Tuesday 9th October, 2018

Automotive Logistics UK welcome drinks reception at Whittlebury Hall

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the summit starts. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the UK automotive logistics sector. Brings lots of business cards…

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Wednesday 10th October, 2018

Registration and breakfast at the renowned Silverstone Circuit

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

SESSION 1: Keeping Britain Moving

The automotive industry is vital to the UK as one of the country’s biggest industrial sectors and a massive contributor to gross domestic product, accounting for about 12% of total exports each year. UK car exports rose to their highest-ever level last year, though declining domestic demand caused UK car production to fall for the first time in eight years. Demand for UK parts is also high, particularly for engines, the supply of which also reached an all-time high in 2017.

Despite such success, the UK’s automotive sector finds itself in challenging times, between the uncertainties created by the nation’s looming exit from the EU and the need to square up to rapid advances in vehicle technology, regulation, manufacturing methods, information technology and mobility patterns.

With such challenges come a host of opportunities, however, as the UK’s automotive logistics networks reposition themselves to keep Britain moving.

This opening session will give delegates the chance to:

  • Find out just how the automotive sector can adapt to all the change
  • Explore the best ways of remaining competitive in the new trading environment
  • Identify the most important future investment requirements
  • Analyse the competitive landscape post-Brexit

Come and discover where the UK’s automotive industry is heading, what changes lie ahead, and how today’s strategies and business models need to adapt to meet future demands.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group

Martin Benecke Manager, Light Vehicle Sales Forecasting IHS Markit
Martin Corner Vice President Supply Chain Management Renault Nissan Alliance
Peter Ward Chief Executive UK Warehousing Association

Networking and tea

An excellent opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments, discuss your thoughts about the opening session with your peers and check out some of the leading suppliers showcasing their solutions in the exhibition area.

SESSION 2: Navigating change

The UK automotive sector has a lot of change to navigate, from the adoption of electric vehicles and artificial intelligence to new mobility models and continuing developments in the makeup of its supply chain and logistics networks.

New rules on emissions, shifts in production, alternatively-fuelled vehicles, increasing complexity and future talent requirements all need to be negotiated to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Placing innovation at the heart of the resulting change in processes, people and technology will be key to the logistics sector’s ability to adapt.

Join this session to develop a clear understanding of:

  • The changes at the heart of the UK’s future automotive supply chains
  • The skills requirements in today’s logistics world
  • How changes in regulation are steering innovation
  • Changing requirements in logistics infrastructure
  • The challenges of improving, implementing and integrating systems

Listen in, as leading lights in the UK automotive sector reveal how they are navigating current changes and charting future pathways, to identify which parts of the supply chain offer the greatest potential for change.

Moderator: Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics group

Olivier Thouard Customs & Tax Director GEFCO
Rachel Sellers Supply Chain Principal Consultant SMMT Industry Forum Limited
Krasina Mileva Founder, COO & Legal Counsel DOVU
Juan Manuel Santiago Mendez CEO Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics UK

Networking and lunch

An extended networking lunch with standing buffet, giving delegates plenty of time and space in which to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of OEMs, tier suppliers, infrastructure operators and logistics service providers, as well as the suppliers in our exhibition area.

SESSION 3: Automotive Logistics Think Tanks

Our popular Think Tanks are practical, interactive group discussions providing an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with key industry figures and peers about the issues that matter most to you.

Chaired by industry insiders, these open discussions are expected to cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Changing dynamics of packaging in the electrification era - David Heer Senior Commercial Director Orbis
  • Navigating change in finished vehicle logistics - Ruud Vossebeld Director Business Development INFORM
  • Shifting packaging complexities - Eamonn Casey Intercontinental Business Director CHEP
  • Maintaining frictionless trade - Olivier Thouard Customs & Tax Director GEFCO
  • Securing and retaining the right talent - James Wheale Head of Digital Skills for Logistics
  • Managing post-BREXIT vehicle logistics bottlenecks - Tom Jacobson Automotive Consultant ABP

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, round-table exchanges.

Networking and tea

Your opportunity to debate the key issues of the day with fellow delegates and work out what issues you want to put to our panel of experts in the closing session; also a final chance to visit the suppliers in our exhibition area.

SESSION 4: Question time – thriving on complexity

Bringing the summit to a close, a high-level panel of experts will discuss the major themes to have emerged from the day and outline their plans to thrive in today’s challenging environment.

Increasingly complex supply chains need to be flexible, adaptable, reactive and stable enough to accommodate continuous change – and finding the right balance while minimising the risks and reducing the costs is a multi-layered challenge. Join the debate as our top-notch panel identifies the actions the UK automotive supply chain sector must take to keep its supply chain moving as it negotiates the risks and opportunities ahead.

Contribute directly to the debate or take part via our mobile messaging app. But however you do it, don’t miss this chance to make your voice heard as the summit develops its final action plan…

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics group

Martin Corner Vice President Supply Chain Management Renault Nissan Alliance
John Buchanan Manager Powertrain Programming & Constraints Ford Motor Company

17.30- 22.00
Automotive Logistics UK gala dinner

Take a tour of the famous BRDC Clubhouse before dining in style while you overlook the legendary Silverstone track and compare notes on the day’s proceedings with all the top people in the UK automotive logistics sector.


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