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Cole To Keynote CIMdata’s PLM Road Map 2012: The product lifecycle management consulting and research firm CIMdata Inc. announced Wednesday that David E. Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map 2012, which will take place at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth Oct. 2 and 3. The auto industry has experienced a period of turmoil and challenge — indeed, a perfect storm — during the past decade. Every aspect of the industry was impacted by the “great recession,” which turned out to be a depression for the auto industry. Fortunately, the industry is coming back strong. The auto industry and manufacturing in general are critical to a successful economy, with a high job multiplier and significant value creation. In his keynote presentation, “The Auto Sun is Rising,” Cole will address the dramatic changes that are occurring in the industry from the new evolving business model to the exploding importance of knowledge and innovation. The industry of the future and the exciting potential for new powertrains, fuels, connected vehicles, material systems, and engineering and manufacturing methods that will reshape the industry and its products will be discussed. The presentation will also address possible “choke points” that could interrupt progress, such as the lack of talent, critical materials, appropriate policy, and supply disruptions. PLM Road Map 2012 will provide independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root. For more information visit http://plmforesight.cimdata.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference12.cfm .