Automechanika Birmingham 2018: 'The premium forum for suppliers and automotive companies'

Automechanika Birmingham is heading to the NEC for the third consecutive year.

Running 5-7 June, an increase in visitors is anticipated thanks to a raft of new initiatives, networking opportunities and extended opening hours for automotive repair garages.

This year’s event is launching a facilitated meetings programme to allow visitors to pre-arrange meetings with exhibitors, ensuring that visitors maximise their time and an increase of business conversations are held on exhibitor stands.

More than 500 exhibitors are due to attend for 2018, with 85% of 2017 visitors intending to return to the exhibition, which will house a newly improved layout.

“After last year’s success with a turnout of around 12,000 visitors, we’ve no doubt that this year’s event will cement Automechanika Birmingham’s’ position as the UK’s most valuable meeting place for the automotive industry, uniting the very best of the UK aftermarket and vehicle production sector," said Automechanika Birmingham Event Director Simon Albert.

“The importance of the UK automotive industry to the economy is evident, particularly now more than ever. As we believe the sector will provide a key role in our global economic standing, we’re now calling on regional businesses to get behind the event and support the UK automotive industry.”

Garage of the Year 2018 is a competition new to Automechanika and forms part of a larger offering for garages at the 2018 exhibition. The organisers have introduced a dedicated Garage Quarter featuring suppliers of tools and workshop equipment, services and innovative products as well as a Garage Social area. Garages can enter by visiting:, but must do so before the deadline of 30 April.

You can still find Torque's report from Automechanika Birmingham 2017 online. Torque Magazine is a media partner of Automechanika Birmingham 2018, which runs 5-7 June 2018.