The largest trade show dedicated to the automotive aftermarket industry and high-end technical training has arrived in the United States. Automechanika Chicago, which took place from April 24-26 at McCormick Place West, opened its doors to a successful turnout with a diverse group of exhibiting companies and nearly 6,000 attendees. More than 450 exhibitors from 23 countries showcased the newest tools, equipment and products for the automotive aftermarket industry. The event was also declared as the biggest platform for industry training, hosting over 100 seminars and workshops with more than 2,000 shop owners and technicians attending the sessions.
"Our passion for the industry and the opportunity to bring the aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers together with the shop owners and technicians has fulfilled a dream," remarked Dennis Smith, President Messe Frankfurt North America. "We appreciate the support of the industry in making this a reality and we look forward to an even more successful event in 2017."
Messe Frankfurt, producer of Automechanika, the leading international brand in the automotive trade and aftermarket arena, and UBM Advanstar, one of the largest tradeshow organizers in the U.S., joined forces to launch Automechanika Chicago. The show was the 14th Automechanika event around the globe, and the first-ever in the United States. The next show is scheduled for Spring 2017.
“As a global brand, we are happy to introduce Automechanika to the United States. We found the right focus for the show and partnered with the right organization to bring a unique platform that includes high level training to shop owners and technicians,” Michael Johannes, Brand Manager, Automechanika.
The three-day event was characterized by a compelling opening ceremony with remarks from Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Don Welsh, CEO/President of Choose Chicago and Chris DeMoulin, Executive Vice President for Automotive, UBM Advanstar.
“Chicago was selected because of its central location and easy access for attendees. It was the tens of thousands of service and collision repair shop owners, managers, techs and mechanics who communicated their need for an event designed especially for them, which in many ways brought about this dynamic event. We are excited to bring their desires to fruition,” stated DeMoulin.