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EQUIP AUTO, the leading trade show in automotive aftersales and services for mobility, will be held from 17 to 21 October 2017 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. In a market with promising prospects and characterised by fundamental change, the 2017 edition of EQUIP AUTO aims to help all vehicles repair professionals take advantage of the market’s resilience, decode the new challenges of their sector and discover innovative solutions and ways to adjust their businesses to meet these challenges.

Professionals in the automotive aftersales and service market cater to the needs of a French automotive fleet estimated at 38.6 million vehicles in 2016, of which 32 million light-duty vehicles (LV). The LV fleet, which has an average age of 8.8 years, grew by 0.1% between 2015 and 2016 (source TCG Conseil for CNPA). Also according to TCG for CNPA, the automotive aftersales and service market has contracted by 5% in value since 2012 to settle at €28.4 billion in 2016; this decline is mainly due to an 8.8% reduction in volume of maintenance and repair operations over four years, from 58 million to 53 million between 2012 and 2016.

This decline is in itself a significant market development, forcing actors in the sector to adjust.

However, the profound technological changes at work in the automotive sector (connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, the digitalisation of contacts and services), along with those concerning repair equipment and materials, all offer reasons to envisage new growth opportunities and objective motivations for repair and service actors to adjust.

Starting from this observation, EQUIP AUTO decided to identify the key factors of the changes within the aftersales and mobility services sector.

Using a series of surveys conducted on repair shops and their suppliers or partners, and work meetings with trade bodies, EQUIP AUTO has highlighted three key issues which shape its own positioning and promise in 2017:

  • Reducing pollutant emissions;
  • Improving comfort and safety with automated driving;
  • The emergence of digital technology in repair workshops.


By positioning itself at the very centre of the challenges for automotive aftersales and services for mobility, EQUIP AUTO 2017 aims to show professionals how best to handle the market’s recovery by giving them the means to “repair today and prepare tomorrow”, the pledge of this new edition.

Owned by the French Federation of Vehicle Industries and Equipment (FIEV) and the French Bodywork Federation (FFC) and supported by trade body partners*, EQUIP AUTO has defined three structuring priorities: Business – Innovation – Meetings.

These three priorities take the form of numerous actions and innovations to enable industry actors to decode the sector’s challenges, find out about current solutions and adopt innovations which are already available to prepare for tomorrow.


Business is a key element of the trade show and in 2017 revolves around four essential subjects which bring together car manufacturers, OEMs, distributors, repair shops, service companies and new actors dealing in mobility:

  • Profitably maintain the existing vehicle fleet;
  • Adapt workshops in a market transformed by digital technology and technological development in vehicles;
  • Prepare for the arrival in workshops of connected and, subsequently, autonomous vehicles;
  • Diversify repair shop business activities.

These subjects are dealt with in several actions, such as the “EQUIP AUTO Tutorials” Training & Demo Space, themed visitor trails and the “Best of EQUIP AUTO”, a TV studio, the Used Vehicle Universe and the Bodywork and Paint Village.

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The industry has strongly committed to support EQUIP AUTO throughout the coming months and raise their members’ awareness.

In terms of international promotion, EQUIP AUTO is heightening its investments to encourage professionals to come from French-speaking countries, Southern Europe, the Maghreb and countries such as Iran and Poland where the reputation of EQUIP AUTO is growing.


Innovation is spotlighted again at EQUIP AUTO, supported by large-scale actions:

  • The International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation, designed around eight new categories in which a Gold Award will be awarded in each category by a judging panel of 60 journalists from 14
  • The Innovation & Startups Park, which will bring together 50 startups or innovative enterprises providing solutions to automotive aftersales professionals and those dealing in the mobility of goods and
  • The autonomous vehicle “Demonstrator”, organised in partnership with the Syndicat des Équipements de la Route (SER), will show autonomous and connected vehicles on a demonstration track, in order to demonstrate how they interact with road

Innovation is also promoted to young people with the special event, monjob@futurauto, which will welcome in the space of one day between 800 and 1,000 students from business or engineering schools.


