Tuesday 12th March 
18:00 – 21:00
Networking 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.
Wednesday 13th March
08:00 – 09:00
Registration and welcome coffee 

09:00 – 10:15
Session 1
The future starts now

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.
Michael Robinet, Managing Director, IHS Automotive Consulting
Martin Dixon, 
Research Manager, Freight Rate Benchmarking, Drewry
Sean Doherty, 
Director, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industry, World Economic Forum

10:15- 11:00
Coffee break 

11:00 – 12:15
Focused forums 

Engineering networks

Given the economic challenges and production shifts across Europe and the wider continent, manufacturers and their LSPs must find ways of meeting shifting demand without negatively impacting quality, timeliness, the environment and cost. What changes, big or small, must be made to distribution networks? 

Moderator: Christian Fuss, Head of Supply Chain Management, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Mathias Wellbrock, General Manager of Worldwide Distribution, BMW

Christoph Wust, Manager MP&L Systems, Ford

Jan Maes, Manager, Vehicle Distribution, Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles Europe, Daimler

Network design

Tier suppliers must cope with shifting volume and sourcing locations, as well as ever-shortening product cycles. To keep supply chain networks efficient, manufacturers and logistics providers must constantly engineer their flows –   this session explores their strategies and best practice.

Moderator: Jens Moeller, VP of Automotive, UTi

Jörg Blechinger, Director, Magna Logistics Europe

Dror Noach, VP of  Logistics Services  & Operations, CNH

Graham Little,
European Sales Manager, 
Evolution Time Critical

Helge Wöbke, Head of Logistics EMEA, TRW Automotive

The future of service parts

This forum will look at the aftermarket world and challenges ahead. Topics will include lean management, dealer relations, warehousing and cross-industry collaboration.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group

Nick Beard, Corporate Account Industry Director, TNT

Welf Schneider, Project Leader SCM Automotive Aftermarket, Robert Bosch

15:15- 16:00
Coffee break 

16:00 – 17:15
Session 4
New Europe, New Ideas
The European auto industry in 2013 will be tough, but that does not mean that there won’t continue to be opportunities and critical developments for logistics and supply chain management. Exports, changing production and supply footprints, new organisational structures and regulatory shifts mean that manufactures and providers have to be more innovative than ever before. We’ll hear the views of decision makers from the carmakers, logistics providers and the European Commission.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group
Bert Bong, Manager Material Flow and SCM Europe, Ford
Antoine Redier, 4PL Director, GEFCO Group
Juhani Jääskelainen, Head of Unit DG Information Society and Media, Unit ICT for Transport, European Commission
Michael Scholl, Director of Global Supply Chain, General Motors

17:30- 21:00
Gala dinner
Thursday 14th March 
08:30 – 09:00
Registration and coffee 

09:00 – 10:15
Session 5

Sharing the inspiration
Based on the format of ‘TED Talks’, this session features prominent industry figures giving short presentations on the topics – industry related or not – in which they are most passionate about and what gets them up in the morning. Don’t miss this session for a source of inspiration in difficult times. 

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Bo Andersson, President, GAZ Group
Carlos Lahoz, General Manager of Business Planning and Supply Chain, Kia Motors Europe
Richard Barker, Chief Executive Officer, Sovereign Business Integration
Matthias Schulz, Director of MP&L, Ford Europe

The future of multi-modal

Even as environmental considerations favour rail and waterborne transport, higher costs, increased regulation, fragmented volumes and stricter delivery requirements can make a balanced multimodal network difficult. What does the industry need to do to anticipate these changes and remain flexible across all transport modes?

Moderator: Mike Sturgeon, Executive Director, ECG

Tom Antonissen, EU Affairs Manager, ECG

Manuel Medina, Finished Vehicle Distribution Manager, SEAT

Dr. Maximilian Altmann, Owner and Board Member, ARS Altmann AG

Green effects

Green logistics are becoming increasingly important; new initiatives and standards have recently been rolled out within the general logistics arena. This forum looks at the specific impact for automotive, and what companies will need to do to align themselves    for future requirements.

Moderator: Bruce Arlinghaus

John Canvin, Managing Director, Odette

John Buchanan, PTO Constraints Manager, Ford

Sjoerd Ewals, Project Manager, Ewals Cargo Care

Al Jeory, Global Inbound Logistics Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Packaging optimisation

This sessions looks at developments in packaging impacting essential logistics factors such as cube utilisation, warehouse stackability and line-side ergonomics. It will also explore the benefits and challenges of pooling and tracking containers, even over long-distance supply chains.

Moderator: Hubert-Paul Mas, Supply Chain Director – Europe, Inergy Automotive

David Mayo, Senior Director Supply Chain DACH & NORDICS, CHEP

Antonio Aguilar Gonzalez, Manager Containerization Europe, Adam Opel

Colin Howard, Sales Director, Goodpack

Armin  Hans, Logistics and  Packaging Specialist, Tenneco

12:15 – 13:30

13:30 – 14:30
Session 7


An informal and invaluable chance to talk directly with key industry figures about the topics that matter most to you. These are the practical roundtables that will give you the chance to develop real business strategies. 

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00
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.

This session will also include the prize draws.

Michael Silvio, Director of Supply Chain, Cooper Standard
Juhani Jääskelainen, Advisor to the Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Andreas Ginkel, Director Logistics Alliance, Adam Opel
Matthias Schulz, Director of MP&L, Ford Europe


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