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CONFERENCE – 11th Annual:
“Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry”

Conference by Automotive Futures Group
held on November 15, 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI – USA


  • Speakers List and Bios (see below)
  • November 15, 9:00am to 1:30pm
  • Cost: $200 per person / $525 for 3 persons / $850 for 5 persons
  • North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg. 18, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


  • The new system allows foreign and local participants unable to attend the conference but who are interested in viewing the presentations to pay the registration fee for the conference ($200), and they will receive an email when the presentations are online for viewing.

For information on this Conference, Speakers, Sponsorships, and upcoming Conferences, see below.

Contact Ron Hesse:


“Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry”

Conference by Automotive Futures Group


Our 11th annual Inside China Automotive Conference features insights by manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and UM experts on the current and future prospects for the automotive industry in China. What a difference a year makes. Last year we discussed the government’s challenge of managing the environmental impact of vehicle production and operation, while trying to balance the explosive growth of its economy with the need to create a sustainable environment.

This year the Chinese auto industry is facing its first major test as growth levels off and foreign manufacturers begin to take advantage of the government’s decision to allow foreign manufacturers to increase their share of their joint venture companies. And all of this is happening in the midst of a trade war with the US.

This year our speakers will discuss what the current changes mean for the future of the Chinese auto industry. Based on their long experience studying and working in the Chinese auto industry, they will provide analysis about what is happening and what may happen in the near future. The sales environment, trade issues, the New Energy Vehicle mandates and subsidies, labor issues, as well the global ambitions of their domestic manufacturers and suppliers will all be discussed. As with past conferences, we will focus on future industry trends in market structure and the roles of both the domestic and foreign manufacturers and suppliers in the industry.

Some of the key questions we will address include:

  • Can the government increase consumer confidence to support lagging sales?
  • Is it the trade war that is reducing consumer confidence and reducing sales, or has China peaked at 24 million annual sales?
  • How long might the trade war last and how might it end?
  • How has the government’s strategy for supporting New Energy Vehicles changed?
  • How, if at all, will foreign companies change their relationship with their joint venture partners?
  • Can China keep continue its lead in EVs?
  • What labor challenges lie ahead for the auto industry?


Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures, will moderate the conference and present his updated research on China’s EV policies.

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Economist, UM Energy Institute, will discuss her views on the current and future course of China’s auto industry based on her experience as Chief Economist of the US Department of Commerce and Ford Motor Company.

John Jullens, Partner, KPMG Consulting, will provide his analysis of the Chinese auto manufacturers and suppliers based on his years of experience working in China.

Jinyun Liu, Director of the Center for Employment and Labor Relations at UM’s Economic Growth Institute, will present his views on the labor laws and current labor issues facing China based on his years of research and practice in China.

Mike Wang, CEO, Quadrobot, will discuss his new last mile delivery vehicle, his experience as a Chinese startup in the US, and his relationship with Michigan and potential relationship with the UM for development.

Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited


Companies or groups interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Bruce Belzowski at or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500).

Conference Sponsors

  • Aisin Technical Center
  • Argonne National Labs
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Bosch Corporation
  • Denso Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Means Corporation
  • Valeo North America, Inc.
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business: Corporate Education


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About us

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