On 13 June 2023, the organisers of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City held a preliminary event to kick start the fifth edition.
Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City Showcases Latest Products and Industry Trends
To highlight the trade fair’s unique position, Fiona Chiew, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained: “Our three-prong approach for integrating business, workshops and entertainment is very specific to the needs of the Vietnamese market. For example, umbrella themes across the exhibition will spotlight areas of the industry with high growth potential. In addition, we believe that adding a number of highly interactive events, for service providers, car owners and enthusiasts, can also draw greater attention to opportunities in customisation and talent in the aftermarket.”
The special edition is set to break records with more than 450 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions descending on the city. As one of the most resourceful and international automotive events in Vietnam, players are expected to travel in from around the country in hopes of communicating with domestic conglomerates, as well as companies from countries and regions like Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Türkiye, the UK, the USA and more.
Exhibitors will continue to offer the latest products, solutions and know-how for the passenger, commercial vehicle and motorcycle sectors, as well as automotive manufacturing and automation. Accordingly, they will cover auto parts, accessories and customising, alternative drive systems and fuels, electronics and connectivity, tyres and wheels, diagnostics and repair, car wash and care, IoT and logistics.
The new EV Zone at the fair is set to house a collection of local and overseas exhibitors, giving them a platform to promote the latest solutions and technologies to the region. For example, the Hong Kong Productivity Council will showcase a strong collection of battery charging and systems for EVs.
In addition, the Digitalisation and Electrification Business Networking Event goes hand-in-hand with trends presented across the zone. The event consists of a number of conferences and networking sessions that focus on new mobility concepts and sustainability. Low carbon mobility will also be a major topic to match Government plans to turn Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi into smart cities.
Skoda Auto has recently made headlines with the decision to build a production plant in Vietnam. The move signals the strong development of high-quality automotive manufacturing with many foreign OEMs now exploring local investment and diversifying procurement channels with the country as a way to access other markets in ASEAN.
In response, the Vietnam Association for Supporting Industries and NC Network are bringing a group of local automotive manufacturers and Japanese joint-venture manufacturers to the Automotive Manufacturing & Automation Zone. Together, they are hoping to build a greater awareness of the country’s production capabilities amongst the local and overseas community.
Furthermore, key speakers at the Automotive Manufacturing, Transformation and Automation Conference, like from ABB and Bosch, will explore recent trends and opportunities, as well as the use of robotics and solutions for smart factories.
Overall, the line-up of exhibitors is set to present a leading range of products, services and solutions. Some notable brands include Dielektrik UAB – a forerunner in engine control unit repair technologies; Exedy – a clutch specialist dominating the global OEM market; Launch – a leader in vehicle diagnostics, ADAS calibration, tools and workshop equipment and YonMing – parts distributor and aftermarket service provider for the repair and maintenance for commercial vehicles and many more.
A wide range of actvities throughout the three-day show, including AutoFest@HCMC, the show’s latest addition in the fringe programme, Auto Service Day, Auto NITZ Party, Drift and Stunt shows, EMMA Vietnam – Car Audio and Modification Competition, as well as OEM & Auto City Marketplace.