MEMA Announces New Structure
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North American trade association MEMA, which represents motor vehicle component manufacturers, announced a new consolidated business structure intended to better position the organization and the vehicle supplier community for the future.
The 118-year-old organization will now operate under one umbrella — MEMA — and represent automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers with two groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Group and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers Group. Over recent decades, MEMA had expanded as the industry evolved into four related associations: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Associations (AASA), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), MERA — The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), the Research Triangle Park, N.C., organization noted.
“Today, rapid changes are impacting our industry and we must be more adaptive and agile to respond,” MEMA CEO Bill Long said in a release. “These industry challenges are not unique to one market segment but affect the entire membership. We must position MEMA for the future in a way that supports our vision of a growing, profitable and influential supplier community.”
According to Long, MEMA remains focused on advancing the business interests of vehicle suppliers and working to successfully navigate the future of transportation and sustainability. “With these changes,” Long said, “we leverage one MEMA, providing more services to all members in each respective market segment, greater platforms for industry dialogue, and one collective voice on behalf of our members.” Representatives from every MEMA member organization have been invited to attend a members-only MEMA Town Hall on Dec. 8. The association will formally kick off the new brand and organizational structure in January 2023. — Transport Topics
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