A quick update on automotive products’ regulations and certification conference in ASEAN & Asia The AMEICC WG-AI organized a meeting for government representatives and members of the private sector of ASEAN Member States (AMSs) and Japan. The agenda included industrial cooperation and an exchange of information and views surrounding each country’s automotive industrial policy.

Brief Report on the 19th Meeting of AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) Working Group on Automobile Industry (WG-AI)

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This year, the 19th annual meeting was held in Manila, Philippines on 5th and 6th March 2019, with attendance of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Japan. The meeting was welcomed and opened by Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo, the Trade and Industry Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy Group.

Speech by Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo

During the opening speech, Mr. Rodolfo expressed his appreciation to Japan for its cooperation in the implementation of this meeting. He noted that the challenge for the Philippine automobile industry is responding to new technologies such as electric, autonomous, and connectivity, and said that it is also important for the Philippines to achieve a balanced sustainable growth amid intra-ASEAN competition.

AMEICC Automotive Industry Annual Report

All participating AMSs reported on their countries’ Automotive Industry Annual Reports. Each country’s sales and production performances were shared, along with policy directions on investment, export, technical regulation and standard, tax system, eco car programs, FTA/EPA, and others. ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) also gave a brief review on the ASEAN market for both motor vehicles and motorcycles.

ASEAN Market Overview: Production Statistic
Production Statistic
The total production of motor vehicle (PV & CV) in 6 ASEAN countries increased 7.9% in 2018 as compared to previous year.

ASEAN Market Overview: Sales Statistics
Sales Statistics
Motor vehicles sales in 8 ASEAN countries in 2018 was 3,561,830 units, a 6.7% increase from previous year.

Key Issues of Automobile Industry

1) ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA)
The ASEAN secretariat gave the background on standards and conformance in ASEAN by introducing the structure of ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ). The progress towards ASEAN MRA on Automotive Products was also highlighted during the 2019 deliverables of finalizing the ASEAN MRA on Type Approval of Automotive Products under ASEAN’s standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures (STRACAP) program.

Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) plays an active role in the worldwide harmonization of regulations by providing inputs to the WP29 through both MLIT/JASIC and OICA Technical Committee (T/C). JAMA reaffirmed to continue supporting each AMS through AAF members towards the finalization of ASEAN MRA, adoption of the United Nations Regulations, and accession to 1958 agreement.

2) Other issues related to standards and regulations
CHAdeMO Association, Japan showed the global trend of charging infrastructure and its innovation that covers the variety of charging needs and entire specification of vehicles. The meeting took note of the strength of CHAdeMO charging standard in terms of its safety and interoperability in promoting electric mobility on a global scale.

Future of the Automobile Industry

1) Electrified Vehicles (BEV, PHEV, HEV, FCEV)i in ASEAN
In coping with the global climate change, Japan’s strategy on electrification on automobile industry was introduced by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. METI emphasized on the importance of thinking of “xEV” and “Well-to-Wheel” and showed the direction toward achieving better battery technology innovations.

Indonesia introduced their national policy on low carbon emission vehicle (LCEV) that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 29% by 2030 (COP21). It aims to support 2025 and 2050’s energy mix targets and to develop the domestic automotive industry to be in line with global trends.

Thailand showed the direction of CO2 emission reduction from vehicles in domestic market and presented the recent promotion schemes for the production of xEV and BOI program for xEV in Thailand.

2) Future Mobility in ASEAN
METI, Japan elaborated on the growing trend towards Connectivity, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric (CASE) as the key to change the automobile industry structure. Automated driving system and its benefits, such as high efficiency and less labor costs, was also highlighted. The meeting noted that the progress of the fusion of automated drive technologies and mobility services would have a high potentiality to change the society into “smart cities”.

Toyota Motor Corporation explained that the automobile industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-century technological innovation such as CASE and shared the company’s vision of transforming itself into a mobility service company. The concept vehicle “e-Pallet” was shown as an example of the future mobility.

The meeting took note of the incremental approach and effort in moving forward to future mobility along with the consolidated collaboration of the government and industrial sector in AMSs and Japan. The information sharing on this new mobility could be expected to continue at the next AMEICC WG-AI.

The next WG-AI will take place in the fourth quarter of 2019.
i BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle, PHEV: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, HEV: Hybrid Electric Vehicle, FCEV: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle


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