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This year's conference programme will be delivered through a combination of content packed keynote panel discussions, ideas labs, learning lunches, case study presentations, Q&As, and more...


The full programme can be found below. But please watch this page for regular updates between now and the 15 June.

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Complimentary places are available to vehicle makers and parts suppliers.

PRE-CONFERENCE: MONDAY 15 JUNE 2020

19:00 – 22:00

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.

DAY 1: TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2020

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and breakfast

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

08:15 - 08:45

Breakfast Briefing: Global Trade

The global nature of the automotive industry makes it very sensitive to external factors, political, economic, environmental, and changes in the marketplace. Tariffs and trade deals can significantly alter the costs to import and export parts and vehicles.


09:00 - 09:45

Strategic Insights - Embrace the change

The European automotive industry faces numerous challenges head for the coming decade, the move towards electrification, sustainability, Co2 emissions regulations changing consumer behaviour, trade tension and economic uncertainty, are all today’s headlines.

But while the industry will be under pressure, rarely have logistics decision makers and solution providers had so many opportunities to define new services and add value to traditional and start-up operations, whether in supporting new model offensives or building entirely new battery supply chains.

  • Hear insights in to the short- and long-term sales and production forecast
  • Learn about the future visions and strategies shaping the future of the industry
  • Gain an understanding of how the logistics value chain is evolving

  • 09:45 – 10:30

    KEYNOTE: Future visions of automotive change

    An opening keynote that shares some key insights in the future of the automotive industry, how the industry is evolving, and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

    This opening session sets the stage for and intensive two days of strategic, practical and intelligent insights to help you grow and optimise your business across European automotive supply chain and logistics communities.

    10:30 - 11:00

    Networking and coffee

    An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

    11:00 - 11:45

    Strategic Insights - Keep up with logistics

    In an environment of perpetual uncertainty, supply chain executives and leadership teams are under increasing pressure to future-proof their operations. Implementing strategies to optimise automotive logistics performance and reduce costs, including managing production and product complexity, improving supply chain visibility, adapting new freight management tools, selecting transport modes, and serving new automotive market and customers.

    Europe is already a leader – and automotive logistics stakeholders need to work together to close gaps in visibility and make the next leap to artificial intelligence and smart logistics. Join this session as we explore the optimal routes.

    Practical Insights – Ideas Labs

    Ideas Labs are practical, solutions-orientated workshops led by supply chain and technology leaders, and designed for collective exploration of complex challenges. Expect to leave with new ideas, action plans and new contacts.

    Ideas Lab 1: Finished Vehicle Logistics – evolution

    European vehicle logistics in the 2020s face ever-greater product complexity, new regulations and customer expectations. How will vehicle logistics evolve to meet the demands.

    Ideas Lab 2: Aftermarket Logistics meeting customer demands

    Meeting the challenges to deliver a customer-first approach, requires a fresh thinking in managing logistics for both logistics services and inventory management.

    Effective inventory and warehouse management system, easy access to key performance data, dedicated reporting tools and analytics will streamline processes, analyse and compare data, to identifying trends and areas for improvement.

    11.45 - 12:15

    Practical Insights - Autovate! Inspiring visions of innovation and transformation

    Autovate - 7-minute innovation insights: Showcasing the latest automotive innovations in logistics, speaker will divulge Inspiring visions of innovation and transformation in a rapid-fire snap presentation format delivering a super intense insight session.

    Ideas Lab 3: Optimising Packaging

    Keep up with the new materials, tracking technology, connectivity and product requirements that will continue to transform automotive packaging and container management

    Ideas Lab 4: Data Visibility

    How can the automotive industry use data and connectivity to improve real-time visibility to anticipate and respond to dynamic supply chains?

    12.15 – 14.00

    Networking and lunch

    An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.

    13.00 – 13.40

    Learning Lunch: Growth opportunity – Belt and Road:

    Europe’s trade with China and Asia has many dynamic opportunities, and automotive logistics is at the leading edge, from transcontinental rail to managing closely linked supply chains. Drill down into where the biggest needs and opportunities lie

    14.00 - 15.15

    Intelligent Insights: Maintaining supply chain margins:

    Maintaining supply chain margins: Profit margins are falling across OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers. Hear from our analysts and discuss the best ways forward to mitigate margin compression. Gain valuable intelligence from our Global Business Intelligence unit’s as they discuss the key finding from a recent tier supplier study.

    Strategic Insights - Tier Supplier Supply Chains – Keeping ahead of the game

    Under pressure to reduce costs and protect investment in new technology, tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers need critical logistics and data solutions to optimise production and delivery. Get closer to suppliers’ specific requirements.

    Automotive experts discuss the requirements of remaining competitive in this rapidly evolving environment of change.

    Practical Insights – Ideas Labs

    Ideas Labs are practical, solutions-orientated workshops led by supply chain and technology leaders, and designed for collective exploration of complex challenges. Expect to leave with new ideas, action plans and new contacts.

    Ideas Lab 5: Finished Vehicle Logistics – Optimisation

    The continuous optimisation of vehicle logistics to meet customer demands, changing regulations, capacity issues and cost and quality requirements, requires a continuous rethink of processes, best practices and cooperation.

    Ideas Lab 6: Dealing with Disruption

    The complexity of the automotive supply chain leaves it vulnerable to global shocks, from coronavirus to capacity constraints – learn more about the tools, preparation and response measures that leading manufacturers and service providers use to mitigate risk

    Ideas Lab 7: Get Real about Going Green:

    Europe is increasingly a trendsetter and rule-maker in environmental laws and CO2 reduction, and that includes transport and logistics. Under the latest requirements and learn from hands-on examples about how to decarbonise logistics flows, use alternative fuels and design sustainable supply chains.

