Johannesburg - There's a strong focus on innovation, skills development and ‘buy local’ at Automechanika Johannesburg this year, according to organisers of the event.

The trade fair for the automotive aftermarket takes place at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 18 to 21 September 2019.

Each of the first three days is being dedicated to a specific focus area: innovation on the Wednesday, skills development on the Thursday and ‘buy local’ on the Friday.

This year’s event will mark the sixth time that the Automechanika trade fair is staged in South Africa and the second time that it is co-located with the Futuroad Expo, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading professional event for the truck, bus, and commercial vehicle industry.

Futuroad is the magnet that attracts buyers and suppliers in the region to see new products, innovations, technologies, and services while sharing ideas and building relationships across the truck and bus industries. Expect industry heavy weights such as Everstar, MCV, Serco, Tata, UD Trucks, and Volvo, to display their latest models.

This year the organisers are targeting to attract more than 600 local and international exhibitors, and a big thrust is being made into Africa to attract more visitors from the sub-Saharan region, following an increase of 80% in visitors from north of South Africa to the 2017 event.

“Focusing on these three key areas, we have identified important topics to build on for the first three days of the show,” says Joshua Low, Group Exhibitions Director of Messe Frankfurt South Africa. “We are encouraging exhibitors as well as the organisers of conferences and workshops to link into these themes as they play a vital role in building a strong support base for the automotive aftermarket in South Africa.”

The first day of the event will include the Innovation Awards presentation, where innovative ideas from local and international companies will be rewarded.

Automechanika is not only the shop window for innovations in the automotive aftermarket across the entire value chain, but is also the ideal meeting place for all involved in the industry, dealerships, and trade stores as well as the maintenance and repair segment. It provides a platform for business and technological knowledge transfer.

To this end, the organisers are setting up a business-to-business matchmaking programme to facilitate meetings between exhibitors and potential buyers.

Visit the website: www.automechanikasa.co.za for more information.

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