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2023 Annual Conference Program

The Future of Automotive Industry - Opportunities for North Carolina

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023

Venue: NC Biotech Center, 15 TW Alexander Dr, Durham, North Carolina

Conference: 4:00 - 6:30 pm



     Mr. Tim Newlin, Chairman, Japan-America Society of North Carolina (JASNC)


Introduction by the Moderator

     Prof Hiroyuki Hino, Visiting Research Scholar, Duke University


Presentations (20 minutes each)

Mr. Bernard Swiecki “The Future of Automobiles - Visions and Challenges”

     Senior Director, Center for Automotive Research


Mr. Sean Suggs “Toyota North Carolina: Charging into the Future”

     President, Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina (TBMNC)


Prof Stephen Kelley “Nature based materials for a carbon free supply chain”


Ruben B. Robertson Professor and Interim Department Head, Department of Forest

     Biomaterials, North Carolina State University (NCSU)


Dr. Masaru Yoshitake “The potential of clean hydrogen for the automotive sector:

     Japanese perspectives”.  Advisor, New Energy and Industrial Development            Organization of Japan (NEDO)  Former Executive Director, Japan Fuel Cell            Development Information Center (FDIC)


Health break


Q&A and open discussion (30 minutes)

Closing remarks: Way forward for North Carolina


Mr. Christopher Chung

     Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina      (EDPNC)


Members Only Reception:  6:30 – 8:00 pm



     The President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies

     The Consulate General of Japan (Atlanta)

       *Hors D'oeuvers and drinks will be served.

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