The steadily increasing rate of car ownership in China and corresponding swell in demand for auto maintenance and repair has led to a favourable outlook for the automotive aftermarket.
To support this growth, the Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR), an influential international sourcing and trading platform for the automotive aftermarket, is committed to fostering sector-wide innovations. The 2024 edition of the show will return to the National Convention and Exhibition Centre (Tianjin) from 20 – 23 March, and aims to provide a full-service supply chain platform for businesses within the automotive aftermarket. The show is expected to welcome over 1,200 exhibitors from around the world, and will span 100,000 sqm of exhibition space.
Rooted in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Jing-jin-ji) region for over 40 years, AMR has witnessed the auto industry’s technological transformation first hand. The show serves as a one-stop platform for aftermarket business exchange, information sharing and sourcing. Moving into its 2024 edition, it will continue to function as a vital meeting point connecting the entire aftermarket sector, catalysing innovation and enabling attendees to survey new opportunities and better understand the market’s trajectory. Reflecting the event’s high profile within the industry, it will draw a range of companies and industry players from around the world. To date, pavilions from Germany, Italy, Taiwan and Malaysia have confirmed their participation, alongside buyer delegations from Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and more.
Introducing new exhibition zones alongside core sectors to advance industry development
In September 2023, car ownership in China stood at 430 million units, positioning the country as the world’s largest automotive manufacturing and consumer market . Alongside this development, industry focus has begun to shift from prioritising high growth to improving product quality. As the age of existing cars on the road continues to rise, China’s automotive aftermarket has seen a steady expansion to satisfy the growing demand for vehicle maintenance and repair.
Simultaneously, digital transformation and the maturation of the consumer market are collectively reshaping the aftermarket landscape. To cater to the accelerating demand for industrial enhancement and change brought on by these forces, AMR 2024 aims to deliver a full-service aftermarket supply chain. The exhibition will span 100,000 sqm of floor space, and will integrate new specialised zones into key industrial sectors to highlight trending topics.
Repair and Maintenance sector
China’s auto maintenance sector is continually adapting to accommodate demand for widening range of services, including personalisation. With this shift has come an intensified focus on safety, energy conservation, customisation and the integration of smart features. As the industry navigates this period of digital transformation, it is becoming increasingly important for workshops to synchronise their online and offline operations, utilising data and smart technologies to deliver greater value to customers. Against this backdrop, AMR 2024’s Repair and Maintenance sector will continue to highlight advancements in car maintenance and repair equipment, tools, and testing and car painting solutions. The exhibition will present a strong lineup of domestic brands, and will feature specialised areas for diagnostics, repair, body and paint, car wash and car care. Occupying an anticipated 60,000 sqm of floor space, this sector is poised to attract over 100 buyer delegations in addition to 20,000 visitors from around the world.
Parts and Components sector
China’s automotive components sector is rapidly progressing in line with the broader development of the worldwide automotive industry. These advancements are grounded in specific policy support, alongside an increased focus on electronic parts stemming from the industry’s ongoing digitalisation. By 2028, it is expected that revenue from China’s auto parts and components sector will surpass RMB 4.8 trillion . In response to the growing demand for car care products across northern and southern China, AMR 2024 will expand its Parts and Components sector to over 25,000 sqm. Hosting over 500 exhibitors, the area will facilitate networking and collaboration opportunities between foreign and local parts enterprises. Product displays will include driving systems, body and chassis, car interiors and exteriors, and parts remanufacturing.
Aftermarket fine chemical specialised zone
The use of fine chemicals in aftermarket production not only improves overall vehicle performance and safety, but can also aid with emission reduction efforts. In its upcoming edition, AMR will unveil a brand-new specialised zone showcasing the chemicals used in car repair and maintenance. This inaugural display area will highlight a line-up of fuels, lubricants, and chemicals used for air-conditioning, cooling and safety. Complementing this, a number of events announcing updated industry standards will be held throughout the area. These events will showcase chemical innovations which meet high performance and environmental protection standards.
Green Repair & New Energy zone
In recent years, the automotive industry has proactively adopted a more environmentally-conscious approach, a stance which extends from the manufacturing process to the aftermarket. Green transportation occupies a strategic role within this transition. In China, the growing number of new energy vehicles is making a notable impact, improving air quality, restructuring energy consumption patterns and effectively leading a broad-scale transformation in the country’s mobility and transportation sector. At AMR 2024, the Green Repair & New Energy zone will continue to serve as a core highlight of the show. This zone will converge the latest in maintenance technologies, equipment and materials, as well as industry standards and testing solutions which fulfil the most current requirements for environmental protection.
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Manufacturing zone
Recognised as one of China’s six major automotive manufacturing bases, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has established a solid foundation in the field of car manufacturing, owing to the consistent optimisation of its infrastructure over the years. The year 2024 is set to be a significant milestone, marking the 10th anniversary of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development initiative. As leading areas of focus within the region, new energy and connected vehicles will receive substantial support in support of further development . Building upon the success of the previous edition’s Tianjin Manufacturing zone, the fair’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Manufacturing zone will explore the region’s comprehensive auto service chain and its capabilities, covering topics including auto manufacturing-related products, testing services, port facilities, and industry-supportive policies.
Industry and Education Integration zone
The integration of industry and education offers a novel approach to talent development, synchronising educational curricula with the requirements of the industry. This collaborative model not only improves the practical abilities and competitiveness of vocational college and university students, but also supplies enterprises with a pipeline to a highly skilled labour force. The upcoming edition of AMR will welcome the new Industry and Education Integration zone, which will feature teaching equipment, software and materials, alongside scenario-based displays of workshop repair equipment and tools. The show will also coordinate a series of related competitions centred around car maintenance skills, encouraging the sharing of expertise on techniques and technical enhancements.
Public Transportation Equipment sector
Trends in digitalisation and electrification are continuing to permeate all aspects of the automotive industry, and commercial vehicles and logistics-related sectors stand as no exception in this transition toward a new era. Accordingly, AMR 2024 will commit a stronger focus to the Public Transportation Equipment sector. Across the show floor, visitors will encounter the latest technologies and trends in the logistics sector, presented through a series of product displays, conferences, training sessions, policy discussions and a diverse range of on-site activities. These activities will cover topics including the customisation and improvement of commercial vehicles, testing and diagnosis, car care and maintenance, replacement parts supply, technological integration and green solutions.
In addition to the aforementioned highlights, AMR 2024 will continue to expand its focus on Car Care, Car Wash and Customising. These showcases will feature fully automatic car washing equipment, tools, consumables and a range of customised exterior components and accessories, presenting visitors with a more diverse selection of innovative products in the aftermarket sector.
The Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) is co-organised by China Automotive Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA), China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and China National Machinery Industry International Co Ltd (Sinomachint). The fair is one of the 35 global events under Messe Frankfurt’s Mobility and Logistics sector.