If you are involved in the automotive industry, you will want to attend and even exhibit at the top trade shows to check out the latest trends and make new contacts.
Whether you work with cars, motorcycles, trucks or buses, there’s a show in the UK for you. Many of these shows are ideal for international business looking to tap into the British automotive sector.
In no particular order, here is our list of the top 10 automotive trade shows in the UK:
Automechanika, based in the NEC in Birmingham, brings together 12,000 decision makers from across motor factors, dealers and manufacturers, making it the largest exhibition in the UK for the automotive sector. It focuses on the automotive aftermarket sector as well as vehicle production.
There are a range of live workshops designed for garage businesses looking for the latest tools and equipment alongside keynote speakers with the latest in automotive innovation.
London Motor Show
The UK’s biggest car show at Excel in London showcases some of the most unique and showstopping new vehicles on the market. You’ll be able to check out all the top big car brands; fancy seeing the latest Aston Martin next to a custom hummer?
There are always some big names in attendance from across the automotive sector as well as a number of live performance driving shows to excite petrol heads of all persuasions.
Multimodal is a tried and trusted event that brings together all the UK and Ireland logistics industry under one roof. Designed to be a one-stop-shop for freight transport, logistics and supply chain management businesses, it is a great event for networking and hearing about how to improve efficiency in shipping.
The event is based at the NEC and is divided by shipping type (sea, road, rail and inland waterways), but also works on a sector-by-sector basis to connect people within certain industries (manufacturing, retail, food and drink etc.) who may be part of the same supply chain.
Automotive Management Live
A trade show focusing on uniting experts in the automotive retail under one roof. If you are a motor retail professional in any stage of development, this show is the place to get the latest industry tips and information on how to maximise your sales in a changing retail landscape.
The one-day show has recently moved to a new location at the NEC in Birmingham and is best suited to professionals looking to keep up with the latest marketing and sales ideas.
Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show
The caravan, camping and motorhome show is the UK’s largest collection of motorhomes, campervans, caravan holiday homes and trailer tents. Ideal for people looking to purchase their first motorhome, or for existing owners looking to see the latest cutting-edge touring caravans.
This show is designed for a family day out, with kids going free and a range of activities for the family to enjoy. A new holiday home village exhibits the latest holiday homes available for people looking for more fixed accommodation!
The Commercial Vehicle Show
The commercial vehicle show is a must-attend event for those in the truck and van industries. Attracting around 20,000 visitors, the CV show is a great showcase and networking opportunity for suppliers operating in this field.
Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, the CV Show has been running for almost 20 years and is truly the first place you will see new unique developments to help make the gains required for success in the commercial vehicle industry.
Euro Bus Expo
This expo is designed to unite the coach, bus and mini-vehicle sectors from across Europe and is the go-to-place to see the latest vehicles and technology to increase efficiency for bus and coaches.
The Expo, taking place annually at the NEC in Birmingham, also features a master class theatre which addresses some of the challenges facing the industry. The dedicated technology zone features the latest innovations that aim to improve processes for operators and passengers.
CARS - Complete Auto Recycling Show
This growing show is Europe’s largest dedicated to end-of-life vehicles and is best-suited to auto recyclers and material processors. It prides itself on being the only trade show dedicated to automotive recycling and therefore draws professionals from around the globe.
The show is based at the NAEC in Stonleigh near Coventry and features a large outdoor demonstration area to feature some of the larger equipment required for the recycling of cars and other automotive businesses.
Performance Car Show
This trade show focuses on car tuning and other modifications to improve car performance. It is a three-day show at the NEC in Birmingham, with two of the days trade-only and one open to members of the public.
The show has a stunning array of performance cars from around the world alongside car clubs, supercars and workshops from manufacturers on how to improve car performance. The show is a partner of Autosport International, with visitors also gaining access to this show, which brings us on to our next entry…..
Autosport International is the ideal show for motorsport enthusiasts, and is one of the longest running automotive shows. Featuring the UK’s largest indoor race track, the show covers all aspects of motorsport from karting to Formula One.
The show also has a dedicated motorsport engineering show running alongside it which focuses on the specialist technical suppliers for the motorsport and performance engineering sector. With over 250 specialist companies exhibiting, this part of the show is a must for anyone involved in motor sport looking for those vital performance improvements. Visitors will also get access to the Performance Car Show which runs concurrently.
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