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Published: 18 August 2022

CAPAS 2022 opens tomorrow with targeted services to lift the Southwest China market

Mr James Yu, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “With years of experience in Southwest China’s automotive industry, CAPAS offers comprehensive coverage from seven product zones like Parts & Components, Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim and New Energy & Connected Mobility. In addition, we have organised 14 concurrent events this year, including networking banquets, business matching, live interviews, conferences and forums. We believe these will highlight the benefits of the Chengdu and Chongqing alliance, encourage innovation in new energy vehicles and car connectivity, and support aftermarket players along the industrial transformation.”

Online and Onsite Events Fulfil Industry Needs

In the lead-up to tomorrow’s opening, the organisers have worked closely with YIMA Media to run an integrated promotional campaign across Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangdong and other regions. The drive spotlighted activities during the show that encourage networking and industry development. For example, the Southwest China’s Workshop Elites Networking Banquet will connect the suppliers and buyers by gathering top management from aftermarket workshops in the region. The event will help generate more meaningful conversations about potential cooperation in a more relaxing atmosphere.

The Dealers’ Networking Dinner is another networking event during the show that aims to help exhibitors meet regional distributors to further their footprint across Southwest China. It has received support from the Automotive Marketing Committee of Society of Automotive Engineers of Sichuan, Chengdu Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association, Chengdu Commercial Vehicle Industry Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Vehicle Service Network.

Furthermore, the VIP Buyers Programme is one of the show’s key services dedicated to visitors with high purchasing authority.This year‘s programme will feature buyers from Kingo (a local 4S group), Giga Automobile (a workshop that provides comprehensive aftermarket services), Chengdu Bus (car maker) and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group (commercial vehicle manufacturer). There are also overseas companies from Ghana, Latvia, Spain and Venezuela sourcing spare parts, replacement parts and lubricants through the scheme. More than 25 online meetings have been arranged between these international buyers and Chinese exhibitors. Additionally, exhibitors can also meet with buyer groups from Bazhong, Deyang, Guangan and Zigong.

On the other hand, CAPAS has partnered with Magic Cube Auto College to host online seminars. Over the past few weeks, several talks have accentuated the automotive cluster in Southwest China. These live streaming activities will continue during the three-day show. The live broadcast of “Close Observation of Southwest China’s Automotive Industry & CAPAS” will bring onsite highlights to a remote audience. Planned booth visits include:

• The Automobile Maintenance Committee of the Chongqing Road Transport Association;
• Bona;
• Conegries;
• Leshan Teld;
• Neijiang Jinhong Crankshaft;
• Sichuan Automotive Industry Association;
• Yunnan Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association

These onsite and online activities from the business matching and live stream embrace vast domestic and international resources. They bring greater access to industry players exploring the industry’s development in Southwest China.

Forums and Conferences Energise the Industry

As always, this year’s fair will continue to hold various concurrent forums, conferences, training and activities to spotlight a diverse range of themes and topics.

To illustrate, the China New Energy Vehicle International Cooperation Conference 2022 on 18 August will examine the ever-growing market segment. According to the latest data, the country has over 10 million new energy passenger vehicles on the road[1]. With this in mind, the event is set to focus on the status of Sichuan's automotive industry development and the market outlook for new energy cars. For example, the province already has a strong network of suppliers for battery material, battery, new energy vehicle and automotive battery recycling sectors and leading companies like Contemporary Amperex Technology are investing heavily in the region. As a result, the conference aims to drive up market growth and technological innovation to increase long-term prospects through discussion about solid-state batteries, hydrogen energy, sensors and other related sectors.

Meanwhile, industry insiders at the Southwest Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2022 from Bai Yuan Jing Yang, Chengdu Chuangxiangjia Insurance Smart Service, DFD New Energy, F6 Automobile Technology and the Society of Automotive Engineers of Sichuan will explore cost-efficient business models for repair workshops, product line expansion, marketing plans for new products and technologies, and green repair. Furthermore, a conversation about the new energy vehicle market in Southwest China will touch upon topics relating to the robust economic area along the Belt and Road and the Yangtze River economic belt. In this regard, speakers are set to highlight new aftermarket services owing to the heightened demand from the growing automotive consumer market. The summit will take place on 18 August.

Other events include the New Energy Vehicle Battery, Motor and Electronic Control Maintenance Technical Training, Commercial Vehicle (Southwest) Maintenance Enterprise Transformation and Upgrading Forum, and China (Chengdu) Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Summit 2022.

The presence of the new energy vehicle supply chain is also filtering into the show’s product zones. For example, the New Energy & Connected Mobility zone hosts Chengdu Demeng Hengsheng New Energy Technology Co Ltd, Chengdu Green Intelligent Connected Automobile Industrial Ecosystem Alliance and Chengdu Intelligent Network Automobile Development Co Ltd. It also welcomes several well-known car manufacturers including of BYD, Chery, Gleey, Siemens System Simulation Platform and Volkswagen.

Likewise, the Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim zone unites a collection of pavilions from Guangzhou, Hubei and Hunan with another 14 cities in Sichuan, such as Guangan, Mianyang, Nanchong, Neijiang and Yibin. These companies will showcase their capabilities in new energy vehicle and parts manufacturing. In addition, the Parts & Components and Repair / Supply Chain & Chain Stores zones aggregate resources to establish a New Energy Vehicle Maintenance area, displaying an array of aftermarket services and products for new energy vehicles.