While waiting for the 29th edition of Autopromotec, the organizers of the biennial international automotive aftermarket trade show flew to Lisbon to receive the award for the best fair of 2019 in Europe, placing ahead of the International Motor Show in Geneva, Motortec Automechanika Madrid and the IAA in Frankfurt. The award was given by the Portuguese Automotive Magazine based on a survey conducted by interviewing exhibitors who participated in various European fairs. 

The criteria used by the magazine to choose the winner concerned aspects such as the cost of participation, the number of visitors to the event, the size of the booths, accessibility, cleanliness, professionalism of the staff and the presence of adequate infrastructure to welcome exhibitors both within the fairgrounds and in the city. “According to our research, the organisers of Autopromotec were able to offer excellent conditions to both exhibitors and visitors, meeting all their needs”, explained Eduardo Gaspar, editor of Automotive Magazine, “and that’s why we chose it as the best trade show of the year”. 

“I am very pleased to have received this award because it shows how the commitment and professionalism that the Autopromotec team puts into organising the fair every time is appreciated by exhibitors and visitors”, commented Renzo Servadei, CEO of Autopromotec. “We are already at work on the 2021 edition, adding a number of new developments related to trends that are affecting the automotive sector”. 

The award ceremony was held at the Cidade do Futebol, home of the Portuguese national football team.

Trade show numbers

The 28th edition of Autopromotec saw a strong growth in its numbers. In fact, 1,676 companies chose the event as a showcase to present their products and services – often for the first time – an increase of 4.4% in the number of participating companies compared to the previous edition in 2017. Of these, the share of foreign companies present was 43%, for a total of 53 countries represented. The trade fair comprises 17 halls and 5 outdoor areas for a total exhibition space of 162,000m2. It attracted 119,108 professional operators, a 4.85% increase over 2017, who had the opportunity to meet many companies specialising in all after-market sub-industries. 

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About Autopromotec

Autopromotec is an international exhibition for automotive equipment and aftermarket products that takes place every two years at the Bologna Exhibition Centre. Founded in 1965, the event is organised by Promotec, a services company owned by AIRP – Associazione Italiana Ricostruttori Pneumatici (Italian Tyre Retreaders Association) and AICA – Associazione Italiana Costruttori Autoattrezzature (Italian Automotive Equipment Manufacturers Association). Its unique formula is based on the specialisation, professionalism and quality of the exhibition, a true meeting point between manufacturers and users. The trade show – which includes over 580 product categories, covering all sub-sectors of the aftermarket – takes the form of a selection of specialised fairs, where visitors can easily plan personalised itineraries based on their professional interests. Through intensive promotional activities supported both at an institutional level and by trade associations, over the course of 28 editions Autopromotec has experienced a continued increase in international growth. Each edition of the event focuses great attention on training with AutopromotecEDU, a think tank dedicated to the analysis of the trade and to the most current and innovative topics regarding the automotive aftermarket.

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