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Issue No. 1, 2012

JAMA publishes the 2011 edition of Common Challenges, Common Future

This has been a year of exceptional challenges for Japanese automakers, with sustained economic uncertainty compounded most severely by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March.  In order to get vehicle production back on track and to limit as far as possible the impact on European operations, the automakers and their suppliers have worked together closely for the reconstruction of the sector as a whole and are now well on the road to recovery.

Notwithstanding those challenges, JAMA member automakers with operations in the European Union have meanwhile been building on the strong economic contribution they made in the region last year.  That contribution is detailed in the 2011 edition of Common Challenges, Common Future, published by JAMA in November.  In 2010, JAMA members operated 13 production plants and 12 R&D centres in 8 and 5 EU countries, respectively; they employed 146,000 people across the EU and manufactured 1.25 million vehicles there, a 10% increase from the number produced in 2009; and they exported 94,260 EU-made Japanese models from the EU.

JAMA members are dedicated purchasers of European parts for their activities in the EU.  In 2010 their purchases of parts from European suppliers totalled €10.96 billion, representing more than 80 percent of the value of parts used at their EU production facilities.

These and other investments are part of the increasingly interconnected relationship between Japanese and European automakers and parts suppliers, which JAMA sees as a crucial factor in the pursuit of a comprehensive Economic Integration Agreement between the EU and Japan.

JAMA and its members also actively endorse the European Commission-sponsored CARS 21 discussions on achieving low-carbon road transport.  Both the EU and Japan are engaged in public-private and private-sector initiatives to encourage the use of environmentally-friendly cars in Europe.  Stronger economic cooperation would bolster such collaborative ventures and investments, contributing to the creation of a low-carbon society and a sustainable future.

Those goals are also served by cooperation in the development, harmonisation and mutual recognition of automotive technical regulations pertaining to automotive safety and environmental efficiency.  While Japan has progressively adopted an increasing number of UNECE Regulations pursuant to its accession to the 1958 Agreement, the Japanese government and the European Commission are now working towards the introduction of International Whole Vehicle Type Approval, with the aim of achieving optimal benefits for the automotive industry, vehicle users and governments alike.

Against this backdrop of strengthening collaboration between Japan and Europe in critical areas, JAMA and its members will continue to contribute to the development of the automotive sector in the EU in the years ahead, in order to help make economic and environmental sustainability a reality.

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