Auto Care Association hosts cataloging standards conference in Brazil

The conference attracted more than 70 local auto care industry executives and focused on the development and maintenance of industry standards, including the adoption methodologies for existing standards like the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES).

The Auto Care Association, in collaboration with the United States Commercial Service Office of the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo, hosted an important data standards conference in São Paulo, Brazil. This March 19 event was part of the association’s trade promotion initiatives, supported by the Market Development Cooperator (MDCP) award from the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Administration.

The conference attracted more than 70 local auto care industry executives and focused on the development and maintenance of industry standards, including the adoption methodologies for existing standards like the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES).

Presentations were made by the Auto Care Association staff and Integrate Data Facts (IDF), a Michigan-based firm specializing in automotive aftermarket market intelligence. IDF, a strategic partner of the association in Latin America, is dedicated to facilitating standards adoption in the region. Following the conference, the delegation spent two days meeting with key industry stakeholders to identify partners for standards development and implementation in the Brazilian market.

Arthur Strommer, vice president of MTE Thomson and a member of the Auto Care Association, emphasized the importance of product data standardization, stating, “Product data standardization is instrumental in streamlining operations and enhancing supply chain management, ultimately benefiting both businesses and end-users. We understand the importance of consistent and accurate product information, which is why we advocate for the implementation of robust cataloguing standards.”

The conference also featured presentations from Jonathan Austin, Acting Consul of the United States in São Paulo; Sindipeças, the National Association of Brazilian Auto Parts Manufacturers, which supports the development and strengthening of the Brazilian auto parts sector; and MTE-Thompson, a prominent Brazilian supplier of auto parts with a global presence. These presenters provided valuable perspectives on the importance of product data standardization in the automotive industry.


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