Automechanika Dubai – 1-3 May 2018

The upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 has sparked fresh optimism in the UAE automotive aftermarket, with international manufacturers gearing up for new business opportunities as final preparations fall in place ahead of the global mega event.

The Middle East’s first ever World Expo is expected to attract more than 25 million people from across the globe, while a price tag of at least US$9 billion suggests the host Emirate is pulling out all the stops to create state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.

With US$3 billion worth of venue-related construction contracts awarded in 2017 alone, the increase of commercial and heavy-duty vehicles along with cars is expected to effect a corresponding rise in demand for spare parts and accessories, tyres and batteries as well as a host of maintenance and upkeep-related infrastructure and services.

The business potential has injected new impetus for international players in the automotive services industry, with more than 1,900 from 57 countries preparing to showcase their latest products and services at the 16th edition of Automechanika Dubai in 2018.

Companies exhibiting at the three-day event, which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, are targeting large-scale business growth up to, and beyond the six-month global showcase.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Automechanika Dubai is the Middle East and Africa’s largest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and services industry.

Automechanika Dubai 2018 spreads over six product sections of Parts & Components; Electronics & Systems; Accessories & Customising; Repair & Maintenance; Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning; and Tyres & Batteries.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Mega events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 do have a multi-sectoral impact on the region with the increase in expenditure for new infrastructure, support systems, logistics and commercial facilities.

“The impact is reflected among exhibitors at Automechanika Dubai 2018, many of whom are anticipating an injection of aftermarket products and services demand, with the expected rise of vehicle parc.  It may also favourably impact Dubai’s total auto parts trade in the coming years, which in 2016, was worth US$10.6 billion,” Pauwels added.

Automechanika Dubai’s global influence is highlighted by the presence of 25 country pavilions and 36 international trade associations, while 90 per cent of exhibitors, and 52 per cent of the 30,000-plus visitors are expected to come from outside of the UAE.

The annual showpiece will return with its popular Truck Competence initiative, where more than 1,500 exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

It will also feature the popular Automechanika Academy – a series of seminars, presentations, and workshops about key issues and regulations that affect the automotive aftermarket, and the African Buyer-Seller Meet, connecting suppliers with buyers from the world’s second largest continent.

More information about is available at: www.automechanikadubai.com.

AMR 2018 Opens In Beijing, China

The newly formed joint venture company Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing) Co Ltd is set to present the revamped Automotive Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) with an improved product range to better serve China’s dynamic automotive aftermarket. As one of Asia’s largest repair and maintenance industry events, AMR 2018 will attract 1200 exhibitors and approximately 60,000 trade visits are expected to explore the unwavering business opportunities and developments in 110,000 sqm of trade space. The show is co-organised by the China Automotive Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA) and the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA) and will be held from 1 – 4 April 2018 at the New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC) in Beijing.

While the evolving aftermarket sector has experienced surging demand for diversified and innovative products, the production, distribution, end-use and service sectors in the auto supply chain have also been transforming to adapt to these changes. Tapping into this challenging business has become a clear objective for more than a thousand of AMR’s participating repair and maintenance equipment, tools and consumable suppliers. This influential industry platform has attracted key international and domestic companies, including Axalta, Beissbarth, Bright, Car-O-Liner, Celette, Corghi, Festool, Fly-Eagle, Hunter, Kapci, Launch, Maha, Mirka, Panda, Piusi, Rav, Rupes, SATA and Snap-on, each looking to maintain a competitive edge in the dynamic market.

Extensive supply chain coverage in product zones

This year’s AMR has added a brand-new Car Care and Spare Parts Hall, to better serve distributors and the end-users such as workshops, 4S shops, trading companies, chain stores, car care shops, tyre shops and car washes. The specialised hall can help participating suppliers of repair equipment and tools, car care and spare parts such as APG, Biaobang, BPI, Juxuan, Leoch, Luoshi, Sensen, Sontian, Sorl and Wepp to build up their brands and create stronger connections with end-users.

