In China, the State Council issued an announcement on 6 April about the prevention and control measures that combat the spread of COVID-19. It emphasised the importance of curbing the epidemic while resuming business and production gradually. The notice also laid out a clear framework for public activities, advising that large-scale events should be suspended until further notice.
To actively implement the Government’s instructions, and in steps to prioritise public health and safety, the organisers of CAPAS have decided to defer the upcoming edition of the exhibition. The event will now be held from 20 to 22 May 2021 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, China.
Mr James Yu, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: “We are following the Chinese Government’s guidelines to support the containment of the virus. Equally, the wellbeing of our fair participants, contractors and supporting parties is always our priority. It is a difficult but responsible decision to defer CAPAS to 2021. I look forward to seeing our industry friends next year where we can explore the dynamic growth of the Southwest China market together.”
CAPAS is jointly organised by CCPIT-Auto, Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and CCPIT-Sichuan. For the past six editions, CAPAS has served as a leading platform for business, information exchange and investment in Southwest China’s automotive industry.
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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 more than 2,600* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733* million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our 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. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
* preliminary figures 2019
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.
 “China releases COVID-19 prevention measures for key venues, groups”,
The State Council of China, 8 April 2020, http://english.www.gov.cn/policies/latestreleases/202004/08/content_WS5e8dd995c6d0c201c2cc07a7.html. Retrieved 10 April 2020
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