The conference saw keynote addresses from vice-president of Supply Chain at Toyota Motor Europe and senior vice-president, Production Network, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, at BMW along with panel discussion with leaders from JLR, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Asstin Martin among others that highlighted the importance of technology, collaboration, and innovation in meeting efficiency and sustainability goals, as well as adapting to the rapidly changing automotive landscape.

As ALSC Europe 2024 unfolded into its second day, the focus sharpened on leveraging logistics as a competitive advantage amidst the complexities of today’s automotive industry. The day unfolded a series of sessions that addressed the pressing challenges of today as well as build the road ahead for automotive logistics. Here’s a glimpse into the pioneering discussions from a day dedicated to creating the future of the sector.

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The day commenced with a keynote session with Jean-Christophe Deville, vice-president of Supply Chain at Toyota Motor Europe. He emphasised the significance of forging enduring partnerships and highlighted the necessity for proactive efforts from both parties to ensure mutual benefits, especially in light of fierce competition from Chinese automakers in the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Following the session, Jean-Christophe Deville, Joshua Schmillen from JLR, Armin Sarstedt from Dekra, and Sascha Tilli from DP World discussed how Europe’s competitive industry landscape, coupled with complex economic and geopolitical factors, necessitates robust and flexible supply chain and logistics strategies.

Mid-morning, attendees were treated to the “Sustainable Freight Keynote and Ideas Lab,” where Levent Yuksel, freight operations director, JLR and Anouck Arnaud, director of Worldwide Transport Logistics, Mercedes-Benz Group shared their strategies for green logistics. This session transitioned into an interactive workshop that explored the collaborative efforts, investments, and challenges involved in scaling sustainable logistics solutions, highlighting the use of alternative fuels and zero-emissions logistics equipment.

The day continued with a panel on “Fuelling greener transport ambitions,” featuring Andreea Serbu, senior manager of external affairs at ECG, Roman Noack, co-founder & CEO, HELROM GmbH and Carola Krause, senior product and business development manager EMEA, TES Sustainable Battery Solutions where the discussion focused on the automotive industry’s path to carbon neutrality, emphasising the importance of measuring and reducing emissions and waste within supply chains and transport networks.

Lunch provided a networking opportunity, hosted by Priority Freight, where attendees could connect and discuss the morning’s topics in greater detail.

After lunch, Fabio Castello, chief logistics officer & senior vice-president of logistics at Traton Group/Scania took to the stage (virtually) TRATON is integrating its logistics management across its commercial vehicle brands to create synergies and support industrial operations.

The final session was kicked off with a keynote by Dr Michael Nikolaides, senior vice-president, Production Network, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, at BMW. It was then followed by a panel discussion with Dr Michael Nikolaides, Jean-Christophe Deville, Mauro Rodrigo Gonzalez, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Ascent Global Logistics and Robert Gammon, Director of Operations Planning & Vehicle Logistics, Aston Martin on how logistics and supply chain leaders are managing immediate pressures like costs, capacity, and market volatility while also laying the groundwork for future transformations in the automotive value chain.