Record Visitor Pre – Registrations For CRE

Visitor pre-registrations for the Collision Repair Expo to be held from 16 to 18 April 2015 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre have broken previous show records. Pre-registrations are up 80 per cent this year compared to the 2013 Expo held in Sydney. The high pre-registrations indicate a potential record attendance for the show that delivers the largest and most comprehensive display of body finishing materials, crash repair equipment and tools presented by more than 70 top Australian and international exhibitors. As this is a trade only show, visitors must be qualified industry professionals. We encouraged you to pre-register to avoid queues at the registration desk when you arrive. Visit tradevent.live-site.co to register for Expo.

In addition to the exhibition, there is a full educational seminar program covering topic ranging from technology updates, how to make your business better and the latest on industry issues such as data sharing. Registrations for the seminars are filling fast and bookings are recommended. Visit www.collisionrepair.com.au to book for seminars.

The Expo also features an expanded spray booth program where you will see state of the art body finishing materials demonstrated live in front of you by the industry leaders, including Major Corporate Sponsor AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes. As the Collision Repair Expo is held every two years and alternates between Melbourne and Sydney, it will not return to Melbourne until 2019.

Fresh Ideas At Collision Repair Expo 2015

A comprehensive seminar program to inform you about the latest technologies and business techniques will be a highlight of the 2015 Australian Collision Repair Expo to be held from 16 to 18 April in Melbourne.

The Expo Seminar Program was developed by the organising committee, which is made up of senior collision repair industry executives. The team researched the latest innovations and trends in the crash repair industry and booked leading educators to present information that can make a difference to your business.

Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the Expo Seminar Program will provide workshop owners and managers, distributors and resellers with a once in every two year opportunity to focus on fresh ideas.

The Collision Repair Expo is a trade only event. Entry is free – including the Expo Seminar Program – to qualified industry professionals.

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said challenging cutting edge technology issues will be addressed by the seminar presenters. “We strive to keep Expo visitors up to date with all aspects of their operations, including changes to environmental requirements,” said Stuart Charity.

AkzoNobel returns as major sponsor of the Collision Repair Expo

Contributing to the Expo Seminar Program will be leading global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes (VR). AkzoNobel is continuing a three year partnership with the AAAA as the Major Sponsor of the Collision Repair Expo 2015. AkzoNobel VR will not disappoint at next year’s Expo with an impressive display of its latest state-of-the-art and innovative products, and leading color technology.

Consistently ranked as a leader in the area of sustainability, AkzoNobel VR will showcase its comprehensive range of waterborne and low VOC paint systems. Expo visitors will have the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of AkzoNobel’s range of waterborne products with live demonstration sessions.

With a focus on business efficiency, visitors can also discuss their business needs with the company’s expert Acoat Selected team on the stand. “We are very pleased to continue to support such an important industry event in Australasia” said Manish Bhatia, Business Director, AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes, South Asia.

“We have a number of exciting innovations across our Vehicle Refinishes brands, Sikkens and Wanda, which will be showcased on our stand. Our key focus is creating sustainable solutions for our business partners that will benefit their business now and into the future. We look forward to another successful Major Sponsorship with the Collision Repair Expo in 2015,” he said.

Seminars designed to help grow your business

Major Corporate Sponsor AkzoNobel VR will also feature in the Expo Seminar Program with expert presenters:

  • • AkzoNobel’s Business Improvement and Process Consultant Bob Gilbert will speak on the topic Accuracy in Repair Planning: the Facts, Myths, and Mysteries of why it’s so difficult to achieve.
  • • National Technical Services Manager Paul Horvath will deliver a presentation titled Making the shift to waterborne: what you need to know.

During the Expo, a wide range of surface coating products will be demonstrated live in a Lowbake spray booth. This booth is among the most popular destinations for Expo visitors because, while you sit comfortably behind a window wall, you watch the coating process and then see the finished result in minutes.

AkzoNobel North America Business Improvement and Process Consultant Bob Gilbert will present a Collision Repair Expo seminar on the topic Accuracy in Repair Planning: the Facts, Myths, and Mysteries of why it’s so difficult to achieve.

From the panel perspective, I-Car Australia Operations and Technical Coordinator Mark Czvitkovits will present a valuable session devoted to working with a range of the new materials and components now being introduced to the chassis and body of modern vehicles.

