Automotive firms in the Midlands have the chance to pitch for business with some of the industry’s biggest international firms at a major exhibition in China.
The China International Auto Parts Expo in Beijing is the only automotive show fully supported by the Chinese government, and more than 3,600 exhibitors attend.
The show runs from September 24 to 26, and 28 of China’s biggest vehicle manufacturers will be attending along with the major component producers and major firms from 18 other countries.
The show’s organisers are particularly interested in attracting UK companies and are offering free hotel accommodation and transfers.
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s international trade team is also sending a delegation to support local firms.
In addition, some companies in the region could qualify for additional support towards the visit.
Mark Eaton, director of the China Trade Liaison Office based at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said regional automotive businesses should visit the exhibition. “This is truly one of the world’s biggest events in the automotive trade and the number of exhibitors is outstanding,” he said. “Every aspect of the trade is covered – no matter what you are hoping to achieve, this event has it all.
“The organisers also look at what each visitor wants to achieve from the visit. If, for instance, a component manufacturer wants to find a partner in China so it can sell its goods there, meaningful meetings will be set up with a host of relevant companies. However, this event is by no means restricted to manufacturers, the organisers are also keen to attract companies involved in research and development and also support services and aftermarket.
“The organisers expect that at least 15 meetings will be set up, so this really could help regional firms begin international trade or continue to expand their overseas operations.”
Businesses need to register by August 28 to allow organisers time to arrange meetings.