Wednesday 3rd March 2004
08.30 Registration
09.00 Session 1: STRATEGIC PRESSURES
Top-level insight into the cost pressures permeating the automotive industry. Speakers from a carmaker, parts supplier and logistics service provider will describe how the need to chase car sales while reducing costs impacts the supply chain and the strategic direction and relationships of the parties involved.
  • Hermann Krog, Executive Director, Logistics, AUDI AG
  • Bruno Sidler, President, PANALPINA
  • Elliot Swiss, Director European Operations, VECTOR SCM
  • Mike Dickinson, Executive Director, Logistics Europe, GENERAL MOTORS
  • Peter Klein, Vice President, VIEWLOCITY Software Ltd
10.30 Coffee Break
11.30 Session 2: OPERATIONAL REALITIES
How the pressures for carmakers,suppliers and service providers are translating to logistics strategy and operational reality for their own companies and trading partners.
  • Michael Druml, Head of Logistics, MAGNA STEYR
  • Caroline Stolze, Industry Sector Manager, Automotive, SCHENKER AG
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Session 3: NEW MARKETS
Developing markets such as China, eastern Europe and South America bring the promise of cheaper sourcing and manufacturing as well as healthy car sales. But what is the impact on logistics and the demands for lower cost costs and increased robustness of supply chains?
  • Jens Tilgner, Head of International Logistics, AUDI AG
  • Jerry Wang, Managing Director, Automotive, APL LOGISTICS CHINA
  • Peter Rheinshagen, China Project, Manager, GEFCO
  • Volkmar Herrscher, Senior Vice President Automotive, KUEHNE & NAGEL MANAGEMENT AG
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Session 4: EXTERNAL PRESSURES
The European political environment ensures that the automotive industry has to cope not only with its own problems but also the impact of EU legislation and thinking on everything from drivers' hours, packaging and ports to block exemption, end of life and modal shift, together with the road tolls imposed in Germany and Austria and expected in other countries.
  • John Merry, Chairman, AUTOLOGIC HOLDINGS
  • Rod Hilditch, Chief Executive, FOCAL
  • Helmut Morsi, Directorate G – Maritime Transport & Intermodality, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

  • Bert Seegers, Industry Executive Automotive, CAP GEMINI ERNST & YOUNG
17.30 Close of conference sessions
17.30 – 22:00 Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner
As part of the delegate package, all participants are intived to continue discussions at a cocktail reception followed by a 5-course gala dinner in the impressive Aigle Castle.
Aigle Castle is located in the heart of the Chablais Vaudois, surrounded by vineyards. It was built in the Twelfth century by the Savoie and since 1475 owned by the Government of Bern.
Thursday, 4th March 2004
08.30 Registration
09.00 Session 5:
  • STREAM A) FINISHED VEHICLE LOGISTICS
    Carmaker executives will give their views on some of the most pressing current issues, including capacity constraints in road and rail – especially at the time of new product launches and registration change – the impact of road tolls and visibility through to the dealer.
    Bert Bong, European Manager, Vehicle Logistics, FORD
    Egon Christ, Senior Manager, Transportation Logistics Vehicles, DAIMLERCHRYSLER
    Karl May, Director Group, Transport Logistics, BMW Group
    Mike Sturgeon, General Manager, Vehicle Logistics Group,TOYOTA Motor
    Claude Guetin, Director Business Development, GEFCO
    Wolfgang Ellbracht, Consultant, LOGISTICS Consulting

     
  • STREAM B) PACKAGING
    An opportunity to learn from executives who have taken control of packaging to improve returnable container management, improving efficiency and driving out cost. The session will also explore issues such as RFID tagging and the impact of elongated supply chains.
    Dirk Schönrock, Manager, Container Steering, VOLKSWAGEN Transport
    Rodney Salmon, Head of Sales & Marketing, LINPAC EuropeanAutomotive Packaging
10.30 Coffee Break
11.30 Session 6
  • STREAM A) SUPPLIERS' SUPPLY CHAINS
    Although carmakers have concentrated heavily on getting the best out of their relationships with their Tier 1 suppliers in the past, there is growing recognition that the same focus must be made further up the supply chain in effective information flow to achieve further time, process and cost improvements.
    Bruno Lesage, Director, Supply Chain, Logistics, FAURECIA
    Michael Kluger, Manager of Material Flow and Logistics Europe, FORD

     
  • STREAM B) SERVICE PARTS LOGISTICS
    Availability of parts is as crucial to the service organization as it is to manufacturing operations, arguably even more so when it represents a higher profit source to carmakers. Carmakers and service provider executives will show how to improve delivery time and reliability to service organizations to improve customer satisfaction.
    Ray Runza, General Manager, Logistics, HONDA
    Dan Ellerton, President Automotive Europe, EXEL
    Steve Kowalkoski, Vice President Automotive, SCHNEIDER LOGISTICS
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Session 7: VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Some of the leading names in automotive logistics draw on the conference proceedings to present their ideas on how the pressures and realities of today may translate into the operations of tomorrow and how carmakers, suppliers and logistics service providers must adapt to meet the challenges.
  • Thomas Blank, Senior VP Global Accounts, PANALPINA
  • Plus other invited guests from vehicle makers and Tier 1 suppliers
15.30 Coffee Break and close of conference

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