The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and Harbour Results, Inc. (HRI) announce the 2018 Automotive Tooling Update on Oct. 25, 2018, at The Laurel Manor in Livonia, Michigan. This meeting will provide attendees with automotive tooling market intelligence and insights critical for the health of the entire automotive industry.
OESA, vice president, membership and sales, Steve Horaney, will open the meeting with an update and insights from OESA’s Tooling Council – a peer group of tooling company executives that address issues of common concern among tool makers. Joining Horaney will be HRI experts including: Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, James Ricci, chief technology officer, and Robert Kimmel, senior manager. The HRI team will provide valuable information and in-depth analysis of current tooling practices while exploring tooling industry trends. Harbour will also offer an overview of current trends as well as a detailed forecast of the automotive tooling industry.
In addition, Mike Jackson, executive director, strategy and research, OESA, will provide a forward-looking industry forecast; Troy Nix, executive director, American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), will offer insights from his industry perspective; and, Ann Wilson, senior vice president, government affairs, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), will share the latest information on tariffs and trade negotiations and potential impact on manufacturers.
The event also features an international panel of tool and die shop executives that will share insights on the industry across different regions including Asia and Europe. Panelists include:
• Marc Weinmann, President and CEO, VEM Ltd
• Sanjay Prakash, Managing Director, JBJ Technologies Limited
• Christian Siebenwurst, President, Siebenwurst
• Additional invites pending
This meeting is geared toward Tier 1 suppliers, OEM purchasing, and sales, marketing and engineering professionals in the automotive mold and die industry. Thought leadership on the automotive tooling industry, hallmarks of a robust tooling process, best practices and lessons learned will be key takeaways.