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Globalization of the Automotive Industry

April 13, 2016 - 9:00am
Sponsor: UMTRI Automotive Futures
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Rd., Bldg. 18, Ann Arbor, Michigan
This conference on globalization of the automotive industry will focus on the recent past, the current state, and the future trends in the industry including the growth of global platforms and architectures, potential manufacturer and supplier consolidation due to the need for global volumes, the introduction of new technologies such as advanced safety systems and alternative powertrains, the role of automotive labor movements in developed and developing economies, the globalization trends in manufacturer and supplier purchasing, manufacturing, product development, and R&D, and the challenges companies continue to face as they globalize their operations. 
Confirmed speakers include: 
Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures, UM Transportation Research Institute, will moderate the conference and discuss trends in the global auto industry. 
Tommaso Pardi, Director, GERPISA: The International Network of the Automobile, will discuss GERPISA’s recent work on the global auto industry, and introduce the themes for the 24th International Colloquium that will take place in Puebla, Mexico. 
Alan Taub, Professor of Materials Science, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan and former Vice President of Global Research and Development at General Motors will discuss his globalization experience at GM where he lead advanced research at seven labs worldwide from 2001 to 2012. 
Mike Jackson, Director, IHS Automotive NA Forecasting, will talk about the changes in global platforms across the different regions that have taken place since 2000 and where he sees platforms going in the near future. 
Thomas Klier, Senior Economist at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago will talk about his research about the evolving configuration of the global automotive industry that compares company production location decisions of manufacturers and suppliers. 
Philippe Byosiere, Centre of Excellence Chaired Professorship at the Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University-Kyoto, Japan, will present the results of his recent study that compares motives for car use among young drivers across the US, Japan, Brazil, and Belgium. 
Michael Smitka, Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University will discuss his paper on the success of the Chinese auto industry despite its policy attempts to create national champions.

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