cens logo

Global automotive aftermarket manufacturers gear up for robust business growth at Automechanika Dubai 2018

Apr 24, 2018 | By CENS

Dubai, UAE: Global automotive aftermarket manufacturers are gearing up for period of robust business growth in the Middle East, while new research indicates car sales and the corresponding demand for spare parts and auto services is on an upward trend.

news-photo
IQR is a Spanish producer of lubricants under the brand name Matrix, and is launching its operations in the Gulf region to find new partners, while Autopumps from the UK is testing the regional waters for the supply of its aftermarket parts not only for the automotive industry, but for industrial, agricultural, and marine applications.

And Cyprus headquartered ALCO Filters is looking to build on its millions of dollars of revenue generated every year in the Middle East for its vast range of 3,500 filters, after establishing a regional presence years ago.

All three are among more than 2,000 exhibitors from 57 countries at the upcoming Automechanika Dubai 2018 trade fair, the Middle East and Africa's largest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and services industry.

The exhibitors' sentiment is underlined by research from analysts TechSci Research that suggests an uptick in passenger and commercial vehicle sales coupled with an increase of cars-in-use across the Middle East will have a positive flow-on effect on the automotive aftermarket.
news-photo
According to TechSci, Middle East sales revenue from engine and car components, systems, tyres, and auto accessories, will surpass the US$15 billion mark by 2021, compared to approximately US$12.4 billion in 2017, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.9 percent.
That's welcomed by the likes of ALCO, IQR, and Autopumps, along with the hundreds of other exhibitors making their preparations ahead of Automechanika Dubai's 16th edition, which will take place from 1 - 3 May 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

A long-time exhibitor at the annual three-day event, ALCO Filters will launch its new filter range for cars, trucks, earth moving equipment, and stationary engines. “We've been exhibiting at Automechanika Dubai since 2006, and have since generated cumulatively more than US$10 million of new business in the Middle East,” said Loizos Louca, ALCO Filters' Managing Director.

“Having a strong presence in the region, we're keen to meet up with existing clients at Automechanika Dubai 2018 and expand our clientele base through meeting new prospects. The fact that 52 percent of visitors to the trade fair are international coupled with the current value of the Middle East auto aftermarket makes this exhibition attractive to attend.”

José Luis Cid, CEO of IQR, a debut exhibitor at Automechanika Dubai 2018, said participating is part of an overall strategy to find new partners in countries where it has no presence: “We're now present in 35 countries and all our efforts are focused toward expanding our international network to become a global brand,” he said.

“Also, we're launching Matrax Lubricants in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and therefore being at Automechanika Dubai 2018 enables us to show participants our brand and our values.”
news-photo
Meanwhile, Autopumps will launch various products at Automechanika Dubai 2018, including an expansion of its Commercial and Industrial pumps range. “We're also showcasing our expertise in the manufacture and supply of commercial camshafts, rockers and engine valves for off highway, agricultural, marine and heavy goods vehicle applications,” said Bill Cotton, Owner and Managing Director of Autopumps.

“We've identified the Middle East as a strong market, which is growing in the commercial vehicle parts sector. Dubai is the regional hub for business and a standout player on the global stage. Automechanika Dubai is one of the key trade shows in the commercial parts sector, and we're using the platform to meet with key industry contacts and decision makers, and strengthen business in the region,” added Cotton.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Automechanika Dubai 2018 spreads over six product sections of Parts & Components; Electronics & Systems; Accessories & Customising; Repair & Maintenance; Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning; and Tyres & Batteries.
Its global influence is highlighted by the presence of 25 country pavilions and 36 international trade associations, while 90 per cent of exhibitors, and 52 per cent of the 30,000-plus visitors are expected to come from outside of the UAE. The 16th edition will also reflect a sense of renewed optimism in the automotive aftermarket, where emerging trends and disruptive technologies are steering the industry toward a bold new future.

And despite the recent slowdown across the region, car sales in the Middle East in the long-term will recover, with analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S) estimating light vehicle sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate of eight percent, reaching 4.1 million units by 2021. That'll put the total number of cars in operation in the region at 41.36 million according to F&S, compared to an estimated 37 million in 2017.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Passenger cars constitute a major vehicle segment in the Middle East and Africa, while stabilising oil prices and significant government infrastructure in a number of regional countries will also boost growth in the commercial vehicle segment in the coming years.

