To date, 90 percent of exhibition space at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre has already been booked and renowned key players have confirmed their participation in the washing and care segment. They include Alfred Kärcher Vertriebs-GmbH, Otto Christ AG and WashTec Cleaning Technology GmbH. Taking part for the first time this year are KKE Wash Systems from India and Belgium’s Ergox and Mauqouy Token Company.
Discussing his company’s participation in the fair, Stefan Schwarzer, Sales Manager of Otto Christ AG, Wash Systems, says, “As the leading manufacturer of vehicle-washing systems, Otto Christ AG has once again enlarged its presentation at this year’s Automechanika in Frankfurt. For us, this trade fair is the leading event for the national and international car-wash business.” Thus, Otto Christ AG will be showing examples of tomorrow’s car-wash technology, several fully operational gantry washing systems and a tunnel wash. Visitors will be able to see the entire spectrum of vehicle-washing technology with many products in live operation. Additionally, they will have the chance to gather valuable tips on how to successfully promote their wash business and increase the return on investment.
Ralf Hoffmann of Classic Carwash in Güstrow appreciates the huge range of products and services to be seen at Automechanika: “the atmosphere is unique and gives me the chance to look out for new trends and developments in the car-wash sector. But that’s not all. Automechanika is also the ideal place to make contact with lots of people from the sector at the same place and time. I like to spend a day or two walking around the fair on a tour of discovery.”
For its first presentation at Automechanika, EUnited Vehicle Cleaning, the European Association of Vehicle Cleaning Equipment founded in 2012, is planning a several-day seminar programme for operators of car-wash systems at the 2014 event. "We see Automechanika as a platform for the exchange of information between manufacturers and car-wash operators”, says Managing Director Dr Peter Hug. A lecture block entitled ‘Vehicle cleaning – efficient, safe and sound’ will cover subjects including ‘Water retreatment in vehicle-wash systems’, ‘Water efficiency - EU-regulations on resource efficiency and the impact on vehicle cleaning’, ‘Customer satisfaction in the car-wash business’, ‘Safety first: how to prevent accidents with car wash equipment’ and ‘Car washes – winter services vs. washing cars in summer’. All lectures will be translated simultaneously into English and German.
The EUnited Vehicle Cleaning seminar programme will be held in a supplementary lightweight hall on the outdoor area. The hall will also house exhibitors with smaller exhibition stands and give them the opportunity to make their presentations in the immediate vicinity of the sector’s key players. Car Wash City is located next to Hall 10, which serves as a 'theme hall' this year where everything revolves around tomorrow’s mobility and all implications for the aftermarket. There, operators of car-wash plants and filling stations can take a look into the future and gather information about a variety of aspects including new kinds of energy supply and infrastructure solutions.