Auto futuretech - the future of the auto industry

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Source: GLOBE Foundation

The world’s first Auto FutureTech Summit, to be held in Vancouver from March 12 to 14, 2008, will serve as a forum for automotive experts from around the world to discuss and prepare for the future of automobile transportation.

After a 100-year reign, the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine is likely approaching its final decades. The implications for the people who design, build and sell automobiles are profound. Every step toward greater fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and auto/fuel alternatives-coming simultaneously from changes in consumer demand, legislative developments and technology breakthroughs-will have its impact.

The industries most affected will be automakers and their traditional suppliers, electronic and semiconductor companies, electric utilities, and gas and oil producers. Auto FutureTech will bring together the keenest observers of auto industry market trends to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing these industries.

'The automotive industry is at a tipping point in terms of implementing super fuel-efficient and clean technologies,' Mary Ann Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions LLC. 'Having the opportunity to get some of the key decision makers together in one place at the same time is truly exceptional. Auto FutureTech will bring together the industry’s leading technical and business experts who are all driving to deliver sustainable, affordable and customer-desired products.'

The event is more than just a mere auto show and will display the most advanced technologies being developed for the transportation industry.

The Summit will include the following sessions:

  • Future Automotive Markets;
  • Grid-Connected Vehicles: Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids;
  • Cars & the Electric Grid;
  • Innovation in Auto Components;
  • The Road to Lithium Batteries;
  • Grid-Connected Vehicles: Electric Vehicle Renaissance;
  • Clean Diesel;
  • Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Dreams & Reality;
  • Moving Efficiently in Cities: Smarter Systems for Transportation (joint session with GLOBE 2008).

These sessions will involve the participation of:

Corporate Executives - CEOs, CFOs, Presidents, VPs and senior managers from automobile companies in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and beyond.

Policy Makers - Senior government officials responsible for policy and regulatory development, enforcement, and monitoring.

Suppliers - Industry suppliers and leaders from related upstream and downstream sectors: oil & gas, biofuel, electric utilities, as well as manufacturers of automotive components, advanced transportation technologies, and fuel cells.

Stakeholders - Analysts, NGOs, labour union leaders, global industry associations and representatives from the finance and investment community, along with internationally recognized industry opinion leaders.

'It’s essentially the ultimate gathering of people shaping the future of automotive technology,' said Brad Berman, Editor of Hybridcars.com, one of the event sponsors. 'Visionary entrepreneurs, academics, leaders of think tanks will be convening to map out scenarios.'

Auto FutureTech will be running in conjunction with the GLOBE 2008, the 10th GLOBE Conference and Trade Show on Business and the Environment.

The GLOBETM Series is one of the most well-known and prestigious business and environment events in the world. Senior business executives and government officials from over 75 nations meet every two years at this forum to exchange ideas, cultivate partnerships, and do business. The conference is on the cutting edge of business and environmental leadership and provides the perfect forum to discuss the future of the automotive sector.

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