The seventh edition of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) closed its doors on 22 May 2021 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition and Convention Center. Across the three-day show, the fair reflected market trends, facilitated business exchange and embraced investment in the region. Further to this, themed zones including the new Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim zone, as well as a series of fringe events were received well by participating industry players.
Mr James Yu, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, reflected on the positive results: “It is clear to see how the show has matured through experiences gained over the last six editions. This is thanks to the support of industry players, associations and other stakeholders. In 2021, the show worked closely with these parties to highlight the potential of the Chengdu-Chongqing developmental plan. Various onsite-to-online services acted as a way for players to obtain market updates and expand networks. As a result, CAPAS continues to usher in growth opportunities in Southwest China’s automotive industry.”
Fairgoers praised the lineup of leading brands
This year, exhibitors appreciated the revamp and enhancement of its seven themed products zones. These included Parts & Components, Accessories & Customising, Repair / Supply Chain & Chain Stores, Commercial Vehicle, Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim, Tyres and New Energy & Connected Mobility. Companies showcased their renowned brands, presenting the latest products and technologies to the regional market. These brands included 3M, AXOT, Botny, CAMEL, Castrol, CSEMA, DGG, Jrone, LUKOIL, Powerstop, Ruili, Shenghuabo, Sontian, TecAlliance, Yihong, Zero Mileage Lubricant and ZX Shock.
On top of this, Taizhou Yihong Industrial Co Ltd attracted a lot of attention in the Parts & Components zone. The company aims to expand its regional business activities by leveraging the show’s influence in the Southwest auto market. Mr Gary Chen, Vice General Manager, said: “We have utilised the fair’s all-round and diverse activities like the 520 Shopping Festival and VIP Buyers Business Matching Programme that reflect market needs. I was even a speaker at the Southwest Aftermarket Summit 2021. These engaging services have effectively helped us increase our visibility amongst potential customers in the regional automotive market.”
TecAlliance, a German exhibitor from the same zone, also chose to participate at CAPAS as a way of exploring the regional industry. The Marketing Manager, Ms Emeline Xie, mentioned: “I believe Southwest China has major prospects for business development as Chengdu-Chongqing can drive growth across the whole region. We grasped at the opportunity to join CAPAS as a means to increase our brand awareness in the market.”
CAPAS amplified the region’s potential with the new Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim zone, which collected a total of 189 exhibitors from Sichuan and Chongqing. Players recognised the show’s efforts to evolve alongside Government policies to address where value is growing. For example, well-known brands like Chongqing Yirui Auto Parts and Safine Precision reflected the strong capabilities in automotive manufacturing with their full range of related parts and components.
Mr Gan Wei, Deputy General Manager of Sales for Nanbu County Lizon Automobile Parts Co Ltd from the Nanchong area of the zone commented: “The Nanchong area has been very popular. Many dealers are interested in our fastening elements and bearing parts, and I see that visitors have a growing interest towards made-in-Chengdu-Chongqing products. We are, therefore, very satisfied with our exhibiting results this year.”
Elsewhere, the Commercial Vehicle zone amplified prospects in the sector. It convened an array of carmakers, auto parts dealers, repair chain stores, logistics and truck fleets throughout the entire commercial vehicle supply chain. The zone featured a number of “Services” and “Multinational Brands” with exhibitors like ConMet, CRS, Dayco, ExxonMobil, Garrett, Gates, Mattrio Software and Tiannake.
Here, Mr Xu Zhichao, Sales Director of Chengdu Xin Fangzheng Automobile Parts Sales Co Ltd, commented: “The show has been strong with its high visitor flow. As an influential platform that effectively promotes business exchange, I found the show heavily advocated the Chengdu-Chongqing Dual-city Economic Rim’s development as a core part of the Southwest economy.”
Fringe events and matchmaking services revealed business opportunities
As popular as ever, 12 dedicated fringe events presented the latest industry updates through a number of conferences and themed activities. To highlight, the China New Energy Vehicle International Cooperation Conference 2021 returned with representatives from the State Information Center of China, Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) and Weltmeister. Together, they spoke about forward-looking subjects on digitalisation, customer service management, content marketing and more. In addition, speakers from auto brands such as Chery, BEIJING Auto, HOZON Auto and Volvo sparked a discussion about the changing automotive consumer trends in the digital age. Attendees believed to be inspired by the insights about possible developmental opportunities in the region.
Another spotlighted event was the debuting Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Rim New Energy Technology Talent Development in the Automotive Aftermarket Exchange Meeting. Leaders from auto parts, vocational training schools, and trade media shared their insights on nurturing specialist talent in the Southwestern aftermarket to keep pace with the “New Four Modernisations” (electrification, intelligence, connectivity and sharing).
Elsewhere, the VIP Buyers Business Matching Programme and CAPAS 2021 Dealers Gala Dinner also helped players expand their networks with potential sourcing partners. Positive feedback highlighted that these events offered effective sourcing experiences that met both parties’ needs.
Mr Zhang Junfeng, General Manager of ATGT EShow Automotive Repair Service Ltd, participated in the VIP Buyers Business Matching Programme. He found: “I am very satisfied with this visiting experience. We had five one-to-one meetings with exhibitors who perfectly matched our sourcing expectations. We plan to continue our conversations with them after the show. The programme greatly enhanced our sourcing effectiveness and so we must thank the organisers for this thoughtful arrangement.”
Additionally, several new online services gave overseas visitors, who were unable to attend in person, access to the show. They bridged interactions between local and overseas players to facilitate business cooperation. To illustrate:
- A total of 167 one-to-one video meeting appointments were arranged before and during the show to connect local exhibitors with buyers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and South America.
- Exhibitors interacted with buyers and promoted products during the livestream of the CAPAS 520 Shopping Festival.
- A livestream of conferences, matchmaking events and other activities allowed broader international participation.