Tuesday 6th June, 2017

18.00-21.00
Welcome Reception
 

A great opportunity to get together with fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the formal conference days. Bring lots of business cards!

 

Wednesday 7th June, 2017

08.00-09.00
Registration & welcome coffee
 
 
09.00-10.15
Session 1: Connecting the dots
 

Demand has propelled sales growth across Europe’s key automotive markets, with a nine-year high of 15.1m units in 2016. Over the past three years, Western Europe has been the top performing regional market with average annual sales gains of 6.5%, more than double the global average. A series of potential challenges to the global automotive market in 2017, however, looks likely to affect the industry and its supply chain.

So where are we heading? How are macroeconomic and geopolitical factors shaping the industry? What are the critical challenges affecting the automotive industry? And what role will supply chain and logistics play in helping to meet them?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

 
10.15-11.00
Networking & coffee break
 
 
11.00-12.15
Session 2: In focus
 
 
INBOUND SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS Session 2A: Smarter, more flexible supply chains

Volatile times call for high levels of visibility and flexibility with an ability to respond to unexpected events outside of the supply chain as well as fluctuations from within. The smart supply chain of the future will need to rely on new approaches that are based on on complex interconnections and intelligence in order to predict and respond to such events.

This session will consider what the requirements are for the future supply chain, how to driver smarter use of all the assets it incorporates, and how new systems can really help optimise tomorrow’s logistics networks.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

FINISHED VEHICLE LOGISTICS Session 2B: Smarter, more flexible networks

“There is a strain on our ability to distribute the vehicles we make now and in the next few years, the market will continue to grow and we will have more vehicles to distribute.” So said Hervé Moulin of Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Vehicle Operations – Methods department at last year’s conference.

But how exactly can we prepare to meet such demands?
What challenges will we face? How can we build sufficient flexibility into tomorrow’s supply chains? And what must we do to make the smartest possible use of our assets and networks?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

12.15-14.00
Networking & lunch
 
 
14.00-15.15
Session 3: In focus
 
 
THE PARTS SUPPLIER’S SUPPLY CHAIN Session 3A: In pursuit of continuous improvement

With constant pressure to improve efficiency and productivity, the pursuit of improved organisational performance has become an incremental, perpetual activity focused on identifying and eliminating waste. Leveraging the potential of today’s network-based supply chain systems and processes will be essential in meeting new performance goals.

This session will look at how to build competitive supply chain capability, the benefits of real-time, collaborative communication, and the importance of network visibility and transparency in the quest for continuous improvement.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

IN-PLANT LOGISTICS Session 3B: The perfectly tuned engine

Inbound supply chains require increasingly sophisticated handling and line-feeding processes in plants, including the development of better in-plant strategies that will tune up the whole supply chain and smooth out any variations in parts deliveries to keep the whole engine running smoothly.

But how do you manage the complexities involved and build more flexibility into your inbound supply chain? What role might packaging play? And how can you take a more holistic, total systems approach to the process?

15.15-16.00
Networking & coffee break
 
 
16.00-17.30
Session 4: The evolving supply chain ecosystem
 

Supply chains are the lifeblood of today’s economy and are evolving in a highly competitive, super-connected, fast-changing and increasingly volatile global environment. This evolution to a connected, smart and flexible eco-system will enable worldwide networks to plan and make decisions much better together. Technology is undoubtedly disrupting traditional operations and unlocking the full potential of this will require a reinvention of supply chain strategy.

• How will we realise the full potential?
• What will happen to today’s workforce requirements?
• What is the best way to manage such a complex and dynamic set of risks and restraints?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 
18.00-21.30
Gala Dinner
 

Great food and drink, great setting, great opportunity...

 

Thursday 8th June, 2017

08.30-09.00
Registration & welcome coffee
 
 
09.00-10.15
Session 5: The connected age
 

The network of devices in use worldwide today is fast becoming much more than a system for mere human communication, extending into all the assets and sub-systems in our increasingly connected environment and leading us to a new relationship between man and machine that will allow vastly more efficient and better informed decision-making. Now poised for explosive growth, this new connected age presents enormous possibilities for innovation, from wearable technology and smart homes to intelligent transport infrastructure and connected cars.

This session will consider how companies need to innovate and evolve to make the most of this new environment, what the implications actually are of a more connected automotive industry, and how to maximise the potential of the convergence of all this technology.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 
11.00-12.15
Session 6A: In focus
 
 
FINISHED VEHICLE LOGISTICS Session 6A: Connected vehicle distribution

Innovation, digital technologies and sustainability are key factors in the future connected vehicle distribution network. Full data transparency, augmented reality, intelligent sensors and connected cars will all make logistics more flexible and efficient.

But where will the greatest efficiency gains come from? What challenges will there be in standardising communications? Which technologies will be most disruptive? And how can firms who are trying to adapt balance the cost of implementation with ROI?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

AFTERMARKET Session 6B: Tuning up aftermarket logistics

There are tremendous opportunities in the aftermarket to benefit from the innovations taking place in supply chain management, with smarter approaches to warehousing, distribution and parts supply models.

So how can we manage increasing performance demands? What technology will best help us to meet those demands? How can we realise the efficiencies of combining forces? And what are the main barriers in terms of capacity utilisation?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor Automotive Logistics Group

12.15-14.00
Networking & lunch
 
 
14.00-15.15
Session 7: Automotive Logistics Europe Think Tanks
 

An invaluable chance to talk directly with key industry figures about the topics that matter most to you. These popular Think Tanks are a series of practical, interactive discussions that give delegates an excellent opportunity to share ideas and develop business strategies. Many real-life changes have been set in motion by the exchanges that take place in these sessions.

This year’s Think Tanks will cover some of the following topics:

Packaging, Inbound transportation, In-plant logistics, Outbound transportation, Standards & regulations, The aftermarket, Big Data, Knowledge management, Industry 4.0, Supply chain 4.0

 
15.15-16.00
Networking & coffee break
 
 
16.00-17.30
Session 8: Question Time – Connected? Smart? Flexible?
 

A high-level panel discusses the major themes that have emerged from the conference and seeks to identify the key actions the European automotive logistics industry must take for the future.

Moderators: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group
Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 

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