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5-7 June 2018, NEC BIRMINGHAM

Automechanika Birmingham 2017 confirm industry speakers at over 60 seminars

Messe Frankfurt  SMMT 

09 Mar 2017

Automechanika Birmingham 2017 confirm industry speakers at over 60 seminars

Chloe Hyland

From 6th -8th June, Automechanika Birmingham will open its doors at the NEC, with over 800 quality exhibitors from the automotive aftermarket and supply chain and industry experts set to deliver over 60 seminar sessions, technical talks and live demonstrations.

For the aftermarket
Motor factors, workshop owners, technicians, dealerships, and retailers can listen and learn from the engaging aftermarket seminars sponsored by Aftermarket magazine at Automechanika Birmingham. Key industry topics including new technologies, business advice, training opportunities and insights into the future of the industry will be explored. The organisers have confirmed expert speakers and topics to be discussed. 

Steve Nash & Jim Saker and from The IMI will present ‘Technologies in the Aftermarket & licence to practice’. Dr. Julia E. Saini from Frost & Sullivan presents ‘The Future of Automotive Retailing - Digitalisation of Retail and Distribution’. Other sessions will come from Quentin Le Hetet from Gipa UK discussing the future of parts distribution in the UK and Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive & Company Secretary of the IAAF will present ‘Challenges facing the Automotive Aftermarket’. Autodata present ‘Connecting the Aftermarket’and Ian Gilgrass from Alian Skills will talk about ‘Why use a Diagnosis Process’.

Many other sessions for the aftermarket can be seen from Denso Sales UK, Energenics, Melett Limited, TRW, ZF Aftermarket UK and more. Other sessions will cover the changing anatomy of lubricants, trends in the turbocharger aftermarket, TPMS servicing and growing additional workshop revenue streams.

After the success of the sessions last year, industry professionals will be keen to return. Louisa Mitchell, Company Director of Road & Rally Automotive said “We attended Automechanika Birmingham for two full days in 2016 and it was a huge success. We managed to see lots of suppliers and listened into a couple of the seminars which were really interesting. We’ll be back this year and can’t wait to see how much bigger the event will be. It is the perfect opportunity for us to network with the industry, discover new companies, and most importantly, source new products for us to supply to our customers.”

Supply chain seminars & events
In the dedicated Supply Chain Zone, the supply chain seminars will host experts speakers from the likes of SMMT, Jaguar Land Rover, Industry Forum, National Composites Centre and the AIO. The presentations cater for the supply chain audience including senior management, engineers and procurement professionals from vehicle manufacturers, tier 1, tier 2 and upstream manufacturers. 

Visitors will see sessions covering innovation and research & development, connected & autonomous vehicles, manufacturing technologies, industry 4.0 & advanced manufacturing, and logistics & supply chain.

Paul Longstaff, MCIPS Senior Buyer from Calsonic Kansei said “I’ve registered for the 2017 event already. Automechanika Birmingham is a great opportunity to see the new technologies and product launches for the automotive supply chain all in one place. The event gives me a chance to catch up with familiar faces and discover new ones and I think the new dedicated supply chain zone will help me to do that. While I’m there, I’ll head to the SMMT events and I’m looking forward to finding out who will be hosting the supply chain seminars.”

Connected and Digital Technology Zone
New in the supply chain zone, SMMT with support from Automechanika Birmingham will display the Connected and Digital Technology Zone which will demonstrate the latest cutting edge automotive technologies. The area will feature products coming to market, but also those that will enable the design, development and manufacture of the vehicles of tomorrow.

Assets are being sourced from across SMMT members, including vehicle manufacturers, suppliers of various sizes, engineering firms and manufacturing technology companies. There will be a range of interactive elements on show including Virtual and Augmented reality and robotics, giving visitors a very tangible and memorable sense of the impact different technologies will have on the industry.

SMMT will also bring their two flagship networking events; Open Forum and Meet the Buyer. Open Forum will deliver a morning of automotive supply chain seminars on Tuesday 6th June, bringing together over 300 senior delegates from OEMs, tier 1, medium and small suppliers. The event offers an opportunity to network with new and existing contacts in the automotive supply chain. The full agenda will be announced over the coming weeks.

SMMT will also host Meet the Buyer on Wednesday 7th June, which offers a day of one to one meetings and matches suppliers with OEM and tier 1 buyers who have a stand in the Meet the Buyer area. This year, SMMT will be partnering with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and over 20 key buyers have already signed up for the event. Buyers include Federal Mogul, Bentley, Faurecia, Hitachi, Nobel Automotive, Magna, Jaguar Land Rover and many more.

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Automechanika Birmingham is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain.  The event launched in 2016, attracting over 550 exhibitors and over 12 000 visitors.  In 2017, the event will take place from 6-8 June at NEC Birmingham, hosting over 800 exhibitors.  Automechanika Birmingham is one of a series of 16 global events across 15 countries.

Automechanika Birmingham 2017 offers a full programme to bring visitors up to date with the current and upcoming issues, key trends and inspiring technological advances for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain. At an event which is 70% bigger than in 2016, over 800 quality exhibitors will present product launches and technology solutions reflecting the UK’s reputation in quality and design. Visitors can register using the link

Exhibitors will launch new products from the categories of parts and components, garage equipment and tools, wheels rims & tyres, consumables, accessories, raw materials for the supply chain and much more.The event welcomes key visitor groups including motor factors, workshop owners & technicians, franchised dealerships, retailers, tier 1, tier 2 manufacturers, engineers and purchasing teams from vehicle manufacturers.

Automechanika Birmingham has been licensed to Forest Exhibitions Ltd. By Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH


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