Automechanika Shanghai, reputedly Asia’s largest automotive trade fair and the organiser’s second largest Automechanika fair, will take place from 9 – 11 December 2009 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. This fifth edition of the fair is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China National Automotive Industry International Corporation (CNAICO). In line with the product profile of the global Automechanika brand, the event will encompass a broad spectrum of products and services for the automotive original equipment and aftermarket. Products on offer cover the sectors Parts & Systems, Accessories & Tuning, Repair & Maintenance, IT & Management to Service Station & Car Wash.
In 2008 Automechanika Shanghai had a record number of 1,982 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions showcasing their products in eight halls covering 92,000 square metres. The show attracted more than 30,800 visitors from 104 countries and regions and half of the buyers had full purchasing authority. The number of exhibitors and visitors were up to 59 per cent and 41 per cent respectively.
To date, 70 per cent of the expected 100,000 square metre exhibition space has already been taken up. Already confirmed for the 2009 show are four overseas pavilions from Germany, Singapore, UK and the USA. The UK pavilion is supported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders Ltd (SMMT), and the USA pavilion is certified by US Department of Commerce.
With the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers forecasting that vehicle sales will reach 10.2 million units in 2009 (an increase of nearly 9 per cent) this will make China the world’s largest automobile market and therefore a centre of global automotive attention.