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The Big UK Garage Event

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The Big UK Garage Event

It pays to visit 

The Big UK Garage Event welcomes all business owners and technicians from garage businesses. It is THE event to grow your business and drive revenue.

The Big UK Garage Event offers you:

  • Free CPD accredited training on a first come first served basis
  • The biggest savings on tools and garage equipment from over 500 exhibitors
  • See live demonstrations of the latest tech and get stacks of business advice all for free!
  • Exclusive show offers and discounts saving you over £4,500 from leading suppliers
  • Enter stand competitions and you could win over £21,000 worth of training and kit
  • Be the first through the doors each day for your chance to get FREE BIG giveaways worth up to £300!
  • Plus don't miss celebrity appearances across the 3 days!
     

Collect your free breakfast on entry, plus independent garages will also get free parking - bonus!

Register for your free ticket and get your printed preview mailed to you, packed full of deals and offers! 

 

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Workshop Training Hub

Workshop Training Hub

In association with Autotechnician,  sponsored by ACtronics.

Expert Sessions within Technical Talks

  • Frank Massey - Engine fault diagnosis, evidence-based prediction
  • James Dillon – Topic tbc
  • Andy Crook – Skills or systems
  • Steve Carter – EV; Facts from fiction

Plus technical seminars from Darren Darling (the ‘DPF Doctor’), ACtronics, DPF Recovery, Ecobat Battery Technologies and Primalec.

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Workshop Training Hub Partners

Training demos and technical seminars from leading companies including:

  • Delphi Technologies – Diagnostics; On-vehicle diagnostic demonstrations of our DS Flash pass through tool. See how independent garages can give themselves VM-dealer level diagnostic and software update capability.
  • Hella Gutmann Solutions – ADAS; Live ADAS calibration on a vehicle, demonstrating setup requirements and procedures followed to attain a satisfactory and accurate ADAS calibration.
  • Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) – Hybrid & Electric Vehicles.
  • Snap-On – Wheel alignment.
  • Yuasa – Battery Technologies; GS Yuasa will offer live training from the presenters of their brand-new GS Yuasa Academy E-Learning. Topics include identifying the correct battery specification based on both vehicle and customer driving style; the importance of correct technology for vehicles featuring emission reduction systems; and growing battery business with a preventative maintenance programme.
  • ZF - High Voltage Technical Training; The product-oriented ZF [pro]Tech workshop service delivers the latest technical knowledge from one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world. ZF experts will be on hand to offer training advice on vehicle diagnostics, repair and servicing.

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ACTronics

NEW: Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships

NEW: Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships

The all new Automechanika Body & Paint World Championship will launch at Automechanika Birmingham 2019! Sponsored by Octoral, Debeer and Sherwin Williams, visitors will see a showcase of cars spray painted with designs to reflect the UK market which will be entered into a global scale competition – overall winners to be announced at Automechanika Frankfurt 2020!

Sponsored by:

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NEW - Bodyshop Zone

NEW - Bodyshop Zone

See a dedicated Bodyshop Training village of expert trainers as well as live demos for collision repair, paint and refinishing training.

Exhibitors include Jaytees, Flex Power Tools, Vixen Surface Treatments, SATA, FLP Group, Anest Iwata, Finishing Touch Alloys, Konsystem, Saima Meccanica, Ilke, Actia Automotive, Static Solutions Ltd, Nightsearcher, Hexis, Thatcham Research, Fujimi Europe and Techman.

 

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NEW - Garage Equipment Showcase

NEW - Garage Equipment Showcase

Find the latest lifts and ramps for your workshop from leading suppliers including Hofmann Megaplan and Snap On.
NEW - CPD Accredited Training

NEW - CPD Accredited Training

Global Skills Provider IMI will  provide free CPD accredited training on  a first come, first served basis. Upskill about electric vehicles for free this June!

Develop your skills in The Big UK Garage Event – head to the Technical Talks theatre and join seminars from the experts. Every session in the Technical Talks theatre and Bodyshop Training Hub will enable you to gain CPD points, fully accredited by the IMI.

Don’t miss sessions on:

  • Collision repair
  • Engine fault diagnosis
  • Skills or systems
  • Electric vehicles from fiction

IMI

 

Bodyshop Training Hub

Bodyshop Training Hub

Reconnect with suppliers, enjoy free live demos for collision repair, paint and refinishing.

Refresh and refuel with a drink and bite to eat before you hit the stands again to find more deals and the next best products for your workshop. 

