Automotive Logistics, a B2B media and events platform, will host is inaugural Automotive Logistics Middle East and North Africa conference on November 19-20 in Dubai. The theme for the event is ‘Gateway to Growth’ and it will be held at Atlantis, The Palm. More than 200 delegates from vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, logistics providers and government officials are shared to attend the event. The conference will focus on the growth and opportunities for the automotive supply chain across the Middle East and North Africa, and its key logistics and trade links globally.

As the region’s largest automotive association, AMENA is the official partner of this conference. Alan Whaley, AMENA Chairman, said: “This membership with Automotive Logistics is really important for AMENA Automotive. Since our inception, we are committed to raising the standards of the automotive industry by working along with OEMs, dealers and third party suppliers. We can work along with Automotive Logistics in bringing the industry together on this crucial topic.”

Automotive Logistics says the conference will feature presentations, panels, and workshops with high-ranking decision makers and logistical experts. It will also include in-depth market analysis and facility visits, including a tour of Jebel Ali, one of the world’s most advanced ports, free trade zone, and distribution centres.

The conference will focus on the growth and opportunities for the automotive supply chain across the Middle East and North Africa, and its key logistics and trade links globally.

"We’re proud to expand the Automotive Logistics platform to another of the world’s most important supply chain hubs." Louis Yiakoumi, publisher and business director for Automotive Logistics.

Together with original reporting and insights from Automotive Logistics online and in print, Automotive Logistics Middle East and North Africa will support manufacturers, logistics and technology companies across the region.

Louis Yiakoumi, publisher and business director for Automotive Logistics, said: “We’re proud to expand the Automotive Logistics platform to another of the world’s most important supply chain hubs.” The company publishes a range of specialist content across print and online, and organises conferences around the world.

“The Automotive Logistics Middle East and North Africa conference in Dubai will connect not only regional decision makers, but also leverage our global network to open up and explore the huge range of automotive logistics and cross-trading opportunities, including with Asia, Europe and North America,” Yiakoumi added.

Together with original reporting and insights from Automotive Logistics online and in print, Automotive Logistics Middle East and North Africa will support manufacturers, logistics and technology companies across the region.

"This membership with Automotive Logistics is really important for AMENA Automotive. Since our inception, we are committed to raising the standards of the automotive industry by working along with OEMs, dealers and third party suppliers. We can work along with Automotive Logistics in bringing the industry together on this crucial topic," - Alan Whaley, Chairman, AMENA Automotive Association.

According to Automotive Logistics, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is one of the most dynamic global automotive regions, with light vehicle sales anticipated to rise around 25 percent by 2023 to reach 6 million units per year. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are expanding import and premium vehicle markets, and seeing rising aftermarket and second-hand vehicle volumes. In North Africa, major OEMs and suppliers continue to invest significantly in production and assembly, notably in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt, it states.

The region is also a gateway to regional and global expansion for automotive trade. African countries are implementing a pan-continental common market. China is investing billions of dollars to connect the region to its Belt and Road initiative. Meanwhile, automotive manufacturers in major hubs like Turkey and India depend on trade links to the MEA.

Logistics will thus be key to further unlocking the automotive industry’s potential in the region. Manufacturers and distributors depend on seamless flows to satisfy customer expectations and just-in-time supply chains, as well as to access the technology driving change across the global automotive industry, including electrification, autonomous and connectivity.

The Automotive Logistics Middle East and North Africa conference will facilitate best practice and connect stakeholders in all these areas. Sessions, workshops and special reports will include insight into logistics and infrastructure investment, the development of free trade zones and policy, emerging markets as well as new technology developments across the region.