Apr 18, 2008
SA to host own version of Germany's AutomechanikaBack
© Reuse this South Africa will host a local version of the German Automechanika show next year.
Dogan Trading, a joint venture between the Johannesburg Expo Centre and South African Show Services, has been granted the right to host the show by event owner Messe Frankfurt.
This took 18 months of tough negotiations, says Dogan Trading chairperson Andrew Mthembu.
Around 250 exhibitors are anticipated to take part in the local event, with 8 000 visitors expected, he adds.
The event will not be open to the public.
Messe Frankfurt launched its first Automechanika fair outside Germany ten years ago, and has since developed the Automechanika name into a global trademark.
South Africa is the 13th country to host an Automechanika show, says Messe Frankfurt board management member Detlef Braun.
Other Automechanika venues include Italy, Russia, Argentina, Malaysia, China and Mexico.
Braun says one of the main reasons for bringing the show here is because of South Africa's growing automotive industry - for example, auto exports are expected to more than double from last year's R23,4-billion, reaching R51,4-billion in 2008.
"South Africa's parts and components industry is the 18th largest in the world," explains Braun.
With annual revenues of €423-million, and more than 1 400 employees around the world, Messe Frankfurt is Germany's biggest fair and exhibition company, and the second largest in the world.
Events "Made by Messe Frankfurt" are held at more than 30 venues worldwide.
In 2007, the Messe Frankfurt group organised a 113 fairs, 69 of them outside Germany.
Other shows include consumer goods, music and textile fairs.
Braun says it would be possible to bring other shows within the Messe Frankfurt fold to South Africa, but that this will be dependent on the success achieved with Automechanika.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Automotive News
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...