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The fourth edition of CAPAS opens today; continues its role to support the development of southwestern China

25 May 2017

The fourth edition of Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) opens today from 25 – 27 May 2017 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center in China. Taking the centre stage of the promising automotive market in southwestern China, this year’s fair gathers 522 overseas and Chinese exhibitors, occupying 45,000 sqm of exhibition space. Over 16,000 international visitors are expected to attend.

Many industry peers eye southwestern China as one of the most dynamic automotive markets in China. Chengdu, a city located in the heart of the region, plays a strategic role in driving forward the economy of the area. Numerous leading market players are aiming to expand their business in the region by joining the fair, including: Bluestar, Bosch, Botny, Dayco, Donaldson, FAW, Gates, GESOL, Haiye, Liqui Moly, Lopal, MANN+HUMMEL, Meineke, Mobil, MOTUL, PDK, Ruiming, SAIC-IVECO, Snap-on, SORL, Strona and WABCO. The Hong Kong pavilion, led by the Hong Kong Auto Parts Industry Association and the Hong Kong Productivity Council, is bringing in 10 exhibitors to participate, while the Japan pavilion will also make its first appearance at CAPAS this year.

Organised by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), 12 companies including ITO, Nissin Electric, Sanwa Packing and Star, are bringing products and solutions ranging from parts & components, electroplating & coating and automated manufacturing in an attempt to penetrate the fast-growing market, seek partnerships with local partners and look for the chance to establish production bases in China.

Six brand new zones to serve the specific needs of the region’s end-users and supply chain

CAPAS upholds a clear objective to elevate its leading role in the region as a one-stop platform for business, information exchange and investment. In light of this, six brand new zones are designed to provide a comprehensive marketplace for every sector involved in the supply chain.

The Commercial Vehicle Zone and E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone, in particular, expanded to accommodate the robust demand on both sectors.

Chengdu is at the key logistic hub in the “One Belt, One Road” initiative and is experiencing rapid growth in the demand of commercial vehicles. Backed by the accelerating market and the China Commercial Vehicle Parts Market Federation, the Commercial Vehicle Zone grows with strong support from market leaders including: Beiqi Foton, Binzhou Bohai, Bosch, Gates, Knorr-Bremse, SAIC-IVECO, SINO TRUCK, TIANRUN CRANKSHAFT and WABCO. Eleven fringe events will be held concurrently to provide trading, exchange and education opportunities for the sector. Highlights include: “Commercial Vehicle Services and Branding Strategy – Chengdu”, “Summit for Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Development in Southwest China”, and “Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Spare Parts Procurement Conference”.

Driven by China’s recent environmental policies and commitments to environmental protection, new energy has become an industry priority in the Sichuan province. The E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone expands into an entire hall to amplify the need. In this expansive space, the zone puts together well-known overseas and domestic car-makers, OE manufacturers and dealers of new energy vehicles to present their latest technologies. Products unveiled in the zone include charging infrastructure, connected cars, new energy vehicles and related parts & components. Fairgoers can also learn first-hand information about the latest market development from industry leaders such as BAIC MOTOR, BYD, Changan Automobile, Chery, GEELY Auto, General Motors, KIA, Lincoln, Porsche, SAIC Motor, Volvo, Zotye Auto, together with key players from Sichuan, including RAJA, Shudu Bus, Xinzhu Tonggong, and YEMA.

The other four equally important zones include the Supply Chain Procurement Zone that converges leading companies and pavilions of industrial parks to showcase quality products and the latest technologies in the fair; the Quick Fix & Replacement Parts Zone that features equipment, tools, replacement parts and branded quick repair chain stores at a single stage; the Automobile Life Style Zone that presents a diverse culture of driving styles to participants through accessories and customisation products, as well as a range of lively activities; and the Made in Sichuan Zone that promotes regional expertise by gathering manufacturers and suppliers from Sichuan.

With this upgraded business platform, CAPAS obtained tremendous support from multiple industry associations. Nineteen buyer groups from 13 Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities organised by the Automotive Auto Parts Industry Association of Chengdu (AAPIA), Automobile Repair Industry Association of Yunnan Province, Chongqing Automobile Maintenance and Repair Industry Association, Chongqing Automobile Parts Industry Association and Guiyang Motor Vehicles Industry Chamber of Commerce will visit the fair.

Twenty two fringe programme events integrate information exchange, education and networking

In addition to the rich sourcing options, the three-day show will feature a total of 22 fringe events covering topics on new energy and connected mobility, commercial vehicle, repair and maintenance, and accessories and customising. Show participants will gain valuable opportunities to share market insights and strengthen their business networks with industry experts. Two of the highlights are “CAPAS Academy 2017” and “The Fourth Automotive Maintenance Service Innovation Seminar”.

CAPAS Academy 2017 is dedicated to share the latest developments and applications in new energy and connected mobility. The automotive industry is experiencing a transformation for low carbonisation and intelligent development. Speakers at the event will share their expertise in the trends of vehicle electrification and intelligence development, and also provide analysis and recommendations to upcoming challenges.

The Fourth Automotive Maintenance Service Innovation Seminar, which is organised by the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association Automotive Rescue Operation Committee, will be conducted under a theme of “Transform and Upgrade Maintenance Service through Collaborations”. It offers analysis and discussion on the challenges of automotive maintenance shops in facing tougher competitions.

CAPAS is jointly organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto); Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd; and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan). For more information, please visit, or e-mail

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Background information on the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto)
The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto) promotes foreign trade and economic cooperation, technical exchange and introduction of advanced technologies for China’s auto industry by following the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and China Chamber of International Commerce charter. It acts as a bridge for Chinese auto industry enterprises to build cooperation and exchange opportunities across the world. In addition, the committee organises three world leading and highly regarded international automotive exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With some 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. Thanks to its far reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
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Background information on the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan)
The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan) aims to promote foreign trade cooperation and communication, under the guidance of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial People’s Government, and in accordance with the guidelines of national economic policy and principles. Its main duties are to encourage foreign trade and investment, enhance economic and technological exchange and cooperation, and to foster local enterprises to participate in the economic globalisation. CCPIT-Sichuan also organises a number of international exhibitions including the Western China International Fair.