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Celebrating 20 years of Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe

In the 20 years since Automotive Logistics first brought together European automotive logistics decision makers, the industry has made tremendous strides, especially in cost management and logistics efficiency, in introducing new technologies and opening new market opportunities. But the sector has also faced huge changes and challenges: rising globalisation, EU expansion, global recession, accelerated digitalisation, Brexit, OEM consolidation, a pandemic, and now war, energy crises, climate disasters, spiralling inflation and chronic material, capacity and talent shortages.

These compounded issues, together with wholesale transformation of the European automotive sector towards electrification, digitalisation and sustainability, make the 20th anniversary of Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe the most important event yet. It’s a time when the region’s OEMs, suppliers, regulators and logistics actors need to work in sync to mitigate the worst of the current crises, and yet not lose sight of the opportunities and requirements of a fast-changing industry.

The 20th Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe returns to one of its mainstay locations, at the Grand Kameha Grand Hotel in Bonn, Germany, one of Europe’s densest logistics regions and a rising centre of electrification and technology. It will bring together European and global decision makers from the most important automotive manufacturers and logistics innovators, as well as policymakers, universities and tech startups.

Don’t miss the most important automotive logistics event of the past 20 years.

2022 Highlights

Uniting Logistics and Supply Chain Speakers

Be Informed and Inspired by Leaders and Innovators



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Dr Michael Nikolaides

Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management

BMW Group


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Dr Michael Nikolaides leads BMW Group’s logistics management since February 2022. He oversees all logistics functions as well as plant allocation and programme planning for the global production network. That includes long-term network design, packaging, responsibility for partner plants, overseas supply, vehicle distribution and supply chain digitalisation. He joined BMW in 2004 and has held roles across production, programme management and strategy, including most recently as senior vice-president for engines and electrified powertrains. Dr Nikolaides studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich and Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a doctorate in Physics.

Dieter Braun

Dieter Braun

Head of Supply Chain

Audi


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Dieter Braun became Head of Audi Brand Logistics in May 2019, and from October that year took over responsibility for the newly established Supply Chain area. In this function, he manages cross-plant logistics processes, such as program planning, international logistics, pre-series logistics, and transport logistics. He is also responsible for the logistics planning and plant logistics functions of Audi globally.
After studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Dieter Braun began his career at Audi at the Neckarsulm plant in 1991. He has worked in vehicle steering and various tasks both within and outside of logistics, particularly in the area of cost optimisation and reorganisation, and later logistics planning at the Neckarsulm location. He then moved to Puebla, Mexico to work for Volkswagen de México, where he headed logistics planning and operative logistics. He returned to Neckarsulm as head of plant Logistics in 2005, and later took on implementation of the Audi Production System and industrial engineering. He moved in 2016 to Product Line Organisation, where he was responsible for all Audi vehicles with a transverse engine.

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Jean-François Salles

Global Vice President of Supply Chain

Renault Group


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Jean-François Salles is a senior executive with over 25 years experience in automotive manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management. He currently leads Group Renault’s supply chain and logistics activities as Global Vice President of Supply Chain, a role he has held since 2020. Previously, Jean-Francois was Alliance Global Director of Supply Chain at Renault-Nissan -Mitsubishi for 5 years, and General Manager of Capacity Planning and Control at the Renault-Nissan Alliance between 2011 – 2015. He started his career with Renault Group in 1996 succeeding in numerous roles including Project Manager Trim and Chassis Logistics, Industrial Strategy Manager and Plant Quality Manager.
Jean-Francois was also President of GALIA between 2009-2014 and graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris with a degree in manufacturing engineering in 1992.

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Christopher Godfrey

Head of Operations Planning and Logistics

Volvo Cars


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Chris Godfrey’s automotive career spans 34 years, of which 30 were spent with Nissan, the last 10 years working within Alliance Logistics Europe (ALE), where he helped set up a successful outbound logistics engineering team with responsibility for network design and contracting of services for vehicle logistics. He joined Volvo Cars in Sweden as global head of outbound logistics operations in April 2020. More recently he took on dual roles as Acting Head of Supply Chain Management and Head of Operations Planning from May, which ended on October 1, 2022, when Volvo created a new Procurement and Supply Chain function within which Godfrey heads up the Global Logistics and Operations Planning teams.

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Leon van der Merwe

Vice President of Supply Chain

Toyota Motor Europe


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Born in Germiston, South Africa, Leon is a charismatic leader, with extensive experience within the Automotive Industry covering tier 1, 2 and 3 companies. He joined Toyota Motor Europe in 2014, assuming the role of Vice President of Supply Chain in 2019, in charge of inbound, outbound and service parts logistics. Leon is concurrently assigned as head of manufacturing support at the carmaker, adding the responsibility for production control to his role at the beginning of 2022. Prior to joining Toyota, Leon held leadership roles with Kwik Fit in South Africa (Managing Director) and First Stop Europe (Bridgestone) in Belgium (European Managing Director and Vice President of Retail Europe at Bridgestone Europe). He graduated in 1991 from Pretoria Technikon in Mechanical Engineering.

