Automechanika Kuala Lumpur defers to 2022

Automechanika Kuala Lumpur defers to 2022

11.12.2020: With COVID-19 cases still being recorded in Malaysia[1], the organisers of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur defer the upcoming edition of the show initially planned for March 2021.

With COVID-19 cases still being recorded in Malaysia[1], the organisers of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur defer the upcoming edition of the show initially planned for March 2021.



The move to reschedule the fair to 15 – 17 March 2022 comes as a result of travel restrictions hampering both domestic and international attendance. Exhibitors, partners and supporting associations have backed the decision, and they look forward to the fair’s mixture of exhibition and events that promote automotive industry recovery.
 


Over the years, Automechanika Kuala Lumpur has gathered a broad international audience that leverages the platform to explore the opportunities in ASEAN’s automotive market. The last edition of the show, held in 2019, hosted 16 exhibiting and 58 visiting countries and regions worldwide.
 


However, prevailing travel restrictions into the country and local prevention measures, set out by the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)[2], have limited the geographical mobility into and around Malaysia. With large numbers of COVID-19 cases still being reported domestically, the uncertainty of these restrictions being lifted before March 2021 is at the forefront of the organiser’s decision to postpone the show.  
 


Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK), further explains: “The wellbeing and safety of our stakeholders at Automechanika Kuala Lumpur is a top priority for us. After closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 in Malaysia and to support prevention protocols curbing the spread of the virus, deferring the show to 2022 was the only reasonable response to effectively support players in the market, as well as safeguard public health.”
 


Ms Chiew added: “With over 22 years in the ASEAN automotive industry, Automechanika Kuala Lumpur has stood the test of time. It will continue to adapt to trends and the current market situation, as well as expose wider opportunities for growth and development.”
 


To illustrate, the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has exposed a beacon of light in the automotive supply chain and the economy[3]. Experts believe that this is a pivotal move to promote trade and industry recovery in the region stemming from the pandemic.
 


This alliance will foster greater synergy at Automechanika Kuala Lumpur with many key participating countries and regions at the show belonging to the 14 RCEP member nations. The fair aims to further amplify these market opportunities through its interactive events and activities, which will connect players across ASEAN and wider territories. Stay tuned for details about how Automechanika Kuala Lumpur can expand networks, create channels of communication and transfer knowledge in the regional supply chain.
 




[1]COVID-19: 935 new cases in Malaysia; total cases exceed 60,000, 26 November 2020 https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-malaysia-reports-935-new-cases-today-%E2%80%94-326-sabah-and-161-selangor (Retrieved: November 2020)

[2] Minister: Govt studying need to extend CMCO until end of year, 23 November 2020  https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/11/23/minister-govt-studying-need-to-extend-cmco-until-end-of-year/1925304 (Retrieved: November 2020)

[3] Asian auto sector to make major gains under RCEP, 17 November 2020, https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1207159.shtml (Retrieved November 2020)

 



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