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Expert: Mexico’s free-trade agreements have drawn the auto industry

Mike Jackson, Director of Vehicle Production Forecasting at IHS Automotive, North America, presented at the 6th annual SC Automotive Summit in Greenville. Upstate Business Journal spoke with Jackson about the current state of vehicle production. To read the full article, click here.


South Carolina Auto Summit gets underway

WSPA attended the 6th annual Automotive Summit and spoke with SC Auto Council Executive Director Catherine Hayes and Dr. Sebastian Fischmeister, associate professor, University of Waterloo WATCAR. To watch the full news segment, click here.


Clemson student and professors presenting at South Carolina Automotive Summit

Clemson University was well-represented at the 6th annual SC Automotive Summit. To read the full release, which includes information about 2017 Summit programming, click here.


South Carolina Auto Week Starts February 20th

SC Auto Council Executive Director Catherine Hayes spoke with Mike Switzer, who hosts South Carolina Public Radio’s Upstate Business Review, about the 6th annual SC Automotive Summit and 2017 SC Auto Week events. To listen to the interview, click here.


Proterra’s Ryan Popple Is On A Mission To Electrify The Transit Bus Business

This story appears in the December 20, 2016 issue of Forbes.  The article can be read here.


VOLVO Indirect Purchasing Outreach Event | September 7 | Charleston, SC

To participate in the Volvo Indirect Purchasing Outreach Event on September 7 cohosted by the SC Department of Commerce and Trident Technical College, register at this link.


Congratulations to Mercedes-Benz Vans on their Groundbreaking!

With distinguished speakers and guests, attention to the successful contributions of their existing workforce, brilliant examples of upfitted Sprinter Vans on the plant floor and a trip to the groundbreaking site, the ceremony was a fantastic event!

As a very special symbol to thank existing employees for their dedication and commitment, they signed a commemorative book to be placed as a cornerstone of the new facility. Distinguished speakers and guests including SC Governor Nikki Haley, U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham, SC Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt, and Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Morninweg, added their signatures to this commemorative book.

Ron Ferguson, employee number 18, gave the best testimonial when I asked him what he thought about the expansion and working with Mercedes-Benz Vans; he said with a big smile, “I love it here!”

For more information, click here.


SCAC Update: Take Aways from SC Automotive Summit
The theme, Connect| Collaborate | Innovate, played out in presentations, conversations and panel discussions throughout the 5th Annual SC Automotive Summit, but it easily applied to all of SC Auto Week 2016, celebrated Feb. 22-27.

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KPMG Unravels The Clockspeed Dilemma

One of the most important white papers produced in 2015 was presented in detail on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the 5th Annual SC Automotive Summit. Gary Silberg, KPMG Partner and National Automotive Sector Leader, explain the Clockspeed Dilemma and how automotive manufacturers and technology providers must respond with innovation. Read the white paper in its entirety here.


KPMG Releases 2016 Global Automotive Executive Survey

Over 800 senior executives from the world’s leading automotive companies were interviewed for KPMG’s 2016 Global Automotive Executive Survey. For the first time ever…


SC Auto Week Goes Statewide

Opportunities abound for Industry professionals, students and the general public throughout the Palmetto State during SC Auto Week. Read about the highlights and find a complete calendar of events here…


Business Incentive Packages are Strong in S.C.

South Carolina has one of the strongest incentive packages of all U.S. states to draw business. Read the full report here.


Local Motors Plans Open Source Manufacturing Strategy

One of the many reasons you’ll want to attend the 5th Annual SC Automotive Summit is to hear Keynote Speaker Jay Rogers, Founder and CEO of Local Motors, talk about the how his 3-D printed car company continues to change the way people think about mobility. Here, he talks about the benefits of an open source manufacturing strategy.


Local Motors Makes Plans for Mass Production of 3D Printed Cars

The Keynote Speaker for the 5th Annual SC Automotive Summit — Jay Rogers — has announced that Local Motors, the world’s first 3D printed car company, will build its first manufacturing facility in Tennessee. The “micro-factory” will be capable of mass producing Local Motors’ signature 3D Printed Cars. Click here for details.


S.C. GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY TO SPEAK AT 5th ANNUAL S.C. AUTOMOTIVE SUMMIT

The Honorable Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina, will be a featured speaker at the 5th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit presented by KPMG. Haley’s remarks will be made on Thursday, Feb. 25 immediately following …

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ITIC AUTOMOTIVE TEST BED OFFERS WIRELESS CHARGING AS A SERVICE

South Carolina’s International Transportation Innovation Center is now operating one of the first wireless charging test beds in the U.S.

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Get ready for women in manufacturing

The share of women working in the manufacturing industry is the lowest since October 1971. And yet, there seem to be more examples than ever of women succeeding and thriving in manufacturing environments, said Catherine Hayes, executive director of the S.C. Automotive Council and longtime champion of initiatives focusing on women in manufacturing.

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Automotive supplier expanding S.C. manufacturing operations in the Upstate

Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is expanding its South Carolina manufacturing operations with a new exteriors facility in Southern Greenville County. The $50.8 million investment is expected to create 153 jobs.

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FOUNDER OF WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED CAR TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT 2016 S.C. AUTOMOTIVE SUMMIT

The founder of one of the automotive industry’s most visionary companies will deliver the keynote address at the 5th Annual South Carolina Automotive Summit in February. Jay Rogers, CEO and Founder of Local Motors — the world’s first 3D printed car company — will discuss …


ZF Transmissions Announces S.C. Expansion and 545 New Jobs

ZF, a global supplier of driveline and chassis technology, said Wednesday it is expanding its transmission manufacturing operations in Laurens County…


VOLVO Announces New Automotive Manufacturing Plant in SC!

At 10:30 am this morning, May 11, 2015, Governor Nikki Haley and Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt, held a press conference to announce that Volvo Cars chose SC Berkeley County for the US manufacturing site, investing $500 million to build a new plant.

Volvo picks SC to build US plant:


BMW Celebrates 3 Million Vehicles Produced in SC

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington …


Daimler Announces $500M Expansion in SC

Daimler Vans announced a major expansion to its manufacturing plant in Ladson, SC. Once complete, the plant will assemble vehicles from the ground up and distribute them to locations around the world. Read more…