The hall will join the show’s existing areas dedicated to Tools & Tyre equipment and consumables, Cleaning, Car Care, Refinishing, Collision Repair, Garage, Chain Store, Testing & Diagnostics, brand equipment and an international zone. The expanded offerings at the show will better reflect the most current industry trends and address multiple sourcing needs of all sorts of buyers.

In addition, the show’s organisers have also put more efforts in visitor recruitment, allowing exhibitors to link up with a wider range of buyers. So far, more than a thousand overseas visitors have registered for the show, with over half of them being new attendees. Meanwhile in China, the organisers have worked closely with key trade associations in Beijing, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Tianjin and Guangdong Province to organise key buyer delegation visits at the show.

Automotive Maintenance & Repair Expo 2018 (AMR 2018) will be held from 1 – 4 April at the New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC).

For more information, please visit www.amr-china.cn or e-mail sara.qin@china.messefrankfurt.com

Early SEMA Booth Space Applications Due March 30

Companies that submit booth space applications for the 2018 SEMA Show by Friday, March 30, are eligible to participate in the Priority Space Selection process. The space selection process, beginning April 30, is based on exhibitor seniority, and provides companies with the opportunity to choose the best locations for their Show displays.

Leading up to the selection process, each company will be contacted via email with their booth selection date and time range.

About an hour prior to the time to select, exhibitors are encouraged to be prepared by viewing the 2018 Show’s online floorpan. Updated every 30 minutes, exhibitors can see as the Show begins to take shape and monitor their desired section to gain a general idea of where they want to display.

Between April 24–27, each primary contact should take time to check their email, including their “junk” folders. Companies that have not received a correspondence by April 27 or that want to change the primary Show contact listed on the application should email sales@sema.org or call +1 909-396-0289.

The 2018 SEMA Show is scheduled for Tuesday 30 October until Friday 2 November 2018, in Las Vegas. There’s still time to participate in the Priority Space Selection Process. Reserve a booth space for 2018 now by visiting www.SEMAShow.com/buyabooth.

‘Revolution In Motion’ – 39th Bangkok INT’L Motor Show

Grand Prix International PLC announced that the concept for “The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show” is “Revolution in Motion”.

Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grand Prix International PLC and the Organizing Chairman of the 39th Bangkok International Motor Show said that “Bangkok International Motor Show is the No. 1 Motor Show in ASEAN, certified by OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles), to be listed on the Global Motor Show calendar”.

More than 30 car companies will participate in the show this year, including Japanese brands Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Suzuki and Koreans’ KIA and Hyundai. From Europe and the USA, Audi, BMW, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Jaguar, Porsche, Land Rover, Volvo, MG, Ford, Maserati, Chevrolet will also participate.

There will be 15 motorcycle brands joining the show including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Royal Enfield amongst others.”

The show will be held at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thani, Bangkok, Thailand, from March 28 to April 8, 2018, for 12 days in total, and will be open from midday to 10pm every weekday and from 11am to 10pm on weekends and public holidays.

From April 2 to April 8, 2018, Grand Prix International PLC also hosts another car event dubbed the 10th Bangkok Used Car Show 2018 under the concept of “Quality Used Car”, held at the Exhibition Hall 2 – 4, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. This is for those looking for a quality used car offered at a reasonable price from a reliable dealer with “No Deception” guarantee.

Automechanika Riyadh Opens Its Doors

The inaugural edition of Automechanika Riyadh opened for business where more than 150 exhibitors from 21 countries are showcasing their latest solutions to the automotive aftermarket in the Kingdom’s Eastern and Central regions.

Spanning 6500 square metres and running for three days at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Automechanika Riyadh 2018 was inaugurated by Eng. Mansour Abdullah Al-Shathri. Vice Chairman of the Board of Riyadh Chamber.

