FISITA and CLEPA join up as Strategic Partners


FISITA, the international membership organisation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession, and CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers have entered into a new Strategic Partnership, in a further move to stress the importance of research and innovation in the automotive industry.


CLEPA represents over 3,000 European automotive suppliers, who:

  • Employ 5 million employees
  • Invest over €20 billion a year in R&I
  • Provide solutions for safe, smart and sustainable mobility


Roberto Vavassori, CLEPA President, said: “The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the safest, smartest and most sustainable vehicles globally and providing high-skilled jobs to millions. Our partnership with FISITA underlines our shared passion for future mobility solutions and enables us to connect, network, share technological advancements and collaborate in a pre-competitive environment.”


Kelly Williams, Director of Member Services at FISITA, said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with CLEPA. Supporting research, innovation and development in the automotive and mobility sector is central to the FISITA mission statement: ‘promoting excellence in mobility engineering’.  We anticipate that this partnership between FISITA and CLEPA will prove to be an invaluable resource as we continue to develop initiatives such as the FISITA Roadmap to 2020, Engineer 2030 and the FISITA Eco-System mapping project.”


Bringing together over 120 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and more than 20 national trade associations and European sector associations, CLEPA is the leading organisation representing the automotive supply industry in Europe.


FISITA offers exclusive membership to global engineering societies and corporate organisations active within the mobility systems engineering industry. They can access a range of international technical events, knowledge sharing, committee activities and technical networking opportunities.


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FISITA is the international membership organisation that supports the automotive and mobility systems sector in its quest to advance technological development. Having delivered against this mission for every generation of engineers since 1948, we are uniquely placed to promote excellence in mobility engineering and the development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility solutions.


Since creation, FISITA has seen significant growth in influence and relevance. Today our network of Member Societies and Corporate Members extend a reach to over 210,000 engineers in 37 countries, placing us at the heart of the industry and enabling members to connect with each other, network, share technological advancements and collaborate in a pre-competitive environment.


FISITA facilitates dialogue between engineers and industry, governments, academia, and environmental and standards organisations, across all areas of automotive and mobility systems technology. Achieved through organising and delivering internationally-acclaimed technical events, including the World Automotive Congress, the World Automotive Summit, the newly-created FISITA PLUS conference and EuroBrake, the world’s largest braking technology conference; as well as endorsing the significant events run by our Member Societies.


The FISITA Roadmap to 2020 strategic engagement plans see our organisation’s continued investment in the next generation of engineers through the ‘Your Future in Automotive’ initiative, the long-term ‘Engineer 2030’ project and ‘International Work Experience Programme’, while our recently formed Industry Committee is pioneering our strategic tracking of the evolving mobility sector through the FISITA Eco-System mapping project – ensuring that our organisation continues to deliver leadership and a relevant community to this and future generations of engineers.


Engineers create solutions, FISITA continues to support them to do so.



CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, represents over 3.000 companies supplying state-of-the-art components and innovative technology for safe, smart and sustainable mobility, investing over 20 billion euros yearly in research and development. Automotive suppliers in Europe employ overall nearly five million people across the continent.


European automotive suppliers are solution providers, bringing to the market an increasing diversity of products with ever shorter development and production cycles. Automotive suppliers play a key role in innovating and adapting the automotive industry to meet new global societal challenges and regulatory requirements. Automotive suppliers deliver solutions today for the challenges of tomorrow’s safe, smart and sustainable mobility.


Automotive suppliers annually register over 3000 patents, and are the largest private investors in R&D n Europe. The intense focus on R&I is signified within CLEPA through the dedicated R&I member community, delivering input to the international and European R&D roadmap development as well as enabling access to pre-competitive EU-funded research projects.


The ability for industry and their associated service companies manufacture and operate competitively in Europe and the world forms the necessary basis for further investment, innovation, wealth creation and employment in Europe. The European Commission’s targets to increase overall industry’s share of GDP to 20% by 2020, to reduce consumption of primary energy by 20% by 2020 and to cut emissions up to 40% by 2030, can only be achieved with the strong contribution of the automotive industry and its expertise in technologies.



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