Tuesday, 8 December 2015

18:00 – 21:00
Pre-conference drinks 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, 9 December 2015

08:00 – 09:00
Registration & welcome coffee
09:00 – 10:15
Session 1: The way forward 2016 and beyond

Car makers, both domestic and foreign, have lined up investments of almost $10 billion over the next few years to take advantage of the opportunity for India to emerge as a global market leader in the automotive sector. Only 18 people per 1000 own a vehicle in India compared to 809 people per 1000 in the USA, 519 people per 1000 in the UK, and 101 people per 1000 in China. The domestic market in India holds great potential so creating an open connected and competitive India is the way forward.

  • Insights into the future projection of the automotive industry at home and abroad.
  • The way forward: India’s path to becoming a global automotive market leader.
  • Transforming the logistics landscape to meet the future demands.

Moderator:  Louis Yiakoumi  Publisher  Automotive Logistics group 

Amit Kaushik  Country Head India  JATO Dynamics
Julian Bevis Member of FICCI Infrastructure Committee / Senior Director Group Relations Asia  A.P. Moller-Maersk Group

10:15 – 11:00
Networking & coffee break
11:00 – 12:15
Session 2: India, an automotive centre of excellence 

Global car makers have been ramping up investments in India to cater for the promised growing domestic demand. They plan to leverage India’s competitive advantage to set up export-oriented production hubs, building on the governments “Make in India” initiative. Last year factories exported a record 3.5 million vehicles, 15% more than year ending March 2014. Domestic sales were just above 2.6 million units, up 5% in the same year. The auto components industry generated US$38.5 billion turnover in 2014 –15, and exports accounted for US$11.2 billion.

Is India on track to meet its objective: “Emerge as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles and auto components?

  • Taking advantage of “Make in India” to build an automotive centre of excellence.
  • How will the automotive industry evolve to meet the changing dynamics?
  • Building a framework for continued investments, growth and competitiveness.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig  Editor  Automotive Logistics group

Gautam Dey  Senior Deputy Traffic Manager  Mumbai Port Trust
Gur Prasad Kohli  
Managing Director India  Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

12:15 – 14:00
Networking & lunch
14:00 – 15:15
Session 3: Supply chain excellence – open and connected networks

As the market evolves with changes in production and complexity of product proliferation, the supply chain has to gear up. Improvements in supply planning to address volatility, improving time to market, while evolving the OEM-supplier partnership model to optimize inventory and throughput, along with managing cost pressures is essential in achieving supply chain excellence.

  • How will the use of IT-driven solutions in information sharing, planning, decision support, and inventory management help address the challenges?
  • What are the optimal strategies in tailoring the supply-planning process?
  • How do we manage cost pressures while maintaining quality, speed and managing complexity?
  • How can we innovate process, models and strategies in packaging, warehousing, networks and planning to meet the future demands?

Moderator:  Christopher Ludwig  Editor  Automotive Logistics group

Sandeep Sharma  Head SCM Automotive  Continental
Rajesh Sharma  DGM Material Planning & Logistics  Hanon Climate Systems India
Laurent Le Mercier  Senior VP, Global Automotive & Industrial Solutions CHEP

Christopher Tiffany Regional Vertical Lead – Automotive APAC Sales, Marketing, Communications UTI

15:15 – 16:00
Networking & coffee break
16:00 – 17:30
Session 4: Opportunities in a multimodal network

The automotive industry accounts for 40% of the Indian logistics market of which 85% is road transportation. It is poised for accelerated growth, spurred by increasing GDP, investment in transport infrastructure, e-commerce and the long awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation. GST has the capability to transform vehicle logistics, warehousing, supply chain management and third party logistics businesses, presenting an opportunity to develop a more sustainable model. Where are the opportunities in a connected multimodal network?

