The Silk Road to a smart supply chain
A China connected by information, innovation and automation
‘Slow-down’ for China simply means a dip in the rate of increase, with the production and sales of passenger vehicles forecast to continue along their rising trend. What is emphatically not slowing, however, is China’s determination to drive logistics inefficiency further down its already-falling trend.
The country is at 15th on the World Bank’s league table of lowest logistics costs; that other hotspot of auto production, Mexico, was only 50th on the 2014 rankings. And now that China has embarked on a connectivity strategy like no other, under the umbrella label of the Silk Road, the focus and investment on logistics is set to continue.
Covering digital as well as physical links, especially to Europe and the rest of Asia, the Silk Road strategy has significant implications for both global and domestic automotive supply chains. The 2016 Automotive Logistics China conference taps into them with a focus on information, innovation and automation, and with a new location away from the coastal region.
Chengdu, and the 300km distant Chongqing, are major vehicle production centres as well as having city populations as big as New York or London, and regional populations bigger than medium-sized countries. Famed for its pandas, but more recently for its output of Apple’s iPads and Intel’s microchips, Chengdu is also an opportunity to look West across the Asian landbridge as part of an examination of greater-China logistics.
Now in its 13th successful year, Automotive Logistics China brings together senior executives from OEMs, Tier suppliers and LSPs for two days of networking and learning. Organised again in partnership with the automotive branch of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP), an influential government association of logistics users and providers, the event is established as the premier forum for domestic and global automotive supply chain contacts and expertise.
“Fantastic! It brings about effective industry communications,” commented Li Jingjun, deputy general director for logistics at BAIC after the 2015 conference. “It’s a good opportunity to learn from our fellows,” added Zhang Yongquan, director for logistics at Chongqing Chang’an. Logistics planning leader Zhang Yonghui at Tier supplier Brose echoed that sentiment. “[The conference] provides parts manufacturers with a good platform to get information about industry developments,” he said.
Yao Yao, senior manager for client solutions at UTi Worldwide summed up last year’s event with a single comment: “It’s a great success!”
The 2016 conference starts with a cocktail reception for important first introductions on the evening preceding the first day, and then has detailed presentations, round-table discussions, Q&A periods and networking tea breaks and lunches, with a stylish conference dinner at the end of the first day. All these, together with the opportunity to download the presentations to share within your organisation, are included in a single delegate fee.
Register here to join your peers, customers, suppliers and competitors at an event which will help shape China’s smart supply chains of the fuure.
- Automotive Logistics China is a part of a global series of annual conferences which include Mexico (January), Europe (Germany in March), Russia (June), North America (Detroit in September), the UK (a new event, held in London in October), South America (Brazil in November) and India (December).
- There are also specific inbound and outbound events in the USA: The Supply Chain Conference, a new event for 2016 to be held in Atlanta, GA in May; Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference, held in California in June; and Import Export North America which will be held in Baltimore in August.