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New dates for Automechanika Chicago 2017 announced

Educating the industry to continue in 2016
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 09:00
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Earlier this year, Messe Frankfurt, producer of Automechanika, the leading international brand in the automotive service industry, and UBM Advanstar, one of the largest tradeshow organizers in the U.S., launched Automechanika Chicago, the first Automechanika event held in the United States. As a biennial event, the second edition of Automechanika Chicago will take place July 26 – 28, 2017 at McCormick Place West in Chicago. 

The largest trade show dedicated to the automotive aftermarket industry and high-end technical training opened this past April 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 industry.

"After the success of our inaugural event, the reception from the industry has been overwhelming and we are excited to announce the dates for 2017,” commented Bridget Ferris, Automechanika Chicago Show Director. “This multi-faceted decision was based on industry feedback as well as our desire to offer suitable timing on the calendar that will fit the schedules of exhibitors and attendees from the U.S. and around the globe.  In addition to the change in time frame, we are pleased to share our plans of a new day pattern to increase ROI for our exhibitors and expand traffic across the show floor.  Automechanika Chicago 2017 will run on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday show structure with training being held Thursday – Saturday allowing for more attendance and engagement on the show floor.  Along with new, exciting features and more training opportunities on the horizon for the second edition, we are confident Automechanika Chicago will continue to address the needs of the automotive industry and we look forward to another rewarding show."

The 2015 event was the largest training event for shop owners, technicians and educators within service repair and collision repair. The inaugural event hosted more than 100 seminars and workshops with over 2,000 shop owners and technicians attending the sessions. Automechanika Chicago will continue to serve the industry through education in 2016 leading up to the 2017 trade show and conference.  Opportunities for shop owners and technicians to increase their knowledge base will be available through several local training seminars, as well as online webinars.

“The need for training among shop owners and technicians has never been greater,” said Jim Savas, VP and GM of the Automotive Group at UBM Advanstar. “Vehicles today are increasingly complex with the influx of new materials for the body structures, complex engine diagnostics and rapidly evolving communications platforms. It’s difficult for even the most skilled technicians to keep up, much less those who find it difficult to get out of the shop and into training. Automechanika Chicago is committed to properly training our workforce, so we plan to conduct single-day events next year to do our part for the betterment of the industry. Knowing how to properly repair vehicles isn’t a problem for the next generation of shop owners and technicians. It’s a problem for the repairers of today.”

To learn more about Automechanika Chicago, visit

About UBM Advanstar Automotive Group
The UBM Advanstar Automotive Group is THE leading provider of integrated media solutions to the automotive aftermarket and collision repair industry. With a multi-platform approach and a dynamic, wide-reaching portfolio of B2B brands and products, the UBM Advanstar Automotive Group provides unrivaled industry news coverage, in-depth business analysis, world-class research, nationally recognized training resources and the nation’s largest website for automotive professionals (

Our premier brands: Motor Age, Auto Body Repair Network (ABRN), Aftermarket Business World and serve the largest automotive audiences in the industry with numerous print and digital products. Reaching hundreds of thousands of service & collision repair professionals, technicians, original equipment and aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, jobbers and retailers, every day we drive insightful analysis and discussion of all of the news and issues impacting our audience’s businesses — keeping them passionate, competitive, and connected.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organizers, generating around € 550* million in sales and employing more than 2,200* people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at m ore than 30 locations around the globe.

In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organized 120* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent. For more information, please visit our website at:

* preliminary figures (2014)

The North American headquarters in Atlanta is currently producing ten trade shows in the USA, Canada and Mexico across various industries. For more information about Messe Frankfurt, please visit our web site at

Automechanika Events Around the Globe

Shanghai, December 2 – 5, 2015

Jeddah, January 26 – 28, 2016

St. Petersburg, March 15 – 17, 2016

Istanbul, April 7 – 10, 2016

Dubai, May 8 – 10, 2016

Birmingham (UK), June 7 – 9, 2016

Frankfurt am Main, September 13 – 17, 2016

Buenos Aires, November 9 – 12, 2016

New Delhi, March 21 – 23, 2017

Kuala Lumpur, March 23 – 25, 2017

Madrid, March 29 - April 1, 2017

Johannesburg, May 31 – June 2, 2017

Chicago, July 26 – 28, 2017

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