In the automotive world, all eyes are on Asia, especially South-east Asia. With major car makers hit by a global economic downturn, the nations of South-east Asia have emerged as a rare bright spot in recent years. The region is responsible for an increasing share of global vehicle sales, and is the only major market expected to see strong growth over the next few years. South-east Asia is also displaying potential as a source for the component sector, with multinationals and local companies alike jockeying to supply major vehicle manufacturers with lower cost components.
LNoppen 5th Annual South-east Asia Auto summit gathers C-level executives from the most important global car original equipment manufacturers, which have expansion plans in South-east Asia, along with representatives from government bodies, associations, research institutes, systems integrators, parts suppliers, international auto equipment and manufacturing solutions providers and consultants. It covers issues related to manufacturing, both established practices as well as new developments; issues relating to distribution, marketing and retail, vehicle technologies and regulatory trends; and, crucially, labour practices and the people who build cars. Through this, the summit explains both how the current situation arose and also likely future trajectories both in terms of social and regulatory trends. As technological, marketing and labour practice have responded to these developments, it has led in many cases to the development of new business models.