Automechanika comes to the UK

Trade show to be held at NEC in 2016

Published:  02 June, 2015

Messe Frankfurt and the SMMT have announced a UK based version of Automechanika to be held at the NEC in Birmingham next year.

The new automotive trade show will run from 7th to 9th June 2016, with the aim of bring together hundreds of automotive supply and aftermarket companies with both national and international buyers, offering a platform of growth for the UK market. The launch reflects the increase in automotive manufacturing in Britain and is hoped will boost UK based suppliers and distributors on the international stage, as well as giving the opportunity to exploit the UK supply chain further. Recent figures show domestic suppliers increased sales to UK vehicle makers by 19% last year. Significant potential still remains, however, with the scope for supplier growth valued at some £4 billion.

Detlef Braun, Messe Frankfurt's Member of the Executive Board, comments: "This is the first event in the company's successful history of international development to be held by Messe Frankfurt in the United Kingdom. We have conducted extensive research at our Frankfurt show, which informed us that there was a huge appetite for an event which focuses on the buoyant UK automotive sector. In SMMT we have a strong supporter to help us deliver an exceptional event."

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, adds: "The launch of Automechanika Birmingham is a tremendous vote of confidence in the British automotive industry, and a reflection of its global competitiveness. Automechanika Birmingham will help British companies promote their credentials and enable them to seize the significant opportunities arising from the renaissance in UK vehicle manufacturing. SMMT looks forward to hosting a high-profile event that will help support jobs and growth in the sector, and broaden the UK's international appeal."

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