Carmakers and Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) Celebrate 25 Years of Information Exchange
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Equipment and
Tool Institute marked the 25th year of its Detroit Tech Week – the
association’s unique discussion and demonstration forum for members and
representatives from DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and VW/Audi
North America– during the week of June 20-24, 2005.
Engineers from member companies have traveled to
Detroit for a week of technical presentations, vehicle displays,
hands-on demonstrations and networking with the Big Three car makers
for a quarter century.
Through the years, the mission of Tech Week has
remained the same- to ensure that the proper tools, equipment and
information are available to the automotive aftermarket by the time new
vehicles are on the streets.
“As we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Tech
Week, we reflect back to 25 years ago when this event was initiated.
The hard work and dedication of those involved at the inception is
realized by all of us today,” said Brian Irish, ETI marketing manager,
at a press conference held on the first day of this year’s Tech Week.
“ETI would like express our sincere appreciation
to all of those who are involved in the planning and execution of this
important industry event each year. We appreciate the continued support
from DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and VW/Audi of North
America. We realize that this success has only been possible because of
the many hours of planning that starts months in advance at each of the
car makers,” he added.
The highlight of the 25th Anniversary Celebration
was the OEM Appreciation Banquet held June 22 at the Henry Ford Museum.
The event was attended by more than 175 OEM employees, presenters and
ETI members, including many of the individuals who were instrumental in
the start of Tech Week.
Speaking of those recognized as instrumental in
the founding of Tech Week, Charlie Gorman, ETI executive manager said,
“In today’s business environment it would be very difficult, if not
impossible, to start an event like Tech Week. Thanks to the foresight
of individuals from both carmakers and toolmakers over 25 years ago,
Tech Week continues to flourish and remains an indisputable asset to
the automotive repair industry today.”
“ETI is pleased to honor them as we celebrate 25 successful years of Tech Week” he added.
Founded in 1947, ETI continues to be a voice in
the industry and will continue to work towards its mission to “advance
the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open
dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government
regulators and the providers oftools, equipment and service