Previous Events

10th annual Southern Automotive Conference | Oct 4-6 | Birmingham, AL


To view the Agenda, to sponsor or to register, click here.

Innovation Zone: Applications due July 31

The Southern Automotive Conference is excited to announce its first-ever Innovation Zone! Designed to showcase innovation revolutionizing automotive manufacturing, the high-tech, interactive Innovation Zone will feature the most creative & cutting-edge technologies and enhanced solutions driving disruptive transformation across the industry.

Are you a visionary leading the way in vehicle intelligence & technology, robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing, sensor technology, digital imaging or autonomous processes?

New to the SAC, companies and individuals have the opportunity to demo breakthrough ideas and innovations. Applications due by July 31.  To learn more and to apply, click here.


SC Automotive Council/SC Aerospace Council Meeting | Oct 9 | Greenville


Agenda and details coming soon. In cooperation with the Composites Suppliers (Matchmaker) Meetings Oct 9-11 @ TD Center, Greenville, SC.


Composites Suppliers Meetings | Oct 9 – 11 | TD Center, Greenville


Greenville has been selected for the inaugural Composites Suppliers Meetings coming October 0-11.  The event organizer, advanced business events (ABE), is a leading European organizer of business conventions or One-to-One meetings events, conferences, congresses dedicated to professionals in the industry.

ABE is proudly recognized in the industry as a key player whose business is to connect OEMs and suppliers through pre-arranged and business focused meetings and conferences.  Because of their international reach, they will be bringing in companies from across the globe, presenting a great opportunity for South Carolina companies to begin or expand their international business.

ABE’s meeting platform enables companies to identify the best possible candidates for new business, generating a pre-arranged meeting schedule based on the customer prioritization.  We are excited for the exposure this will bring to the region and to our great South Carolina companies, with the intent to establish this as a bi-annual event for years to come.

Supplier Matchmaker Meetings are supported by BMW and Toray, organized by Abe and SC Department of Commerce, in partnership with Upstate SC Alliance, CUICAR, USC, SC Aerospace Council and SC Automotive Council.

Registration Grants are available for qualified South Carolina companies.  To review the grant application, click here.

To learn more about eligibility to participate in the Composites Suppliers Meetings, click here.

To register for this event, click here.


SCAC/AIAG Supply Chain and Quality Conference | August 24-25, 2017 | Charleston Marriott


Presented by KPMG

DATE: Aug 24-25, 2017

LOCATION: Charleston Marriott | 170 Lockwood Blvd | Charleston, SC 29403

COST: Member $245; Non-member $295

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Optional Pre-conference and Post-conference events:

  • Aug 24 – Plant Tour @ Robert Bosch.
  • Aug 24 – Power Breakfast & Workshop: AIAG 101/IATF 16949:2016.
  • Aug 25 – Harbor Tour by water on Ports Tug.

Many thanks to our Sponsors for supporting this conference.

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Global Carolina Connections Conference | Aug 9 | Charleston


Conference dedicated to foreign direct investment and international manufacturing in the Carolinas featuring an international automotive panel.  To see the Agenda, click here.


SCAC/OESA Regional Supplier Event | May 31, 2017 | CU-ICAR, Greenville, SC


DATE: May 31, 2017

TIME: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm

LOCATION: CU-ICAR, 5 Research Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

COST: $195/person includes LUNCH and RECEPTION

The annual SCAC/OESA South Carolina Regional Supplier meeting is an impactful program which draws automotive manufacturers from South Carolina, the Southeast and Midwest.  Through collaboration, the SC Automotive Council and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association constituents share best practices and key strategies for decision making in the industry.

This meeting engages OEM and Tier 1 leadership, Tier 2 and 3 Suppliers, industry experts, education and research professionals, software/hardware and indirect suppliers, key logistics players and service providers who are making a dramatic impact on the success of the automotive ecosystem in the Southeast.

The SCAC/OESA Regional Supplier meeting sold out in 2016 and we anticipate an equally stimulating program and participation as we build upon our recent SOLD OUT 2017 SC Automotive Summit.  Influential automotive leaders from BMW, Bosch, Bridgestone and Jtekt/Koyo will resent and discuss the latest trends and critical policy changes which will impact the industry in upcoming months and years.

Special Addition: Morning Workshop at CU-ICAR | 8:30 – 11:00 am | No Charge

“The Hunt for Risk-based Thinking in Your (IATF 16949:2016) Automotive QMS,”  Hosted by Cathy Fisher, Quistem President, and the SC Automotive Council.


2017 Auto Summit | Feb 20-22, 2017 | The Hyatt, Greenville, SC




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Sponsorships for this signature industry conference are available.  To review and select your sponsorship, click here.

For questions or suggestions, please contact Catherine Hayes, Executive Director of the SCAC, at or (864)-283-7109.  We look forward to seeing you in February!


