How the Myanmar Auto Market Works

Auto marketers are the backbone of Myanmar’s auto industry, but the market is dominated by a handful of firms that specialize in different segments of the market. 

According to the Myanmar Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (MASEC), there are around 30 companies in the Myanmar market.

These companies specialize in vehicles, parts, services, vehicle maintenance, vehicle and accessory manufacturing, and vehicle accessories.

MASEC also describes the industry as a “multidisciplinary market,” and it offers services to businesses in all sectors. 

Among the companies listed on MASEC’s website, only two have a direct link to the industry. 

The other two companies listed have links to the auto parts and vehicle maintenance businesses, but they are not affiliated with the industry at all. 

One of the two companies, Kannama Auto, has a presence in several markets in Myanmar.

Kannam Auto is based in Mandalay, and it’s in the same town as Auto Express. 

“The Auto Express business has grown in the last five years to over $3 billion.

Our customers have gone from the very small to the very large,” said Kannaman, who has been in the business for 10 years. 

This business is also owned by a group of businessmen, including an owner of a large automotive supply company. 

He said the Auto Express group has been operating in Mandalays biggest city since 2012. 

There are around 50,000 vehicles in Kannami Auto’s warehouse, but there are only around 30,000 customers in that warehouse. 

In addition to the two large car parts manufacturers in Mandalayan, Kanna Auto is also a car parts and auto maintenance company.

It was founded in 2001 by a family of businessmen. 

Its founder, Thon Htay, is a former chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), a powerful body in Myanmar that was set up to promote the development of Myanmar. 

A man named Chaw Thung, who is also the founder and managing director of Kannamese Auto, owns a large amount of land in Mandalaya and owns a lot of farmland in the surrounding area. 

Kannam is also involved in the construction and maintenance of vehicles. 

Chaw Thong said that he had no involvement in Kanna. 

But he did say that he owns a small number of vehicles and is currently trying to expand into other parts and automotive manufacturing. 

As for the other two large auto parts manufacturers, their website has no link to MASEC. 

They do however have links with several car repair shops in Mandalary. 

These links, however, are not related to the automotive industry at large. 

If you want to get in touch with Kannamin Auto, you can call the company directly at: 021-2201-4247. 

When contacted by Quartz, MASEC confirmed that they are working with Kanna, but would not provide any further details. 

However, the MASEC website does list Kannamingas vice president of operations as Thon Yinseng, who was formerly a member of the NDCRC. 

Another company listed on their website, Kaman Auto, is also based in Myanmar, and they also have a link to a vehicle repair shop. 

So if you’re interested in becoming a part of the local auto market and want to learn more about it, you should check out MASEC and Kannamas websites. 

[Photo via MASEC]