Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference


Wednesday, APRIL 25, 2018

1:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking/Exhibits Open

2:00 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Dave Arndt PMA Chairman Dan Swiger PMA Stamping Division Chairman
2:10 p.m.

Industry Outlook

Joe Langley
Economist, IHS

The IHS Automotive Light Vehicle Production Forecast spans more than 50 countries, 600 plants and 2,300 models over a 7-year forecast horizon and is an invaluable resource for identifying new opportunities, validating OEM production forecasts, creating strategic plans, and assessing competitors’ products and assembly capacity.

3:10 p.m.

Networking & Exhibit Hall Open

3:30 p.m.

Metal Additive Manufacturing for Automotive

sponsored by 3D Metal Printing Magazine Brad Kuvin, Moderator
Publisher, Metalforming Magazine

Practical Guidance From Design to Production

Dan Skulan
National Sales Manager, Renishaw

The automotive industry is changing rapidly. Demands for better fuel economy, lower emissions and increased performance require rethinking the traditional high volume, low flexibility approach to manufacturing. To succeed in the new automotive era, manufacturers must be able to design and implement innovative new product ideas quickly and at a lower overall cost. Metal additive manufacturing is playing an important role by offering rapid deployment, part consolidation and unique geometries. But additive is only a portion of the solution. Join Renishaw as we share a systematic approach to automotive design, prototyping and production that uses a comprehensive suite of technologies.

Challenges and Opportunities from the EU to the U.S.

Jon Walker
Automotive Specialist, EOS

As automotive OEMs and suppliers speed toward the world of future mobility, the need for solutions to decrease cost, increase efficiency and create greater design freedom to meet market and consumer demands will be more pressing than ever. Additive manufacturing is one such solution. Today, the advent of advanced metal alloys brings a host of opportunities for use in end production parts by automakers around the world. Jon will discuss the challenges and the opportunities additive manufacturing has in future mobility.

5:30 p.m.

25th Anniversary Networking Reception

sponsored by JIER North America
6:30 p.m.

Industry Networking Dinner

Detroit Athletic Club

Join fellow attendees for dinner at one of the finest private clubs in the country, the Detroit Athletic Club. Located in Detroit’s entertainment district, DAC offers exclusive access to leading sports, entertainment and culture in metro Detroit.

8:00 p.m.


sponsored by Paulo

Thursday, APRIL 26, 2018

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

sponsored by AIM Computer Solutions, Inc.
8:30 a.m.

Quality Control in the Digital Age

sponsored by IQMS Jeff Hohlfeldt Vice President, Northern Industrial Manufacturing Corp.

So many times during an all-encompassing implementation of an ERP system the quality control system is left on the outside looking in. This session will focus on key ways your organization can drive quality control in a digital age, leveraging your ERP system to account for; document control, lot control, IATF/ISO documentation and part/lot specific data. We will explore one tier 1’s journey through digitalization of their QC department.

9:00 a.m.

Tariffs and Raw Material Costs / Warranty Recovery Claims: Best Practices for Suppliers

Dan Sharkey
Partner, Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC

The automotive industry continues to experience dramatic changes in legal and regulatory developments, being at the forefront of these developments will help you anticipate how those changes may impact your business. Dan will examine what the litigation, enforcement, and regulatory landscape might look like and how to prepare.

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

sponsored by FIBRO
10:45 a.m.

It’s a Chain Reaction: NAFTA and your business

Lou Longo, Moderator Partner and International Consulting Leader, Plante Moran Alejandro Rodriguez
Country Manager, Plante Moran Daron Gifford
Partner and Automotive Leader, Plante Moran

Amidst global uncertainty, businesses often make risky decisions or remain indecisive, only to realize the negative consequences too late. Join our interactive panel as we discuss the status of the NAFTA negotiation, where they appear to be heading, what potential impacts the political climates from all three countries may have, and how the outcome of the negotiations may affect the automotive supply chain in North America for years in the future.

11:45 a.m.

Industry Lunch

sponsored by SEYI

Exhibits Open

12:45 p.m.

Automotive Lightweighting: the Past, Present and Future

Abey Abraham
Managing Director, Ducker Worldwide

As Project Director at Ducker Worldwide, Abey Abraham works closely with key North American and Global accounts to help achieve strategic growth objectives. Abraham has extensive research and strategic planning expertise in the automotive and material industries and will provide a material forecast, discuss regulations that are driving demand for lightweighting and share the evolution of mixed material revolution. He will explore the increased use of lightweighting materials that are driving advancements in hot forming steel, warm forming aluminum, and composite molding, along with new joining methods with lasers, fasteners and adhesives.

1:45 p.m.

New Age of Automobility

Lawrence D. Burns, PhD,
Business Advisor

The freedom and independence provided by today’s automobiles is being redefined. This new “autonomy” promises better mobility and safety for more people at lower costs. But the implications for the automobile industry could be profound. This is a journey that will be led by those who are prepared. Lawrence will lead us through what that journey may look like and how to best prepare for what is inevitable.

2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjourn