Tuesday 12th June, 2018

Automotive Logistics Europe Awards Ceremony

The winners of the first ever Automotive Logistics Europe Awards will be announced at a splendid ceremony and awards dinner.


Wednesday 13th June, 2018

Registration & welcome coffee

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

Session 1: Standing at the Crossroads: Pathways to excellence

The global automotive industry is at a major crossroads, with accelerating technological transformation and changing consumer demands potentially leading to an industry that bears little resemblance to that of today.

Already, there is an increasing number of electric vehicles capable of navigating city streets with limited human intervention, ushering in an array of new entrants and business models, disrupting and transforming the wider transport and mobility sectors. Partnerships between automakers and suppliers as well as alliances with technology players are vital to all companies' efforts to stay competitive.

  • What direction is mobility heading in?
  • How will logistics and transport evolve?
  • How will new entrants disrupt the traditional models?
  • Where do we need to invest?

This flagship opening session will see industry insiders explore some of the pathways that are transforming the industry.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Content Director Ultima Media

Matthias Kässer Partner McKinsey & Company
Christian Schwede Head of department Fraunhofer-Institut IML

Networking & coffee break

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

Session 2a: Unlocking the full potential

Technology is disrupting traditional operations and now every business is a digital business.

The impact on supply chain management is vast; unlocking the full potential requires a reinvention of supply chain strategy and the application of leading-edge technologies, along with innovative thinking.

  • Where are the opportunities in unlocking the full potential?
  • How do we build a strategic plan centred on innovation?
  • How do we innovate today?
  • What are the expectations of service providers?

Attend this session to develop a deeper understanding of the opportunities to innovate to unlock the full potential.

Moderator: Joanne Perry Editor Automotive Logistics group

Jörg Blechinger Director Magna Logistics Magna
Björn Klippel CEO TIM Consult
Martha Fuentes Del Castillo Director Business Development BXB Digital
Stephen Carr Group Commercial Director Peel Ports Group

Session 2b: Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs

Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs are practical, interactive discussion groups designed to stimulate ideas and solutions. Held in individual breakout rooms and led by an industry practitioner, these sessions allow for more collaborative and lateral thinking.

Ideas Lab 1: The EV supply chain

The EV race is gathering pace and requires the development of new supply chain concepts, not only involving inbound and outbound processes with external suppliers and dealers, but also in-house.

Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics group

Ideas Lab 2: Rethinking finished vehicle logistics

In light of all the technological and connectivity advances being made in this sector, is it time to rethink our vehicle logistics models and challenge the status quo?

Leader: Hans-Bert Bong Director Dr Bong Consulting

Ideas Lab 3: It’s all about the talent

Our world is changing and we need to adapt as fast as possible to survive or excel – but as much as we talk about technology, it’s actually all about the talent.

Leader: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group

Networking & lunch

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

Session 3a: Digitally driven ecosystems

The finished vehicle sector’s evolution towards a connected, smart, highly efficient, integrated ecosystem that is fully transparent to all players requires the right approach to integrate leading-edge technologies with revamped processes.

  • How do we create a fully transparent network?
  • How do we capitalise on the connected environment?
  • What is the smart network?
  • How will standardisation help drive adoption?

This session will outline how the digital ecosystem will evolve and the process and technological innovations required.

Moderator: Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics group

Torsten Heinrichs Manager Vehicle Logistics Continent Ford
Veronika Söntgerath Digital Division - Connected Mobility T-Systems
Hartmut Haubrich Director Finished Vehicle Logistics Inform

Session 3b: Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs

Ideas Lab 4: Packaging innovation

Packaging efficiency is a mix of engineering, standardisation, sustainability and logistics. Finding innovative solutions that address this mixture of challenges is essential in the quest for an optimal supply chain.

Leader: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group

Eric Lambert VP Supply Chain - Packaging PSA
Harald Enzian Central Packaging Manager Cooper Standard
Axel van het Kaar Carline Supervisor Material Flow & Packaging Engineering Ford

Ideas Lab 5: Aftermarket logistics complexity

Making parts available at the right time, in the right volumes and in the right place to meet demanding aftersales service requirements at the right cost is a difficult and complex balancing act.

Leader: Stephan Freichel Professor Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Ideas Lab 6: Supply chain resilience

The complex nature of today’s supply chains means they are inherently exposed and many are regularly disrupted.
How do we create the capability to react to disruptions and even anticipate them, along with the ability to make adjustments in real time as conditions change?

