The 14th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place Nov. 28 thru Dec. 1, has recorded an unprecedented rise in attendees compared to the previous edition. Serving as a platform for both local and international players from the automotive parts, accessories, equipment and service sectors, final figures suggest visitors at the show rose by 15 percent since 2017 – now reaching a total of 150,568. As Asia’s largest automotive trade fair, organizers also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants during the four-day period.
Final figures for this year’s show reflect the continual growth across each aspect of the show:
- Visitors: 150,568 (2017: 130,928)
- Exhibitors: 6,269 (2017: 6,051)
- Scale: 350,000 (2017: 340,000)
The news comes after the fair expanded many of its themed zones and areas. For example, the brand new Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility area shed light on the most exciting current and future developments of the industry, from digitalization and alternative drives, to autonomous driving and new mobility services. Other areas that proved immensely popular were the collection of dedicated zones scattered across the halls, including the debuting Chain Stores Zone and the Remanufacturing Zone, as well as the returning REIFEN (tires) sector for the very latest tire, wheel and rim products.
This year, a total of 57 fringe program events ran concurrently with the main show. Throughout the fairground, each event continued to receive high praise from industry experts who took part and presented ideas and visions for the future of the industry. Many fringe events were welcomed for the first time, such as the debuting Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility Summit 2018 and the Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2018, both of which reflected the themes and trends across the showground.
Organizers marked an increase in international participation across the board. With 43 exhibiting countries and regions around the fairground, newcomers from Luxemburg joined the list of returning countries, along with the likes of the Czech Republic, Lebanon and Slovenia along with other established overseas participants.
Overseas visitors also saw an upswing of 22 percent. Participants were particularly keen to express that this not only helped create new channels of communication for international buyers trading with Chinese firms, but also allowed for more business exchanges across other international exhibitors and buyers.
A detailed final report, featuring comment and analysis from the show’s exhibitors, visitors and organisers, will be available soon. Image Courtesy of Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing) Co Ltd