The biennial three-day event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Saudi-based ACE Exhibitions, and features country pavilions from Germany, USA, Turkey, Korea and China, underlining the importance of the Saudi auto parts, maintenance, and services industry to the global aftermarket community.

It will alternate between the existing Automechanika Jeddah, with the two trade fairs combined offering a dual gateway to Saudi’s entire aftermarket and auto services industry, from Jeddah, Mecca, and Medinah to the West, and Dammam, Dhahran, and Al Khobar to the East.

There was an enthusiastic response on the opening day from trade buyers and transport, fleet and logistics decision makers, as they had direct access to the world’s leading aftermarket brands across six product groups of Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customizing, Repair & Maintenance, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning, and Tyres & Batteries.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “With nearly half of Saudi’s 8,500 aftermarket outlets located in the Eastern and Central regions, it made sense to introduce a dedicated Automechanika trade fair in the Kingdom’s Capital.

“Saudi Arabia is already the Gulf region’s largest auto aftermarket, with revenues from tyres, batteries, lubricants, and other engine components and accessories valued at more than US$7.1 billion in 2017.

Automechanika Riyadh is the 17th global instalment of Automechanika. It will alternate with Automechanika Jeddah, which will next take place in February 2019.

Show Floor Hours For NACE Automechanika Atlanta Announced

Moving from its two editions in Chicago, NACE Automechanika is setting up shop in Atlanta for the 2018 edition. Why Atlanta? The company says it is listening to its exhibitors and attendees, staying true to its mission and remaining focused on ways to better serve the industry. Georgia is home to more than 3500 international firms including KIA Motors and Porsche Cars North America, holding the top ranking in the country for the lowest cost of doing business.

With hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of attendees, NACE Automechanika Atlanta will likely lead the industry in a showcase of the latest technology covering the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket.

Show floor hours have now been announced. NACE Automechanika Atlanta will be from 10 AM to 5 PM August 8 and 9, and from 10 AM to 2 PM on August 10.

INAPA 2018 Jakarta Almost Sold Out

The 10th edition of INAPA 2018 will be taking place from 22 – 24 March 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta) together with Tyre & Rubber Indonesia 2018, INABIKE 2016, Bus & Truck Indonesia 2018, RailwayTech Indonesia 2018 and INAFASTENER 2018 to be expanded up to up to 30% bigger scale and expected to attract more than 35,000 professional from 40 countries.

The exhibition area will be divided 7 area:

  1. Automotive Parts & System
  2. Bike, Parts and Accessories
  3. Commercial Vehicle and Parts (Truck, Bus, Forklift, Rail)
  4. Vehicle Equipment, Maintenance, Tool and Fastener
  5. Tyre, Wheel and Rubber Chemical
  6. Automotive Battery
  7. Lubricant (for Transportation & Manufacturing) – Lube Indonesia 2018

Indonesia economic growth in 2018 is targeted to reach 5.4% which is considered very realistic. Improvements occur in the commodity sector (palm oil, cacao, etc), manufacturer expansion, coal, and petroleum price is getting high. On the other hand, the investment for commodities have been rising high. The aggressive of infrastructure development in some remote areas also will drive equitable economic growth. This is good news for automotive industry to supply more Indonesia areas.

In terms of market size, Indonesia is the Biggest Car and Bike Market in SE Asia. Indonesia accounts for about one-third of total annual car sales in ASEAN. Indonesia not only has a large population (over 260 million populations) but is also characterized having a rapid expanding middle class. Together, these two factors create a powerful consumer force. The ratio of cars to the population in Indonesia (12:1) is still low compared with other countries in this region. Therefore, still provides a potential market for car encouraging producers to increase their production capacity.

