MEMA. The Vehicle Suppliers Association and Gemini Shippers Association Sign Strategic Partnership
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association and Gemini Shippers Association are pleased to announce a strategic partnership aimed at offering top tier international transportation procurement services to the automotive OEM and aftermarket supplier industries. This collaboration brings together the strengths of both associations, combined expertise of over 200 years, and exclusive benefits to their members.
Through this partnership, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers members will get exclusive access, as a member benefit, to join Gemini Shippers Association at no cost, allowing them to increase their purchasing power with ocean shippers. Because Gemini Shippers Association pools all their members together, they are able to provide better pricing per container for members’ shipping needs. This will give suppliers more pricing options without committing to any particular option beforehand. If they do go with a Gemini option, suppliers will get access to real-time tracking and tracing information on ocean and rail shipments, gaining far greater visibility into their shipments.
“This is a great opportunity for supplier members to boost their competitive advantage when it comes to ocean shipping,” explained Ben Brucato, Vice President of Membership & Engagement at MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers. “Bringing MEMA and Gemini Shippers members together for greater leverage is one of the great benefits of our association.”
Ken O’Brien, President and CEO of Gemini Shippers Association commented: “This partnership agreement marks a milestone achievement in successful collaboration across both of our associations. Leveraging Gemini’s long-standing leadership in ocean transportation, we are excited to work with MEMA’s exclusive membership and strong position in the automotive sector.”
In addition to the benefits above, the partnership will also include Gemini Shippers Association’s sponsorship of the MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Supply Chain & Operations (SCO) Forum. The SCO Forum provides its members with a venue for learning about and discussing the challenges facing suppliers in procuring raw materials and components as well as in-bound and out-bound movement of goods, logistics, shipping, labor, packaging, warehousing robotics, and more.
Learn more about the partnership at mema.org/memageminialliance.
About Gemini Shippers
A not-for-profit organization, Gemini Shippers Association has become a leading logistics organization by serving its members for nearly 100 years. Through the power of collective procurement, Gemini offers members international transportation solutions with competitive global ocean freight contract rates. With an experienced team of supply chain executives and comprehensive transportation platform, Gemini is focused on providing members with measurable cost improvement, specialized support, and an expansive network of solutions to help with logistics needs. Learn more at GeminiShippers.com.
MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association, is the leading trade association in North America for vehicle suppliers, parts manufacturers, and remanufacturers. It has been the voice of the vehicle supplier industry since 1904. Its more than 1,000 members are Strong by Association.
Companies join MEMA via two membership groups: MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers and MEMA Original Equipment Suppliers. Automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers are the largest manufacturing sector in the United States and lead the way in new vehicle innovations.
Members conceive, design, and manufacture the OE systems and technologies that make up two-thirds of the value of every vehicle and supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and meeting society’s transportation needs. MEMA members are committed to safety and sustainability.
MEMA has offices in Southfield, Mich.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Washington, D.C. Learn more at MEMA.org.