Automechanika Birmingham says it will be postponing its UK event to June, 2023, maintaining its alternation with its counterpart in Frankfurt, which recently moved in its full form to September, 2022, due to ongoing international travel restrictions.

Organisers of Automechanika Birmingham and Messe Frankfurt UK, made the decision following discussion with exhibitors and other stakeholders in the British aftermarket.

Through the consultation process, there has been a strong interest from suppliers and manufacturers for a face-to-face national event to take place sooner than 2023. The organisers therefore say they are working with suppliers to formulate a specialist national garage and bodyshop event in 2022, with more details to follow soon.

Messe Frankfurt continues to offer new digital initiatives, such as auto:resource, which provides suppliers with a digital content marketing platform as a way to connect with their customers.

“We could never have imagined when we closed the doors to a successful Automechanika Birmingham in 2019, it would be four years until the next edition,” said Messe Frankfurt UK MD, Simon Albert.

“Despite these acutely challenging times, we will continue to support the automotive industry by running quality events at the right time for our partners. It has been clear from our conversations with suppliers, the industry has missed events and we look forward to providing them again soon.

“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the way the automotive industry and garages in particular, have consumed content has expanded, with a growing number visiting online and digital platforms to find out information on a raft of issues affecting their business. That is why we created to further serve the market.

“With our commitment to organising large scale face-to-face events, we will continue to serve the needs of the UK aftermarket.”

Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus will run from 14 -16 September, 2021 and will then take place in its familiar format on the trade fair grounds in Germany, 13 -17 September, 2022.

The Birmingham event will return to the NEC venue on 6-8 June, 2023. More details will be released about the specialist UK garage and bodyshop event in 2022 in due course.