Automechanika Kuala Lumpur defers until 2023

Messe Frankfurt, the organiser of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, has deferred the next edition of its show from March 2022 until March 2023.

Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO) is affecting travel in and around the country, and following talks with the local auto community, exhibitors, partners and supporting organisations, the organiser has set new show dates of 16-18 March 2023. 

Continued quarantine requirements for non-residents entering Malaysia, domestic travel restrictions and preventative measures to stem the cross-country spread of Covid-19 were fundamental factors in further postponing the show.

The show serves supply networks in the automotive industry and Fiona Chiew (pictured), deputy general manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said: “At the moment, domestic prevention protocols are limiting the prospects of the international auto community attending the fair. As a responsible trade fair organiser, we will continue to uphold government guidelines and monitor the situation carefully. Our mission is both to protect the welfare of all those involved and safeguard a stable business environment. With this in mind, I am grateful that our stakeholders have backed the decision to defer the show until 2023.”

The last edition, held in 2019, brought industry professionals from 16 exhibiting and 58 visiting countries and regions together. Over the years, Allmakes 4x4, Astra Otoparts, AUTOBACS, BPI, Camel, CMC, eBay, GESEL HEINZ, LAUNCH, MATRIX, Raybestos and SONIC were among the overseas exhibitors who have leveraged the platform as a springboard into the ASEAN automotive industry. 

At the same time, FINDME, HML, Inter Enterprise Solutions, JONNESWAY, MAZDA, N.E.S Group, Newera, Pos Malaysia, SCHMACO, SUPERLON, and VANIL make up some of the domestic companies that have relied on the fair’s tools for expanding internationally. 

Chiew added: “We fully appreciate the ongoing desire for networking and information exchange. In the year ahead, we will continue to evaluate communication channels and activities that promote business encounters, relationship management and industry development.”

One such initiative, Match Up, already on the market since August, offers personalised business matchmaking. The service utilises an aggregated database of Automechanika trade fair resources from Messe Frankfurt’s Greater China subsidiaries. Based on each participant’s sourcing requirements, a dedicated consultant from the organiser connects registered users from a pool of participants in more than 60 countries and regions.

Match Up has already lined up more than 1,900 meetings and recommendations.

To sign up for Match Up, click here