ACMA Automechanika New Delhi 2019 steered the wheels towards shifting aftermarket dynamics

ACMA Automechanika New Delhi concluded on the 17th of February following four successful days of product unveilings, business dialogs, trend debates and quality networking.
The event drew 515 exhibitors from 16 countries and 13,267 visitors from 42 countries, establishing its internationality once again.
Shaping the future of vehicle repairs, ACMA Automechanika New Delhi brought new innovations under the segments of parts, components, repair and maintenance.
Sharing stages spread across 20,033 square metres were market leaders AC Delco India, Bosch Ltd, Delphi Automotive Systems, Mansons International Pvt Ltd, Minda Distribution and Services Ltd (MDSL) and ZF India.
For the first time, the platform saw car digital solutions with companies like Air International – TTR Thermal System Pvt Ltd, SpareFit by CloudSteer Technology Pvt Ltd, Vision Embesoft Solution Intech DMLS Pvt Ltd, IP Softcom (India) Pvt Ltd showcasing developments in this arena.
Overall, the innovations at the fourth edition steered the direction in which the Indian automotive industry will be moving in the coming months, says event organisers.
“The aftermarket in India is today a USD 9.2 billion market and growing. Mandating standards for parts sold in the aftermarket will help the market evolve better,” ACMA President, Ram Venkatramani, said.
“Further, with growing technological complexities in the vehicles, our technicians and mechanics will need to be suitably up-skilled to ensure better service and customer satisfaction.”
“The automotive industry is witnessing changing trends worldwide with some markets driving big push towards electric vehicles and hybrids,” Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH Automechanika Frankfurt Director, Olaf Musshof, said.
“The shifting dynamics are going to affect the automotive aftermarket globally and Brand Automechanika reflects these advancements at the domestic shows.”
While 54 percent of exhibitors were Indian, 46 percent of exhibitors at this year’s fair came from 15 different countries competing and aligning their product offerings to the domestic market demands.
This year’s edition surpassed participation, business engagement and foot-fall, compared to the last one, signifying potential growth of aftermarket in the country. Further, the significant traction in the ACMA Safer Drives Pavilion is reflective of the growing consciousness towards usage of genuine components for preventing road accidents, stated ACMA Director General, Vinnie Mehta.
While international brands seem to be vying for the Indian market, Indian brands were gaining attention with IPOs and foreign buyers because of the superior product quality and new features.
“I had a number of reasons to visit the trade fair this year with one of the key objectives being identifying quality Indian suppliers to sell products in Australian markets,” AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity, said.
“There is a real opportunity for Indian companies in international automotive aftermarket and it’s time for suppliers to take the next step.
“I have been to a number of trade shows globally and must say that ACMA Automechanika New Delhi is right up there in terms of number of exhibitors, quality product offerings and visitor traffic.
“I will definitely be planning to come down again in two years’ time and might look at bringing a delegation of Australian buyers as part of my objective has been achieved here.”
One of the distinguishing factors this year was the fair’s emphasis on creating a digital roadmap for both auto component and aftermarket players to cater to the emerging needs of next generation automobiles. Multiple seminars were organised by Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India and AMCA which brought International Purchasing Office (IPOs) Forum and thought-leaders on stage for trend debates.
Event organisers say ACMA Automechanika Delhi is recognised as one of the most influential events for the aftermarket business globally and is one of 17 Automechanika fairs held across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The next Indian edition will take place in February 2021.

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