“Over its past 15 years, Automechanika Dubai has succeeded in bringing together leading automotive aftermarket brands to this fast-growing region, providing an important opportunity to connect with new prospects, have face to face interactions with existing customers, create brand awareness, and position themselves as reliable suppliers of premium quality aftermarket products and services.”

Automechanika Dubai 2018 returns with its popular Truck Competence initiative, where more than 1,500 exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

It will also feature the popular Automechanika Academy – a series of seminars, presentations, and workshops about key issues and regulations that affect the automotive aftermarket, and the African Buyer-Seller Meet, connecting suppliers with buyers from the world's second largest continent.


Industry Reports

Latest Chinese-U.S. Trade Talks Mark Chance of Higher-Level Meetings and Ease Market Tensions</h2>

Latest Chinese-U.S. Trade Talks Mark Chance of Higher-Level Meetings and Ease Market Tensions

Jan 14, 2019

The world waited with bated breath as Chinese and U.S. representatives met during this week to deliberate over whether the trade war would finally come to a reasonable conclusion. Throughout the entirety of the trade war early last year, from escalation to the tentative 90-day truce borne from the G20 Summit in Argentina between President Xi Jinping and U.S. counterpart President Donald Trump...


ARTC Teams Up With 18 Companies to Form Self-Driving Vehicle Union</h2>

ARTC Teams Up With 18 Companies to Form Self-Driving Vehicle Union

Dec 28, 2018

November 20 marks a huge milestone in Taiwan’s self-driving industry. The Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC) joined hands with 18 brands, including Acer ITS Inc., Global UniTek, Shin Wei Automotive Industrial and others of Taiwan’s top-to-bottom industrial chain to form the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Alliance. Their overall aim is to shore up support for a new, innovative operation m...


An Alliance Between Ford and VW Could be Announced as Early as Next Year</h2>

An Alliance Between Ford and VW Could be Announced as Early as Next Year

Dec 11, 2018

There is news of a far-reaching alliance between Ford Motor and Volkswagen, according to those familiar to the matter, reported CNBC. The two world’s largest automakers plan to announce the alliance next January, a partnership that would encompass sharing assembly plants in the U.S. to avoid new the wave of tariffs, joint marketing and distribution as well as product development, possibly on t...



Industry In-Focus

Latest Chinese-U.S. Trade Talks Mark Chance of Higher-Level Meetings and Ease Market Tensions</h2>

Latest Chinese-U.S. Trade Talks Mark Chance of Higher-Level Meetings and Ease Market Tensions

Jan 14, 2019

The world waited with bated breath as Chinese and U.S. representatives met during this week to deliberate over whether the trade war would finally come to a reasonable conclusion. Throughout the entirety of the trade war early last year, from escalation to the tentative 90-day truce borne from the G20 Summit in Argentina between President Xi Jinping and U.S. counterpart President Donald Trump...


Taiwan Firms Kicks off 2019 at ArabPlast </h2>

Taiwan Firms Kicks off 2019 at ArabPlast

Jan 10, 2019

The biannual ArabPlast 2019 is marked as the most indicative benchmark as the largest trade expo for plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry in the MENA region. The show kicked off on Jan. 5, attracting 336 exhibitors from 27 countries. Taiwanese exhibitors also attended, led by Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry in a 34-member strong delegation, a size just shy of China and India. ...


ARTC Teams Up With 18 Companies to Form Self-Driving Vehicle Union</h2>

ARTC Teams Up With 18 Companies to Form Self-Driving Vehicle Union

Dec 28, 2018

November 20 marks a huge milestone in Taiwan’s self-driving industry. The Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC) joined hands with 18 brands, including Acer ITS Inc., Global UniTek, Shin Wei Automotive Industrial and others of Taiwan’s top-to-bottom industrial chain to form the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Alliance. Their overall aim is to shore up support for a new, innovative operation m...



Supplier News

Antrc Industrial Corp. offers bumpers, parts, decoration strips, skid plates, radiator, radiator grill, headlights and rear lights and will be exhibiting at Automechanika Shanghai to tap into the Asian markets. (photo courtesy of Antrc Industrial Corp.)

Antrc Industrial Corp. Aims for High-End Auto Parts Industry for Asian Markets

Dec 05, 2018

Antrc Industrial Corp. focuses on manufacturing plastic parts, metal parts and other automotive parts in the aftermarket industry. The firm can roll out parts and products that match with customers’ needs and the industry pulse in this changing and competitive market. Having deep roots in the AM industry, Antrc can deliver with its complete supply chain, from designing, molding making and finally...

ANTRC INDUSTRIAL CORP.


