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Press Release: HDMA Announces Supplier Focused Webinar Series to Address HD Supply Chain Needs

Date: April 20, 2020

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), have announced a series of HD and Off-Highway focused webinars to assist component supplier executives with information and data they need make sound business decisions in preparation to re-start plants and facilities for the eventual return to production. As Covid-19 related business conditions continue, it is a moving target when companies can re-open. HDMA plans to provide as many resources within four webinar tracks as possible to aid HD suppliers in their ramp up needs to do their part to get the US economy back up and moving.

HDMA Pulse Webinars are planned in conjunction with preferred and respected HD/Engine/Off-Highway/Global & Domestic research firms. The research house data will be presented with supplier specific data needs and up-to-date results of HDMA Pulse member survey data. Outcome is to arm suppliers with the trend data they need to make decisions in a rapidly changing business environment. 

HDMA Forum and Council Meeting Webinars will take the temporary place of in-person domestic and global meetings. Comprised of HDMA supplier executives, Forum and Council meetings are now planned as condensed and time-sensitive versions of a typical 1.5 day meeting. Additional one-hour monthly webinars are planned by each group on an as needed basis to keep Forum and Council members updated with the information they need to navigate in the uncertain current conditions. In-person meetings are currently expected to resume in the fall of 2020. HDMA Forum and Council Meetings and Webinars are open only to current members.

HDMA Member Townhall Webinars are planned in anticipation of the upcoming HD industry ramp up, comprised of an audience of supplier executives interacting with executives representing individual OE Truck, Trailer, Fleet and related CV channel customers, as well as experts in assisting manufacturers navigate and plan for the preparation necessary to restart facilities, and aiding HD sales teams to develop new selling techniques in a rapidly changing communication and technology environment. The webinars are intended to bring the supplier community together with industry customers and experts to support the planned and managed business ramp ups to restore HD industry supplier channels.

MEMA DC Bi-Monthly Webinars provide up to the minute updates pertinent to HDMA supplier members with anticipated subjects as USMCA implementation, border issues, additional Stimulus plans and other legislation and regulations affecting HDMA member companies. Scheduled for Mondays twice a month for one half hour, the DC Office professional staff and Ann Wilson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs will give a quick overview of what suppliers need to pay attention to coming out of Washington DC.  Open to HDMA members only.

“Suppliers need data and information that is up to date and specific to their manufacturing needs. HDMA has planned a comprehensive webinar series that touches on as many areas as possible that affect HDMA member and non-member suppliers in the run up to the restart of our industry. The HDMA team has asked us what we need once we get that green light to go, and they plan to deliver it in a format that helps the entire HD and Off-Highway community get back in business,” said Gary Gerstenslager, President and CEO of Hendrickson International and Chairman of HDMA. 

Updated webinar information, schedules and registration can be found at

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 US 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