Automechanika Innovation Awards reach record participation for 2024

This year marks the highest number of entries since the inception of the awards, highlighting a significant surge in innovative developments within the automotive industry.

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The Automechanika Frankfurt Innovation Awards 2024 have reached a historic milestone with more than 150 products vying for the prestigious accolades, show organizers say.

This year marks the highest number of entries since the inception of the awards, highlighting a significant surge in innovative developments within the automotive industry.

A notable influx of submissions has been observed in the areas of workshop solutions, innovative parts, electromobility and artificial intelligence (AI).

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The international jury will convene in Frankfurt in mid-July to determine which products will be honored with these coveted awards.

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformative phase, grappling with the impacts of increasing digitalization, climate change and the integration of AI. These challenges are pushing manufacturers, repair shops and dealerships to innovate at an unprecedented pace.

The record number of entries for the Automechanika Frankfurt Innovation Awards is a testament to the industry’s resilience and innovative spirit.

This year, a total of 153 new technological solutions have been submitted, spanning nine categories. Two new categories introduced this year, E-Mobility & Innovative Drive Technologies and AI & Digitalisation, accounted for approximately 20 percent of the submissions.

The most popular categories, Workshop & Service Solutions and Parts & Technology Solutions, received more than half of all entries. The remaining submissions were distributed across Data & Connectivity, Body & Paint, Car Wash & Care, Accessories & Customizing, and Commercial Vehicles.

To manage the high volume of applications, two independent reviewers have been appointed. Consultant Dr. Gerhard Angerer, a veteran of the Automechanika Innovation Awards, is now supported by Alexander Wottge, Project Manager at the Institut für Automobilwirtschaft (ifa). Together, they have meticulously analyzed the submitted products and compiled a shortlist of the most promising innovations, Automechanika organizer Messe Frankfurt said.

This shortlist will guide the 17-member international jury as they prepare for their mid-July meeting. During this session, the jury will decide which products will receive the prestigious Innovation Awards, a recognition that highlights the best and brightest advancements in the automotive sector.

The full list of participating companies in this year’s Innovation Awards can be viewed here.

The international jury consists of these experts:

•Hartmut Abeln, CEO, TÜV Nord Mobility
•Okan Altan, Automotive Journalist, Fast & Bold / CarsNews.TV
•Ben Brucato, Vice President Membership & Engagement, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers
•Juan E. Cantarella, General Manager, Association of Argentine Autoparts Manufacturers (AFAC)
•Stuart Charity, CEO, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA)
•Francisco Nicolas Gonzalez Diaz, Executive President, Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association INA
•Dr. Axel Glanz, Managing Director, Innovationen Institut
•Edwin Grabowski, Publisher, Carwashinfo
•Detlef Peter Grün, Federal Guild Master and Vice President of the German Association of the Automotive Trade (ZDK)
•Wolfgang Michel, Editor-in-chief, kfz-betrieb and Gebrauchtwagen-Praxis
•Jason Moseley, CEO, International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS)
•Jakkie Olivier, Board Member (Non-Executive Director), Retail Motor Industry Association (RMI)
•Prof. Dr. Stefan Reindl, CEO of the Insitute for the Autmotive Industry (IfA)
•Burkhard Riering, Publisher and Editor-in-chief, Automobilwoche
•Frank Schlehuber, Senior Consultant Market Affairs, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
•Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher, University of Wuppertal Chair for Optimization of Mechanical Structures
•Wang Xia, Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Automotive Industry Branch


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