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Automechanika Johannesburg to focus on innovation, skills development and 'buy local'

There will be three major focus areas at this year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket which takes place at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 18-21 September.
Each of the first three days is being dedicated to a specific focus area: innovation on the Wednesday, skills development on the Thursday and ‘buy local’ on the Friday.
“We have identified three important topics to build on for the first three days of this year’s Automechanika Expo and are encouraging exhibitors as well as the organisers of conferences and workshops to link into these themes on each of these days,” says Joshua Low, Group Exhibitions Director of Messe Frankfurt South Africa.
“Each of these themes has a vital role to play in building a strong support base for the automotive aftermarket in South Africa where our local vehicle manufacturing industry is embarking on a new programme to encourage increased local content, upskilling of employees and the development of innovative products and processes.“
The first day of the event will include the Innovation Awards presentation, where innovative ideas from local and international companies will be rewarded.
Some of exhibitors this year includes Trysome Auto Electrical, Centlube, Aer-o-cure, Diessel Electric, Launch Technologies, Engen, Dixon Batteries and Turbo Direct, with the organisers targetingmore than 600 local and international exhibitors.
There will also be a host of conferences and workshops, with many organisations arranging these events to tie-in with the staging of Automechanika Johannesburg.