AutoAmericas Show To Debut in March

AutoAmericas Show To Debut in March

Presentations on export financing, reman, how to start a specialized business, and more will take place this March in Miami.

The AutoAmericas show, aimed at the aftermarket industry for the Latin American, Caribbean and South Florida markets, will take place for the first time on March 24-25, 2023, at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Its main highlight will be the Academic Congress, which will cover topics such as export support programs and promotion in the United States, new markets and experiences of Latin American entrepreneurs, and the commercial dynamics and technological trends of the aftermarket industry.

Underscoring the importance of such a show is the growth of the Latin American aftermarket industry, which reached record levels in 2022, with figures of US$106.6 billion in auto parts production in Mexico, and US$136 billion in exports from Colombia, say show organizers.

Among the greatest opportunities in the automotive sector is the motorcycle segment, which “sold more than 800,000 units in Colombia alone,” according to Carlos Andres Pineda, president of the Colombian Association of the Automotive Sector and its Parts (Asopartes).

“This first edition is an opportunity not only to interact with different industry professionals, but also to learn about technical matters and understand the commercial dynamics, existing export programs in the United States, new markets to explore and inspiring experiences of Latino entrepreneurs, particularly women who have built and grown their businesses through the partnerships that events like this foster,” said Federico Duarte, academic coordinator of AutoAmericas.

A keynote presentation will be given on Friday, March 24, at noon by representatives of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Elena Méndez, regional director, and Sandro Murtas, lead export finance manager will present “Resources for U.S. export financing: EXIM Bank and SBA programs.”

AutoAmericas will also feature an academic program with lectures on opportunities in different segments, such as motorcycle production and marketing, as well as remanufacturing for the automotive aftermarket, both presented by the presidents of the event’s partner associations: Asopartes (Colombia) and APRA (United States), respectively.

Conferences on how to start a business in chip-tuning and electronic module cloning, and women’s leadership in the aftermarket industry, are also confirmed for the two-day academic program.

The AutoAmericas’ exhibition currently has 30 exhibiting brands, including manufacturers and parts distributors.

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