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Pak, Thai delegation to visit Auto Expo 2004

The expo will witness participation from Pakistan and Thailand, besides China, Iran, Israel, the Philippines, UK and USA, said CII past president Subodh Bhargava.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2004 21:54 IST

The 7th Auto Expo 2004 starting in Pragati Maidan from 15th January will witnessparticipation from neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Thailand.Also, overseas delegations from China, Iran, Israel, the Philippines, UK, USA will participate in a big way at the expo.

The participation of Pakistan and Thailand assumes significance in the wake of free trade agreement that the latter has signed with India and South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) that the SAARC-member nation Pakistan has endorsed recently.

"A 25-member delegation from Pakistan and a Thailand delegation is expected to visit the fair and take part in proceedings," said CII past president and chairman of its trade fair committee Subodh Bhargava.

"The expo will project the best of Indian auto component industry and will provide an effective interface between vehicle and component manufacturers, vendors, dealers and service providers", said Bhargava.

The fair will focus on the prowess of the growing Indian automobile components industry.The industry's participation in the expo will be 20 per cent more than that during the previous autoexpo.

As many as 96 participants from 26 different countries will showcase their products at the fair.

The expo will provide "aforum to display new products and strike business deals", said Maruti Udyog managing director and SIAM president Jagdish Khattar.

He saidthe auto industry, which presently contributes merely two per cent to India’stotal GDP growth, has much more potential, and this year’s expo will provide anopportunity to showcase India’s manufacturing capabilities to the world.

The expo will have major exhibitors like Audi,DaimlerChrysler, Ashok Leyland, Hero Motors, Hyundai Motor India, LML,Lifan Motorcycles, Maruiti Udyog Ltd, Nissan, SKODA, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Volvo and Yamaha Motor.

The major attractions, according to Bhargava, would be the high profile launchesand new displays included by Actia India, Audi, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Tempo, DaimlerChrysler,Goetz India, Hero Motors/ Aprilla, Hyundai, LML, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Tata Motors, among others.

First Published: Jan 14, 2004 18:05 IST