Febiac, Renta and Traxio lay alliance down in writing
The three major Belgian federations in the automotive sector, Febiac, Traxio, and Renta, have laid their alliance down in writing. They tend to streamline their view on mobility in joint-communications, juridical actions, data management, and training. Together they represent 120.000 jobs in the sector in Belgium, they claim.
Brussels Motor Show
Febiac is a non-profit organization acting as a federation for car, bicycle and motorbike manufacturers and importers in Belgium and Luxembourg. Its history goes back to 1899 when the ‘Chambre Syndicale de l’Automobile et des Industries’ was founded.
To the general public, it is best known for organizing the Brussels Motor Show, attracting between 440.000 and 540.000 visitors every year. Like the automotive sector itself, the focus is sliding from car sales to offering mobility services as a whole.
Traxio – called Federauto until 2015 – is a natural partner that used to share the same offices with Febiac in the past, representing 9.812 companies active in car dealerships, garages, second-hand car sales, bike, and commercial vehicle sales, tires, fuels and a broad spectrum of other services related to mobility.
It’s structured around five sectors: mobility (with dealerships), spare parts, tools and accessories, two-wheelers, civil architecture (like cranes and bulldozers) and agricultural equipment. In total 97.678 people are employed in these businesses, Traxio claims, generating a yearly turnover of 147,34 billion euros.
A rental fleet of 430.000 vehicles
Renta is the Belgian federation of vehicle rental companies, both for long-term leasing as short-term renting. Together they manage a car fleet of over 430.000 vehicles, representing 95% of the rental market.
So far the new ‘alliance’ doesn’t seem more concrete than a declaration of intent. How this alliance is to operate in the future isn’t detailed yet.
20 billion euros in taxes
In the light of upcoming elections on May 26th, the coalition wants to emphasize the importance of the automotive sector in Belgium with 7,5 million registered vehicles of which 5,7 million privately owned, contributing 20 billion euros in taxes every year.
According to Renta-president, Miel Horsten, (also CEO of ALD Automotive Belgium), the three federations “want the debate around the car and the company car, in particular, to be held in utmost serenity.”
“Together our three organizations plead for a long-term vision and the introduction of a tax system with positive impulses to stop the current uncertainty and doubt. Apart from that, we reject all dogmatic and punishing measures that only can undermine the competitiveness of our businesses and the purchasing power of our citizens.”