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CAPAS 2019 opens with more innovation responding to the Southwest China market

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 07:00
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The sixth edition of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) opens from May 23-25 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center in China. Sitting at the centre of a promising automotive market in the Southwest, the fair hosts 612 domestic and overseas exhibitors across the 48,000 sqm exhibition space.
 
Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, commented on this year’s highlights: “Our deep understanding of current policies and consumer market demands in Southwest China enables us to present the rising trends at CAPAS. Zones in line with these trends include the Accessories & Customizing zone, geared towards car owner needs and the Repair, Supply Chain & Chain Stores zone that covers a wider range of brands. The fringe programme is also set to discuss the latest strategies for overcoming operational challenges. Visitors can sit in on many concurrent conferences, training opportunities and engage in a number of themed activities. In addition, various business matching services will improve overall sourcing efficiency by enabling visitors to find the right type of exhibitors.”
 
Additionally, Vice President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan), Wang Li commented: “Car manufacturing is now an important part of China’s “5+1” modern industrial system[1]. CAPAS, therefore, is able to utilise its position and support the development of this system by creating opportunities to match local industry needs, as well as bridge communication between car manufacturers and parts suppliers in Sichuan. The fair continues to deepen its integration of ‘Trade Fair, Industry, Functional Zones and Investment Promotion’ by accelerating industry development. In fact, 14 developing cities, including the likes of Guang’an, Nanchong and Yibin join this year’s fair to present their local advantages for attracting investment.”
 
Seven themed zones spotlight trends and reflect industry needs
CAPAS continues to improve its sourcing efforts by enhancing themed zones and categories. The seven themed zones include Parts & Components, Commercial Vehicles, Accessories & Customizing, Repair, Supply Chain & Chain Stores, E-mobility & Infrastructure, Made in Sichuan and the Tires sector. Quality exhibitors across these zones include Adient, Chuannan Absorber, Hengst, i-Reach, K&N, KenBaoJie, Knorr-Bremse, Modify-ah, Petro-Canada Lubricants, Ruili, SATA, Shudu Bus, Snap-on, WABCO and Weltmeister.
 
The consumer market in China has entered a new era, to encounter more and more demand for personalisation and high quality products. This has created huge growth potential in the automotive industry.
 
With this in mind, the Accessories & Customizing zone answers the latest market developments. In addition to its comprehensive products line up, the zone also welcomes the Car Customising Festival. During the three-day show, events in the festival include the Sharing session for Self-drive Holidays, Simulated Car Racing, i-Reach Tyre Rolling Rally and many more activities that promote both health and automotive lifestyle. More importantly, the activities reflect the significant driving culture in Southwest China. Exhibitors embrace these activities as a mirror shifting consumer-oriented brand strategy.
 
Elsewhere, the Repair, Supply Chain & Chain Stores zone highlights the region’s traditional car parts industry and its transformation under the evolving distribution channels. The area provides a significant stage for players from other regions and overseas countries entering the Southwest market. Visitors can explore many influential companies, such as Casstime and Mancando, who present integrated technology for repair, supply chain management, e-commerce services, data management solutions and chain store management.
 
In parallel, attendees can engage with industry experts during the Southwest Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2019 to gain a deeper understanding of the sector trends in the internet era. They will discuss both supply chain and repair workshop operations in the region’s aftermarket.
 
The manufacture of new energy vehicles and smart cars form one of the 16 developing industries in Sichuan. As such, the E-mobility & Infrastructure zone plays an important role in CAPAS. The area gathers key carmakers and parts suppliers for new energy vehicles from Sichuan and across China.
 
The zone also welcomes the new Hong Kong Pavilion for New Energy Vehicles. Led by the Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre of Hong Kong, the pavilion hosts 24 technology-based companies from Hong Kong. They are showcasing green logistics, materials and manufacturing products, as well as smart technology and mobility.
 
The China International New Energy Vehicle Cooperation Conference 2019 aims to emphasise many of the themes in the E-mobility & Infrastructure zone. The conference will facilitate the discussion of ‘Driving innovation; smart travel’. The agenda is set to focus on the current developments of new energy and smart cars, investment needs for the Sichuan car industry, as well as explore ‘how car connectivity is re-shaping the automotive industry’ and the ‘new era of mobility services’. Other related fringe events include the Automotive Industry Projects Presentation, 5G + Connected Mobility Development Summit and the Made in Chengdu Supply and Demand Business Matching Conference for New Energy Vehicle Products.

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