The Feb 5-7 Automechanika 2018 will feature more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries
RIYADH, February 4 (CIC) – The expected rise in the number of Saudi drivers this year after women take to the wheel will have a significant impact on the auto parts, maintenance and services industry in the Kingdom, according to the organisers of Automechanika Riyadh, a top regional trade fair for the automotive aftermarket industry taking place this week.
The landmark decision by King Salman last September to allow women to drive from June 24, 2018, along with other recent economic initiatives, will give a boost to many industries in the Kingdom. However, those expected to benefit the most include the automotive aftermarket due to the expected increase in the number of vehicles purchased by new drivers, they said.
The Automechanika 2018 expo’s organisers, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said in a statement that “the automotive aftermarket in Saudi Arabia is the largest and fastest growing industry in the wider Middle East. Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of auto parts valued at approximately USD $1.9 billion (in 2013).”
The three-day event takes place from Feb. 5-7 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center and will feature more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries.
The show will represent six key sectors comprising Parts and Components; Electronics and Systems; Tyres and Batteries; Accessories and Customizing; Repair and Maintenance; and Car Wash, Care and Reconditioning, according to the organizers.