3-5 March 2009, Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland

Tuesday 3rd March 2009

18:00 – 21:00
Pre-conference cocktail reception and registration in the lobby, Le Montreux Palace

Wednesday 4th March 2009

08:00 – 09:00

09:00 – 10:30
Session 1
Examining the current state of the industry
What are the options in the current economic climate? A panel of experts discusses the impact of the global downturn on the automotive and logistics industries.
Roberto Ferravante, Deputy Head of Unit, Logistics, Innovation and Co-modality Unit, European Commission
Sean Doherty, Head, Logistics and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum
Stephen Harley, Director, Material Planning and Logistics FoE, Ford Werke

10:30 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:30
Session 2
Don’t forget the long term
A senior panel of carmakers discuss why green logistics must stay at the forefront of our thoughts, and is not an alternative to efficiencies and cost, but a contributor to savings.
Bruno Sidler, President, Northern Europe, CEVA
Elliot Swiss, Director of Logistics, General Motors Europe
Axel Marschall, Executive Vice President, Automotive Rail, DB Schenker Rail

12:30 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:30
Stream 1
Session 3a

Globalisation – the impact of using low-cost countries Updates on the state of play in these regions, and solutions to complex supply chains
Wendell Smith, Vice President, Sales, Macro Plastics
Garth Parker, Chairman, ProAct

Stream 2:
Session 3b

The global finished vehicle logistics market –
Where are the new markets? Where are the trade lanes? A look at the rise of the BRIC countries in the global economy.
Mohammad Reza Valadi, Supply Chain Strategy Manager, Automotive Irankhodro Industrial Group (IKCO)
Anders Boman, President Region Europe, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Barbara Koncewicz, Manager of Sales Department, Adampol.

15:30 – 16:15

16:15 – 17:30
Session 4a
Material flow and supply chain management
What strategies can be used in-plant to reduce costs?
Hubert-Paul Mas, European Supply Chain Director, INERGY Automotive Systems
Michael, Druml, Director, Global Supply Chain Management, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik
Anne Laure Mirabaud, Inbound Supply Chain Engineering, Renault

Session 4b

Transport – where are the bottlenecks and what can be done to improve the transport network? What impact will changes in production volumes have on transport capacity across rail, ocean and road?
Peter Menzel, General Manager, K-Line Europe
Mark Morgan, Executive Director, ECG – The Association of European Vehicle Logistics

Thursday 5th March 2009

08:30 – 09:00

09:00 – 10:30
Stream 1
Session 5a

Providing the right logistics services
What can logistics companies do to help the industry now? What changes have they made?
Kevin Wall, Director Jaguar Land Rover, Material Planning and Logistics, Jaguar Land Rover
Paul Dyer, Managing Director – Automotive UK and Ireland, Middle East and Africa, DHL Exel Supply Chain
Emmanuel Arnaud, Business Line Manager – Automobile, Gefco

Stream 2
Session 5b
High and heavy logistics
What is happening in this specialist sector? Have the improvements discussed at last year’s conference been implemented?
Franz Blum, Chief Executive Officer, Vega International Car Transport and Logistic
Joannes Van Osta, General Manager, Group Transport and Logistics, JCB

10:30 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:30
Session 6a
Under pressure
Tier One suppliers discuss the obstacles in supplying the carmakers during an economic downturn
Manuel Formis, TS Logistics and Transportation Director, Honeywell Technologies Sàrl
Cary VandenAvond, Vice President, i2 Technologies
Hauke Harnisch, Managing Director, DualproLOG
Baris, Melek Dogˆan, Logistics and Supply Chain Manager, Avon Automotive

Session 6b
Green logistics
The strategies being used by companies in their quest to be ‘greener’ – alternative methods of transport. Can you be ‘green’ and lean?
Heiko Schultz, Leiter Transportlogistik, AUDI
Stephen Jones, Managing Director, Vehnet

12:30 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:00
This is the chance to discuss the pertinent issues in smaller focus groups

15:00 – 15:45

15:45 – 17:00
VIP Round-up A chance to pose questions to the decision-makers
Elliot Swiss, Director of Logistics, General Motors Europe

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