[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he main focus of this year’s Automechanika, holding in Germany would focus on innovations in vehicle repair and maintenance, the organisers have said.
Automechanika, which is in its 24th edition, is believed to be one world’s biggest trade fair for vehicle repair and maintenance.
The show will run from September 13 to 17 September in Frankfurt, Germany, and according to the Nigeria representative of the organisers, Omonigho Itoya, who is the Chief Executive Officer, Exhibition and Trade Limited, the event would showcase latest discoveries in products and services, including garage equipment, tools, bodywork repair, recovery services, accident assistance and mobile services.
Itoya said the event has, over the years, improved the experience of Nigeria artisans who have regularly attended the exhibition by helping them to import skill and technology that could meet with the increasing demand of the sector.
She said the fact that all of the sector’s leading companies, including German federations would be present at the event underscored the huge importance of the trade fair to the global automotive sector.
“Automechanika is a platform for innovations and future-oriented solutions and trends and, for the first time, will present the after-sales world of the future as ‘Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility’,” she said.
Itoya, who said repair and maintenance industry in Nigeria has witnessed a remarkable improvement, noted that the technological trends rocking the sector must trigger repair and maintenance experts to towards improved skills and technology.
Taking place in a total of 366,637 square metres of exhibition space, as well as an outdoor exhibition area measuring over 96,000 square metres, the organiser said more than 4,600 exhibitors, 138,000 trade visitors from 176 countries were expected at the event.
She stated that the event would offer training opportunities covering range of topics that is affecting the industry, particularly as it relates to new trends in the sector, adding that her organisation would ease travel processes for interested Nigerians.
Automechanika would hold 12 professional-development workshops covering almost all aspects of the collision-damage repair process, the organsiation said.
On recent trends in the sector, the organiser added that alternative drive systems, automated driving and mobility services would take centre stage as car manufacturers, suppliers and start-ups are expected to present pioneering products and solutions.