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Explore Opportunities and Challenges in Today’s Worldwide Aftermarket at the 2019 AASA Global Summit

Date: November 29, 2018

The only international conference focused on the aftermarket is set for Feb. 7-8 in Coral Gables, Fla.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Global Summit, presented by the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), will provide aftermarket suppliers and channel partners a unique forum to explore opportunities and challenges in today’s global marketplace. The event, set for Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Coral Gables, Fla., is the only international conference focused on the aftermarket.

“The inaugural Global Summit in January of this year attracted a capacity crowd of suppliers and channel partners for a deep dive into global marketplaces,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “The 2019 AASA Global Summit presented by the OAC is a must-attend event for those seeking deeper clarity of opportunities and headwinds in international markets. The Summit will offer suppliers and channel partners a platform for networking and collaboration to advance the international aftermarket industry.”

Participants in the 2019 AASA Global Summit will include top executives and leaders from supplier companies and aftermarket channel partners with responsibilities for their company’s international operations as well as aftermarket executives interested in exploring global exporting opportunities.

The event will open with an international networking reception on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Coral Gables, Fla. venue. The conference program will commence on Feb. 8 with these discussions and presenters:

  • “2019 Aftermarket Outlook’ – Paul McCarthy, executive vice president, AASA and senior vice president, strategy, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
  • “Trade & Regulatory Environment Overview: Exploring Duty Drawbacks and In-Bond Warehousing” -- Ann Wilson, senior vice president, government affairs, MEMA
  • “Currency Risks & Political/Economical state of Latin America” -- John Price, managing director, Americas Market Intelligence
  • “Growth Strategies in Latin America - Challenges & Opportunities for Aftermarket Suppliers” – panel discussion moderated Miguel Garcia, general manager Latin America, Federal-Mogul Motorparts
  • “Challenges and Opportunities for the Independent Aftermarket in the Middle East” – panel discussion moderated by Gazi Bilikozen, show director, Messe Frankfurt

Presentations also are planned on the challenges and opportunities in APAC countries and the growth and development in the independent aftermarket in the Middle East.

More information about the 2019 AASA Global Summit presented by the OAC, including registration and hotel accommodations, is available here.

Confirmed sponsors for the AASA Global Summit are Aftermarket International and Anji Logistics. Promotional opportunities are still available; contact Ben Brucato, AASA senior director membership – sponsorship programs and member services, at bbrucato@aasa.mema.org.

About OAC

The Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) is the international aftermarket council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), which is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. The Council promotes the sale in foreign markets of automotive and heavy duty products manufactured in North America. Those products include components, accessories, chemicals, hand and power tools, service maintenance and repair equipment, and paint and body supplies for both cars and trucks. OAC has more than 350 members in more than 40 countries. More information is available through its Web site, www.oac-intl.org.

About AASA

AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

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