2013 Motor Vehicle Metals and Resins Conference News
April 9, 2013
Supply strategies, measuring purchasing performance and supply and pricing on the agenda to headline conference
Plymouth, Mich. – Optimal methods for measuring purchasing performance; supply and pricing implications; best contracting and supply strategies – these are the biggest concerns related to metals and resins strategies for auto industry executives, according to a survey conducted by Advanced Purchasing Dynamics (APD) in January. APD used this feedback to assemble a strong roster of speakers for its annual Motor Vehicle Metals & Resins (MVMR) Conference taking place on Thursday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Detroit Marriott hotel in Troy, located at 200 W. Big Beaver Road.
“We are thrilled with the caliber of speakers that will be joining us at our conference this year,” stated Jeoff Burris, principal, APD. “Combining their level of knowledge and experience with attendee’s key topics of interest will make this year’s conference an exceptional value to attendees.”
Confirmed speakers for this year’s MVMR include a roster of knowledgeable industry professionals:
- John Anton, Director Steel Services – IHS
- Tony Bandanza, Associate – Wells Fargo Commodities
- Joe Bione, President – The Whitehall Group, LLC
- Paul Blanchard, Director, Engineering Plastics – IHS Chemical
- Jim Dixon, Director – Advanced Purchasing Dynamics
- Mark Kallman, Director of Client Services, Engineering Resins/PVC/PS – Resin Technology, Inc.
- Kim Korth, President – IRN
- Elaine Mulqueen, International Customer Service/Pricing Leader – Sapa Extrusions North America
- Greg Schroeder – Senior Research Engineer – Center for Automotive Research
- Sheryl Toby, Member – Dykema Gossett PLLC
- Paul Traub, Business Economist – Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
The 2013 MVMR Conference is made up of two half-day sessions, with a focus on metals in the morning and resins in the afternoon. Each session includes a keynote presentation, a panel discussion, workshops and at least three networking breaks throughout the conference.
Professionals who register by Friday, April 19, can attend the full day for $700, or the morning or afternoon session for $500. After April 19, the conference costs are $825 and $575, respectively. In addition, members of affiliate organizations receive $100 off their registration, allowing for up to $175 in savings.
Affiliate organizations include:
- OESA – Original Equipment Suppliers Association
- APMA – Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association
- ISM – Institute for Supply Management – Southeast Michigan
- PMA – Precision Metalforming Association
- SAA – Society of Automotive Analysts
In our first pre-conference webinar series, Tony Bandanza of Wells Fargo Commodities joined us for a discussion on metals purchasing trends for the coming year. This session addressed questions concerning domestic steel mill pricing, carry trade strategies, and the overall big picture for purchasing metals this year. In case you missed the opportunity to attend, you can find segments of this webinar below. If you have additional questions you would like to ask Tony, contact him at Anthony.Bandanza@wellsfargo.com.
Motor Vehicle Metals &
Resins Conference survey uncovers top interests, topics to be covered at 2013
Plymouth, Mich. – In a recent survey conducted by Advanced Purchasing Dynamics (APD) for the 2013 Motor Vehicle Metals & Resins (MVMR) Conference, dozens of industry purchasing professionals shared the most top-of-mind issues they face.
After evaluating the responses, APD identified the following topics as the top three issues being faced – and those that will be highlighted at this year’s MVMR Conference:
- Best contracting and supply strategies
- Optimal methods for measuring purchasing performance
- Supply and pricing implications for vehicle design strategies
In December 2012, APD surveyed top automotive purchasing professionals from a wide range size of companies on their top five issues for 2013. This most recent survey asked them to rank the results of the first survey. For the metals portion of the survey, the board of directors found that other possible topics of interests relate to the outlook on aluminum pricing and supply, and the market outlook for China. On the resins portion of the survey, likely topics involve identifying and implementing lower cost alternatives to customer specified materials, as well as the correlation between input costs and pricing.
“Overall the results from this survey show that purchasing professionals are interested in the latest trends that help their company’s bottom line,” said Jeoff Burris, principal at Advanced Purchasing Dynamics. “We are appreciative for the survey responses as they serve as the key for us to create a valuable conference experience that addresses the most important issues and trends moving forward in the industry.”The 2013 MVMR Conference will take place on Thursday, May 23, at the Detroit Marriott hotel in Troy, Mich. MVMR Conference updates and information can be found at www.mvmrcon.com.