Leader: Björn Klippel CEO TIM Consult

Networking & coffee break

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

Session 4: Leadership – Inspiring innovation and excellence

Leaders throughout organisations understand the need to change as they seek to drive results at a tactical level, looking for the new rules of the road that will give them a competitive edge.

Such leaders are learning how to create an organisational climate in which innovative thinking is at the heart of everything, and not just something undertaken by a few creative staff in remote outposts.

  • How can you help others to think differently and work in new ways to face challenges?
  • What can be done to innovate when all your resources are stretched or constrained?
  • How can you stay ahead of the competition?
  • How do you attract, develop and retain the talent needed to transform your supply chain?
  • Does the culture in your organisation encourage experimentation and innovation?
  • In this session, a distinguished panel of industry leaders will identify the key challenges of effective leadership and the best ways of inspiring the next generation.

    Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group

    Andreas Graffe Director Logistics & Container Management Opel Automobile
    Andreas Subbe Director Automotive SCM Continental AG
    Stéphane Milhet HR Vice President GEFCO

Gala Dinner: held aboard the Rheinprinzessin

Soak up the fabulous views along the Rhine and compare notes on the first day of the conference as you dine in style aboard this luxurious riverboat.


Thursday 14th June, 2018

Registration & welcome coffee

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

Session 5: Investing in the future

"We will see more change in the next 5-10 years than there’s been in the last 50” – Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

The automotive and logistics sectors are evolving at a rapid pace and at the heart of this change is an evolution in technology, driving innovative business models and disrupting traditional players. Understanding what to invest in has the potential to reap huge rewards; however, it is also coupled with huge risk.

  • How do we accelerate the development of new technologies?
  • What are the investment strategies?
  • Where are investors looking to invest: early stage or mid-stage?
  • How do you determine the investment prospects?
  • What drives investment in supply chain technology?
  • What is the business case for investing in supply chain technology?

This session will examine the investment requirements for the future, how to accelerate the development of new technologies across the wider supply chain environment, and how to identify the next investment opportunities.

Moderator: Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics group

Johannes Nünning Founder & Head UQBATE Deutsche Telekom
Wolfgang Lehmacher Director, Supply Chain and Transport Industries World Economic Forum
Greg Slawson Global Vertical Lead Automotive DSV

Networking & coffee break

Chew over the investment ideas highlighted in today’s opening session with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments.

Session 6: Automotive Logistics Think Tanks

Our popular Think Tanks are back! This series of practical, interactive group discussions will provide an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with key industry figures and peers about the issues that matter most to you.

Chaired by industry insiders, these open discussions are expected to cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Keeping the lid on dangerous goods packaging
  • Leader: Steven Austin Team Manager Customer Solutions Europe CHEP

  • Aftermarket dynamics
  • Leader: Steven Rushton Director Automotive Business Development UK and Nordics Syncreon

  • Self-orchestrating supply chains
  • Leader: Paul Nurse CEO ProAct

  • The logistics block-chain
  • Leader: Hartmut Haubrich Director Finished Vehicle Logistics INFORM

  • 3D printing revolution
  • Leader: Rodney Salmon VP Sales Macro Plastics

  • Reimagining vehicle logistics
  • Leader: Patrick Lewis Director, Business Development ICL Systems Inc

  • Supply Chain Bottlenecks Post Brexit
  • Leader: Stephen Carr Commercial Director Peel Ports Group

  • Connected logistics
  • Leader: Veronika Söntgerath Digital Division - Connected Mobility T-Systems

    Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of leading thinkers in this field and share your own valuable insights about a variety of topics in these vibrant, round-table exchanges.

Networking & lunch

An extended networking lunch break giving delegates a further opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.

Session 7: Question Time – Accelerating the pace of change

It’s already clear that traditional supply chain models will have to change and that the sector will have to take a fresh look at the way it innovates through technology and reassess the pathways that will lead to operational excellence.

The Automotive Logistics Awards Europe 2018 recognised excellence and innovation across the automotive supply chain management and logistics industry, hear from a selection of the finalist in a quick fire Q&A session looking into the innovative approach to the challenges.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Content Director Ultima Media

Kai Rabe Aftersales Logistics Manager Opel Automobile
Kamil Mezynski Sales Director GEFCO

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