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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The Retail Motor Industry organisation (RMI) will play a big role at Automechanika Johannesburg, which takes place at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from May 6-9. Firstly it is facilitating the finals of an automotive skills competition, then it is hosting a vehicle safety imbizo and thirdly the RMI has arranged an extensive programme for a conference on the morning of May 9.

The finals of the skills contest involve three disciplines: panelbeating, spraypainting and automotive technology (motor mechanic) with the winners going to the WorldSkills competition in Brazil in August.

The safety imbizo will examine various aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair which can have an influence on causing collisions.

The conference on Saturday has a blend of international and local speakers. The visitors are Dave Rowley, the South African Education Programme Director for the Bloodhound supersonic car project, and Dr Paul Spear, of the UK Institute of the Motor Industry. Rowley's topic will be: "Why design a car to travel at 1 700km/h? Making science, maths and technology exciting in the classroom," and Dr Spear will talk on an "Apprentice ROI calculator – recipe for employer rewards."

The local speakers will be Peter Nel, of Midas, Charles Robinson of PMI, David Kramer of Sci-Bono (Mathematics and Science) and Dr Florus Prinsloo, of the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The event will close with the prizegiving for the winners of the skills competitions.

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)

Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI, which is presenting
a vehicle safety imbizo at Automechanika Johannesburg
Jeremy Maggs, who will lead the discussion panel
at the RMI Vehicle Safety Imbizo

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Roger Houghton on 012 998 1771 or at

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