Rounding up a unique year, Automechanika Shanghai’s physical fair closes its doors after successfully engaging with players worldwide through its hybrid platform, AMS Live. These onsite-to-online activities presented dynamic opportunities to reconnect the automotive ecosystem and further stimulate industry recovery. Preliminary participation figures portray the eagerness from companies to get back to business with many praising the show’s efforts to boost market growth.
Despite ongoing travel restrictions rippling around the world, Automechanika Shanghai running as planned, from 2 to 5 December 2020, has reinforced market optimism in the automotive industry. Reaching across six continents, the show convened exhibitors from 29 countries and regions, maintaining its position as a global assembly point.
Activities at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, as well as many of the services and tools being offered to participants mirrored the latest trends and technological advancements spurred on by COVID-19.
The show continued to promote the entire supply chain through seven dedicated sectors and three specialised zones. Synergy in Parts & Components, Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility and Electronics & Connectivity shone a light on digitalisation and the growing desires from consumers to see greener industry. The Diagnostics & Repair / Body & Paint, Accessories, Customising and REIFEN (Tyres & Wheels) also reflected many of the cross-collaborative opportunities in the aftermarket.
Elsewhere, the Auto Manufacturing, Services & Supply Chain, and Remanufacturing zones zoomed in on ground-breaking technologies and business models from industry leaders in their respective fields.
This year, organisers launched a range of new formats in the fringe programme for onsite and remote participants. The Automotive Aftermarket Summit, AIAG Auto Parts Purchasing Leadership and Suppliers Summit, China Automobile Dealers Used Car Industry Development Forum, China International Tyre Industry Conference, International Summit of Connected-Vehicle Policies and Regulations and Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility Summit were amongst events relaying the latest updates and developments throughout the upstream and downstream supply chain. On top of this, many conferences, forums and webinars also discussed the effects of COVID-19 in the market and deeply examined the road to industry recovery.