Automechanika 2016 registered the highest number of exhibitors in its history. 4,820 exhibitors from 76 countries presented their products from the areas of car parts, accessories, tyres, the retail trade and maintenance and/or repair. 136,000 visitors from over 170 countries came to the fair in Frankfurt.

“With these impressive figures, Automechanika is further expanding its position as the leading platform worldwide for the automotive aftermarket”, emphasised Detlef Braun, Managing Director of the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. The focus for this year’s fair was on mobility concepts of the future such as networking and electromobility, corresponding services and workshop solutions as well as training and further education.

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Dramatic upheavals

“The car industry and the aftermarket are facing dramatic upheavals”, states Braun. In response, the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre has created a new format: the international “Connected Mobility” roadshow. Picking up from the fair, this platform will present innovations in and around the car on three continents – Europe, Asia, America – by means of presentations and discussions.

Among the keynote speakers at the initial event at Automechanika was Chris Valasek. He gained notoriety through his legendary jeep hack in which he hacked into the vehicle control system of a Jeep Cherokee through its entertainment system; he is now Security Lead at mobility supplier Uber. In his presentation, Valasek emphasised the major importance of security in networked vehicles. The next stop for “Connected Mobility” will be on 11 March 2017 in Austin/Texas (USA).

Source: Driving news