First Ever NextGen Auto International Summit China Attracts Prestigious Line Up of International and Domestic Speakers

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 - 4:10pm IST | Agency: PR Newswire

First Ever NextGen Auto International Summit China Attracts Prestigious Line Up of International and Domestic Speakers

SHANGHAI, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International speakers from Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and US are taking part in the first ever NextGen Auto International Summit China, which will be held alongside the well-established Automechanika Shanghai -- Shanghai's leading trade fair for automotive parts, equipment and services suppliers.

The summit, which takes place 11 - 13 December 2012 at the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, China, is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission's International Cooperation Centre (NDRC's ICC). It is a high level thought leadership industry event that will explore new technology, management and product innovation strategies which promise a more sustainable and profitable future for OEMs, suppliers and service providers across the automotive industry value chain. More than hundreds of industry decision makers, as well as representatives from key government ministries, municipalities and influential research institutes are expected to attend the event.

Commenting on the summit, Mr. Jason Cao, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd said: "We are honoured to have such a quality line up of international and domestic speakers. They are industry pioneers and technology innovators, many of whom are speaking for the first time in China. They all will share their experiences and valuable insights to help the development of China's automotive industry."

Representative of NDRC's ICC added: "A range of critical issues relating to sustainable development in China's automotive industry will be explored. Promising solutions evaluated at the summit will include key policies and priorities for a smarter, cleaner and energy efficient automotive future; adoption of new business models and a more collaborative eco-system; as well as product innovation in hybrids, e-mobility and personal transportation."

Chinese speakers from key ministries, municipal government authorities, leading enterprises and influential institutes will discuss the progress and priorities for the automotive industry's development under China's 12th Five-Year Plan and they include:

-- Representative of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

Keynote speech: Policies, priorities and progress for new energy efficient vehicles industry development in the next five years

-- Mr. Chen Jiachang, Deputy Director General, Department of High and New Tech, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China

Topic: Evolution of China's energy-saving and new energy vehicles production Industry development plan

-- Mr. Hou Yunchun, Vice President, State Council Development Research Center (DRC)

Topic: Taking multiple proactive measures to develop electric vehicles

-- Dr Zhen Zijian, Deputy Director, National 863 Program, Office of Energy Conservation and New Energy Vehicle Project, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Topic: Promoting scientific and technological progress in China's automotive sector for competitiveness and growth

-- Mr. Xu Bing Jin, Honorary President, China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), China

Topic: Sustainable development of China's auto market: Taking product and service quality to the next level to meet customer expectations

-- Mr. Liu Jianhua, Deputy Director, New Energy Vehicle Promotion Office, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization

Topic: Policies, planning and priorities to support development of Shanghai's new energy automotive industry

Leading international speakers to the summit include industry pioneers and technology innovators. Some of the contributing speakers at the summit include:

-- Mr. Allan Larsson, Vice Chairman, ElBil2020

Topic: Sweden's move to a fossil-fuel free future

-- Mr. Christian Heep, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Marketing, Germany's Federal Association for eMobility (BEM)

Topic: Europe's transition to electric mobility

-- Professor Andrew Frank, Chief Technology Officer, Efficient Drivetrains, USA, recognised as the "father" of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Topic: Electrification of taxis in major Chinese cities with range extended electric vehicles

-- Mr. M. Madani Sahari, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Automotive Institute

Topic: Turning Malaysia into an energy efficient vehicle international hub

-- Ms Francesca Forestieri, Director of GSM Association's mAutomotive Connected Living Programme

Topic: Accelerating the development and deployment of embedded automotive devices and solutions for mobile connectivity

-- Dr Anthony Thomson, Vice President, Qualcomm Europe, founder and developer of HaloIPT wireless charging

Topic: Wireless charging - The future of electric

For more details about the speakers and the summit agenda, please visit or to register for the summit, contact )

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is Germany's leading trade fair organiser, with 467.5 million euros in sales and 1,725 active employees worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and approximately 50 international Sales Partners, giving it a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. Events "made by Messe Frankfurt" take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2011, Messe Frankfurt organised 100 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds, featuring 578,000 square metres, are currently home to ten exhibition halls and an adjacent Congress Center. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent. For more information, please visit our website at:

Background information on NDRC's ICC

The International Cooperation Center (ICC), an institution directly affiliated to National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was approved by the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform in 1993 and funded as an independent legal entity. Major responsibilities and functions of the ICC include:

-- Implement the cooperation projects of NDRC with international organizations, foreign governments and enterprises, and other international agencies;

-- Organize international workshops, seminars and training programs on social development and economic system reform;

-- Conduct research projects on economic and social development;

-- Handle travelling procedures NDCR delegations for overseas study tours, training and working visits;

-- Handle cases of visit by delegations from foreign organizations, civil associations and enterprises;

-- Provide consulting services and introduce potential parents for foreign investors;

-- Translate and publish documents and materials on China's economic and social development, and system reform;

-- Engage in setting up relevant economic entities

ICC is composed of Administrative Office, Division of International Cooperation, Training, Research, Information and Consultancy Development and Industry. ICC has also worked with relevant agencies though Research Institutes of Regional Cooperation and Opening-up, Culture industry, Asset Management, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

In March 2009, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), a top think tank in China, was founded in Beijing with former Vice Premier Mr. ZENG Peiyan as its Chairman. Both ICC and Consulting Center for Opening-up are its initiating agencies and have become an integral part of CCIEE.

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