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James Chai – Secretary General of Global Automotive Forum organising committee

 

Dearest guests, and friends from the media, good afternoon!

With the support from our sponsors, the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government and the China Machinery Industry Federation, in addition to the support of our hosts, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade - Automotive Committee, the China Chamber of International Commerce Automotive Chamber, the Organizing Committee of China Chongqing International Auto Industry Fair, our co-organizer Automotive Observer, and lastly our organizer JFP Holdings, Ltd. We gladly announce that the 2017 Global Automotive Forum will officially open tomorrow at the Chongqing Yuelai International Conference Center. It’s this Forum’s 8th annual event, and this is the third time it will be held in Chongqing.

Recent years, the global auto demand is maturing with growth slowing in key global markets. How will the industry adapt to the problems and challenges in an era of slow or no growth? The traditional automotive industry is moving forward to electricity and intelligence, But the road to get to a fully electric auto market is full of barriers. How are we to make sure this transformation will succeed despite all the uncertainties we face? Therefore, this year’s forum focuses on the topic “Innovation, Reform and Transformation” and aims to encourage discussion on key issues and practical development strategies.

In general, this year the forum has the following five features:

 

First: self-established conference structure, focusing on the hot topics

This year’s forum has designed various sessions covering topics including: Industry Landscape and Strategies in a Maturing Market, Made in China 2025, Strategies for Profitable Growth in a Maturing Industry, Green Technologies and New Energy Vehicles, “The Belt and Road”, EV New Champions, Chinese Brands: Current Progress and Outlook, Future of Auto Dealerships, Next Generation Technology’s Impact on the Auto Industry, Auto Sales and Marketing: Strategies in an Era of Slower Growth, Auto Design and Styling: Innovation & Inspiration, Vision of Auto Industry in 2025: Opportunities, Challenges Ahead and the Way Forward. These topics directly concern both China’s automotive industry and global automotive companies.

We’ve created special programs for this year’s forum. For example, last month, “The Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit Forum was successfully held in Beijing, to continue this important discussion at our forum, we have also invited the former General Manager of China Investment Corporation, Mr. Gao Xiqing, former Commercial Counsellor of Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Chen Lin to discuss with our participating entrepreneurs on how to promote the globalization of China’s auto industry with the help of “The Belt and Road” initiatives. Self-driving technology and connectivity technologies have dramatically changed the interactions between the car, the driver and the environment. At this forum, we have invited a dream team composed by senior managers from first-tier global auto suppliers, to discuss the impact of these new technologies on reshaping the industry.  More and more Internet companies are stepping into the auto industry and make internet concept cars, which brings fresh perspectives to the traditional market. Along with that, the EV new champions are quickly emerging. Therefore, we’ve also invited some leading EV companies’ mangers to our forum and share their insights on popular topics.

 

Second, An Influential Event with Many Leaders from the Industry

Guests from both international and domestic corporations in the automotive industry, which is widely represented, are invited to this year’s forum. Similar in size to last year’s forum, 810 participants will attend, of which a-third are OEMs. One-third are suppliers, dealers and or from automotive related fields. The final one-third consist of Chinese and foreign media.

Senior executives from domestic well-known brands such as FAW, Dongfeng, SAIC, BAIC, GAGC, Geely, Chery, BYD, Great Wall, Hawtai, Foton, Lifan, JMC, ZX Auto, DFSK, Nanjing Golden Dragon, and international brands such as Volkswagen, BMW, Volvo, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Renault, Lexus, Infiniti, Subaru, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Ievco and other large automobile corporations accepted our invitation and have joined the forum.

Furthermore, joint ventures such as SAIC-Volkswagen, FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC GM, Beijing-Hyundai, Dongfeng-Nissan, Dongfeng-Renault, Dongfeng- Infiniti, GAC HONDA, Changan- Suzuki, SGMW, SAIC-IVECO HONGYAN, will have their senior executives participate in the forum.

In particular, we have invited representatives from almost all the electronic vehicle corporations to this year’s global automotive forum, including NextEV, ChangjiangEV, FMC, Qiantu Motor, Yudo Auto, Weltmeister EV, AI-WAYS, SINGULATO.

Guests from international parts suppliers such as Bosch, Continental Automotive, Magna, Valeo, BorgWarner, Delphi, Dana, Visteon, Bridgestone, AAM, Hella, Denso, Toyota Boshoku, etc. are attending the forum.

In addition, this year’s forum will have hundreds of foreign industry leaders come to communicate and network. The CEO of BorgWarner will participate with nearly half of their management team. Continental Automotive, Dana, and other corporations’ delegations consist of more than 10 people from their headquarters, of which most are senior executives.

 

Third, A well-know and high end platform that’s becoming even more popular

The impact of the platform that this forum provides has been gradually increasing in popularity among industry leaders. A great number of panels are set for the communication between politics and businesses, or inter-business communication. It brings wonderful opportunities for participants to interact and network.

Furthermore, many corporations and organizations will be reporting on significant news. For instance, two cornerstone-laying ceremonies will be held this time. One of them is for the new research and development center of Continental Corporation in Chongqing, which has an investment cost of RMB 280,000,000. Phase one of the project covers an area of 15,000 square meters, which will be put into use by the end of 2018. Also, Dana will hold its cornerstone-laying ceremony for its assembling factory which is almost 7,500 square meters. Over RMB 160,000,000 has been invested, and will be operational at the end of 2018.

 

Fourth, wide coverage from domestic and global media

This year’s Global Automotive Forum has attracted a significant number of domestic and overseas media outlets to Chongqing. State media such as CCTV, People’s Daily, Xinhuanet.come, People.com.cn, China Daily, Ce.cn etc. have joined us to report on our forum. Famous domestic web portals, and vertical websites have also sent teams of professional journalists to cover the forum. The forum will be publicized through diverse channels including live broadcast. Reporters specializing in both business and auto media will give high-level and comprehensive coverage of this event. Local media from Chongqing will also actively report the forum through the channels of television, broadcast, magazine and newspaper etc.

In conclusion, both domestic and overseas mainstream media will positively participate and widely report this forum to display the fruitful discussions at the Global Automotive Forum to the world.

 

Fifth, Combining efforts with the Chongqing Auto Show

Apart from the main program, the press conference and workshops, the organizing committee also prepared a diverse variety of extracurricular activities such as VIP meetings, music salon etc.

This year’s forum will be especially enhanced by its interaction with the Chongqing Auto Show. The expo center is directly adjacent to the conference center, and this year A live broadcast room has set up for the media at the auto show for the first time. Parts supplier companies in the forum will also participate in the exhibition, through the new energy vehicle show. All of the participants in our forum will be able to visit the auto show with their badge.

Here, on behalf of the sponsors, organizers and co-organizer, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to all OEM representatives, media, staff and partners who support the Global Automotive Forum. We wish the 2017 (8th) Global Automotive Forum a great success!

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