11th Annual South Carolina
Automotive Summit

Hyatt Regency | March 1-3, 2022 | Greenville, SC


10th Annual South Carolina Automotive Summit

Virtual Event | May 11-13, 2021

9th Annual South Carolina Automotive Summit

Hyatt Regency | Feb. 26-28, 2020 | Greenville, SC

SC Automotive Council | OESA SC Regional Supplier Event

8th Annual SC Automotive Summit

Hyatt Regency | February 19-21, 2019 | Greenville, SC


2018 SCAC | OESA Regional Supplier Meeting

June 14 | Greenville

Event Details

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC) invite suppliers to attend the OESA/SCAC South Carolina Regional Supplier Meeting on June 14, 2018. The event will be held at the prestigious Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C.

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2018 Automotive Summit

Feb 28 – Mar 2 | Greenville

2018 South Carolina Auto Week

Feb 26 – Mar 3 | Statewide

Event Details

From advanced manufacturing to driver assistance to Smart City infrastructure, connectivity has become the cornerstone of automotive innovation. Leading the conversation about the evolving industry among automotive executives and thought leaders is the South Carolina Automotive Summit, the premier automotive conference of the region and one of the most well respected and attended conferences in the Southeast.

Approximately 500 attendees attended the SC Auto Week events, with the Summit drawing C-level executives, managers and other top decision makers of OEMs, Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers, leading research institutions, test facilities, and other organizations directly tied to the automotive industry.

Today’s top automotive technologies and the future of the industry discussions included:

  • Global trends and regional industry highlights
  • Compelling presentations and panels featuring industry executives and thought leaders
  • Business-to-Business Matchmaking
  • New technology innovations and applications
  • Workforce development insights
  • Networking opportunities with customers and suppliers

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors

To View Photos from the 2018 Summit, Click Here

10th Annual Southern Automotive Conference

October 4-6, 2017 | Birmingham, AL

Event Details

Innovation Zone

The Southern Automotive Conference announced its first-ever Innovation Zone! Designed to showcase innovation revolutionizing automotive manufacturing, the high-tech, interactive Innovation Zone featured the most creative & cutting-edge technologies and enhanced solutions driving disruptive transformation across the industry.

New to the SAC, companies and individuals had the opportunity to demo breakthrough ideas and innovations.

SC Automotive Council/SC Aerospace Council Meeting

October 9, 2017 | Greenville

Event Details

In cooperation with the Composites Suppliers (Matchmaker) Meetings Oct 9-11 @ TD Center, Greenville, SC.

Composites Suppliers Meetings

October 9-11, 2017 | TD Center, Greenville

Event Details

Inaugural Composites Suppliers Meetings  October 9-11.  The event organizer, advanced business events (ABE), is a leading European organizer of business conventions or One-to-One meetings events, conferences, congresses dedicated to professionals in the industry.

ABE is proudly recognized in the industry as a key player whose business is to connect OEMs and suppliers through pre-arranged and business focused meetings and conferences.  Because of their international reach, they brought in companies from across the globe, presenting a great opportunity for South Carolina companies to begin or expand their international business.

ABE’s meeting platform enables companies to identify the best possible candidates for new business, generating a pre-arranged meeting schedule based on the customer prioritization.  We are excited for the exposure this event brought to the region and to our great South Carolina companies, with the intent to establish this as a bi-annual event for years to come.

Supplier Matchmaker Meetings are supported by BMW and Toray, organized by Abe and SC Department of Commerce, in partnership with Upstate SC Alliance, CUICAR, USC, SC Aerospace Council and SC Automotive Council.

SCAC/AIAG Supply Chain and Quality Conference

August 24-25, 2017 | Charleston Marriott

Event Details

Presented by KPMG

Aug 24-25, 2017

Charleston Marriott | 170 Lockwood Blvd | Charleston, SC 29403

Optional Pre-conference and Post-conference events:

  • Aug 24 – Plant Tour @ Robert Bosch.
  • Aug 24 – Power Breakfast & Workshop: AIAG 101/IATF 16949:2016.
  • Aug 25 – Harbor Tour by water on Ports Tug.

Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting this conference.

Global Carolina Connections Conference

August 9, 2017 | Charleston

Event Details

Conference dedicated to foreign direct investment and international manufacturing in the Carolinas featuring an international automotive panel.

SCAC/OESA Regional Supplier Event

May 31, 2017 | CUI-ICAR, Greenville, SC

Event Details

May 31, 2017

CU-ICAR, 5 Research Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

The annual SCAC/OESA South Carolina Regional Supplier meeting is an impactful program which draws automotive manufacturers from South Carolina, the Southeast and Midwest.  Through collaboration, the SC Automotive Council and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association constituents share best practices and key strategies for decision making in the industry.

This meeting engages OEM and Tier 1 leadership, Tier 2 and 3 Suppliers, industry experts, education and research professionals, software/hardware and indirect suppliers, key logistics players and service providers who are making a dramatic impact on the success of the automotive ecosystem in the Southeast.

