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Wednesday 28th November, 2018

08.00 - 09.00
Registration & breakfast

Collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

09.00 - 10.15
Session 1: Dawn of a new supply chain

Recovering sales, production investments and expanding trade links are strengthening the South American supply chain. But the industry must manage continued political and economic uncertainty, infrastructure bottlenecks and changing technology. This opening session of the summit will provide insights on:

  • The recovery and development taking place in the region’s automotive markets
  • How automotive logistics has changed since the downturn in Brazil – and the technology that will change it still further
  • The impacts of government policy and regulation

Come to this opening session to develop your understanding of the current and future trajectory of South American automotive logistics.

10.15 - 11.00
Networking & coffee

An excellent opportunity to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

11.00 - 12.15
Session 2: Tools for competitive and collaborative logistics

South American manufacturers face high costs and growing global competition. However, well-designed distribution networks, connected production and warehouse operations and strong partnerships are improving both efficiency and utilisation. This session will consider:

  • The IT systems and automation helping South American OEMs achieve Logistics 4.0
  • Improving regional warehouse, supply and port network design
  • Collaborative strategies across the supply chain to share resources, data and capacity

With real-life examples highlighting best practice and know-how, our expert speakers will share their insight in this session on the systems and approaches that make a real difference to automotive logistics.

12.15 - 13.30
Networking & lunch

An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle makers, tier suppliers, logistics service suppliers, sponsors and exhibitors.

13.30 - 14.45
Session 3: Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs

The Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs are a series of practical, interactive discussion groups designed to stimulate new ideas and solutions. Held in individual breakout rooms and led by industry practitioners, these sessions allow for more collaborative and lateral thinking.

The Ideas Labs at this year’s summit include:

Ideas Lab 1: Packaging
This workshop will focus on key automotive packaging topics for South America, from packaging standardisation to equipment tracking.

Ideas Lab 2: Vehicle imports and ports
Vehicle trade is once again vibrant in the region, with growing global links. This Ideas Lab will look at improving processes across transport modes, whether in ports, inland or at sea.

Ideas Lab 3: Solutions for infrastructure
It is no secret that Brazil and South America as a whole are struggling with capacity deficits in rail, road, borders and ports. This workshop will explore how the industry can cope better today with the network it has in place.

Ideas Lab 4: Skills, training and recruitment
As the economy recovers and technology changes, it is more important than ever to find and retain the right logistics talent. This Ideas Lab will look at HR strategies to enhance training and recruitment.

14.45 - 15.15
Networking & coffee

Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

15.15 - 17.00
Session 4: Logistics talent to lead today and tomorrow

Logistics decision-makers in South America need to confront perennial challenges in capacity and cost, while integrating new technology and processes into their supply chains. In this final session, OEMs and tier supplier executives share how they get the best from their organisations and partners, in particular in terms of:

  • Maintaining and retaining logistics talent and skills
  • Preparing the next generation of supply chain leaders
  • The digital transformation in logistics
  • Visions and ambitions for the future

With both keynote presentations and a wide-ranging panel debate, this final session will consider what conclusions should be drawn around the summit’s key themes of investment, infrastructure, collaboration, talent and leadership.

Summit close
18.00 - 21.00
Automotive Logistics South America gala dinner

Continue the conversation as you relax, unwind and dine in style with your peers at the Automotive Logistics South America gala dinner, hosted by premier sponsor Penske Logistics. Location and details will be announced soon.


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