Automechanika Shanghai 2023 breaks attendance records

Held from Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2023, the event drew 185,284 attendees from 177 countries and regions.

Paul McCarthy, President & CEO, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers, was a featured speaker at the Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2023, held just outside Automechanika Shanghai in China. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel

The 18th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, a premier event in the automotive industry, saw a 16 percent increase in visitor numbers, show organizers report. 

Held from Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2023, the event drew 185,284 attendees from 177 countries and regions.

The 2023 edition of Automechanika Shanghai featured 5,652 exhibitors from 41 countries and regions, encompassing 16 country and region pavilions, and sprawled over 300,000 sqm of exhibition space at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in the western part of Shanghai. 

Philippe Thegner, GM of MS Motorservice Asia Pacific, speaks during the media tour at Automechanika Shanghai. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel

The event’s global appeal was further highlighted by its expansive online reach, with AMS Live generating more than 870,000 page views.

One of the highlights of the event was the Innovation4Mobility Showcase, which included the Innovation4Mobility Mainstage and the Future Mobility Area. This platform delved into critical areas of the automotive supply chain, spotlighting the interplay between digitalization, connectivity, sustainability, new energy sources and aftermarket services. The focus on these areas reflected the growing demand for innovative mobility solutions and environmental protection in the automotive industry.

Aftermarket Intel Editor & Video Host Mark Phillips and May Huang of ALT America Inc.

The concurrent fringe program was another cornerstone of the event, featuring a total of 77 fringe events. A major attraction was the International Automotive Industry Conference 2023, presented by Automechanika Shanghai. The conference series, including one main conference and five related events, covered major global automotive forecasts, policy updates and future opportunities, offering invaluable insights as the industry moves into 2024 and beyond.

Aftermarket Intel Editor & Video Host Mark Phillips and Olaf Mußhoff, Director of Automechanika Frankfurt.

The event also marked a significant increase in international participation, growing by 19 percent. Key countries and regions with high representation included Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Türkiye and the UAE. The show hosted a lineup of exhibitors from various countries and regions, including France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the U.S.

Colin Shao, GM of American Modified, speaks during the media tour at Automechanika Shanghai. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel

The diverse range of exhibitors and attendees at Automechanika Shanghai 2023 underlined the event’s role as a melting pot for domestic and international automotive markets. The face-to-face interactions between global buyers and suppliers, many of whom were reconnecting in person for the first time since 2019, greatly contributed to the success of this end-of-year gathering. The event’s focus on themes like electrification, connectivity, and sustainability resonated strongly with participants, reflecting the industry’s evolving priorities.

Join your colleagues in the global automotive aftermarket. Get the Aftermarket Intel Briefing, edited by Mark Phillips, AAP.

* indicates required