Leading manufacturers declare support for the FISITA 2008 World Automotive Congress, Munich
28 January 2008
Audi, BMW Group and Daimler are Main Sponsors of the prestigious event. Evonik Industries AG, SGS Group, TÜV SÜD and ZF already confirmed as Gold Sponsors, Connexis as Silver Sponsor.
The 32nd FISITA World Automotive Congress, to be held in Munich , Germany , from 14- 19 September 2008 , is already receiving strong support from the highest levels of the German industry. Audi, BMW Group and Daimler (formerly DaimlerChrysler) are already on board as the main event sponsors. Leading suppliers Evonik Industries, SGS, TÜV SÜD and ZF are confirmed as Gold Sponsors. Global telematics service provider, Connexis, confirmed as Silver Sponsor.
Hosted by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) FISITA 2008 will take place at the International Congress Centre Munich (ICM), a state-of-the-art venue in the heart of one of Germany 's leading automotive engineering regions. More than 50 different topics will be discussed during the four-day programme, reflecting the vital role of engineers worldwide in solving the current and future transportation challenges facing society.
Under the chairmanship of Dr Michael Paul, Executive Vice President, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, the Congress will address 12 key themes: mobility concepts; man-machine interaction; electronics; future powertrain solutions; vehicle concepts; vehicle safety; virtual reality; simulation and testing; resources and ecology; process challenges in changing economies; chassis development for cars, trucks and buses, and body design for cars, trucks and buses.
Strong industry endorsements
Commenting on the importance of the FISITA Congress, Michael Dick, Member of Audi's Board of Management for Technical Development, said: "The FISITA Congress is the world's longest established international conference on automotive engineering. As such, it reflects Audi's own standing as a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality, premium cars and we are therefore very pleased to sponsor FISITA 2008."
Speaking on behalf of BMW Group, Christoph Huss, Senior Vice President for Science, Traffic and Vehicle Regulations, said: "The FISITA World Automotive Congress provides a unique forum for the global automotive engineering community. The event gets bigger and better every time; and this, the 32nd FISITA Congress, promises to be an unmissable opportunity to learn about the latest technical developments and the many issues surrounding automotive transportation in the 21st Century."
For Daimler, Ulrich Mellinghoff, Vice President of Development, Safety, NVH and Testing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, commented: "Daimler is delighted to sponsor the 32nd FISITA World Automotive Congress and appreciates that Germany was chosen for this important event in 2008. The standard of presentations is always extremely high and the opportunities for networking make it an event not to be missed. We would recommend FISITA 2008 to anyone involved in automotive research, development, design or manufacturing."
The previous FISITA Congress, held in Yokohama , Japan in October 2006, attracted 1,600 delegates from 36 countries, with a further 6,000 automotive professionals visiting the accompanying exhibition. Many of the world´s top vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology providers have recognised the unique value of FISITA as means of communication with the engineers and executives who are responsible for designing, developing and specifying the world´s automobiles. Further sponsorship opportunities are available for 2008 and options can be tailored to a company´s exact needs and budget, from simple branding opportunities through to sponsorship of official receptions, dinners and events, or a more comprehensive package which will communicate corporate messages to FISITA´s influential attendees. Full details of available sponsorship packages can be found at www.fisita2008.com or by contacting:
Dr.-Ing. Daniela Senftleben
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Notes to Editors:
The FISITA World Automotive Congress is widely regarded as one of the leading international conferences of its kind. The first Congress was held in Paris in 1948. Since then, the event has been hosted by a different national FISITA member society every two years, making it the world´s longest established international conference on automotive engineering.
Founded in Paris in 1948, FISITA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Ingeniéurs des Techniques de l´Automobile / International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies) is the world body representing 147,000 automotive engineers belonging to the national automotive engineering societies of 38 countries. Its Honorary Committee includes senior executives from 57 of the world´s major vehicle manufacturers and technology suppliers. FISITA brings these parties together to disseminate and share leading-edge technical knowledge in order to improve automotive transportation for the benefit of all. FISITA is a non-profit educational and scientific organization, dedicated to promoting advances in automotive technology that save lives, protect the environment and conserve natural resources.
The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is the largest engineering association in Western Europe . In Germany it is acknowledged as the voice of engineers within the profession and in public life generally. The VDI Society for Automotive and Traffic Systems Technology (VDI-FVT) focuses on automotive engineering and mobility issues.
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