Pakistan Auto Show 2016 concludes with More than 100,000 visitors and a new resolve to accelerate progress.
The Pakistan Auto Show 2016 concluded at the Expo Centre in Lahore. The 3-day grand event, organized by the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) from 4th to 6th of March 2016, attracted large crowds of more than One hundred thousand visitors and professionals, seeking fresh technological insights and valuable knowledge on the advancement of engineering in the industry. It featured a vast range of products and process displays from more than 200 international & local Auto-manufacturers and a myriad of enterprises operating in the relevant sectors. This pioneering exhibition showcases the robust growth and vast potential of Pakistan’s Automobile industry, reflecting the nation’s pursuit to become the future hub for auto manufacturing and engineering.
The Auto Show also featured numerous insightful seminars and training workshops, conducted by very learned speakers and experts, who disseminated high-valued information. These sessions were greatly appreciated by the industry professionals. A spectacular closing ceremony was orchestrated to conclude the show with great fanfare, where the leading personalities of the Automobile industry, the engineering communities and the regulatory authorities were present along with senior government officials, prominent social personalities and showbiz stars, like; Ali Zafar – the Pop music icon.
The Chairman of PAAPAM – Mr, Mumshad Ali stated that; as the demand for automobiles is expected to rise continuously over the next 3-5 years, the big challenge for Pakistan is to nurture local assemblers & vendors and ensure rapid investments in capacity-building, to meet the sharply rising demand. This industry has already achieved a high level of localization, whereby it boasts: 75% localization in Cars & HCVs, 96% in Tractors, 96% in Motorcycles and 80% in Three Wheelers. Its products are being exported to; The European Union, USA, African Countries and all over Asia. The Annual production in 2015 had reached; 180,000 cars, 1.8 million motorcycles, 4000 Trucks, 600 Busses, 47,000 Tractors and 50,000 Three wheelers.
The Chief Organizer of Pakistan Auto Show 2016 – Syed Nabeel Hashmi said that: “Pakistan Auto Show has once again proved that; it is the most resourceful, high-profile event, playing a pivotal role in nurturing innovation, knowledge-exchange and collaborative ventures in the automotive industry. Revolutionary ideas and technological concepts are shared at this vibrant platform by the world’s foremost technology companies. Global Automobile Brands and experts enrich the deliberations, along with spare-parts manufacturers, component suppliers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM vendors), automobile traders, investors, buyers, and enthusiasts, who want to expand their business networks and knowledge-base.” He further added that; “Looking at the resounding success of this year’s event, we are thoroughly inspired to orchestrate the next year’s Auto Show on a much larger scale. However, we would like to urge the government to complete the construction of the Expo Centre in Lahore urgently, because in its current state this facility cannot accommodate the vast automobile industry of Pakistan. I would like to thank the stakeholders of this industry for making this show the ‘Biggest annual Automotive Event of the nation’. The industry leaders have urged the government to devise an effective Auto Policy in consultation with the experts because this critical policy has been long awaited to enable the faster progress of our industry. PAAPAM is fully committed to playing a key role as the binding force for the Auto industry. Since its incorporation in the year 1999, PAAPAM has successfully grown to 292 registered members.” He further said “There are almost 3000 Auto Parts-Manufacturers operating all over Pakistan, whereby this industry has created almost 3 million jobs and opportunities for respectable income, engaging 500,000 skilled workers as Direct Employees and 2.4 million indirect employees. It has generated a robust Investment volume of Rs.270 billion and contributes revenues of Rs. 110 billion per year to the national exchequer. It has also achieved an Import substitution worth US$ 3.3 billion per annum and an Exports volume of US$ 110 million per annum. Pakistan is already the cheapest source in the world, for producing tractors”.
The Senior Vice Chairman of PAAPAM – Mr. Mashood Ali Khan stated that; We are delighted to see that the 2016 event received an overwhelming response from industry stakeholders, international large-scale buyers and diverse consumer segments, as the exhibition featured a wide range of products including; cars, tractors, trucks, buses, 4X4, Motorcycles, three wheelers, and exotic cars. The presence of Globally leading companies like; Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Isuzu, Hino, UD Nissan and Yamaha from Japan, Massey Ferguson Tractors and Land Rover from the UK, Fiat Tractors from Italy, FAW Trucks & Cars from China and much more, have thoroughly enriched the proceedings of the exhibition.
The event also attracts precision-engineering experts, Raw Material suppliers, used-car dealers, service, repairs, body-work professionals, Automobile Financing companies and other Service Providers. The industry experts held extensive deliberations to overcome the challenges and devise collective growth strategies. Several prestigious universities presented their innovations and insightful academic projects during the event. It promoted a wide array of advanced technologies and solutions, including; Engines, Casting, Forging, Sheet Metals, Jigs & Fixtures, along with electronics, car-paints, tools, tires, batteries, plastic parts, Rubber parts, and accessories. During the event, the visitors could also acquire valuable information on Car-financing, Auto-insurance, Service-centers, etc.
Other Members of the organizing team who played a key role in making this event a roaring success, include Mr. Mohd. Saleem, Mr. Shafqat, Mr. Mehboob, Mr. Taufiq, Mr. Mansoor, Mr. Saeed, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Mr. Rehan, and much more.