‘Lo­cal car-parts in­dus­try best-de­vel­oped in SE Asia’

New Straits Times - - BUSINESS -

FRANK­FURT: Malaysia’s carparts in­dus­try has made good strides over the years and is the best-de­vel­oped in South­east Asia.

This is ac­cord­ing to Michael Jo­hannes, vice-pres­i­dent at Messe Frank­furt, the or­gan­iser of the world’s largest auto-parts and af­ter-mar­ket trade fair Automechanika.

The event is held bi­en­ni­ally and is now into its 25th year.

Jo­hannes touched on the Automechanika Kuala Lumpur Trade Fair, the Malaysian edi­tion of Automechanika to be held in March next year, de­scrib­ing it as the gate­way to the Asean re­gion for Messe Frank­furt.

“Automechanika Kuala Lumpur may be a smaller but of high-qual­ity and deals with fu­ture-ori­ented top­ics.

“We or­gan­ise sem­i­nars, pro­grammes on var­i­ous projects of the in­dus­try dur­ing the event and pro­vide the lat­est data and in­for­ma­tion on de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place within it,” he said when met at the Frank­furt edi­tion of Automechanika.

The last edi­tion of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur — also a bi­en­nial event — saw 246 com­pa­nies from 18 coun­tries and re­gions show­cas­ing their prod­ucts to 5,650 vis­i­tors from 71 coun­tries.

Next year’s event will be held un­der the theme, “Sourc­ing, Train­ing, En­ter­tain­ment”.

Within the Asean re­gion, Messe Frank­furt stages a Viet­namese edi­tion called Automechanika Ho Chin Minh City. This year’s event was held in April.

Jo­hannes sees Asia as the growth cen­tre in pro­pel­ling in­no­va­tions and de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try and China con­tin­u­ing to be the main­stay of growth in the con­ti­nent.

“China’s now places great em­pha­sis on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and re­duc­ing the level of pol­lu­tion, ” he said.

He pointed out that two ma­jor tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments would have a long-term im­pact on the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try and in turn, the auto-parts sec­tor.

“There is great em­pha­sis on clean ve­hi­cles and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion. There will be busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the new busi­ness mod­els, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion will gen­er­ate the big­gest growth.

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