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Preparing for a brighter future

Lessons learned and new strategies to support the South American automotive industry

While tough times in South America have hit the automotive sector in the region hard, growth must inevitably follow decline and there is now firm evidence that better times may be coming sooner, rather than later.

Although automotive production capacity still outstrips domestic demand in most areas of the continent, growing exports have been lifting both volumes and spirits. And as the market starts to contemplate a brighter future, it is becoming ever more apparent that those in South America’s automotive logistics sector must get ready for the upturn.

That means looking ahead now to prepare for the future, to make sure production and supply chain networks are in the right shape to support higher volumes in the longer term.

As Marcelo Gallao, vice-president for logistics at Volkswagen Group company Scania Latin America, said recently in explaining the OEM’s plans to invest 2.6 billion reais in the region up to 2020: “We cannot have a vision for just a year or two; we have to look 10 or 20 years ahead.”

Working out what supply chain strategies will best help support South America’s recovery will be at the heart of the debate at this year’s Automotive Logistics South America summit, where OEMs, service providers, infrastructure operators and technology solutions suppliers will all come together to find the best ways forward.

About the summit
Now in its 9th year, Automotive Logistics South America is a well-established event that attracts all the leading lights in the South American automotive logistics sector.

“Excellent opportunity to identify market trends,” said Gustavo Peret Dias, Manager at Hyundai, at last year’s gathering. “[An opportunity] to explore new technologies and processes,” added Joao Estacio, Logistics Manager at General Motors. “The conference was excellent,” commented Fabio Godinho, Logistics Coordinator at ZF. “An outstanding networking opportunity – I wouldn’t miss it!” agreed Michael Labadie, Senior Director, Automotive & Industrial, Crane Worldwide.

This year’s one-day summit will be held at the Tivoli Hotel in São Paulo and will provide a unique opportunity to combine business with relaxation.

The single, all-inclusive delegate fee includes:

  • access to all summit presentations and Q&A sessions
  • networking lunch and coffee breaks
  • messaging and comment options via the in-summit app
  • access to the Live streaming service
  • a seat at the fabulous Automotive Logistics South America gala dinner
  • copies of speaker presentations to download after the event.

Register via the link at the top of this page to join your peers, suppliers and competitors for a day that will help your automotive logistics operations in South America better prepare for the future and determine the right strategies for the many challenges and opportunities ahead.

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