GAF2016 is hosted by
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee
Organizing Committee of China Chongqing International Auto Industry Fair
In Association With
China Central Television（CCTV)
Chongqing Municipal People's Government
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
China Machinery Industry Federation
JFP Holdings, Ltd.
China’s accession to the status of number one automotive market in the world is one of the most striking illustrations of the structural changes happening in the automotive sector at the global level. Over-capacity in many parts of the world, major modifications in consumers’ expectations and behavior, energy and climate change pressures, the accelerating pace of urbanization throughout the world are among the many challenges that the industry is confronting. These are enduring challenges that will take years and even decades to address but which are accentuated by the impact of the global economic crisis acting as a game changer and a change accelerator.
There exist today quite a number of gatherings for automotive executives at the regional level. However, there is no platform bringing together all the key players from the industry at the global level, along with policy-makers, regulators, representatives of key sectors relevant for the future of the industry, and leading technologists and experts.
Given the game-changer nature of the emergence of China’s automotive industry for the whole sector it is quite fitting that such a global platform be created in China, filling a vacuum and a growing need.
The Global Automotive Forum is the landmark annual platform
- To discuss the structural changes and the challenges facing the automotive sector worldwide.
- To provide participants with an update on relevant technological, economic, societal and trade developments impacting on the industry.
- To generate a productive and outcome-oriented exchange of views among manufacturers, policy -makers, regulators, experts and media leaders on a global basis.
- To assess the evolution of markets for the automotive sector in the different regions of the world.
- To update participants on new insights on issues impacting the industry and on technological developments relevant to the future of the industry.
- To discuss policy developments having an impact on the automotive sector, especially with respect to climate change and international or bilateral trade issues.
- To encourage focused, project-related networking among key players from the industry.
- Each year, the Global Automotive Forum brings together around 600 participants:
- Top executives from key automotive manufacturers (OEMs) from China and around the world.
- Government officials and regulators from the People’s Republic of China government as well as from foreign governments.
- Top executives from Chinese and foreign auto parts and operating systems manufacturers.
- Senior executives from financial institutions.
- Leading experts on the automotive sector and on issues related to the automotive sector.
- Media leaders from the specialized media and from the general media from China and abroad.
The Format and Features
The Global Automotive Forum is conceived as a genuine platform for discussion and experience-sharing in an outcome-oriented dialogue both among the key industry players and with relevant interlocutors from government, media, academia and other business sectors critical for the industry.
The formats of the different sessions are developed to ensure that discussions are well focused, related to specific issues and projects and oriented towards specific outcomes.
An Executive Summary will provide participants with the highlights and the key outcomes of the discussions at the Global Automotive Forum.
Keynote speeches for policy formulation and discussion:
- Brainstormings on some prospective issues for the industry, well prepared and moderated to engage speakers and participants in a process leading to genuine take-home value.
- Update/briefings on business, societal, technology and geopolitical developments with an impact on the industry, with a special attention to the “so what?”- the implications for business.
- Debates confronting analyses and perceptions on some developments impacting on the industry and what they bode for the future.
- Panel discussions bringing together different approaches and perspectives on specific issues to provide participants an integrated perspective on the topic.
- Workshops to discuss specific projects.
The Global Automotive Forum is initiated by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee, which is also responsible for organizing many of the major auto industry events. The committee enjoys close ties to all major domestic vehicle manufacturers and their counterparts operating in China.
Chongqing is the only municipality directly under the Central Government in Western China. As an important central city of China, Chongqing is the economic center at the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, an important modern manufacturing base of China, comprehensive transport hub in the southwest China and a pilot reform city targeting coordinated rural and urban development through reforms in all sectors.
In June 2007, approved by the State Council, the National Development and Reform Commission formally approved Chongqing as a pilot reform city targeting coordinated rural and urban development through reforms in all sectors.
In December 2008, the first inland bonded port zone of China was set up in Chongqing.
In February 2009, Chongqing was listed in the 5 central cities of China; Chongqing is the only one in mid-western China.
In February 2010, China's biggest comprehensive bonded zone was established in Xiyong Park, Chongqing.
In June 2010, the “3rd New Area” of China-- Chongqing Liangjiang New Area was established.
In July 2014, approved by the State Council, Chongqing established the Complete Vehicle Import Port, the first one in China's western inland area.
■ Famous auto city in China
There are 32 automotive manufacturers in Chongqing with an annual production capacity of 4 million units, including 14 automobile manufacturers and 18 specialty vehicle manufacturers. Chongqing has created the automotive industrial cluster with “1+10+1000”, which means 1 leading group “Changan Group (Changan, Changan Ford and Changan Suzuki)”, 10 whole vehicle companies including Qingling Motors, SAIC-IVECO Hongyan, DFSK, Lifan Motors, Brilliance Shineray, SAIC-GM-Wuling, BAIC Yinxiang, and 1000 OEM parts manufacturers.
In 2014, the gross output of Chongqing automotive industry reached 2.63 million units with a year on year growth of 22.3%, which was 15 percentage points higher than national average. The output accounted for more than 11% in China’s total production and ranked no. 1 nationwide. The GDP of industrial enterprises above designated size in Chongqing reached RMB 384.7 billion, with a year on year growth of 20%.
■ Broad market
The administrative area of Chongqing is 82,400 km2 and the population is 33 million. It has a vast local market and powerful radiation ability on the neighboring provinces and cities, covering a peripheral market with a population of over 300 million.
■ Rapidly growing economy
Since Chongqing became a municipality, the annual average growth rate of GDP and investment in fixed assets has always remained above 10% and around 20% respectively, keeping the economic growth over a relatively long period. The total GDP in Chongqing in 2014 reached RMB 1426.54 billion, increased by 10.9%; Investment in fixed assets reached RMB 1322.38 billion, increased by 18.0%; the actual utilization of foreign capital has exceeded USD 10 billion for 4 consecutive years.
■ Foreign capital: coming in a continuous stream
Chongqing has established economic and trade relations with over 180 countries and regions. Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Denmark, Hungary, Philippine, Ethiopia, Holland and Cambodia have established consulates in Chongqing; Austria, Belgium and Germany have established agencies of chambers of commerce here. About 200 Fortune 500 enterprises, including Ford, HP, BP, Ericsson, ABB, Lafarge, Carrefour, Metro, Isuzu Motors and Suzuki Motor, have established their presence in Chongqing.
■ Sound industrial base
Chongqing is one of the six old industrial bases in China, with a complete range of industries and strong supporting capacity. Industry is the dominant force in the economy of Chongqing: in 2014, there were nearly 1,000 new industrial enterprises above designated size, and the total added value of industrial enterprises above designated size increased by 12.6%, 4.3 percentage points higher than national average.
The “6+1” pillar industries, i.e. automobiles, electronic information, equipment manufacturing, natural gas chemistry, materials and energy, textile and labor-intensive industries, have been developed in Chongqing.