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Matthias Braun

Head of Logistics

PowerCo


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Matthias Braun is responsible for developing the end-to-end logistics and supply chain network for PowerCo, the newly formed battery cell production division of the Volkswagen Group, which will establish gigafactories across Europe and in other regions, with locations already confirmed including the first at Salzgitter, Germany. Braun took on the role in January 2022 shortly after the company was formed, responsible for the logistics across battery cell production, including planning, network design, organisation and operational material flow and defining the digital support for all this. Prior to this, Matthias Braun was head of digitalisation and new concept development at Volkswagen Konzernlogistik (Group Logistics), which manages logistics across group brands, where he was responsible for implementing new technologies in supply chain management, including artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. He joined Volkswagen in 1999 and has worked within different logistic organisations of the VW Group in areas including pre-series logistics, order management, inbound logistics and network planning.

Defining Tracks for 2023

The 20th Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe will feature expanded sessions, workshops and speakers in these critical areas:

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Inbound Logistics

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Global freight forwarding, logistics engineering, network design, third party services, container shipping, just-in-time, production control, packaging and visibility.
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Strategic Supply Chain Management

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Sales and operations planning (S&OP), inventory management, total cost management, frontloading logistics design, lean management, new distribution models, online sales, trade and customs, artificial intelligence, modular production.
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Finished Vehicle Logistics

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Multimodal transport management, port processing, carrier management, vehicle distribution, damage and quality, ETA management, capacity planning, network management and vehicle tracking.
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Plant and Warehouse Logistics

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Lineside feeding, robotics and automation, parts and material tracking, inventory and storage, parts distribution centres, buffer inventory.

Connect with Automotive Leaders

Previous Representatives

President & Chief Executive Officer · Chief Strategy Officer · Chief Operations Officer · Chief Technology Officer · Vice President, Aftersales & Vehicle Logistics · Senior Vice President, Logistics · Vice President, Supply Chain · Vice President, Finished Vehicle Logistics · Director, Production · Director, Purchasing · Director, Global Customs & Trade Compliance · Finished Vehicle Operations · Port Director · Import Export Manager



2023 Partners

PREMIER

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With around 76,100 employees at more than 1,850 locations in over 130 countries, DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading logistics providers. The company operates land, air, and ocean transportation services, and it also offers comprehensive solutions for logistics and global supply chain management from a single source. In 2022, DB Schenker celebrates its 150th company anniversary. To reach its ambitious goal of climate-neutrality until 2040, the logistics service provider continuously invests in innovative transport solutions, renewable energies, and carbon-neutral products for its customers.


GLOBAL

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From life-saving organs to essential machinery components, Airspace is trusted to move the most time-critical shipments on time, every time. The company’s proprietary AI-powered platform completely automates routing, dispatch, and delivery. Awarded and protected by multiple patents, Airspace technology provides unrivaled speed, reliability, and transparency in time-critical logistics. With its exclusive courier network, 24/7/365 support, and AirTrace™ tracking and reporting solution, the company is rapidly scaling into new markets and industries while continuing to innovate and maximize value for its customers.
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Cognosos is paving the way for the next generation of real-time location systems (RTLS). Supporting the biggest brands in industries like healthcare, automotive, logistics and manufacturing, Cognosos technology has been used to track over 5 million assets. Cognosos' cloud-based software, and ultra-lightweight footprint delivers an unparalleled combination of price and performance, reducing time-to-value, increasing ROI and eliminating the traditional deployment barriers of legacy systems. For more information, visit our website or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Cargobase (since 2013) is an independent logistics tech company that offers no-nonsense cloud-based software solutions. Software built by logisticians, for logisticians. “Our vision is to simplify and automate freight for all stakeholders. We are fast to implement, easy-to-use and affordable. We understand the objectives of senior management and the incentives of logistics operations; a key-factor to our success.” Cargobase’s unique Transportation Management System (TMS) can be used stand-alone, or integrated with existing systems for production, non-production, project, contracted, spot-buy and premium freight flows. Key-features include: Freight Procurement. Approvals. Shipment Execution. Advanced Track and Trace. Invoice Audit. Cost Recovery and Analytics. The platform covers all freight modes, is available in all major languages, and is used daily by the world’s leading OEM’s and 8 of the top-20 Tier-1 suppliers in the automotive industry.
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When your expedited shipment needs to reach its destination fast, we do whatever it takes to make it happen. We are more than an international courier, we are your partner in emergency logistics. We understand your challenges and work tirelessly to find the perfect solution for every urgent shipment. Delivering customised, reliable and efficient NFO (next flight out) and hand-carry solutions for time and mission-critical shipments from anywhere to everywhere in the world. Our focus is your business and we treat your shipments as our own – working around the clock to make sure they get to their destination on time. CNW is a major supplier in the Semiconductor and Automotive Industry. With global offices in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Germany, France, Budapest, England, Ireland and Israel – plus an arsenal of loyal local logistics partners – CNW is ready to take on your logistic challenges.

