The $ 39 billion (Rs 2,06,700 crore) domestic automotive component industry, often treated by the bigger and more glamorous vehicle industry as its kid brother, has been left on the sidelines yet again in the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo.
Away from glare and peering eyes of general public the 400-odd auto component manufacturers present in this issue of Auto Expo say they are grappling with issues such as lack of adequate signage leading to Halls, lack of numbering on their stalls to help in easy location, gross parking mismanagement (all over) and lesser space allocation for their stalls and kiosks by the organisers.
"OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have been given preference during space allocation," Mahesh Thangamani, sales manager of GG Bearings told Hindustan Times.
As the number of car manufacturers is likely to go up every year, the industry is ceding ground, literally, to the carmakers. Even then apex industry body, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association, does not want to walk away and host a separate show for the ancilliary-makers.
"United we stand and divided we fall," said Vinnie Mehta, executive director, ACMA. "We accommodated everybody who came with a request. We are not bothered about the general public but vehicle manufacturers are our customers. We do not want to host a show without them."