Tooling Business Models

Tuesday – 8am – 12pm

The tooling industry is a complex combination of niche tooling capabilities with a global network connected by a variety of different business models. The Tooling session will discuss the state of the industry, the strategies and merits of different business practices for the purchasing and development of tooling, and the need to integrate highly technical work skills that support the automotive industry and the pace of new program launches.


Jay Baron, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Director, MET Group Center for Automotive Research

Mark Stevens
Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research
former Executive Director, Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors


John Basso
President and Owner, Diversified Tooling Group
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Dan Clarkson
Director, Global Die and Body Center, General Motors

Julia Hawley
Stamping Technology Senior Program Manager, FCA – North America

Erin Hoffmann
CEO, Artiflex Manufacturing
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Tim Marasco
Global Director, Stamping Engineering, Ford Motor Company
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James A. Rohde
Executive Director, TQM North America
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*Additional speakers invited.