The Director of GM's TradeXchange, Alan Turfe, opens this summer's E-Business Automotive Europe 2000 conference.

TradeXchange is one of the many initiatives featured at the event, on 5-6 June in the Paris Hilton, which aims to discuss new strategies for online automotive enterprises and marketplaces.

GM's Alan Turfe will join senior executives from DaimlerChrysler, Renault, VW, PSA, Siemens and Valeo to share real-life solutions with their industry peers.

The topics which will be covered at the event include e-procurement, European auto retail and distribution, telematics and the 'Virtual Marketplace'.

Delegates can interact with the expert panel of speakers in question/answer sessions after the speeches, case studies and panel sessions. SAP and FirePond workshops offer experience and innovative ideas for delegates.

"E-Business is today's hottest topic for the Automotive industry. Its impact cannot be underestimated. The question now is how to develop new strategies for companies to take big leaps, not small steps" says Vanessa Muñoz-Molina, Conference Director. "The market is no longer the domain of the giants: E-Business has opened the door for small companies with big ideas to make their mark."

OEMs form both sides of the Atlantic are pushing E-Business because they're eager to reap a procurement efficiency harvest estimated by Goldman Sachs at $1,064 per vehicle built -- if today's red tape and time lags can be cut out of purchasing systems.

While the Business-to-Business online market has been reported to have the potential of swelling to $4 trillion by 2003, there are significant barriers faced by European automotive suppliers to taking part.

"Costs, alliances and standards are all uncertain. The only certainty is that senior automotive industry executives must have an up-to-the-minute understanding of all the issues or face being left behind," says Muñoz-Molina

"E-Business Automotive Europe in Paris this June is the conference which addresses all the key questions and provides a unique platform for structured discussion and debate among suppliers, manufacturers and distributors."


The event website http://www.eyeforauto.comprovides full programme information.


For further information, please contact:

Vanessa Muñoz-Molina, Conference Director
First Conferences Ltd
Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DU, UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7375 7582
Fax: +44 (0)20 7375 7511
website: http://www.eyeforauto.com