Saudi Arabia’s Automotive Sector Set For Rapid Transformation

Saudi Arabia’s automotive ecosystem is set for a rapid transformation in the coming years, with 20 per cent of the female population, or three million drivers, expected to be added to the Kingdom’s roads by 2020, according to a recent whitepaper.

An October 2018 report said the June 2018 lifting of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, along with recovering oil prices and economic policies aimed at boosting consumer spending, will result in an eight per cent per year increase of passenger vehicles sales until 2022.

The whitepaper, published by global research company Aranca, added that in addition to new car sales, the positive impact of a new customer segment over the next one to three years will be felt in the Kingdom’s automotive aftermarket, which was valued at US$7.4 billion in 2017.

According to Aranca, the Saudi Arabian car parc stood at 7.3 million in 2017, with 438,000 new passenger cars and 110,000 new commercial vehicles sold for the year. Tyres accounted for the greatest slice of revenue in the Saudi spare parts market, with a 30 per cent share in 2017 (US$2.2 billion), followed by lubricants (US$1.4 billion), batteries (US$400 million), and other components (US$3.4 billion).

Aranca’s whitepaper was published ahead of Automechanika Jeddah 2019, the only dedicated trade show for the automotive aftermarket and service industry in the Kingdom’s western region. The third edition of the three-day event will take place from 26-28 February 2019 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, with more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries locked in for the show, awaiting fresh opportunities. Many of these opportunities will likely arise in Saudi’s western regions of Madinah and Makkah, where more than one million women are expected to get behind the wheel by 2020.

The whitepaper further said that key industry players are already taking initiatives to capitalise on opportunities created by women being allowed to drive, including the creation of women-only car showrooms, automotive insurance claims centres and driving schools dedicated to women.

Meanwhile, the rising car parc is setting the stage for solid growth in the Kingdom’s aftermarket. Aranca said 10 million vehicles will ply Saudi roads by 2022, including 6.5 million passenger vehicles and 3.5 million commercial vehicles. As a result, demand for spare parts and related automotive services will grow six per cent annually, reaching a value of US$9.8 billion in 2022.

A market ripe with opportunity will be underlined by the 3rd edition of Automechanika Jeddah, which is co-organised by Dubai-based Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Saudi-headquartered ACE Exhibitions.

“Consumption of auto spare parts and services in Saudi Arabia will grow at a healthy rate in the coming years, aided by the addition of a whole new segment of the population that is now allowed to drive,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Automechanika Jeddah’s Show Director.

“Longer warranty periods, growing vehicle parc, and environmental factors that lead to high wear and tear on car parts also provide added impetus in the auto aftermarket, with Automechanika Jeddah 2019 presenting an unrivalled platform for global suppliers to tap into emerging opportunities.”

The international presence at Automechanika Jeddah 2019 will be underlined by five country pavilions from Germany, the USA, Turkey, Korea and China. The trade show is expected to attract more than 4000 Saudi trade visitors, as they seek solutions across seven product groups: Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories & Customizing, Repair & Maintenance, Dealer & Workshop Management, Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning, and Tyres & Batteries.

The show will also feature the Truck Competence initiative, where more than half of the exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repair and care.

Aranca’s Saudi automotive aftermarket whitepaper is available to download on the Automechanika Jeddah’s website at www.automechanikajeddah.com.

Axalta Europe Tour Focused on Technology

Axalta Coating Systems recently concluded its “European Excursion” that saw a large group of customers and distributors visit several automotive landmarks through-out Germany, including Automechanika in Frankfurt.

The tour, which took place in early September, provided the opportunity for customers to broaden their knowledge on the most advanced repair techniques, view the latest industry-related products on offer, as well as network with like-minded repairers.

One of the highlights of the week was an exclusive I-CAR training session on carbon fibre. This high-end product is commonly found in vehicles that are positioned in the prestige end of the market. The training provided a better understanding and a more informed perspective on the technology used in prestige vehicles and the impact on the repair process. This session was a forerunner to the OE factory tours at Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in Stuttgart and BMW in Munich.

“Our European Excursion provided a good opportunity for our customers to mix work and pleasure,” explained Paul Wake, Axalta’s Sales Director and host of the tour. “There was great interaction between customers from all around Australia and New Zealand, each comparing notes on different aspects of running an auto-repair facility.”

Automechanika 2018 proved to be a big hit for seeking out new technology and the latest in product launches. Axalta’s partners – Finixa and Sagola – were both exhibiting and presented their latest offering to the group.

Axalta’s “Win a trip to Germany” competition prize winners Franco Missaglia from Stylefinish AutoBody in Victoria and Craig Hall from Craig Hall Bodyworks in the ACT were also present on the tour.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2019 Confirmed With Industry Support From Near And Far

Automechanika is one of the world’s most prestigious trade fair brands for the automotive service industry, and next spring will see the show return once again to the heart of Vietnam. With extended participation from international and local industry parties, the 2019 edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is set to be held from 28 February – 2 March at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC).

