As we head into 2021, middle-market manufacturers have many reasons to be optimistic about the coming year, but headwinds persist. What lies ahead? Plante Moran experts share the key themes and trends likely to have an impact.

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Demand for higher-priced vehicles from retail buyers at the end of 2020 helped lift U.S. auto sales out of a springtime slump and buffered the impact of a sharp drop in fleet sales to rental-car companies. Automakers likely sold about 15.9 million new vehicles on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate basis in December, down 4.7 percent from a year ago, according to an average of five market researcher forecasts.

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President-elect Joe Biden played a central role as vice president during the Obama administration, pulling together a task force that is widely credited with saving General Motors and the then-Chrysler, along with as many as 1 million American automotive jobs. Looking forward, the fast-evolving transportation industry is expected to play a central role in Biden’s plan for economic recovery.

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SAA is working with local universities to create SAA Student Chapters to help prepare tomorrow’s automotive leaders. The mission of SAA’s Student Chapters is to provide students with access to industry leaders in order to gain valuable insight into the automotive industry throughout the value chain. The first SAA Student Chapter is in operation at…

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Industry Forecast Consultant Toyota Motor North America Plano, TX Toyota’s Corporate Strategy & Planning Business Insights Group is looking for a passionate and highly-motivated Industry Forecast Consultant (this is manager level position.) The primary responsibility of this role is to is to manage Toyota Motors North America’s (TMNA) industry and segment forecasts for mid-to-long term,…

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SAA MEMBERSHIP SAA Membership Value Information SAA is the source for the most up-to-date industry data and insight SAA disseminates timely and pertinent information at a variety of events such as the Annual Outlook Conference and OEM Purchasing Summit. SAA covers a wide range of topics such as an outlook on suppliers, the latest production forecasts,…

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Joe Tenbusch YPN President Click here for Joe’s LinkedIn profile Joe is a Manager in in Plante Moran’s Strategy and Automotive consulting practice.  Prior to joining Plante Moran, Joe held roles in Sales, Program Management, and Engineering at both Freudenberg and Mubea.  His experience spans both automotive suspension and E-mobility products including lithium ion batteries.…

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← Back to Dashboard PRESENTATION ARCHIVE PRESENTATIONS: SAA Strategic Planning Summit (9/28/11) PDF Downloads Itay Michaeli, CITI Investment Research [PDF] Allen Kudla, Panasonic [PDF] Jeff Klei, Continental [PDF] Rick Bond, Dupont [PDF] Tony DiSalle, Buick/General Motors [PDF] Kevin Cramton, CEO, Revstone Industries, LLC [PDF] Jacqui Dedo, Chief Strategy and Procurement Officer, Dana Holding Corporation [PDF]…

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