GOLD

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Ermewa SA is a European leader in railcars leasing. The company also provides maintenance, repairs, and operations through its European network of certified workshops and partners. It addresses all segments thanks to its 45,000 railcars, dedicated to transport hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, gaseous, bulk and diversified general cargoes including food and non-food products. With a network of 18 offices in Europe, Ermewa SA provides industrial companies, railway undertakings and freight forwarders with a range of more than 120 different types of railcars. The company is an ECM (Entity in Charge of Maintenance) certified company since 2010. It is certified EcoVadis (Gold medal) for its CSR performances. Ermewa SA is part of the Ermewa Group, European leader in asset management.
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With over a decade in the Finished Vehicle Logistics space, RPM is one of the fastest-growing full-service logistics companies in North America and Europe, specializing in finished vehicle transportation. Our core competency is to address our customers' shipping needs by matching available capacity and meticulously but efficiently providing complete origin to destination execution to every logistics and distribution challenge. Whether it's OEM, Retail, Remarketing, or inbound automotive services, we deliver thousands of units per month, providing our business partners with a centralized, digitized, and transparent solution to optimize service and cost for virtually all spot expedite and long-term, dedicated contractual vehicle transportation needs. In a rapidly changing industry, our mission is to take the complexity out of transportation logistics by creating the best experience for our customers.
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“When your business’ plant is out of commission due to a broken or missing part, you need an emergency solution. That’s precisely what we specialize in. Our team is skilled at swiftly assessing mission-critical situations and building an expedited solution to minimize the impact and help your organization return to business as usual. We provide access to the largest on-demand cargo charter network of controlled assets through our own fleet and other strategic partners. We solve supply chain and logistics challenges for thousands of customers worldwide, including multiple Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses. Our #1 market share in the North American ground and air expedite market has provided us the foundation to become the preferred logistics provider to a marquee portfolio of the world’s largest and most sophisticated corporations. Our offerings include truckload, less-than-truckload, global forwarding, air charter, specialized, brokerage, managed transportation and expedite solutions.”
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Royale International is a global logistics provider with 42 offices spread across 23 countries. The organization offers customized services and timely solutions to meet the needs of clients ranging from SMEs to Fortune 500 corporations. Royale offers a variety of logistics services such as; Life Sciences solutions, Air freight, E-commerce logistics, Express Courier, Mail fulfilment, and Warehousing, but specializes in Time Critical logistics. With over 25 years of Time Critical logistics experience, the organization thoroughly understands how to take on complex challenges and offer breakthrough logistics solutions to its clients. Royale’s global account management teams have extensive logistics knowledge and can provide rapid solutions for businesses in various sectors, such as the Automotive, Semiconductor, Aerospace, and Oil&Gas industries, knowing they can depend on Royale International to ensure the safe and prompt arrival of their goods.
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INFORM thinks differently about how to solve the challenges the automotive industry faces today, tomorrow is sure to be bright, and we look forward to taking that step together with you. INFORM has quietly been delivering digital automation across logistics for nearly three decades now, and we’ve built that experience into our Artificial Intelligence empowered Automotive Logistics Software Solution.
Today, over 1000 employees deliver customized software solutions for more than 1,000 customers worldwide
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Prilo is an online vehicle transport exchange created by Adampol (one of European leaders of FVL) based on modern IT technologies and many years of experience in the automotive logistics industry. It is a tool that gives control over the entire car transport process, from connecting the customer with the car carrier, through monitoring the truck route, exchanging information and documents, to unloading confirmed by the driver in a dedicated application. It is not a simple marketplace for car shipping, but all inclusive solution that gives you the opportunity to find new suppliers or work with your favorite or contracted car transport providers. Prilo launched in February 2022 and now has more than 1000 registered carriers from all over Europe. We are open for cooperation and further development according your vehicle logistics needs.
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Since 1948 we have been "Perfecting the art of electronics" with our knowledge and innovative strength. As an international and one of the largest manufacturers in the automotive industry, in consumer electronics, for household appliances and industrial systems, we supply more than 40,000 electronic and electromechanical components to around 2,000 customers worldwide. Our customers are automobile manufacturers, TIER1 suppliers and other global players. The end customer experiences the benefits of our technologies and products in numerous cars of major automotive companies. Our broad portfolio offers challenges and interesting fields of activity for a variety of professional groups and specialists. ALPS ALPINE is one of the fast-growing asset tracking solution providers in Europe. By building a solid product portfolio, more than 1 million assets have been successfully tracked and we are able to serve different industries within the logistics segment, such as automotive, postal services and retail.
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4flow provides supply chain consulting, software, and managed services to clients across the globe in a wide variety of industries. Leveraging more than 20 years of supply chain expertise and IT know-how, 4flow helps businesses optimize supply chains for the future by providing innovative solutions from strategy to implementation. Clients include companies in the automotive, consumer packaged goods, industrial, retail, and pharmaceutical industries, among many others. Operating worldwide, 4flow has 19 locations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
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Priority Freight are time-critical logistics specialists, helping customers meet complex and urgent international transport challenges by adding speed and flexibility to supply chains. Operating 24/7 365, Priority Freight display a constant commitment to providing the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable solutions, time and time again.
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time:matters serves as the fire department for your supply chain as well as the reliable partner for your time-critical logistics. We ensure that you can keep your promise to your customers. For over 20 years we have been providing high-performance and fast logistics solutions. Our experts develop customized transport solutions that move your time-critical parts via air, rail and road. We can provide you with onboard couriers as well as chartered aircraft. Our unique Sameday Air network provides the most cost-effective, timely and dependable solution. Next-flight-out-servive (NFO) at it's best. Overnight services can be provided by our own operated European spare parts logistics network. We commit to successful individual and flexible supply chain solutions.
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Kuehne + Nagel creates value through its leading solutions, industry expertise, powerful technology and extensive global network. Our services include finished vehicle, lithium battery, inbound & outbound and production logistics, as well as aftersales services, packaging services, tire logistics and reverse logistics. Kuehne + Nagel logistics experts understand the requirements of the automotive industry and develop solutions tailored to customers’ businesses. We are proud to be working with some of the world's well-known automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Our global logistics network includes over 1,300 offices and distribution facilities in 100 countries, staffed by dedicated teams with local knowledge and processes in place. This includes customs brokerage teams to ensure cargo clears customs in the most cost-efficient way. Kuehne + Nagel strives to provide maximum visibility, flexibility and information for its customers. Through our global digitalization tools, we offer on-line quoting and booking, track and trace, and powerful data to help customers make informed decisions.
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Höegh Autoliners is a global leader in deep sea Roll on Roll off (RoRo) shipping, transporting cars, high and heavy and breakbulk cargoes globally. We operate around 40 PCTCs sailing in global trade systems. We develop innovative solutions for greener and more sustainable deep-sea transportation and are working closely with customers and partners to achieve a zero emissions future.

