The U.S. and China concluded another round of trade negotiations this week, a clear indication that trade and tariff policies will continue to impact aftermarket suppliers’ global strategies in 2019.
Ann Wilson, MEMA senior vice president of government affairs, will explore the current trade and regulatory environment and the impacts to automotive aftermarket suppliers operating in today’s global marketplace at the 2019 AASA Global Summit, presented by the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Coral Gables, Fla. Her presentation will focus on changes in U.S. trade agreements as well as current and proposed tariffs impacting import fees and how products are processed at U.S. ports.
The 2019 AASA Global Summit is the only international conference focused on the aftermarket. Participants 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. The conference program will commence on Feb. 8 with panel discussions and presentations. In addition to Wilson’s trade policy discussion, other speakers and topics will include:
- “2019 Aftermarket Outlook” – Paul McCarthy, executive vice president, AASA and senior vice president, strategy, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
- “Challenges and Opportunities for the Independent Aftermarket in the Middle East” – Gazi Bilikozen, show director, Messe Frankfurt
- “Exploring Different Strategies for Aftermarket Suppliers in The Middle East” – Norm Young, operating principle, Industrial Opportunity Partners moderator; panelists Gazi Bilikozen and J. John Antakli, president and CEO, Intraco
- “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” – Miguel Garcia, general manager Latin America, Federal Mogul Motorparts
- “Opposing Views on Latin American Growth Strategies” – Moderator: Jose R. Sera, vice president sales – LATAM, Gates Corp.; panelists: Miguel Garcia, Jack Garcia, director, J.M. Garcia, and John Price
- “Challenges and Opportunities in APAC Countries – Voice of the Customer”
More information about the 2019 AASA Global Summit presented by the OAC, including registration and hotel accommodations, is available here.
AASA Global Summit sponsors to date include Aftermarket International and Automechanika. Promotional opportunities are still available; contact Ben Brucato, AASA senior director of membership – sponsorship programs and member services, for more details.