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Automotive leaders will discuss trends, issues at annual GVSU symposium

Automotive leaders and suppliers will discuss industry trends and the continuing challenges brought on by the pandemic at the 23rd annual Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium, hosted by the Van Andel Global Trade Center at Grand Valley.

The symposium, under the theme "New Age of Auto," is from 8 a.m.-noon on Thursday, March 10, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, DeVos Center. Registration, pricing information and other details are online.

Sonja Johnson, VAGTC executive director, said the industry is undergoing a major transformation in the midst of ongoing supply chain frustrations.

"It's really a tumultuous time in the industry as electric vehicles become more widely available and there is a growing focus on sustainable, green manufacturing processes," Johnson said. "Global supply chain issues are creating massive shifts in sourcing strategies. 

"We are excited to bring original equipment manufacturers together with Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 suppliers to discuss the challenges and opportunities that the industry is experiencing in this New Age of Auto.”

Symposium speakers are detailed below:

  • David Leich, executive director, global supply chain for General Motors, who oversees GM’s supply chain responsibilities for North America, South America and Asia-Pacific.
  • Jay DeVeny, vice president of Hyzon Motors, in Troy, who is responsible for planning, execution and continuous improvement for the Vehicle Technology Group.
  • Mike Wall, executive director of automotive analysis at IHS Markit, will give an industry outlook.
  • Adam Kochenderfer and Michael Brady will discuss supply chain issues; Kochenderfer is associate general counsel at DRiV, a division of Tenneco Inc.; and Brady is a partner at Warner Norcross + Judd.

Details about speakers and information about the symposium are online.