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From 18th to 21st October 2018, the largest automobile event for the year will attract top managers from the automotive industry and the latest technologies at Inter Expo Center, part of the calendar of AUTOMECHANIKA,Frankfurt.

In October, Bulgaria will join the privileged group of countries in the world, that can be claimed to have their own forum and exhibition devoted to automotive industry and the market of automotive parts and components. At a special press conference today, Inter Expo Center and Automotive Cluster Bulgaria announced the first Bulgarian AUTOMOTIVE FORUM & EXPO 2018, SOFIA. The event will take place from 18 to 21 October 2018, the start of a biennale event taking place every even-numbered year. The big news from the press conference is the support that the organizers received from AUTOMECHANIKA - the largest international exhibition in automotive industry. Its Bulgarian equivalent will take place a few days after the end of the German exhibition in Frankfurt am Main, with the proud slogan: supported by AUTOMECHANIKA.

Ivailo Ivanov, Manager of Inter Expo Center, on AutoMechanica and Messe Frankfurt: "The 50-year tradition of the world's leading trade fair and the most successful trademark of Messe Frankfurt, who are our long-standing partner, gives us a confidence we need to make this first step. I believe Bulgaria will soon become an alternative destination for big companies in the sector. At present, there are such events only in the most developed countries around the world, such as Germany, the United States, Dubai, Russia and China ,etc., and the potential establishment  of the exhibition in Bulgaria will be a very clear and positive sign for the sector.”

The first edition of AUTOMOTIVE EXPO 2018 will take place within four days in October and aims to cover all types of new technologies, electric vehicles, auto parts and components, garage and garage equipment, accessories and consumables for light, light-commercial and heavy goods vehicles. Special attention will be paid to the future development of the automotive industry in the next decade through demonstrations tomorrow's technology: Industry 4.0, Electrical Mobility, Fast Charging Stations, Hybrid Cars and Autonomous Movement Technologies.

The AUTOMOTIVE FORUM 2018 International Automotive Forum will bring well-recognized global automotive managers to Bulgaria to present the most successful automotive projects in Eastern Europe and Bulgaria, a B2B platform for international meetings, career days for the automotive and IT experts.

Arch. Lubomir Stanislavov, Executive Director of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria:"AUTOMOTIVE FORUM & EXPO 2018 will be a clear proof of the capabilities of the fastest growing sector in Bulgaria. The International Automotive Conference will demonstrate the most successful automotive projects in Eastern Europe as well as the prospects for the future development of the automotive industry in Bulgaria. In 2018 automotive production will reach 5% of Bulgaria's Gross Domestic Product, creating a sustainable ecosystem of suppliers, a basis for accelerated future success".

Leading manufacturers of components for the automotive industry in Bulgaria will present new innovations in the industry and lecturers from abroad will share the development trends in the sector and present the requirements of their companies to the Bulgarian suppliers. The parallel holding of the exhibition and the forum is expected to bring together the key figures in this industry and provide them with opportunities for individual meetings, discussions and new contacts in the days of AUTOMOTIVE FORUM & EXPO 2018, supported by AUTOMECHANIKA.

More information about Inter Expo Center / www.iec.bg /.

Inter Expo and Congress Center is the only exhibition center in Sofia, a symbol of modern and successful business practices that hosts many exhibitions and events covering different spheres of economy. The exhibition complex has 6 exhibition and 8 congress halls on a total area of 42,000 m2, offering its partners many opportunities to present and develop their ideas, as well as to present their projects in the best possible way.

About Automotive Cluster Bulgaria:

Automotive Cluster Bulgaria (ACB) represents the interests of one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Bulgaria - the automotive industry and the production of automobiles and relevant components. The cluster brings together most of the over 100 automotive manufacturers in the country that produce components for almost every well-known car brand. The vast majority of them are first, second and third-tier suppliers, and there is also one manufacturer owning a car assembly manufacturing facility in the country. There are over 37,000 employees in this industry. Revenues generated by the companies in this segment for 2017 amounted to about 2 billion euros and account for over 4% of the country's GDP. The main objectives of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria are to support automobile companies as well as to attract car manufacturers and leading international automotive components suppliers in Bulgaria. ACB represents the interests of its members and supports their projects. The cluster works with the government, universities, private training institutions and ACB members to improve education and training related to technology.

About Automechanika:

Automechanica is the world's leading trade fair for the automotive industry and the most successful trademark of Messe Frankfurt. The event covers the whole chain of automotive aftermarket processes, from the point of sale to maintenance, recycling and disposal. It is specialized for suppliers of motor vehicle manufacturers, garage and service equipment, as well as for all types of spare parts and maintenance accessories.