This year, EQUIP AUTO is once again focusing on meetings and conviviality with:

  • A gala evening on the
  • “The EQUIP AUTO Happy Hours”, organised every day from Tuesday to Friday, from 5pm to 6pm.

A new event will also lead to unique meetings: EQUIP AUTO 2017 will be one of the backdrops for the World Mobility Challenge prologue.

In addition, services and digital tools will be offered to exhibitors and visitors for an enhanced trade show experience.


Jacques MAUGE, Chairman of the French Vehicle Equipment Industries federation FIEV and the EQUIP AUTO trade show, says: “Seven months ahead of its first day, EQUIP AUTO is aiming to welcome over 1,400 exhibitors and brands and 95,000 professionals. These targets are currently being reached with 80% of the total area already booked, marked by the come-back of leading brands on their market.”

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles,
Halls 1, 2.2 & 3

In a new venue which will make Paris a genuine force of attraction for visitors, EQUIP AUTO is introducing a new sector organisation to bring different activities together and maximise the flow of visitors in every hall.

This layout is as follows:

Hall 1:             Vehicle equipment, parts and components; Bodywork equipment  and paints; Networks & services; Car remarketing; Washing, service areas, lubricants, cleaning products and tow trucks

Hall 2.2:          Tyres, rims, accessories; Parts, equipment and components.

Hall 3:             Parts,    equipment    and    components;    Repairs,    maintenance, tools   and diagnostics.



Supported by massive support from trade bodies*, associated with the FIEV and the FFC, the 100% Business drive of EQUIP AUTO 2017 has been designed around four main themes expressed by sector professionals:

  • Profitably maintain the existing vehicle fleet;
  • Adapt workshops in a market transformed by digital technology and technological development in vehicles;
  • Prepare for the arrival in workshops of connected and subsequently autonomous vehicles;
  • Diversify repair shop business activities.

These themes were validated and further developed by a working process which involved trade bodies, OEMs, industry experts, workshops and their suppliers through targeted and qualitative surveys.

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Conducted in February 2017 among 450 workshops, an initial survey gave insight into their view of the market and their expectations from the trade show. The following findings came out of this:

  • Although they consider themselves competent, 25% want technical training;
  • Over 50% want to make use of the trade show to update their knowledge;
  • Nearly one third are hoping for advice to better invest in parts and

EQUIP AUTO intends to reward these expectations with concrete answers, based on these four main subjects, thanks to a new organisation:

  • New in 2017 – 7 themed and on-demand visitor trails will lead visitors to stands depending on their interests:
    • “Best of” New Tech: new engines / pollutant emission reductions
    • “Best of” Diag: diagnostics of the future / connected vehicles
    • “Best of” My Expertise: technical education, training, information
    • “Best of” My Connected Garage: digital marketing: connected reception, apps, social media
    • “Best of” My Workshop Tomorrow: productivity gains / profitability / working conditions / risk prevention
    • “Best of” My Eco-Garage: eco-maintenance / eco-repairs / reuse / recycling / preventive maintenance
    • “Best of” Boost My Business: networks / washing / used vehicles / bodywork / rental

Visitors will also be able to meet experts at the trade show who will advise and guide them through a personalised and optimised tour.

A trail that takes in the highlights and demonstrations on stands will also be offered.

New in 2017 – An unprecedented programme of demonstrations, “EQUIP AUTO Tutorials”

In the Training & Demo Space, workshops will be organised throughout the trade show. Situated in Hall 3 and organised in partnership with the French automotive training association GNFA, this ighlight will be boosted by the exhibitors’ operations on this same space or on their own stands: the full programme of demonstrations will soon be available.

