THE CHIEF executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation has been re-elected to the board of the European voice of the sector and made its treasurer once again.
Having initially been made a board member and treasurer of the Brussels-based Fédération Internationale des Grossistes, Importateurs & Exportateurs en Fournitures Automobiles (FIGIEFA) in 2015, Wendy Williamson, pictured, was re-elected to both positions at its general assembly, where appointments were renewed for the next three years.
The IAAF and FIGIEFA boast a close working relationship, monitoring and contributing to new EU legislation affecting the European aftermarket sector.
Their partnership allows the IAAF to represent the interests of UK members internationally, and the IAAF and FIGIEFA work together on a number of issues, including type approval, roadworthiness proposals, the EU Mobility Package, access to technical information and the connected car.
Williamson said: ‘I’m delighted that fellow members have selected me to continue working closely with the FIGIEFA.
‘It enables the IAAF to maintain its key position of taking both the challenges and opportunities in the UK trade to European legislators, and to keep fighting for the independent automotive aftermarket.’
In a statement, the FIGIEFA board said: ‘The automotive business, including the trade of parts and associated services, will face many great challenges, especially with rising digitalisation and connectivity.
‘Technological development, as well as the threat from vehicle manufacturers trying to use it to secure a monopoly on repair and services, make it necessary to keep campaigning for fair competition and free choice for consumers.
‘Together, we will continue to build on the hard work and momentum that has been accomplished in the last years.’
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