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is a regional trade fair for the automotive service industry in Vietnam. Since the debut show in 2017, the show has quickly become a leading event for Vietnam by bridging local industry with international peers for business connection, information exchange and educational opportunities.

Stepping into its third year in Vietnam, organisers say the 2019 show has even bigger plans to respond to the market’s enthusiasm, both domestically and abroad. The exhibition floor will be expanded to 10,200 square metres, allowing 380 local and international exhibitors to meet with an expected 8600 trade visitors during the three-day event.

Vietnam is developing as the next automotive assembly hub in Asia. The industry is expecting a higher volume of automotive parts to be imported into Vietnam as a result of a significant tax cut on imported parts and components, and recent reports suggest that the country is shrinking tariffs of imported car components from 2018 onwards. The move gives the rising automotive market even greater support as it encourages investment into the country’s ever-growing car manufacturing industry.

Today, organisers say many foreign players are eyeing the country as their next sweet spot for business growth, while local companies are also looking to grasp new opportunities as a result of these promising developments.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City received recognition from both the foreign and local markets, with many industry players agreeing that it is an effective platform to expand their business in the growing Vietnam automotive market. As such, organisers say more representing industry associations are pledging their support for Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City. For instance, the Rubber Plastic Manufacturers Association (RUPA), the Vietnam Association for Supporting Industries (VASI) and the Vietnam Automobile Transportation Association (VATA) will all join another 11 existing international and local organisations to become the show’s official supporters in 2019. Having the endorsements from these additional local associations also means the show now has broader coverage across Vietnam, which allows organisers to promote the event to even more domestic visitors.

New supporter VATA has over 1500 members, including engineers, entrepreneurs and company leaders, and 50 sub-organisations across the nation. Its chairperson, Nguyen Van Thanh, said: “We heard a lot of positive feedback about Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and have seen its significant development from the previous editions. In terms of its quality and professionalism, we are glad to become an official supporter for the show. We will introduce the show to our members through various channels, including website, e-newsletters and our official publication Vietnam Automobile Transportation Magazine. Participating in the fair will definitely allow them to expand business networks and enhance their technical skills by joining the show’s concurrent events, such as fleet management conference and training.”

The 2019 show is expected to house nine overseas pavilions. A new pavilion from Hong Kong is anticipated to join other international pavilions from China, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, the Middle East, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand on the show floor.

“Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is no doubt a regional trade fair with a high level of global presence at the same time,” said Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd.

“The 2019 show will welcome exhibitors from more than 17 countries and regions, to meet trade visitors from over 44 countries and regions.”

“Likewise, over 40 per cent of trade visitors at the last edition expressed strong interest in the commercial vehicle sector. As such, the next show will continue to see numerous renowned global players such as LIQUI MOLY, a lubricant specialist, to bring a diverse range of products for passenger and commercial vehicles. This means fairgoers will be able to see the leading technologies and latest industrial solutions in one spot,” she added.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, Chan Chao International Co Ltd and Yorkers Exhibition Service Vietnam. It is one of 17 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and North, Central and South America. For more information about the show or to download press materials, visit www.automechanika-hcmc.com. Alternatively, contact Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd on +852 2802 7728, or email [email protected]

Sherwin-Williams Showcases “Mastery of Refinishing” At Automechanika 2018

Sherwin-Williams, through its Automotive Finishes division, brought over 100 years of experience in vehicle refinishing to life at Automechanika Frankfurt.

The event follows Sherwin-Williams’ successful acquisition of Valspar last year and is already generating significant success and opportunities for the combined business and this was a key talking-point at Automechanika.

“This was a great first event for us as a combined organisation in Europe which generated significant interest in Sherwin-Williams, our refinishing brands and our tools to support digital colour matching,” said Theo Wemmers, Executive General Manager Automotive EMEA.

“It was also an excellent opportunity to meet partners and customers, explain how we are looking to help their businesses become more profitable and productive, and discuss the latest trends in vehicle refinishing.

“These are exciting times for Sherwin-Williams and we look forward to accelerating the growth potential of our partners and customers.”

The theme of the company’s stand at Automechanika Frankfurt was ‘Mastery of Refinishing’, telling the story of its decades of experience in vehicle refinishing as well as its focus on digital innovation. A virtual reality refinishing experience received high engagement with over 700 participants, a preview of its brand-new digital spectrophotometer (due for release in 2019) and demo of its new online training programme brought the digital focus to life.

Important highlights from the show included a series of launches and announcements about the company’s major refinishing brands, including:

DeBeer – Delegates learned about the DeBeer Difference and how a brand with over 100 years of heritage is as committed today as it ever was to providing quality products, unmatched service and support.

