SAE 2013 World Congress (2): Supplier Exhibits

New parts/powertrains improve efficiency and reduce fuel use



 This report highlights the exhibits of auto parts/material suppliers at the SAE 2013 World Congress held on April 16-18, 2013, in Detroit, the U.S.

 With the theme of the Congress this year, "Achieving Efficiency," participants introduced new technologies and parts/components to reduce vehicle weight, improve powertrain efficiency and reduce fuel consumption through increased electric operations in vehicles. Six OEMs set up their booths as in 2011 and 2012. Visitors slightly increased to approx. 10,000 this year from 9,000 last year and the number of parts/materials suppliers' booths increased slightly from last year to 170.

 With the U.S. auto industry steadily recovering production and sales from Lehman's fall, the Detroit Auto Show, held in January at the same Cobo Hall, showed vibrant atmosphere. In contrast, the venue of the SAE World Congress this year was quiet, far from the Congress six or seven years ago, which was lively with many visitors, vehicles and parts/components exhibits.

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