Next year’s Automechanika trade fair for the automotive aftermarket will include the Futuroad Expo (international commercial vehicles show), Scalex Johannesburg (a trade fair for transport systems, infrastructure and logistics solutions) and REIFEN (the world’s largest trade fair for the tyre industry).
All of the shows will be organised by SA Shows Messe Frankfurt.
“This is a huge boost for businesses operating in the automotive and transport environments not only in South Africa but also in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA),” says show director Philip Otto.
“We believe this will be a particularly attractive offering for businesspeople north of our borders. We expect a significant jump in visitors from outside South Africa compared to the numbers that visited Automechanika Johannesburg when it was a standalone show.
“The new arrangement enables us to optimise the synergies that exist between the industry sectors served by these related trade fairs,” he adds.
The Futuroad Expo replaces the Johannesburg Truck and Bus Show, previously co-located at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.
The change means it will now form part of a four-day business-to-business trade fair instead of being located alongside an 11-day consumer exhibition that prioritised passenger cars over commercial vehicles.
Futuroad Expo will include commercial vehicle body builders, suppliers of tracking and navigational systems, home base refuelling systems, fleet management systems, cross-border services, hoists and cranes as well as specialised utility vehicles such as ambulances, police vehicles, fire and rescue vehicles and waste compactors.
Scalex Johannesburg 2017, meanwhile, is a trade fair for the logistics sector.
“The indispensable role of the logistics sector, with all the complexities it embraces, is a key contributor to business operations in the supply chain and a crucial element for economic growth. Logistics is very important in improving efficiencies and cost-effectiveness, particularly in the supply chain,” added Otto.
“Nowhere is this more apparent and necessary than in SSA, with its large number of land-locked countries, where logistical services are very dependent on road transport and will remain so for decades to come.
“We at SA Shows Messe Frankfurt are delighted that we have been able to put together this combination of related shows, which will be an important value-add for both exhibitors and visitors when the gates open at the Johannesburg Expo Centre on September 27 next year.”