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Tuesday 17th April, 2018

18:00 - 21:00
Automotive Logistics China – Pre-conference drinks reception

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 Chinese automotive logistics sector. Brings lots of business cards…


Wednesday 18th April, 2018

08:00 - 09:00
Registration and welcome

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

09:00 – 10:15
Session 1: One belt, one road, one vision

The world’s largest car market continues to grow, spurring supply chain investment and logistics hubs across the country, along with new global trade and transport flows. So what lies ahead for China’s automotive market, supply chain, logistics and growing global influence?

Come to this opening presentation to discover:

  • Where the Chinese economy and automotive market are really heading
  • How China’s One Belt, One Road programme is really impacting on the automotive sector
  • Why patterns in vehicle sales, car ownership and service are all changing – and how
  • What logistics services and technologies will be in strongest demand
  • This flagship conference session will see a number of high-profile industry influencers from government, associations and analysts share their vision of how China’s automotive sector is set to develop.

    10:15 – 11:00
    Networking and coffee

    An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

    11:00 – 12:15
    Session 2: China goes electric

    China is already the global volume leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales and production, with customer demand, government regulation and OEM investment set to make it the global hub for EV and battery technology. This session will take an in-depth look at the investment strategies, supply chain solutions and logistics challenges powering China’s electrification.

    Find out here:

  • Just where EV, battery and cell output and development actually are in China
  • How regulations are changing regarding EVs and battery production, sales and transport across the supply chain
  • What the main storage, transport, import and export issues will be
  • Why a greener car needs a greener supply chain to support it
  • Attend this session to develop a deeper understanding of how far China’s push into electric vehicle production and distribution has gone already, where things are likely to go next, and what it all means for automotive supply chains.

    12:15 – 14:00
    Networking & Lunch

    An extended networking lunch break giving delegates plenty of opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle makers, tier suppliers, logistics service suppliers, sponsors and exhibitors.

    14:00 – 15:15
    Session 3: The digital supply chain

    Chinese consumers are already among the most willing to buy products and services online and that is quickly extending to automotive purchases, as well as to the planning and management of logistics.

    This session will consider:

  • The lessons the automotive logistics sector can learn from e-commerce companies
  • How digital retailing and services are reshaping the automotive supply chain
  • The role of online and customer data in helping to optimise logistics
  • The impact of advanced IT such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and software-as-a-service
  • This part of the conference will discuss how e-commerce is merging with traditional automotive supply chains and identify the key technologies influencing automotive logistics in China today.

    15:15 – 16:00
    Networking & coffee

    Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

    16:00 – 17:30
    Session 4: Tomorrow’s digital leaders

    China’s manufacturers may have survived on government support and on following other markets in the past, but today’s Chinese consumers expect leading-edge products and services from companies that know how to respond. To keep up, logistics executives and service providers must be ready to adapt to new technology and invest in skills.

    Develop your understanding of:

  • The strategies that will help prepare logistics for the future
  • What tomorrow’s logistics professionals and service providers should look like
  • The skills required to develop current and future generations of staff
  • How to use new technology and data most effectively
  • Concluding the first day’s formal presentations, this session will focus on the skills and staff development needed to ensure tomorrow’s automotive logistics professionals are truly up to the challenges ahead.

    17:30 - 21:00
    Automotive Logistics China – Gala Dinner

    Dine in style as you compare notes on the first day of the conference with all the top people on the Chinese automotive logistics scene…


    Thursday 19th April, 2018

    08:30 – 09:00
    Registration and welcome

    Another chance for an early conversation with fellow delegates over a bite to eat before the second day begins.

    09:00 – 10:15
    Session 5:
    Automotive Logistics China conference
    Session 5A: At your service


    Chinese customers have very high expectations and are often very technology-aware. They therefore demand the highest quality and the fastest speed when it comes to aftersales services.

    This opening session on day two will pin down:

  • The service parts supply chain management and delivery strategies needed to fulfil such expectations
  • The impact of the growth of electric vehicles on aftersales and service parts operations
  • How dealer regulation and e-commerce are changing the supply of service parts
  • Join this session to find out more about how aftersales expectations are developing in China and what your service parts operation needs to do to keep up.

    CFLP China Automotive Import and Export Logistics International Conference
    Session 5B:

    CFLP programme to be confirmed

    10:15 – 11:00
    Networking & coffee

    Chew over the issues discussed in today’s opening session with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments.

    11:00 – 12:15
    Session 6
    Automotive Logistics
    Session 6A: Outbound logistics – new business models


    Vehicle logistics in China continues to evolve, with a maturing market, changing regulations and new technology. Increasingly, customers want transport services that are more reliable, secure and sustainable than ever before.

    This part of the conference will consider how vehicle logistics networks and services are responding to current and future demand, with particular focus on:

  • Short-sea, inland and rail transport development in China
  • Reducing damage rates and improve delivery quality
  • The potential for connected cars to transform outbound logistics models
  • The impacts of GB1589 and other new regulation
  • Listen in as leading players in the field reveal the new models they expect to move towards to keep their outbound logistics operations on track in an ever-evolving environment.

    CFLP China Automotive Import and Export Logistics International Conference
    Session 6B:

    CFLP programme to be confirmed

    12:15 – 14:00
    Networking & Lunch

    Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates another great chance to circulate and connect with all the vehicle makers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors at the event.

    14:00 – 15:15
    Session 7
    Automotive Logistics
    Session 7A: Keeping up with the customer


    Automotive OEMs and tier suppliers in China demand top service at top speed when it comes to the provision of materials and parts to support their manufacturing operations, with precise visibility, more sustainable transport and packaging, and the lowest possible cost. But how are those involved in inbound logistics going to meet such high expectations?

    This session will consider three key areas:

  • Inbound logistics engineering and optimisation specific to Chinese demands
  • How to make Chinese automotive logistics more sustainable
  • Achieving harmonisation in packaging, transport and handling
  • Learn from supply chain experts in this session about the tools and processes that will support the design and execution of best-in-class logistics networks and service.

    CFLP China Automotive Import and Export Logistics International Conference
    Session 7B:

    CFLP programme to be confirmed

    15:15 – 16:00
    Networking & coffee

    A final opportunity to connect with your peers and exchange contact details over light refreshments.

    16:00 – 17:30
    Session 8 The leaders’ debate – the future is now

    A digital, electrified automotive industry and vehicle; a service-oriented economy; advanced IT tools; new trade patterns – all are already part of Chinese automotive logistics today, not something that is coming in the next decade. Decision-makers are grappling with huge technological and economic change while trying to keep up with growth.

    This final, Q&A session will provide an invaluable opportunity for delegates to engage with leading executives in the automotive logistics sector as they reveal where they would like the industry to go next and how China’s automotive logistics operations can keep up.

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