HDMA announces new conference series for 2013

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association has announced a strategic change in events for 2013 to better serve its diverse supplier/manufacturer member base, which represents various segments of the industry including the heavy-duty aftermarket, OEM truck and trailer, and off-highway markets.

The Heavy Duty Dialogue conference traditionally takes place prior to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) in Las Vegas NV each January. For 2013, it has been split into three conferences that cater to unique market segments, each preceding a different industry event throughout the year.

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) will be held January 21, 2013 and jointly presented with MacKay & Company; immediately preceding HDAW at The Mirage in Las Vegas. HDAD will focus on issues related to the suppliers of this market, with expert presentations and panel discussions from the supplier, fleet, and distribution perspectives.

Heavy Duty Dialogue (HDD) will focus solely on the global on-highway commercial vehicle business and will include cutting-edge information necessary for the supplier executive to prepare for market developments five to 10 years ahead. Included will be presentations from major OEM, supplier, and investment communities. HDD will be held March 11, 2013 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville TN, immediately preceding the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) meeting.

Off-Highway Dialogue (OHD) will address issues, data, and trending that is specific to the off-highway market's fundamentals and developments. It will also cover the global impact of geo-political and economic conditions on the suppliers in this market. OHD will be jointly presented by HDMA and SAE International and will be held September 30, 2013 immediately preceding COMVEC at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont IL.

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