“It’s fair to say that this has been one of the best shows yet, with over 300 exhibitors and more than 3,600 visitors across the three days,” said Graham Johnson, managing director of UKI Media & Events, organisers of Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, which hosts Engine Expo and Automotive Interiors Expo. “We’ve seen more exhibitors rebook stands for next year’s show than ever before, so I think we can expect the 2017 event to be even more spectacular!”
Among the technologies making headlines in 2016 was HLH Prototypes’ new rapid prototyping and ProtoTool services, which are designed to reduce the time and cost of standard production tooling. Where tooling and production can typically take weeks or months, the rapid tooling method can shorten that period to mere days, thanks to the use of soft steels or aluminiums, which can be high-speed CNC cut, eliminating the need for EDM. Undercuts that may need a complicated action will instead have a loose piece insert and other time-saving devices employed.
ABF, which exhibited at this year’s expo as part of the Enterprise Lithuania stand, used its appearance to showcase its CNC-manufactured products to visitors. Representatives of the team were on hand to discuss specialised engineering projects, and offered details of the company’s skills, which include CNC turning and milling, aluminium die casting, welding, rotary transfer machining and assembling services of stainless, non-ferrous steels, aluminium, plastics and alloy materials.
TR Fastenings, which was making its debut at the 2016 edition of Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, proudly demonstrated its expertise in producing fasteners for interior and exterior assemblies. The company’s particular focus is on supporting Tier 1 companies as a full service provider, giving end-to-end support for design, manufacture and logistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership. Glenda Roberts, group Sales Director at Trifast Plc commented: “We invested in a new stand for this show and 8 senior people were in attendance, including engineers… so we needed it to be a successful show! The three days exceeded our expectations both with the quality of the arrangements and the visitors to our busy stand. As a result we have signed up for next year”
Likewise, Jon Hollingworth, of Titgemeyer Group, was enthusiastic about his company’s decision to exhibit: ‘Titgemeyer Group already had extensive business within the automotive sector. We decided to exhibit at the GACS Expo in Stuttgart in 2016 to further enhance our position in the market and with a view to meeting further potential new customers. We would say that we had a very busy three days meeting with many key design and engineering contacts from potential customers. We left the Expo with many requests to quote for new business opportunities. So it was without doubt, the correct decision to exhibit and we have already booked for 2017.’
Exhibitors were happy with the new business opportunities presented by the show. “It’s about quality, not quantity, of visitors at a show like this, and some of the contacts we’ve made could yield some interesting follow-up conversations” said Owen Phillips, sales account manager at Peterson Spring.
Kemmler Electronic, which has more than 30 years of specialist experience in wiring harnesses, cable harnesses and individual custom connection solutions for the automotive industry, was equally enthused. “We are keen to speak to Tier 1 suppliers, that is our major interest at the show” said Zdenek Pistora, trade representative for Kemmler. “We have had several interesting meetings with new contacts. We will definitely be here next year – we have already ordered our stand!”
“We’ve been talking to a lot of Tier 2 suppliers at the show, which has been good for us” added Nesibe Tuncer, import and export manager for Yayse Springs. “This is our first time at the expo, and it’s been a really good experience, with very good organisation. We certainly hope to be here again next year.”