Interview with Philippe Baudin, President of the show: “EQUIP AUTO has to be at the cutting edge”

Philippe BAUDIN, elected EQUIP AUTO Show President back in April, is committed to making this 2019 edition a great success. And the leader is optimistic thanks to the momentum generated by his predecessor and the latest changes made to this key automotive after-sales event.

How are you approaching this new edition of EQUIP AUTO?

New momentum was injected in 2017, in particular through the show returning to the centre of Paris. This was a key decision since there’d been a sort of disenchantment over the show for some years. Today, we wish to capitalize on the success of the last edition and build on the elements that make up Equip Auto’s DNA, namely business, innovation and friendliness. I wish to pursue this commitment so that all visitors have an event which is unique in France, at the cutting edge of developments, where they can get together, exchange, discover and enjoy time with other professionals.

The automotive market is dealing with major changes right now and the show intends to highlight these breakthrough technologies this year…

In line with the show’s motto, “repairing today, preparing tomorrow”, we do indeed want to make EQUIP AUTO a 360° observatory of market trends. The show has to be at the cutting edge and as such play a role in the development of the after-sales sector, by presenting all the changes to repairers which impact their way of working today and tomorrow. And, this is why, hand-in-hand and with the support of the steering committee set up in 2017 which brings together several professional bodies (FIEV, FFC, CNPA, FEDA, FNA, SNCTA and SPP), we’ve placed the focus on three major lines: electronic maintenance, the tyre world and the HGV servicing and repair sector.

How will visitors find out about these different topics?

All these themes will be developed and staged during demos at exhibitors ' stands and in dedicated spaces. A rich programme of conferences and round tables will also bring together experts and professionals who’ll have a chance to speak out, an opportunity for industry players to unravel sector issues, from polluting emission control to the arrival of digital in workshops as well as driverless technologies. Several thematic itineraries have also been set up to guide visitors around based on their interests. Here again, we aim to bring greater visibility to the sector’s business issues and help visitors identify new business opportunities.

Against a background of labour shortage in workshops, do you intend to promote the training campaigns which the sector proposes?

Yes, it will be a privileged communication axis during the show. Vocational and continuing training as well as initial training. In particular, a large number of partnerships, conferences and campaigns will be set up to promote and display the sector's attractiveness. A space for initial and continuing training in technologies and services will highlight the new skills required to meet changes in jobs. This space, located on the “Exhibition Bridge”, was imagined hand-in-hand with the GNFA. Moreover, visitors will be able to meet sector training organizations and professional bodies (AFORPA, AFPA, GARAC, CNPA, FEDA, FNA, SNCTA, SPP) in Pavilion 2.2. The FIEV and FFC will also be on-hand in Pavilion 1.