CAPAS trade show continues to serve the automotive industry in Southwest China
Six theme zones to display strengthened product offerings
Fringe programme enhances knowledge sharing opportunities, catering to regional end-users’ demands

The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) proactively caters to regional trends whilst continually expanding its busines network. It has become a leading platform for business, information exchange and investment for the automotive industry in Southwest China, and will be held from 24 – 26 May 2018 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, China. The fifth edition of the fair is expected to house around 580 exhibitors across 45,000 sqm of exhibition space and welcome 20,000 visitors.

CAPAS has gradually been gaining industry recognition over the years. In its last edition in 2017, the show welcomed 17,378 trade visitors and expanded its space by 28%. It attracted many industry leading companies from all over the world to exhibit, including BAIC MOTOR, Bluestar, Bosch, FAW, Gates, Haiye, High-Tech, Knorr-Bremse, Liqui Moly, MANN+HUMMEL, Meineke, Michelin, Mobil, Porsche, Ruiming, SAIC-IVECO, Snap-on, SORL, Tesla, and many more.

Aiming to better serve the region’s end-user demands as well as the entire automotive supply chain, CAPAS first launched six theme zones in 2017, designed to offer a segment-oriented and highly-efficient business matching platform for both exhibitors and visitors. As such, the coming edition will once again present six theme zones, but with enhanced product structures, a wider scope of products, more business opportunities and better services.

With continued support from the local government, the Made in Sichuan Zone will expand into an entire hall, with an increasing number of quality and leading enterprises from the Sichuan province will participate in the fair. Many of these are from the region’s 10 key automobile production cities: Deyang, Guang’an, Guangyuan, Leshan, Mianyang, Nanchong, Neijiang, Ya’an, Yibin, and Ziyang. The zone will showcase quality products from carmakers, parts and components, materials and the auto services, which will reflect the local industry characteristics of the region. Over 20 enterprises have already confirmed their participation in the zone’s Neijiang Pavilion.

Meanwhile, in response to the rapid deveopment of the commercial vehicle market in Southwest China, the Commercial Vehicle Zone will cover more repair and maintenance products and attract more well-known commercial vehicle carmakers, engine companies, original parts and replacement parts suppliers. Various fringe events focusing on the industry’s latest trends will also be covered.

The Supply Chain Procurement Zone will act as an efficient platform for matching the demands covering upstream and downstream in the entire automotive supply chain. More distributors will participate here this year to strengthen the distribution channels and certain product scopes such as braking systems, shock absorbers, filters, etc. will also be enriched to meet the market demands.

Apart from showcasing a broad collection of products related to quick repair chain stores, equipment tools and replacement parts, the Quick Fix, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone will also present the latest developments in data management, insurance and finance, training and consultation for the automotive aftermarket. A number of related seminars will be held here too, covering the likes of data management and workshop operations, as well as maintenance and testing.

In addition, an entire hall will be dedicated to E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone in 2018, having attracted more new energy vehicle brands from all over the world who will showcase their related product innovations and services.

Elsewhere, the Automobile Lifestyle Zone will promote a full range of intelligent and personalised lifestyle products, such as car care, consumer electronics, interiors, customisation, as well as car safety.

SDS Co Ltd is exhibiting at CAPAS for the first time in 2018, and is one of the first established sino-foreign joint venture companies from the automotive parts industry in China. As one of the major suppliers of transmission systems in the country, SDS sees great potential in Southwest China for promoting its brand. Mr Liping Shi, Product Manager of the company, said: “CAPAS has plenty of resources for us to succeed in the region. It is very beneficial to us since we can meet up with many repair shops and distributors directly at the show. Chengdu is an important province of automotive industry in southwest region, and it is essential to grow our business here. This is why we come to the show.”

A wide selection of fringe events, including training sessions and forums, will be held during CAPAS 2018. With car ownership increasing rapidly in the southwest region in recent years, the automotive aftermarket is also expanding alongside it. New technologies, workshop management, and corporate missions will be just some of the hottest topics taking place during the course of the show.

At CAPAS 2018, the content and quality of the fringe programme will be further upgraded to cater to these demands. This includes events such as “IT Solutions for Workshops”, “Chain Store Developments in the Aftermarket”, “Workshop Management and Profitability”, “Education of Auto Repair Professionals”, and more. These help repair workshops to improve their skillsets, service standards and profits through various trainings, discussions, and case studies. New technologies and experiences from abroad will also be introduced onsite to broaden visitors’ horizons.

Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, was satisfied with the previous edition, and commented that CAPAS will continue to better serve the automotive industry in southwest region in 2018 and beyond. “We have high expectations for the future of CAPAS. It will continue to play a vital role in addressing the region’s growing automotive industry, as proven in the success of our previous shows. With our improved theme zones and high quality fringe programme, we want to echo and follow the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, and provide even more resources to the automotive market. We expect this to bring more business opportunities to the show’s participants, and also support the industry both economically and socially.”

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 (CCPIT-Sichuan). For more information about the show, please visit www.capas-chengdu.com or email auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

CAPAS 2018 optimises product offerings to facilitate Southwest China’s aftermarket transformation

New products emerge to meet the region’s growing environmental policies

As a leading platform for the automotive industry in Southwest China, the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) continues to align the region’s automotive industry with the country’s development strategies. The coming edition will be held from 24 – 26 May 2018 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, China. The fair is expected to house around 580 exhibitors across 45,000 sqm of exhibition space and welcome 20,000 visitors.