SCAC Supply Chain Visibility | Nov 10, 2016 | North Charleston, SC


Title:  SCAC Supply Chain Visibility

Date:  November 10, 2016

Location:  Trident Technical College

College Center, 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406

The South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC) was excited to offer a comprehensive overview of the SC automotive manufacturing Supply Chain and the financial impact of your sourcing, logistics and data strategies.

As a manufacturer, you rely on the supply chain efficiency to meet all your KPI.  We provided answers to foreign trade, logistics and data management questions at this special event with unique opportunities to tour, to share best practices and to consider potential solutions to industry challenges.

Attendees learned how:

  • to be part of the bold plans for supplier localization underway at Bosch;
  • to exploit export opportunities to Mexico and beyond;
  • to utilize data to identify new suppliers and customers and to benchmark with their competition;
  • to track their assets and manage financial processes for huge financial gain!

As a unique opportunity, there was an optional SC Ports tour at the Wando Welch Terminal followed by a FTZ facility tour at Premier Logistics Solutions.

Many thanks to our sponsors for this event: KPMG, WebsterRogers, Surgere, Dekra, IQMS, SCSI and Benore Logistics.


SCAC/OESA Supplier Event | August 30, 2016 | CUICAR, Greenville, SC


Take Aways from the SCAC/OESA Regional Supplier Event

With exceptional participation exceeding 175 OEM and Tier 1-3 suppliers and technical service providers, SCAC and OESA cohosted another dynamic event at CUICAR in Greenville, SC.

Here’s a list of the key topics presented linked to the presentations where available:

*      Tour Proterra EV bus manufacturing
*      Legislative and Regulatory Update
*      Advanced Vehicle Technology
*      Autonomous Vehicle and Liability Risk
*      Advanced Materials Forecast
*      Robotics NNMI – National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Robotics opportunity

*      Volvo Cars US Operations

Volvo Purchasing presented their company philosophy, their immediate needs, timing of the plant and the requirements to do business with Volvo.  Attendees had the opportunity to meet with Volvo purchasing one on one and gain valuable insights on their expectations, getting a head start on their competition!

Many Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, KPMG, and to all our Sponsors and partners for this event.

Check out the cool photos from August 30, 2016!


SCAC: Advanced Manufacturing and Your Workforce | June 29, 2016 | Staubli, Duncan, SC


Held at Staubli in Duncan, SC the 2nd Quarter SC Automotive Council Meeting focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Your Workforce.. For this meeting, we considered critical factors that impact your automation and workforce training decisions, shared best practices among automotive manufacturers and discussed potential solutions to costly advanced manufacturing challenges. . With representatives from OEM’s, Tier 1’s and Tier 2’s, automation experts, financial professionals and educators, there was an opportunity to ask pertinent questions, to network with your customers, suppliers and colleagues and to learn technical applications of advanced automation and robotics at Staubli Robotics Division. . Date: Wednesday, 6/29/2016 Time: 11:45 am – 4:30 pm; LUNCH included Location: Staubli Robotics Division, 201 Parkway West, Duncan, SC 29334 Cost: $75 for SCMA and SCAC Affiliate Members and $95 for non-members . To view the complete AGENDA, please click here.


5th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit | February 24-26, 2016 | Greenville, SC


As the highlight of S.C. Auto Week, industry professionals gathered in Greenville for the 5th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit to listen and to engage with some of automotive’s most authoritative names in R&D, innovation, workforce development and engineering/design. Click here to see why the 2016 S.C. Auto Summit will remain the most productive conference of the year!


S.C. Auto Week | February 21-27, 2016 | Locations Vary


S.C. Auto Week is a public celebration of South Carolina’s innovative automotive industry. For the week surrounding the Summit, business professionals have several extraordinary opportunities for one-on-one business prospecting events, access to future innovations never before revealed and exposure to robust solutions from nationally recognized speakers. With commitment to draw new talent to automotive manufacturing, students, parents, teachers and counselors have opportunities to tour plants and to gain insight to best practices, innovations and career opportunities afforded by this industry. Proclaimed annually by the Governor of South Carolina, SC Auto Week clearly demonstrates South Carolina’s bright future in automotive.


Automotive B2B Supplier Matchmaker | February 24 | Greenville, SC


The South Carolina Automotive Council and the South Carolina Department of Commerce cohosted the 2nd South Carolina Automotive B2B Supplier Matchmaker in Greenville, SC as part of SC Auto Week, February 21 – 27, 2016.  The matchmaker event was an opportunity for automotive suppliers to connect with OEM’s and Tier 1 companies statewide in a focused speed-dating event between procurement and engineering representatives and potential manufacturing suppliers.

Date:                      Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Time:                      11:30 am – 4:30 pm, with additional time for networking

Location:               Michelin Conference Center, Greenville, SC

Cost:                       $75.00, includes Lunch, ITIC Ride & Drive and Opening Reception

Eligibility:             Pre-registration authorization is required.

Open to manufacturers and technical service providers only.