CLEPA and international membership organisation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession, FISITA, have started a Strategic Partnership to highlight the importance of research and innovation in the automotive industry.

"The European Union (EU) needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the safest, smartest and most sustainable vehicles globally and providing high-skilled jobs to millions," said CLEPA president, Roberto Vavassori.

"Our partnership with FISITA underlines our shared passion for future mobility solutions and enables us to connect, network, share technological advancements and collaborate in a pre-competitive environment."

For her part, FISITA director of member services, Kelly Williams added: "We are delighted to announce this partnership with CLEPA. Supporting research, innovation and development in the automotive and mobility sector is central to the FISITA mission: 'promoting excellence in mobility engineering.'

"We anticipate this partnership will prove to be a valuable resource as we continue to develop initiatives such as the FISITA Roadmap to 2020, Engineer 2030 and the FISITA Eco-System mapping project."

Bringing together more than120 suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and more than 20 national trade associations and European sector associations, CLEPA is the leading organisation representing the automotive supply industry in Europe.

CLEPA also represents more than 3,000 European automotive suppliers, who employ 5m employees and invest more than EUR20bn (US$24bn) a year in R&I.

FISITA offers membership to global engineering societies and corporate organisations active within the mobility systems engineering industry.

It can access a range of international technical events, knowledge sharing, committee activities and technical networking opportunities.

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