28/6/10 – Automechanika Middle East Registers Modest Rise in Visitors
28 June 2010
Automechanika Middle East, which was held recently in Dubai registered steady growth in both exhibitor and visitor numbers. Overall ther was a 5% increase in visitor numbers and 49% of the visitors were international, plus there was 14% increase in visitors from Africa. According to the event organisers some 1,007 exhibitors from 46 countries showcased their products and services to the 16,058 visitors from 111 countries throughout the three day exhibition.
The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Airline. Automechanika Middle East is a truly international exhibition which helps support the UAE economy. With 90% international exhibitors and 49% international visitors, airlines, hotels and restaurants will have greatly benefited from the event.
Automechanika is the leading international meeting place for the automobile sector. As the world’s biggest trade fair for the automotive aftermarket it spotlights innovations and solutions in the fields of parts, systems, tuning, workshop equipment, bodywork & paintwork, car wash, IT & management and the latest automobile services. Automechanika Middle East is one of 14 global Automechanika fairs held in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa.
Automechanika Middle East in the wider Middle East region by brings together international manufacturers together with regional distributors and buyers for the automotive aftermarket. The exhibition enjoys the ongoing support of 29 trade associations and 20 official country pavilions.
Mr Ahmed Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Automechanika Middle East, said: “We were delighted with the results of this year’s Automechanika Middle East which continues to grow from strength to strength. We launched the Middle East edition of this global trade fair brand in 2003 with 119 exhibitors and today, 8 years on we have over 1,000 exhibitors registering a 750% increase since the inaugural fair. Dubai is considered one of the most important commercial centres for automobile parts and accessories and so we expect this steady growth to continue.”
The Automechanika Academy which ran alongside the exhibition also enjoyed great success with close to 20 industry experts discussing the latest trends in the automotive aftermarket.
This year’s academy was the largest held to date and featured international and regional market influencers and renowned experts focusing on a range of industry topics including an in-depth look at the new Toyota U Series automatic transmission, by Wayne Colonna from the US, President of the Automatic Transmission Service Group and Technical Editor of Transmission Digest and the drive for a conformity system for vehicles in the GCC delivered by Waleed Al Sagr and Tarek Alsitt, from the Gulf Standards Organisation, Saudi Arabia.