ACMA Automechanika New Delhi postponed to 2024

The automotive aftermarket has been resilient during Covid time

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ACMA Automechanika New Delhi has postponed its dates to February 2024
ACMA Automechanika New Delhi has postponed its dates to February 2024

Keeping the industry’s interests at the forefront, Messe Frankfurt India, together with Auto Component Manufacturers of India (ACMA), has announced a shift in the exhibition cycle for their leading aftermarket exhibition ACMA Automechanika New Delhi. The change signifies the movement of the Indian edition from odd years to even years, with its first post-pandemic physical edition scheduled from 1 – 3 February 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Year after year, automotive component and aftermarket professionals from all over the world converge at Automechanika events worldwide to take advantage of endless business opportunities presented, make connections and build new relationships. Having established a reputation as a trusted business and sourcing platform for the Indian aftermarket, ACMA Automechanika New Delhi has become one of the key strategic meeting points for the industry bringing the exhibitors in contact with national and regional buyers in the Indian sub-continent and consistently breaking its records in terms of exhibitors and innovative displays.

The first post-pandemic edition in New Delhi to be staged in February 2024 will mark a key shift in the development of the event, supporting component advancements for shifting mobility trends and marking the start of its new cycle in even-numbered years.

ACMA will highlight advancements in the automotive industry

Poised to become the third-largest automobile market by 2026, next only to China and the US, the Indian market holds strong potential and is a key growth market for global auto component brands. However, the disruptions and postponements caused by the pandemic have pushed forward the schedule of global automotive events. In alignment with the OICA calendar of global auto shows, the Auto Expo will be held every odd year from 2023 onwards. The Components Show held in tandem with the Motor Show will thus take place simultaneously. 

“The shift to an even-year cycle will ensure the industry has a common networking point every year and secures business continuity,” shared Raj Manek, executive director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings, explaining the necessary change of timescale for the Indian edition of the renowned platform. “Despite the challenges, the automotive aftermarket has been resilient throughout the last two years. Supporting the sector’s increased focus on deep-localization will be a key goal of the first post-pandemic edition of ACMA Automechanika New Delhi,” added Manek.

Vinnie Mehta, director-general, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), said, “The automotive industry has manoeuvred with great resilience and fortitude the difficult times posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Aftermarket, through agility, has continued to maintain its vibrancy despite the challenges. With the changes in the calendar of global auto shows and readjustment of the exhibition cycle to even years, I am sure that ACMA Automechanika New Delhi will continue to be a successful event and its legacy carried on.”

The mobility and logistics industries are facing radical changes. With 40 trade fairs, conferences, and other events worldwide, Messe Frankfurt showcases the current state of the art in the automotive aftermarket, transport, and logistics sectors. It shows where the future of mobility is headed. ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, with its pure focus on the automotive aftermarket, aims to highlight advancements in the components industry that will continue to lead the transformation in the automotive space in the coming years.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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