The tyre market will be an area of focus at the show

The tyre market will be an area of focus at the show

Automechanika coming to Saudi Arabia

May 2015

AUTOMECHANIKA, a leading international automotive trade show brand, has announced its expansion into Saudi Arabia as it looks to boost direct access to one of the world’s most lucrative countries for the automotive aftermarket.

Automechanika Jeddah will take place from January 26 to 28, 2016, at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, Saudi Arabia, and this inaugural edition will welcome over 125 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, said a statement.

The three-day event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Saudi-based Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), and is the 15th instalment of Automechanika globally, it added.

Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the UAE-based subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt Group, is also the organiser of Automechanika Dubai, the wider Middle East and Africa’s largest automotive aftermarket trade exhibition.

Automechanika Jeddah will be Messe Frankfurt’s first trade show to take place in the Middle East region outside of the UAE, further emphasising the importance of Saudi Arabia’s automotive industry which, according to government sources, imported more than a million cars, commercial vehicles and trucks.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “With 7.1 million passenger vehicles on its roads, Saudi is poised to become the manufacturing hub of the Middle East’s automotive industry.”

Automechanika will also take a look at the car wash market

Automechanika will also take a look at the car wash market

“Demand for spare parts is also on the rise, valued at $3.8 billion in 2013 and growing at 7.7 per cent annually over the next five years to reach $5.5 billion by 2020.  Automechanika Jeddah presents an important new platform for the automotive aftermarket industry to tap into this exciting growth market,” he said.

“It also represents a major milestone for Messe Frankfurt Middle East, marking our first foray into another Middle East country outside of the UAE, adding to our portfolio of what is now nine trade exhibitions serving the Middle East and Africa region,” he added.

Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, said: “From a geostrategic perspective, the Gulf states are one of the Messe Frankfurt Group’s key markets. Saudi Arabia’s high purchasing power and the projected growth in the automotive and supplier sectors offer substantial potential for an international trade fair like Automechanika.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to join forces with ACE Exhibitions, which is the leading organiser in Saudi Arabia with over 500 successful events in the kingdom to its credit,” he said.

Automechanika Jeddah will focus on five core product sections: parts and systems; accessories and tuning; repair and maintenance; tyres and batteries; and service stations and car wash, the organisers said.

“The Jeddah event will deliver an unmatched platform for the world’s leading auto aftermarket suppliers and manufacturers to establish long-lasting business relationships with buyers and distributers from throughout Saudi Arabia.”

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