Buyers, exhibitors and automotive professionals from more than 30 countries are set to walk the halls of Autopromotec in Bologna, Italy, next month, in a big comeback since the global Covid-19 pandemic began.
Autopromotec organizers report that nearly 25 percent of exhibitors are international, looking to reinvigorate the sourcing and supply of automotive aftermarket parts and services.
The show takes place May 25-28 at the Bologna Fiere (Bologna Trade Fair District).
Many recent shows in Europe and elsewhere have been hampered by the pandemic, either being canceled outright or reduced in size to match local health regulations.
In 2019, nearly 120,000 automotive professionals from 136 countries attended Autopromotec. This would be the first large-scale automotive aftermarket show in 2022 that approaches previous attendance numbers.
“This is going to be an event of a high standard in terms of both quality and number of people attending, comparable to the 2019 exhibition,” said Renzo Servadei, CEO of Autopromotec, in a recent interview.
“All the hottest innovations and trends driving the automotive aftermarket will be in the spotlight at the exhibition – from the very latest technology in the car repair industry to the special know-how needed to keep up with changing times,” Servadei added.
Companies like Exide and Brembo have said they felt they couldn’t miss the 2022 show.
“Participation in Autopromotec 2019 was a great success for Exide,” said Federico Montessori, Managing Director Italy and Senior Business Director Transportation EMEA of Exide Technologies. “We decided to be there after monitoring the event with interest, edition after edition, impressed by its growth, by its strong focus on market dynamics and on the most topical and relevant issues for the entire Aftermarket supply chain.”
Roberto Caravati, Aftermarket Global Business Unit Chief Operating Officer of BREMBO, described Autopromotec as a “fundamental” event for the company. “Brembo couldn’t miss the return of the trade show, as it’s an opportunity for us to meet our customers/partners face to face after the forced separation of these last few years, when all the same we were able to find a way to work together successfully,” he said.
The Emilia-Romagna Region, in which Bologna is located, has used funding to promote Autopromotec abroad, bringing 50 delegates from countries in South America and others from India, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and the Balkans, Autopromotec says.
In addition, the ITA, or Italian Trade Agency, with locations around the world, will be bringing 90 trade delegates from more than 30 high-potential markets, according to Autopromotec. ITA operates under the umbrella of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Autopromotec also worked with Enterprise Europe Network, an agency bringing more delegates from Eastern European and Baltic countries.
Autopromotec has set aside a special area inside Hall 22 to accommodate hundreds of B2B meetings between buyers and suppliers. Already, more than 630 qualified meetings have been set.
To register for the show, visit https://www.autopromotec.com/en/index.php
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