Automechanika Istanbul, the third biggest trade fair for the automotive industry following Automechanika Frankfurt and Automechanika Shanghai was held from 07th to 10th of April 2016, at the TÜYAP Exhibition Center in Istanbul. For four days, the leaders of the industry came together under one roof for mutual benefit and growth. On a net stand area of 38,173 sqm, 1,282 exhibitors showcased their innovations related to Parts and Components, Electronic Systems, Accessories and Tuning, Repair & Maintenance, Information Technologies & Management and Service Stations & Car Wash, Lubricants, Tire, Batteries and Truck Competence at 14 halls. The number of official country pavilions taking part this year was 17 including Germany, U.S., China, India, Hong Kong, Iran, Spain, Italy, Morocco, France, South Korea, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Tunisia and for the first time Indonesia. The fair served as an important international gathering for new import and export opportunities as well as for business expansions. “With a high export figure which exceeded 20 billion USD in 2015, automotive industry is one of the most important industries of Turkey and Automechanika Istanbul gives the opportunity to the companies who would like to expand into new markets. Automechanika Istanbul once more showed that the right projects have always power to get people together. Under the Automechanika Istanbul brand, exhibitors from 34 countries came together and the leading international position of the event in automotive industry was proved,” said Alexander Kühnel, General Manager of Hannover Fairs Turkey.
The event attracted considerable attention of visitors especially from Europe, Middle East, North Africa and CIS
countries. During the four days 42,781 visitors were hosted. Moreover, with the support of Ministry of Economy and Automotive Exporters Union, buyer delegations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia came to the fair and developed new business relations. Also, in scope of Anatolian Programme, 75 delegations were hosted. “Once again, Automechanika Istanbul proved to be the meeting point of the region for national and international professionals of the sector hosting visitors from more than 100 countries. Turkey is a great meeting point to sell and to buy. Istanbul has a history of more than 8000 years of trade. With this culture and history in the background, Automechanika serves as a platform of new import and export opportunities as well as for business growth. We are aware of our responsibility for the development of Automechanika Istanbul and the quality of services that we supply to our exhibitors and visitors as well. Now our only target is to improve the services which are already at a high level. We are proud to organize such a professional and international fair and the high satisfaction of participants prove that the investments made in the concept and promotion of the fair were the right ones.” explains Tayfun Yardım, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Istanbul. The 2016 edition of Automechanika Istanbul was more colorful Automechanika Istanbul also focused on the future of the industry with Automechanika Academy, one of the most important conferences in the automotive industry. With the support of OYPG, seminars were organized with the themes of Automotive Aftermarket from the Perspective of Fleet Leasing Industry and An European View on Turkish Aftermarket. Also, TAISAD organized the Equivalent Spare Part Certification Seminar. In addition, the exhibition offered various presentations, workshops and special displays organized by associations and universities. Among them, displayed classic racing cars, F1 simulator, 360° rotating Flight, Roller Coaster and rally simulator drew intense interest from visitors. Moreover, local automobiles that were manufactured in Turkey were not forgotten at Automechanika Istanbul to show the power of Turkish automotive and supply industry to the world. VOLKICAR, the first Turkish racing car, was presented at Hall 10.
Masters of different arts, such as illustration, graffiti and model-making, exhibited their skills for the visitors at
Automechanika Istanbul as well. Painting and illustration artist Osman Arık showed its works at Hall 10. Also, during his 4-day live performance, he portrayed an exhibited car on his canvas. Also, works of graffiti, a form of street art, was available at the exhibition. Models made as handicraft by İsmail Erzurumluoğlu and were showcased for four days at Automechanika Istanbul. With the brand-new products and interesting activities, the 10th edition of Automechanika Istanbul organized by Messe Frankfurt Istanbul and Hannover Fairs Turkey Fuarcılık closed its doors with a great success. The next edition of Automechanika Istanbul will take place from 06-09 April 2017. Exhibiting Countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco , Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland , Romania, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America. Supporters: AASA – Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, APRA – Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association, ASA – Federal Association of the Manufacturers and Importers of Automobile Service Equipment (Germany), EGEA – European Garage Equipment Association (Belgium), FIGIEFA – Automotive Aftermarket Distributors HDMA – Heavy Duty Manufacturers Alliance, OIB – Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association MEMA – Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association, OAC – Overseas Automotive Council, TAISAD – Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association for Specialized Vehicles, TAYSAD – Association of Automotive Parts and Components Manufacturers in Turkey, OYPG – Independent Automotive Aftermarket Development Association of Turkey, ZDK -German Federation for Motor Trades and Repairs, TOBB – The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, KOSGEB – Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization.