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June 14, 2021

CLEPA re-elects Thorsten Muschal as president

By Simon Warburton

European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), has re-elected Thorsten Muschal (Faurecia), as president for a second term.

The component body also confirmed several leadership mandates and new association membership applications during the annual General Assembly held on 9 June via video conference.

Muschal was elected for another two-year term starting 2022 until 2023 included. CLEPA vice-presidents, Pierre Barthelet (Garrett) and Matthias Zink (Schaeffler) were also re-elected for a further period.

“Coming out of a turbulent year for society and industry, we are still facing massive headwinds on our path,” said Muschal.

“The semiconductor crisis, in particular, impacts our industry significantly and is not yet over. We are nevertheless continuing to rapidly adapt to the largest transformation within the industry in perhaps the past 40-50 years, driving the change towards sustainable and smart mobility.

“CLEPA has maintained steady support for members in raising the voice of suppliers and through being an active partner on EU political discussions.”

CLEPA secretary general, Sigrid de Vries highlighted the role suppliers are playing within the mobility ecosystem and underlined they will continue to be instrumental in delivering innovation.

“A just and manageable transition to climate-neutrality is a top priority,” said de Vries.

“CLEPA is working to secure the essential framework conditions, stretching from targeted support to strategic research & innovation, to the availability of recharging and alternative fuel infrastructure, to funds for and coordination of the massive re- and upskilling efforts the sector is forcing on its way.”

“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic we supported employees across Europe and made strides to support each other as an industry,” added Muschal. “Our sector has always showed a great resilience, it is our strength that enables us to overcome difficulties associated with crisis.”

The next CLEPA General Assembly will be held in Warsaw on 9 and 10 June, 2022.

Also, during the General Assembly, members confirmed new organisations, which have joined CLEPA since June, 2020:

Corporate members:

Autofren-Seinsa (Spain) – Manufacturing of technical rubber elements for brake parts, transmission, steering, suspension and brake systems

Alfdex (Sweden) – Supplier of solutions for cleaning diesel engines from crankcase gases

Brugola OEB (Italy/USA) – Producer of critical bolts

Hyundai Mobis (Korea) – Automotive parts manufacturer focused on outfit/chassis products and autonomous driving, electrification and In-Vehicle Infotainment

Waymo (US) – American autonomous driving technology development company

Zenuity (Sweden) – Development and commercialisation of a software platform for unsupervised autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance

Smartmicro (Germany) – Design, development, and manufacturing of radar solutions for traffic management as well as automotive and airborne applications

Associate members: I-Via (the Israeli Association of vehicle importers and automotive start-ups )

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