Come March 2019, Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will once again open its doors to visitors to witness the future of mobility. The upcoming trade fair will highlight the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies which can help reduce maintenance costs and even improve road safety for both private and commercial vehicles.
Last year, the event attracted 246 exhibitors and more than 5,600 visitors. For 2019, organizers expect to have approximately 300 exhibitors in both the private and commercial vehicle segments, and even more visitors at the show.
Currently, Malaysia has one of the highest number of car ownership rates in the ASEAN region. This opens up the possbility of new technologies to be adopted in the country which will be featured at the trade show.
“Connected mobility is a growing sector around the world, and it’s having transformative effects on the industry as a whole. With IoT implementation across all industries forecast to contribute as much as RM9.5 billion to Malaysia’s economy by 2020 and a further RM42.5 billion in 2025, we will bring together industry heavyweights, innovators and thought-leaders who will shape this future of connected mobility at the show,” says Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
As for the commercial vehicle segment, future developments are expected to be based on telematics and IoT devices, which will further optimize commercial transportation. With a large number of exhibitors in the previous fair representing the commercial vehicle segment, the upcoming event is set to attract stakeholders wanting to learn more about future technologies.
These stakeholders will be able to learn about these future tech during the Fleet Management Conference, which will provide information about telematics-based solutions, artificial intelligence and big-data analytics. This is along side the number of on-board sensors that monitor a number of parameters in the vehicle; which are useful for fleet managers and operators.
IoT technology can also be used in the repair and maintenance sector by recognising and predicting component failures ahead of time. This will allow commercial vehicle operators to switch to a model of predictive maintenance, and avoid unscheduled periods of maintenance.
The Collision Repair Training Workshop, which is specifically designed for technicians and mechanics will cover the repair and maintenance topics. The workshop will even have hands-on demonstrations and theory-based discussions led by sector experts. It is organised by the Federation of Automobile Workshop Owners' Association in Malaysia (FAWOAM) and collision repair experts I-CAR.
Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will also once again host the EMMA Malaysia Final – Car Audio and Modification Competition as it did in 2017. The competition showcases modified cars and audio installations of vehicles in the ASEAN region and bring entertainment to the event.
The 2019 Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will run from March 21 to 23, 2019 and will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia.