The 2nd Edition of the coveted Indo-Bangla Automotive Show, a four-day event, organized by India’s automotive industry body, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in association with Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) culminated successfully here on Monday, March 4, 2019. The event saw participation of Industry leaders from both the countries and was also very well received by the general public, which comprised school and college students, business visitors and auto enthusiasts. This year’s show saw a huge surge in footfalls, compared to previous edition.
Leading Indian automotive manufacturers along with their Bangladeshi partners and automotive component manufacturers such as Ashok Leyland, Bajaj Auto, Eicher Motors, Force Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti-Suzuki, SML Isuzu, TATA Motors, TVS Motors, Aftab Autos, Ifad Autos, Karnaphuli, Niloy Motors, Nitol Motors, Rancon Auto, Rangs Motors, Runner Motors, Uttara Motors among others participated in large numbers at the grand event in addition to more than 35 Indian component manufacturers, tyre manufacturers, oil and lube companies, International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) amongst others organisations, participated in the event.
Inaugurated on 1st March 2019 by Mr Tipu Munshi, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh the automotive show witnessed multiple launches and unveils of best-in-class products by the Indian auto makers. In the two wheelers category, Hero MotoCorp unveiled its flagship model ‘Passion X Pro’ Motorcycle and ‘Maestro Edge’ Scooter and launched the ‘iSMART plus’ motorcycle. Bajaj showcased the face-lifted version of one of its bestselling motorcycles, ‘Pulsar’ 160 cc. Similarly, in the four-wheeler segment, Suzuki launched ‘Ciaz and Ertiga’ Smart Hybrid vehicles.
In the commercial vehicle and special application vehicle space, Mahindra & Mahindra launched ‘Motor Grader’ construction equipment vehicle, SML Isuzu launched ‘Samrat HS’ Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV), Eicher motors launched Pro 6031 Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) and TATA Motors launched 1212 CRX Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) and LPT 1615 Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV), whereas Force Motors in association with BK Automobiles Ltd. launched the Traveller Special Care Ambulance and a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV), ‘Shaktimaan 400’ at the automotive show. The event also had on display several innovative world class products.
Mr Sugato Sen, Deputy Director General, SIAM, said that, “The second edition of Indo-Bangla Automotive Show was a resounding success and SIAM would like to thank all its partners, participants, visitors and the media, who made the event even better. Bangladesh is a very important market and presents huge strategic opportunities for the Indian automobile industry’’.
SIAM also organized a “Roundtable on Sustainable Road Transportation”, which focused on looking at avenues for collaboration between Bangladesh and Indian Automotive industry and providing information on Indian test regulations and testing agencies to the Bangladesh counterparts.
A high-level delegation including senior industry leaders from India were present at the event. Few joint discussions with government officials of Bangladesh was also held, as a part of the event.
The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) organised a meeting with two-wheeler component manufacturers on the side-lines of the show. The objective was to deliberate on the viable collaboration opportunities for component manufacturers in Bangladesh.
The event was supported by Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, High Commission of India in Dhaka, Bangladesh Automobile Assemblers & Manufacturers Association (BAAMA), Bangladesh Motorcycle Assemblers & Manufacturers Association (BMAMA) & India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI).