Philippe Saillard, Market manager France - Philips Automotive
"Our objectives at EQUIP AUTO were fully attained. Our ambitions for our second participation were to highlight our innovations, develop our business in France and abroad, mainly in North Africa then the Middle East and the French overseas departments, and engage directly with the end customer, the garage owner. As expected, we welcomed almost all of our clients on our booth and met a large number of repairers. Our new products met with great interest among visitors and the media in particular. The lighting system LUMIdiag, developed in association with Capelec, unveiled to the public at EQUIP AUTO, received a prize at the International Awards for Automotive Innovation."
Aline Croisy, Communications & Events Manager Lumineds France - Autodistribution
"To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the AD network, we were keen to use EQUIP AUTO to present to the widest possible audience our extensive and pertinent offer in services, equipment, digital solutions and replacement parts. We welcomed 7,000 visitors on our stand so we are absolutely delighted. We have more than fulfilled our objectives. There are three key challenges in our strategic plan “Reference 2018”: technical proficiency, commercial action and customer relations. EQUIP AUTO 2015 allowed us not only to display our strong values towards professional attendees but also benefit from a springboard to present our latest new products, in particular from Isotech, Autossimo, Cora, etc. and their benefits for the sector. EQUIP AUTO was therefore extremely successful for us, and we look forward to the 2017 event."
Pierre Marollaud, Managing Director - OKI
"We have been exhibiting at EQUIP AUTO for more than 15 years. We take part in every edition in the aim of meeting future investors by making ourselves a little better known each time and also meeting our customers and showing them our latest new products. This year we decided to highlight our Roboki washing robot and test people’s reactions. We certainly weren’t disappointed: as the winners of the Gold Award for Automotive Innovation, which was announced before the show, we welcomed a lot more visitors than at the previous edition. Our contacts, which as a result were in greater number, were also more interesting in terms of quality. We found our visitors to have revived enthusiasm and ready to invest. Having attained our participation objectives, we will certainly be coming back to show in 2017."
Almudena Benedito, Marketing Director Western Europe - FEDERAL-MOGUL
"We have been loyal exhibitors at EQUIP AUTO for very many years. It is an essential event which, in a constantly changing market, represents an all-encompassing communications platform between the OEM and the repair shop. We enjoy meeting our French, export and international clients there, and we use it as a springboard to present our latest new products just as we did this year with, for example the Ferodo Eco-Friction brake pads or our trade marketing programme FM For Me which also received a prize at the International Awards for Automotive Innovation. We use this two-yearly event to meet with our clients but also with our clients’ clients, repair firms and the various brands on the replacement parts market. In fact, we organized events especially for them, such as the brake pad changing competition which generated considerable footfall on our booth; we also worked together with our partner FNAA for the “Win a garage” competition."
Thomasz Kroczak, Director - AUTO-FRANCE
"We had been visitors to EQUIP AUTO since 1995 before exhibiting for the first time in 2013. It’s the ideal venue to present our new product ranges to our clients. This year, we saw even more of them than in previous years, mainly from North Africa, Martinique, Colombia and, of course, Europe. We also made a number of new contacts. We don’t yet know who will become our clients but we collected plenty of business cards. And we are delighted that Poland was a featured guest country for a whole day because we received a great reception. This special highlight was very effective for us, and we are very pleased."
Guillaume Donnet, Marketing Director, Communication and Strategic Planning - SCHAEFFLER
"This is our sixth participation at EQUIP AUTO. This year we took advantage of the show and the visibility it provides to showcase the launch of our new product ranges and develop our contacts with garages. We fulfilled the objectives that we had set ourselves. Our teams are happy. Our sales staff had some good feedback on these new ranges, and on our two stands we saw a large number of visitors and made some interesting contacts. We will of course be there at the next show."
Patrick Robinson Clough, Founder - CITYGOO
"As a start-up specialising in urban carpooling, it was our first participation in EQUIP AUTO, with the main aim of developing our network in the automobile sector. The show offered us an opportunity to meet industrial partners, clients and investors, and make ourselves known to the media. We welcomed a lot of visitors on our stand and came away with a multitude of contacts. The media came spontaneously to find out more about the start-ups, and we were able to tell them about what we do in detail. We also met other start-ups in attendance at the show and we started looking into potential partnerships. We came away with a lot of business cards and we are delighted with the experience."
Hervé Bozon, Marketing Director - PROTECHNOLOGIES
"We have been showing at EQUIP AUTO for more than 20 years. This year, we exhibited on our own stand for the very first time. It might have been a small stand, but it had out name and our identity on it. And in terms of contacts, we made our targets. We saw a lot of people right up to closing time on the last day. In addition to signing contracts, we also set up short term partnerships with OEMs. We were able to meet the visitors that we had targeted, in particular car and heavy goods vehicle technical inspection centres, relating to a lot of acquisitions and a few creations of centres. We are considering coming back to EQUIP AUTO 2017 and bringing our booth closer to technical inspection bodies who, like us, deal with light and heavy vehicles and two-wheelers."
Célia Caluori, Communications Manager - CLAS EQUIPEMENTS
"Our first participation at EQUIP AUTO dates back to 2009 with a 60 sqm stand, and this gradually developed into a 350 sqm stand at the 2015 show! We took advantage of the business dynamism of EQUIP AUTO to celebrate our 20th anniversary and we pulled out all the stops to welcome our customers appropriately to thank them for their continued support and offer them an enjoyable and friendly moment. A large number of them responded to our invitation, in particular from Thursday to Saturday and at the evening reception we organised on our stand, which was very busy for several days. This edition was truly the opportunity to meet our distributor clients and end users, garages, and make some promising contacts with French and international sales targets. We have undoubtedly gained in terms of reputation, developed our image even further and thus, I believe, given a boost to our business. There is every chance that CLAS EQUIPMENT will be back again in 2017."