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UMTRI conference to explore future of India's auto industry

April 9, 2011

UMTRI's first conference focused on the Indian automotive industry will take place Wednesday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Michigan, Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street. The conference is titled "Inside India: Understanding India's Current and Future Automotive Industry."

Speakers will provide insight into the Indian market, the manufacturers and suppliers selling in India, the role of government in supporting the auto industry, and the challenges facing the future of the Indian industry. UMTRI assistant research scientist Bruce Belzowski will moderate the conference, which features the following confirmed speakers:

  • Rahul Bharti, head of corportate planning, Maruti-Suzuki, will discuss his company's views about the current and future direction of the Indian auto industry.
  • Yong Yang, senior economist, Asia-Pacific, Ford Motor Company, will provide his analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the Indian auto industry.
  • Jayendra Parikh, executive director, Ashok Leyland, will discuss India's heavy truck industry and his company's connected vehicle activity.
  • Charles Chesbrough, senior economist, IHS Automotive, will provide his company's forecast for automotive production and sales as well as views on the Indian economy.
  • Mohan Bachhav, automotive client solutions executive, IBM India, will present his company's view about the Indian automotive industry and how it is using IT differently than other countries.

To register, go to Inside India Conference.