Comprised of 28 members, the FAAS is a forward-thinking initiative dedicated to promoting sustainability and driving innovative solutions within the automotive aftermarket sector.
Under the guidance of the FAAS Secretariat, led by CLEPA (the European Association of Automotive Suppliers) and FIGIEFA (the European Association of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors), preparations are underway to establish a governance structure, formalize the FAAS as a legal entity, and launch an awareness campaign to expand its membership base. The association plans to introduce new membership categories to encourage broader participation and engagement.
The official presentation of this initiative will take place during the FAAS Sustainability Day, scheduled for 16-18 November in Bologna as part of the ‘FuturMotive’ Congress. This event will provide a platform for members to showcase their commitment to collaboration, best practices exchange, and sustainable initiatives that will have a lasting impact along the entire supply chain. The FAAS coordinator, Laurence Eeckhout, expressed enthusiasm about the unanimous support from members, highlighting the anticipation of substantial membership growth and advancements in packaging optimisation, parts re-use and re-manufacturing, and logistics digitalisation.
Frank Schlehuber, Senior Consultant Market Affairs at CLEPA, emphasized the significance of collective action within the automotive aftermarket, stressing the need for stakeholders across the value chain to work together towards meaningful change. The FAAS represents a collaborative endeavor initiated by CLEPA and FIGIEFA, uniting the automotive aftermarket supply chain in the pursuit of greener and more sustainable solutions for the European market.
To achieve its sustainability objectives, the FAAS currently operates four working groups comprising a diverse range of actors from the European automotive industry. These groups focus on conducting a comprehensive study to assess the CO2 footprint of the automotive aftermarket sector, addressing barriers to component remanufacturing, developing a standardized Product Carbon Footprint methodology, and optimizing supply chain logistics.
The establishment of the FAAS as a European association signifies a significant step forward in advancing sustainability within the automotive aftermarket sector. By fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and driving sustainable initiatives, the FAAS aims to make a lasting impact on the industry and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.