2022 Conference Programme





18:00 – 22:00 EDT

Welcome drinks reception

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the automotive logistics sector.


08:00 - 09:00 EDT

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 - 09:10 EDT

Welcome from the Automotive Logistics team

09:10 - 09:40 EDT

Session 1: Securing the future of the North American supply chain

Automotive manufacturers are facing one challenge after another, from post-Covid parts shortages, including semiconductors, to the safe and ethical supply of lithium-ion battery materials. There is also the impact of the crisis in Ukraine on the global supply chain. At the same time, however, the growth of electric vehicle (EV) production in North America goes on, driven by regulation and incentives. Meeting those EV production goals will depend on developing suppliers and competencies locally. The US government has already announced billions of dollars of investment to support regional supply chain growth, but how can the vehicle makers work with existing and new partners to ensure such expansion is done sustainably, efficiently and competitively?

Join this session and learn more about regional supply chain growth in North America, including:

- Where localisation will most optimise automotive logistics and supply
- How automotive manufacturers and chip manufacturers can better plan supply chains together
- How best to integrate new players and locations, for example in lithium-ion batteries
- The role that government support and regulations will play in driving regional supply growth

Track: Networks of the future

09:40 - 10:30 EDT

Session 2: From crises to renaissance: benefiting from supply chain’s growing influence

Many of the automotive industry’s challenges over the past two years have depended on supply chain management to mitigate and prevent disruption, from material shortages and shipping congestion, to geopolitical tensions. While supply chain and logistics teams have pivoted from one crisis to the next, the function has moved the heart of automotive manufacturers’ strategic planning and decision making, especially as they launch new products and technology. Real-time supply and demand visibility is critical, while working with the right partners has become a competitive advantage. Top executives are ready to invest and to listen, so how should supply chain organisation’s lead?

Join this session for insights on developing the role of a truly strategic supply chain and logistics organisation:

- How should supply chain and logistics influence wider decisions on R∓D, purchasing, production and sales?
- How should processes, such as sales and operations planning, and capacity management, be advanced across organisations and partners?
- What skills and competences will matter most in a strategy supply chain function?
- How can supply chain and logistics organisations collaborate more strategically with suppliers and service providers?

Track: End-to-end supply chain vision

10:30 - 11:15 EDT

Networking, meetings and exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 EDT

Session 3: The global automotive outlook – market drivers and disruptions

A blistering pace of transformation combined with continuous supply chain disruption means that the automotive sector is stepping away from traditional production plans and reliable historical sales cycles into the great unknown. Improving logistics and supply chain planning and strategy development is paramount to success.

Join this session for crucial insight and analysis on the key trends shaping the market, as well as the future opportunities and challenges that await carmakers, suppliers and logistics service providers.

- Detailed short, medium and long-term global production and sales volume outlook
- Impacts and analysis of critical material supply shortages
- The transition to electric vehicles – powertrain mix volumes, sector growth projections, new players entering the game, and traditional carmaker strategies and targets
- The growth of the North American battery manufacturing landscape – new players and supply chains, key partnerships, and whether regional supply will ever catch up with demand.

11:15 - 12:15 EDT

Breakout room: Ideas Labs In-person only

1. Finished vehicle logistics – scaling capacity, fast!
Outbound capacity is already at critical levels, with further pressure predicted when material supply starts to level out and carmakers ramp up production to keep pace with consumer demand. Join this roundtable to connect with peers and discuss the best solutions to overcome driver shortages, and scale up capacity to keep the metal moving.

2. AI supply chains – blue-sky thinking or real-world opportunities?
Mass data creation and collection is opening the door for new technologies, such as AI and machine learning, to revolutionise automotive supply chains. That is paving the way for prescriptive and predictive decision making across the value chain. That covers everything from raw material mining and pricing fluctuations, to component production and transport disruption, in-plant issues and vehicle delivery bottlenecks. But do real-world opportunities that will make a difference exist or is this future theory? Join this roundtable with fellow supply chain and technology experts to discuss the existing applications and benefits, and the future possibilities that AI could deliver.

