The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States (GACC South), which serves 11 southeastern states, will host its first annual Transatlantic Logistics Conference Nov. 18, 2009, at The Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Under its 2009 theme, "Breaking into Transatlantic Logistics," the inaugural event will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions pertaining to automotive supply management and logistics, and will facilitate industry networking, matchmaking, export and trans-Atlantic business partnership opportunities among industry experts and conference attendees. Executives from leading manufacturers and suppliers, including Continental Tire and Porsche Logistics, will speak. Christian Kohlhase, First Secretary of Transportation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Economic Department, and Jan Heitmann, CEO, Logistics Council Germany, will also attend.
In the U.S., original equipment manufacturing for new vehicles accounts for about 70 percent of automotive parts production and an estimated two-thirds to three-fourths of total automotive parts production. Currently, automotive manufacturing in the Southeast is represented by over 1,200 OEMs and suppliers, 330,000 workers and 15 automotive manufacturing facilities, including those of BMW, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
GACC South is one of the largest bi-national chambers in the United States and serves the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
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