Media Release

South Africa's Leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry targeting Trade Visitors from the Sub-Saharan Region

6 - 9 May 2015
Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec

Roger Houghton
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Inaugural Fuel Retailers' Association's Conference

The Fuel Retailers' Association (FRA) will hold its first ever national conference at Automechanika 2015, which runs from 6 to 9 May at Expo Centre, Nasrec.

According to Reggie Sibiya, CEO of the FRA, the Automechanika Trade Show provides a unique opportunity for fuel retailers to interact with more than 600 local and international businesses from over 20 countries and with over 12 000 trade visitors.

The FRA is an independent and fully autonomous organisation that is party to the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO). It is constituted to promote the interests of its members, in particular, and of all fuel retailers in South Africa on any issue that affects any aspect of the fuel retailers' business. The Association has in excess of 2 200 members, representing 50% of the industry.

The FRA Conference will take place on the first two days of the show and will include keynote sessions, panel discussions, question and answer sessions and networking breaks. The theme will be Equipping for Change and subjects such as entrepreneurship, franchising, leadership and small business development will be covered.

Key note speakers will include renowned scenario planner Clem Sunter, business guru and opinion leader Brand Pretorius and Christian des Closieres, MD and CEO of Total South Africa. There will also be interaction with industry stakeholders such as the Department of Energy, oil companies, banks and trade unions and suppliers and service providers.

Members and non-members of the FRA are welcome to attend and delegates can register online at The website also contains all relevant information on the conference.

Background information on Automechanika Johannesburg

Automechanika Johannesburg is part of the global group of Automechanika automotive aftermarket business- to-business trade shows and business events with its portfolio of 15 trade fairs in 14 countries (4 continents).

Automechanika Johannesburg is licensed to SA Shows Messe Frankfurt (Pty) Ltd, part of the Messe Frankfurt Group. It is the largest event of its kind on the African continent and serves South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa since 2009

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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers, generating around €550* million in sales and employing more than 2200* people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 120* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.

The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 per cent and the State of Hesse 40 per cent.

Further information on the company can be found at
* preliminary numbers (2014)

For more information contact:

Roger Houghton on 012 998 1771 or at

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