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Remanufacturing Showcase

Remanufacturing Showcase

The Remanufacturing Showcase will feature products from thought leading exhibitors including, among many, Autocraft Solutions Group who will exhibit a 2.4L TDCi "PUMA" diesel engine, fully remanufactured to OEM standards; Turbo Technics who will show a hybrid turbocharger S280 Ford Fiesta 1.6 Ecoboost, Stage 2 and Remy presenting their remanufactured alternator.

  • “The introduction of the Garage Hall to Automechanika Birmingham is fantastic. I come to the event every year and it’s great to have a dedicated area for garages this year."
    John Rayment, Director, Rayments Garage Ltd
  • “As winner of Garage of the Year, we come to Automechanika Birmingham every year. The success of our business depends on us being up to speed on the latest innovations within the automotive industry and this is the place to find out.”
    Nicola Wakeling, Director, Hillclimb Garage

 

Hosted Garage Programme

Travel to the event with your local motor factor, make a day out of it! Nominate your local supplier to take part in the Hosted Garage Programme to organise to travel to Automechanika Birmingham in one vehicle. Let us know who they are and we will contact them to get them involved. Contact us today.

What’s in it for you?

  • No travel costs
  • Free breakfast when you arrive
  • Access to The Big UK Garage Event
  • Hundreds of deals, big giveaways, competitions and celebrity appearances
  • Company all day – tour the event with your supplier and learn more about the products you could be using in your garage

Automechanika
Garage of the Year

New categories for 2019 are ‘Garage Owner of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Achievement’ and ‘Commitment to Training and Standards’ whilst ‘Best Community Initiative’, ‘Auto-mechanik of the Year’, ‘Technology Innovation’ and ‘Business Innovation’ are the categories returning for 2019.

Case Studies

Garage Case Study

Garage Case Study

“I was sceptical when first visiting Automechanika Birmingham in 2017,” says Vic Clarke of Autocentre Rushden. 

“It’s been a long time since we had a national show in the UK dedicated to the automotive trade and I was worried it wouldn’t cater for my business.”

Vic’s concerns soon evaporated when he saw the number of relevant suppliers at the event, but what really drew his attention was the array of keynote speakers. “The garage trade gets a bad press but we’re supremely technical and the majority will take help where we can get it. Automechanika Birmingham met this need in abundance with a mix of high quality speakers that spoke my language.”

Gearing up for 2018 and the introduction of the Garage Quarter, Vic’s enthusiasm is undeniable. “To have a section of the show dedicated to my business is really encouraging and brings the garage trade together. Free seminars, training and a specialist demo hub means that the event can touch all areas of my business across just three days.”

“It also means the show doesn’t appear quite so daunting for an Independent garage and means we can mix with like-minded garages in the Garage Social and share experiences and advice.

“Automechanika Birmingham has become a “must-attend” event for independent garages that want to progress and stay ahead of the competition.”

Garage of the Year 2018

Garage of the Year 2018

Many congratulations to our 2018 Garage of the Year winners, Hillclimb Garage, and all our other category winners.
Garage Case Study

Garage Case Study

Scotlands Ash Garage is an award-winning garage based in Didcot, Oxfordshire. The company prides itself on providing a range of services to motorists throughout the area, operating with a team of five and three ramps, alongside a separate MOT bay.

Peter Welch, proprietor, talks openly about the future for independent garages: “The future is incredibly scary for small businesses like independent garages. With an array of threats and challenges, we have to continually look at ourselves and ensure we are the best we can be.”

Pressing Peter on these “threats and challenges” reveals bigger concerns about short term changes affecting the business.

“GDPR and MOT changes provide us with imminent challenges to our business. GDPR affects all business and so for many garages, like ourselves, it’s a question of where do we start?” 

Throw into the mix MOT changes and every automotive garage in the UK faces a summer of transition. 

Peter sees investment as the answer, something which the garage has done for the past 30 years and is the biggest driver of business. 

“I first visited Automechanika Birmingham in 2017 and thought wow, how am I going to get around this event with the time I have. But I did just that. I took my time and spoke to so many different businesses from automotive components to equipment – and I learnt a lot. 

“We don’t want to be a garage that says “no” to a customer so we make sure we are at Automechanika Birmingham to find out what’s new and how it can help drive my business forward. At last year’s event, I purchased new air-conditioning service equipment that I didn’t particularly need at the time, but I do now, and it’s been a great investment. This puts us ahead of the competition.”

Going back to GDPR and MOT changes, Peter has stayed true to his investment. He has employed the services of the consultant for GDPR and all MOT testers within the business have attended training courses on the new MOT test changes.

“At this year’s event,” he says, “I’m really looking forward to talking to other garages to see how they are embracing the changes affecting the trade. It can be a lonely life as an independent garage but Automechanika Birmingham represents a key opportunity to bring us together under one roof and develop our business skills.”