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Auto Care Association Applauds the Passage of USMCA

Posted by Auto Care News on January 29, 2020

BETHESDA, Md.  – January 29, 2020 - Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today released the following statement in response to President Trump signing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law: 

“We applaud the Trump administration and Congress for working together to pass this critical trade agreement. It is noteworthy that the President will be visiting an auto part manufacturer, Dana Inc., as his first stop to celebrate the passage of USMCA. Our domestic auto care industry, which includes auto part manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and independent repair shops, greatly benefits from a strong trade relationship with Mexico and Canada. Mexico and Canada are important trading partners both as sources of imports and destination for exports in this regional trade pact. Together, they represent 71% of all auto part exports and 48% of all auto part imports, with $63B in exports and $76B in imports from Mexico and Canada combinedHaving USMCA in place will allow our members to continue to provide vehicle owners with high quality and affordable repair and maintenance.”  

Data Standards for Heavy Duty Using PIES Now Available

Posted by Auto Care News on January 27, 2020

BETHESDA, Md. – January 27, 2020 – HDDA: Heavy Duty rolled out its long-anticipated data standards solution for the heavy duty aftermarket today at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) taking place in Grapevine, Texas Jan. 27-30. The data standard for heavy duty is offered as a new expansion of the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) and provides nearly two dozen product categories in Heavy Duty data through the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (Auto Care VIP).

Shehryar Fatmi Joins Auto Care Association as New Director of Technology

Posted by Auto Care News on January 24, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 24, 2020 – The Auto Care Association today announced the addition of Shehryar Fatmi as director, technology, under its technology and standards department. Fatmi brings nearly two decades of experience in IT operations, project management, IT enterprise management and strategic planning. As Director of Technology, Fatmi will be responsible for the oversight and growth of all aspects of the Auto Care Association’s technology systems, tools, resources and data, including external-facing platforms and content.

Registration Open for Auto Care Association Webinar Exploring Business Opportunities in Peru

Posted by Auto Care News on January 21, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 21, 2020 – The Auto Care Association and the U.S. Commercial Service in Peru will be hosting a free webinar on business opportunities in the automotive industry in Peru. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. EST and will provide participants with an overview of the country, the existing business climate and details on the association’s upcoming trade mission to Peru on March 16-17, 2020.
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Registration Open for 47th Annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference

Posted by Auto Care News on January 21, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 21, 2019 – The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, is now accepting registrations for its 47th annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference. The event is the only conference devoted to the automotive content industry and will take place May 3-6 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, Wash.
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Auto Care Association Files Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Case on Software Copyright

Posted by Auto Care News on January 16, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 16, 2020 – The Auto Care Association, along with Static Control, filed an amicus brief on Jan. 13 regarding a case currently before the United States Supreme Court that has the potential to severely limit the ability of companies to produce compatible replacement parts for software driven vehicles. The case, Google v. Oracle, as decided by a Federal Circuit Court, upheld a charge by Oracle that Google had violated a software copyright when it copied a small part of the application program interfaces (API) code necessary to enable interoperability with programs for Google’s Android platform. If permitted to stand, companies could copyright their APIs such that it would severely hamper companies attempting to ensure compatibility of replacement parts with vehicle software.
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Auto Care Association CEO Releases Statement on Signing of Phase One Trade Agreement Between United States, China

Posted by Auto Care News on January 15, 2020

BETHESDA, Md. – January 15, 2020 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today released the following statement in response to the recently signed Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China:

“We applaud the Trump administration for successfully signing Phase One to restore and strengthen the U.S.-China trading relationship. This is a positive first step in establishing certainty for U.S. businesses and our industry’s supply chains. However, most tariffs remain in place, causing severe financial strain on U.S. businesses’ bottom lines and the consumer’s ability to access cost-effective options...

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