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Ford CEO Alan Mulally was one of the automotive speakers at the 2012 CES (Photo: CES)

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the biggest consumer-electronics gatherings worldwide, will take place in Las Vegas January 7 - 11, 2013. The first day is reserved for press-related activities.

The annual event will be staged against a backdrop of strong growth in demand for consumer electronics. That trend is also affecting the auto industry.

The US Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the show, predicts that sales of factory-installed vehicle technologies will increase by 11.3 percent in 2013 to nearly $8.7 billion.

CEA research also shows that about 15 pc of US households now own a vehicle with connected infotainment.

Though next year's CES doesn't feature any keynote speeches from automotive CEOs this year, the convergence of consumer electronics and automotive-infotainment technologies all but guarantees a strong auto-industry presence. CES organizers say about 120 automotive technology companies will come to Las Vegas in January.

Exhibitors for the 2013 event include carmakers Audi, Ford, General Motors, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia and Chrysler. In addition, there will be a large number of suppliers present. These include traditional component makers such as Delphi, Johnson Controls and Visteon.

But newer suppliers of communication and infotainment products and services will also be keen to show their growing importance to the auto industry. These include companies such as Nuance, Parrot, Navteq, TomTom and Telenav.

The CES offers companies space to show their newest technologies, while at the same time organizing a program of conferences and other sessions targeting a broad range of industry interests. More information on the event can be found at

In 2012, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and his counterpart at Ford, Alan Mulally, were among the keynote speakers at the CES.  The show drew 156,153 people to Las Vegas, with 35,734 coming from outside the US.