For the financial side of your business there will be a special session on how the smaller independent workshops can streamline their business and improve delivery to become competitive in the market. This is a great opportunity to gather information in a single sitting that would be time consuming to collect by yourself.

To help market your business, Snap-on Tools communication expert Tara Poole will present a session explaining how to make social media work for you and identifying the common mistakes to avoid. This seminar will also outline the investment required in terms of time and money.

Also focusing on marketing will be a seminar series by Workshop Whisperer Rachel Sheldrick. She will talk about increasing your prices without customer complaints in three easy steps, as well as how to turn customers into fans and other business tips.

A big drawcard for many Expo visitors will be the Creating Winners seminar presented by the dynamic Jeff Hendler. He will present five basic principles to change the culture in your workshop to gain measurable successes – a check list all business owners will want to learn about.

It is important to emphasise that Collision Repair Expo visitors also have free entry to the huge Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and its seminar program. This access enables crash repair professionals the opportunity to attend seminars on a range of technical issues, such as the Electrical and Electronic Circuits session to be presented by The Automotive Technician team.

See the new products

Stuart Charity said the 2015 Collision Repair Expo is a virtual sell-out. “There has been huge demand by exhibitors for display space at the 2015 Expo and confirmed exhibitors represent the very best brands in the Australian collision repair industry,” he said.

“This means Expo visitors will have a unique one-stop-chance to see and experience the nation’s largest display of the latest collision repair and body finishing materials, equipment and tools.

“The Expo will not return to Melbourne until 2019, so you want to plan now to take advantage of this opportunity next April.

“In addition to learning about new business opportunities by attending some seminars and visiting the busy exhibition, the Expo is a fantastic networking opportunity. You will catch up with people you don’t get to see often and meet dozens of others that can contribute ideas and innovations to make your business better,” said Stuart Charity.

For more information about the 2015 Expo, visit: http://www.collisionrepair.com.au/

AkzoNobel National Technical Services Manager Paul Horvath will deliver a Collision Repair Expo seminar titled Making the shift to waterborne: what you need to know.

Get Ready For AMR 2015 In Beijing

Preparations are already underway in China for the next staging of the AMR (Auto Maintenance and Repair) exhibition, which takes place in Beijing from 9-12 April.

Based at the New China International Exhibition Centre, the event is sponsors include the China Auto Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA) ; the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association (CAMRTA); and the Beijing Traders-Link International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Boasting a show area of 100,000 square meters, 1200 exhibitors and an estimated 55,000 visitors, the show is the biggest in Asia and again promises to be a not-to-be-missed event. Exhibition areas cover all aspects of the sector, including: Repair Equipment,Tyre Repair Equipment, Tyre Repair Products, Testing And Diagnostic Machine, Coating Car Care, Tools, Machine Tool, Teaching Aids , Purification Systems, Environmental Protection And Energy-Saving, Electronic Apparatus, Car Safety, Car Service Chain Stores and many more.

For more information contact Sophia Wang or Kelly Li:

Tel: +86-10-84710628 / 84724014
Fax: +86-10-84723019
Email: sophiawang@traderslink.com.cn or kellyli@traderslink.com.cn

Automechanika Shanghai 2014

Record number of exhibitors in largest Automechanika Shanghai show

Exhibition space at capacity

Popularity of fringe programme continues among exhibitors and visitors

Automechanika Shanghai 2014, Asia’s largest trade show for automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services, will open on 9 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, with record exhibitor numbers.

Automechanika Shanghai
Shanghai International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts, Equipment and Service Suppliers
Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China
9 – 12 December 2014

The total number of exhibitors stands at 4,906, a six percent increase on last year’s show, with 39 countries and regions represented. This includes five new countries – Belarus, Jordan, Peru, Portugal and Switzerland – and 34 returning countries and regions – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, the USA and Vietnam.

A breakdown of the figures shows an 11 percent increase in international exhibitors to 581, and a five percent increase of Chinese exhibitors to 4,325.

Of the 39 countries and regions being represented at the show, 17 will have overseas pavilions with brand new ones from Argentina and Pakistan this year. The returning pavilions are from France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

Exhibition space at capacity

Alongside exhibitor numbers, exhibition space has also increased this year to 220,000 sqm – a five percent uplift – reaching the capacity of the fairground. This consists of the 17 established halls as well as ten temporary halls.

A further breakdown of exhibitor figures by square metres reveals that the three main industry sectors covering the whole industry chain have increased for the 2014 show, compared to last year.

