Trucks, transport, logistics feature strongly

Trucks, vans, buses, the transport and logistics industries, as well as materials handling will feature strongly at Automechanika Johannesburg which takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from September 27 to 30.

Serving not only South Africa but also the sub-Saharan African region, and occurring only every two years, this year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket is the fifth edition of the show.

For the first time, it will be co-located with related exhibitions, Futuroad Expo, an international commercial vehicle show, and Scalex Johannesburg, serving the logistics and materials handling sectors.

The fact that the NAAMSA-supported Futuroad Expo is part of the offering at Automechanika Johannesburg is seen as a significant development by the industry. Futuroad Expo evolved from the Johannesburg Truck & Bus Show, held alongside the Johannesburg International Motor Show which was last staged at Expo Centre in 2013.

SA Shows Messe Frankfurt group exhibitions director Joshua Low says, “The fact that Futuroad is now a four-day business-to-business trade show with a large, potential sub-Saharan trade visitor reach is more appropriate for local truck and bus manufacturers and distributors than the previous 11-day consumer-facing event.”

Automechanika’s ‘Truck Competence’ sub-brand, with exhibitors offering products and services to the fleet and trucking sector, will feature. It focuses on replacement parts, accessories, services and garage equipment for trucks and buses, signifying the growing importance of the transport sector for aftermarket service providers.

At the Automechanika show in Frankfurt, more than 1 000 of the nearly 5 000 exhibitors offered components, replacement parts, tools and equipment for servicing and maintaining trucks and buses in the retail sector.

An orange Truck Competence logo appears on display stands where products and services for the truck and transport sectors are displayed, promoted and demonstrated.

Automechanika Johannesburg, Futuroad Expo and Scalex Johannesburg enjoy support from leading industry associations in the motor, transport and logistics sectors in South Africa. Several conferences and events hosted by the various trade associations will take place at Expo Centre, linked to the three shows, as part of the Automechanika Academy Programme.