Mechanex 2022 preview

Mechanex 2022 preview

Mechanex is back for 2022 and we bring you everything you need to know about this years’ show including exhibitors, seminar schedule and what to expect over the two day event!

Where: Sandown Park, ESHER, Surrey
When: Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November 2022 – 10am – 4pm

The annual trade exhibition, the only one of its kind, will once again be held at Sandown Park on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November. 2022’s show promises to be a lively one, with more than 40 exhibitors signed up for the two day show.

MECHANEX is well known within the independent aftermarket for offering visitors a hands-on experience, bringing them the latest updates and expertise from across the industry and providing an exciting day away from the workshop. Registration to visit the show is free and so is parking, so why not come and take a look at what the likes of NGK, Varta and Liqui Moly have to show you. In such a competitive industry, MECHANEX is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.

If you like PMM, you’ll love Mechanex – it’s simply the magazine in a live format.


Of course, MECHANEX isn’t only about the exhibitors. Over the years the show has built a formidable reputation with its free training seminars. This year, the seminars will be hosted by industry experts and MECHANEX super-fans Hayley Pells and Tom Denton, who will be livening up the stand with their unique blend of automotive insight and friendly banter. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved and ask the questions you’ve been dying to get the answers to.

Back this year are the popular panel discussions from the past. Hayley and Tom will be getting each of the seminar speakers around the table at the end of each day to delve into the big issues facing the industry.

On day one it’s the future of mobility and how cybersecurity and the shift towards electrification will affect your garage. Day two sees the panellists tackle the skills shortage and considering what role upskilling will play in retaining and recruiting staff in the future. These are sure to be unmissable discussions!

Who’s exhibiting?

Mechanex 2022 preview


VARTA Batteries is showcasing the very latest in automotive battery technology to the UK’s most forward thinking workshop technicians this year. The team will be on hand to discuss the challenges of battery replacement on modern vehicles and how VARTA can provide solutions to make battery-related jobs easier and more efficient.

Visit the stand to learn about the VARTA Partner Portal, the free-to-access online platform which includes all the tools that technicians could need for the perfect battery replacement. Also on show will be the latest EVready Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries available for the aftermarket, as well as views on future battery technology.

Visit VARTA on stand D60

Mechanex 2022 preview

Road Runner

Road Runner is the original motor trade insurance specialists. For the past 25 years, they’ve been offering road risks, liability and premises cover for independent motor traders. In fact, they were one of the very first brokers to specialise in this area. Not only will the Road Runner team be bringing their vast knowledge of all things motor trade insurance to Mechanex, but we’ll be giving you the chance to win an amazing Lego McLaren F1 car!

So, with Christmas just around the corner, if you’re stuck for ideas or just love Lego, go and see them on stand C12 to be in with a chance of winning.

Visit Road Runner on stand C12


Ignition and sensor specialist NGK will be focusing on its recently introduced EGR valves range when it exhibits at Mechanex. Phase one of the launch took place in March of this year with the introduction of 45 reference with the valves being the equivalent to their original equipment (OE) counterparts. NGK’s Mark Hallam adds: “While the main focus will be on the valves at Mechanex, our staff will also be available to speak to garage visitors about our other components including OE spark plugs, glow plugs, and NTK Lambda sensors and also the services we provide.”

Visit NGK on stand B2

Mechanex 2022 preview

Liqui Moly

With around 4,000 items, Liqui Moly offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive products including motor oils, additives, car care products and chemically-based technical solutions for automotive applications. Not only are they voted the top Motor Oil Brand in Germany, Liqui Moly offer a range of innovative solutions in the workshop from their chemical to storage solutions.

The company is delighted to be able to bring you these innovations to Mechanex this year, so you are able to see their products in action with your own eyes. There’s even a chance to win some merch by entering their raffle!

Visit Liqui Moly on stand D52

Thinkcar UK

Thinkcar UK is a new name to the UK diagnostics industry, however they have the DNA of one of the world’s largest global diagnostic brands. This time it is all about Thinkcar, as they will have on display one of the most complete and exciting ranges to be released in the UK for years. From personal tools perfect for technicians box up to the range topping Euro MAX with 4 channel scope.

