Automechanika Dubai 2018 opens with 1,812 exhibitors from 61 countries
The 16th edition of the Middle East and Africa’s (MEA) largest automotive aftermarket trade and networking event opened today (1 May 2018) in Dubai, featuring 1,812 exhibitors from 61 countries.
Running for three days and spanning 63,350 square metres at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Automechanika Dubai 2018 was flagged off by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The show contains six product groups: Parts & Components and Electronics & Systems (1,102 exhibitors); Tyres & Batteries (221 exhibitors); Accessories and Customizing (219 exhibitors); Repair & Maintenance (200 exhibitors); and Car Wash, Care, & Reconditioning (70 exhibitors).
With 23 country pavilions and a brand new Innovation Zone at the centre of the show floor in Hall 4, Automechanika Dubai 2018 arrives amid a sense of optimism in a MEA market where sales of auto parts and accessories is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of seven per cent over the next five years.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Automechanika Dubai’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Research shows that the MEA auto aftermarket was valued at US$22 billion in 2017, with sales of auto parts and accessories across the region estimated to reach US$31 billion by 2022. With a fleet size of 92 million passenger and commercial vehicles, the MEA is still a key market for global and regional aftermarket players.”
Automechanika Dubai 2018 is expected to attract an audience of more than 30,000 trade buyers from 135 countries.