Febiac, Renta, and Traxio create Mobia platform
Car manufacturer federation Febiac, the federation of car rental companies Renta, and the car sector federation Traxio join forces to create Mobia, a mobility platform that will develop, communicate, defend common views, and provide services to members of the three founding organizations.
Mobia doesn’t mean that the three federations will merge; it’s an umbrella structure that enables the three organizations to collaborate closer on common issues. The three founding alliances keep their own organization and singularity.
To combine forces, Febiac, Renta, and Traxio want to create additional value for the three organizations’ members and society in general. To the outside world, Mobia will become the mouthpiece for all mutual interests.
“Mobia will evolve into a strong central platform to – among other things – analyze data and study the evolution of mobility in general,” says François-Xavier Dubois, representative of the executive committee.
“We will develop a vision on sustainable mobility taxation, adapted to the needs of our permanently evolving society,” he adds.
“Mobia will also closely monitor the societal and technical evolutions and adequately react on them,” declares Stefan Delaet, President of Renta and the new President of Mobia. “The difference between a mobility product and a mobility service will fade. Within Mobia, we will create a ‘Smart Mobility’ cell that will interact on these tendencies.”
Societal acceptance will be of prime importance, as will be the services we can offer our members. Sustainability will be the thread through all our projects.”
Mobia will join all three federations’ efforts in all domains that have already been a collaboration subject. Like communication and education, for example.
Following the societal evolutions and the specific expectations of the members, other activity areas will be developed. The reconciliation commission Automoto created by Febiac and Traxio will from now on be a part of Mobia.
The President of Renta, Stefan Delaet, will also have the President of Mobia for the next two years. Philippe Dehennin, President of Febiac, and Didier Perwez, President of Traxio, will be the Vice-Presidents.
François-Xavier Dubois leads day-to-day-management, and Luc De Moor will be the moderator. The Board of Directors will consist of nine members, three out of each founding federation. The presidency will rotate every two years between the three federations. Those founding federations provide the working capital.
Together, the three federations represent 10 000 companies, 160 000 employees, and approximately 2,6% of the Belgian GDP.
It is clear that since the dieselgate scandal and other differences between the automotive sector and authorities, relations are under pressure. The fact that the so-called ‘car lobby’ has lost some of its influence and growing environmental concerns in society is a threat to the car industry in general and everybody who depends on it.
That’s why the three federations concerned are joining forces to restore their impact and have a say in the evolutions ahead. Society will evolve, mobility will change a lot. Better be prepared and talk with one voice.