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11/01/2021
Autopromotec creates the “new toolbox” for the automotive aftermarket

Futurmotive

 

The automotive sector will meet in May 2021 for a hybrid conference and on 25 and 28 May 2022 for the Autopromotec trade fair

Dino Collazzo

The world of the automotive aftermarket is meeting again to kick-start the industry and usher in the new 'twenties' of the motor industry. The Futurmotive - Digital Expo and Conference, an entirely digital event held on 10 December, proved the perfect “location”. The conference, organised by Autopromotec, was attended by thousands of visitors, connected from Italy and abroad, and 50 companies present with virtual stands. This "automotive digital marathon", as the promoters called it, took place in a virtual arena where company representatives, international experts, university lecturers and trade associations met to understand what the future holds for the automotive industry and its supply chain. "Futurmotive was a gamble and will certainly be repeated in the future with events such as the one we are planning for May 2021, which should be something halfway between a digital and a physical event - explains Renzo Servadei, CEO of Autopromotec -. Today, given the complex situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, our sector must capitalize on all the tools that technology makes available to promote networking and interaction between different sectors in order to spread know-how, strengthen existing business relationships and build new ones". In a digital arena, the speakers debated on issues related to smart mobility and the application of new technologies in the field of components, the digitalisation of garage networks, the eco-sustainability of the sector, the development of a new global supply chain model and post-pandemic economic scenarios. The aim of the organisers was to turn Futurmotive into a lab where a new 'toolbox' for the aftermarket sector comes to life, so as to provide companies with the innovative tools they need to cope with the technological changes taking place. During the course of the day, in addition to talks by managers and analysts, there were also presentations by representatives of national and local institutions. The topics addressed by the latter concerned the world of work and education and vocational training. In particular, the measures and tools that the Government and the Regions are preparing to relaunch the automotive sector and its supply chain were illustrated: economic incentives for companies, regulations to encourage youth employment, professional retraining courses and an agreement between social partners and the industrial sector in favour of employment stability and environmental protection. “History teaches us - continued Servadei - that after a great crises there has always been a great recovery, and the topics discussed at Futurmotive give us the courage, confidence and hope to think that 2021 and 2022 will be years of strong recovery for the automotive sector.  The cornerstones of our future are: training, i.e. refining the skills and professional qualities of young men and women; information, to keep abreast of the changes taking place; and equipment, i.e. having the right technological tools to cope with a greener and more sustainable future. Futurmotive represents therefore the first step on the path towards the great physical trade show scheduled for May 2022”.

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