The growing importance of global e-commerce will come into sharp focus in Detroit Sept. 12-14, 2000 as the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) hosts thousands of vehicle manufacturer and supplier executives during its annual AUTO-TECH 2000 Conference & Exposition at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
“E-commerce is the hottest topic in the industry and has the potential to assist industry executives in keeping their companies ahead of the competition,” said Kenneth W. Godzina, AIAG executive director. “The conference and exposition will help attendees understand the role of e- commerce in the automotive supply chain, as well as to learn about industry best practices which can improve productivity, boost quality and enhance competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
The three-day AUTO-TECH Conference & Exposition offers attendees more than 100 educational sessions — 35 of which will focus on e-commerce, telecommunications and related topics — top-rated speakers and a hands-on exhibit setting. Last year, approximately 3,600 people attended the event.
Sessions will also cover such topics as electronic data interchange (EDI), the Advanced Network eXchange® (ANX®) service, automatic identification and bar coding, materials management, supply chain integration, quality, customs and regulatory reporting, engineering and product data exchange, global automotive issues, OEM updates, packaging and returnable containers.
More than 180 exhibitors will showcase the industry’s latest productivity- boosting technologies and approaches related to automatic identification, CAD/CAM, materials management, logistics, electronic commerce, packaging, international trade and more.
Additional AUTO-TECH 2000 highlights include:
The AIAG Outstanding Achievement Awards Dinner — being held Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:15 p.m. — with speaker Joseph C. Day, chairman and chief executive officer of Freudenberg-NOK;
A keynote luncheon addressing key developments in the auto industry on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.;
A general session luncheon featuring three-time Emmy award-winning sportscaster Greg Gumbel on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and
Briefings from AIAG project teams on cooperative industry efforts that could help save the auto industry billions of dollars annually.
For AUTO-TECH 2000 registration and conference information, contact the AIAG at 248-358-3570. Those interested in exhibiting at AUTO-TECH should call the AIAG at 248-358-9764.
Founded in 1982, the AIAG is a not-for-profit trade association of over 1,600 automotive and truck manufacturers and their suppliers. AIAG’s purpose is to provide an open forum where members cooperate in developing and promoting solutions that enhance the prosperity of the automotive industry. Its focus is to continuously improve business processes and practices involving trading partners throughout the supply chain.
More information about the AIAG and AUTO-TECH 2000 can be found at www.aiag.org