On June 4–5, 2009, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host its Sixteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium.
The Symposium will begin on Thursday, with a panel of experts who will discuss how the auto industry can make vehicles more efficient. Following the panel will be lunch at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Detroit Branch. A special tour has been scheduled after lunch of the Ricardo Technical Center. Ricardo provides an array of services to the automotive industry: technology, innovation, engineering solutions, as well as strategic consulting. After the tour of the facility, we will be learning about their new, state of the art Battery Systems Development Center. Please note: cameras, cell phones with cameras or any other device which takes pictures or videos may not be used at the facility. Transportation will not be provded to the tour location; however, carpooling will be available.
On Friday, June 5, the symposium convenes at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. This year's symposium focuses on the long-term landscape of automotive production. The topics include: the viability of the auto industry; the vehicle sales outlook from the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) perspective; medium- and heavy-duty truck industry outlook; dealers' and suppliers' perspectives on the sales outlook; and the consensus outlook of symposium participants.