Accessories & Tuning has had the biggest uplift (10.4 percent) following the focus to recruit more key brands to occupy the new Accessories & Tuning Key Brand Hall. Repair & Maintenance has had the next largest increase (7.3 percent) which is partly attributed to a high level of returning exhibitors following a successful show in 2013. The Parts & Components has had stable growth for the 2014 show due to the increased effort in setting up sub-zones for brands, products and services, as well as more detailed categorisation of products and service developments in the sector.

Commenting on the record number of exhibitors and increased exhibition space, Mr Jason Cao, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd said: “It is a pleasure to see Automechanika Shanghai go from strength to strength every year. This year not only have we achieved our highest ever number of exhibitors, exhibition space has also increased to a record level. Seeing this encouraging result of Automechanika Shanghai is an excellent indication of its growing importance throughout China and across the globe as being an one-stop platform for the automotive sector.”

The expected number of local and international visitors eclipses last year’s figure with more than 86,000 expected. Boosting the number are visitor groups from all over the world including two new groups from Nepal and Vietnam as well as returning ones from Australia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, and Turkey. From China, domestic visitor groups have increased to almost 50 from across the North, West, middle and South of the country, with particularly strong representation from Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Tianjin and Guangdong. 

Furthermore, the show is supported by a list of 42 supporters, including seven new ones for this year:

• China Aluminum Wheel Quality Association

• China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Wenzhou City Committee

• China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Ruian Sub-Council

• Hebei Auto Maintenance Equipment Industry Association

• Hebei Auto Parts Industry Association

• OIB – Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Union (Turkey)

• Ruian Automobile & Motorcycle Parts Industry Association 

Mr Jason Cao continued: “The increased level of support for Automechanika Shanghai demonstrates the broad and deep influence the show has within the industry. Our strong efforts in promoting the show in emerging markets and extending our product line depth have been rewarded with gaining supporters from Hebei and Jiangsu in China as well as internationally in Turkey, which will have a positive impact on both exhibitors and visitors this year.”

Alongside the supporters, the show will be joined by a number of new brands. From Parts & Components examples include AE, CSR, Exedy, Liuzhou Wuling, Motor Service, Qingte Group and Tenneco. From Repair & Maintenance examples include Haitian and JTC. From Accessories & Tuning examples include BMC, GRANITIZE, Huadian Powerful and Rowe.

There are also some key returning brands. From Parts & Components these include APSIS, BAIC, BorgWarner, Bosch, BPI, Brembo, Chery, China Changan, Continental Automotive, CNIGC, ContiTech, Dayco, FAW, Febi, Federal Mogul, Gates Unitta, Gold Phoenix, GSP, Hella, Hitachi, Mahle, MANN+HUMMEL, NTN-SNR, Schaeffler, TRW, Unipoint, Valeo, WANXIANG , Xingyi and ZF.

From Repair & Maintenance these include Bantam, Beissbarth, Berton, Bosch, Jonnesway, Launch, MAHA, OTC, R&H, Ravaglioli, Robinair, Stanley, TechnoVector, and Zonyi.

From Accessories & Tuning these include BASF, Botny, BULLSONE, Candid, Carlas , CARORI, cnlight, Donghao, Junda, Liqui Moly, Sonax, STARWORKS, STRONA, WD-40, YAKIMA and Yunhan.

Commenting on the support seen for the show, Mr Ji Xuecheng, General Manager of China National Automotive Industry International Corporation said: “We are delighted with how this year’s show has come together, and that it is on track to be bigger and better than last year’s. Part of that is attributed to the wonderful support we have received from new and existing organisations. The flourishing market in China makes it an exciting time for both Chinese and international companies, and I am confident all exhibitors and visitors will have a prosperous show this year.”

Popularity of fringe programme continues among exhibitors and visitors

The show’s popular fringe programme returns this year with 38 exclusive events for visitors and exhibitors to attend. The programme is diverse, catering to all industry sectors, and a number of sessions are already nearing capacity in terms of audience sign ups. This year’s highlights include:

• AIAG Auto Parts Purchasing High-leadership and Suppliers Forum 2014

• Auto Insurance & Aftermarket Strategic Cooperation Seminar

• AUTOHAUS CHINA International Dealer Summit 2014

• Automotive Aftermarket Summit 2014

• Global Auto Care Summit 2014

• NextGen Auto International Summit China

• Prospects of Automotive Aftermarket E-commerce and Internet Service Providers 

Automechanika Shanghai is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China National Automotive Industry International Corporation (CNAICO). It is one of 14 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central and South America.

