Garnering the presence of both domestic and international visitors on its platform, the ‘first-ever’ virtual edition of ACMA Automechanika successfully concluded after two days of proactive networking, sourcing and knowledge sessions.
Held from 22 – 23 April 2021, the virtual fair showcased a variety of automotive components and aftermarket products from 81 exhibitors on board, including top brands like: Schaeffler India, eBay, ITW, Ajit Industries, Benara Udyog, Elofic, Steel Impex, KK Lighting, Industrias Del Recambio, Farad Italy, Indo-MIM Pvt Ltd, and Esteem Auto Pvt Ltd. The digital platform garnered the presence of industry visitors from all corners of India, including major cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Srinagar. Moreover, the event also attracted visitors from 49 countries across the globe, including: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Germany, UAE, UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Russia.
The maiden virtual edition of ACMA Automechanika was inaugurated by the organisers, Messe Frankfurt India and ACMA (Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India), who shared: “2020 was one of the most challenge-ridden years for us all. But it is time now to shift gears and focus on development and continuity of business. This objective is at the core of Automechanika’s vision as the leading trade fair brand for this sector. I hope all the attendees benefit from the interesting discussions and virtual connections during these two days which we will soon transform into face-to- face encounters at the physical tradeshow of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi in 2023,” Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd.
Also addressing the industry and the attendees tuned-in live, Mr Deepak Jain, President, ACMA, in his address commended the resilience and potential of the Indian aftermarket industry: “The Aftermarket in India is probably the most vibrant and fastest growing segment of our industry. In 2019-20, it stood at USD 9.8 billion, with a CAGR of 12 percent while the overall turnover of the auto component industry stood at USD 50 billion with a CAGR of 8 percent.”
“It is interesting to note that last year, which was probably the most challenging year for us due to the out-break of the pandemic, all segments of the industry, be it supplies to OEMs, or exports or the imports, suffered badly, however, the aftermarket remained robust. This reflects the undying spirit of the aftermarket as also its strong potential. That apart, our exports stood at USD 14.5 billion in 2019-20 and 20% of this are directed to the aftermarket,” Mr Jain elaborated. Even amid the lockdowns, the aftermarket industry continued to remain one of the key business drivers on the back of rising demand for personal mobility, second-hand vehicle sales and car repairs.
Having visited ACMA Automechanika’s virtual platform for the very first time, Mr Ashish Sethiya, Director, Sethiya Motors, summarised his experience: “As a first-time visitor of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi my experience at the online edition had been good. I met several exhibitors at the fair today like Mahle, Vishnu Karma, Maya Auto Cop & others. I would definitely say that this exhibition is beneficial for businesses in the automotive sector.”
Over the two day of the virtual fair, a total of 1,233 products were put on display including seven product demonstrations which provided buyers with a wide variety of options to choose from. The virtual product demonstration feature particularly enabled the visitors to gain detailed knowledge on the latest automotive components displayed at the fair.