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2004 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress And Exhibition A Forum For Shared Issues And Technologies

Warrendale, PA, Oct. 27, 2004 - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is holding its first annual Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, Oct. 26-28.

The event is designed to bring together engineering professionals, suppliers and manufacturers in the truck and bus (T&B), off-highway, and agricultural machinery industries to explore exciting new technologies and discuss pressing issues and regulations of common interest.

The three-day conference features professional development seminars and technical sessions. At the DANA Technology Theater, industry experts will address such major issues as the benefits and risks of offshore engineering design, the current state of design and safety standards relating to safety and noise, the impact of forthcoming EPA emissions regulations on society and industry, and other topics as well. In addition, there will be an exhibition of new technologies and products, including vehicle displays, by over 300 OEMs and suppliers. The exhibition also features New Products Showcases - special venues that allow for more detailed product presentations.

The SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition replaces two SAE events that previously served the T&B and off-highway machinery industries, separately. The T&B event had been held annually since the mid 1970s. The off-highway machinery event, which began in the early 1900s, was last held in 2000.

So, why did SAE combine these two events into the Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress?

Herb Kaufman, Director of the Commercial Vehicle Business at SAE, said, "We saw that the dynamics of the market were changing." According to Kaufman, suppliers of engines and other components once focused primarily on either the T&B or off-highway machinery industry. In recent years, however, an increasing number of suppliers have been expanding to meet the needs of both industries. At the same time, SAE recognized that there was a growing number of issues such as emissions, electronics, and safety that were of common interest to corporate leaders and engineering professionals from both industries.

"With these factors in mind, SAE decided that the time was right to hold a single, comprehensive annual event that could enable both industries to capitalize on their shared knowledge, experiences, technologies and supply bases.

"The T&B and off-highway machinery industries have been very supportive of this event," Kaufman continued. "They recognize the value of the combined show in providing a forum that enables a wider exchange of ideas on common issues and technologies and is cost-effective to attend."

While the typical industry trade show generally focuses on the exhibition of products and services by OEMs and suppliers, and then supplements that activity with limited presentations of industry white papers, SAE's Commercial Vehicle Engineering show, emphasizes an extensive program of professional development seminars, technical sessions, guest lectures and other information-sharing activities.

During the Engineering Congress, approximately 60 Standards Writing Committees comprised of experienced engineering professionals from around the world will meet to deliberate and write SAE, ISO and global testing standards. They will also offer technical input relating to industry regulations. Anyone attending the Congress can sit in on and observe the Standards Writing Committee meetings.

For more information on SAE's Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition, please call SAE World Headquarters at (724) 776-4841 or visit the SAE Web site at

SAE is a non-profit engineering and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 85,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles, including automobiles, aircraft, aerospace craft, trucks, buses, marine, rail and transit machinery. This information is disseminated through SAE meetings, books, electronic products and databases, technical papers, standards, reports, and professional development programs.