China Trucking Panel Set for MCE

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Opportunities in trucking and logistics in China’s burgeoning economy will be the subject of a panel discussion at American Trucking Associations’ annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., next week.

“Trucking and Logistics in China: The Opportunities and the Realities,” will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, as part of ATA’s 2007 Management Conference & Exhibition. There will be a question-and-answer session following the panelists’ presentations.

The panel will consist of key executives of four companies that are already involved in the freight industry in China: William Zollars, chairman and chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide; Chris Lofgren, CEO of Schneider National; Ray Kuntz, CEO of Watkins & Shepard and ATA’s chairman; and Steve Chapman, group vice president for emerging markets for Cummins Inc. The panel will be moderated by Howard Abramson, publisher and editorial director of Transport Topics.

YRC and Schneider are in the process of establishing fleets in China, while Watkins & Shepard has recently established a presence there. Cummins is producing engines and components in China and is one of the most experienced U.S.-based manufacturers in the Chinese market.

All MCE attendees are invited to the session, which will be part of that morning’s general session. The China panel is being sponsored by heavy-duty trucking components maker ArvinMeritor Inc.