ACMA Automechanika New Delhi concluded on Feb. 17 following four successful days of product unveilings, business dialogs, trend debates and quality networking. The event drew 515 exhibitors from 16 countries and 13,267 visitors from 42 countries – establishing its internationality once again.
Shaping the future of vehicle repairs, ACMA Automechanika New Delhi brought new innovations under the segments of parts, components, repair and maintenance. Sharing stage spread across 20,033 sqms were market leaders AC Delco India, Bosch Ltd, Delphi Automotive Systems, Mansons International Pvt Ltd, Minda Distribution and Services Ltd (MDSL), ZF India. For the first time, the platform saw car digital solutions with companies like Air International - TTR Thermal System Pvt Ltd, SpareFit by CloudSteer Technology Pvt Ltd, Vision Embesoft Solution
Intech DMLS Pvt Ltd, IP Softcom (India) Pvt Ltd showcasing developments in this arena. Overall, the innovations at the 4th edition steered the direction in which the Indian automotive industry will be moving in the coming months.
Commenting on the aftermarket in India, Mr Ram Venkatramani, President, ACMA said: "The aftermarket in India is today a USD 9.2 billion market and growing. Mandating standards for parts sold in the aftermarket will help the market evolve better. Further, with growing technological complexities in the vehicles, our technicians and mechanics will need to be suitably up-skilled to ensure better service and customer satisfaction."
Mr. Olaf Musshof, Director, Automechanika Frankfurt, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH shared: “The automotive industry is witnessing changing trends worldwide with some markets driving big push towards electric vehicles and hybrids. The shifting dynamics are going to affect the automotive aftermarket globally and Brand Automechanika reflects these advancements at the domestic shows.”
Participating since the early editions of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi in 2013, ZF introduced its new product ‘ZF Car Connect’ that offers telematic solutions for passenger car fleets this year. Mr Vijay D. Khorgade, General Manager, Head – ZF Aftermarket India shared: “One of the key trends in independent aftermarket is electrification. At ZF, we foresee 30% of the global vehicle production to be equipped with fuel electric or hybrid electric by 2020. Electric motors also need different competency. So it’s time we really prepare and equip our workshops to handle such repairs. This is just a preview of what’s coming next.”
Augmented reality based training concept for car repairs by Bosch, Rivets & Riveting Systems introduced by Silkaans which replaces the traditional chisel and hammer method for repairs and a one-of-a-kind IONSTAR anti-static pistol for painting workshops or body shops that requires no power supply via cable, no batteries or battery packs by Herrmann-Lack-Technik GmbH were some of notable products and highlights of what’s next for the industry.
While 54 percent exhibitors were Indian, 46% of exhibitors at this year’s fair came from 15 different countries competing and aligning their product offerings to the domestic market demands. Prominent Japanese brand known for its racing clutches, Exedy was one such exhibitor and also a first time participant at the fair. Mr Awanish Kumar Gupta, Manager – Sales & Marketing, Exedy India Ltd shared the brand’s growing business-intent on the tractor segment which has a huge demand in India: “In India, one of our key focus areas is the tractor segment and we have noticed many domestic companies suppliers showing interest for dealerships. An added advantage was that we also met buyers from neighbouring countries who are completely new contacts for us. It has been a worthwhile experience and we are already considering our participation for the next edition.”