2nd General Meeting 2019 in Frankfurt
The meeting room was full of people on Friday, November 15th at the second AAMPACT general meeting in this year. The association was expecting about 50 registered participants, but in fact, more than 60 people attended the assembly. The combination of a full program with exciting topics from well-known speakers and the subsequent “Profi-Service-Tage” of COPARTS at the fair were the reason for the great response. Participants from Benelux, Italy, France and the USA impressively demonstrated the international orientation of AAMPACT.
Once again, the general meeting offered a broad spectrum of currently relevant topics in the International Independent Aftermarket. Thomas Fischer reported of the current working groups and branch initiatives and the planned activities in 2020, especially internationally.
Treasurer Winfried Hiebl was able to report the good results of 2019 and presented the 2020 budget, which the members agreed on.
Frank Schlehuber, CLEPA brought current messages from Brussels on topics such as the availability of repair and maintenance data for the open market, telematics, type approval procedures, design protections and the block exemption regulation, which applies in 2023. Michael Söding, Chairman of the Steering Committee, informed about the intention to prepare a legal opinion on GMO issues.
All current functionaries in the Steering Committee, executive board, treasurer, secretary and auditor stood for re-election and were unanimously confirmed.
Automechanika head Olaf Musshoff gave an interesting outlook on the Frankfurt trade fair in September 2020 and the international Automechanika appearances. Professor Stefan Reindl, from the Institut für Automobilwirtschaft, introduced this year’s two students who are writing their master thesis as part of the AAMPCT scholarship. Diana Schleh and Christiane Strack presented their topics personally.
In the last conference block, after a quick lunchbreak, Jürgen Mehlis from TecAlliance introduced the new NKW catalogue and Gwenael de Calan presented his update on the current development.
Arnd Franz former head of Mahle and longtime member of the Steering Committee and executive board, brought an exciting conclusion to the meeting in his new position as the CEO of Europe’s biggest car parts dealer.
His outlook on the strategy of the internationally positioned parts retailer provided some food for thought for the participants and points to another big challenge in the independent aftermarket whose customers are getting bigger.
The dates for 2020 have already been set. The two general meetings on May 15 and October 30 will again take place in Frankfurt at the same location.
We would like to thank all the participants and the excellent speakers.