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General Assembly 2022: CLEPA consolidates its role as proactive voice representing automotive suppliers

After two years of online meetings, CLEPA held an in-person General Assembly meeting in Brussels, welcoming more than 60 participants, representing 12 national associations and around 45 corporate and associate members.

The meeting was opened by CLEPA President, Thorsten Muschal, who highlighted that “Automotive suppliers have spent the last two years proactively responding to supply chain disruptions and chip shortages caused by the impact of COVID-19. The current inflation period with massively increased costs, especially for energy, transport and materials, is intensifying an already stressed supply chain. However, we are a resilient industry and always find a way to transform and adapt to changing circumstances, but the current pressures we are facing are unprecedented”. He also confirmed the role that CLEPA has, as an authoritative voice, representing the automotive supplier community and providing value for its members.

A good part of the meeting was dedicated to two key topics affecting the sector. The ongoing discussion on climate regulation was at the centre of CLEPA policy work, specifically, the “Fit for 55” package including the legislative proposal for CO2 standards for cars and vans, where CLEPA calls for a mixed technology policy framework that supports innovation and provides flexibility.

Further, the ongoing issues on the supply chain disruptions that are still affecting the sector were highlighted. These challenges require a full commitment to collaboration and a flexible regulatory framework that facilitates investment and supports the ongoing transition.

The General Assembly also confirmed new and re-elected members of the CLEPA Board, and thirteen new members, as listed below.

New corporate members:

ARaymond – Software for automotive fastening systems

Arriver – Software brand, sensor perception and drive policy

BASF – innovative chemical solutions for sustainable mobility

Bosal – Powertrain, Chassis, Energy conversion

Euro Group Laminations – Production and distribution of melded parts and assemblies

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst – Electronic control units, electronic steering locks

Gentex – Vision systems, sensors in-vehicle connectivity products

Lear – Seating and E-Systems

smart eye – Driver monitoring system

Tobii – Eye-tracking, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced signal processing

Vitesco Technologies – Powertrain technologies

New associate members:

OBRIST ​- Automotive powertrain systems, thermal management​

WayRay​ – Application of holography to head-up displays

The meeting was followed by an extensive programme including a cocktail reception, and specific sessions for members on Research & Innovation policy, data spaces and technical regulations.

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