American Automotive Summit 2016

November 10th & 11th, 2016
Detroit, MI
Detroit Marriott Troy
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Key Speakers

John Fleming

Former EVP, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
Ford Motor Co.

Joe Da Rosa

Former President, Manufacturing
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas

Russell Ollie

Director, Operational Excellence
General Motors

Tom Lake

VP of North American Purchasing and Cost Planning

Ed Wulbrecht

VP of Manufacturing

Brent Yeagy

Group President, Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash National Corporation
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Featured Attendees

Key Themes

The American Automotive Summit is a leadership focused meeting designed around improving plant floor operations and manufacturing strategy globally. The Automotive Summit serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around the impact of market dynamics and new technologies for current and future manufacturer’s, operations and supply chain leaders. This year's Summit creates an opportunity to examine key case studies around how workforce management, lean manufacturing and automation are driving the world's best facilities to success. Join the in-depth discussions to build your road-map in achieving innovation, maximizing manufacturing profitability, optimizing plant floor operations and driving successful OEM-Supplier networks for improved cost containment and cost reduction across multiple automotive facilities.

Expanded Regulatory Requirements
  • Gain a firm understanding of the U.S. CAFE regulatory structure
  • Obtaining continuous improvement through stricter corporate average fuel economy (CAFE)
  • Overcoming the financial burden of CAFE affecting your OEM
  • Strategies for meeting targets in 2016 and 2025
The Shift in Consumer Demand
  • Understanding the buyer behavior change from brand concern to vehicle practicality
  • Analyzing the impact of the consumer shift on sales volume
  • Differentiating the product in a market where vehicle quality has increased
  • Collaborating with non traditional suppliers to meet customer satisfaction
Plant Floor Optimization
  • Data centric approach to planning, design, supply, manufacturing and customer support
  • Reducing the cost of manufacturing and backlog
  • Developing a flexible and adaptable lean system
  • Advanced technologies and trends driving efficient productivity
Manufacturing Innovation
  • Enhancing innovation through disruptive technologies
  • Nurturing new talent to push traditional boundaries
  • Examining how innovative manufacturers are already getting ahead


I’ve been speaking operational excellence, lean manufacturing and six sigma for over 15 years and I’m in a room filled with people that, when I say DMAIC, they immediately know what I’m talking about. When I say ‘I’m walking the Gemba’, they know exactly what I’m talking about. Not only do they know what I’m talking about, they provide me with stories of their own that now I’m absorbing and I’m going to use when I go back to my office.
Bill Seaton
VP, Global Engineering & Operational Excellence, Sigma-Aldrich
It’s been great! Very interesting and a good variety of speakers...The key is how can we do things better? And in our industry it’s difficult to get a sense of where to go because of the limited number of partners and competitors that we have to work with. We can’t share information with each other, so it’s great to get ideas from other industries.
Bob Zimering
Six Sigma Director
The networking has been very good! The presentations were good, but the discussions you have outside of the presentations, many times, are even better because you gain more insight and perspective.
Larry Fuesler
Manager - Assembly, Toyota Motor MFG


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