China motorcycle parts expo doesn’t fail to impress
Last April the China Motorcycle and Parts fair (CMPF) came to Chongqing’s International Exhibition Centre in Nanping.
This spring’s CMPF had an exhibition area of about 40,000 square meters, over 1700 booths, and hosted nearly 1000 exhibitors. This CMPF created a new record for Chongqing’s motorcycle parts exhibitions both in regards to its scale, products quality and amount of different brands. Furthermore, according to statistics provided by the organisers of the expo, the show attracted over 52,000 professional visitors and international purchasers from China and also European Union, Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico, Russia, and North America.
Prior to the CMPF expo I was a bit anxious. I had been building the reputation of the show up so much that many of my importer friends and contacts from around the world had showed up to see what the fuss was all about. Would the expo live up to their expectations? It surpassed them.
The CMPF occurs twice a year in different cities around China and despite being called the ‘motorcycle’ and parts expo displays absolutely zero motorcycles (the exception being some electric bicycles and 3 wheelers displayed roughly in the car park). This is not a problem as CMPF opens around the same time as Canton fair and CIMAmotor, anyone wishing to peruse some new models can do so before embarking on a short (and cheap) trip across China to take in the parts expo.
on a short (and cheap) trip across China to take in the parts expo.
This spring’s expo featured around 1000 exhibition stands; some nicely and professionally decorated with scantily clad models showing you the wares, others just a table piled high with sprockets and other metallic goodies. The outside of the expo is the only place you will see anything resembling a motorcycle as some electric bikes and traditionally powered industrial and agricultural vehicles stand on display for the domestic buyers to inspect, but this is not the only thing you can see al fresco. For parts suppliers too late to book a stand in the main exhibition centre (or too mean or small to spend the money) a towel on the pavement will have to do. Under the watchful (but seemingly unconcerned) eyes of the centre security anyone with a set of cables can sit and display their motorcycle parts to the exhibition visitors before they visit the actual show (or when they are on their way out) in a scene much like a bazaar.
I’m never really sure how to broach the subject of Chinese motorcycle parts OEMs. I once read an article that asked the question “do BMW 650cc riders know that the engine they are sitting on is made in China?” This sarcastic comment is typical of the reputation (maybe partly deserved) that Chinese motorcycle part manufacturing has acquired. A visit to the CMPF will reveal that several Chinese OEMs are making parts for the most popular and high end brands from Europe. The truth of the matter is that although Chinese motorcycle manufacturers do not yet utilise the very best quality parts products, it’s because it is their choice not to. China has specialised in affordable commuters that have no reason to contain state of the art, high end pieces. At the CMPF it becomes obvious that this does not mean that the Chinese cannot produce such parts, they just do it for companies from other countries including UK, America, Germany, Italy, France, South Korea, Taiwan and India.
Mr. Deng of DNA Motorparts reports “the myth that the Chinese only make lower quality products is indeed a fallacy. Chinese motorcycle parts come in 4 different grades; the highest grade parts are made for top end European and Japanese models and you’d be surprised how many of the European motorcycle companies have a decent percentage of their bikes made in China. The second grade is for motorcycle manufacturers in Taiwan, India and South Korea. In some cases the whole motorcycle is made in China but that’s never mentioned when it’s for sale. The 3rd class is mainly used in Latin America, other Asian countries and North Africa. The lower quality parts are mainly shipped to Sub-Saharan Africa for the cheaper units. Our company provides the right products for the right customers and our customers include some of the most well-known motorcycle brands in the world as well as providing a service for the smaller customers and also customers in developing countries. ”
“This expo really is all I need to visit in the year. It has such a range of parts and accessories that I no longer bother going to Canton fair. I think the main difference between Canton fair and CMPF is that most of the parts exhibitors at Canton fair are traders whereas here at the CMPF you find the actual manufacturers, the OEMs. There are problems with this expo though. It doesn’t seem that the website (in English at least) has been updated since 2011, it’s really difficult to find out the details of venue and time. Also booking tickets online is almost an impossibility we had to contact David McMullan to help us out. Also, it is essential to take a translator to the show as many people on the stands do not speak English. Basically, this expo is not geared towards foreign visits but if you can overcome the problems I have mentioned it’s a great expo for any parts importer.