2023 Conference Programme

Resilient today, fit for the future

Europe’s most important automotive logistics platform explores 20 years of rising efficiency, mitigating constant disruption and investing in the technology and skills to match industry transformation. Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe will cover the most important topics challenging and transforming the sector.





18:00 – 21:00 CET

Welcome Cocktail Reception

The Automotive Logistics team invites to join the celebratory evening with a twist. The 20th anniversary of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe kicks off with a bang, with a special audience with one of Europe’s top supply chain executives, Audi’s Dieter Braun, along with the opportunity to connect with international logistics leaders and experts in a relaxed environment. Kick-start your event experience with a bang with this not-to-missed event.

Dress code – Business Casual
Venue – Kameha Grand Bonn

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18:45 – 19:45 CET

Sustainable supply chains – staying the course: An audience with Audi’s Dieter Braun

-Dieter Braun, Head of Supply Chain, Audi
-Levent Yuksel, Freight Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

As Automotive Logistics celebrates the 20th year of its conference in Europe, this special evening session looks ahead to the topic that will dominate the industry for the next 20 years: the role of logistics and supply chain management in achieving sustainability targets.

In a keynote presentation from Audi’s head of supply chain, Dieter Braun, learn more about how the carmaker is orientating its short-term and long-term logistics planning in line with its strategy to reduce emissions across the total lifecycle of a vehicle, from suppliers through to recycling. The session will share more about the levers the industry can pull to reduce emissions and examples of success stories, from individual measures to a global, networked logistics strategy. But discussion will also be frank about current gaps in technology and infrastructure, and the challenges from ongoing supply chain and energy crises.

Following the keynote, Dieter Braun will join an expert Q&A, including Levent Yuksel from Jaguar Land Rover, to discuss how automotive manufacturers will work with their parters to reduce logistics emissions and waste across the supply chain.

Don’t miss this unique insight and discussion on the critical steps that the automotive logistics industry needs to take to meet decarbonisation targets, and the alignment that will be necessary across manufacturers and suppliers, governments and global supply chain networks.


08:00 - 09:00 CET

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

Grab your badge and a bite to eat and then start making new connections and catching up with colleagues and friends.

09:00 - 09:05 CET

Welcome from the Automotive Logistics Editor-in-Chief

09:05 - 09:30 CET

Session 1: The differentiator – logistics as a competitive advantage for BMW

-Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management, BMW Group

Component shortages and logistics disruptions have accelerated investment from automotive leaders in improving visibility, connectivity and planning to protect their supply chains. But where does this technology and focus fit into a wider roadmap of fully digitalised, highly predictive automotive logistics? What are the key priorities and goals for leaders looking to the future, as they introduce new systems and still maintain a human-centred approach?

In this session, hear more about the tools, processes, organisational and cultural changes needed to future proof supply chains for the changes and crises of the future from pioneers in automotive logistics. In a keynote from Renault Group’s top supply chain executive, Jean-François Salles, discusses the OEM’s digital strategy, and how seamless data links across customers, suppliers and logistics providers can help create more efficient and sustainable digital ecosystems. You will also hear how Robert Bosch is transforming its logistics and transport processes.

A panel of experts will join the discussion to explore the technology, challenges and priorities in achieving connected, predictable supply chains, from real-time tracking, control towers, artificial intelligence to the potential of the metaverse for supply chain. Don’t miss this chance to learn and debate the future of automotive logistics.

09:30 - 10:20 CET

Session 2: Resilient today, fit for the future

-Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice-President Production Network, Supply Chain Management, BMW Group
-Rainer Kiefer, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Sales, DB Schenker
-Christian Schindler, Head of Marketing & Sales, time:matters
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

Logistics experts from multiple stakeholders join BMW’s Michael Nikolaides in a panel to discuss strategies for resilience and innovation in European automotive logistics, including in transport planning, digitalisation, capacity investment and closer partnership. The panel will also discuss how OEMs, suppliers and logistics providers can better work together to ensure that total supply chain costs, risks and efficiencies are factored into production and supply network design and critical business decisions.

10:20 - 11:00 CET

Networking, meetings and exhibition

11:00 - 12:00 CET

Session 3:The next logistics leaders

-Jean-Christophe Deville, Head of Production and Vehicle Logistics, Toyota Motor Europe
-Martin Corner, Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, Aston Martin
-Ken Allen, Chairman of the Board, CNW
-Michael Schuetrumpf, Head of Contract Logistics, DP World Europe
-Moderated by Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics

To survive and prosper, the European automotive logistics industry needs to build integrated supply chain organisation with the right influence across the company, as well as better attract, recruit and retrain employees across a fast-changing supply chain. The industry is in constant search for talent, including across logistics operations, network engineering, data analysis, management and decision-making positions. Manufacturers and logistics providers alike face challenges in finding and retaining this talent amidst labour shortages and strong competition – however, the growing importance of supply chain management to automotive organisations gives the industry a huge opportunity to inspire and develop the next generation of automotive logistics leaders.

