The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS), will take place from 24 – 26 May 2018 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center. It is expected to house around 580 exhibitors and will welcome over 20,000 visitors.
Last year saw China’s vehicle sales surpass 28 million. At the same time, rapid economic growth in the Sichuan region in recent years has bolstered the industry’s desire to enhance its competitiveness with advanced technologies.
In fact, the area has seen a boom in the number of new energy vehicles and modernised after-sales companies of late, with the local government continuing to support such endeavours.
The 2018 edition of CAPAS also comes at a time when highways across the Southwest region are undergoing significant optimisation. In response to the region’s automotive advancements and drive for growth, Sichuan’s total highway length reached 6,820 kilometres by the end of 2017.
The show is set to address these exciting changes through a number of relevant theme zones, enhanced product offerings, and a series of high quality fringe events focusing around upgrading, innovative technologies and industry transformation.
The first fringe event is named “Transforming and Upgrading the Automotive Aftermarket in Southwest China Summit”. This summit’s comprehensive topics will help companies embrace technological advancements including the application of Internet+, new retailing, digital operation management, and financing.
The event will also cover a new regional auto repair market report, the industry’s developments and trends in the Yunnan Province, the transformation and upgrade of automotive service stores, as well as the Michelin Tyreplus’ Profit Model Sharing Session
Another event on a packed 24th of May relates to the summit named “The Development and Innovation of Automotive Aftermarket under New Policies in New Era Conference”. This conference will discuss the current automobile development policies in the nation, and the regional characteristics of Southwest China’s market.
Industry experts, association leaders and business operators will focus on environmental policies to open up new market opportunities, as well as how companies can transform and upgrade under stricter environmental requirements.
Mr Tao Sheng, Secretary-General of Chongqing Automobile Maintenance and Repair Industry Association (CAMARIA), one of the co-organisers of the conference, explained: “Through this forum, we will share our industry information and successful experiences, and give inspiration to those aftermarket enterprises that are facing the challenges of going green.”
There will also be a selection of conferences in the Commercial Vehicle Zone, which in the past has attracted many commercial vehicle manufacturers in the nation, as well as parts and components manufacturers, distributors, repair and maintenance service providers and logistics fleets to participate.
A number of fringe programme events such as forums, conferences, and training activities will take place in relation to the commercial vehicle market, such as the Summit for Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Development in Southwest China and the Commercial Vehicle Repair & Maintenance Equipment Alliance Technical Training.
The final fringe programme event for CAPAS is the China New Energy Automobile International Cooperation Conference 2018.
New energy vehicles have become a top priority under the rapid development of China’s automotive industry in recent years, and CAPAS has gradually penetrated into this area through the establishment of the E-mobility & Infrastructure Zone.
This conference will invite leading companies in this field, including the likes of Alibaba, Baidu, Bosch, BYD, Changan, Infineon, Tesla, Volkswagen, and more, to discuss the changes and opportunities of the region’s production and sales markets amidst the new energy wave.