Visit Thinkcar UK on stand F18


Originally formed as a buying group, Grouptyre is made up of 10 independent member wholesalers across the country. The company has evolved massively in its existence since its inception nearly 27 years ago. The company has the strength and buying power of a national organisation, but with expert local knowledge. Come and visit the team, who will be made up of regional sales managers, to see how Grouptyre can help you develop your business, with its business support, industry leading tools and market leading delivery service.

Visit Grouptyre on stand A10


Rotronics provides high-quality battery management technology and is the UK partner for Midtronics and CTEK, specialising in battery management solutions. To explore opportunities that offer the right solutions, they place a premium on quality and longterm problem-solving. Rotronics focuses on solving customers’ problems, and providing detailed product knowledge and achievable solutions. Make time in your day to meet with Ken Clark, Managing Director, and the team as they demonstrate the Midtronics CPX900, DCA8000, and industry-first ROBIS at stand C2.

Also, Purchase the CPX900 and receive a 12-month free subscription to the ROBIS online portal. Receive £500 off any DCA8000 purchased during Mechanex 2022.


ClickMechanic is the UK’s market-leading platform that connects car owners who need repairs, servicing and inspections to the UK’s best mobile mechanics and garages. The platform provides mechanics on the network with exclusive access to 1,000s of jobs across cities in the UK. The friendly team from ClickMechanic will be at Mechanex 2022 to chat about the innovative technology behind the real-time quoting system and how mechanics are using these features to grow their business in a digital-first world. Mechanics will have the opportunity to sign up to ClickMechanic on the spot at Mechanex 2022!

Visit ClickMechanic on stand A6

Absolute Alignment

Absolute Alignment is the leading UK distributor of wheel alignment equipment for car and commercial applications. As market leaders in alignment technology, the Aldershot-based outfit offers opportunities for forward-thinking workshops, having recently launched its new Bluetooth Lite wheel aligner – which will be on the stand.

Visit Absolute Alignment on stand F26

MAM Software

MAM Software will be providing attendees with an opportunity to find out more about the latest features within Autowork Online, MAM’s feature-rich garage management software. The latest version of Autowork Online is filled with improvements to streamline efficiencies and increase productivity. MAM Software will also be showcasing the latest version of TeamView: the paperless job card and technician’s activity add-on for Autowork Online.

Ashley Tankard, sales manager at MAM Software: “Mechanex 2022 is the perfect platform to showcase our latest developments in Autowork Online. It’s a great opportunity to meet new and prospective customers and demonstrate how Autowork Online can help improve efficiency and profitability in busy workshops and garages.”

Visit MAM Software on stand D34

Pico Technology

PicoScope is considered the world’s leading supplier of Oscilloscope Diagnostic tools, with the latest 4425A PicoScope, Pico Technology has once again pushed the world of Diagnostics forward. Visit us on Stand D72 to find out more about our PicoBNC+ probe connectivity, our latest PicoScope 7 software, and how PicoScope will help you diagnose the low-carbon vehicles of the future.

Visit Pico Technology on stand D72

ISN Europe

ISN Europe will be showcasing and demonstrating a range of Atlas Platinum tyre changing, wheel balancing and wheel alignment equipment at Mechanex this year. ISN Europe is the European arm of Integrated Supply Network, North America’s largest independent tool and equipment distribution business. In the UK, it is a leading supplier of automotive tools, equipment and services to the UK tyre and automotive aftermarket. With fantastic equipment covering Tyre Changers, Wheel Balancers, Vehicle Lifts, Wheel Aligners, ADAS diagnostics, Air Conditioning recharge units and MOT equipment all under one roof, it is the go-to company for all your garage equipment needs.

Visit ISN Europe on stand B19


Autowave are market leaders in the supply of auto-locksmithing equipment, diagnostic tools and key cutting machines. With a wide range of items to suit all users’ needs. Backed up with our expert team of technical advisors; all of our customers benefit from our unparalleled aftersales support and unmatched product knowledge.

Visit Autowave on stand F12

Impact Diagnostics/Autel

Working closely with Autel UK, Impact diagnostics will again be exhibiting the latest range of diagnostic products from Autel including their newest EV Products. On the stand Impact will also have vehicle chargers from IntelliEV, Autocom Diagnostics, N2 Neuron multimeters, specialist tools from AJD, Welzh Werkzeug plus more.

