T3 Manufacturing Summit • April 24–25, 2017

The Auto Industry's Call for Action

April 24, 25, 2017
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

Address changes with new materials, new technologies, and the looming crisis in tooling and workforce. Two days of critical content and networking.


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  • See how rapid advancements in lightweight technology are changing the nature of conventional tooling, fabrication and joining methods.
  • Learn how technologies, such as digital engineering, 3-D printing and advanced automation enable lean production, and how they are being used in today’s hyper-efficient manufacturing plants.
  • Discover strategies that could be gained through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that enhances performance through the use of machine sensors, machine-to-machine communication and network communication with advanced analytics to create a “smart” total-system environment.


  • Learn about advancements being made with performance modeling, low-cost tooling, new forming technologies, and bonded structures that are replacing traditional spot welded steel assemblies.
  • Gain insight into how automakers are seeking partnerships from suppliers that are well-positioned with technology and competitive business practices that support this evolution to more advanced vehicles. 


  • Hear CAR present the findings of a study funded by the Arconic Foundation that identified critical skill sets needed by manufacturers. 
  • See examples of successful talent programs and possible solutions to the talent shortage that is needed to sustain advanced manufacturing.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Terry Henning Manager, Ford Dearborn Tool & Die
  • Walter J. (Wally) Palen - Assistant General Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
  • Jerry Trusty - Director, Global Die and Body Center, General Motors
  • Alan Whitted - Global Head of Press Shops & Dies and President, Autodie, Inc., FCA US
  • Dr. Susan Helper – Carlton Professor of Economics, Case Western University – former Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Birgit M. Klohs - President & CEO, The Right Place
  • Don Goeman - Executive Vice President of Research, Design and Development, Herman Miller

*Additional Speakers invited

View all confirmed speakers HERE

Pure Michigan - Michigan Economic Development Corporation