Discussing the show’s future development, Mr Ji Xuecheng also announced that due to the continued growth of the show, next year’s Automechanika Shanghai will take place at the larger venue of National Exhibition and Convention Center in Hongqiao, Puxi to provide the extra space needed.

For further information about the fair please visit www.automechanika-shanghai.com / www.automechanika.com.

PhilAuto Expo 2015 In Manila, Philippines

PhilAuto Expo – the Philippines International Auto Parts, Accessories and Service and Repair Equipment Exhibition will be back again after its successful launch in 2014 to power up the fast expanding automotive industry in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing market. PhilAuto’15 will be held again at SMX, the venue in Manila, but the show will be repositioned to a date from 17-19 July 2015 which will include the weekend to allow more dealers to attend.

The automotive industry continues to grow at a rapid pace as the Philippines economy remains strong. The number of new vehicles grew over 10 per cent as the rising income spurred demand. New car sale is projected to reach 250,000 units in 2015. On the other hand, the Philippines is also one of the biggest importer of used/reconditioned vehicles and a high percentage of vehicles over 10 years.

These factors have created an increasing demand for more technically advanced service, diagnostic and repair equipment and also auto parts, and accessories. PhilAuto’15 is the established business-to-business platform to bring together auto aftermarket and garage equipment suppliers and auto parts and accessories shops, retailers, distributors and service and repair workshops and garages to build new business partnerships and reinforce relationships and introduce new products.

PhilAuto’15 is expected to be bigger and will showcase over 200 exhibitors and brands from 16 countries including Pavilions from China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Automotive Industry Shows Support For Automechanika Chicago

Automechanika Chicago, the US tradeshow dedicated to high-end training and new product discovery for service and collision repair shop owners and technicians, has currently reached 150 exhibitors and is on track to reach the expected goal of 400 exhibiting companies for the 2015 inaugural event. Over 8,500 attendees are expected to attend Automechanika Chicago which will take place April 24 – 26, 2015 at McCormick Place West, Chicago, Illinois.
Companies already committed to Automechanika Chicago include SATA, BOSCH Automotive Services Solutions, WORLDPAC, ZF Services, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Honeywell Turbo Technologies, Schaeffler Group, and many more.
International exhibitor participation at Automechanika Chicago is expected to represent 30 per cent of the show and companies from more than 13 countries have already signed up, including the UK, Germany, Canada, Spain, and Turkey to name a few.
“We are pleased with the positive response from key companies within the industry,” said Bridget Ferris, Show Director. “We are creating a high calibre event with emphasis on education and innovation that companies want to be a part of.”
Messe Frankfurt and Advanstar will release a floor plan in November that will include the current exhibitor list, international pavilions, and show floor features.

I-CAR Training at SEMA 2014

I-CAR’s Jason Bartanen, Director of Industry Relations, will lead a full schedule of speakers at I-CAR’s SEMA Collision Repair & Refinish Stage. Collision repair professionals will learn about the latest vehicle developments and must understand in order to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. Bartanen will also present during the week offering insights on advanced vehicle technology and the technical services I-CAR offers hosting Structural Repairability Summits and OEM Industry Segment Advisory Council meetings. Jeff Peevy, Senior Director Collision Repair Segment Development and Field Operations, will deliver a presentation on how a ‘Learning Culture’ can transform this industry. During this session Peevy will share research statistics on the proven relation between collision repair training and improved business performance, and share insights on how industry leaders are turning their training investment into sustainable competitive advantage.

I-CAR has also lined up repairability-related presentations from Ford on the 2015 F-150, BMW on carbon fibre and aluminium structural repair, General Motors on the Corvette Stingray and HD truck, Honda on the Acura high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel repair guidelines, and Audi on repair technology.

In addition to I-CAR and OEM presentations, the jam-packed schedule on the I-CAR stage includes Abaris discussing carbon fibre repair, Spanesi covering 3D measuring, ProSpot and 3M presenting on rivet bonding, and Elektron sharing insights on aluminium MIG welding.

Autopromotec 2015 Looking Good

The organizers of Autopromotec 2015 are witnessing such an increasing flow of exhibitor registrations that exhibit space in the halls devoted to lifting equipment, tires and tire equipment is already sold out long before the official deadline of October 31. Autopromotec 2015 is taking place at the Bologna Trade Fair Centre May 20 – 24, 2015. There’s also been a positive response from the hall devoted to spare parts. It has seen many long-time regular exhibitors confirm their participation and will soon welcome new important sector companies.

