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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Automechanika Johannesburg attracts important inbound international delegates from over 20 countries

South Africa, and in particular, Johannesburg plays host to more than 700 international delegates at the international automotive trade show, Automechanika Johannesburg, opening on Wednesday 6 and running through until Saturday 9 May 2015.

A busy conference programme with over fifteen co-located conferences features influential international speakers. The United Kingdom is well-represented with speakers including: Dr Paul Spear of the Institute of the Motor Industry (UK); Andrew Marsh, Director, Auto Industry Consulting; Neil Pattemore, Technical Advisor to FIGIEFA and EGEA Europe; John Wilson of Honeywell and Dave Rowley of Bloodhound SSC.

Leading European speakers include Hartmut Röhl, FIGIEFA President; Paul Grosvenor of Mahle; Oscar Oskarsson, Technical & Training Manager Aftermarket for Tenneco Ltd and Cees Klaasen an insurance industry leader from the Netherlands.

T hese international speakers join a line-up of prominent South Africans including economist Mike Schussler; renowned scenario planner Clem Sunter; Alec Irwin, former Minister of Public Enterprises and Trade & Industry and Brand Pretorius, business guru & past Chairman McCarthy Motor Holdings.

The South African government will also be well-represented by high-ranking officials including Lionel October, Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry. Whilst captains of industry including Christian des Closieres, Managing Director of Total South Africa and Ken Lello, Chief Operating Officer, SA Operations of Metair Investments Limited will share their insights with delegates.

The extensive conference programme caters to every sector of the automotive aftermarket addressing issues affecting the retail fuel industry, workshops to repair and maintenance.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view exhibits from over 20 countries including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

High-level international association representatives attending the show include Cengiz Kabatepe and Ali İhsan Yeşilova, Vice-President and Board Member respectively of the Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association from Turkey. The Brazilian auto parts industry will be represented by Antonio Carlos Bento de Souza, Member of the Board of Sindipeças (Sindicato Nacional da Indústria de Componentes para Veículos Automotores).

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)

Business Guru and Opinion Leader,
Brand Pretorius
Dave Rowley
South African Education Programme Director for the Bloodhound supersonic
car project
Lionel October
Director-General of the Department
of Trade and Industry
Leading economist, Mike Schussler Paul Spear
Institute of the Motor Industry (UK)
Reggie Sibiya
CEO, Fuel Retailers' Association
of Southern Africa

For more information contact:

Roger Houghton on 012 998 1771 or at

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