Upcoming Events


Advanced Manufacturing Night @ the Greenville Drive | July 31 | Greenville


Join your colleagues for a fun and exciting spotlight on advanced manufacturing to draw new talent to manufacturing – first pitch at 7:05 pm.  For details, click here.


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 and to Register, 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 Conference Group Rate $159/night available Aug 22 – 27 until sold out or Aug 3

To reserve a room at the Conference Group Rate, click here.

CONFERENCE FEE: SCAC or AIAG Member $245; Non-member $295

Click to view the full Agenda or to Register.

Sponsorship deadline is Aug 4. To view the Sponsor Prospectus, please click here.

Optional Pre-conference and Post-conference events – included in the conference fee but pre-registration required:

  • 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. For details, click here.

Why attend this conference?

Value Proposition: Influential OEM and Tier 1 leaders and industry experts will present key topics which are impacting the industry today and will be critical for the future. SCAC and AIAG constituents will share best practices and discuss the latest trends and technology innovations in Supply Chain, Quality and Manufacturing, learn critical policy changes and evaluate key strategies for decision making in the disrupted industry.

Attendees: OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Suppliers, industry experts, education and research professionals, IT/Cybersecurity/Software-Hardware specialists, logistics providers, Port and freight specialists, technical service providers and economic development officials.

Business Opportunities: Numerous networking opportunities will help facilitate new business connections for your continued success. OEM Purchasing representatives have been invited to meet with suppliers during Breaks and the Reception.

Who should attend?

Discussions relevant to decision makers from multiple functional areas of your organization including:

  • Executive Leadership and Plant Management Team
  • Manufacturing Operations and Engineering
  • Supply Chain, Logistics, Purchasing and Materials Mgt
  • Quality Leadership and Practitioners
  • IT, Technology and Innovation
  • Security Officers and Cyber-security professionals
  • Financial Officers and Managers

Agenda topics critical to your company’s success

  • Shifting Tides: Administration Effects on the Industry
  • How Data Dominance is changing the Supply Chain
  • Managing Complexity in Your Supply Chain
  • Improving Automotive Quality with Smart Manufacturing
  • Financial Impact of Connectivity/Mobility on the Supply Chain
  • 3rd Party Information Security: OEM Cybersecurity Guidelines
  • IATF 16949:2016 Automotive QMS Transition Success

Click to view the full Agenda or to Register.


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.


Save the Date for the 7th annual SC Automotive Summit | Feb 28 – Mar 2 | Greenville


To see highlights from the 2017 Auto Summit, click here.