A great chance for you to get together with fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our welcome reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the North American finished vehicle logistics sector... bring lots of business cards!
Wednesday 8th August, 2018
08:00 - 09:00
Coffee and registration
Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.
09:00 - 10:15
SESSION 1: Gateways to the future
In today’s ever-evolving climate of innovation, the automotive industry is on a transformative journey that will see the emergence of an array of new entrants, business models and technologies. The finished vehicle logistics import-export sector is a central part of this, as it undergoes transformation across its infrastructure, processes and technology in a drive to put smarter international gateways in place.
Find out in this opening session:
• How the automotive industry is evolving
• Where the vehicle import-export market is heading
• What impact future policy changes will have on trade and industry
• What’s on the horizon for the maritime industry
Delegates will develop a clear understanding in this summit-opener of the evolving finished vehicle logistics climate, from the main ways in which infrastructure and import-export services are changing to what’s just over the horizon.
Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Content Director Automotive Logistics Group
Welcoming remarks by Richard Powers Director of Marketing Maryland Port Administration
Mark H. Buzby Maritime Administrator United States Maritime Administration Brandon Mason Automotive Director and Mobility Leader PwC
10:15 - 11:00
Networking and coffee
An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.
11:00 - 12:15
SESSION 2: Upgrading to a connected environment
Ports across North America face the dual challenge of modernizing their terminals and connecting infrastructure to meet immediate needs, while also engaging in long-term planning to become the smarter gateways of the future. Upgrading in this connected environment to keep the metal moving across the network will require an infusion of new technology and systems, as well as process and infrastructure upgrades.
This session will consider:
• The network infrastructure upgrades required to meet current and future demand
• How disruptive technologies will drive change
• Which technologies will prove the most important and how best to apply them
• The innovative business models that will steer change
With input from OEMs, port and terminal operators, technology providers and shipping lines, this session will explore the many ways in which the industry is upgrading to a connected environment.
Moderator: Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics Group
Kurt Nagel CEO American Association of Port Authorities Emmanuel Van Damme Chief Commercial Officer Port of Zeebrugge Michael D'Angelo Manager of Port Operations Volkswagen GoA
12:15 - 14:00
Networking and 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.
14:00 - 15:15
SESSION 3: Ideas Labs
The Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs are practical, interactive discussion groups designed to stimulate fresh thinking and innovative solutions. Held in breakout rooms and led by industry practitioners, these sessions allow for more collaborative and lateral thinking and provide an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with your peers about the issues that matter most to you.
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, interactive exchanges.
Our Ideas Labs will cover the following topics:
Ideas Lab 1: Technology upgrades available
Advances in technology are helping to reshape finished vehicle logistics, this session will explore some of the advances and how they can influence the future direction of vehicle logistics in an interactive discussion group.
Improvements in velocity and speed and key to increasing throughput, this ideas lab will delve into the challenges of keeping the metal moving across the network and the solutions required.
Richard Powers Director of Marketing Maryland Port Administration
Ideas Lab 3: Keeping rail on track
Rail is an essential element of the vehicle logistics network, managing disruptions, bottle necks and changes to the network are essential to keeping rail on track and the metal moving. This interactive ideas lab openly discusses some of the hurdles and solution.
Jordan Kajfasz Market Manager Canadian Pacific Railway
Ideas Lab 4: The trucking environment
The trucking environment faces a number of challenges from ELD implementation, talent shortages, and technology updates, attend this ideas lab and discuss some of the main topics in this solutions driven discussion.
15:15 - 16:00
Networking and coffee
Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.
16:00 - 17:30
SESSION 4: One-on-one fireside chat - Life as an OEM
Hear what life is like for an OEM in this one-on-one fireside chat with Anu Goel Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services Volkswagen Group of America
SESSION 5: Question time – Keeping on track
A Q&A panel session will discuss the evolving ecosystem of North America’s import-export logistics and the strategies required to keep on track with the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s finished vehicle supply chains.
Don’t miss this invaluable final opportunity to listen in as some of the industry’s most senior logistics professionals draw up their action plan for the future!
Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Content Director Automotive Logistics Group Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics Group
Brad Miller Director Legal & Regulatory Affairs NADA Alrick Duncan Intercontinental & Port Operations Supervisor General Motors Bobby Hara Manager, Import Export Operations Nissan Group of North America
17:30 - 21:00
Post-event drinks and Surf ’n’ Turf BBQ
Relax, unwind and chew over the key points of the day’s discussions with everyone who is anyone in the North American vehicle import-export sector, as you feast in style at our fabulous Surf ’n’ Turf BBQ, being held at Tir Na Nog immediately after the final session of the day.