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Automechanika Frankfurt 2018: More innovations than ever before

Automechanika Frankfurt 2018: More innovations than ever before

The winners of the Automechanika Innovation Awards 2018 have been announced. The awards have been given in honour of innovations in the automotive aftermarket since 1996. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Automechanika Frankfurt, the concept has been revised and subdivided into three categories – Nominee, Finalist and Winner – with the aim of making the innovative entries more visible.

The best of the best entries for the Automechanika Innovation Awards were honoured at a presentation ceremony today. The ten winners in three categories were chosen from a total of 120 entries. The jury of eight experts was made up of representatives of the industry, trade, associations, science and media. The judging criteria were innovative content, solution excellence, functionality, aftermarket relevance, safety, security, quality, contribution to environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainability. The winning Innovation Award entries can be seen together with those of the finalists in an interactive exhibition in the ‘Festhalle’ of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. For the first time, there will be guided tours to the exhibition stands of these companies during the fair.

“Many companies orientate their innovation cycles to the dates of Automechanika Frankfurt”, said Automechanika Frankfurt Director Olaf Musshoff at the awards ceremony on the first day of the fair. “The density of innovations at Automechanika is incomparable. The Automechanika Innovation Awards are a valuable orientation aid for tomorrow’s trends in the sector. The ‘Festhalle’ should be an important port of call for every visitor to the fair.”

Automechanika exhibitors were invited to enter their new products in twelve categories: Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customizing, Repair & Diagnostics, Repair & Maintenance, Dealer & Workshop Management, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning, Alternative Drive Systems & Digital Solutions, Tires, Classic Cars Products & Services, OE Products & Services and Truck Products & Services.

Around a third of entries came from Germany and two thirds from abroad whereby 10 percent of the latter were from outside the European Union. There was also an above-average increase in the number of entries from outside Germany – a trend that has been apparent for several years.

The majority of entries were products and solutions from the workshop-equipment segment, including tools, measuring devices and aids, in the categories ‘Repair & Maintenance’ and ‘Repair & Diagnostics’. Altogether, they accounted for 40 percent of this year’s entries.

The digitalisation megatrend is unmistakable not only in the vehicle-technology segment but also in the dealer and workshop field. The entries ranged from e-call, via remote control, smart battery, cloud-based expert systems, new IT systems and components, to virtual reality. Another megatrend is the ‘clean’ vehicle with the entries including products for exhaust-emission measurement, a new injection technology for direct-injection petrol engines and electro-mobility products.

For the second time, the jury gave the ‘Green Award’ for the most sustainable new product among all entries, with Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH being singled out for this special prize for its Electronic Air Control (EAC). This new product was also the winner of the Automechanika Innovation Award in Truck Products & Services category.

The expert members of the jury who evaluated the entries were:

- Hartmut Abeln, CEO TÜV NORD Mobilität GmbH & Co. KG

- Dr. Axel Glanz, CEO, Innovations Institute and spokesman of the Innovation Association for the German Industry (IDWI)

- Edwin Grabowski, publisher, Car Wash Info

- Wilhelm Hülsdonk, Vice President, Federation of the German Motor Vehicle Trade (ZDK)

- Wolfgang Michel, Editor-in-Chief, kfz-betrieb, Vogel Business Media GmbH & Co. KG

- Burkhard Riering, Editor-in-Chief, Automobilwoche, Crain Communications GmbH

- Prof. Axel Schumacher, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal

- Prof. Helmut Tschöke, Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburg

Below, you will find all winners with the names of the product entered and a brief description.

Category: Parts & Components

FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A.: FIAMM AGM powerCUBE batteries for trucks

FIAMM AGM powerCUBE is a new range of batteries for heavy commercial vehicles and meets the requirements for medium to long distances.

Hall 4.1, Stand C10

Category: Electronics & Systems

OSRAM GmbH: OSRAM LEDriving® Golf VII headlamp

OSRAM LEDriving® Golf VII headlamps offer a legal performance and design upgrade for halogen-based Golf VII models. All light functions offer the latest LED technology: dipped, main, driving, position and indicating lights. Safety in traffic also plays a major role.

Hall 4.1, Stand E15, E27

Category: Accessories & Customizing

Enganches y Remolques Aragón: IntegraLED Trailer Socket

IntegraLED Trailer Socket is a lighting system for easier fitment and connection to the trailer socket and is normally installed beneath or behind the rear bumper of the towing vehicle, near the towing hook.

Hall 3.1, Stand G77

Category: Repair & Maintenance

MEYLE AG: MEYLE HD Slotted Bush Kit with Tool

Time and resource saving repairs: with the MEYLE HD Slotted Bush Kit, which includes a specially developed tool, Hamburg-based MEYLE offers a complete smart-repair kit for replacing defective BMW rear-axle control arm bushes in selected 5, 6 and 7 series and X 5 models.

Hall 4.0, Stand C52

Category: Repair & Diagnostics

AVL DiTEST GmbH: AVL DiTEST AKAM – acoustic camera

Designed for automobile applications, the acoustic camera combines several microphones with a camera and enables the user to locate the source and intensity of disturbing noises exactly. The source of the noise is shown in colour on the camera display.

Hall 8.0, Stand C30

Category: Dealer & Workshop Management

PE Data GmbH: QR.VIN

Ordering parts is frequently a laborious and frustrating process. The solution: a sticker, which can be stuck to every truck and trailer and be activated in next to no time in the dealer webshop. Thereafter, every order is child’s play for the workshop: simply scan the QR code and effortlessly place the order.

Hall 5.0, Stand A50

Category: Alternative Drive Systems & Digital Solutions

Robert Bosch GmbH: Bosch Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP)

Augmented reality (AR) adds a digital dimension to reality in the form of helpful supplementary information, such as videos, images and explanations. Bosch has developed an AR solution resulting in new applications for the training sector, e.g., technical courses for workshop personnel.

Hall 9.0, Stand A06, A16, B01

Category: Classic Cars Products & Services

AVL DiTEST GmbH: AVL DiTEST – Multisense 1000

AVL DiTEST Multisense 1000 (MS 1000) is a special sensor for an oscilloscope that can be used as an ignition stroboscope, dynamic luxmeter, optical light-reflex sensor, dynamic microphone, stethoscope, magnetic-field detector and LED torch.

Hall 8.0, Stand C30

Category: OE Products & Services

VALEO Services SAS: A/C loop R-744

The Valeo R-744 Air-Conditioning System operates without any chemical refrigerant. This air-conditioning solution with a natural refrigerant is the first of its kind worldwide.

Hall 3.0, Stand D91

Category: Truck Products & Services

Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH: Electronic Air Control (EAC)

EAC innovations:

– Intelligent control of the clutch compressor

– Modular service concept

– EconX EAC1

– Integration of the electronic parking brake

Automechanika Frankfurt takes place from 11 to 15 September 2018.

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