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Monday 15th April 2013

18:00 – 21:00
Pre-conference drinks reception
Don’t miss the best chance to meet, greet and network with fellow delegates in a relaxed environment before the formal conference days begin. Bring your business cards.

Tuesday 16 April 2013

08:00 – 09:00
Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:30
Session 1
The era of smarter growth?
The opening session of the conference will analyse the current dynamics of the automotive industry, and how the economy, changing demand and regulations will shape logistics demand and costs over the next few years.

10:30- 11:15
Tea break 

11:00 – 12:30
The suppliers’ supply chain
Much of the responsibility for logistics in China is with tier suppliers. This session examines how they are meeting the challenge of supplying this truly dynamic manufacturing sector.

Equipment and regulations
This workshop will look at the different transport modes in finished vehicle logistics in China and the new regulations that will impact the industry.

12:30- 14:00
14:00 – 15:15
China’s role in global supply chains
Carmakers are either supplying their plants in China from the rest of the world, or supplying their plants in the rest of the world from China. So it could be argued these flows keep the global automotive industry going. How can these material flows be optimised?

Fulfilling customer expectations
Car buyers in China have high expectations for quality, and on time delivery, including to  the wider areas in China. How are the carmakers and LSPs adapting?

15:15- 16:00
Tea break 

16:00 – 17:30
Session 4
Planning smarter logistics
It is difficult to develop a logistics strategy when growth is so great – logistics has developed haphazardly – "just get it done" as opposed to getting it done efficiently. What has to be done to ensure that the future of automotive logistics is heading in the right direction? 

17:30- 21:00
Gala dinner 

Wednesday 17 April 2013

08:30 – 09:00
Registration and welcome tea 

09:00 – 10:30
Priorities for production logistics
The important role of logistics in making the production plants more efficient.

Planning the growth of vehicle exports from China
The Chinese government and vehicle makers strategies for growing vehicle exports from China.

10:30 – 11:15
Tea break

11:15 – 12:30
Aftersales 1 – Why it’s important
With increased sophistication of customers and cars, the provision of top quality aftersales service is essential. Senior executives explain their strategies.

The current markets – South America, Africa and Russia.
Chinese carmakers are growing successfully in growing markets. These offer their own logistics challenges. What are they? How can they be overcome?

12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:15
Aftersales 2 – Providing the best service
How do you keep such a broad range of carmakers, customers, and regions supplied with the optimal inventory?

Preparing for Europe and North America
The aim for Chinese carmakers in the next few years is  to build their brands and establish their products into the mature car markets. This session explores what they need to do to be ready.

15:15 – 16:00
Tea break 

16:00 – 17:15
Session 8
The big debate
The leaders and decision makers in the industry take your questions as well as analyse the most important themes to emerge from the conference.

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