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April 09, 2009

Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

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University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
Automotive Analysis Division
“Focus on the Future”
Automotive Research Conferences
Inside China:
Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

Thursday, April 16, 2009
9am to 4pm
University of Michigan, The Michigan League Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Following up on last year’s successful China Automotive Conference, this year’s conference will update attendees about the changes taking place in the Chinese auto industry. The global recession has lessened the growth of China’s auto industry, and it may play an important role in the structure of the industry itself. The government has made a major change in its automotive policy that will affect both domestic and multi-national manufacturers. Speakers will provide insights into the current and future direction of the industry based on their academic and government research, consulting experience, and work within the industry.

Speaker Profile: Eric Thun, Oxford University.

Eric Thun is Peter Moores Lecturer in Chinese Business Studies. A political scientist by training, Thun’s research focuses on issues of industrial development in China. Recently, he has investigated the development of the Chinese automotive industry, the globalization strategies of Chinese firms, and China’s integration into global production networks. Thun’s book Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments and Auto Sector Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. His work has also appeared in World Development, World Business, Politics & Society and the Journal of East Asian Studies. Thun received his BA from Princeton University in 1990 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1999. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the M.I.T. Industrial Performance Center, he returned to Princeton as Assistant Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Politics. He moved to Oxford in 2005.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, University of Michigan, will moderate the conference
Tom Tao, Lehigh University, will discuss sales and marketing strategies of multi-national and domestic auto manufacturers.
Eric Thun, Oxford University, will talk about manufacturer local and global strategies
Ken Duck, Foley Lardner, will talk about the role of government in the Chinese Auto Industry currently and in the near future
Weijian Han, Ford Motor Company, will explain China’s future Fuel/Vehicle Alternatives
Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan, will discuss new labor developments in China and how they are affecting the auto industry

We are also inviting other experts to provide their insights about the Chinese auto industry.

Registration: $200
UMTRI-AAD Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff: Free

To make a reservation please contact:
Ms. Lee Burge at 734-936-2723 or leeburge@umich.edu

Register Online:

E-Mail: leeburge@umich.edu

Conference Sponsorship: Companies interested in sponsoring this conference please contact Bruce Belzowski at bbl@umich.edu or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500)

Upcoming Events
• July 15, 2009 (Wednesday): Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: How Are New Powertrain Technologies Affecting Company Strategies?

• September, 2009: The Business of IT: Transforming the Organization and the Vehicle. Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.

• November, 2009: The Role of Government in the NA Automotive Industry

• February, 2010: 2nd Annual 3D Metrology Conference: Changing the Way We Measure and Analyze Manufacturing Quality

Posted by zzhu at April 9, 2009 02:29 PM