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The Automotive Trade Fairs That Are Reshaping the World of Transportation
Buckle up and get ready to take a ride through the most exciting and groundbreaking fairs in the automotive industry today! With constant advancements and innovations in e-mobility and green energy, the world of cars is changing faster than ever before.
And the following automotive fairs are the biggest and best at what they do – impact the way we drive. From cutting-edge technology to futuristic designs, these events have shaped the automotive industry and continue to shape the future of mobility.
So, let's hit the pedal to the metal and dive into the biggest automotive events that have left their mark on the industry!
1. AAPEX (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Are you a fan of American driving culture and want to see what the United States contributes to the automotive sector? If so, you've probably heard of AAPEX (AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET PRODUCTS EXPO) held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. And if you haven't, listen up because this expo is the definitive event in the US and a leader worldwide.
AAPEX has established itself as a key player in the automotive aftermarket, where exhibitors are always at the forefront of innovation from 3D printing applications and big data to body repair, exhaust systems, performance chemicals, and connected car solutions. It's no wonder that more than 2,500 exhibitors regularly return to serve the over 158,000 visitors flocking to the show.
One thing that places AAPEX firmly on the map is its focus on sustainable technologies. The event aims to minimise the industry’s environmental impact throughout the production chain, making it an excellent example of the industry's move towards a greener future. But AAPEX isn't just about showcasing products. The expo offers exceptional lectures, events, and workshops like AAPEX Mobility Garage and Technology of Tomorrow, giving visitors a chance to learn about the latest trends in the automotive industry.
2. Automechanika Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany)
Automechanika Frankfurt is a brand that needs no introduction. This biennial international fair is a force to be reckoned with having launched sister events in 13 countries. The trade fair dominates when it comes to attendance. The previous edition boasted an impressive 4843 exhibitors from 76 countries and 132,944 trade visitors from 170 countries in the last edition alone. Automechanika Frankfurt is a recognized brand that's been around since 1971.
What makes Automechanika Frankfurt special is its format that tracks the full process chain. You are able to survey finished products, parts, and point-of-sales right down to recycling and disposal. The product portfolio is extensive, featuring everything from automotive electronics and body repair to lubricants and vehicle parts.
But what really sets Automechanika Frankfurt apart is the stacked support programme. One of the most interesting items is the Innovation4Mobility special show, which focuses on electromobility, hydrogen, alternative fuels, software & operating systems, digitalisation, and autonomous driving. The show features new product presentations and a start-up area where new companies can present themselves to potential investors.
The Automechanika Academy hosts lectures, talks, and discussions that cover the full spectrum of trends. The organisers are proud to announce the return of Remanufacturing Day, which focuses on minimising environmental impact through sustainable technologies throughout the production chain.
3. IAA Mobility (Munich, Germany)
Continuing its over 100-year history, IAA Mobility looks outward to what the future will bring the automotive industry from automotive parts to passenger cars. The international motor show sees a strong line-up of car manufacturers showcase their latest automobiles, products, and services to an excited audience in Munich, Germany. This event is one of the biggest platforms for information and also to conduct business on the highest level. The 2021 edition was a triumph with more than 400,000 visitors from 95 countries.
IAA Mobility is not just another car show, it’s an experience that ignites the senses and gets the pulse racing. As the world's largest mobility exhibition, it showcases the latest innovations and green solutions that are driving the automotive industry into a new era. The 2023 edition promises to be even bigger and better with a focus on connected mobility. The exhibition will showcase the next generation of connected products and solutions for a world that is ever more connected. Imagine cars that connect to each other, and even to the surrounding infrastructure, or vehicles that can communicate with drones for deliveries.
One of the unique aspects of IAA Mobility is the Blue Lane outdoor area, which showcases the newest products in mobility in real-life conditions. This is the perfect opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their latest products, with visitors able to test drive everything from cars to bikes and shuttle vehicles.
4. Geneva International Motor Show
The definitive international auto salon has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people since its first edition in 1905. With 178 international exhibitors showcasing their latest and greatest products during last edition, GIMS is the preeminent event for the future of mobility and luxury car launches.
Over the course of 11 days, 660,000 international visitors had the opportunity to see over 900 automobiles on display, including 150 new world premieres. It's an event unlike any other since it covers all aspects of the automotive industry from accessories and parts for motor cars to alternative powered and electric cars.
Not only is the Geneva Motor Show a place to showcase the latest and greatest products, but it's also a hub for discussing the future of mobility. The Advanced Mobility Forum, now rebranded as SHIFT Automotive, invites the best speakers and experts from the world of cars to discuss the next generation of cars and mobility solutions.
After the forced hiatus brought by the pandemic, the Geneva Motor Show is ready to make one of the biggest comebacks in its history with new branding, new look and a new location. The 2023 edition is moving to the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) in Doha, Qatar. The move was brought on by the show’s incredible size and scale, which made it difficult to organise in its original home in Geneva, Switzerland.
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