Automechanika Dubai, the Middle East’s largest international trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry’s 18th edition has commenced at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) which will run until December 16.
The show was officially opened by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) & Commissioner General for Infrastructure, Urban Planning and Well-Being.
The show organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East is the best platform to witness emerging market of automation and digitalization with exhibitors from 47 countries and 12 national pavilions all demonstrating how far the sector has come in its technological transformation and signaling more change ahead.
Automechanika Dubai will comprise six sectors including tires and batteries; car wash, care and reconditioning, repair and maintenance; parts and components; electronics and systems as well as accessories and customization.
For the first time, the show will feature a comprehensive awards ceremony recognizing performances in products, services, personnel and training within the regional industry, and a tools and skills challenge , an action-packed live stage workshop where experts will demonstrate their skills in tire changing, tire mounting and smart dent removal.
“Technology advances are impacting all segments of the industry and are in evidence across all the show’s six sectors. This represents a seismic shift in the regional industry, which is advancing rapidly in terms of service provision, product innovation and professional standards. This is an industry which has now come of age. Compared to 2019, we have seen a 40 percent increase in senior management and an 18 percent increase in procurement and purchasing personnel pre-registering for the show, another signal of increased business activity and interest in finding new partners.”
The newcomer to the show, the Wemzer Industries, now producing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specified standard ceramic and carbon-free products, has identified additive manufacturing, remanufacturing, eCommerce, hybrid or electric drive trains and mobility as a driving force of the new sector.
“There may be challenges related to supply chain, but we have positive indications for economic recovery across our target markets. The automotive aftermarket revenue is anticipated to record $800 billion by 2027, according to the most recent study by Global Market Insights. It is a well-known fact that the global automotive industry is dynamically expanding,” said Mr. Amin Uz Zaman, Managing Director of Wemzer Industries.
With industry analysts forecasting the GCC’s automotive parts retail revenue which will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.8 percent to $6.84 billion by 2025, there’s much at stake for industry players facing greater than ever competition.
Keys to success are being outlined at the Automechanika Dubai Academy where experts are exploring the industry’s region outlook, the impact of electrification within the GCC, digital trends, sector diversification and fourth industrial revolution (4IR) outcomes.