Press 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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Innovation Awards: Jury begins evaluation

A jury of six experts have begun evaluating nearly two dozen automotive products that have been entered in Automechanika Johannesburg’s Innovation Awards 2015 competition.

Convenor Wynter Murdoch says the entries are of a high standard, encompassing a broad range of automotive categories. “Judges will be looking to establish the pioneering properties of each of the products, as well as the benchmarks they set for the automotive sectors in which they compete,” he says.

The jury comprises Jakkie Olivier and John Ellmore from the RMI, Robert Houdet from NAACAM, Norman Lamprecht from NAAMSA, motoring journalist David Furlonger from the Times Media Group and independent vehicle technician Christopher Crookes.

Entries include a Start/Stop System from Bosch; Vision2 software from Car-O-Liner; a dust-free sanding station from Catalfer; VirtualPaint for spray painter training from Celette; a multi-communications vehicle tracking module from Ctrack; a waterless radiator coolant from Evans; an induction heating system for car body repair from Gysduction Auto and even a quick-to-assemble, prefabricated workshop from Highveld Garage Equipment. 

Following initial evaluation by the jury, 10 products will be selected as finalists in the competition. A second round of assessment will then determine the winners. Names of the products that take top honours will be announced at the official opening of Automechanika Johannesburg, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre at Nasrec on May 6. All of the finalists will be on display at the Innovation Awards stand for the duration of the trade fair.

For information regarding Automechanika Johannesburg’s Innovation Awards competition contact
Wynter Murdoch at or 011 280 5130

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)

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Roger Houghton on 082 371 9097 or at

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