Automechanika Birmingham: the future is almost here

Automechanika Birmingham has revealed the shortlist for its Garage of the Year 2018 award, in partnership with Garage Wire, featuring some of the UK’s top independent garages all vying to win the prestigious accolade.

With this year’s competition receiving a record number of entries, voting has now closed and the shortlist has now been drawn up for each of the six categories of Best Small Garage, Best Large Garage, Best Community Initiative, Auto-Mechanik of the Year, Technology Innovation and Business Innovation.

The judging panel of James Onions (Garage Wire), Andy Savva (The Garage Inspector), Stuart James (IGA) and Simon Albert (Automechanika Birmingham) will announce the winners from each category at a special evening dinner to be held in the Director’s Lounge, Aston Villa Football Club on 5 June, with guest speaker, Fuzz Townshend. The finalist will get to find out who has been crowned overall Garage of the Year winner at the event itself on 6 June.

Innovation will be at the forefront of the ‘new look’ agenda for Automechanika Birmingham when the doors open on the three-day show in just over one week’s time.

Among the exciting initiatives set to drive this year’s event will be a raft of keynote presentations, panels, forums and seminars to name a few of the opportunities available, set to draw, inspire and motivate visitors attending the industry’s three-day showcase.

One major coup for the show this year is the Women in Innovation panel, a Who’s Who of industry’s key influencers, chaired by Dr. Julia E. Saini, Global Vice President of Frost & Sullivan, which will feature contributions from top keynote speakers including Jo Lewis, Colours & Materials Design Manager of McLaren Automotive and Steph Savill, Founder of FOXY Lady Drivers Club, the UK’s fastest growing Motoring Club for women.

Other key ‘innovation’ highlights to look out for include:

Motorsport Valley® Innovation (feature)
Presented by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), sponsored by Staubli, this interactive showcase of cutting edge technologies fosters closer collaboration between OEM automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers, MIA members of the motorsport and high-performance engineering industry. The feature will showcase technologies from the likes of Prodrive, Grainger & Worrall, Goodridge and Ricardo.

Innovation Forum (Keynote Theatre, Wednesday 6 June)
“How the Automotive OEM and Tier 1 supply chain can increasingly benefit from the UK’s Motorsport Valley community”.

Motorsport is currently an under-utilised asset of the automotive industry in the UK. This short presentation will demonstrate ways in which fast-response motorsport-based R&D and prototype capabilities can help meet demands placed on the fast-changing automotive sector. Motorsport suppliers apply their unique innovative abilities to meet technical challenges on a regular basis; some of these successful companies, including Xtrac, Delta Motorsport and McLaren Applied Technologies, will share how they have already, and will continue to, provide benefit to the automotive supply chain. The MIA programme, supported by the Automotive Council, increases collaboration between these two industry sectors.

Tomorrow’s Mobility
New for 2018 and sponsored by Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network, this year’s event will host a dedicated area showcasing the UK’s capabilities with the latest technologies in connected and autonomous vehicles, electrification, ultra-low emissions and battery technology. Hosted by leaders in UK research and development, this is a showcase not to be missed.

Tomorrow’s Mobility Forum (Keynote Theatre, Wednesday 6 June)
A panel of leaders from UK government-funded organisations will discuss the capabilities of the UK to be leaders in innovation, outlining the priorities for the industry and opportunities to access funding and support for innovation across the sector.

Leading global filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL will also be discussing some of its latest developments underpinned by innovation in its seminar: ‘Spotlight on Innovation: Filtration in electro mobility – Solutions for innovative Drivetrains’.

Visitor registration is free for the 3-day event and tickets can be booked online at

Automechanika Birmingham 2018 opens its doors at the NEC from 5 – 7 June featuring a new-look layout, hosting over 500 quality exhibitors.

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