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Thousands attend the inaugural UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

13 Jun 2022

The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has received widespread praise from the automotive aftermarket community, achieving a staggering 3538 business owners over two days.

The event, held from 8 to 9 June, kicked off with visitors from garages, bodyshops and the wider automotive aftermarket from all over the UK flooding through the doors of the NEC in Birmingham to learn about the latest industry technology, tools and training.

The overwhelming take-away from the first industry face-to-face event on this scale since 2019, was that the automotive aftermarket is on the brink of real change, and if garages and bodyshops are to thrive, not only survive, they will need to invest to be able to service and repair a digitalised and diversified vehicle parc.

UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

Simon Albert, managing director of event organisers Messe Frankfurt UK, said: “The first UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has been a resounding success and has achieved its aim of providing a training platform for end users. Our exhibitors have told me how happy they were to meet serious garage and body shop owners , and also that they have come from all over the UK and Ireland.

We now look ahead with an even greater sense of purpose to Automechanika Birmingham, which brings together the entire automotive industry with a dedicated section for garages and bodyshops, replicating the success of the UK Garage & Bodyshop event.”  

Featuring unfettered access for garage and bodyshop visitors to over 100 leading suppliers, the event showcased the latest in service and repair products, diagnostics, and garage equipment, offering owners and technicians the skills and know-how to futureproof their business.

The event began with Andy Hamilton of LKQ Euro Car Parts giving the opening discussion, followed by dedicated training sessions and demonstrations from leading exhibitors such as Alliance Automotive Group (AAG), Bosch, Carlac, Castrol, Liqui Moly, Repairify, Snap-On and ZF.

Andy Hamilton, Group Chief Executive Officer, LKQ Euro Car Parts, said: “The event was a great opportunity for garages and bodyshops to get face to face with suppliers and specialists that they would not normally get to meet with.” 

“It’s been a jam-packed two days of training, tools and technology. It’s been an extraordinary event, an important one for any garage owner to attend with so much on offer,” said Hayley Pells, Avia Autos, who both visited and delivered a seminar at the event.

Over the two days the training hubs provided more than 100 hours of seminars across its workshop, bodyshop, EV and Hybrid training areas, covering ADAS, sustainability and collision repair, reflecting demand for aftermarket businesses to upskill in a post-combustion era.

The UK Garage & Bodyshop Event will now be a permanent fixture in the alternate years to Automechanika Birmingham. 

The success of the first UK Garage and Bodyshop Event means an even stronger presence for bodyshops and garages at Automechanika Birmingham is planned, which will take place from 6 to 8 June 2023.

Automechanika Brand

With 13 events around the globe, Automechanika is the world's most successful B2B trade fair brand. In 2022, a total of nine Automechanika trade fairs will be held worldwide. The trade fair was first held in Frankfurt in 1971. Since the 1990s, new locations around the world have been added continuously. Automechanika is now represented in 13 cities: In addition to Frankfurt, these are Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City, New Delhi, Nur-Sultan, Riyadh and Shanghai. Worldwide, the events are supported by around 130 partners and leading associations of the automotive aftermarket.


For all media enquiries, contact Impression Communications, PR agency on behalf of Messe Frankfurt UK:

Hayley Evans + 44 (0) 7540 285300

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Messe Frankfurt Group employs around 2,500* people in a total of 30 subsidiaries. The company generated annual sales of approximately €250* million in 2020 after having recorded sales of €738 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). 

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* preliminary figures 2020


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