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Trucks, vans, buses, and other aspects of the transport industry will feature strongly at Automechanika Johannesburg, which takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from September 27-30.

This year’s biennial Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket will be co-located with three other, related exhibitions: Futuroad, Africa’s commercial vehicle show; REIFEN, the world’s largest exhibition brand for the tyre industry; and Scalex, a trade fair for transport systems, infrastructure, and logistics solutions.

This four-in-one show opportunity makes this event particularly attractive to visitors from countries north of South Africa and is also beneficial for exhibitors as it expands the potential visitor base substantially.

All these shows are being organised by SA Shows Messe Frankfurt, the local subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt of Germany. The South African company, which has relocated from Expo Centre to offices in Woodmead, Sandton, is headed up by CEO Konstantin von Vieregge, who has extensive experience in marketing, including holding senior positons at Nissan and Infiniti in the United States.

The fact that the NAAMSA-supported Futuroad, is part of the offering at Automechanika Johannesburg is a big plus. This event was staged previously alongside the Johannesburg International Motor Show as the Johannesburg Truck and Bus Show.in 2015.

The fact that Futuroad is now a four-day business-to-business exhibition and conference is more attractive to local truck and bus distributors than the previous 11-day consumer show and Show Manager Robert Kaiser says many of the leading brands have signed up for exhibition space already.

This year’s Automechanika Johannesburg will mark the fifth time that this world-renowned brand for the automotive aftermarket has been staged in South Africa since the inaugural event in 2009. Over the years this biennial trade fair has established itself as a “must visit” event for the key players in the motor and related industries. It has grown not only in stature locally and internationally, but also in terms of the number of exhibitors that participate and visitors that attend.

Truck Competence will once again be a major and growing feature of Automechanika Johannesburg as it has been at most global Automechanika trade fairs for the past five years. Truck Competence, which focuses on replacement parts, accessories, services and garage equipment for trucks and buses signifies the growing importance of the transport sector for aftermarket service providers.

Last year more than 1 000 of the record number of 4 820 exhibitors at Automechanika Frankfurt offered components, replacement parts, tools and equipment for servicing and maintaining trucks and buses in the retail sector.

A single, unified identification sign – an orange Truck Competence logo –  appears on all the relevant display stands which include aspects appealing to transport professionals.

For more information call Show Organisers SA Messe Frankfurt on +27 (0)10 599 6165.