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AASA/OAC to explore Russian aftermarket opportunities

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 18:38
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The Russian automotive market is the second largest in Europe – and still growing. Russia is one of the bright spots in the tumultuous European economy and a potential growth market for North American automotive aftermarket suppliers.

The Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) will lead a delegation of North American Suppliers to Moscow in August 2013 to explore opportunities in the Russian aftermarket.

OAC is following up to its successful 2012 outreach program to Bogota, Colombia, by securing exhibit space for a delegation of North American suppliers at Automechanika Moscow, Russia, slated for Monday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Aug. 29. The council is working with the U.S. Commercial Service, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Messe Frankfurt to obtain listings of Russian distributors who will be either attending or exhibiting at the event.

This will be a prime opportunity for North American manufacturers to explore the opportunities in the Russian aftermarket. As an OAC Automechanika Moscow delegation participant, you can connect with existing clients and meet prospective customers in their own backyards. The OAC program also will give you an inexpensive opportunity to see firsthand whether an aftermarket presence in the Russian aftermarket makes sense for your company.

The registration fee of $1,750 per company gains you access to the OAC exhibit, display space for company signs, and listings of Russian distributors. The OAC is moving quickly to finalize plans for this event so that participants can secure visas and other documentation needed for the trip. If your company is interested in participating with the OAC Automechanika Moscow delegation, contact Dan Pike at dpike@aasa.mema.org as soon as possible.

OAC’s Russian outreach program is due to current and projected strength of the Russian economic growth. The Russian gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has exceeded European and global GDP growth rates.

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