Pakistan Auto Show draws 25,000 customers on first day

--Millat Tractor’s representative says exhibition aims to project Pakistani made automotive parts in front of global buyers

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Pakistan Auto Show

LAHORE: The three-day Pakistan Auto Show 2020 (PAS20) kicked off at the Lahore’s Expo Centre on Friday, attracting more than 25,000 visitors on the first day.

Around 110 exhibitors are participating in the auto show that is being organized by the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) under the theme ‘MADE IN PAKISTAN’. It is being sponsored by Honda, Suzuki, Hyundai, Changan and Millat Tractors.

The exhibitors, that included international enterprises and domestic companies, displayed multiple models of cars, trucks, buses, tractors, rickshaws, and motorcycles.

The local and global buyers also visited different stalls that were set up by renowned companies from Japan, Germany, Korea, China, France, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, England, the USA, the UAE, and Sri Lanka.

Auto part manufacturers, services providers, machinery makers, and tool-makers were also part of the auto show in addition to service industries like accessories, tracking and insurance, etc.

A key attraction for the visitors was antique cars and heavy motorbikes.

Millat Tractor Senior Executive Director Sohail Rana told Pakistan Today that the ongoing mega show was aimed to project Pakistani made automotive parts in front of international buyers.

“This show has been sponsored to promote the efforts of vendors and small medium enterprisers as PAAPAM is representing over 3,000 large, medium and small industries from all over Pakistan,” Rana said and added that the exhibition would portray local technology and products.

He said the auto show would also provide an opportunity to all those who wanted to invest in Pakistani sector.

“They will get an idea of what is available in the local market in terms of automotive parts. Many foreign manufacturers of spare parts have come to this auto show to have a clear idea as what types of spare parts they can produce in Pakistan.”

Rana further added: “One of our objectives is that foreign manufacturers could secure orders of Pakistani made products, while local industry could get an idea of international requirements to create space in the international auto market.”

The companies like Hyundai had displayed their recently launched cars in this show, he added.

The automobile industry has been facing a decline in Pakistan as car prices remained unstable during 2019.

The industry’s production during March-December 2019 had dropped to 103,873 units from 172,551 units a year ago, while car sales plunged by 33.8pc to 110,113 units from 166,391 units during the same period last year.

In addition to interest rate of 13.25pc, the industry is facing an adverse impact of the Federal Excise Duty (FED) and additional customs duty imposed in the current fiscal year.

In a statement, PAAPAM Chairman Captain (retired) Muhammad Akram said the implementation of stringent policies and monitoring by the government would ensure that only overseas Pakistanis could benefit from the used-car import scheme.

“The international auto companies should invest more in Pakistan’s auto industry and transfer technologies for the uplift of local auto sector.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. PAAPAM with Honorable Rana Sahab initiatives are welcoming for 2020. As you know the current trend towards Hybrid technology, Lithium Ion battery being used in Hybrid, EV autos.

    Lithium Ion batteries mostly Chinese made. At the PAAPAM we do not see a product as Lithium Batteries, Hybrid car, Van, RickShaw, pickup not at all.

    We should have at least 50% of cars EV/Hybrid by now in Lahore, Karachi. Lahore climate issue can only be solved by EV transport or hybrid yesterday. By 2025 Fully Automated will be available with major market share and lowest prices.

    We have no stand at least for pilot of Fully Automated Car, EV, Hybrid today. We have bright technocrats at LUMS also and can come out from LUMS for a proto type with important electronic component, accident proof. Perfect for the Ambulance as EV on Lithium batteries.

    Please keep your eyes towards and EV only for the best of the nation.

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