SOURCE: Technomic Asia

September 09, 2008 12:38 ET

Landmark Research Uncovers Opportunities in China's Light Vehicle Auto Aftermarket

China's Auto Aftermarket Moves Into High Gear

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2008) - Parts and service in China's light passenger vehicle market reached an estimated US$27 billion in 2007, driven by strong expansion and continued aging of the vehicle parc, according to new research conducted by Technomic Asia, an international market consultancy specializing in China strategies for U.S. companies.

The report, titled "A Strategic Assessment of China's Light Passenger Vehicle Aftermarket, Fourth Edition," stems from Technomic Asia's ongoing primary research into the Chinese auto marketplace and its key players. Other major findings indicate that the light passenger vehicle car parc has expanded to more than 32 million units, with middle-aged vehicles (4-9 years old) reaching a 41 percent share. More information is available at http://www.technomicasia.com/auto.

"The aging and expanding parc, coupled with private ownership of vehicles at almost 70 percent today, supports strong growth in the parts and service market," said Steve Ganster, managing director of Technomic Asia and primary author of the report.

"The market is fragmenting as more vehicles from recent market entrants, notably the Japanese, hit the road," Ganster said. "Both local and international parts and service companies are aggressively developing their infrastructures to penetrate this dynamic market. Though many challenges exist, the outlook for growth remains robust, with the market expected to expand at 19 percent per year through 2012."

This unique China auto report offers valuable statistics, insights and analyses to assist management to successfully address this important market, including:

- Perspective on China's automotive market, including a long-term growth outlook for China's light vehicle market in terms of types of vehicles, key OEMs, growth drivers and constraints, etc.

- Overview of the automotive aftermarket in terms of parts and service, covering size, segmentation, parts types, key players and trends

- An assessment of China's automotive parc in terms of size, vehicle composition, age, technology base and future growth

- A description of the maintenance and light repair service market, covering outlets, services provided, value, etc., and current and forecasted 2012 value by vehicle and service type

- A description of the collision repair market, covering the insurance market, accidents rates, service providers, service value, etc., as well as current and forecasted 2012 value by vehicle type

- A description of other major and minor spot repairs in terms of value, repair type, segmentation by age of vehicle and vehicle type, growth vector and key trends

- Collision repair market, covering the insurance market, accidents rates, service providers, service value, etc., as well as current and forecasted 2012 value by vehicle type

- A detailed evaluation of the parts supply chain, with descriptions of structure, key players, pricing characteristics and future dynamics

- Perspective on key opportunities and challenges facing players in China's automotive aftermarket

For more information on the report, or to purchase a copy, please visit www.technomicasia.com/auto or call our offices at +1-919-855-5437 (U.S.) or +86-21-6473-2588 (China).

About Technomic Asia

Technomic Asia, a division of Tompkins International (www.tompkinsinc.com), is a business strategy and supply chain consultancy with more than 25 years of experience helping clients plan and execute Asian growth and operational strategies. Technomic Asia assists companies in entering the Asian market or in expanding their business by providing critical market insight, an understanding of business potential and assistance in designing the optimum strategy for success. Technomic Asia's Steven Ganster and Kent Kedl are co-authors of "The China Ready Company," a book that details the process to develop a successful China strategy. www.technomicasia.com | www.chinareadycompany.com

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