LAHORE - Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers and Punjab Business Forum Chairman Syed Nabeel Hashmi has said that PAAPAM is seeking for technical collaborations with international companies for high tech auto parts manufacturing in Pakistan.

On his return from “Automechanika Middle East 2012” held in Dubai, he said that PAAPAM was looking forward to develop contacts with international manufacturers, besides analyzing the possibility of joint ventures with them.

“We are seriously looking for JVs and TAs for development of engine and high tech consumable parts for aftermarket and OEM consumptions, besides targeting Middle East market, including Africa,” observed BFP and PAAPAM chairman.

He said that a 27-member delegation was organized to visit to Automechanika to study the world automotive industry and to introduce its members to the international markets and build up their businesses keeping in view the global economies and scales.

A total of 27 delegates, out of which 10 were exhibitors, participated in the show under the banner of Pakistan Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers Association, fetching big orders running into millions of dollars as the follow-up of the event.

Briefing about his visit, he said that Pakistan High commissioner Mansoor Bajwa visited the Pakistani pavilion and the PAAPAM also gave him a presentation of Pakistan auto vending industry. The Ambassodor appreciated the value addition being done by PAAPAM members to the Pakistan economy and noted his full support to the engineering base of Pakistan.

He demanded the government to ensure adequate and exclusive export promotions for the engineering sector. He said the PAAPM planned to hold such mega exhibitions also in Pakistan, as it had already arranged PAPAS 2011 successfully while the second show would be held in Karachi this year.

PAAPAM vice chairman Munir K. Bana said that Automechanika Gulf is the event for the rapidly developing automotive aftermarket in Middle East. The event covered a full range of parts of motor vehicles as well as components for the drive, chassis, body, electric & electronic groups, equipment for vehicle service & repair, bodywork repair & painting, tyres, batteries and performance systems, he said.

“We consider our participation in Automechanika Middle East as a key part of our marketing strategy in the region, where we are looking to further strengthen our market penetration within the whole MENA region,” PAAPAM vice chairman said. He said that Automechanika Middle East 2012 presented over 1,300 exhibitors from over 55 countries spread over 9 halls.