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Thursday May 12, 2011 from 7:45 AM to 7:00 PM EDT

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Somerset Inn - Troy, Michigan

2601 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 643-7800
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2011 Motor Vehicle Metals and Resins Conference 

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The 2011 Metals and Resins Conference has been established with the goals of providing supply chain, sales and other interested professionals:  

  • The opportunity to hear industry leading experts provide valuable insights into the prevalent issues facing the Metals & Resins industries and the potential impacts on supply, demand, and pricing 
  • The ability to learn actionable, best practice strategies for effectively managing commodity costs to improve profitability

Confirmed Speakers Include: 

  • Joe Innace, Chief Editor Steel Markets Daily, Platts
  • Karen McBeth, Editorial Director, Platts
  • Robert DiCianni, Manager, Marketing and Analysis, ArcelorMittal
  • Peter F. Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics
  • Dave Nelson, Chairman,  Quality Analytics, Inc., former CPO, Honda NA
  • Kevin Smith, Senior Vice President of Strategic Programs, Sandler Travis 
  • Ted Mabley, CEO and President, Facton North America
  • Benjamin Morse, Senior Editor, Platts Petrochemicals
  • Paul Blanchard, Director-Engineering Resins, North America, CMAI Global
  • Bruce Benda, Vice President, Automotive and Transportation, Bayer
  • Tony Diaz, Industrial Materials Team, MF Global Inc.
  • Jeff Mengel, Partner, Plastics Industry Practice Leader, Plante and Moran
  • Gordon Young, President, Global Supply Chain Services
  • Paul Traub, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Mark Aiello, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • John Trentacosta, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Mike Herrmann, Division Manager, OmniSource
  • Chris Beck, Industrial Marketing Representative, OmniSource
  • Bob Dennett, Senior Consultant-Plastics, CMAI

 The conference will consist of two half-day sessions: Metals and Resins.  Attendees can elect to participate in one or both.  Conference events include:

  • Keynote Presentations and Roundtable Discussions:  Established forecasting and industry executives will provide their insights on key relevant issues facing the resins and metals markets and discuss how to proactively manage contracts to best protect for profitable growth with clients and customers.
  • Workshop Sessions:  Industry professionals will present “actionable strategies” to manage costs through implementation of best practice initiatives.
  • Matchmaker Meetings:  Short one-on-one meetings will enable supply chain professional to interact with established industry service providers.

Supply chain, sales and other interested professionals will learn how to maximize their value contributions by aligning future pricing scenario considerations with proven profit maximization tools and techniques.  

The conference will be preceded by an evening reception on May 11th and will conclude with an Afterglow Networking reception following completion of the last half-day session on May 12th.

 Click the following links for more information:

Conference Overview

Conference Agenda

Conference Fees

Hotel Accomodations

About Advanced Purchasing Dynamics

You may also be interested in joining fellow automotive suppliers May 2-3 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi, Novi, MI, for the 18th annual PMA Automotive Parts Suppliers Council (APSC) conference.

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors:


J.P. Morgan

Bayer MaterialScience

MF Global




Foley & Lardner LLP