The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) has elected Thorsten Muschal as new President for the term 2020-21, succeeding Roberto Vavassori who held the position since 2016. Mr Muschal is Executive Vice President responsible for Sales and Program Management at Faurecia, the Paris-headquartered multinational. He has been CLEPA vice president for the past 4 years and is well versed into the EU policy dossiers impacting the automotive industry.
in CLEPA, 14-01-2020
“Automotive suppliers are key contributors to change in mobility and industry. Europe must succeed in reaping the industrial benefits of climate and digital leadership, and on this crucial question CLEPA stands ready to help with technology solutions and proposals for policy”, said Mr Muschal. “I warmly thank Roberto Vavassori for his important work over the past years and look forward to working with the CLEPA team on further strengthening the voice of our industry.”
The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transformation in over a hundred years — to a large part because of the need to decarbonise transport. The other two major trends are assisted & automated driving, and data-fuelled connectivity which enables new mobility types and services.
“At CLEPA, we are convinced that no-one can master these challenges on their own and we believe in European solutions to find and work together. The urgency to deliver is extremely high”, said Muschal. “For Europe to secure strategic autonomy in the field of ‘new mobility’ which is safe, sustainable and smart, and to compete effectively with other world regions while sustaining high levels of employment and innovation in Europe, there are high levels of investments needed in renewable energy, energy infrastructure, secure and fast connectivity as well as in critical technologies, innovation and skills.”
“As consumer priorities and ever-stricter emissions regulations transform the automotive industry, CLEPA is committed to working with policymakers and nurturing the business conditions that ensure European suppliers maintain their leading position on the global market. European automotive suppliers are at the forefront of shaping the mobility of the future, and the innovation ecosystem they cultivate and drive, which integrates engineering expertise and leadership in technology and digital transformation, is the backbone of the move towards carbon neutrality and a more sustainable approach to mobility.”
Automotive suppliers aspire for the future of mobility to be safe, sustainable, smart and competitive. This is the vision CLEPA has laid out in full during the 4th December event Future as we Move – Shaping Solutions of Mobility. More information can be found here.
About Thorsten Muschal
Thorsten Muschal is Faurecia’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Program Management since 2017. He has held leadership positions at Faurecia in Germany, North America, and France. Thorsten Muschal joined Faurecia in 1992. More information can be found here.
CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers based in Brussels, represents over 3.000 companies, from multi-nationals to SMEs, supplying state-of-the-art components and innovative technology for safe, smart and sustainable mobility, investing over 25 billion euros yearly in research and development. Automotive suppliers in Europe employ about five million people across the continent.
Faurecia is the 9th largest international automotive parts manufacturer in the world and #1 for vehicle interiors and emission control technology. One in three automobiles is equipped with their solutions.