Automotive Logistics is responding to the fast pace of growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the launch of a completely new conference to be held in Dubai between November 19-20.
Vehicle sales in the MENA region are on a sharp increase, anticipated to rise to 6m units by 2023, a 25% increase on figures for last year, with production growing to meet it and aftermarket sales also flourishing.
In north Africa, Morocco has already overtaken South Africa as the continent’s automotive hub, with carmakers including VW, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Hyundai and Toyota already established there. On top of which, there have been a number of recent announcements about manufacturing expansion, including most recently, PSA’s Kenitra plant.
Meanwhile, new passenger car sales in the Middle East exceeded 1m units last year. Further growth is expected by 2023 in both sales, production, and the aftermarket. Around 27m vehicles are forecast to be on the region’s roads by then, reaching a value of about $18.5 billion.
The region is strengthening its network of free trade zones, including the expanding Jebel Ali FTZ in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Tangier-Med Industrial Park in Morocco. Logistics providers are opening up new services to these zones, not least DP World, global port operator and premier sponsor of this inaugural event.
To support this growth, regional and global trade routes are proliferating, both in terms of inbound supply and the delivery of vehicles within the region and for export.
Located in the logistical powerhouse of Dubai, the Automotive Logistics Middle East & North Africa conference, will serve as the industry’s gateway to growth in this region. It will bring together vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, distributors, government officials, dealers, logistics and technology providers to share insights and best practice in choosing the right supply chain locations, partners, systems and processes.