This year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Live conference saw a welcome return of delegates to Detroit, while others attended online, to discuss how the industry was coping with the continued disruption affecting inbound and outbound supply.
The semiconductor shortage continues to affect production but there were hopeful signs that the problem could bottom out by the end of the year. However, continued high demand and the deficit of finished vehicle inventory means it is going to take a lot longer to return to the 90-days of supply that previously typified the industry in the region and there was speculation that the US might never return to that level.
What was clear from discussions across the two days of this year was that post-pandemic challenges to automotive production in North America, and globally, had put brought the hidden world of supply chain and logistics organisation into the limelight and made it headline news.
At the same time, crisis management has necessitated the same level of scrutiny within the supply chain itself, something that has accelerated the application of digital tools and highlighted the need to ditch slower and less flexible legacy systems.
There is also a more urgent need now for the industry to move toward a more sustainable model of production if the supply chain is to match the environmental goals of increased electric vehicle production in the decade ahead. As with the crisis management of current shortages, collaboration based on good quality data is key to the effort needed for greater sustainability and delegates discussed several initiatives already underway to improve a cleaner and more coordinated automotive supply chain.
All sessions are available to watch on the Automotive Logistics website.
Vice-president Supply Chain Management, North America
EVP - Group After Sales & Services
Chief Supply Chain Officer
VP of Parts Supply Chain Planning
Department Lead - Supply Chain Delivery
Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability