In conjunction with SAE International, FCA US will set up its “Pitch Pit” from April 10-11. There, in private meetings with FCA US, purchasing and engineering representatives can tout their innovations and products in an energetic setting.
The activity is a first for SAE’s annual engineering showcase, now in its 112th year.
“The motivation behind Pitch Pit is consistent with our continuous pursuit of innovations that exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Scott Thiele, chief purchasing officer, FCA.
“This departure from our conventional purchasing protocols can only energize the process of finding the best available technologies,” added Thiele.
The meetings will take place in a secure setting on the exhibit floor at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Suppliers who have exhibits will have 30 minutes to explain how their innovations address consumer needs in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
“SAE is excited to work with FCA to help deliver the first-ever Pitch Pit,” said Jim Forlenza, group director, engineering events, SAE International. “Pitch Pit embodies the continuing evolution of WCX by fostering networking platforms that lead to new conversations, new ideas and new business opportunities.”
FCA US also holds its annual MatchMaker event where it brings more than 3,000 minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses to its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to connect FCA US leadership and buyers with potential suppliers. The trade show has generated more than $3 billion in new business opportunities for participating companies since 2000.