Great interest is being shown in the Filling Station Equipment event, which will involve leading companies of the service station, car wash, car care and chemical industries. The Diagnostic Hub has also been confirmed for the 2015 edition and will be expanded with the presence of new sector leaders and important legislative innovations coming into force such as the new MCTCNet2 inspection system.

Also for Autopromotec 2015, exhibit space distribution will stay true to the “show-within-the-show” concept and allows attendees to plan their visit according to their professional interests.

According to the Autopromotec organizers, this growing demand for exhibit space reflects the technological stir and endeavour that is now affecting the entire automotive aftermarket industry. There are several innovation fields involved: the new vehicle inspection regulations will require major technological updates from operators; TPMS introduction will turn tires into “intelligent” elements, leading tire professionals to work with software and electronic tools. Infomobility systems keep evolving at a fast pace, and many will be the innovations featured in this specific field. New emission standards are stirring up the market for fuel efficiency. Thanks to the partnership between the organizers and Federmetano, major innovations will be presented in the new energy area, with more details coming soon. It also needs to be remembered that car dealerships have been long eager to play a more active role in the auto maintenance and repair sector, and this is clearly another factor driving business operators to the Autopromotec show.

The amount of foreign exhibitors registered so far almost represents 39 per cent of the final figures achieved in 2013, and is the result of busy worldwide promotional tours undertaken to increase the number of international exhibitors and buyers coming to the show.

The auto repair sector appears to be alive and able to react to the global economic crisis. The current number of exhibitors presages double-digit growth over Autopromotec 2013, and 2015 is expected to be the most complete, specialized and internationally-oriented edition ever.

Innovation Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Automechanika Innovation Awards have been chosen. On 28 August, an independent jury of eight experts agreed on the seven winners whose innovative solutions and futureoriented products are to be honoured and shown at Automechanika Frankfurt. The winners were selected from 120 entries, 66 of them from Germany and 54 from other countries. No awards were given in the Tuning and Service Station & Car Wash categories.
The jury is made up of experts from relevant trade associations, media and industry: Ralph M. Meunzel, Springer Fachmedien München GmbH; Wolfgang Michel, Vogel Business Media GmbH & Co. KG; Wilhelm Hülsdonk, Federation of the German Motor Vehicle Trade (Zentralverband Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe – ZDK); Prof Axel Schumacher, Bergische Universität Wuppertal; Thomas Mareis, Krafthand Medien GmbH; Prof Helmut Tschöke, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg; Matthias Dingfelder, Lower Franconia Handicrafts Chamber (Handwerkskammer für Unterfranken); Matthias Rittinger, RWTH Aachen, Institute for Motor Vehicles (Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge).
The awards will be presented during the Automechanika opening ceremony in ‘Saal Panorama’, Forum Messe Frankfurt, at 10.00 hrs on 16 September 2014 and visitors will be able to see the awardwinning products from each category at the Innovation Awards exhibition in the foyer of Hall 4.1 throughout the fair.
Below are the details of the winners in each category with the name of the product, a brief description and contact information.

Category: Parts & Components
Continental Aftermarket GmbH: VDO REDI-Sensor
The VDO REDI-Sensor is a pre-programmed tyre-pressure control sensor that covers a multitude of vehicle models with only three variations. Moreover, no additional programming is required. With the REDI-Sensor, workshops are perfectly equipped for the introduction of tyre-pressure control systems in Europe.
Forum Level 0, Stand A03; Tel: +49 69 7603 3747

Category: Electronics & Systems
TEXA S.p.A.: TEXA TMD MK3
TMD MK3 is a multi-marque product for fleet controlling and telemobility unrivalled worldwide. Only TEXA offers a multi-marque diagnosis model that is connected to the vehicle via the OBD box. Integrated are 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE telephone module; Bluetooth 4.0 Classic and LE module; GNSS module; 2 three-axis acceleration sensors, gyroscope, altimeter and double micro-processor.
Hall 8.0 E96; Tel: +39 3351 047 240

Category: Accessories
PANNEX AG: PANNEX tyre sealant
PANNEX is a new, highly effective and environmentally friendly tyre sealant used for emergency tyre repairs. Micro-fibre based, the product is fully biodegradable and can seal punctures of up to 8 mm. Repairable tyres can be reused.
Hall 4.1 D41; Tel: +42 337 700 77

