The 17th edition of Automechanika Shanghai has been rescheduled to 1 to 4 December 2022 at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Centre after the show was put on hold due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager Messe Frankfurt (HK), said the company considered a number of factors regarding the new date.
“These include further consultations with the authorities, in addition to assessing an appropriate timeslot in the global Automechanika brand calendar,” said Chiew. “In this respect, holding the show from 1 to 4 December 2022 is the most viable outcome for all. We appreciate the support, patience and understanding of everyone in the automotive ecosystem during this interval.”
Xia Wendi, Chairman of China National Machinery Industry International, said that owing to China’s strong export market and healthy domestic demand, the country’s automobile and car parts markets remain strong.
“In this regard, we are fully confident in future prospects,” said Xia. “We are committed to constructing a trade fair platform where high levels of flexibility, efficiency, focus and sustainability are central to serving industry needs. I believe this will propel the entire automotive supply chain towards higher levels of quality.”
In the interim, Automechanika Shanghai offered its AMS Live online show, held during the original show dates, which it said highlighted the rising need for a resilient digital toolkit while global markets recover.
“Buyers could begin sourcing from over 2900 potential suppliers on 10 November,” the company said. “This further opened up on 24 to 27 November 2021, where players fully leveraged AI matchmaking, lead management tools and real-time analytics. So far, the platform has marked 226,400 online visits (in terms of page views) from 135 countries and regions such as China, Germany, Russia, Turkey and the US. Functions on the platform will remain open until 15 December allowing users more time to explore the show’s aggregated resources.”
Organisers said that over 50 video recordings and livestreamed events on AMS Live proved popular, with sessions such as ‘How AIoT is Transforming the Active Safety of Commercial Vehicles’ and ‘Dialogue with Automotive Entrepreneurs (Shanghai Stop)’ attracting 2049 and 2440 viewers respectively. Several exhibitors also held product demonstrations and launches on the platform.
“On top of this, a dedicated team from the organisers have produced 1900 appointments and recommendations on Match Up since its launch in August,” they said.