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21-23 March 2023 | Kameha Grand Bonn, Germany

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21-23 March 2023 | Kameha Grand Bonn, Germany

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21-23 March 2023 | Kameha Grand Bonn, Germany

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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


GLOBAL

Airspace - web

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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.

GOLD

Evolution - Web

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Evolution Time Critical has been delivering the world’s finest premium and emergency logistics to the automotive industry since 2001. Their award-winning team is trusted by vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers worldwide. Their activities cover every part of the world, from developing countries with challenging infrastructures to the most sophisticated automotive manufacturing regions. Rigorous research provides access to creative solutions via highly specialist local partners while a combination of tenacity, detailed understanding of local issues, and expertise in all critical transport modes, ensures the fastest, most efficient progress at every stage. Many automotive companies integrate Evolution services with their lean supply chain strategies, developing contingency plans that will immediately resolve potential failures, so they are able to reduce cost and inventory with confidence. Evolution’s success in driving excellence in time critical logistics has received global recognition with prestigious awards from respected global benchmarking organisation Frost & Sullivan, and the Institute of Transport Management.