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There is no getting away from the fact that we are living in a world of constant and rapid change. The automotive industry in particular has over the past years experienced a change of pace that borders on being bewildering.

The collision repair sector is at the forefront of the receiving end of this constant change as it has to cope with the fast pace of changing technology in both mechanical and collision repair. The collision repair sector probably has the greatest need for information because this is the industry sector that has to understand it all; from both mechanical and body repair points of view. A holistic understanding of new specifications, repair techniques and tooling and continual skills development are essential just to stay in business. Added to this is the reality of ever-changing business demands and the necessity of staying abreast of new ways of doing business to prevent forced emigration of your business to Jurassic Park.

No business can exist in isolation in these times and it is essential to keep pace in order to survive. That is why participation in industry business platforms and conferences are such an essential part of managing a modern efficient and profitable business.

The fifth edition of Automechanika Johannesburg serving the automotive aftermarket in the sub-Saharan Region, takes place at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 27 to 30 September, 2017.

Automotive Johannesburg is the ultimate platform for the automotive sector in sub-Saharan Africa and is a truly international event, both from exhibitor and trade visitor point of view. The Show is a focus point for the collision and mechanical repair sectors in the automotive aftermarket, with the latest equipment, tooling, systems and techniques for trade visitors to experience, learn and invest in. A conference programme, brimming with events hosted by leading industry associations such as the Collision Repairers’ Association, Motor Industry Workshop Association, Road Freight Association, and SA Bus Operators’ Association will be held during the show.

There will be some unique business events:

l           REIFEN, a dedicated tyre show, will be part of Automechanika Johannesburg 2017 under licence from Messe Essen, Germany

l           Futuroad Expo Johannesburg, a sub-Saharan African business to business tradeshow for the Truck/Bus/Commercial Vehicle Sector

l           Scalex Johannesburg, a sub-Saharan African business to business trades show for Logistics and Materials Handling sectors.

Exhibitor and trade visitor attendance at the four co-located Business Shows this year are expected to outstrip the 2015 edition of Automechanika Johannesburg 608 exhibitors (from 21 countries) and thousands of trade visitors by a big margin. There will be unsurpassed business opportunities at the Shows for exhibitors and trade visitors alike, underpinned by a sophisticated business matchmaking programme geared to optimise opportunities and the business experience.