Visit Autel/Impact Diagnostics on stand F16

Cooling Edge

Cooling Edge supplies high quality air conditioning service equipment, tools and consumables to the automotive industry. Our range of equipment includes the popular Denso Kheos Plus and Kristal Base service stations. As part of our training programme we offer the City and Guilds F Gas licence onsite throughout the UK.

Visit Cooling Edge on stand D40


GloForce have a new and very unique range of work lights/machine lights, which have magnetic goosenecks and clamped goosenecks with a range of lengths, enabling users to get light, right where they need it. They are extremely bright, dimmable, battery operated, so cordless and mobile, with run times of over seven hours per charge.

Visit GloForce on stand F1


Shaftec has been supplying remanufactured and new parts to the motor trade for over 20 years and is now firmly established as the leading transmission, steering and braking supplier to the UK aftermarket. Full range of products available from stock includes Driveshafts, CV joints, CV Boot Kits, Propshafts, Brake Calipers, Steering Racks, Steering Rack Gaiters, Steering Pumps and Electric Steering.

Visit Shaftec on stand F20

Two days of seminars

This year the seminar stand will be hosted by Hayley Pells and Tom Denton. Day one will focus on the future of mobility and the challenges that cybersecurity and the shift towards electric vehicles pose to the traditional workshop. Day two will take a look at what workshops can do to promote the industry to the next generation and the important role upskilling will play in the future.

A word from the hosts, Tom and Hayley:

“We really like Mechanex because it brings business owners and technicians exactly what they need in one place at a convenient venue. The free seminars are the icing on the cake because they cover topics that really matter to our day-to-day work. You don’t need to commit too much time either, one day is just right even if you need to visit all the stands. The thing we look forward to most of all at the Mechanex show is, of course, meeting friends and colleagues, but also making new contacts.”

Day one – 8th November – The Future of Mobility

  • 10:30 – Steve Coles, IGA
    Maintaining Complaince & MOT Update
    The IGA’s Steve Coles gives visitors the latest updates to MOTs and discusses the importance of remaining compliant.
  • 11:30 – Matt Cleevely, Cleevely Motors
    Running an EV Workshop
    Matt outlines the challenges and benefits of taking on electric vehicles.
  • 12:15 – Neil Pattemore, UK AFCAR
    The UK Aftermarket is out of control – What can you do?
    With changes to vehicle technology, vehicle cybersecurity and new business models to diagnose and repair vehicles all being implemented by vehicle manufacturers, where does this leave the UK Aftermarket?
  • 13:00 – Tom Denton, Automotive Author
    Automotive Connectivity and Cybersecurity
    How are vehicles hacked, what are the consequences and how do we prevent it. What will the issues be for garages and technicians in relation to cybersecurity and how can we start to prepare.
  • 14:00 – Colin Gleghorn, Autotech Training
    EV Training: could you benefit?
    Colin explains why EV training should continue to be a top priority to not only ensure workshop safety, but to open new revenue streams.
    15:00 – Panel Discussion: EVs & the Future of Mobility

Day two – 9th November – Tackling the Skills Shortage

  • 10:30 – Steve Coles, IGA
  • 11:30 – Hayley Pells, Automotive Author
    The High Voltage Pathway
    Discover what work to expect from electric vehicles in the independent workshop. Will it be different from working on ICE?
  • 12:15 – Gavin White, Autotech Group
    Tackling the Skills Shortage
    Gavin looks at whether the aftermarket can gain, train and retrain its way to tackling the skills shortage.
  • 13:00 – Tim Benson, Independent Garage Owner & Consultant
    The Power of Selection: Staff Retention
    The Power of Selection is a series of presentations that Tim has developed to help Garage Owners to think about making positive decisions to influence their business.
  • 14:00 – Chris Cotterill, IMI
    IMI TechSafe: A Complete Solution
    Learn about the people development needs and solutions as we move from the traditional automotive sector to a new mobility sector.
  • 15:00 – Panel Discussion: Tackling the Skills Shortage

How do I visit?

The address for the show is:

Sandown Park
Portsmouth Road
KT10 9AJ

If you’re coming by car head to the free car park. If you’re coming by public transport, the nearest train station is Esher, a 13 minute walk from the venue.

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