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NACE Automechanika Thrives in Chicago With Networking, Training

New Location for 2018 Edition Announced
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 07:00
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NACE Automechanika, the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive collision and service repair shops, returned to Chicago July 26-29, 2017. More than 360 leading suppliers displayed new automotive service and repair technologies, while connecting to nearly 8,000 attendees who took part in activities throughout Automotive Service and Collision Repair Week.

“NACE Automechanika succeeded in bringing buyers and sellers together on the show floor and in the training rooms, where we provided four days of high-quality education to automotive service and collision repair professionals,” said Jim Savas, vice president and general manager of UBM’s Automotive group. “We also had very favorable responses from attendees who enjoyed the networking opportunities associated with several co-located events, including the Collision Industry Conference, the MSO Symposium and our new Business Outlook Conference.”

The new alliance between NACE and Automechanika Chicago proved a successful one with a heightened support from the collision repair industry. Several industry groups held meetings and events during the week including AMi, I-CAR, CIC, CREF, Enterprise Rental Car, CCC Information Services, Inc., Allstate Insurance Company, the OE Round Table and others.

NACE Automechanika 2017 Figures
At A Glance
Exhibition space 108,000 sq. ft.
Exhibitors 367
Exhibiting Countries 19
Pavilions 7
Attendees 7,700
Attendees Countries 43

“The industry needs and deserves a national show that is solely dedicated to advancing the collision and service repair industries. As evidenced by the tremendous support from industry associations and companies, NACE Automechanika is that source,” said Dan Risley, president and executive director, ASA.

The NACE Automechanika show floor featured opportunities for testing equipment, learning about market trends and hearing from carmakers about what the future holds for vehicle service and repairs. The OE Coliseum included advanced information from General Motors, Toyota, BMW, Nissan and Fiat/Chrysler. These sessions greatly impacted attendees by providing up-to-date and current information on the latest trends in automotive repair processes. The new Scan-A-Palooza area featured diagnostic tool demonstrations and gave attendees important lessons in performing proper pre- and post-repair scans. Additional show-floor training from I-CAR gave collision repairers insight into new materials being used in vehicles and proper repair procedures.

“We go to a couple training classes a year in our town through local vendors, but we just figured this was the best way to learn from some of the top trainers in the field,” said Joshua Dykes, a technician from Indiana who attended NACE Automechanika. “The training is the reason we chose to go to NACE Automechanika Chicago. We were learning from top trainers like Bernie Thompson. We have his tools here in the shop that we use on a daily basis. It was nice to meet the guy who invented the tools we use and ask him questions about them that you don’t normally get to ask.”

Highlights from the show floor included a showcase of products, services and interactive demonstrations from several exhibiting companies such as NAPA, Pro-Spot, Federal Mogul, Car-O-Liner, Tenneco and TTA Appraisal, among others. From diagnostic testing to new paint technology in the Spray Zone and welding techniques by key exhibitors, NACE Automechanika covered it all.

“We are pleased that so many leading companies chose NACE Automechanika as their platform to highlight the latest technologies and advancements in the automotive aftermarket,” said Bridget Ferris, show director. “The support both domestically and internationally reinforces our vision of being the first choice for business encounters.”

At the event this year, several organizations successfully raised money to support the automotive industry including the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), which raised $22,500 for Kennedy-King College, one of seven City Colleges of Chicago. Giving back to the automotive community was also the focus of a scholarship program organized by the UBM Community Engagement Program in cooperation with the Automotive Management Institute (AMi), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Technicians Service Training (TST). These groups provided roughly $13,000 in scholarships to professionals and students attending this year’s event.

What’s Next at NACE Automechanika?

Following a successful event this past July, NACE Automechanika will transition to an annual format, providing even more content to the automotive collision and service repair industry. The 2018 edition of NACE Automechanika will take place August 8-10, 2018, in Atlanta, home to Porsche Cars North America and Kia Motors. To stay up-to-date on news coming from the event, please visit:

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