Now that the 21st century is nearly here, it seems like a good time to prepare for the next millennium. Or at least to talk about it.
A bevy of high-powered auto executives are preparing to confront the millennium Aug. 4-8 during the University of Michigan's annual Management Briefing Seminars.
Ford Motor Co. Chairman Alex Trotman and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Chairman Nobuhiko Kawamoto will be featured speakers at the event, which will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich., near Traverse City.
Monday, Aug. 4, sessions will include:
'New Directions in Integrated Product Process Development.' Panelists will talk about design based on common platforms, matrix organizations and the use of prototypes.
'World Class Manufacturing Today and into the 21st Century.' Speakers will talk about manufacturing systems, flexibility, work organization and modularization.
'Leaner Product Designs and 21st Century Materials.' The session will cover automotive materials for the next millennium.
Tuesday, Aug. 5, topics will include:
'Factories Most Likely to Succeed in the 21st Century.' Among the speakers will be executives from GM's assembly plant in Eisenach, Germany, and Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
'Supplier Quality Expectations for Product Systems in the 21st Century.' Executives from Volkswagen AG, Chrysler Corp. and TRW Automotive will discuss quality.
'Lean, Leaner and Leanest - an Update on Lean Manufacturing.' Participants will describe financial performance measures at Ford and Chrysler.
On Wednesday, the seminar's keynote panel will include Trotman and Kawamoto, plus top executives from Chrysler Corp., Renault SA, Robert Bosch Corp. and TRW Inc. Panelists will discuss the vanishing boundaries between automakers and suppliers. Panel discussions are also scheduled Thursday and Friday.
For more information, contact the registration office at (313) 647-9096.