The 2021 edition of the EquipAuto trade fair in Paris is to ‘change position’ according to a statement from the organiser.
It is unclear from the statement what exactly the ‘change in position’ will be, but it is clear that as the show is to place only a month after the new dates for Automechanika Frankfurt, the Paris event must either be rescheduled, or the event must be changed to focus on something other than light vehicle service and repair.
The full statement (in a direct translation) issued by Philippe Baudin, Chairman of Equip Auto reads as follows:
The unprecedented health crisis that has taken hold over the last few months throughout the world, leading to an unprecedented economic crisis, is bringing all French and international players in the exhibition ecosystem to consider different scenarios for their respective events. Since 2017, with its return to Paris Porte de Versailles, the EQUIP AUTO show has been on a highly positive trend, evidenced by the powerful mobilization of professionals in the automotive aftermarket and mobility services sector. Since the beginning of the year the organisers have been building on these solid foundations, reflecting in depth on the evolution of sectors and the expectations of professionals in order to build the EQUIP AUTO of the future, adjusting it to the changes happening in the market. In these circumstances which have been substantially modified by the current crisis, the FIEV and its partners, the FFC and the COMEXPOSIUM group, organisers of the EQUIP AUTO show, working in the interests of companies and the market, are building these new conditions into their reflections in order to define the new development avenues of the show in a long-term perspective and not just in the short term in the face of events. Thinking before they act rather than reacting on the spur of the moment: such is the path that the organisers have mapped out for themselves to redefine the contours of the show in its positioning and format and offer all stakeholders the most suitable long-term solutions for the future.
Look out for the July issue of CAT, which contains an exclusive interview with Michael Johannes, Organiser of Automechanika Frankfurt.