CLEPA 7th Aftermarket Conference – “Future Mobility”
Brussels, 10 March 2016
On the 9th and 10th of March 2016, more than 250 representatives from the automotive industry and other relevant stakeholders attended the seventh edition of the CLEPA Aftermarket Conference, in Brussels. This event is the annual gathering between the executives and policymakers in this sector.
“The CLEPA Aftermarket defends the freedom of choice for car owners to decide where to get their cars repaired and for fair competition between all stakeholders in the Aftermarket. We are in favour of a level playing field between vehicle manufacturers and the independent stakeholders”, said Mr Paul Schockmel, CLEPA CEO, opening the networking dinner organised the evening before the conference.
Fotis Karamitsos, Deputy Director at European Commission DG MOVE, in his keynote speech presented an overview of the Commission’s regulatory framework for future mobility, highlighting that “it will aim to promote efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly mobility and create the conditions for a competitive industry generating jobs and growth”.
“Future” was this year’s overarching theme, with topics such as “Future Mobility User”, “Technological Drivers of Future Mobility Systems” and “Future Mobility Services”. Attendees were also presented with key industry insights into the “Future Challenges in the Chinese Aftermarket”.
“The Automotive Aftermarket is a crucial area for our members, keeping vehicles on the road under safe, secure and environmental friendly conditions. Generating annual sales of €120 billion and gross margins above 40 %, aftermarket is becoming a significant market for the automotive industry. Meanwhile, the European Car Park, with 265 Million vehicles on the road with an average age of 9 years or more, reflects the size and scope of this sector,” explained Mr Paul Schockmel.
The CLEPA Aftermarket Conference is the traditional get-together of the Automotive Aftermarket in Brussels and been growing in popularity each year since it began in 2009. The 8th CLEPA Aftermarket Conference will take place on 23/24 November 2016.
Note to Editors
CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. 114 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 23 National trade associations and European sector associations are members of CLEPA, representing more than 3 thousand companies, employing more than 5 million people and covering all products and services within the automotive supply chain. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognised as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc.).
Facts about the European automotive industry
- Some 12 million people are employed in the European automotive industry
- European automotive suppliers directly employ 5 million people
- European automotive suppliers invest €18bn in RDI per year. They are one of the biggest private investors into research and innovation
- Per year, 16 million vehicles are manufactured in Europe, contributing to the stability and growth of the European economy
For more information, please contact:
Mrs Amalia Di Stefano, CLEPA Deputy CEO, Tel.: +32 2 743 91 35 www.clepa.eu
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