Economy, Auto

Urmia Auto Expo Concludes

Urmia Auto Expo ConcludesUrmia Auto Expo Concludes

Urmia, the second largest city of West Azarbaijan Province, hosted the First Urmia International Auto Exhibition.

The event, which concluded on September 9, featured national and international firms, Asre Khodro, a local automotive website, reported.

Mitsubishi, Chery and SsangYong, to name a few of the foreign brands, were present at the event.

West Azarbaijan International Exhibitions Organization’s CEO Amir Masoud Fatehi said attracting foreign investors, boosting competiveness in Iran’s auto market, privatization and customer-oriented services should top Iranian auto manufacturers’ agenda.

“Iran can become the main automotive industrial hub of the region and Urmia can contribute vastly to this goal,” he said,

Urmia is one of the Iranian hubs in producing auto parts and has been active in this sector since the 1990s.

During the event, Hadi Bahadori, Urmia’s representative in Iran’s Parliament, urged automakers to establish manufacturing sites in his constituency to assist the province in combating the problem of unemployment.

“Urmia has adequate infrastructure for the expansion of auto industry and local parts manufacturers can assist major Iranian companies in boosting the national industry,” he said.

One of the companies that drew a lot of attention at the event was Sepahan Battery Industrial Complex that recently forged a deal with Japanese multinational corporation Suzuki Motor Corporation for producing automotive batteries inside Iran for local and foreign sales.

The company’s CEO, Masoud Golshirazi, said, “In collaboration with Suzuki and by using cutting edge technology, Sepahan Battery is not only catering to the needs of Iranian car owners, but is also exporting products to several countries, including Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Oman.”

According to the official, the company is currently negotiating with Russian companies to further expand its market north of that country and other regional countries.

Caption: Iran aims to become a major automotive hub of the region.