MEMA Reorganization Aims to Strengthen Aftermarket Future

Nov. 22, 2022

New MEMA structure will strengthen the voice and influence of vehicle suppliers and align MEMA with the industry’s transformation. 

Nov. 22, 2022— MEMA, North America’s leading trade association for representing motor vehicle component manufacturers, announced it will reorganize its four divisions Aftermarket Suppliers Associations (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), MERA - The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing, and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) under its primary umbrella. 

‘We are taking steps to position for the future, and more importantly, we're taking steps to better help our members be prepared for a changing future so we can serve them to help our members be successful, and to be an association that helps our members be ahead of the curve,” said Paul McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). 

The organization will now represent these four divisions in two groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Group and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers Group. 

“We will integrate our three aftermarket groups into one aftermarket supplier group, and we will be stronger by association,” he said. 

In a press release distributed by AASA, Bill Long, president and CEO, MEMA. reinforced that the quality of the organization's education and its commitment to serving its members would remain strong. 

“No other organization can compare with MEMA’s longevity, respect, depth of knowledge, and commitment to the supplier industry,” says Long. “With these changes, we leverage one MEMA, providing more services to all members in each respective market segment, greater platforms for industry dialogue, and one collective voice on behalf of our members.” 

McCarthy also indicated that aligning the groups would present a stronger more united front in Right to Repair, stating that coming together “allows us to speak up and fight for the interests of the aftermarket and of aftermarket suppliers.” 

According to Long, MEMA’s mission, vision, and dedication to its members and the automotive, commercial vehicle, and remanufacturing industries have not changed. It remains focused on advancing the business interests of vehicle suppliers and working to successfully navigate the future of transportation and sustainability.  

The association will launch its new brand and organizational structure in January 2023. 

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