Logistics and supply chain experts from some of Europe’s major carmakers returned in person to join their tier supplier and multimodal logistics partners for two days of lively discussion and networking at this year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain (ALSC) Europe conference, held in Munich, Germany.
The automotive industry is currently dealing with daily disruption from a number of directions. Rising fuel costs, ongoing component shortages and labour constraints are testing the resilience of supply chain managers. There are also inbound capacity constraints, especially in ocean container freight, a situation that has not improved since the end of the first wave of the Covid pandemic and which has been exacerbated by the zero-Covid policy in China, which has hit the port of Shanghai.
In response to these crises and with an eye on protecting profits and cutting emissions, the industry has responded with collaborative diligence and ingenuity to redesign networks, become more flexible in problem solving and accelerate the automation of processes through digital tools.
Speakers including Jean-François Salles, global vice-president of supply chain at Renault Group, Dieter Braun, head of supply chain at Audi, and Sean Bricknell, Volvo Cars’ global head of inbound logistics and packaging, explained in detail what they were doing to fundamentally redesign the production network and supporting supply chain logistics.
From Toyota Motor Europe, Leon van der Merwe, vice-president of supply chain and production control, explained how the Toyota Production System and the just-in-time management of inventory helped it deal with daily disruption. His colleague Jean-Christoph Deville, head of vehicle logistics, emphasised the importance of collaboration with transport partners and a shared focus on efficiency to tackle current pressures, such as the driver shortage.
Matthias Braun, head of battery cell logistics at VW, also explained what the carmaker was doing to localise battery production in Salzgitter, Germany – a massive undertaking in terms of production and logistics for VW.
Those carmakers were joined by leaders from major tier suppliers including IAC and Yazaki, logistics service providers, including Ceva, CNW, ICL, Höegh, Maersk, Orbis, RPM and time:matters, and software experts Inform, E2Open and Designwerk.
Together they discussed the strategies being put in place to move forward through disruption with greater resilience and with a supply chain as sustainable as the products redefining mobility for the next generation.
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