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News   September 15, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

IMI and Automechanika Announce Global Skills Partnership




The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has confirmed it will be working together to achieve a joint partnership with Messe Frankfurt, whose global events are dedicated to improving the automotive supply chain and aftermarket.

Bringing together thousands of automotive supply and aftermarket companies on an international platform, the IMI will be partnering with Automechanika as their ‘Global Skills Partner’ to raise awareness of the importance of vocational skills and training across the automotive sector.

With a well-documented skills shortage worldwide; Automechanika and the IMI will be working together as a powerful influence to increase the awareness amongst employers and national decision makers on the need for more skilled people and higher professional standards.


The new partnership between the world’s largest automotive industry event organisation and the only automotive dedicated international awarding body will complement Automechanika’s mission by providing informative seminar sessions with the opportunity to share and develop world-class skills and training across the globe.

“Automechanika has always sought to bring innovative and important topics of interest to all its visitors throughout their events,” said Herbert Lonsdale, IMI’s international manager. “This partnership with the IMI further underlines both organization’s commitment to best practice and skills development throughout the international automotive supply chain and aftermarket by increasing vocational training, as well as recognising the talent and skills already working within the sector.”

“As in the case of Automechanika Frankfurt, we aim to integrate the vital subject of basic and advance professional development into our events outside Germany – events that are held in 14 different countries and attract over 500, 000 visitors from all over the world,” said  Michael Johannes, Automechanika brand manager. “With the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), we have found a highly experienced partner that will enable us to forge ahead with our plans for this very important subject.”

Automechanika is continuing to expand their core events worldwide and already organizes trade fairs in 40 locations across five continents. These include Frankfurt, Dubai, Shanghai, New Delhi, Chicago, Johannesburg and United Kingdom.



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