The Summit at Manufacturing in America

A morning of in-depth presentations, discussions, and best practices from leaders in manufacturing, the economy, technology, and innovation.

Manufacturing thought leaders, industry experts, business organizations and government officials begin MiA with the Summit, which brings the manufacturing community together to facilitate collaboration and spur innovation.

The Summit is held in America's automotive hub, Detroit, MI. The city boasts the second largest concentration of engineers in the country, only behind Silicon Valley. Its community of educators, businesses, and government reflects a unique combination of circumstances that are driving Detroit’s success.

“This is an event that is helping to shape manufacturing in America and across the globe,” said Jamie Fryer, sales manager at Windsor, Ontario-based Brave Control Solutions. “You have all the key players in one place, and the discussions are focused on the issues that are driving the industry. If you want to be on the leading edge of manufacturing development, why wouldn’t you be there?”


Featured Speakers at MiA 2018


Dr. Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics, President

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Dr. Beaulieu has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years.

He is co-author of "Prosperity in the Age of Decline", a powerful look at how to make the most of US and global economic trends over the next 20 years. Dr. Beaulieu also co-authored "Make Your Move", a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes.


Greg LaMay, Director of Global PLM Implementation, KUKA Systems

Greg LaMay has over 20 years of experience in robotics and automated assembly systems. He has a varied background in mechanical design, project engineering, project management, and as a global project owner. Greg has worked on projects for all the major automotive companies.

Entering the professional world in 1993 as a Mechanical Designer, Greg was able to see the operations of multiple companies, which is where he saw firsthand what does and does not work in a production environment. After 10 years in the mechanical design role he took his knowledge and applied it in his new role as a Project Engineer, followed up by managing projects for multiple customers in a variety of regional and global locations.

In 2014 Greg became KUKA’s Orange Globe Project Owner. Orange Globe is the project name for the implementation of Teamcenter PLM within the KUKA companies, which includes KUKA Robotics, KUKA Systems, KUKA Industries, KUKA Assembly & Test, and Swisslog Healthcare & Warehouse companies. Execution of this project includes Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


Raj Batra, President of the Digital Factory Division (DF) for Siemens USA

In his role as President of the DF Division, Batra is responsible for overseeing all development, marketing, sales, R&D, vertical industry and manufacturing aspects for DF in the United States. Since joining Siemens in 1993, Batra has held a variety of high-level management and sales positions including VP, General Manager, Global Corporate Account Manager and Automotive and Aerospace Business Unit Manager.

In addition to his responsibilities at Siemens, Batra is a member of the Board of Governors of The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and member of the Board of Directors of PI-North America.

Prior to Siemens, Batra worked as a sales engineer and product manager developing automation solutions for discrete manufacturing and process industries. Batra earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan.


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