9 August 2017
Marriott Camden Yards, Baltimore

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Wednesday 10th August, 2016

08:00 – 09:00
Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 10:15
Session 1: Market & industry outlook

Across North America, production continues to rise alongside sustained growth in imports and exports within NAFTA and beyond. But as vehicle inventories continue to swell and congestion in the supply chain grows, it is becoming increasingly obvious that a shift is needed in terms of both infrastructure development and network optimization. So what are the predictions for future growth? And what equipment is really needed for our 21st century transportation networks?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group

Welcome Remarks: James White Executive Director Maryland Port Administration
Terese-An Nguyen Automotive Analyst PwC
Michael J. Rodriguez Deputy Maritime Administrator U.S Department of Transportation Maritime Administration

10:15 - 11:00
Networking & Coffee break
11.00- 12.15
Session 2: Next-generation infrastructure and supply chain

Building new infrastructure is an essential component in accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity, creating jobs and improving competitiveness. The World Economic Forum has calculated a long-term gain of five to twenty-five cents on annual GDP for every dollar spent on public infrastructure. New transportation infrastructure allows companies to take advantage of new capacity and adjust their logistics processes and supply chains to improve service and reduce costs.

This session will examine what investments are needed, the framework required for intelligent transport systems, how the automotive logistics sector can take proper advantage of new capacity as it comes online, and what the real challenges will be when it comes to improving supply chain processes.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group

Susan Monteverde Vice President of Government Relations American Association of Port Authorities
Richard (Rick) Powers Director of Marketing Maryland Port Administration
Bill Kerrigan Vice President Logistics SSA Marine

12:15 - 14:00
Networking & Lunch
14:00 – 15:15
Session 3: Optimizing flows and driving efficiencies

New transportation connections and intermodal links are needed to allow shippers of finished vehicles to reduce their costs, optimize their flows and drive further efficiencies across the supply chain. The automotive sector also needs to employ better technology to avoid the costs and delays associated with long dwell times, if it is to successfully address today’s rising consumer expectations.

So how can we improve communication and cooperation in the supply chain? What are the transformations that will drive greater velocity and throughput? How do we make optimal use of space? And how exactly can technology drive improvements in vehicle flows and logistics processes?

Moderator: Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics Group

Brian Mason VP Planning, Analysis & Development Pasha Automotive Services
Patrick J. Foran Operations Support Glovis America
Michael D’Angelo Port Manager Davisville, Rhode Island VW Group of America

15:15 - 16:00
Networking & Coffee break
16:00 – 17:15
Session 4: Question time – Knitting the pieces together

A VIP session discussing the future of imports and exports in North America and the growing importance of logistics to the vehicle import-export scene – including a look at how the industry can collaborate to drive greater efficiency.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group

Bryan Burke Dept Head, National Vehicle Distribution BMW NA
Alfonso Rodriguez Manager Operations General Motors
Jerry Schoenle Director, Ford Trading Company Emerging Market Services Ford

Cocktails & Post event drinks at the Pratt Street Ale House
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