UAE. The region’s largest automotive aftermarket exhibition, Automechanika, opened today amid continued growth in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) automotive re-export sector.
The lack of automotive manufacturing industry within the Gulf region has created a demand for a well-developed and strong re-export trading sector, with companies in this field defying the recession to practically double their numbers over the past six years.
Dubai already has a reputation as an influential re-export hub, while projects such as Abu Dhabi’s recently announced ‘Automobile City’ are set to further meet the market’s growing demands.
“The UAE has become the regional distribution center for automotive parts and accessories not only to the Middle East but also to Africa and parts Europe,” said Asad Badami, Managing Director of A-MAP, which specializes in the distribution of aftermarket automotive spare parts, automotive batteries, tyres, and lubricants.
“In particular, Dubai’s geographic location and cooperative local authorities are of significant benefit when connecting Asia to Africa and Europe. For example, Dubai ports can potentially enable the same day release of goods. Once a vessel arrives, the container can be offloaded and the goods warehoused within twelve hours. This is something you don’t get anywhere else.”
“Another of Dubai’s competitive advantages is the fact that many of the region’s landlocked countries, such as Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, rely on goods being transported by land. This is a considerable boon for South East Asian countries, which can export their goods to Dubai where they are warehoused temporarily and re-exported to these countries via the land route,” Badami added.
The UAE’s advantages as a regional automotive hub is one of the main reasons for Automechanicka’s enduring popularity, with organisers stating that this year’s edition will be 24 per cent larger than the last, and the biggest edition yet.
The organisers are also quick to point out that more visitors than ever before are hailing from Saudi Arabia, largely due to the country’s development boom.
“Auto parts distributors and dealers, particularly those from emerging markets, are interested in the ‘availability factor’ more than anything else,” said Badami.
”They want quality brands at a fair price, but they are especially interested in being able to acquire the parts they need quickly, easily, and from partners they can trust to deliver for them in days not weeks, and without necessarily being made to ‘bulk buy’ to agree a fair price.”
A-MAP, which has grown by 300 percent since 2009 and is expecting to double in size by 2013, is currently expanding into new markets, having already established operations in Africa, Asia, and North America. The company believes that its participation at Automechanika will enable it to ‘see and be seen’ in an increasingly competitive sector.
“Automechanika in Dubai gets bigger and better every year, and we know from attending past events that visiting delegates are people we want to meet. Over the past year, we have seen our business grow exponentially, and we firmly believe that this growth is rooted in the many international relationships we have worked hard to develop,” concluded Badami, whose A-MAP company trades Solite batteries, Asimco brake pads, Fenix and Achilles tyres, and RBI rubber products, among others.
A-MAP specializes in the distribution of aftermarket automotive spare parts, automotive batteries, tires, 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, 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.
Taking place from 22-24 May, AUTOMECHANIKA Middle East 2012 provides a perfect opportunity for the participants to grow their business in the light of the recent development of automobiles industry in the Middle East. The 10th edition of AUTOMECHANIKA has been organized by the Epoc Messe Frankfurt and will be held at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. It will cater to all the major segments in the automobile industry with the objective of lifting the standards of products and services available for the automotive aftermarket.
For more information, please visit www.automechanikame.com.