At the kind invitation of the Chongqing Municipal Government, and on behalf of the organizer, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee, I am pleased to invite you to attend the Sixth Annual Global Automotive Forum (the “GAF2015”) which takes place on June 9-10, 2015 in Chongqing, China.
In 2009, China's auto sales reached 13 million vehicles surpassing every other country and making it the largest auto market in the world. At that time, there were several automotive conferences addressing the domestic market but there were none that offered a global perspective. The Global Automotive Forum (“GAF”) was launched in 2010 and successfully filled that gap. The GAF was the first of its kind and it was created to serve as a communication platform for domestic and global industry professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding the industry.
The global economic recovery since the financial crises in 2008 has been slow and difficult, with the outlook of major economies growing divergent. Downward pressure on China's economy keeps mounting, compounded by numerous difficulties and challenges. At the very same time, information technology is spawning another industrial revolution worldwide forcing the traditional auto industry to enter into an era of restructuring. How are we as an industry responding to the profound changes taking place? The topics at this year’s forum, Mega Change: Reshaping an Industry, were designed to provide industry leaders, experts and policy makers a platform to communicate their unique insights into the developments impacting the industry.
The Global Automotive Form has become a major annual event for industry leaders around the world. Its vigor and success have helped to establish its excellent reputation across the industry and it is now widely regarded as the most important, high-level, global automotive conference in China.
We hope that you will join us in Chongqing on June 9-10, 2015 to participate in this important discussion.
At 9am on June 9, the Sixth Annual Global Automotive Forum (GAF 2015) opened in the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center. The event was hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee, the Organizing Committee of China Chongqing International Auto Industry Fair, and China Central Television. The Chongqing Municipal Government, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and the China Machinery Industry Federation were also sponsors of this event.
After 3 years in Wuhan and 2 years in Chengdu, this year’s Forum was located in Chongqing and marked the first year that the forum was held in the summer instead of the fall. The unique goal of the Forum is to convey clear information on the current state of the auto industry and brainstorm ideas for the future of China’s auto market, which is currently in the process of major transformation.
Wang Ruixiang, Chairman of China Machinery Industry Federation; Cheng Hong, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of China Central Television; Weng Jieming, Executive Deputy Mayor of Congqing Municipal Government, and Wang Xia, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee gave opening remarks at GAF 2015. The speakers highlighted the many achievements of the Chinese auto industry and expressed their hope that positive discussions could be held between Chinese and international delegates to explore the opportunities and challenges of the auto industry and to exchange ideas for the future.
Presently, China is the workshop of the world and a country that simply produces automobiles instead automotive powerhouse because it still relies on Western, Japanese and South Korean technologies and processes. However, the goal of 13th Five Year Plan and “Made in China 2025” is to turn China from the world’s factory into a manufacturing powerhouse. With this in mind, what framework and direction can “Industry 4.0” provide for the transformation and improvement of the auto industry? What are the differences between Chinese and foreign views towards the development of “Industry 4.0”?
The 6th Global Automotive Forum will be held in the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center from June 9th to June 10th, 2015. Modeled after the famous “Ted Talks,” we will roll out our newly designed section: “GAF Talks.”We have invited four industry leaders from the IT and auto fields to share their uniqueperspectives and ideas regarding the automotive field.
“Share the innovative ideas, ignite the power of thinking, master the industry dynamics” is the purpose of the GAF Talks program. We aim to provide innovative ideas for the automotive industry and are dedicated to creating an open atmosphere for deep thought and discussion. GAF Talks hopes to inspire audiences to think critically about every aspect of the “car.”
The Sixth annual Global Automotive Forum was held in Chongqing on June 9th, 2015. In the brainstorm session entitled “The Future of New Energy Vehicles (NEV)”, industry experts discussed the prospects and future promotion of NEVs in China.
Hydrogen Technology has great potential
Yusuke Hasegawa, Managing Officer and Director of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and Chief Operating Officer of the Advanced Research Division, expressed Honda’s desire to tackle the many challenging environmental problems we face from a variety of different angles. Some of the company’s ideas to approach these issues include improving the efficiency of internal-combustion engines and introducing other alternative energies, such as hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles, hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles (FCV). Honda has already been able to implement some of these solutions. In 2012, the company upgraded key hybrid technologies to dramatically reduce the fuel consumption of hybrid electric vehicles without external electric power.
The Sixth Global Automotive Forum (GAF 2015) will be hosted on June 9th and 10th, 2015, at the Chongqing Yulai International Conference Center with gracious support from the Chongqing municipal government. This Forum is hosted by the Automotive Committee of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Chongqing Exhibition Committee, in association with China Central Television (CCTV). The event has been organized by JFP Holdings, Ltd., co-organized by Automotive Observer, and has been made possible with help from the Chinese, American, British and German advising teams. We sincerely welcome all business elites to this event!
The theme of this year’s forum is “Mega Change: Reshaping an Industry.” It is extremely important for the automotive industry to keep pace with rapid changes
Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing in June 2015
One of the Largest and Top-level International Forums Held in China
GAF 2015 Press Release One
At the invitation of Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, Global Automotive Forum 2015 (“GAF2015” www.ga-forum.org/en) will be held on June 9-10, 2015 at Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center, coincide with the Chongqing Auto Show. This is going to be one of the largest, top-level and most important international forums held in China. This is also the first time for GAF to take place in Chongqing and shift its date from autumn to summer after having been developed for three years in Chengdu and two years in Wuhan.