Automechanika Shanghai 2017 Officially Open

The 13th edition of Automechanika Shanghai opened yesterday. For the first time ever, the fair covers 15 halls of the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai and celebrates its largest ever and highest quality edition:

There are 6051 exhibitors (5 per cent increase) covering an area of 340,000 square metres (nine per cent increase) and an expectancy of 130,000 visitors (eight per cent increase).

A total of 19 country and region pavilions can be found on the show floor, as well as an increase in 14 per cent of overseas exhibitors compared to last year.

Located at the North Hall, the E-Mobility & Infrastructure Zone has a larger exhibitor participation and enhanced product coverage this year. It showcases many different aspects of electric vehicles, such as electric controls, batteries, charging infrastructures and key auto parts.

The world of tyres, wheels, rims and related products is displayed at a dedicated area in the West Hall, for the sector’s most innovative products and research.

Running at the same time today are the following events:

  • Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2017
    Theme: Online vs Offline vs O2O – The Battle for the Future of the Aftermarket
  • Connected Mobility Conference Shanghai
    Theme: Autonomous Driving and AI Application in Connected Mobility
  • China Auto Technology Achievement Commercialization & Investment Forum
    Theme: Connected Car Technology Development and New Technologies Presentation
  • China Collision Industry Summit – CCIS Auto Insurance and Aftermarket Cooperation Seminar
    Theme: Dialogue between Automotive Aftermarket and Collision Car Industry
  • Car Racing Experience Sharing by Mr Rao Long, the Champion of TCSA

The show runs from 29 Nov until the 2nd of December.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City

The second edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City will open its doors once again from 25 – 27 April 2018, with an even more ambitious show planned following a successful first year. The three-day fair has now become Vietnam’s leading regional trade fair for the automotive service industry, which is complimenting the country’s position as a frontier for growth within the sector. Organised by Messe Frankfurt, Chan Chao International Co Ltd and Yorkers Exhibition Service Vietnam, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2018 is expected to house 360 exhibitors and welcome 8,500 visitors at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam has experienced a noteworthy boost in economic development in recent years, mostly thanks to a growing population, increased personal income and a stronger demand for more advanced technologies. This boost has also naturally worked its way into the region’s auto industry, with more people now looking for higher quality living standards and having more disposable income compared to previous years.

What’s more, recent figures suggest that the country’s auto sales surpassed 300,000 for the first time last year, resulting in an impressive 24 per cent year-on-year increase. Forecasts expect this figure to grow further in 2017 and beyond, highlighting the sheer boom for the industry in the region.

As such, Vietnam has now become a new home for the Automechanika brand, and after an encouraging response from visitors and exhibitors at its 2017 debut, it’s become clear that there is a huge amount of potential for the fair’s future success within the ASEAN region and beyond.

During the course of the show, each of the comprehensive exhibiting categories have been tailored to suit every corner of the auto industry:

– Parts & Components
– Electronics & Systems
– Accessories & Customising
– Repair & Maintenance
– Dealer & Workshop Management
– Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning
– Alternative Drive Systems & Digital Solutions

Keynote Session To Open Each Day At AAPEX 2017

For the first time, each day of AAPEX 2017 will start with a keynote session! We invite you to attend these events and hear from experts on:

• The Future of the Vehicle (Oct. 31) – “The Future of Mobility and the Aftermarket,” Neal Ganguli, Deloitte Consulting LLP,
• The Future of the Buyer (Nov. 1): “Navigating Omnichannel Successfully,” John Kinsella, VP, FitForCommerce, and the former Vice President, Experience Architecture & Center of Expertise at Lowe’s.
• The Future of the Shop (Nov. 2) – “Grease, Code and Customers: You’re Entirely Right About All the Wrong Stuff,” with a panel including Chris Cloutier, shop owner and technology creator, Golden Rule Auto Care; and Tyler Reeves, president & GM of National Accounts, Interstate Batteries. Scott Shriber, publisher, Counterman Magazine, will moderate the discussion.

Keynote sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., in the Venetian Hotel, Palazzo Ballroom.