Reasons to know the robust Brazilian auto parts industry
Cláudio Sahad is the new president of Sindipeças and has assumed the role of leading the adaptation of the Brazilian auto parts industry to the new times

Sindipeças’s new management is committed to improving the sector

Sahad, elected for the 2022-2025 term, intends to carry on with the work that previous presidents had been doing to face the challenges of the sector - for example, decarbonization of vehicles, the business environment, and the need for investment. To achieve this goal, he wishes to leverage the fact that the entire production chain is committed to evolution and use tools such as technical knowledge, proactivity and group decision-making.

Given the current disruption of the automotive chain and the countless technological changes, he will focus on small and medium-sized companies by providing them with information and encouraging continuous improvement. “We need to adapt to changes to become more competitive, invest in qualification and work with the main players in the sector to enhance local production”, Sahad says.

In this interview, the new president talks about what Brazil has to offer and how importers can benefit from his management.

1) Based on your experience, what does the auto parts sector have to offer to those interested in importing from Brazil?
The Brazilian auto parts industry is internationalized. Our base is formed by both domestic and foreign capital companies. The largest multinationals in the sector are part of our base. In addition, we are one of the countries with the largest presence of different automakers. We have also been traditional exporters for decades with wide experience in the foreign market.

2) How committed are you to encouraging and increasing exports in the sector?
We will continue to perform all current activities that encourage the internationalization of Brazilian companies, which brings direct benefits to those who buy from Brazil. The most important initiative, obviously, is the Brasil Auto Parts project, a long-lasting partnership between the National Association of Brazilian Auto Parts Manufacturers (Sindipeças) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil), which made it possible for many small and medium-sized companies to showcase their products in the international market.

3) How do you believe the Brazilian auto parts industry will gain international competitiveness?
Our companies are very competitive from the inside, but they have to deal with problems in the business environment, which depends on macroeconomic actions to improve, for example, structural reforms and increased logistics infrastructure. If we improve this scenario, we will reduce costs for companies, and competitiveness will then increase.

4) In your opinion, what is Brazil’s main advantage over competitors from other parts of the world?
In general terms, we have long experience in the sector, there are many automakers in the country, as I said before, and we have a natural aptitude to produce auto parts.

5) What message would you leave for importers who do not yet know the Brazilian auto parts industry?
I invite you all to observe Brazil’s capacity to produce auto parts and its wide experience in exporting components to around 180 different markets around the world. At Sindipeças, we keep up with major changes in the mobility industry, and we do several activities to keep our members aware and ready to be a part of global value chains.

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