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Inside China conference will examine status of auto industry

October 19, 2010

A varied group of experts will discuss the status of China's automotive industry at a one-day conference on Wednesday, November 10 at the University of Michigan (U-M). UMTRI's automotive analysis group will host "Inside China: Understanding China's Current and Future Automotive Industry," at the U-M Michigan League ballroom from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now in its third year, the Inside China conference will feature insights by manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and U-M experts on the current and future prospects for the automotive industry in China. Conference participants will also receive an update on the fast expanding Chinese auto market, government incentive programs, and current labor issues facing all automotive companies doing business in China.

Speakers will provide insights into the current and future direction of the auto industry based on their academic research, consulting experience, and work within the industry. Confirmed speakers include the following:

  • Bruce Belzowski, UMTRI assistant research scientist, University of Michigan, will moderate the conference and discuss his recent research on fleet turnover in China.
  • Ken DeWoskin, University of Michigan and Deloitte Consulting, will give an update on issues related to the Chinese response to the government's twenty-five years of its auto policy, China's capability in developing battery electric vehicles, and the consolidation of the Chinese supply base.
  • Jinyun Liu, University of Michigan, will talk about his research on organizing management-worker committees as well as his views on the recent labor unrest at Japanese manufacturers and suppliers in China.
  • Steven Syzdek, Stonebridge, Inc., will discuss his recent experience setting up his plant and R&D facility in China.
  • Deborah Swenson, University of California, Davis, will provide insight into developments in the Chinese auto industry from the perspective of Chinese trade/foreign direct investment policies, using data on imports and exports between 1997 and 2009.
  • Felicia Chang, Global Wave Today, will discuss important market issues related to the evolving Chinese middle class, consumer vehicle segments, and city- and real-estate development as it relates to the auto industry.

The Inside China conference is part of UMTRI's Focus on the Future automotive research conference series.

For more information, see Automotive Analysis Group.