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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

7th May 2015

Roger Houghton
Fax          +27 11 494 5004


The rapid technological developments in present day motor vehicles are providing major challenges to the collision repair industry. These challenges and the solutions made up a significant portion of the content at the Collision Repairers' Association's (CRA) conference at Automechanika Johannesburg on May 7.
Andrew Marsh, from Auto Industry Insider in the UK, was the keynote speaker and not only did he discuss the current situation but also gave his expected scenario for the industry 10 years hence. His presentation was backed up by Ian Groat, Publisher of the South African trade magazine, Automotive Refinisher, and a local body repair guru. Groat said that there are now 1 500 types of metal used in manufacturing vehicles with 500 of them not having been invented five years ago. There are five torsional strengths ranging from 200 – 1 500kPa while many modern cars have 1 400 metres of laser welding and cannot be repaired with conventional welding equipment. Another overseas speaker was Cees Klaasen, of the Netherlands, whose topic was "Insurance Claims Technology." In addition Peter Todd, the president of the Insurance Institute of SA, gave a presentation on "Insurance Trends and Technology."
Another topic which was covered at the conference was the vital human resource development programme of apprentice training as a solution to the skills shortage in the body repair industry. The speaker on the topic of "The Apprenticeship Programme and Partner Feedback," was Busi Maile, co-founder and Programme Director of NF Apprentice "The audience was made up of a good cross section of the repair industry who appreciated the objective and factual, real world situation of vehicle repair in the 21st century," said Steve Kessell, the National Director of CRA South Africa.
The conference was facilitated by the CRA which is a leading representative body for vehicle body repair industry. It has a display on Stand 7C007 in Hall 7 at Automechanika Johannesburg, which is being staged at Expo Centre, Nasrec, until May 9.

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)

Aleeshen Kisten, the Mentor and Founder of the CRA The CRA meeting at Automechanika Johannesburg was well attended by a cross-section of the SA vehicle
repair industry
Andrew Marsh, of the Auto Industry Insider in the UK. Ian Groat, the publisher of Automotive Refinisher and a local body repair guru.

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Roger Houghton on 083 471 9097 or at

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