Automechanika Shanghai marks a 15% upswing in visitors as 2018 show closes. The 14th edition
of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 28 November to 1 December 2018, 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% since 2017 – now reaching a total of 150,568. As Asia’s largest automotive trade fair, organisers also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants alike during the four-day period.
The overall 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 was able to shed light on the most exciting current and future developments of the industry, from digitalisation and alternative drives, to autonomous driving and new mobility services. Other areas that proved immensely popular amongst participants 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(tyres) sector for the very latest tyre, wheel and rim products.
This year, a total of 57 fringe programme 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 their ideas and visions for the future of the industry. Many fringe events were also welcomed for the first time this year, 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. What’s more, a lot of positive feedback came from those in attendance, as there equally was across the entire show floor.
Organisers have also 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 the other established overseas participants.
Overseas visitors also saw an upswing of 22%. 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.
Show highlights and specialised zones
The fairground is filled with thousands of exhibitors providing comprehensive coverage of the entire automotive supply chain, and halls have been categorised into different industry segments to focus attention on the extensive range of products, services and technologies. These segments include Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility, Repair & Maintenance, Accessories & Customising and REIFEN. Additionally, there are many individual zones featured across all halls to spotlight specific themes in different sectors.
Parts & Components
This sector covers a wide range of products from the likes of powertrain, chassis and bodywork, to standard parts, interiors, remanufacturing and charging accessories. During the 2018 show, an ever larger international presence can be found across the Parts & Components sector, with refined product zoning to enhance sourcing and efficiency for participants.
Electronics & Systems
Here, a number of leading global OE and aftermarket suppliers display their most innovative solutions in car connectivity and smart technology, including intelligent traffic, vehicle safety, comfort electronics, vehicle lighting, power supply systems and much more. Additionally, a host of associated Electronics & Systems fringe events take place, in the form of lectures, seminars and workshops.
E-mobility & Infrastructure
This ever-evolving aspect of the industry has an even stronger exhibitor participation and enhanced product coverage this year. In response to the shift towards a more connected industry, it showcases the many different aspects of the entire electric vehicle ecosystem, such as controls, charging and battery technology, connected cars, key auto parts, material suppliers and product testing equipment.
Repair & Maintenance
A number of solutions for painting and collision repair are showcased in the show’s Repair & Maintenance sector, whilst an array of fringe events offer practical guides for the successful transformation of repair workshops. New displays for remote maintenance, diagnostics, new workshop technologies and workshop management solutions are in line with vehicles’ growing electronic capabilities.
Accessories & Customising
As one of the fastest growing aftermarket sectors, Accessories & Customising plays a vital role in terms of car performance, maintenance, safety, comfort and entertainment. Some of the key focuses on display at this year’s show include connected cars and infotainment, customisation, car care, new business models such as chain stores and e-commerce for the aftermarket.
Now in its second year at Automechanika Shanghai, the REIFEN Zone gathers leading suppliers for tyres, wheels, rims, and related products and services. The area will shine a spotlight on some of the sector’s very latest trends, including products for more fuel efficiency, higher performance and environmental consciousness.