  • Rethinking the supply chain’s as a strategic element at an executive level.
  • Ensuring long-term skills development through training and effective knowledge management.
  • Preparing, investing and redesigning the supply chain to drive efficiencies after GST.
  • How will logistics evolve its multimodal network?
  • What are the business models that will drive adaptation of a multimodal network?
  • Where is the investment in infrastructure needed?
  • How do we build flexibility into the distribution networks?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi  Publisher  Automotive Logistics group

Hari Das Gujrati  Director Operations & Business Development  DFCCIL
Shailendra Singh  General Manager Logistics  Maruti Suzuki
Sumit Kumar  VP & North India Head  TCI Supply Chain Solutions 

18:00 – 21:30
Gala dinner at the Poolside Terrace – Leela Hotel

Thursday, 10 December 2015

08:00 – 09:00
Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 – 10:15
Session 5:  India 4.0 – the evolution of the “Smart factory of the world”

Industry 4.0 is the next evolution in the future of manufacturing. The future for India is based on its evolution to the “Smart factory of the world”. Government initiatives are alighted to support this through “Digital India”, “Smart Cities”, “Skill India” and “Make In India” all designed to transform India into a digital, knowledge-driven economy. The next industrial revolution will set in motion a real time convergence of the digital and industrial worlds.

  • What is the role of Big Data, Internet of Things, and Internet of Services in Industry 4.0?
  • What are the implications on the supply chain 4.0?
  • What are the technology infrastructure requirements?
  • How can India leapfrog in to the next industrial revolution?
  • How do we build smart capabilities?
  • Transforming India into the “smart factory of the world”.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig  Editor  Automotive Logistics group

Shilpashree M  Head – Communications  Renault Nissan India
R Gopal  Global Vice President – Transportation & Logistics Practice  Frost & Sullivan
Rajiv Bajaj  Vice President & Partner  Nomura Research Institute India
Jasjit Sethi  CEO  TCI Supply Chain Solutions

10:15 – 11:00
Networking & coffee break
11:00 – 12:15
Session 6: Finished vehicle logistics – creating competitive networks

India is headed in the right direction of growth, its competitiveness is directly linked to the efficient functionality of it logistics and supply chain. More intense competition is leading to substantial shifts in what is expected of the supply chain. The growth in volumes for automotive sales is expected to be 12.1% by 2020, which will be primarily transported through the road networks. Going forward the mismatch between the growth rate and the logistics network will become a major issue.

  • What are the optimal solutions in creating an open and connected network?
  • How will technology play a role in meeting the future demands?
  • What are the challenges in building a fully integrated network?
  • How will policy reforms help build the future supply chain?
  • How will the network evolve to meet new regulations?
  • What are the requirements for establishing an efficient and competitive export logistics network

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi  Publisher  Automotive Logistics group

Bill Villalon  Senior VP, Global Leader Automotive & Head North America Region  APL Logistics
Bill Pawluk  CEO  CTM
Selvan Dasaraj 
Founder  Transport Mitra Services

Vipul Nanda President Car Carrier Association

12:15 – 14:00
Networking & lunch
14:00 – 15:15
Session 7 Automotive Logistics Think Tanks

These practical and interactive discussions give you an opportunity to share ideas and develop real business strategies.

This years Think Tanks will cover the following topics:

1 – Driving Efficiencies in in-bound supply chain through innovative solutions and standardization
Moderator:  DK Rai  Director Automotive Business CHEP India

2 – Saving cost by using alternative modes will come over time
Moderator: Umesh Bhanot  Managing Director   APL Logistics  VASCOR Automotive

3 – Road logistics disruption: CMV act and the need for complimentary modes of transportation
Moderator: Gur-Prasad Kohli   Managing Director India  Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

4 – Building a framework for the next generation supply chain
Moderator: Rajiv Bajaj  Vice President & Partner  Nomura Research Institute India

5 – Indian automotive logistics 2020: are we ready? 
Moderator: Ketan Shah  General Manager Implementation & Process Improvement UTi

6 – Changes & best practices in the Aftermarket Supply Chain
Moderator: Sumit Kumar  Vice President & North India Head  TCI Supply Chain Solutions

15:15 – 16:00
Networking & coffee break
16:00 – 17:30
Session 8: The big debate – the way forward

A high level panel discusses the major themes to emerge from the conference. This session aims to identify future actions for the development of the Indian automotive logistics industry.


Moderator: Prem Verma  CEO  TML Distribution Company

Shailendra Singh  General Manager Logistics  Maruti Suzuki

Deepak Sharma Head of Logistics Hero Motor

Jasjit Sethi  CEO  TCI Supply Chain Solutions

Rajiv Bajaj  Vice President & Partner  Nomura Research Institute India

Bill Pawluk  CEO  CTM

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