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 19,500 sqm. Shri Anant Geete, Hon’ble Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India formally inaugurated the event, at Pragati Maidan today.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was also graced by
- Shri Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
- Mr. Arvind Kapur, Chairman, Trade Fair Committee, ACMA
- Mr. Rattan Kapur, President, ACMA
- Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA
- Mr. Michael Johannes, Vice President, Brand Management Automechanika, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
- Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd.
besides 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.
Speaking at the occasion, Shri Anant Geete, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises of India, said “ACMA Automechanika New Delhi is an important platform for the auto ancillary aftermarket. We are ready to extend full support to the industry in developing India into a globally competitive manufacturing base, delivering quality products, made in India for the World. There are several changes taking place in the automotive industry, where R & D and innovation plays a crucial role in the growth of the industry both in India and in the global market. Technology development is the key to success and we are geared up to give the necessary boost to all efforts for promoting Innovation/ R&D and developing in-house capabilities to excel not only in India but also internationally.”
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, Dr Ajay Kumar, Chief Guest & Addl. Secretary, 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, Mr. 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.”
Mr. Michael Johannes, Vice President, Brand Management Automechanika, Messe Frankfurt 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.
Entry for the exhibitors is free-of-charge for business and trade professionals.
For further information about ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, please visit www.acma-automechanika.in
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. Withsome 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. Thanks to its far-reachingties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interestsof its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The widerange of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and foodservices.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State ofHesse (40 percent).
For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
Background information on Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)
The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) is the apex body representing the interest of the Indian Auto Component Industry. Its active involvement in trade promotion, technology up-gradation, quality enhancement and collection & dissemination of information has made it a vital catalyst for this industry’s development. ACMA’s charter is to develop a globally competitive Indian auto component Industry and strengthen its role in national economic development as also promote business through international alliances. ACMA is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Association.