CVSN, HDDA announce collaborative agreement

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The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network and the Heavy Duty Distribution Association announced a collaborative agreement designed to strengthen the independent heavy-duty distributor aftermarket. Organizational leaders says that while both groups will remain separate entities, they will share a number of benefits and programs by virtue of HDDA’s segment affiliation with the AAIA, including market research, public relations, communications, education, governance, publications and legislative and regulatory affairs.

The groups also expect to work together in organizing meetings and industry discussions. AAIA says the collaboration will be a major step in expanding its involvement in the commercial vehicle aftermarket through a closer and stronger partnership with CVSN and its programs and initiatives.

“AAIA is extremely pleased to work more closely with CVSN, which will help expand our association’s footprint in the overall motor vehicle aftermarket,” says Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and chief executive officer. “We have seen the recent benefits of collaborating on legislative issues, so this great ‘coming together’ will be a real win-win.”

“CVSN shares common goals with HDDA and AAIA for the success of our industry segment through education, growing strategic relationships with our supplier partners and a strong activism to counter unfair competition and regulations that threaten us,” says Marc Karon, CVSN president and president of Total Truck Parts. “For the first time in 45 years, the independent heavy-duty aftermarket will speak with one strong voice”

Dave Scheer, HDDA chair and president of Inland Truck Parts, adds, “The greater collaboration between CVSN and HDDA will leverage the economies of scale from greater access to the valuable resources at AAIA. This new ‘coming together’ will strengthen all three associations. The commercial vehicle industry faces short- and long-term challenges that will impact our ability to remain competitive and profitable, especially in the legislative and regulatory arena. By seizing the opportunity to join forces, we now speak with a single, more powerful and influential voice.”