GREENVILLE — The South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC) will highlight the state’s automotive technology strength at the sixth annual South Carolina Automotive Summit. The event, which will take place Feb. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, will attract more than 250 industry thought-leaders, top executives and rising stars.

“We are honored to host the Summit, which has been one of the state’s premier events over the past six years,” said Catherine Hayes, executive director of the South Carolina Automotive Council. “With a $27 billion economic impact, success in the state’s automotive industry means success for South Carolina.”

The conference theme, “Where Connectivity Happens,” will highlight the next generation of automotive manufacturing tech.

“More and more, the manufacturing sector is implementing cutting-edge technology into its day-to-day operations,” says Hank Bennett, vice president for Gasoline Systems Manufacturing Sector at Robert Bosch LLC. “We need opportunities such as the Summit to bring together top minds in South Carolina to have conversations which will propel us towards the future.”

The conference is the capstone event of South Carolina Auto Week. It kicks off with IngeniousSC!, a preview of the latest technologies developed by the state’s industry, universities and research organizations. Conference sessions will also explore autonomous driving, SMART cities and factories, deep machine learning, manufacturing innovation, logistics modeling, connected vehicles and other hot topics in tech. A full conference schedule is available here.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Paul Boris, vice president at GE Digital, will discuss AI, deep learning and man-machine interfaces.
  • Mitch Bainwol, president & CEO of the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers will outline the future of mobility and the impact of impending administration influence.
  • Mike Jackson, director of Vehicle Production Forecasting for IHS Automotive, North America will highlight upcoming trends for automotive production on the continent.
  • OEM Spotlight, Michael Balke, president and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Vans will share manufacturing insights and SC expansion updates.
  • Joachim Taiber, CTO International Transportation Innovation Center and Clemson University adjunct professor, and global experts will discuss their strategy for the Mobility Revolution.
  • Gary Silberg, partner and National Automotive Sector leader at KPMG, will present exclusive new industry insight.

“We are proud to have put together a terrific lineup of speakers and panelists for this year’s Summit,” said Dex Battista, Magna International manager of Government Affairs and SCAC board member. “The event will bring renowned automotive experts to South Carolina and provide a forum for open dialogue on how the auto industry in South Carolina can continue to move forward and grow as we meet the challenges of an evolving technological landscape.”

Panelists and presenters represent organizations including: BMW, Honda of SC, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Senator International, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, SC Council on Competitiveness, GSP International Airport, KIA Motors, ZF Transmissions, SAE Foundation, Clemson University, In-Tech, The State of South Carolina, Center for Manufacturing Innovation, Alliance of Automotive Manufacturing, IHS Automotive, International Transportation Innovation Center, IBM, GIL, and Nebiolotech.

Register here for the 2017 South Carolina Automotive Summit. Please reach out to Logan Moore ( with comments or questions.


South Carolina Automotive Council
The South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC) is a not-for-profit, member-based organization committed to serving automotive-related manufacturers through programs, services, advocacy and partnerships. Established as an initiative of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), the SCAC is building on the experience of an organization with over 100 years of proven success advocating for manufacturing. Utilizing the resources, knowledge and infrastructure of the SCMA, the SCAC is able to effectively and efficiently serve its members and the community, recognizing the importance of the automotive industry to South Carolina’s economy. More information on SCAC and the Summit can be found at A full list of events for SC Auto Week can be found at