Among the first workshops of the Training & Demo Space, the GNFA has already defined its programme based on five subjects:

  • The Bodywork-Paint connected workshop
    • An educational Bodywork-Paint trail

– A workshop based on four divisions: “Bodywork / Paint / Loss Adjuster Relations / Costing”: the visitor, guided by a host and an avatar, will be asked about their business issues and will leave with a short assessment of their requirements.

  • Improvement of comfort and safety
    • Safety distance observance systems using the distance RADAR.
      • Workshop on how to configure radars and to identify the aftersales impact of this technology.
    • Autonomous vehicles
      • Workshop to present the different types of vehicles and their
    • Reduction of pollutant emissions, new motorisations
      • Depolluting and CO2 emissions

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  • Diesel demo workshop on depollution (reduction of NOx).
  • Petrol demo workshop on reducing CO2
  • Reduction of tyre rolling resistance
  • The composition and characteristics of the “green” tyre (on display with demonstration and handling).
  • The geometry of undercarriages to reduce friction and rolling resistance of tyres (short training course with models and practical workshop).

These new tutorials will also be repeated on the show’s YouTube channel, to view during and after EQUIP AUTO.

  •  A TV studio, in the centre of Hall 2.2, will be the show’s unique platform of expression. It will welcome celebrities, the media, experts, companies and exhibitors live, who will cover many subjects focusing on the requirements of workshops and sector

Different programme formats will also be available throughout the five days and broadcast live on the show’s YouTube channel:

  • Newsflashes will present the latest technical solutions backed up with demonstrations.
  • A number of interviews will be conducted live from stands.
  • Programmes with a focus on technology will cover different subjects with leading insight from personalities (new motorisations, reduction of pollutant emissions, connected diagnostics, connected car applications, ).
  • To help workshops improve their profitability, special programmes will cover the theme of “Work better to earn more“, backed up with
  • There will also be programmes dedicated to key environmental subjects: environmentally- friendly maintenance, environmentally-friendly repairs and recycling, reuse of parts, predictive/preventive maintenance,
  • To prepare tomorrow, programmes will report on the sector’s new businesses (distribution, used vehicle washing, bodywork, rental).
  • A Headline Debate every day will be the opportunity to get an overview of a major sector- relevant issue.
  • The Bodywork-Paint Village, organised by the Fédération Française de Carrosserie (FFC), will assemble its members’ product ranges at the centre of Hall 1 of Paris Expo in a 4,000 sqm area. FFC and its partners will be organising events to encourage relations between body shops and suppliers in a friendly and professional
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Product classification of the Bodywork and Paint sector:

  • Bodywork repair equipment
  • Bodywork repair products
  • Workshop heating, air conditioning, ventilation
  • The sector’s involvement: the sector has committed strongly to supporting EQUIP AUTO throughout the coming months and raise awareness among their members. Local promotion campaigns are supported by trade bodies committed to the trade show: CNPA, FEDA, FFC, FNAA. They will be out and about trying to get workshops involved, with incentives involving regional representatives.

During the show, prize draws will be organised each day on the stands of these federations,  where participants can win digital tablets.


Renowned as a showcase for technological innovation and services, EQUIP AUTO 2017 is enhancing its organisation to demonstrate what the future automotive aftersales and services for mobility market will look like:

  • “Must Have” by EQUIP AUTO, the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation this year consist of eight new categories, for which a Gold Award will be awarded in each category:
  • Parts, equipment and components
  • Tyres – Equipment and tyre services
  • Lubricants, care products
  • Bodywork-Paint
  • Services for connected mobility (telematics operators, leasing and fleet management companies, )
  • Services for professionals (IT, software publishers, DMS, management tools, )
  • Repair – Maintenance – Workshop equipment
  • Washing – Service areas

The registration platform for the Awards will be open from 3 April. The winners will be announced in September and the Awards will be presented on Tuesday 17 October at the gala evening.

