The month of May is
widely celebrated across the United States as “World Trade Month.” Around the
country, state and local governments, non-profit organizations and private
sector entities supported events to help more American companies engage and
succeed in the global marketplace. And the Auto Care Association did its part
by being more active internationally than we’ve ever been. Below are just some
of the highlights of our international activities last month in honor of World
seven-person delegation of officials from the China Automotive Maintenance and
Repair Association (CAMRA) met with professional staff at Auto Care Association
offices. CAMRA represents entities engaged in automotive repair, inspection,
parts distribution and manufacturing. The purpose of the meeting was to share
information about the association’s respective programs and identify areas of
potential mutual cooperation. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss
plans for formation of a Global Auto Care Coalition and a summit to be held in
China later this year, which will be attended by a number of international
aftermarket associations. You can read more about this meeting here.
released the Digital Auto Care Factbook
2015. The latest Factbook
includes global economic and automotive data including vehicle registrations by
country, U.S. trade data for selected motor vehicle products and top ranked
import/export countries and information on the Canadian, Mexican and Chinese
auto care industries. More info on the new Factbook
is available here.
participated in the Trade Winds – the Americas Business Development Conference
and Trade Mission, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The 2014 Trade
Winds program included an Americas-focused business forum consisting of
regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged
consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Senior Officers representing
commercial markets throughout the region. You can read more about the Auto Care
Association’s participation in Trade Winds here.
participated in the fifth annual TAYSAD Aftermarket Conference in Istanbul,
Turkey. TAYSAD is Turkey’s Association of Automotive Parts and Components
Manufacturers. The Auto Care Association gave a presentation on the state of
the U.S. auto care industry and promoted business opportunities with our
members. We also networked with leading regional industry and government officials.
meetings and events staff traveled to Panama to make final arrangements for the
Auto Care Association pavilion at the upcoming Latin
Auto Parts Expo,
July 9-11, in Panama City, Panama. We are thrilled that 40 of our members have
decided to exhibit with us at this first-year show, and are working hard to
make sure it is a success.
staff served as keynote speaker at the Capricorn (Program Group) Convention in
Abu Dhabi attended by more than 400 Australian and New Zealand aftermarket
distributors and repair shop and store owners. The presentation covered our new
rebranding initiative, U.S. industry snapshot, the Right to Repair victory and
MOU and telematics.
Our staff logged a
lot of miles and made a lot of great contacts in May. But our industry is
global 12 months a year, so promoting international trade with our members is a
year-round priority for us. We’re working on providing more foreign market
intelligence and international trade resources. We can’t make the deals for our
members, but we can make the road a little less daunting.
Be sure to check
out the updated international trade resources on our new website. And don’t be
shy about joining the conversation and letting us know your international goals
and challenges and what we can do to help.