Octoral – The bold campaign promoting the visionary approach of this premium brand was featured at Automechanika, forming one of the event’s most eye-catching displays.

It was announced that Prospray will become available in more markets in the EMEA region in 2019, giving more customers access to the brand’s passion for perfection.

The range of eight new body fillers, part of the Spralac BodyWorks range was also launched at the show.

25th Automechanika Frankfurt Closes, Records Visitor Increase

Automechanika Frankfurt has concluded, following five trade fair days with a record number of exhibitors, more visitors than the 2016 show and a new record for exhibition space.

 The event drew 136,000 trade visitors from 181 countries, and of these, more than 10,000 were at the event for the first time. More than 80 per cent of exhibitors said they had achieved their goals for the event.

“The 25th Automechanika Frankfurt was the biggest and most international event in its history,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

“From 11 to 15 September 2018, more than 5000 companies presented their new products and solutions in an area of around 315,000 square metres. The feedback from our customers has been unmistakable. Never before has the Automechanika Frankfurt fair been so focused on the future. All areas of the automotive aftermarket – industry, retail and workshops – have responded to megatrends that include connected cars, networked workshops and clean vehicles, offering an amazing range of innovations for the international group of professionals in attendance these past few days.

“In all 23 exhibition hall levels and in the outdoor exhibition area, things were really humming.”

US paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, which was making its first-ever appearance at an Automechanika trade fair worldwide, used virtual reality to present new products and a new training app.

As a counterpoint to the emphasis on the digital world, the new Classic Cars exhibition area enjoyed an impressive debut at the trade fair. 75 per cent of exhibitors in this new area were very satisfied, including parts manufacturers, paint suppliers, start-ups and associations.

The next Automechanika Frankfurt is scheduled to take place from 8-12 September 2020.

Automechanika Frankfurt Kicks Off 25th Edition With New Records

Automechanika Frankfurt 2018 has opened its doors with more than 5000 exhibitors showing off their wares across the 12 halls of the Frankfurt Messe. The fair brings together the many trends, large and small, of the automotive aftermarket and collision repair industry, opening this year to an array of innovations in the fields of equipment, parts, accessories, management and services.

Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, said: “Growth in the automotive aftermarket continues unabated; this is shown by a renewed participation in a record number of exhibitors for the 25th edition. This year we also expect guests from over 170 countries. They will be focusing on technological progress, knowledge transfer and forging new alliances.”

The best of the best entries for the Automechanika Innovation Awards were honoured at a presentation ceremony on the first day in the Forum, with 10 winners in three categories chosen from a total of 120 entries (58 nominees and 36 finalists along with the 10 winners). The jury of eight experts was made up of representatives of the industry, trade, associations, science and media, with judging criteria being innovative content, solution excellence, functionality, aftermarket relevance, safety, security, quality, contribution to environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainability.

Around a third of entries came from Germany and two thirds from outside the country; 10 per cent of those entries were from outside the European Union. There was also an above-average increase in the number of entries from outside Germany – a trend that has been apparent for several years. The majority of entries were products and solutions from the workshop equipment segment, including tools, measuring devices and aids, in the categories Repair & Maintenance, and Repair & Diagnostics.

Automechanika Frankfurt 2018 is being held across all 12 halls at the Frankfurt Messe, with Hall 11 dedicated to the Body and Paint section. BodyShop News is exhibiting at stand 11.1 D63.

NACE Automechanika Atlanta 2018 Opens Its Doors

NACE Automechanika has now opened for business at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The opening day included several mechanical, collision and management classes, along with many hands-on demonstrations, presentations and innovative product displays from exhibitors including Gtechniq North America, Pro Spot International and The Matrix Wand.

One of the sessions was presented by David Luehr, the founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions. He was in high spirits as he presented his session, The Winning Mindset of America’s Greatest Body Shops, in the morning on the first day of the show.

“Right now is the best time to be in the collision repair industry,” said Luehr. “Perfecting all of the technical aspects of the business is only a part of the body shop success equation. The right winning mindset can overcome more challenges and take you, your business, and your team further, into limitless potential.”

General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced the launch of the GM Collision Repair Network at the show. The company also used a morning presentation to speak with repairers about joining techniques GM utilises as a result of ‘light-weighting’ efforts.

“Today’s light-weighting of structures drives new engineering designs as well as new material usage,” said Joe Villanueva with GM Service Engineering, during his presentation. As an example, he spoke about the 2019 LD Chevrolet Silverado, soon hitting dealerships. The vehicle’s weight has been reduced by more than 200kg through the use of aluminium parts such as bolt-on cowls, tailgates, doors and bonnets. Aluminium doors are now full replacement only, with no door skins available, said Villanueva.

