Known as “The City of Big Shoulders” for its can-do attitude and rugged industrial might, Chicago has long relished its role as a global melting pot overflowing with opportunity. Throughout its history multitudes of people have poured in from every country on Earth to man the bustling stockyards, docks, depots and automotive assembly lines.
At one time 28 carmakers were producing completed vehicles, and the very concept of the “car show” made its debut here in conjunction with the first American auto race held in 1895.
Thus it is only fitting that the city hosts the inaugural Automechanika Chicago taking place April 24-26 at the McCormick Place exhibition center.
Produced by Messe Frankfurt with support from Advanstar Communications – the publisher of Aftermarket Business World, Motor Age and ABRN – Automechanika Chicago’s attendees and exhibitors are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the most current technologies and knowledge being offered on a worldwide scale.
The list of nations with a presence at Automechanika Chicago is impressive. Countries participating as of press time include Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the U.S.
Accenting the global flair of the industry event will be a series of International Pavilions presenting the latest offerings of automotive products and services.
“Since Chicago is a truly international destination easily accessible from across the USA, UK exhibitors are certain to benefit from having presence at this U.S. show,” says Chloe Hyland, spokeswoman for the United Kingdom’s Pavilion.
“Chicago is home to over 160,000 individual shops, of which 23 percent are within 500 miles of the exhibition center,” she reports. “These open doors offer UK exhibitors opportunity to build relations with these international suppliers and retailers and increase their exports exponentially.”