Category: Repair & Diagnostics
TEXA S.p.A.: Augmented Reality Glasses by Texa
Developed by TEXA in cooperation with Epson Italia, the Epson BT-200 glasses enable technicians to see all the information needed for a repair by projecting it in front of their eyes while they are working on the vehicle.
Hall 8.0 E96; Tel: +39 (0)3351 047 240

Category: Repair & Maintenance
MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG:
MFP 3000 MAHA dynamometer
The MAHA MFP 3000 is the first dynamometer that permits a vehicle to be test driven and the safety and driver-assistance systems tested on an auto hoist. Thus, it provides for an efficient testing procedure and greater road safety.
Hall 8.0, Stand C04; Tel: +49 8374 585 0

Category: IT & Management
Car-O-Liner AB: Vision 2
Vision 2 is the fast, precise and user-friendly software for 3D measuring systems. Visionâ„¢ is the modern measuring software Car-O-Liner that guides technicians through the entire repair process and carries out centring, measuring and documentation work automatically. The software was developed by Car-O-Liner for use with the Car-O-Tronicâ„¢ and PointXâ„¢ measuring systems.
Hall: 11.0 Stand C65; Tel: +46 736 406 369

Category: OE Products & Services
Industrie Saleri Italo S.p.A.: Modular pump
The compact, inexpensive device adjusts the coolant flow exactly in accordance with engine requirements and cooling-system temperature and thus helps improve engine efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
Hall 5.0, Stand C66, Tel: +39 0308 250 442

CAPAS Has More Than 11,000 Visitors

The first edition of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) attracted 11,045 visitors from 22 countries and regions when it was held 21 – 23 July 2014 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center, China.

The top 10 overseas visiting countries and regions to Southwest China’s one-stop platform for information exchange, marketing and trading which covering parts and components, accessories and tuning, as well as repair and maintenance were (in order of highest attendance): Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Thailand, US, UK, Japan, Singapore and Russia. In addition, the show attracted 593 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions: Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovakia, Taiwan and the US.

Commenting on the show’s successful debut, Mr Wang Xia, President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto) said: “I am pleased that CAPAS provided a highly effective platform for the industry by attracting quality exhibitors and many professional domestic and overseas buyers from the auto manufacturing, auto parts production and distribution sectors as well as repairs and maintenance services. In 2013, the car parc in China exceeded 137 million units. As a result, China has become the world’s second largest auto consumption country, which provides an aftermarket with a capacity of over RMB 700 billion. As we can see from some mature overseas markets, the aftermarket sector accounts for almost 60% of profit margins for the whole auto industry chain.”

Mr Jason Cao, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd added: “With the huge support from our prestigious supporting associations, organisations and government agencies, the first show was held successfully with 35,000 sqm of exhibition space. In addition, a promising number of exhibitors came from Southwest China, confirming the recognition and high demand from this market. It proves that launching a professional trade fair for the auto parts and aftermarket sectors in Southwest China was a wise decision.”

Commenting on the market potential, Mr Li Gang, President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan) explained: “Chengdu is reputable for its abundant resources and is regarded as the most dynamic city in Western China. With its prosperous market, good logistics services, well-developed industry infrastructure as well as its advantageous location as an extension point to other nearby important cities, it has attracted many key auto manufacturers to set up their plants here such as FAW-Volkswagen, Toyota, Geely and Hyundai.”

Exhibitors and visitors show enthusiasm about the show and Southwest China market

Shanghai BPI Trading Co Ltd is a well-known US brake parts supplier with three brands: Raybestos, Haimeng and Aimco. The company exhibited at the show to strengthen their brand image in Southwest China. Marketing Executive Ms Jin Jie Li said: “Since the Sichuan market offers great potential, it is important for us, so we want to find more dealers and distribution channels at the show. So far I’ve collected about 100 valuable contacts and I’ve also met overseas buyers from emerging markets such as the Middle East and South America. Exhibiting at the show helps develop our business in Sichuan.”

