The 28th edition of Autopromotec, the international biennial exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products (Bologna, 22-26 May 2019), is almost upon us, and the organisers are unveiling their forecasts of the foreign delegations expected to travel to the Bologna exhibition centre. Thanks to the event's intense strategic international promotion based on consolidated partnerships with various chambers of commerce and independent organisations worldwide, Autopromotec 2019 plans to welcome more than 120 delegates – including buyers and institutional operators – from over 35 countries. Autopromotec has already established its role as an international trade show of primary importance for the after-sales market. Indeed, over the course of its more than 50 years of history the event has followed a path of continuous development, culminating with the record-breaking edition of 2017 that saw 1,599 exhibitors (more than 58 brands represented) and 113,616 professionals, of which over 23,000 from abroad. This year's edition promises once again to be a must-attend event for trade professionals to see for themselves the latest technologies and services offered by the automotive market. They will have the opportunity to meet with exhibitors recognised worldwide for their technological excellence that have exports exceeding 70% of turnover. Thanks to a partnership with ITA (Italian Trade Agency) as part of the "Extraordinary Plan for the Promotion of Products Made in Italy", a project promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development, about 80 delegates from markets with a strong interest in the automotive sector are expected to attend (United States, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia), but also areas with strong growth potential (Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia, China – Beijing and Guanghzou areas – South Africa), as well as delegations from the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Maghreb – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and sub-Saharan areas – Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and Caucasus (Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan). Moreover, the campaign for the international promotion of Autopromotec and the entire automotive aftermarket chain promoted by the Emilia-Romagna Region will bring more than 40 delegates from South America to the trade show (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador) and from the area of Southeast Asia (Thailand and Vietnam), not to mention India, Russia and Turkey. We invite you to visit the website www.autopromotec.com and follow the event's social channels to stay up to date with all the latest news on Autopromotec 2019: § Facebook (www.facebook.com/Autopromotec) § Twitter (twitter.com/Autopromotec): @Autopromotec and #Autopromotec2019 About Autopromotec: Autopromotec is an international exhibition for automotive equipment and aftermarket products that takes place every two years at the Bologna Exhibition Centre. Founded in 1965, the event is organised by Promotec, a services company owned by AIRP - Associazione Italiana Ricostruttori Pneumatici (Italian Tyre Retreaders Association) and AICA - Associazione Italiana Costruttori Autoattrezzature (Italian Automotive Equipment Manufacturers Association). Its unique formula is based on the specialisation, professionalism and quality of the exhibition, a true meeting point between manufacturers and users. The trade show - which includes over 580 product categories, covering all sub-sectors of the aftermarket - takes the form of a selection of specialised fairs, where visitors can easily plan personalised itineraries based on their professional interests. Through intensive promotional activities supported both at an institutional level and by trade associations, over the course of 27 editions Autopromotec has experienced a continued increase in international growth. Each edition of the event focuses great attention on training with AutopromotecEDU, a think tank dedicated to the analysis of the trade and to the most current and innovative topics regarding the automotive aftermarket.