SILVER

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CFR Rinkens, a 3PL based in Long Beach, California, is widely recognized as the industry leader in containerizing finished vehicles using innovative racking systems. Clients include top EV manufacturers and traditional OEMs alike. CFR also has vast experience in handling commercial freight and is experiencing strong growth in the Energy Storage segment.
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Freightline is a market-leading logistics specialist striving to offer a range of benefits to enable a high-quality service to meet the needs of your business. Specialists in urgent time-critical deliveries via road and air freight, providing our clients with a variety of options to feed their supply chain. We strive to deliver your goods on time every time by providing urgent collections across the UK/Europe within 2 hours from the starting point, meeting the demands of your supply chain. With superior customer service, we have earned a reputation for being reliable, trustworthy, transparent, and courteous to all customers. With our highly skilled and experienced professionals, you can count on tailor-made logistics solutions that match your business needs.
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DFDS provides ferry and transport services in and around Europe, generating annual revenues of DKK 19bn. To over 10,000 freight customers, we deliver high reliability through ferry & port terminal services and transport & logistics solutions. For five million passengers, we provide safe overnight and short sea ferry services. Our 10,000 employees are located on ferries, terminals and in offices across more than 20 countries. DFDS was founded in 1866, is headquartered in Copenhagen, and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.
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FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $94 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 550,000 employees to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit fedex.com/about.
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ProAct improves the supply chain of the finished vehicle industry. We also help our customers to provide a better service, improve accuracy and quality to make better use of resources thereby making the supply chain more sustainable. Our evolving technical platform automates the processes and provides the basis from which to communicate and integrate automatically with all stakeholders. Digitalisation comes as standard with ability to integrate with telematic and GPS data. These capabilities are backed up with extensive industry experience and the ability to configure according to the customer needs. Our software is incorporating both complex, global, multi-modal planning and execution along with sophisticated yard management capabilities. ProAct Global Solutions is a long-term strategic partner for ultimate business continuity.