Axalta Names Trip to Germany Promotion Winners

Franco Missaglia from Stylefinish Auto Body in Mentone, Victoria and Craig Hall from Craig Hall Bodyworks in Canberra, ACT have won Axalta’s 2018 Win a Trip to Germany promotion.

Each winner will take in the sights of some of Germany’s most beautiful cities, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, whilst visiting museums and automotive manufacturing plants, including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The tour will also focus on Automechanika, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

“Axalta would like to sincerely thank its customers for their continued support,” said Steven Brett, Axalta Coatings Systems Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. “Our aim is to make the tour, which includes Automechanika, a wonderful experience but also an opportunity to gain insight into the advancements happening in our industry and the impact they may have on the Australian automotive repair market now and into the future.”

Missaglia was thrilled to have been named a winner.

“I would like to thank Axalta for the great opportunity this promotion has given me to not only visit Germany but to travel with likeminded professionals,” he said.

Paul Wake, Axalta’s Sales Director, presents Craig Hall from Craig Hall Bodyworks with his winning certificate.
Paul Wake, Axalta’s Sales Director, presents Craig Hall from Craig Hall Bodyworks with his winning certificate.

MSO Symposium Set For NACE Automechanika

The MSO Symposium is set to take place in conjunction with the NACE Automechanika Show in Atlanta, providing the opportunity to discuss topics influencing the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium, on Thursday, 9th August, is led and attended by experienced, high-growth executives from the leading multi-shop operations within North America. According to the organisers, it is through the assistance of leaders from within these organisations that the MSO Symposium continuously delivers directly impactful information to its constituents.

With an expanded program for 2018, organisers say attendees will gain useful and original information from key decision-makers, while encountering unique opportunities to exchange business knowledge and conversation with so many developed leaders from within the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium’s programme is directly relevant for owners of large, yet independent collision repair facilities, OEM collision repair program managers, insurance professionals and members of multi-shop operators (MSOs).

The event is exclusive and only open to people within the above categories, as well as to a limited number of prominent industry sponsors who support the collision repair industry with information, equipment, and data solutions.

For more information visit msosymposium.com.

Automechanika Shanghai 2018 Returns With Digital Trends And New Zones

Expectations for this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai are high following last year’s record breaking show, hailed as the most successful in its history. The show is scheduled to take place from 28 November to 1 December at the NECC in Shanghai, and the entire automotive world is preparing for one of the most important dates on the industry’s calendar.

This year, exhibition space is estimated to reach 350,000 sqm. Within the show’s halls, an expected 6250 exhibitors will cross paths with over 140,000 trade visitors. A growing number of participants in 2018 will represent the show’s stronger spotlight on various trends and advancements which are now becoming abundant across the industry, namely within the sphere of digital automotive innovations.

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility – New for 2018

As one of the hottest topics for players across multiple industry sectors, show organisers said advancements in digitalisation are coming thick and fast. The likes of autonomous driving, car connectivity, electromobility and advanced systems all play a crucial role in moulding the future of the industry, and organisers said Automechanika Shanghai echoes this evolution in terms of visitors’ sourcing needs, exhibitors’ product developments and even with the show’s collection of fringe events.

Demonstrating the show’s strengthened emphasis on digital trends is the new area for ‘Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility’, which has been established in collaboration with the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce.

The area will feature the five most essential elements of car connectivity through exhibits, forums and interactive activities for private and public transportation. These are:

  • People: This area will focus specifically on in-car well-being, including the latest interior electronics for improved safety, personal entertainment and driver comfort
  • Vehicle: Visitors can explore several on-site car demonstrations, with a host of electric vehicles on display to bring the show’s connectivity concepts to life
  • Road: The area will also promote infrastructure of connected roads for autonomous driving, and will also look at the standards and regulations of more developed countries
  • Network: A number of leading international network and IT providers will gather in this area, demonstrating how connectivity continues to bridge the automotive sector with the online world
  • Cloud: Data management will be a key aspect here, allowing visitors to explore the ways in which car connectivity data can enhance fleet management, car sharing, and smart cities

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility also covers several aspects of new energy vehicle innovations, such as electric controls, charging infrastructure, battery technology, vehicle components and testing equipment. At the same time, various other industry sectors will demonstrate how these digital trends are filtering into many automotive markets. This includes the Parts & Components and Accessories & Customising sectors, as well as the Repair & Maintenance and Electronics & Systems sectors.

Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of show organiser Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, emphasised how Automechanika Shanghai continues to walk alongside the industry’s ever-changing trends.

“We have been lucky enough to witness a shift in attitude for automotive manufacturing in recent years. The industry’s ‘blue sky’ concepts are now a thing of the past, with the vast majority of innovations in digitalisation and connectivity coming to fruition across multiple sectors.

“The show’s representation of the entire supply chain, on top of its ability to attract the biggest names from around the world, allows us to represent this evolution in the most effective way possible,” she added.