The show attracted 27,639 visitors from more than 120 countries and featured an ‘Aussie’ pavilion

Automechanika Dubai 2018 saw newly inked partnerships, innovative product launches, and educational conference programmes sharing the spotlight at the Middle East and Africa’s largest automotive aftermarket trade fair.
The 16th edition of the annual three-day event concluded on the 3rd of May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, having welcomed through the gates 27,639 visitors from more than 120 countries.
Trade buyers, dealers, workshop owners, and industry professionals were treated to a wide range of products, solutions and services presented by 1,812 exhibitors from 61 countries, as the buzz on the show floor reflected fresh optimism that Dubai’s regional automotive aftermarket trade hub status is on an upward trend.
Amongst the sprawling show was the popular ‘Aussie’ pavilion, run by the AAAA for AAAA members.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to exhibit at Automechanika Dubai in the special pavilion were TJM, Ironman 4×4, Dobinsons Spring and Suspension, Disc Brakes Australia (DBA), Lightforce, Tru-Fit Automotive Products, and SGF Asia Pacific – also representing ACL Bearings and DJP Automotive.
AAAA Membership Development Manager Nigel Bishop was on-site at Automechanika Dubai to manage the pavillion, and says it proved a success for exhibiting members.

“With the 4WD, off-road and performance modification markets being so strong in the area, we were really happy to have seven very strong exhibitors in these areas taking part in the AAAA’s pavilion at Automechanika Dubai,” Nigel said.
“As always the show was very well-organised and hosted a great mix of exhibitors which attracted more than 27,000 visitors.
“We were pleased to hear universally positive feedback from our exhibiting members, with all receiving high-quality leads and stating they ‘got what they came for’ as far as business opportunities and exposure.
“We are already working on plans for a bigger and better AAAA member pavilion at the 2019 Automechanika Dubai –building upon this year’s growth following the switch to a new and more modernised stand design.”
According to figures released at the event by Dubai Customs, Dubai imported, exported, and re-exported US$10.9 billion worth of spare parts and accessories in 2017, a three percent increase over 2016. Dubai’s auto aftermarket trade volume also increased year-on-year, with 2.25 million tonnes of tyres, batteries, engine components and systems shipped through the Emirate in 2017, 8.4 percent up on 2016.
“We’re very pleased with the industry response to Automechanika Dubai 2018,” Messe Frankfurt Middle East Chief Executive Officer, Ahmed Pauwels, said.
“Exhibitor stands have been busy throughout, and the feedback we’re getting is that there’s greater geographic reach in terms of where visitors are coming from this year, which is crucial for our stakeholders to continue to expand their business links and distribution networks.

“We wanted to shine the spotlight on new products and solutions that are shaping the future of the regional auto aftermarket, and to that end our new Innovation Zone proved very popular.
“It’s also great to see leading global players in the auto services industry use Automechanika Dubai as a platform to announce new partnerships, underling its important role as a facilitator of business success.”
Pauwels referred to the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Automechanika Dubai 2018 between AutoPro, a subsidiary of ENOC (Emirates National Oil Company) and ACDelco, one of the world’s leading automotive spare parts and services brands.
The MoU will see both companies collaborate on a series of service centre locations across the UAE. In the coming year, up to ten sites will become the first AutoPro locations to be certified as authorised ACDelco service centres.
Automechanika Dubai returned with its popular Truck Competence initiative, where more than 1,500 exhibitors showcased products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

An extended Automechanika Academy programme also offered more insights into the present and future of the MEA automotive aftermarket, spearheaded by the Innovation Zone, where global players such as Renault, WABCO, and Beissbarth presented their latest products that’re ushering in a new era in automotive technology.
The Automechanika Academy also presented the 1st Smart Commercial Vehicles Middle East Conference, where the latest developments in smart, connected, sustainable and intelligent commercial vehicles was under the spotlight. The 17th edition of Automechanika Dubai will return from 10-12 June 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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