In this episode noted auto industry expert Haig Stoddard talks to host Cliff Waldman about challenges shaping the U.S. motor vehicle subsector. After overviewing industry growth prospects, the interview turns to product innovation, with discussion of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Human capital challenges in the U.S. auto industry are considered, most notably the relative scarcity of engineers. Haig also addresses the auto demand implications of aging populations, falling birth rates, and millennial generation location decisions.
Episode 322: Manufacturing Matters – Challenges In The U.S. Auto Industry
Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.
Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.
Haig Stoddard has followed the auto industry for three decades, starting as a reporter for Wards and transitioning to automotive market analyst. He has spent most of his career at Wards, with stints along the way at Global Insight forecasting North American vehicle production, and as a vehicle market analyst at General Motors and Dana Corp. Since returning to Wards, he has served as the company’s lead in-house analyst overseeing several of the information provider’s data products and tools, including its Wards Intelligence North American vehicle production and sales forecasts.