ACMA, the apex body of the auto component industry in India, hosted an international conference on the global automotive aftermarket and addressed growth opportunities in the current environment and the need to explore the new dimensions of exports.
The Global Automotive market varies significantly across regions driven largely by contrasting trends in vehicle-parc growth. On one hand, there are emerging economies with lower density of vehicles, on the other, traditional high income matured markets such as US; Europe and Japan, characterised by higher per capita vehicle ownership are almost saturated with over 500 vehicles per 1,000 persons on an average.
Arvind Kapur, President ACMA commented, “The Auto Component Industry in India has over the years, through continuous improvements surpassed stringent international Quality standards and requirements. Today almost eighty percent of our exports are to the Global OEMs & Tier 1s while the rest to Aftermarkets. With significantly well defined and dominant Aftermarkets in the US and Europe, I am confident the Indian auto component industry will focus attention on these and will carve a niche for themselves”
A Concept note on opportunities and challenges in the Global Aftermarket tiled ‘The Automotive Aftermarket: A Bright Spot in a Sea of Change’ by Frost & Sullivan, the Knowledge Partner of the conference, was also released on the occasion. Some of the salient points on the behaviour of Mature and Emerging markets highlighted in the paper include:
• The size of the Global Automotive Aftermarket is around USD 400 billion. In mature automotive markets, the aftermarket generates a big slice of the profit-pie while in emerging markets the aftermarket is a minor contributor.
• Large Aftermarket players including multi-brand service and specialty chains dominate mature markets
• In mature automotive aftermarkets strong service brands and parts brands have visible footprint, offering differentiated services and product choices to the end user. In emerging markets strong aftermarket brands, differentiated on quality-price matrix, do not exist.
• In markets like Western Europe and the USA a strong regulatory mechanism ensures level playing field for all the industry players thus encouraging competition and offering many choices to the end user. Whereas, the regulatory framework for aftermarket is weaker in emerging markets.
• Efficient and well-managed supply chain & logistics have contributed to aftermarket development in mature markets. On the other hand, emerging markets are yet to achieve efficiency in warehousing, transportation, inventory management and related services.
• Fake and counterfeit parts are another major challenge for aftermarket players in the emerging economies, especially China and India. Mature markets, while not entirely free from fake and counterfeit parts, are not adversely impacted by this menace to the same extent owing to legal framework, industry activism and maturing of markets.
Several eminent international speakers from South East Asia, Europe, US, South Africa gave detailed insights into various markets with key challenges and opportunities, the key distribution channels and the emerging trends.
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