Learn more about how Europe’s most important and dynamic manufacturers, such as Toyota Motor Europe and Aston Martin, are shaping the right logistics organisation and feeding in the right talent internally and with partners. Learn as well how logistics providers are adapting their companies and services to meet changing customer needs, as well as prioritising investment in people, developing diversity and upskilling staff, while adapting training and work practices for the digital age.

12:00 - 12:45 CET

Session 4: Essential Intelligence: Europe’s changing vehicle production and sales

-Henner Lehne, Vice President – Vehicle & Powertrain Group, S&P Global
-Moderated by Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics

Gain valuable insight to projected European and worldwide production and sales volumes in the short, medium and long-term, and understand the key trends, disruptors and opportunities influencing the market, including electric vehicle and battery production, vehicle import and export trends, new players in the European market, as well as regional supply patterns. With exclusive insight from S&P Global, learn what it will mean for Europe's logistics and supplier partners.

12:45 - 14:00 CET

Lunch & networking

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14:00 - 15:00 CET

Session 5A/ Stream A: Europe’s EV battery race: With great power comes great responsibility

-Matthias Braun, Head of Logistics, Powerco
-Francisco Carranza, CEO, Basquevolt
-Manfred Schmidt, VP, Global Accounts EMEA, Li-Cycle
-Peter Baumann, VP Global Key Account Management, CEVA
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

As Europe’s electric journey gathers pace, logistics and supply chain competence, scalability and competitiveness will be critical to the success of the newly formed value chain, especially in ramping up battery manufacturing and supply in the region. In this session, learn more about the complexity and new requirements for ramping up lithium-ion battery production in Europe, including transport and storage, packaging, clean dry room processes, production and in-plant logistics, as well as managing upstream suppliers.

You will hear directly how new and emerging players – including Volkswagen Group’s new battery subsidiary, PowerCo – are managing this transition, and better understand the opportunities in digitalisation, equipment and partners across this fast-growing value chain.

Session 5B/ Stream B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Capacity management: when demand outstrips supply

-Jean-Christophe Deville, Head of Production and Vehicle Logistics, Toyota Motor Europe
-Peter Reinshagen, Managing Director, Ermewa
-Luis Wilhelmi de Cal, General Manager, Glovis Europe
-Jaroslaw Maszczak, Senior Vice President, RPM
-Moderated by Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics

The outbound sector is at risk of becoming the weak link in the automotive supply chain, and could stall Europe’s recovery in vehicle production and even the pace of it EV transformation. Europe is facing a particular shortage of vehicle logistics capacity on road, rail and ocean, along with congested vehicle-handling ports, worsening driver and labour shortages and rising costs. With long lead time for new vehicle logistics equipment and infrastructure, there is no quick fix, and the industry requires long-term investment and collaboration across OEMs and providers.

In this session, hear from Toyota Motor Europe and others on how better aligning production and vehicle logistics can improve planning and ease bottlenecks, and how digital tools and stronger partnerships are key to more resilient networks and meeting changing consumer demand. Understand as well how today’s challenges and industry’s responses are transforming future vehicle logistics strategies and distribution models for established and new-entry vehicle makers and providers.

15:00 - 15:30 CET

Networking & refreshments

15:30 - 16:30 CET

Session 6A/ Stream A: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Precision Delivery

-Giulia Gherardi, Global Head of Outbound Logistics, Volvo Cars
-Dennis Feddern, Head of Yard and Workshop Solutions, INFORM
-Mike Sturgeon, Executive Director, ECG
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

At a time when vehicle logistics capacity and drivers are in short supply, vehicle distribution suffers even more from misaligned scheduling and vehicle releases from plants, and inaccuracy in shipping and processing times at ports and compounds. However, supply chain disruption has accelerated the push for OEMs and logistics providers to improve ETA accuracy and planning at every delivery milestone, while shifts to online delivery, distribution and agency models put even more emphasis on new paradigms in vehicle logistics.

Join this session to hear more about opportunities and innovations in addressing capacity shortages, including improving milestone accuracy from assembly plant to truck and rail, from vessel to port processing, from distribution centres to dealers and customers. Learn how OEMs such as Volvo Cars are working with carriers and logistics providers to improve visibility of the vehicle delivery process and create timely and accurate ETA notifications for logistics partners and final customers. They will discuss how visibility, communication and partnership in outbound logistics will develop to meet the needs of new and changing distribution models.

Session 6B/ Stream B: Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs

The Automotive Logistics Ideas Labs are small, solutions-orientated working groups that provide an invaluable opportunity to interact and work directly with key industry peers on the real-life issues that matter most to you. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each Ideas Lab is an open discussion that addresses challenges head on.

