Tuesday 6th June, 2017

Welcome Reception

A great opportunity to get together with fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the formal conference days. Bring lots of business cards!


Wednesday 7th June, 2017

Registration & welcome coffee
Session 1: Connecting the dots


Demand has propelled sales growth across Europe’s key automotive markets, with a nine-year high of 15.1m units in 2016. Over the past three years, Western Europe has been the top performing regional market with average annual sales gains of 6.5%, more than double the global average. A series of potential challenges to the global automotive market in 2017, however, looks likely to affect the industry and its supply chain.

So where are we heading? How are macroeconomic and geopolitical factors shaping the industry? What are the critical challenges affecting the automotive industry? And what role will supply chain and logistics play in helping to meet them?

Christoph Stürmer Global Lead Analyst Autofacts PwC
Frank Schlehuber Director Aftermarket CLEPA

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Networking & coffee break
Session 2: In focus
Session 2A: Smarter, more flexible supply chains


Volatile times call for high levels of visibility and flexibility with an ability to respond to unexpected events outside of the supply chain as well as fluctuations from within. The smart supply chain of the future will need to rely on new approaches that are based on on complex interconnections and intelligence in order to predict and respond to such events.

This session will consider what the requirements are for the future supply chain, how to driver smarter use of all the assets it incorporates, and how new systems can really help optimise tomorrow’s logistics networks.

Buelent Ileri Director Transportation & Logistics EAME AGCO Corporation

Julian Schulcz Executive Vice President 4flow
Michael A. Kluger Vice President Neovia Logistics

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Session 2B: Smarter, more flexible networks

“There is a strain on our ability to distribute the vehicles we make now and in the next few years, the market will continue to grow and we will have more vehicles to distribute.” So said Hervé Moulin of Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Vehicle Operations – Methods department at last year’s conference.

But how exactly can we prepare to meet such demands?
What challenges will we face? How can we build sufficient flexibility into tomorrow’s supply chains? And what must we do to make the smartest possible use of our assets and networks?

Torsten Heinrichs Manager Vehicle Logistics Continent Ford
Hans-Bert Bong Director Dr. Bong Business Consulting
Bjorn Svenningsen Head of Sales & Marketing UECC
Marc Adriansens Managing Director ICO
Christoph Seitz Managing Member CFR Rinkens LLC

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Networking & lunch
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Session 3: In focus
Session 3A: In pursuit of continuous improvement


With constant pressure to improve efficiency and productivity, the pursuit of improved organisational performance has become an incremental, perpetual activity focused on identifying and eliminating waste. Leveraging the potential of today’s network-based supply chain systems and processes will be essential in meeting new performance goals.

This session will look at how to build competitive supply chain capability, the benefits of real-time, collaborative communication, and the importance of network visibility and transparency in the quest for continuous improvement.

Payam Dehdari Director Logistics Robert Bosch Automotive Steering
Kai Derda Country General Manager CHEP
Vegard Synnes Head of Key Accounts CDC International

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Session 3B: The perfectly tuned engine

Inbound supply chains require increasingly sophisticated handling and line-feeding processes in plants, including the development of better in-plant strategies that will tune up the whole supply chain and smooth out any variations in parts deliveries to keep the whole engine running smoothly.

But how do you manage the complexities involved and build more flexibility into your inbound supply chain? What role might packaging play? And how can you take a more holistic, total systems approach to the process?

Axel van het Kaar Carline Supervisor Material Flow and Packaging Engineering Ford
Boris Duľa CEO, Chairman of the Board CEIT
Ernst Jan van Klinken Managing Director VMT Ecopack
Matthias Wurst Program Manager INFORM

Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Networking & coffee break
Session 4: The evolving supply chain ecosystem


Supply chains are the lifeblood of today’s economy and are evolving in a highly competitive, super-connected, fast-changing and increasingly volatile global environment. This evolution to a connected, smart and flexible eco-system will enable worldwide networks to plan and make decisions much better together. Technology is undoubtedly disrupting traditional operations and unlocking the full potential of this will require a reinvention of supply chain strategy.

