Automotive supply chains worldwide need to become more digital, sustainable, automated and global – and China is leading the way
As supply chains around the world race to adapt to the new parameters that will dominate tomorrow’s smarter automotive logistics sector, they need to become ever more digital, sustainable, automated and global.
And nowhere is the pace of transformation faster than in China, which is surging ahead of other countries in terms of uptake of new technology within its ever-expanding automotive manufacturing sector and leading the way in areas such as electric vehicles and use of e-commerce.
Just a few months ago, BMW revealed plans for a $1 billion expansion of its joint venture plant with Brilliance Automotive in Dadong, based on a networked production system with industry 4.0 applications, mobile smart devices and ‘exoskeletons’ to assist its workers, for instance. Meanwhile, fresh news emerges almost daily of huge investments in the country into joint ventures to create additional battery production capacity and service the fast-expanding electric vehicle sector. They include those announced recently by Ford with Anhui Zotye, Volvo Cars with Geely, Daimler with BAIC, and Renault-Nissan with Dongfeng.
Against this backdrop, those involved in China’s automotive logistics networks will have to move quickly to ensure they keep up and can continue to support the nation’s fast-moving automotive sector in the way it truly needs.
As Ma Zengrong, executive vice-president of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP), noted recently: “Partnership and cooperation between Chinese and global logistics providers is the path to a good future.”
Working out how China’s automotive supply chains can ensure they are on the right path to support all this change and make that future a reality will be the central focus of this year’s Automotive Logistics China conference, where OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will all come together to find the best ways forward.
About the conference
Now in its 13th year, Automotive Logistics China is a well-established event that attracts all the leading lights in the Chinese automotive logistics sector.
“Very valuable,” commented Jenny Zhang, Head of Customs, Transportation and Packaging at Continental Automotive, after last year’s event. “A fantastic activity,” added Ding Ding, Project Manager at Bosch China. “Very interesting topics covered – a top opportunity to learn and network,” agreed Vegard Synnes, head of key accounts at CDC International.
This year’s two-day conference will be held on April 17th-19th 2018 in Chengdu and will provide a unique opportunity to combine business with relaxation.
The single, all-inclusive delegate fee includes:
- pre-conference drinks reception
- access to all speaker presentations and Q&A sessions
- networking lunch and coffee breaks
- messaging and comment options via the in-summit app
- access to the Live streaming service
- a place at the fabulous Automotive Logistics China gala dinner
- copies of speaker presentations to download after the event
Register via the link at the top of this page to join your peers, suppliers and competitors for two days that will help ensure your automotive logistics operation in China is among those leading the way to tomorrow’s smarter supply chain.