In this week’s edition of Market Focus, we cover the upcoming Automechanika Shanghai event previews, carwash academic scholarships, two new openings and two Veterans Day charity donations.

Automechanika Shanghai fringe program to feature advances in automotive technology and connected mobility

SHANGHAI— Automechanika Shanghai is returning to the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Puxi, Shanghai from Nov. 30th to Dec. 3rd and is expected to welcome 5,700 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors, according to a press release.

It is organized by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China National Automotive Industry International Corporation (CNAICO) and is one of 16 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and North, Central and South America, the release continued.

Automechanika Shanghai 2016 has an extensive list of top-notch industry events over the four-day show, the release noted.

This year’s fringe program is brimming with timely and applicable events, the release continued, and new this year is an award ceremony for Chinese auto parts and components suppliers.

Collaborating with many industry associations, leading enterprises and professional media, the extensive network of organizers will allow for several topics to be discussed during the four-day show, including new changes and compositions of the industry developments, the release stated; in addition, policy and industry market influences on supply chain management, channel transformation, industry differentiation and integration will be examined.

E-mobility and connected mobility are the key trends of the industry, and the Electronics & Systems sector of the show covers a broad reach, encompassing all elements of this hot market topic, the release added.

This year, connectivity, alternative drives, automated driving and mobility services will be amplified during the show, the release noted.

The Connected Mobility Roadshow Shanghai is a unique event and is part of the Connected Mobility Roadshow three-city tour that started at Automechanika Frankfurt in Germany in September, the release stated.

The event will be held in Shanghai on Dec. 1st and highlight three main themes: Connected Cars, Connected Data and Connected Customers, according to the release.

Other topics of discussion include digital disruption in the automobile industry, developments in the field of connected cars and the consequences of these trends on society, the release added.

The third city to host the Roadshow will be Austin, Texas, in the U.S. in the coming year, the release noted.

For more information about participating in the fringe program events, please contact: Mathilda Song at mathilda.song@china.messefrankfurt.com or Yvonne Dai at yvonne.dai@china.messefrankfurt.com.

For further information about the Shanghai show, please visit www.automechanika-shanghai.com or contact Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd at +852 2802 7728 / auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

Autobell® Car Wash Inc. awards 2016 academic scholarships to employees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Autobell® Car Wash Inc. awarded 130 employees in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia its 2016 academic scholarships toward the college or university of their choice, with this year’s gifts totaling $173,250, according to a company press release.

Since its inception, the Autobell Scholarship Program has awarded over $1.1 million in academic funds to employees, the release stated.

The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current Autobell employees of at least 12 months’ continuous employment who are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school diploma, the release noted.

Along with a completed application, candidates must submit references, an acceptance letter from an accredited college or university and an essay that discusses an educational or creative aspect of their employment experience, the release continued, after which the Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the scholarship recipients.

For more information, visit www.autobell.com.

Racer Classic Car Wash building its fifth location

LUBBOCK, Texas — According to an article posted by the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal, Racer Classic Car Wash is opening its fifth Lubbock location near 101st Street and Slide Road.

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony for the carwash on Nov. 17th, the article stated, and the new carwash is scheduled to open in early 2017.

“Racer Classic Car Wash just started in 2010 and they’re getting ready to open their fifth location,” said Mike Lambert, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program chairman. “The partnerships that they have in the community and the way that they give back is something that I know (they) take a lot of pride in. We’re very happy to be associated with you and all the work that you do.”

Andrew Zamora, Racer Classic Car Wash president, said, “We’re just excited to be in South Lubbock. We’ve been asked for a long time to be here and we want to service our customers on this side of town. We have great employees, great managers and great people in place with a great team. Hopefully, this will be open sooner than later. We’ll do our best to make this happen as fast as possible.”

Crew Carwash expanding into Northwest Indiana

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — According to an article on nwitimes.com, Crew Carwash will open its first northwest Indiana location, a $4.5 million facility, at 501 W. 81st Ave. in Merrillville next week.

The new location will have 20 employees, an eco-friendly water reclamation system and 12 self-serve vacuum stalls, the article stated.

“We look at traffic counts, and Merrillville had exactly what we we’re looking for,” Crew Carwash Executive Vice President Sally Grant said. “We look for cars, because that means a lot of dirty vehicles.”

In addition, Crew Carwash plans to expand across Northwest Indiana and is currently looking in Schererville, Hammond, Highland and Valparaiso, the article noted.

“We will be flooding the area with free car washes next week,” Grant said. “When customers try our services, we get repeat business.”

Crew Car Wash will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

For more information visit crewcarwash.com or call (219) 525-6694.

Brown Bear Car Wash Veterans Day fundraiser generates $11,916 for Puget Sound Honor Flight

SEATTLE — Brown Bear Car Wash honored veterans and current service military on Nov. 11th with 3,381 free washes at 23 tunnel wash locations across the Puget Sound area, according to a press release.

During the past decade, family-owned Brown Bear has provided 283,381 free washes both to salute former and current service members on Veterans Day as well as to celebrate the company’s “birthday” each August, the release continued.

Brown Bear has also proudly donated $11,916 ¾ $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day —to Puget Sound Honor Flight, the release stated.

Over the past three years, Brown Bear has donated $30,316 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., the release added.

For more information, visit http://pugetsoundhonorflight.org/about/.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, visit www.brownbear.com.

Flagstop Car Wash raises $2500 for Disabled Veterans

RICHMOND, Va. — This Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11th, Flagstop Car Wash provided free washes to 1000 customers in representation of the international event, Grace for Vets, according to a company press release.

They have participated in ICA’s Grace for Vets since its inception, the release noted.

Three years ago, Flagstop partnered with the local Disabled American Veterans organization, the release continued, and in doing so, they have encouraged donations to the non-profit organization by not only providing washes to active and retired military personnel, but also to any customer who contributes a donation of any given amount.

Bob Schrum, president of Flagstop, reported that with the help of the DAV volunteers and the Flagstop team, approximately $2,000 a year has been raised for the DAV, the release noted, with this year being the best ever, totaling $2,500.

With every year of participation, 100 percent of these funds go directly to help disabled veterans, the release added.