EQUIP AUTO, the leading trade show in automotive aftersales and services for mobility, will be held from 17 to 21 October 2017 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. In a market with promising prospects and characterised by fundamental change, the 2017 edition of EQUIP AUTO aims to help all vehicles repair professionals take advantage of the market’s resilience, decode the new challenges of their sector and discover innovative solutions and ways to adjust their businesses to meet these challenges. EQUIP AUTO, the leading trade show in automotive aftersales and services for mobility, will be held from 17 to 21 October 2017 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. In a market with promising prospects and characterised by fundamental change, the 2017 edition of EQUIP AUTO aims to help all vehicles repair professionals take advantage of the market’s resilience, decode the new challenges of their sector and discover innovative solutions and ways to adjust their businesses to meet these challenges.
NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS IN A CHANGING MARKET Professionals in the automotive aftersales and service market cater to the needs of a French automotive fleet estimated at 38.6 million vehicles in 2016, of which 32 million light-duty vehicles (LV). The LV fleet, which has an average age of 8.8 years, grew by 0.1% between 2015 and 2016 (source TCG Conseil for CNPA). Also according to TCG for CNPA, the automotive aftersales and service market has contracted by 5% in value since 2012 to settle at €28.4 billion in 2016; this decline is mainly due to an 8.8% reduction in volume of maintenance and repair operations over four years, from 58 million to 53 million between 2012 and 2016.
This decline is in itself a significant market development, forcing actors in the sector to adjust.
However, the profound technological changes at work in the automotive sector (connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, the digitalisation of contacts and services), along with those concerning repair equipment and materials, all offer reasons to envisage new growth opportunities and objective motivations for repair and service actors to adjust.
Starting from this observation, EQUIP AUTO decided to identify the key factors of the changes within the aftersales and mobility services sector.
Using a series of surveys conducted on repair shops and their suppliers or partners, and work meetings with trade bodies, EQUIP AUTO has highlighted three key issues which shape its own
In a new venue which will make Paris a genuine force of attraction for visitors, EQUIP AUTO is introducing a new sector organisation to bring different activities together and maximise the flow of visitors in every hall.
This layout is as follows:
Hall 1: Vehicle equipment, parts and components; Bodywork equipment and paints; Networks & services; Car remarketing; Washing, service areas, lubricants, cleaning products and tow trucks
Hall 2.2: Tyres, rims, accessories; Parts, equipment and components.
Hall 3: Parts, equipment and components; Repairs, maintenance, tools and diagnostics.
New in 2017 - 7 themed and on-demand visitor trails will lead visitors to stands depending on their interests: - “Best of” New Tech: new engines / pollutant emission reductions - “Best of” Diag: diagnostics of the future / connected vehicles - “Best of” My Expertise: technical education, training, information - “Best of” My Connected Garage: digital marketing: connected reception, apps, social media - “Best of” My Workshop Tomorrow: productivity gains / profitability / working conditions / risk prevention - “Best of” My Eco-Garage: eco-maintenance / eco-repairs / reuse / recycling / preventive maintenance - “Best of” Boost My Business: networks / washing / used vehicles / bodywork / rental
Visitors will also be able to meet experts at the trade show who will advise and guide them through a personalised and optimised tour. A trail that takes in the highlights and demonstrations on stands will also be offered.