2017 Programme coming soon

For now, please find the 2016 programme below

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

18:00 – 21:00
Pre-conference drinks reception
A great opportunity to get together with fellow delegates, in a relaxed atmosphere, before the formal conference days. Bring lots of business cards!
Sponsored by:
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

08:00 – 09:00
Registration & welcome coffee
09:00 – 10:15
Session 1: Through the looking glass

17 million cars, vans, trucks and buses are built annually in Europe across 26 countries, making a contribution of 6.3% of EU GDP and employing 12 million plus people with 2.3 million highly skilled jobs in automotive manufacturing.

Automotive is spearheading innovation and knowledge with over €40 billion invested in R&D (2014) to drive developments into safer and cleaner mobility, while developing more efficient manufacturing, supply chain and logistics processes.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Carlos Lahoz, Director Sales, Business Planning and Supply Chain, Kia

Christoph Stüermer, Global Lead Analyst, PwC Autofacts

Matthias Kasser, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

10:15 – 11:00
Networking & coffee break
11:00 – 12:15
Session 2 – IN FOCUS


Session 2A: Unravelling the layers of complexity

Supply chains have become infinitely more layered and complex as companies respond to the globalisation of suppliers and expansion of their global production footprint. Streamlining the supply chain and driving efficiencies allows companies to reduce and optimise their inventories. Evolving to the next generation supply chain will require a step change in processes, talent and technology.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics group

Jörg Blechinger Director MAGNA Logistik Europa Magna

Lutz Quietmeyer General Manager Inbound Logistics Renault Nissan



Session 2B: Designing the network for the future

Vehicle production is expected to increase and the vehicle logistics industry should experience steady growth. Low fuel prices and interest rates are helping the sector to grow and invest with stability.

Utilisation of assets remains a key focus and requires a continued management of the network to meet demands.

Moderator : Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Deborah Buswell European Distribution Manager Jaguar Land Rover

Hervé Moulin Vehicle Operations – Methods Renault Nissan Alliance

Dawei Liu Director of International Department Beijing Changjiu Logistics

12:15 – 14:00
Networking & lunch
Sponsored by:
14:00 – 15:15
Session 3 – IN FOCUS


Session 3A: Towards the sustainable supply chain

The automotive industry’s complex global supply chain consumes natural resources, raw materials, emits emissions and creates waste crossing social, human and environmental boundaries. Ensuring the sustainability of the supply chain is an intricate process requiring a multifaceted approach to deliver a ‘responsible’ end-product.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

John Buchanan Manager, UK PPM, Material Planning and Logistics Ford

Kai Kraass Chief Operating Officer Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

David Mayo VP Europe Automotive & Industrial Solutions Chep


Session 3B: Feeding the line

Production sensitive logistics is changing the complexity of the supply chain as the need for greater efficiency and quality on the line increases. Creating optimal strategies is at the heart of the production process.

What are the optimal strategies?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Axel van het Kaar Carline Supervisor MF&PE Ford

Stephan Freichel Professor Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Björn Klippel Managing Founder TIM CONSULT Inc

15:15 – 16:00
Networking & coffee break
16:00 – 17:30
Session 4: The Internet of Everything, Everywhere


Rapid advancements in technology and intelligent connections of people, process, data and things… or the Internet of Everything.

By 2020, there will be “50 billion internet-connected things” 1 in the world and our roads will have a
“quarter of a billion connected vehicles”2, with a host of new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities. Such advancements will usher in new business models, alternatives to car ownership and transform mobility in urban environments.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics group

Michael Martin VP Strategic Development Global Automotive DHL

Michael Buenning Managing Director BLG

Mark Ellis Vertical Market Director, Automotive GEODIS

18:00 – 21:30
Gala dinner at the prestigious Steigenberger Grand hotel
Great networking, great setting, great opportunity.
Guest speaker: Perry McCarthy (The Original Stig)


Thursday, 17 March 2016

08:00 – 09:00
Registration & welcome coffee
09:00 – 10:15
Session 5: Europe 4.0 – Reindustrialisation in the Digital Age

Europe’s manufacturing sector has been at the forefront globally in delivering high quality products. Through the digital transformation of industry or Industry 4.0, it has the potential to lead the world in a new technology transformation.

The fourth industrial revolution is here and the world is turning into a vast information system. Digital connectivity, intelligent machines and cyber-physical systems that communicate/cooperate with each other and humans in real time will Improve decision-making, energy management, increase productivity with greater inventory management, creating a virtual duplicate of the physical world.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics group

Michael Gorny Manager Outbound Logistics Adam Opel

Frank Vorrath VP Global Supply Chain Johnson Controls Inc.

Christian Schwede Head of department Fraunhofer IML

Maciej Iwaniuk Manager IT Advisory, OT/IoT Integration Ernst & Young

10:15 – 11:00
Networking & coffee break
11:00 – 12:15
Session 6 – Risk, investment and planning

Today’s supply chains are more sensitive to potential risk from environmental factors, geo-political scenarios, economic conditions, along with regulator compliance, human resources requirements, infrastructure underinvestment and changing customer expectations. Investing and planning with a risk mitigation strategy will be core to the development of the next generation supply chain.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Bill Pawluk CEO CTM

Ruud Vossebeld Director Business Development INFORM

Bram Ewals CEO Ewals Cargo Care

Shaun Joughin Senior Logistics Consultant Quintiq

Thomas Cullen Chief Analyst Transport Intelligence

12:15 – 14:00
Networking & lunch
14:00 – 15:15
Session 7 Automotive Logistics Think Tanks: the perfect networking and discussion forum

An invaluable chance to talk directly with key industry figures about the topics that matter most to you. These are practical, interactive discussions that give you an opportunity to share ideas and develop real business strategies. Many real actions have developed as a result of our famous Automotive Logistics Think Tanks.

15:15 – 16:00
Networking & coffee break
16:00 – 17:30
Session 8: Question Time – the zeitgeist of logistics

A high level panel discusses the major themes to emerge from the conference and aims to identify future actions for the development of the European automotive logistics industry.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group & Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Peter Weiss, Head of EMEA Supply Chain, FCA

Hans-Bert Bong, Material Flow and Supply Chain Management, Ford

Andreas Ginkel, Director Alliance Logistics, Adam Opel AG

Luc Nadal, Chairman, GEFCO


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