The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), has announced the key presenters for the 2017 Off-Highway Dialogue program.
This year's Off-Highway Dialogue will be held Thursday, October 12 at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf in Bettendorf, IA. The location accommodates plant tours of John Deere facilities within the Quad Cities area for supplier manufacturer executives, a new element for the six-year conference.
Matt Rushing, Vice President, Product Line, Global Crop of AGCO, will discuss how technology trends are rapidly changing the landscape of farming globally. Rushing will highlight key factors such as new technology in electrical systems, creating efficiencies for higher crop yields, and the "Future Farm" (Connected Farm) concepts being implemented in new markets. He will connect the dots for the audience on how these shifts are affecting the design and functionality of agricultural equipment components worldwide. Rushing leads a global team responsible for AGCO's crop care business including application, planting, tillage and seeding equipment and technology. His role includes the development and market deployment of these critical systems for farmers around the world.
Eli Lustgarten, President ESL Consultants, will provide an in-depth economic overview of the industrial sector and its near-term outlook. He will focus on the major off-highway markets highlighting business areas that are strengthening, as well as areas that are still a challenge in the market.
Ann Duignan, a managing director at JP Morgan, covering the U.S. machinery sector, will present a Mining, Ag, Construction and Industrial markets update for the attendees. Duignan's presentation will include reflections on the U.S. infrastructure discussions, regulatory and tax code updates important to the sector as well as global market trends effecting the off-highway industry.
The Off-Highway Dialogue 2017 conference will kick off with an evening networking/welcome reception for speakers and attendees on Wednesday, October 11, at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf.
Registration for OHD 2017 is now open.