SAE International's 100th Anniversary Among Features of 2005 World Congress
WARRENDALE, Pa., April 20, 2005 - SAE International's 2005 World Congress, which featured a celebration of the association's 100th Anniversary, is now - successfully - in the books.
The four-day SAE World Congress just completed last week was held at Cobo Center in Detroit and attracted a total of 35,908 registered attendees from 47 nations globally; U.S. attendees represented 48 states - all but Hawaii and South Dakota. Last year's registered attendance was 35,392.
A host of well-known names in the automotive arena took part in the conference hosted by GM including 2005 SAE World Congress Chair James E. Queen, GM Vice President of Global Engineering; Robert A. Lutz, GM Vice Chairman, Global Product Development; and Bo I. Andersson, GM Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Prof. Dr. Burkhard Goeschel, Board of Management, BWM; Phillip R. Martens, Group Vice President, Product Creation, North America, Ford Motor Company; Charles Ernst, Vice President, Honda American Manufacturing; and Michiyoshi Hagino, Senior Managing and Representative Director, Honda Motor Company, all gave Keynote speeches as well.
Leaders from government in attendance included, from Michigan, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, as well as Arkansas Gov. Mike Hukabee. Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, also was a Keynote speaker.
The SAE 2005 World Congress marked the first time that GM, Ford, Daimler-Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and BMW had a presence together at this leading technology conference.
In addition, the banquet - an annual grand finale for Congress - continued its tradition as a sell-out event, and featured Keynote Speaker G. Richard Wagoner, GM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In his remarks, Wagoner announced a $5 million pledge to the SAE Foundation earmarked for the Collegiate Design Series and "A World in Motion" programs.
Looking ahead to 2006, when BMW will be the host company for World Congress, more than half of the available exhibit space (54%) has already been sold.