Automechanika launches UK Garage and Bodyshop Event for 2022

Published:  08 September, 2021

The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have announced a two-day live event taking place next June; The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event. Taking place on 8-9 June 2022 at the NEC Birmingham, the event will provide the opportunity to get up close with suppliers, as well as access to three training hubs and three feature areas.

There will be live demonstrations and accredited training across three key areas: EV Hybrid, Workshop and Collision Repair, each offering technical seminars from industry experts covering ADAS, MOT, safety/service and repair, collision repair, diagnostics, plus more.
Feedback in a survey of 300 garages performed by organisers Messe Frankfurt saw 78% of garages wanting a return to face-to-face events, and participants supported the concept of a dedicated garage and bodyshop event to run in 2022.

Associations already supporting the event include the IMI, the IAAF, the SMMT, the IGA, the NBRA, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Repair Association (HEVRA), and Automotive Bodyshop Professionals Club (ABP Club).

The show will run three months before the the full Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 event. Automechanika Birmingham is set to return in June 2023.

Commenting on the launch of the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event , Simon Albert, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt UK, said: “The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event will be the first national trade event for the aftermarket since 2019, offering the opportunity to engage with thousands of UK garages and bodyshops. We’re looking forward to bringing the aftermarket together again.”

Mark Field, CEO of IAAF observed: “With arguably the biggest shift for the UK aftermarket happening here and now with the presence of ADAS and hybrid and EV technology, increased cybersecurity and access to in-vehicle data, a UK focused exhibition for garages and bodyshops is essential to keeping the industry connected and up to date.”

Adam Griffiths, Marketing Country Lead UK & Ireland of ZF, added: “This event gives us a great opportunity to engage directly with our end customers at a time where such support is much needed. With so much change and development taking place in our industry, it is imperative we take a proactive approach in regards to delivering training, advice and support to our networks, ensuring our industry is equipped to face the future.”

There will also be a take-home training guide folder, and In addition, there will be a Garage Equipment Showcase of products from garage equipment suppliers, and an inaugural summer networking event hosted by the IAAF.


Tickets will be available at www.garage-and-bodyshop-event.uk.messefrankfurt.com/

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