Officials from the Chinese government provided updates on the latest anti-monopoly policies in the automotive aftermarket in China in a recent meeting with supplier members of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA) China Aftermarket Forum (CAF). Wang Shuiping, deputy director general of the Department of Road Transport of Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT), led the government delegation at the CAF meeting in Shanghai.
“The meeting was a rare opportunity for AASA member companies with operations in China to gain direct insights into the Chinese government’s proposed changes in regulations regarding the release of technical information by OEMs needed for car repairs and automotive parts traceability,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “As part of our strategy to open global opportunities for our supplier members, AASA continues its work promoting the importance and benefits of opening up China’s independent aftermarket business.”
“In China, a fresh aftermarket business model is needed to unleash business opportunities there for suppliers,” said Jay Burkhart, AASA chief strategy officer. “The evolution of government policies in China is essential to opening up the independent aftermarket. The AASA China Aftermarket Forum again has provided an excellent platform for industry and the government to meet and discuss the situation.”
The MOT discussion was held in conjunction with the quarterly meeting of CAF, comprised of AASA supplier members with operations in China. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Yilong Chen, managing director of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) China Center in Shanghai. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of MEMA.