    Ideas Lab 8: Relationships and Partnerships

    Relationships play a central role in supply chains and if organisations don’t get them right, they’ll feel the ramifications all the way from suppliers to customers.

    15.15 - 15.45

    Networking and coffee break

    Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

    15.45 - 16.30

    Practical Insights - Ideas Labs – Knowledge sharing pitches

    Leaders from each Ideas Lab present the key findings on the main conference stage in a series of short, quickfire pitches that outline their key action points. These actions will inform further conference discussion, as well as follow up after the event.

    Ideas Lab – 1- 6

    Grab some instant practice insights in this quick-fire knowledge sharing session.

    16.30 - 17.30

    Strategic Insights: Logistics Automation

    From paperless processes, IoT devices, autonomous transport systems through AI planning tools, machine learning, RPA, and VR based digital twinning technologies all have the potential to revolutionise logistics.

    European automotive logistics are moving fast towards new automation opportunities. Hear case studies and learn about what works and what doesn’t as the industry embraces new opportunities in the drive toward smarter logistics operations.

    Practical Insights – Ideas Labs

    Ideas Lab 9: In-plant Logistics – keeping the line fed

    As mass-customisation and an increasing product variety, just-in-time part logistics is one of the greatest challenges in today’s automobile production. Thousands of parts and suppliers, a multitude of different equipment, and hundreds of logistics workers need to be coordinated, to keep the line fed.

    Ideas Lab 10: Talent, Skills and People

    It’s about people – specifically supply chain talent, and the rapidly growing shortage that could put the brakes on the sector’s ability to grow and prosper.

    An opportunity to discuss how to ensure the future talent requirements are met and what must be done to up-skill.

    Ideas Lab 11: Network Design and Optimisation:

    Keep pace with fast changing and volatile supply chains by learning best practice in systems and processes for supply chain network design and routing across inbound, outbound and aftermarket supply chains

    Ideas Lab 12: Start-up Supply Chains

    The automotive industry is seeing new entrants, tech firms and EV start-up companies jumping into the European supply chain. Gain insight into which start-ups are succeeding and what their logistics requirements are.

    END OF DAY ONE


    18.15 - 19.15

    Automotive Logistics Drinks Reception


    19.15 - 22.00

    Automotive Logistics Gala Dinner


    DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE 2020

    08.30 - 09.00

    Registration and coffee

    Another chance for an early conversation with fellow delegates over a bite to eat before the second day begins.

    08.15 - 08.45

    Breakfast Briefing: Growth opportunity – central and eastern Europe

    Vehicle production, suppliers and battery manufacturers continue to invest in Europe’s eastern markets, from Poland to Hungary to Serbia. Explore the technology and logistics requirements for closely linked, just-in-time supply chains in eastern Europe

    09.00 - 09.15

    Intelligent Insights: Building a new battery supply chain:

    With EV and battery production in significant ramp up mode, get to grips with the specific regulations, equipment and packaging requirements, fleet impacts and service opportunities to manage electric vehicle supply chains inbound, in-plant, outbound and for aftermarket and recycling.

    Gain valuable intelligence from our Global Business Intelligence unit as they discuss the key finding from a recent study on battery supply chains.

    09.15 - 10.30

    Strategic Insights: Electrified future

    As OEMs and suppliers invest billions of euros to develop, produce and distribute electric batteries and vehicles, understand more about the requirements and opportunities for logistics to power this critical evolution in the European automotive supply chain.

    Join automotive industry insiders and they discuss the automotive industries electrified future and the implication on supply chain and logistics.

    10.30 - 11.00

    Networking and coffee break

    Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

    11.00 - 11.30

    The Innovation Game: A game that challenges new ideas and innovations

    An interactive game involving industry innovators and audience participation. Contestants will be shown a series of pictures selected by our industry advisors that represent different challenges in logistics, whether cost, operational, capacity, rail transport or IT related. For each image, the contestant identifies the challenge as they see it, and then describes a solution. Audience members have the chance to vote on which solution would be most effective, and provide alternatives during a live Q&A.

    There will be prizes for best answers from contestants and the audience!

    11.30 - 12.15

    Logistics Leaders networking clusters

    Networking with automotive supply chain and logistics business leaders’, peers and partners lies at the heart of the event experience. Take part in one of the focused networking activities and connect with automotive supply chain and logistics communities and business leaders.

    12.15 - 14.00

    Networking and lunch

    An extended networking lunch break giving delegates a further opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.

    13.00 - 13.40

    Learning Lunch: Growth opportunity – North Africa and Middle East

    Rising production and supplier flows in an out of Morocco, new markets in North Africa and opportunities in the Gulf – explore massive automotive logistics opportunities on Europe’s periphery.

    14.00 - 14.30

    Ideas Labs – Knowledge sharing pitches

    Leaders from each Ideas Lab present the key findings on the main conference stage in a series of short, quickfire pitches that outline their key action points. These actions will inform further conference discussion, as well as follow up after the event.

    Ideas Lab: 7 - 12

    14.30 - 15.00

    Moving to the leading edge of logistics

    It’s already clear that traditional supply chain models will have to change and that the sector will have to take a fresh look at the way it innovates through technology and reassess the pathways that will lead to operational excellence.

    15.00 - 15.15

    That’s a wrap…

    Our session moderators and journalists interview each other and comment on the main topics and takeaways from the conference and look ahead to what actions the vehicle logistics industry should take next.

    15.15

    End of conference

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