Influential automotive leaders from BMW, Bosch, Bridgestone and Jtekt/Koyo discussed the latest trends and critical policy changes in the industry.

Morning Workshop at CU-ICAR | 8:30 – 11:00 am

“The Hunt for Risk-based Thinking in Your (IATF 16949:2016) Automotive QMS,”  Hosted by Cathy Fisher, Quistem President, and the SC Automotive Council.

2017 Auto Summit

February 20-22, 2017 | The Hyatt, Greenville, SC

SCAC Supply Chain Visibility

November 10, 2016 | North Charleston, SC

Event Details

SCAC Supply Chain Visibility

November 10, 2016

Trident Technical College

College Center, 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406

The South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC) was excited to offer a comprehensive overview of the SC automotive manufacturing Supply Chain and the financial impact of your sourcing, logistics and data strategies.

As a manufacturer, you rely on the supply chain efficiency to meet all your KPI.  We provided answers to foreign trade, logistics and data management questions at this special event with unique opportunities to tour, to share best practices and to consider potential solutions to industry challenges.

Attendees learned how:

  • to be part of the bold plans for supplier localization underway at Bosch;
  • to exploit export opportunities to Mexico and beyond;
  • to utilize data to identify new suppliers and customers and to benchmark with their competition;
  • to track their assets and manage financial processes for huge financial gain!

As a unique opportunity, there was an optional SC Ports tour at the Wando Welch Terminal followed by a FTZ facility tour at Premier Logistics Solutions.

Many thanks to our sponsors for this event: KPMG, WebsterRogers, Surgere, Dekra, IQMS, SCSI and Benore Logistics.

SCAC/OESA Supplier Event

August 30, 2016 | CUICAR, Greenville, SC

Event Details

Take Aways from the SCAC/OESA Regional Supplier Event

With exceptional participation exceeding 175 OEM and Tier 1-3 suppliers and technical service providers, SCAC and OESA cohosted another dynamic event at CUICAR in Greenville, SC.

Here’s a list of the key topics presented linked to the presentations where available:

*      Tour Proterra EV bus manufacturing
*      Legislative and Regulatory Update
*      Advanced Vehicle Technology
*      Autonomous Vehicle and Liability Risk
*      Advanced Materials Forecast
*      Robotics NNMI – National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Robotics opportunity

*      Volvo Cars US Operations

Volvo Purchasing presented their company philosophy, their immediate needs, timing of the plant and the requirements to do business with Volvo.  Attendees had the opportunity to meet with Volvo purchasing one on one and gain valuable insights on their expectations, getting a head start on their competition!

Many Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, KPMG, and to all our Sponsors and partners for this event.


SCAC: Advanced Manufacturing and Your Workforce

June 29, 2016 | Staubli, Duncan, SC

Event Details

Wednesday, 6/29/2016

11:45 am – 4:30 pm LUNCH included

Staubli Robotics Division, 201 Parkway West, Duncan, SC 29334

The 2nd Quarter SC Automotive Council Meeting focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Your Workforce. For this meeting, we considered critical factors that impact your automation and workforce training decisions, shared best practices among automotive manufacturers and discussed potential solutions to costly advanced manufacturing challenges. With representatives from OEM’s, Tier 1’s and Tier 2’s, automation experts, financial professionals and educators, there was an opportunity to ask pertinent questions, to network with your customers, suppliers and colleagues and to learn technical applications of advanced automation and robotics at Staubli Robotics Division.

5th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit

February 24-26, 2016 | Greenville, SC

Event Details

As the highlight of S.C. Auto Week, industry professionals gathered in Greenville for the 5th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit to listen and to engage with some of automotive’s most authoritative names in R&D, innovation, workforce development and engineering/design.

S.C. Auto Week

February 21-27, 2016 | Locations Vary

Event Details

S.C. Auto Week is a public celebration of South Carolina’s innovative automotive industry. For the week surrounding the Summit, business professionals have several extraordinary opportunities for one-on-one business prospecting events, access to future innovations never before revealed and exposure to robust solutions from nationally recognized speakers. With commitment to draw new talent to automotive manufacturing, students, parents, teachers and counselors have opportunities to tour plants and to gain insight to best practices, innovations and career opportunities afforded by this industry. Proclaimed annually by the Governor of South Carolina, SC Auto Week clearly demonstrates South Carolina’s bright future in automotive.

Automotive B2B Supplier Matchmaker

February 24, 2016 | Greenville, SC

Event Details

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

11:30 am – 4:30 pm, with additional time for networking

Michelin Conference Center, Greenville, SC

Open to manufacturers and technical service providers only.

The South Carolina Automotive Council and the South Carolina Department of Commerce cohosted the 2nd South Carolina Automotive B2B Supplier Matchmaker in Greenville, SC as part of SC Auto Week, February 21 – 27, 2016.  The matchmaker event was an opportunity for automotive suppliers to connect with OEM’s and Tier 1 companies statewide in a focused speed-dating event between procurement and engineering representatives and potential manufacturing suppliers.