Our Past

The association was founded in 1904 as M.A.M.A., the Motor and Accessories Manufacturers Association. At the time, the association primarily represented aftermarket suppliers and focused on issues related to product quality and safety.

MEMA's Founding Members

In 1932, the association changed its name to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) to reflect its expanding role in representing both aftermarket and original equipment suppliers.

Throughout its history, MEMA has been at the forefront of significant industry advancements. The association has actively contributed to the development of critical safety, environmental, and regulatory standards that have shaped the automotive industry. These contributions include pivotal areas such as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), fuel efficiency, emissions control, chemical safety, labor laws, sustainability practices, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and tariff regulations.

MEMA and the Development of the Industry

Today, MEMA remains a steadfast advocate for the automotive aftermarket, tirelessly working to foster innovation, enhance competitiveness, and support policy measures that facilitate industry growth and job creation within the United States.

Our Present

We serve an industry moving at the speed of clear highway traffic. We live in a time of monumental technological advances. We’re proud of being the largest and longest-serving trade association representing vehicle component manufacturers in North America, but we’re also focused on a mission that’s always looking forward.

In 2023, the association changed its name to MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association to create a stronger, more unified organization that can better serve and represent constituents. We also restructured into two groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Group and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers Group.

Our Future

More than 1,000 members trust us to be their voice, their advocate, and a networking hub for the people and issues of their industry.

Here’s where we’re headed: The restructure will give members greater access to leadership, programming, and influence in Washington D.C . It will help support a growing, profitable, influential vehicle supplier industry. It will heighten our focus, strengthen our efforts, and solidify our connections.

Here’s what hasn’t changed: Our mission, vision, and dedication to our members.

MEMA: A long history. And history in the making.

Collage of MEMA History
From the Archives: Photos and documents from throughout MEMA's history.