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Autopromotec 2019, the aftermarket industry meets in Bologna

Editorial staff

Autopromotec, the international automotive equipment and aftermarket trade show held every two years, is again preparing to celebrate excellent results, this time in its 2019 edition, scheduled to be held in Bologna from 22-26 May. Building on the success of the previous edition, which saw attendance figures of 113,616 professional operators and 1,599 exhibitors altogether (plus 58 brands represented), the exhibition is now considered as the main biennial international trade show gathering under one roof all automotive aftermarket product groups: from workshop equipment to spare parts, from tyres to car service, from lubricants to tools. The final figures from Autopromotec 2019 will be revealed just before the fair opens; however, the organisers have already noted a 4% increase in the number of exhibitors over the 2017 edition. With even better organised Halls that were completely booked some time ago, hosting all sub-sectors of the aftermarket, and a new exhibition map covering a total area of 162,000 m2, expanded by 4,000 m2 compared to 2017, Autopromotec 2019 promises to be an unmissable event for the entire automotive aftermarket sector.

The key focus at Autopromotec 2019 is the technological evolution driving the automotive sector and which, consequently, is currently changing the face of the repair business: the spotlight is therefore on new mobility needs, such as self-driving systems, “connected cars”, electrification and shared mobility, and on the consequences of these on the aftermarket. To highlight the link with the future of the increasingly connected and digitised aftermarket product sector, Autopromotec has created a new image for its 2019 edition: a futuristic galaxy where the constellations represent the different automotive aftermarket sectors and the – not so distant – future of the world of vehicle assistance. FUTURA is the protagonist of Autopromotec’s new image, a special guide putting the spotlight on Autopromotec’s aim to represent the crossroads between the past and the future of car repair. At Autopromotec 2019, FUTURA introduces visitors to the different product sectors, highlighting their distinctive characteristics, and accompanies them on a voyage to discover the most recent technologies offered by the exhibiting companies, in order to give visitors a glimpse into the future of the repairs market.

In Autopromotec 2019’s Hall number 36, this glimpse into the repairs market of the future also takes the form of “Officina X.0”, a development of the initiative which, in the previous edition of the trade fair, won wide acclaim among the public: visitors can discover how artificial intelligence, augmented reality and connectivity are already implementable, functional elements in the world of the workshop in the X.0 age. With the “Officina X.0” project, developed in collaboration with Accenture, Autopromotec stands as the authoritative leader in the sector, demonstrating excellence in automotive research and the developments in technology and connectivity characterising the market.





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