Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference


Monday, April 29, 2019

1:00 p.m.

Registration / Networking & Exhibits Open

2:00 p.m.
2:10 p.m.

Automotive Industry Outlook

Mike Jackson Executive Director, Strategy and Research, OESA (Original Equip. Suppliers Assoc.)

Mike will provide insights and predictive analytics to provide a forward-looking industry outlook to help companies and business leaders make better decisions for the year ahead. He will also provide some thoughts on policies, tariffs and how they may affect your business this year.

3:00 p.m.


3:10 p.m.

Impact of Trade, Tariffs and the New NAFTA on Tomorrow's Auto Supply Chain

Omar Nashashibi Partner, The Franklin Partnership, LLP

Questions remain about how the new NAFTA will impact auto suppliers and its prospects for passage in this Congress. Omar will discuss what this means for manufacturers and how the tariffs on steel, aluminum, and Chinese products are impacting businesses today with changes to the supply chain that could last for many years.

4:00 p.m.

Networking & Exhibit Break

4:20 p.m.

Industrial Mobility: How Autonomous Vehicles Can Change Manufacturing... and What We Can Do to Prepare for the Change

Carlos D. Thimann Director, Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC

The buzz around autonomous driving has opened a new era of how we think about mobility, and most of the attention so far has been focused on moving people. Meanwhile, a parallel lane also has opened: how we move things within the four walls of the factory and out in the public domain...we call this Industrial Mobility. In this presentation, Carlos will cover the findings from a study of 128 large and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers and transportation companies. This study found that most manufacturers seem poised in a “wait-and-see” mode, but do expect to adopt autonomous mobility solutions once they become affordable, are proven to be reliable and safe, and demonstrate returns on investment.

5:15 p.m.

Networking & Exhibit Hall Open


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast / Exhibits

8:30 a.m.

Automotive Materials Trends

Nigel Francis CEO and Executive Director, LIFT

Automotive manufacturing competitiveness depends on lightweight materials. That means lower cost with better environmental stewardship. Nigel will discuss the latest advances in lightweighting materials and how that will impact automotive manufacturing.

9:20 a.m.

Brief Stretch Break

9:30 a.m.

A Legal Discussion with Dan Sharkey

Dan Sharkey Partner, Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC

Do you have questions on the latest recalls, warranty issues, new tariffs or other challenges? Bring your legal questions and discuss them with Dan. He will provide the latest updates on some of the legal challenges you may be facing and will take your questions on issues affecting your company.

10:20 a.m.

Networking & Exhibit Break

10:50 a.m.

Tier One Supplier Panel


David Klotz President, Precision Metalforming Association

Megan Hunter Vice President, Purchasing and Logistics, Martinrea International Inc.
Heather Klish Vice President of Operations, AxleTech

Panel participants will be given 5-minutes to introduce themselves and provide a brief background on them and their company before opening the moderated discussion up to questions from attendees. Some proposed topics to be discussed by the panel include operational and supply chain strategies, expanding in emerging markets, supply chain efficiency and effectiveness and supplier requirements and partnerships.

11:45 p.m.

GM Purchasing Presentation

sponsored by Harbour Results
Thomas McMillen Executive Director, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, GM
12:20 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Defending Price in the Automotive Industry

Steve Rose Practice Lead, Automotive & Heavy Truck, Kotler Marketing Group

Suppliers to the automotive, commercial vehicle, and heavy truck industries face a challenging environment. While volumes have recovered, purchasing departments continue to press suppliers for discounts and cost downs. Suppliers emphasize the value of their products versus lower-priced competitors, but most will find it difficult to resist customers’ demands. Suppliers must learn to translate everything they offer customers into the language of dollars and cents. Documenting and demonstrating value is both challenging and rewarding. Meeting the challenges that come with quantifying and documenting value will give you a powerful competitive advantage over your rivals, as well as allow your company to defend and improve your price and bottom line.

2:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks / Adjourn