CLEPA holds 7th Aftermarket Conference, “Future Mobility”
- March 10, 2016
Over 250 representatives from the automotive industry and other relevant stakeholders met at the seventh edition of the CLEPA Aftermarket Conference, in Brussels on 9-10 March 2016. The 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,” said Mr Paul Schockmel, CEO of CLEPA, touching on one of the current issues within the Aftermarket. “We are in favour of a level playing field between vehicle manufacturers and the independent stakeholders.”
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”.
The 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 aftermarket is 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.
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 and the CLEPA Aftermarket Conference is the traditional get-together of the Automotive Aftermarket in Brussels, held since 2009.