Blog Tag: “AASA”

  • Responsible Manufacturing: The Backbone of a Strong Circular Economy and Aftermarket Suppliers

    The automotive aftermarket is a great industry — one that has been around since the advent of the automobile. It’s safe to say that the first aftermarket part was likely installed on the first working automobile moments after the early end of its first test drive. That’s what our industry does. We supply the parts, technologies and services that help people keep their vehicles on the road, every day, after their vehicles are first made. READ MORE  
  • What’s Age Got to Do With It?

    Age really is just a number in the automotive industry. Age really does affect so much that we do and how we live. We do not like to talk about age because it is taboo, but the reality is that we all age, and we are all getting older and new generations are following.  READ MORE  
  • Tough Times and Aftermarket Resiliency

    The U.S. automotive aftermarket continued its strong growth through 2021 and is projected to hit the $400 billion milestone by 2025. For this information I wish to thank Shane Norton at S&P Global (formerly IHS Markit) for this update to our annual Channel Forecast of market size. READ MORE  
  • The Latest On U.S. – China Trade

    The automotive aftermarket industry has been heavily impacted by the U.S.-China trade war. While it is important to develop a comprehensive strategy for the U.S.-China trade relationship that supports U.S. workers, the Section 301 tariffs have also caused severe economic harm to U.S. businesses struggling with supply chain uncertainty and U.S. consumers facing increased repair costs. READ MORE  
  • ADAS Is Here and Growing … But There Are Headwinds

    I attend many industry events every year, and the most-discussed topics and issues facing the aftermarket over the past two years are: Supply Chain Disruptions, Labor/Talent Recruitment & Retention, EVs & the Electrification of Tomorrow’s Vehicles, and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). READ MORE  
  • What Does AAPEX Have to Do with Right to Repair?

    By Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association

    As I receive the notification in my inbox for a THIRD delay in a decision regarding the Right to Repair court case the automakers filed against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it highlights how important it is for me to share with you what our industry is up against, and what to truly expect in the battle for maintenance and repair data.

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  • AAPEX Shapes and Strengthens Our Collective Future Success

    By Bill Long, president & CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

    I’ve lost count of the number of years I’ve attended the show, going back to the days at McCormick Place in Chicago. 

    But what is clear is the significant transformation of AAPEX that I’ve seen over the years… READ MORE  

  • Drivers Deserve the Decision on Where to Repair Their Vehicles – You Can Help Ensure It

    By Aaron Lowe, AAP, senior vice president, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Auto Care Association

    Up until recently, anyone wanting to repair a vehicle would simply plug into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port, located under the steering wheel, and download the fault codes from the in-vehicle modules. Armed with that diagnostic… READ MORE  

  • Young Leaders: The Building Blocks of the Future

    By Ben Brucato, senior director of Engagement, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)

    Essential, resilient, adaptable and innovative are just a few of the terms used over the past 18 months to describe the automotive aftermarket industry. Thanks to hard working, dedicated and highly capable individuals, the industry has made it… READ MORE  

  • Why the Automotive Aftermarket is Bouncing Back Already

    The U.S. automotive aftermarket had its ups and downs last year, but 2021 is once again proving that the aftermarket is resilient. Aftermarket suppliers report that the first quarter had strong sales and are optimistic about the rest of the year. AASA believes that economic conditions and the fundamental drivers of the aftermarket will support the market throughout 2021, though risks are present (and not just from the pandemic). READ MORE