NHC and YangPo products satisfy demands for different automobiles. (photographed by Tseng Lung-nan)

Brake Maker Nan Hoang Rides on Biz Upswing to Offer More Clients the Best

Dec 04, 2018

For more than five decades, Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd (NHC) has been one of the major manufacturers of specialty vehicle friction materials in Taiwan and around the world. Chairman Austin Cheng has been carrying out their “double-arrow developing plan” for this year. In one aspect, through its private label YangPo, NHC aims to adopt a more effective marketing strategy for selling own-...

NAN HOANG TRAFFIC INSTRUMENT CO., LTD.


Intime offers high-quality performance brake calipers. (photo courtesy of Intime)

Intime's Products Sought-after by Professionals Worldwide

Dec 04, 2018

Founded in 2013, Intime Auto Parts Co., Ltd., specializes in making performance brake calipers and performance shock absorber systems. Intime takes pride of its “n&b performance” series. The firm's n&b ceramic brake pads, which are made of low metallic NAO material, is capable of functioning without damaging the brake discs. Also notable is that the brake dust can be removed easily from the al...

INTIME AUTO PARTS CO., LTD.



Insiders' Views

Megvii Technology Founder and CEO Tang Wenbin

Part 1 Megvii Technology Founder Interview: Face++ AI Facial Recognition sets eye on Asia, starting with Taiwan

Sep 07, 2018

Using facial recognition to remove security checks and recognizing criminals sounds like technological applications out of a movie, though much of it is already implemented in everyday life. Having been founded for only seven years, Megvii Technology Limited, or more commonly known for its facial recognition and AI application Face++, owns critical technology by combining both, and now, recently ...

FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY


Megvii Technology Founder Interview Part 2: Face++ AI Facial Recognition sets eye on Asia, starting with Taiwan</h2>

Megvii Technology Founder Interview Part 2: Face++ AI Facial Recognition sets eye on Asia, starting with Taiwan

Sep 07, 2018

Tang Wenbin, founder and CEO of Megvii Technology, will be visiting Taiwan next week, but accepted an overseas interview with Economic Daily News on Sept. 6. This is the second installment of the interview. Aiming for a complete application; forming a city’s “brain” Q: What are the goals and strategy for the next phase? A: When the company first started off, we had to find a way to impl...

FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY


MPN's Editor-at-large Provides Holistic, In-depth Insights into U.S. Market for Powersports</h2><p class='subtitle'>Industry veteran suggests Taiwanese suppliers establish market presence as priority</p>

MPN's Editor-at-large Provides Holistic, In-depth Insights into U.S. Market for Powersports

Industry veteran suggests Taiwanese suppliers establish market presence as priority

May 24, 2018

One of the concurrent events held during the 13th Taiwan International Motorcycle Industry Show (Motorcycle Taiwan 2018), the seminar titled “Turning New U.S. Powersports Business Opportunities” was rounded off with overwhelming acclaim from the audience as a resounding success, mostly thanks to the excellent quality of the lecturers invited, all of whom are seasoned veterans and experts at high ...



Exhibition Highlights

Taiwan Firms Kicks off 2019 at ArabPlast </h2>

Taiwan Firms Kicks off 2019 at ArabPlast

Jan 10, 2019

The biannual ArabPlast 2019 is marked as the most indicative benchmark as the largest trade expo for plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry in the MENA region. The show kicked off on Jan. 5, attracting 336 exhibitors from 27 countries. Taiwanese exhibitors also attended, led by Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry in a 34-member strong delegation, a size just shy of China and India. ...


2018 AAPEX Post-Show Report</h2>

2018 AAPEX Post-Show Report

Dec 24, 2018

The 2018 edition of Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) kicked off from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at Sands Expo Center; a total of 6,269 exhibitors came from 43 countries/regions, a 4% growth compared to last year’s figures, using up over 5,000 booths. Organizers estimate that over 162,000 professional buyers from approximately 135 countries visited the largest show of its kind in the North Amer...


Source: show organizer

The 19th Fastener Trade Show Suzhou - China's leading one-stop purchasing platform for fasteners, machinery and supporting products

Dec 05, 2018

As a large international fastener specialized exhibition, the 19th Fastener Trade Show Suzhou will connect the upstream and downstream of fastener manufacturing industry. Focusing on end users and building a global fastener trade platform are the highlights of the show. The 17th Fastener Trade Show Suzhou, successfully held during 26-28 October 2017, was highly praised by exhibitors and visito...