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Streamlined Format and High-Level Technical and Business Content Highlighted the SAE International 2009 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 27, 2009 - Timely, relevant information in a user-friendly environment were the hallmarks of the SAE International 2009 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, held recently in Rosemont, Ill. Executive leadership for the event was provided by Caterpillar Inc.

“This meeting has grown into one of the premier events in the commercial vehicle industry and this year’s event carried on that tradition. We saw a blend of relevant topics with insightful discussion by some of the top minds that the commercial vehicle industry has to offer,” Gwenne Henricks, Co-Executive Chair of the event and Vice President, Industrial Power Systems Division, Caterpillar Inc., said.

Mark Pflederer, Co-Executive Chair of the event and Vice President, Electronics and Machine Systems Division, Caterpillar Inc., agreed saying, “almost immediately following this year’s meeting we heard comments from attendees talking about the value they experienced, both from technical knowledge and general networking experiences.”

The event featured a two-day format to better meet the needs of today’s busy commercial vehicle engineering professionals. The two days were full of informative and interactive panel discussions and technical sessions, along with an exhibit featuring some of the latest technology and products for the commercial vehicle industry. Highlights from the event included:

·      Several executive-level panels, including a Global Executive Leadership Panel that looked at how engineering and management of innovation impact the business side of the commercial vehicle industry.

·      A Workforce Development and Pipeline Panel that focused on the challenges in making the transition from academia to industry – what has worked and what hasn’t.

·      A Tier 4 Panel Series that reviewed the various machine impacts of off-highway Tier 4 emission solution, along with the upcoming service and after-market impact of Tier 4. This series incorporated some of the learning from the on-highway segment from the 2007 regulations for on-highway engines.

·      Technical sessions that featured innovations and breakthroughs affecting the technology of tomorrow. Topics included drivetrain/powertrain, chassis, suspension, braking, steering, fluid power, electronics, maintenance, safety, fuels, sustainability, legislation/regulation, emissions/environment, and executive management.

·      Several special Sessions, including 2010 Emissions Solutions, Visualization and Virtual Reality in Vehicle Design, Connectivity, and Intelligent Transportation /the I-95 Corridor Project.

The SAE 2010 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition will be held Oct. 5-6 in Rosemont, Ill. 

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