EVENTS

Transporte Internacional Conference Slated The Kingsley Group will host its 11th annual Transporte Internacional (TI) conference Feb 28 - March 3, 2001, in Acapulco, Mexico. This conference serves as a venue for international transportation executives - including shippers, carriers, providers and government officials - to discuss trade, transportation, and logistic trends in the North American Free Trade Agreement region.

Industry leaders will address the evolution of e-commerce, report on Mexico's carrier privatization efforts, evaluate existing customs challenges, and discuss the changeover in political administrations both in the United States and Mexico. Confirmed speakers include David O'Brien, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Canadian Pacific Ltd; Troy Clark, CEO, General Motors Mexico; Rob Quartel, CEO, Freightdesk; George Weise, managing director - trade management consulting, Vastera; Scott Arves, chief operations officer, Schneider National; Carlos Velez, director general, APL Mexico; and Mario Mohar, director general, TFM Railroad.

A gala dinner will include a keynote address by the newly appointed Mexican Transportation Minister and United States Secretary of Transportation. Hotel space is limited, and interested parties are encouraged to register early. For registration and conference information, phone 510-528-3977 or go to the TI web site, www.kingsley-group.com/ti.html.

Chassis Builders Will Be on Hand at T3 2001 At T3 2001 - The Commercial Truck, Trailer, and Technology Expo, participants can interact face-to-face with chassis manufacturer representatives March 1 - 3 to learn about the latest in chassis design and get their questions answered. T3 2001 is held in conjunction with the 37th annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention, set for Feb 28 - March 3 at the Baltimore (MD) Convention Center.

Representing truck Classes 1 through 8 are: American Isuzu Motors Inc, Bering Truck Corp, Dodge Division of DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Co, Freightliner Corp, GM Trucks (Chevrolet, GMC), Hino Diesel Trucks (USA) Inc, International Truck & Engine Corp, Kenworth Truck Co, Mack Trucks Inc, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc, Nissan Diesel America Inc, Peterbilt Motors Co, and Sterling Truck Corp.

More than 350 equipment suppliers from all aspects of the industry are exhibiting at T3. To register, phone 800-441-NTEA, use the NTEA's Fax-on-Demand Service at 800-700-2099 and request document #1110, or log onto www.worktrucks.com.

TIA Plans Annual Convention in New Orleans The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), an education and policy organization for North American transportation intermediaries, has scheduled its 23rd annual convention and trade show for March 1 - 3, 2001, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans (LA). This event will include "Transportation Intermediaries in the Internet Age: Unmasking the Future," the first Internet, e-transportation strategy, and technology symposium designed exclusively for transportation intermediaries.

The symposium will focus on enhancing intermediaries' understanding of what changes are coming and how they will impact their businesses. It will detail emerging trends in this new marketplace as well as the most efficient and profitable ways for transportation intermediaries to take advantage of these trends.

Several sessions will be dedicated to helping intermediaries understand how to use the Internet to their advantage. At the opening plenary session, Jeffery C Crowe, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Landstar System Inc, will describe running a "virtual" trucking company. Then the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business will unveil the results of a study conducted in partnership with TIA. This study focuses on transportation intermediaries vis-a-vis how the lnternet affected other intermediary-related businesses, and what the future holds for them. The symposium is further broken up into workshops, plenary sessions, and educational sessions.

Phone TIA for more information at 703-329-1894 or visit its web site at www.tianet.org.

SAE World Congress Will Convene in 2001 The Society of Automotive Engineers has scheduled the SAE World Congress for March 5 - 8, 2001, at Cobo Center in Detroit MI. This annual event, which attracted nearly 50,000 in 2000, features nearly 1,300 exhibits that showcase technology including fuel cells, intelligent vehicles, 42-volt batteries, composite materials, hybrid vehicles, and alternative fuels.

General Motors Corp is sponsor of the World Congress. Arvin F Mueller, vice-president and group executive - GM Powertrain Group, is general chairperson of the event. For more information, visit www.sae.org/congress or phone 877-SAECONG (outside the United States, phone 724-772-4027).

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