Automechanika Istanbul fair realized new record figures

Automechanika Istanbul's 8th edition took place from April 10th to 13th, 2014, at the TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center. With 1.475 exhibitors from 40 countries, the fair was the largest event ever held for the Turkish automotive industry. The fair organized biennially till 2013 started to be organized as an annual event for the first time this year due to intense interest of the market. Beginning with 302 exhibitors in 2001, the event raised the bar increasing this number up to 1,475 (739 national and 736 international) exhibitors in 2014 which is an 1,5% increase of exhibitors to the previous year 2013.

Automechanika Istanbul also realized a new visitor record: 44,469 professional visitors from 123 countries came to Istanbul to visit the 8th edition of this fair, which is an increase of 1, 5% compared to the last event of 2013.

The organizers of the fair, Messe Frankfurt Istanbul and Hannover Fairs Turkey, express their satisfaction about the results: "Automechanika Istanbul 2014 highlighted Turkey once again as a global automotive production and supply platform. We are proud to have organized such a professional and international fair and the satisfaction of all participants confirms to us that the investments made in the concept and promotion of the fair were the right ones", states Alexander Kühnel, the General Manager of Hannover Fairs Turkey, one of the Organizer companies. This year Argentina was hosted as the partner country at Automechanika Istanbul. Argentina was presenting its growing and attractive automotive industry, which is opening its doors for production expansion and investments by international partners. In the opening of the fair honored by Mr. Ernesto Pfirter, Consul General of Argentina in Istanbul, he expressed his opinions about the fair: "I would like to thank the organizers for inviting Argentina as the partner country for such an important industry event. I believe that the participation of Argentina to Automechanika Istanbul will be a good start for a close collaboration between the two countries as partners in the automotive industry."

The exhibitors from 40 different countries, offered their products in six different categories: Parts and Components, Electronic Systems, Accessories and Tuning, Repair and Maintenance, Information Technologies and Management, Service Stations and Car Wash. 18 country pavilions from Austria, Argentina, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Romania, Pakistan, Pacific Alliance (Mexico), Singapore, South East Europe (Slovenia), Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA and UK presented their newest products to professional visitors.

The credibility of this event is demonstrated by the support of a number of recognized industry associations including AASA (Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association), APRA (Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association), ASA (Federal Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Automobile Service Equipment, Germany), EGEA (European Garage Equipment Association, Belgium), HDMA (Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association), MEMA (Motor& Equipment Manufacturers Association), OAC (Overseas Automotive Council), TAYSAD (Association of Automotive Parts and Components Manufacturers, Turkey), YPG (Independent Aftermarket Development Association Turkey) and ZDK (German Federation for Motor Trades and Repairs) verifies the prestige of this organization.

The next edition of Automechanika Istanbul will be held from 9th to 12th April 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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