Du-Hope International Group is China’s exclusive agent for Liqui Moly GmbH, a renowned global supplier of engine and gear oils, oil and fuel additives as well as auto care products. Mr Xianghua Meng, Du-Hope’s, Manager for the Southwest Region was also impressed with the show. He said: “The market prospects in Southwest China are as good as in Shanghai, Guangdong and other areas, so we have been looking for an opportunity to enter this market. We aim to promote our brand and find partners from terminal repair shops and 4S shops. At the show I had contact with many professional buyers and many showed interest in cooperating with us.”

Also wanting to strengthen their brand image and explore new business opportunities was ContiTech Shanghai Rubber & Plastic Technology Ltd. Its German parent company Continental is one of the world’s leading specialists in rubber and plastics technology. Mr Wei Xu, Sales & Marketing Manager (China) commented: “The Southwest China market is our strategic direction and I am happy to have already collected valuable business leads at the show. Chengdu is the centre of Southwest China and its business opportunities can extend to Yunnan and Guizhou. Also, Chengdu’s car parc has grown rapidly in the past 10 years. I think no companies would want to miss this market.”

Sharing a similar view was Mr Hongwei Zhang, Sales Manager for Yingkou Dali Automobile Maintenance Equipment S&T Co Ltd. He said: “We’ve met our target customers from aftermarket dealers and end customers such as workshops. The end customers are quality visitors. At the show, we organised an ordering event for agents and an activity with our agents in Chengdu city, aiming to promote our brand and products to our end customers. We received good response. Sichuan market has good potential.”

Visitors were equally satisfied with the show. Mr Chuanfu Xiang from Chengdu Jin Zheng Auto Parts attended the CAPAS Matchmaking Forum to source brake pads and brake rotors. He commented: “I knew some of the suppliers at the forum but I have never met them before. It’s good that I could finally meet them in person. As the first edition of show, I think the overall result is good.”

US visitor Mr Frank Cong, Asian Business Development Manager for Walker Products Inc, which is one of the largest fuel system components and engine sensors manufacturers, came to the show for sourcing and marketing reasons. He said: “CAPAS is Messe Frankfurt’s first show in Southwest China, so we want to explore the market. Chengdu and Chongqi are two important locations in Southwest China. In addition, our important dealers are here at the show. Finding dealers in Chengdu is important because this city serves as an extension point to the Northern China markets like Xinjang.”

Also optimistic about the market was Mr Gaoxiang Tang, Purchasing Manager for Chengdu East-tech Industrial Develops Co Ltd. He added: “I came here to source mainly chassis, brakes, clutches and other related products. At the show I’ve met many of our existing business partners. I would also like to find new suppliers and hope to explore new business cooperation at the show. The demand for autoparts and aftersales service will certainly increase after four to five years because Chengdu’s car ownership rate is growing rapidly.”

A series of fringe programmes add value to the show

The show organised 11 fringe programmes including various forums, seminars, product presentations as well as auto city visits during the 3-day event, giving industry experts, exhibitors and visitors valuable opportunities to exchange the latest industry and market information effectively.

CAPAS Academy speaker Mr Yiqiang Peng, Deputy Dean for School of Transportation and Automotive Engineering of Xihua University said: “The seminar plays a guiding role in improving Southwest China’s auto market by helping the audience to better understand local market development as well as government policies and incentives. In addition, it offers an opportunity for information exchange and builds a bridge for the audience and the industry professionals.”

Audience member Mr Yanyi Zhang, Deputy Secretary General for the Expert Committee Automobile Marketer of Sichuan Association of Automotive Engineering was happy with all the speaker presentations. He explained: “In particular, Mr Peng’s analysis of the autoparts industry problems and his own figures and data were very helpful for the entire automotive industry chain.”

Another event, “Increase Export Profit and Establish Self-owned Brands Seminar”, was organised by Shanghai Top Team Enterprises Co Ltd. Company’s Director Ms Christina Deng said: “I understand that many Chinese companies, especially manufacturers, encounter bottlenecks in their businesses. This seminar offered an ideal platform for industry peers to address their problems, gain new insights and be inspired.”

Polish audience member Mr Borys Czajczynski, Sales and Marketing Vice President for Ceramizer Sp. Z O O also found the seminar worth attending. He commented: “Although the presentation was not completely suitable for our business model, I found the information interesting. For example, I’ve learnt more about the characteristics of the autoparts business in China. Also, the speaker gave useful facts about the Chinese market and the mentality of Chinese people which can help plan our future strategy.”

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

The next edition of show will be held in 21-23 May 2015. For more information about CAPAS, please visit www.capas-chengdu.com, or email auto@china.messefrankfurt.com.