Registration opens for garage and bodyshop event

Registration has opened for the inaugural UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, which will include bodyshop magazine as an associate sponsor.

The Automechanika event will feature the latest training, technology and tools for bodyshops and will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-9 June.

More than 100 leading suppliers will showcase the latest products and working methods across servicing, collision repair, diagnostics, paint and refinishing, while training partners include Autogem, Automotive Alliance Group (Group Auto), Bilstein Group (Blue print & febi Bilstein) Bosch Automotive Aftermarket UK, Bosch Car Service, Castrol with their ambassador partner, The Race Group, Dayco Europe, Liqui Moly UK, LKQ Euro Car Parts, Snap-on Diagnostics, Thatcham Research, The Tool Connection and ZF [pro]Tech.

The event will also feature more than 60 training sessions, a hardcopy training guide and free business advice from experts in their field.

Kristan Johnstone, project director at Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of the exhibition, said: “The UK vehicle aftermarket is entering the biggest shift in living memory with the transition to hybrid and electric vehicles, compounded by ADAS-enabled technology and increasing digitalisation and connectivity in the sector.

“This exhibition presents a brilliant opportunity for garages and bodyshops to take home tangible knowledge and new processes that will help them create efficiencies and reduce overheads, as operating costs of running workshops soars amid the crisis of energy prices.

“The tools we want to equip our visitors with go beyond the technician’s toolbox, and includes the knowledge, technology and equipment in the back-office function that help bodyshops and garages to run their businesses more efficiently and profitably.”