RMI fully supports the next Automechanika show

Industry body Retail Motor Industry Organization (RMI) has pledged its support for the Automechanika Johannesburg international automotive service industry trade show, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from June 7-10. The event is sponsored by a financial institution Absa.

This will be the seventh time the automotive aftermarket show has taken place, but it will be the first time that all eight constituent associations of RMI have participated in the event.

RMI is the largest organization of employers and business representatives in the South African automotive retail industry and includes the Automotive Remanufacturers’ Association (ARA); the Automotive Industry Workshop Association (MIWA); the National Association of Automobile Dealers; the South African Automobile Bodybuilders Association; the South African Petroleum Retailers Association; the South African Association of Vehicle and Body Builders; the Tire, Equipment and Parts Association; and the Vehicle Testing Association.

ARA will host a ‘nuts and bolts’ conference, while MIWA will host its annual National Executives Conference.

RMI will be represented with its own stand in Hall 6, which will focus on digitization and “belonging value”. It will also host its annual board meeting during the event.

“The past two years have been extremely difficult for many companies in the industry, especially small business owners. RMI has had to manage these last two difficult years, marked by upheavals, to face major changes and to adapt to new and unique challenges”, declared the CEO of RMI. Jacques-Olivier May 13.

He said that, throughout this time, the RMI and its associations had managed to stay focused and, as a result, continued to perform well.

“The past two years have taught us the importance of effective communication, collaboration with peers and colleagues, and the need to digitize many of our activities. We had to adapt and innovate to stay relevant and grow our business,” said Olivier.

He said it was essential to inspire employees and embrace what made them uniquely human.

“We fully appreciate the importance of networking and the important role it plays in our business. We therefore welcome the opportunity offered by Automechanika to interact face-to-face with other business owners and product suppliers,” said Olivier.

Automechanika Johannesburg was scheduled to take place in 2021 but has been postponed to this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, added event organizer Michael Dehn, CEO of Messe Frankfurt South Africa.

“This year’s show will be the perfect venue for members of the local and international automotive industry to come together again in person and have the opportunity to view the latest innovative offerings from the global aftermarket and related service industries,” he added.

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