Press Release: Chicago Federal Reserve’s Bill Strauss to Provide The Global Economic Overview at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Conference

Date: December 16, 2019

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is pleased to announce that Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor of the Chicago Federal Reserve, will present a session entitled The Global Economic Overview at the 8th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) conference.

In his session, Strauss will discuss individual global economics with a historic, present, and anticipated outlook in key geographical regions.  He will cover what is currently impacting the relationships between countries including USMCA, global tariffs, and the possible 2020 economic slowdown.  Attendees will learn how these factors could potentially impact the truck industry today and in the future.
Additional HDAD sessions will feature individual presenters and separate distribution executive panel discussions with primary topics that include:

  • The Real-World View: A Global Perspective

  • Trade Policy & Impacts on the Aftermarket

  • Aftermarket Industry Economy & Outlook

  • The Blurring Lines of Aftermarket Distribution

  • Future Aftermarket Technology

  • Parts & Service: The Fleets’ 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.

Conference registration is now open.  It 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 www.hdma.org.

ABOUT MACKAY & COMPANY

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.

For more information, visit www.mackayco.com.

ABOUT HDMA

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 115 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.

For more information, visit www.hdma.org or www.mema.org.

ABOUT MEMA

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 www.mema.org.

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