2019 Conference Programme

Wednesday 4th December
08.30 - 9:30
Registration and breakfast
Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.
09:30 - 10:15
SESSION 1: Dealing with disruption

The UK automotive sector is no stranger to disruption with political and economic uncertainty over Brexit, new technology and a rise in social awareness impacting industry and consumer demands. This comes at a time when the global automotive industry is experiencing arguably the biggest shift in its 130-year history with alternatively fuelled vehicles and mass electrification dominating the strategies of traditional players and giving rise to new players.

Our opening session examines the current state of the market, identifies the key disruptions on the horizon and kicks off the days’ discussions on how the industry can remain competitive and continue to thrive in a new automotive era.

Jamie Whitehead, Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew Burn, Partner, Restructuring, National Markets Midlands & South, KPMG LLP

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group
10:15 - 11:15
SESSION 2: Think Tanks

Our popular Think Tanks are practical, interactive group discussions providing an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with key industry figures and peers about the issues that matter most to you.

Chaired by industry insiders, these open discussions will cover a wide range of topics and result in actionable insights…

Think Tank 1 – Gateways to the future: UK ports & processing

British ports handle huge volumes of automotive parts and vehicles for import and export. What investments, technology and services are required to ensure ports remain the backbone and not a bottleneck for moving and processing freight and vehicles?

Aart Hille Ris Lambers, UK Commercial Director, DP World

Think Tank 2 – Making the most of Data

Data collection and data ownership are fast becoming key priorities for automotive companies – but how can they be used in the supply chain to improve flows and manufacturing processes and make real cost savings?

Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics group

Think Tank 3 – Finished Vehicles: Raising standards

Join this session to discuss and share ideas on the best practices and new technology solutions that will improve finished vehicle transport by reducing damage, lead times and claims processes.

Glynne Lockwood, Operations & Logistics Manager, KIA Motors UK

Think Tank 4 – Many happy returns: Container and packaging management

Managing returnable containers, packaging and racks is complex, and the UK’s long-distance supply chains make it even more challenging – not to mention dealing with rules post-Brexit. What equipment, digital tools and processes will help the industry improve?

Rodney Salmon, Vice President, Macro Plastics

Think Tank 5 – #LogisticsForFuture: Cutting pollution in the supply chain

Reducing emissions is increasingly a social imperative, as well as a regulatory one. The UK has made long-term commitments that will impact the automotive and logisitcs sector. What can the industry do today to cut pollution - and what must change drastically in future?

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCSM) Research Centre, University of Sheffield

Think Tank 6 – Unaccustomed: Customs clearance post-Brexit

The UK automotive sector depends on just-in-time supply chains to maintain high productivity. What will be the new strategies both for trade with the EU and beyond, whether through technology, inventory management, Authorised Economic Operator status, free trade zones or more?

Siobhan Aarons, Global Customs & Trade Counsel, Delphi Technologies

Think Tank 7 – Britain's Got Talent

How can traditional automotive businesses adapt to compete for the next generation of talent with the emerging power players in the tech industry? The needs of the new generation differ to those offered by existing players - how can automotive companies ensure they recruit the best talent?

Bethany Fovargue, Operations Manager, NOVUS
11:15 – 11.45
Networking and coffee
11:45 – 12.45
SESSION 3: Think Tanks

Round two of the practical, interactive group discussions lead by industry leaders and experts…

Think Tank 1 – Finished vehicles: Testing times

The introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in 2017 caused disruptions, bottlenecks and delays in getting finished vehicles to market. With the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test regime now in force, can the industry expect the same level of disruption and what plans and processes are in place to mitigate them? Join this session to identify solutions and share ideas with fellow FVL specialists.

Greg Archer, Director UK, Transport & Environment

Think Tank 2 – 3...2..1…Go! Product launch

OEMs are unveiling new models and variants at record pace with the electrification of fleets adding a new layer of complexity to model launches. Identifying improved methods for product launches adds real value and leads to greater efficiencies for manufacturing and distribution. Join this session to discuss new processes, technology and best practice.

Richard Marlow, Logistics Programme Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Think Tank 3 – Aftermarket, not an afterthought

Customer expectations are increasing with next-day and same-day parts delivery increasingly the norm. How can OEMs maintain high service and visibility, while maintaining competitive costs with independent distributors?

Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Think Tank 4 – The EV supply chain

As vehicle electrification continues worldwide, this Ideas Lab will consider its implementation in the market and the implications for demand, production cycles, the aftermarket and battery recycling.

Laura Rainey, Senior Project Manager - Electric Vehicles, National Grid

Think Tank 5 - Next Generation Warehouse

As warehousing and logistics embarks on its digital journey through a period of unprecedented and transformational change, what and where are the opportunities within the automotive sector to drive operational efficiency and productivity, making best use of technology and automation within inventory management and distribution?

Peter Ward, Chief Executive, UK Warehousing Association

Think Tank 6 – I can see for miles and miles: Real time visibility

Customers expect to see location and order status in real time. What technology and processes will enable the automotive supply chain to see parts and vehicles at any stage, and how can tools like AI transform the way this information is tracked, interpreted and anticipated?

Ruud Vossebeld, Director Business Development, INFORM
12.45 – 14.00
Networking and lunch

A networking lunch with standing buffet, giving delegates plenty of time and space in which to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of OEMs, tier suppliers, infrastructure operators and logistics service providers, as well as the suppliers in our exhibition area.
14:00 – 15:00
SESSION 4a: Jaguar Plant Tour

An exclusive tour of the Jaguar plant will be included during the day and will enable you to see first-hand the entire manufacturing process for the high performance F-Type, as well as gain insight into how the plant is preparing to building the new, all-electric XJ starting next year.
We are now at capacity. Please email Kirsty@taylorbennett.co.uk to be added to the waiting list
14:00 – 15.00
SESSION 4b: Bonus session: The innovation game

Logistics is a continuous process of refinement, improvement and optimisation. Whether it be drones, automated warehousing or wearable technology, be prepared to share your logistics innovations and hear what others are doing to improve their logistics flows and processes.

Curtis Hilton, Plant MP&L Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Sanjiv Takyar, Head of Innovation, Solutioning & Strategic Marketing, CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions

James Smith, Logistics Optimisation Manager, McLaren Automotive

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics group
15.00 – 15.30
Networking and afternoon tea

Your opportunity to debate the key issues of the day with fellow delegates and work out what issues you want to put to our panel of experts in the closing session; also a final chance to visit the suppliers in our exhibition area.
15:30 - 17:00
SESSION 5: The road ahead for UK automotive

Join this final session as our panel of industry leaders and experts looks back on the day’s discussions and share their visions, priorities and challenges for the road ahead. Understand how partners, new and old can support and collaborate to ensure that UK automotive thrives and remains a true global player no matter what happens with Brexit.

Curtis Hilton, Plant MP&L Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Awais Ajmal, General Manager Supply Chain, KIA Motors UK

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics group
17:00 – 19:00
Drinks & best of British buffet

Cap off the day in style with drinks and a light buffet as you compare notes on the day’s proceedings with colleagues and the leading players of the UK automotive logistics sector.