The political and economic influence of the Yangtze River economic belt, together with the Maritime Silk Road, plays an important role in China’s National Development Strategy. Benefiting from these geographical and industrial advantages are key automotive cities in the Southwest region, including Chengdu and Chongqing. This allows their markets to continually evolve and develop, particularly within the automotive industry. For example, according to the Traffic Management Bureau of the Public Security Ministry, Chengdu and Chongqing recorded 4.29 million and 3.5 million car owners in the first half of 2017, the second and third highest in China respectively.

What’s more, the global drive towards more environmentally friendly policies, new energy vehicles, and intelligent manufacturing is gradually filtering into many Chinese markets. Subsequently, manufacturers, distribution channels, and end-users are now facing the challenge of a sustainable transformation, in a bid to compete with the rest of the world. As such, the upcoming edition of CAPAS 2018 will not only be home to the region’s key players looking to capitalise on its geographical prospects, but also to those driving the change for a greener industry.
Mr Shunfeng Li, Vice President of Chengdu Auto Parts Trade Association, believes the show will allow industry professionals to reach out to better products, technologies and business philosophies. He said: “Since the government is promoting more environmental protection these days, various service centres, repair shops, tyre shops and logistic companies in the Sichuan region are undergoing significant reform. We expect to see higher quality products, thanks to the improvement in manufacturing and distribution channels.”

New products emerge to meet the region’s growing environmental policies

In line with the Planning for the Development of the Energy-Saving and New Energy Automobile Industry (2012 – 2020), the average annual fuel consumption for passenger vehicles in China will reportedly decline to just 5 litres per 100 kilometres by 2020. In response to this, the quality of motor oil will also have to increase tremendously which will certainly affect the product structure of this market. In terms of the Southwest region, the current oil market mostly focuses on middle and lower-end products. Despite this, with the government’s increased emphasis on eco-friendly policies and improved product offerings, many renowned lubricant oil suppliers see great potential in developing the market in the Southwest region.

One such supplier is Liqui Moly, who will be exhibiting at CAPAS 2018. Mr Suhuai Gao, Marketing Planning Manager of Du-hope International Group, the exclusive agent of Liqui Moly in China, said: “Though rapid economic growth, the Southwest region in China is still at a developing stage in the eyes of high-end brands. We have always been pursuing high quality and performance in all of our products, including our motor oil series that can save fuel and reduce pollution. We have been exhibiting at CAPAS since the first edition and this year we want new business partners who are seeking high quality products.”

Meanwhile, Shandong Yihe Lubricant Oil Co Ltd will make its debut at CAPAS 2018. Ms Huili Wang, Marketing Manager of the company, commented: “Our products have received various awards such as China’s High-Quality Brand-Name Products and China’s Green Environmental Protection and Energy Saving Products. We will bring a newly developed series of lubricant oils to the fair this year, and we are very optimistic about the benefits that CAPAS will bring to us. Through our presence, we would like to know more about the market in the Southwest region, and build on our influence there.”

SDZ Auto Parts Co Ltd also notes the importance of energy saving initiatives in the region. The company specialises in a wide range of products, including fuel, oil coolers and electrical systems, and also owns a market share of 33% in the distribution channel of same product group.

Mr Haibo Chi, Chairman of the company, said: “At the 2018 show, we will launch our thermostat assembly catering specifically to the Southwest market, which meets Euro 5 emission standards. For us, CAPAS is a comprehensive platform for industry stakeholders to step into this potential market, and we expect to increase our reputation in the Southwest region by exhibiting at the fair. ”

Elsewhere during the course of the show, CAPAS 2018 will continue to present six theme zones to provide a better business matching platform for both exhibitors and visitors. These are: Supply Chain Procurement Zone, Quick Fix Zone, Replacement Parts & Chain Stores Zone, Automobile Lifestyle Zone, Made in Sichuan Zone, Commercial Vehicle Zone, and E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone.

One of the most anticipated aspects is the Commercial Vehicle Zone. Ms Yolanda Huang, Director of Aftermarket Trailer CVS China, Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicles Systems (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “The Southwest region has a great demand for high-end commercial vehicle systems, so we set up a factory in Chongqing to improve the technology standard in the market, and to better implement environmental and new energy policies in the region. CAPAS is an influential industry event with a renowned Commercial Vehicle Zone. This helps us to get in touch with our potential customers much easier, and boosts our brand awareness.”

Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, also added her thoughts ahead of the show: “CAPAS has been upgrading itself with an enhanced product offering and a wider scope of products for both exhibitors and visitors. In 2017, the annual sales growth of vehicles in the Southwest region stood at 9.9% compared to the previous year, which is the fastest in the nation. With car ownership increasing rapidly, it helps to create unrivalled business opportunity in the market. The extensive global resources and unique advantages of CAPAS offer greater ideas and higher quality products. Under the government’s ‘go green’ policies and with the increasing demand on data usage and business efficiency in the region’s aftermarket, we will further enhance our range of conferences, seminars, and training sessions, to present a more advanced and cutting-edge industry through CAPAS 2018.”

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 (CCPIT-Sichuan). For more information about the show, please visit www.capas-chengdu.com or email auto@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

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