June 05, 2008 14:45 ET's 100th Auto Supplier Executive Seminar Will Be Its First Live Webcast

TROY, MI--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) -, a unique marketplace for intelligence and resources for the global auto industry, will celebrate its 100th auto supplier executive seminar June 26 with a live Internet webcast.

The full-day event, "Key Strategies for Succeeding in China's Booming Automotive Industry," includes separate morning and afternoon sessions at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich., where the webcast will originate. conducted its first seminar in Dearborn, Michigan (USA) titled "Doing Business in the New Europe" in November 1997. In the time since, it has covered a broad range of topics and issues crucial to auto supplier executives responsible for their companies' success in international markets.

From simple beginnings in a conference room, the seminars have grown in content, credibility and relevance to match the globalization of auto design, engineering and manufacturing. As OEMs have transcended national borders, demands on suppliers have become equally global, creating steeper learning curves and driving the need for global perspective and shorter -- and smarter -- decision cycles.

Today, Internet technology enables auto supplier executives, wherever they may be around the globe, to efficiently tap into a rich vein of expertise, savvy and experience embodied by seminar presenters. The seminars, along with's broad array of information, services and resources, provide an unmatched, comprehensive source of such essentials.

The morning session, "Sourcing from China," runs from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and the afternoon session, "Setting up Operations in China," runs from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Cost to attend via webcast is $250 per session, or $375 for both sessions.

Cost to attend in person is $395 per session, or $595 for both. Registration is available at

A powerful lineup of speakers will address critical issues for auto suppliers sourcing from China, including advantages and cautions of joining China's booming auto industry, market outlook, strategies for sourcing and purchasing, human capital and recruitment, protecting intellectual property, and effective communication, and implications of government policy.

Presenters include representatives of Baker & McKenzie, CEVA Logistics, Grant Thornton, Intellectual Capital Group, Smyth Solutions, Butzel Long, In Other Words, and Aubridge Partners.

All webcast attendees receive a free CD download of "2008: Doing Business in China" upon registration and access to the archived version of the seminar on the Internet for 30 days after the seminar.

"With our 'live' webcast, we have made it extremely convenient and efficient for auto supplier executives from outside the United States and Canada to attend our seminars," Ron Hesse, president of, said. "They now can learn from the insights, knowledge and experience of our highly credible presenters without the time and cost associated with travel." Seminars have received "excellent" or "very good" ratings from 94 percent of more than 3,500 executive attendees who have attended the events.

About provides information and resources to automotive executives responsible for their company's international development and operations. It manages an on-line community and marketplace for buyers and sellers of products, services and ideas vital to success in the global auto business, and connects experts with auto executives who need their services.

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