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

Join your colleagues and peers ahead of the conference and kick-start the conversation and networking with Europe’s top supply chain and logistics decision makers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Dress code – Business Casual


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: Resilient today, fit for the future

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

Join the opening session of Automotive Logistics’ 20th Europe conference for an exclusive insight into how the European automotive industry and supply chain is adapting to multiple crises, including energy and fuel cost, market volatility, geopolitical shifts and changing technology, whilst developing the strategies fit for the mobility solutions and sustainability requirements of the future.

Learn more about how government policy and funding at national and EU level will play in further shaping trade, transport solutions, infrastructure and sustainability for the automotive supply chain.

09:30 - 10:20 CET

Session 2: The next logistics leaders

Leon Van Der Merwe, Vice President Supply Chain, Toyota Motor Europe

To survive and prosper, the European automotive logistics industry needs to better attract, recruit and retrain employees across supply chain operations and decision-making positions.

Learn more about how leading manufacturers and logistics providers are developing talent and working with universities and partners to maintain the right skills to lead a changing automotive supply chain.

Speaker: Leon Van Der Merwe, Vice President Supply Chain, Toyota Motor Europe

10:30 - 11:00 CET

Networking, meetings and exhibition

11:00 - 11:45 CET

Session 3: Essential Intelligence: Europe’s changing vehicle production and sales

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, and regional supply patterns.

11:45 - 12:45 CET

Session 4A: Resilience is brilliance

Understand what resilient supply chains and logistics networks look like today and how leaders are adapting approaches to risk management and processes across transport, inventory, communication and data to bolster operations and keep assembly lines moving.

Session 4B: Finished Vehicle Logistics – High voltage, high stakes

As the industry charges ahead towards an electric future, the stakes are high for carmakers and vehicle distributors as processes, regulations, and requirements change. Learn how OEMs and logistics service providers are preparing for the shift towards heavier and larger vehicles and how industry is collaborating to determine infrastructure requirements and define new charging standards.

12:45 - 14:00 CET

Lunch & networking

14:00 - 15:00 CET

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

Matthias Braun, Head of Logistics, Powerco

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.

Speaker: Matthias Braun, Head of Logistics, Powerco

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

The outbound sector could become the new weak link in the supply chain, as a shortage of vehicle logistics capacity on road and rail, worsening driver and labour shortages, as well as long lead time for new equipment, could stall Europe’s recovery in vehicle production and future EV growth. Learn how the industry can work together to meet demand and set a better course for the future.

15:00 - 15:45 CET

Networking & refreshments

15:45 - 16:50 CET

Session 6A: 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.

Session 6B: All wrapped up: future-proof packaging strategies

Modern packaging solutions must be more complete than ever, supporting sustainability and circularity, improving efficiency, offering greater protection and meeting standards to support the EV battery supply chain. Learn more about how manufacturers are adapting equipment and packaging fleets.

16:50 - 18:00 CET

Session 7: Only the sustainable survive

Sustainability is not just a ‘nice to have’ – reducing waste, emissions and energy is increasingly a matter of survival in the face of gas supply, stricter regulations and consumer expectations. Logistics and manufacturing leaders share strategies for reducing emissions in logistics, using alternative fuel and renewable energy, and implementing circular loops, from material supply to battery recycling.

18:00 - 21:00 CET

ALSC Europe Gala Reception

Exchange ideas and business cards whilst enjoying a refreshing beverage and delicious food in a luxurious setting.

Dress code - Business Casual


08:30 - 09:00 CET

Registration, networking and refreshments

09:00 - 09:05 CET

Welcome to Day 2

09:05 - 09:50 CET

Session 8: Supply chain & logistics design – fit for the future

What automotive manufacturers could rely on in yesteryear’s logistics are gone, replaced with volatile markets, inflation and greater uncertainty, making supply chain and logistics network design more complex than ever – but also more important, especially together with expert logistics partners. Understand how supply chain organisations are front-loading logistics design, implementing S&OP strategies and doing more to influence material sourcing, production and distribution decisions.

09:50 - 10:20 CET

Session 9: Start-up Forum

Hear from the latest logistics disruptors and innovators. A select group of start-ups will pitch their business plans in a 4-slide/4-questions format that gives attendees the chance to discover the next automotive logistics unicorn…

10:20 - 11:00 CET

Networking & refreshments

11:00 - 11:45 CET

Session 10A: Smart factory, smarter logistics

In building new plants or updating existing ones for EVs and new products, automotive manufacturers want greater connectivity, automation and efficiency in production. And those advances are just as important in logistics, too, from having real-time visibility, control tower oversight, higher automation in logistics and material flow through transport networks, warehouses and inside plants. Learn how to plan smart, streamlined logistics to help keep European manufacturing and exports competitive.

Session 10B: Essential Intelligence: Container Shipping and ro-ro market update

The latest insights, analysis and outlook on the global container and ro-ro market. Understand how global capacity, port labour, emissions regulation and weather patterns are impacting lead times, rates and service across deep sea, short-sea and inland shipping.

11:45 - 12:30 CET

Session 11A: Flexing Europe’s supply chain

The volatility in markets, trade and supply continue to make stable production and logistics planning more challenging than ever, requiring manufacturers and logistics providers to be able to quickly adapt networks, from changing transport modes, inventory strategies and prioritising material and capacity. Learn about the technology, processes and partnerships that are helping the European automotive industry go with the flow – or change it altogether.

Session 11B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Precision Delivery

From assembly plant to dealership, from vessel to customer, improving visibility of the vehicle delivery process and creating timely and accurate ETA notifications for the dealer network and customers are essential for optimised and efficient operations and an enhanced customer experience.

12:30 - 13:45 CET

Lunch & networking

13:45 - 14:45 CET

Session 12A: Planning for every part, controlling every cost, investing in every advantage

This session explores how, in the facing of fast-rising costs, OEMs and suppliers are re-evaluating logistics networks and processes to ensure maximum efficiency. Along with cost savings, it explores where automotive manufacturers and logistics providers are ready to invest in new innovations and partnerships with long-term optimisation benefits.

Session 12B: Finished Vehicle Logistics - Vehicle supply chains fit for a digital world

New mobility solutions and new OEM entrants to the European market are redefining vehicle logistics, with data at the heart of a transparent network and critical to a seamless transition to online sales, direct deliveries and subscription services. Learn how OEMs, mobility players and logistics providers are planning digital systems, networks and processes to ensure vehicle logistics and service models are fit for electrification and new business models.

14:45 CET

Session 13: 20/20 Supply Chain Vision

To close the 20th Automotive Logistics Europe conference, our panel of automotive leaders, including veteran and up-and-coming innovators, assess two decades of transformation and progress in logistics and supply chain, and outline their visions and plans to drive their organisations forward, and identify the key trends, issues and opportunities that will shape the sector over the next 20 years.