  • The Innovation & Startups Park:

EQUIP AUTO 2017 is building on the success of the 2015 startup village and enhancing its organisation by hosting, in the Innovation & Startups Park, Hall 1, 50 startups or innovative companies dealing in the mobility of goods and people.

EQUIP AUTO thus positions itself as a genuine driving force at the service of young innovative companies in industry and automotive aftersales services. This initiative will allow these young companies to benefit from the aura and the international impact of EQUIP AUTO alongside traditional players in the sector, but also alongside investors and industrial firms interested in new mobility-related projects.

  • New in 2017 – The autonomous vehicle Demonstrator:

To explain the role of infrastructure in tomorrow’s mobility, the Syndicat des Équipements de la Route and the EQUIP AUTO trade show have taken the initiative to create a “demonstrator” of autonomous vehicles. Installed in Hall 2.1 of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, this demonstrator aims to recreate a 200-metre road on which three to five autonomous vehicles will travel.

The purpose of the demonstrator is to bring to life the interaction between autonomous vehicles and road facilities. This “life-size” track will present different environments encountered by the autonomous vehicle: urban zone, rural zone, pedestrian zone, worksite zone. It will show different types of road equipment interacting in real-time with the vehicle: traffic lights, Road Side Units, road markings, pedestrian crossings, signs, etc. Visitors will be able to take part in a unique experience and ride aboard the autonomous vehicles.

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1,000 engineering school and university students will be invited to discover the automotive world and the autonomous vehicle Demonstrator as part of the monjob@futurauto operation organised in partnership with SIA.


In 2017, EQUIP AUTO is once again focussing on conviviality and will be going even further to encourage meetings:

  • New in 2017 – The gala evening

Organised in a unique venue, on Tuesday 17 October the gala evening will bring together some 300 guests for a friendly and festive event, during which the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation will be presented.

  • New in 2017 – “The EQUIP AUTO Happy Hour”

From Tuesday to Friday, from 5pm to 6pm, in the show’s three halls, EQUIP AUTO will be offering exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to meet or continue their discussions around the cocktail of the day and a buffet.

  • New in 2017 – The World Mobility Challenge

EQUIP AUTO 2017 will be one of the stages of the World Mobility Challenge prologue. Organised within the framework of the 120th anniversary of the Paris Motor Show, the World Mobility Challenge is an expedition dedicated to vehicles powered by alternative energy, with a vocation  to promote innovation in the automotive industry. It will bring together 13 teams of three cars each (one taking part in the race, one supplying spare parts, and one taking photos of the race). This expedition will start 120 days before the Paris Motor Show. It will start in Beijing and end in Paris on the opening day of the Paris Motor Show.

EQUIP AUTO will host the prologue stage which will start in Laval and reach Porte de Versailles on 17 October, in time for the opening of EQUIP AUTO 2017.

In parallel, EQUIP AUTO 2017 hopes to facilitate the arrival, the visit and the stay of its exhibitors and visitors by providing them with:

  • Exclusive partnerships with specialists in accommodation, transport and car parks (BNetwork, Parclick, Ouibus, Groupito, Air France/KLM, ).
  • And a large-scale digital presence with a smartphone application, a mobile website, a special workshop blog – ré –, greater presence on the main social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tokster), so that they can all enjoy a rich and successful experience of the show.


Attracted by the new impetus given to EQUIP AUTO, as unveiled by its Chairman at the launch night in June 2016, and by the advantages offered by a new exhibition venue in Paris, actors of the sector are eager to come to EQUIP AUTO 2017. Seven months prior to its opening, more than 80% of the exhibition space in the three halls has already been booked.

EQUIP AUTO is delighted to see that French and international suppliers are booking stands or confirming their intention to take part in equal proportions. The 2017 edition will be in phase with the international positioning of the EQUIP AUTO brand, as proven by the presence of international suppliers on more than one third of the total area.