Wrapping up the future:
Packaging solutions must be more complete than ever to meet the changing requirements of automotive supply chains: equipment should be reusable and circular; durable and yet light weight; improve efficiency and supply chain visibility; and be ready to meet standards to support battery and EV supply chains. That is why manufacturers and packaging suppliers are putting more focus on optimising equipment across the supply chain and exploring digital tracking solutions. Join this roundtable to discuss innovations in packaging materials and design, tracking technology and optimisation to container and pallet fleets.

- Richard Campbell, Senior Director Global Packaging Engineering, Volvo Cars

Transforming aftermarket logistics for an electric future:
The journey to an electrified future brings significant challenges for the industry, not just at the front end of sustainable raw material supply, Gigafactory capacity and emerging battery chemistries, but across the whole lifecycle. Join this session to discuss these challenges and the strategies needed to support electric vehicles, and in particular EV batteries, from cradle to grave.

- Richard Hankinson, Automotive Strategy & Business Development Director, Unipart

16:30 - 17:30 CET

Session 7: Digital ecosystems – transforming supply chains for the next 20 years

-Jean-François Salles, Global Vice President of Supply Chain, Renault Group
-Wiebe Helder, Chief Executive Officer, Cargobase
-Andreas Elm, Director of Product, Airspace
-Marzell Bandur, Vice President Transport Management & Interlogistics Solutions, Robert Bosch
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

In 20 years of Automotive Logistics’ conferences in Europe, supply chain management has never played such a decisive role in the operational and financial stability of major companies as it does today. Manufacturers and providers have adapted to non-stop crises following the pandemic, chip shortages and Russia-Ukraine war, whilst accelerating transformation in electrification, digitalisation and sustainability. With no immediate return to ‘normal’ in sight, supply chain and logistics leaders must continue to invest in the right tools and partners to stay resilient – as well as to help key stakeholders make the best possible decisions for the future.

Join our opening session to learn more about this strategic evolution in action, including a keynote and panel discussion with BMW Group. The carmaker’s top logistics executive, Dr Michael Nikolaides, will share more about his department’s vision, including advances in visibility, predictive analytics and emission reduction, innovation with logistics providers, and how supply chain management can influence supply, production and even product decisions.

18:00 - 21:00 CET

ALSC Europe Gala Reception

In partnership with Automotive Logistics and DB Schenker, come and join us for an exceptional evening of networking and entertainment, along with fine beverages and cuisine. It is sure to be a fantastic 20th Anniversary dinner!


Steigenberger Grand Hotel Petersberg

Dress code - Business Casual

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08:30 - 09:00 CET

Registration, networking and refreshments

09:00 - 09:05 CET

Welcome to Day 2

09:05 - 10:00 CET

Session 8: Smart, sustainable, holistic – aligning capacity, technology and partners

-Levent Yuksel, Freight Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover
-Étienne Jacob, Global Supply Chain Director, Plastic Omnium
-Achim Glass, SVP, Head of Global Business Development Automotive + New Mobility, Kuehne+Nagel
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

To avoid production slowdowns and wasted resources, OEMs, suppliers and logistics providers are more focused on visibility, planning and prioritisation, as well as the communication that allows them to better align manufacturing and supply chain capacity. Companies in Europe are striving to increase predictability and automation in their inbound, outbound and internal logistics processes, which will depend on selecting the right technology and tools, close planning with manufacturing plants, better visibility of upstream suppliers and the right logistics partners.

In this session, be inspired by how automotive companies are gaining greater control, increasing efficiency and sustainability of the end-to-end supply chain. Experts will discuss ways to close gaps and silos across logistics planning, ensuring that production and transport schedules are synced with key partners, and helping the wider organisation to consider all facets of the supply chain in sourcing, manufacturing, trade and inventory decisions. Logistics leaders will also share practical steps to achieve smarter logistics at both OEM and tier-1 levels, including network optimisation, sustainable packaging and affordable technology to improve visibility, control tower solutions and increase automation in logistics and material flow. Learn how to plan smart, streamlined logistics to help keep European manufacturing and exports competitive.

10:00 - 10:30 CET

Session 9: Strengthening European and global semiconductor supply chains

-Bettina Weiss, Chief of Staff and Corporate Strategy, SEMI
-Hans Ehm, Senior Principle Supply Chain Management, Infineon Technologies
-Moderated by Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics

The global chip crisis is far from over, as capacity constraints continue to lead OEMs to prioritise certain models and plants. Meanwhile, increasing electronics content within new vehicles, especially electric, will only further imbalance demand and supply. However, a closer alignment of the automotive and semiconductor sectors aims to improve planning and forecasting, easing bottlenecks and reducing the risk of production stoppages in the future.
Join this session to understand how the global and European semiconductor manufacturing landscape is evolving as experts share insights on the investment plans of the leading chip manufacturers, capacity forecasts and the longer-term implications of regionalisation and the European CHIPS Act on automotive supply chains. Hear how semiconductor materials and equipment suppliers, chip makers and system houses are collaborating towards creating a more resilient and robust supply chain. Learn why carmakers need to come to the table to contribute to solutions, and how new supply chain models, developed collectively across segments, will help mitigate the next crisis.

