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CAPAS trade show continues to serve the automotive industry in Southwest China

15 Nov 2017

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.

Six theme zones to display strengthened product offerings

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.”

Fringe programme enhances knowledge sharing opportunities, catering to regional end-users’ demands

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 or email

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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.