Corporate, fleet, organisational and individual vehicle owners are in for a new deal as the momentum gathers and excitement builds ahead the maiden edition of the West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS), a new international trade exhibition, is set to bring the region’s automotive parts industry together under one roof in November.
For three days, an estimated 100 exhibitors from Nigeria and other countries will be gathering to network, forge new business ties and show off the latest developments and products in the spare parts and services sector. Suppliers, dealers and manufacturers will also be able to discuss best practices for the industry and find out more about the developing local motor manufacturing industry.
With free admission, more than 3,000 visitors are expected to attend WAAS which holds from November 6 to 8, 2019 at the Landmark Centre on Victoria Island, Lagos.
There will be national pavilions for Morocco and China, smaller groupings from Thailand, Egypt, Tunisia and India, and a dozen more countries will also be represented. Nigerian businesses will be well represented which will account for about 30 percent of exhibitors.
WAAS is organised by BtoB Events, which has had two successful show launches in Lagos over the past year, Beauty West Africa and Food and Beverage West Africa.
According to Jamie Hill, managing director of BtoB Events’ “We have a wealth of international exhibitors looking to bring high-tech equipment to Nigeria for the first time and a large number of local exhibitors are looking to expand their business and increase exports to surrounding countries We are now looking forward to seeing the regional automotive sector come together under one roof as he launches WAAS”.
Having the largest population on the continent creates a huge market opportunity in Nigeria. BtoB has selected Lagos to launch the show as it recognises Nigeria is well placed to become the automotive hub of the African continent with over 11.5 million vehicles on the roads.
“With over 60% of vehicles on the road being over 12 years old, there is a huge aftermarket industry. The need for high quality and affordable spare parts is becoming increasingly important,” said Hill.
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Source: This Day, September 2019