More than 2,500 international, regional and local attendees comprising tyre manufacturers, OEMs, distributors, dealers, retailers, fleet operators and garage owners convened at Tyrexpo Africa (co-located with GarageXpoAfrica) at the Gallagher Convention Centre Hall 2, Johannesburg on 10th–12th April, 2018 .
The 7th edition of the show focused on 3 core areas to deliver maximum value for sellers and buyers in the African tyre community through:
- A human-element focused, truly personalised business matching service for sellers and Buyers, supporting the community’s need for new, meaningful relationships to be established on the platform; supporting the rollout of new and existing products to the region;
- Widening the core exhibiting profile to include the garage segment, providing buyers (fleet owners, OEMs, garage owners, distributors) the potential to acquire new products and solutions to diversify or enhance their service offerings;
- Focusing the omni-channel outreach campaign to draw buyers from 10 key markets in the Sub-saharan region, with the intent to grow visitors from outside South Africa.
Ever since the inception of the show, SingEx Exhibitions as the organiser of the show has emphasised on the personal touch as enablers of the community in the buying and selling process. Ian Wu, Cluster Director (Healthcare and Automotive & Commodities) at SingEx Exhibitions said: “We pride ourselves in the quality of event participants and our unique approach of deploying a dedicated on-ground team allows us to personalise individual buyers’ and sellers’ business matching needs, helping our exhibitors strengthen existing or establish new commercial relationships through the human element.”
With the addition of GarageXpo Africa, a specially curated section for the African aftermarket community, the event saw the largest gathering of tyre and automotive repair community ever assembled in South Africa. To strengthen the show’s profile, for the first time ever, Tyrexpo Africa was jointly held with RubberTech Africa at the same venue.
More than 80 exhibitors from 15 countries took part in the industry’s principal trade event. Among the many leading African based companies that participated were O’Green Metaforge and Exclusive Tyres. The three-day event was also reinforced by the presence of dozens of International players such as Ammun General Trading, Daeho Industry Co Ltd, Elgi Rubber Company Limited, Global Tap Pte Ltd, Insa Turbo Tyres (Industrias Del Neumatico S.A.U), Melangor Pte Ltd, Nankang Rubber Tire Corp, Ltd, Salvadori SRL, Stamford Tyres International Pte Ltd, SunRubber Industry Sdn Bhd, Tionale Pte Ltd, Vee Tyre and Rubber and more.
The event also witnessed a record number of participants from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, UAE, Namibia, United Kingdom, Taiwan and Ghana.