UAE. Dubai is rapidly cementing its position as a global trader and re-exporter of auto parts, says one prominent auto industry trader after experiencing record year on year growth.
Growing a whopping 60% compared to 2010, Dubai-based global auto parts trader A-MAP has seen an incredibly busy and successful 2011.
“We’ve seen a surging demand for tires, batteries and parts within the region and have increased our manpower across all departments by thirty percent this year to accommodate this surge,” said Asad Badami, managing director of A-MAP.
“A-MAP has been successful in partnering with some of the most recognised local brands such as EPPCO/ENOC, Thrifty/Dollar-Rent-A-Car fleets, and Galadari Group and we will continue to expand this division for fleet and corporate accounts over the next few years,” Badami added.
2011 saw A-MAP expand its logistical operations considerably within the UAE, with a branch office opening in Jebel Ali Free Zone along with increased warehousing facilities for smoother distribution to regional customers.
Demand required A-MAP to double its storage capacity in its warehousing facilities in Sharjah over 2011, with growth exceeding the company’s own expectations.
“We’re continuing to expand not just in the UAE and the Middle East, but we also opened up an office in the United States which is a fully fledged distribution facility to service our North and South American customers,” added Badami.
With demand for high-quality automotive batteries multiplying at a huge rate, A-MAP responded by opening a technical centre for its Solite brand of batteries in Al Quoz, Dubai, dedicated to improving after-sales service and end-user benefits, as well as studying the deterioration of batteries in the MENA region in particular.
“The centre aims to provide accurate data to the manufacturers in order to facilitate improvements to the Solite range that is specific to the extreme weather conditions of the region. Ultimately this could mean fewer discarded batteries that end up in landfills,” said Badami.
Dubai’s outstanding reputation for ‘ready stock’ is the main reason behind its enduring reputation for excellence in trading, a reputation Badami says his group has thrived on over the last decade.
A-MAP is planning to consolidate its growth further in 2012, and increase its domestic distribution network with plans to open a distribution facility in Abu Dhabi. Sustained growth is expected throughout 2012 in both revenue and manpower, with the company aiming to increase its annual turnover to AED1 billion by 2015.
“It’s a very realistic and achievable goal given our exponential growth over the past few years, and we plan to be able to exceed the expectations we have set for ourselves over the next three to five years,” concluded Badami.
A-MAP specializes in the distribution of aftermarket automotive spare parts, automotive batteries, tyres, and lubricants. Headquartered in the 'bustling trading hub' of Dubai, UAE, A-MAP operates a network of branch offices in Asia, Africa, and North America.
With world- leading portfolio of brand names such as Solite, Fenix, Asimco, RBI, Crown, and Strada, A-MAP has mastered supply chain management systems to deliver the ultimate in client satisfaction.
For more information, please visit www.a-map.net.