Monday 8th May, 2017

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!

 

Tuesday 9th May, 2017

08:00 – 09:00
Registration & welcome coffee
 
 
09:00 – 10:15
Session 1: Through Silicon Valley eyes – how the car industry will develop in the next decade
 

The automotive sector is changing fast, both in its use of technology and in terms of shifting demand. Leading figures in the industry share their visions of the future, from smart cities and intelligent highways to autonomous vehicles and new mobility models, including:

  • What the car industry will look like in 10 years’ time
  • What is happening in the shorter term to vehicle supply and demand
  • The key factors driving market development
  • What this all means for the inbound production and parts supply chain

Setting the scene for this year’s conference, this opening session will outline where the inbound automotive parts sector is really heading and what YOU should be doing about it.

Rick Walker President and Chief Executive Officer
GAMA - Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association
Sven Dharmani Principal, Advisory Services Ernst & Young
Scott Perry Chief Technology & Procurement Officer Ryder System

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
10:15 – 11:00
Networking & coffee break
 
 
11:00 - 12:15
Session 2: Brain over brawn – why smarter thinking will dominate tomorrow’s supply chains
 

Inbound supply chains are undergoing major transformation as a result of increasing complexity in production and supply networks and the fast pace of change in technology. This session will look at what this shift will mean for the supply chains of the future, including:

  • Why tomorrow’s supply chains will be as much about the flow of information as the flow of goods
  • What the transport systems and warehouses of the future look like
  • The challenges and opportunities in a world of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • How to extract real value from all the data

Develop a clear understanding of what carmakers are looking for from their suppliers and logistics providers in terms of smarter thinking – and how inbound and parts supply chains should deliver it.

James (Rusty) Coleman Director of Digital Industrial Operations NA Electrolux
Mel Kirk SVP & Chief Information Officer Ryder
Darryl Bol Section Manager, Material Management – Logistics Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
Michael Meier President Venture Global Solutions
Shankar Jayaraman Senior Director BXB Digital

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
12:15 – 14:00
Networking & lunch
 
 
14:00 - 15:15
Session 3: Innovation Think Tanks – turning conventional supply chain thinking on its head
 

An invaluable chance to put your questions and talk over the issues affecting a range of innovation-related subjects in individual group sessions with leading industry figures, speakers and fellow delegates. This year’s Think Tanks will include breakaway groups on some of the following areas:

  • Packaging
  • Inbound transport
  • In-plant logistics
  • The aftermarket
  • Big Data
  • Industry 4.0
  • Supply chain 4.0
  • Automation

Many real-life changes have been set in motion by the informal exchanges that take place in these open and honest sessions. Come and see how YOU can turn conventional supply chain thinking on its head!

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
15:15 – 16:00
Networking & coffee break
 
 
16:00 - 17:30
Session 4: The factory of the future – defining the shape of tomorrow’s automotive production operations
 

From technological advances to concerns over climate change, a new age of production is upon us, with more emphasis on processes that are open, collaborative and responsive. This session will consider:

  • The ownership models behind the production facilities of the future
  • What a typical vehicle production plant will really look like
  • The many ways in which industry 4.0 is changing factory dynamics
  • How humans and robots can work better together

Find out how tomorrow’s factories will be planned, constructed, operated and owned – and what the implications are for those in involved in supplying them.

Jim Bydalek Vice-President, Digital – Automotive & Aerospace CapGemini
Scott Dewicki Leadership Partner Gartner

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
17:30 - 21:00
Gala dinner at the Atlanta History Center
 

The Supply Chain Conference gala dinner – Great food, great setting, great networking, great opportunity.

 
Hosted by:
21:00 - 00:00
Afterglow party at Gypsy Kitchen
 

Relax and unwind at this Baroque-style venue in the heart of Buckhead

 
Hosted by:

Wednesday 10th May, 2017

08:00 - 09:00
Registration & welcome coffee
 
 
09:00 - 10:15
Session 5: Automotive Supply Chain 2025 – understanding evolving supply chain priorities
 

Traditional supply chain models may soon be extinct. By 2025, supply chains are set to become more integrated and self-adapting, with a seamless interface between man and machine. This session will examine:

  • How realistic such visions of the future actually are
  • What exactly is going to change
  • Where the biggest priorities in this new order will lie
  • How long current supply chain models will last

Are you ready for the changes coming down the line by 2025?

Michael Silvio Senior Director, Supply Chain Management Cooper Standard

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
10:15 - 11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
 
 
11:00 – 12:15
Session 6: Aftersales and service parts – keeping parts service high in a shifting world
 

Making parts inventories available at the right time, in the right volumes and in the right place to meet demanding levels of after-sales services at the right cost is a difficult and complex proposition already. So what will it be like as the supply chain continues to reinvent itself? This session will examine:

  • The complexities involved in meeting current service levels while preparing for the future
  • The new requirements of tomorrow’s ‘e-world’
  • The future technologies shaping tomorrow’s aftermarket logistics
  • What the shift to electric vehicles means for the parts supply sector
  • The opportunities for production and service parts sectors to work together more closely

Come and see if your company’s current aftermarket model will stand the test of time.

Neil Swartz Vice President & General Manager Toyota Motors NA
Anu Goel Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services Volkswagen Group of America
John Goione Department Head - Parts Logistics BMW Group
Randy Creel General Manager, Operations Nissan

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
12:15 – 14:00
Networking & lunch
 
 
14:00 - 15:15
Session 7: Don’t just think; think differently – changing the mindset on network management
 

Managing a large network of diverse and globally-dispersed suppliers and logistics providers is a challenge. But it’s also a great opportunity for collaboration. Find out:

  • Why exactly the inbound automotive logistics sector needs to change its mindset
  • How to make your supply chain ‘smarter’
  • The key to turning such change into a competitive advantage

This session will define the key changes in thinking that will allow supply chains to raise their network efficiency and effectiveness in tomorrow’s highly demanding inbound logistics environment.

Deepinder Singh CEO 75F
William Wappler President & CEO Surgere
Dana McBrien Associate Chief Advisor Honda North America

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
15:15 - 16:00
Networking & coffee break
 
 
16:00 - 17:30
Session 8: Next steps – how the logistics industry needs to develop its approach
 

A senior panel of leading lights provide their views on the next steps the inbound production and aftersales parts sector needs to take, revealing:

  • Exactly how they would like to see the sector develop
  • The difference such changes will make to the strength, efficiency and effectiveness of inbound parts supply chains
  • How those changes can best be implemented

Find out what the industry’s action plan is for the future – and how your firm can be part of the solution.

Anu Goel Vice President, Parts and Vehicle Logistics Volkswagen Group of America
Dana McBrien Associate Chief Advisor Honda North America
Roberto Eggeling Director Logistics VW Group of America
Benoit Montreuil Leader of Supply Chain and Logistics Institute Georgia Tech

Moderators: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group
Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

 

 
17:30
Conference close
 
 

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