12:45 - 12:45 EDT

Session 4: Shock to the system – scaling up electric and battery supply chains

As EV sales and production rise, capacity demand for lithium-ion battery cells is rising exponentially. New players and industries are becoming involved in the automotive value chain. Logistics and supply chain operations and stakeholders are having to adapt and expand at pace. In this panel discussion, learn from experts helping to design and scale battery and EV supply chains, and discover the key impacts and considerations for start-ups and established networks and operations:

- Sourcing strategies and key partnerships
- Material handling training and packaging requirements
- Transport regulations, finished vehicle weights and dimensions, and infrastructure constraints and investment requirements
- End of life opportunities and the circular supply chain opportunities

Track: Networks of the future, achieving net-zero, end-to-end supply chain vision

12:45 - 14:00 EDT

Lunch, networking and exhibitions

14:00 - 15:00 EDT

Session 5: The Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Innovation Showcase

There is a growing understanding within automotive boardrooms that supply chains and logistics operations require greater support and investment to maintain resilience and secure business continuity. However, finding the time and resources to give this support, including through the research and recruitment of new technology providers, is challenging at best. Join this session for a rapid fire introduction to the latest game-changing technologies that promise to improve inbound, outbound and service parts logistics.

Are you a start-up with a game changing logistics and supply chain innovation? Present your ideas to the Automotive Logistics team for a chance to pitch your solutions and innovations to an audience of supply chain and logistics leaders, and key decision makers.*

Tracks: Achieving net-zero, end-to-end supply chain vision, digitalising logistics, networks of the future

*For full terms and considerations please check the event website.

14:00 - 15:00 EDT

Breakout room: Ideas Labs In-person only

3. Fuel for thought
Automotive logistics must take practical steps to reduce emissions in transport, and more manufacturers and providers are turning to more sustainable fuels to power fleets and services, including biofuels, LNG, CNG and others. This roundtable will discuss the best options for different fleets and share insights on the best solutions for reducing emissions and building an alternative fuel infrastructure.

4. The complete package
Today’s packaging solutions must be more complete than ever, supporting sustainability, improving visibility of goods, offering greater protection and meeting new safety standards for hazardous goods to support the EV battery supply chain. Join this roundtable to discuss the latest solutions, trends and concepts with fellow automotive packaging experts.

5. Supply chain sustainability: turning talk into actions
The entire automotive value chain is under pressure to take meaningful actions to deliver carbon neutral products, processes and supply chains. Navigating this complex transition requires time, capital investment and crucially industry-wide collaboration. Join this workshop for guidance and how to understand the best way to implement and action net-zero strategies. Also learn how to ensure that key milestones and targets are deliverable, and how to participate in initiatives already supporting the sector.

15:00 - 16:00 EDT

Networking, meetings and on-demand catch up

16:00 - 16:45 EDT

Session 6: People power – the oil in the engine

Since the beginning of the global pandemic automotive supply chains and logistics operations have been tested like never before. They have performed heroically to minimise increased risk and endless disruption, and to ensure business continuity. While new technology and digital tools have played crucial roles in keeping the supply chain running, it is the human factor that has been the difference between success and failure. The new ‘never-normal’ supply-chain landscape is a high-pressure environment putting leaders and their teams under immense pressure to deliver.

Join this session and hear how leadership teams are managing the human element:

- Managing, surviving and thriving in an environment of constant fire-fighting and supply-chain fatigue
- Driving cultural change to put the people at the heart of every decision
- Recruiting and retaining top talent – how can the automotive sector compete with other sectors for the best, and should automotive look to other sectors for fresh thinking and innovative people?
- How to upskill and the abilities required of the modern professional to excel and meet the needs of the changing automotive landscape

Track: Developing logistics talent

16:45 - 17:30 EDT

Session 7: Supply chain and logistics design – collaborating from the start

With supply chain costs rising and logistics flows carrying more risk, manufacturers need to ensure that sourcing, production and network decisions are carefully made, including as EV and battery output ramps up. That is why more OEMs and suppliers are focusing on strategic supply chain design from the development stage of vehicles and products. In doing so, they are working with new internal and external partners more closely. What are the most important opportunities and how can supply-chain design improve?

This session will focus on key areas of early and strategic supply-chain design, including:

- Having a plan for every part, including collaboration with engineering
- Planning for sustainable energy sources and supplier locations
- Design-for-manufacturing and design-for-cost strategies
- Optimising network and distribution centre locations from early on

Track: End-to-end supply chain vision

18:00 - 21:00 EDT

Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global gala reception

Make the most of being back together and continue the day’s conversations and connections while enjoying a refreshing beverage and delicious dinner at an exciting venue in the heart of Detroit.


