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Players eye up opportunities in Southwest China’s automotive industry emphasised at CAPAS 2022

24 Aug 2022

The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) concluded on 20 August 2022 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition and Convention Center. The three-day show saw an array of innovative product showcases and customised services. A collection of fringe events not only helped fairgoers achieve results that were more valuable but also spotlighted unique characteristics of the growing Southwest China auto industry.

Fringe events attracted participation from the Southwest China automotive industry.

Key figures from CAPAS 2022:

  • Visitors: 10,269
  • Exhibitors: 407
  • Space: 35,000 sqms
  • 14 fringe events
  • 34,850 views on live broadcasted events

Mr James Yu, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “CAPAS 2022 portrayed Southwest China’s dynamically developing automotive industry. The region is on track to become a world-class car manufacturing cluster with a rising auto consumer market owing to the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Rim. The show successfully gathered industry resources in the surrounding areas, as well as from further afield to meet demands in manufacturing and the aftermarket. Themes also spotlighted regional initiatives that promote new energy vehicles and car connectivity.”

In anticipation of this transformation, exhibitors displayed the latest products, technologies and services across themed zones like Parts & ComponentsAccessories & Customising, and Repair / Supply Chain & Chain Stores, to name a few. Key exhibitors included Beijing Ideal International Trade, Bona, Chuannan Shock Absorber, Conergies, Faret, Geely Commercial Vehicle, Huiyuan, Hyundai Truck & Bus, Jinhong Crankshaft, JTC, Kain Auto, Mobor, Rzoil, Sichuan Shidai, Sichuan Zhongche Tietou, Sontian, WM Motor, Yingling, Yousheng and Zhong Xingwang.

Ms Liu Yueyuan, Sales Director of Faret Auto Radiator (Tianjin) Co Ltd, commented: “CAPAS is an essential platform for our domestic promotion as we always have productive dialogues with new and existing distributors. We found trends about new energy covering the upstream and downstream value chain.  For instance, as battery performance and technology mature, new types of battery swapping and charging services are elevating the sector even further.”

To spotlight the robust automotive supply chain, the Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim zone hosted pavilions from Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hubei and Hunan, with another 14 city pavilions from Sichuan like Guangan, Mianyang, Nanchong and Neijiang. As an example, 16 companies from Suining focused on car-making, automotive parts manufacturing, air conditioning systems, new energy, intelligent and connected vehicles, and more. The JAC Group presented their “Weiling New Energy Van” and “Urban New Energy Logistics Vehicle” that offer large storage, better safety and higher connectivity. Other exhibitors included Sichuan Langrun and Sichuan Oushen.

Furthermore, 12 firms in the Yibin pavilion displayed over 40 lithium-Ion battery products and battery swapping services for heavy trucks. The pavilion also released a list of approximately 20 projects with potential investment opportunities like a battery recycling industrial park and an intelligent manufacturing plan for new energy vehicles.

Additionally, 28 buyer groups from Chongqing, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan hosted decision makers from the Sichuan Automotive Industry Association, Marketing Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Sichuan, Automobile Maintenance Committee of the Chongqing Road Transport Association, Vehicle Maintenance and Testing Branch of Guangdong Road Transport Association and more.

One such buyer, Mr Jack Zhai, Commercial Vehicle Product Line Director of Launch Tech Co Ltd, commented: “I have attended CAPAS three times before. From this visit, I explored updates from new energy commercial vehicle brands like Foton Daimler, Shaanxi Automobile and Sinotruk. I was able to gather more information about maintenance and diagnostics and engaged with wider industry resources.”

A range of 14 value added onsite-to-online services and events
Once again, participants appreciated that the organisers facilitated effective business conversations for suppliers and buyers. The VIP Buyers Programme offered a targeted approach to sourcing, as players leveraged the show’s networks within the market. Several overseas companies from Ghana, Latvia, Spain and Venezuela remotely sourced spare parts, replacement parts and lubricants from China.

In addition, the show collaborated with Magic Cube Auto College to stage a number of live events for remote audiences. The renowned local media partner spoke to guests with product presentations and talked to suppliers and buyers about the prosperities of the Southwest market. The programme attracted 34,850 views, extending the onsite experience to the online community.

Mr Shen Tao, General Manager of Hangzhou Yingling Intelligent Technology Co Ltd, commented: “The results from the broadcast were overwhelming. There were over 5,000 views in only a few minutes, which lent nicely to our overall exhibition experience and boosted the results at our physical booth. Needless to say, I am glad that we took advantage of this onsite-to-online resource.”

Elsewhere, the China New Energy Vehicle International Cooperation Conference 2022 examined Sichuan’s auto industry and its new energy vehicle sector. Senior Chief Expert, Mr Wu Songquan from China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) connected with representatives from BAIC Motor, Chery New Energy, Kain Auto and Singulato. They discussed a new energy roadmap for renewable energy development, battery and charging, and battery swapping models.

Other informative events included the Southwest Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2022Commercial Vehicle (Southwest) Maintenance Enterprise Transformation and Upgrading Forum, and the China (Chengdu) Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Summit 2022.

Mr Wang Hao, Founder of Coppola Auto Consultant Service (Qingdao) Co Ltd, commented as a co-organiser of the New Energy Vehicle Battery, Motor and Electronic Control Maintenance Technical Training: “There was lots of buzz around the New Energy Vehicle Maintenance area. Its scope aligns with the industry’s direction toward new energy. Companies in the aftermarket supply chain are keen to understand the intricacies of the field; our training activity offered practical sharing for workshop owners, helping them along the road of new energy transformation.”

The ninth edition of CAPAS will take place from 18 to 20 May 2023. The latest show updates and high-resolution photos for press use are available from the “Press” page at

CAPAS is jointly organised by CCPIT-Auto, Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and CCPIT-Sichuan. For more information, please visit or email

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