Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

All times are Eastern.
9:00 a.m.

Virtual Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

David Klotz President, PMA
10:40 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
11:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Value of Coming Together: FCA Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Lauren Pryber Director – Body and Raw Materials, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Lauren will provide an update on FCA North America business objectives as well as share internal initiatives that are helping drive innovation, intensify collaboration and build transparency with its North American supply chain. She will also share insight on discuss how both FCA and its suppliers are bringing forward sustainability initiatives and opportunities for diverse business owners.
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Networking Session

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1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A Legal Discussion with Dan Sharkey

Dan Sharkey Partner, Brooks, Wilkins, Sharkey & Turco PLLC
Dan will update participants for 15 minutes regarding the various legal challenges they face, then spend 30 minutes answering questions on legal issues affecting them upstream with their customers and downstream with their suppliers: contracts, warranties, tariffs, strikes, recalls, NDAs, payment debits—you name it. Consider this a chance to bring your issues to an industry-leading lawyer with 25 years of experience and a unique understanding of the issues facing automotive suppliers.
1:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.


1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

The State of Automotive Manufacturing in 2020

Mike Jackson Executive Director, Strategy and Research, OESA
Mike will share an economic update including automotive sector dynamics that are framing supplier challenges and implications in view of the latest light vehicle sales and production settings. Also, gain exclusive insights on industry sentiment while learning ways suppliers can forge opportunities in the current landscape.
2:35 p.m.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

8:00 a.m.

Virtual Exhibits Open

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

David Klotz President, PMA
9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

Breakfast Networking Session

Sponsored by:
10:10 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Manufacturing as a Competitive Advantage

Doneen McDowell Manufacturing Executive Director, GMNA Engine and GMCH Sites, General Motors Warren Technical Center
Doneen will focus on three primary themes: what drives General Motors’ vision, manufacturing’s role in achieving the vision and personal learnings during her career. Highlights include a discussion of the drivers within our global society that inspire a need for different transportation solutions; how GM’s manufacturing teams are driving improvements in safety, quality and efficiency; and the importance of innovation in GM’s manufacturing processes, including Smart Manufacturing strategies the company implements to supplement the application of lean principles.
10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Next-Generation Aluminum for Automotive Closures and Outer Panels

J.P. McGuire Global Director, Automotive & Industrial Product Technology, Arconic
Aluminum sheet has undergone significant growth in automotive applications, with applications in automotive closures such as hoods, doors, liftgates and body side panels. This trend is projected to continue globally. A new generation of aluminum 6000-series alloys has been developed to further support and accelerate closure lightweighting while offering enhanced styling, improved stamping and hemming performance. This presentation focuses on current trends for aluminum sheet in automotive and how the newly improved 6000-series alloys can be applied for product and manufacturing improvement.
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The Role of Steel in Future Mobility

John Catterall Vice President, Automotive Program, American Iron and Steel Institute
The automotive industry is undergoing dramatic change and facing new challenges including electrification. John will discuss the evolving role of steel in the automotive industry, including the impact of future mobility, collectively referred to as ACES—automated, connected, electric and shared mobility. He also will highlight recent research and development that has taken place in AHSS/UHSS including 3rd Generation AHSS, will focus on automotive structural applications, and discuss the advantages and challenges the new materials have brought to the industry.
1:15 p.m.




Alison Miller

Meetings and Events Manager

(216) 901-8800
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