Tuesday 13th November, 2018

Automotive Logistics CEE welcome drinks reception at The Kempinski Hotel

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the summit starts. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the Central & Eastern Europe automotive logistics sector.

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Wednesday 14th November, 2018

Registration and breakfast

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

SESSION 1: The Central and Eastern Europe powerhouse

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has become one of the most competitive and dynamic regions in the wider European and global automotive industry, with growing investment in plants, suppliers and services that support high-tech and premium manufacturing. As production and export demand rise, industry and governments must work together on developing the right investment, technology, talent and infrastructure to keep the supply chain running.

This session will look at market dynamics, opportunities and challenges for the CEE region’s production and logistics, including:

  • The economic trends driving automotive production and exports in the CEE region
  • How new products and technology are impacting on regional supply chains
  • The need to attract, train and retain the right workforce and skills in the region
  • What logistics and supply chain networks can do to develop the region’s connectivity

Come and discover here where Central and Eastern Europe’s automotive industry is really heading and how today’s logistics strategies and business models in the region need to adapt to stay in harmony with it.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Conference Chairman Automotive Logistics group

09.00-09.30 Opening keynote speaker: Peter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
09.30-09.50 Keynote speaker: Iain Lindsay OBE British Ambassador to Hungary British Embassy Budapest
09.50-10.15 Sarah Kingsbury Senior Analyst European Vehicle Sales Forecast IHS Markit

Networking and coffee

An excellent opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments, discuss your thoughts about the opening session with your peers and check out some of the leading suppliers showcasing their solutions in the exhibition area.

SESSION 2: IT and digitalisation – the end-to-end solution

Having the right visibility, automation and optimisation tools is critical to production and distribution for manufacturers in the CEE and will play a major role in keeping the region competitive and connected to its key markets and supply bases. This session looks at the systems, equipment and processes that are bringing Logistics 4.0 to this region across the total supply chain – in many cases faster than elsewhere.
Key areas this session will consider include:

  • Logistics automation technology and equipment
  • Tracking and visibility, from inbound to outbound logistics
  • Logistics network optimisation
  • Keeping employees and operators up to date with logistics technology

Develop your understanding in this part of the event of the critical importance new technology will have in the evolution of the automotive logistics sector in the CEE region – and which technologies look set to be of greatest impact.

Moderator: Joanne Perry Editor Automotive Logistics group
Paulina Chmielarz Senior Manager Business Process Definition Jaguar Land Rover
Alfons Dachs-Wiesinger Director Logistics Services Magna Steyr
Anthony Evans Vice President Sews-Ce Kft

Networking and lunch

An extended networking lunch, giving delegates plenty of time and space in which to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of OEMs, tier suppliers, infrastructure operators, logistics service providers and technology companies, as well as the suppliers in our exhibition area.

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SESSION 3: Connecting logistics networks

Part of what makes the CEE so attractive to the automotive industry is its links across the EU, Russia and beyond. But that connectivity depends on having the right logistics networks, good transport hubs and – most importantly – talented people to deliver the products. This session looks at how to overcome the key bottlenecks and gaps in terms of both equipment and labour in today’s inbound and outbound supply chains.

Among the key questions to be addressed are:

  • Where are investments most urgently needed to improve multimodal links across the CEE?
  • How can logistics operations in this region be consolidated and optimised for greater efficiency?
  • What can be done to overcome driver shortages and other labour shortfalls in the CEE’s automotive logistics sector?

Find out here just what it will take to create more connected, more efficient logistics networks in the CEE region, who has to put the money on the table to make it happen, and where the new talent that can make it all work is really going to come from.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Conference Chairman Automotive Logistics group
Christine Mezger-Behan Vice President Transport Management Worldwide Robert Bosch GmbH
Igor Zula President & CEO Slovenia Logistics Association
Peter Simon Sales & Business Development ZalaZone (Autóipari Próbapálya Zala Kft)
Tongwei Yang Head of International Rail Changjiu Logistics

Networking and coffee

Your opportunity to debate the key issues of the day with fellow delegates and work out what issues you want to put to our panel of experts in the closing session.

SESSION 4: Competing on the global stage

Bringing the summit to a close, a high-level group of industry experts will identify how the CEE’s automotive logistics sector needs to evolve to compete more effectively on the global automotive stage and thrive in tomorrow’s more challenging competitive environment, considering such issues as:

  • How OEMs, tier suppliers and LSPs should strengthen their partnerships and collaborate more closely
  • What the CEE can do to put itself at the heart of the move to electric and autonomous vehicles
  • The changing skillsets required for tomorrow’s automotive logistics managers
  • The market opportunities provided further east, from Russia to China

Join the debate as our top-notch panel identifies the actions the CEE region must take to develop its position in the global market, as it negotiates the risks and opportunities ahead.

Contribute directly to the debate or take part via our mobile messaging app. But however you do it, don’t miss this chance to make your voice heard as the summit develops its final action plan…

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Content Director Automotive Logistics group
Ondrej Pacit Head of steering foreign projects ŠKODA Auto A.S
Liviu Bidian Head of Inventory Management and Internal Audit and Control Global SCM LEONI Wiring Systems

Automotive Logistics CEE gala dinner and drinks reception - Budapest Eye and Kiosk

Dine in style at our fabulous gala dinner, as you compare notes on the day’s proceedings with all the top people in the CEE automotive logistics sector.


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