SMU Community Chat with Bernard Swiecki of Center for Automotive Research

Guests: Bernard Swiecki

On Wednesday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Steel Market Update will host our next SMU Community Chat Webinar. We will feature Bernard Swiecki of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). This webinar is open to anyone in the steel community and is complimentary. We will discuss the automotive industry in North America and how it is being impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and what the industry will look like once people return to work.

Bernard Swiecki serves as Director of the Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), as well as a Senior Automotive Analyst in CAR’s Industry, Labor, and Economics (ILE) group. He joined CAR in 1994. Bernard has written and managed research in a diverse array of automotive fields pertaining to automaker/supplier relationships, electric and alternative powertrain vehicles. He manages CAR’s analysis of vehicle sales, production, and segmentation data. He has also led trade missions to China, Italy, India, and Russia.

John Packard of SMU has seen Bernard speak on a number of occasions and we believe he will provide valuable information about the automotive industry as the auto plants come back online, as well as auto demand and what we should expect for automotive production over the next 3-12 months.

Attendees can submit questions and we will endeavor to answer as many as possible during the planned 30-40 minute window of time we have scheduled for the webinar.

As part of the webinar, John Packard will provide real-time market intelligence as we speak directly with steel buyers, steel mills, trading companies, toll processors and others associated with the flat rolled and plate steel markets.

Please join us next Wednesday (and every Wednesday) at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time, 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time and 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time).

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

PS – If you’d like to see past Community Chat webinars, you can find those here.