Automation Alley to Host Virtual 2021 Global Economic Outlook Jan. 14

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Automation Alley’s annual Global Economic Outlook for 2021 and Beyond will take place virtually Jan. 14. Photo courtesy of Automation Alley

International business experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing business globally during Automation Alley’s annual Global Economic Outlook for 2021 and Beyond, which will take place virtually Jan. 14.

The event will livestream between 8:30-10:30 a.m. Topics will include industries and countries/regions around the world where growth opportunities are particularly strong and examine projected trends in two-way trade and investment flows. Other speakers will identify industries and countries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization in the short and medium terms and look at factors closer to home that affect Michigan’s business climate.

“This event is geared toward business managers and industry leaders who monitor trends and want robust information on the state of the global economy in order to strategically plan for 2021 and the future,” says Noel H. Nevshehir, director of international business services and Industry 4.0 strategic partnerships at Automation Alley, who will be moderating the event. “Post-pandemic economic recovery and growth are top of mind as companies try to figure out how factors such as COVID-19 and vaccinations, the U.S.-China trade conflict, and an incoming U.S. President amid increasing political polarization will impact the economic equation in our country, state and region.”

James E. Glassman, managing director of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and head economist at Chase Commercial Banking in New York City, will deliver the keynote presentation titled “Headwinds and Tailwinds.” Chris Holman, founder and CEO of Michigan Business Network, will speak on Michigan’s Future Business Index.

In addition, Automation Alley Vice President Cynthia Hutchison will introduce the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Hubs, discussing Industry 4.0’s impact on global manufacturing and how regional ecosystems enhance global supply chains.

Other issues that will be considered include geopolitical risks in China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia, black swan events, and potential blind spots that may disrupt the future performance of U.S. business and industry — in addition to Michigan’s economy and the push for Industry 4.0 readiness in the automotive, advanced manufacturing, defense, and high-tech sectors. An audience Q & A will conclude the event.

There is no charge to livestream the event, but registration is recommended. To register, or for more information, visit the Automation Alley website, call 800-427-5100 or email