Automotive Seminars Planned August 6-9 in Traverse City


ANN ARBOR — The 2012 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars will take place August 6-9 in Traverse City and will feature discussions on the industry’s most critical issues and emerging trends. The future of automotive manufacturing, the nation’s economic engine, will be the lead-off topic.

Executives from the auto industry’s leading automakers and suppliers will kick off thes eminars in two sessions to identify the key strategies and technologies that will drive the future of auto manufacturing.

Confirmed speakers for the two sessions include John Fleming , executive vice president of global manufacturing and labor affairs at Ford Motor Co., Eric Stevens, vice president of global manufacturing engineering at General Motors Co., and Brian Harlow, vice president and head of NAFTA Powertrain Operations and Global Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering at Chrysler Group LLC.

The CAR Management Briefing Seminars is an annual gathering of more than 900 auto industry, academic and government leaders addressing critical issues and emerging trends in an atmosphere designed to build relationships. In addition to the sessions on manufacturing, the event includes targeted sessions focusing on topics such as  connected vehicles, advanced powertrain, purchasing, sales, skilled workers, designing for technology, and benchmarking.

The seminars take place at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, near Traverse City. For detailed information, visit the event’s website at For more information on The Center for Automotive Research visit

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