BETHESDA, Md. – May 27,
2020 – The Import Vehicle Community, a segment community of the Auto Care Association,
last week launched Coffee and Conversation, a new educational audio series available
on the Auto Care Digital Hub. Coffee and Conversation addresses the issues
and challenges facing not only the association’s members, but the auto care
industry as a whole.
The Coffee and Conversation
series will feature panelists who provide their unique perspectives on the
challenges and opportunities facing our industry and subject matter experts to
give an update on broader industry issues such as right to repair and brand
protection against counterfeits.
The inaugural episode of Coffee
and Conversation is available
now and focuses on the topic of current manufacturing shutdowns in Mexico,
including the impacts they are having on the supply chain to automotive OE
parts, vehicle production and the automotive parts aftermarket.
The episode is moderated by John
Treece, chairman, Import Vehicle Community, and features panelists Fred Snow,
president, Hella, Inc. and Stephen Bearden, president, H.B. International Marketing
Services. In this episode, the two industry leaders discuss:
- Current situation in Mexico related to
- What to expect following the Mexican
government's announcement to reopen auto parts manufacturing; and
- Longer-term impacts and lessons learned.
The next episode of Coffee and
Conversation will be released in early June and will discuss how e-commerce is
changing consumer behavior and how businesses are adapting to this new way of
life to stay relevant. More information can be found on the Import Vehicle
Auto Care Association members and aftermarket
industry professionals are encouraged to share topics they would like to see
addressed on Coffee and Conversation or any other feedback for the Import
Vehicle Community by using this
survey or by contacting Angela Chiang, liaison, Import Vehicle Community at