MEMA President Bill Long Discusses Motor Vehicle Trade Challenges, AASA Focuses on Technology at INA PAACE Automechanika

Date: July 11, 2019
MEMA President and CEO Bill Long addressed the annual meeting held by Industria Nacional de Autopartes, A.C., an automotive and auto part manufacturer advocacy group in Mexico, part of the activities scheduled during INA PAACE Automechanika in Mexico City this week. AASA discussed the use of technology to advance the Latin American automotive aftermarket at its Mexico Technology Summit on July 11 at the event, which co-owned by MEMA, AASA’s parent association, and is expected to attract more than 500 exhibiting companies and 20,000 attendees from 33 countries.
 
Long was a guest speaker at the 17th Annual International Automotive Congress (CIIAM), focused on the relationship between Mexico’s government and the nation’s industries and the details within the proposed new north American trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
 
In his comments, Long highlighted the current risks and opportunities of a new trade environment for the parts supplier industry, which in addition to the USMCA includes Section 301 tariffs on China, the threat of Section 232 tariffs on automobiles and motor vehicle parts and other new and emerging trade actions. MEMA has argued for the passage of the USMCA as well as the elimination of trade barriers between Mexico and the U.S. USMCA has been ratified by Mexico but still awaits votes in the United States and Canada.
 
The AASA Mexico Technology Summit on July 11 was focused on advancing the use of technology to grow Latin America’s aftermarket business. Attendees included suppliers, technology providers, warehouse distributors, retailers and repair shops in Mexico and Latin America.
 
AASA Senior Vice President Chris Gardner opened the event and highlighted its key topics. Presentations and speakers included:
 
  • “Data Standardization and E-commerce in Mexico, U.S. and Europe” -- Fernando Murguia Izaguirre, managing director, TecAlliance de México
  • “Product and Application Data for the Mexican Aftermarket” -- Scott Tompkins, senior product manager, Epicor Software
  • “Data Analytics: Fastest Way to Fast Growth” -- Gerardo San Román, head of Latin America, JATO
 
TecAlliance was the premier sponsor of the AASA Mexico Technology Summit and Epicor was the event’s elite sponsor.
 
Photo: Shown with MEMA President and CEO Bill Long at INA PAACE are Eric Steinbecher, president, Automotive Aftermarket Americas, Schaeffler Group USA Inc. and AASA Board of Governors member, and Anna Heinedirk, head of strategy, Schaeffler Group USA Inc.
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