In mid-November, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) made a major announcement about a new business structure to better position the organization and the vehicle supplier community for the future. The 118-year-old organization will now operate under one umbrella — MEMA — and will represent automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers with two groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Group and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers Group. The association will formally kick off the new brand and organizational structure in January 2023, however, in the meantime, Bill Long, president & CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association; Paul McCarthy, president MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers; Marc Blackman, president & CEO, Gold Eagle and Chairman, MEMA Board of Directors; sat down with Bill Babcox to share a few updates on the reorganization.
In this AMN Drivetime podcast, Babcox, Long, McCarthy and Blackman discuss the following:
- 0:55 Updates on the initial announcement and the significant benefits this realignment will offer MEMA members
- 02:52 – Who makes up membership in the two new divisions;
- 05:15 – Primary areas of industry disruption the new MEMA will focus on;
- 13:11 – Marc Blackman’s perspective as the leader of a supplier business;
- 15:42 – How issues like Reshoring and Labor Reform impact the vehicle supplier industry;
- 18:25 – How the aftermarket specifically will be strengthened by this realignment and how it offers a stronger voice on Right to Repair;
- 23:43 – Keeping members informed and educated on the latest emerging technologies;
- 26:13 – Expectations for supply chain challenges this coming year;
- 33:01 – What are the MEMA Centers of Excellence?
AMN Drivetime is sponsored by Litens.