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Powertrain strategies conference: Designing powertrains for a global market

July 9, 2012

Many regions around the world use smaller, more fuel efficient powertrains than those manufactured in the United States. Manufacturers and suppliers face a challenge in meeting the needs of U.S. consumers while striving to reach increased economies of scale for their global markets.

Experts will discuss the complexities of designing powertrains for a global market at UMTRI's Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conference on Wednesday, July 25. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Michigan, Michigan League ballroom (second floor).

Key conference questions include the following:

  • How do the manufacturers and suppliers design powertrains to meet local regulations while at the same time meeting global requirements?
  • What role do alternative powertrains play in markets outside the U.S.?
  • What economies of scale are manufacturers reaching with their current powertrain designs and what goals do they have for future designs?
  • How are powertrain R&D investments allocated globally and why?

Confirmed conference speakers include UMTRI assistant research scientist Bruce Belzowski; Chris Cowland of Chrysler Group; Joe Capuano of Bosch Corporation; John Kirwan of Delphi Corporation; Michael Omotoso of LMC Automotive-US; Jason Schug of Ricardo Strategic Consulting; and John Hoard and Jason Martz of the U-M College of Engineering.

To register, see Powertrain Strategies Conference.