  • How will we realise the full potential?
  • What will happen to today’s workforce requirements?
  • What is the best way to manage such a complex and dynamic set of risks and restraints?

Matthias Braun Head of network planning and location projects Volkswagen Logistics
Jan Cirullies Head of Department of Digitization in Logistics Fraunhofer-Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik ISST
Emmanuel Arnaud VP Commerce & Marketing GEFCO
Fabio Pellegrinelli Business Development Manager Gas Iveco
Marco Simone Zanna Head i-Fast Automotive Logistics

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Gala Dinner at the Historic Godesburg

Great food and drink, great setting, great opportunity...


Thursday 8th June, 2017

Registration & welcome coffee
Session 5: The connected age


The network of devices in use worldwide today is fast becoming much more than a system for mere human communication, extending into all the assets and sub-systems in our increasingly connected environment and leading us to a new relationship between man and machine that will allow vastly more efficient and better informed decision-making. Now poised for explosive growth, this new connected age presents enormous possibilities for innovation, from wearable technology and smart homes to intelligent transport infrastructure and connected cars.

This session will consider how companies need to innovate and evolve to make the most of this new environment, what the implications actually are of a more connected automotive industry, and how to maximise the potential of the convergence of all this technology.

Carlos Lahoz Director Sales & Business Planning and Supply Chain Management Kia Motors Europe
Frank Vorrath VP Global Supply Chain Johnson Controls Inc
Dennis Kolberg Head of Research at Innovative Factory Systems German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Veronika Söntgerath Connected Mobility Executive Consultant T-Systems

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Networking & coffee break
Session 6: In focus
Session 6A: Connected vehicle distribution


Innovation, digital technologies and sustainability are key factors in the future connected vehicle distribution network. Full data transparency, augmented reality, intelligent sensors and connected cars will all make logistics more flexible and efficient.

But where will the greatest efficiency gains come from? What challenges will there be in standardising communications? Which technologies will be most disruptive? And how can firms who are trying to adapt balance the cost of implementation with ROI?

Hervé Moulin Methods - Operations Performance Alliance Logistics Europe Renault Nissan
Manuel Medina Burrull Finished Vehicle Distribution Planning SEAT
Paul Nurse CEO ProAct

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Session 6B: Tuning up aftermarket logistics

There are tremendous opportunities in the aftermarket to benefit from the innovations taking place in supply chain management, with smarter approaches to warehousing, distribution and parts supply models.

So how can we manage increasing performance demands? What technology will best help us to meet those demands? How can we realise the efficiencies of combining forces? And what are the main barriers in terms of capacity utilisation?

Kai Rabe European Logistics Manger Aftersales Adam Opel
Stephan Freichel Professor Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Erik van Wunnik Global Business Development Director DSV Solutions
John Willems Director, Industry Marketing Automotive TNT Express

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Networking & lunch
Session 7: Automotive Logistics Europe Think Tanks

An invaluable chance to talk directly with key industry figures about the topics that matter most to you. These popular Think Tanks are a series of practical, interactive discussions that give delegates an excellent opportunity to share ideas and develop business strategies. Many real-life changes have been set in motion by the exchanges that take place in these sessions.

This year’s Think Tanks will cover some of the following topics:

Understanding the dynamics of big data
Murat Akyildiz Director Client Solutions Global Automotive DSV

Packaging and the Sharing Economy
Vegard Synnes Head of Key Accounts CDC

Digitalization in the FVL Industry: Where are we and where are we heading?
Bjorn Svenningsen Head of Sales & Marketing UECC

How to transform towards a “Supply Chain as a Service” (ScaaS)
Vanessa Stark Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing CHEP

FVL network optimisation and flexibility
Lukasz Szutenberg Business Development Manager and Jaroslaw Maszczak UK Branch Manager Adampol

Connected Logistics: Transformation in the digital age
Hartmut Haubrich Director Finished Vehicle Logistics INFORM

Future of e-mobility: Challenges and opportunities in logistics
Christoph Seitz Managing Member CFR Rinkens LLC

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