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Press Release: Ann Wilson and Chris Spear to Discuss Trade Policy and Its Impact on the Industry at the 2020 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Conference

Date: January 20, 2020

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and event partner MacKay & Company, are pleased to announce that Ann Wilson, senior vice president of government affairs at MEMA, and Chris Spear, president & CEO at American Trucking Associations (ATA), will speak at the Trade Policy & Impact on the Industry session at the 8th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) conference.

In the Trade Policy & Impacts on the Industry session, Wilson will provide her expert insight on the commercial vehicle industry, including hidden challenges and opportunities, and the potential impacts of USMCA and China Section 301 tariffs.  The USMCA presentation will cover the agreement’s ratification, progression, rules of origin with timeline, regulations, and requirements.  Wilson will then provide attendees with a China Section 301 tariff update that will examine the history of Lists 1, 2, and 3 and what to expect in the future.

The session will conclude with a trade issue conversation between Wilson and Spear, where they will exchange questions amongst themselves and members of the audience.

Additional HDAD sessions will feature individual presenters and executive panel discussions including:

  • The Real World: A Global Perspective

  • The Global Aftermarket Overview

  • Aftermarket Industry Economy & Outlook

  • The Blurring Lines of Aftermarket Distribution

  • Future Aftermarket Technology

  • Parts and Service: The Fleet Perspective

HDAD will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 from 7:00am – 5:00pm in the Texas Ballroom at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, TX. The conference is co-presented by HDMA and MacKay & Company and will immediately precede Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2020.

Registration is intended to facilitate networking with industry peers and will include digital presentation materials, breakfast, breaks, a networking luncheon, and the HDAW 2020 All-Industry Reception. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 to prepare for the conference’s start time of 7:00am on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.  For more information about HDAD 2020 and to register, please visit .

MacKay & Company is a specialized management consulting and market research firm. With headquarters in suburban Chicago, the company’s focus since 1968 has been, and continues to be, commercial on-highway vehicles, construction equipment, farm field machinery, related components, and all elements of heavy duty distribution. 
The scope of the practice includes analyses of original equipment and aftermarket potential, strategic options, distribution policies, product introductions, quality management, acquisitions, and a range of related subjects.

The company has 16 full-time employees and maintains joint venture relationships in England, France, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico. The company’s senior management has over 150 years of experience in the heavy duty arena.

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Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 116 year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.

A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on- and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their U.S. facilities.

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The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 734,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 3.6 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit