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First ever Autopaint EXPO taking place next Wednesday

Global bodyshop brands including Mipa Paints, Roberlo, Prevost, J Tape, Telwin, Gerko, SATA, Sika, Cartec, AIT, Mirka, Kovax and Teng Tools are set to take centre stage at the first ever Autopaint EXPO, which takes place at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co. Meath on Wednesday, 18th October from 16:00 to 21:00.

The Autopaint EXPO has been organised by Autopaint Supplies, which has put together an exhibitor list that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the bodyshop sector.

Mipa Paints
Mipa Paints Limited is one of the largest manufacturers of professional paints and coatings within Europe and will be offering all visitors to its stand a free training course of their choice for a limited time only.

The company will also be giving attendees a chance to win either a free Mipa Repair System or a one-night stay at the Pillo Hotel, (including dinner and break- fast).

Roberlo, is a family business that specialises in solutions for the refinish aftermarket and industrial sectors and operates in 120 countries worldwide. The company provides a wide range of high quality and innovative products such as putties, paints, primers, clear coats, hardeners, thinners and sealants, responding to needs of the market.

Roberlo will exhibit its Blucrom water based system and its Tempus repair process at the Autopaint EXPO. Blucrom is a water-based colour system designed for the automotive sector. It is described as a two-in-one system that adapts to the specific needs of the bodyshop.

Prevost, will be exhibiting its wide range of compressed air connections. Prevost’s top priority is user safety, which is why its innovative line of quick couplings are specifically designed to instantaneously depressurise and eliminate any risk of hose whip with one simple push of a button.

Pneumatic tools can be changed in one easy step to reduce user fatigue and maximise shop efficiency. The prevoS1 quick coupling meets the requirements of ISO 4414 for safety.

JTape specialises in developing adhesive solutions for bodyshops and it will exhibit its wide range of blending tapes, fine line masking tapes, foam masking tapes, masking films and tapes at the Autopaint EXPO.

JTape will also exhibit its range of Mounting and Protection Tapes as well as its range of Protection films. For more information drop by the stand.

For over 60 years Telwin has been a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of welding machines, cutting systems, battery chargers and starters.

Telwin is present on all five continents, in over 120 markets with a range of products that, for variety and richness, has no equal in any market. Check out the Telwin range on its stand at the Autopaint EXPO.

Gerko International
Gerko International supplies a wide range of products to the Bodyshop sector for masking, sanding, paint preparation, glues and adhesives, putties and painting.

The company also supplies products for cleaning and polishing, for the spraybooth, and as well personal protection products. The company will exhibit a wide range of its products at the Autopaint EXPO.

Autopaint Supplies is an authorised SATA distributor for Ireland, and stocks a vast array of SATA products with a full product offering available to order.

SATA spray guns inspire with their stunning aesthetics and deliver with their cutting-edge engineering and the SATA team will be available on the night to demonstrate many leading products from the range.

Cartec’s range of car cleaning and maintenance products, as well as polishing and paint correction products will be showcased at the Autopaint EXPO.

Dutch company Cartec, is well-known for its commitment to manufacturing and providing high-quality products and innovative work methods that have trans- formed the way vehicles are cleaned and maintained.

With its expertise in car cleaning, you can expect to explore a wide variety of products designed to work effectively and save you time. And of course, to make the end customer happy about the appearance of their vehicle.

Cartec’s Refinish line is a game-changer for those looking to effortlessly remove sanding marks (starting from p1500), deep scratches, swirls, or oxidation. You can depend on Cartec’s tailored products and work methods to deliver exceptional results.

Sika is a Tier 1 supplier and development partner to the automotive industry. Since the early 1980s, Sika has been a supplier and development partner to the OEM automotive industry.

Based on its expertise as a leading OEM supplier, Sika offers a comprehensive portfolio for sealing and bonding applications, noise damping and protective coatings in the car body repair market.

Innovation, performance, reliability and ease of use make Sika products the number one choice for automotive glass and bodyshop professionals all around the world.

One product that exemplifies this is Sikaflex-529 Evolution, which combines simplicity and ease of use with a system of the highest performance level.

With just one system, the product can be used as a sprayable protection or spray- able seam sealant. With the associated nozzles, all common original bead applications can be replicated. Sikaflex-529 Evolution is a system for the reproduction of all common OEM sealing seams – one system for six structures.

AIT (Automotive Induction Technologies)
For almost twenty years AIT has manufactured and marketed products that are indispensable for the car, van and truck repair sector.

Over the years the company has developed a complete range of tools dedicated to the induction and welding of plastics. Concept, design and assembly are developed entirely in Italy, allowing the company to follow the production cycle throughout all of its phases.

Mirka UK is helping to organise workshop floors with the help of its modular trolley, which will be front and centre at the Autopaint EXPO. The trolley is available with two set-ups and provides technicians with a place to store all their machines and consumables as well as the option to modify it based on the job they are performing.

In addition to the modular trolley, Mirka will be showcasing its Galaxy 70x70mm perforated strips. This abrasive has been designed from the ground up to be used on both soft and hard materials and to provide a cut that is so clean that scratch patterns in finer grits are especially easy to polish out and there are no loose grains left behind.

Ross Hanna, business development manager for Mirka UK, says: “We are always looking at ways to make a technician’s job easier and more convenient and the addition of the modular trolley to our product portfolio is the next logical step to achieve this goal.

“We know that space is at a premium on the workshop floor and the product’s modular design offers two major benefits. The first is it is easily adaptable for the job at hand and any future jobs that the business might add to their range of services.

“The second is it provides the user with enough storage to ensure a tidy work area and reduces the need to go looking for items as everything is in one place.”

Japanese abrasives manufacturer, Kovax offers electrical and cordless sanding machines for every job, high quality tapes, a unique polish system, Nano coatings, and much more.

Kovax will demonstrate its all-time favourites, such as SuperAssilex, Buflex Dry, and Tolecut, showing the benefits of fine and uniform scratches throughout your process. But expect to also see a lot of new products like a light battery touch-up sander and a complete polish system in 1 bag, and much more.

Teng Tools
TengTools is a Swedish company present in more than 30 markets worldwide, and offers hand tools in smart storage solutions for demanding professionals within the automotive repair and maintenance sectors.

The value of having hand tools in order is vital to the industry. Tools must always be in the right place at the right time to ensure the quality of the work to be performed. Teng Tools has, therefore, in close collaboration with its end customers, developed the ‘Get Organised’ concept, with the LEAN principle in mind.

Not to be missed
Ciaran Fox, Business Development Manager at Autopaint Supplies told the Auto Trade Journal that the Autopaint EXPO will be a unique event on the calendar, and will give bodyshops the opportunity to meet with many of the leading brands on the market today.

Similarly, the Autopaint EXPO will give these brands the opportunity to showcase their products and services to bodyshop owners and operators in a central venue.

Fox enthused: “We are incredibly excited to announce the first ever Autopaint EXPO. The event, like none other on the Island, will focus exclusively on bodyshops. We are bringing some of the biggest and best names in the industry, all to the one venue – for one night only.”

“We are excited about the list of exhibitors who have confirmed and the feedback back we are getting from bodyshops around the country, and we are looking forward to a truly memorable night.”

The Autopaint EXPO will take place at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co. Meath on Wednesday, 18th October, 2023 from 16:00 to 21:00.

Register online at to claim your free ticket to this not to be missed event.