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CAPAS 2018 may present prod­ucts for the chang­ing SW China’s af­ter­mar­ket

As a lead­ing plat­form for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try in South­west China, the Chengdu In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair for Au­to­mo­tive Parts and Af­ter­mar­ket Ser­vices (CAPAS) con­tin­ues to align the re­gion’s au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try with the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment strate­gies.

The com­ing edi­tion will be held from May 24 to 26, 2018 at the Chengdu Cen­tury City New In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, China. The fair is ex­pected to house around 580 ex­hibitors across 45,000 sqm of ex­hi­bi­tion space and wel­come 20,000 vis­i­tors.

CAPAS is jointly or­gan­ised by the China Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade, the Au­to­mo­tive Sub-Coun­cil (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frank­furt (Shang­hai) Co Ltd and the China Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade (CCPIT-Sichuan).

The po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic in­flu­ence of the Yangtze River eco­nomic belt, to­gether with the Mar­itime Silk Road, plays an im­por­tant role in China’s Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy. Ben­e­fit­ing from these ge­o­graph­i­cal and in­dus­trial ad­van­tages are key au­to­mo­tive cities in the South­west re­gion, in­clud­ing Chengdu and Chongqing.

This al­lows their mar­kets to evolve con­tin­u­ally and de­velop, par­tic­u­larly within the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. Ac­cord­ing to the Traf­fic Man­age­ment Bureau of the Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­istry, Chengdu and Chongqing recorded 4.29 mil­lion and 3.5 mil­lion car own­ers in the first half of 2017, the sec­ond and third high­est in China, re­spec­tively. The global drive to­wards more en­vi­ron­ment-friendly poli­cies, new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, and in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing is grad­u­ally fil­ter­ing into many Chi­nese mar­kets. Sub­se­quently, man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels, and end-users are now fac­ing the chal­lenge of a sus­tain­able trans­for­ma­tion, in a bid to com­pete with the rest of the world.

The up­com­ing edi­tion of CAPAS 2018 will not only be home to the re­gion’s key play­ers look­ing to cap­i­talise on its ge­o­graph­i­cal prospects, but also to those driv­ing the change for a greener in­dus­try. Shun­feng Li, Vice Pres­i­dent of Chengdu Auto Parts Trade As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Since the gov­ern­ment is pro­mot­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion these days, var­i­ous ser­vice cen­tres, re­pair shops, tyre shops and lo­gis­tic com­pa­nies in the Sichuan re­gion are un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant re­form. We ex­pect to see higher qual­ity prod­ucts, thanks to the im­prove­ment in man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels.”

New prod­ucts to emerge

In line with the Plan­ning for the De­vel­op­ment of the En­ergy-Sav­ing and New En­ergy Au­to­mo­bile In­dus­try (2012 – 2020), the av­er­age an­nual fuel con­sump­tion for pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles in China will re­port­edly de­cline to just 5 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres by 2020. In re­sponse to this, the qual­ity of mo­tor oil will also have to in­crease tremen­dously. Many renowned lu­bri­cant oil sup­pli­ers see great po­ten­tial in de­vel­op­ing the mar­ket in the South­west re­gion.

One such sup­plier is Liqui Moly, that will be ex­hibit­ing at CAPAS 2018. Suhuai Gao, Mar­ket­ing Plan­ning Man­ager of Du-hope In­ter­na­tional Group, the ex­clu­sive agent of Liqui Moly in China, said: “The South­west re­gion in China is still at a de­vel­op­ing stage in the eyes of high-end brands. We have al­ways been pur­su­ing high qual­ity and per­for­mance in all our prod­ucts, in­clud­ing our mo­tor oil se­ries that can save fuel and re­duce pol­lu­tion.”

Mean­while, Shan­dong Yihe Lu­bri­cant Oil Co Ltd will make its de­but at CAPAS 2018. Ms Huili Wang, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager of the com­pany, said: “Our prod­ucts have re­ceived var­i­ous awards such as China’s High-Qual­ity Brand-Name Prod­ucts, and China’s Green En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­ergy Sav­ing Prod­ucts. We will bring a newly-de­vel­oped se­ries of lu­bri­cant oils to the fair this year.”

Haibo Chi, Chair­man, SDZ Auto Parts Co Ltd, which spe­cialises in a wide range of prod­ucts, in­clud­ing fuel, oil cool­ers and elec­tri­cal sys­tems, said: “At the 2018 show, we will launch our ther­mo­stat assem­bly cater­ing specif­i­cally to the South­west mar­ket, which meets Euro 5 emis­sion stan­dards. For us, CAPAS is a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to step into this po­ten­tial mar­ket, and we ex­pect to in­crease our rep­u­ta­tion in the South­west re­gion by ex­hibit­ing at the fair.”

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