Automechanika Middle East continues to grow
With 1,324 exhibitors from 56 countries and 20,715 visitors from 120 countries, the 10th Automechanika Middle East, held recently in Dubai, proved to be a very successful show. The upbeat trend at the exhibition was a direct reflection of the extremely positive outlook for the regional aftermarket, as underlined by Dubai's most recent trade figures.
The latest figures released during Automechanika by the Statistics Department of Dubai Customs showed a 12 per cent increase in auto parts total trade in Dubai in 2011, which reached US$9.9 bn. Additionally, a 13 per cent increase in Q1, 2012 as compared to the same period last year was announced, auguring well for continued growth into 2012 and beyond.
With a positive industry outlook and continued support from the international and regional aftermarket community, Automechanika Middle East is firmly set on a continued growth path.
One feature of the 2012 show was the increased focus on Truck Competence which is being implemented across the Automechanika exhibitions globally, and which met with great success at the Middle East event. A total of 418 out of the 1,324 exhibitors, (approximately a third of exhibitors) had truck competence within their portfolios. Expanding the extensive Automechanika brand profile, Truck Competence covers the entire value chain in the truck sector from truck parts and accessories, via workshop equipment to body repairs and care.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of organiser, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, was optimistic about the future, saying: “With the 10th edition of Automechanika Middle East proving to be a great success, going by initial reports, it is clear that the future for the regional aftermarket continues to look bright.”
The next Automechanika in Dubai will take place in June 2013.
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