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Dates set for Automechanika South Africa 2013

Philip Otto, show director of Automechanika SA with the EXSA award for Best Trade Show.Dates have been set for Automechanika South Africa 2013. The event will be held at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 8 – 11 May. The theme in 2013 will be Metropolis of Mobility.
“We are delighted to have concluded our third biennial agreement with Messe Frankfurt, of Germany, to stage this prestigious international trade show for the automotive aftermarket,” said exhibition manager, Philip Otto of Johannesburg-based Dogan Exhibitions and Events.
“Dogan has had the rights for Automechanika South Africa since 2008 and staged events in 2009 and 2011. We are very happy that the agreement is now being extended into the future as the first two shows are usually a growth phase for all concerned, especially when the event is such a well-established international brand as Automechanika, which was founded in Frankfurt in 1971.
“We, at Dogan are also particularly proud that Automechanika SA 2011 was judged the Best Trade Show in South Africa with a floor space of over 12 000m² at the recent awards function of the Exhibition and Events Association of South Africa or EXSA as it is more commonly known,” added Philip Otto, who is also the Show Director of Automechanika SA.
The second staging at the Johannesburg Expo Centre of Automechanika South Africa in March this year drew high praise from exhibitors and visitors alike. The show attracted positive growth in numbers of exhibitors and visitors.
The number of exhibitors jumped from 412 in 2009 to 551 this year. There were official pavilions from China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. The number of trade visitors also increased, moving up from 8 200 in 2009 to 9 026 this year, which was a 10% improvement.

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