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Press Release: Steve Hughes to Represent MEMA and Autocare on National Shipper Advisory Committee

Newly Formed Committee Established by Federal Maritime Commission

Date: September 8, 2021

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Auto Care Association and have selected Steve Hughes to serve on the Federal Maritime Commission’s National Shipper Advisory Committee. The charter of the newly formed committee is to advise the Commission on policies relating to the competitiveness, reliability, integrity, and fairness of the international ocean freight delivery system. The committee will be comprised of 12 representatives of entities who export cargo and 12 representatives of entities who import cargo.

This partnership with Hughes will provide representation of the views of automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers. Hughes has more than 45 years of experience as a supply chain professional, with extensive experience in ocean shipping. He is recognized throughout the automotive industry as a leading authority on international ocean freight, where he continues to advise and educate industry executives on ocean shipping issues.

In a joint statement, MEMA President & CEO Bill Long and Auto Care President & CEO Bill Hanvey said, “Automotive vehicle suppliers represented by MEMA and Auto Care imported $76.4 billion through U.S. ports during 2019. Many of these goods were subject to further value-added manufacturing in this country. Furthermore, exports through the nation’s ports in 2019 totaled $21 billion. The ability of our ports to function is essential to our nation’s economy. Mr. Hughes’ representation on this committee is vital to our industry and the future of manufacturing in the U.S.”

Since 1904, MEMA has represented the interests of automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers. The vehicle supplier industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the United States, directly employing more than 907,000 people in all 50 states and generating 2.4 percent of U.S. GDP. Across the entire range of new vehicle innovation—from autonomous to zero-emissions technologies—vehicle suppliers are leading the way. Our member companies conceive, design and manufacture the original equipment systems and technologies that make up two-thirds of the value in every vehicle. Member companies also supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and society’s need for transportation. And all of our members’ work is done with a focus on public safety and the environment.

The Auto Care Association is the voice of the $380 billion plus auto care industry, representing nearly 3,000 global member companies dedicated to helping vehicles last longer, perform better and keeping drivers safe. The 534,000 businesses in the auto care industry form a coast-to-coast network of independent automotive aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, repair shops, retailers, and service providers small and large. Our industry’s integrated grid of companies and organizations employs nearly 4.5 million workers and provides quality parts, products and vehicle service and repair for all 290 million vehicles on the road today.

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