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S.C. Automotive Council hosts annual summit May 11

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Last year's Automotive Summit was held in Greenville's Hyatt Hotel before COVID-19 reached South Carolina. (Photo/Molly Hulsey)Automotive and manufacturing industry representatives from across the Palmetto State will tune into the S.C. Automotive Council’s 10th Annual Automotive Summit held virtually this year from May 11 to May 13.

The opening day will feature a presentation on “Powertrain Strategies for the Post-ICE Automotive Industry,” hosted by KMPG partner Gary Silberg, a keynote on the micro factory model from Mike Ableson, CEO of Arrival Automotive North America, and a virtual B2B Supplier Matchmaker Event among other activities.

Joey von Nessen, research economist with the Darla Moore School of Business, will also update viewers on the economic impact of the manufacturing industry in South Carolina, including the automotive sectors, with additional keynotes from Gov. Henry McMaster, Commerce Department Secretary Bobby Hitt, Volvo Americas Plant Manager David Stenstrom and Clemson University President James Clements.

Other topics include the “Virtual prototyping of Autonomy-Enabled Ground Systems,” original equipment manufacturers, trade policy, supply chain dynamics and workforce development, according to a news release.

The S.C. Manufacturers Alliance is a statewide organization dedicated to the interests of manufacturers with the mission to strengthen and advance state manufacturing by advocating for members, fostering workforce development and bringing together manufacturers to connect, share and solve industry challenges, according to the release. The SCMA membership is comprised of more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 80,000 associates in South Carolina.

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