By Stephen Downer, Special to Tire Business
MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Billed as the automotive supply industry's largest event in Latin America, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City will take place from April 13-15 in a totally different atmosphere to that of the previous six trade shows.
That's the time it's taken show organizer Messe Frankfurt GmbH to reconcile its differences with national supply industry Asociación Nacional de Autopartes AC. (INA) It will be the 18th edition of the PAACE Automechanika show in Mexico.
Messe Frankfurt had a falling out with INA in 2009. Some powerful INA members had complained about the large Chinese contingent of exhibiting companies at the show, casting aspersions in some cases but not all on a company's credentials and motives for being at the event.
PAACE Automechanika in Mexico went ahead without the association, which hired a local Mexican company, B&N Exposiciones SA de CV, to operate a rival show called ExpoINA. The first ExpoINA was held in 2010, the last in 2015.
At a pre-show cocktail party speech Feb. 3, Oscar Albín, INA's executive president, said four or five supply chain exhibitions were being held in Mexico every year. He had been advised that “we have to unify them” and that the Mexican automotive industry should present a united front.
“We are not against the importation of auto parts. But we are against the importation of bad auto parts,” Mr. Albín added, in a reference to allegedly poor quality products from China seen at earlier shows.