The 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia and the inaugural GarageXpo Asia 2017 was held at the Singapore Expo, as part of the World Rubber Week.
The three-day event is a trade exhibition that attracted the region’s industry players to congregate at Asia’s leading platform for tyres, tyre repair equipment, tools and tyre accessories, and the automotive aftermarket communities. Tyrexpo Asia and GarageXpo Asia 2017 brought together 4,578 visitors and 248 exhibitors from 25 countries.
The opening ceremony was highlighted with an energetic drumming performance by YF Performance Troupe, with the Multi-ethnic Drums act. Soon after, the halls were buzzing with activity as industry players shuffled between various international showcases and maximising networking opportunities.
Participants maximising their visits by making valuable business connections through Tyrexpo Asia / GarageXpo Asia Business Matching Service. This year, the event saw new features such as TyreTalk/GarageTalk Seminars, Tyrexpo/GarageXpo Technical Workshop, Commercial Vehicle Showcase, Telematics Zone, Qingdao Pavilion as well as the ITE Automotive Skills Competition.
The commercial vehicle showcase area featured the latest fleet of commercial vehicles, the showcase aims to strengthen the synergies between the automotive buyers and sellers group and create opportunities for cross-countries partnerships in Southeast Asia.
The ITE Automotive Skills Competition where students demonstrated their automotive knowledge and problem-solving capabilities by resolving “real world” challenges. Ryan Tan emerged as the champion after many rounds of various challenges.
As a whole the industry is affected by the increasing prices of raw materials and rubber, sales pick-up rate by customers is on the low side. Everyone is looking for an edge to be different and to stand out from the crowd. Apart from the many exhibitors, TyreTalk is the panel that attracted many participants as it discussed many contemporary issues, challenges and business opportunities regarding the global trade and the tyre industry. Speakers from various positions and specialities in the tyre trade discussed plenty about the tyre industry from a global perspective.
Neighbouring Tyrexpo Asia, is the newly launched GarageXpo Asia brought together the automotive aftermarket communities in Asia to showcase the latest automotive repair and maintenance equipment, technology, trends and challenges ahead.
Taking place for the first time, the Telematics Zone, located at GarageXpo Asia Hall 1, features vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions. Visitors could learn about current and upcoming trends in telematics by attending various sessions at the Telematics Talk.
Qingdao City accounts for 52% of the total tyre production in China. At this year’s Tyrexpo, there was a Qingdao Pavilion set up, jointly organised by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and China United Rubber Corporation (CURC), drew 14 exhibitors from Qingdao to Singapore.
Apart from the talks and exhibits, the show also included live product demonstrations. The GarageXpo Technical Workshop is a series of engaging training and demo sessions aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of visitors in the automotive repair and maintenance trade.
Products on demo included the automatic tyre changers, hole repairs, rethreaders as well as bodyshop products and technology. Visitors could also try out some of the equipment on display to get a real feel of the operation.
The next Tyrexpo Asia and GarageXpo Asia will held in 2019, in Singapore. The next Tyrexpo/Garagexpo event will be held in India, from 11 to 13 July 2017 at the Chennai Trade Centre, followed by Tyrexpo/Garagexpo UK on 4 to 5 October 2017 at NEC Birmingham, UK
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