08:30 - 09:00 EDT

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 EDT

Welcome from the Automotive Logistics team

09:05 - 10:00 EDT

Session 8: Investing wisely – prioritising digital opportunities

Executives at automotive manufacturers are ready and anxious to improve supply chain visibility and optimise logistics flows, and there is no shortage of technology available to digitalise and speed up processes. However, systems integration can require significant cost, time and coordination to implement. Supply chain and logistics leaders must prioritise their critical challenges and ambitions when they plan digital investments – as well as being agile in making use of new opportunities. What frameworks can logistics executives follow?

Join this session for insight on IT and digital investment priorities, including:

- What problem needs to be solved? Identifying the right technology to meet your logistics needs
- Where is the low-hanging fruit in digitalising automotive logistics, versus the key steps to investing in a truly smart and connected supply chain?
- Strategies for working with agile technology partners
- What is the best return-on-investment scale to consider?

Track: Digitalising logistics, end-to-end supply chain vision

10:00 - 10:30 EDT

Networking, meetings and exhibition

10:30 - 11:15 EDT

Session 9: Building the networks of the future

North America’s supply chain faces a twin challenge: keep up with demand by maintaining current capacity across congested highways, rail, ports and borders, while preparing to future-proof networks for electrification and sustainability, connectivity and AI. Governments and private companies are investing billions in charging technology, alternative fuel supply and ways to digitalise networks. What will and should it mean for the automotive supply chain, and how can manufacturers, service providers, infrastructure builders and governments work together to build the supply chain of the future?

This session will explore North American infrastructure investment and opportunities, including:

- Where government and private investment can best serve the changing automotive supply chain
- How manufacturers and logistics providers are collaborating with energy companies to expand charging infrastructure and alternative fuelling
- The opportunities that faster connectivity and 5G will mean for freight and logistics infrastructure
- Using transport data to develop AI solutions to optimise freight networks

Track: Networks of the future, digitalising logistics

11:15 - 12:00 EDT

Session 10: It’s a small world – mitigating risk across global supply chains

Global supply chains have become increasingly volatile and susceptible to disruption and change, with multiple crises often occurring simultaneously. Dealing with hazardous weather, unpredictable and spiking rates, interrupted production, shorter order cycles, material shortages and distressed suppliers, is now all in a day’s work for supply chain executives and their teams.

Join this session to understand how global supply chain and logistics leaders are developing and implementing new strategies to:

- Mitigate the rising cost of logistics
- Balance lean processes with increased inventory levels
- Reroute international transport flows ahead of time to avoid future bottlenecks
- Navigate the journey from global to regional supply
- Design, implement and track greener global networks

Track: Achieving net zero, end-to-end supply chain vision, digitalising logistics, navigating the new ‘never normal’

12:00 - 13:30 EDT

Lunch, networking and exhibitions

13:30 - 14:15 EDT

Session 11: Going full circle – the development of sustainable and circular supply chains

In the drive towards a carbon-neutral future, automotive companies must look beyond the product portfolio, placing greater emphasis on circular economy strategies and the decarbonisation of transport networks. The growing dependence on rare minerals for EV batteries only increases the importance of recycling and closed-loop supply chains. In addition, with the rapid growth in the EV sector, new and existing transport networks must be designed and reappropriated to provide efficient and sustainable solutions.

In this session, a panel of sustainability experts and automotive leaders will share key insights on the transformative solutions and holistic changes required by industry to reach net zero:

- How sustainability KPIs are influencing decisions on supply chain flows and logistics modes
- Opportunities and solutions to decarbonise transport networks
- Closed-loop packaging strategies, lightweight and sustainable materials
- Battery recycling operations in North America and the future capacity requirements

Track: Achieving net-zero, networks of the future

14:15 - 15:00 EDT

Session 12: Never waste a good crisis – opportunities to improve supply chain resiliency

So far, the 2020’s have laid bare a number of unknown and rarely considered fragilities across the supply chain. At the same time, that has provided the opportunity to rethink well-established best practices and business models. In this final session, our panel of top supply chain executives from the automotive sector and other industries share how they have turned crisis into opportunity. They will discuss how they have bolstered their operations and evolved their strategies to build robust, data-driven and sustainable networks with stronger partnerships at the core.

Track: Achieving net zero, end-to-end supply chain vision, digitalising logistics, navigating the new ‘never normal’, networks of the future, developing logistics talent

15:00 - 15:10 EDT

Reflections on day two and wrap up