Matthias Zink, the new president of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, delivered his first speech where he underlined that 75% of the value of a car comes from suppliers, manufacturers of electric motors included. «This figure proves how powerful our sector is and that the suppliers of the automotive industry are fundamental to permitting the green digital transition in Europe».
«We, as CLEPA, are ready to bring on the market technological solutions of advanced mobility and to contribute actively in the definition of policies that favour the action for climate and that support a thriving European industry. Electrification is the main trend of today’s automotive industry, but in Europe, the market of electric vehicles has been dominated by upper-segment very expensive vehicles. The automotive industry of the EU will have to speed up the pace to avoid being ousted from this crucial commercial opportunity».
CLEPA is committed to the accomplishment of the Fit for 55 programme and targets can be reached only if the shift to electric mobility is assisted by suitable infrastructures, renewable energy and accessible prices, a sound European chain of battery supply, and a flexible European regulatory framework, which allows all technologies to share in the reduction of emissions. «In our whole broad agenda, from emissions to digitalization and sustainability, and up to trade and competitiveness, besides other issues, the general regulatory framework must remain ambitious but flexible to enable unceasing innovation. This will help us hit our targets in a much faster and more efficient manner, meanwhile guaranteeing consumers’ choice. In my profession, I have grown following an uncompromised customer orientation».