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Aftermarket executives convening at Automechanika Shanghai for international exchange of industry knowledge

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 06:00
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With China’s car count exceeding 300 million vehicles amid ongoing 30 percent annual increases in demand for parts and services, the global gathering of industry buyers and sellers at the Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Automechanika Shanghai will provide significant insights into leveraging an aftermarket currently valued at $145 trillion…and still growing.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and its China Aftermarket Forum (CAF), in an Automechanika partnership, is again conducting an AASA Automotive Aftermarket Summit at the event.

“The Summit is in its eighth year and is expanding considerably this year, bringing in more than 100 channel partners to convene with suppliers and other industry executives,” reports AASA Executive Vice President Paul McCarthy. “Both AASA and our members are very active at Automechanika Shanghai.”

This is one of the foremost events for the international industry to look at the state of China’s aftermarket and the outlook for its future, says McCarthy. “The agenda features panels of top aftermarket executives operating in the ASEAN region, key customers and subject matter experts on the Chinese marketplace. It is a valuable way to connect suppliers with their customers to advance our vision for a prosperous future Chinese aftermarket,” he says.

Members of AASA CAF get a discount on exhibiting. “You will see the major international suppliers clustered together with impressive displays in Hall Two at the show, highlighting the quality, trusted parts, chemicals, tools and technologies that international suppliers bring to the Chinese aftermarket,” he notes.

The latest in technology is also being highlighted in a new Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility section covering the numerous aspects of ongoing innovations, such as overall vehicle enhancements, electric controls, charging infrastructure, battery technology and testing equipment.

Presented in collaboration with the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce, Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility will feature the most essential elements of car connectivity through exhibits, forums and interactive activities. Topics include:

  • Interior electronics for improved safety, personal entertainment and driver comfort
  • Onsite car demonstrations with a host of electric vehicles
  • Connected roads for autonomous driving and the related standards and regulations of more developed countries
  • International network and IT providers demonstrating how connectivity continues to bridge the auto sector with the online world
  • Data management in the cloud, allowing visitors to explore the ways in which car connectivity data can enhance fleet management, car sharing, and smart cities.

Digital trends will additionally be presented throughout the Parts & ComponentsAccessories & Customizing, Repair & Maintenance and Electronics & Systems categories.

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