• SMMT to bring its largest overseas delegation to Automechanika Frankfurt since pre-pandemic.
  • UK pavilion at leading global aftermarket trade fair to feature 22 firms from across the industry.
  • Companies part of British aftermarket sector that turns over more than £50 billion every year.

Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 today plays host to the largest UK aftermarket  overseas trade mission since pre-pandemic 2019, with a dedicated UK Pavilion organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Twenty-two leading companies representing the breadth and quality the British sector has to offer will attend, supplying everything from engine remanufacturing and suspension system design services to specialist components, lubricants and tyre sealants.

The aftermarket sector is an important and significant part of the UK automotive industry, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, making it an attractive global partner with which to do business. It contributes over £12.7 billion to the economy, supporting 350,000 jobs across 54,000 businesses, with a turnover of some £50 billion every year. British companies are continuing to demonstrate their capacity and resilience in the provision of servicing, maintenance and repairs to the more than 40 million vehicles on UK roads.

This UK vehicle parc is incredibly diverse, with British aftermarket firms providing unrivalled expertise, services and products for a variety of vehicles from the world’s largest mining trucks to high-performance sports cars. Britain’s vehicle fleet is also in the midst of its most dramatic transformation, with the UK to phase out the sale of new pure petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030 and all new heavy goods vehicles sold in Britain required to be zero emission by 2040.

The transition is already underway, with new UK registrations of battery electric cars up 35.4% so far this year and expected to reach more than a quarter of a million new registrations by the end of 2022. The rapid uptake of this next generation of ultra-low and zero emission vehicles gives the UK aftermarket an early advantage, developing the requisite skills necessary to service the latest zero emission automotive technology, capabilities that will enable them to meet the growing expectations of international customers.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “As with the wider automotive sector, the aftermarket is set to undergo a massive transition driven by the shift to zero emission mobility. This presents new opportunities for many companies whilst also servicing and repairing the millions of conventional vehicles on our roads, keeping them safe and running. The UK is also a key European market for this important sector, with Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 a crucial platform to drive new business and trading relationships for aftermarket companies across Britain and the EU.”