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The presence of individual exhibitors and international halls confirms the interest in the French aftersales market and the reputation of the show outside France. Thus, EQUIP AUTO is preparing to welcome exhibitor pavilions from Asia (China, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, etc.), India, Turkey, North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia) and Europe (Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Macedonia).

The loyal return of major players in the sector is another reason to look forward to the 2017 show and to encourage visitors to come to the exhibition in October. EQUIP AUTO’s parts and equipment suppliers include companies such as BOSCH CAR SERVICE, DELPHI, MANN &  HUMMEL,  SKF, TENNECO, etc., alongside loyal participants like CORTECO, ELRING, EFI, FEDERAL MOGUL, NTN, RECOR, SCHAEFFLER, SNR, SOGEFI, and many more, which will all be true crowd-pullers.

The distribution and networks sector also shows its enthusiasm for EQUIP AUTO 2017 with the loyal presence of groupings such as AUTODISTRIBUTION, AUTOLIA, IDL, POINT S, alongside suppliers that confirm the new impetus of EQUIP AUTO like ALLIANCE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, DOYEN, EUROREPAR/EURO REPAR CAR SERVICE/DISTRIGO/FORWELT by PSA Aftermarket, NEXUS or ORIGIN AUTO and PROXITEC.

The arrival of the FALKEN group is also significant in the tyre sector, with the presence of distributors and their networks.

The service area sector and in particular washing is just as encouraging, with sector leaders such as CHRIST, EMIC, KÄRCHER, LAVANCE, OKI, WASCHTEC, etc., and lubricant and additive suppliers like ACCOR LUBRIFIANTS, CHAMPION, IGOL, KENNOL, MINERVA OIL, etc.

The show’s positioning and its promise have also drawn in major manufacturers of repair and diagnostic materials, such as ABRITES, ACTIA, BUTLER, CAPELEC, CLAS EQUIPEMENTS, CORGHI, EGI, FACOM, FOG AUTOMOTIVE, KS TOOLS, MAHA, NUSSBAUM, OMCN, PROVAC, RAV, ROTARY, SNA, SNAPON, WÜRTH, etc.

The bodywork sector is represented individually or collectively in the Bodywork-Paint Village under the aegis of the French Bodywork Federation, with ANEST IWATA, BLACKHAWK, EUROPA, ITALCAN, OMIA.

Fact Sheet

The show International  trade  show  for  automotive  aftersales  and services

for mobility.

Owned by the FIEV (Fédération des Industries des Équipements pour Véhicules) and the FFC (Fédération Française de Carrosserie), EQUIP AUTO is organised by Comexposium.

Date & times 17 to 21 October 2017 – 9am to 6pm
Venue Paris Expo Porte de Versailles – France
Frequency Every two years – 24th edition
Surface area 100,000 sqm
Exhibitors 1,400 exhibitors and brands expected

Manufacturers, distributors and importers from sectors: Parts, equipment and components;

Tyres, rims and accessories; Lubricants and care products; Bodywork and paint;

Maintenance and distribution networks;

Services for connected mobility (insurers, financing, telematics operators, leasing and fleet management companies, etc.) Services for professionals (IT, software publishers, DMS, management tools, etc.)

Repair, maintenance, tools, diagnostics; Tow trucks;

Washing, service areas; Remarketing, used vehicles, etc.

Visitors 95,000 professionals expected

Repair, maintenance, service companies; Trade and distribution companies; Manufacturers; Trade bodies, press, schools and training bodies, etc.

Show contacts Jacques Mauge – Chairman of the show Mario Fiems – Show Director

Aurélie Jouve – Communications Director



EQUIP AUTO is one of the leading European touchpoints for networking between manufacturers, distributors and the repair industry in search of new products, services or partners. EQUIP AUTO is an exhibition belonging to the Federation of Vehicle Industries and Equipment (FIEV) and the French Bodywork Federation (FFC), organised by the  Comexposium Group.

Press Office
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Raffaele Schiavullo
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ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications


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