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Five Stages at the Automechanika Academy

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Due to the rapid pace of change in the automotive industry, the need for further training  and the desire to discuss new developments and technologies has continued to grow in  recent years. Olaf Mußhoff, Director Automechanika Frankfurt, explains: “This is why we have significantly expanded the Automechanika training and lecture programme and  developed new networking formats. We are offering all participants the opportunity to  update their knowledge, discuss with experts and network with automotive professionals  from all over the world on a total of five stages, each located in the thematically related  halls.”

Sustainability Court 

For the first time, there will be a podium dedicated to the topic of sustainability in all its  facets. The new format with an exhibition area, stage and networking lounge aims to  promote dialogue between the various players on the topic of sustainability at the trade  fair. The first day will focus on the topic of production: from extended producer  responsibility to synergies to decarbonise the aftermarket value chain through to the  digital product passport. On Wednesday, the third Remanufacturing Day will take place in  cooperation with the internationally renowned Automotive Parts Remanufacturers  Association (APRA). Here, experts will present current topics and developments in the  field of the circular economy and remanufacturing. On Thursday, the focus will be on  supply chains – from the last mile in logistics and materiality assessment to the  Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains and the Corporate  Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Friday, 13 September, will focus on the circular  economy. Experts will talk about take-back systems and remanufacturing, solutions and  best practices from the circular economy and buying vs. repairing.  

Innovation4Mobility  

The high-class expert forum Innovation4Mobility in Hall 3.0 with stage and networking  lounge is the central point of contact for innovative topics and technologies for future  mobility at Automechanika. On Tuesday, renowned experts will talk about vehicle integrated photovoltaics, experiences and possible applications, including for commercial  vehicles. The topic of bidirectional charging and the electric vehicle as an electricity  storage system is on the programme on Wednesday morning. The topic of sustainable  fuels will follow in the afternoon. Thursday starts with hydrogen in automotive applications,  looking at both the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-powered combustion engines. Software defined vehicles, data management, vehicle communication, connectivity and in-car 

entertainment will be on the agenda on Thursday afternoon. Friday will be dedicated to  other forward-looking technologies and will provide exciting insights into current mobility  strategies and the latest developments in Korea. On Saturday, everything will revolve  around the topic of the supply chain, and one of the highlights will be the so-called Fight  Clubs, in which a human competes against a machine (AI with voice recognition).  

Diagnosis & repair 

For the first time, there will also be a stage programme in Hall 8, starting on 10 September  with current market developments – from projects at German and international level to the  new emissions test and particle counting. On Wednesday, the programme will focus on  aspects of electromobility such as trading in used vehicle batteries, battery checks and  battery innovations. On the Thursday of the trade fair, the programme will include topics  on exhaust emissions, sensors and technologies, as well as the important topic of  recruiting young talent and recruiting strategies. On Friday, 13 September, the focus will  be on retail and sales, including the use of AI, as well as the maintenance and repair of  electric vehicles and the impact on aftersales.  

Another programme highlight is the Discover3Dprinting seminar on 11 and 12 September,  which is aimed at companies that are considering using additive manufacturing processes  for their production and need support with the first steps. Pre-registration is required for  participation online at formnext.de/discover.  

Body & Paint  

The stage in Hall 11.1 is the central point of contact for those who want to find out about  future topics in collision management. In addition to a presentation on the repair of electric  vehicles on Wednesday, expert panels will discuss sustainability, the legal framework and  success factors for body and paint companies at the so-called ‘Schadentalk’. On Tuesday  and Wednesday noon, international representatives from leading paint manufacturers will  discuss current market challenges and possible solutions. The classic car business will  also have a permanent place at the trade fair. The presentations and panels will cover  topics such as digital parts procurement, tokenisation of classic cars, recruiting new talent  for classic car companies and historic motorbikes. Presenter, actress and racing driver  Eve Scheer will lead through the entire stage programme in the hall.  Automotive professionals who would like to gain further practical training can take part in  free workshops organised by renowned body and paint companies in Hall 11.0. Topics  include working on high-voltage and fuel cell vehicles, repair cost calculation with AI,  painting & digitalisation, finishing & polishing technology, ADAS calibration, on-board  electronics diagnostics, headlight adjustment and smart repair.  

Car wash, care & detailing and oil, lubricants and fuels  

At Automechanika in Hall 12.0, everything revolves around the topics of car wash, care and detailing as well  as oil, lubricants and fuels. On 10 and 11 September, the focus of the stage presentations  will be on car care and the trend topic of detailing, such as efficient work according to  standard operating procedures (SOPs) in detailing, more turnover through leather repair,  innovative fabric cleaners, repair of leather and artificial leather, various ceramic coatings  and sealing products. Those who want to delve deeper into the subject can take part in  the International Detailing Association (IDA) certification course for detailers on both days.  There will also be a get-together in the Academy area on the first day of the trade fair from  5 pm. The morning of 12 September will be dedicated to current topics and trends in the  oil, lubricants and fuels sector. The CEO talk with leading players also promises  interesting insights. 

The topic of vehicle washing is on the agenda at Automechanika for the afternoon of 12 September. Experts  will talk about how to clean different types of dirt most effectively, the chemical properties  of cleaning products and car wash in Germany. On Friday, 13 September, the stage in  Hall 12.0 will be all about oil, lubricants and fuels.  

A dedicated area for Gen Z: AMBITION  With games, sports and lifestyle areas, food zones and its own Club Stage,  Automechanika is creating an interactive space for the young Generation Z audience in  Hall 3.1 for the first time. The industry is shaping up and showing the next generation just  how exciting and diverse the automotive aftermarket and its professions can be.  


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