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Inside China: Understanding China's Current and Future Automotive Industry

November 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Sponsor: UMTRI Automotive Futures

The 7th annual Inside China Automotive Conference features insights by manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and U-M experts on the current and future prospects for the automotive industry in China. The Chinese market continues to be the largest automotive market in the world and with this growth has come environmental and political challenges. As the Chinese government tries to balance the explosive growth of its economy with the need to create a sustainable environment, it continues to experiment with policies that it hopes will meet both of these needs.

Speakers will discuss many of the most important issues related to the industry including assessments of government automotive policies related to vehicle sales and environmental impact, changes in market structure, the effects of labor issues on the domestic industry, multinational research consortiums focused on clean energy, and the role of foreign manufacturers and suppliers in the industry, as well as future industry trends.

Some of the key questions to be addressed include: What government policies are in place to support vehicle sales that will lead to a more sustainable environment?  What path is the government taking to reach its goals?  What support is the government providing for technology research and development in the areas of clean energy?  What labor issues do automotive manufacturers and suppliers face today?  How are automotive suppliers, foreign and domestic, supporting technology and environmental goals?  What are the current consumer trends in vehicle purchasing, and what are some of the potential future buying patterns?

The conference will be held on Wednesday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Michigan (U-M) Michigan League ballroom (second floor). Conference registration.