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MEMA Brings Automotive Supplier Concerns to the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, And Ports

Date: April 27, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) testified today before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports chaired by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI).  During the hearing titled, “driving innovation: the future of automotive mobility, safety, and technology,” MEMA presented the case on how a vibrant automotive industry can provide the U.S. greater opportunities to be a global leader in vehicle safety, mobility, and technology.

Representing MEMA and the voice of more than 1000 automotive supplier organizations, Ann Wilson, senior vice president, government affairs, MEMA, was one of only four witnesses invited to testify to discuss the state of automotive innovation and its current challenges and opportunities. “The U.S. is in danger of losing our competitive edge due to a lack of clear national policies,” said Wilson.  “For the U.S to be a leader in automotive innovation and transportation, we must work collaboratively to develop a comprehensive national vision and strategy.” 

She focused on four areas of opportunity for the industry:
  • Technology Readiness

  • Vehicle Safety

  • Fuel Economy and Vehicle Emissions

  • Workforce

Regarding workforce, Wilson said, “workforce development is one of the most significant challenges facing the industry. Our industry’s workforce needs are evolving with the push to vehicle electrification and automation. In response to these changing needs, worker development and upskilling programs must advance to continue providing U.S. workers with the necessary skills to manufacture and service new technologies.” 

Read MEMA’s full testimony HERE.

Additional hearing witnesses included:
  • John Bozzella, President & CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation

  • Rana Abbas Gaylor, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

  • Reuben Sarkar, President & CEO, American Center for Mobility

The hearing took place in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. 

About MEMA
Since 1904, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has been the voice of the automotive and commercial vehicle supplier industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the United States. Across the entire range of new vehicle innovation—from autonomous to zero-emissions technologies—vehicle suppliers are leading the way. Our member companies conceive, design and manufacture the original equipment systems and technologies that make up two-thirds of the value in every vehicle. Member companies also supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and society’s need for transportation. And all of our members’ work is done with a focus on public safety and the environment.

We live in a fast-paced industry and world, and MEMA is committed to making both a better place to work and live. We foster a respectful, diverse and collaborative community. We are stronger together because we promote inclusion in all aspects of the vehicle supplier industry.

MEMA is the parent organization of four affiliate associations: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing, and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). MEMA has offices in Southfield, Mich., Research Triangle Park, N.C. and Washington, D.C. Learn more about our organization, our members and the great vehicle supplier community at MEMA.org.

 
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