Brake Colloquium & Exhibition – 40th Annual

Grand Rapids, MI | September 25-28, 2022

40 Years of Advancements and Innovation in Braking Systems

Leading the industry for 40 years, the SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition (BRAKE) has been the forum for industry experts to learn about advancements in brake systems and friction materials in North America. BRAKE offers networking opportunities for individuals to come together and make first-hand connections with leaders in the brake community, all while exploring the science and technology of brakes. Join us for this 3.5-day event that covers the newest developments in brake materials, components, systems, testing, modeling and aftermarket solutions for the light, medium duty and commercial vehicle segments.

Benefits of attending:

  • Make connections with experts in the brake community that could not be met by being in the office or on the shop floor.
  • Hear new strategies and technologies that will meet government regulations regarding changes in the braking industry.
  • Network with brake experts from the entire supply chain community from OEMs and tier suppliers through part manufacturers and material developers.
  • Gain information on the latest innovations such as brake friction materials, noise, vibration & harshness light weighting and performance.
  • Spend time exploring the latest braking innovations in the exhibit hall.

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Event Venue

DeVos Place
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

SAE Brake 2022 Preview

Check out the SAE Brake 2022 Preview with Marc LeDuc and Brian Hagman from The Brake Report.

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Deadline for submission is April 10, 2023

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Keynote Roundtable

“Show Me The Money -- An Investor’s View of the Auto Business of the Future" 
September 26, 2022
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Fueled by a global commitment to clean energy solutions, structural shifts in the automotive industry are emerging at a faster pace than many previously anticipated. The transition to EVs will cause profit pools to shift from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) components to e-drive modules and systems. Companies focused on vehicle autonomy are seeing their perceived value boosted. These trends and many more disruptions will require a nimble and well-coordinated approach to product and operational strategies.

Automotive OEMs and suppliers understand the significant impact on future car architecture and are investing heavily in new growth areas.   Some players have already started to streamline their ICE-related portfolios, while others are segregating assets and managing the businesses separately.  How to allocate capital and capacity, together with developing operating strategies for legacy as well as future businesses (such as spin-offs and joint ventures), now dominate management and Board of Directors discussions.

In this first of its kind Roundtable for the Colloquium,  experienced automotive investors and deal-makers discuss the following questions:

  • How should OEMs and suppliers balance investments between legacy assets vs. growth bets?
  • How do you see capital and resource allocation shifting?
  • What are today's key factors in value creation in an automotive related business?
  • What is your role in supporting these changes?

Prachi Vakharia

Associate Partner, IMPROVED

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Kellie Lindsay

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Autotech Ventures

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Mark Gottfredson

Director and Founder, Bain & Company, Inc.

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James C. Penman

Managing Director, Automotive & Truck, DPP

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Technology Focus

Area Friction & Raw Materials | Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) | Testing | Modeling | Foundation Brake Integration | Technology / Rotors / Calipers | Environmental Issues | Brake Actuation | Braking for Electric and Hybrids | Braking for Wind Turbines | Friction & Vibration | Manufacturing and Quality

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