Annual Report of Activities 2021-2022

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Thorsten Muschal CLEPA President


We are a resilient industry and always find a way to transform and adapt to changing circumstances. Thorsten Muschal


The CLEPA secretariat consolidated its role as the proactive voice of the automotive supply industry. Sigrid de Vries
Sigrid de Vries CLEPA Secretary General
Green Deal & Sustainability
Working together towards a climate-neutral economy
Automotive suppliers fully support the Paris Agreement and the even more challenging objective of climate neutrality in 2050. The industry is delivering technology that contributes to the protection of the environment along the whole value chain.



  • CO2 emission standards for cars and vans
  • CO2 regulations for heavy-duty vehicles
  • Euro 6/VI & Euro 7/VII
  • Sustainability policies
  • Circular economy
  • Materials regulations


  • Access to in-vehicle data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automated vehicles
  • ADAS
  • ITS
  • Chips
  • Liability rules
  • Cybersecurity
Smart & New Mobility
Reshaping mobility
Today’s automotive industry is defined by digital technologies that make vehicles smarter, roads safer and the transportation infrastructure more efficient. The European Commission has made a range of proposals that are crucial to laying the groundwork for future market trends and paving the way for new services in the automotive technology industry. These proposals are part of the Commission’s Digital Strategy for Europe.


Growth & Competitiveness
Striving for technology leadership
Global vehicle production in 2022 will, for the third consecutive year, stay below pre-pandemic levels but the automotive sector is investing strongly in R&D.



  • Skills
  • Industry transformation
  • European supplier sector’s resilience
  • Market access
  • Research & Innovation
  • European Projects


  • Vision Zero
  • Global action for road safety
  • EuroNCAP
Road Safety
Technology as key enabler for road safety
Safety is a top priority for automotive suppliers and the sector has been a leading contributor of safety technology to the auto industry for decades. The road to zero accidents is a shared societal challenge and technology is playing a major role in delivering solutions that help mitigate human as well as environmental hazards.



A main part of CLEPA’s mission is raising awareness about the importance of the European automotive supplier industry for the wellbeing of society. Supplier companies are instrumental in keeping EU economies running and delivering the technologies that will make the future of mobility smarter, safer and more sustainable.
More than


Organisations have joined CLEPA since June 2021
Several new

Task Forces

Have been launched in the last months, offering members the expertise needed in several areas.


With over 7,580 impressions, our top tweet linked to the Financial Times’ exclusive article on the results of the EV Employment Impact Study in December 2021
CLEPA’s “thank you” note to participants and those who supported the organisation of the CLEPA Policy Event in January 2022 ranks as our top post on LinkedIn, with over 4,720 impressions.

20+ Press releases often picked up by outlets such as the Financial Times, POLITICO or Euractiv, and many other national publications.

Member Services

CLEPA has been increasing its efforts to provide flexible and targeted services to its members, reflecting on the current changing environment. As part of its efforts, the association has been addressing the different needs from its membership by adapting its portfolio of activities, while strengthening the relationship with dedicated efforts for membership engagement, retention and uptake.
The Plaza sessions are a consolidated forum to learn and exchange on relevant information for automotive suppliers. The sessions covered both policy and market-related topics, including information on legislation around the green and digital priorities, market intelligence on supply chain management, production forecast and technology and energy trends, among many others.
Pulse Check survey: Consolidated industry outlook indicator This bi-yearly exercise provides a deep insight into the changes and challenges affecting the automotive supply industry. The latest edition included dedicated questions on supply chain resilience, ongoing supply chain disruptions, semiconductor shortages and preparedness on major trends such as electrification and digitalisation.
CLEPA has been increasing its efforts to provide flexible and targeted services to its members, reflecting on the current changing environment. As part of its efforts, the association has been addressing the different needs from its membership by adapting its portfolio of activities, while strengthening the relationship with dedicated efforts for membership engagement, retention and uptake.


CLEPA actively engages with decision-makers and stakeholders by participating actively in key policy and media events. The association also creates opportunities with dedicated events for industry and related stakeholders.
In the last 12 months, CLEPA has been participating in more than
policy-focused events

media-led conferences

industry and trade events

Innovation Awards: Prime competition in the automotive supply industry

With the aim to support and recognise the outstanding achievements from automotive suppliers, every year, the CLEPA Innovation Awards invite organisations from across the mobility ecosystem to share their latest and greatest efforts in innovation excellence.

With a revamped concept launched in 2022, the CLEPA Innovation Awards acknowledge great achievements in the European automotive supply industry in two mobility domains: Smart & Safe, and Clean & Sustainable. With more than 90 applications received during the 2022 call for proposals, the winners will be announced during the gala planned for the 13 October 2022 in Brussels.


Aftermarket Conference: Europe’s leading aftermarket event

After two successful virtual editions, Europe’s leading automotive Aftermarket Conference was again celebrated in person in June 2022. With more than 200 participants, the event focused on connectivity, data places and mobility use cases, showcasing how different market players have already started creating the ecosystem for the utilisation of in-vehicle data. This will be regulated with the Data Act proposed by the EU Commission, that has provided further guidance on a potential regulatory framework for a data economy in Europe.


Materials Regulations Event: Prioritising sustainability across the value chain

The CLEPA Materials Regulations Event 2022—the leading EU conference in the field—brought to light how the topic of sustainability is currently shaping the automotive supply chain. Adapting to this dynamic space, the event included a ‘Sustainability Day’, dedicated to the latest policy priorities in terms of sustainable financing, investment and reporting. The 14th edition of this annual conference, held in May 2022, counted more than 250 virtual participants and focused on key legislation End of Life-Vehicles (ELV) and the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, as well as cooperation among stakeholders that work to facilitate the global adoption of initiatives and tools related with sustainability, as well as on materials & substances policies.


Policy Event: ‘The Sustainable Mobility Transformation - Green AND Just?’ highlighting the social risk of technology bans

On January 2022, CLEPA organised a policy event to discuss the social dimension of a technology transformation that relies only on a full electrification approach. With more than 300 participants, the event provided a platform for a compelling exchange of views by key stakeholders, bringing together a high-level panel, with representatives from across the mobility ecosystem, to delve into the challenges and opportunities stemming from the mobility transition for European regions, businesses and citizens alike.

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