Automechanika Frankfurt announced its new formats and extensive programs were very well received by international automotive professionals. Seventy-eight thousand visitors from 175 countries came to Frankfurt September 13-17, 2022, to experience products and services from workshops, industry and retail live and in person, marking the fullest the exhibition grounds have been since the restart in Frankfurt, event organizers said.
2,804 companies from 70 countries exhibited their products and services across 19 hall levels and in the outdoor exhibition area. “Things are clearly heading in the right direction. Together with our customers and our international partners, we are optimistic about the future: nothing can take the place of trade fairs,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt. “The strong international component amongst exhibitors from 70 countries and visitors from 175 countries alike makes it clear that the international automotive aftermarket is back in Frankfurt. Participants also took full advantage of the new networking opportunities to finally meet with one another in person and make new business contacts.”
Messe Frankfurt officials said there was a high level of visitor satisfaction, 92%, which demonstrates that the areas of focus at this year’s Automechanika mirrored what the industry was looking for: increasing digitalization, remanufacturing, alternative drive systems and electromobility. For the first time, there were more than 350 available events, including presentations by new market participants and free workshops for automotive professionals.
CEOs from leading key players put on a strong showing at the CEO Breakfast event sponsored by ZF Aftermarket on the first day of the trade fair. In a ‘fireside chat’ format, Formula One professionals Mika Häkkinen and Mark Gallagher supplied insights for an industry that is changing faster than ever. “In these turbulent times, the industry needs fresh insights and new ideas. After all, the goal is to ensure that it will be possible for everyone to enjoy the safest, most sustainable, climate-friendly mobility in future,” Braun said.
Automechanika Frankfurt is returning to its biennial rotation and will once again be held every two years. The next trade fair for the international automotive aftermarket will be taking place from September 10-14, 2024 on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.