The SAC would not be possible without our amazing and dedicated sponsors. Each year, our sponsors help us create a bigger and better SAC for our exhibitors and attendees, ensuring a totally unique experience by lending show cars, bringing top-notch entertainment, and providing exciting event ideas and materials.
Explore this year’s top-level sponsors below and see what they’re doing to move our industry forward!
KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia
On March 13, 2006 Kia Motors announced that it was coming to West Point, Ga., the first automotive manufacturing site for Kia in North America. The $1 billion facility began production of its first vehicle, the Kia Sorento, on Nov. 16, 2009. The Sorento quickly became one of the brand’s top selling models. Currently, KMMG has approximately 2,700 team members and has directly led to the creation of another 11,000 jobs through suppliers and other affiliated companies. Kia has ranked number one in the automotive industry for two consecutive years according to JD Power’s Initial Quality Study. This includes the KMMG-built Sorento’s recognition as a segment winner in 2017.
KMMG has worked hard to build a reputation as a leader in the community with a focus on workforce development. More than $2.1 million has been contributed to bring SAE’s STEM-based “A World In Motion” Program to local kindergarten-8th grade classrooms. Additionally, KMMG has provided more than $3.5 million to launch the THINC College and Career Academy in Troup County, allowing students to begin career paths in a variety of areas while also earning technical college certifications and college credits while still in high school.
As part of The Ray, KMMG is taking its role as a steward of the environment seriously. The Ray (located on I-85 between Exits 2 and 18) is meant to be a proving ground for green technology. KMMG and Kia Motors America have brought that technology to life with the installation of a solar powered charging station for electric vehicles and the installation of a solar powered tire pressure monitoring system.
In addition to the Sorento, KMMG is also the home for the Optima, another of Kia’s top selling models in the U.S.
Siemens Industry, Inc.
INNOVATION ZONE PRESENTING SPONSOR
Siemens is the only company that provides products and solutions for all aspects of the automotive production process – from product design to the finished vehicle. This is made possible by the Siemens Digital Enterprise which provides an integrated portfolio of Industrial Software and Automation for the discrete industry. This allows product manufacturers, machine and line builders to integrate and digitalize their entire value chain – including their suppliers. This digitalization helps automotive companies turn their ideas into successful vehicles faster and more efficiently.
Siemens is proud to be the SAC 2018 Innovation Zone Presenting Sponsor
Whether it is changing customer preferences, external pressures and regulations, or changes in technology, manufactures need to be faster, more flexible, and more efficient in bringing new products to market. But simply focusing on the automation of manufacturing processes isn’t enough anymore. A holistic approach, stretching over the complete product lifecycle and value-add chain is the only way to ensure a long-term competitive position. At SAC, Siemens will be showcasing how to incorporate digitalization in automotive product design, production, and performance processes.