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Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2018 Provides Overview of China’s Fast-Growing Aftermarket During Automechanika Shanghai

Date: November 9, 2018

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Messe Frankfurt are co-organizing this unique event providing both market insights and networking opportunities with China’s growing aftermarket channel partners

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Automotive aftermarket executives can take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn more about China’s fast growing aftermarket sector and to network with its leading channel partners at the Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2018, co-organized by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and Messe Frankfurt on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Shanghai.

The day-long event will be held concurrently with Automechanika Shanghai, slated for Wednesday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 1 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. An audience of 300-plus attendees is expected, including more than 100 buyers from the Chinese aftermarket.

“The Chinese aftermarket is an important global market, and this event is vital for suppliers to learn more about it and how to include it in their global growth strategies,” said Paul McCarthy, MEMA senior vice president and AASA executive vice president. “This year’s event is even more valuable than past Aftermarket Summits with sessions devoted to areas in which China’s aftermarket is ahead of the U.S. aftermarket, such as e-tailing and O2O, and with its networking opportunities with hundreds of buyers participating in the event.”

Members of AASA’s China Aftermarket Forum (CAF), who are executives with leading aftermarket suppliers responsible for their company’s China operations, and representatives from Messe Frankfurt have created a compelling agenda to examine the current trends, challenges and opportunities in the country’s market today. Subject matter experts will address topics such as:

  • China - U.S. automotive aftermarket status and outlook
  • Automotive megatrends impact on the future of the aftermarket and particularly for the China market
  • The impact of global automakers entrance into China and its independent aftermarket
  • The rapid development of auto finance service in China: car loans, leasing and insurance businesses
  • How auto parts supply chain and service chains can facilitate the development of China’s aftermarket
  • The development of O2O (online to offline) and e-commerce business models in China's automotive aftermarket

The agenda also features panel discussions in the following areas:

  • Models for supply chain platforms and survival strategies
  • How the Chinese repair chains' brands became mature
  • A comparison of automotive aftermarket & channel development trends in China vs. U.S. and Europe
  • An era of big data – how to use data as a powerful weapon

Attendees can register online for the event here. More information about the AASA China Aftermarket Forum is available here or by contacting Terry Sakiewicz or AASA: tsakiewicz@aasa.mema.org.

The Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2018 also is supported by the China National Machinery Industry International Co. and Hangzhou Juqi Network Technology Co.

About AASA China Aftermarket Forum

For more than a decade, the AASA China Aftermarket Forum (CAF) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has provided a community for its supplier member executives in China with their peers and other constituencies in the region, facilitating collaboration among the members. Its mission is to support the growth of member companies’ business within the Chinese automotive aftermarket. The CAF accomplishes this mission through offering opportunities to meet with peers and other selected constituencies, facilitating collaboration among the members, and representing member interests via coordinated member participation in relevant industry groups.

About AASA

AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

About Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world's largest trade fair, convention and event organizer with its own site. More than 2,400 employees at 30 locations generate annual sales of around 669 million euros. The company group efficiently supports the business interests of its clients by engaging intensively with the various industries involved and maintaining an international sales network. Its comprehensive range of services, both on site and online, guarantees its customers around the world a consistently high quality and flexibility in planning, organizing and implementing events. Services range from convention space rental, exhibition stand construction and marketing services to personnel services and catering. The company's headquarters are located in Frankfurt am Main. The company is owned by the City of Frankfurt, which holds 60 percent of the shares, and the State of Hesse, which holds 40 percent.

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