Successful leads and business closures indicate decision makers walking the show floor at ACMA Automechanika New Delhi
India’s leading aftermarket exhibition, ACMA Automechanika New Delhi successfully reinforced its position as a reliable sourcing and networking platform for Indian auto-components and the aftermarket. The exhibition which successfully concluded in March 2017 hosted 552 exhibiting companies from 17 countries showcasing the latest trends in aftermarket and facilitated serious business discussions over the four days. This biennial event, apart from being a showcase of innovations, offered an effective trade platform to wholesalers, distributors, traders and component manufacturers for future synergies and partnerships. On display were the latest advancements and solutions in the fields of parts, systems, tuning, workshop equipment, bodywork & paintwork, car wash, IT & management and the automobile services. New product launches and innovative solutions by exhibiting brands will soon make their way to the Indian aftermarket as many exhibitors reported to have gained successful leads and dealer networks on the show floor.
Exhibitors shared that they were positive about the interactions and expecting strong business in the coming months through the high turnout of business visitors at their booths. International participation for this year’s edition had increased by 40% in comparison to last edition of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi in 2015. There were six dedicated international pavilions from China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom besides individual exhibitors from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Thailand, UAE and the USA.
As a true showcase of India’s component industry’s prowess, ACMA Automechanika New Delhi allowed international players to source the best of Indian aftermarket products and technologies besides creating opportunities for business alliances. Since its debut in 2013, ACMA Automechanika New Delhi has grown constantly in both quantity and quality. This year the fair has marked a 28% increase in exhibitors and 25% rise in exhibition space since 2015. Moreover, the exhibition provided visitors an ideal meeting ground with aftermarket players to learn about the opportunities and procure genuine auto-parts, core component technologies and hi-performance aftermarket products from world-leading manufacturers and suppliers.
A total of 15,150 business visitors from India and abroad visited the show, setting a new benchmark with 17% increase in the number of visitors this year. International presence among the visitors was also high and many of them expressed interest in closing deals with the exhibiting companies at the fair.
In order to understand the growing impact of urbanisation, changing customer preferences and choice of vehicle ownerships, ACMA shared a comprehensive study on the “Indian Automotive Aftermarket: The Road Ahead” during the exhibition. According to the findings of the study the Indian automotive aftermarket, which stood at INR. 56,098 Crore (USD 8.4 billion) in 2016-17, is expected to reach INR. 75,705 Crore (USD 13 billion) by 2019-20 growing at a CAGR of 10.5%. This comprehensive study threw light on the vehicle parc analysis, used car market, taxi market, trends and size of the aftermarket, e-tailing and regulations. The Indian automotive component sector is today a USD 39 billion industry, contributing around 4% to India’s GDP.
With an aim to address the rising concerns on counterfeit products sold in the replacement market and spread awareness on road safety, ACMA for the first time also set up a unique safety pavilion titled ‘ACMA Safer Drives’. This initiative on road safety and usage of genuine components allowed exhibitors and visitors to evaluate parts and components and to make well-informed procurement decisions. The opportunity was also utilised for sensitising the visitors towards abiding road safety rules and usage of genuine auto parts.
A two-day conference on ‘Preparing Aftermarket for Digital Economy & Road Ahead’ was also organised concurrent to the fair. The conference popularised the concept of e-commerce and m-wallets and exposed the exhibiting companies, visiting distributors and retailers to new ways of expanding business and transactions. The second day seminar highlighted key trends that stressed upon the future of the aftermarket and covered areas such as vehicle telematics, alternate fuels, vehicle servicing, e-retailing and importantly, GST and its expected impact on distribution channels.
The next edition of ACMA Automechanika, focusing purely on the needs of the growing Indian aftermarket, will be scheduled in February 2019 and will continue to present opportunities in the aftermarket as well as address industry concerns on counterfeit products sold in the replacement market.
Mr Faisal Matin, Country Director – India & Sub-continent, Delphi
“We have been participating with ACMA Automechanika New Delhi right since its first edition and experience has always been good. We can see the footfall increasing year on year as well as improvement in participation from an exhibitor standpoint. We took the opportunity to exhibit our strengths and introduce two of our new launches - 34A Refrigerant and wiper blades at the fair and have seen an encouraging response from the visitors. We are looking forward to the next edition in 2019 and will continue to build our portfolio across segments for the aftermarket from the leads we have acquired through the fair.”
Mr Volkmar Görgen, Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA - German Pavilion)
“AUMA members are mainly focused on establishing or growing their business in India and for these objectives, they have found a good partner with ACMA Automechanika New Delhi. Many of the German exhibitors have closed deals and feel this is an important platform to make contacts. Speaking of India’s huge potential, there is a lot of scope for business for both large and mid-sized companies due to which we have managed to increase the participation from Germany year on year and hope to be back with a bigger pavilion next edition.”
Mr Prashant Kumar, Manager Business Development, Automotive Engineering Services, TÜV SÜD South Asia
“ACMA Automechanika New Delhi has an international presence and offers multiple sourcing options especially from international companies. The show allows you to witness many product launches and I will definitely consider visiting the next edition.”
Mr Abul Hossain Azad, President, Kamal Motors (Bangladesh)
“We are a leading exporter and manufacturer of automotive parts in Bangladesh and this show helped in answering many queries and networking with people from the same industry. Exhibitors were really helpful and it was a great business experience.”