Association, Inc.

Issue No. 1, 2014


On 22 November 2013, on the occasion of the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, JAMA hosted a reception for the members of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and the US-based Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) at the Tokyo Conference Center near Tokyo Big Sight.

Amidst expanding globalisation, the automobile and auto parts manufacturing industries are continuously faced with the challenge of optimising the efficiency of their global supply-chain operations in order to ensure their international competitiveness.

To address this challenge, JAMA member manufacturers are, on an ongoing basis, working to strengthen their relations with their European and US parts suppliers.  The latest Tokyo Motor Show offered them the opportunity to meet again, in an informal atmosphere, with their CLEPA and MEMA colleagues. 

Thus, more than 50 representatives from CLEPA, MEMA and JAMA member companies were welcomed at the reception venue by JAMA Purchasing Committee Chairman Keiji Masui.  In his greetings, Mr Masui referred to the automobile industry as a ‘pillar of the global economy’ and stressed the need for JAMA’s member automakers to continuously improve the quality of their products in order to supply vehicles that are safer, ever more reliable, more comfortable and convenient to use, and increasingly environmentally friendly.  Acknowledging the strong bonds created between the automakers and their suppliers, Mr Masui called for an even closer partnership in the years ahead, forged through mutual respect and ‘good communication’, so as to make the best possible use of new technologies.

CLEPA Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Gales, referring to the similarities between the auto and auto parts manufacturing industries in Europe and Japan, expressed his belief in the value of continuity for industry growth.  He also emphasised the need to deliver vehicles that users genuinely appreciate, in terms of their safety and environmental performances as well as their ‘appeal’, and to that end advocated the further promotion of JAMA-CLEPA-MEMA cooperation in future.

Noting the numerous micro-mobility technologies and alternative powertrain technologies exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) President and CEO Julie Fream mentioned these innovative technologies’ potential for bringing new business opportunities to parts manufacturers and thereby deepening the relations among the three organisations’ members.

Strong ties between automakers and their suppliers are key to maintaining a competitive edge in the global market.  JAMA members look forward to working closely with their CLEPA and MEMA partners in the coming years to optimise local procurement and improve product quality.