RMI and its associations give full support to automechanika Johannesburg

The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), the largest employers’ and business representative organisation in the South African retail motor industry, has once again given its support to Automechanika Johannesburg, South Africa’s leading international trade fair for the automotive service industry taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 7-10 June 2022, sponsored by Absa.

This will be the seventh time that Messe Frankfurt’s world famous Automechanika brand has hosted a trade fair for the automotive aftermarket in Johannesburg.

For the first time this year all eight of the RMI’s constituent associations will participate in the event.

The Automotive Remanufacturers’ Association (ARA) will host a “Nuts and Bolts” conference, while the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), will host its annual National Executive Conference. The RMI will be represented with its own stand in Hall 6, which will focusing on digitalisation and the “Value of Belonging”. It will also host its annual Board meeting during the event.

“The last two years have been extremely challenging for many businesses in the sector, in particular the small business owners,” commented Jakkie Olivier, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RMI. “The RMI has had to manage the past two difficult years which have been marked by disruption as well as facing some major changes and adapting to new and unique challenges.

“Throughout this time, the RMI and its associations, have managed to stay focused and continued to perform exceptionally well. The last two years have taught us the importance of effective communication, of collaboration with peers and colleagues and the need to digitise many of our activities. We have needed to adapt and innovate to remain relevant and grow our businesses.

“Inspiring our employees and embracing the ‘human essence’ remains critical. We fully appreciate the importance of networking and the significant role it plays in our business. We thus welcome the opportunity presented by Automechanika to interact face-to-face with other business owners and product suppliers. It is an honour to be part of a worldwide professional automotive trade show which values the industry as much as we do,” concluded the RMI CEO.

“We are delighted to have the full support of the RMI and its associations for our Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair, which was to have been staged in 2021, but was postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Dehn, CEO of Messe Frankfurt South Africa.

“This year’s trade fair at Expo Centre will be the ideal meeting place for members of the local and international motor industry to meet again in person and have the opportunity to view the latest innovative offerings in the global aftermarket and related service industries.”