Automechanika Dubai 2019 opens featuring 1,880 exhibitors from 63 countries

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Automechanika Dubai 2019, the 17th edition of the Middle East and Africa’s (MEA) largest automotive aftermarket trade fair, was opened today (10th June) by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

With 1,880 exhibitors from 63 countries spanning 63,300sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the annual three-day event features 23 country pavilions and 34 international trade associations, while more than half of the 32,000-plus trade visitors are expected to come from outside of the UAE. 

The biggest names in the global automotive aftermarket will look to make big inroads in a MEA spare parts market and auto services industry that’s estimated to grow by six per cent annually over the next six years.

"Automechanika Dubai over the years has transformed into a trade event of truly global scale, thanks to its continued track record of innovation, targeting and fine tuning its offerings in line with the particular market requirements,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Automechanika Dubai’s Show Director.

“We’re confident that demand for the automotive service industry and aftermarket products will remain robust, with growth largely fuelled by demand from existing vehicle parc and the expected improvement of car sales moving forward.

“With that said, the aftermarket is changing, and with that change comes new opportunities. Our vision for Automechanika Dubai is to be at the forefront of these new opportunities, presenting a unique platform for all industry stakeholders to start discussions, plan ahead, and to ultimately lay the foundations for long-term sustainable success.”

Automechanika Dubai 2019 covers the six major product sections of Parts & Components and Electronics & Systems (1,181 exhibitors); Accessories & Customizing (246 exhibitors); Tyres & Batteries (226 exhibitors); Repair & Maintenance (155 exhibitors); and Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning (72 exhibitors).

It opens as the MEA’s auto aftermarket, valued at US$61 billion in 2018, is estimated to continue its upward trajectory, valuing US$87.3 billion in 2024, according to analysts TechSci Research.

Organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East also added new sub-sections that underline the show’s evolution, namely Agricultural Parts & Equipment; Body & Paint; Motorcycle Competence; and Oils & Lubricants.

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