Whether in terms of production processes, business models or customer expectations, perhaps no other North American industry faces more dramatic change than the automotive sector.
Developments once considered futuristic are now imminent. Consider the following:
Autonomous driving may account for as much as 40% of overall traffic by 2030.
Shared driving will account for a third of the total.
Some major players will abandon the internal combustion engine and go all-electric.
Middle-market companies that are part of the automotive industrial ecosystem face unique challenges. What directions are the auto giants taking, and how does that affect suppliers? Where do middle-market auto industrials fit in a world buffeted by trade tensions and tariff uncertainty? What threats are being posed by new technologically-savvy entrants? And what if the Americans’ love affair with cars is coming to an end?
These and other questions will be tackled by our panel of expert speakers, who will share their views on the future of the automotive industry generally — and its middle-market participants specifically — in a special session sponsored by Jefferies.