10:30 - 11:00 CET

Networking & refreshments

11:00 - 11:45 CET

Session 10A/ Stream A: Maximum utilisation: planning for every part, packaging and advantage

-Sean Bricknell, Global Head of Inbound and Packaging, Volvo Cars
-Dr. Ahmed Abdelhalim, BU Manager – Industrial IoT, ALPS ALPINE
-Adam Misiak, Head of Logistics Europe, Yazaki
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

Rising costs and pressure in the supply chain have underlined the importance of increasing efficiency in logistics, especially packaging and network fill rates. In many cases, the difference between planned utilisation and the actual level is the equivalent of many more containers and trucks. That is why manufacturers and logistics providers are putting more focus on engineering and allocating the right packaging assets early in programme planning, and in tracking freight consolidation across the supply chain.

In this session, logistics and packaging experts will discuss objectives and innovations for improving overall packaging and network utilisation, including in container and rack management, tracking and visibility, early logistics planning and partnership opportunities.

Session 10B/ Stream B: Charting a course for reduced emissions, alternative fuels and greater capacity for RORO

-Andreas Enger, Chief Executive Officer, Höegh Autoliners
-Andreea Serbu, Senior Manager External Affairs, ECG
-Moderated by Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics

Ro-ro services have long-offered reliable, lower emission logistics solutions for global and regional vehicle distribution, but whilst vehicle production has been gradually growing post-Covid and volumes flowing through major trade lanes such as China-Europe are set for a significant increase, the vessels that ro-ro operators scrapped or laid up during the pandemic have not been replaced. Capacity constraints have hit critical levels, and ageing equipment utilising traditional, more polluting fuels along with new IMO regulations are fuelling the need for investment in equipment, innovation in alternative fuels and collaboration to standardise emission tracking to propel the industry forward into an era of reliable, zero carbon logistics.

Join this session to get the latest intelligence on ro-ro capacity trends and investment plans, understand the viability and timelines for alternative fuel services, and hear about the latest sector-wide initiatives improving CO2 emission accuracy and transparency, keeping the industry on course to reach its sustainability goals.

11:45 - 12:30 CET

Session 11/ Stream B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Vehicle supply chains fit for a digital world

-Marjorie Vanhoucke, Head of FVL Operations, Renault Group
-Marcin Koziak, Head of Prilo Marketplace, ADAMPOL S.A.
-Moderated by Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics

In the face of transport capacity shortage, visibility is becoming the most important currency in European vehicle logistics, with data at the heart of a transparent network and critical to utilising full capacity and avoiding wasteful backhauls and improving ETAs.

In this session, learn more about the tools and innovations that OEMs and logistics providers are implementing to improve real-time tracking, from vehicle telematics to better planning and communication systems across the supply chain and with LSPs, so that they can better meet customer expectations. Understand how digital planning and capacity systems are also helping OEMs and mobility players to make a seamless transition to new business and distribution models, including online sales, direct deliveries and subscription services.

12:30 - 13:45 CET

Lunch & networking

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13:45 - 14:45 CET

Session 12: Flexing Europe’s supply chain, building long-term resilience

-Paulina Chmielarz, Manufacturing Director, Jaguar Land Rover
-Abdirahman Ikar, Head of Global Material Planning and Logistics – Electronics & Fluid Pressure Group, Hanon Systems
-Julian Schulcz, Chief Operating Officer, 4flow
-Moderated by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics

Volatile markets and supply continue to make production, logistics and distribution planning more challenging than ever. To meet the expectations of all stakeholders – from plants to suppliers to dealers – manufacturers and their partners are adapting supply chain and production decisions, re-evaluating systems, and realigning with partners to meet changing objectives. This is leading to new manufacturing, logistics and inventory strategies, and prioritisation of key material and capacity.

In this session, learn how logistics leaders are increasingly focused on the tools, processes and organisation that they need to create production and supply chains that are as resilient and integrated as they are flexible. Learn about the technology and partnerships that are helping the European automotive industry go with the flow, and understand how carmakers and suppliers are undergoing cultural transformations to better align and improve visibility between supply chain divisions, enable efficient prioritisation of parts across production, maximise capacity across trade lanes and create more agile operations to meet enterprise and customer needs.

15:00 CET

Conference close