The 3rd edition of India’s premium automotive aftermarket trade fair – ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, kick-started today with more than 550 exhibitors from 17 countries showcasing the latest in aftermarket, spread across 19,500sqm.
The lamp lighting ceremony was also graced by Arvind Kapur, Chairman, Trade Fair Committee, ACMA, Rattan Kapur, President, ACMA, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA, Michael Johannes, Vice President, Brand Management Automechanika, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd and other eminent personalities from the industry.
This biennial event offers an effective networking platform to wholesalers, distributors, traders and component manufacturers to showcase their innovations besides getting access to global technology culture for future synergies and partnerships.
Post demonetization the Indian economy has undergone major restructuring that has caused disruption in many industries. In line with this ACMA organized a National seminar on Preparing Aftermarket for Digital Economy, which focused on e-retailing and scope of mobile wallets within the auto component value chain.
Recognising the need for reforming the aftermarket distribution channel through usage of digital tools, Shri Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, Joint Secretary – Digital Payments, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India said, “I would like to express my gratitude towards ACMA for inviting me and congratulate them for organising ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi. With the latest development, post demonetisation the government is fully committed to building a Digital India and lay a strong foundation for India’s transition to a cashless society. This is where mobile-wallets and technologies for new modes of transactions will play a critical role in supporting many manufacturers, distributors and retailers in expanding their business and transactions.”
Besides, ACMA’s latest initiatives on road safety and usage of genuine components – ‘ACMA Safer Drives’ pavilion allowed visitors to evaluate parts and components and distinguish real from fake, to make well-informed procurement decisions. This is a part of our efforts towards eliminating the usage of counterfeit parts that directly or indirectly leads to road accidents and fatalities in India.
Promoting new innovations also highlights the need for fair trade and protection against product piracy, which are being addressed through the ‘Messe Frankfurt against Copying’ international campaign. The campaign aims to ensure that exhibitors and visitors are fully informed and advised about the registration and assertion of intellectual property rights.
Additionally, ACMA unveiled Aftermarket study; Automotive Aftermarket – The Road Ahead at the ACMA Automechanika New Delhi trade fair. The study highlighted key trends that stress upon the future of the industry and cover areas such as vehicle telematics, alternate fuels, vehicle servicing, e-retailing and importantly, GST and its expected impact on supply chain practices.
Speaking on the occasion, Rattan Kapur, President ACMA said, “ACMA Automechanika is a showcase of our industry’s prowess. It allows international players to source the best of Indian aftermarket products & technologies besides creating opportunities for business alliances. We warmly welcome all our participants, exhibitors, speakers and delegates and look forward to a positive outcome, which will drive the growth for the Aftermarket Industry.”
Michael Johannes, Vice President, Brand Management Automechanika, MesseFrankfurt Exhibition GmbH said: “This year’s show will build on the success of the previous event and extend it even further. Since its debut in 2013 ACMA Automechanika New Delhi has grown constantly in both quantity and quality. This year we have over 550 exhibitors – a new record! There will also be six international pavilions at the fair: From China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. This shows the great potential of the Indian automotive market and the international interest in it.”
The four day long exhibition spread across halls 7 A B C D E, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 12 A will conclude on 24 March, 2017 which will provide 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 across the globe.