European Automotive Trade Show looks set to be the best yet

23 December 2001 #SMMT News

The European Automotive Trade Show 2001 (EATS) was recently launched at NEC, Birmingham, England. It runs from 29 April – 2 May 2001 at the NEC. Despite having a new name, the exhibition (formerly the Automotive Trade Show) builds on the success of previous shows and will remain the UK aftermarket’s premier exhibition, a position it has held since 1975.

Exhibitors to EATS will be part of a Show that has seen visitor numbers rise by 85 per cent since 1993, and a growth in size by 42 per cent – and 2001 looks set to be bigger and better than before.

Explaining the initiatives unveiled at the launch, Show Organiser Philip Jones said ‘The Automotive Trade Show 1999 was a roaring success, but we haven’t rested on our laurels. With guidance from the Show committee, made up from senior industry figures, we looked at every aspect of the event, including the Show’s name.

‘European Automotive Trade Show 2001 reflects the changing society we live in: we’re all part of the European community, and our industry has been working and selling in Europe for years.

‘The new name simply reflects these changes. The Show will still be the premier automotive trade event, and it will have the same high standards as before. Visitors will still be able to get in free of charge. There’ll be even more to see next year, as we’re running the Show alongside our new tyre industry exhibition, InterTyre. We’re all very excited about the European Automotive Trade Show and are looking forward to next April!’ he concluded.

Notes to editors

  • Other details announced at the launch include a dedicated Show website, due to go live shortly. The website will be constantly updated with all the latest show news and developments.
  • Space rates for the exhibition were also announced. Space only rates start at just £130 per square metre for members of ADF, A1, FER, FSG, GEA, IFA, IMPACT, NTDA, RMI, SMMT or VBRA and £175 for other applicants. A shell scheme is also available, at only £165 per square metre for members, and £210 per square metre for other applicants. All prices are quoted in pounds Sterling.
  • Companies interested in exhibiting at the European Automotive Trade Show 2001 should contact Crystal Communications by telephone on +44 (0) 1634 261262, or E-mail
  • SMMT also organises: British International Motor Show 2000, 18-29 October 2000

    The Commercial Vehicle Show 2001, 20-22 March 2001

    All SMMT-organised exhibitions are held at NEC, Birmingham, England. The NEC has excellent road links, and has the Birmingham International main line railway station. Birmingham International airport is a short walk from the NEC, and has excellent links across Europe.

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