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Inside China: Understanding Current and Future Trends in the Chinese Auto Industry

November 13, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sponsor: UMTRI Automotive Analysis

University of Michigan, The Michigan League, Michigan Ballroom (2nd Floor)
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265

Our 6th annual Inside China Automotive Conference features insights by manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and UM experts on the current and future prospects for the automotive industry in China.  Our speakers will tackle domestic manufacturer strategies from the foreign and domestic perspective, labor issues, market updates, and a UM-China consortium on multi-modal transportation implementation.  These speakers will provide insights into the current and future direction of the industry based on their academic research, consulting experience, and work within the industry.

Some of the key questions we will address include:  How are Chinese domestic manufacturers faring compared to their joint venture counterparts?  What is the future business trajectory for domestic
manufacturers?  What labor issues do automotive manufacturers and suppliers face today?  How difficult is it for Chinese suppliers to break into the US market?  What are the current consumer trends in vehicle purchasing, and what are some of the potential future buying patterns?  How is China managing its complex transportation issues in the context of sustainability?  What transportation models will be implemented to manage this difficult situation?

Confirmed speakers include:
Bruce Belzowski, Automotive Analyst, Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, will introduce the key issues and moderate the conference.

Frank Zhao, Director of the Research Institute for Automotive Industry and Technology Strategy, Tsinghua University, Beijing, will be our keynote presenter and will discuss his experience as VP and Chief Technology Officer at Geely Automobiles in China, as well as his views on Chinese domestic manufacturers and their joint venture competitors.

Jinyun Liu, Assistant Research Scientist and co-director, Center for China Employment and Labor Relations at the UM Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, will talk about the current labor issues in China, and his ongoing work in China that focuses on the introduction of labor-management committees for workers’ “voice”.

Tiger Lu, President, Sanhua Auto, will provide insight into his role as a supplier of HVAC parts to North American manufacturers, including his company’s business in China and the challenges of entering the US market.

Wayne Xing, Director, China Automotive Review, will describe the current Chinese market and discuss his group’s recent research on China’s vehicle registration data from 2005-2011.

Susan Zielinski, Director of the Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART) Project at the UM Transportation Research Institute, will discuss her group’s research efforts with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the implementation of multi-modal transportation models in China.

We are also inviting other manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and researchers to join us to discuss the Chinese auto industry.

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

Inside China Sponsors:
University of Michigan Office of the Vice President of Research
Inside China Media Sponsor
China Automotive Review

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

Register online or call 734-763-2466.

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