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Fifth edition of CAPAS opens, welcoming flourishing Southwest China’s automotive prospects

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The fifth edition of Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) is opening its doors from 24 May 2018. Keeping a strong foothold in the fast-evolving automotive industry in China, CAPAS has established itself as a leading service platform in the southwest region, continuing to provide extensive opportunities to participants. This year is expected to gather around 583 exhibitors, which has increased by 12% compared to 2017, and occupying 45,000 sqm of exhibition space. Over 20,000 international visitors are expected to attend.

A number of big names are gathered in the three-day show, including AXOT, Botny, Chengdu Zhong Xing Wang, Fix Auto, Fengriling Filters, FMG, GESEL, Jingdian Auto, Knorr-Bremse, Liqui Moly, Luke, Luzhou Changjiang Machinery, MANN+HUMMEL, Neijiang Jinhong Crankshaft, NGK, PUSH, Qianjiang Spring, Ruili, Ruiming, SDZ, Shenghuabo, Snap-on, Songtian, Tyreplus, WABCO, Yihe Lubricant Oil, Zero Mileage Lubricant and Ziyang CRRC Electrical Technology.

The show’s internationalism is also increasing. Apart from China, other exhibitors are from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the US. The Singapore pavilion is also joining the show, which includes an auto body raw material supplier, Asia Polyurethane, as well as original accessories suppliers for import cars such as Automate Genuine Parts and Top World. A wide range of exhibits for passenger cars and commercial vehicles will be on display, offering an additional channel to buyers from the southwest region to source quality products from outside the region.

Speaking about the fair’s fifth edition, Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: “CAPAS is committed to serving as a business platform for the automotive industry in Southwest China. On this platform, many Chinese and international brands are able to introduce high quality products and innovations into the area; while local exhibitors from Sichuan and Chongqing regions can reveal their strengths. They have an opportunity to expand business network, and also attract foreign trade and investments.”

Since the debut show, CAPAS has been closely following the pace of the rapidly developing southwest automotive market and facilitates a regional marketplace with extensive resources. The fair’s six theme zones gather products from the entire supply chain, and numerous fringe programme events are in place to highlight hot topics, maximising the value for fairgoers.

New opportunities arise from the latest industry trends
Nowadays, with the level of convenience and multifunctional competences, repair chain stores have become the next sweet spot for growth, wherefore CAPAS introduced the Quick Fix, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone in this year’s show. Prominent chain stores brands from overseas and China, including Fix Auto, GAPE China, Jingdian Auto and Tyreplus will showcase their diversified management systems and innovative ideas.

First-time exhibitor, Fix Auto is the world’s largest collision repair chain store. Having Sichuan as one of its target markets, the brand aims to expand its franchise network in the area through participating in CAPAS. It also aims to promote long-term industry development in the nation, demonstrating its world leading operational systems with local characteristics in the field of environmental-friendly car painting.

The Made in Sichuan Zone is further expanded with enhanced product offering. The zone consists of 11 provincial pavilions from major automotive manufacturing cities of Deyang, Guang’an, Guangyuan, Leshan, Luzhou, Mianyang, Nanchong, Neijiang, Suining, Yibin and Ziyang. It comprises more than 157 companies to showcase a clear outlook of the region’s auto supply chain, from car making, auto accessories to aftermarket services. At the same time, 61 projects around new energy cars, parts and components, new materials, charging infrastructure and connected mobility are presented in the zone to attract investment.

According to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan), business, investment contracts and agreements with a value over one billion RMB were confirmed during and after CAPAS 2017. The organisation’s vice president, Ms Lv Furong explained: “The transformation of the industry has accelerated in 2018. 18 major programmes for automobile and parts manufacturing have been carried out, reflected the strong growth of Sichuan’s automotive industry. As such, CAPAS is an excellent node to attract direct trade and investment for local corporations.”

The E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone in this year’s CAPAS is occupying one entire hall, bringing together 23 new energy and connected mobility brands, including BAIC, BYD, Chang An, Chery, Geely Auto, General Motor, Great Wall, JAC, JMC, Leopaard, Lincoln, Porsche, Roewe, Volkswagen, Volvo, Weltmeister and Zotye. Companies from Sichuan, such as Raja, Shudu Bus, YEMA, Yinlong, and more, will also shine their lights on several “Sichuan-made” new energy cars on the show floor. These exhibiting products reflect the achievements of new energy vehicles and related products and demonstrate the brands’ strengths.

Fringe programme converges industry hot topics, and unveils the future of aftermarket
Many high quality conferences, trainings and forums will be held concurrently during the show with practical, trending and regional specific topics. Highlighted events include:

  • China Automotive Aftermarket Industry Cooperation, Service Stores Empowering Summit
  • China New Energy Vehicle International Cooperation Conference 2018
  • “Evolution, Integration, Beyond the Future” China Aftermarket Innovation & Development Summit 2018
  • Factory Visit to Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co Ltd
  • Sichuan and Chongqing Automotive Service Enterprises Experience Sharing for New Policies in New Era Conference
  • Transformation and Upgrading of Automotive Service Stores in Southwest China Summit

For more information about the fringe programme, please visit http://www.capas-chengdu.com/events or contact +86 21 6160 8569.

CAPAS is jointly organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan). For more information about the show, please visit www.capas-chengdu.com or email auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

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