Autosport Engineering will celebrate a landmark 20th anniversary this coming January as Europe’s biggest and most influential motorsport technology trade show will bring the industry together to showcase the latest machinery and components on the eve of the new season.
The inaugural show in January 1996 featured just under 50 exhibitors and has gone from strength to strength and now almost 300 of the world’s leading companies are set to exhibit in 2016. The show has become synonymous in featuring the latest cutting edge technology plus the crossover of skills and expertise from motorsport into marine, defence and aerospace applications.
Just four years after it was launched, Autosport Engineering had already developed into a show where business professionals could network with other like-minded individuals. The show’s influence was evidenced by the growing number of exhibitors who also used the show to grow their businesses both in the UK and globally and the standout highlights include:
2000 – Organisers introduce two dedicated trade days in response to the show’s growing influence within the industry.
2001 – Advantage West Midland and British Trade International create new trade pavilion at Autosport Engineering to support 55 Rover suppliers following the collapse of the manufacturer six months prior. The pavilion is aimed at assisting these suppliers in expanding their export opportunities following the crisis.
2005 – Manufacturing Technology area introduced within Autosport Engineering. It incorporates a growing number of companies who supply manufacturing equipment to companies making hard parts such as engines, valves and gearboxes.
2008 – Force India Formula 1 team chooses Autosport Engineering as the launchpad for its advanced new F1 car, VJM01.
2011 – Introduction of International Motorsport Business week (IMBW) in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). This initiative attracts more overseas visitors plus a growing number of UK trade buyers to the show and forms part of an extended range of business activities and networking events.
2015 – Designated Low Carbon area makes its debut. This area recognises the importance and rapid development of the many forms of low carbon technology in both motorsport and automotive sectors.
Ian France, Show Director, Autosport International, said: “Over the past two decades, Autosport Engineering has played, an important role as the primary platform for the world’s leading advanced engineering companies to showcase their latest cutting edge products. Such is the influence of the show, it generates over £1bn worth of global business each year thanks to its dedicated B2B environment.”
Tony Tobias, Head of Business Development for Autosport Engineering: “If you are in the motorsport and specialist engineering sectors, then Autosport Engineering is the only specialist trade show to attend. Not only is it the centerpiece for motorsport excellence, it also showcases the crossover of technology with different industries. It is attended by business leaders from the aerospace, marine defence and the motorcycle industry who come to see the very latest leading edge technologies, materials and components.”
Autosport Engineering remains Europe’s foremost platform for suppliers of technical motorsport products and advanced engineering services to showcase the latest cutting edge technology to more than 27,000 registered trade visitors – over 5,000 of which are set to attend from outside the UK. As part of the extended range of network events and business-focused activities, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) will also be running a number of workshops at Autosport International to connect buyers and suppliers of motorsport technology, alongside the International Business Lounge and MIA Business Excellence Awards Dinner (held after the first trade day at Autosport International on the evening of 14 January.)
To confirm your attendance at the trade-only days at Autosport International plus Autosport Engineering and to network with like-minded business professionals, register for tickets at www.autosportinternational.com/trade.