas, food zones and its own Club Stage. This initiative aims to show the next generation the excitement and diversity of the automotive aftermarket and its professions.


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