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Michigan to host national aerospace events

Aerospace Manufacturing Conference to be held in Dearborn in May 2017

Penton's Aviation Week Network and SpeedNews Conferences will bring to Michigan the Fifth Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, held May 2-3, 2017. The conference will bring together the leaders of major manufacturers and suppliers in the aerospace industry to discuss manufacturing capabilities and processes, best practices, advancements and innovations, automation, industry trends and best practices.

Following that event, the first AeroAuto Conference, held May 4, 2017, will unite executives representing aerospace and automotive manufacturers and suppliers to explore the many synergies between the massive global aerospace and automotive manufacturing industries. The series will be held at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Mich.

"SpeedNews Conferences has a five-year history of informing aerospace manufacturing executives at our Aerospace Manufacturing Conference. Now, as the common ground between aerospace and automotive continues to grow, we are adding our AeroAuto Conference -- the first event that will put leading aerospace and automotive manufacturing executives and decision makers face-to-face,” said Joanna Speed, managing director, A&D Events, Penton Aviation.

“The series will help executives to network, share information and discover each other's best practices, with a goal of improving operations. We are thrilled to bring these groundbreaking events to Michigan, the global capital of the automotive industry," she said.

Michigan has been North America’s center for the automotive industry since motorized vehicles first appeared. And while that leadership status still stands, our network of suppliers and talent base has the potential to turn this state into a hotbed for another industry that moves people and goods from one place to another.

Today, aerospace is a $530 billion global giant and the United States leads the world with about 40 percent of that business.

Michigan is home to more than 600 companies doing business in the aviation industry, and the many shared synergies and capabilities between the automotive and aerospace industries could continue to attract companies and investment to the state. "Between talent, engineering and manufacturing, there are strong ties between the automotive and aerospace industries,” said Tony Vernaci, vice president, global business development for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“Our collaboration with Aviation Week Network and SpeedNews conferences will leverage these synergies," said Vernaci. "Michigan has always been the hub for the automotive industry, but with nearly 600 companies doing work in aviation, a world-class aeronautic engineering program and strong capabilities in R&D and manufacturing, Michigan is now becoming a hub for aerospace companies.”

The Fifth Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference will focus on all key manufacturing aspects including tooling, machining, equipment, components, electronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, engineering, and technological systems. The agenda will cover what is really behind the hype of Internet of Things (IoT), a major theme across Penton impacting many industry sectors including aviation; as well as additive manufacturing, big data, and how the automotive and aerospace industries learn from each other.

Attendees of the first AeroAuto Conference will discuss the current situation, key issues, enabling technologies and outlook for the aerospace and automotive manufacturing industries; vehicle light weighting; emerging developments and coping with security requirements; supply chain best practices and lessons learned; additive manufacturing/3-D printing and nanomaterials; vehicle health management systems and prognostics; passenger infotainment; and carbon emissions regulation.

Expected attendees of both events include presidents, "C" level executives, and GMs; production and quality control professionals; directors and VPs of product manufacturing; engineers (material, mechanical, electrical, systems, aerospace/automotive, industrial); procurement and supply chain professionals; customer support professionals; program managers; academia professionals and scientists; investment professionals and financial institutions; sales and marketing professionals; research analysts and consultants; research and development professionals; and real estate/economic development professionals.

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